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February 23, 2012 Issue 80, Volume 77


Cedric Bandoh

Candidate explains plans

Turner Harris

Joy Ramirez Amayrani Gomez

Michael McHugh Mohammed Aijaz

Femi Jekayinfa

Carl McGee

Josue Alvarado

Markley Rogers Camden Mahbubani

Joshua Mann

THE DAILY COUGAR The Daily Cougar: What are three things you think voters should know about you? Carl McGee: The first thing is I want to lower textbook costs. I can do that by enforcing House Bill 33, which was just recently passed by the Texas House. It states that schools in Texas have to have a textbook buyback program. It also states that they can’t set the prices for textbooks artificially high. Another thing it states is that the teachers have to get the word out to the students what books their classes will use a month in advance, that way they have time to search for the lowest textbook price.

The second thing I’d do would be to veto needless rules that limit freedom. The third thing would be to bring back the power to the students. I would let everybody know who the bosses are. Students are the ones paying thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars a year for tuition, and they need to start figuring out that they’re the boss. They’re paying for a service and for knowledge, so we need to help them out with their careers. TDC: Do you want to give a specific example of needless rules that limit freedoms? CM: Sure, there’s been lots of bills proposed last session in the student government that limit

THE DAILY COUGAR An Honors biochemistry junior Annie Pally was one of 20 UH students awarded at the 11th annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in November. With a double minor in business administration and Honors Medicine & Society, Pally received the award for her mouse model of autism, which analyzes potential methods of preventing abnormal cognitive and intellectual development. “I’ve always been curious to

David Williams Ramon Montano

Carl McGee Tarek Haidar

Each candidate was featured in our “Candidate Q&A” series this week. Source: Student Government Association


SGA senators reach standoff over grade replacement bill

Cougar wins research award Max Gardner

Jack Wehman

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Model analyzes ways to prevent abnormal cognitive development

Jeff Syptak

Joshua Mann


Annie Pally was awarded for her mouse model of autism in the Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. | Emily Chambers/The Daily Cougar see the underlying story behind scientific discoveries, to see how exactly ... we develop our current understanding of science and why we perceive certain things to be the way they are,” Pally said. “Research allows for a complete independence of thought and stresses the importance of questioning both the known and unknown.” Her research explored the effects of blocking the central AWARD continues on page 2

The Student Government Association senate debated and voted on the bill to add a University grade-replacement policy, but there was no action on the bill. Prior to the meeting, supporting senators modified the bill to focus exclusively on students in their first two semesters of college in order to reduce

drop out rates, said Honors College Senator Maggie McCartney. “Your freshman year really makes or breaks whether you stay in college,” she said. The bill now only applies to core classes taken in the first two semesters in college, and the classes must be retaken in the next semester they are offered, McCartney said. SGA continues on page 11


Gas leak causes no lasting damage Joshua Mann

THE DAILY COUGAR A gas leak caused campus police to close part of the sidewalk and street at Entrance 14 near Science and Research 1 around noon Wednesday. A report came in to UH Department of Public Safety dispatch at 12:15 p.m. and fire marshals located the source of the leak quickly, Director of

Emergency Management Joe Mendez said. “We were trying to determine where (the leak was) coming from,” Mendez said. “This is a big place.” The brief delay in locating the source of was because of the wind moving plumes of gas around campus, Mendez said. A trash compactor drove over the gas line’s valve lid, cracking it and causing a leak, said Laura Cating, a CenterPoint Energy

spokeswoman. The gas flowing to the pipe was shut off at 2:15 p.m., Cating said. A crew from CenterPoint Energy arrived at the scene and worked with police and fire marshals to clear the area of pedestrians and vehicles around 12:35 p.m., Mendez said. No students have reported having averse reactions to the gas, Mendez said.




