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The Church can change LIFE+ARTS The bows like the ones on M. D. Anderson Memorial Library are to honor the donors for Thursday’s Philanthropy Awareness Day. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar


UH celebrates its supporters Darlene Campos Staff writer

Thursday marks UH Philanthropy Awareness Day, which is dedicated to celebrating everyone who made it possible for the campus to function. Students are invited to attend the

event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Lynn Eusan Park to learn about philanthropy, enjoy free refreshments, win prizes and say thank you to the people who have donated to UH. “Philanthropy Awareness Day is a day celebrating all the gifts that

every donor has made to our University,” said UH Associate Director of Annual Giving Michelle Bair. “The big red bows around campus, like the ones at the library, indicate that donations make that building possible. All gifts, regardless of amount,

are important.” Only 22 percent of funds from Texas made up the budget for UH in 2012, according to the Student Philanthropy website. Another 42

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Using guns to deter crime Graduate student runs project offering arms to dangerous areas

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the community,” said Elizabeth Gregory, director of WGSS. Women from all backgrounds came together at the event to discuss the importance of supporting women’s studies and empowering women to reach for success. “You meet a lot of new people, and see women from so many different professions. I’m very inspired by it. It was a wonderful

Amid a nation divided on gun control, a spotlight has been shone on a UH graduate student and his nonprofit organization, which will give a gun to residents of a mid- to high-crime Houston area. The Armed Citizen Project, created by public administration graduate student Kyle Coplan, will provide residents of a small community with a single-shot shotgun after significant background checks. The arms are not intended to be used, but rather to prevent criminal activity. “Our hypothesis is that criminals have no intention of dying in your hallway. We seek to use their fear as a crime deterrent,” Coplan said. Coplan said he will cultivate that

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Mayor Parker, along with the other honorees, shared her experiences at her table. | Dina Kesbeh/The Daily Cougar


Honorees bring success stories to talk Dina Kesbeh Contributing writer

Fifty Houston women were recognized by the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program in the 16th annual Table Talk to raise money for scholarships, research and programming. One of those recognized was Mayor Annise Parker, who advocated finding a career you love. “It is always easier to do work that you care about. You don’t go

through the motions. Find something that you are passionate about and figure out how to make a living out of it. I’m excited to go to work every day,” Parker said. In addition to offering inspiration to their female peers, speakers — and the luncheon as a whole — intended to raise awareness of their community. “We are raising funds for the University, and women get a sense of what other women are doing in

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CALENDAR Today Philanthropy: From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lynn Eusan Park, the University is celebrating Philanthropy Awareness Day to thank alumni and friends of UH for their philanthropic efforts and investments. Students have the opportunity to say thank you, learn about philanthropy and its impact on campus and get goodies, too.

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Blaffer: From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Blaffer Art Museum, there will be an “On Screen @ Blaffer” featuring Vivan Sundaram short videos and a Daniel Eisenberg film. Intramural Sports: Starting at 1 p.m. in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, the Intramural Sports/Outdoor Adventure will host Anti Gravity Rock Climbing. For more information, please email or call (713) 7438041.

Friday Career Friday: From noon to 2 p.m., the Honors College will host a Career Friday in the Honors College Commons. Orchestra: From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Moores Opera House, the symphony orchestra will hold a performance conducted by Franz Anton Krager and Carlos Guillermo Jung with works by Barber, Bruckner.

Saturday Men’s Basketball: From 1 to 4 p.m. at Hofheinz Pavilion, the men’s basketball team will compete against Marshall. The event will be broadcasted on CSS. Admission is free to students with their UH ID. Baseball: From 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Minute Maid Park, the baseball team will compete against Baylor in the Houston College Classic.

SVN: From 7 to 11 p.m. at Lynn Eusan Park, Student Video Network will be showing “Sky Fall” to end its Outdoor Movie Festival. Admission and refreshments are free to students. Students are encouraged to bring a friend and a blanket.

Baseball: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Minute Maid Park, the baseball team will compete against California in the Houston College Classic.

