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UH took Texas down in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational at Hofheinz Pavilion on Wednesday, winning 73-72. See more on page 6.

FIESTA TOP TEN FRONTIER FIESTA BEGINS TODAY. TEN THINGS YOU CAN’T MISS. 1. WATCH THE PARADE. Kicking off UH’s biggest event is the parade at 4 p.m. Thursday. Mr. and Miss Fiesta, who raised the most money for the Frontier Fiesta scholarship, will be announced, and the silent auction is opened.

4. GET SOME GRILLED GRUB. More than 50 teams compete

8. BEARD IN MIND. Face it, beard growing takes a natural

throughout the weekend, so be sure to tuck in at Willy’s Café to savor beans, beef, chicken, chili, fajitas, pork, chili and desserts. If barbecue isn’t for you, head over to the food trucks near the city.

skill — not everyone can pull off the been-living-in-a-cave-for-threemonths look. Therefore, the “best all-around” and “fanciest” beardgrowers will each win $500 scholarships. Contestants cannot clip, shave or trim their luscious locks. Judging is at 6 p.m. Friday.

5. TEST YOUR LUCK. From 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday 2. JAM OUT.

The always-popular concerts will undoubtedly reverberate throughout the campus. Expect tunes on the Bud Light stage from electropop artist Lights at 10 p.m. Thursday; Latin-inspired group Xperimento at 7 p.m. Friday; UH’s own rockers VerseCity at 6:30 p.m. Saturday; and Houston-bred country singer Justin van Sant on 8 p.m. Saturday.

3. FIND SHASTA. UH’s furry friend will undoubtedly be there in all his bells and whistles, so he shouldn’t be hard to spot. Take a picture with the cat anywhere in Fiesta City, and tweet it to @thedailycougar for a chance to be in a photo gallery on You can also email your shots to

and Friday and 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, competitive Cougars will come to the casino in order to compete in Texas Hold ‘Em, Black Jack, roulette and more.

6. VEER TOWARD VARIETY. Ever wondered what it’d be like if Harry Potter was accepted to UH rather than Hogwarts, if UH was cursed with voodoo or what would UH be like on a preschool level? Throughout Fiesta City, different booths and student organizations will satire the University in the variety shows.

7. BELT IT OUT. Karaoke is a right of passage for fun, college-aged people. So let your out-of-tune and slightlyoffbeat voice be heard. Who knows, you might be the next Kelly Clarkson. Or you might just have a blast.

9. WALK IT OFF. At 9 a.m. Saturday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Cougars can walk or run in a 5K for a $5 donation to the March for Babies. Register at

10. BRING THE FAMILY. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday is family fun day, offering three children’s performances that are for the young and the young at heart. Children will find face painting, caricatures drawing, animal petting and the regular activities and variety shows. For more on Frontier Fiesta, see page 3.

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Workshop: From 1 to 2 p.m. in Room 549 at Agnes Arnold Hall, there will be a publishing issues workshop with professors Clavin, Klieman, and Melosi. It will be an informal workshop on a variety of publishing issues. Admission to this event is free. Writing: From 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the UH Writing Center, students will have the opportunity to develop proper techniques for writing successful research papers and reports. Movie: Starting at 5 p.m. at the Cullen Performance Hall, CocaCola Free Movie Nights will show “The Hobbit.” This event is open to UH students with their UH ID. Lecture: From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 15-Theater at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Jonathan D. Solomon, associate dean at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, will present “Aformal Urbanism,” a lecture on planning in Asia and elsewhere using new digital tools and pragmatic strategies to create innovative public spaces.


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Thesis Exhibition: From 6 to 9 p.m. at the Blaffer Art Museum, the 35th School of Master’s Thesis Exhibition will have its opening night performances by Jasleen Sarai and Stephen Paré in collaboration with the Sandra Organ Dance Company, which will have a performance to follow.

Saturday Seminar: From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Honors College Commons, the Houston Urban Debate League will hold its spring seminar. Tennis: From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John E. Hoff Courts, the tennis team will compete against TCU. Admission is free to UH students with their UH ID. Baseball: From 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Cougar Field, the baseball team will compete against East Carolina. Admission is free to UH students with their UH ID.

Sunday Tennis: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at John E. Hoff Courts, the tennis team will compete against College of William and Mary. Baseball: From 1 to 7 p.m. at Cougar Field, the baseball team will compete against East Carolina. Admission is free to UH students with their UH ID.

