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TUITION

Policy change: Pay by major, not class Areas of study will be broken into groups based on cost of education, equipment, labs Mohammed Haider

THE DAILY COUGAR Starting fall 2012, tuition costs will be determined by major instead of by course; dividing majors into three groups based on cost. The ultimate goal of the University is to save money, said Provost John Antel. The first group will consist of majors

that do not require much financing or equipment such as English and Art History, while the second will include majors such as chemistry and biology — mainly majors in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The third group will be composed of the more expensive and in-demand degrees like engineering and technology. This should keep the cost of tuition down for students overall, Antel said. “The University of Houston is not raising tuition anymore,” Antel said. “We are not going to make our students pay any more than they have to.”

The National Center for Educational Statistics reported that only 15 percent of students graduate in four years and only 46 percent graduate within six years. Antel said he hopes students will have a better idea of when their college experience will end under the new system. “Many students at this university take six, seven or sometimes even eight years to receive their bachelor’s degree,” he said. “A big reason for this is because of finances. The University will have better degree plans available for each major on the campus and on the website with the price of each course so students can have

a better idea of how they can manage their course load from a money stand-point. We will hire more advisers and counselors to assist all our students with this.” The system will also work in favor for freshmen; core classes cost much less to teach. “I think this would definitely be better for everyone at this school because salaries also vary by degree,” said advertising senior Lauren Proff. “It’s just not fair for an art major to pay the same as a chemical engineering major.” news@thedailycougar.com

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FACULTY

Prof pens social work handbook

National competition comes to a close at UH

Guide deals with issues pertaining to child abuse Jennifer Pearson

THE DAILY COUGAR Professor and chair of the clinical practice concentration at the Graduate School of Social Work, Monit Cheung, recently published “Child Sexual Abuse,” a book which serves as an extensive manual for the treatment and court preparation of child sexual abuse cases. With sample interviews and a DVD that provides a step-by-step process in forensic interviewing, Cheung’s book is aimed at multidisciplinary professionals who work with child and adolescent victims. “I have been a social worker for 35 years. I received my first child sexual abuse case in my caseload when I worked in a refugee camp in the 1970s,” said Cheung, who began her social work career in Hong Kong. “This experience of working with a child victim of sexual abuse in the refugee camp made me realize that this problem exists everywhere.” Seeing that most authors in the field of child developmental psychology were American, Cheung decided to get her M.S.W. in Ohio State University. After graduation, Cheung worked at a child protection agency and as an instructor in various

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This experience of working with a child victim of sexual abuse in the refugee camp made me realize that this problem exists everywhere.”

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“Now that this book is published, I feel a sense of relief because I can now move on to other projects and continue to use my knowledge and experience in the field,” Cheung said. “It will be another busy year for me, and my Dean has granted me a developmental leave to complete this new project. (There are) many more days and nights ahead of me … I will complete another book for children’s sake.”

RecycleMania celebrated the semester’s accomplishments and displayed RecycleMania Art Contest masterpieces at its closing ceremony Thursday on the UC Satellite Patio. The competition challenged campus organizations and groups to promote recycling and green initiatives through awareness campaigns over an eight-week period. “We had eight organizations build a sustainability awareness campaign and compete amongst each other,” said Marketing Coordinator Billy Garner. “There were two separate divisions, the Conservation Houstonian Division, which had fewer than 20 members, and the Sustainability-Savvy Shasta Division which had organizations with (more than) 20 members in it.” Psi Chi was the winner of the Sustainability-Savvy Shasta Division and the HRM Green Team was the winner of the Conservation Houstonian Division. University of Houston students, faculty members and staff

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Monit Cheung, on why she became a social worker colleges, where she wrote several research articles on forensic interviewing techniques, which eventually led to publication. “This book is the essence of 30 years of preparation,” Cheung said. “I felt that it is important to write a book about these experiences with support from the current literature so that a systematic guide can be provided for those who work closely with children to prevent mistakes in child sexual abuse investigations.” Cheung said preparing the manuscript was tedious, but with the encouragement of her publisher at Lyceum Books and the assistance provided by graduate students who helped complete the accompanying DVD, Cheung was able to finish “Child Sexual Abuse.” “I feel very happy that this book was finally printed in Feb. 2012,” Cheung said. “A group of police

