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Professor receives pharmacy fellowship Ellen Goodacre

THE DAILY COUGAR Professor Kevin Garey of the UH College of Pharmacy was awarded an American Society of HealthSystem Pharmacists fellowship this summer during the ASHP Summer Meeting and exhibition June 12. ASHP fellows are recognized as those who have made significant contributions to scientific literature, research and education. “It just shows that you’ve done a lot of important work for this large organization, for ASHP,” Garey said. “It’s a nice thing for me personally and then a great thing for the University of Houston and then Houston in general.” ASHP is a professional organization that represents pharmacists who work in hospitals and health systems. With 40,000 members, ASHP is the largest pharmacy organization in the United States. Mustafa Lokhandwala, executive vice dean for research in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, states that such an honor would really boost the standards of UH. “We are now a Tier One university and striving to maintain and achieve even higher standards,” Lokhandwala said. “Being recognized as a fellow of a society of professional organizations is really important because it adds to the stature of not only the College of Pharmacy but also that of the University of Houston.” For about a decade, Garey has been responsible for coordinating many of the talks and presentations given at the mid-year and summer

meetings of the ASHP. Additionally, Garey was awarded the Literature Award in Drug Therapy by ASHP in 2007 and was instrumental in developing a new pharmacy practice initiative that was awarded the Best Practices Award by the ASHP in 2004. “Those two things together were sort of what helped me to get this fellowship status,” Garey said. “So it’s kind of like, ‘Thank you very much for all the work you’ve done,’ and then there’s a little reception later on that night where all of the incoming fellows rub elbows with the president and other big shots.” Garey’s research is focused mainly in the field of antibiotic use over long periods of time. Aside from conducting his own research, Garey also works as department chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences and Administration and is responsible for overseeing faculty members in his department in regards to their academic assignments, teaching, research, service activities and patient care. “As a coworker, he is a team player. He takes care of everybody in the team and makes sure that everybody is moving forward,” said Vincent Tam, associate professor for the Department of Clinical Sciences & Administration. “As a chair I think he is setting career goals for the department, and he has a plan for the department to move forward with very clear goals.” Because the ASHP is a national and globally-renowned organization, this fellowship will generate ASHP continues on page 2

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ome August, The Cougar Den will offer coffee and breakfast food for the first time, along with their usual selection of drinks and sandwiches. A back-to-school special with Karbach Brewing Company is also in the works. | Hendrick Rosemond/The Daily Cougar

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Phi Beta Kappa members advise high school students Brenda Resendiz

THE DAILY COUGAR The Honors College hosted the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Academy on July 14 in order to help outstanding students learn about college. The top students in the sophomore, junior and senior classes from 17 Houston-area high schools were invited to UH to preview lectures ranging from presidential elections to science. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., students were treated to four lectures and one writing workshop to teach students about writing personal statements for college and scholarship applications. The participating professors were Robert Zaretsky, William Monroe, Christine LeVeaux-Haley and Simon Bott. The writing workshop was held by Krystafer Redden, a senior majoring

in literature, history and political science. “The main benefit for students was giving them a glimpse of how college discussion classes work, plus the opportunity to think about their own educational journey,” said Monroe. Monroe is the president of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston and a member of the UH Faculty Organizing Committee, which is preparing an application to bring a Phi Beta Kappa chapter to the University of Houston. “A Phi Beta Kappa chapter will complement many other Tier One initiatives and priorities, thereby raising the profile of the University and assisting in student and faculty recruitment and donor development,” Monroe said. Similarly to Tier One status, the prestige of Phi Beta Kappa is a

standard that can be understood nation-wide. “Phi Beta Kappa is undoubtedly the most prestigious honors society in the nation,” Redden said in an email. “Election to Phi Beta Kappa is a crowning achievement of an undergraduate career and is a universally understood recognition of excellence in the pursuit of liberal education.” Lucy Bonner, special projects coordinator of the Honors College and former member of Phi Beta Kappa, hopes to provide useful information as well as promote the society. “(Phi Beta Kappa) introduces practical writing and giving students a preview of seminar type classes,” Bonner said. “The purpose of the event was to promote Phi Beta PKB continues on page 2


