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SGA ELECTION 2012:: CANDIDATE Q&A

Prospective presidents speak Joy Ramirez

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THE DAILY COUGAR What follows is a partial transcription of an interview The Daily Cougar conducted with Ramirez. The Daily Cougar: What are three things you think voters should know about you? Joy Ramirez: Three things that I think voters should know about me are: I’m not here for any political aspect or any status. I’m not looking for this to look great on my résumé. I already know what I want to do with life, and none of the things I want to do in life have anything to do with what I’ve been perceived as.

I also want people to know that what you see is what you get. I’m a very honest person. I like to help people; I like to communicate with people — it’s just in my nature. It comes naturally to me, so it’s not something forced. The third thing I would like people to know is that I’m very approachable if anyone needs anything. I always want to find the solution to a problem. If you come to me and you tell me that there is a problem, I’m not going to just sit there and shrug my shoulders and say, “Better luck next time.” I’m actually going to sit with you and RAMIREZ continues on page 8

Name: Michael McHugh Major: Political science and communications Classification: Junior SGA postions held: Senator, committee chair Running mate: Mohammad Aijaz

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THE DAILY COUGAR What follows is a partial transcription of an interview The Daily Cougar conducted with McHugh. The Daily Cougar: What are three things you think voters should know about you? Michael McHugh: My experience; I’ve not missed an SGA meeting in three years; I served as a senator; I’m the current chairman of the bookstore advisory committee; I’ve written more pieces of legislation than almost every senator this session — among them being a medical amnesty policy, a nondiscrimination policy

What: Voting for Student Government Association’s next president and senators When: 7 a.m. to 11: 59 p.m. Feb. 27 to March 1

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Name: Joy Ramirez Major: Speech pathology Classification: Sophomore SGA postions held: None Running mate: Amayrani Gomez

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and a grade replacement policy. I’ve served as one of the largest advocates in favor of the new stadium (referendum) we just had out there throughout the whole election with Mack Rhoades, Jared Gogets and the Houston Cougar football team. That that was one of the strongest issues of the semester that I’m most proud of. We need Tier One facilities to have a Tier One University. I want to usher in a new era of change for our University. I feel we are at the dawn of a bright new era for our University, as I expect this to be one of the most prestigious MCHUGH continues on page 3

Results: Noon, March 2 in the University Center World Affairs Lounge Presidential candidates, running mates: Cedric Bandoh - Turner Harris Joy Ramirez - Amayrani Gomez Michael McHugh - Mohammed Aijaz Jeffery Syptak - Jack Wehman David Williams - Ramon Montano Markley Rogers -Camdan Mahbabani Femi Jekayinfa - Josue Alvarado Carl McGee - Tarek Haidar Each of the presidential candidates will be featured in our “Candidate Q&A” series this week. Source: Student Government Association

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Stadium location TBD Intramural fields in consideration to house Cougar football games Taylor McGilvray

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The current rendering of what the football stadium will look like if kept in the same location. | Courtesy of Dave Reiter/Athletics Department

The UH system Board of Regents requested the University’s athletics department to reconsider the intramural fields as a location for the new football stadium. If the site is chosen for the stadium, it would have to be funded by private donations. “As promised, we will not ask our students for any additional monies,” Athletics Director Mack Rhoades said in an email.

“We are extremely grateful for their overwhelming support via this past referendum.” If moved to the intramural fields, the stadium would cost at least an additional $40 million. “Due to the importance of this project for both the University and the intercollegiate athletics department, the Board or Regents asked to review the Intramural Fields site a second time and verify the cost ... and/or explore any other creative options for building the stadium on this site with a much reduced premium,” Rhoades said. If the location is changed, athletics would try to incorporate the General Services Building into the design. STADIUM continues on page 8