Monit Cheung’s book was printed in February of 2012. | Emily Chambers/The Daily Cougar officers who encouraged me to write this book since 1995, when I started a special training program in child protection in Hong Kong, were excited about this book and have ordered a copy for their own use. From the day I started writing, I knew that this would be a useful manual for social workers and other professionals.” Cheung plans to prepare another manuscript featuring exercises using therapeutic games and guided imagery to aid the treatment of child and adolescent victims.


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most important game in the history of college basketball. Unfortunately, the backlash of coach Lewis beating the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden on the first ever nationally televised college basketball game has caused Coach Lewis to be blacklisted from the Hall of Fame. Steve Saxenian, UH ‘71” — user “ritzcoog” Re: Tracker app proves privacy does not exist

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JOB FAIR

Cougars make connections at fair Potential employers pleased with turnout Jed Ocot

THE DAILY COUGAR About 500 University of Houston students looking for summer jobs and internships met with 55 potential employers at Wednesday’s Summer Jobs for Coogs Fair in the University Center Houston Room. The employers ranged from the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. “The employers were pleased with the fair and mentioned they will be interviewing many students in the next week or so,” said Recruiting Assistant Patricia Taméz. “Based on feedback from employers and students, many do end up obtaining jobs and internships through our career

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competed in various events that encouraged students to “go green,” like the Green Commuter Fair, Art of Recycling contest and RecycleMania Olympics. “Our first RecycleMania event

fairs.” Once students finished making their rounds, volunteers had them take a quick survey on the experience. Students said they were happy with the various job and internship opportunities our employers were offering. “We always receive great feedback from the employers, they love UH students. We encourage students to fill these forms for us to know what we can do better the next time around,” said Job Bank Coordinator Jazel Borja. Feedback from the employers is also important, and many found a lot of good candidates and plan on returning next year, said Assistant Director Theresa Cyr. “One particular employer stated they only attend this career fair,” Cyr said, “and that they always get great candidates from UH.” An annual event since spring 2010, the job fair provides students with practice for when they

attend career fairs looking for an entry level position “We encourage students to see a career counselor prior to the event (and) be prepared with their resume and questions they should ask the employers,” Borja said. “Making first impressions are definitely important. Therefore, students should dress professionally or business casual to this event.” Lauren Moore coordinated the volunteers involved with the event. “I can’t say enough good things about all the staff, student workers and volunteers that worked tirelessly to make this a successful event,” said Moore, the coordinator of the team. “We received lots of compliments from the employers. Our volunteers even assisted employers to unload their cars and carry items to their table.”

was the Green Commuter Fair where we offered METRO Q-Cards to all students for free,” Garner said. Winners of the Art of Recycling were Gaurav Chugh in first place, second place winner Samantha Velasques, and Crystal Gonzalez, who won third place. “Organizations and

departments that participated in RecycleMania competition had the opportunity to help the community through recycling by sustaining our resources,” Garner said. Each team received points for hosting green events, conducting surveys, getting donations or pledges and spreading the word over social media such as

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HONORS COLLEGE

Mosquito spraying to take place on UH campus today

Author reading, reception to be in Honors Commons

The University of Houston will spray for mosquitoes from 5 to 10 p.m. People on campus should not go in the areas where the spraying is taking place until 5 minutes afterward, according to a UH press release. Cart-mounted systems and small backpack units will be used to spray. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact Roger Warner, senior project manager for Landscape and Waste Services, at (713) 743-9671 or rwwarner@ central.uh.edu. — Cougar News Services

The Honors College will host “An Evening With Author Elizabeth McCracken,” a reading by the award-winning author and former librarian from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Honors College Commons. The reading will be followed by a reception. McCracken has had four books published: “An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination,” “The Giant’s House,” “Niagara Falls All Over Again” and the short-story collection “Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry.” — Cougar News Services

