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Carnival to celebrate Earth Day with weather balloon UH will host a carnival to celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in Butler Plaza. The event will feature a boat race pool, cake, tea samples from Honest Tea, talks by Houston Officials and a weather balloon launch by students from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science. Several campus organizations will also be showcasing their sustainability practices, and the Division of Administration and Finance will hold a fundraiser for March for Babies from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The purpose of this event is to celebrate our accomplishments and recognize all the organizations who have had a major impact in making our campus more sustainable,” said Auxiliary Services Marketing Coordinator Billy Garner in a news release. “Our goal is to make this year’s Earth Day Carnival fun and exciting as well as educational for all of the students.” — Cougar News Staff
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The Texas Tribune, in conjunction with the University of Houston, presented a one-day symposium discussing energy and the environment Friday in UH’s Wortham Theatre. Many viewpoints on the issue were considered in hourly discussion panels and even included a complimentary lunch where UH faculty and members led roundtable discussions on energy topics. Evan Smith, the CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune, said it was fitting that UH host a symposium consisting of energy discussions. “The University is obviously important in the constellation of
high-right institutions so it’s no surprise that we’ve come here as opposed to somewhere else ... There’s a big energy presence on the campus and so I think there was a lot that made sense in it.” Smith said. “But President (Renu) Khator actually came to an event that we did back in September in Austin and said, ‘This is the kind of conversation that should take place on our campus. We think that our students and our community members would love it, and so if you’re going to do something like this you have to at least think about doing it here.’” Smith and Khator spoke about the state of the University and its being one of the strongest advocates of protecting the environment. “I think we’ve engaged a whole lot of people who otherwise
wouldn’t be thinking about these issues,” Smith said. “The fact is everybody in the community here, everybody outside of the community all over Texas needs to be thinking about the economic and environmental impacts of the use of natural gas.” Smith said the goal was to fulfill the need for discussing energy topics within the greater community. “We need to be thinking about what the policies of the state should be with regard to energy and I think that having this conversation gives people an opportunity to think about those things,” Smith said. The Texas Tribune is an nonprofit, online publication that focuses primarily on Texas government and policy. email@example.com
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Center to research Mexican and US law THE DAILY COUGAR UH has established the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law as the nation’s first independent research center dedicated to the study of Mexican law and U.S. Mexico legal relations. “The goal of the center is to improve our understanding in the United States of Mexican law and legal institutions. People who are not acquainted with law might think of law as just a bunch of rules, but those rules are attached to the culture of a society,” said Stephen Zamora, a UH law professor. “You can’t understand how the laws of a country work without understanding the culture. For the United States, Mexico is an important ally. We don’t have as thorough of an understanding of Mexico’s legal culture as we should.” Zamora will serve as the
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do is help us better understand our neighbor, in order to make suggestions and consider possible ways to improve the legal relations between our nations.” Mexico has become an even more important economic partner of the U.S. due to the formation of NAFTA in 1994. Houston boasts strong Mexican investment on a corporate and individual level coupled with proximity, making it a perfect location for the new center. “UH has a reputation as a law school that has excellent ties with
Bauer College held a financial symposium aimed at financial literacy — targeting money management, credit reports, paying for college financial aspects in career choices and embedding financial education in classrooms K-12. It was held Saturday in conjunction with Houston Money Week. “If you have better control over your life, if you can plan, if you can budget, if you weigh your options, that’s the single most important factor that reduces the amount of stress,” said Bauer Dean Latha Ramchard. Statistics show that 23 percent of young students acknowledge spending more money than is available to them, said Donald
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The University of Houston Law Center was established in 1947. It now hosts the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law. | Emily Chambers/The Daily Cougar center’s director and attorney Ignacio Pinto-León will serve as assistant director. Pinto-Leon is uniquely qualified for the position because he is licensed to practice law in both the U.S. and Mexico, Zamora said. The center was created to institutionalize some current projects and create a place within the Law Center for permanent study of Mexican law. “In addition to elements of economic integration, there are social elements and interconnections between citizens of Mexico and the U.S,” Zamora said. “Part of what the center must
