Tuesday, February 26, 2013 // Issue 82, Volume 78
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Alcoholism in college LIFE+ARTS CEDRIC BANDOH (PRES) & RANI RAMCHANDANI (VP)
EDUARDO REYES (PRES) AND MAGGIE McCARTNEY (VP)
The UH Redvolution team of incumbent Cedric Bandoh and Senator Rani Ramchandani campaigns under the slogan “service above self.” They will work to better communication through the online town hall forum ImproveUH and the UH Mobile App. It will improve security by bringing back Cougar Patrol, a buddy system program, and installing more 24-hour watchtowers. Bandoh and Ramchandani hope to work with the city to expand their bike-sharing program to UH and continue to make the rebuild of Cullen Boulevard a priority. They also want to ensure students are continually informed of the new stadium’s progress and the Service Fee Memorandum of Understanding is followed. The team wants to increase student
organization involvement by bringing campus leaders together under a Council of Presidents. Senators on the ballot: At Large: Tanzeem Chowdhury, Sebastian Agudelo, Somtoo IkIjeofor; Bauer: Sunil Motwani, Shadi Rafeedie, Juan Lerma; Education: Crystal Brumfield; Engineering: Ever Javier, Taisia Sturza; Honors College: Samantha Joseph; CLASS: Dominique Champion, David Ghably, Elliot Kauffman, Catherin De Montaigu, Jonathan Garcia, Tatiana Lutomski, Andrew Knop; NSM: Nancy Shenoi, Samantha Matthew, Trent Fuller; Technology: Fola Alabi
The Reyes-McCartney team hopes to bring the Student Government Association back to the students by re-instituting traditional town halls and building a better a connection with students. SGA vice presidential candidate Maggie McCartney believes SGA needs to focus on solving the University’s problems. “We want to bring SGA back to simple solutions and bring it back to the student voice and student complaints,” McCartney said. “We want to actually be liaisons for the students.” The platform of the “back to basics, back to students” campaign focuses on improving safety and security — ensuring advisers are helping students, beautifying
campus and simplifying the process for organizations to fundraise or do other activities. “We are really just working hard to bring the student government back to the students,” said Eduardo Reyes, SGA presidential candidate. “We want to change the culture of this campus and make it a place where students are engaged.” Senators on the ballot: At large: Nicholas Stallman, Cynthia Orobio, Kirby White; Bauer: Christopher Holly; Engineering: Daniel Sanchez, Clint Kirchhoff; Honors College: Nick Fox; CLASS: Clement Agho-Otoghile, Fizza Raza, Guillermo Lopez, James Lee, Leonel Mata, Yesenia Chavez; NSM: Gregorio Ayala-Guerra, Enrique Martinez; Technology: Brianna Mills, Bashar Shamma
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Presidential candidates face off Katherine Morris Contributing writer
Safety was the hot topic at Monday’s debate between Student Government Association presidential candidates. Both Senator Eduardo Reyes and SGA President Cedric Bandoh claim that their strongest issue is safety and security. “You can’t expect students to be unsafe on campus,” said Reyes, an economics sophomore. “You have to walk half a mile to the nearest call box and if you’re ever in a situation where you need one that’s scary, that can be life or death.” In response, Bandoh said he wants to bring back a student program that came out in the early 2000s. “It’s unacceptable to have any
of our emergency equipment not working,” Bandoh said. “But something that’s big on our platform this year is that I think it’s time to bring back Cougar Patrol.” “We currently have a similar program but there are many complaints about wait times. The flip side is that student organizations need to take a hold of this, and it’s a great way to bring the campus together.” Another issue addressed was the Reyes-McCartney opposition to the UH phone app and ImproveUH, the new virtual town hall. Bandoh made it clear these were decided on as a group within the senate. “One thing that I’ve learned is that any time you attempt to
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ONLINE POLL Eduardo Reyes (left) and Cedric Bandoh (right) discussed student safety on campus in Monday’s presidential debate. | Shaimaa Eissa/The Daily Cougar
change the status quo is that you’re going to have people that aren’t happy,” Bandoh said. “I’ve looked over some of the things on the other party’s platform, on things they may or may not be happy about, but what we do in SGA is
done as a team, we’ve always done things together as a group. Everything that we’ve done has been in connection with our senators.”
