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UH partners with Invesco for Women’s Finance Bootcamp

Workshop offers career advice

UH is has linked up with Invesco to present the first Financial Bootcamp for Women from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Cemo Hall. For a $25 registration fee participants can choose to attend three information sessions out of the 10 that will be offered. A lunch will be provided and the proceeds will help fund a Bauer College of Business scholarship. Sessions will focus on retirement, women in transition, starting your own business, elder care, Social Security and estate planning. For more information contact — Erica Quiroz

Counselors draw upon childhood dreams to help undecided students figure out job aspirations Michelle Casas

THE DAILY COUGAR Mai Vu, a Counseling and Psychological Services practicum clinician, said many factors from one’s youth and past experiences play a role when exploring career possibilities. She encouraged participants in the “Undecided! Career Exploration and Planning” workshop on Wednesday to take a trip back and share their aspirations as children to exemplify how

they evolved into their current career paths. “Even in your childhood dreams there are certain aspects of the people you admire that can potentially help serve you in finding your own career later on,” Vu said. Some students may stick to the plans they concocted as children, but for others, making decisions about their careers can be unappealing. Students may not know what they want to do or may not even know how to begin exploring options. Vu said the thought of creating a plan may seem daunting, but choosing to leave your future up in the air may have consequences, especially with the current employment pressures that stem from the economic state of the US.

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Cougars to unify at Instant CLASSic

Coogs and Cribs workshop to offer home buying advice The Home Sourze, a Houston based residential property and mortgage consulting company, will be hosting Coogs and Cribs from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Calhoun Lofts. Coogs and Cribs is designed to teach students the art of saving money for their first home and will offer a host of mortgage and home buying experts to answer any questions. Live music, food and door prizes will be offered. The event is free and open to the public. For more information email — Jennifer Postel

Two students challenge apathy, build college pride Karishma Sakrouja

THE DAILY COUGAR UH students Ryan Johnson and Mike Nguyen had a problem. They wanted to show pride for their college, but with the large number of students and vast range of majors and minors, they said they had difficulty doing so. Motivated to take action against the increasing apathy among students, Johnson and Nguyen took it upon themselves to bring their idea


Hilton hosts launch of India studies program Best-selling author and noted physician Abraham Verghese will give a lecture on health, family and human values to launch UH’s India studies program at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the UH Hilton Hotel, Grand Ballroom. Beginning in Fall of 2012, UH will offer a minor in India studies focused on the history, politics, economics, languages, religion and culture of India. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing. For more information, contact Anjali Kanojia at akanojia@ — Karishma Sakrouja

“Students without a career plan run the risk of not finding employment or being unsatisfied with the career they have,” Vu said. The first step for students in creating a plan is choosing a major; this can be difficult for undecided or indecisive students, although Vu said this type of behavior is completely normal and expected. While many students do switch majors during their college years, Vu said that undecided students run the risk of spending time and money on courses that may not be necessary. Although the current financial situation many students face does not allow much leeway for

to life. Now in its second year, Instant CLASSic is an event that showcases everything that the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences has to offer, from the theater department to psychology to economics. “I was tired of crying about what should be fixed and pulling on peoples’ shoulders expressing my dislike for the situation. I came to the realization that it doesn’t hurt CLASSIC continues on page 10


Students win prizes for green knowledge at eco-game show Brian Jensen

Football as an art form


tudents watched as business junior Brenda Melgar painted a picture of UH starting quarterback Case Keenum in 20 minutes on Wednesday in front of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. | Emily Chambers/The Daily Cougar

THE DAILY COUGAR Green UH, as part of initiative to improve campus sustainability, kicked off its “Who Wants To Be An Eco-Millionaire?” quiz game show on Tuesday at Oberholtzer Hall. Students competed for prizes by answering trivia from a pool of 300 environmentally-themed trivia questions. Prizes included a $1,000 grand prize for students who answered all 15 questions,

as well as many environmentallyconscious consolation prizes such as pens, notebooks and bags made from recycled materials. Tickets for next semester’s Bauer Edition Eco-Millionaire were also up for grabs. Green UH will be partnering up with C.T. Bauer College of Business student organizations for this event, in which students will be quizzed on the business side of the movement GREEN UH continues on page 3


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What are your plans for Homecoming?

“I haven’t really thought of it. I really want to start attending football games because I already missed the first two or three, so I want to try to attend at least the ones coming up.”

“I’m in a sorority (Chi Omega) and we’re paired up with Kappa Alpha. We’ve been participating in all the events all week long. Tonight we’re going to Strut Your Stuff.” Molly Marek

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“Is that this weekend? I didn’t even know it was Homecoming, I actually have a show I’m in, so I’ll be doing my show — Our Lady of 121st Street. It’s the last weekend to catch the show, so that’s where I’ll be.”

