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Christopher Shelton Assistant sports editor

With construction of a new stadium in the same area where Robertson Stadium is located, there may be inconveniences for students attempting to park. Lots 11A, 12B, 15D and 15F will be closed, and there will be no student parking near the stadium site except for the Stadium Parking Garage, said Bob Browand, staff director of Parking and Transportation. Browand said it’s important that students weigh their options and preplan. “Students should make a plan now as to whether they want to upgrade to a garage permit while they are still available, park at ERP or in one of the other student or economy lots on campus,” Browand said in an email. The demolition of Robertson Stadium will cause the loss of 2,020 lots to by Sunday. | File photo /The Daily Cougar LOTS continues on page 3

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LECTURE

Duke professor talks use of incentives Isiah Gentry Contributing writer

Incentives can motivate people to commit both moral and corrupt actions, and the debate regarding how these motivators should be used is still under a critical eye. “There are all kinds of incentives around us all of the time. Most of them are perfectly benign such as getting a free doughnut if your child gets an ‘A’ on their report card,” said Ruth Grant, author and political science professor at Duke University. “Then there are some that seem clearly odious such as the NFL coaches that gave bonuses to their players if they would severely injure athletes on opposing teams.” Grant hosted a lecture at 5 p.m.

in the Honors College on Friday as a part of “What’s Fair? A Lecture Series on Justice and Desert in America.” Grant gave her perspective on the use of incentives and discussed their moral standing in society by tracing their history and presenting examples of incentives being utilized. “I’ve always found some discomfort about the way incentives are used in certain situations,” Grant said. “I hope this lecture will lead people to be more thoughtful about the use of incentives in our society.” This event was attended by a mixture of students, faculty and members of the UH community who gave positive reactions to the

lecture. “I think the main point that incentives were a form of power was my favorite part. It really is so natural to us that I never thought of it in that way,” said political science and Spanish senior Sydney Nguyen. For some students, the lecture caused them to contemplate the current government. “There is a real reason to question their current status in public policy,” said Krystafer Redden, political science, literature and history senior. Susan Collins, co-director of the Phronesis program and sponsor of the lecture series, introduced the GRANT continues on page 3

There are all kinds of incentives around us all of the time. Most of them are perfectly benign such as getting a free doughnut if your child gets an ‘A’ on their report card. ... Then there are some that seem clearly odious such as the NFL coaches that gave bonuses to their players if they would severely injure athletes on opposing teams.” Ruth Grant Duke University professor

CONFERENCE

Students learn to manage their own affairs Ellen Goodacre Assistant news editor

Students engaged in their

community now look for a way to entice other students to do the same. Friday, students exchanged advice

and information with faculty and staff members at the Student Affairs 101 Conference. The conference was intended to give undergraduate,

post-baccalaureate and graduate students the opportunity to learn SA continues on page 3

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The Energy Research Park has 1,000 spaces, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority can accommodate as many students as possible, Browand said. There are limited spaces available in the Stadium, East and Welcome Center Garages. “ We are also encouraging students to check out Metro or

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about professional careers in student affairs from UH faculty and staff members. “At the end of the day what we wanted to do was make sure that individuals were knowledgeable of the profession of student affairs but also understood the academic side of student affairs,” said Daniel Maxwell, associate vice chancellor and vice president of student affairs. “There’s truly a theory behind the work that we do when working with students.” The Division of Student Affairs and the Higher Education and Cultural Studies Program worked to put together the conference, which featured three breakout sessions. “The first one was with practitioners, people who work full time at the University, who work with students, just talking about the profession of student affairs, the kind of work that they do with students on a regular basis, whether it’s discipline, residence life or student activities,”

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Stress Free carpooling as an option. When they should leave from home would depend on where they live and what option they choose,” Browand said. The problems could be compounded by Metro’s expansion of its light rail. Metro construction along Scott Street still causes delays. The combination of both could lead to a bigger problem. Syed Zaman, a sophomore finance major who routinely parks around the stadium, said he

arrives to campus more than an hour ahead of time but will have to start leaving even earlier. “That’s a large amount of parking. The garages will help, but that’s more money. Some people are tight on money; they can’t really do that,” Zaman said. “They’re just going to have to park outside on the roads, and that’s going to cause more problems.”