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Driving While Intoxicated/Criminal Mischief/Public Intoxication: At 2:53 a.m. Tuesday in the East Parking Garage, a visitor was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, and a passenger in the vehicle was arrested for alleged public intoxication. Another passenger was arrested for alleged criminal mischief. All three were released to the Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. Theft: At 11:03 a.m. Tuesday in the Hilton Hotel, a contract staff member reported banking and payroll information taken from her unsecured and unattended office. The case is active. Traffic offense: At 11:03 a.m. Tuesday in Lot 15C, a student reported an unknown person struck his unattended vehicle and failed to leave the required information. The case is inactive. Possession of Marijuana/Criminal Trespass: At 12:18 a.m. Wednesday at Cougar Village, a visitor was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana and criminal trespassing. The visitor was transported to the Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. Disorderly conduct: At 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at Charles F. McElhinney Hall, two students were involved in a physical altercation. The students were detained, issued Student Life Referrals and released with Harris County citations for alleged disorderly conduct. The case is cleared by citation.
Theft: At 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library, a student reported an unknown person or persons stole his unattended and unsecured laptop. The case is inactive. Disorderly conduct: At 12:44 p.m. Wednesday at Lynn B. Eusan Park, a student dispersed pepper spray into the crowd at an event. The student was arrested for alleged disorderly conduct, was issued a Student Life Referral and transported to the Harris County Jail. The case is cleared by arrest. Theft: At 6:27 p.m. Wednesday in Moody Towers, a student reported money was taken from her unsecured and unattended wallet. The case is active. Public Intoxication: At 1:54 a.m. Thursday at the Bayou Oak Apartments, a student was arrested for public intoxication and transported to Harris County Jail. The student also received a Student Life Referral. The case is cleared by arrest. Reckless Damage: At 9:14 a.m. Thursday at the Fine Arts Building, a student suffering a mental health crisis damaged the glass door of a fire extinguisher box. The student received a Student Life Referral. The case is closed by referral. Theft: At 4:34 p.m. Thursday at the Lamar Fleming Building, a staff member reported her unattended and unsecured cell phone was stolen. The case is inactive.
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UH, UTMB join forces for study Makenzie Seman Contributing writer
Scientists from a UH and University of Texas Medical Branch interdisciplinary research group have found a new way to impact the serotonin signaling system that could lead to more effective medications with fewer side effects. “We do a significant amount of work in collaboration with biomedical researchers in the Houston/ Galveston area,” said UH chemistry professor Scott Gilbertson. “Many of our projects provide us with a unique opportunity to test biological activity of our compounds and make modifications in biological principles.” The research team is looking into failures in the serotonin signaling system that can be connected to serious health issues like depression, addiction, obesity, epilepsy and eating disorders. A main focus is on the complex proteins called serotonin receptors in the cell membrane. Serotonin receptors — also known as 5-HT receptors — influence various biological and neurological processes such as aggression, anxiety, appetite, cognition, learning, memory, mood, nausea, sleep and thermoregulation. “Our goal is to maintain signaling through 5-HT2C receptors, which is a
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subtype of 5-HT receptor, to achieve therapeutic benefits, and to reduce the number of receptors binding to PTEN molecules,” Gilbertson said. “To achieve that, we want to develop a competing inhibitor with the binding receptors to PTEN.” According to the interdisciplinary research, the candidate inhibitor chosen is a fragment of the receptor itself, more specifically, the part of the receptor where PTEN is attached. These “sub-protein structures” are known as peptides, and this one was previously titled 3L4F. “Ultimately we want to translate this Scott Gilbertson research into therapeutics,” said UTMB postdoctoral fellow Noelle Anastasio. “The idea of targeting these interactions to produce drug and research tools is truly new and has great potential.” UTMB professor Kathryn Cunningham said serotonin signaling through the 5-HT2C receptors is critical in normal psychology, whereas abnormal 5-HT2C functions are thought to contribute to the pathogenesis of multiple
neural disorders. “The compelling data demonstrates the specificity and importance of this protein assembly in cellular events and behaviors in serotonin signaling,” said Cunningham. “It also provides a chemical guidepost to the future development of drug-like peptides or small-molecule inhibitors to study allosteric and therapeutics for 5-HT2C-mediated disorders.” Using computational molecular modeling, the research team determined which elements of this peptide were important to bond with PTEN. This information will be used to design smaller molecules with the potential to achieve better activity. “We’ve got the basics down now, so we can use the chemistry to make new molecules that we think might be potentially useful for treatment of addictions, for example,” Cunningham said. “But there’s also an intense interest in figuring out the biology of this interaction between 5-HT2C and PTEN, what it means in terms of disease states like addictions, alcoholism, depression, obesity and eating disorders. I think in a broader sense this is really going to help us understand the neurobiology of these disorders.”
“Constantly, over and over again we hear the phrase, ‘SGA cleans house.’ We need to keep house clean. Changing our bylaws and
redoing them every month is not the way to do it,” Reyes said.
