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Prof critiques No Child Left Behind Author calls for educational reform, more resources for American schools in lecture Ryan Rockett

THE DAILY COUGAR In a country with middling educational rankings on a global scale, UH professor Gary Dworkin said that a decreased emphasis on standardized testing and higher accountability standards are necessary to improve national education in the wake of the controversial No Child Left Behind program.

The professor and co-author of the 1991 book “Giving Up on School: Student Dropouts and Teacher Burnouts” presented, in an appearance on Wednesday in the Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall room 232, information reflecting the negative results of the 2001 educational reform initiative during his lecture titled “Some Unintended Consequences of the Standards-Based Reform Movement”. “I think that educational reform is needed, but I don’t believe that No Child Left Behind is the answer as it’s implemented,” Dworkin said. “I think we need a national curriculum and national testing but we don’t want tests to be the only thing

by which we evaluate children or schools. Struggling schools need more resources; they don’t need to be shut down.” Dworkin cited a report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress identifying 36 percent of Texas 8th graders at below basic competency levels in science and 26 percent below basic competency in reading. Dworkin then showed survey information supporting the notion that floundering statistics and poor teaching practices have been exacerbated by programs like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Dworkin said that the two educational reform initiatives impose “draconian

punishments” upon under-performing campuses, which results in schools instead that try “gaming the system.” “No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top assume that through threats and sanctions the school districts, campus administrators and teachers will work harder and help students raise their achievement scores through legitimate means,” Dworkin said. “However, in a hierarchy of distrust, schools focus on the appearance of desired outcomes and not necessarily their actual attainment.” Dworkin listed encouragement of EDUCATION continues on page 3

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Cougars lace up, go for indoor gold at Mini World Cup

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts will host New York maintenance artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles for an artist talk at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Dudley Recital Hall of the UH Fine Arts Building. She will discuss her life as an artist in the New York Sanitation Department creating works that challenge the issues of waste management. UH art history assistant professor Jenni Sorkin will moderate the event, which will be followed by a discussion with UH resident artists Zach Moser and Eric Leshinsky. Leshinsky and Moser co-created the Shrimp Boat Projects, a creative research project that investigates the culture of the Houston area through art. The talk is free and open to the public; for more information, contact Nicole Laurent at nclaurent@uh.edu. — Jennifer Postel

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US Department of State to discuss career opportunities In keeping up with the series of events for International Education Week, the International Student and Scholar Services Office is hosting a career opportunity event from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the World Affairs Lounge in the University Center Underground. Donna Blair, UH Diplomat in Residence and career member of the Senior Foreign Service, will discuss career opportunities in the U.S. Department of State. The event is open to all students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact ISSSO at 713-743-5065. — Zahra Ahmed

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THE DAILY COUGAR Teams of students representing different countries came together on Saturday at Melcher Gymnasium to test their skills at the UH Mini World Cup. The event brought together 10 teams to play more than 20 games in a seven hour period for two purposes: To bring awareness to a niche campus activity and to generate interest in a new club on campus. “We’ve had a ton of people come out and support it, and that’s my favorite part,” said Julian Gomez, a marketing major. “We are also generating a bunch of interest because a lot of people did not know that there was an indoor team forming.” Gomez added that organizing with the tournament brought numerous benefits as he continued to develop the team. Jose Pablo Ramirez, a management information systems major who has worked at previous Mini World Cups, elaborated on the benefits and origin of the tournament. “We organized this tournament for numerous reasons; economically, we want to help pay for some of the expenses that come with forming a club, like jerseys, equipment and everything else,” Ramirez said.

Students represented their country of choice as they competed in the UH Mini World Cup on Saturday, a soccer tournament organized to generate interest in the sport and get people involved on campus. | Johnny Peña/The Daily Cougar “We got together and decided to change it a little, so we brought it (the tournament) indoors. Ultimately, we organized it to generate interest in the indoor soccer club here on campus.” The tournament was also used as a scouting event. As the indoor soccer club

developed, Ramirez and Gomez agreed that a tournament of this magnitude would be an ideal way to gather players. “We scout the games and if we notice someone special, we’ll send them an email so that we can contact them for future events and meetings,” Ramirez said.

