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Elvin Hayes scored 29 points in the first half of “the game of the century” en route to leading UH to a 71-69 victory against UCLA, which was on a 47-game winning streak, in 1968 at the Astrodome. The Cougars became the top-ranked team in the country after the win. | 1968 Houstonian

Closer to home UH keeps some of those who have contributed to the program as a player or coach around in an effort to help both parties grow and develop Christopher Shelton Sports editor

It was Chandi Jones’ father who convinced her to attend UH when she was being recruited by more highprofile programs. She was pursued

by legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt — who reminded Jones of her father — and perennial top 25 programs like the University of Texas. Jones’ dad, David, knew puzzles enticed her, so he presented a

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During Ted’s Pardee (right) tenure as a player Jack Pardee (left) was head coach. They were the last father-son duo as coach and player at UH since Bum and Wade Phillips. | Courtesy of Ellie Pardee challenge. “He asked me, ‘Why go to an established program when you can go to UH and create your own footprint?’” Jones said. She did leave a mark. Jones was named the conference’s

female athlete of the decade and was selected three times as Conference USA Player of the Year. She finished her career third in UH overall and first in women’s scoring.

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COUNTDOWN Chandi Jones is the third leading scorer in UH history behind only Elvin Hayes and Otis Birdsong in the ranks. | Courtesy of UH athletics


Elvin Hayes does commentary for the UH basketball team. In his position, he’s allowed to interact with fellow legendary figures like SMU head coach Larry Brown. | Courtesy of UH athletics

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Taking it back in Cougar basketball In 1968, UH basketball played “the game of the century” against University of California, Los Angeles.

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The UCLA Bruins were on a 47-game winning streak when they walked into the Astrodome to face the Cougars. UCLA was ranked as number one in its conference while UH held second. About 50,000 pairs of eyes were pinned to the court as Elvin Hayes faced Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who was known in his undergraduate career as Lew Alcindor. Hayes, known as the “Big E,” was chosen as the National Player of the Year. The Cougars defeated the Bruins with a winning score of 71-69. The team, halfway through its season, was propelled onward to end the season with an impressive 31-2 record.


Abdul Jabar, performs his soon-to-be-famous famous sky hook, as Hayes and Kenny Spain attempt to block him. | ‘68 Houstonian

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Studying abroad tugs at purse strings Two fairs this week offer advice for intrepid future travelers Ellen Goodacre Staff writer

Students eagerly hoping to travel the world and expand their education face a harsh reality: It’s expensive. The Office of International Studies and Programs attempted to assuage these worries at Tuesday’s study abroad fair. Many scholarships are available that students don’t know about, said Maria Saldana, advisor for the Office of International Studies and

Programs. “We want to inform students about scholarship opportunities and financial aid opportunities to study abroad. Many of them are receiving the Pell Grant, and they don’t know,” Saldana said. The OISP offers two scholarships to students — the International Education Fee scholarship and the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. Saldana said she encourages students to apply for scholarships offered by the study abroad advisor once they have chosen a program of interest. An additional concern for students may be the lack of ability to transfer credits back to UH, said Parul Fernandes, director of the Office of International Studies and Programs. These fears are unfounded.

“The good thing is that UH offers this opportunity to the students, and the credits are transferred from a foreign university to ours so the student doesn’t lose time or money in going abroad,” Fernandes said In addition to scholarships, students who wish to study abroad may also apply for additional financial aid through the OISP once they have chosen a program, had an advising appointment, and filled out a Study Abroad Cost of Attendance and Enrollment Funding form. “Today our world is global,” Fernandes said. “And if you are not global you are sort of living in a box, and you don’t really know what is outside the box. Things will fall into your plate which you cannot deal with unless you have travelled, and nowadays travel is the best education.”