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The two offered insight on where they differ. “I think that where we may disagree is that I understand with my experience is that these problems are multi-fascinated. They take time,” Bandoh said. “Change takes time. What we can do is come up with solutions, but it may take time to realize them.” In response, Reyes said that he would like to see permanent changes in SGA.
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Eduardo Reyes and Cedric Bandoh shook hands after a heated debate. They face off in this week’s election. | Shaimaa Eissa/The Daily Cougar
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Heavy drinking and studying do not mix Trisha Thacker Staff columnist
ometimes what starts out as grabbing a drink or two with friends culminates into throwing up in the parking lot, then waking up to wonder why you smell like rotten eggs and where your shoes went. We live in a culture saturated by the concept that heavy drinking and getting drunk is acceptable. Many people may watch their diet and exercise regularly but have no problem with heavy drinking. They have no problem downing six beers during a football game yet balk at eating six slices of cheesecake. College presents a unique situation in that we grow up thinking college is for parties which means a lot of alcohol. The idea that turning 21 is the alcoholic rite of passage is archaic. More often people consider their alcoholic rite of passage to be when they have their first drink, either at a party in high school, prom night or at a fraternity or sorority party — being legal is trivial in nature. The Southern Illinois University at Carbondale’s Core Institute released a survey in May 2010 to measure student alcohol and drug abuse nationwide. The survey found 83.9 percent of college
students consumed alcohol in a 12-month period, and 65.7 percent of students under the age of 21 had a drink within 30 days of the survey. Several factors contribute to heavy drinking among college students. Clayton Neighbors, the director of the Social Influences and Health Behaviors Lab at UH, lists some common factors leading to alcohol abuse by college students — factors such as drinking for social reasons, being affiliated with the Greek system and drinking in order to cope with stress. Another common factor leading to heavy drinking is misperception about the average number of drinks consumed by others. The University of Iowa’s Center for Research on Undergraduate Education released a report in 2007 that used several different surveys, including the Core survey, and found students with an A average consume approximately 3.3 drinks per week; those with a D or F average consume approximately nine drinks per week. The SIHB Lab found when students are asked what they think the average drinking rate on campus is, those who were heavier drinkers responded with an average of 10-12 drinks per week; the SIHB Lab says the average level of alcohol
consumption by students at UH is three drinks per week. This disparity between how much people assume others drink and how much others actually drink can be an effective tool in helping others discontinue their unhealthy drinking habits. “Most empiric evidence suggests that providing personal feedback to students is the most effective method of preventing further excessive drinking,” Neighbors said. “You can’t just tell them, ‘Don’t drink that much.’ That doesn’t work at all.” Heavy drinking is abundant in events associated with the Greek system. While the concept of “fraternities and sororities equals drinking” may be a sterotype, there is some truth to it. The Core survey found 86 percent of students affiliated with the Greek system had consumed alcohol at least once in the past 30 days. The Core survey found that around 75 percent of respondents believe alcohol breaks the ice and around 63 percent said it allows them to have more fun. Neighbors said studies testing the effects of alcohol on inhibition demonstrated that people who were given a placebo with alcohol laced around the rim of a glass felt as uninhibited as those who had
David Delgado | The Daily Cougar consumed alcohol. Heavy drinkers often view drinking as part of their identity. A prime example would be a student who includes many alcohol related posts on their Facebook page. Neighbors said there exists a strong correlation between the number of posts about alcohol on Facebook and the number of drinks the poster consumes. Because Facebook enables people to choose what aspects of themselves they would like to present to others, those who post about alcohol tend to want others to see them as drinkers. If you suspect you’re drinking more than you should or for the wrong reasons, feel free to take
a trip to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. In 2009, UH won the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Directors/ National Prevention Network’s National Exemplary Award for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies. If not the Recreation Center, contact your healthcare provider. Also, students should be on the lookout for information regarding the Social Norms and Alcohol Prevention study. If eligible, answering three surveys will net you $75. Trisha Thacker is a biology junior and may be reached at email@example.com.