“This is also why we’re trying to make money, so we can alleviate some of the economic pressure that comes with joining a team. It’s more appealing when you have good equipment to offer and a low membership fee.” WORLD CUP continues on page 3


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Assault on a Public Servant/ Driving While Intoxicated – Nov. 3 2:27 a.m. – Lot 15 F— A UH DPS officer stopped a visitor for driving recklessly in parking lot 15 F. The visitor was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for driving while intoxicated and aggravated assault on a public servant when he assaulted a member of the Houston Fire Department. The incident occurred between 2:27 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 3. The case is cleared by arrest. Theft – Nov. 3 4:36 p.m. – Entrance 14 — A student reported a woman asked to use his phone near the old Science building and fled the area with it. The woman, a visitor, was found at a local restaurant with the phone. The student identified the visitor and the phone was returned to the student, who declined pressing charges. The incident occurred at 4:25 p.m. on Nov. 3. The case is inactive. Traffic Offense – Nov. 4 11:30 a.m. – Temporary Bayou Oaks Parking Lot — A student reported that someone struck and damaged her vehicle while it was parked in the gravel lot on the northwest side of Bayou Oaks Apartments. The striking driver failed to leave any information. The incident occurred between 2:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 4. The case is inactive. Theft – Nov. 6 12:48 a.m. – Architecture Bldg.— A student reported that someone stole her unattended and secured bicycle from the Architecture bicycle rack. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 8 a.m. on Nov. 5 and 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 6. The case is inactive. Criminal mischief: 10:03 p.m. Monday, Agnes Arnold Hall first floor — A staff member reported seeing a fire hose on the ground at Agnes Arnold Hall. The hose was

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wet and leaking water, but there was no sign of fire in the area. The incident occurred before 9:40 p.m. on Monday. Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle – Nov. 6 1:03 a.m. — Two students stole a University-owned utility vehicle and were operating it without authorization. The students were detained, but the complainant declined to file charges. The students also possessed a driver’s license that did not belong to them. The students received Student Life Referrals and were released without charges. The incident occurred at 1:03 p.m. on Nov. 6. The case is cleared by referral. Criminal Mischief – Nov. 6 2:46 a.m. – University Hilton Hotel Parking Garage — A Hilton Hotel staff member reported that someone intentionally damaged a ticket machine in the hotel parking garage. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 10 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 2:40 a.m. on Nov. 6. The case is active. Indecent Exposure – Nov. 6 1:54 p.m. – M.D. Anderson Library — A student reported being scared and offended by a man that exposed himself to her in M.D. Anderson Library. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 1:40 p.m. and 1:55 p.m. on Nov. 6. The case is active. Theft – Nov. 6 3:51 p.m. – Cougar Village — A student reported that someone stole his secured bicycle from a wooden post near the bicycle rack between Moody Towers and Cougar Village. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 8 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 3 p.m. on Nov. 6. The case is inactive.

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Experts discuss economics, security of energy at Bauer panel Saniya Maya

THE DAILY COUGAR A panel of energy experts helped explain the relationship between economics and energy at “The Energy Management and Policy Group Panel Discussion,” hosted by CT. Bauer College of Business on Friday at the UH Hilton Hotel. The participants had a panel discussion over the Keystone Pipeline and North American Energy Security. Daniel Ownsby is the director of corporate development for Buckeye Partners LP, where he manages joint ventures that Buckeye operates or owns. He spoke about pipeline installation. “You have four different sources of moving liquids. A truck has to be low volume, takes more time to start up, the costs are high and has lots of flexibility,” Ownsby said. “Whereas pipeline low volume doesn’t work;

