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Tuesday, February 19, 2013 // Issue 78, Volume 78

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ENGINEERING

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OPINION

Technology company rolls onto campus for demonstrations Julie Heffler Staff writer

The LabView Campus Tour, which travels across the U.S. and Canada, presents technology for educators, researchers and students. The tour motivates students to do engineering as they explore different design projects programmed with LabVIEW system design software. | Shaimaa Eissa/The Daily Cougar

The National Instrument truck showed off its widely used software and hardware Monday to kick off National Engineers Week. The third week of February is celebrated as National Engineers to remind people of the importance of engineering and how engineers contribute to society, said Mark Walters, academic marketing manager. “NI recognizes the importance of learning math, science and technical skills and is sharing that with campuses across the country through the LabView Campus Tour,” Walters said. Each person in the UH TRUCK continues on page 3

ISSSO isn’t so serviceable LIFE+ARTS

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Job searching solutions Radha Khetpal Contributing writer

For a recent college graduate, it can be difficult trying to find a job with little or no experience. UH has an organization called Emerging Leaders Institute helps students acquire the necessary skills employers are looking for in entry-level positions. ELI is student-based and focuses on building in-demand skills employers look for in employees as well as networking with major firms in the city to help students gain contacts with companies. “We actively bring partners to our organization to tell us what they look for in prospective employees, and we begin to train members with the skills they need to launch their desired careers,” said Cameron McHugh, president of ELI and a finance and accounting senior. ELI attends a number of events in the Houston area in search for opportunities that students in the organization can use to network. “We develop training programs

that students can take to give them the skills they need to have a competitive advantage,” said Derar Deek, the chief of operations and accounting and a management and information systems senior. Preparing students for the job market is the main goal of ELI, and anyone is welcome to join the organization regardless of their major and classification. “The ability to understand spreadsheets and functions is an ever increasing requirement for employers when it comes to selecting recent graduates, especially in the professional services industries,” McHugh said. ELI offers a $50 online course that teaches students professional skills they will need in the job market such as excel proficiency and awards students with a certificate of qualification upon completion. “Other organizations don’t focus on training students; other organizations focus on the soft skills,” Deek said. JOBS continues on page 3

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The following is a partial report of campus crime between Feb. 11 and Sunday. All information is selected from the files of the UH Department of Public Safety. Information or questions regarding the cases below should be directed to UHDPS at (713) 743-3333. Theft: At 12:15 a.m. Feb. 11 at the Cullen Performance Hall, a student reported that his unattended and unsecured laptop was stolen. The case is inactive.

at Cougar Village, two students reported their items were stolen from their unsecured and unattended bedroom. The case is inactive.

Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: At 2:09 p.m. Feb. 11 in Lot 16B, a student reported that her vehicle was burglarized by an unknown person or persons. The case is inactive.

Theft: At 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Science & Research 2, a student reported someone stole his unattended and unsecured laptop computer. The case is inactive.

Traffic Offense: At 2:25 p.m. Tuesday at the Stadium Parking Garage, a UH student reported his unattended vehicle had been struck by an unidentified vehicle. The striking vehicle’s driver failed to leave information as required by Texas State law. The case is inactive.

Possession of Marijuana: At 11:01 p.m. Thursday at the Quadrangle, a student was arrested for possession of marijuana and transported to Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest.

Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: At 2:45 p.m. Tuesday in Lot 20C, a student reported someone stole his parking permit sticker from his unattended and unsecured vehicle. The case is inactive. Traffic Offense: At 9:49 p.m. Tuesday in Lot 9C, a UH contractor reported her vehicle struck and damaged and the striking vehicle’s driver failed to leave information as required by law. The case is inactive. Possession of Marijuana: At 12:12 a.m. Wednesday at Moody Towers, a student was arrested for possession of marijuana and transported to Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. Burglary of a Building or Habitation: At 1:14 p.m. Wednesday

Theft: At 11:57 a.m. Friday at the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture, a student reported an unknown individual or individuals stole her unattended and unsecured laptop. The case is inactive Assault: At 12:13 a.m. Sunday at Cougar Village, a student was assaulted by her boyfriend. The boyfriend was arrested for domestic violence, issued a campuswide criminal trespass warning and transported to Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: At 2:37 a.m. Sunday at Cougar Village, several underage students were found consuming alcohol. All were released after receiving Harris County Citations for consumption of alcohol by minors and Student Life and Residential Life referrals. The case is cleared by citation.