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THE DAILY COUGAR As part of the “Movers and Shakers” event, UH’s Retailing and Consumer Sciences department hosted a talk given by H.E.B. President Scott McClelland Wednesday titled “The Future of Retailing: Being an Entrepreneur in the Food Industry.” He addressed what H.E.B. is doing about the economic and demographic issues facing Texas; the state may have weathered the recession of 2008, but the per household income is still dropping. “While the total economy is larger, the reality is it’s only larger for some people and that tends to be for people who have money,” McClelland said. “As a result, over time we are seeing a shrinking middle class.” McClelland said the line between the people who have and people who have-not is becoming more pronounced in Texas, which affects the way people shop. “In Houston today, 26 percent earn less than $25,000 per year and 15 percent earn over $100,000,” McClelland said. “If you think about the type of items you would put into a store, no two customers are the same.” Houston has grown more diverse; it has a vast Latino population and a rapidly growing Asian population. “When you start to look at what the average American looks like and there isn’t an average American,” McClelland said. “When you try to merchandise towards average, you’re not going
to be gaining anything.” Retailers tend to bisect themselves into two different types: those that are perceived to have high quality but also have high prices and those that are perceived to have low prices and low quality, McClelland said. Retailers should strive to have low prices and high quality, McClelland said. “With this positioning comes expectations from the brand,” McClelland said. “To try and lower expenses to make more money will violate what the brand and the experience stands for and all of the sudden people stop shopping there.” Houston is a complicated city in which to do retail in both the demographic and competitive sense, McClelland said, and the formats of Houston stores are different in various locations to cater what sells better in those areas. With the Latino population growing, McClelland said he decided to build Mi Tienda, which is a store that focuses on and markets to first generation Latinos. McClelland said he traveled around Mexico and Central America and brought back new, unique ideas. “We realized we needed to build bigger stores and sell items that others can’t, won’t or haven’t yet thought of,” McClelland said. “We have distinct advantage of living in Texas and there are unique idiosyncrasies of living here that you won’t get elsewhere.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bowers II, assistant vice president of the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. “What they’re doing is they’re creating a situation for themselves that they will spend the majority of their young and middle-age life trying to get out of,” Bowers said. “What we want to do with Houston Money Week is to make sure that there is attention brought to this topic.” Jonathan Moreira, an incoming student, said the symposium was a good idea. “It’s nice to know that UH and the community of Houston are working together to educate their students and community members not just during college but lifeafter-college with financial education,” Moreira said. “It’s education that we can take
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study, it’s going to be a binational study. The results will be made available to agencies and corporations so it can be used to adopt best practices for dealing with the exploitation of resources in the gulf.” The center will partner with the North American Consortium on Legal Education and has obtained cooperation agreements with the Mexican Foreign Ministry and Petroleos Mexicano. Through this collaboration the UHLC will provide L.L.M. degree scholarships for lawyers and in turn the partners will provide internships for UH law students. “My vision for the center is to make it known that at UH, there is a center for high quality study of Mexican law and legal aspects of U.S.-Mexico relations,” Zamora said. “We are committed to very high quality research and related activities.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mexico, and we have students who come to the University of Houston because of our excellent international law program,” Zamora said. “Law students who are at the University of Houston will become engaged in this center, helping us as research assistants and participating in conferences and programs that we put on.” One of the research projects the center is developing deals with deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the possible conflicts in legal regulations between the two countries. “We want to take an independent look at what the governments and corporations are doing in order to ensure this shared resource is protected,” Zamora said. “The value we provide will be our binational approach — it’s not going to be a U.S. or Mexican
beyond our college careers and put into practice in our lives and we can help others along the way.” Houston Money Week also offered two scholarships and held a poster contest on financial literacy for students K-12 during the financial symposium, which was organized by Frank Kelley, associate dean for undergraduate business programs. “If we can share the knowledge we have, we can learn how to budget, we can learn how to plan, we can learn to prepare, then we have the solution right in front of us and from that perspective. There is no substitute for education,” Ramchand said. “If we can teach you to think in the right direction, if we can empower you through financial education, I think we would have done our part and you would be so much better off for that.”
