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Julie Heffler News editor

On Friday, the Hispanic Business Student Association held a youth outreach program at UH where they encouraged students from various high schools to go to college. Eric Flores, accounting junior and community relations director for HBSA, said one of the goals for this program is to reach students that would otherwise not have the opportunity to visit a college campus. “We wanted to help the low social economic schools surrounding the area because the kids have this idea that because they’re in a low social economic high school, they don’t have the opportunity like other kids to succeed — to go to college,” Flores said. “We motivate them, share experiences of us in college and also just help them understand how college is essential to reach a goal, to reach a dream.” The students were on the campus for most of the day and were given a tour of the University. “The event is structured; first, we give a presentation and then we have a guest speaker,” Flores

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Women talk gender roles Students from Scarborough, Reagan, Springwoods and Chavez High Schools listen intently to the HSBA presentation. Approximately 150 students attended the event. | Bethel Glumac/The Daily Cougar said. “It was about obstacles, how people sometimes tell us what we can or can’t do. And we have that on our minds, ‘Oh, I’m not good at sports, so I’m not going to be good at sports,’ but sometimes it just takes … you (trying) it.” HBSA is not a stranger to community-related events, Flores said.

“We’re really focused on that, and that’s why I chose this position in particular because I like to give back to my community. It’s just something that makes me happy,” Flores said. “We actually care.” Mariella de Alba Ortiz, faculty advisor and career development curriculum manager, said she felt the program is really important to reaching college-age students.

“I participated in that last year, and it’s such a great program because these kids — I mean at the end of the day they are like, ‘Wow, it’s the first time I get to come to college and see what it’s like,’” de Alba said. Fo r d e A l b a , H S B A i s a unique organization because YOUTHS continues on page 3

Students tune in to politics Alfred Mendez Staff writer

Though Tuesday’s presidential debate was held in Long Island, N.Y., students witnessed its live coverage in the auditorium of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. The Student Gover nment Association, the UH chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Honors College Policy Debate team sponsored a debate watch party — held in Rockwell Pavilion for students who wished to see President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney spar in the political arena, once again.

This particular event comes at a time when the SGA is seeking to increase the level of political activity within the University. “At the beginning of the year, President (Cedric) Bandoh made it very clear to me that he wanted to be more active, not only within the community but also within the university,” said SGA Director of External Affairs Mark Solano. “We were lucky enough to be in administration during a national election year so we took this opportunity to make sure our students are informed.” The event also featured a discussion before the televised debate. The discussion panel included student leaders representing the

Democratic, Republican and Libertarian presidential nominees who responded to questions about issues like education and the economy. “It was refreshing to see Gary Johnson and the Libertarian party acknowledged for once,” said nutrition junior Heidi Bouzas. “Though he won’t be featured on tonight’s debate, I feel obligated to watch as this does pertain (to) my future and I think more students should be aware of that.” Some believe that by discussing the issues beforehand in a group setting makes the debate’s subject matter relatable. “It’s good for students to hear their peers talk about subjects that are politically relevant, in ways

students can more easily understand,” said Neimon James, Political Action Chair of the UH NAACP and a member of the panel. Some students agreed that the quality of the debate, and Obama’s approach, improved since the first on Oct. 3. “Obama did a good job recognizing his faults in the previous debate; he seems more prepared and even aggressive at times,” said kinesiology junior Nayda Sanchez. “I support him, so seeing it not so one-sided anymore is pretty encouraging.” The tension between the candidates was an entertaining spectacle, POLITICS continues on page 3

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Saturday Football v. Marshall Watch Party: Starts at 11 a.m. in the Honors College. The game starts at 4 p.m. LGBTQIA Support Group: From 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. hosted by CAPS to provide a supportive environment for those to discuss their sexual orientation and coming out. Interfaith Dialogue and Free Lunch: From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Atrium in the A.D. Bruce Religion Center.

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Cougar Conversations: From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the UC in room 279A of the UC. Light snacks will be served while a speaker talks about the topic of the day. Poker Tuesday: From 6 to 7 p.m. in the UC Games Room.