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cholesterol pathway, where intermediates are believed to cause the hyper-activation of a protein responsible for regular cognitive development. This hyper-activity is linked with Fragile X Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder tied to autism and the most common form of inherited intellectual disability. “Fragile X Syndrome results from the absence of Fragile X Mental Retardation Proteins, which under normal conditions is expressed in many tissues, and is particularly abundant in the brain,” Pally said . “(A correlation was found) between a lack of FMRP and the hyper-activation of a protein essential for neuronal development and brain function in the Fragile X mouse model.” She presented her results at the conference, which held almost 1,500 students also presenting research projects. She received the poster award for her work while learning more about various other scientific studies. “The conference provided an opportunity to interact with fellow undergraduates across the nation,” she said. “I got to learn more about the various types of groundbreaking research and understand more about their motivation to pursue research.” This project was funded by a scholarship from the National Fragile X Foundation and the William and Enid Rosen Research Fund. It is a continuation of Pally’s previous work in Gunter P. Eckert’s lab at the University of Frankfurt in Germany through a summer internship with the DAAD-Research Internships in Science and Engineering program. “That experience was truly better than I could have ever imagined. It was the best of both worlds, combining my love for

Annie Pally, on the opportunity she was given with this research project science with a love for travel and (my) taste for adventure,” she said. “It was a refreshing immersion into a completely different lifestyle and environment from both a cultural and scientific perspective.” Pally received a lot of support from her family, friends and research advisors. Her mentor, assistant professor of pharmacology MariVi Tejada-Simon, saw this as an opportunity to involve Pally in hands-on laboratory research and allow her to explore her interest in the field. “I like to give undergraduates the opportunity to either realize they like research or realize that research is just not for them,” Tejada-Simon said. “I commit myself to guiding students through the issues they are going to encounter when they dedicate their life to science in terms of research.” The chance to experiment with this research project seemed to do just what Tejada-Simon was hoping for. It allowed Pally to find self-confirmation for her interest in the field of research and invest in a plan to continue with it. “Often times, the most rewarding experiences are those that are most unexpected. I am very grateful to everyone who made this opportunity possible,” Pally said. “I hope to pursue a future in the medical field; in particular, the clinical correlate of pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders.”


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Representatives from different religions discussed the role of spirituality in the lives of LGBT people. | Hendrick Roseman/The Daily Cougar


Religious leaders talk sexuality, spirituality Jed Ocot

THE DAILY COUGAR The LGBT Resource Center and the LGBT Studies Minor Program at UH hosted the first in a series of lectures Tuesday titled “Religion and the LGBT Person,” featuring a panel of religious leaders to discuss how individuals can reconcile their religion with their LGBT identity and continue to develop spiritually. Director of the LGBT Resource Center Lorraine Schroeder began the lecture by briefly introducing each panelist before each

discussed their respective religions and how different religions have become more open to the LGBT community. The Rev. Ginny Brown Daniel of Plymouth United Church became a pastor to a dying church in 2003. She said she came to that church saying, “I believe we are all made in God’s image,” and she was willing to publicly say that. They were open to accepting that message and the possibilities of what she was implying. “Around the country, each RELIGION continues on page 11

freedoms. One that comes to mind is the smoking on campus bill. When it was first proposed, it said that a student couldn’t smoke anywhere on campus at all, not even on their own patio — if they lived on campus — even if it doesn’t bother anyone else. So, I’d make sure to veto those types of rules. I’d also work to reverse rules that limit personal freedoms other than those necessary to protect the rights and liberties of others. TDC: What would you do to ensure that you’re accurately representing the student body? CM: I would closely examine rules and advance those which support this cause — this personal liberty that I’m talking about — and attempt to modify or kill those which would degrade that cause. I’d represent them by getting the message out that student government exists. I want the University of Houston students to be masters of their own lives and not to be subject to any other master other than the Creator. TDC: What would you

do differently from the last administration? CM: I would do a couple things differently. One of the things is I would help advance the cause of freedom. I want University of Houston students to be free to choose their studies, their lifestyles and the direction of their lives. I want to really encourage students and really get the message out that they’re the bosses. It seems like everyone kind of forgot who the bosses are. It’s (not) to the administration or the teachers, it’s the students. Michael Harding was a great president and he was really active, but I plan on being more active on campus. I live right here in the heat of UH, so I can get anywhere on campus within minutes. I plan on having an open-door policy so students can come over when ever they want and talk to me about their problems. TDC: What do you think has been the most important thing done by the SGA in the last year? CM: SGA has done a great job of marketing. This year we have eight presidential candidates. They did a really good job of marketing and trying to get everybody