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Bachmann reparative therapy exposed
ocumentary filmmaker Kristina Lapinski has outed Bachmann & Associates, the Christian counseling clinic co-owned by Michele Bachmann and her husband. It has long been reported that the clinic engages in reparative therapy, which is known by opponents of the practice as “pray away the gay” therapy. Lapinski, a lesbian, went undercover to the clinic to gather footage for her upcoming documentary “GAY U.S.A. the Movie.” She told a counselor at the clinic that she was seeking help because she was a lesbian about to marry a male friend in order to appease her Christian parents. Lapinski described the nauseating experience, and the terrible advice she received, on the website of her upcoming film: “She asked if I believed in God, and I answered, ‘yes.’ She pulled out a bible, handed it to me and asked me to read a passage out loud. It was about love, and then she asked me to analyze it with her. We talked about love and commitment, and even though I have never been attracted to my fiancé, the commitment, she noted, was a form of love. She told me to follow God’s road. ‘The Bible says one man one woman…two great halves come together….’ and then spoke to some extent about a woman’s duty to keep the man company…I found that oddly sexist. She talked a lot about submitting to God, giving my life path over to him and letting him direct the way. She told me if I wanted to be happy I could ‘give my problems to the Lord and he could take them away,’” Lapinski wrote. It is horrifying that “pray away the gay” therapy is still being utilized by radical counseling clinics. No level of denial or “commitment” will allow someone to change their sexual orientation. Clinics like Bachmann & Associates pray upon depressed, and often suicidal, LGBT individuals who are desperate to reconnect to the bigoted communities and families who have rejected them. Lapinski should be applauded for exposing the clinic. She has the potential to save lives through her work.
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uch has been written about the lack of female engineers, developers and other STEM occupations, but now online craft marketplace Etsy is collaborating with New York City’s Hacker School to do someEmily thing about it. Brooks This month, Etsy announced that they would be hosting the summer 2012 session of Hacker School as well as provide scholarships for ten qualifying women to attend. Hacker School is not a technology school, but a kind of “writer’s retreat” for programmers. The students spend three months with other coders sharing development tips and tricks as well as working on open source software from which they can learn. Currently, only one of their 20 enrolled students is female, and not many women apply; Etsy is hoping to change that. As a craft marketplace with largely female users, Etsy’s Vice President of Engineering Marc Hedlund is concerned that only 11 of Etsy’s 96 engineering and operations employees are female. This is no surprise — tech employers all over the country have a difficult time finding female applicants — but Hedlund believes that Etsy is the perfect place to get more women involved. According to Hedlund, Etsy “supports the businesses of hundreds of thousands of female entrepreneurs through our marketplace, which sells
a majority of all items to women, and which already has many talented and amazing women working for the company — should be one of the single easiest Internet companies at which to correct this problem.” To make it happen, Etsy is hosting the summer 2012 session of Hacker School at its NYC headquarters. They will accept 40 applicants and hope that 20 of them will be female. Though the Hacker School program is free, living in New York City is not, so Etsy is offering a scholarship of $5000 to ten female applicants that can demonstrate financial need. Hedlund has also said that he plans to recruit several coders from the course, if possible. There is one major requirement to attending Hacker School: a serious love for programming. The women attracted to this program are likely already interested in software engineering and computer science. But even if Etsy is only saving recruiting dollars by bringing female coders to their doorstep, they are increasing the visibility of female coders and taking a step in the right direction. Hedlund admits that to really make a difference, girls need to be reached early, but for Etsy, he’d “like to start solving the problem a lot sooner.” Other similar programs are also working to start making a difference now. At the University, only 15 percent of electrical and computer engineering students are female. To help augment this number, the Cullen College of Engineering offers a mentor program for female engineering students called
Hacker School is not a technology school, but a kind of “writer’s retreat” for programmers. The students spend three months with other coders sharing development tips and tricks as well as working on open source software from which they can learn.” Women in Engineering UH. Carnegie Mellon’s computer science school has altered its admission process to attract more well-rounded students, and as a result has seen significant increases in female enrollment. One of my earliest memories was learning to write a “hello world” program in Visual Basic at my father’s knee, but most girls are not encouraged to embrace traditionally masculine fields so early in their lives. Early encouragement and exposure to female role models in the technology industry are rare, and even then, some girls are put off the industry due to its insulated “boys club” atmosphere and reputation for poor working conditions. Efforts like Etsy’s partnership with Hacker School can help to mitigate that atmosphere and make more young girls confident to follow in these students’ footsteps. Emily Brooks is an economics senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.