Delta Zeta Gong Show: From 7 to 10 p.m. in the UC Houston room. This is the 26th annual charity event held by Greek life. SGA Senate Meeting: From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. Any UH student may attend the event.

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indicated by the frequent burst of cheers and laughter from the audience. “I want Romney to win, but Obama stood his ground this time,” said biology senior Rose Nguyen. “It seemed like at times they were shouting at each other — subtly insulting each other — it was pretty funny but at the same time still informative.” Bandoh hopes that after viewing

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members are truly dedicated to their organization. “They do so many things. For example they do the blood drive — all of them go give blood. So they are not just organizing, ‘Hey everyone come and do this.’ They really get their hands dirty and they get

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the debate, students will have a better understanding of the issues surrounding the election and will become more politically active. “I hope after this people will be clear on where the two candidates stand and will be motivated to vote on Election Day,” said Bandoh. “I would also like to thank all the students for coming out, it was a great showing of our community on campus and also thanks to everyone involved and I hope to host more events like this in the future.” news@thedailycougar.com

to work with everyone. They’re not just asking for money, they work for it,” De Alba said. “It’s not just business center students and it’s not just Hispanic students. So they’re open for anyone on campus and they’re super welcoming to all of their new members, and they care for what they’re doing.” news@thedailycougar.com

UH third in file-sharing Amanda Hilow Managing editor

Living on campus provides students with convenient access to most of what they need, from food to entertainment to coffee, but it doesn’t usually accommodate their needs to see the latest blockbuster film release or listen to the hot new 12-track album before it goes on sale. Taking advantage of the free Internet access on campus, many students — and staff and faculty — have found a way around this by sharing files on BitTorrent.com and other piracy websites. Although UH supports the Software & Information Industry Association and the Business Software Alliance’s efforts to reduce software piracy, the campus was recently ranked by TorrentFreak.com as the third most active university on BitTorrent with 795 hits this year, coming in just behind New York

University at 986 and Rutgers University at 1809. According to ScanEye.com, a website that tracks torrent downloads from specific IP addresses, the most-shared files from UH’s campus are the ninth episode of TV drama “Once Upon a Time” and Aziz Ansari’s hour stand-up special “Dangerously Delicious.” Completing the top five schools active in Internet piracy are University of South Carolina and Texas A&M University, closely following UH with 776 and 768 hits, respectively. Although all of these instances of file-sharing might not be illegal — there are free files on BitTorrent that are legal to download — the situation is being monitored heavily by websites like TorrentFreak and ScanEye in compliance with a 2010 government mandate requiring all colleges to put a stop to illicit file-sharing on their networks. This requirement expands on the 2008 Higher Education

Opportunity Act which demands university administrators inform their students about copyright laws, implement a plan to effectively combat illegal distribution of copyrighted files and offer an alternative to this sort of file-sharing. Because of the new legislation, schools actively participating in the defiance of this mandate are at risk of losing federal funding, but students see perks in the quick access to files and continue finding ways around the University’s policies. “(Certain files) are meant to be distributed. There are supposed to be things that are easy to find and distribute,” said chemical engineering junior Camden Kirkland. “On the other hand, you do have the copyrighted works and you become a detriment to the people who put in hard work and want to be monetarily compensated for that work.” news@thedailycougar.com

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hen we consider our rights as codified in the Constitution, we should always remember the first amendment as foremost among

the rest. Without our basic and essential rights established by that first amendment, the others would have little to no meaning and hardly any force. If we could not petition our government, if we could not speak freely and criticize our government — not to mention setting those criticisms into print — where would our freedoms be? Without these basic

liberties, how could we claim membership in a society free and open to all? Freedom to practice one’s religion is not only a staple to preserve those disparate views that constituted America’s founding, but it allows the U.S. to flourish as a melting pot of cultures. It is easy to forget that we are also immigrants, or

descendants of immigrants, and that for many, emigration to the States was preceded by religious persecution. Such was the situation for my ancestors. Faced with marginalization, and deemed second-class citizens, a small Slavic minority, known as Wends, fled Prussia and East Germany to preserve their culture, language and religion in America by establishing a community in Texas. The increased pressure from all sides to assimilate, abandon their traditions and cultural identity in favor of a Germanic one, led to a diaspora for freer and tolerant lands. Everyone has a story, an ancestry, a reason for being here; but without an explicit guarantee of such rights to liberty, those stories may have well been