Paradise Hotel: “Paradise Hotel” will play from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Wortham Theatre. The play is written by Georges Feydeau and directed by Gus Kaikkonen. Tickets are $10 for students.

Women’s Basketball: From 2 to 5 p.m. at Hofheinz Pavilion, the women’s basketball team will compete against Rice University. Admission is free to students with their UH ID.


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Students, police advise safe biking Owning and riding a bike may seem like a practical option when living on a college campus. Riders are able to get to class faster, avoid the hassles of parking and even save a little money on gas. But students who choose to ride bicycles should be well informed of bicycle safety. “Students and faculty definitely need to be more aware of cyclists on campus and in the city,” said marketing junior Joyce Lin. “Some are not informed about current bike laws. Someone actually yelled at me once to get off the road and onto the sidewalk, but that’s actually against the law and unsafe as well.” Lt. Bret Collier, the Chief of Staff for the UH Police Department, said cyclists in Texas have many of the same rights as motor vehicle operators and are responsible for obeying the rules of the road. “Cyclists can be cited for traffic code violations when warranted,

although we find that education is often sufficient to eliminate any such concerns,” Collier said. There are no open areas of campus where cycling is expressly prohibited, Collier said, but he said students should familiarize themselves with the Texas Transportation code as it applies to cyclists. “Take part in a cycling safety course, be aware of changing surface conditions due to construction and other variables and use care around vehicles and pedestrians,” Collier said. UHPD also encourages students to register their bikes. In the last four years, it has registered 486. “Registration aids in theft recovery. If your bike is stolen, we can flag the bike in our system, provide you with your serial number and canvas pawn and resale establishments to try to recover your bike for you,” Collier said. “We also catch many criminals in the act of stealing bikes. If that bike is registered, we can identify the owner,

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While riding on-campus warrants precaution, it can also have some surprising benefits, said Lin. “Riding my bike has allowed me to explore parts of the city and to see things you normally wouldn’t if you were just driving by in your car,” Lin said.

When in motion, police advise bikers to focus on safety on the sidewalks or streets. But while the bikes aren’t in use, students should secure them to designated areas. | Bethel Glumac/The Daily Cougar return the bike and establish a criminal case on the suspect.” Lin said she started riding her bike when she moved back to Houston from Seattle. “I ride my bike to school everyday, rain or shine,” Lin said. “I’ll also ride my bike whenever I go somewhere with high traffic so I don’t have to deal with parking like music venues.”

experience and I look forward to coming back again,” said Drucie Chase, who was one of the 50 women honored. Table Talk is not only a day to honor successful women, it is also to show their diversity. Beth Wolff, who established her own realtor company called Wolff and Associates, spoke about her struggle as a single mom trying to climb her way to business success and give her children a stable foundation. Wolff is just one of the 50 women who spoke about the battles they had to fight in order to get where they are now. “I graduated from UH with a degree in entrepreneurship, the advice I give to the students studying entrepreneurship is that you are in good hands,” Wolff said. “UH has one of the top entrepreneurship programs. I didn’t start at the top. I had to work my way up while raising my two kids on my own.”

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Resignation gives Church chance to change Leah Lucio Contributing Writer


o worldwide apocalypse kept 2013 from coming, but if you are Catholic, you may say the apocalypse happened anyway. Surrounded by scandal and suspicion, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will resign — the second-ever resignation of a pope and the first in 598 years. The Catholic Church faces an uncertain future as its leader leaves amid social changes and political pressure. Bowing out silently is not an option. The Church is generally quiet, but the uproar of scandals booms too loudly. On Monday, a Huffington Post article revealed that last year, Benedict had investigated an “origin of leaks” in which three

men “revealed petty wrangling, corruption, cronyism and allegations that senior Vatican officials conspired to out a prominent Catholic newspaper editor as gay.” The investigation resulted in the conviction of the pope’s butler in October for the aggravated theft of official papers he gave to a journalist. On Tuesday, CNN reported that Benedict encouraged the speedy resignation of Keith O’Brien, a scottish cardinal of the roman Catholic Church and the archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, because of allegations leveled against him by three priests and a former priest that goes back three decades, one of which accused “that the cardinal developed an inappropriate relationship with him.” Add to that a scandal involving gay priests

