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Research merits government grant National Institute of Health donates $375,000 to build a new zebrafish research facility to study obesity and diabetes Ellen Goodacre
THE DAILY COUGAR Students and faculty members at the UH Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling received a grant of $375,000 from the National Institutes of Health for a study that will research the effects of environmental pollutants on diabetes and obesity. Researchers will expose zebrafish to different chemicals and score the change in the number of beta cells, the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas. As for obesity testing, the fish will first be exposed to the chemicals and then fed a high cholesterol diet. The rate of change in body mass will then be analyzed. “We will treat the fish with the chemicals in utero to test if what (humans) are exposed to in utero can affect when we’re older,” said Catherine McCollum, a postdoctoral fellow at the CNRCS and a project team member. “The hope is that our research will be able to change something
within this industry.” According to Maria Bondesson, a research assistant professor and project leader, the facility is extensive. “The zebrafish lab has been running since 2009. We expanded it in 2011 with a new fully-automated tank system. Currently, we have several thousands of fish of about 30 different strains,” Bondesson said. The lab is separated into two rooms — one where the fish are kept and bred and another where the fish embryos are treated with the chemicals researchers wish to study. Because zebrafish have pancreata that are similar to those of a mammals, they can be used to compare the effects of certain chemicals on the number of pancreatic beta cells that release insulin. “There has not been a systematic screening of chemicals for obesity and diabetes-inducing capacity,” Bondesson said. “This is partly because it is very costly and time consuming to do this kind of screening in, for example, mice. Using zebra fish we can rapidly screen very many chemicals, and if we find any hits, these chemicals could be further studied in mammals.” With the help of professor Ioannis Kakadiaris of the
The new facility will house 80 different species of zebrafish, an organism used frequently as a model system by scientists. The fish will be used in diabetes and obesity research and their ties with pollutants. | Ellen Goodacre/The Daily Cougar Department of Computer Science, researchers are also working to develop an automatic image analysis method so that they will be able to quantify the effects of exposures to different chemicals as well as beta cell count.
Researchers will begin by screening for selected chemicals suspected to have an effect on diabetes and obesity but eventually aim to screen many different kinds of environmental pollutants, such as pesticides and plasticizers.
McCollum said she is not sure how long the research will continue. The list of testable chemicals is extensive, Bondesson said. “The long-term goal is to set POLLUTION continues on page 2
National report reveals research necessity The National Research Council releases a report that reveals the importance of UH’s new Tier One research status Ashley Anderson
THE DAILY COUGAR A UH researcher was part of a blue ribbon committee formed by the National Research Council to discuss why university research is important for the US as it competes with other nations in the amount of research it has done. In June, the National Research Council released a report, “Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security.” The report was composed to assess the health of the country’s research and to inform on ways it can remain competitive internationally.
This document is targeted at the US Congress, which requested the report in order to inform how important and essential research universities are to the nation on a global scale and what must be done in order to maintain competitiveness and ensure research is still conducted. The advice from the report suggests that funding and partnerships with universities, Congress and corporations can assist in the improvement of the amount of research being conducted. Paul Chu, UH pioneer in superconductivity, served on the committee that developed this report. He founded and serves as executive director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity, which continues to
develop important research and advanced materials. Chu could not be reached for comment. Currently, the United States has led in the amount of research conducted compared to other nations, said Ioannis Pavlidis, associate professor and researcher. Despite this, there are still some concerns that must be addressed. “Overall the United States remains the lead,” Pavlidis said. “However, its lead has eroded and, in specific fields, has receded altogether.” A specific area of concern includes engineering, Pavlidis said. It has not had a grand project in contrast to other countries. In order to continue to remain
competitive with other countries, support from Congress is necessary. Funding is usually done through government agencies, like the National Institutes of Health. “The unique partnership between NIH and the research universities and other funded organization is critical to the future of our nation and the health of the people of the world,” said Sally Rockey, NIH deputy director for extramural research. “NIH-supported research continues to lead to breakthrough technologies, treatments and preventive approaches to many devastating diseases and conditions.” email@example.com
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THE DAILY COUGAR UH employees will have their last chance today to vote in the Staff Council elections. The Staff Council is an advisory body, made up of staff members, elected to the office of the president. Inside the group exist different committees that specialize in specific aspects of the University including communications, events, and membership and elections. Current Staff Council President Elsie Myers will be replaced next year by President-Elect Ron Gonyea. She says the Staff Council is important in connecting different departments to one another. “Staff Council serves as an advisory body to the University of Houston administration to promote a positive and meaningful interchange among staff, faculty, and students. Also to promote recognition of staff contributions to the mission of the University and involve staff in decisions affecting their activities,” Myers said. The upcoming election will provide a slew of new members to the board. “There are several positions available in this upcoming election. The representative divisions and vacant positions are one for At Large, five for Academic Affairs, three for Administration & Finance, one for Research and one for Student Affairs,” Myers said.