Name: Carl McGee Major: business marketing and business management Classification: senior SGA postions held: associate justice Running mate: Tarek Haidar

to notice the student government. They’ve also done a really great job of pride here on campus. It seems like when I’m walking around campus I see more people wearing UH clothes and UH apparel and they did a great job of letting people know that SGA actually exists. TDC: What will be the first thing you do if elected as SGA president? CM: The first thing I’d do is I’d get the word out that I’m open to any suggestions and problems that people have and I’d listen to them. I’d examine their problems and I’d help them in the best way that I could. For more information on this and other candidates, go to tags/sga2012.

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SGA election going smoother this year


he first week of campaigning for the SGA General Election is nearing completion. Voting for the SGA General Election begins on Monday, Feb. 27 and extends through Thursday, March 1. So far there is no sign of any outright cheating like there was last year.

With the exception of two complaints that were filed with the SGA Election Commission on Feb. 15., the campaigning actually appears to be going much smoother this year Presidential candidate Michael McHugh’s McHugh-Aijaz party was the target of one of the complaints. According to the complaint, the McHugh-Aijez party campaign website was paid for before the official campaigning period began on Feb. 17. The party’s violation was “spending money before disclosing it to the commission.” Presidential candidate Cedric Bandoh’s REDvolution party was the target of the other complaint. According to the complaint, the REDvolution party website and Twitter page were publically visible before the Feb. 17 campaigning period commenced. The Election Commission responded to the violations by suspending campaigning for the McHugh-Aijaz party and the REDvolution party for 24 hours on Monday, Feb. 20. Although both parties were clearly in violation of SGA’s Election Code, their infractions were minor. The SGA Election Commission should be applauded for taking the complaints seriously. SGA has a reputation to rebuild, so following their bylaws is a step in the right direction. Once they can prove to the student body they can follow their bylaws, they should focus on rebuilding their image on campus. They should start this image-rebuilding process by cutting out the politics and infighting and focusing on their constituents. Members of SGA need to make the concerns of UH students their first priority and save the politics for their post-graduation careers.

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Making English the standard

A formal language won’t reduce culture but will increase communication


here are 46 countries that claim English as their official language and, surprisingly, the US is not one of them. The US has no official language. In fact, agencies that receive federal money are required by law to provide services in other languages when asked. Alex On Aug. 11, 2000, Caballero President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency.” The order requires federal agencies to examine the services they provide, identify any need for services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and develop and implement systems to provide those services so LEP persons can have meaningful access to them. For example, if someone goes to a federal agency and speaks only Chinese the agency must be able to provide

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The US is a melting pot nation; making English the official language wouldn’t change this fact. For a country to be one of the sources of grammar and spelling, it’s a wonder why the US has not made it their official language.”

services in that language. When people around the world decide to learn English, they have a choice between learning American English and British English. For a country to be one of the sources of grammar and spelling, it’s a wonder why the US has not made English its official language. Advocates of the status quo claim that the US is a melting pot of cultures and languages, and that codifying English would disenfranchise millions of voters. They make it seem as if people are incapable of learning another language. Recently in Texas, there was a man who testified in front of the state legislature in Spanish. He was testifying against the Stronger Economy, Stronger Borders Act of 2009 — an antiimmigrant bill similar to the one in Arizona — and Sen. Chris Harris told him the very act was “insulting to (Texas).” Rational by Kathleen Kennedy voices dissented and defended the man,