blackmailed by male prostitutes in Rome. The Catholic institution has been challenged since its birth. Out of constant persecution and revaluation, there is a metamorphosis from institution to culture. Interwoven are the values from its origin that are difficult to shake. As newcomers refuse to give up their passions and values, there is a mixing of old and new ways. Two years ago, my cousin was ready to face his values and tell our family he was gay. During our Thanksgiving prayer, I glanced across our family circle, hand in hand, and saw my cousin quivering. As soon as the prayer ceased, he piped up, hands still clasped, and told us his secret. All eyes were on our grandfather. Despite our love for my cousin, we knew where the decision laid.

After a pause that seemed like an eternity, my grandfather spoke. “You’re always my grandson, mijo,” he said. Tears filled my cousin’s eyes and the eyes of the women in the room. His brothers all had relieved grins, and my father broke the tension calling “all Lucios to eat.” That’s the family you see these days and the kind of understanding that occurs within the modern church. Music education freshman Abel Rocha has faced a similar scenario. “I remember sitting in church one day and feeling angry at everything the priest was saying,” Rocha said. “I can’t even remember what it was. It just felt (like) hypocrisy.” POPE continues on page 5

Pope Benedict XVI was not around long, but his resignation may be what the church needs to move forward. | Wikimedia Commons


Trolling our vernacular Overuse of Internet slang dilutes our language


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hen one is trying to be cool online, originality is difficult to find. With the option to “share” and “like” ideas, a unique thought is rare. Along with this Kelly sharing comes Schafler the spread of new slang and the creation of memes. All of the ideas were meant to be different and unique, but after being passed and collected between the various types of multimedia, the spark that once stemmed from something special gets warped, then dull and then just flat-out annoying. Words and acronyms such as

“swag,” “thirsty,” “YOLO” and “trolling” are good examples of people communicating with laziness. Seeing this list of strange words makes one wonder where they originated and how to regain originality. In order to shed proper light on these confusing words, one must look into the dictionary definition as well as the slang version. “Swag,” short for swagger, is typically known to refer to one’s “appearance, style, or the way he or she presents themselves,” according to A word in which, says knowyourmeme. com, its earliest recorded use was in William Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has in just the last few years been reduced to an annoying meme. The acronym “YOLO” was made popular by Drake during his song

“The Motto,” and stands for “you only live once.” It is usually used as an excuse to act upon stupid, impulsive and sometimes dangerous ideas. It almost seems as if people had forgotten that a similar phrase had already been created called “carpe diem,” which is Latin for “seize the day.” Trolling is a much older meme — but one that originated on the Internet — used to describe a person who, though unprovoked, is rude or sarcastic to another. The mythical sense of the word “troll” is a frightful, rude creature who dwells in the darkness like caves or under bridges. Strangely enough, the term does not stray too far from the mythical creature. A troll will randomly appear often on a thread YOLO continues on page 5

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At the time, he found himself at odds with the religion his family had raised him in, but that is no longer the case. Now that he is comfortable with himself, he confidently faces challenges regarding his religion. “I just wasn’t happy,” Rocha said. “I want a community of

support and comfort.” As his first year of college rolls rolls, he makes an effort to attend mass during his busy schedule. For him, this Lenten season is a time of “giving up something of yourself, renewal and improving.” Ideas and notions fade away, words can be forgotten but feelings are preserved. It’s those feelings of comfort, support, love and belief that carry the Catholic Church through dips and foils.

Even when its leaders must bow down, we see that it was their dedication to a practice that put them there, not a divine right. This reminds us of the humanity that is forever binding. In a time of chaos and questioning, it is best to reflect and renew that in which we most strongly believe. Leah Lucio is a jouranlism freshman and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.



