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The current rendering of what the new football stadium will look like. The design is subject to change when the athletics department consults with architectural firms. | Photo Courtesy of David Reiter/Athletics Department

UH students vote in favor of fee increase during two day referendum; extra income to pay for new stadium, other sports facilities Daniel Renfrow and Taylor McGilvray

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tudents flocked to the polls in record numbers Tuesday and Wednesday to vote in the student service fee referendum. They cast their votes for or against the increase in student fees by $45 a semester for the construction and renovation of athletic facilities. Of the 9,923 votes casted, 7,334 were in favor. According to Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Walker, the 26.1 percent student turnout is the largest in the history of UH, beating the previous highest turnout of 15 percent for the UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center student referendum in 1998. He said the high turnout is tied to the general momentum of the University, both academically and athletically. “If you really track the notoriety the University has gotten on the national stage, and even on the international stage in the last year, it has just been tremendous,” Walker said. “People are really taking a serious look at the University of Houston.” Jared Gogets, Student Government

Association senator-at-large, said he was impressed, but not surprised by the high student turnout. “Try to tell somebody that you guys don’t care about UH now because you went out there and you showed that you care about moving us forward, you care about Tier One and you care about the athletics program,” said Gogets, who also serves as the president of Student Program Board, after the results of the referendum were announced on Thursday. “I see athletics facilities as the front porch of the University. It puts the University on a national stage,” Gogets said. “Right now, we’re on the regional stage.” Athletics Director Mack Rhoades said the passage of the referendum was a game changer for the athletics program and will help increase the national visibility of the University. “Fifteen years from now, 20 years from now, we are going to look back at this day and say that was a significant moment in the turning point of our intercollegiate athletics program,” Rhoades said. “Bottom line, we want to be the best. We want to make sure that we have an athletics program that every one of our students can be proud of. That we can have national visibility, that we can win championships, compete nationally, but do it the right way.” Walker said UH desperately needed to

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40,000

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2012

Number of seats the new football stadium will have.

Percentage of the student body that voted in the referendum — the highest voter turnout the University has seen on any campus-wide vote.

The school year the increased fee will take effect.

0 Student ticket price to all sporting events.

9,923 Number of students who voted in the referendum

7,334 Number of students who voted for the fee increase.

2014 Project completion year for the football stadium.

50 The total dollar increase in student fees per semester — 45 of it going to athletics.

145 million Amount in dollars the projected cost of the renovation of Hofheinz Pavilion and construction of the football stadium.

48 million Amount in dollars students will contribute with the increased fees — about one-third of the total cost.. Source: UH Athletics Department

upgrade its athletic facilities now that it is moving into the Big East, and the passage of the referendum ties strategically to that move. He said the conference move coupled with the construction of the new stadium will help bring more students to UH. “We’re becoming very competitive with other institutions. We’re one of the places people are seriously looking at now as an institution of choice,” Walker said. “Students really want to come here, and I think that is all a part of that momentum.”

Walker said the rise of the University’s reputation and its general momentum is going to allow the University to increase its fundraising efforts. “Clearly you want to take advantage of the excitement of the University of Houston both locally and on the national scene,” Walker said. “That is a good indication that people want to give back to something that’s an exciting thing to be a part of.” REFERENDUM continues on page 3


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What made you vote the way you did?

“I voted yes because a lot of people do not see the University of Houston for its academics. The first thing they see is athletics, and in order to gain the respect and esteem of other universities, it is important to have high quality athletic facilities.” Ross Coburn Business sophomore

“Athletics provide a face for the University. The school is building a new University Center and sophomore housing; there are many new things happening on campus. It’s only right to have a new athletics facility as well. Brandon McDowell

“No, I did not vote. However, I am for the fee raise. I may not be a fan of paying more for tuition, but I see how it betters the University for the future.” Ian Fairlie Engineering junior

Public relations junior

“I feel that with the exposure we got while we hosted the Dynamos, we needed to have better stadiums. $45 on your tuition is nothing if it means better sport facilities. I’m a sports fan myself, and I have no problem paying for new facilities. It makes the experience better.”

“I voted (yes) because better athletic facilities bring more attention to the University. This would make the whole school look good and my degree more valuable.” Arsal Khan Computer science graduate student

Guy Rogers

“I voted no because honestly, I feel like tuition has already been increasing, and we already have a big load. Why are they asking us now and not other times. It’s like they already made up their answer for us to vote yes as if it was our only option, and they paid you off with a free shirt. It was really biased and sneaky.” Stephanie Jimenez

Criminal justice sophomore

Environmental science junior

“It’s a waste of resources. I think there is an ethical dilemma in our society where we value entertainment and sports over knowledge; the funding should be going more towards our ability to do research for the school, which is what we got received Tier One status for.”