claiming he had every right to speak whatever language he wanted to under the First Amendment. The US is a melting pot nation; making English the official language wouldn’t change this fact. Actually, to acquire United States citizenship one must prove to have an understanding of the English language, including an ability to read, write and speak simple words and phrases. Only those who are deemed too “old” to learn a new language are exempt from taking the English test. They must still take the civics test, however, which can be taken in their native language. As someone who is bilingual in Texas, I can say that at times it is surprising how some remain defiant to learning English. No one expects complete fluency, but I’ve been witness to some surprising situations. I’ve seen Latinos speak in Spanish to blonde-haired and blue-eyed waitresses, expecting comprehension. The worst part is that they do not begin by asking the well-mannered “Do you speak Spanish?” question but begin in their native tongue. It is rather insulting to go to another country to reside there permanently and never learn the language. I believe there are no people who would migrate to the United States expecting to hear something other than English. Having a national language would unite the American identity and prevent the “us vs. them” mentality that is visible in Texas. There are “cliques” between those who speak the same language, which in turn creates tension. Texas, and the nation, would be united by one simple factor: A common language. Alejandro Caballero is a creative writing junior and may be reached at opinion@


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LETTERS Regarding “Atomic energy not the answer.” H. P. Lovecraft wrote, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” When confronted with a new phenomenon, human beings, despite our best efforts, are driven by our fear of it. Bryan Washington appears to be falling victim to his own fear. Human beings have, throughout history, made use of fire as an energy source. In the beginning we burned wood, coal, then oil. Human use of fire dates back 30,000 years. No one can

argue that fire is somehow free of danger. And yet we use it freely. Fire is something we innately understand. We are “used to it.” We understand heat, we understand what a burn is. Nuclear energy, by comparison, is a mysterious process. It is completely invisible to the human senses — we require special tools to even observe it. An otherwise harmless lump of metal can cause invisible injury — radiation is unknown to us, and so human beings fear it. The problem is, facts don’t support our fear. The EPA estimates over 20,000 people are killed in the United States every year by coal power — compared with zero

killed by nuclear power plants. More radioactive materials have been emitted into the atmosphere by coal plants in a single year than in the entire history of civilian nuclear power. If I were to remove the labels “nuclear” and “other” from the energy sources, and just give you this data — you would unquestionably say that nuclear is safer. And yet, Mr. Washington insists that this is not so. The facts don’t support it — so we are left with one explanation for his position. Fear. Don’t let your fear of the unknown prevent you from the best course of action. — Tristan Walker, Physics Sophomore


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Nuclear beats the rest

Atoms are bad

Reconsider Power plants

I would think Coal and gas burning plants are far more harmful to the environment. It really comes down to risk. Which is more acceptable, a coal-burning plant nearby that releases harmful emissions and toxic chemicals into the groundwater every day in relatively small amounts — or a nuclear plant that has a certain probability of having a catastrophic meltdown that will render portions of the surroundings completely unlivable for years, just once in 50 years of operation? For base-line electricity generation nuclear plants rock though, they can’t be easily shutdown or turned on during peak demand times. Solar and wind power won’t be providing good base generation until someone figures out a way to store the energy they produce and draw energy from elsewhere to smooth out the kinks they produce. — user “Yoyo”

Thank you for this excellent analysis on the dangers of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is FILTHY! Nuclear energy pollutes the oceans, drinking water, ground water, drinking wells, air, food, fish, grass, meat, vegetables, etc. with nuclear radiation that nuclear power plants are allowed to vent … and through problems/meltdowns. Nuclear radiation also can cause cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, increases in childhood leukemia, thyroid cancer, it’s linked to autism, learning problems … and on and on ... Right now there are 5 million pounds of nuclear waste in the US alone! And after more than 50 years of nuclear energy, there’s still no solution for the nuclear waste, and there’s still nowhere to put it! Nuclear energy provides less than 9 percent of the energy in the US. That could easily be replaced with truly green and clean renewable energy or conservation. The more you learn about nuclear energy, the more you won’t like it. — user “Guest8843”

If you consider the type/ amount of waste Nuclear Plants produce vs. how much energy is generated, they are among the greenest options for power generation. Our ability to store and reprocess the waste will only continue to improve. People really need to reconsider Nuclear Energy — Europe has, and it works really, really well for them. — user “Turner Harris”