“I am going to be studying for my intro to climate change test. I feel awful about it right now, so hopefully this weekend I’ll feel good.” Peighton Wagner Psychology sophomore

Christly Guedry Theatre performance sophomore

What do you think? “It’s Homecoming? I guess reading and studying. I don’t really have plans. I have enjoyed the Cougar cutouts on the drive in though.”

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toward eco-friendly products and solutions. Leah Wolfthal, director of Green UH, said she hoped the event will “get students excited about careers in eco/social entrepreneurship.” The game took cues from the game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” in that students won the fifth or tenth level prize if they answered a question incorrectly

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taking extraneous courses, finding out what a student is passionate about is important. Vu said college is a great place to experience different interests, and suggested students refer to the course guide or get involved in various student organizations on campus to explore possibilities. Getting an internship, studying abroad and volunteering can help build resumes and serve as valuable assets for future prospects. “Experience new things and take opportunities to expand your skills,” Vu said. “Volunteering and taking part in the community can be a great way to determine if a career path is viable for certain individuals. It gets them to think about their future goals and aspirations.” Pinpointing personal strengths through various career and personality assessments can help indecisive students determine the plan that best suits them, Vu said.

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above that level, but imposed a 60 second time limit to answer each question. Contestants were also quizzed on what they do to reduce their negative impact on the environment. Answers ranged from recycling to using a Kobashi compost system. William Pham made it furthest in Tuesday night’s game, reaching the ninth question, “What does r-value indicate in terms of insulation?” before answering

incorrectly. Many questions involved UH green initiatives, such as the Hertz Connect car sharing program, the UH Eco-Tour and UH’s Community Learning Agricultural Sustainability Program. Other current Green UH efforts include the Sustainability Task Force, which is the “task force charged with advising the University administration on green initiatives” and Recycle Mania, which runs from Jan. 31 to April 5 and includes an “Art of Recycling

Self-assessments should focus on five main aspects of personal life: interests, skills, personality, diversity, and values and culture. Evaluating these areas can help students gain perspective on planning by matching personal traits with corresponding degree and career plans. Career and personality assessments are available through CAPS or the University Career Services. Vu also worked to debunk common myths about the college exploration process — one of these being that humanities and liberal arts majors don’t have marketable skills. Alumni Career Services Assistant Director Casey Radle strongly advocates Vu’s stance. “Liberal arts majors have excellent critical thinking skills and really strong communication skills — whether verbal, oral or written,” Radle said. “They have excellent teamwork and leadership skills because they tend to do a lot of group projects and presentations, which serve them well in the work force.”

Radle, who used to work with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, said that these students have a greater ability to view issues from multiple perspectives, since the nature of their degree plans provides greater understanding of multicultural issues, a valuable skill in the global marketplace where business associates often come from a variety of backgrounds. “The main thing about liberal arts students is that they’ve been learning to learn,” Radle said. Students should not worry about a major being directly related to a specific future career goal, because employers aren’t necessarily looking for skills that can only be applied to their field. “You have a brain in your head and you are trainable, and that’s what an employer wants — someone who can be trained to do the job at hand,” Radle said.

Contest” and the “Recycle Mania Olympics.” Green UH will also hold the first Sustainability Roundtable on from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 21 in Cougar Village N115. “The round table discussion is open to any faculty, staff or student research groups that are currently working on sustainability projects or research,” Wolfthal said. She explained the round table is aimed at centralizing information, generating new ideas and bringing

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Homecoming a time for students, alumni to connect Case Keenum and the Cougars are now 6-0 and feeling rested coming off a bye week. It’s the perfect time for a Homecoming game, and the first time the Cougars get to play as a nationally-ranked team in the AP Poll and USA Today/Coaches Poll. Some may think Homecoming is an outdated concept, and that it’s for teenagers in high school. In actuality, Homecoming celebrations are for alumni to come back to campus and reconnect with current students; it’s a celebration of a university’s past and its future. And what a bright future it is for the University — at least for the Athletics Department. This is the first game the Cougars will play knowing the University has officially received an invitation to join a Bowl Championship Seriesqualifying conference. The Houston Chronicle reported that UH Chancellor and President Renu Khator and Director of Athletics Mack Rhodes met with Big East officials earlier this week. While nothing is official yet, the Big East will have its eyes on the University to see how its selection is panning out. The invitation is worth celebrating, and the atmosphere of a Homecoming game should fuel a rowdy atmosphere. Less than 2,000 tickets remain for the 66th annual Homecoming. Don’t expect to get in midway through the third quarter, either — Robertson Stadium is most likely going to be at capacity, meaning come early or run the chance of having to watch elsewhere. And for those saying Homecoming isn’t worth it? The Cougars are wearing throwback uniforms from the late ’60s and early ’70s for a reason. Years from now, current students will be proud to tell stories about the Keenum era of UH football. Don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be a historic season. There’s no reason to stay at home; the only reason the football team is here is because tuition is paying for it. Have pride, wear red and cheer on the home team. Homecoming celebrations start at 11 a.m. and the game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Robertson Stadium.

