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UH to put on MLK Jr. roundtable discussion The Cougar Voices will host a discussion titled “How Faith Shapes Despair & Hope: Protestant and Jewish Perspectives on Dr. King’s Life and Legacy” starting at 11:30 a.m. in the University Center Houston Room. The discussion will feature remarks by UH President Renu Khator and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dean John Roberts, Reverend Victor Thomas and Rabbi Kenny Weiss, and anyone who attends will be able to take part in a roundtable session. Also at the event, an art showcase will feature the work of local artists Ted Ellis and Leonard Freeman. Light refreshments will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring their own lunch, and doors open at 10:30 a.m. Cougar cards will be available to attendees. — Cougar News Services


Fair to introduce students to campus organizations The Student Organization Fair will be put on by Center for Student Involvement from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the UC Houston Room. Representatives from over 100 student organizations will be available to meet with students. Students will have the opportunity to win prizes, and free food will be provided. A database of student organizations can be found online at — Cougar News Services


Workshop to prepare students for recruitment A Campus Recruitment Workshop at 10 a.m. today will take place in room 106 of the Student Service Center 1. The workshop, which will be put on by University Career Services, will teach students how to find and request certain kinds of interviews and is mandatory for students who wish to take part in campus recruitment or on-campus interviews. The workshop can also be taken online by logging in on the University Career Services website at — Cougar News Services

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January 24, 2012 Issue 62, Volume 77


Students to vote on fee raise $45 increase would go to maintenance of athletics facilities Taylor McGilvray

THE DAILY COUGAR Students will get the chance to vote on an $50 per semester increase in fees Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The 26.3 percent Student Service Fee increase would be split, with $5 offsetting the decrease in state funding and $45 would go to the construction, maintenance and operation of the athletic facilities — with the building of a new football stadium and the renovation of Hofheinz Pavilion being the first improvements made, as The Daily Cougar reported in November. The referendum cites five reasons for the proposed increase: the new facilities would make UH nationally competitive and help recruit student athletes; it will increase school pride by providing better facilities for athletics, graduation and on-campus events; Robertson Stadium will be structurally sound until December, when the athletics department will have to find new housing for football games; UH athletics plans to

become more self-sufficient and wean itself off of student funding; and the new facilities would open up internship and job positions for students, while admission remains free. There are 12 polling stations open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Athletics Center, Campus Recreation and Wellness, Cougar Village, the Engineering Complex, M.D. Anderson Library, Melcher Hall, Moody Towers, Moores School of Music, Philip Gunthrie Hoffman Hall, the Science and Engineering Research Center, the University Center and the UC Satellite. Students need their peoplesoft ID number and their date of birth to cast their vote, said Student Government Association President Michael Harding. The $45 athletics fee will be in effect for no longer than 25 years, and the athletics department has said it will not come back to the Student Fees Advisory Committee for more money, the Cougar reported in November. The increase, if voted in, will be the first time the University has raised student fees by more than 10 percent, said Associate Vice President for Student Affairs William Munson in an interview with the Cougar when the fee was first

The increase is not effective unless approved by a majority vote 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” William Munson, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, as reported in The Daily Cougar in November


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$45 of the $50 will fund the construction, renovation and operation of athletics facilities

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introduced. SFAC asked SGA to send the increase to student referendum when it submitted its final recommendations in November. SGA voted for the increase to be sent to referendum by a one-vote majority in its last meeting of the fall semester, the Cougar reported in December. “If students really care, as we know they do, they will turn out (to voice their opinion),” College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Senator Lee Arnold said in the meeting.

Proposed increase of student fees to $240 from $190

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he newest dining hall, which has been under construction since October, is in need of a name. Students who want to name it should submit their ideas to by Feb. 29. Dining Services and Auxiliary Services will narrow the ideas down to five and the finalist the Food Service Advisory Committee chooses will receive a bicycle and have his or her name on a plaque in the new hall. | Courtesy of Billy Garner