different altogether. Unlike some others whose ancestries are lost, I am fortunate enough to have that narrative. I can place myself into a history that holds meaning for me, which grants me a foundation for being American. I can understand that without those precious few rights outlined in the first amendment, we could never have become the nation we know today. Those freedoms are what gave us that opportunity, and are so ingrained that we can no more give them up, than if we were to give up completely being American. Such a catastrophe would ruin the story we’ve built here. Daniel Dooley is a philosophy graduate student and winner of The Daily Cougar’s Constiution Day competition.

Iran needs foreign press to progress Nick Bell Opinion columnist

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n response to recent European Union sanctions, major satellite television provider Eutelsat and media company Arqiva have dropped 19 Iranian channels from a network that covers Europe and various parts of the Middle East. These channels originate from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting with Press TV being one of the most viewed channels, an English-language platform funded by the Iranian government. Press TV has undoubtedly been a centerpiece of controversy in the Middle Eastern media industry because of its reach to a wide audience in the Western world

and the allegations of an antiSemitic agenda. Some of Press TV’s stance on subjects definitely teeter on the extreme side, but this does not discredit its mission to give its side of the story to immigrants and those of Iranian descent outside the border. The website WikiLeaks released a cable in 2010 between the UK Office of Communications and an American diplomat that described the intent to disrupt PressTV’s operations. The German regulatory body dropped Press TV months ago from its satellite platform and there have also been reports of Arabic news station Al-Alam programs being jammed. Removing the global communication between Iran and outside countries will prove to be a form

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It is not solely the output of ideas but the exchange of ideas that promotes progress.” open forum of expression, instead it wants a platform to vocalize its ideas. The lack of transparency that the Iranian government allows to foreign journalists makes the news stations seem as though it’s propagandistic, whether or not that is true. While the removal of such a vital information outlet as TV cannot be praised, it is not solely the output of ideas but the exchange that promotes progress. Therefore, the Iranian government needs to

be more open to foreign press in its own backyard if it ever hopes to win over media platforms outside its borders. Whether the Iranian broadcasts have conventional stories like pushing its nuclear program or extremist stories like the conspiracy of a Zionist takeover, if it chooses Press TV or Al-Alam, it is the preferred source of news. As long as the viewer has a diversified set of channels, like what a satellite provider offers, controversy cannot be a deciding factor in legitimacy. The stations will still broadcast; viewers will just have to catch them online. Nick Bell is a media production senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.

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of ideological warfare and should be viewed as a checkpoint on the road to any future military aggression from outside countries. Iran has extreme amounts of pressure from outside military forces and is feeling threatened because of tightening sanctions. Removing its voice’s reach to the global community that sympathizes with it, is more aggressive than it might appear on the surface. Although the Iranian channels have the right to complain that the ban of its stations violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Iran hardly allows any news agencies into the country. This basically means that the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting does not want an

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Candidates make false promises to students Bryan Washington Opinion columnist

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here is no collegiate demographic. Partly because college students are elusive — these students that find time to not only follow immediate political trends, but evaluate, scrutinize, and blog their conclusions in MLA formatted Tumblr posts — and partly because it doesn’t exist. Aside from implausibility of delegating an entire population to a handful of half-thoughts, there’s also the problem of negotiating the academic attention span. It isn’t much longer than your average Snickers bar. And if our president and the guy running against him have their way, it’ll probably stick around. The evidence from this week’s debate was ample enough. There are plenty of catalysts, but the Achilles’ heel is our organization. Every non-hostile reference towards the students that fill these buildings was quickly followed with vague promises that can never be kept. The undocumented college athlete might accomplish his hopes if he has what the country needs. The ostracized 20-something couple could one day get married, if their state makes it around to swinging that way. When the clock strikes midnight noting your student loans are due, there’s a chance they might one day be forgiven. They do it because they can get away with it. They get away with it because there aren’t any consequences. And there aren’t any consequences because, regardless of the party’s claims, the questions being asked are ultimately unanswerable. The candidate that answers these questions with a coherent response is either a liar or a prophet; neither is the man we ought to put into office. Since we let them get away with this business of formulating pretend questions, only to respond with answers that make just as little sense — ours is an audience that’s two steps behind. Not that it has to stay that way. It’d just take some work. One of the first steps to cementing an accurate collegiate demographic would be acknowledging that it won’t ever be done. But the second would be to emphasize to the president, his opposition and any interested constituent that