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A kiss goodbye School should not have suspended gay student for kissing another boy


hen teens reach high school, they can expect to go through several rites of passage such as a first kiss, a first date and a first boyfriend or girlfriend. However, one Corpus Christi school turned a star-crossed couple’s kiss into a nightmare. A 17-year-old male cheerleader at Alice High School in Corpus Christi was caught kissing another boy. However, it wasn’t a passing teacher Alejandro or school official who Caballero caught him; he was caught when school employees reviewed the school’s security cameras. As soon as the school saw the footage, they did what can only be described as sexist and homophobic: they suspended the highschooler and kicked him off the cheerleading squad. How many heterosexual students caught kissing at school receive disciplinary action? The answer is none; at most, they might get a scolding. To suspend a student for displaying affection to their other half, in a way that isn’t lewd or exhibitionist, is wrong. A highschooler’s sexual orientation shouldn’t factor into his or her school’s disciplinary actions. Had this been a boy stealing a kiss from a girl, would the school have reacted this strongly? I think we all know the answer to that. They might have made calls to their parents and given them detention, but that would have been it. To suspend a student for something as innocent as a kiss is ridiculous, and it is only an issue because he is gay. This is made more evident by the fact that a member of the boy’s squad became

pregnant and has yet to face any disciplinary action. “If (they) were suspending everyone for that, half the school would be suspended,” the highschooler said in an article in TODAY News. “They should be paying more attention to drugs and alcohol use than kicking a person off a team for kissing.” He wasn’t being lewd or committing

A highschooler’s sexual orientation shouldn’t factor into a school’s disciplinary actions. Had this been a boy stealing a kiss from a girl, would the school have reacted this strongly? I think we all know the answer to that. They might have made calls to their parents and given them detention, but that would have been it.” any crimes. This young man’s hard work to join the varsity cheerleading team is now wasted. He doesn’t have much to look forward to when he graduates high school, because the state of Texas doesn’t have any laws protecting the LGBT community from discrimination. Furthermore, the platform of the Texas GOP, which now controls the state Legislature, is to criminalise sodomy. Additionally, they “are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to:

marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, and homosexual partners.” “The issue here is whatever is in the school’s code of conduct, and whether it’s being enforced equally,” said Chuck Smith, deputy executive director of Equality Texas, to Unfortunately, the problem of LGBT discrimination in schools extends to other states. Some students in Connecticut recently staged a walkout during their school’s production of “Zanna Don’t!” a play in which being gay is the norm, and heterosexuals are the outcasts. They were protesting a gay kiss that occurs during the play. In an article in the Huffington Post, Dave Chambers, principal of the nursing academy at Hartford Public High School said, “Even though it’s kind of chaotic, kind of wild and crazy, I see it as very successful. Our kids never deal with this, they keep it inside, and that’s that nervous energy. That’s why they walked out.” It is that nervous energy and avoidance that creates an environment in which someone can be suspended for a kiss. And it is that same nervous energy that makes going to school akin to walking a gauntlet for many gay students. Some of them end up taking their lives because of the intolerance this nervous energy creates. In the end, a kiss is just a kiss, and the school needs to quit being so bashful about it. Alejandro Caballero is a creative writing junior and may be reached at opinion@


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Smoke-free UH bill should go up in smoke T

here is growing talk around the University about establishing a smoke-free campus. In other words: no more cigarettes. This isn’t the invisible hand of some upper level politician with a nanny mindset, and it’s not the whim of the Board of Regents. Since late September, the Student Government Association David has discussed a Haydon bill proposing a campus-wide smoking ban. When the bill first came to attention, a hand full of smoking (and non-smoking) students appeared at an SGA meeting to voice their opposition. Since then, opinions have gone for and against the idea. It’s true that SGA has the interest of smokers and non-smokers in mind and takes into consideration the thoughts of all students. But there must be more smokers on campus than the 30 smokers who showed up to the meeting. A low turnout will do little to protect the rights of smokers. Non-smokers with a real chip on their shoulder go a step further than the SGA. They criticize the on campus smokers with zero sympathy, zero comprehension and zero tolerance. You may have seen a student walk


by a smoker and start coughing — dramatically — towards the direction of the smoker. Spend half an hour in front of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library to get an idea. SGA senators are a little more down to earth, citing health concerns, financial costs and littering issues. Before the criticisms roll in that I’m a non-smoker who’s ignorantly playing devil’s advocate, note that I used to smoke. For nine months I had my fill of Marlboro full flavor 100’s or the occasional Special Blend No. 27 (filters cut). Eventually my mother gave birth to me, and I went cold turkey. Jokes aside, I’ve witnessed the true issues of cigarettes and smoke, but the simple truth is, there are more important things going on right now. True, there are legitimate dangers from cigarettes. There are also legitimate dangers from high fructose corn syrup, which is more plentiful, affordable and socially accepted than cigarettes. Some SGA senators want to create a smoke-free campus, much like the several already in the state and dozens already in the country. Supposedly it will make UH more green. It will cut health care costs. It will save money. The truth is, there is a legacy to stomping out the smokers. It’s a prize

