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Communograph art series continues with event, lunch The “Communograph: Mapping Through Creative Action” series continues with artist Ray Carrington at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Eldorado Ballroom, located on 2310 Elgin St. Ray Carrington is a photographer who is known for his innovative arts education program at Yates High School called “Eye on Third Ward”. The event will be followed by a conversation over lunch with invited art and culture community leaders. The event is free to students and public and lunch is $10. Reservations are required. For more information, call 713-526-7662. — Saniya Maya

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UH Speaker series to feature Harvard Law school professor A lecture in the UH Law Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Center Speaker Series features Richard J. Lazarus at noon today at the UH Law Center, Room 240. Lazarus is the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and is the recipient of the American Bar Association’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy for 2011. The author and advocate has represented many governmental and environmental groups in 40 U.S. Supreme Court cases. The event is open to students and the public. Lunch is provided for people who RSVP. For more information, please contact Jessica Eberle at jeberle@central.uh.edu or at 713-743-2134. — Saniya Maya

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UH forges partnership to help low-income students The University and the Knowledge is Power Program have joined forces to bring a new program to campus that offers support to low-income UH students who are the first in their families to attend college. The KIPP program offers students and their parents the chance to attend seminars that will offer information on admissions, enrollment and financial aid as well as ways to be successful throughout their time at UH. For more information about KIPP Houston and KIPP Foundation visit http://kipphouston.org/. — Jennifer Postel

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BUDGET REPORT

SFAC releases student fee budget proposals Suggests more than 10 percent increase in fees for first time in history

WHAT'S NEXT? SGA will vote on whether or not to send the student fee increase to student referendum in their meeting on Nov. 30.

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THE DAILY COUGAR The Student Fees Advisory Committee recommended a student fee increase of more than 10 percent for the first time in the University’s history Monday, which would raise the fee to $240 from $190 beginning in the Fall 2012 semester. The $50 per semester increase would consist of a $5 hike to offset decreased state funding, an increase in facility maintenance costs due to consolidation and the increased enrollment and participation within the organizations that use student fees. The additional $45 fee, which has the potential to last for up to 25 years, would go to the Athletics

Department to pay for the construction, maintenance and operation of its facilities. “(The fees will) go toward the building of the new football facilities and renovation of the basketball facilities,” said SFAC Chair John Evans, who was appointed by the Student Government Association. “It is my understanding through SFAC this (fee) will be going to the construction of future stadiums and renovations.” The fee has several steps to take before it is enacted because it exceeds the 10 percent of student fees SFAC is allowed to recommend without approval. “The increase is not effective unless approved by a majority vote

VPSA Richard Walker gives his input on the budget requests the committee considered during deliberations last week. | Yulia Kutsenkova/The Daily Cougar of the students voting in an election called for that purpose — that is, to increase it over 10 percent — or by a majority vote of the duly elected student government,” said Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students William Munson, who serves as a non-voting advisor for the committee. SFAC has advised that SGA votes to send it to a student referendum. The SGA will vote on whether

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or not to let students vote on the fee increase in its Nov. 30 meeting, according to SGA President Michael Harding. If the fee increase is approved by either the SGA or a student vote, it will be sent to President Renu Khator and Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Walker for approval, and lastly given to the Board of Regents for a final vote, SFAC continues on page 8

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Marketplace wows students Cultural Internationally-focused event promotes diversity Zahra Ahmed

THE DAILY COUGAR Tuesday’s rain might have forced the Council of Ethnic Organizations to move the International Marketplace event indoors, but it didn’t stop the event from offering access to UH’s diverse student organizational community. More than a dozen ethnic organizations, student services offices and student educational and recreational programs were present at the University Center Arbor on Tuesday to promote and celebrate international education, awareness and culture. “I think as the second-most diverse campus in the nation, we don’t really have events that display what awesome cultures we have,” CEO director and senior Seida Omar said. “It’s important to have events like this so we can make students really proud of that fact.” The most visible display of cultural uniqueness was different