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Religion, sexuality to be discussed by panelists The first installment of the LGBT Lecture Series for Spring 2012 tackles one of the biggest issues facing the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community: Religion. UH’s LGBT Resource Center and the GLBT Studies Minor Program will present “Religion & The LGBT Person,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Lone Star Room of the University Center. With a primary focus on Christianity, the event features a panel that will discuss how individuals can reconcile their religion with their LGBT identity and continue to develop spiritually. Panelists include the Rev. Janice Ladd, Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; Rev. Dr. Ginny Brown Daniel, Plymouth United church; James Evans, former ordained minister and reform camp survivor; Tierra Ortiz-Rodriguez, Dignity Houston Community Organizer and Rabbi Kenny Weiss. For more information, contact LGBT RC Director Lorraine Schroeder at 713-743-5463 or via email at lschoeder@uh.edu. — Cougar News Services

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Nominations for teaching excellence award needed The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is calling for nominations for the 2012 Ross M. Lence Awards for Teaching Excellence in the categories of Visual/ Performing Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Named after the deceased Lence, a former CLASS professor who taught political science and Honors College courses, the awards serve to highlight CLASS educators

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who have notably excelled in teaching in these categories over a period of years. Included in the eligibility criteria are the requirements that recipients must be in at least their third year of full-time faculty service in the CLASS and cannot have previously received the award. Nominations are being accepted from students and faculty. They can be submitted electronically in a PDF file to Director of Assessment and Accreditation Amy O’Neal at aoneal@uh.edu until 5 p.m. March 6. The PDF file and full details for how to arrange these email submissions can be found at www.uh.edu/ class. — Max Gardner

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Panel to connect students, energy industry leaders The Distinguished leader series will host “a special panel discussion on Health, Safety and Environment and the Global Energy Supply Chain” at 6 p.m. Thursday in Cemo Hall’s Stubblefield Auditorium. The event will feature speakers Phil Teijeira, the global head of procurement for Schlumberger; Jerry Randall, Houston Subsea’s regional procurement manager; and Nils Svanberg, global contracts manager for ConocoPhillips. Students can register online at https://www.bauer.uh.edu/ distinguishedleaders. — Cougar News Services

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Former student wins design competition Project combines kitchen tools, uses past objects as inspiration Lesley Saenz

THE DAILY COUGAR A graduate from UH’s industrial design program took first place at the 19th annual Student Design Competition with her innovative design, Ambos, a combination of a grater and a colander. Mariel Piña said she started thinking about combining tools when she realized that many single-function kitchen tools are underused. Piña worked for 16 weeks on the project, extracting some design principles from objects used in 20th century Mexico and applying them in a modern setting. Piña was raised in Juarez, Mexico until she was 18 and moved to El Paso to start college.

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public research universities not just in Texas, but in America as a whole. I’m more in touch, I feel, than the other candidates. I’ve lived in Cullen Oaks, Moody Towers, Cougar Village and the Quadrangle. I’m now even a commuter, so I’ve lived in a diverse number of settings that I feel make me most in touch with our student body. I share the same struggles and hardships they do and I think we all can agree that one thing we want to see out of our student government is more. TDC: What do you think the last administration could have done better? MM: I think one issue is still communication, that was one of the big things they wanted to do last year. I think they’ve changed for the better; we have done more social media. I agree to that. I think we could be more expansive in getting our name out there to the student body. Most of these members of SGA think everyone knows who they are, and the truth is, sadly, that they don’t. I think that most of the time SGA spends too much time focusing on internal affairs such as bylaw reform, committee and parliamentary procedures and not enough time actually getting out there and dealing with the direct needs of the students. TDC: You’ve mentioned some of the ways you’re qualified. Aside from that, are there any ways you stand out from the other candidates? MM: Well, I think that one important distinction in this campaign is that I represent real progress and change for our University. I represent a departure from unstable budget cuts, dramatic increase in our tuition and fees and I seek to restore the credibility to the UH SGA as we act as a fundamental liaison between the administration and the student body. But I think before we do that,

