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Accessibility tour to help find trouble spots for disabled The Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and the Center for Students with Disabilities will be hosting a Campus Accessibility Tour for all UH students, faculty and staff from 1 to 3 p.m. today in the GD Hines College of Architecture Atrium. The tour will allow students to experience life on campus the way some of their peers, who are blind or rely on wheelchairs to get around, do on a daily basis. For questions or additional information, please contact Donna Kacmar at donna.kacmar@mail. uh.edu or call 713-743-2424 —Deisy Enriquez

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15th annual International Day to feature food, games The UH College of Pharmacy’s 15th Annual International Day Festival will be hosted by the class of 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday between the University Center Satellite and the Science and Research Building 2. This year’s fundraiser will feature foods from Kona Grill, Tan Tan, El Greco, La Mexicana and Prima Pasta. Scheduled events include dance performances, a fashion show and raffle drawings for gift cards. Tickets are $5 and include three food items and a drink. They will be available for purchase at the festival. T-shirts will also be on sale. For more information contact tdmai@uh.edu. — Alana Mousavi Din

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UH prof, alumnus recognized for promoting citizenship A UH College of Education professor and a distinguished UH Law Center alumnus will be honored by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Houston Racquet Club, at 10709 Memorial Drive. Theresa Monaco, executive director of UH’s Center for Gifted and Talented Education, and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eugene A. Cook will both receive the FFVF’s George Washington Honor Medal, the highest achievement awarded by the national organization. The cost to attend the event is $32 per person. For more information, please contact Laura Tolley at ljtolley@uh.edu or at 713-743-0778. — Saniya Maya

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Smoking bill to be reviewed Joshua Mann

THE DAILY COUGAR A bill that would ban smoking in some areas of campus will be reviewed by the Student Government Association at 7:30 p.m. today. Before the last senate meeting, many students expected legislation that would ban smoking. Some students went so far as to speak in protest in front of the student senate, but the bill that Natural Science and

Mathematics senator Josie Ceasar presented was actually a modification of the current policy. “We’ve been talking to constituents, and we see that an outright ban is not needed at this moment,” Ceasar said when introducing the bill two weeks ago with a co-author from the Collegiate Cancer Council. Smoking would be prohibited in covered walkways “including, but not limited to, the PGH breezeway, the breezeway between Cougar Village and Moody Towers Dining Hall,

the breezeway between Cynthia Wood Mitchell Center for the Arts and the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication,” according to the bill. Smoking would also be prohibited on “all pathways adjacent to the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library and Butler Plaza,( ... ) all pathways adjacent to the Recreation and Wellness Center ( ...and ) the pathways along the University Center Perimeter.” After the meeting, College of

EVENT What: SGA Meeting When: 7:30 p.m. today Where: Cougar Den Topic: Campus smoking ban bill Liberal Arts and Social Sciences senator Lee Arnold said that the bill would probably go through “serious editing” in committees before being voted on at the next meeting. news@thedailycougar.com

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Astronaut lands on University grounds Daughter of founding dean pays tribute to father, discusses space Lindsey Falcon

THE DAILY COUGAR NASA’s first Houston-born astronaut to launch, Shannon Walker, presented a keepsake to the College of Natural Science and Mathematics on Tuesday in the auditorium of the Science and Engineering building and talked about her space journey on the Soyuz, a Russian spacecraft. Walker — the daughter of founding dean of UH’s NSM department, Hugh Walker –– began her presentation titled “Long Duration Space Flight, Preparing For and Living on the International Space Station” with a salute to her father. Students, staff and visitors applauded as Walker held up a poster of her father, which flew 118 million miles around Earth. Walker’s team, comprised of three Russians and three Americans, spent three years in training before the launch. Their time in space is described as one of experimental research, housework and aweing at the earth from above. “We did a lot of experiments like watching bubbles move in liquids,” Walker said. “Yes, it was a lot like watching grass grow, but it was very important to the scientists on the ground, so we did that.” Along with conducting daily research from watching bubbles to growing plants, Walker says she