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The tournament was initially rescheduled, creating numerous problems for the organizers who spent months planning the event. Another problem organizers encountered was how teams would register and pay at the last minute. “We’ve found that last-minute

starting time takes several years. The cost is incredible. There is no flexibility in moving.” Ed Hirs, a clinical professor of economics at UH and a partner at Hillhouse Resources, LLC, spoke about crude oil and its benefits. “Embedded crude oil price increase will encourage other fuels’ developments without taxes and subsidies,” Hirs said. “There is more domestic employment, GDP and, of course, domestic tax collection.” Barry Lefer, an associate professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and a specialist on air quality, spoke about climate change. “I moved to Houston in 2004, and I was involved in a study here in 2000, and what was special here in 2000 was (that it was the) first time Houston had worse air quality than Los Angeles,” Lefer said. “The downward trend between LA and Houston was basically the air quality was bad 30 days a year back

in the ’80s, and now it’s 60 days a year the air quality was polluted, and it was hard to breathe. This downward trend is due to primarily cleaning up the oil tanks and burning the fluid.” The final discussion featured Loren Steffy, a business columnist for the Houston Chronicle and author of “Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit.” Steffy spoke about the significant shift in North American supply and public reaction in the oil business. “The energy companies have constantly had the problem of not moving on when there is a problem,” Steffy said. “There is a very significant shift in our North American supply situation, and it really represents a dramatic opportunity to the industry. “Price is going to go up no matter how you look at things. My plan is revolved around the idea that we want oil to be cheap.”

changes can challenge teams to make payment and registration deadlines,” Ramirez said. “Some things are just out of our control.” Gomez echoed Ramirez and said that in future events, he will be more strict with earlier registration deadlines. Students interested in obtaining more information or joining the UH indoor soccer club can visit their Facebook page by

searching University of Houston Indoor Soccer Club Team. They also hold scrimmages on Thursday evenings at Melcher Hall. “This game is very different,” said Muhammad Alkassab, a Geology major and Netherlands team member. “It requires a different skill, a better touch — and understanding of the game.”

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The women’s club Volleyball concluded their season by defeating LSC-Tomball in the championship game in three straight Matches. They were crowned the 2011 Lone Star Sport Club Conference Champions. During the weekend they did not lose a single set on their way to the championship. The men’s club Waterpolo team traveled to Dallas, Texas to compete in a tournament that had nine teams from around the state of Texas. They swam through the competition until the Championship game. After a hard fought battle they

finally lost and ended in 2nd place winning their first four games and losing only the championship game. The Cricket Club also had a great weekend by taking first place in their league’s tournament.

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low-performing students to miss exams; “redshirting” high performing students to retake tests in following years; transferring lowperforming students to a single school; and blatant cheating as techniques employed by school districts to produce positive achievement statistics. Dworkin also described a Chicago inner-city school method of distributing a preliminary exam and excluding high-performing students from instruction as particularly egregious. “What Chicago was doing to African-American kids was to take the best and brightest and handicap their chances of getting into college in order to raise the test scores,” Dworkin said. In response to the Obama administration’s current education system overhaul and the revision of the No Child Left Behind statute, Dworkin said that the national education landscape is improving but still has a long way to go. “I’m not terribly optimistic,” Dworkin said, “but I think (education is) getting better than it had been under the previous

administration.” Corporate communications junior Alyshia Dansby was one of about 20 in attendance and said she enjoyed hearing the professor’s perspective. “The topic of minorities in public school has always been interesting to me, and it’s always interesting learning from different researchers and what they think,” Dansby said. “He provided a lot of information about the topic itself and it gave me an idea of how minorities play a role in the education system.” The lecture was the fourth of a series of presentations spanning throughout November titled “Race: Are We So Different?” The series is hosted by Janice Hutchinson and the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies and will have two more lectures tackling civil rights in the World War II era and discrimination in the gay community, planned for Wednesday and Nov. 30, respectively. Dworkin has taught at UH since 1973 and was elected president of the Sociology of Education Research Committee of the International Sociological Association in 2010. news@thedailycougar.com