She said her background had a lot to do with how she came up with her design. “Part of my research was based on my grandma’s setting in the 1900s and what she did in the kitchen,” she said. She traveled to Chihuahua, Mexico where the runners of the Tarahumara culture live. “(The Tarahumara) don’t have any of the modern things we have, they’ve lived in caves for 400 years, so it was a very interesting contrast,” she said. Along with the first place prize money, Piña also won a trip to Chicago for the International Home & Housewares Show in March, where there will be 60,000 professional attendees, 2,000 exhibitors from over 35 countries, 15,000 US buyers and 6,000 international buyers from 100 countries on 6 continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. “There’s going to be vendors from all around the world, you

we must challenge our student body to change first and decide these issues. TDC: How would you make sure you’re accurately representing the student body? MM: First is to let them know we exist; I think we can do a better job at that. The way we can accomplish that is to make them actually want to attend meetings; show how this stuff really does impact them. TDC: And how do you plan on letting them know that these issues impact them? MM: The way the current system works is students have to approach their student government if they have a problem. I say the student government should be doing more to approach the students. I think we should have the president and senators at least try to visit every student organization if they can — or at least the most populated ones — once a semester and have more town halls and promote them better. TDC: What made you decide to run for president? MM: I decided to run because I kept getting approached by hundreds of friends over the last year since my previous run. They really believed what I stood for. They saw my passion — how much I cared. I put service before self in the election last year. I energize people because I’m not afraid to talk about issues that really matter. I’m not afraid to talk about issues that other senators don’t want to get their hands in. I think the proof of that can be found just by looking at some of the bills I introduced over the last year. TDC: If you’re elected, what do you plan on doing? MM: A great way to start would be with parking. For every three passes given out, only one space is guaranteed, so every student who has to pay $250 for a pass only has a one-third chance of finding (a parking spot) on campus. Most of us wait one hour before class to try to find a parking space, countless numbers of

Former industrial design student, Mariel Piña (left) said growing up in Juarez, Mexico contributed to the development of Ambos (right), a kitchen tool that combines a grater and a colander. | Courtesy of Cynthia Greenwood can take a camera but you can’t take any pictures of anything. I’m sure everybody’s going to be all over the winners (of the Student Design Competition) because they’re looking for talent for their own firms or for the next big

students are late because they can’t park their car. We have many professors who have strict tardy policies. If you’re one or five minutes late, they might mark you tardy, and three of those tardies might equal an absence. I don’t think that anybody’s academic success should be hindered because we can’t get an adequate parking plan in place. TDC: You’ve held a position on the senate before, but for the last two semesters at least, you’ve played a more peripheral role. Why is that? MM: It’s no secret that I’ve always wanted to be back on the senate. Unfortunately, I guess elections have consequences. I ran for president last year. I couldn’t run for senate again, and I think that played one of the largest roles in why I never was able to be a senator again. However, I never miss a senate meeting. I still always show up. I still always introduce legislation because I strongly believe in the agenda and blueprint I’ve written for UH and I believe that it’s going to help bring us closer to Tier One. TDC: So it was just that you ran for president and that disqualified you from running for senate? MM: Not at all. If I could have been in the senate later, I would have. It’s just that there were never enough vacancies. TDC: Sum up what you’d like to do as president. MM: I’ll say that if I’m elected president I promise to resolve our demanding parking crisis, establish a 24-hour library policy, implement a campus-wide bike share program and freeze tuition and fees over the next year. In light of detrimental budget cuts, I also promise to donate my entire would-be salary to financially disadvantaged students by establishing a scholarship fund at the University of Houston. For more information on this and other candidates, go to thedailycougar.com/ tags/sga2012.

product, so I’m very excited,” she said. “I heard it’s life changing.” In her future, she said she would like to do some freelance design. “I’m interested in everything,” she said.

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Aggie tries to change outdated tradition

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exas A&M is a university that prides itself on its traditions, many of which have existed with little change since the founding of their university. Samantha Ketcham, a senior at A&M, wants to radically change one of those traditions.