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Student organization to release balloons for peace UH’s Soka Peace Group will set up a booth from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in Butler Plaza outside M.D. Anderson Memorial Library to raise awareness for nuclear abolition. Students will be able to write their own visions for world peace on pieces of paper that will be released on biodegradable helium balloons every half-hour. Informational pamphlets will also be available. This event is free and open to all students. — Cougar News Services

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Facebook. The final results of the national tournament will be published Friday on recyclemania.org. The winning schools will get national recognition and be announced in a national press release. Winning schools will win the right to host the category’s traveling trophy and an award made

out of recyclable materials. “I am so glad to be going to a school that cares about the environment,” said Callie Cox, UH student in Delta Zeta. UH competed for the fourth time against more than 600 other universities and colleges. news@thedailycougar.com

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The Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday in the Honors College Commons, and then from 4 to 6 p.m. in M.D. Anderson Memorial Library’s Rockwell Pavilion. Students in the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program and those who have completed a senior honors thesis will give poster and paper presentations, along with some who have conducted research outside these programs. — Cougar News Services

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Broadcast legend Mike Wallace passes away

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broadcast legend died on Sunday. Mike Wallace, 93, passed away surrounded by family members at his long-term care center in New Canaan, Connecticut. During a career that spanned over six decades, Wallace had the luck to interview a melange of newsworthy characters, including Vladimir Putin, Yassir Arafat, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King Jr., Leornard Berstein, Janis Joplin, Salvador Dali and Louis Farrakhan. To quote his obituary in the Associated Press: “Mike Wallace didn’t interview people. he interrogated them. He cross-examined then. Sometimes he eviscerated them.” Wallace transformed journalism through his interview style on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” a show he participated in for nearly four decades. When he retired from “60 Minutes,” he continued to do interviews for the show until 2008. Wallace had previously promised not to retire until “my toes turn up...they’re just beginning to curl a trifle.” But retiring at the age of 90, regardless of if his toes had turned up or not, is not a small feat. And, his interrogative interview style will be greatly missed. However, while he cultivated his role as an interrogator, Wallace didn’t try to take cheap shots at the guests he interviewed. He simply asked them hard-hitting questions, ones the audience wanted to be answered. He always knew what his audience wanted. “He actually was trying to serve the audience, and that’s what made him great,” said Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes. This unfortunately is not something that is popular with broadcast journalists of today. It often seems like these journalists focus on furthering the interests of certain political parties or special interest groups. They could learn from Wallace’s work.

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India’s Industry Opens Door to the World

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he Indian trade show was staged in Pakistan in mid-February for the first time ever by the leader of Indian delegation, Rajiv Kumar, and his business partners. Saniya On the day the trade Maya delegation came across the border, Pakistan was having a political crisis — the prime minister had to face the court for a few charges. This was not a perfect moment for the trade show, but was very successful. A moment that was never imagined took place — enemies for more than 50 years came together in the trade show, enjoyed and exchanged conversations. Pakistani and Indian business leaders, as well as both countries’ ministers, sipped tea and had a lavish feast. This showed how much the relations between Pakistan and India have changed since the separation of the countries. Even with the conflict of Kashmir, relations and the grudges have been healed. For the last six decades — through three wars and one nuclear standoff — diplomats have tried, and failed,

to improve relations, but now things have changed throughout the trade delegations. It is remarkable how things have changed between the two countries. Even though there are still some hard feelings in the hearts of Indians and Pakistanis, friendship has sprouted. The coming of the Indian trade delegation to Pakistan shows the increasing role of its foreign policies. Going foreign and promoting their business is one way India’s trade market can make more money. It was shocking to hear that India has gone to Pakistan to increase the trade business, but is pleasant news for all. Pakistanis and Indians tired of the fighting between the two countries sighed a breath of relief. In addition to bringing trade to Pakistan, India’s leaders are also planning to make a bigger footprint in global affairs and aspiring to gain a permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council. India’s fast-growing economy might be a threat to many other countries. Since its growing economy requires

more natural resources, its business leaders have fled to Africa and South America. India is doing what’s natural by traveling to other countries for trade resources. “These are places that are incredibly important to India, but the Indian state doesn’t have the resources to maintain a major presence,” said Ashley J. Tellis, a former American diplomat who served in India. “Business has really become the de facto substitute for Indian diplomatic engagement. And that works out nicely for India.” India’s growing economy may have surprised many people and governments. An expansion of trade and employment is also on its way, but its process is slow. India should work harder for the bettering of its economy and helping people find jobs. India’s unemployment rate for 2011 was estimated at 9.8 percent — which is not bad, but India should still work on making it better. Saniya Maya is an journalism senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