Maxwell said. The second session featured a case study exercise facilitated by faculty members Catherine Horn and Lyle McKinney, associate professors of Higher Education and Cultural Studies. During the session, students were asked to complete an exercise simulating a typical situation in a student union where there were questions about freedom of speech and access to space and competing thoughts, Maxwell said. “They talked through all that and then the faculty talked a little bit about the theory that goes behind why people may react the way they react. And so, as professionals being knowledgeable of that theory, we then know how to guide and advise students going through different situations.” Students also got to participate in a networking portion with fellow students, faculty and staff members in attendance. “The networking part of it — getting to know different people who are working in student affairs — was a good thing to do,” said first year

graduate student Celena Flores. “I think just knowing that there is such a thing — there is such a job and you’re not the only one that has aspirations to do this job. I think all of that was good to see, and it was good to meet other people that are involved in it.” In the last session during the conference, students enrolled in the Higher Education Masters Program spoke about being in the program, its courses and what it takes to be academically successful. “The masters program itself has been a great experience, I think, for everyone who was on the student panel today,” said Franco Martinez, second year graduate student and student panelist. “Most of us have very diverse positions on campus: We work in student affairs or academic affairs, admissions, financial aid, administrative positions like budgeting or auxiliary services. So the program does a good job exposing you to those diverse perspectives, and it really just makes you a better facilitator or administrator.” news@thedailycougar.com

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special guest and gave an overview of Grant’s work as an author and her interest in early modern philosophy and political ethics. “I like that these lectures bring the opportunity — especially for our students — to meet these outside scholars and gather a range of perspectives on any particular issue. That’s why I always say you have to come to all of the lectures,” Collins said. “I think it gives students insight into what’s going on at other universities and other think tanks around the country.”

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OPINION

EDITOR Lucas Sepulveda EMAIL opinion@thedailycougar.com ONLINE thedailycougar.com/opinion

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SGA says it’s done with Higher One James Wang Staff columnist

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here’s no place for liars and thieves at UH, and the Student Government Association understands this. There has now been a proposal to get rid of the Cougar Refund Card by cutting ties with Higher One and its card distributor, The Bancorp Bank. According to the proposed bill, Higher One and Bancorp have been ordered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to pay restitution in the amount of $11 million to 60,000 students nationwide. SGA has also given a vote of no confidence toward Higher One and has requested UH administrative officials to strongly consider cutting off all ties with Higher One for its infractions. The call for Higher One’s removal should be welcomed by all UH students, especially for those who have been affected in the past by its unfair and deceptive business practices. The FDIC has cited it for charging multiple non-sufficient fund fees for a single transaction, publishing misleading marketing material and taking funds directly from student deposits if the account holder owes money to the bank. The move to keep Higher One as far away from student refund money should also be prompted since Bancorp has cut all ties with it following the FDIC’s decision. Because Bancorp was unable to ensure that Higher One remained in compliance with federal law, it was fined heavily by the FDIC. Not included in the SGA proposal to cut ties with Higher One was a statement from SGA

president Cedric Bandoh, who desires to move away from cardbased money entirely. It’s a noble suggestion but would just be a step back, putting an unnecessary burden on students who need their refund immediately to pay for other expenses such as books. Forcing students to wait in line at the bursar’s office or wait for a paper check to come in the mail will lengthen the amount of time it takes for everyone to get their refund. It will also put an undue burden on the University. The financial aid office would have to hire more hands and add extensive administrative costs to make sure everyone gets their money on time. There was a reason a company offering to give students refunds through a card was tempting in the first place: It was faster and easier. Higher One was a mistake and steps should be made to distance UH from similar trustworthy companies. Students shouldn’t be scared to trust card money since it’s so common. UH has always been a school based on progress, and despite this setback, the University should continue to give students access to their refund money in an easily accessible card. Perhaps a compromise can be reached. It’s obvious that outside banking institutions will be difficult to trust. Paper checks are too slow and provide a hassle for students and administrators. A good common ground would be for UH to be its own banking system, issue its own bank card and disperse refunds directly. It would cut out the middle man and the wait. The theory of financial aid refunds is that the money paid to the University is too much, so it should give back to the students.