Ketcham is campaigning to become one of A&M’s senior yell leaders. Yell leaders have been a tradition at A&M for 105 years. As a thirdgeneration Aggie, Ketcham seems to be an ideal candidate for the position. The only problem with her campaign is that A&M’s yell leaders have always been male. Although female Aggies have run for the position in the past, they have never recieved enough votes to change the all-male tradition. Ketcham told The Eagle that students at A&M should try to elect yell leaders that are representative of their student body. “I think it would show the nation and the world that A&M is a more accepting place than people realize,” Ketcham said. Even if Ketcham becomes the first female yell leader at A&M, this will be a tough sell. While A&M is known for its traditions, it is also known for its lack of diversity. According to The Princeton Review, 70.88 percent of A&M’s student body is Caucasian; only 47.53 percent of A&M students are female. In comparison, only 29.2 percent of UH’s student body is Caucasion, and 49.75 percent of our students are female. The Princeton Review ranks A&M third on the list of colleges with the most conservative students and tenth on the list of the most LGBT-unfriendly colleges in the nation. The election of Ketcham would be a step in the right direction for her university, but A&M still has a long way to go before it can prove to the nation that is an accepting place. Nevertheless, The Daily Cougar wishes Ketcham the best of luck in her pursuit to turn an outdated tradition on its head — change happens in baby steps.

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Defense is desperate Lawyers hold back nothing in the financial Ponzi scheme case

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fter ruling in December that Texas-based financier Robert Allen Stanford was competent enough to withstand trial, U.S. District Judge David Hittner scheduled USA v. Stanford et al, on Jan. 23. Stanford was charged committing a “bait and switch” international Ponzi scheme in which he allegedly Lindsay conned investors out of Gary $7 billion. The trial, is a battleground between the government and Stanford’s defense team, who seem to be trying everything possible to win this difficult case. The defense team’s tactics include trying to prove that former Chief Financial Officer of Stanford Financial Group and college roommate of Stanford, James Davis, is responsible for the alleged scheme. They also allege that had government groups, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), not intervened, Stanford would have completed the task of paying investors back. However both are difficult to prove for various reasons. First, although it is the CFO’s responsibility to advise a company financially,

Stanford was still the final decision-maker. On Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, the government presented several emails as evidence to the courtroom, including emails with subject line “Transfer of Funds TIOC” (Two Islands One Club). These were a series of emails regarding a risky business venture — building a resort in the Caribbean. Patricia Maldonado asked for the approval of $1,275,000 to go into this resort. This money came from a Societe Generale account in Switzerland that was funded by the Certificates of Deposits from investments. Davis’ alleged reply was for Maldonado to contact Stanford for approval; Stanford supposedly in turn approved this amount, and possibly many other illegal transactions such as this. Investors thought they were making secure investments but based on the evidence presented by the government, they actually weren’t. In fact, the money went to millions of dollars worth of employee bonuses, bills and, not to mention, the TIOC, which was never completed. There is no strong evidence that proves Stanford was actually in the process of paying investors back, especially when emails similar to the TIOC series were sent just weeks before Stanford was caught.

It is obvious the defense team is uneasy. Davis was Stanford’s right-hand man and he has not only plead guilty but has testified against him with believable evidence. Stanford and his defense team only revealed their poker faces. But their desperate actions, such as trying to put the blame on Davis, show their insecurity. Not only are they trying to persuade the courtroom that a man who already plead guilty is at fault, but they even tried to call for a mistrial during recess on the grounds that Davis violated Stanford’s Fifth Amendment rights. Judge Hittner overruled that accusation against Davis and the trial continued. After exhausting many of their options, they are still having a difficult time proving Stanford’s innocence. First the defense claimed Stanford was incompetent. Now they’re blaming Stanford’s employee for all the crime committed in Stanford’s company. What will the defense resort to next? With all of the evidence and witnesses the government has brought in, it will almost be impossible for the prosecution to lose this case. Lindsay Gary is a senior history major and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

LETTERS UH shouldn’t support Chick-fil-A because of its anti-gay donations It is becoming more clear that Chick-fil-A has donated millions of dollars to homophobic organizations. The question we must ask as a campus community is, why does a University that rightfully prides itself with its diversity and its commitment

to societal change allow this company two locations on campus? What about the LGBT students and their supporters from thousands of faculty members and students? There are other chicken chains that are not donating money to hateful causes that can take its place. — Andrew Reiser, Graduate student

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Super Simmons Career-high 28 points from the junior powers UH to upset win over Southern Miss Eli Daniels