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exposure for both Garey and the UH College of Pharmacy. “I think this is an honor for him for sure. This is an honor also for the college, that we have somebody of his caliber on our faculty,” Tam said. “This is external validation of how influential our faculty (members) are. It is external validation that we are on the right track and we are doing things that are competitive.” news@thedailycougar.com

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The following is a partial report of campus crime between June 12 and Sunday. All information is selected from the files of the UH Department of Public Safety. The information in italics indicates when the event was reported to UHDPS and the event’s location. Information or questions regarding the cases below should be directed to UHPD at (713) 743-0600. Disorderly Conduct: 1:26 p.m. July 17, 3704 Scott — A UH police officer saw two men engaged in a physical altercation. Both were arrested and transported to Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. Theft: 10:18 p.m. July 17, M.D. Anderson Memorial Library — A visitor reported the theft of his unattended and unsecured laptop computer. The incident occurred between 9:40 and 9:45 p.m. July 17. The case is active.

Intoxication: 2:29 a.m. Thursday, Calhoun Lofts — Two students were issued citations for Criminal Mischief, arrested for Public Intoxication, and released to Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: 5:34 p.m. Thursday, Energy Research Park — A visitor reported that his unattended and secured vehicle was burglarized. The incident occurred between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The case is active.

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Kappa.” If UH is approved for a chapter, the Honors College would provide an administrative home and location for the chapter office. Phi Beta Kappa lectures will be available throughout the year for those interested in learning more about the organization. “The establishment of a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa here on our diverse campus would both embody and reflect the strong commitment to both teaching and research in the liberal arts and sciences, broadly understood, at our institution,” Redden said. For more information, contact Lucy M. Bonner at lmbonner@ uh.edu or (713) 743-1012. news@thedailycougar.com

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Theft: 1:33 a.m. Wednesday, School of Music — A student reported his unattended and secured bicycle stolen. The incident occurred between 3:00 p.m. Tuesday and 1:00 p.m. Wednesday. The case is inactive. Criminal Mischief: 2:02 p.m. Wednesday, Stadium Parking Garage — A student reported that someone damaged her unattended vehicle. The incident occurred between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Wednesday. The case is active. Traffic Offense: 3:32 p.m. Wednesday, Lot 11A — A visitor reported that someone struck and damaged her parked vehicle and failed to leave the information required by law. The incident occurred between 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The case is active. Theft: 4:22 p.m. Wednesday, University Center — A visitor stated that his unattended and unsecured music player was stolen. The incident occurred between 3:45 and 3:55 p.m. Wednesday. The case is active. Criminal Mischief/Public

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Driving While Intoxicated: 2:43 a.m. Sunday, 4700 TX Spur 5 — A UH visitor was arrested for driving while intoxicated and released to Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. Driving While Intoxicated: 3:11 a.m. Sunday, 4700 TX Spur 5 — A UH visitor was arrested for driving while intoxicated and released to Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. Traffic Offense: 7:38 a.m. Monday, Cambridge Oaks Apartments — Cambridge Oaks management reported that an unknown person struck and damaged the exit gate and failed to leave the information required by law. The incident occurred between 1:10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Monday. The case is active. Driving While Intoxicated: 1:24 a.m. Monday, 4700 Calhoun — A UH visitor was arrested for driving while intoxicated and released to Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. For the complete report and to view past reports, go to thedailycougar.com/crime

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Puff of air to make waves Research team involving two optometry professors works to develop device to more efficiently detect ocular disease Max Gardner