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New portals remove red tape System expedites crime, emergency reporting process on campus Tara Gonzales Contributing writer

Emergency response is getting an update courtesy of the College of Technology as a part of UH’s effort to make the campus safer. With the new emergency management portal system created by Engineering Technology associate professor Deniz Gurkan and graduate students Partha Gala and Kiran Vemuri, the new portal will allow the Emergency Management team to be prepared and ready to respond promptly and with great accuracy. “I am so happy that after all of these years of doing emergency management. We now have a portal that allows us to get in on the incident even faster and get it out to our community just as fast,” said Joe Mendez, director of Emergency Management. The portal will be available to the Emergency Management team this year as a production level support system that allows the staff to connect to the web to report an emergency. The emergency management portal will have balloon markers on each building. By clicking on the balloon marker, it will display a box of information about that building and includes the building name, number, short name, IP address to the building camera and link to the building’s webpage. The staff can click the “Emergency Warning” button in the box and then send a warning on the level of urgency and the emergency type to all of those allowed to view the portal such as the UH police and local firemen. This enables the local operators in the UH area to access the emergency data faster to send

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“We focus on the soft and hard skills.” ELI doesn’t have any requirements to sign up and the organization is free to all UH students. The organization hopes to make its members and students marketable. “It’s not about the major that gets you the job, it’s the marketable skills you have,” Deek said.

Through the portal, which is different from the UH Blue Light Emergency Phone system shown above, it will be simple to report crimes or emergencies via Internet by a working team. | Mahnoor Samana/The Daily Cougar out dispatches and emergency notifications. “With the UH police department permission, we are also now trying to implement all of the university security card access through the portal, so that way, we can lock down a location safely without being there,” Mendez said. The system took two months to develop, and Gurkan and his team are trying to integrate more information and change the display, so it is more effective for the Emergency Management team. The goal is that

this portal system will keep the campus safer. “We started working with Joe Mendez and initially we decided to only integrate information about video cameras around the campus because it gives the most visual input,” Gurkan said. “And now we are trying to integrate card access systems and now are going to put this portal as a production system into the emergency operation center.”

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community benefitted from the experience, according to Walters. “Through live demonstrations, researchers can learn how to accelerate innovation and discovery in advanced research projects. Educators see how they can deliver complete hands-on teaching solutions for students to ‘do engineering’ in the classroom through engaging, real-world learning experience,” Walters said. The demonstrations were geared toward students. “For students, this tour inspires them to do engineering by allowing them to see how the tools they are learning in the classroom today can be applied into research and in industry,” Walters said. Passersby were able to learn about the visiting company and talk to current employees. “NI is a hardware and software manufacturer that aims to make research and data analysis more user friendly,” said Sam Strickling, academic broad-based research marketing manager for NI. “We’ve brought this tour bus of goodies for engineers to showcase our hardware and software platforms like LabView, which most of the students here at UH know a little bit about,” Strickling said. “We are here to show people all the cool things you can do if you become an engineer.” The country tour is aimed to encourage students to practice more hands-on engineering, Strickling said. According to Walters, engineering is a cutting-edge field, which can help avoid potential disasters and promote advancement. “Great engineer ing can avert disasters to humanity by

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earthquake-proofing buildings and homes, through early warning systems for tornadoes and tsunamis. Who else is going to make sure these things work? Engineers and scientists are truly the leaders in engineering change,” Walters said. “From identifying new sources of energy to designing life-saving medical devices, the contribution of engineers has a significant impact on our quality of life. By finding a better, more efficient approach to meeting design challenges, engineers can accomplish more while saving time, money and effort.” On the bus, students and faculty watched demonstrations on how to design projects and teach concepts such as circuits, measurements, controls and mechatronics and communications, Walters said. Additionally, there were research tools available for demonstration that involved structural testing, power electronics, wireless measurements and microwave design. The technical aspects may be useful for students and faculty in their research and education, but Strickling said he hopes students will be excited by the potential innovations they can see themselves making. “Engineering is awesome. I’m a mechanical engineer. It’s really fun. You can think of anything you want to do, and you kind of just do it,” Strickling said. “If you know how to do engineering, if you know the premises of it, no matter what kind of task you’re trying to accomplish, the engineering paradigm fits a lot of things. If you don’t know how to do something, but you know all the steps to do something similar, it’s pretty easy.” news@thedailycougar.com