Reconsider Power plants For more than 30 years we had it your way and look where it got us: More greenhouse gas emissions and greater reliance on the Middle East. You have done more to support Exxon than your own environmental causes. Does Exxon pay you to fight nuclear energy? They should, environmentalist like you have been their greatest supporters. — user “Paul Fezziwig”

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Cougars collapse in second half Marshall blows UH away with second half run Marshall 66, Houston 58 Houston ............ 31 Marshall............. 23

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Freshman guard Joseph Young scored 16 points for the Cougars on 8-16 shooting in their 66-58 loss to Marshall on Wednesday. Young missed all four three-point attempts and the Cougars only connected on one of their 11 tries. Minus Young’s shooting and Leon Gibson’s 6-9 performance from the field, the Cougars shot just 10-33. | Brianna Leigh Morrison/The Daily Cougar

The Cougars (12-14, 4-9 Conference USA) looked to have things in hand with a 31-23 lead going into halftime and unexpected contributions from Joseph Young and Leon Gibson. Those good feelings were eviscerated though by a 40-11 run by Marshall to open the second half en route to a 66-58 win by the Thundering Herd (17-10, 8-5). Gibson (17 points, 11 rebounds) and TaShawn Thomas both notched double-doubles, but it was not enough. The Herd had four players score in double figures and overcame a horrid 4-18 night from the free throw line. Reigning Conference USA Player of the Week Jonathan Simmons went missing for the Cougars, following his 28-point outburst against Southern Miss with a 1-7 outing, netting just two points.

Simmons did not contribute much else, grabbing just three rebounds and turning the ball over four times. Young scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half. He shot 8-16 from the field and missed all four of his three-point attempts. As a team, the Cougars went 1-11 from three-point range. Their lone make ! " Gibson came from point guard Jimmie Jones to knock the Herd’s lead down to 63-45 with 3:40 to go in the game. The Cougars also got quiet nights from J.J. Thompson and Alandise Harris, both of whom fouled out. Harris played 17 minutes and scored just five points on 2-4 shooting. Thompson played 23 minutes, shooting 2-5 from the field for four points, recording no assists and four turnovers.


Making early observations Gilbert Requena

THE DAILY COUGAR How many games does it take for trends to emerge? Well, after four games some possible trends may have emerged for the Cougars:

The Good

After an impressive opening weekend sweep of Delaware, the Cougars fell to Texas A&M Corpus Christi because of errors and fielding gaffes. | Stephen Pinchback/UH Athletics

• Freshman Price Jacobs has been stellar at the plate for the Cougars. Jacobs leads the team in RBI with nine and is tied for the lead in runs scored with five. He is also second in several categories including: batting average (.400), hits (six) and slugging percentage (.667). • Production from the bottom of the lineup has also been phenomenal. Through Tuesday’s game, the bottom of the lineup produced 11 runs, 11 RBI and 14 hits, including seven extra-base hits — three doubles, one triple

and one home run. • Pitching has also been a bright spot for the Cougars. The weekend starters — Jared Ray, Jordan Lewis and Aaron Garza — combined to throw 17-2/3 innings, allowing only two runs, one earned and striking out nine. • Although he’s only seen one inning of action, Mo Wiley looks poised to be a force as a closer. In his lone save opportunity, he struck out two of the three batters he faced and the third hit a lazy fly ball to center.

The Bad • In two out of their four games, the Cougars have had problems with starting pitchers that establish a low fastball early in the game, according to head coach Todd Whitting. • In the season opener, Delaware starting pitcher Eric Young confounded the UH batters, going seven strong innings while

shutting the Cougars out and limiting them to just two hits. Tuesday’s game was a repeat of the same as Texas A&M-CC starting pitcher Daniel Minor blanked the Cougars in his six innings of work. UH managed no runs and five hits while Minor was on the mound. • Another area that may be of concern is the defense. Last season the Cougars were second in Conference USA with 91 errors. Thus far, the team has seven errors. • In Tuesday’s 3-2 loss, two of Corpus Christi’s three runs came as results from two Cougar errors. Yes, it is still early in the season, and these may just turn out to be beginning-season kinks, but it’ll be interesting to watch and see if these really are emerging trends, or if others emerge.