NRA vote won’t be easy
Center, moderate candidates will not appeal to hard-line believers
epublican presidential candidate Mitt Romney goes back and forth on issues so often that I’m starting to think he doesn’t even know his own Lucas Sepulveda ideology. His whole campaign has been like a pancake, flipping every time things get a little too hot, and his attempt to please everyone for votes is going to backfire when he’s up against the president. Romney, who insists he is an avid hunter of “small varmints,” spoke to the National Rifle Association last week, and professed his love for looser gun laws and the NRA’s “American” values. It’s a little strange, considering while he was running for governor of Massachusetts, he made multiple statements pertaining gun rights that contradicted everything he preached last Friday: “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts. I support them. I won’t chip away at them. I believe they help protect us and provide for our safety,” Romney once said. Statements like these have NRA members skeptical of Romney, and he has some making up to do. His speech attacked Obama, informing the NRA’s audience that they “need a president who will enforce current laws, not create new ones that only serve to burden lawful gun owners.” He continued to say, “President Obama has not. I
Romney, who insists he is an avid hunter of “small varmints,” spoke to the National Rifle Association last week, and professed his love for looser gun laws and the NRA’s “American” values. Strange, considering while he was running for governor of Massachusetts, he contradicted everything he preached about gun rights.” will,” just in case the audience missed the point. Romney has come off as a centrist next to the likes of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich — one now former and one still distant contender that were both also in attendance at the NRA convention — and made some bold statements themselves. In his usual over-the-top and delusional demeanor, Gingrich suggested everybody in the world should be given a gun. “A Gingrich presidency will submit to the United Nations a treaty that extends the right to bear arms as a human right for every person on the planet,” he told the excited audience. “Because every person on the planet
deserves the right to defend themselves from those who would oppress them, exploit them, rape them or kill them.” Well said, Newt. If for some wild reason that doesn’t work here on Earth, maybe we can try that on your moon colony. On the other hand, Santorum — who recently suspended his campaign — kept his statements relatively mild. He simply said that he doesn’t get the opportunity to shoot guns as often as he would like, and that his wife has more guns than he does. Oh, and he also announced that he just purchased a lifetime NRA membership for his 3-year-old daughter, Bella. The NRA audience ate up everything Santorum and Gingrich fed them, hooting and hollering along the way. Romney got some cheers as well, but it’s obvious that he’s the least trigger-happy out of the three. However, it obviously hasn’t hurt Romney too much, as he continues to stutter his way to the top of the polls. Maybe his speech last Friday sounded sincere enough to gain the NRA’s trust and support. But until he buys a lifetime NRA membership for an infant, or gives a rifle to every person on the planet, I don’t know if the NRA is going to buy it. Lucas Sepulveda is a creative writing and media production junior and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Cougars continued to test out new pieces as several players have shifted position and others have moved into starting roles. Kenneth Farrow, who signed on to play safety a year ago, impressed at his new position -- running back. Farrow gained 123 allpurpose years and scored three touchdowns. | Hendrick Rosemond/The Daily Cougar
played running back in high school, racked up 123 all-purpose yards including two rushing and one receiving touchdown while helping lead the Red team to a 42-28 victory over the White team in front of 5,137 spectators at Robertson Stadium. “I talked to Levine and he told me they didn’t really know who was going to be behind Charles,” Farrow said. “Coming back to running back, I was kind of slow getting my vision and footwork back but I always knew I could play because that’s what I played in high school, so I just kept going at it every day and working.” Farrow was one of several bright spots for the Cougars in their final tune up of the spring. At quarterback, David Piland rebounded from a slow start to finish 21-of-27 passing to go along with 276 yards and two touchdowns, while backup Crawford Jones was 11-of-15 under center throwing for 135 yards and two scores.
