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AUSTIN — Though UH students have been inconvenienced and distressed by construction to expand Metro’s light rail, a three-person panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday on trade and transportation entitled “Is light rail the answer” said the benefits outweigh the costs. Manager of Rail Passenger Research at Texas A&M John Sedlak, Austin Councilman Mike Martinez and Deputy Executive Director of Dallas Area Rapid Transit Jesse Oliver served on the panel to discuss the future of light rails in Texas. Sedlak, a former Metro employee responsible for the development of their first light rail line, said it’s a process that affects businesses and consumers. “It’s like trying to do a heart transplant, you’ve got to keep the patient alive and keep the functioning,” Sedlak said. “It’s a really tough situation to come into dense urban centers and make changes to all the utilities that are going to be impacted.” “The answer to a growing

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President Renu Khator and the SGA went to Austin for the festival. | David Haydon/The Daily Cougar population and increased traffic is multi-faceted,” Martinez said. “Light rail is only part of the solution, and Austin should improve their roads and increase the amount of bike paths and sidewalks.” Martinez said he would like Austin to follow the same path that Houston

has taken by connecting UH and TSU with the light-rail system. “In my opinion it can’t happen soon enough,” Martinez said. “We have to have as many options available to us in terms of public transportation. I would love to see Austin take that step towards an urban

rail circulation system but it is very expensive and it will take some time. Even if we were to pass it in the next few year it wouldn’t be up and running until 2020.” Oliver said there has always

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Science doctorates still deemed useful With the growing demand for an educated workforce and most jobs requiring degrees, a college education is considered one of the most valuable assets a person can obtain to ensure a promising future. Considering the rapidly increasing cost of tuition for doctorates — $48,400 a year for a public university and $60,000 a year for a private university, according to Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics — coupled with a high unemployment rate of 8.3 percent according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, students on the doctoral track might be reevaluating their plans. Despite the risk of financial loss that accompanies earning any degree, working towards a doctorate will ultimately pay off. “It is almost universally true that a Ph.D. in the sciences ensures a higher starting salary and a more rapid rise towards greater responsibility in most companies,” said Mark Smith,

dean of College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. For a newly graduated doctoral recipient, the starting salary is roughly $85,000 a year, according to Chemical & Engineering News. However, recent studies that analyze the success of science doctorates falsely assume that most doctorates graduates enter the world of academia upon employment. “In my experience, the bulk of the industrial team leaders and research managers have Ph.D.s and are typically directing employees with Ph.D.s, or (Master’s in science) and (Bachelor’s in science) degrees,” Smith said. “The training obtained in Ph.D. studies regarding independent thinking, creativity and independent performance certainly aids individuals as they step into the job market.” In a recent American Chemical Society poll, 13 percent of respondents claimed to be unemployed and to be actively looking for work,

according to C&EN. “Eight-point-three percent were newly minted bachelor’s degree holders, 6 percent held new master’s degrees, and 11 percent had just completed a Ph.D.,” C&EN said on their website. “At the Ph.D. level, 19 percent earned a chemical engineering degree; 17 percent, a physical chemistry degree; and 15 percent, an organic chemistry degree.” After Smith earned his doctorate, he was able to work in laboratories around the world and credits his doctorate for allowing him to do so. “This is what makes a career in science exciting; to make individual discoveries of importance while sharing ideas with really smart people across the globe,” Smith said. “The level at which this can be done is so much more limited without the Ph.D. degree and the doors it opens.” In the world outside of academia, having a doctorate places someone at the top of any corporate ladder,

said Ricardo Azevedo, UH Associate Chair of Graduate Affairs for NSM. “That is definitely the case when it comes to pharmaceutical and agrochemical companies,” said Azevedo. “I worked at an agrochemical company and saw first hand the differences in the potential for career advancement between scientists with bachelor’s, masters’ or doctorate degrees. Some very skilled, knowledgeable scientists with only Bachelor’s degrees were limited as to how far they could be promoted within the company.” While C&EN stated in 2012 that 13 percent of respondents on a science-career track were unemployed, the National Science Foundation found in a 2008 survey that of about 662,600 work-ready science doctorate graduates in the U.S., only 11,400 were unemployed — translating into an unemployment rate of only 1.7 percent. DOCTOR continues on page 3

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Burglary of a Building or Habitation – At 5:06 a.m. Wednesday at Cullen Oaks Apartments, a student reported that someone burglarized his unattended and unsecured room. The incident occurred between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. The case is active.