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Goin’ to California Cougars look to build on early season success

Freshman Sydney Gerbracht is one of eight Cougars batters with over 10 at bats hitting over .300. In 14 at bats, Gerbracht is batting .429 with one home run, three runs and three RBI. As a team, the Cougars are batting .377 and outscoring their opponents 68-20. The Cougars have also been a threat on the basepaths with 24 steals in 26 attempts. | Hendrick Rosemond/The Daily Cougar

Chase for sixth straight




Power packed

Holly Anderson and Haley Outon lead the Cougars with two home runs a piece. Outon has also clubbed four doubles and leads UH in slugging percentage (.826).

Weekend schedule (All games at Santa Barbara, Calif.) Thursday’s games UC Santa Barbara ......................................... 2 UC Santa Barbara .................................... 4:15

Friday’s games San Diego...................................... 10:15 a.m.

Saturday’s games UNLV ..................................................... 12:30 Nevada ......................................................... 5





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The Cougars will be vying for their sixth consecutive Conference USA indoor championship in an unfamiliar location. For the first time, UAB will host the championship at the new Birmingham Crossplex. The men’s team, led by Errol Nolan, who set the top time in the nation in the 400-meter dash at the Texas A&M Invitational, goes into the meet with high expectations due to its past history. “We are going to try to get another championship and try to get higher points than the year before,” Nolan said. Nolan said that the team is not stressed about the meet and that the atmosphere is pretty relaxed. Nolan, who is also the C-USA leader in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash, will play an important role for UH. “Personally I would like to set the tone for the team,” Nolan said. The men’s team has won 12 times the C-USA Indoor Championships, and the women have won five times, their last in 2006. Head coach Leroy Burrell said that the competition has gotten a lot better over the years, but the goal is to always win the championship. “We have won more track conference championships than any other program,” said Burrell. “Our goal is to go there with a plan to put ourselves into position to win the championship, we have to put ourselves in that position to qualify from day one.” Burrell said that the team had begun the season with that vibe, building on it throughout, and always striving for the championship.

The No. 23 Cougars (7-2) will catch some sunshine this weekend for a five-game swing hosted by UC Santa Barbara. The Cougars fell a few spots in this week’s rankings after a 2-2 performance last weekend. Despite the mediocre record from last weekend, the Cougars have dominated their opposition through nine games. As a team, UH is hitting .377, while holding opponents to just a .224 average. Outfielder Reina Gaber is leading the Cougars in hitting (.520) and won Conference USA Hitter of the Week for her 8-for-14, six run, five RBI weekend. On the mound Diedre Outon won Conference USA Pitcher of th Week in the opening week, and Bailey Watts tossed at no-hitter in UH’s 9-0 win over UL-Monroe. — Joshua Siegel




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Student-produced ‘Large Concert’ ready to rock Coogs with top notch bands UH’s Student Program Board is ready to let UH students fight for their right to attend the first of its “Large Concert” series. The limited-entry event — there will only be 1,500 people able to attend the concert — features New York rap-rock outfit Gym Class Heroes. Opening for the band is Houston’s own VerseCity. “I’m so incredibly excited to have Gym Class Heroes come to (UH),” said Brittney Mathis, the chair of the SPB concert committee. “We have been working on this for a very long time and to see it come to life is surreal.” The campus is abuzz with the news, which the board announced only two weeks ago following one of the lunchtime concerts it also produced. Students are excited, she said, and still wondering if the event and the band is for real. “I keep getting questions from students asking, ‘Is it the REAL Gym Class Heroes?’” Mathis said. “And I just kind of laugh and say, ‘Do you think we would actually bring the FAKE Gym Class Heroes?’ “Students have never seen something like this before on our campus, so I think everyone is really looking forward to a great show.” — Jose Aguilar

WHO: Gym Class Heroes with openers VerseCity WHAT: The inaugural “Large Concert” produced by UH’s Student Program Board. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Cullen Performance Hall HOW MUCH: Free, but you must be one of the only 1,500 who will receive a wristband at 3 p.m. at Lynn Eusan Park. Must be a current UH student and present an ID. INFO: Visit