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Pozzan, Fraser push Cougars past opponents
The Cougars took two-of-three from ECU with a big weekend from their offense.
Despite a valiant comeback effort, the Cougars dropped Sunday’s contest 10-9 in extra innings and were swept over the weekend by Texas Tech at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, Texas.
UH closed its regular season with two impressive wins, shutting out Grambling State 7-0 and defeating Louisiana Tech 6-1, both on the road.
After falling behind 9-1 ! ! Codey Morehouse after the seven innings of play, the Cougars (1221-1, 1-7-1) mounted a furious comeback and scored six runs in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth to send the game into extra frames. But the comeback effort fell short and Texas Tech (22-15, 3-9) won the game in the bottom of the 12th when Barrett Barnes grounded out to shortstop to drive in Nick Hanslik.
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THE DAILY COUGAR The 2012 Houston Cougars have been commonly referred to on Cullen Boulevard as the “Charles Sims Show.” Why not? All the running back and potent pass catcher did a season ago was rank third nationally in yards per rush (7.5) while silencing crowds from El Paso to New Orleans with his sudden bursts of speed. However, Friday it was Kenneth Farrow – a redshirt safety from a year ago creating the buzz in the backfield. “We moved him to running back in December and it was a need for us in terms of Bryce Beall and Michael Hayes graduating,” head coach Tony Levine said. “From day one here this spring, he’s been physical, fast, he’s gotten better every day and we’re really excited about his future in this program.” Farrow, a redshirt freshman who
“I thought all four quarterbacks executed the offense very well,” Levine said. “There is no doubt in my mind that if we had to play a game today, we could.” Still, both Levine and Piland made it clear that there is work to be done before the team returns to Robertson Stadium in September. “We have a checklist of things that need to be fixed before we go into fall ball,” Piland said. “I think we’re going to have to speed up things a lot quicker, get a lot more tempo in there and make better plays.” Marcus Williams (115 yards, 85-yard kickoff return for touchdown) and Dewayne Peace (104 yards, two touchdowns) led their respective squads in receiving while defensively, Efrem Oliphant led the game in sacks (2.5) and Lester Block was the leader with eight tackles.
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UH run-ruled ECU in the series opener 13-5 thanks to a 8-for-12 effort at the plate from its top three hitters.
Freshman Jamie Edwards grand slam propelled UH to a 6-2 win in the second half of Saturday’s double-header at Cougar Softball Stadium. In Sunday’s series finale, the Cougars’ seventh-inning rally fell just short, as ECU won 7-6. UH is tied for second in Conference USA and just a game out of first place.
Starter Austin Pruitt had a rough outing, going five innings while allowing six runs on eight hits in five innings of work.
In both weekend matches, the duo of Giorgia Pozzan and Celia Fraser won their doubles matches, and proceeded to win their singles matches as UH’s top-two seeds. The Conference USA Tournament starts Thursday in Memphis.