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Theft – At 1:37 p.m. at Moody Towers, a UH visitor reported that someone stole his unattended and unsecured pair of shoes. The incident occurred between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18. The case is active.

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Theft – At 4:10 p.m. Wednesday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, a student reported that someone stole his unattended and unsecured backpack. The incident occurred between 2 and 4 p.m. The case is inactive. Robber y – A t 3 : 5 6 p . m . Wednesday in Lot 9C, a student reported that he was robbed at gunpoint. The incident occurred between 3:20 and 3:40 p.m. The case is active.


Theft – At 5:44 p.m. Wednesday at the Fine Arts Building, a student reported the theft of an unattended and unsecured UHowned digital camera. The incident occurred between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The case is active.

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Theft – At 12:16 a.m. Thursday in the Quadrangle, a UH owned golf cart was recovered after being illegally operated by unknown individuals. The case is active. Theft – At 10:52 a.m. Thursday at the Science Teaching Lab, a student reported that someone stole her unattended and unsecured cell phone. The case is inactive. Failure to Stop and Render Aid – At 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Lot 16D, a student reported that someone struck her moving vehicle and fled the scene without leaving the proper information required by law. The incident occurred at 9 a.m. The case is active. Unlawful Carrying Weapons – At 5:31 p.m. Thursday at 3800 Ruth, a UHDPS officer observed a UH visitor displaying a handgun on a public street. The visitor could not product certifying documentation, was arrested and transported to Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. Minor in Possession of Alcohol - At 11:29 p.m. Thursday at Cullen Oaks Apartments Parking Garage, a UH visitor was issued a Harris County citation for minor in possession of alcohol and released. The case is cleared by citation.

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UH Law center diversifies energy-focused law program Desiree Alvarez Contributing reporter

The UH Law Center landed a partnership with the law firm Andrews Kurth LLP to create a specialized program dedicated to creating scholarships and academic interest in energy law, a rapidly expanding field. The Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholars program will host five experts at the Law Center. Each scholar will teach one class and spend the rest of


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been opposition to transportation expansions. “Some of the things that are asked today about light-rail were probably asked about the Intercontinental Railroads in the 1860s, maybe the Erie

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The same studies that argue a science doctorate is a bad investment also claim academia is in decline and as a result fewer professorships are being offered. However, this is not always the case, Azevedo said. “Academia is doing just fine in this country,” Azevedo said. “Jobs in academia have become more competitive over the last few decades. The population is growing and, as a result, there is increasing demand for higher education.” Right now, UH is recruiting BS

their employment on research. “The Law Center’s commitment to energy and environmental law is long-standing and recognized at home and around the world,” said Dean Raymond Nimmer. “The Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholar’s program takes that commitment to the next level, and we are very pleased to have their ongoing support.” The energy scholars come from all over the world and their careers and

academic backgrounds are diverse. Julian Cardenas Garcia, Venezuelan attorney; Susan Maples, natural resources advisor to the president of Liberia; and Susan Sakmar, adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco Law school, have already begun their trek, and two other scholars — Justin Dargin, fellow at the Belfer Center for Science, and Monika Ehrman, general counselor to a Dallas-based oil and gas company — will arrive for the fall 2013

Canal long before that,” Oliver said. And more recently even about Interstate 35 when it was being proposed back in the 50s. According to Oliver, Dallas has seen the benefits of light rail. “There’s a lot of advantages to light-rail development and rail development. There has been like an 8-1 return on public dollars invested

in light rail by the private sector in terms of redevelopment around the stations,” Oliver said. For Sedlak, light-rail is important for a simple reason. “We can’t build our way out of congestion.”