spent a great deal of time just gazing at the earth below. “When we were not doing science, we spent a lot of time looking out the window. It’s gorgeous. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful the colors of the earth are. The colors are so rich and so deep,” Walker said. “Earth at night was pretty impressive too,” she said, showing a picture of the Nile River. Aboard the space station and without the luxury of gravity, however, things can go from pretty to not so pretty. Showering, sleeping, eating and using the restroom are no longer simple tasks, she said. “Never underestimate the role gravity plays in going to the restroom,” said Walker. “We do not have a shower. We do not have running water. You have dry shampoo like they use in hospitals and they claim it’s no rinse — don’t believe it. “Another thing is there’s no blow-dryer. At this point, you’re just space beautiful.” Two of the mandatory routines aboard the space station were housework and exercise. Physical fitness is a necessary part of staying healthy and strong in an environment with no gravity. The housework or cleaning up of the spacecraft and space station was also vital, said Walker. “We use resistance exercises. Every day for about 2.5 hours, we are scheduled to exercise,” Walker said. “And you can never escape housework, not even in space.” After five and a half months in space on the Soyuz, Walker and

Astronaut Shannon Walker received a physics degree from Rice University and began her professional career at NASA as a robotics flight controller for the space shuttle program. | Yulia Kutsenkova/The Daily Cougar the rest of the team headed back to earth. Upon landing, Walker experienced what she described as the “scariest” part of the trip. “We had a leak in our capsule (while) coming in, so the pressure alarms were going off,” said Walker. “It was kind of scary at first. It’s my job to monitor that stuff but I could tell by the leak rate that it wasn’t that bad and it would be fine.” In the week following her

return, Walker noted the struggles of adjusting to a world with gravity again. “Your inner ear is usually confused. It makes you dizzy, and it’s hard to walk a straight line for a while. I was back a week, and I walked into a wall,” Walker said. “But am I going back? I sure hope so. I imagine in another couple of years.” news@thedailycougar.com


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It might have only been an exhibition game, but there was a different energy on the court at Hofheinz Pavilion that has been missing in recent years. The Cougars flew up and down the court, and earned a 118-70 win over Concordia on the strength of highlight plays from several of their first-year players. Despite the win, there is still work to be done for head coach James Dickey’s squad. “I love the way we play offensively and attack,” Dickey said. “But you have to play with equal energy and enthusiasm on the other end, and not lose your man and find your guy in transition — not be thinking about how good of a dunk you had or hitting that big three and going back with a home run trot and celebrating. You have to sprint back and find your man, find the ball and be ready to help. “I thought shot selection overall was very good. I’m not very patient at times, but you have to understand that we have seven new guys, and they’re really trying to learn what we want in terms of two things that are really hard — one is shot selection

and two is defense. They’re playing hard, they just have to be more sound.” Freshman Joseph Young led UH in scoring with 26 points on 8-11 shooting, and 5-6 from three-point range. Junior swingman Jonathan Simmons, who came off of the bench, also made an impressive debut, throwing down several monstrous dunks and nearly notching a tripledouble — 24 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and five steals on 10-12 shooting. “I was just anxious, ready to get out there and show the world what we can do,” Simmons said. The trouble for Young, Simmons and the Cougars’ other ballhandlers was turnovers. “Many of our turnovers came when we had possession of the ball and were too antsy to go the other way with it and didn’t value it and turned it over,” Dickey said. “You look at our primary ball handlers, Jonathan, J.J. (Thompson) and Joe, had way too many turnovers. J.J. had three late. Jonathan was a little careless with the ball. Joe turned it over five times in the first half, but took really good care of it in the second half.” The Cougars had a clear size advantage over the Tornadoes, but