Consumer tech is a toy, not a necessity

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nce again, Google has tech heads across the world drooling — this time over a controversial project announced last week. The program, called Lucas Project Glass, is a pair Sepulveda of augmented reality glasses that bring the power of computer technology straight to the wearer’s eyes, avoiding any need to look down at a phone. The demo video that Google released has already garnered more than 9 million views on YouTube. But the reception is clearly divided. The video, filmed in first-person, follows a male wearer as he goes about his daily routine. We watch as transparent meeting reminders, maps, and webpages smoothly appear on the glasses’ display, each function activated solely by the man’s voice. The demo reveals some of the features the glasses would offer, which include video chatting, a “view share” feature that allows a person from another computer to see what you see, a camera, and voice-to-text messaging. The

demo portrays the glasses as an efficient enhancement to people’s lives that anybody would find useful. However, in reality, Project Glass is just another attempt to promote a product that nobody needs. Google so effectively presents superfluousness as convenience that it begins to look like necessity, and that can be an issue if consumers aren’t conscious of it. Because of technology, people are already extremely out-of-touch with the real world, and the only thing keeping many from being completely sucked in is the 12 inches of reality that separates their eyes from the phone or the computer. But now, thanks to Google and their space glasses, even that will prove to be powerless against the grasps of electronics. Driving will become problematic when digital maps ironically obscure vision of the road. Another major issue would be the product’s reliance on voice-to-text functionality, which hasn’t worked in the past. And what’s the next technological step? Contacts? Imagine the fun that hackers

could have with those. Also, privacy, a word that Google should be extremely familiar with by now, would prove to be a major issue with features like the “view share” function mentioned earlier. There are an extremely large amount of obstacles that Google will have to hurdle if they want their smart goggles to become a reality. I would be surprised if Google’s new project turned out a success. The whole concept just seems too risky to work. These glasses are a telltale sign of ridiculous technology. Somehow, technological corporations have convinced us that their unnecessary products are the “products of the future,” and we need to stay up-to-date with our purchases. However, if Google Glasses become household devices, what we perceive to be reality will undoubtedly change. Relying on man-made electronics to such a degree is an obvious problem. Lucas Sepulveda is a creative writing and media production junior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.


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BASEBALL

Burying the Cougars Tie saves Cougars from loss

The Cougars are last in Conference USA with a record of 1-7-1. In nine conference games, UH has been outscored 80-25. | Photo illustration by Joshua Siegel/The Daily Cougar

Gutsy efforts from Pruitt and Wiley not enough as Cougars go winless for the weekend Most things haven’t worked out

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THE DAILY COUGAR The wheels have fallen off the Cougars’ wagon and it might be too late to get them back on. For the second straight weekend, the Cougars (11-18-1, 1-7-1) failed to come away with a single win from their Conference-USA series. East Carolina (22-8-1, 6-2-1) creamed the Cougars in their first two games 10-3, 16-1 and UH wasted a valiant effort on Sunday from pitchers Austin Pruitt and Mo Wiley and had to settle for a 4-4 tie due to a travel curfew. Pruitt tossed eight innings allowing four runs on 13 hits with four strikeouts. Wiley did his part and blanked the Pirates, going four innings in which he allowed no runs, hits or walks and struck out four. While the Cougars dropped the series, it wasn’t all bad. Besides the stellar pitching on Sunday, Jacob Lueneberg went six-for-11 in the series with an RBI. But that was just about all the good news for the team and unless something unforeseen happens between now and the time the Cougars get back into conference play on April 20, their hopes of winning the C-USA regular season title are gone.