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Myers said that the main issue for her this year is staff morale. A new system called “Cougar Cudos” was put in place to fix this issue. Staff are able to nominate one another when they feel that their coworkers are deserving of public recognition. However, for this voting cycle, Gonyea is concerned largely about the underrepresentation of certain segments of the staff. The changes he wishes to put in will not be implemented this year. “We want to change to a district model which will allow people from all segments to vote from their areas. Some divisions are too large and not everyone in that division gets the same amount of representation,” Gonyea said. “We want to do away with paper and switch to online voting but that makes it harder for custodians and maintenance to vote as they do not have an office with a computer. Despite this, Gonyea feels positively about the upcoming election and the Staff Council generally. “People who are actively serving, they gain a greater understanding of running a university from the ground up,” Gonyea said. “I might make a decision and someone from (an) area might say there is an issue and I have to go, ‘Oh that makes sense. X, Y and Z were bad because I didn’t understand.’” Visit www.uh.edu/staff-council/ for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Goodbye to the Y
UH professor prescribes talk therapy for anxiety
The ’50s-era hangar is scheduled to be demolished by fall semester, raising conflicted feelings among some alumni
Experts find that cognitive-behavioral treatment is the most effective remedy for anxiousness
THE DAILY COUGAR Current and former engineering students must say farewell to the almost 70-year-old Y Building, as it is scheduled for demolition this summer. The Y Building is part of the Cullen College of Engineering and was originally built as a temporary structure. Instead, the building was employed by students as an engineering laboratory. Its condition has deteriorated through time. Students in more recent years have used it as a study and socialization space between classes. The dilapidated state of the building and the need for its demolition is apparent to recent Cullen graduate Jon Elizalde. “When I first heard the Y building would be torn down, my first thought was, ‘Finally!’” Elizalde said.
“The last three years the building has been out of use and essentially taking up space, so I’m glad it is finally going to be taken down and something will be built in its place.” Not all alumni are pleased about the decision. The structure brings back found memories for 1998 alumnus David Lane. “(The) Y building is a resource like no other. It became a community where ASME, SWE, IEEE, and Eta Kappa Nu, among many other organizations hosted events, held study groups, even had a make-shift gym and lounge. I loved Y building,” Lane said, according to the Engineering Alumni Association’s website. “It spoke volumes about where our priorities lie. The limited resources of the Cullen College of Engineering were focused on research and innovation — not on elaborate, beautiful complexes.” There are no current plans to replace the Y, a reason for which
some are apprehensive about its demolition. “I’m hopeful that any decision for the space will provide future students with the same level of benefits I got from Y building,” Lane said. “For me, my UH experience and Y building are inseparable.” The structure is located in an area of campus where much construction is taking place. Demolition is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of fall semester. To celebrate the history of the Y and also to give everyone a chance to say one last goodbye, the College of Engineering will be holding a party. The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 19 in the Cullen College of Engineering. Those interested in attending can RSVP to email@example.com or call (713) 743-4714. firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE DAILY COUGAR Recent research from the Anxiety Disorder Clinic shows cognitivebehavioral therapy, a developing form of treatment for anxiety disorders, could be more effective than the most established treatments. “The research consistently shows that it is by far the most effective form of treatment for anxiety disorders — phobias, fears, obsessive compulsive disorder and so forth,” Peter Norton, associate professor in clinical psychology, said. “It’s as effective, if not a little more effective, than the medications that we think of like Prozac.” Norton is the director of a clinic, located in the Psychology Research and Services Center, which has served almost 500 patients since opening in 2004. His team has been experimenting with cognitive-behavioral therapy, which focuses on the two main components that drive anxiety disorders. “The cognitive part really focuses on helping essentially retrain the person’s way of thinking about the things that