ethnic cuisine. The UH chapter of the NAACP served gumbo, the Indian Student Association created an entire vegetarian meal, the Kappa Delta Chi sorority sold Mexican baked goods and the Asian Medical Professional Society sold tapioca drinks. AMPS president Cecilia Nguyen said she wanted to spread the Asian culture. “For us to be able to walk around and experience all these cultures in one place is something very unique and rare,” Nguyen said. Many clubs also raised funds to give back to their native countries. Pratham, an Indian charity organization, funds educational expenses for children in Mysore, India, and the Pakistani Student Association raised money for victims of the 2010 Pakistan floods. Other organizations provided services to help international students adjust to life in the states and to assist American students hoping to study abroad. Representatives of U.S. Postal and Printing offered applications for renewing US passports. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community was also

represented. The sisters of Gamma Rho Lambda, who focus on health, sold vegan and diabetic-friendly cookies and the LGBT Resource Center booth played trivia games that focused on their community. “It’s always a good thing to learn from people’s differences,” LGBT Resource Center director Lorraine Schroeder said. The International Marketplace is just one of CEO’s events offered throughout the semester. The organization works year-round to promote cultural awareness at UH. Currently CEO is celebrating November as diversity month, which Omar said is its busiest month. The organization will be hosting other multicultural events throughout the month, with small events that focus on specific cultures and large-scale events, like the Marketplace, that represent all of the cultures UH is home to. “One of the things that CEO is trying to do this semester is broaden what student diversity means,” Omar said. “Everything we do is geared towards students.” news@thedailycougar.com

talent show highlights countries Juliana Olarte

THE DAILY COUGAR More than 100 people gathered in the Cullen Performance Hall on Wednesday to witness the different kinds of talent other cultures have to offer at the International Explosion. Sponsored by the Council of Ethnic Organizations, the event kicked off with a statement of the group’s goals. “Basically, we are a group on campus that is completely free,” said Armand Viscarri, marketing director of CEO. “What we are trying to do is bring events on campus that just promote diversity and are completely free, you don’t have to drop a single dime.” EXPLOSION continues on page 8


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On Nov. 14, 1985, the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia erupted, killing over 20,000 people and burying nearby towns in lava and ash. On Nov. 15, 1867,The first stock ticker made its debut in New York City, revolutionizing the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices a reality for investors around the country. On Nov. 16, 1907, the Oklahoma Territory entered the United States as the 46th state of the Union. The territory was first acquired in 1803 from France in the Louisiana Purchase. On Nov. 17, 1777, the Articles of Confederation were first submitted by Congress for ratification. They were used as the outline for the government of the US until the Constitution was implemented in 1789. On Nov. 18, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address. At 272 words long, the speech articulated Lincoln’s beliefs as to why the Union was fighting and why they had to win the Civil War.

On Nov. 14, 1969, Apollo 12 made its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The second manned mission to the moon, its landing module Intrepid landed on the moon’s Ocean of Storms, where astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan L. Bean became the third and fourth humans to walk on the surface of the moon. On Nov. 15, 1965, Craig Breedlove set a land-speed record by traveling 600.601 miles an hour in his car, the Spirit of America, which was powered by a surplus Navy jet engine. On Nov. 16, 2001, the first Harry Potter film opened in theaters around the country. Filmed with a budget of $125 million, the movie would go on to gross more than $90 million in its opening weekend. On Nov. 17, 2003, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the 38th governor of California, after defeating incumbent Governor Gray Davis in a special recall election on Oct. 7 earlier that year.

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hen the weather cools in the most wonderful time of the year, it’s always nice to have someone to keep you warm. Whether you’re sipping pumpkin spice lattes and seeing a show downtown or roasting marshmallows by the fire while watching “A Christmas Story”, having a companion during the winter months is the best part about the holiday break — besides the copious amount of free time it brings. Here are the top 10 tracks to spin after your candle-lit dinner. — Allen Le Teenage Love Affair Alicia Keys

Yes Beyoncé

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All the Things You Are Ella Fitzgerald