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Grand jury report exposes Sandusky

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ormer Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky broke his silence in an interview Monday night with NBC’s Bob Costas. Sandusky was vague in his responses and avoided taking ownership of the allegations of sexual abuse levied against him. Sandusky told Costas that he was innocent of all charges. “I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them, and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact,” Sandusky said. “I enjoy young people, I love to be around them, but, no, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.” However, according to the Grand Jury report from the case, this is not the case. The report, in graphic detail, describes how Sandusky preyed on his victims. Yes, Sandusky horsed around with his victims — but that was in the beginning of their relationships, according to the report. The report reveals that this “horsing” around was how Sandusky began his relationships with many of his victims. It’s not just one victim, or two — the grand jury has evidence of eight different victims. What’s worse is the testimony given by numerous adults, including a coaching assistant and a janitor. These adults freely admit they saw graphic sexual acts occurring between Sandusky and his victims. And, while each of these employees alerted their respective supervisors, no one seemed able to call the police. Even if their surpervisors did nothing, the employees who witnessed the acts should have made sure the authorities were aware of the abuse. By sitting idly by and allowing Sandusky to stay in his position, they allowed him to assault more young boys. It is understandable to want to protect your job, but not if it means allowing someone like Sandusky to continue to prey on his victims. If everything written in the grand jury report is true, then Sandusky deserves — at best — to spend the rest of his life in prison.

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‘Oops’ Rick Perry’s epic debate flop ruins his chances of winning nomination

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ov. Rick Perry has never been the most well-spoken debater, and you can only fault a candidate so much for this small part of the larger picture. Still, at a CNBC Michigan Republican debate last week Perry did not just lose his train of thought, he lost his chance to become the GOP presidential nominee. David Perry described Haydon the three agencies he would eliminate and named two of them before falling into the “uuuhhhh” that curses so many public speakers. However, it gets worse. Mitt Romney asked if Perry wanted to eliminate the EPA as the third. Perry agreed, but a moderator (who knew what three agencies Perry had talked about eliminating) asked if that was really the department he would eliminate. Perry was caught. He backtracked, then gave up without an answer. The senior moment lasted only 50 seconds or so, but it was enough to crush his credibility. Eventually he realized that the Department of Energy was the elusive agency on the tip of his tongue. Perry has performed poorly in each debate he has taken part in, and this fact, aside from proving why he actually refused to debate Bill White last year, is going to allow other candidates to surpass him.

Plenty of politicians make major mistakes and lose their place. The trick is not to get caught redhanded in front of a camera when it occurs. Romney was the opposite of Perry during the Michigan debate. Not only did he have the home field advantage (Romney is from Detroit), he never deviated his criticisms and attacks at the other GOP candidates and instead focused on the Obama administration. Romney said he rejected a bailout for US banks with exposure to European debt and that while he didn’t want a flat tax, he’d push for a fatter tax code. It was simple talk — but still more eloquent than Perry could pull off. Debates are entertaining, but admittedly they don’t determine anything important. Debates do not even determine a winner. These events are arbitrated by moderators and comprised of politicians slinging mud at each other. There are no winners in a debate; only people who hold up their composure, speak well and appear to be in control. Perry could not accomplish this. Why does this end his chance of even getting the Republican nomination? After all, people are fickle, and they will eventually forget this as soon as someone else does something to shift attention. The simple answer is fundraising. “Perry’s campaign is over. Time for him to go home and refocus on being

Perry has performed poorly in each debate he has taken part in, and this fact, aside from proving why he actually refused to debate Bill White last year, is going to allow the other candidates to surpass him. Plenty of politicians make major mistakes and lose their pace. The trick is not to get caught red-handed in front of a camera when it occurs.” governor of Texas. Really unfortunate. His policies are a solid roadmap for the economy. But, clearly he can’t articulate them in a coherent way,” one of Perry’s fund raisers said after the debate. Without money and people willing to consolidate that money, Perry’s campaign does not look like a safe bet, and his supporters will go bet on a different racehorse. Yet Perry refuses to end his campaign. He told reporters in each interview following the flop that everyone makes mistakes and that he is no different. Perry arrived to the South Carolina debate Saturday with every intention to keep going — you have to give him points for trying. David Haydon is a political science senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