Alpha Kappa Psi was one among many organizations offering information about study abroad programs for UH students. | Nikki Taylor/The Daily Cougar The OISP offers study abroad programs in approximately 140 countries through faculty-led, affiliate, exchange and special programs. OISP also offers

students the opportunity to do an independent study in any country ABROAD continues on page 11


Study leaves biochemists cell-shocked Julie Heffler Staff writer

Associate professor Masaya Fujita and doctoral candidate Sarem Davi study B. subtilis cells grown on an agar plate. | Courtesy of

Novel research in UH’s biochemistry department is unfolding previously misunderstood and seemingly simple pathways in bacterial sporulation. Biochemistry associate professor Masaya Fujita and doctoral candidate Sarem Davi recently published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that outlines a mechanism for spore formation in bacillus subtilis, a common bacteria

that is harmless to humans. The pathway was previously assumed by other scientists to involve only one protein: Spo0A. Fujita and Davi discovered that multiple checkpoints were involved that caused this bacteria to form into a spore. “For the bacterial system, people thought it was much simpler than a eukaryotic system. Of course, the eukaryotic systems like our body are very complicated and have checkpoints or critical points to decide their

future fate,” Fujita said. “However, B. subtilis undergoes either a growing cell or a spore, depending on the environmental conditions. It’s just two choices so people thought that this was very simple: that a single protein Spo0A molecule can make these decisions. However, the cells expressing Spo0A only kick off the sporulation process and begin making preparations, but CELLS continues on page 11


Transfers’ saving attempts can backfire Two bills on floor of Texas house to aid struggling students Darlene Campos Staff writer

A college career can be costly. Many students may look for options to save money. Taking courses at two-year colleges before transferring to four-year campuses is frequently believed to be one of the ways, but this method may not be saving as much money as students planned. “Without running data, I can say that usually about 75 percent of the transfer students come from

two-year institutions,” said Susan Moreno, director of UH Institutional Research. “Other reasons (for attending a two-year college first) could be convenience of location, staying close to home, or not meeting admissions requirements initially.” Students who start their higher education at a two-year college often end up borrowing more or the same amount of money after they transfer to a four-year institution, according to The Texas Tribune. Despite this, creative writing senior Anthea Rafique said it was worth it to go to Houston Community College first. “I was able to transfer 21 hours to UH,” Rafique said. “I went to HCC because it was cheaper and also helped me get my

Texas residency established before I enrolled into a four-year university. It did the trick, and my tuition was cut into half.” Not all credits from other universities may transfer, costing students time and money. “I went to Houston Baptist University on an academic scholarship before attending Wharton County Junior College,” said English junior Jessica Wilson. “I transferred a total of 55 hours, but only five or so were from HBU. I chose a two-year over going to UH because of the price and because all the credits would transfer. Their required freshman religion course and freshman year experience only transfer to other religious private schools, which doesn’t include UH.”

Financial burdens stemming from classes to textbooks need to be dealt with, said mechanical engineering junior Edwin Jackson. “Tuition and the cost of textbooks need to be thoroughly examined to address the financial burden that has beset many young Americans in the pursuit of their dreams,” Jackson said. While transferring credits has proven to be more economical for some students, money is not always the issue. Occasionally, courses required at two-year colleges are not required or accepted at four-year institutions. State legislators are attempting to remedy this. House Bills 30 and 82 have been filed by Texas representatives Dan

BILLS House Bill 30 – This bill would ease the process of transferring from a two-year college to a fouryear college by clarifying which courses transfer from university to university. House Bill 82 – This bill creates a common course numbering system for all higher education institutions in Texas to ease transferring.

Branch and Ruth Jones McClendon to ease the transfer process. With these bills in place, the future of transferring credits may be brighter.

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Putting an ENDA to job discrimination


reedom from discrimination is something for which Americans have fought, and the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act is crucial to this pursuit. Alex The act Caballero would prevent employers from firing individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. It would also prevent employers from turning away applicants for the same reasons. It is legal in 29 states to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens aren’t aware that there are no safeguards for them. Federal law prohibits employers from firing or discriminating against someone based on their age, race or gender but not sexual orientation or gender identity. Previous versions of ENDA have

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been introduced in Congress since the 1990s, but those attempts failed. President Barack Obama has made some progress on the rights for the LGBT community. He supports marriage equality and repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Gays and lesbians can now serve openly in the military. It’s a big step forward, but in order for the LGBT community to be fully integrated in society, ENDA will a vital role.