“I voted (yes) because of the pride and love I have for UH and I know that an improved stadium is great for our public image.” Chris Orellana Supply chain management senior

Jon Berridge

“I said no because I don’t want to pay more money. And if I was to spend $50 extra per semester, I don’t think it should go towards athletics. If UH wants to be recognized as a Tier One university, we should focus on educational purposes, such as subsidizing resources for students — like poppers.”

“I’m already a poor college student. I don’t want to be a poorer college student.” Katherine Harris Liberal arts sophomore

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STADIUM AND ARENA

UH athletics said the stadium and arena will benefit more than just sports fans J

The Moores School of Music will receive about 20,000 square feet of classroom space in the stadium’s academic building

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A total of two special events per year will be held in the arena and stadium will be held without paying rental fees

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Four intramural sports championships will be held each year

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Students graduating within one academic year from the fall of 2012 will receive a $90 credit towards the purchase of football and/or basketball season tickets for one year after the completion of the facilities

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Students graduating within two academic years from the fall of 2012 will receive a $90 credit toward purchase football and/or basketball season tickets for two years after the completion of the facilities

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Students will continue to receive free tickets to all regular season games

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While the stadium and arena are under construction, athletics will provide free or reduced parking and/or a free shuttle service for students at all home games held at an off-campus facility

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There will be a designated student tailgating area

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If athletics pays for the stadium and arena before the maximum 25 years of the increased student fee is up, it will recommend the Student Fees Advisory Committee decreases its fee allocation

Front: SGA’s Erika Sanchez, Cedric Bandoh, Jared Gogets, Craig Premjee and Michael Harding. Back: Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Walker and Dir. Athletics Mack Rhoades. The students and staff celebrate after the fee’s official passage. | Nine Nguyen/The Daily Cougar

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Walker also said it is important for Tier One institutions to have nationally competitive athletic

programs. “I think it’s all part of the package: Overall good academic programs, a good student life experience, a good campus experience, strong research, strong athletic

programs,” Walker said. “To me it’s all part of the pieces that are put together to make a great Tier One institution.” news@thedailycougar.com

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t was announced on Thursday that the Athletics Referendum passed on a whopping 4,745-vote margin. With 9,923 total ballots cast, 26.1 percent of the student body was accounted for in making their voices heard on an important issue for the University. This is the largest turn out since 15 percent of students voted in favor of building the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in 1998. Whether or not a new stadium and improving Hofheinz are changes you welcome, it’s impressive that so many students actually took the time to vote. These kinds of results prove that the student body has enough pride in our University that they’re willing to pay for much-needed improvements that will affect UH for years after they walk across the stage. Student approval for a stadium is much more than just another building on campus — it stands as a testament to Cougar spirit. Among all the improvements that are being made at UH, Tier One athletic teams and facilities will only help in our quest for national recognition as a Tier One university. Most importantly, a new stadium and a better Hofheinz aren’t changes that will affect us so much as current students, but it’s important that we keep those that follow in our footsteps years from now. These are improvements that most of us will be able to take full advantage of as alumni, but future students will have a more beautiful campus to enjoy as the University continues to improve its reputation and the caliber of students, faculty and staff members who are proud to call UH home. Even if this wasn’t something you’re in favor of, a mere $45 increase of student fees per semester will go toward a change that will affect generations of Cougars long after we’re gone — that’s a small price to pay for something that will have a monumental impact on all aspects of our University.

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Unrest in Syria supported by veto While the States prepared for a rematch of Super Bowl XLII and gathered as many people, alcohol and nachos into a single room as physically possible, the Syrian government had a special event of their own. In the last few days, around 230 innocent Syrians were killed in uprisings after 11 straight months of conflict. The Syrian government reacted to the James uprisings in the way Wang that only an oppressive, totalitarian regime could despite that practically the entire United Nations was prepared to formally condemn the Syrian government for its heinous actions. Only Russia and China vetoed the UN resolution, spitting in the face of the right to not be murdered by one’s own government. Despite international outrage at their actions, Moscow and Beijing adamantly stand by their decision to support Assad’s murderous reign. This is even after reports from a state-run Syrian newspaper that promised harsher methods of cracking down on the protests. It was probably a sense of kinship that caused these two superpowers from the Cold War to support a totalitarian regime. When the first protests, sparked by the wave of uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia early last year, began to break out across Syria, Assad launched a brutal response with tanks and troops to squash the rebellion. It was the Middle East’s own Tiananmen Square. Russia also has economic concerns when vetoing a UN resolution to condemn Syria; Moscow is a major arms dealer to Syria. What would the resolution have done? In typical UN fashion, the resolution to condemn Syria would have done just that and nothing more — in other words, absolutely nothing. According to British Foreign Secretary William Hague, the resolution “did not impose any sanctions, nor did it authorize military action.” All it would have requested was for Syria to answer the questions: Why are you killing your people? and Can you stop it, pretty please? The Syrian