surrendered 14 offensive rebounds. Freshman TaShawn Thomas was a bright spot in the post for the Cougars, finishing with a doubledouble — 14 points and 10 rebounds, while also blocking three shots and showing a strong handle in transition for a post player. Thomas started at center, along with Young and Darian Thibodeaux at the guards, and Alandise Harris and Kirk Van Slyke at the forward spots. Harris had a strong performance, posting 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals, but, like several other Cougars, struggled from the free-throw line. “I was pleased we got to the free-throw line 31 times,” Dickey said. “But we have to hit them. I told Alandise his first two were not close. Sometimes that can be contagious.” The Cougars will hope to improve in those areas before their regularseason opener at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hofheinz Pavilion against Grambling State. “We needed something like this because people are going to make us scramble,” Dickey said. “We expect the same type of tempo from Grambling coming in here on Saturday.” sports@thedailycougar.com

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ouston had its yearly election Tuesday — but the numbers suggest many people had no idea. Only about 8.8 percent, or around 164,000 of Houston’s 1.9 million voters showed up to voice their opinions. To make matters worse, Houston Independent School District Trustee Manuel Rodriguez Jr. won his seat by a margin of less than 25 votes. Unfortunately, Rodriguez is the wrong man for the job. In Monday’s staff editorial, we wrote about Rodriguez and his campaign flier, which attacks his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca, for being a gay man. It seems Houston voters are either ill-informed or just don’t care about a bully winning his campaign with smear tactics and hate. Regardless, the votes are in, and the better man for the job lost. The flier controversy isn’t quite over, though. Noel Freeman, president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, said in the Houston Chronicle that he and other members of the organization will be attending the next HISD board meeting to confront Rodriguez and ask for an apology. But an apology is not the answer. Rodriguez is at least slightly bigoted towards the GLBT community; how can he be trusted to guide the students of HISD when he rejects some of its students out of hand? HISD is not a business — and it is most definitely not a place for bigotry. The school board is expected to guide the next generation of Houstonians. Rodriguez has already demonstrated he would rather attack an opponent with ignorance. What will stop him from doing it again? The worst part about the situation is that voters are to blame. Voter turnout was a pitiful 8.8 percent. Had more people cared about the future of education in our city, this election could have ended with the right man for the job. And HISD trustee positions were not the only item on the ballot. Annise Parker defended her mayorship successfully, city council positions went up for election and school board positions all over Houston were being decided as well. Let’s hope most of the newly-elected candidates are not similar to Rodriguez.

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ost of the time when we think Although OWS is somewhat disequipped to handle white-collar crime. of crime we think of street crime, organized in its message, many of its The primary law enforcement agencies not white collar crime. After all, demonstrators express discontent with that enforce the law on white-collar it is street crime that we are more likely to corporate greed and corruption. Because criminals are the Securities and Exchange hear about from local news outlets, and it of the Occupy movement, people are Commission and the FBI. These two is often the type of crime we fear the most finally starting to take notice of the damage agencies are relatively small in comparison because it frequently involves physical white-collar crime causes the US economy to the amount of white-collar crime that violence. exists and are not fully We usually Because of the Occupy movement, people are finally equipped to enforce don’t pay laws on white-collar James starting to take notice of the damage white collar as much criminals. Johnson attention White-collar crime crime causes the US economy and the fact that white to white-collar crime even is a serious problem collar criminals are not being held accountable for their crimes at and should not be though white-collar crime the same rate as street criminals.” causes much more harm to ignored. Everyone the US economy. is obligated to obey According to the Association of Certiand the fact that white-collar criminals are the law, regardless of their social status or fied Fraud Examiners, between 2006 and not being held accountable for their crimes position. Corporate fraud and corruption 2008 US companies lost approximately at the same rate as street criminals. negatively affects everyone who is not seven percent of their annual revenue to It is much more difficult to catch and committing it. fraud. This amounts to $994 billion in fraud prosecute white-collar criminals than it The white-collar crime epidemic has losses to the US economy between 2006 is to catch and prosecute street criminals. become so harmful to the US economy and 2008. Unlike most street criminals, white-collar that it can no longer be ignored. Hopefully Not only do white-collar criminals criminals are able to avoid the legal system increased public awareness and concern cause more economic harm than street because of monetary resources. And even over corporate corruption and fraud will criminals, they are often less likely to be if they are arrested and prosecuted, most translate into increased enforcement of arrested and prosecuted for their crimes. white-collar criminals will have a better fraud and corruption laws — and higher Until recently, however, there hasn’t been chance at procuring lighter sentences than rates of arrest and prosecution of whiteas much concern over white-collar crime the average street criminal. collar criminals. as there has been for street crime. That Part of the reason why there is so has changed with the Occupy Wall Street much white-collar crime in the US is that James Johnson is a psychology senior and may be movement. law enforcement agencies are not well reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