The candidate that answers the questions with a coherent response is either a liar or a prophet, neither is the man we ought to put into office.� this is no longer an excuse. The youth vote’s perspective may not be as obvious as the National Rifle Association, or the Green Party, or the National

Audubon Society, but the president shouldn’t need help reaching the right conclusion. That’s why he’s the president. It’s the sort of thing that says a lot more about the man in office than the people who put him there. Gov. Mitt Romney has all but written on his forehead what he thinks about environmentalism and women’s rights. In his steed, the incumbent has sewn grand notions on civil liberties, illegal alien and gun-laws. But that’s all they are now — notions. If the collegiate voter’s going to survive, or at least make their existence

relevant, these are ideas they’ll have to start incorporating into their daily lives. We’ll have to start shouting. And while there are a number of ways to instigate this awareness, in lieu of a million

megaphones, caring would be a good start. Bryan Washington is a media production and English sophomore and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

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PREGAME Coogs to cross the Line in Dallas Today’s game provides serious Conference USA implications, task of stopping SMU’s physical rusher the game, you’re already up there watching film,” said redshirt sophomore quarterback David Piland. “Sunday, you wake up early, that’s your Tuesday and then you’re up there. I’m glad I got to see Case (Keenum) do it a couple of times last year and see how he did it.” The Mustangs are coming off a heartbreaking loss to Tulane and at 2-4 have seen their fair share of early season struggles — something Levine said is no concern to him. “This is a deal where you can throw the records out when Houston and SMU play. What we did last game has zero bearing on this upcoming game; what SMU did last game has no bearing on this upcoming game,” Levine said. “In college football right now, what happened last week across the country has zero effect in my opinion on the upcoming game.” A return home For Southlake-native Piland, the trip to SMU will offer a chance to play in front of people close to him. “There’s going to be a bunch of my family and friends up there so it will be a lot of fun,” Piland said. “It’s always fun to go home and play in front of a bunch of those guys.” Ford Stadium is also the site where the quarterback made his third career start after injuries to former quarterbacks Keenum and Cotton Turner in 2010. In the 45-20 victory, Piland threw 233 yards and one touchdown and hopes the Cougars can produce the same winning results. “I can’t really think of too many guys who were on the field with me in that game who will be on the field in this game,” Piland said. “It’s

Replicating last week’s defensive results will be key against SMU’s talented offense. | Rebekah Stearns/The Daily Cougar Andrew Pate Sports editor

With a short week behind them, the Cougars take the field in Dallas against the SMU Mustangs with conference implications on the line. Both UH or SMU has represented the Western Division of Conference USA in the championship game the last three years. “They’ve got a veteran coaching staff; they’ve got a veteran team,” said UH head coach Tony Levine. “You look at the players that they’re playing with and it may resemble our team from last year.” The biggest obstacle for the

Cougars will be stopping the Mustangs senior running back Zach Line who has posted three 100yard rushing games this year and 18 throughout his career. “A lot of people think Zach Line’s the best running back in C-USA,” Levine said. “He is their workhorse. Our challenge defensively is going to be stopping the run, and it starts with him.” Because of a foot injury that put him out the last three games of 2011, Line’s last competition against the Cougars came in 2010 when the physical back rushed for 106 yards on 19 carries. “I’ve played against Zach Line

Unique challenge In addition to handling SMU talent, UH is playing its first Thursday-night game of the season, something that presents a unique and potentially complex challenge to even explain. “It’s kind of a different deal with a Thursday game. Right after the UAB game, that’s actually your Monday so Saturday after