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The comedic and poetic duo known as CoMeTry, Iggy Mwela and Chad Songy, brought its blend of performance art to the Cougar Den Tuesday. | Brenda Franco/The Daily Cougar

observational, Songy managed to segue smoothly between bits about Bluetooth headsets, inconsiderate smokers who toss their cigarettes out the window while driving, and grunting in women’s tennis — all the while keeping the audience in stitches. “If you’re lazy, clap once,” said Mwela, after joining Songy on stage for a piece on the history and benefits of laziness that utilized a sort of call-and-response between the two performers — a smattering of claps were heard. “Those who didn’t clap are the real lazy ones.” Other pieces included a spoken word collaboration between Songy and Mwela that focused on connecting the relationship between the inconceivable success of pop-star Michael Jackson and the abuse he suffered from his father, a poignant poem by Mwela about a deaf busboy he befriended while working at a restaurant, and a deconstruction of the communal nature of YouTube and how the need for laughter is something all humans share. The evening ended on a positive note with “Relay for Life,” a poem by Mwela about struggling against everything to survive. “There’s no greater gift than life / it’s true / because there’s a million other swimmers /

UH is all set for the two week run of the 1953 Tony award-winning play “The Crucible,” which opens Friday in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center. Written by Arthur Miller, a Pulitzer Prize award-winner, this play is a dramatization of the 17th century Salem Witch Trail. Many historians and critics have referenced the play as a symbolic representation of 1950s McCarthyism and that era’s “red scare.” “It was Miller’s response to interrogations that were happening during the red scare period,” said Benjamin Reed, who plays the role of John Proctor, the main character whose wife is accused of witchcraft. American citizens accused as communists or communist sympathizers during the early 1950s were blacklisted by the US government and questioned by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Un-American Activities. Miller was one questioned by the committee. “Miller saw a lot of parallels between the two events — a cycle of fear and power of group thinking and hysteria that can take over a town like a virus,” Reed said. “So it’s very relevant to our generation, which is very politically detached.” 17th century colonists weren’t accustomed to reading, and most depended on the church to provide them accurate information; the church would distribute pamphlets on accounts of

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Duo brings poetic, comedic chops out ‘CoMeTry’ holds court bringing laughter, inspiration to Coogs David Jones

THE DAILY COUGAR The UC Cougar Den was reverberating with students’ laughter Tuesday evening thanks to the booming voices of two poetic comics … or comedic poets? Performers Iggy Mwela and Chad Songy, who together make up CoMeTrY — an act that brings a “fusion of comedy and poetry” — were brought to campus by UH’s Council of Ethnic Organizations. “Gimme uno minuto,” Mwela said, taking in a deep breath as the crowd quietly put down their drinks and slices of pizza. He was preparing to do his first piece of the night, an explosive and deceptive poem about voluptuous curves the listener assumes to be about a woman until Mwela calmly utters the final line, “Damn, I miss playing basketball.” Mwela, who first got into poetry in college after being forced to attend an open mic because he’d “lost a bet,” has now produced more than 52 poetry shows and could easily be grouped in with the nation’s finest slam poets and performers. Following Mwela’s piece, former college basketball player Songy walked to the mic and performed a set of traditional stand-up comedy. His humor being mostly



Grille takes love of team to affordable cuisine Mohammed Haider

THE DAILY COUGAR In the heart of the City Centre shopping center is Houston Texans Grille, an affordable place for college students to enjoy a wonderful meal and experience state-of-the-art sports viewing. The restaurant was designed to be an accurate representation of Houston — a menu with diverse options at a place that loves its sports teams. I have wanted to try out Houston

Texans Grille because I had heard the buzz about it since it first opened last year. The moment I walked in to the restaurant, my breath was taken away with the advanced technology. It really seemed like the Hollywood equivalent of a restaurant in the Lone Star State. Our server, despite being a little busy, introduced herself with a warm smile and did not try to rush us at all. As we were browsing through the menu for our appetizer selection, I

noticed the appetizers ranged from $6 to $10 — great for college students. Despite the immense options that were available, we decided to try out the spinach and artichoke dip. For our salad options, we both selected the traditional house salads, which were only $5. The dip was beautifully decorated on a rectangular platter with little triangles of toasted pita bread and garnished with parsley. GRILLE continues on page 9