students from around the world to enroll in doctoral programs, Smith said. “We have approximately 550 students studying towards their Ph.D. The ones who seriously want to become practicing scientists are typically working in a research lab and are continuously exposed to the graduate students,” Smith said. “They see first hand the commitment required, but also the excitement of being involved in primary discovery, meeting the world’s top scientists and having opportunities to expose their work nationally and internationally.” Another bonus is that doctorate

students are essentially getting paid to do what they love — learn by researching and teaching. According to Smith, most graduate students studying towards a doctorate degree are awarded government grants, university stipends, teaching assistantships or research fellowships through their adviser’s grants that cover living expenses and pay tuition. “In the sciences, essentially no one pays tuition while they study for a Ph.D.,” Smith said. “The vast majority is paid a living wage for the contributions they make teaching and performing research.”

semester. To ensure the scholars maintain their research projects, they will not be teaching a full course load. “They each will teach one course a semester,” said Associate Dean Richard Alderman. “They will teach in the areas they have practiced in, including shale gas production, and international energy issues.” “Any second year J.D. Student or any LL.M. student can take their classes,” he said.

The primary goal is to educate students on advanced knowledge of energy law, while also encouraging the scholars to go in to law. “The law center has one of the finest LL.M. energy law programs in the country,” Alderman said. “This strengthens our program even more, and helps us train attorneys who will enter the teaching market in this area.”

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Libyan people protest for America James Wang Opinion columnist


n Friday, yet another protest broke out in the Middle East as Libyans took to the streets, denouncing an unwanted presence in their nation. Thousands turned out, flooding the streets of Benghazi and holding homemade signs, denouncing the most hated people in their country. Glad to know that it’s not the U.S. for once. As the rest of the Middle East continues to flare up in anti-American violence and protests, our Libyan allies turned out in droves to declare that the raid on the U.S. Embassy in Libya, which al-Qaida

has claimed responsibility for, did not represent the true feelings of Libyans. The singular show of American support in that region continued until late Friday evening, however, as several hundreds of the original protestors broke off and besieged the headquarters of the radical Islamic group Ansar al-Sharia. It does America good to see that people still appreciate this country for all the help it provides. While the flames of protests earlier in the week continue to rage on throughout the Arab Spring, the people of Libya have shown they will not tolerate the type of militant radicalism that killed innocents both at the U.S. Embassy and years ago on 9/11.

It was militant radicals who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11, and the world mourned, but mostly because it was a tragedy for all humanity. But when militant radicals killed four Americans, the Libyans also mourned as one of the dead was a longtime friend of the Libyan people, Ambassador Chris Stevens. While we lost several great men, husbands and fathers as well as protectors of that cherished American liberty, the Libyans lost something fundamentally greater. Stevens was the face of American compassion and represented the inflammatory desire to spread democracy to the oppressed peoples of Libya. While others in the region called for America’s

demise at the hand of Allah, Libyans turned on the true cause for the violence in their region. Members of Ansar al-Sharia fled in terror as the protestors moved in, torched vehicles and took over the Ansar al-Sharia stronghold in Benghazi, liberating 20 captives inside. As the struggle wound down, it didn’t take long before the Libyan military appeared. Rather than making arrests though, the military praised the protestors and took control of the headquarters for them, with General Naji al-Shuaibi expressing the country’s intent to take out even more strongholds — slowly reclaiming their nation from the tentative grip on violent fearmongers such as Ansar al-Sharia.

In a time when national elections has divided Americans, making some of us question whether this fantastic game of democracy has truly been worth it while others wonder if it has truly ever worked at all, the people of Libya have shown the spirit of democracy. It’s not just a willingness to speak and make thoughts and beliefs heard, nor is it a check on a ballot or a right to a free Internet. In Libya, the spirit of democracy lives in ensuring evil men can never take control and people can remain free of violence controlling their lives. James Wang is a history sophomore and may be reached at

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Last line of defense Schedule includes

UH goalkeeper maintains accountability and focus while guarding net for the Cougars