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As students boarded the informative bus, they were shown various projects and research tools of the National Instruments LabView by its experienced engineers. | Shaimaa Eissa/The Daily Cougar


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t a highly diverse Tier One research university, an efficient and helpful department dealing with international students is a must, along with international student organizations that aid such people in acclimating to Houston, the fourth most-populated city in the country, and their new school. The International Students and Scholar Service Office is responsible for the diverse international student body on campus and is available to help. According to its website, ISSSO’s mission statement includes responsibilities such as providing for the special needs of more than 4,000 international students, Jacob research scholars and foreign faculty who Patterson maintain non-immigrant status, keeping the University in compliance with federal law and regulation and promoting internationalization. “We have a lot of programs,” says Jin Zhang, associate director of ISSSO. “We have our orientation program with an ‘Information Fair’ that helps the international students adjust. People from all over the city, such as Metro representatives, library and bookstore associates and other representatives from local organizations come and give the students information.” When it comes to the students, ISSSO gets mixed reviews. “The orientation was very helpful,” said computer science graduate Vishwanath Venkatesan. “One thing that could be done is to improve the ISSSO websites a bit more: something such as the administration putting notes about how they solved something on the webpage so that people don’t come to ask that and making it more accessible so that you don’t have to stand in line for an already answered question. There isn’t always time for grad students.” ISSSO could add some online capabilities for answering simple questions so students don’t always have to come in and see them about everything, which is a hassle for students

inundated with the work that goes into obtaining postgraduate degrees, such as Venkatesan. Efficiency is key to the busy student — to increasing efficiency is cutting travel time. A car rental service could be utilized by ISSSO the same way that it is utilized by Calhoun Lofts with Hertz on Demand. The majority of international students arrive at the University without cars, and as there are three or four accessible cars through Hertz at student housing, ISSSO could do well in making the accessible cars well-known and readily available to international students because the shuttle system is not enough. Bus travel times are usually 30 minutes to an hour apart and don’t always take you exactly where you want to go. Another great feature of ISSSO is the International Friendship Program, which helps students integrate. “In the Friendship Program, you coordinate with a volunteer family once a month at a minimum to go to special events,” Zhang said. “It helps the international students with understanding American culture. ISSSO also provides a mentoring program.” That’s great, but to some, the Friendship Program doesn’t go as far as a true sponsorship system. Algerian computer science graduate Youcef Barigou spent part of his postgraduate work at Colorado State University and participated in its sponsorship program. “At Colorado State University, they assign you a sponsor to show you around and help you get to know the city and campus,” Barigou said. The University would do well, especially in a huge city, to make a program such as this, as many new students don’t know where to start, particularly if they miss orientation. The friendship program is good, but it would be invaluable to have a sponsor who has gone through the same things the international student has. ISSSO seemingly offers very helpful services, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any room for improvement. A good

The International Student and Scholar Services Office serves thousands of students, some of which want ISSSO to do more. | Mahnoor Samana/The Daily Cougar suggestion for ISSSO would be to work on some sort of an automated program to complete processes or a chat room to answer questions like what exists for IT help and not have students who have concerns come into the office, where their business is broadcasted through the thin walls. Jacob Patterson is a management information systems senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com.