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veryone has skeletons in their closets — everyone. And during a political campaign, politicians are extremely vulnerable to attacks on their personal lives that seek to bring these skeletons out. Politics ceased being about the issues long ago, because scandals now turn up in every election. Campaigns will get down and dirty to destroy the opposition, even if it ruins lives in the process. And it is not only the campaigns Aaron that shoulder the blame. Manuel The media also frequently joins in on the attacks. It was not that long ago that Herman Cain was a front-runner in the Republican race for the presidential nomination. Despite his questionable 9-9-9 tax plan, Cain is a charismatic individual who has had success connecting to his audiences and getting them to believe his message. Lately, Cain’s message has been, “I have never sexually harassed anyone … Secondly, I have never sexually harassed anyone.” All the disclosures of sexual harassment settlements involving Cain that have come out recently is not surprising at all; he is, or was, the front-runner in the polls. Now more and more women are speaking out — one woman even retained a celebrity lawyer, Gloria Allred, who has ties to the Democratic party. Cain has blamed everyone except the Iranians for the leaks (give him time, he is working on it). The Rick Perry campaign, whose response was the equivalent of the kid who broke a vase and then blamed the dog for it, has even joined in on the antiCain campaign. Regardless of whether or not one agrees with Cain’s politics, one has to wonder why this news did not come months earlier when Cain was regarded as a fringe candidate. Speaking of Perry, how about his own scandal that broke recently? No, not the strange event in New Hampshire where it

looked like Perry had one too many Lone Star beers and resembled the straight younger cousin of the late Paul Lynde — I’m talking about the scandal involving the camp where Perry spent so much time as a child and still frequents from time to time. You know? The one about that camp with the highly unfortunate name that everyone talked about for a couple of weeks?

Campaigns will get down and dirty to destroy the opposition, even if it ruins personal lives in the process. And it is not only campaigns that shoulder the blame. The media also frequently joins in on the attacks.” That scandal actually helped Perry in a strange way because it turned the focus away from chronic charges of cronyism, softness on illegal immigration and Texas’ huge debt. As if to pass the scandal hot potato on to someone else, Perry had the testicular fortitude to call out President Barack Obama’s birth certificate — because that worked so well for former Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. And then, who called out Perry on Fox News? It turned out to be none other than former adviser to President George W. Bush and Fox News contributor, Karl Rove, the same man who was a focus of presidential scandal and ridicule for years. “You associate yourself with a nutty view like that, and you damage yourself,” Rove said of Perry on Fox News. When a man who is used to the lashes of the scandal whip is telling you to back off before you get hurt, you have some serious problems.