provoke their anxiety to help them evaluate things more realistically,” Norton said. “The behavioral part focuses much more on helping a person basically face their fears.” Their approach varies from previous treatments in that it is transdiagnostic — it attempts to treat multiple diagnoses at once rather than focusing on the primary diagnosis only. “We are changing the way they interact with things that are provoking their anxiety,” Norton said. According to Norton, this approach is more effective because many cases deal with comorbidity — when a person meets the criteria for multiple diagnoses. Hypothetically, a person with a panic disorder often suffers from social phobia as well. “All of these specific treatments are good at treating the specific
thing that brought you in, but all of your comorbid diagnoses will still be around when you leave,” Norton said. “What we find with this transdiagnostic approach is all of your other diagnoses tend to go away as well because we are not treating a specific diagnosis; we are treating your anxiety.” About 16 percent of the population could be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, Norton said. What defines these disorders is that the amount of danger the patient associates with whatever triggers their anxiety is highly disproportionate to the actual risk. Many college students could potentially suffer from a minor or major anxiety disorder. Associate director for Counseling and Psychological Services Chris Scott said that 50 percent of the service’s patients are treated for this issue. “Anxiety-related concerns are some of the most common and treatable problems,” Scott said. “It is important to note that oftentimes people experience several mental health concerns at the same time. It is very common for those who suffer from an anxiety disorder to also experience problems such as depression or substance abuse.” Both the Anxiety Disorder Clinic and CAPS have reported a high turnaround in patient success with their disorders. Norton published his research on cognitive-behavioral therapy in his new book “Group CognitiveBehavioral Therapy of Anxiety: A Transdiagnostic Treatment Manual,” which came out in May. “If you are suffering, there are resources here on campus, whether it’s CAPS or us, that are available,” Norton said. “Anxiety is real and it’s very treatable.” Further information can be found at www.uh.edu/anxiety/ index2.htm for the Anxiety Disorder Clinic. To contact a counselor at CAPS, visit www.caps.uh.edu. email@example.com
Lynn Eusan stage gets a makeover
he Lynn Eusan stage is scheduled to be redone. According to the UH press release, the stage will be relocated closer to the Conrad N. Hilton School of Hotel and Restaurant Management. The new location will be more accessible to the entire surrounding area. Additionally, the audio and visual enhancements will be put in place.
We are truly excited for the impact this stage will have on student life on campus,” said Keith Kowalka, assisant vice president for student affairs. | Hendrick
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Online service offers free higher education
f tuition and fees seem too much on campus, consider open source textbooks and free education online.
While free online coursework doesn’t seem likely to replace traditional college classroom settings any time soon, it’s close. Coursera, a company founded by two Stanford University professors, offers educational material for 111 classes from 17 different institutions, including Rice University. Even a moderately successful career necessitates a college degree, but a university education costs an arm, a leg and four years of young adult lifes. That’s assuming you don’t have to work part-time to pay tuition — if you do, you probably won’t be one of the lucky 16 percent of students who graduate from UH within four years. The New York Times reported Tuesday that some of Coursera’s classes will, in fact, provide credit. Although it seems to be a bit of a stretch to think you can build a free degree out of it, a service like Coursera is a step in the right direction for education, and it’s one that UH, as an institution devoted to the advancement and education of young people, could be a part of. UH students shouldn’t give up hope on free learning just yet, though. Online resources like Coursera could be used to supplement materials provided by a professor. If students are feeling particularly ambitious, they could even take courses on subjects ranging from cryptography to quantum mechanics just for the sake of learning. It is possible that this is a fad and that free education isn’t going anywhere, but the 680,000 currently enrolled students seem to say otherwise. Coursera’s mission statement essentially says it is committed to making good education available to anyone and everyone, and that’s something any college student should get behind. For more information go online at www. coursera.org.