It hasn’t been a pretty season on the field for UH or in the box score. The Cougars have struggled across the board this season. They rank last in many major offensive, defensive and pitching categories in Conference USA.

Neither Austin Pruitt nor Mo Wiley got the decision in UH’s 4-4 tie with ECU on Saturday. Pruitt threw eight innings, allowing two earned. | Hendrick Rosemond/The Daily Cougar Although they can still win a bid to the postseason by winning the C-USA tournament, that seems far-fetched seeing as how they are making more mistakes than a high school kid on prom night. The Cougars conference schedule still has easy games remaining in it. They face middle-of-the-road teams in Memphis and Tulane and their bottom-of-the-barrel counterparts UAB and Marshall. The only tough series remaining should be Rice, but the Cougars will probably make all of the games harder than they have to be. Before they get a crack at the rest of the conference schedule, the Cougars will have a chance to regroup with five non-conference games. Their first game is a mid-

STANDINGS

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UCF (14) East Carolina** Rice (11) Memphis Tulane Southern Miss UAB Marshall Houston**

7 6 6 5 3 3 3 1 1

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26 22 23 15 21 19 19 11 11

7 8 11 17 10 12 14 19 18

.788 .726 .676 .469 .677 .613 .576 .367 .383

W-2 T-1 W-1 W-3 L-1 W-3 L-2 L-3 T-1

Standings accurate as of April 8; USA Today rankings in parenthesis. **Houston and East Carolina tied on April 7.

week matchup against Lamar that gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cougar Field. sports@thedailycougar.com

247

With 47 errors this th season, UH ranks last in Conference USA and 247th out of 291 Division-I teams.

.292

No team is getting clobbered in C-USA quite like the Cougars. Opponents are hitting .292 against UH. The Cougars are batting just .261 this season, eighth best in C-USA.

.261 .327

The Cougars’ lack of power in their lineup is evident in their .327 slugging percentage and six home runs. In nine C-USA games, the Cougars have been outscored 80-25.

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The Cougars did not get swept this weekend by East Carolina. Instead they got crushed twice, Joshua and battled all the Siegel way to a tie in the series finale. Yes, a tie. There’s an “A League of Their Own” joke somewhere in there. They tied because of a travel curfew. What the hell is a travel curfew? They had to get back to Houston? They had a plane to catch? That’s a joke for a game to end in a tie because of a travel curfew. It was a day game that began at 9 a.m. on a Saturday. They weren’t playing at Wrigley Field in 1933 and the game had to be called because of darkness because nobody could see the ball. Who plans this travel schedule? In a season that has been a comedy of errors, quite literally, this was the latest laugher. In head coach Todd Whitting’s first season, they were competitive. They showed promise at the end of the season taking Rice to extra innings in the Conference USA Championship game. No one expected UH to win C-USA this year, but it was sane to expect a competitive team at least. Things seemed to be playing out that way in March at the Houston College Classic with a lights-out performance from Jared Ray in a 7-4 win over Tennessee and a 4-1 win against then-No. 4 Arkansas. March now feels like eons ago. UH’s biggest problem this season has been fielding. Errors have created big innings and put pitchers in sticky situations. Fielding is something you can practice. It’s something you can get better at. You can’t teach a kid to throw 95, but you sure as hell can work on fielding. UH has committed 47 errors this season, worst in C-USA, and 247th out of 291 Division-I teams. UH pitchers have a 5.29 ERA and opponents look like all-stars against them, batting .292. Both marks are the worst in C-USA. Despite the number of runners the Cougars put on base, the defense has only turned 14 double plays all season. UH has no pop on offense. They have hit just six home runs this season and their on-base percentage (.340) is higher than their slugging percentage (.327) — that’s Deivi Cruz-esque. There is not just one hole in this sinking ship; the holes are everywhere. sports@thedailycougar.com


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Three Reeds at Dudley The Moores School of Music presents a guest recital by The Three Reeds Duo at 7:30 p.m. in the Dudley Recital Hall in the Fine Arts building. The event, which will feature works by Maroney, Blaha, Rose and Wanamaker, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uh.edu/class/ music.