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Cami Koski heads toward the goal box, tapping one goal post and then the other, then sinks to the ground. There, she prays for focus and no injuries. She stands up, determined and ready for anything the next 90 minutes will bring. “I’ve been telling Koski myself ‘If I don’t get scored on, we can’t lose the game,’” Koski said. “I’ve just been giving it everything I have.” The junior took her first year on the Cougars team as a building block to better prepare and hone her skills. An overall athlete from a young age, Koski played several different sports but decided on soccer in the end. “Obviously I play goalkeeper, which is a much different position than on the field,” Koski said. “I like the adrenaline rush and the pressure that I’m the last person before the ball hits the net.” With 44 saves under her belt this season, Koski provides confidence for her teammates, said junior midfielder Kylie Cook, three-year teammate and a friend of Koski’s. “It’s really easy to play with Cami because she’s very vocal,” Cook said, “She has no problem telling you where to go on the field. I’m confident in her abilities. At any ball in her box, I know she’s going to get to it first because she’s very tenacious.” Although soccer is her passion, there is more to Koski than just what goes on in the net. “I want to be a nurse,” Koski said. “I’ve always been very interested in medicine. I wanted to be a cardiologist since I was five years old, but I struggled with the idea of balancing med school and being a student athlete.” “I think nursing will be good for me. I just think that the body is an amazing thing, and pushing myself as an athlete, I get to see all the crazy amazing stuff that

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go-getter and it’s impressive to see that.”

Compiling a competitive schedule is especially pertinent for the UH’s women’s basketball head coach Todd Buchanan. “We’ve continued the trend of putting together a tough non-conference schedule that should pay dividends for us down the road,” Buchanan said in a news release. “Playing a schedule of this caliber is how you become a top-25 team, and we hope to reach our goals of returning to the national rankings and NCAA Tournament this season.” The team’s 2012-13 schedule features two Southeastern Conference teams and eight teams that reached post-season tournaments last season. The Cougars first travel to Mississippi State on Nov. 9 and return home to face Alabama at Hofheinz Pavilion. The Cougars open conference play against Memphis on Jan. 10 with a home game. UH will play 16 games at Hofheinz Pavilion, which ties a record for second-most women’s basketball home games at Hofheinz for the second consecutive season. “We’re extremely happy to be able to play so many of our games in front of our ‘sixth man’ at Hofheinz, and we hope they’ll come out and give us a true home-court advantage,” Buchanan said. “With Porsche (Landry) returning, along with some incredibly talented newcomers, we look to provide our fans with an exciting brand of basketball.” The Cougars will use this new mix of players to build on a tough season last year that was hampered by injuries to several key players. Landry will return for her senior season after an injury in the third game of 2011-12 season. UH also brings in eight newcomers to the squad. The Cougars’ class was ranked No. 40 in ESPN HoopGurlz’ final rankings, while being pegged as the 22nd best in the nation by Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.

Koski makes a save earlier this season against the UTSA Roadrunners. In the game, the goalkeeper allowed one goal over 12 shots in the Cougars 2-1 victory at Robertson Stadium. | Courtesy of Stephen Pinchback/UH Athletics you can do.” Koski says her work ethic is a point of pride. “I want to be remembered as

I want to be remembered as someone accountable. I try to be a good friend and a good teammate. I like to think of myself as the hardest worker you will find.” Cami Koski, UH goalkeeper speaking about her work ethic and philosophy on the game of soccer someone accountable,” Koski said. “I try to be a good friend and a good teammate. I feel like I try to leave it on the field, whether it’s in practice or the weight room. “I like to think of myself as the hardest worker you will find.” Assistant coach Suzie Grech says she can vouch for Koski’s work ethic. “She’s been a pleasure to work with,” Grech said. “She’s an extremely hard worker. She’s one of the fittest kids on the team.

Last season, Koski compiled 56 saves and had a 1.42 goals against average. In 2010, she assisted the Cougars in leading the conference in shutouts (8) and set a UH record for goals against average (0.64). | Nikki Taylor/The Daily Cougar Working is never a question with her. She doesn’t take days off. Sometimes you want her to chill out and relax, but she’s a

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Trader Joe’s brings specialty foods to Montrose Kevin Cook Staff writer

Houstonians used to have to drive all the way to the Woodlands to experience the singular quirkiness of the specialty grocery chain that is Trader Joe’s, but that has all changed since the latest store opening in the historic Alabama Theater. Though controversy surrounded the decision to convert the old building, many were out in full force to frequent Trader Joe’s. The popularity could be attributed to the store’s inclusion of low-cost, one-of-a-kind, organic luxury items like Greek tahini, Japanese mochi ice cream and fresh, raw pizza dough that a shopper would be hard-pressed to find at similar stores, like Whole Foods. The real draw for many shoppers is that these items are comparatively cheap when priced against similar products stocked at supermarkets.