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Center of attention Izundu has caught the eye of coaches, teammates in his first season at UH Kevin Cook Staff writer

Junior Haley Outon has been catching her twin sister Diedre since they was nine. While Diedre was the starting pitcher for the UH on Saturday against The University of Texas, Haley was the team’s catcher. | Esteban Portillo/The Daily Cougar

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Double trouble for UH opponents Amber Jennings Contributing writer

Diedre Outon always wanted to be a pitcher, but her twin sister Haley’s path to her own position was not as direct. Their mother, Michelle, was Diedre’s first catcher. “Growing up, I played shortstop, but when Diedre began pitching, I had to start catching after a ball tipped off my mom’s glove and broke her nose,” Haley said. “I stuck with catching and now love it.” The impact their mother had on their lives extends beyond the softball field, which made losing her more difficult for the twins. Michelle died after an extended fight with cancer. Haley and Diedre now both have butterfly tattoos, which was their mother’s favorite symbol. “Although my mom passed away almost three years ago from a five-

year battle with leukemia, that did not stop me from following my dream,” Diedre said. “I know she still supports me now, and she has the best seat in the house.” Diedre, who is three minutes older, and Haley said they have a great support system from their father, Glen, and older sister, Mandy, who the twins said have been supportive through tough times. “My dad is a diehard softball fanatic,” Haley said. “He loves watching us, and softball in general, so he is at every game he can be at, even if it’s out of state. His presence in the stands always makes me happy knowing I have his support.” When the time came for college, the girls decided that softball was their true love. Diedre and Haley visited other colleges together, but from the moment they arrived at UH, they

felt they were home. Diedre said playing with a twin gives the tandem a chance to perform better because Haley knows how to keep her calm. After growing up together, the girls have a close connection that allows them to play off of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Head coach Kyla Holas said she sees a lot of value in the twins’ performance on the field. “Obviously, Haley is one of the best kids out there in the country, but I think we were one of the places that saw value in both of them, which was important to them,” Holas said. “Diedre is going to win a lot of ball games and do big stuff for us so we are really excited to have them.” The two have become a tandem force on the field. Haley was named the Conference

USA Preseason Player of the Year after leading UH hitters last year in home runs (22) RBI (64), batting average (.368) while finishing sixth in the NCAA in home runs per game. Diedre Outon threw a no-hitter last season against Memphis, where she struck out six of the first nine batters. Diedre and Haley have the same goal in mind for this year and their senior year: They want to make it to the Women’s College World Series. The next step in their lives, however, is still uncertain. They are both aware of the fact that after college, they will likely not get to remain together. “It’s kind of weird to even imagine my life without Diedre by my side,” Haley said. “But I guess we will find out after college how that goes.” sports@thedailycougar.com

Freshman center Valentine Izundu has a habit of making blocks that bring fans to their feet. In less than eight minutes per game this season for the Cougars, Izundu is averaging more than a block per game, and head coach James Dickey indicated his minutes and opportunities are likely to grow. Assistant Director of Sports Performance Bryan Lewis pauses to reflect, and he seems almost tantalized. “If he keeps progressing the way that he is, and if we keep challenging him, he’s got some of the most potential on the team,” Lewis said. “When he finally gets comfortable within his own body, it’s going to be unreal.” Izundu, who recently sparked the Cougar defense against UTEP with three blocks off the bench, is quiet in one-on-one situations, even shy. He is the youngest player on the team, and teammates said his quiet demeanor masks a goofy wit and amiability that has made him a favorite among coaches and players. “He’s known to be a quiet guy, but he talks more to his teammates than anyone,” said assistant coach Daniyal Robinson. “He cracks jokes and keeps those guys laughing, in a sneaky, secretive kind of way.” Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas, recently named Conference USA’s Player of the Week, said he knows what being on the receiving end of Izundu’s lowvolume barbs is like. “He’s always trying to block my shot and trying to talk trash in practice,” Thomas said. “He doesn’t say it loud. He just says it where I can hear it, like, ‘Yeah, I got you now.’” The 6-foot-10-inch player is the tallest on the roster and brought Cougar fans to their feet with three

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Daniel Bernard Roumain (center) is a resident artist at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. He is working with the UH cougar marching band on a large scale outdoor performance called “En Masse”. The performance will take place April 20 at Discovery Green. | courtesy of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

Q &A Up close and personal with the master of arts. KAREN FARBER Is the director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. She sat down with The Daily Cougar to give the scoop on what’s in store for the semester.

Q: What is the purpose of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts?