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Hackers hit wrong target ahoo confirmed a security breach Thursday that led to a leak of over 450,000 usernames and passwords. The information was obtained from Yahoo Voices, previously Associated Content, a site used for publishing articles Nick online. A hacker group Bell called D33D’s Co. claimed responsibility not only for the publication of the sensitive information on Yahoo accounts but many non-Yahoo IDs, such as Gmail and Hotmail, as well. The group retrieved file listings of user IDs that were dated before May 2010 when it was under Associated Content. Though Yahoo said less than 5 percent of the accounts were still valid, the company’s lack of web security is drawing criticism from across the Internet. The usernames and passwords were reportedly in plain text and unencrypted, which is fairly unheard of in the cyber-security profession nowadays. The morality of “hacktivism” — using computers to try to achieve political change — is a questionable topic in and of itself, but it’s pretty clear that D33D Co. didn’t react to an infringement on civil liberties of some sort; they exploited a latent vulnerability. Despite Yahoo’s lamentable flaws in their web application, D33D Co. is tiptoeing the line between vigilance and misguided aggression. When “cyber warfare” is aimed toward government agencies, at least there’s a convoluted argument that it’s ensuring transparency in institutions that serve the interest of the people. The problem is that the same argument
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does not apply when innocent people’s privacy is attacked at the expense of corporate protest. The group responsible for the attack was quoted as saying “We hope that the parties responsible for managing the security of this sub-domain will take this as a wake-up call.’’ Though the “parties responsible for managing security” might have caught some heat for their negligence, they were not the parties that were really hurt by the “wake-up call.” There will undoubtedly be a ripple effect resulting from the breach, and it will be extremely difficult to measure the impact. Amidst the most recent big-name hacking scandals in the news, notably LinkedIn and Best Buy, everyday users with no socioeconomic or political affiliations are the ones ultimately bearing the brunt of these attacks. Yahoo Voices is a community of
writers that provides the very same type of information that many hackers and internet activists claim to fight for. Using presumably innocent people’s private information as a means to justify an unclear end just seems opportunistic. Granted, Yahoo should take a lesson from this hacking, and ultimately, they can be held responsible for not ensuring more stringent safety measures. But D33D should by no means receive praise. The notion that these hackers are cowboys of the information age is growing in popularity, but in reality, this is an embellishment. Basically, it’s making an exhibition of citizen’s lack of online security and acting as if you’re protesting corporate inefficacy. Nick Bell is a media production senior and may be reached at email@example.com.
Penn State scandal destroys legacy ust as it seemed that the nightmare was finally over for Penn State University given Jerry Sandusky’s sentencing and conviction on multiple counts of child abuse, Penn State found themselves back in the headlines yet again last Bradford week with the release of Howard the Freeh report. The Freeh report was the product of the Special Investigative Counsel assembled by Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP, a legal services firm. The sole purpose of the report was to unearth all the facts surrounding the case against Sandusky. A monstrous 267-page document — counting two appendices that cite evidence and Penn State University’s written policies — the Freeh report provides damning evidence implicating not only beloved former Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno but also former Penn State University President Graham Spanier, the athletic program and other staff members at Penn State in a massive cover-up that could have prevented many instances of further sexual abuse from happening. The consequences are immense. Perhaps the most immediately prominent consequence is the now-forever tainted image of Paterno himself. Paterno was depicted as somewhat of a martyr when the allegations regarding Sandusky first started coming out. It had been rumored that Penn State’s administration felt that Paterno had