Killing animals is callous, shortsighted

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ith the year rounding out, procreating entities like ourselves. should be invested so that children can plenty of organizations have It’s a dangerous mindset, because the differentiate between conscious beings found themselves grabbing for willingness to kill depends largely on the and inanimate objects, but today’s youth work however they can get it; The Intersubject’s role in an individual’s life. are tomorrow’s elderly. national Union of Conservation of Nature In this regard, you could say that the In the US this weekend, big game wishes it had less. dogs and cats of the world cashed in hunting season begins, assuring millions Last week, the IUCN on life’s lottery early: Felines have been of killings. These are only from reported announced that two deemed sacred since ancient Egyptian killings, which excludes grazes, misfires species of Rhino in the times, while the former’s fate has even and unreported killings. world have become been sealed in quotations: “Man’s best If we were discussing the amount of dangerously close to friend.” tabbies skewered, guinea pigs de-ribbed extincor Labradors strewn over Bryan tion. A the television, it would Washington Our comfort level stems from desensitization. third, be an important issue; the Western Black Rhino but our disassociation Despite what we like to think, our society doesn’t of Africa, was eliminated elk, deer and turkey really acknowledge these animals as living, thinking, with from its records entirely. has simply become a way procreating entities like ourselves.” A quarter of the Earth’s of life. mammals are at risk of Reports of mounting extinction, and a fair extinctions are striking, amount of them meet their ends at the Certain animals enjoy a particular but they shouldn’t be surprising. The hands of human interests. amount of fame in Western culture. Their repercussions probably won’t be felt Although it was a crucial part of our role in entertainment doesn’t do much in our lifetimes, but that’s no reason to survival for thousands of years, humans for them immediately, but the visibility disregard them. no longer need to kill to survive — but we assures their survival for decades to We need to fight to ensure that the do anyway. come. Only so many children would be one-quarter of the Earth’s animals that The habit has yet to yield disastrous prompted to kill a childhood friend or are at risk of extinction are here for future results as far as our society is concerned, long-known caricature. The same can’t generations. but extermination is extermination. Time be said for whales, rhinoceroses and It would be a shame for our children’s will demonstrate that tampering with eagles. children to find creatures we identify nature can only work for so long. Education is the only solution. It’s on a first-name basis take the path of Our comfort level stems from desenno use blaming future generations for dinosaurs. sitization. Despite what we like to think, detached demeanors when we don’t our society doesn’t really acknowledge value these lives ourselves. Bryan Washington is a sociology freshman and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com. these animals as living, thinking, It may seem extreme that tax dollars


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hen most UH students hear the word Keystone, they immediately think about what they were drinking last weekend. They don’t think about the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline is a $7 billion project from TransCanada Corp. that would Daniel transport an Renfrow estimated 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Houston every day. The pipeline could produce as many as 20,000 jobs, many of them in the Houston area. Last week, the Obama administration killed the hopes of this pipeline being built by delaying the rest of its construction until 2013. TransCanada Corp. has already poured $2 billion into the project, but has repeatedly come under fire because part of the pipeline will cross the Sandhills region of Nebraska, an ecologically fragile area that lies above the Ogallala Aquifer. About 27 percent of the irrigated land in the US relies on this aquifer for agricultural needs. The fear that this pipeline could pollute this aquifer is understandable, but with the amount of research TransCanada Corp. has put into the project, it is highly unlikely that this will happen. On Monday, the company announced that it would examine alternative routes for the contested portion of the pipeline — routes that would allow them to bypass the Ogallala Aquifer.