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or status just for the pure pleasure of causing havoc. Trolls thrive on the Internet because of the promise of anonymity. Therefore, there is no consequence for such rude behavior. When Cougars were asked which sayings or acronyms they see most often on the Internet or text messaging, there was a tie between “swag” and “YOLO,” with “trolling” pulling up third place. It does a writer’s heart good to see that even though Cougars were asked to pick one option from each column, some Cougars said they did not use any. “I think it is silly how popular (the sayings) get

when they are actually kind of stupid,” said psychology sophomore Maira Luna. “The only reason I could think that someone would use them is because they’re catchy.” These odd and overused terms are sweeping the cyber world, separating individuals of their innovativeness. People cannot seem to find different ways to express their thoughts, and creativity is dwindling. Personally, I would be much more entertained to scroll down the newsfeed of Facebook and see people voicing their emotions in an alternative way. Throw a few colorful adjectives into any status, tweet or post, and it becomes more appealing. Kelly Schafler is a print journalism sophomore and may be reached at







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Football brings team speed Christopher Shelton Sports editor

Errol Nolan and John Horton – two track and field athletes who helped UH capture the top spot at the Conference USA Indoor Championships – were in love with a different sport at first. Both played football in high school before coming to UH and eventually leading the Cougars to victory Sunday. Nolan, a senior sprinter, broke his wrist during his freshman year at Lamar Consolidated High School. Nolan saw his younger brother winning medals and said he felt he should give track a try, even though he didn’t know much about the sport. “I said, I might as well go do that because I can’t catch a football. (Football was) all I knew. I didn’t know about track,” Nolan said. Horton, a sophomore jumper, didn’t have a choice about becoming a track and field athlete. His 7th grade coaches forced the football players to join the track and field

Senior sprinter and 2012 Olympian Errol Nolan has won gold medals in the 200- and 400-meter races at the Conference USA Championships three consecutive times. This year he helped the Cougars garner victory for the 13th time since 1997. | Courtesy of UH Athletics team, where he began his career as a sprinter. Horton now competes in the triple jump and long jump, but he found out he had those talents by

accident. Horton played football his freshman and sophomore seasons but focused on the triple jump when he realized he had greater college

potential in track and field. “In 8th grade, I got in trouble and then they forced me to triple jump,” Horton said. “I went 40 feet 8th grade, and ever since then, it

was just triple jump.” Both were standouts that helped the Cougars score 143 points at the TRACK continues on page 7


Cougars nearing an early midterm UH should get ready for upcoming tests against some of nation’s best teams


Redshirt freshman outfielder Ashford Fulmer will face a ranked team on the collegiate level for the first time this season at the Astros Foundation College Classic this weekend. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar

fter passing six of their first eight tests in pre-conference match-ups, UH will have a full course load when they compete in the Astros Foundation College Classic at Minute Maid Park — a unique opportunity to gauge where the program stands Andrew Pate against a trio of nationally prominent programs. While UH avoids facing topranked North Carolina — who is also competing in the tournament — UH will face Texas A&M on Friday, Baylor on Saturday and California on Sunday. The Aggies and Golden Hurricane are two years removed from their last College World Series appearance, and the Bears have qualified for the NCAA Tournament 13 of the last 14 years — including a CWS appearance in 2005. UH will also have an opportunity to temporarily right a

tormented history against their in-state foes. Dating back to 2001, the Cougars hold a combined record of 4-9 against Texas A&M and Baylor in the College Classic. The Aggies ended the last Cougars postseason appearance just one game short of advancing at the College Station Regional in 2008. The team will likely leave that talk to the fans — especially considering less than a quarter of the players (nine of 37) were even on the squad that dropped both match-ups to the Aggies and Bears in 2011. If the past is any indicator of confidence, the Cougars should be coming in with their heads held high. Last season, UH took two of three at Minute Maid including a 4-1 victory over then fourthranked Arkansas Razorbacks. If the Cougars hope to replicate that success this season, head coach Todd Whitting and company will rely on improved defense.