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Burglary of friend’s car makes me feel unsafe I recently wrote an email to the UHDPS regarding campus safety because I feel like there’s not enough safety on campus. There have been added fees to our student fee bills this year, yet there are still as many car and apartment break-ins as ever. Our security people are not doing enough, and I want my voice heard. I refuse to keep quiet anymore because I am now personally affected as a victim, and our security officers are not doing all they can do. I’m completely disappointed. On Friday night, my friend’s car was broken into; the passenger window was smashed. He parked his car between the Csite and the UC, which is a safe place, being that there’s always security carts patrolling around, and there’s usually police SUVs camping out by the Hilton. However, someone still managed to break into his car, and he has one of the newer Camry models with thicker glass that should make it difficult to smash with a rock. Regardless of the item that was used in the burglary, the sound of glass should have been loud enough to attract attention, or at least be heard by someone. The overall damage must have taken at least 30 minutes. Several personal items were stolen, including my car, house and apartment keys — which I’m struggling to recover. A police officer was found thereafter, and files were reported. But in the midst of it, two security carts managed to pass by during

the hour-long procedure, so it puzzles me to know where they were when the crime was taking place. For this sole reason, I feel unsafe. There’s no reason why a student who parks their car near the library, right under a light post, should have their car broken into. This is unacceptable on a Tier One campus, especially when most security officers are based in the area where my friend parked his car. — Sally Enemchukwu, biology major

to mount on the wall. Something to add to a transcript or portfolio: “Stomped out the smokers at UH.” Eliminating alcohol on campus would have a similar effect, especially considering not many other colleges have such easy access. There would be no more bottle caps peppering the parking lots, no more eyesore beer bottles dotting the campus, no more obnoxiously drunk students. But no one seems to worry about this. This is, therefore, another case of discrimination. Smokers make a personal choice, healthy or not. Publicly denouncing them is tolerable, but singling them out when there are worse things to care about is just disgraceful. For those not in the smoking circles, it may be a wonder why

smokers congregate near each other. This shouldn’t be confusing, since it’s the same reason any persecuted group congregates. There is strength in numbers. Yet non-smokers still get offended when they happen to come across one of these smoking circle pockets and inevitably get a whiff of nicotinefilled secondhand smoke. Why these students don’t mind any of the other health concerns on campus is a mystery. If the school became a smoke-free campus, the message would be that we aren’t allowed to make our own choices, our own mistakes. It’s the same issue with mandatory seat-belts and helmets. Car insurance protects other drivers in case of an accident, seatbelts only protect the wearer and do nothing to help a pedestrian or passenger in


another vehicle. So then, when the state mandates that a seatbelt be worn, the stance is that we are too dumb to take care of ourselves and are merely property of the state. Freedom requires the ability to make wrong decisions. If the campus becomes smoke-free, which campus will be next? What happens when all the campuses become smoke-free? Criminalization of tobacco? What happened to the legalization movement for cannabis? What happened to progress? Cigarettes may be seen as cancer sticks to many, but those critics simply haven’t been on the other side of the fence. David Haydon is a political science senior and may be reached at opinion@

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Cougars hope to storm Hurricanes, stay undefeated in home opener The Cougars continue their fall schedule on Friday against Miami. The Cougars opened their season with three wins last weekend against Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern. For her efforts in last weekend’s competition, junior Julia Lonnegren earned Conference USA Diver of the Week. Lonnegren won all four events that she competed in. Against the Terriers, Lonnegren scored 309.60 in the 1-meter and 337.65 in the 3M. Against the Eagles and Huskies, Lonnegren scored 314.80 in the 1M and 309.60 in the 3M. — Cougar Sports Services


UH readies for five-day, in-state tournament The Cougars look to have another strong performance this weekend at the ITA Regionals in Fort Worth. Several Cougar tennis players are coming off wins from their most recent tournament, the Roberta Allison Classic. The most notable winner, Giorgia Pozzan, remains undefeated in tournament play this fall at 6-0 after claiming her second singles title of the fall. In doubles play, Pozzan and Bryony Hunter earned a title in the consolation bracket, improving to 14-7 in play together. “They’re really starting to click, and any team that plays them will have their hands full,” head coach John Severance said. After this weekend, the Cougars will play their first tournament at home for the Cougar Fall Draw, Nov. 4-6 at the John E. Hoff Courts. — Bethel Glumac/The Daily Cougar


Unitas Award finalist list revealed, Keenum included Senior quarterback Case Keenum was named one of 10 finalists for the 2011 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. For the season, Keenum has completed 71.4 percent of his passes for 2,309 yards and 17 touchdowns. The other nine finalists are Nick Foles, Arizona; Robert Griffin III, Baylor; Landry Jones, Oklahoma; Andrew Luck, Stanford; Kellen Moore, Boise State; Ryan Tannehill, Texas A & M, Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State; Russell Wilson, Wisconsin and Tyler Wilson, Arkansas. Finalists are judged on character, citizenship, scholastic achievement, leadership qualities and athletic accomplishments. The Award will be presented on Dec. 9 in Baltimore. — Cougar Sports Services