mass-murder apparatus run by Assad has denounced the international call for cessation of violence in his country, claiming it as an outright hostile attack on Syria — undoubtedly emboldened by the backing of his arms dealer on the Security Council. On a resolution that would have done nothing but call to an end a crackdown that has resulted in at least 6,000 deaths since last year. The Chinese and Russians have sided with a madman, against America and her European allies. The question comes down to what to do about the killings in Syria. In any other decade, America would probably be rolling in with her guns a-blazin’. C-130s would unleash a bombardment of good old American artillery down on Assad’s head. For those of who believe we went to Iraq for the oil, Syria’s right next door to Iraq. Not mention that by removing them, we would be further protecting our Israeli allies. For those of us who believe we went to Iraq to free the Iraqi people, Assad’s looking very much like Saddam at this point. Maybe 10 years ago we could have done something like that — maybe 10 years from now. Unfortunately, America is still on the ropes after pulling out of two major wars, and despite recent positive upturns, we are still in danger of tail-spinning into another bout of recession. Most of the world would rather we mind our own business, and for now, that’s just an excuse for us to catch our breath. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization handled itself just fine in the toppling of Gaddafi. Given the situation, Assad should be no different. If Israel is really looking for a fight, instead of attacking Iran and possibly drawing outrage from the Arab League, Israel should act in support of the Arab League who should push for a stronger condemnation against Syria, including an actual invasion to overthrow Assad. The Arab League and the Muslim community have both been unfairly mislabeled by some in the West as backwards, freedom-hating terrorists when everyone knows this is clearly not

Despite complete international outrage at their actions and despite reports from a state-run Syrian newspaper promising even harsher methods of cracking down on the protests, Russia and China adamantly stand by their decision to support Assad’s murderous reign.” the case. Islam is a peaceful religion and the Arab people are just like any other. As believers in human rights and liberty, the Arab League should do more than just call Syria out on this violent crackdown that has people looking for bodies of loved ones under supervision by snipers on neighboring rooftops. The Arab League cannot tolerate this type of aggression that would seem to legitimize the negative portrayal of the Middle East to the West. The senseless slaughter of civilians in their own region should be brought to a stop by those closest around them. If more Arab nations could rebel against their destructive leaders like the people of Libya and Egypt did, freedom-hating groups like al-Qaeda and the Taliban would have no place to go. Arab League, show Syria that sort of activity will no longer be tolerated. Show China and Russia that their vetoes — like UN resolutions in general, frankly — mean nothing. Support the Syrian protestors and topple Assad. Gather strong international support to come down on Assad like a great hammer of democracy before more people have to suffer. While the Arab League, the UN and the US all talk about how awful it is for China and Russia to veto a bill against killing innocent people, there are still people getting sniped from rooftops, and that’s what’s truly awful. James Wang is a history freshman and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.


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Green Wave wash away Cougars in blowout loss Tulane 75, Houston 54 Houston Tulane

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Saturday’s results Ricardo Rivera

Tulane 75 .................................... Houston 54 Memphis 72 ................................................Xavier 68 UCF 59 .............................................................SMU 52 East Carolina 82 .............................................Rice 68 Tulsa 79 ................................................... Marshall 70 UAB 61 ..............................................................UAB 60

