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The new Cougar Woods dining hall is set to open its doors Oct. 1 at the intersection of Wheeler Street and Cullen Boulevard. | Hannah Laamoumi/The Daily Cougar
Dining hall name chosen Zachary Burton Staff writer
Coming in October is Cougar Woods, the latest addition to the group of dining establishments on campus. “Cougar Woods” was chosen by University of Houston students and thought up by Beth Owen Woods, a participant in the contest to name it. She will be awarded a plaque
and bicycle for winning, according to the press release. “The Real Food on Campus restaurant will be open on Monday, Oct. 1,“ said Amber Arguijo, marketing manager for UH Dining Services. The new hall’s name was decided through a survey open from Aug. 27 to Aug. 31, during which time 300 members of the faculty, staff and student body participated. The survey was held online via Facebook
and SurveyMonkey. “The survey was advertised through a campus news release and posted on UHDS’ Facebook and Twitter,” Arguijo said. “Advertisement was done on the official Facebook page and Twitter pages of the University. It was also shared on various campus pages.” Participants submitted numerous name ideas during the spring semester to a Facebook page devoted to taking ideas.
“We had approximately 300 name ideas submitted during that time. After the submissions were closed, a panel of University administrators narrowed the list down,” Aruijo said. After the submission period ended, the administrators shortened the list to three: Cougar Woods, West End and The Roar. Cougar Woods was chosen with 49
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Faculty weigh in on presidential race Amy Carl Contributing writer
Faculty experts at UH said they expect this year’s presidential race to be tight down to the last minute. As the race race nears its conclusion in November, the result depends in a large part on the way in which the media portrays the candidates, said Lindita Camaj, assistant professor at Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. “This is very close,” Camaj said. “Usually, it’s in the close elections that the media has the greatest impact.” Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, said that although the Democrats came out on top after the national conventions, he expected things to level out again before the election. “The energy from the Democratic side was a bit more pronounced,” Rottinghaus said. “It will return to equilibrium. Both sides had success at getting their
President Barack Obama is leading Republican nominee Mitt Romney with 247 likely electoral college votes to Romney’s 191 in the 2012 election, according to realclearpolitics.com. | Images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons volunteer organizations and bases rallied, so they both did what they needed to do.” Rottinghaus also discussed the importance of influencing voters in swing states.
“In the end, it’s going to come down to what they believe,” Rottinghaus said. “If they’re concerned about what Romney’s going to do, Obama can say, ‘Let me tell you
what they’re going to do,’ and fill in those details with less than flattering illustrations. Republicans can be a bit more vague, because they have the ability to say, ‘It’s not working.’” Elizabeth Simas, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science, said Texas Democrats — especially Houstonians — shouldn’t feel absolved of their obligation to vote just because Texas is traditionally a red state. “As indicated by Mayor (Julian) Castro’s prominent presence at the DNC, Texas’ growing Hispanic population could have an impact on how competitive the Democrats are in Texas, which can lead to more campaigning efforts and money being put into Texas on both sides,” she said. “This election is going to be close, and voter turnout can send the signal to Democrats that, although Texas is red now, it might not be forever. It’s still really important to vote.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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UH Law aids Mexico, US collaboration The University is working with Harte Research Institute to settle a foreign treaty Amanda Hilow Assistant managing editor
As U.S. differs with Mexico over oil and gas resources in the Gulf of Mexico, the UH Law Center has stepped into the mix to help the countries compromise and implement a cooperative treaty. UHâ€™s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, in collaboration with the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, is participating in a binational research project to help analyze and recommend changes to domestic and international laws governing shared oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico. â€œOur research center explores well-defined research projects that deal with issues arising out of Mexican laws and legal institutions,â€? said Stephen Zamora, executive director of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, in an email. â€œWe try to identify issues that have not been studied in depth by independent research agencies, so that we can make a contribution to
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Lecture starts India program Indian Studies started its year with a series of events, speeches by professors Channler Hill Staff writer
After a weekend event to bring attention to the UH’s India Studies program, future events are likely to follow. The event was planned and executed by faculty from the Department of English in coordination with the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies. The latter put on a three-day symposium of panels, workshops and screenings, which portrayed India as a hub for intellectual discourse. “The primary purpose of the event was to promote intellectual exchange among faculty in the English department and scholars from other universities, all of whom focus on empire studies and postcolonial studies,” said associate professor Lynn Voskuil. “A related purpose was to alert the general public to the existence and goals of the India Studies Program at UH, which is housed within the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies.” Ania Loomba, the Catherine Bryson Chair of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania, was the keynote speaker of the Thursday lecture. S h e a d d re s s e d i s s u e s o f gender, sexuality and caste in
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percent of the votes, according to the press release. Some students took to the name quickly. “I think it’s a pretty cool name,” said music education junior Matt Singletary. “It’s got a ring to it. ‘See you at the Woods!’” Overall, the dining hall’s name has seen mixed reviews. “(It) sounds a little weird, but it’s fine as long as they serve good food,” said music education junior Cassie Castro.