The Cougars’ offensive line will be tasked with stopping Marshall defensive lineman Vinny Curry. The Cougars have allowed only eight sacks this year, the second fewest in Conference USA. Curry leads the NCAA in tackles for a loss and is second in sacks. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar


Offensive line readies for Curry UH hopes to keep Marshall standout out of the backfield Joshua Siegel

THE DAILY COUGAR Head coach Kevin Sumlin offered a simple solution to stopping Marshall’s pass-rushing monster Vinny Curry. Blocking. “Which everybody else had problems doing,” Sumlin said. “We’ve faced some pretty good players before. This year, he’ll probably be as good a player as we’ve seen.” Curry leads the nation in tackles for a loss with 17, and his 9.5 sacks rank second through seven games. Last season, he led all defensive linemen in tackles.

“He’s big; He’s a long guy; He gets off the ball quick,” freshman tackle Rowdy Harper said. “We haven’t seen anyone his size. UCLA had some big guys, but he gets off the ball really fast too. “It’s going to be a great challenge and we’re excited to measure up and see how we do against it.” Pace might be the trick for the Cougars to combat the Thundering Herd’s (3-4, 2-1 Conference USA) pass rush. “Tempo allows for a lot of things,” senior quarterback Case Keenum said. “It keeps the defense from doing too much subbing. It’s harder for them to disguise things. It’s harder for them to get in calls when we’re snapping the ball really quickly. “Chris (Thompson) does a great job of getting those guys pointed out. I’ve got

faith in those guys and I’m going to trust them. He’s a great player, but we’ve got great players too.” The Herd trail only the Cougars in C-USA with a plus-five turnover margin. Sumlin placed a premium on taking care of the ball against what he described as an “opportunistic defense.” “We’ve got to be good on first and second down, and stay out of long-yardage situations and again we’re going to have to continue where we left off against East Carolina, and continue to play well on defense and special teams,” Sumlin said. Coming off of their most complete performance of the season, the Cougars’ defense will deal with a foe that has given them trouble in the past — a scrambling FOOTBALL continues on page 7


Cougars battle to break second place tie UH takes on Blazers and Tigers in weekend split Ricardo Rivera

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars have enjoyed the confines of the Athletics/Alumni Center. UH (14-5, 7-2 C-USA) has been perfect on its home court, but face their strongest test yet Friday against UAB (17-4, 7-2). UH is currently tied with UAB for second place in C-USA. “This is the only time we have a match-up with them,” head coach Molly Alvey said. “So they’ll be pumped up to go. This is the only opportunity they have to take us down. “Just the status of conference, and the single match opportunity, it also makes this a very exciting weekend

for us.” Putting together one of its strongest performances of the year in the back-to-back wins against UTEP and UCF last weekend, the Cougars offense showed its true potential in the wins — clean, efficient hitting and minimal mental lapses. Against UCF, the offensive output reached a season high. Middle blocker Lucy Charuk notched 23 kills, hitting over .500. After a few rocky early season performances, senior Chandace Tryon broke out, racking 12 kills and 4 digs for her most complete performance of the year. The player setting up all of the Cougars hitters hasn’t gone unnoticed. Freshman setter Caitlin Ogletree notched 58 assists against UCF, and earned C-USA setter of the week honors for the third time this season. VOLLEYBALL continues on page 7

Setter Caitlin Ogletree has helped set up the Cougars’ frontline for the second best hitting percentage in Conference USA (.250). Ogletree leads UH with 794 assists. | Yulia Kutsenkova/The Daily Cougar


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Senior plans to trade her cleats for scrubs Zavalza hopes to return home for med school Edgar Veliz


Senior forward Jessica Zavalza leads the Cougars with seven goals scored this season. Zavalza has 16 career goals scored. She also leads UH in shot percentage, connecting on 30 percent of her attempts on goal. | Aaron Cisneros/The Daily Cougar

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quarterback, freshman A.J. Graham. “We’ve got to adjust and be able to stop a varied running attack,” Sumlin said. “We have to be disciplined in our rush lanes. We have to play a lot more of a quarterback-read, option-type attack and then be able to defend play-action deep balls over the top. It’s a different football game than it was two weeks ago.” The Herd rank last in C-USA in total offense, but Graham rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns and a 24-20 win over Rice in his first career start, replacing Rakeem Cato. “He gave them a bit of a spark as a runner,” Sumlin said. “He was able to scramble a little bit more and do some things and generate some offense.”

Back to full health The bye week could not have come at a better time for the Cougars. “I know a bunch of guys were feeling kind of sore and run down from all of the games, the big games,” Harper said. “It was great to get our legs back under us. The coaches were smart with it like they always are. Now we’re just ready to start playing again.” Defensive backs Colton Valencia, Chevy Bennett and D.J. Hayden are expected to be back in the starting lineup for the Cougars.