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The following is a partial report of campus crime between Jan. 17 and Thursday. All information is selected from the files of the UH Police Department. The information in bold indicates when the event was reported to UHPD and the event’s location. Information or questions regarding the cases below should be directed to UHPD at (713) 743-0600. Theft: 10:23 p.m. Jan. 17, Hofheinz Pavilion — A student reported that someone stole his unsecured and unattended backpack and its contents from the men’s basketball locker room. The incident occurred between 4:45 and 5:20 p.m. Jan. 17. The case is active. Theft: 10:14 p.m. Jan. 17, Lot 18 A — A student reported that someone stole the driver’s side mirror from his vehicle. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 5:30 and 10:05 p.m. Jan. 17. The case is active. Theft: 12:22 a.m. Jan. 18, M.D. Anderson Library — A student reported that someone stole his cell phone from the second floor of M.D. Anderson Library. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 7:20 and 7:45 p.m. Jan. 17. The case is inactive. Theft: 12:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Moody Towers — A student reported that someone stole her unattended and secured bicycle from the bike rack underneath Moody Towers. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between noon Jan. 17 and noon Jan. 18. The case is inactive. Criminal Mischief: 12:16 p.m. Jan. 18, Lot 21 B — A student reported that someone damaged his unattended and secured vehicle while it was parked in Lot 21 B. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between 11 p.m. Jan. 17 and noon Jan. 18. The case is active. Theft: 11:58 a.m. Jan. 18, Engineering Complex — A staff member of the Engineering Department reported that someone stole a computer and monitor that was delivered and someone signed for. There are no suspects. The incident occurred between Aug. 1 and 12:06 p.m. Jan. 18. The case is active.

Traffic Offense: 2:08 p.m. Jan. 18, East Parking Garage — A student reported that someone struck and damaged his vehicle while it was parked in the East Parking Garage. The offending driver failed to leave any information. The incident occurred between noon and 3 p.m. Jan. 17. The case is active. Disorderly Conduct: 10:20 a.m. Jan. 19, Welcome Center — A student caused a disturbance at the Welcome Center in Financial Aid office. The student received a Harris County citation for Disorderly Conduct and a Student Life Referral. The incident occurred between 8 and 10:15 a.m. Jan. 19. The case is cleared by citation. Theft: 1:15 p.m. Jan. 19, University Hilton Hotel — A student reported that another student stole funds from a UH student organization. The incident occurred between noon Feb.1 and noon Nov. 19, 2011. The case is active. Theft: 2:45 p.m. Jan. 19, Fine Arts Building — A student reported that someone stole his secured bicycle from the bicycle rack outside the Fine Arts building. The incident occurred between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m Jan. 19. The case is active. Traffic Offense: 3:13 p.m. Jan. 19, Lot 16 B — A student reported that someone struck his secure and unattended vehicle while it was parked in Lot 16 B. The striking party failed to leave the property information required by law. The incident occurred between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19. The case is active. For the complete report and to view past reports, go to


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Reinventing news T

he director of photography for the New York Times Magazine assigns photos that challenge her photographers to get out of their comfort zone, she said in a lecture Monday. Kathy Ryan lectured a room with more than 150 people about how magazine photographs come into being in the event put on by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Photo Forum and UH’s department of sociology. “Everything I do is about launching things,” she said. “Something starts as an idea and we launch it, bring it in to focus, make it happen and go to press very, very quickly.” Ryan explained why having a variety of photographers gives new life to stories. “On a magazine, it’s always about reinvention,” she said. “Stories repeat themselves — the news repeats itself — so we’re always trying to figure out a new and fresh way to tell things visually. And one of the ways we do that is by having a really rich and wide array of photographers contributing.” Her audience said she left them viewing photos in a new light. “For somebody that doesn’t come from the photography world, she made (me) understand what’s implicated in the whole process,” Gabriela Fiscu, a member of the audience. “Every that she said — there’s humanity in that. She knew every photographer Photographers and non-photographers alike enjoyed the presentation. “I came to get a better appreciation for photojournalism, and I’m certainly leaving with that,” said Matt Adams, another audience member. — Brianna Leigh Morrison

Kathy Ryan has been the director of photography at the New York Times Magazine for more than 25 years. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar New York Times Magazine’s photography director Kathy Ryan signs copies of her book, “New York Times Magazine Photographs.”. | Emily Chambers /The Daily Cougar





Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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SGA bill would protect transgendered students


bill designed to amend the University of Houston System’s Non-discrimination Statement in the Student Handbook will be introduced at the SGA’s next meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The bill will request that the phrase “Gender Identity and Expression” be added to the current non-discrimination statement.