contemporary India. Loomba specializes in postcolonial studies, empire studies and Shakespearean studies. “( These issues are relevant) to students because we live in a global world in which issues like this one are not limited to specific nations,” Voskuil said. “In addition, UH is a highly diverse campus with a wide variety of international students. Because UH has such a global campus, these issues are particularly important for us.” There was also a series of seminars on Friday and Saturday which featured six scholars — Sukanya Banerjee of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Nandini Bhattacharya of Texas A&M University, Sucheta Choudhuri of UH-Downtown, Benjamin Conisbee Baer of Yale University, Simon Potter of Bristol University and S. Shankar of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The seminars were strictly for faculty and graduate students. In addition, the 2011 Bollywood film “The Dirty Picture” was shown Saturday in the Dudley Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building. The film also raised questions about issues of gender in contemporary Indian society and was followed by a panel of Indian film experts.
Though some are concerned with the name, others are more concerned with the aesthetics and vibe of the hall. “I believe the name suits our new dining hall very well,” said computer science senior Sabah Akbani. “I think it would definitely be pretty awesome if there was an enclosed fireplace in there for cold winter days.” Cougar Woods will open at 7 a.m. Oct. 1. In addition to the hall, an accompanying Cougar Xpress Mini Market will open at 9 a.m. that same day. firstname.lastname@example.org
Keynote speaker at the event and University of Pennslyvania professor Ania Loomba (right) is introduced by UH associate English professor Ann Christensen (left). | Image courtesy of Michael Brims The speakers were selected because of their expertise in the areas of empire and postcolonial studies. The goal of the India Studies program at UH is to promote teaching and scholarship focused on the history, politics, economics, languages, religion and culture of India, according to a College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences news release. Minors in India Studies and Comparative Cultural Studies are currently being offered at UH. Students interested in the program should go to www.uh.edu/ class/ccs/india-studies. email@example.com
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oil and gas resources and both countries limited the production around these boundaries. Under the treaty in development, the countries have expanded their maritime boundaries in order to drill for more hydrocarbon resources. Legal issues between the two nations extended beyond boundary lines. General ecosystem conservation practices of U.S. and Mexico prove to be widely divergent. As recent as late February, the
UH President Renu Khator (far right) sits with her colleagues at the lecture that kicks off the Indian Studies program. | Images courtesy of Michael Brims
two nations have decided to set up a collaborative relationship in hopes of developing strong environmental protection strategies in the Gulf of Mexico. “The hope is that, if we implement this treaty, the two nations will work more cooperatively together in both developing oil and gas but also in environmental protection and other kinds of policies in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Richard McLaughlin, endowed chair for Marine Policy and Law at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies. “What this treaty does is that it basically puts in place the framework so that Pemex (a Mexican oil
and gas company) can begin the process of at least negotiating with American companies or companies that are doing business within the United States to share those resources.” The project, expected to last up to three years, is still in its first phase, and the Law Center is in the process of selecting about four law students to help with initial research. “There’s going to have to be quite a bit of study done of what we need to do here in the United States to move this process forward,” McLaughlin said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Homeless are not going to disappear Bryan Washington Staff columnist
It’s one thing to say homelessness in Houston has decreased, and completely another to say it’s decreasing. Whatever their visibility, the homeless who live on the streets of this city are in truth an invisible population. They make the news on occasion, whenever their retention has dropped, or whenever a shelter’s been established, but when it comes time to count the numbers, they suddenly disappear. It’s as if, because they aren’t paying rent, grocery tabs and car notes, they don’t exist at all, and for some people in this city, they really don’t. On any given night in Houston, up to 10,000 individuals are dreaming on the pavement with nowhere to go, according to the Beacon’s Houston statistics. Those are heel-clicking numbers. If nothing else, they put the city’s supposed improvement by 14 percent — according to the Coalition for the Homeless — into context. A more practical perspective might decide that homeless people’s situation is self-inflicted, and the means to get them off the street lies in their own hands and on their own initiative, but practicality and accuracy don’t always coincide. More than half of the homeless have mental illnesses that make re-acclimation unlikely at best. Worse yet, the overwhelming majority of these sicknesses are comparatively untreatable. Or they could be treated, given professional-grade