THE DAILY COUGAR A team of two UH professors and an engineer from the University of Texas at Austin has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research eye care improvement. Kirill Larin, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is a part of this team and has been helping with preparations to create a prototype for a device that will shoot a focused puff of air directly into the cornea, allowing for a more precise measurement of the eye’s biomechanical properties. There are several eye diseases that could alter certain properties of the cornea, thereby changing its shape and rigidity. There is not a reliable method to accurately measure the effects of these changes, making effective treatment of these diseases

difficult. The preliminary findings show that accuracy is possible. The team is very collaborative, Larin said. “It’s basically three groups combined together to solve this problem,” Larin said. Larin is collaborating with assistant professor Michael Twa of the UH College of Optometry and biomedical engineer Salavat Aglyamov from the University of Texas at Austin. With this grant, they will now begin work on building the prototype. This process could take more than five years to fully test the machine and finalize all the details. “We are going to investigate if it’s really possible to do it and try to develop a first prototype of an instrument that could be used,” Larin said. “Right now we’ll try it in animal studies and see if we can propel to clinical studies later on.”

Michael Twa will work with Karill Larin on detecting ocular diseases such as glaucoma. The non-contact tonometer will help clinical optometrists care for their patients in clinic. | Photo courtesy of Twa’s website and Wikimedia Commons The device will work by administering a localized puff of air to the eye. This puff will then cause mechanical waves to propagate on the surface of the cornea, Larin said. The waves will then be measured to determine the parameters of the tissue under the cornea. “If you drop a stone in the water, it will give one type of wave. If you drop a stone in oil, it will be different because it’s a different viscosity and (there are) different mechanics underneath,” Larin said.

“So we propose a similar way to do it for the cornea.” It will basically produce 3-D maps of mechanical properties of the cornea, allowing surgeons to be better prepared for their procedures, Larin said. “It greatly improves diagnostics as well as preoperational procedures. The surgeon would know if he has hot spots or if he has to (do an alternative method),” Larin said. “What (the prototype could) do is provide an early, more accurate diagnostic of different corneal abnormalities, which is

not possible right now.” While this device is primarily being studied for improving eye treatment, Larin believes it could transcend into other areas of the medical field. “We proposed it for specific problems with the eye, but it could easily be translated to other diseases, such as for cancer,” Larin said. “We’re working right now on some pilot studies. We’ll try to study tissue cancer and the biomechanics of arteriosclerotic disease.” news@thedailycougar.com

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HISD needs to Race to the Top for more funds

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resident Barack Obama’s $4.35 billion Race to the Top contest is far from perfect, but when Governor Rick Perry made the decision to reject RTT grant funds in 2010, Texas missed out on an opportunity to provide $700 million to school districts across the state. It could have helped Texas brace for the $5 billion in public school funds the state legislature cut in 2011. “We would be foolish and irresponsible to place our children’s future in the hands of unelected bureaucrats and special interest groups thousands of miles away in Washington,” Perry said in a press release from the office of the Texas Governor dated January 2010. Even if the basis of RTT is disagreeable, that’s money that our school districts could have used — specifically Houston Independent School District, the biggest one in the state. Perry’s decision wasn’t unanimous, as HISD superintendent Terry Grier disagreed. Grier lobbied U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for a local competition that narrowed the candidates down to the districts. This year, the U.S. Department of Education announced just that. HISD will be able to compete with school districts across the country for up to $25 million in federal grants. The federal government will be offering a total of $400 million, divided between 15 to 20 applicants. The competition will be tough, but HISD has a good shot. Each school district will have to prove they can individualize education through innovative teaching and personalized plans for their district’s set of students. Houston’s application will be based around the Apollo 20 plan already in place with additional enhancements and alterations. Putting political feelings about RTT aside, HISD is obviously right to enter the national competition. Texas is sixth in the nation in “student growth,” but is 46th in average math SAT scores and 49th in verbal SAT scores. Simply put, public school students are not prepared for college. If they were, there wouldn’t be remedial classes. A bigger budget could help that. Despite Perry’s stance on the issue, it would be foolish for HISD to ignore any opportunity to garner revenue.