Marry You Bruno Mars

Baby It’s Cold Outside Dean Martin

Latest ‘Modern Warfare’ impresses The developers at Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games team up take the most-loved features of the Call of Duty franchise to bring gamers “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”, an Bryan Dupont-Gray impressive and gripping militarybased first-person shooter that needs no introduction. There’s also a new Survival mode, which seems to be a cross between the popular Nazi Zombies mode first introduced in “World at War” and “Black Ops” as well as Horde mode from the “Gears of War” series. In Survival mode, gamers start off with basic weapons and equipment, which become progressively deadlier. Players have the option of upgrading their arsenal in order to be better prepared for the next round. Of course, this mode shines when playing with a friend. In terms of the game’s competitive online multiplayer, nearly all the problems that were prevalent in “Black Ops” and “Modern Warfare 2” are gone in “Modern Warfare 3”. The currency system is the most notable change — players no longer have to save money in order to purchase weapon upgrades or buy contract missions. Everything is entirely level based — from ranking to specific weapons, equipment and perks. The killstreaks formerly used to

gain advantages over opponents have been revamped into Strike Packages and can be earned in three different ways. You can earn Assault rewards by racking up kills in a single spawn, while Support rewards are gained by getting kills even after you’ve been taken out and respawned. Specialist rewards are similar to Assault rewards, only this time players are rewarded with special perks that help your performance in the heat of battle. Strike Packages offer a great way to rack up points for newer gamers and gives them a fighting chance to take on even the most experienced “Call of Duty” players. Regarding specific weapon upgrades, repetitive use of the same weapon will earn the player improved gun parts and attachments that can be used to further enhance gameplay. The more you use and upgrade a certain pistol or favorite assault and sniper rifles, the more gamers will be able to customize them. But that’s not all — in addition to the usual modes that you would come to expect out of the multiplayer experience, two new modes join the fray: Kill Confirmed and Team Defender. Team Defender plays like an innovative version of hot potato combined with capture the flag. One player must hold onto a flag for as long as they can in order to score points for his or her

entire team. Your teammates are able to collect the dog tags of defeated opponents, which opens the door for more cohesive gameplay. Another upside of the online aspect is that the annoying glitches and unscrupulous hackings are also absent. In “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”, everyone seems to play with the same server latency (or lack thereof ), and the matchmaking does a splendid job of finding players within a similar ranking range. There is an Internet-based stat-tracking “Call of Duty: Elite” system that offers a play-by-play look at your online performance. This social networking attachment does a decent job of keeping in-depth records of past plays, while offering a higher level of convenience for drawing out some strategy. Server capacity and speed may bring about second thoughts as to whether or not using this feature is worth it. Hate it or love it, players have to respect the fact that “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” is impressive in terms of how well it plays. Gamers will be addicted to the online mode’s leveling system and may find that Survival and Spec-Ops missions can keep you incredibly busy. Believe the hype. arts@thedailycougar.com

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epublican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich apparently has a problem with the Spanish language and its usage in the US. When speaking to the National Federation of Republican Women in 2007, Gingrich highlighted his sentiments when he said that gaining a mastery of the English language is more beneficial to students. “The American people believe English should be the official language of the government,” Gingrich said. “We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.” These comments were made during the 2008 presidential campaign, and Gingrich has apologized for the insensitivity of his comments since then. But whether or not he recanted his statements does not matter. His words show a feeling of superiority and that he believes speaking English fluently is some sort of class symbol. The statement itself is such a broad generalization — it seems Gingrich is implying only people who live in poverty know how to speak Spanish. Besides how blatantly offensive the remarks were, it was also a ludicrous suggestion. The Daily Cougar supports universities and other academic institutions that require foreign language credits. In many professions, just being able to speak English is not too unique of a skill. In the same speech, Gingrich also criticized the government for creating voter ballots with multiple languages. “The government should quit mandating that various documents be printed in any one of 700 languages, depending on who randomly shows up,” he said. So not only are immigrants the product of ghettoes to Gingrich, their right to vote should also be limited because of their lack of language skills. There is no room in the White House for this sort of arrogant, elitist attitude. Perhaps Gingrich has forgotten that the history of this country is to bring cultures together and acclimate to them accordingly. No politician, let alone a presidential candidate, should be resistant to Spanish speakers.