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Slammin’ poets in the Underground The Student Program Board and Council of Ethnic Organizations team up to present the inaugural Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. Tuesday inside the World Affairs Lounge of the University Center Underground. The event will feature two performances by the “soulful poetry of poetic lyricists” Carlos Robson and Bobby Lefebre. For more information, visit www.uh.edu/spb or www.uh.edu/csiceo.

Celebrated author to read at Commons The Honors College presents “An Evening With Elizabeth McCracken” at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Commons inside the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. Former librarian and an author of four books, McCracken has received awards and grants from various organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uh.edu/honors.

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Ensemble to fill the Dudley space The Moores School of Music presents a performance by the AURA Contemporary Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday inside Dudley Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for the general public; $5 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.uh.edu/class/ music.

SPB takes students to the rink The Student Program Board invites you to a Disney on Ice production. The SPB is offering $8 tickets to students to see “Dare to Dream” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Reliant Center. The production features bits from “Tangled,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Cinderella.” Tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis. Students must ride to and from the stadium on the bus provided. For more information, contact Skippy at spbtrips@uh.edu.

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Comedian brings stand-up act The Student Program Board presents a night of comedy at 7 p.m. Thursday inside the Houston Room of the University Center. Tracey Ashley, a semi-finalist from NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” will provide the hilarity. Free food and drinks will be available. For more information, contact David Nguyen at spbspk@uh.edu.

Global Cinema screens Nazi film The Global Cinema Series continues with “A Film Unfinished” from director Yael Hersonski at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The film features raw footage shot by Nazis in 1943 Warsaw. The screening takes place in Room 104 of the Science and Engineering Complex. —Cougar Arts Staff

Dragging for a GLOBAL cause Students, community come together for both fun and charitable intentions Pedro Pinto

THE DAILY COUGAR Gender dressing roles flew out the window as a student organization celebrated its annual drag show to a packed house. GLOBAL, the University of Houston’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning student organization, held the event on Thursday at the Montrose bar Meteor. The event featured men in colorful dresses and heels performing to songs such as “Sweet Transvestite” and women in suits or prosthetic beards singing. Though fun was the order of the night, there was a cause to the evening. According to GLOBAL representatives, the $1,390 raised by the event went to HATCH, the Houston Area Teenage Coalition of Homosexuals. “This is our biggest event of the year,” said Huy Truong, business sophomore and current GLOBAL president. “We’re ending it with a bang and aiming for as good as last year.” The performers were gathered in a changing area adding some last-minute touches to their wardrobes, which included red and Victorian wigs, checkered coats and corsets. Ian Mitchell, a medical biochemistry junior, whose stage name is Nikita Electra, described his feelings about performing. “I was very nervous but very excited,” he said while fixing his hair and make-up. “There was adrenaline before and after my song.” The drag show, which was originally held in the Cougar Den of the University Center, has grown in size over the years, as evidenced by about 200 people who attended. It was one of GLOBAL’s former presidents, Melanie Pang, a second-year political social work graduate student, who brought the show back five years ago.

Kenneth Lie, who performed under the name “Serenity Firefly,” was just one of about a dozen performers from UH and the Houston community who took part in GLOBAL’s annual drag show on Thursday at Montrose bar, Meteor. | Pedro Pinto/The Daily Cougar According to her, she heard it was done in the ’90s but disappeared for unknown reasons, so she took the initiative in 2007. She expressed excitement about the show being open to the UH community as well as individuals all over Houston. “It incorporates more of the gay community and not just the campus,” she said while getting ready to perform

in black slacks and a dress shirt. UH alumnus Bobby Allen, who came in drag to celebrate, was part of the show when it was first brought back. “I’m really proud it’s grown to this size,” he said, as crowds clapped and cheered the performers. “It shows the ever-evolving growth of the gay DRAG SHOW continues on page 8