You would think this would be enough for opponents of the project, but it seems they are more concerned about killing US jobs and ridding the US of a viable source of oil than protecting the aquifer. “It’s our hope that (the delay) will kill the pipeline,” said Nick Berning, a spokesman for Friends of the Earth, a grassroots environmental group, to the International Business Times. “It’s simply not true that we need this oil.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. We do, in fact, need this oil. In addition to doubling the amount of oil sand refined in the US, the pipeline could potentially lower oil prices and give the US a necessary alternative to oil produced in the Middle East. Furthermore, what is the message the Obama administration is sending to oil companies? The application for the project was submitted to the U.S. Department of State in September of 2008. Why now, after three years have passed, is the US government making the decision to halt construction of the project? It is possible that this is simply a political move by President Barack Obama. By delaying the construction of the project until after 2013, Obama has prevented the pipeline from becoming an election issue. It will enable him to enter the 2012 election with a stable voter base. The Obama administration is sending the message to oil companies that the US is not a good country

in which to do business. Most oil companies are already moving their operations overseas. This pipeline could have been a symbol of our nation’s commitment to the oil industry — an industry that employs and provides benefits to thousands of US citizens. Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, is already considering focusing his nation’s oil resources in another direction — West. Harper talked to reporters on Sunday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leader’s meeting in Hawaii about how the decision to delay construction of the pipeline will affect the future of Canada’s oil industry. “This does underscore the necessity of Canada making sure that we are able to access Asia markets for our energy products,” Harper said. Alberta Premier Alison Redford echoed Harper’s sentiments in the National Post on Monday. “Reality is, Alberta and Canada will build markets, and we will go where there are markets available to us,” Redford said. The Obama administration needs to be held accountable for its reckless decision to delay the construction of this project. Hopefully, TransCanada Corp. will be able to finish the project. But if not, we will know where to place the blame. Daniel Renfrow is an anthropology and print journalism double major and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

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As a member of AURA, pianist Yan Shen joined in the performances of pieces by the likes of Stravinsky, Dzubay and Amirkhanian in their second concert of the season.

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Crashing the party Simple plan for UH to reach BCS bowl: win out Joshua Siegel

THE DAILY COUGAR Yes, College GameDay will be on campus this Saturday. Yes, Boise State’s loss to TCU made the Cougars the leading contender to capture an at-large bid for a BCS bowl. But the Cougars’ work is far from over, and a loss in any of their critical remaining games could send them from being a BCS-buster back to the all-toofamiliar Armed Forces Bowl. Whether the Cougars win or lose on Saturday against SMU, they remain in the hunt for a BCS bowl, because it would not cost them a shot at the Conference USA championship. UH’s matchup against Tulsa on Nov. 25 is the key. A loss at H.A. Chapman Stadium means that the Cougars would not qualify for the C-USA Championship Game — winning your conference is requisite for earning an at-large bid. If they defeat the Golden Hurricane, a win over presumably Southern Miss. in the championship game would also be necessary The road to a BCS bowl is easy — just win, baby. sports@thedailycougar.com

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Cougars get swept up by Golden Hurricane, slide to third Ricardo Rivera

THE DAILY COUGAR The Cougars fell to first-place Tulsa in three sets (21-25, 20-25, 21-25) at the Athletics/Alumni Center Sunday. The loss marks UH’s (17-10, 10-7) third loss in four attempts and put the Cougars in a tie with AlabamaBirmingham for third place in C-USA. “Until we learn how to error manage a little better and pull up with the big plays when we need them, we’ll continue to fall short,” head coach Molly Alvey said. “That’s a reflection of a very good team. You can get away with some of those errors against some teams. With good teams, top thirty teams like Tulsa, you can’t have errors.” Houston traded points with the Golden Hurricane to start the match, battling C-USA’s top offense to a 12-12 tie in the first set. Senior middle blocker Lucy Charuk led the offensive attack for the Cougars, racking three kills in the early stages of the match. Tulsa inched ahead with a kill from outside hitter Diana Silva to give the Golden Hurricane a threepoint lead at 20-17. After a timeout