The act has many opponents. One the most vocal is the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian think tank and lobby. “ENDA is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to alleged discrimination that erases all marriage-based distinctions,” said the FRC on its anti-ENDA website. “It grants special rights to homosexuals while ignoring those of employers. The federal government should not force private businesses

to abandon their moral principles.” They oppose the legislation because they feel this group is not disadvantaged and people choose their “sexual behavior or gender self-identification.” One need only point to the fact that other vulnerable groups — women, minorities and the elderly — are protected by the federal government. According to equalitytexas. org, about 89 percent of Texans live in parts of the state where discrimination is legal. Gay and lesbian couples make a salary of 9 to 11 percent less than their straight counterparts. The state estimates that if discrimination were banned, Texas would have to investigate about 474 cases of unfair pay difference a year. There is no statewide legislation that protects gay and transgender individuals. Some cities like Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth have passed anti-discriminatory legislation, but in small towns across the state many remain vulnerable.

The 83rd Texas legislature, which began Jan. 8, already shows promise. Rep. Mike Villareal (D-San Antonio) introduced HB238, which would end such discrimination. It will be the sixth time he has introduced an anti-discriminatory bill. Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) plans to introduce or co-sponsor a pro-LGBT bill this session, said. Coleman also plans to reintroduce another vote on the same-sex marriage ban that passed by referendum in 2005. In Fall 2011, the UH Student Government Association introduced its own version of ENDA — the Gender Expression Non-discrimination and Anti-harassment bill. It was eventually ratified by President and Chancellor Renu Khator a few months later. This shows an increased trend of acceptance and integration to society, especially for Texas. Glengariff Group, Inc. found that 75.4 percent of Texan voters polled supported a ENDA continues on page 5


The public university system still works, pays Sarah Backer Staff columnist


t is a common misconception that money invested in an undergraduate education at a private university will pay off in the future. I cannot say with authority that the experience will not make up for the extra costs: There may be an intrinsic value in attending a certain university because of the atmosphere, community or culture. When looking at the figures, a public university is the smartest choice financially for an undergraduate in Texas. For the purpose of analysis,

eight private schools in Texas were examined: Rice University, Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Texas Lutheran University, Southwestern University, Trinity University and Houston Baptist University. According to the website PayScale, these colleges have an average median starting salary of $43,938 and an average median mid-career salary of $80,488. This must be compared with the average yearly cost of these schools: $46,041 per year with a four-year average price tag of $184,163. The price is computed

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by adding up tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses as allocated by the website College For All Texans. For comparison, I chose eight state schools in Texas: Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Houston, Texas Tech University, Sam Houston State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Lamar University and Texas State University. The average median starting salary of these state schools is $44,675, and the average median

PUBLIC PAYS The edge in salary and tuition belongs to public undergraduates In a study of eight public universities and eight private universities, public undergraduates start with better salaries, have better mid-career salaries and pay cheaper tuition: ƒ Public undergraduate average starting salary: $44,674; private undergraduate average starting salary: $43,938 ƒ Public undergraduate average mid-career salary: $80,513; private undergraduate average mid-career salary: $80,488 ƒ Public undergraduate average four-year tuition: $92,264; private undergraduate average four-year tuition: $184,163 mid-career salary is $80,513. Since public universities have a separate tuition fee for residents and non-residents, resident fees

were examined exclusively to get a sense of what the average PUBLIC continues on page 5

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As technology evolves and becomes more of a social tool, computer labs like those in the M. D. Anderson Memorial Library will only grow in size as people flock to check their social media and use Google as a research tool, reducing the need for impersonal interactions and physical research | Aaron Manuel/The Daily Cougar


Growing accustomed to your Facebook Iman Sahnoune Staff columnist


he advancement of technology brings numerous benefits in society. Human achievement is measured in terms of technological innovation while downfalls such as interpersonal alienation, dependence on these tools and possible effects on mental capabilities are overlooked. Modern technology is a double-edged sword, and as it structures the development of our society, it’s becoming important to use these innovations to maximize our potential. Historians agree that a major phase of technological innovation came from the Industrial Revolution and with it came the electric telegraph, the telephone, railroads and factories that revolutionized the textile, transport, agriculture and coal industries. This century served as the foundation for most technological advances. Our society has the history of the world at its fingertips — or wherever the nearest cell phone, tablet or laptop is charging. With such ready access to information, we don’t need to remember as much. A study by Harvard University professor Daniel Wegner titled “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips,” provides evidence explaining that humans tend to remember less information when they know there are search engines. Technology is used as a secondary memory source. While the long-term effects on memory are not yet identified, it makes sense that our brains can encode, remember and learn