According to the text of the bill, this would protect UH students who have “a gender identity, self image, appearance, behavior or expression...different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to that person at birth.” Section 3 of the bill would require the University to print the revised version of the Non-Discrimination Statement in the Student Handbook and all appropriate UH publications. The winners of this bill would be transgendered UH students, a group often overlooked by the student body. “Previously we passed a resolution calling for the Board of Regents to implement this new policy, but according to administrators, this should only be a minor policy change,” Michael McHugh, the author of the bill, said in an email. “Therefore, the UCC has returned this issue to the students citing that SGA has the most appropriate jurisdiction for amending the student handbook.” We at The Daily Cougar urge members of the SGA to back this bill. It is important for our University to stop turning a blind eye on the discrimination transgendered students endure and give them official protection under a revised non-discrimination statment. The Faculty Senate should then follow the example of SGA and vote to protect transgendered faculty and staff from employment discrimination. UH is known nationally for its diverse population. We should show the rest of our nation that we value diversity on every front by protecting transgendered Cougars from discrimination.

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ccording to a new study by the Center for Disease Control, it appears that some teens are not entirely aware of where babies come from. The study examined use of contraception among five thousand teen mothers in 19 states. About half of the women surveyed said that they used no contracepEmily tion at the time they Brooks became pregnant — of these, one-third said they did not believe that they would become pregnant, another third said their partner refused to use contraception and the remaining third reported they simply “did not mind” becoming pregnant. The respondents that did use contraception were largely using oral contraceptives, condoms or engaging in less effective methods such as withdrawal or rhythm methods. According to the CDC, teens that became pregnant likely failed to use

the effective methods consistently or properly. These responses are quite disturbing. Teens are not known for their judgment, but it’s quite a stretch of magical thinking to believe that unprotected sex won’t result in pregnancy. Even more disturbing is the large portion of girls that gave in to their partners’ demands and failed to use contraception. Why haven’t these teens been educated about the proper use of contraception or managing their fertility? This is not to say progress has not been made. In 2005, the teen birth rate in the United States hit its lowest level in 30 years, but the US still has the highest teen birth rate in the developed world. The highest rates of teen pregnancy occur largely in the southern states, while the lowest rates are concentrated in the Northeast and the West. Not coincidentally, these geographical areas correspond to different commonly-used methods of sex education. Evidence-based sex education is common in the Northeast and the West,

The women that were surveyed by the CDC did not intend to become pregnant when they did. How many of these pregnancies could have been prevented with proper instruction of contraception and how to use them?” whereas abstinence-based sex education is more popular in the South. Texas receives more federal funding for abstinence-based sex education than any other state, but is second only to Mississippi in live births to girls aged 15-19. Researchers have shown that even on a school-by-school basis, those that employ abstinence-only programs have consistently higher teen pregnancy rates than those that use evidencebased programs. Abstinence-only education programs BROOKS continues on page 5

How Paterno should be remembered


f you looked for photos detailing reactions towards the passing of Joe Paterno, the images of Penn State students would be sobering. Hunched over cell phones, huddled in groups or reflecting inwardly, what you’d find is the widespread mourning of a valued cultural figure, the sort of guy you’d want to Bryan Washington have over for dinner, or to feed your dog during a weekend vacation. There’d be no mention of their attitudes towards the man a few months prior, as word of his detachment from a much less flattering scenario ascended from whispers amongst higher-ups to dinner table debates. The difference is polar enough to make you wonder if it’s the same man — but of course it is. The gesture is one of many that have fluctuated in the media over the past few years: That of the people’s hero turned fallen angel turned beloved indebted. We saw it with Amy Winehouse, as news outlets contrasted

her “undesirable” status with her genuine ability to light up a room. It was present with Steve Jobs, whose innate ability was continually marred by his own ubiquity. Michael Jackson’s name still prompts raised eyebrows. When someone has died, they’re dead. It sounds redundant, something a toddler’s mother might tell her son after an evening of questions at bedtime; but that may be the reason it’s rejected so often. Looking at the way we treat our deceased in the media, our acceptance of this rite isn’t always so certain, and our society’s ongoing practice of tearing someone down only to build them up after their final hours has become an even bigger paradox as of late. There’s no such thing as an absolute, but complete reversals of thought do shed light on how we’ve come to identify with mortality in our society. What in our personal belief systems has changed that prompts the distancing or expansion of a persona? It could be that an increased reliance upon our