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who would love to be you,” Mwela said, the words coming out like verbal fireworks. UH sophomore Jack Hurd found the event both entertaining and informative. “I just walked in because I heard there would be free pizza,

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witchery. “It is a very historical American play,” said Elizabeth Jordan, a dramaturgy major at the UH who conducted the research and analysis of that historical period to prep the actors. “You’ve got adultery, beating and whipping; you’ve got hallucinations; you’ve got courtroom drama,” Jordan said. “It’s a drama.” Gus Kaikkonen, artistic director of the Peterborough Players, a

but after hearing that, I honestly feel like a better person.” Though a few pieces may have veered into schmaltzy territory at times, Mwela and Songy seemed to sincerely relish bringing laughter and inspiration to people. For more information on the duo, visit

New Hampshire based company, is directing the production. Showtimes are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and March 1-3; and 2 p.m. Sunday and March 4. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for faculty and staff, and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the box office in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Performing Arts. For more information on the play, visit theatre-and-dance.

The dip was in a hot bowl that contained sautéed spinach, artichoke hearts mixed with Parmesan cream sauce and topped with diced tomatoes and bread crumbs, giving it a golden crisp. For my entrée, I ordered the mahi sandwich, which ended up being my favorite part of the meal. The mahi was blackened with southern spices placed between two buttery, toasted buns served with a side of golden, crisp fries and a ramekin of the restaurant’s special tartar sauce. Fish is typically very pricey, so I was very surprised it was $12. I definitely could not pass up the opportunity. We also could not even think about leaving without dessert. Our server recommended the bread pudding — the smallest dessert in size but enormous in taste. It was only $8, a very nice amount to spend between two college students. The dessert was a traditional

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Sidewalk Style When it comes to your wardrobe, don’t put all your eggs in one basket




For most people, buying clothes can become a monotonous task. Once we find a method that works — say, buying clothes at one store that fits your budget and your style — it’s hard to break from that routine. Whether it’s a garage sale, a resale shop or a clothing store in the mall that works best for you, don’t be afraid to add variety to your style. The three students featured in this week’s Sidewalk Style all got their clothing from the same place and pulled it off nicely. Just remember that making bold changes to your wardrobe never hurt anyone — it’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it. Confidence is key. — Mary Baak

The bill was originally intended to make it easier for UH students to gain entry into grad schools, said UH student Brandon Balwant, one of the bill’s original authors. In its current state, the bill will not affect students’ entry in to graduate school, McCartney said, as the schools only consider grades from the final 60 credit hours. Many other Tier One schools, including A&M, have similar policies already in place, Balwant said.

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church can vote to become open and affirming,” Daniel said. “I am part of the United Church of Christ denomination that is one of the only Christian denominations in the country that is open and affirming of those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning. Last year alone, we married four couples that are either lesbian or gay. There are communities out there that will welcome and bless you in that way.” Rabbi Kenny Weiss is the executive director of Houston Hillel, the largest religious organization

on students’ futures by keeping them from learning about failure the hard way. “If you can’t do well in your core classes and you go back and retake it, you’re not going to be prepared for grad school,” said Natural Science and Mathematics Senator John Flynt. The nine ayes and eight nays did not represent a significant majority in either direction, Speaker for the Senate Reyes Ramirez said, so no action was taken on the bill this week. The bill will be discussed again in the next meeting, which will take place March 7.

for Jewish college students. A few years ago they published a program manual specifically for LGBT inclusion. “My oldest cousin, who is gay, expressed to me how when he was in college in the early 1960s, there was nothing for him. He really doesn’t do anything Jewish now because he was so turned off because there was nowhere to go,” Weiss said. “Now it is very much the opposite for the Jewish community.” The Rev. Janice Ladd is part of the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, a Christian Church that follows God’s call to justice for all people. They strive

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