THE DAILY COUGAR Freshman guard Joseph Young scored a team-high of 17 points, grabbed four rebounds and had three steals, but UH could not overcome the Green Wave as the University lost its secondconsecutive game Saturday night at Avron B. Fogelman Arena. The Cougars (11-11, 3-6 C-USA) shot a season-low eight percent from beyond the arc, and managed only 54 points on 21-of-51 shooting from the field. Tulane started the game on a 19-5 run and extended their lead to as high as 17 points before their potent post attack could be halted by halftime. Atlanta-native Ricky Tarrant led the Green Wave, scoring a game-high of 21 points, and added five steals. The freshman held UH point guard J.J. Thompson to a quite four points, and led a defensive effort that allowed only 10 fast-break points from the Cougars. Jonathan Simmons was contained to 10 points in 30 minutes, and shot a combined 4-of-12 with senior Darian Thibodeaux. Simmons committed five costly turnovers, as the Cougars continued to struggle with efficient playmaking. After being outscored 42-30 in the first half, head coach James Dickey utilized bench players Kirk Van Slyke and Young, receiving 21 points from the pair. UH will look to recoup Wednesday at Hofheinz Pavilion against Rice for the first of two meetings between teams. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. sports@thedailycougar.com

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Percentages: FG .500, 3PT .333, FT .667 Team rebounds: 04 Technical fouls: Tulane-None. Houston-None. Attendance: 2,676

Wednesday’s games Freshman guard Joseph Young led the Cougars with 17 points on 7-13 shooting. He hit the Cougars’ only 3-pointer in their 75-54 loss to Tulane on Saturday. Minus Young, UH was 0-11 from three-point range and 14-38 (37 percent) from the field. Young also added four rebounds and three steals to his stat line. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar

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EDITOR Jose Aguilar E-MAIL arts@thedailycougar.com ONLINE thedailycougar.com/arts

‘Fantasy’ fixes previous issues

Students take leap at auditions Channler Hill

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THE DAILY COUGAR When “Final Fantasy XIII” was released a year ago, Square Enix had plenty of media criticism to deal with, such as atrocious linearity in the storyline and boring character development. They’ve taken a step back and approached “Final Fantasy XIII-2” with the intention of addressing the problems and improving all aspects of the game. The story takes place three years after “Final ONLINE Fantasy XIII.” Check out the full review at Lightning, the main heroine from thedailycougar.com the previous game, is supposedly missing, trapped inside a place known as Valhalla and in battle with the main antagonist, Caius. Lightning sends out a mysterious boy named Noel to find her younger sister, Serah, who, after having been convinced that Lightning is alive, sets out with Noel on a journey to find her. All along the way, the two travel in and out of several gates that lead to different parts and eras of the “Final Fantasy” world. The character development still suffers and it seems that some of their actions throughout the game are without real cause. In layman’s terms, the story doesn’t make much sense. This is unfortunately quite typical for Japanese role-playing games. “Final Fantasy XIII-2” is a step in the right direction and should be able to satisfy both fans of Final Fantasy games and gamers who are just looking for something new to enjoy. arts@thedailycougar.com

For the past three years, students minoring in the Honors College’s creative works minor have been given the chance to expand their talents and explore what it means to be a part of a city “Dionysia” — a kind of ancient festival where Greek comedy and tragedy were developed. Auditions were held Jan. 30 and 31 inside the Honors College commons in preparation for the 2012 Dionysia. The Greek playwright Aristophanes’ “Frogs” will be performed for this year’s festival. The play was adapted by John Harvey, director of the Center for Creative Work, and will debut April 26. After three years of tragedies, “Frogs” will be the first comedy for the Dionysia. Students in the creative works minor who enroll in the Honors College course “City Dionysia: Attic Drama in the Modern City” are required to participate as an actor, assist in production or be involved in some fashion with that year’s play. Dionysia plays are open to all UH students and actors from different universities and throughout the city. “Dionysia is not just a student production, it’s more than that,” production manager Joana Trojanowski said. Juliet Childers, a creative writing senior and student in the creative works minor, has been involved in musical theatre for 12 years. One of her dreams is to be on

Psychology freshman Gaius Jones, left, auditioned along with psychology sophomores Kristen Rodgers, center, and Kimberly Holiday-Coleman, right, for the Dionysia 2012 production of “Frogs,” a play by Greek playwright Aristophanes. | Brianne Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar Broadway and star in a movie. A part of the original cast of the first Dionysia, “Children of Herakles,” and “Electra,” she enjoys the fact that the auditions are open to those with and without experience and the fact that it is a paid opportunity. “I want to gain more acting experience, a wider variety of skills and techniques (and) networking opportunities,” Childers said. She said she is also doing it to have fun.

Natalie Brown, a sophomore honors student studying psychology and human development studies, auditioned for her first Dionysia and is excited about the production. “When I was in high school, I didn’t really get a chance to get involved in theatre as much as I had liked,” Brown said. “Being here at UH and in the Honors College, I’m taking advantage of all the acting opportunities available to me.” arts@thedailycougar.com

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