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Genetically sound Fear of GMO crops is unfounded, they should be embraced

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enetically modified organisms are a recent innovation in biotechnology that have greatly increased agricultural output by bolstering a plant’s resistance to insects and herbicides. Some genetically modified foods, like Golden Rice, have even been developed to contain superior nutritional qualities. Surprisingly, there is a substantial amount of fear and public mistrust surrounding the use of GMO crops. This has resulted in regulatory actions that James restrict or prohibit their Johnson use in agriculture. Though there are some environmental concerns about developing GMO crops, their potential benefits greatly outweigh the risks. GMO crops are produced by borrowing a piece of DNA from an organism that produces a specific protein or gene and splicing that into another organism. By doing this, that desirable trait is passed onto the other organism, enhancing its existing qualities or giving it new ones. Bt corn is a product of this process. Bt is a naturally-occurring soil bacterium that produces a protein that is indigestible by insect larvae but is harmless to humans. These proteins are used in organic farming as a pesticide because they kill insects. Genetic scientists created Bt corn by taking the DNA from Bt bacteria and splicing it into corn DNA. The result of

this combination is pest-resistant corn that produces Bt proteins insect larvae can’t digest. Bt corn does not contain any other chemicals or proteins that are not used in organic farming, so one shouldn’t assume that it is any more unsafe than organic corn. The Rockefeller Foundation funded a similar project to create a Vitamin A enhanced form of rice known as Golden Rice. This rice borrows genes from other vitamin-rich vegetables such as corn to make a form of rice that contains more Vitamin A. It has the potential to decrease Vitamin A deficiencies in many developing nations in Southeast Asia that receive the majority of their calories from rice. Thus, the potential benefits of GMO crops are profound — they have the ability to alleviate problems of food insecurity and malnutrition in developing nations. There are some legitimate concerns about GMO crops, but the fear surrounding them is largely irrational and based on the ill-conceived notion that all GMO crops are somehow inherently more dangerous than natural crops. This is because GMO crops are often portrayed as unnatural, and anything that is unnatural must be dangerous. This notion, however, is not generally supported by the scientific community. There are, a few legitimate concerns surrounding GMO crops that do have scientific merit. They have the potential to contaminate non-GMO crops, and they can produce allergic reactions that nonGMO crops don’t produce. But there are ways to accommodate for these problems. Fields containing

No biotechnological advance is without its risks, but the potential benefits of GMO crops are profound. They may lead to the creation of new crop varieties that are resistant to pests, herbicides and droughts, in addition to nutritionally enhancing crops.” GMO crops can be separated from fields with non-GMO crops, and testing can be done to determine what allergens a GMO crop may cause. These crops have the ability to increase yield capacity for a variety of crops and provide a higher degree of food security to developed and developing nations. No biotechnological advance is without its risks, but the potential benefits of GMO crops are profound. They may lead to the creation of new crop varieties that are resistant to pests, herbicides and droughts, in addition to nutritionally enhancing crops. This means that not only do GMO crops have the potential to increase agricultural output capacity and food security in developing nations — they also limit the amount of chemical pesticides used in agriculture. GMO crops have not been rendered unsafe by the USDA, and they have not been shown to be harmful to human health. It is unreasonable to not embrace the use of these crops. James Johnson is a psychology senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.


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Freshman forward TaShawn Thomas is averaging 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks through the Cougars’ first two wins. | Joshua Siegel/The Daily Cougar

TaShawn Thomas’ daily routine doesn’t differ too much from any other first-semester freshman at UH. “If I’m not not here or at practice with the team, I’m either playing Call of Duty, sleeping or studying,” Thomas said. What does stand out about the 6’8 forward is that he not only brings the rebounding and shot blocking skills expected of someone his size — but it’s not uncommon to catch Thomas leading the uptempo Cougars on a fast break. “I wasn’t always this tall,” Thomas said. Thomas featured as a perimeter player in middle school before being struck by a growth spurt during his freshman year of high school. “I could still dribble, but my coach moved me down to post,” Thomas said. “But I still worked on my dribble at home.” In his collegiate debut for the Cougars against Grambling State on Saturday, fans were treated to

both sides of his game as he scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds, blocked three shots and totaled three steals, but also led several breaks, going coast-to-coast several times and handing out five assists. Thomas looks like he has a chance to be the total package for the Cougars. “He’s long and athletic,” senior guard Darian Thibodeaux said. “He can get rebounds from Dallas if he wanted to. “He can score around the basket, get offensive and defensive rebounds, and he can push it up the floor and make good decisions when he’s handling it.” Thomas chose to come to UH after averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks per game for Killeen High School as a senior, earning him the District 8-4A Most Valuable Player. His decision to come to UH was made easy by head coach James Dickey and his coaching staff. “When I came on my visit, it felt great,” Thomas said. “Right when I got here, I just knew that it felt like home.” Thomas has enjoyed his first few months in Houston and on campus. Like every ambitious player, Thomas hopes that his playing days don’t end in college, and that