overstayed his welcome, so the timing was all too perfect. In the context of an emotionally charged press conference, Paterno resigned from his position as head coach of the Nittany Lions, famously remarking that he wished he “had done more.” Paterno’s iconic status as both a legendary football player, football coach and all-around good guy took a hit, but many insisted that Paterno wasn’t involved; that had Paterno seen anything, he was too classy of a guy to let such things go unreported. Penn State students, both past and present, even made a mass demonstration on campus on Paterno’s behalf, caught on camera proudly overturning vehicles and looking not unlike a riotous mob. The damnable evidence in the Freeh report, however, reveals that there may have been more to Paterno’s “could have done more” statement than initially believed. The great “Joe Pa” himself, once adored by many, now faces the ultimate scrutiny, but his untimely death means he is unable to answer any of the questions raised by the report. Two greater questions, however, loom larger than both Paterno and the consequences Penn State must face as a university. The first is why no one saw fit to intervene. Paterno, Spanier and many within the Penn State athletics
department are fathers. One has to wonder why no one was able to relate to the situation personally. As parents, the magnitude of the situation should have been easy to understand. Instead, everyone’s silence was their betrayal, and many young boys, now turned men, have become the victims, all in the name of football. The second question speaks to the cover-up in general. Has society reached such a point where the innocent lives of young boys take a backseat to an institution’s desire to maintain a certain reputation and image? Former janitors at Penn State went on record in the Freeh report saying they did not report certain things they saw happening because they were afraid to get fired. While Penn State has now become the example, it is undoubtedly not the only athletic program in which such monstrous things happen. Football should build character, not diminish it. It’s scary to imagine that taking a stand means nothing when it comes to maintaining a school’s prestigious image, maintaining employment or maintaining the “integrity” of an athletic program and scarier still that some people truly believe protecting a program should take precedence over protecting innocent children. Bradford Howard is a creative writing senior and may be reached at opinion@ thedailycougar.com.
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Frank Ocean Museum refurbishes exhibit debuts with deep, fresh R&B lyrics Alex Pechacek
THE DAILY COUGAR Since singer Frank Ocean was warmly welcomed last year with the release of his R&B mixtape “Nostalgia, Ultra,” he has been a burgeoning talent in storage. The singer has only touched down on occasion to collaborate with fellow crewmembers in Odd Future and pitch in hooks on two tracks on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s album “Watch the Throne.” With Ocean’s newly released, major-label debut album “Channel Orange,” the 24-year-old has finally given listeners more to chew on and further defined his sound within the album’s span of 17 tracks. Ocean begins his album with the sound of a television flicking on and a haze of sound coming in. This becomes a thematic recurrence used multiple times throughout the album. When the album gets past its second interlude and first song “Thinkin Bout You,” it dips in to get cozy and its sonic character reveals itself. Lazy and quiet production becomes Ocean’s companions as he floats alongside electric guitars, acoustic drums and organs. Ocean combines elements of contemporary R&B, soul and flowering lyrics in a way that has not reached a radio audience within the past year. The singer opened production up to Malay and Shay Taylor for the majority of the album, and noticeably had Pharrell produce on “Sweet Life.” Within the three subjects of drugs, love and money, Ocean paints emotions of empathy, grief, heartache and yearning. Rarely is the spotlight directed on Ocean’s personal troubles as he disappears into fantasy instead. Tracks play out like scenes of a movie in many cases. In “Super Rich Kids,” Ocean plays the role of a young person sitting on a rooftop and taking joyrides in his father’s car. On tracks where Ocean sings about wealth, such as on “Sweet Life,” it is as if he is experiencing all the comfort of having money but is deflated beneath his rich lifestyle. Ocean switches his narrative up on “Pyramids” by singing about Cleopatra first as an ancient Egyptian, then as a pimp and finally as an unemployed lover. “Bad Religion” finds Ocean backed by piano and strings and perhaps at his most vulnerable on the album, confessing to a taxi driver about his past love. “It’s a bad religion to be in love with someone who could never love you,” sings Ocean, giving a prime example of the melancholy he carries throughout “Channel Orange.” It is hard to pin the sadness that Ocean carries on each song. As a 24-year-old, Ocean shows a concerned maturity. There are not any songs bent on pleasure and none that are present for the sake of partying. “Pink Matter,” one of the album’s most beautiful and soulful songs, has Ocean opening his voice to its most dramatic reach as he ponders big questions. Andre 3000 gives a dribbling guest verse about an endeavor with a woman, plays guitar and delivers with his own curling croon. With the buzz that Ocean has garnered over the past year, he has proven himself capable of making quality music with “Channel Orange.” The album shows true character and matches pure elements of R&B production with a voice of emotion that connects well with an audience. email@example.com