Senior striker Jessica Zavalza’s ambitions extend beyond the soccer field. In addition to the completion of her collegiate soccer career, the completion of the academic school year will see Zavalza with a degree in one hand and an MCAT study guide in the other. Zavalza starred as a two-sport star at St. Margaret’s High School in Santa Ana, Calif. Besides her excellence on the soccer pitch, Zavalza also competed in track and field, running the 100-meter, 200m and 4x100m. Coming to UH was a difficult transition for the Southern California native. Having head coach Susan Bush, a Houston native, who played soccer collegiately at North Carolina, to lean on helped her acclimate. “She knew how hard it was for me and we talked about it all the time,” Zavalza said. “She would show that she cared by showing concern and asking me if I needed anything.

“She has a very positive attitude. It keeps me motivated, especially this year, my last year.” Being away from her family, her bond with Bush became even more important for Zavalza. “My family can’t come and watch me play,” Zavalza said. “To have someone who is very close there is very special.” Zavalza started playing soccer at the age of five, under the guidance of her dad. Her dad is a fan of the Chivas Rayadas de Guadalajara, one of the most popular and successful clubs in Mexico. Chivas is a team recognized for their development of young players, a philosophy Zalvalza’s dad implemented in her youth. “He was my first coach,” Zavalza said. “And growing up I was always active in the sport. “When he would watch me — I knew I had to do my best, it drove me to be the player I am today and accomplish what I’ve accomplished so far.” Unlike her father, Zavalza’s favorite team is not Chivas; rather, she has developed an admiration for FC Barcelona, a club synonymous with total football. “The thing I like about Barcelona is that there is no individual,” Zavalza said.

“There will be an individual who stands out, but everyone plays a big role in the success of the team. I look at the forwards, they create their own chances and that’s what I want to do. I want to take people on.” Zavalza currently leads the Cougars in goals and attributes much of her success to her teammates on the field. “They set me up in good positions and they make my job easier,” Zavalza said. “I feel that we are working really hard. We just pushed a nationally ranked team to a tough draw.” Zavalza will get to work this Friday as UH visits Marshall at 6 p.m. As for what she her plans to do after graduation, it’s not concrete yet but her aspirations are big, her drive even bigger and it’s an opportunity for her to do something until now she only did every summer. “I want to go to medical school,” Zavalza said. “After graduating I’ll be enrolling in a few MCAT prep classes. “This is a good opportunity to go home. I’ll see where I go from there but for now that’s my goal.”

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Record in Case’s sight This weekend, Keenum has a chance to break another major NCAA record. Keenum is 129 yards from passing Hawaii’s Timmy Chang for first all-time in total offense. The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Robertson Stadium. It will be televised on Comcast Sports Southwest (Ch. 129).

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Her 11.18 assists per set rank third in C-USA. UAB drops first matches After enjoying a ten-match win streak through the month of September, the Blazers dropped their first contests in conference last weekend with back-to-back losses against Tulsa and SMU. Junior Sam Serley currently leads C-USA in hitting percentage at .426 through nine conference

matches. “They’ve been on quite a run themselves,” Ogletree said. “So we’ve got to come out prepared to play Friday — mentally, and as far as our game plan. “We’re all paying attention to the standings, and we know how important this weekend is for this program.” UH tips things off against the Blazers at 7 p.m. Friday at the Athletics/Alumni Center. The Cougars will follow that with a matinee showdown against Memphis (15-7, 4-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Come out to the Kappa Alpha Order and University of Houston Department of Public Safety’s Rape Awareness and Prevention Training and learn how to prevent rape and become aware of your surroundings.

October 26th, 2011 at 7:00pm Agnes Arnold Hall Auditorium 1 Contact: Matthew Conner, (713) 264-1754


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UC shows off its CLASSiest students Annual event celebrates College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences GOWNLEY/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

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Chip tha Ripper

power and range. If you said, way too expensive for me and my student loans, that’s up for debate, but the actual price is around $27,700. What about the Daimler Smart Fortwo Electric Drive? What about the car that more or less resembles the “Urkelmobile,” or BMW 300 Isetta, but without the goofy front opening? According to caranddriver. com, the 250 available Fortwo Electric Drive units require a 48-month lease at $599 per month. That is a grand total of $28,752. The DeLorean Motor Company of Humble — which created the car from “Back to the Future” — is back in business, and when the calendar reaches 2013, we are in for some serious shock. The DMC-12, slated to cost about $90,000

If you find yourself by the University Center today, you’ll most likely be in the hustle and bustle of the second Instant CLASSic event. The event is the brainchild of Ryan Johnson and Mike Nguyan, both students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. After a visit with the administration, the duo was conferred a small grant to spearhead their providential designs, which manifested in an inaugural event last October. The idea came after a great deal of questioning. Johnson and Nguyan found themselves asking why there wasn’t a day devoted to integrating our college, showing off our best, nationally and internationally recognized faculty, students and organizations. That led to the first Instant CLASSic. “The (first) event took place last October and had a good turn out,” creative writing major Ryan Johnson said. “It wasn’t until this semester that we became a group (CLASS COOGS).” Johnson said that this year’s event showcases 27 majors, minors and student organizations. “The goals are to increase the presence of the college on campus,” said Johnson. “(And) raise the pride about the college and start a tradition.” Another issue was the general seclusion and isolation of the departments from one another. “History students hang out with history students, psychology students hang out with

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Thursday, 8:30 p.m. Warehouse Live, 8813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003. For more information call 713-225-5483 or visit $17.