THE DAILY COUGAR In a back-and-forth game of runs, the Cougars were able to make the last one and steal a 73-71 win from first-place Southern Miss. “We stayed together as a team, stayed positive and were ready to take on the challenge,” junior Jonathan Simmons said. “Basketball is a game of runs and we were prepared for that.” The Cougars closed out the first half on a 10-0 run on Saturday night at Hofheinz Pavilion to go into halftime with a 38-27 lead. Simmons helped the Cougars build

that lead, scoring 15 of his career-high 28 points in the first half. However, that momentum didn’t last long, as Southern Miss opened the second half with a 12-5 run and took the lead with nine minutes remaining. The Cougars rebounding and interior defense led by freshman TaShawn Thomas allowed them to take the lead back for good with six minutes to go. “All week the coaches were saying to go strong to the boards,” said Thomas, who recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. “I knew they would be doing everything they could to rebound, so I just played strong and went for the ball.”

Winning the battle on the boards (39-28) helped the Cougars overcome committing 16 turnovers. “Coach Dickey did not call any fouls at practice because he was preparing us for Southern Miss,” Thomas said. “The hard practices throughout the week helped us play strong and tough for tonight.” A 3-pointer by The Golden Eagles’ Neil Watson brought Southern Miss with three points with three seconds to go, but clutch free throws by freshman Joseph Young sealed the win for the Cougars. Young (10 points) was one of four Cougars to score in double figures along with Simmons, Thomas and Alandise Harris. sports@thedailycougar.com

Junior Jonathan Simmons powered the Cougars with a career-high 28 points and eight rebounds. Simmons has been the Cougars’ leading scorer in 13 games this season, including their last three seasons. | Joshua Siegel/The Daily Cougar

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UH busts out the brooms Cougars’ bats come alive and pitching locks up Delware to give UH a perfect opening weekend Gilbert Requena

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Sophomore Bailey Watts threw the second no-hitter of her career in the Cougars’ 9-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe to open play at the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational on Saturday. Watts struck out six in the five-inning win. | Hendrick Rosemond/The Daily Cougar

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THE DAILY COUGAR Sophomore Bailey Watts no-hit Louisiana-Monroe to open the Houston Hilton Plaza Invitational against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday to lead UH to a 9-0 five-inning win. Watts struck out six and the Cougars scored in every inning. The strong starting pitching didn’t carry over to the nightcap of the doubleheader against McNeese State. Starter Diedre Outon gave up

three runs in the first inning and Summer Groholski allowed two more in two-thirds innings of work. Watts pitched five-and-a-third innings in relief for her second appearance of the day, allowing one run, but the Cougars’ comeback fell short as they earned their first loss of the season 6-5. Sunday followed a similar pattern as the Cougars opened with a 13-0 rout of ULM, surrendering just four hits. Freshman Summer Groholski started the game and went four innings. Ty’Ara Law finished off the

shutout by forbidding a hit in her one inning of work. Freshman infielder Jaime Edwards powered the Cougars’ offense with her first-career grand slam in the third inning to start the scoring outburst. Junior third baseman Holly Anderson crushed a three-run home run in the fourth, part of an eight-run inning. In the second half of Sunday’s doubleheader, a 5-4 loss, the Cougars’ pitching and defense SOFTBALL continues on page 6

They waited an extra day to start their season due to inclement weather, but the results were worth the wait for the Cougars. “A three-game sweep over a quality opponent is really good,” head coach Todd Whitting said. “You definitely want to start off the season 3-0 and not 0-3.” Saturday’s doubleheader started out in dreary fashion, and it wasn’t just the drizzling rain and overcast skies. The Cougars went into the eighth inning down 5-0 before an argued call sparked a seven-run explosion that gave UH the win. Landon Appling was hit by a pitch, but the umpire didn’t award him first base. Appling and Whitting argued the call, but to no avail. That exchange sparked the Cougars. The team’s next six batters reached base and the Cougars batted around in the inning, scoring all of their seven runs. Jake Runte’s RBI triple and Price Jacob’s 2-RBI suicide-squeeze highlighted the offensive outburst. “I’m really proud of the ball club,” Whitting said. “We want the ‘M-O’ of our team to be one that never stops playing and that was a perfect example of why you keep sprinting back to your position after outs, you keep hustling on and off the field. At some point, you’re going to have a chance to get momentum and that’s what happened tonight.” Closer Mo Wiley entered the