information differently than those from the past. After elementary school, it’s rare to see anyone doing mental math or long division if there’s a calculator around. Knowing how to spell words becomes unnecessary because of auto-correct and the Internet so long as the consonants and vowels are in the right place. Not having to do mental math frees the brain to do other tasks; but, there are limits to a person’s mental capacity when depending on a technological device. The advent of more progressive technology presents a paradox: We’ve become virtually more connected than before because of social media, to the point that real-life interactions are becoming obsolete. Online classes give a reason not go to class, and it’s easy and an efficient way to know what people are doing without having to contact them by using Facebook, MySpace and Tumblr. Should this trend continue, it can yield a negative effect on society because it takes humanity out of the equation. When tragedies strike around the world, posting a picture or status doesn’t help internalize the situation. We’ve become observers behind a screen instead of active participants. There’s no denying the effect technology has on society. It’s important to keep in mind the effects that the trend can have on our capabilities and interactions, and we should work to moderate a balance between the two. Iman Sahnoune is a neuroscience graduate and may be reached at

ban on employment discrimination. There is a fear among some legislators to support any such legislation. “We need enough Republicans to believe that a vote for this bill will help them in a general election and won’t hurt them in the Republican primary,” Villareal told the Dallas Voice. The state legislature needs a


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Texan would have to pay for a higher education. These schools have an average yearly tuition of $23,066 — a four-year price tag of $92,264. The starting and mid-career salaries of public and private university graduates in Texas are negligible: a $737 difference in starting salary and a $25 difference in mid-career salary, both in favor of public universities. A private university costs nearly double what a state school costs: $46,041 per year versus $23,066 per year. Assuming a four-year college experience, that is a difference of $91,899. It is important to remember that the numbers do not reflect the happiness of the students, possible differences in the amount of knowledge gained or overall satisfaction with their college experience. These items are not easily quantifiable. Public universities offer a wider variety of majors, a more diverse campus and a larger selection of opportunities and activities while private

brave Republican who’s willing to stand for this issue and actually strengthen the Republican ideal of family unity. House Speaker Joe Straus, (R-San Antonio) may be that voice for his party. He’s a Republican who, according to the Dallas Voice, might be the most LGBT-friendly Republican in Texas history, and that gives hope that this year the state passes its own “mini-ENDA.” Alex Caballero is a creative writing senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.

universities have a liberal arts focus and fewer options for study. For instance, Rice does not have a business college, which is a staple at many public universities. F. King Alexander, the president of California State University-Long Beach, said there are benefits to students who attend the most elite colleges, such as those in the Ivy League, but most private universities cannot achieve that same level of network effects and continue to charge several times the amount of tuition at a public university. “Plenty of people who are now rich and powerful went to public colleges and universities. Steven Spielberg went to (California State University, Long Beach),” Alexander said. “He’s doing all right.” From a financial standpoint, the way to get the best bang for your buck is to attend a public university. But in the end, it is how you apply yourself and what you do with your education that will make you a success. Sarah Backer is a business sophomore and may be reached at opinion@

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Legendary coach Bill Yeoman spent 25 seasons at UH winning 160 games and finishing in the AP top five — four times. | 1968 Houstonian


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For Jones, returning to UH last season after her professional career concluded was a natural progression. David was an assistant women’s basketball coach at UH from 1999 to 2006. In an interview with, Jones said the defining moment in her life was “playing for the same team my father coached at the University of Houston.” This year, UH competed in the David Jones Classic, named in the late coach’s honor, for the second consecutive season. Jones works as an administrative coordinator for the women’s basketball team. She is one of several former great players who have returned to UH after their days as student-athletes concluded. 45 years later Elvin Hayes, like Jones, returned to the sport he impacted during his tenure as a player. Before each UH basketball game, Hayes scouts opponents the same way he did in 1968. By watching pregame warm-ups, he can tell which players are the other team’s best shooters and who’s more prone to miss 3-pointers by watching their form. Hayes can surmise which players will challenge the Cougars’ defense and rebound with athleticism and the big men who have