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THE DAILY COUGAR Believe the hype, people. Though I’m not a fan of Guy Fieri, his “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” stop at Midtown’s Lankford Grocery was for good reason. The Midtown burger joint is not a place for vegetarians or healthconscious consumers. As stated on the website, “We have nothing small, nothing healthy, and nothing fast.” I’d been there once before, but for a quick lunch. I ordered a regular bacon cheeseburger in an effort to get in and get out. I was wrong for that. The converted garage was packed and my group barely secured a table before the waiting line began. I went straight to the burgers and realized what I had missed out on

Beware: The double bacon cheeseburger at Lankford Grocery is not your typical, fast food version. | Courtesy of Peter Robledo when ordering just a regular burger. Lankford has about ten specialty

burgers on its menu, though the online menu lists only half. I had heard that the Firehouse Burger was something to try if spicy is your thing, and spicy is definitely my thing. It’s a cheeseburger that has sliced jalapenos, cayenne butter and a habanero sauce. My boyfriend is all about Greek food, so he went straight to the Greek Burger, which the menu stated was topped with feta, spinach and olives. But then he saw the Grim Burger, a bacon cheeseburger topped with a fried egg, jalapeno and, of all things, homemade macaroni and cheese. He decided to change things up a bit. A friend of ours went the route I took my first time there and ordered a bacon cheeseburger except he took it BURGERS continues on page 8


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community and the visibility GLOBAL has.” For some audience members, it was their first time coming to the show. “Most of these people don’t drag regularly, but I think they’re really talented,” said fine arts junior Miguel Martinez. “The GLOBAL community is about giving back in a really fun way.” Dragging for others symbolized a powerful experience. “If I want to be a powerful woman, I can. If I want to be an astonishing ballroom queen, I can,” said Joshua Sutherland, human resources junior. “This event lets us show our true colors and express

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to the next level and added an extra patty. Again, the website states, “If you do not have 30 minutes to spend, you should try us another day. We have great food, but its not fast food.” Our order came out and though I recalled them being big burgers, memory had not served me well. The burgers were massive, messy and looked delicious. My friend’s double bacon cheeseburger was ridiculously huge. He went for his knife, but I said he should at least try to take a bite of it beforehand. It was pointless. The burgers at Lankford Grocery are amazing — thick and juicy and sprinkled with the right amount of seasoning. I’m not much for fancy seasoning, just salt and black pepper usually does it for me. That seems to be the case with the cooks at Lankford. My Firehouse Burger was definitely towards the top of the spicy category. I have a habit of gutting the veggies from a burger halfway through — just breaking it down to bread, meat, cheese and condiments for the last few bites. As usual, I did this with my Firehouse, but truth be told, I was ready to let go of some of the heat, and the sliced jalapenos would have come out even if that wasn’t a habit. I was able to get a taste of the

ourselves in the same venue.” A tradition of the show involves the audience coming towards the performer and either handing them money or throwing it on stage. So as the last song was sung and the last dollar was thrown in the air, GLOBAL’s president seemed satisfied. “It went better than I expected,” said Truong, who spent the majority of the evening running around and making sure things went according to plan. “I’m tired but it’s all worth it, the performances were amazing and a lot of people showed up.” After being asked if the show would continue next year, he nodded with a smile. arts@thedailycougar.com

Grim and must say that whoever asked for that combination was either crazy or a genius. Macaroni and cheese on an already cheesy cheeseburger? This person was a crazy genius — and could obviously afford some calories and cholesterol. My friend paused midway through his double bacon cheeseburger, too full to continue, but I told him to think of it as a “Man v. Food” challenge. Man won. Anyone who makes it to Lankford Grocery wins — maybe not in terms of health, but definitely for a sunny Saturday afternoon lunch that features a tasty, homemade burger that will not break your bank. If it’s your first time, go for the burger. There are a lot of goodlooking options like the salads, but you should definitely taste the hype. A few things to note if you plan to visit: Take cash — no credit cards are accepted; Arrive early — the joint is only open until 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Also, make sure to swing by the register before you order. There are always burger specials of the day. I forgot to do this and was disappointed to see — after I had already eaten — that the day’s special was a Frito Pie Burger. Next time, Lankford. Lankford Grocery is located at 88 Dennis St. For more information, visit lankfordgrocery.com. arts@thedailycougar.com


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