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game in the ninth to preserve the UH victory. “It was really frustrating, the first part of the game,” Wiley said. “Things just weren’t going our way. We lost a little bit of energy in the dugout, but coach Whitting picked us up. He had faith in the team the whole time.” The momentum carried over to the next game as the Cougars crushed the Blue Hens, 16-1. The Cougars got to Delaware’s pitching early and often, posting seven, one, two and five runs in the first four innings, respectively. Landon Appling was once again the catalyst for the scoring, tattooing a lead-off home run to left field. Casey Grayson (3-for-5, 3 RBI) and Price Jacobs (3-for-4, 2 RBI) paced the Cougar’s attack, and Chase Jensen, Jacob Lueneberg and Taylor White each had two hits. BASEBALL continues on page 6


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Freshman Aaron Garza earned a win in his first collegiate start for the Cougars. Garza needed just 71 pitches to get through six innings of work, allowing seven batters to reach base and no earned runs while striking out three. | Stephen Pinchback/UH Athletics

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Starting pitcher Jordan Lewis stymied the Delaware offense, allowing no runs on four hits while striking out three in five and two-thirds innings. “That was as good as he’s thrown,� Whitting said. “He had command of his pitches. He was flawless tonight.�

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struggled. The Cougars ceded five runs and

In the series finale, the UH offensive barrage continued as they demolished the Blue Hens, 9-2. Delaware took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, but the Cougars immediately responded in the bottom half of the frame by posting three runs of their own. They added two more runs in the fourth inning and an additional four in the ninth, quelling any hopes of a Delaware comeback. Delaware added one run in the ninth to get the score to the

final mark of 9-2. In his collegiate debut, freshman starting pitcher Aaron Garza tossed a solid six innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out three. “For us to come out and get a sweep against Delaware is huge for this team,� Garza said. “It took me a while to settle in, but after that first strike, I felt OK. (The win) felt great.�

10 hits. In addition, the Cougars committed three errors, which opened up the opportunities for McNeese St. to score. “It is really frustrating. We are having too many balls put in play

where it increases our chances of making a mistake,� Head Coach Kyla Holas said. “All of the routine plays cost us the ball game.�

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The Moores Opera House will come alive with the sounds of UH’s AURA Contemporary Ensemble during the event, “Topography,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. today at the Moores Opera House. The event, under the direction of Rob Smith and Assistant Director Jung-Hwan Kwon, will feature violinist Kirsten Yon. The event will feature works by Daugherty, Hartke and Takemitsu along with the premiere of a work by Heathco. Admission is $10; $5 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.uh.edu/class/ music/aura.

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Choirs to conquer the cathedral The Moores School of Music Concert Chorale joins forces with other chorales from the greater Houston area for “A Tapestry of Voices,” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy. The event, which also features the Klein High School Chorale, the Cypress Creek Community Chorale, the Bay Area Mixed Chorus and the Bay Area Women’s Chorus, will feature works by Copland, Bach and others. The UH Concert Chorale will be under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber, with Keith Dixon and Clara Lewis also conducting. The event features mezzo-soprano Melanie Sonnenberg. Price of admission is $10; $5 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 281-379-3946 or visit www. bayareachorus.org.

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‘Talent’-ed comedian brings act to UC It’s the sixth week of the Spring 2012 semester. Are you ready for a laugh? The Student Program Board presents a night of comedy with comedian and impressionist Melissa Villasenor, 7 p.m. Wednesday in the UC Houston Room. Villasenor competed in Season 6 of “America’s Got Talent,” where she made it to the semifinals. Villasenor auditioned by imitating the voices of Barbara Walters, Natalie Portman, Miley Cyrus, Kathy Griffin and Christina Aguilera.