own personal aliases has contributed to the image of an individual on Facebook as opposed to the eccentricities of the individual themselves. And even if technology is playing a role, what’s to say for the sudden inquisitions? People have been dying for years. So we’re left with a choice to make. Do we acknowledge the mistakes our idols have made after their passing? Or do we let things lie once they’ve drawn their final breaths? Whatever decision we make probably says more about ourselves as individuals than any sort of greater collective, but it’s still a resolute one. At the very least it serves as a reminder, that with advancements in our lives — both technological and personal — our beliefs shift accordingly in turn. At some point, it’s something we’ll have to put in check. Then again, maybe we’re not above that either. Bryan Washington is a sociology freshman and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.


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simply do not work. This is not to say that there is no place for abstinence. It is a 100 percent fool-proof method and an excellent choice for teens to make, but it isn’t always realistic. To expect every teenager in the United States to completely abstain from sexual behavior is simply unreasonable. Abstinenceonly programs have also been known resort to scare tactics and patently false information. I clearly recall my own class being taught during our abstinence-only sex education program that microscopic holes in condoms allowed HIV to pass through them, and thus condoms offered essentially no protection against the transmission of HIV. Such “education” is not only completely and totally false, but dishonest. What justification is there for exposing teens to completely dishonest information that carries with it serious health risks? And once teens discover that the information is untrue (and they will), the only lesson they learn is to completely ignore everything they are told in school relating sex education. Many supporters of abstinence-based sex education programs claim that if parents want their children to be taught about proper use of contraception and STI prevention that they should be taught at home. Such a claim totally fails to consider that many of the teens that need this

education the most are unlikely to receive it at home. The parent may also be uneducated about sexual health, disinterested or uncomfortable discussing the subject with their child. That shouldn’t mean that the student shouldn’t be educated about their own biology. Teaching teens that their bodies and feelings are shameful will only teach the wrong lessons. The women that were surveyed by the CDC did not intend to become pregnant when they did. How many of these pregnancies could have been prevented with proper instruction on the statistical effectiveness of various methods of contraception and how to use them? What if male teens were taught that birth control was just as much their responsibility as their partners’and girls were armed with enough information and self-respect to insist on the use of contraception? Young people deserve access to quality medical information — not to be shamed or lied to. Sex and sexuality are basic and natural facts of life common to all people. We cannot mitigate the potential negative consequences of sexual behavior by pretending that teenage libido doesn’t exist. We can only give these young people solid information so that they can make educated choices about when and how they want to start a family — when they are ready. Emily Brooks is an economics senior and may be reached at opinion@

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Political Cartoonists

Topic: On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, the University will hold a referendum to determine whether a $45 fee should be placed on students to help finance renovations and improvements to Robertson Stadium and Hofheinz Pavilion. Proponents say the fee will restore the facilities to their former glory and raise them to Tier One standards. Opponents say this is just another fee that makes UH increasingly more expensive and burdens cash-strapped students. Draw a cartoon depicting one or both of these perspectives, or a third that comes to mind.

Do your worst (draw your best!)

Return your sketch to Room 7 UC Satellite or scan it and email to Include your name and contact info below! Name:____________________________ Email:______________________________



Cougar Voices Celebrate DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. “WITH THIS FAITH, WE WILL BE ABLE TO HEW OUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF DESPAIR A STONE OF HOPE” Join the University of Houston as we celebrate the life, legacy and vision of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Featured guests are President Renu Khator, Reverend Victor Thomas, ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Rabbi Kenny Weiss, RABBI/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR HOUSTON HILLEL: THE FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CAMPUS LIFE University Center – Houston Room Tuesday, January 24, 2012 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 10:30 a.m.) Punch and light refreshments provided. Bring your lunch as we discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. followed by a roundtable discussion with students, faculty and staff.





Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Benefits to losing Landry Joshua Siegel

THE DAILY COUGAR On Wednesday, the Cougars learned that they would be without starting point guard and leadingscorer Porsche Landry for the rest of the season. Landry, who has played in only three games this season, suffered a concussion in the Cougars’ 66-36 loss to Georgetown on Nov. 19. This is a devastating loss for the Cougars (2-16, 1-5 Conference USA), who are in the midst of something of a devastating season. Looking at the bigger picture though, Landry applying for a medical redshirt is a blessing for the Cougars. For all of their efforts and the injuries they have battled, this year’s Cougar squad is not going to remind anyone of last season’s conference champion. In addition to the loss of Landry, the Cougars have only had backup point guard Mileka Loydrake for four games, forcing several players to play out of position and take over ball-handling duties. If Landry were healthy, of course she would make the Cougars a more competitive team, but not

necessarily one that is a threat to win C-USA. The Cougars have a highlytouted recruiting class coming in next year to augment this year’s roster, which has several freshmen playing heavy minutes. Next season, the Cougars will be armed with the standouts from this season, as well as La Marque High School’s Jessieka Palmer, the ninth-best point guard prospect in the nation according to ESPN, as well as 6-foot-2 twin sisters Taylor and Tyler Gilbert. The Cougars will also add three-star recruits Alecia Smith, Bianca Winslow and Marche Amerson. In addition to her play on the court, Landry will be a great asset for Loydrake, Palmer, Smith and Winslow to learn from. Landry, a C-USA First Team selection, has demonstrated that she can take over a game, scoring 37 points in the Cougars’ seasonopening 63-62 loss to New Mexico State. Maybe next season with more weapons surrounding her, Landry and the Cougars can turn losses like that into victories.

Senior guard Porsche Landry will miss the rest of this season and apply for a medical redshirt to compete in 2012-13. In threegames this year, Landry averaged 22 points and 3.3 assists per game. | Joseph Lefler/The Daily Cougar



Walk-on becomes unlikely hero

Close call against SMU Travis Gumphrey


Ricardo Rivera

THE DAILY COUGAR With senior Darian Thibodeaux in the locker room nursing an eye injury, head coach James Dickey turned to the bench, grabbed point guard Jimmie Jones and pushed him towards the check-in table without hesitation. It’s an old basketball cliché that bench players are an ankle sprain, or in Jones’s case, a corneal abrasion, away from getting their chance to play big minutes. For Jones, that call came Saturday night against ECU at Hofheinz Pavillion. The sophomore logged a season-high 21 minutes, grabbing three steals, four assists and a pair of layups in a game the Cougars could not go without. In the midst of a dwindling lead, and a meltdown of doubledigit proportions, Jones provided energy on both ends of the floor as UH appeared down and out.

Sophomore guard Jimmie Jones helped guide UH to an 82-76 win over ECU on Saturday. In 21 minues, Jones recorded four assists and three steals. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar “He works so hard everyday in practice, and he gave us a great spark tonight. Then Tip (Thibodeaux) gets his eye scratched, and we were going to play Jimmie anyway, but we have confidence in putting him,” Dickey said. “He’s such a cerebral player, and he understands the game.” Out of Plano, TX, the sophomore was a walk-on addition to the team after spending a year at Navarro Junior College in Waxahachie. In limited minutes, Jones has brought energy to the second team when starting point guard J.J. Thompson sits. In seven games, Jones has averaged a meager 6.7 minutes a game, but Dickey has assured the new Cougar that his time will

come. “My first time in…I remember I had two turnovers back to back, and he (Dickey) just told me ‘you know how to play the game. Stay humble, be positive,’” Jones said. “So I’ve just went out and played my game, and he’s had so much confidence in me.” In molding his game off of the up-tempo style of Thompson, Jones hopes to continue his efficient play, while managing the adjustment process of his first Division I basketball season. “It’s been a big jump. It’s a lot faster; the pace is a lot faster. As you play, you just have to adjust. That’s all there is.”

The Cougars narrowly lost 155143 against conference-rival SMU on Saturday at the CRWC, falling in the final event. The meet was decided by the winner of the 200-free relay in which the Cougars lost 1:28.35-1:32.76. The Cougars finished first in seven events in the dual meet. The swimmers started off strong, taking the first five events with Heather Winn as the first-UH winner after finishing in 17:18.23 in the 1,650 free. Winn also went on to finish as the runner-up in the 500 free (5:04.25) with Lizzie Justice taking third in both events. In the second-to-last event of the day, the 400-yard IM, Reka Kovacs (4:32.86) and Natalie Newcomb (4:40.35) took first and second, further tightening the score with SMU. The Cougar divers also made a splash with Julia Lonnegren sweeping the 1M (294.38) and 3M (303.90) for the third time this season.