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This is all up in the air because SGA is only a student advisory committee to the actual administration. Its proposal is just that — a proposal, and Chancellor Renu Khator gets the final say. Students should know that Khator is a generous

and attentive leader who listens to her Cougars. The first step toward ensuring the safety of student money will be to remove Higher One from campus. Students should email their student leaders with their complaints and stories about any

misdeeds Higher One has committed against them, and play a part in helping the proposal become a reality. James Wang is a history sophomore and may be reached at opinion@ thedailycougar.com.

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SPORTS Record: (6-2, 0-0) Last game: W, S Utah 61-52

Starters

Starters

F - Leon Gibson

F - Devonta Abron 8.5 pts, 6.3 reb, .614 fg%

7.3 pts, 5.7 reb, .7 blk

F - Garlon Green

F - TaShawn Thomas

8.5 pts, 5.4 reb, 77 ft%

16.6 pts, 10.7 reb, 2.3 blk

F -Adrick McKinney

F - Danuel House

5.5 pts, 3.9 reb, 54 fg%

11.3 pts, 4.6. reb, 1 apg

G - Joseph Young

G - Ray Jarvis 6.9 pts, 1.9 reb, 0.8 stl

13.8 pts, 3.8 reb, 2.8 apg

G - Kyan Anderson

G - J.J Thompson

13.1 pts, 2.4 reb, 3.5 ast

8.9 pts, 1.3 reb, 3.6 ast

STANDINGS C-USA Women’s Basketball CONF.

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Andrew Pate Sports editor

The first phase of the demolition of Robertson Stadium began Sunday with the stripping of the stadium’s interior, a process that is set to continue through next Sunday. Manhattan Construction Company, which will construct the new stadium, has begun erecting construction fencing surrounding the area, which will be fenced in by Saturday. Manhattan Construction will work in a joint venture with JTB Services Inc. and Lindamood Demolition for the project. For students and faculty, it will result in the loss of 2,020 parking spots by Sunday. In order to mitigate the

loss of these spaces, students and faculty are encouraged to use the 2,300 spaces provided in the recent opening of the Stadium Garage. Major demolition of the stadium will begin on Monday with the tearing down of the southeast concession stand, which will symbolize the start of the demolition. The stadium demolition is projected to last six to eight weeks. The Athletics Department will have a webcam available on www.UHCougars.com to track the progress, and anyone can view the project in person from the rooftop of the stadium parking garage. The Cougars are set to open their new state-of-the-art facility in August 2014. sports@thedailycougar.com

The scoreboard was built in 2006 after a donation from John O’Quinn. The field was also renamed in his honor. | File photo/The Daily Cougar

Standings accurate as of today

SCHEDULE Tuesday’s C-USA games Men’s basketball St. Andrews at ECU (C-USADN) .............6:30 p.m. Nicholls State at Tulane (C-USADN)...........7 p.m. Houston at TCU (FSSW).................................8 p.m. Southern Miss at (9) Arizona (Pac-12)...8:30 p.m.

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE The initial stages of demolition began Sunday. File photo/The Daily Cougar

Avery comes up big in NFL

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ormer Cougar receiver and current NFL player for the Colts, Donnie

Avery caught the game winning touchdown against the Lions on Sunday. It was his second touchdown of the day, giving the Colts a 35-33 victory as time expired. Avery put up gaudy statistics during his senior season at UH, with

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The School of Theatre and Dance’s presentation of “The Snow Queen,” premiered Friday as part of the University’s Theatre for Young Audiences series. Sophomore Sarah Ornelas was casted as the lead antagonist and wore a costume consisting of feathers, pearls and sequins. “The Snow Queen” will run again Friday and Saturday. | Pin Lim/Forest Photography

THEATER REVIEW

Interaction between two characters keeps play alive Maria Romero Contributing writer