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Witch hunts of Salem re-emerge UH’s School of Theatre & Dance begins its two-week run of the Arthur Miller classic, “The Crucible” at 8 p.m. Friday in the Quintero room 133 of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center. Performances are 8 p.m. Feb. 24, 25 and March 1-3; and 2 p.m. Feb. 26 and March 4. Admission is $20 for the general public; $15 for UH faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 713-743-2929 or visit www.theatredance. uh.edu. —Cougar Arts Staff

Yoga forum bends bodies, minds April Gutierrez

THE DAILY COUGAR More than 800 yoga enthusiasts and teachers gathered to celebrate the joys of yoga this weekend as the 3rd annual Texas Yoga Conference took place at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The conference, which began Friday, was three full days of yoga, workshops and classes. “I bought a pass for only one day to see Sean Johnson,” said Abbi Armstrong, a University of Evansville alumni who just moved here from Indiana. Johnson is the founder of Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans and the founder of Soul School, an interdisciplinary yoga and spirituality teacher-training program that focuses on bringing soul and imagination to the art of teaching yoga. Johnson taught an asana yoga flow class called “Wild Lotus Flow,” which, according to the conference website, focused on the “sensuality of vinyasa yoga with the heart and soul of Bhakti yoga in a unique vinyasa experience that weaves creative sequencing, storytelling, live music, inspiring poetry and enchanting mantras.” This workshop was sold out at this summer’s Yoga Journal Conference and fortunately didn’t sell out this weekend, but the room was still packed with yoga mats. “The class was everything I hoped for, I really enjoyed it,” Armstrong said. “The technique and music was simply awesome.” The conference featured many workshops including lectures from Nydia Darby, Nicolai Bachman, Liz Antognoli, Sheri Cherokee, DeAnna Nielson, Shanon Caldwell, Tracie Brace, Cody Drasser & Stephanie Shorter, Lisa Ware and Pam Johnson, among others. Eric Paskel, Yoga Shelter founder and lecturer on “The Yoga Approach to

The Texas Yoga Conference took over the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center over the weekend, bringing yoga demonstrations and musical acts along with it. | Catharine Lara/The Daily Cougar Relationships,” explored the Vedic roots of the yogic approach to relationships. “We tend to be ‘experts’ on everyone else’s life, but when it comes down to looking at our own, we are lost, confused and stuck,” Paskel said. “The only happiness anyone knows is conditioned by an external agent. People are convinced that the happiness they experience is true happiness — but the true path to happiness and success in relationships rests in recognizing and respecting the order and grandeur of this magnificent universe,” Paskel said. Third-year conference participant Susan Snell made a point to attend Paskel’s lecture because he brings a message that can speak to everyone. “His lectures are life changing. He is full of life lessons that everyone, yogi or not, can learn from,” Shell said. Returning participant Jessica Dunegan thought Paskel’s delivered a great

message that came at an opportune time. “It really spoke to me, and I feel better about myself knowing that I can take his knowledge and use it for my life’s relationships,” Dunegan said. Along with the demonstrations and lectures, attendees were also able to listen to the sounds of Desert Dwellers, Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, Sound of Meaning, and local favorite Tyagaraja and M.Welch, among others. Though the conference is now over, many yogis are already anticipating what 2012 will bring. “I can’t wait for the next year’s conference,” Dunegan said. “There was so much to offer with all the yoga classes and workshops and vendors. I had a blast — this is an experience of a lifetime.” arts@thedailycougar.com

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THE DAILY COUGAR The term “ekphrasis” is defined as a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art. Don’t be fooled; often there is so much more to these works of art than just commentary and description. It was with this notion that UH creative writing student Colin Sturdevant said he wanted to do something along those lines and penned out a title, “Idioms, Images, and Form: An Alternative Ekphrastic Evening.” The evening came to fruition on Friday at Bacchus Winebar and Coffee Shop with more than half a dozen writers responding to works of art from an equal number of local artists. The event was hosted by Sturdevant and the writer’s collective, Writers’ ReVision. “We have taken something as old as time and modified it,” Sturdevant said. And added that “An Ode to A Grecian Urn” by Keats is a form of ekphrasis. “Ekphrastic poetry takes place on a