he can eventually go pro. But the UH campus has given him a few ideas of what he might like to do post-basketball, one of which is becoming an engineer. “It just hit me this year after I’ve seen all of the construction at school,” Thomas said. “Every morning just waking up and seeing how they’re putting up a new building. “As every month goes on, you see how the building is changing and I don’t know why, but I like that a lot. And I could see myself doing that later on in life.” Despite his early success for the Cougars, the freshman hopes to keep a level head, which he says his father, Ken, plays a big role in. “I think he’s the reason why I’m so humble,” Thomas said. “I would have a good game in high school and then he would come back and watch film, ‘You could’ve had this rebound, could’ve had this rebound. You could have made this shot. Why didn’t you do this or that?’ “I used to get mad over it, but now that I see that it helps me out, I really appreciate it. I tell him every other day when I talk to him, ‘I appreciate what you’ve done for me and raised me to be a great basketball player.’” sports@thedailycougar.com

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What was your favorite pair of sneakers growing up as a kid?

Jonathan Simmons: Air Force 1

TaShawn Thomas: Air Jordan V

J.J. Thompson: Air Jordan II

Mikhail McLean: Total 90

“When I was little, my mom never bought me some Air Force 1’s. I got my first pair when I was a sophomore and I just wear them crazy now. Just all white.”

“I used to have the V’s, the all-black ones. The Air Jordan V’s.”

“These baby blue II’s, the Jordan baby blue II’s. My mom said I couldn’t get them. “

“When I used to play soccer, I used these soccer cleats. I just started playing basketball when I was 14. These soccer cleats called Total 90 were like $200, they were really expensive. Those were my favorite pair.”


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THE DAILY COUGAR Head coach Todd Buchanan is prepared to do just about anything to get the Cougars their first win of the season today against No. 25 Texas Tech. “If we have to throw in the kitchen sink, the refrigerator and the microwave, that’s what we’re going to do,� he said. The Cougars (0-1) are trying to bounce back after a 63-62 loss to New Mexico State at Hofheinz Pavilion. “The first thing is we’ve really tried to get their confidence back,� Buchanan said. “I think the other night was such a heartbreaking loss with it being a lot of their first college game and experience. I felt like damage control in the heart and the soul might be the foremost thing to try and accomplish, and I feel like we’ve done that for the most part.� The Cougars fell to the Aggies despite a career-high 37 points from senior point guard Porsche Landry. UH shot just 1-19 from beyond the arc, and 10-41 from the field minus Landry. “I’m pretty sure it will get better,� Landry said. “Rox (Button) and (Tasha) Tubbs, they’re pretty good shooters. They probably just fell into

the shooter’s slump. They’ve been getting in the gym, so I’m pretty sure it won’t be like that tomorrow.� The Red Raiders might prove to be a handful for the Cougars in the paint, as they feature an impressive group of veteran forwards led by 6’3 Kierra Mallard. Last season Mallard led the Red Raiders in scoring (12.0), rebounding (7.2) and blocked shots (1.9). The Cougars will also be tasked with taking on 6’3 Shauntal Nobles, 6’2 Ebony Walker and 6’2 Jordan Barncastle. In the Cougars’ loss to the Aggies, they were out-rebounded 47-35 with the 5’5 Landry leading UH with seven boards. “We all know we let one get

away,� Buchanan said. “So what’s a better opportunity to redeem ourselves, but to not only win a great home game and defend our home court, but to also get a piece of knocking a top-25 team off in the country? “It’s a win in every way. It’s a way you earn respect. Obviously, with such a young crew, nothing would be better.� Landry said she is ready to take on the Red Raiders. “Texas Tech is just a name,� she said. “They’re still girls. That’s how I look at it. I hope the team looks at it like that and they come out ready to play.� sports@thedailycougar.com

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Among the associations present were the Nigerian Student Association, the Chinese Student Association, the Vietnamese Student Association and the Persian Society. Each presentation began with an

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graciously recommended this increase,â&#x20AC;? Evans said. The new fee would increase the student funds the Athletics Department receives by a projected $3.4 million next fiscal year, which us based off of a student population of 37,500, to $7.8 million from this fiscal yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allocation of $4.4 million. UH Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades could not be reached for comment. news@thedailycougar.com

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