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Senior pitcher Austin Pruitt threw a complete-game one-hitter against Texas State during a pitcher’s duel Saturday. Texas State’s starter pitcher Taylor Black gave up one hit in seven and a third innings. | Courtesy of UH Athletics
ighlighted by an early season signature 1-0 victory on the back of senior pitcher Austin Pruitt’s complete game one-hitter Saturday, UH upped its record to 5-2 after taking two of three against Texas Andrew Pate State. “That was as good as I have ever seen him,” head coach Todd Whitting said in a statement. “He is Mr. Consistency. He was able to work both sides of the plate and keep Texas State off balance. Something that may have gotten overlooked was that he did a really good job of controlling the run game at first base.” Pruitt’s one-hitter against the Bobcats was the first of its kind in more than a decade for the Cougars — the last being thrown by pitcher Brad Sullivan against TCU on May 16, 2002. The right-handed senior was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week. “Austin is well deserving of this award,” Whitting said. “He is one of the best pitchers in Conference USA and I’m proud of him for his performance this last weekend.” The Cougars followed up Saturday’s pitching gem with a 13-hit outburst in a 4-2 series-clinching 10-inning win. Heading into the 10th inning tied at two, junior left
fielder Jonathan Davis led off with a single and was driven home by junior center fielder Landon Appling’s double. Appling came around to score on a sacrifice fly from junior catcher Caleb Barker, cementing the victory. “One thing I was proud of the team was we came out and scored early,” Whitting said. “We had three hits in the first inning. We could have picked up a couple more early, but that’s the way baseball goes.” Heading into the series, the Cougars had been plagued by eight fielding errors in four games, including a season high of three in a 9-3 loss against Northeastern. However, UH seemed to right the ship completing its first error-free game against Texas State on Saturday and used stellar defense Sunday to reel in another win. “One thing that I think kind of gets lost is that we played good defense,” Whitting said. “We made some great plays throughout the game to help us keep it close and stay in it.” UH returns to the friendly confines today at 6:30 p.m. in Cougar Field against Dallas Baptist. Right-handed pitcher Aaron Garza is expected to make his second start of the season after receiving a nondecision one week prior in a 6-3 victory over Sam Houston State. email@example.com
Diving team’s sweep leads to second-place finish Jacob Arredondo Staff writer
Three UH divers were responsible for nine of the medals won as they placed top three in every diving event at the in this year’s Conference USA Swimming and Diving Championships. Senior diver Julia Lonnegren, sophomore Natasha Burgess and freshman Danielle Shedd all were part of the nine medal sweep that led UH to a second-place finish at the competition. Lonnegren was named the C-USA Women’s Diver of the Year as she won two of events in the competition. She took first in the 3-meter diving event with an overall score of 346.15 points. Following Lonnegren were her two team mates, Burgess and Shedd, who both scored 328.15 and 259.35
respectively. Burgess went on to win gold in the 1-meter diving event, beating out Lonnegren and Shedd, with a score of 304.35. Lonnegren took home gold in the platform dive with a score of 248.40. Diving coach Jane Figueiredo won her 12th C-USA Diving Coach of the Year award after her athlete’s performance. “This is one of the most awesome group of girls I have ever witnessed,” Figueiredo said. The Cougars’ swimming team took second this weekend — their highest finish since a 2009 second place finish. Building upon the success of the first day of competition, the Cougars secured 18 medals over the three-day event. “The first day is the most important day because you gain so many
points, and you see all your teammates cheering; it gives you an extra boost,” said senior swimmer Reka Kovacs. UH relay teams took home five medals and broke four school records in four of the relays. The Cougars took third in the 200 medley relay, 800 free relay, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay and in the 400 free relay. After sweeping the top three spots in the three diving events, the Cougars were in first place with 564.5 points with only five events left in the competition. Rice had a big showing in the 100 freestyle that took four Rice swimmers to the finals. After the event, Rice led UH by 13.5 points, and the Cougars took second place overall. Despite the performance by senior swimmer Holli Pisarski and
Kovac who came in second and third place respectively, the Cougars still trailed Rice for first place overall. Rice won the C-USA Swimming and Diving Championships with a score of 739 points, with UH trailing with 694.5 points. UH swimming head coach Augie Busch said he was proud of the team. “I’m on cloud nine right now,” Busch said. “This is one of the best meets I’ve ever been a part of as far as coaching. The divers were huge and Jane (Figueiredo) operates on a level of excellence that I try to match on a daily basis.“ Junior Heather Winn placed second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.42 and added 17 points to UH’s overall total. Winn also placed third in the
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CLEAN SWEEP Diving squad leaves with nine medals UH divers placed top-three in every diving event at this year’s C-USA Swimming and Diving Championships. Lonnegren, Figueiredo honored Senior diver Julia Lonnegren was named C-USA Diver of the Year, while diving coach Jane Figueiredo was named C-USA Diving Coach of the Year for the 12th consecutive season.