A: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center was founded to break new ground in the arts at UH. We cultivate collaboration among the performing, visual and literary arts by inviting major visiting artists to develop new work with us. Then we present these visionary new works to the UH community and the public. While artists are in residence with the Mitchell Center, they interact with UH students and faculty in a variety of ways. By focusing on interdisciplinary collaboration, the Mitchell Center aims to open us to new ways of seeing and understanding the arts

(...) and the world around us. We are the product of a $20 million gift that was made to UH in 2003. Some of that gift formed a generous endowment for our programming. We work on innovative projects with our member departments at UH: the Schools of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance, as well as the Creative Writing Program and the Blaffer Art Museum.

Q: How can UH students get involved?

A: The most direct way to get involved is to take an interdisciplinary art class. IART is open to all majors and is offered as a minor for under-

graduates. Each course is offered to graduate students as well. One of our courses, collaboration among the arts, provides funding for small groups to create interdisciplinary art projects over the course of the semester. Our guest artists visit IART classes and connect with students throughout the semester. Of course, we hope all UH students will attend our events, most of which are offered free of charge.

Q: Is there a past event the center is particularly proud of hosting? One that was most memorable?

A: There are many: a talk entitled “Creativity and Collaboration” by the world famous composer Philip Glass; a residency and culminating exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum by the conceptual art collective The Center for Land Use Interpretation, titled “Texas Oil: Landscape of an Industry;” our recent presentation of performing artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s amazing new performance work “red, black,

and GREEN: a blues,” which was the product of his three year residency in Houston; the 2011 screening of films aboard a floating screen on the Tex Hex, a Mitchell Center-commissioned artist made boat, an event that was organized by our program director Bree Edwards.

Q: What kind of events can students look forward to this spring? A: On April 20 we will present “En Masse,” a grand spectacle at Discovery Green, featuring the UH Cougar marching band playing music we have commissioned for them by New Yorkbased Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. Roumain will perform on violin at the park as well. It will be like a deconstructed parade — completely surreal. The event lasts four hours, and visitors can follow members of the band around the park throughout the day and come and go as they please. Roumain is in residence with us, embedded with the band, for the next two years.


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Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas (right), the reigning C-USA Player of the Week, said freshman center Valentine Izundu (left) is like his little brother. | Shaimaa Eissa/The Daily Cougar

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blocks that helped stem the Miners’ offensive efforts. “He’s got perfect instincts,” said senior forward Leon Gibson. “For some reason, he can judge the ball better than any person I’ve seen on the block.” “If you see him in the hole, you need to either put it all the way up or pump fake and get him in the air,” Gibson said. “Because if you go up soft, you’re most likely going to get blocked.” Izundu’s bread and butter — shot blocking — changes the game, Dickey said. “He can change a lot of shots, block a lot of shots, and just makes the defense much better,” he said. Dickey said Izundu is improving game by game because of his eagerness to work and listen to advice. “I’m not sure that for everyone, having a good work ethic is the most natural thing. He’s starting to understand that,” Dickey said. Izundu has been spending extra time with Lewis improving his physicality and agility, and the extra hours he has been putting in are starting to show on the court. “The more time we put in, the more he responds to it,” Lewis said. “He has a lot of natural instinct to him that makes him successful on the court. He has a natural gift of timing, and his athletic ability is going to help him excel no matter what.” Robinson speaks glowingly of the progress Izundu has already made in his half-season with the Cougars, and projects much more progress in the coming seasons. “He’s grown a ton since we started practice. He had to get used to the speed of the game, the physicality of it,” Robinson said. “Now, you see him making those adjustments. We anticipate that he will continue the climb that he’s on.” The climb that Izundu is on started a scant four years ago, a rarity in today’s age of year-round competitive youth leagues. In very little time, he has already accumulated a stunning collage of above-the-rim highlights on YouTube, both dunking and blocking. Freshman for ward Danuel House said thinks Izundu’s potential has not yet even begun to be fully unlocked. “He could be a pro,” House said. “You can’t find that many 6’10” guys that’s light on their feet, got good foot work, that can run and jump.” sports@thedailycougar.com


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