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n the wake of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, in which a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater, we as citizens would be derelict in our duty to society if we did not attempt to learn from this atrocity and take steps to ensure it never happens again, or we may end up living in a society where we can’t attend the most rouMatt tine of public Story events without being subject to airport-style, full-body scans. We must confront the issue of gun control. President Barack Obama and Candidate Mitt Romney have each offered condolences to the victims, but the fact that they have neglected to mention their plans for gun control laws is quite disconcerting, albeit politically driven. They obviously don’t want to disenfranchise any voters during an election year, but their silence gives the impression that the status quo is acceptable. With recent history as the judge, it becomes clear that the regulations we have in place are simply not enough to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of sociopathic individuals. Statistics obtained from the FBI website show that while one-on-one gun violence has dropped a staggering 40 percent since 1980, the United States still experienced over 14,000 nonnegligent homicides in 2010. According to the FBI, 66 percent of those murders were perpetrated with a firearm. Even as single-victim gun violence is relatively low, shootings involving 4

DAVID DELGADO / THE DAILY COUGAR or more victims have slowly yet consistently risen over the past 30 years, with an average of 167 incidents per year. One of the most striking similarities in cases of mass murder, especially over the past ten years, is the fact that so many of the people responsible for these horrifying acts were able to obtain their means of destruction easily and legally. The shootings in Aurora, the University of Texas clock tower incident, the Tucson rampage and the Virginia Tech massacre are just a few of the more well-known out of countless examples of mass murders committed with a legally-owned firearm. These tragedies in and of themselves should provide enough incentive for this country to adopt stricter gun laws. The gun culture in this country is so strong that we sometimes lose sight of

the reality that there is not a single logical reason why a citizen should own a high caliber, semi-automatic rifle. One can still hunt and defend their home with something a bit more quaint than a military-style assault weapon. In addition, the process of purchasing a gun needs to become more rigorous than a simple background check. Potential customers could be required to take a gun-safety class or perhaps pass a psychiatric evaluation before purchasing the means to murder and maim their fellow man. The bottom line is that both people and guns have changed quite a bit since 1776. When the founding fathers wrote of the right to bear arms, they were thinking of muskets, not AK-47s. Matt Story is a kinesiology senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

UH should offer alternatives to clickers

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n 2010, the Teaching with Technology Group of the Bauer College sent out a survey, and around 60 percent of those that used classroom response system technology — or “clickers” — in class answered questions and submitted feedback, and the results showed that students generally were going to class more often, paid closer attention and admitted that the clicker assignment questions challenged them to think. Many classes in Melcher and Cemo Hall are using Jacob clickers as tools for Patterson various purposes ranging from attendance grades to extra credit, and it seems to be a growing trend among professors. And why not? Instead of collecting papers or having to grade, a professor simply adds up correct answers and awards whatever percentage of a point for that day. The university charges a whopping $40 plus tax for the clickers, much to the ire of many students. “Make the clickers cheaper,” was one of many negative survey responses regarding the price. In a comparison to response cards found on Amazon, the clicker used at the university was one of the higherpriced. The tradeoff is that the cheaper

The university charges a whopping $40 plus tax for the clickers, much to the ire of many students.” clickers, despite having average to good reviews, are very bulky compared to the slim shape of the university’s clicker, and would be much more cumbersome to store. Another common complaint from students is that clickers used by the University, despite having a higher price tag, tend to break down frequently. There are places on campus that repair or replace clickers free of charge, but many students have already experienced the agony of having a clicker break down in the middle of a lecture and not getting credit for clicker questions. Still, it’s nice to know that once you buy a clicker, you simply have to present a receipt and get free maintenance. One very promising but potentially disastrous option is a clicker application for one’s smart phone. The technology is cheaper, and available for purchase as an app, but the option to use your smart phone as a clicker isn’t available to students at UH. UH could be trying to sell as many expensive clickers as they can, but that is not likely considering how easy the school has made it to repair and

replace clickers that have been bought. More than likely, professors don’t want students to have an excuse to have their phones out during class or look up answers on their Internet browser and cheat the system. However, this policy may change as schools institute better policies to govern the use of smart phones in class. There are already measures in place that some classes take to lock computers during online tests, so the thought of something restricting smart phone use to classroom purposes only isn’t far fetched. Clickers are an imperfect technology, but they are profitable, easy to use, shown to cause more students to show up and pay attention in class and make the task of garnering attendance grades or extra credit in a classroom consisting of hundreds of students easier. Given that, they are probably here to stay, although UH should offer better and easier concepts, such as using clickers with smart phones. Jacob Patterson is a business senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.