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Paradise hotel turns up the heat Paulina Rojas Life & arts editor
Infidelity and sexual desire have been common themes in all forms of entertainment, and Paradise Hotel, a comedic drama being performed by students of the school of theater and dance, is no exception. The play follows Benoit Pinglet, played by second year acting student Matt Severyn, as he pursues a clandestine relationship with his best friend’s wife, Marcelle Paillardin, played by senior Sarah Cortez. On Friday night, the play premiered at the Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre, and it will run until March 3. From the moment Severyn stepped onto the stage, the audience was immediately captivated by his charm and humor. A contagious cacophony of laughter filled the air. The light pink walls, the metal balcony and the lounging chair placed in Pinglet’s study
successfully brought the audience into the world of 17th century Paris. Sophomore Shelby Blocker, who played Pinglet’s wife, Angelique, convincingly portrayed a woman with a voracious personality and a big heart. All cast members had great chemistry on stage — this was most necessary during scenes where Pinglet confessed his lust for Marcelle. There was no awkwardness present as he blatantly told her how much he wanted her and swiveled his hips against her legs. Junior Miguel Angel Garcia played Marcelle’s husband, Henri Paillardin. He brought to life a man who is much too worried about his work as an architect to spend intimate time with his wife. His gestures and manner of speaking effectively conveyed to the audience how lacking his desire for a physical relationship was. Another standout was senior Jason Ronje, who played Matthieu,
Time spent on nutrition brings grades to fruition Crystal Brannen Contributing writer
When students spend so much of their time going to class, working or staying up late to study, sometimes there’s never enough time to stop and cook a decent meal. Some students end up turning to a fast fix like junk food and learn to rely on caffeine and energy drinks to get them through all-nighters. While this might make students think they are saving more time for studying,
by taking on unhealthful eating and drinking habits, they are ultimately hurting themselves. “Nutrition is not only a healthy behavior that affects students physically. It also impacts their learning and ultimately their success at the University,” said Gail Gillan of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. If university students took time NUTRITION continues on page 8
Choosing to eat healthy food can be a daunting task for students on the go. | Mahnoor Samana/The Daily Cougar
a widowed lawyer with three daughters who stutter when it rains. When he was on stage, audience members laughed twice as much as they did before. Junior Michaela Heidemann, who played the Pinglets’ maid, brought a tantalizing amount of sultriness to the stage as she seduced Maxime, the Paillardin’s nephew. Maxime was played by freshman Zachary Leonard, who persuaded viewers of his nerdy innocence. Paradise Hotel is a play that will most likely induce serious fits of laughter, while also making viewers slightly uncomfortable at the same time. The message transmitted is of the common human feeling of desire, and what lengths people will go to to get that desire fulfilled. All the actors displayed an enormous amount of commitment and love for their craft. email@example.com
Paradise hotel premiered on Friday at the Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre and was directed by Gus Kaikkonen. | Courtesy of School of Theater and Dance
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out of their studies to learn to eat smarter, the benefits would improve their health, studying abilities and their success in school. According to several health websites like Livestrong.com, instead of snacking on a bag of Cheetos or power bars, it’s better to snack on nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, pecans and flax seeds, which are full of memory-promoting nutrients such as Vitamin C, B6 and omega-3 fatty acids. If a student has a sweet tooth, chocolate produces endorphins, which enhance the mood and improve focus and concentration. There are also certain fruits and vegetables which are known to improve brainpower. Based on an article from Livestrong.com, “certain superfruits like blueberries, strawberries and blackberries contain flavonoids and antioxidants, improve learning capacity and vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, carrots and spinach and avocados which contain monounsaturated fats increase blood flow to the brain and boost brain power” “The complex carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables help us in learning, while carbohydrates that cause glucose levels to fluctuate, do not,” Gillan said. According to livestrong.com other types of carbohydrates such as whole grain bread, cereal, brown rice and pasta can provide relaxing effects on the brain, reduce anxiety and aid in a student’s ability to focus without worrying, which improve their studying abilities. At the same time it’s suggested students avoid certain refined grains mostly found in processed foods, which causes sleepiness. “Also certain proteins like fish such as salmon, tuna and halibut that contain omega-3 fatty acids improve learning ability and problem-solving skills as well as boost mental alertness,” according to Livestrong.com. As far as drinking habits, green tea is full of antioxidants, which stimulate the brain and have a calming effect. Gillan said most students make healthful choices around nutrition that help them academically. She said according to last semester’s Wellness Survey, 60 percent of students indicated fruit and vegetables are in their diet most of the time. “However, 33 percent still eat high calorie/high fat foods and 28% eat fast foods at the same high levels” While eating fast food might seem like a time saver, investing the time and learning to eat healthy is worth the while in the long run. email@example.com