good post moves with their back to the basket — all before the opening tipoff. In 1968, Hayes was the best player in college basketball — he was a consensus National Player of the Year selection after averaging 36.8 points and 18.9 rebounds per game — and used the information to decide how much competition the opposing team would provide and which opponents would be toughest to guard. The habits he picked up as a player help him in a job that connects him to the University, where he was a successful player. Hayes does color commentary for the UH basketball team alongside play-by-play announcer UH alumnus Tom Franklin. He joined the Cougar radio team for the 2010 to 2011 basketball season. Hiring practices Since becoming vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics in 2009, Mack Rhoades said he has focused on making UH Athletics a family environment where both former and current players can thrive. “It’s important that we develop a relationship with (student athletes) while they’re here but also continue that relationship,” Rhoades said. Rhoades said part of his job is making sure student athletes are ready for life, as most won’t become a professional athlete. “It’s extremely important that we win games and win championships, but it’s even more important that we do a great job of developing our student athletes and

Elvin Hayes faced Lew Alcindor in “the game of the century” at the Astrodome in front of 52,693 people, which at the time was the largest crowd ever assembled at a college basketball game. | 1968 Houstonian

(that) they’re successful when they leave here,” Rhoades said. “If you look at the recent coaching hires over the past three years, all of them have been a part of a successful program ... but the fiber that connects them all is their (dedication) to the student-athlete’s wellbeing, not just in competition.” Women’s basketball head coach Todd Buchanan enjoys the family aspect of the Athletics Department. The walls of his office has a collage of photos of Buchanan’s 3-year-old son Colton and two autographed UH jerseys of Buchanan’s former players. Former players Jones and Sancho Lyttle played professional basketball. Brittany Mason, one of Buchanan’s former players, never left the program. She graduated in 2010 and immediately enrolled in graduate school and became the women’s basketball team’s first-ever graduate assistant. Before this season, Buchanan offered her the opportunity to become the team’s video coordinator. “They must love me,” Mason said. “I’ve been here six years.” Buchanan, who was an assistant coach at UH before becoming the head coach at Houston Baptist, said a point of emphasis upon returning to UH as head coach was making sure the women’s basketball team was a family by generating an environment to which players would want to return. To Buchanan, the ultimate compliment for a coach is a successful coaching tree, especially if the branches are former players.


UH has nine former athletes that are now on the coachin five. Leroy Burrell in track and field, Todd Whitting in baseba head coach at UH. The University also has seven former athle Carl Lewis is a volunteer coach and Phi Slama Jama membe the UH men’s basketball team. On the air, Elvin Hayes and T


BASKETBALL Todd Whitting has been the head baseball coach since 2010. He was UH a student-athlete from 1991-1992 and again from 1994-1995, when he earned a bachelors in Kinesiology

Traci Cauley has been the director of baseball operations for 11 seasons. She graduated in 1995 with a degree in education. She assisted the athletics department while a student.

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Michael Young led the Cougars in scoring in 1983 on a team that reached the NCAA title game. Now his son, redshirt sophomore Joseph, leads the Cougars in scoring. | 1983 Houstonian

Chandi Jones left UH as one of its most decorated athletes. She returned this season to join the coaching staff. Her dad, David (pictured), was an assistant coach while she was a player. | Courtesy of UH athletics

“You feel good when you walk in and 45 out of the building and know that people have your same philosophy, and we’re going to be family at the end of it as well,” Buchanan said.

ng staff for the sport they competed in — track and field has all and Jane Figueiredo as the diving head coach have risen to etes who assist them on the support staff. Former UH sprinter er, Michael Young is the director of basketball operations for Ted Pardee former Cougars do color commentary.

TRACK AND FIELD Brittany Mason went directly into coaching after she graduated in 2010 with a degree in health. She enrolled in graduate school and is the team’s video coordinator now.

Leroy Burrell enters his 14th season as head coach. As a runner, he was a world record holder and an Olympian. He was 2008 Indoor Men’s Coach of the Year

Michael Young returned to UH when Clyde Drexler — his teammate from the Phi Slama Jama era— was named head coach. He now serves as the director of basketball operation.

Seun Audigun’s career was highlighted by five Conference USA titles and six NCAA Championship appearances. She is now an assistant to he former coach, Leroy Burrell.