The Houston Museum of Natural Science has been expanded by more than 115,000 sq. ft. because of the new Hall of Paleontology. This wide space will be used to house more displays and equipments as well as occupy more visitors. | Courtesy of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Darlene Campos
THE DAILY COUGAR The Houston Museum of Natural Science opened a new 230,000 sq. ft. paleontology hall this summer. The exhibition contains over 30 fossilized dinosaurs including three T-Rexes poised in attack mode and a triceratops with its skin still visible. “Houston is a great city full of remarkable qualities, outstanding institutions and exceptional people,” said Joel A. Bartsch, president of HMNS in a statement. “HMNS is a world-class institution, renowned far and wide for its exceptional collections, exhibits, and programs. And as a Houstonian, you own it, every artifact, every exhibit, every
item in the gift shop, every program.” The new hall is decorated with exquisite lighting of different shades for a relaxed feel throughout the exhibit. Though paleontology is thought to be reserved only to fossils, this hall features much more than just dinosaur bones. There is a wall dedicated to the theory of human evolution, complete with australopithecines (defined as bipedal beings considered to be the start of modern people) and even Neanderthals. Fossils and evolution is not all what this exhibition has to offer. The ichthyosaur dubbed “Jurassic Mom” is a reptile with a body similar to a shark. It lived approximately 185 million years ago in what is now Germany.
Despite the millions of years that have passed, “Jurassic Mom” has every single bone intact with pieces of skin along with seven eggs at her side that were waiting to be born when extinction struck. An armadillo from the Ice Age is shown in its everyday state. This massive armadillo is about the size of a small car. There is also a ‘Left Behind’ presentation of various coprolites, commonly known as “petrified poop.” Coprolites are fossilized feces that allow scientists to study the diets of the prehistoric ages. Unlike most exhibitions where everything is behind protective glass or under extreme supervision, the new paleontology hall is quite interactive. Specimens are on display
for visitors to touch for a deeper experience with history. Real, preserved dinosaur skin can be felt as well as a fossil that is approximately 3.5 billion years old. The new paleontology hall at the HMNS provides a sense of history that not many other exhibitions can measure up to. Photography and filming are welcome inside the hall. Tickets can be purchased at the HMNS box office or online. However, since the new paleontology hall is now a permanent exhibition at the museum it is free after 3 p.m. Thursdays. The museum is located at 5555 Hermann Park Dr. For more information, visit www. hmns.org. firstname.lastname@example.org
New Dark Knight has potential to rise above the rest David Haydon
THE DAILY COUGAR Batman actors are like filtered coffee. Directors and producers choose them over the best of the best — even George Clooney seemed a good choice at the time. Hardcore fans constantly debate who makes the best Batman (and the best Bruce Wayne for that matter), but for those who consider themselves “casual” fans of the caped crusader, here is a remedial reminder of who is who. Adam West became the first Dark Knight of the silver screen when he starred in a 1966 titular “Batman” film. West portrayed a campy humorous kid-friendly bat, and a suave smooth Bruce Wayne. Michael Keaton’s portrayal in the 1989 Tim Burton version of “Batman” had people initially worried. Keaton
made a better Beetlejuice than Bruce Wayne, but he pulled off the Dark Knight perfectly. His two-tone voice, thousand-yard stare and armor style Batsuit were a welcome step away from West. Kevin Conroy, the voice of most cartoon versions of Batman (yet lesser known), lent his vocal abilities to the 1993 animated theatrical release titled “Mask of the Phantasm” one year after the release of “Batman Returns” which starred Keaton. Conroy nails the persona of Bruce Wayne and Batman, but is always behind the microphone when doing so. Val Kilmer took over the role in the 1995 “Batman Forever” film. Kilmer made a lukewarm Bruce Wayne and a split Batman, but he was a poor replacement for Keaton. Some loved Kilmer’s take, some hated it. In the 1997 “Batman and Robin” film, George Clooney