physicians, and space and time to allow for improvements in their situations. But six-figure medical bills and homelessness rarely go together. Many of the remaining homeless population is made up of drug addicts, and although the bodies occupying shelters have increased by just under a third, another third of this same number found themselves filling in the gaps on Richmond Avenue only days after they’d been vacated. If there’s an easy solution to this problem, a cure-all to tuck everyone in a bed at night, you’ll be hard-pressed to find it without looking. It won’t materialize in a classroom, through a power point or from the lips of some triple master’s graduate. Your professors don’t know it, your parents have forgotten it and you won’t find it on the television. Even more debatable is whether or not a solution for this city is to be found. It’ll stay that way until we develop a common sense of empathy and some sort of standard to post improvements against. Until the city agrees it has a problem, and that the problem is only going to get bigger if we ignore it, we won’t see any brilliant solutions sweeping our streets clean, and we’ll only have ourselves to blame. Then again, maybe we won’t. It’s hard to feel sorry for someone who is invisible to you to begin with. Bryan Washington is a sociology and creative writing sophomore and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cougars’ confidence tested against Rice Andrew Pate
It doesn’t matter what each opponents’ record is because everybody’s going to play hard for the Bucket. ”
Whether the Cougars want to admit it or not — which they will not — this is a make-or-break week for the football program in terms of confidence surrounding the program. A loss against the rival Rice Owls on center stage at Reliant Stadium would put UH at 0-4 since its winless 2001 season. “We’re looking at it right now as if it’s a nine game season,” said head coach Tony Levine. “It’s our first conference game so our goals in terms of within Conference USA are all out there in front of us.” For a student body accustomed to winning — especially within the city limits — a third loss in six years to the Owls would prompt mayhem (see: Allstate commercials) on Cullen Boulevard. On the brighter side of things, UH’s first three opponents are a combined 8-2, although Rice will be the first opponent the Cougars have faced with a losing record — something the Cougars do not seem to care much about. “It doesn’t matter what each opponents record is because everybody’s going to play hard for
Phillip Steward, UH senior linebacker talking about the game against the (1-3) Rice Owls
The Cougars and Owls have split the last four matchups with the home team, winning each time. Redshirt junior running back Charles Sims will be competing in the rivalry for his third time. Last season, Sims combined for 123 total yards and two touchdown receptions in the 73-34 UH victory at Robertson Stadium. | File photo/The Daily Cougar the Bucket,” said senior linebacker Phillip Steward. “Since it’s my last time playing
against them, I’m trying to go out each game with a bang.” The rivalry itself provides an
interesting platform in what has been an uncharacteristic season for the Cougars.
Although the game itself is the second all-time between the two at Reliant Stadium, it will be the first matchup considered to be at a neutral location. “It’s one of the nicest stadiums in the NFL,” Levine said. “I think everyone in our program is excited to go there this Saturday and to not only play at Reliant but against our rival.” “I think it combines to add up to an exciting afternoon.” A win over Rice would provide a level of enthusiasm and hope not seen since prior to the 30-13 opening season loss to Texas State. However, if the Cougars lose, this could be the longest 11-game stretch since 2001. firstname.lastname@example.org
Team secures second Program debuts upcoming schedule UH posts lowest round in tourney history Andrew Pate Sports editor
The UH men’s golf team finished second out of 11 teams this week at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala. After finding themselves in a tie for fifth following a day one total score of 292, the Cougars put together the lowest round in tournament history with a -9, 279 to take a five stroke lead heading into the final round. “In the second round, we were disciplined and stuck to our game plan,” said assistant coach Chris Hill. “We hit good spots and good things happened. As a coach, when you see a plan executed well, it brings a smile to your face.” On the final day, however, the Cougars struggled with three golfers shooting their first round of the
tournament pushing UH back to a final round score of 869. UH was led by junior Wesley McClain who returned to the lineup for the first time since breaking him arm in mid-April. McClain’s -3 was good enough to finish third individually while junior Jesse Droemer and sophomore Roman Robledo both tied for 11th at +1. Junior Curtis Reed snuck into the top 20 individual standings with a tie for 19 at +6. LSU finished the tournament at even par with a total score of 864 to win the tournament. The Cougars next action will come in the form of a three day tournament beginning next Sunday at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic in South Bend, Ind. email@example.com
Season highlighted by College Classic, battles against Texas Andrew Pate Sports editor
The UH baseball program announced its 2013 schedule Tuesday, which includes 32 games at Cougar Field and a trio of games at the Houston College Classic. Out of conference, the Cougars will host Houston Baptist, Penn State, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, New Orleans, Texas, Harvard, Sam Houston State, Seton Hall, Texas Southern and Louisiana-Lafayette. “Our non-conference schedule is set to provide us a balanced level of play and challenge our club as we prepare for Conference-USA action and the NCAA Tournament,”said head coach Todd Whitting. Also notably, the Cougars will host the University of Texas on March 19 for the first time at Cougar Field since 2000.