Trader Joe’s, located at 2922 S. Shepherd Dr., opened its doors at 8 a.m. Friday to eager shoppers. | David Haydon/The Daily Cougar Trader Joe’s exclusive Charles Shaw wine, colloquially known as “Two Buck Chuck” because of its $2 sale price in California, sells at the West Alabama location for $3 per bottle. While the store is not the first choice of sommeliers, it certainly outclasses gas station wine at double the price.

Packed with shoppers, the tiny store’s atmosphere could best be described as intimate. A typical supermarket may stock upwards of 50,000 items, but Trader Joe’s carries only 4,000, most of which are Trader Joe’s own brand of specialty ethnic foods. Aside from specialty products, Trader Joe’s

offers a fresh take on the shopping experience. Bright colors and cutesy food-related mock movie posters adorn the walls and high ceiling of the old building. Employees wear tropical shirts and shorts, and an eclectic mix of popular music plays uninterrupted by typical supermarket loudspeaker announcements. Sunday’s clientele ranged from tattooed young hipsters to senior citizens. For some, the experience was a new one. Shoppers could be seen poring over novelty items and waving friends and family over to marvel. Others were happy to be reunited with Trader Joe’s in a more convenient location. If Trader Joe’s left a positive impression on even a fraction of the hundreds of shoppers that passed through its doors since Friday morning’s grand opening, then larger Kroger and H-E-B grocery store chains have some fierce competition in town.


Phoenix, Hoffman star in Oscar-worthy film Kevin Cook Staff writer

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film, “The Master,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman, opened Friday and immediately garnered an enormous amount of praise, but also met with more than a little bemusement, even frustration, from critics and audiences alike. Both these torrents of praise and trickles of confusion are warranted. Anderson, who wrote, directed and co-produced the film, is the creative force behind “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and most recently, “There Will Be Blood” and has been nominated for five Academy Awards thus far. He is the quintessential modern-day auteur, building his films from the ground up and remaining deeply involved in every aspect of their execution and production. Within filmmaking — a notoriously collaborative medium — his movies reflect his vision in a more singular and profound fashion than do the works of virtually anyone else laboring in the industry. That, of course, can be a good or a bad thing. “The Master” is emblematic of the soaring heights of the auteur style of filmmaking. Make no

mistake — this film would not and could not emerge from a writing team or a studio boardroom brainstorming session. Anderson claims the idea for “The Master” has been percolating in his mind for 12 years, and the film’s depth and power certainly speak to that lengthy sort of gestation. The film’s dialogue is at various points beautiful, crude, poignant, whimsical and wrenching, and it’s always profoundly human. While much has been made of the performances of Phoenix and Hoffman — and rightfully so — their source material was absolute gold. Perhaps never in the history of cinema has a stable of characters been introduced who are all so real, so accessible and so human. The acting throughout the movie, even accounting for the beauty of the script, was stunning. Phoenix, in his portrayal of the post-World-War-II drifter Freddie Quells, and Hoffman, with his indescribably nuanced performance of the L. Ron Hubbard-based intellectual charlatan Lancaster Dodd, will both receive loads of praise and probably many, many awards. They both have already won honors from the Venice International Film Festival, and they more

than earned them. Hoffman, as Dodd, might be the most refined and complete acting performance in film history. They are unfortunately liable to overshadow the performances of the supporting cast, particularly Amy Adams as Dodd’s wife, Peggy, whose acting is as understated as it is riveting. Virtually every actor in every second onscreen is electric and magnetic and impossible not to watch. Ultimately, however, the story is perplexing. Anyone looking for a concrete narrative with well-defined good guys and bad guys progressing steadily toward an easily recognizable climax and denouement will be sorely disappointed and possibly resentful. This is perhaps the inevitable result of the auteur’s work — it need not conform to extant standards of storytelling with their limiting strictures, and this can alienate audiences, who purchase tickets with expectations regarding what a film ought to do. “The Master,” in its complexity, nonconformity and dizzying depth, simultaneously embodies both the virtuosic peaks and the confusing valleys of the auteur film.

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