essentially built a coffin for Batman and hammered every nail into it. Here is where opinions begin to differ. Clooney made a good Bruce Wayne. He was sociable, warm and a natural playboy. However, he could not seem to turn Bruce Wayne off after putting on the Batsuit. Perhaps he wanted a family friendly Batman. Perhaps he wanted to make homage to Adam West. Perhaps he wanted to destroy everything about the character. Whatever his ideas, he and Schumacher accidentally shut down the franchise for almost a decade. Christian Bale took on the cowl after Director and Writer Christopher Nolan made a reboot of the franchise nine years later. The scary part about “Batman Begins” is that Bale is a spot-on yuppie playboy (think American Psycho) more that Nolan could have made a horrible casting decision. Everyone
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Manhattan Construction wins contract to raise UH’s football stadium
Founded in 1896, Manhattan Construction has built projects throughout the Southwest and East regions of the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Here are a list of some of the company’s work and the year each opened:
THE DAILY COUGAR When the University of North Texas athletic director was in search of construction services for the Mean Green’s new football stadium, he did not have to look far to see Manhattan Construction Group’s work on display. “The easiest thing was that they were in the process of building (the) Cowboys Stadium,” Rick Villarreal said. “We were able to tour the facility at different periods of time. Every time we were around their folks, you just saw things being done the right way.” Nearly two years after breaking ground, North Texas opened up its $78 million Apogee Stadium last September in a game against UH
2002: Reliant Stadium — Houston 2008: BOK Center — Tulsa, Okla. 2009: Cowboys Stadium — Dallas 2010: ONEOK Field — Tulsa, Okla. 2011: Apogee Stadium — Denton 2012: jetBlue Park — Fort Myers, Fla. BBVA Compass Stadium — Houston On Sept. 10, 2011, UH defeated North Texas 48-23 in the debut of the Mean Green’s Apogee Stadium, built by Manhattan Construction. | File photo/The Daily Cougar following a satisfying experience with the firm. “The thing with Manhattan is that they will be very attentive to detail, but they’re also very open to doing things just a little better for you,” Villarreal said.“There were
several points in the construction where Manhattan said ‘if you wanted to do this at this time, you could go ahead and do it and save a lot of money and it’s something that you will want later.’” In addition to its work with
North Texas and the Dallas Cowboys, the company has established its brand in Houston, partnering with the Texans to build Reliant Stadium and the Dynamo for BBVA Compass Stadium, something that appealed heavily to UH Athletic Director Mack Rhoades. “Manhattan Construction Company has constructed preeminent athletics venues for
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That quarterback we had here was as good as it gets. I could not believe that he was not drafted. Now that the Texans got him, I think he’s worth his weight in gold. His dad being a football coach didn’t hurt him, either. He’s a tough kid, intelligent and has excellent capabilities physically. He’s kind of what you’re looking for.” College Football Hall of Famer Bill Yeoman discussing Case Keenum being named C-USA Male Athlete of the Year
Cougars receive recognition for efforts on football field With players reporting in just under three weeks, the Houston Cougars football program spent some time in the spotlight via the announcement of four players making preseason watch lists. Charles Sims (Maxwell Award), Richie Leone (Ray Guy Award), D.J. Hayden (Jim Thorpe Award) and Jacolby Ashworth (Lombardi Award) were the quartet of Cougars to receive national recognition to the delight of their coaching staff. “He’s a very talented young man with a great work ethic,”
Former quarterback Case Keenum finished his Cougar career as the NCAA leader in virtually every passing category. | File photo/The Daily Cougar defensive backs coach Zac Spavital said of Hayden. “He’s welldeserved to be on the Thorpe watch list.” For Leone, it is his second consecutive year appearing on the Ray Guy Award watch list. Ashworth, a key member of Houston’s offensive line, was named to the Lombardi Award watch list, given out to the nation’s top lineman or linebacker. Last season, Ashworth started in all 14 games at left tackle. Running back Sims was named to the Maxwell Award watch list, given out to the nation’s most outstanding player. — Cougar Sports Staff
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