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Healthy Joint packs delicious flavor Darlene Campos

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This grilled buffalo burger is one of the many menu items at LoCal’s Healthy Joint. The alternative restaurant also offers baked chips, fruit salads and red potatoes as side dishes. | Darlene Campos/The Daily Cougar

With so many restaurants serving grease-filled food, it can be difficult to find healthier options. LoCal’s Healthy Joint is a small restaurant that has dedicated its entire menu to low-calorie, low-carb, lowfat and even low-sodium food. LoCal’s says on its website that “We don’t fry, we don’t sell sodas, we use whole grains and offer low fat proteins.” Though healthy food sometimes has the reputation of being less than enticing, the plates served at LoCal’s prove that healthy food can be just as delicious. One of the proteins featured at LoCal’s is buffalo. According to a nutritional display at LoCal’s, buffalo meat contains less than 2.5 grams of fat and over 28 grams of protein per 3.5 ounce serving. Beef, on the other hand, contains nearly 19 grams of fat and 27 grams of protein per 3.5 ounce serving. “I absolutely loved the buffalo burger,” diner Felipe Campos said. “I felt very full after eating it, and the best part is my plate isn’t greasy at all. The meat tasted great; I couldn’t even tell that it was lean.” The one-third pound buffalo burger is served on a 3-carb wheat bun with LoCal’s tangy secret sauce and any choice of baked chips. The buffalo patty contains no sodium, a perfect option for those watching blood pressure. A double buffalo burger is also available upon request. In addition, LoCal’s serves its whole menu all day long, so breakfast for dinner

is always up for grabs. “I had the egg white omelet,” diner Gabriel Ortiz said. “It’s served without any yolks, which is good since I can’t have too much cholesterol. I really liked the turkey bacon, too — it tasted like regular bacon to me. The omelet also came with lots of vegetables, way better than omelets I’ve had at other places. This is my second time here. I’m definitely coming back soon.” The egg white omelet packs on a mere 79 calories, 24 grams of protein and 279 grams of sodium. Fruit oatmeal is one of the several sides served with this omelet with only 3 grams of fat and 1 gram of sugar. The oatmeal is also sodium free. The chicken garlic mozzarella dog is a remake of the classic hot dog, but made to be filling for the stomach and not for the waistline. The dog is served on a wholewheat bun with any choice of vegetables. The taste is juicy with blasts of flavorful garlic and melted, low fat mozzarella cheese. This less-than-200-calorie meal contains a hearty 19 grams of protein and just 5 grams of fat. Drinks at LoCal’s consist of calorie-free drinks, custom smoothies and freshly squeezed juice and iced tea. LoCal’s Healthy Joint has two locations — one in Katy and one at the Houston Marq*E. The Katy location is on 1590 S. Mason Rd. and may be reached at (281) 395-3663, while the Marq*E location is on I-10 and Silber Road, Suite 225 and may be reached at (713) 534-1999. For more information, visit www.localshealthyjoint.com. arts@thedailycougar.com

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Park hosts open market Amanda Hilow

THE DAILY COUGAR Antique lovers, bohemian shoppers and bargain hunters everywhere walked the Grace Event Lawn at Discovery Green on Saturday for the monthly Flea by Night market event, crowding around approximately 40 merchant booths that offered a variety of recycled, reused and renewed merchandise. Nan Stombaugh’s booth attracted a lot of attention by featuring her Nan Edwards Collection jewelry, a mix of repurposed art and jewelry pieces. As a participating merchant since Discovery Green Flea first began in September, Stombaugh’s booth has seen what she estimates as more than 1,000 customers interested in her crafts. Inspired by her grandmother’s memory and early- to midcentury designs, Stombaugh offers kitschy and unique vintage necklaces and earrings created from found or recycled objects. “If these aren’t vintage, they’re definitely still antique,” Stombaugh said. “I’m really interested in the history of things and making sure that I help preserve the earth is really important to me. Flea by Night helps accomplish that.” Danny Adams, co-owner of Texas Hill Country Olive Company, offered customers free samples of homemade and 100