Like father, like son Joseph Young has been around UH basketball his entire life. His dad, Michael, is an all-time great whose jersey is retired and hangs in the rafters at Hofheinz Pavilion. Young grew up around the Athletics Department partly because Michael has spent so much of his life around UH. Michael led the team in scoring during the Phi Slama Jama era, playing alongside Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. As retirement from playing professionally overseas became eminent, Michael’s relationship with Drexler brought him back to UH as an assistant coach when Drexler was hired as head coach. Michael stuck around after Drexler was fired and now serves as the director of basketball operations. “You can never beat family. To come back home with an Elvin Hayes, a Carl Lewis, a Clyde Drexler — it’s really a blessing in disguise to be right back here to help the University get back up to the starring days,” Michael said. During his days as an assistant coach, Michael worked with Jones to improve her game before and after practice. All the while, Young looked on. As a redshirt sophomore guard, Young averages 17 points per game and, like his dad, leads the team in scoring. Now he’s

Leroy Burrell won the title of world’s fastest man in 1990. He returned to coach at UH, his former college team, 14 years ago. | 1990 Houstonian

all grown up. Family tradition of coaching The Tellez family has been around the track and field program for 36 years. Tom Tellez was named track and field head coach in 1976. During his tenure, he coached nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis and three-time NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist Leroy Burrell. The outdoor track facility is named after Lewis and Tellez, and Burrell is the track and field head coach. Lewis is also a volunteer coach. Kyle Tellez, Tom’s son, has been on the track and field staff for 21 years. During the last 14 years, he has served as the associate head coach. “My family has such a vested interest in the University that it felt right to continue the Tellez tradition,” Kyle said. Kyle has left the program only once since beginning college. After his freshman season, Kyle transferred to Sam Houston State. He returned to UH after an injury derailed his track career. After graduation, Kyle became a graduate assistant and worked with Tom, who was still the head coach at the time. A family of coaches Ted Pardee, like Kyle, had a father who was a legendary coach at UH. Ted’s dad, Jack, piloted the run-and-shoot offense. Jack was at the helm of the program in 1989 when former UH quarterback Andre Ware broke many of the major passing records in

NCAA history and became the University’s only Heisman Trophy winner. Jack left the program in 1990 to coach the Houston Oilers, but Ted and his daughter, Ellie, are still around. Ted does color commentary for the football games, and Ellie, a communications sophomore, works as an intern with the Athletics Department. “My dad played linebacker for my grandfather for three out of four years. UH has always been such a huge part of my entire family,” Ellie said in an email. “No one in my family has gone to Texas A&M, my grandad’s alma mater. The last father-son duo at UH was Bum Phillips when he coached Wade.” Jack followed Bill Yeoman, perhaps the most famous UH coach. Yeoman coached the Cougars for 25 years and won 160 games. UH had 17 winning seasons while Yeoman was head coach. Yeoman is now the development officer of Cougar Pride, a team that helps the Athletics Department secure gifts and promotes season tickets. Yeoman will continue to be involved in the program, leading the Pride’s efforts to sell 30,000 season tickets for the football stadium that will open in 2014. He said he’s always been around, even after his coaching tenure expired. “Well, son, I only left for about a month,” Yeoman said.

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Join the University of Houston family as we celebrate the life, legacy and vision of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

University Center – Houston Room Monday, January 28, 2013 Noon -1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.) Punch and light refreshments provided. Bring your lunch as we discuss the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. followed by a roundtable discussion with students, faculty and staff.

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The Blaffer Art Museum screened short films by Terry Fox and Stuart Sherman on Thursday that were based on artist Tony Feher’s exhibit. Feher drew inspiration from his struggle with AIDS, and primarily used everyday objects that normally get discarded, like water bottles, in his art. | Maritza Rodriguez/The Daily Cougar


One man’s trash, another’s inspiration Artist breathes life into everyday objects that some would discard Maritza Rodriguez Contributing writer

Artists Terry Fox and Stuart Sherman’s short videos showed viewers extraordinary ways of looking at ordinary objects Thursday at the Blaffer Art Museum. Scenes from the series were based on the work of Tony Feher, a minimalist artist who turned everyday objects into a personal meaning. The two artists use their artistry and intellect to change simple objects, said Amy Powell, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell curatorial fellow at Blaffer and the event organizer.