Obama had his controversial pastor. President Bill Clinton claimed, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” and then later in a televised speech admitted he did. The national media has always had the responsibility of being the watchdog, the eyes that inform the American people and protect them when something is seriously amiss — like Watergate, Teapot Dome or Iran-contra. Unfortunately, the same watchdog tears through the trash to discover a video of the governor of Texas pulled over for speeding or a congressman’s privates in a picture on Twitter. What responsibility does the media have to report real scandals that raise actual legal issues? The National Restaurant Association settled Cain’s harassment cases — mostly. His situation is becoming more fluid by the day. Perry’s campgrounds, while having an offensive name, do not raise any legal issues. Rep. Weiner’s private shots caused some initial alarm because it was thought one of the women he sent these pictures to was a minor, but she was later found to be of age. When does scandal become so rampant that our first response is to roll our eyes and just move on to the next story? What happened to the issues? John Huntsman said it best when he talked about the Cain scandal on Meet the Press. “We’ve got some real issues to discuss in this campaign and this is taking all the bandwidth out of the discussion,” Huntsman said. Ron Paul echoed the same sentiments on Fox News. Those two do not have a chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination — maybe they just need a scandal to get their names out there. Aaron Manuel is a broadcast journalism senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.


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that personality on the court,” Alvey said. “I saw that in her with her decision-making and the sets that she put up. I could definitely feel that attitude throughout the recruiting process. “She’s a very mentally stable person. She isn’t easily fazed by competition, or distraction or adversity. She does a great job at keeping her composure — that’s why I wanted to recruit her.” After briefly touring the University and being introduced to the program by the coaching staff, Ogletree’s options expanded with her increased interest in UH. Alvey’s clear fondness for the setter coupled with the University’s growing athletic respectability under Athletic Director Mack Rhoades contributed to the swift change of opinion by Ogletree. With some thought, the finalists for college went from two to three. “I just fell in love with the coaching staff,” Ogletree said. “What coach wanted from me was to bring intensity and competitiveness. What player wouldn’t love to hear that? ‘You can make a change, make a difference’. I love that she wanted me to come in and contribute right away.” Ultimately, the lure of UH’s growing athletic and academic programs sealed the decision for Ogletree. With only a single year as head coach, Alvey had turned Cougar

volleyball around enough to convince the Montgomery native that UH had a strong future ahead of them in C-USA. “Once I came here, I was like, wow,” Ogletree said. “I really liked TCU, but I didn’t click with the program at all. I wanted go to a program with a strong future, and this was just the right place for me.” For Ogletree, UH fit well from the first match. After briefly battling with transfer Chelsey Harding in the preseason, the freshman earned the starting nod from Alvey for UH’s opening tournament, the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup. Through the Cougars’ seasonlong battle for first place, Ogletree has earned C-USA Setter of the Week honors four times, and currently ranks fourth in assists per match (11.0) among C-USA setters. The freshman has helped lead the Cougars to two five-plus match-winning streaks, and been integral to UH’s quest for a C-USA championship. “She’s the type of player that you can really get after her, and give a lot of information to,” Alvey said. “I can critique and criticize and her, and it won’t faze her. For being a freshman, and the responsibilities we’ve put on her, she’s done a great job leading this team. “I think she’s going to be a huge asset to this program in the long run.” sports@thedailycougar.com

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THE DAILY COUGAR Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that Electronic Arts is sticking its neck out and showing its spirit of competition against Acitivisionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s juggernaut title â&#x20AC;&#x153;Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3â&#x20AC;?, but with the lackluster single-player campaign mode and a seemingly fun but short lived online multiplayer mode, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battlefield 3â&#x20AC;? falls short of the competition. Indeed, the story and gameplay in the single player campaign mode is disturbingly boring and nonsensical. Players take on the role of Sergeant Blackburn, a Marine who is being interrogated by the CIA after being accused of being a traitor. Throughout the single-player mode, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to play through all of Blackburnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flashbacks as he tries to clear his name. Despite having a somewhat interesting plot, players will find a disconnection with all of the characters in the

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Battlefield 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122; allows you to take control of tanks, Jeeps and jets. The single-player mode takes the backseat to more interactive multiplayer and co-op modes. However, it falls short to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which was released on Tuesday. | EA Games story â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and confusion as to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to be going on in the story itself. While the sound effects are an exquisite touch in terms of how the Dolby Sound system in the game compliments gunfire and explosions, the entire single player campaign is neither engaging nor

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