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Award-winning author reads to aspiring creative writers Writer of “Drown” presents his life story during Inprint reading session Paulina Rojas Staff writer
As Pulitzer Pr ize-winning author Junot Diaz stepped up onto the Cullen Theater stage at the Wortham Center on Monday for the Inprint reading series, a crowd of about 1,000 fans welcomed him to Houston with an enormous round of applause. Diaz, author of the short story collection “Drown” and “The Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao,” was coined the first Dominican author to win a Pulitzer Prize in 2008. Diaz started off by reading a short excerpt from his new book, “This is How You Lose Her,” which hit bookstores on Sept. 11. The book received rave reviews and made the front page of Sunday’s New York Times review.
The award-winning author did not have any sense of ego or an unwillingness to talk to fans or about his personal life on stage. Diaz talked to the audience about how much the immigrant experience and his heritage has affected his work. Born in Santo Domingo de Guzmán in the Dominican Republic and then raised in New Jersey, the trial of immigration was not a journey without struggle, considering his family lived in governmentsponsored Section 8 housing and received food stamps. Following the reading, Diaz was interviewed by Alexander Parsons from the UH creative writing program and took questions from the audience of UH creative writing students. As he answered, Diaz mostly
talked about his writing style. For example, Diaz said writing in second person is a weakness of his and he plans to make it a habit to write in first person in future works.. When an audience member asked if he had ever considered writing in Spanish, Diaz responded in the negative, saying he did not know how to read or write in Spanish very well. The author excitedly hugged readers, introduced himself and signed books for the fans who waited hours in line. The Inprint reading series, which is sponsored by UH’s creative writing program, is aimed towards Houston’s aspiring readers and writers. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Over the years, games have failed to rehash old formulas with new elements, but the rekindled partnership between 2K Sports and Gearbox Studios brings forth a fantastic sequel to a beloved space western-themed adventure. Borderlands 2 is a freshly innovative role-playing first-person shooter that takes all of its specialties and enhances on what made the first game an immediate success among hardcore gamers. Many players will be familiar with the attributes that made the first Borderlands a deep and addictive gaming experience. However, new gamers will be happy to find themselves right at home as they play as one of the four Vault Hunters. Not much is new with the story, players still take on the role of a treasure hunter on the lawless planet of Pandora, but there’s more emphasis on stopping the villain than finding the treasure this time around. In addition to the refined leveling system, maxing out three expansive skill trees filled with perks that enhance the Vault Hunters in GAME continues on page 8
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combat adds an intriguing value to the gameplay. Players will also constantly improve by exchanging coins for additional permanent character bonuses. The real star here, as with the previous game, is the random-loot generation. Especially when dealing with weapons, the seemingly endless combination of visual elements and gun stats will keep gamers addicted to that Christmas morning-esque feeling when looting the chests scattered around Pandora. The planet feels a lot livelier this time around with new and old characters that players will meet throughout the main quest. The character dialogue, which features a crude sense of humor and superb voice acting, makes for some stand-out material in the landscape of the gaming industry. The “drop in, drop out” co-op gives players a boost in challenge depending on the number of roaming Vault Hunters. Feral creatures and human psychopaths will be much harder for you to take down, but the weapons and shields dropped from enemies will increase in quality and rarity.
“Borderlands 2” is now available for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons The game is a great way for players to spend hours of their free time and the replay value in the “New Game Plus” mode will allow players to experience it with other Vault Hunters. Aside from the occasional graphical glitch and the sometimes-difficult vehicle controls, this sandbox game offers so much content that it allows for its highs to overshadow the lows. Overall, Borderlands 2 has successfully kept its form and made the franchise better than before. email@example.com