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percent organic olive oils and balsamic vinegars at his stand. At the affordable price of $15, vinegars could be purchased in seven unique flavors including wild cherry, peach and red apple. Next to the surprisingly refreshing tastes of their vinegars, Adams and his wife gave out open invitations to visit the family-owned orchard in Dripping Springs and also provided customers with the opportunity to adopt their very own olive tree. Among the other booths were representatives from vintage shop Re.ology, Aluminum Airplane Guys and stuffed-toy specialists CultGrrrl Creations. “I really enjoy coming here,” said Paulina Arnold, an attendee of the event. “Not only does Flea by Night promote recycling and going green, but it also helps out small businesses.” As if the shopping wasn’t enough fun, attendees of Flea by Night were treated with a sunset performance by the Houston Jazz Band and local artist Tianna Hall, Grammy-recognized vocalist and University of Houston alumna. Discovery Green’s Flea by Night takes place on the third Saturday of every month at varying times. For more information, visit www.discoverygreen.com/ discovery-green-flea.

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UH well represented at summer’s London Games

The UH baseball program appointed former Oklahoma State head coach Frank Anderson as pitching coach, head coach Todd Whitting said Friday. Anderson, the head coach at Oklahoma State since 2003, helped lead the Cowboys to six NCAA Regional appearances, picking up the school’s first Big XII Tournament crown in 2004. — Christopher Shelton

UH athletes Errol Nolan (sprinter) and Anastasia Pozdniakova (diving) alongside coaches Seun Adigun (hurdles) and Jane Figueiredo (diving coach) etched their names amongst a long line of Cougars by qualifying for the Olympics. They will represent their respective countries at the London Games. Nolan posted a time of 45.25 in the men’s 400-meter in the Jamaica Championship. He earned a spot on the Jamaican 4x400-meter relay team, marking his first Olympics appearance. Adigun, the current two-time Nigerian and African 100-meter hurdles champion, qualified for the Nigerian Olympic Team, where she won after posting a time of 13.13 seconds. Pozdniakova achieved numerous accomplishments during her time as a diver at UH. This is her second appearance in the Olympics for Russia. She won a silver medal in the 3-meter synchronized springboard with fellow Cougar Yulia Pakhalina at the Beijing Olympics. Figueiredo, coaching in her fifth straight Olympics games, will be working closely with Pozdniakova. She is a four-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year and competed for Portugal during the 1984 Los Angeles Games. UH has 67 student-athletes who have competed in the Olympics representing 22 different nations. Cougars have garnered 39 medals, including 20 golds. — Christopher Shelton

Trio recognized as top players in conference Three UH football players, defensive back D.J. Hayden, offensive lineman Kevin Forsch and running back Charles Sims, were recognized as among the best of Conference USA at their respective positions. The trio was named to the Preseason All C-USA Team. Hayden came on strong in the second half of last season, finishing with five forced fumbles in the final five games to go along with two interceptions. Hayden finished with 66 total tackles. Sims averaged 7.5 yards per rush and finished the 2011 season with 821 rushing yards. The junior also compiled 51 completions and four scores. Forsch has been a big player for the Cougars — literally. The 6-foot5-inch, 301-pound junior started all 14 games and was a force on the offensive line, earning All C-USA Honorable Mention following the Cougars 13-1 campaign. — Christopher Shelton

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Gold medalist: Flashy stories outshine others Ricardo Rivera

THE DAILY COUGAR While the rest of the sporting world drools over comparisons between the 1992 U.S. Men’s basketball team and the current roster vying for gold in London, UH track and field head coach Leroy Burrell is the first to admit he won’t be partaking in any of the debate. A gold medal winner in the Barcelona Olympics, Burrell has long noticed a significant disparity in the amount of attention the national media places on traditional Olympic events and more popular draws, such as basketball. “I think Olympic athletes, in true Olympic sports, we often wonder ‘Why are they giving them attention?’” Burrell said. “They already get plenty of attention through the year, but that’s just one thing the American public looks toward.” For Burrell, the issue of media attention is unique to the Olympic games. While his legacy as a sprinter was cemented by twice setting the world record in the 100-meter sprint, he insists the vast majority of track and field athletes are overlooked in favor of flashier stories such as the Dream Team’s.