“I organized the film and video series based on themes in Tony’s work,” Powell said. “Sherman and Fox were two artists who also manipulated common everyday objects with a sense of wit and poetry.” The short films, “On Screen,” were viewed in Blaffer’s new Media Gallery. Fox’s work used tricks, including many household items such as spoons and candles. The films ranged from the late 1970s to early 1990s. Powell said she was fascinated with the outcome of the crowd leaving some students to view the films from outside of the cinema. Health senior Nipa Sheth was walking by the museum and noticed the event. “The videos were interesting and materialistic,” Sheth said.

Students were also able to walk through the Feher exhibition. The exhibition, like the films, included many every day common objects such as water bottles, crates and string. Powell said the film and video series is to widen the students’ perspective on contemporary art and how other minimalist artists have interpreted their work to the exhibition. The series will also inspire students to be more creative in their studies and in their everyday life. “My hope is that the film and video series “On Screen” will broaden students’ perspectives on contemporary art by exploring how other artists have interpreted themes related to our main exhibition,”

Aside from the film screening, students were able to experience Tony Feher’s work on exhibit in the Blaffer Art Museum. Up next for Blaffer, Helen Molesworth’s work will be displayed until Feb. 19. | Maritza Rodriguez/The Daily Cougar


Cast of music students brings Mozart’s classic to life Yasmine Saqer Contributing writer

The Moores Opera Center debuts their spring season Thursday with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” Based upon Pierre Beaumarchais’s sequel to “The Barber of Seville,” the story takes place in 18th century Spain during Figaro and Susanna’s wedding day, which

escalates into the “day of madness” when Figaro’s boss begins to seek the affection of his employee’s bride-to-be. Directed by David Ward and conducted by Brett Mitchell, the comic opera stars Eric Lindsay as Figaro with Amanda Sauceda and Kyla Know alternating as Susanna. Producer of “Figaro” and director of the Moores Opera Center,

Buck Ross describes the opera as a “charming, energetic comedy,” one that many critics believe to be “the most perfect opera ever written.” “The Marriage of Figaro” will be the first of two operas that will be presented this week by Moores Opera Center. Its opening will be followed by the opening of “Moscow, Cheryomushki” Jan. 25. “Putting on an opera is an

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enormous undertaking. Putting on two at once as we are doing is an exercise in insanity. People have been working on this since September,” Ross said. The ambition of the Moores Opera Center has not gone unrecognized. The National Opera Association awarded them top honors for two of its productions just last year. “The Moores Opera Center is

one of the largest opera producing university programs in the nation,” Ross said. “Our opera house is second to none. Come see what the fuss is about.” The “Marriage of Figaro” opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with continued performances on Friday and Saturday.

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FOR MORE To learn more about specific study abroad programs and the Office of International Studies and Programs stop by the second Study Abroad Fair Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion at the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. The OISP’s website:

OISP, Solana said. History senior Suleman Sultan, who studied abroad in Beijing with the Bowman Travel Grant, an external study abroad program, said he encourages his fellow students to learn through traveling. “(My biggest concern) was that it wouldn’t turn out as I expected or that the classes wouldn’t be what I expected, but it was actually much better than I thought,” Sultan said. “It’s such a different place from here, so every day there was a new experience.”

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the cells are not yet committed to this survival strategy.” The research was published in the PNAS journal because of the surprise that the previous assumptions were debunked, Fujita said. Instead of a simple network, the process involves many different steps. The research team found that the ultimate decision process for sporulation is a result of a series of nested “feed forward” loops — network motifs in which one master regulator controls another by directly regulating its amount and indirectly regulating its activity, Fujita said. “Using such integrated and sophisticated genetic networks, the cells can process information, and if needed, change their mind, though without a brain. This strategy allows them to make an accurate decision under unpredictable environmental conditions. Thus, the cells can postpone their final decision-making until the point of no return.” This process is difficult to study with in the wild B. subtilis, Davi said. Artificial techniques needed to be used to study the processes. “It’s very difficult to study in the


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wild-type cells so that’s why we use this artificial sporulation system so we can decouple the pathways.,” Davi said. “We can dissect different pathways and use IPCT as the inducer to study different parts. We can study it in more detail. That is how we can find out that there are different steps going on. It’s very complex,” Davi said. Davi, who is starting her fourth year in her doctoral program, said she hopes to graduate with this paper. More information about biology and biochemistry can be found at



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