The School of Theatre and Dance students at this year’s production of the “The Snow Queen” was overshadowed by the central characters in the play. The loving relationship between the lead roles kept the performance entertaining. The play is part of the Theatre for Young Audiences series, which aims to familiarize stagecraft to elementary and middle school students. The third production of the theater season stars freshman Jacob Perkel and junior actor Paige Wharton, whose caring friendship leaves the audience rooting in their favor and not for the icy Snow Queen. The play, originally a fairy tale written by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, begins with the story of the Snow Queen, who is played by sophomore Sarah Ornelas. The queen rules her magical kingdom with an icy cold heart and a mind obsessed with perfection. After the audience learns of the queen’s enchanted mirror breaking, the play shifts to a poor town where

the children Cei and Gerda live. Young Cei’s character is immediately introduced as a joyful and spirited boy after being scolded by his school teacher for drawing a penguin on his homework. Cei’s school teacher, who is also Gerda’s father, is played by theater education freshman Duggan Friendshuh. Following class when Gerda’s father demands that she never see Cei again, Wharton does a good job of letting the audience feel her pain. The morning after Gerda’s father’s decision, shards of the Snow Queen’s broken enchanted mirror fly into Cei’s eye, and he falls under a spell. Cei becomes cold-hearted and rude to his loved ones. Perkel successfully embodies this new character that eventually breaks Gerda’s heart. After school lets out early, the new Cei asks his peers to compete in a game of sledding. After reaching the bottom of the hill, Cei is whisked away by the Snow Queen to her faraway land. The queen makes Cei help fix her broken mirror, and with Cei as her helper, she has a plan to freeze the hearts of all living things to once again

rule a world of snow and ice. Once Cei has gone missing, Gerda stays hopeful that he is still alive and decides to go on a journey to find him, which initially seems confusing and unfitting to the plot’s story. She first lands in what seems like the Old South, with a jealous countrylike maid who insists that Gerda stays. The second stop resembles a 1920s beach town, and the third and final stop is set in a forest infested with gypsy-like carnivores. Later these stops are referred to as the lands of spring, summer and fall. Without that connection, one would have never guessed the importance of those settings. The only hope that lies within the play is that Gerda gets back her friend and saves the day. Fortunately, Gerda saves Cei from the queen’s spell and sets the seasons back in place, providing the fairy tale ending. “The Snow Queen” will run again at 2 p.m. at the Wortham Theatre on Friday and Saturday. arts@thedailycougar.com


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Following the Student Program Board’s fourth annual Winter Wonderland, the organization invited students to the Cullen Performance Hall for a free screening of Warren Miller Entertainment’s “Flow State.” The movie features snowboarders and skiers shredding down the snow-covered slopes, connecting with the mountains and losing themselves in their performance. The screening was part of the Coke-sponsored Free Movie Night series hosted by SPB that entertains students with films at the Cullen Performance Hall. SPB’s Winter Wonderland, an event that featured more than 100,000 pounds of artificial snow Thursday at Lynn Eusan Park was held prior to the screening of the film that evening. “This is a transition for (Winter Wonderland) that’s in connection with that,” said cinema committee chair Anjuli Tuck. The movie, which shows fresh snow and sunshine, gave students a feel for what it would be like to live in a climate more representative of cold weather conditions. “I know Houston doesn’t have a winter season so that’s kind of the whole point of doing this — to give people the opportunity to see it and what it feels like,” Tuck said. Pre-nursing and psychology sophomore Odinakachukwu Ezeigwe, who was one of the attendees at the screening, was unfamiliar with skiing and snowboarding and had a diverse perception toward the film. “I’m kind of mixed about the movie. I find it interesting because I have no experience snowboarding or skiing, but also kind of impossible because I don’t see myself doing it,” Ezeigwe said. Even though the event was free and students had an opportunity to get out and experience something festive, attendance was scarce. “Sometimes students don’t want to take advantage of these events, because they just kind of think that we’re another type of group that’s just doing stuff when we are actually their Student Program Board on this campus,” Tuck said. “And I think that’s just one thing students need to realize — we are putting on these events for them.” arts@thedailycougar.com

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