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“If you’re an Olympic champion in an event, you’re the absolute best in the world,” Burrell said. “It took 12 people to win (only) one of those team battles.” As a member of the goldmedal-winning 4x100-meter relay team in Barcelona, Burrell was thrust into the national spotlight and became familiarized with the media attention the Olympics demand from international reporters. “The thing that bothers me about the way true Olympic sports are viewed by the American media is,” Burrell said, “they want to do the story of the kid who got up at four in the morning and bad things happen to his family – but what about the fact that the guy is just a great athlete?” As for the Dream Team, Burrell sees similarities in the way the media handles mainline American sports and feel-good storylines of athletes. “They’re going to go with what they know,” Burrell said. “Quite honestly, it’s easier for them to go and cover a basketball game than a track-field event. The Dream Team may be 12 of the best basketball players in the world, but I don’t think there’s any distinction between their best and our best.” sports@thedailycougar.com

Olympic-sized opportunity UH track and field assistant coach to compete in London Andrew Pate

THE DAILY COUGAR In 2008, UH track and field athlete Seun Adigun figured she was destined for graduate school following the disappointment of not qualifying for the Beijing Olympics. “I was in my J Seun Adigun bed just looking is one of three at the ceiling, like why I am not UH athletes who will com- there,” Adigun pete in the 2012 said. “I didn’t quite hit the Olympics standard in time for Nigeria to invite me. I knew that I was on an upslope and I knew I was a few inches off a few hurdles away from really breaking through. I just needed the opportunity.” One year later, following the continued pursuit of her Olympic goal, Adigun ran an 8.09 in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance Invitational in New York, setting a school record while tapping into the top five in the NCAA and entering the world ranking at no. 14. “I came home and I looked in the facility and there were all these

little papers posted up by one of my teammates that read ‘not just in the city, not just in the state, not just in the conference’ and at the bottom it said, ‘number 14 in the world,’” Adigun said. “They were all over the building. It sunk in at that moment that there might be some hope for this.” The 23-year-old hurdler, who now serves as assistant track and field coach for UH and will compete in the London Olympics, spent her childhood in Chicago after her parents moved from Nigeria in the ‘80s. At that time, Adigun knew if she was to continue training, a change of scenery must be in store. “In the 2005 winter in Chicago, I can vividly remember walking down the street and it was snowing; the wind was blowing so hard that I couldn’t open my eyes,” Adigun said. “(UH) just stuck out to me and it was literally calling my name.” While the palm trees and warm weather drew her in, it was the more important things that made her stay. “This school, just everything about its program here, the academics, the city itself – there’s just so much promise in this city,” Adigun said. “There’s so much hope for people like me who are just looking to be somebody in the world.” That hope, along with a diligent training program, has

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UH athletes going to 2012 London Olympics Errol Nolan J Jamaica, 4x400-meter relay Anastasia Pozdniakova J Russia, Women’s 3-meter springboard Seun Adigun J Nigeria, Women’s 100- meter hurdles provided Adigun the opportunity to compete at this year’s London Games in the 100-meter hurdles for Nigeria. Her hurdle technical coach Leroy Burrell, who also serves as UH’s head coach for track and field, has high hopes for Adigun in handling the pressures of the Olympics. “I think she’s going to handle it accordingly,” Burrell said. “There are times when it can get a little overwhelming and I will be there to tell them everything is good.” Adigun joins Errol Nolan (4x400-meter relay, Jamaica) and Anastasia Pozdniakova (3-meter springboard diving, Russia) as competitors representing UH in the Summer Games, something she takes tremendous pride in. “I think that it shows the progress of this university,” Adigun said. “I think this helps show the rest of the country that the University of Houston is in it to win it.” sports@thedailycougar.com

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