The Cougars pushed the Mustangs to the final event of Saturday’s dual meet at the CRWC. UH rallied back with strong diving performances, but lost the match in the 200-free relay. | Joseph Lefler/The Daily Cougar


First-place finishes Event


Heather Winn

1,650-Yard Free 17:18.23

Kim Eeson

200 Free


Kimmy Ballo

100 Back


Kim Eeson

50 Free


Reka Kovacs

100 Fly


Julia Lonnegren 1M


Julia Lonnegren 3M


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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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A sultry vampire beats out historical and martial arts films over the weekend With sales of $24.5 million, “Underworld Awakening” surpassed “Red Tails” and “Haywire,” the only other films that opened this past weekend. “Awakening,” which brings Kate Beckinsale back into the lead role, beat second-placed “Tails” by more than $5 million. The George Lucas-produced “Tails,” a story about the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen, made $19.1 million its first weekend out. “Haywire,” which stars mixed martial arts expert Gina Carano earned an estimated $9 million over the weekend. — Source: Moviefone


HuffPost: A-listers slam movie industry’s lack of originality, financing A Huffington Post article on Monday stated that more and more Hollywood A-listers are looking into moving away from Hollywood’s current trend of CGI blockbusters, remakes and sequels. According to the article, many stars have created their own production companies that aim to finance more independent films. It cites a recent actor roundtable conducted by Newsweek that features George Clooney, who said he was done with big budget Hollywood movies. “I do films for scale and I go do coffee commercials overseas and I make a lot of money doing those so I get to live in a nice house,” Clooney is quoted as saying during Newsweek roundtable. “I don’t rape the budget of a movie, we shot ‘The Ides of March’ for under $12 million, we shot ‘The Descendants’ for under $20, and if they make money, great... As an actor all bets are off if you need money,” Clooney said to Newsweek. The HuffPost article also cites Robert Redford, who started the independent Sundance Film Festival, and Megan Fox among those A-listers who have recently taken to slamming robot action flicks. Even James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, criticized his own films including the last installment in the Bond series, which he said lacked creative writing. “You swear that you’ll never get involved with (stuff ) like that, and it happens,” the HuffPost article quotes his as telling Time Out London. George Lucas, who had a hard time finding financing for the film “Red Tails” that opened this past weekend, is also cited for his recent criticism of Hollywood for the lack of finance for more thought provoking fare. — Source: The Huffington Post


Taking foodies back in time Museum fest allows culinary aficionados the opportunity to dine 18th century style Romana Fatima

THE DAILY COUGAR An elaborate dining experience recreated from 18th century England was the scene for an event aimed at local foodies. Foodie Fest was held on Saturday at Rienzi, the house museum for European decorative arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It combined its ongoing exhibit, “English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century,” with catering provided by Houston chef Monica Pope’s ta’fia restaurant. “English Taste,” which has been on view since September, takes you into a typical upper class English country house where exotic foods and new culinary technology were a stamp of luxury and fashion. The stunning and highly structured food presentation of Foodie Fest was a pleasure to behold, and the wine and light cocktail food provided by ta’fia were in keeping with the culinary experience. Cooked hens decorated with feather tails, beautiful sugar molds, exotic seaweed and colorful jellies were part of the display and showed the effort 18th century Britains used to put into entertaining and maintaining their social status. “To make gelatin at that point in history, you would have to make it from calf’s feet and cook it yourself to generate enough gelatin,” said Elizabeth Huber, a native Houstonian who organized a meetup event for the accompanying lecture to the exhibit back in September. Amongst the exquisite food creations, our everyday dinner, macaroni and cheese, also had a place at the elaborate dinner table. “Macaroni and cheese was the hippest thing to eat at the time,” Huber said. “Stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni — that was the epitome of being totally in fashion.” With dinner being the center of FOODIES continues on page 9