from Alvey, Tulsa’s hitters came alive and took the set, 25-21, on a 5-3 run. “Things that we’ve been able to get away with, as far as point runs, we weren’t able to get away with tonight,” Alvey said. “Tulsa’s great at just keeping the ball in the play — keeping the ball alive by digging, by swinging in play, and they’re just a great team.” After dropping the second set, UH’s hitters caught fire to start the third. The Cougars reeled off a 7-2 run to ignite the crowd and force Tulsa head coach Steven McRoberts into a timeout. Out of the break, the Golden Hurricane settled into the third set, clawing back to take a 10-9 lead. With the Cougar frontline committing several hitting and passing errors, Tulsa rallied to a 25-21 set win. With the victory, Tulsa improves to 16-1 in C-USA play. The Cougars hit the road on Thursday for their final away matches of the season against Southern Miss. and Tulane. UH will welcome cross-town rival Rice to the Athletics/Alumni Center on Nov. 23 for its C-USA closer. sports@thedailycougar.com

The Cougars were swept by first-place Tulsa and fell to 10-7 in Conference USA play. The loss dropped the Cougars into a tie with Alabama-Birmingham for third place in the conference. | Catherine Lara/The Daily Cougar


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t’s safe to say that everyone has a list of songs that make their ears bleed. What’s worse is that radio stations insist on playing this horrible noise back-to-back. For some, making bad music runs in the family (I’m talking about you, Cyrus family). For others, having chart-topping singles was just a horrible stroke of misfortune for the rest of the population. In light of the most wonderful time of the year, let’s be kind to our fellow human beings and get these awful tunes out of our ears for good. — Mary Baak Look at Me Now Chris Brown

Headlines Drake

See You Again Miley Cyrus

Sexy and I Know It LMFAO

Give Me Everything Pitbull

Shake It Metro Station

One Last Breath Creed

Gucci Gucci Kreayshawn

Achy Breaky Heart Billy Ray Cyrus

Bubbly Colbie Caillat

Debut album a walk in the ‘Park’ Bryan Dupont-Gray

THE DAILY COUGAR Rostrum Records front man and Pittsburgh emcee Malcolm “Mac Miller” McCormick has been selling out shows and pumping out mixtapes that date back to 2009. Once again, he’s turning heads with his debut album “Blue Slide Park” — an album that embodies his persona as a young teen enslaved to the party. Sporting a live free, die hard mentality, he strays far from adult responsibilities. The album opens up with a small interlude called “English Lane,” named after the street upon which Blue Slide Park is located. The track starts the album off with a mellow introduction before hopping off to the “Blue Slide Park” single. Unfortunately, the track is a disappointing start to the rest of the album, as it features several typical rhymes that bring nothing new to the table. Of course, in typical hip-hop fashion, he’s not ashamed to brag about his lifestyle through lyrics that name-drop expensive cars. “Party on Fifth Ave” is a party anthem that cleverly samples DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat”. In hindsight, this probably should have been the starting track of the album. The song begs to be played in clubs and at college dorm parties everywhere. “PA Nights” follows suit with a smooth, mellow beat. In this song, the Pittsburgh native vows to remain untouched by fame, no matter how far he strays from his beginnings. “Frick Pick Market” is a really

19-year-old Mac Miller is taking the music world by storm with the release of his debut album, “Blue Slide Park,” which mixes rap, rock and electronic beats with clever, larger-than-life lyrics. | Wikimedia Commons grimy track. McCormick once again shows off his pen game and wittingly displays his knowledge of old school hip-hop genre in referencing Uncle Luke of 2 Live Crew in the opening lyrics. This tone is carried into “Smile Back,” which reads mostly as a filler track. The heavy beats keep the adrenaline pumping before taking everything down several notches in the following tracks. Piano melodies provide the core for “Of the Soul,” a song in which the 19-year-old tables his larger-than-life persona and displays quite a bit of heartfelt emotion and maturity in lyricism. Produced by Ritz Reynolds, “Hole in the Pocket” is an elegant break in the album that slows everything down before the last four high-intensity tracks. Mac Miller’s ability to tell narratives through lyrics is brilliantly executed in “Diamonds and Gold” and “Missed Calls”,