UH committed eight errors over its first four games against Northeastern and Sam Houston State but seemed to settle in against Texas State — scoring its first mistake-free game of the season Saturday. In the fall, UH posted a teambest 3.17 GPA. With the baseball schedule’s version of syllabus week over, the Cougars hope the hard work has paid off in their first round of tests.

COOGS WIN UH rides another strong pitching performance The Cougars scored six runs in the first two innings and eight runs by the end of the fourth, leading to a 10-2 victory against HBU. More online at

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C-USA Indoor Championships to defeat the next closest competitor by 18. This win for the men is the 13th team title since joining the conference in 1997. Horton took the gold in the triple jump for the second consecutive season when he leaped a personal best of 15.75m. “I was confident once the competition started, but before I knew who the top three were going to be, I didn’t know who was going to walk out with the championship,” Horton said. Nolan secured gold in the 200and 400-meter dash for the third straight season. He won the 400meter dash with a time of 47.21 and also in the 200-meter dash after tying his personal best of 20.99. Freshman sprinter Eric Futch was the runner-up to Nolan in the men’s 400 when he clocked a time of 48.40. Redshirt junior sprinter Xavier Boyd, senior sprinter Garrett Hughey and redshirt senior sprinter Kelvin Furlough all crossed the finish line in fourth, sixth and eighth place respectively. Nolan was confident he could grab a third consecutive gold, despite a leg injury that slowed him out of the break in the fi nal round of the 200-meter race. “When I didn’t get out fast, everybody was pulling away. I was in the back of the group. Then I got on the curve, I saw they all started tightening up,” Nolan said. “To me, that’s like motivation so I just started picking up everyone on that curve. Once I was lined up with them, since I was on the inside, I knew I had the race won.”

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Q &A Get to know the man whose with the band WESTON LEWIS Weston Lewis is a maestro. The music education senior has been a member of the Spirit of Houston Marching Band and Wind Ensemble and the University Men’s Chorus for four years and a Moores SchooL ambassador for two years. Lewis is also the president of the University of Houston chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the director of Bob’s Your Uncle, a men’s vocal ensemble. The Daily Cougar had an opportunity to talk to Lewis about “En Masse,” a large-scale participatory performance that gives a glimpse inside a “deconstructed parade,” that will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Discovery Green on April 20.

Q: How long have you and the rest of the UH Marching Band been preparing for “En Masse”? A: We’ve been preparing the music for “En Masse” since the beginning of this spring semester. The concepts we’ll be displaying, however, have been talked about and tossed around since fall. In the grand scheme, the music we’ll be performing is a reflection of the months of thought we’ve put into this.

Q: What has it been like working with artistin-residence Daniel Bernard Roumain? Is there anything in particular that you’ve taken away or learned from him? A: It’s been amazing. His music and his personality are extremely thought-provoking. What I’ve gathered and taken away from him is the idea that cooperation and collaborations with our fellow humans is essential to a balanced society. As music educators, we have an obligation to share this idea through music with those that we teach. Also, I’ve learned the fact that your teaching and learning never truly ends, regardless of profession.

Q: Marc Bamuthi Joseph is directing “En Masse.” How would you describe his vision for the show?

A: “En Masse” was described recently as about being big. As much as I agree in the fact that everything about this will be big, in that, I think the audience will be able to see the many small things that make up the bigger picture. This show will showcase the many gears that make up the large machine.

Q: How will “En Masse” be different from other performances done by the UH Marching Band?

A: In the fall, the Spirit of Houston generally performs at football games. We do occasional small gigs and our annual Spirit on Stage, but the audience rarely gets to see the individual musicians. “En Masse” will be the first time many have seen the band behind the uniforms. It’s interactive and personal, giving the listener the chance to feel the music at their pace.

Q: The Mid Main Block Party is coming up, what can people attending expect from the UH Marching Band?

A: I believe people can expect what they always get from their Spirit of Houston: energy, spirit and pride.