Jack’s Mannequin Friday, 8 p.m. House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Houston, TX 77001. For more information call 832 667-7733 or visit $23 to $30.

Manchester Orchestra with White Denim, The Dear Hunter, Little Hurricane Friday, 8:30 p.m. Warehouse Live, 8813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003. For more information call 713-225-5483 or visit $16.50.

The Nissan Leaf and other electric cars like it cost less in fuel, but pose a bigger problem in financing — resulting more expensive than similar gas-powered vehicles. Additionally, electric cars require more frequent charging than gas-powered vehicles require filling up. | Rudolf Simon/Wikimedia Commons


Electric cars don’t have the power Cost, efficiency doesn’t measure up to gas guzzlers on campus

Dead Horse Saturday, 8 p.m. Warehouse Live, 8813 St. Emanuel Houston, TX 77003. For more information call 713-225-5483 or visit $20.

Hell City Kings, Texxxas, Ghosttown Electric, The Freakouts Saturday 8 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Houston, TX 77007. For more information call 713-862-3838 or visit $15.

Grouplove with Belle Brigade, White Arrows Saturday 9 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Houston, TX 77007. For more information call 713-862-3838 or visit $20.

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UH Homecoming this week!!! Let the Excitement Begin!!! (is it too early to start tailgating?) — @FrontierFiesta, 17 Oct

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THE DAILY COUGAR While hanging out at the University Center on Monday, many curious onlookers could not help but notice the shiny, silver Nissans lined up in the UC drop-off lane, ready for a test drive. It was more like a test convoy, as the cars would pull out, make their drive around the campus one behind the other, and come back about 15 minutes later. What some test-drivers might not have noticed offhand was the car model’s name: the Nissan Leaf. How many of those test-drivers knew that the Leaf is an electric car? Not a hybrid — all electric. This is not the Chevy Volt, which can run on gas or electrical power. This is a Nissan Leaf. So, how much is change worth? Let’s use three points of comparison: price,

RECIPE Guacamole dip Homecoming is this weekend, and that means Cougars everywhere are getting their coolers and lawn chairs ready for a bit of tailgating before Saturday’s game. Of course, you can’t have beverages without snacks to go along with them. Here’s a quick guacamole recipe for your festivities before kickoff. Ingredients J 3 Avocados, sliced and seeded J 1 lime, juiced J 1/2 teaspoon salt J 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper J 1/2 onion, diced J 1/2 can Rotel tomato J 1-1/2 tbsp chopped cilantro J 1 clove garlic, minced

Instructions: J Toss avacado and lime juice together in large bowl J Add salt, cayenne and mash using potato masher J Add onions, Rotel tomatoes, cilantro and garlic J Let sit for one hour and serve with chips

Additional thoughts: J Add lime to taste — mixing more lime gives this guacamole a smoother texture. J Similarly, adding more cayenne gives the guacamole more kick.


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is shockingly awesome. Now compare these prices to a 2012 gas model. The Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback 2LZ runs at $19,580. That is around $8,000 less than the Leaf, $10,000 less than the Smart electric drive and over $80,000 less than the DMC-12. Even when taking into account the $7,500 tax credit given to buyers of electric vehicles, the Sonic is still cheaper. The advantage goes to the Sonic 2LZ. In addition to the price, horsepower is another point of contention in buying an electric car. Americans love their horsepower. One problem many have had for so long about electric cars is the lack of horses under the hood. Nissan leaves this particular stat out on the Leaf’s website, but upon further research, it pulls only 107 horses. Not too impressive, but definitely more powerful than the Fortwo Electric Drive, which putters out at 40 horsepower. Both of these vehicles are out-matched by the cheaper Sonic 2LZ, which pulls 138 horsepower. Even the Sonic gets outclassed by the DMC-12, which has 260 horsepower. Then there is a matter of range — how far a single charge or tank of gas can go. Nissan says the Leaf can go 100 miles between charges.