Player

2012 stats for UH, SMU starters PASSING

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Charles Sims

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Zach Line

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604

100.7

3

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Zachary McMillian, junior defensive back on stopping SMU’s talented running back

going to be a lot of fun getting back out there with these guys and go through the same thing with them that I did two years ago.” No looking back After a 0-3 start to the season, the Cougars are back to .500, but Levine insists the team and coaching staff keep their sight set on what is to come. “The games up to this point aren’t anywhere in our locker room, we don’t talk about them. In fact, we didn’t watch the UAB game with our players,” Levine said. “We told them, ‘if you want to watch it, you need to come in on your own.’” The Cougars have won nine of the last 10 against SMU including six in a row and have the opportunity for their first winning record of the season. “When you look at the teams in our conference, the team I’m most concerned with is Houston,” Levine said. “We’ve got to take care of the football on offense; we’ve got to tackle on defense.” UH and SMU will kick off at 7 p.m. today at Ford Stadium in Dallas, airing on Fox Sports Net. sports@thedailycougar.com

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TEAMLEADERS Player

for two years and he’s always brought his A-game,” said junior defensive back Zachary McMillian. “It’s a great challenge for our defensive backs to come out and play and bring you’re A-game.”

I’ve played against Zach Line for (two) years and he’s always brought his A-game. It’s a great callenge for our defensive backs to come out and bring your A-game.”

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David Piland

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309

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7

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DeWayne Peace

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11

417

69.5

2

30

Garret Gilbert

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279

1,393

49.5

7

11

91.8

Jeremy Johnson

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10

371

61.8

2

25

GAME INFO UH (3-3) at SMU (2-4) Where: Ford Stadium; Dallas When: Tonight, 7 p.m. TV: Fox Sports Net Series record: UH leads 17-9-1 overall and 8-3 at SMU ¸ Last season: UH won 37-7. ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸


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THEOPPOSITION The Daily Cougar: How much does SMU’s offense rely on running back Zach Line and what has his success meant to the program in regard to recognition? Billy Embody: SMU should rely on Line for 25-30 carries a game, but this season, SMU coach June Jones hasn’t relied on Line as much as he should be. Line is a workBilly Embody horse tailback and, while maybe the idea was that Line would be more fresh down the line for conference games, SMU fans wanted to see SMU win at least one of its three major non-conference games and instead, Line was a non-factor and the Mustangs lost.

If SMU hopes to get back into the conference title race, the Mustangs need to start by giving Houston a heavy dose of Line early and often. TDC: Where would you say UH stands to rivals on SMU’s schedule and is there an extra sense of excitement — at least with the fan base — for this game? BE: It is a huge rivalry for us. Probably second to TCU in terms of passion and excitement. Students are really excited about playing this marquee game during the week and are going to come out and support the team. SMU needs this win — not only for bragging rights — for a lift in recruiting, the conference title race and overall morale of the student body after the Tulane loss. There is a dislike among SMU students for Houston, which may stem from the (Case) Keenum days, but without a doubt SMU versus Houston is a big matchup in our eyes.

TDC: What have been the biggest surprises this season for SMU, as a team? BE: The poor play of Garrett Gilbert because he looks incredible in practice, he has all the physical tools and has played on big stages, but cannot get it together out there for SMU. Gilbert is the most talented quarterback SMU has had in some time and if SMU is going to win a conference championship, Gilbert needs to step up. Not only does Gilbert need to step up, but the receivers do as well. It is not all on Gilbert because the receivers haven’t been stellar either at catching the ball when they need to make plays and that is surprising, as well. TDC: How would you rate June Jones’s time as the head coach of SMU? BE: B+. Obviously he rejuvenated a dormant program that was really struggling for years and has returned us to relevancy with three

straight bowl appearances. Now in his fifth year, SMU fans are looking to see Jones take us to the next level with a conference championship and the Big East. After the first six games of the season, there is now talk that Jones is not the man to do that. Everyone is grateful for everything Jones has done to revitalize the program, but if SMU continues to plateau then maybe new leadership is needed for the Big East. TDC: What do you expect to see from SMU this week against UH? BE: More energy, because SMU has not really played with all that much passion except against TCU. The defense has always brought it this season, but the offense has killed the defense with so many three-and-outs and turnovers that the defense falters. If SMU gives the ball to Line early and keeps Houston off the field, this could be a very physical and entertaining game to watch. The matchup of Piland versus