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During the discussion, the floor was open for students to express their political party affiliations and why they identify as such. The event also featured videos that addressed the essence of leadership. | Aisha Bouderdaben/The Daily Cougar


Following their footsteps Students discuss influential AfricanAmerican Republicans and hold candlelit vigil Aisha Bouderdaben Contributing writer

Jill Scott’s sultry jazz voice serenaded students who attended the Conservatism in Black America lecture on Tuesday in the Oberholtzer Ballroom. The program, a joint effort between UH’s NAACP chapter and Collegiate 100, invited students of all political beliefs to come together during Black History Month to learn about influential black Republicans and hold a candlelight vigil on the one-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. The event also paid tribute to Marguerite Ross Barnett, UH’s first female and first black president, who passed away on Feb. 26, 1992. “I came here with my presentation on black Republicans in

America,” said Eno Crabtree, vice chair of the Political Action Committee for UH’s NAACP, “and to also educate people on our history; on things they may not know.” Political science and communications senior Jesse Smith, the president of UH’s NAACP and the secretary of Collegiate 100, opened up the program and said it was coming from “a more political standpoint” and then turned it over to Crabtree and his presentation on famous and influential Republicans in black American history. Crabtree showed a video of Colin Powell, the first AfricanAmerican to be appointed U.S. Secretary of State, addressing the essence of leadership. “If there’s anything I want you to take away from this event, it’s (this) video,” Crabtree said. Booker T. Washington and Fredrick Douglas were next on the list, and Crabtree talked about their principles and how they can be used.

After students shared their reasons for being Democrats, Republicans or neither, they watched a video featuring the Rev. Wesley Leonard discussing why he is Republican. Following the video, students had a discussion about gun control, gang violence, gay marriage and the daily problems with racism. “There is still a standard of eurocentricity affecting the United States,” Gentry said. At 8:30 p.m., Smith lit the candles for the vigil, and the room swelled with emotional music. Smith asked everyone to stand as he said a prayer and closed the ceremony. English and political science junior Marcus Smith, another NAACP PAC chair member said, “I came to be educated, which is the best thing one can be.” UH’s NAACP fourth general meeting will be held March 19.

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Learning to rock that body Maritza Rodriguez Contributing writer

From dancing to yoga, students learned there are different ways to exercise without lifting weights. Students gathered Wednesday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. The Counseling and Psychological Services held Rock Your Body Day where volunteers answered questions from students who want to live a healthier lifestyle. “The purpose of ‘Rock Your Body Day’ is to promote greater body awareness, acceptance and improve students’ overall health,” said Kay Brumbaugh, the CAPS outreach coordinator, and Beatriz Craven, a predoctoral intern, in an email. As students walked around the lobby and visited booths, they learned that living a healthy lifestyle involves getting a nutritious meal. Paul Alfonso, a Smoothie King manager, said having a nutritional smoothie can be an alternative for

fried food. “We offer a meal in a cup,” Alfonso said. “We fill the need for various functions that students need before or after a workout.” The School of Theater and Dance had an ensemble perform “Dogs Don’t Eat Eggrolls,” a routine that shows the progress of how one person unravels from the rest of the group. The ensemble’s choreographer, Jhon R. Stronks, said dancing is where you are acquiring knowledge but applying it to your body. The important part is about stopping yourself from doing something, not someone else doing it for you. “If you are afraid of failing, then you’re just going to have to get over that. Until you actually fail, you don’t know if you will succeed,” Stronks said. Students also learned that the Recreation Center provides activities on and off campus. Caleb Whales, assistant director of Outdoor Adventure, showed students the different options they have to get involved.

“Be willing to try something new, believe that you can be successful with it,” Whales said. Students coming in for their workouts were fascinated with the posters and booths set up on how to be fit. Psychology sophomore Anusha David said she was glad the event happened at the Recreation Center. It gives more awareness and motivation to the students who are coming in for their daily workout. “It’s great that the event is giving out a message that it’s not all about working out, but it’s also about eating healthy,” David said. CAPS and the Recreation Center volunteers are hoping their message has encouraged each student to have a healthy mindset and body. Brumbaugh and Craven hope the event has a lasting impact on each student. “Once our community starts to learn about body image and eating concerns, the stigma attached should start to diminish,” Brumbaugh and Craven said.