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other psychology students,” said Nguyen in a press release. “What most students do not realize is that at one point or another, they have been a part of CLASS.” Johnson felt that the best way to bring together the 12,000 students that make up CLASS is to show everyone what they have in common. “We are an asset to the

Better than the Fortwo Electric Drive’s 84-mile range, and even outclassing the DMC-12’s 70-mile range. This is where the Sonic 2LZ and other gas vehicles shine. The Sonic gets 25 mpg in the city, and 35 mpg on the highway for a maximum range of 427 miles. The advantage goes to the Sonic 2LZ, though we all know gas is not friendly to the environment, and at around $3.25 per gallon, not very friendly on the wallet either. Gas-electric hybrids have been on the market for years now, and the prices of those cars are finally getting reasonable. It is hard to imagine how much General Motor’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, debuting in 2015, will cost. In giving a demonstration to the environmentally-conscious college crowd, it’s important to note that it will be years before many on campus can truly afford these gas-free cars. The power of these cars, with the exception of the DMC-12, is very weak. The consumer can go a lot further on a tank of gas than they could on a single charge. One would have to power up several times just to get the same range as a tank of gas. Electric cars are a viable option if one is traveling in the city with no traffic, but for longer commutes and rush-hour traffic, stick with gas — in the end, you’ll save yourself a few pennies, too.

University and felt too quiet and unorganized on campus, we wanted to do something about it,” said Johnson. The event offers the opportunity for students to gather and meet other students in all of the different majors of CLASS. Johnson notes that the event benefits UH by increasing the visibility of CLASS on campus by creating an event that helps the college define itself.

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to stand up for once,� Johnson said. “The change begins with the student who speaks up and does something, and it was time for me to do something for my college.� Nguyen and Johnson recruited

people who they said genuinely care about making UH more student involved. “If we’re passionate, you have to be passionate; if we really want it, you have to really want it; if we’re proud to be liberal arts social science majors, you have to be proud, too,� Johnson said. After the interested people

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were found, the group had to be registered as an organization. They named their team CLASS COOGS, and since its creation, the organization has grown. They are building their website and developing opportunities for internships, scholarships and volunteering. Johnson and Nguyen had to calculate a budget for the event

and give a presentation to the Activities Funding Board to earn its support. Johnson said the group has come a long way from starting with just two students, and he hopes the progress will continue. “I have no words. I am straight proud of this organization. It’s like my child; I’ve created it, raised it

and taken care of it and just feel nothing but a sense of pride when I see the outcome of this organization,� Johnson said. CLASS COOGS are currently looking for intern positions to be filled in director, co-director, secretary and volunteer positions.

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s part of Homecoming week, students participated in “Strut Your Stuff � on Wednesday at the University Center Houston Room. The winner of the event received spirit points which will be tallied at the end of the week to determine who wins the UH Spirit Cup. | Robert Z. Easely/The Daily Cougar

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Blundergrads by Phil Flickinger

ACROSS 1 NASA module 4 Like a gnat 9 Monastery VIP 14 They did “Don’t Bring Me Down” 15 “Flashdance” singer Cara 16 Role in Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” 17 Makeup remover 19 Rags-to-riches author Horatio 20 Sneak ___ (look surreptitiously) 21 Belch forth 23 Computer image 24 Consideration in purchasing a car 26 Up, on maps 28 Reordered manuscript sheets, e.g. 32 Recede to the sea 35 “Ah, whatever” follower 36 Topps rival, to baseball card collectors 38 Window-rattling 40 Crockett cap critters 43 Sports broadcaster 44 Islamic declaration 46 Entree eaten with a spoon 48 Airline website stat. 49 New additions to the family, sometimes 53 “Bennie and the Jets” singer John 54 Top-level worker? 58 Give a mighty heave 60 “Junk begets junk” computer acronym 63 Breast-feed 64 Not quite straight 66 Opaque drinking vessel 68 Illegal lending tactic 69 “... but to no ___” 70 ___ West (life preserver) 71 End, as a subscription 72 Southpaw 73 Needle’s hole

Robbie + Bobby by Jason Poland

sudoku How to play

Each row must contain the numbers 1 to 9; each column must contain the numbers 1 to 9; and each set of 3-by-3 boxes must also contain the numbers 1 to 9.

Previous puzzle solved

DOWN 1 Aptly named Renault vehicle 2 Descend a ladder and wed 3 Burrowing creatures 4 Predicaments 5 Be at fault



6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 18 22 25 27 29 30 31 32 33 34 37 39 41 42 45 47

Seize homophone “Sack” attachment Aden citizen Pie ___ mode Put down High muck-a-muck Breakfast-table spread Small glacial lake Salutation starter Took all the marbles Tale on a grand scale U.K. military fliers “A long time ___ in a galaxy far, far away ...” Casper is a friendly one Pt. of NYPD North Pole helper Constrictor snakes Yellow flower Biochemist’s letters Inhabitants Degree of considerable degree One with powers of foresight Likely (to) Incorrectly

50 51 52 55 56

Ship’s visibility impairer Like some instincts Motown music category Set up an innocent party “How I Spent My Summer,” often 57 Examine again, as a patient

58 59 61 62

Truck “Major” animal Collapse under pressure Name of several Norwegian kings 65 Easter egg colorer 67 Baby fox

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SCULPTURE Thursday, October 20, 2011 4:00PM - 8:00PM - World Affairs Lounge

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