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he UH Women’s Resource Center hosts “Gender Talk,” a roundtable discussion meeting and speaker presentation every Wednesday from 11:45 to 12:45 p.m. The discussion tackles topics that range across women’s rights, transgender issues, stereotypes portrayed in the media and sexuality. Special guest speakers are brought in to share their stories about their struggle. The WRC encourages students to bring their ideas to the meeting and gaurantees that no view will be shunned. This week, a history senior who declined to give her name spoke to students about a horrible dream that started her journey dealing with her bulimia and anorexia, a disorder that she said she is still fighting.

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Literary reading honors comedic writer via humorous; realistic tales Edgardo Aguilar Staff Writer

Glass Mountain, the UH undergraduate literary magazine, held the fourth event in its reading series at Café Brasil with comedic stories and music from Austin Smith of A Sea Es. On Tuesday the theme of the

night’s readings aimed to honor October’s visiting writer Ryan Dobosh, a comedian and stage performer from Austin. Glass Mountain Assistant Fiction Editor Amanda Scott and University of Alabama graduate Amechi Ngwe were among the readers showing their appreciation to the guest of

honor. Before unveiling their tales of the evening, both students gave a few remarks about Dobosh being easy to work with and immediately clicking with him while working on a project. The night began with Ngwe’s story about a struggling artist and

his encouraging girlfriend. His second piece gave a detailed account a wrestler entering the ring to battle an older, famously experienced opponent. Despite his advanced age, the older wrestler easily kept pace with his younger adversary. Appearing for her third Glass

Mountain reading, Scott read stories from an older male prospective. “Fetal Efforts of the Great Divide,” takes a humorous approach to former President Bill Clinton as he reflects on his life and how his wife and daughter view him. READING continues on page 9


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Her second piece, “The Deer,� tells of a car accident involving a man and an injured deer. The man considers events of his life during the moment of impact and recollects even further when the car crashes into a tree. As the man and his daughter walk home after surviving the incident, he notices how his daughter handled the accident in an easy manner — from encouraging him to get out of the car to her watching the moon when they got home. Scott called the story semi-autobiographical, as it was her take on

her father’s perspective. Finally, Dobosh read two stories involving teenage hijinks that had the audience laughing. “Differently Able� tells of a group of teenage boys who go to the zoo and find an unattended wheelchair and decide to ride around in it. The group took turns playing in the chair until the story goes on to tell how, when it was the narrator’s turn, he ends up at the seal tank and is put in the spotlight by the seal trainer. The second piece, “The Renaissance Man,� spoke of a student at a high school academic tournament and his struggle to answer a question about a renaissance artist. Dobosh hilariously tells of the

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UH makes headway in developing mobile app Julie Heffler News editor

The new mobile app announced by the Student Government Association to be developed for Fall 2012 now has a designer. The Pentagram was selected out of seven different bids received, said SGA Vice President Turner Harris. The announcement was made Oct. 10 during the last SGA Senate meeting. “We were extremely impressed with their work in the past and their bid price was mid-range and within our budget. Currently, the contract is with UH Legal,” Harris said in an email. “It’s hard to say when it will be released, that depends entirely

on when the contract is finalized by UH’s legal team. We hope to launch next semester.” Mobile applications are increasingly popular amongst UH students because Dining Services has an application through its catering service, Aramark. “The new CampusDish app makes it easy for students to search for meals meeting specific nutrition requirements, further promoting healthy eating habits,” said Marketing Manager for UH Dining Services Amber Arguijo in an email. The increasing popularity of mobile applications is in part because of hype, but more largely to the ease and mobility of the technology, said computer science

professor Loannis Pavlidis. “It is, in essence, the new generation of software technology that is taking over the desktop and laptop domain. They are apps that run on smart phones like the iPhone or Android,” Pavlidis said. “Almost every desktop application that you know of today, at this point, has a mobile interface. Software is moving outside the office and inside our pockets.” The efficiency of mobile technology such as SGA-sponsored and dining service applications is that students will no longer need to go to their laptops to check things like grades or online menus. “There are some real advantages, because you have something

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