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Voting still faces problems

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Voting in the Student Government Association elections wrapped up Wednesday, but connectivity problems made a second appearance at the polling locations. While the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science ballot issue was fixed, some students were still unable to log in to cast their votes. “This was the first year that we did polling locations like this, so obviously were going to run into a lot of hiccups,” said computer information systems sophomore Said Jalajal, the chief election commissioner. “In the past, it was strictly online, where we had the option of polling locations. This year it was strictly polling locations.” The information on students who couldn’t vote was recorded, Jalajal said, and SGA is working on a solution for them. The results will not be validated until the commission feels they’re

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percent of the UH budget was supported through student fees and tuition. The other 36 percent must be received through donations in order for the campus to function. “We had $4.1 million in donations last year,” Bair said. “Even computers with internet access at the library are funded through gifts. Partnerships with corporations such as M.D. Anderson and Hilton Hotels and Resorts make up part of the campus.” UH alumni also make up a portion of donors. The Cougar Graduation Challenge is open to all graduating

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fear by raising awareness for the project. The project will start locally, but an exact neighborhood has yet to be determined. Coplan said he is interested in making his program widespread. “We are going to start in Houston, but we are going to very quickly become a national company.” The project began as a white paper for Coplan’s graduate program. A white paper is a report on a public policy issue, said James Thurmond, director of the Master of Public Administration program. The student’s goal with a white paper



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complete, Jalajal said. At Wednesday’s meeting, the senate voted unanimously for an Internal Affairs committee to meet and discuss the election issues. SGA plans to issue a response to students following that meeting. “When students are not able to vote and come to us with complaints, SGA should have a response,” said

Eduardo Reyes, an economics sophomore running for SGA president. Results, which were expected at 5 p.m. Thursday, are now delayed, Jalajal said. “It takes a few days to process, and the results should be out on Friday,” he said.

seniors in an effort to give back. Students who participate in the challenge with at least $15 donation are given a Cougar Spirit Cord to wear at graduation to show their generosity. “In December 2012, 23 percent of graduating seniors took part in the Cougar Graduation Challenge,” Bair said. “That’s the highest percentage on record.” Even the smallest gift is beneficial to the future of UH. “Gifts can vary from $1 to $500, and gifts can also be specific,” Bair said. “Donations can be given to certain departments and colleges. Scholarships can also be funded in parts. One scholarship can be made by several different donors.” The amount of donations given by

alumni is taken into consideration for university rankings. According to the Student Philanthropy website, nationally competitive universities hold an alumni donation rate of at least 15 percent. In 2011, UH had an alumni donation rate of just more than 10 percent while Rice had a rate of almost 35 percent. But with help from fellow Cougars, donations are rolling in. The Class of 2016 donated spare change to the Coog Cents Program and has raised more than $1,000. “All gifts are important,” Bair said. “Whether a donation is in money, time or resources, small gifts equal big change.”

is to persuade while informing the audience about its position. While the idea was conceptualized for UH, the University has no involvement in the actual execution. Despite its brief existence, it is an official nonprofit with a staff. “I just had the idea on Jan. 23, so this is just a month out. I did some volunteer work for a WWII veteran, who had two purple hearts,” Copland said. “His house was broken into and vandalized, and I volunteered to help (him). When I saw what happened — and it really upset me — I got to thinking about crime deterrents.” The project is targeting single female or handicapped participates,

Coplan said. Despite Coplan’s hard work and good intentions, he and the University have received criticism from outside parties. “Three inquiries (to UH about the project) were received with two being more negative,” Thurmond said. While Coplan faces criticism, he said he believes that the negative feedback is not based on his study’s merit. He said there is an initial kneejerk reaction to his study. “When it comes down to it, if people aren’t supportive, then they are just anti-gun rights,” Coplan said. “My question to them is ‘Then who should have a gun?’”

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