An 18th century English tablescape that consists of marzipan fruit, candied cherries, wafers, sweetmeats, and sponge biscuits is part of an exhibit at Rienzi, the house museum for European Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston . | Photo by Tom DuBrock/Courtesy of MFAH


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UH creative writing student Katherine Robb reads from her poetry at the “Alternative Neo Benshi Night” at East End’s Bohemeo’s cafe on Friday. | Jackie Andrade/The Daily Cougar

A unique and exciting literary event that combined silent film with poetry and prose occupied a local cafe on Friday night. Bohemeo’s, the café on Telephone Road that bills itself as the East End’s first music and art coffee house, was packed with a throng of UH students — a majority of them creative writing or communication majors — for “Alternative Neo Benshi Night.” Colin Sturdevant, the host and creator of the event who’s involved in a variety of literary groups on- and off-campus, says, “I learned Neo Benshi (the practice of producing live BENSHI continues on page 9


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alternate voice-overs for movies) in a poetry class back in 2007… Oh, God, I feel old now… (while) floating around at the what seemed ‘hopeless’ HCC central campus from my good friend and former mentor Stalina Villareal.” “Stalina actually helped me get in contact with Lupe Olivarez, the original and now co-owner of Bohemeo’s,” said Sturdevant. Poets like UH’s own Katherine Robb, Stephen Cronin, Erika Andrade and other members of the Houston community went on stage and read their work as a film silently whooshed by with startling images — some humorous, others depressing, but mostly thought-provoking stills — that underlined or totally juxtaposed the poets’ words in a clever form of art. Bohemeo’s was a great setting for this particular event because of its casual atmosphere, bright

colorful art work that adds flavor to the already eclectic walls, cheap and tasty food and the unpretentious crowd that packed the restaurant for Friday’s Sturdevant’s production. “No more seats were left, and... that makes me proud... not proud of myself but more of a segment of culture that thrives. That is rare, beautiful,” he said. The night began with Sturdevant reading his very own piece, “My Antithesis Valentine,” which was filled with rich and lyrical descriptions of a would-be love and played around between lighthearted, amusing sentences to deep and powerful ideas. The poets and their poems were shadowed with distinct images that haunted their words. Scenes from Japanese anime to the classic film “The Red Shoes” were hard to forget as the poets read in a one-of-a-kind production. “As far as I know, it has happened at Aurora Picture Show, but what they had was traditional

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Neo Benshi, where writers will narrate as voice-overs. It has been so long trying to find anyone who has ever performed Neo Benshi, but what we did was (not) very traditional and probably a first-ever event of its kind in Houston,” Sturdevant said. The next event that Sturdevant is hosting is “Idioms, Images, and Form: An Alternative Ekphrastic Evening,” Feb. 17 at Bacchus at the Elysium, a Mediterranean Coffee and Wine Bar. For more information visit the Facebook page of the same name. “I encourage anyone with a pulse to attend,” Sturdevant said. “In this day and age, what is the point for storytellers to sit alone without audience or one another? Why spend $20 a pop on a poorly constructed film at a movie theater when you can enjoy yourself for less and experience something new, uplifting, and inspiring?”


Poet Stephen Chronin took part in “Alternative Neo Benshi Night,” a literary event that intersected the worlds of poetry and silent film. | Jackie Andrade/The Daily Cougar

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Wednesday, January 25 5-7 pm UH College of Architecture Building Atrium The “English Taste” exhibit at Rienzi features recreated 18th century English culinary delights, such as roasted pheasant, left, and roasted and larded hare on a bed of toast, right. | Photos by Tom DuBrock/Courtesy of MFAH

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entertainment in 18th century England, hosts would bring out and serve the meal on the finest silver and porcelain available. This was another manner for which aristocrats would show off their wealth. Rienzi, a state-of-the-art heritage property in River Oaks that was turned into a museum in 1999, was the perfect venue to host this culinary experience. “Rienzi’s celebrated ceramics,

silver and glass, including the recently acquired Sackville Epergne and porcelain pieces from the Möllendorff (Dinner) Service, said to be designed by Frederick the Great, would have been used for a meal of such significance,” said Katherine S. Howe, director of Rienzi. “English Taste: The Art of Dining in the Eighteenth Century” is on exhibit until Jan. 29. Students with an ID will only pay $5 at the door. For more information, visit


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