which showcases the young emcee’s harmonizing vocals in the telling of a relationship on the rocks. Mac Miller possesses a typical rock star state of mind — the kind that gravitates toward drugs, sex and rock ‘n’ roll. His rhymes earn him merit in being one of the most easily accessible and versatile rappers in the game today. “Blue Slide Park” is a glimpse at the world through a carefree young artist’s eyes — an element to which listeners find it easy to relate to. Indeed, McCormick has come a long way from “K.I.D.S.,” “The High Life” and “Best Day Ever”. “Blue Slide Park” is just another step closer to the top. Mac Miller will be performing at Warehouse Live on Thursday. Tickets are $20. arts@thedailycougar.com

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Junior running back Charles Sims broke off career-long runs of 52 and 72 yards for touchdowns against Tulane. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar

UH fends off fiesty Wolverines Cougars start 2-0 for second year in a row

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Junior running back Charles Sims earned Conference USA Player of the Week honors for his performance in the Cougars’ 73-17 win over Tulane. Sims rushed for a career-high 207 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. He also caught five passes for 45 yards. Sims has now scored either a rushing or receiving touchdown in seven straight games, four of which were multi-touchdown performances. Sims leads the NCAA with 8.8 yards per attempt. His nine rushing touchdowns lead UH and are tied for 34th in the nation. After his outburst against the Green Wave, Sims now leads the Cougars with 658 rushing yards, 103 yards ahead of senior Michael Hayes. sports@thedailycougar.com

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THE DAILY COUGAR Alandise Harris’ relentless hustle, the sweet shooting of Joseph Young and a career night from Kirk Van Slyke brought UH an 84-71 win over Utah Valley on Monday at Hofheinz Pavilion. “We needed a game like that,� head coach James Dickey said. The Cougars (2-0) were tested early, as the Wolverines got out to a 10-3 lead four minutes into the first half. Young and Harris responded, combining for eight points as part of a 10-0 UH run that gave the Cougars the lead, and they never relinquished it. “I was really proud of our team because we took their best shot, and then we responded,� Dickey said. Harris finished with a teamand career-high 20 points and led UH with nine rebounds. Young put in 19 points on 5-12 shooting, including 4-7 from behind the arc and 5-5 from the free throw line. Van Slyke scored a career-high 18 points and tied freshman TaShawn Thomas for the second most rebounds for UH with eight. Not only was Van Slyke effective as a rebounder, but he also went 10-11 from the free throw line. The Cougars improved from their last outing against Grambling State to shoot 29-37 from the line. “I thought his free throws

were huge for us,� Dickey said. “I thought his defense, his offensive presence down the stretch. He’s gotten better. And we need him. He’s big and he’s physical and he can score — very good free throw shooter and he stretches the defense.� The Wolverines were aggressive, winning the offensive rebound battle 13-11 behind senior Geddes Robinson’s 14-rebound performance, eight of which came off of the offensive glass. “Robinson’s just relentless,� Dickey said. “He’s not big. He just goes after that. “I challenged Jonathan Simmons after the game, ‘Who’s the better athlete? How many rebounds did he get and how many did you get?’ It’s a mindset on rebounding.� For the second game in a row, Simmons did not put up as impressive of a stat line as he did in the exhibition win over Concordia that helped net him a spot in the starting lineup, connecting on just 2-of-6 field goals for eight points and three rebounds. Senior Isiah Williams led the Wolverines with 19 points, 15 of which came in the first half. But the Cougars held him to 2-7 shooting in the second half. “I thought Tip (Darian Thibodeaux), little J.J. (Thompson) and Joe all did a much better job on Williams in the second half,� Dickey said. “I thought they made a good adjustment.� Despite the win, Dickey would have liked for the Cougars to

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