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Theater alumni return to campus for discussion Former students of late drama professor reminisce on early career at UH, give students personal advice for success on and off stage Alex Pechacek
THE DAILY COUGAR “An Afternoon with the Artists,” benefiting the Cecil J. Pickett Scholarship Endowment Fund took place Saturday in the Wortham Theatre and featured a discussion with UH alumni and actors Brett Cullen, Dennis Quaid, Robert Wuhl and Cindy Pickett, Cecil J. Pickett’s daughter. The event was moderated by Houston PBS’s Ernie Manouse and gave the actors the chance to share their stories about their earliest endeavors as actors at UH and their experiences with their late director
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and mentor Cecil J. Pickett. Pickett raised the reputation of UH’s theater department by teaching acting and directing at the School of Theatre from 1970 to 1988; he directed productions for the Shakespeare Festival as well. Manouse preceded the discussion by speaking about the importance of the connection between the teacher and student, which was so important to each actor’s success. “It all comes back down to one fundamental thing and that is the teacher-student relationship,” Manouse said. He brought to mind the goals the actors pursued which were
Houston Indie Book Festival The fifth annual Houston Indie Book Festival took place this past Saturday outdoors near the Menil Collection. Look for our coverage of the event in Tuesday’s print issue.
THE DAILY COUGAR The Indian Students Association sponsored their fifth annual Nasha dance competition, inviting 14 different university-level teams from across Texas to showcase their talent Friday night in the Cullen Performance Hall. Independent dance teams from Rice University, Texas A&M, Texas Women’s University, the University of Texas at Austin and UH all showcased their diverse dance moves with music that ranged from the sounds of southeast Asia to American hip-hop. Comedian Dan Nainan hosted the event and kept the audience laughing throughout the night in between each performance. Each team was introduced by a brief video before they got on stage to perform; each of their routines told a different story ranging from one of love to others about a trip to a mall and toy store. The choreographies were beautifully executed and seemed flawless. The music choices ranged from a mixture of Indian tunes to rap. One routine included Lady Gaga and another used Rihanna’s smash hit, “We Found Love.” Through their attire, dance moves and music choice, the teams were able to show the beauty of the Indian culture — the true goal of the event. From UH’s own dance teams Ishaara, Nishani Bhangra and Roarin’ Raas to TWU’s Chingaari, the audience fed the dancers the energy they needed to perform, making it a friendly competition. By the end of the night, UT’s Texas Raas was voted as the winners of the competition by the panel of judges. The proceeds from the event were donated to the Indo-American Charity Foundation. email@example.com
Wuhl was at the University for seven years and did not start out as a drama student, but eventually acquired a strong love for theater under the wing of Pickett. “It was amazing how influential he was on me and how much I appreciate him more with each day,” Wuhl said. “I felt I had a huge leg-up because he taught craft.” Cullen noted Pickett’s stress on literature and its influence on the work Cullen would study as an actor. “He taught me about myself. He made me examine myself. He also made me read more than I’ve ever read in my life; I took almost every English course at the University
because he made me,” Cullen said. To top off the discussion, the actors welcomed questions from those in the audience and told their favorite stories about Professor Pickett. When asked if there was any one thing that the actors wish they had been told at the beginning of their career, Cullen offered to share his own advice. “Learn how to write. That’s one thing I wish I had done early in my career. I think college, university and local theater — when you’re young — is a great place to grow up.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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fundamental to their careers so many years ago. “The message today is about the value of a university education,” Manouse said. Quaid mentioned that he knew he wanted to act after the first week of taking Pickett’s class at Bellaire High School where Pickett taught theater from 1956 to 1968. Pickett’s focus and techniques on centrality and character development helped Quaid develop as an actor. “He made us all fascinated by what it was like to actually experience someone else’s life,” Quaid said. “He would have us just go out in the street and just watch people.”
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