regular basis, and we want to bring it up a notch,” he said. UH creative writing alumna Erika Andrade presented three pieces. UH creative writing student Colin Sturdevant, holds up the “I loved writing ekphrastic work of art that inspired his writing. | Courtesy of Erika Andrade poetry,” Andrade said. “I think visual art and writing have always complimented each other well — was great to see so many students show writing always tries to paint a picture.” support to each other’s work and efforts. Andrade said the provided artwork “Not too long ago, this sense of comdefinitely stirred her imagination and munity and camaraderie was woefully offered inspiration — especially Carolyn lacking,” Reynolds said. Adams’ collage: “Given, with its images He also added that “hearing them of gilded lamps, cars and fashion, which read, it makes me want to go home and inspired her final piece of the evening, get to work on my own projects more.” ‘Celebrity Commandments.’” Writers’ ReVision aims to “provide Andrade wrote: “Be extravagant Houston’s emerging writers with a forum in your spending: / Buy a mansion to to share their voice, a foundation to hone bull doze it. / Keep up with the Kartheir craft, and a community to encourage dashians, the Joneses /and don’t stop their enthusiasm.” at envy: /go ahead and sleep with your For more information on upcoming neighbor’s wife. Gag in your right to selfevents, “like” the Writers’ ReVision page indulgence.” on Facebook. Aaron Reynolds, associate professor of English, attended the event and said it arts@thedailycougar.com

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say, “What’s your situation; What’s going on; What can we do?” I’m a problem-solver. TDC: What do you think has been the most important thing SGA has done since the summer session? JR: I really like the fact that SGA is hearing out the students. They understand that the University is composed of students, so if the students are happy, then the University flourishes. It’s not just the faculty; it’s not just the donors or the alumni, it’s the current students because we’re living in the here and the now, so (the students) are the best feedback. I like the fact (SGA) seems so open to feedback. TDC: What do you plan on doing differently from the last administration if you are elected? JR: I’m pretty happy actually with the way the University of Houston actually handles everything compared to how I’ve seen other universities handle their students. I can say that I would only want University of Houston to get better from here on out. Of course, every aspect is going

to need work. As time goes by and times change, you have to go with the times. And feel that the University of Houston is so open-minded. I don’t see a problem with that aspect, so if anything I feel like I have every support to do what I need to do or whatever students want to do or accomplish. TDC: How would you make sure you’re accurately representing the student body if elected? JR: I think that’s just communication. You can’t walk around thinking you’re doing something correct and not know (people don’t like it) as it’s happening. If people are unhappy, then you are going to know people are unhappy, especially when you hold a position like that. There will always be antagonists, and there are always going to be people that are going to root for you. I don’t believe in pleasing the crowd because that is just not going to work. It’s not a popularity contest for me, it’s all about what makes sense — what logically makes sense. What really benefits overall most of the people. TDC: With the athletics referendum, at the last SGA meeting, students came and they complained,

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how would you respond to that? JR: The decisions we’re making now have to be good enough to fit for at least 30 years from now, versus, “if it’s good for me this year, I don’t care about next year.” I don’t think that way. I think we should really think advanced. TDC: What was your stance on the athletics fee referendum and why? JR: I voted yes. And I voted yes because, like I told you, I could have easily said and been like, “It’s not my problem, I’m not going to be at this University by the time that happens; I’m not going to be able to benefit from it,” but that’s a very narrow-minded way to think of things. What if I do decide to have children and my children come here? I would like to say yes I voted for this because I knew that one day you would come to this school. Or what about other families or what about other students who it will make a difference for them. I think that it’s a perfectly great thing to invest in and I will always want to invest in something that will make people flourish academically or athletically, and I know as an athlete too, myself, that athletes work really really hard and they

have to stay competitive academically, and I feel like they deserve the support. TDC: What makes you stand out from the other candidates? JR: I think what’s going to make me stand out is I’m not here, again, for a political stand, and I’m not here to win a popularity vote, or just to be known or to get a popularity status. I’ve been there, done that in my lifetime. I’ve had time to make mistakes and to realize what matters and doesn’t matter, and at this point, anyone that just believes in my mission — which is really about caring for this world and really stop being consumerists without even realizing there is consequences to everything that we do. People who just realize what really matters, those are the people that I want voting for me. TDC: Why do you want to be SGA president? JR: I want to be SGA president because I know that I have a lot to offer, and since I’m not here for any other reason than to represent the average student. For more information on this and other candidates, go to thedailycougar.com/ tags/sga2012.

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