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Construction management junior Simon Romero and finance sophomore Trevor Schumann piece together the old-time store front decorations that will become Fiesta City. The festival will occupy parking lots 20 A and 20 C for three days, beginning 4 p.m. today with the parade to late Saturday night. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar


Frontier Fiesta grows funding Annual festival faces challenges, yet manages to bring new activities Laura Gillespie Staff writer

The Frontier Fiesta festival will begin at 4 p.m. in an new location: parking lots 20A and 20C. Though the festival may be the latest in a long UH tradition that stretches back to 1939, this year’s festival will bring new changes behind the scenes and for all to see at Fiesta City. The Frontier Fiesta board worked with UH Advancement to create an online program where alumni and other interested parties could directly donate money toward the event. The program has raised nearly double the amount of last year’s donations. The board was determined to sign on with more sponsors who would be interested in funding Fiesta for a longer period of time. “The blank email we sent out (to alumni) was the first of its kind at Frontier Fiesta and UH Advancement, and doing that allowed us to generate more income that really was untapped before,� said

Eduardo Reyes, director of development with Frontier Fiesta. Among this year’s new events are the Wild West Talent Show, presented by the CFA, and the Universal tent. “(The Universal tent) is just a place where, if anybody can’t go to our cook-off, they’re more to happy to come in here; there’ll be movies, promotions ‌karaoke‌ DJs playing music, so that’s really going to be a central hub for students that aren’t involved in organizations, and they want something to do other than going to a variety show or going to (one of the concerts),â€? said Frontier Fiesta Chair Jeffrey Syptak. More than fifty student organizations are hosting events and contributing to the festival in contrast to past years where Greek organizations ran most of the events. According to Syptak, this year’s Fiesta has tried to bring the entire university into the festival, not just the Greek organizations and the Fiesta board. Democrats UH and UH College Republicans will be hosting a carnival booth called Politically Incorrect, while the Baptist Student Ministry will be hosting

a booth called Price of Life. True to tradition, Greek organizations will hold variety shows, like Alpha Psi Omega, which will hold “For Memories Sake.â€? “We’ll be doing a T-shirt pop this year and also we’ll be doing giveaways at different hours each day,â€? said Director of Marketing Clement Agho-Otoghile. The cook-off, hosted in part by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, will compete in food categories such as beans, beef, chicken, chili, fajitas, pork, chili and desserts, and various food trucks will offer a wide variety of food for guests to choose from. Food can be eaten in Willy’s CafĂŠ, a nearby space where students can sit down with food bought at the festival. This year’s slogan is “In Time, This Time, Our Time,â€? referencing the past books that were published in order to celebrate the University’s history, “In Timeâ€? and “This Time.â€? “Our slogan (represents) the University and how far we have come, not only as a university but as Frontier Fiesta,â€? Syptak said.

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A little less time on the Internet, more time networking Ciara Rouege Contributing columnist


n an age dependent on communication technology and the increasing dominance of social networking in our culture, you would think that students would become more sophisticated in their networking smarts, but we have not. Despite constant encouragement from our parents and professors, we typically dismiss good opportunities to network in our field. Our biggest excuse is that we don’t have time to send out emails, develop a LinkedIn account or to attend networking events. I’m no better than anyone else. It takes me days to pick up my smart phone and send my résumé or a job-shadowing request to an industry professional that I might have met through a corporate mixer or a career fair. For many students, the thought of displaying poor email etiquette or facing rejection can be very intimidating. When we are accustomed to sharing our ideas and experiences over a beer while snuggled in our favorite jeans and

T-shirts, suiting up and repressing what comes naturally can be uncomfortable. When students get uncomfortable these days, they turn to creature comforts like social media. A 2011 survey conducted by Reynol Junco, associate professor at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, looked into student technology use. After surveying 2,500 students, Junco concluded that college students spend a daily average of 184.43 minutes texting, 101.93 minutes on Facebook, 58.68 minutes emailing, 54.18 minutes talking on their cellphones and 19.54 minutes instant messaging. This comes to 418.76 minutes spent daily, or 6.98 hours per day, hooked to a social media. We spend more than three hours texting and just under an hour emailing. A lot more could get done if we just cut back on the texting and the Facebook use. Not all of that time spent with technology has to go to waste; some of that time can be used to build a professional network as well. If we cut back on the time

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you spend on social media, we can build a personal network, get out and join groups to help expand our list of who we know. The key to a strong network is diversity because networking is not simply about having a friend to pull us up to the next level, but also having a well-rounded circle of ideas and perspectives. In recent decades, the advancements made in communication technology have not only expanded our personal geographical reach, but also that of the global market. More employers are prioritizing hiring staff that are comfortable with interacting with a people from various backgrounds. When thinking about networking, a good stratagem is to join as many student organizations as possible: social- and career-related. It’s good to have connections with people who are moving in the same direction as you are. However, while this clique of peers can help us study for our next exam and give us a heads up on an internship position, few are in a position to give us highly credible recommendations. Nowadays, a strong work ethic

and a degree aren’t enough to guarantee students profitable positions once they graduate, so some colleges within the University sponsor or provide programs that help students connect with professionals in their respective fields. The Program for Excellence in Selling is a competitive program offered at the C. T. Bauer College of Business that coordinates internships and provide job placement for students. “The program gives me numerous opportunities to network with professionals,” said Thilye Rinke, a marketing and journalism junior. “Right now, I’m being prospected by two companies. If I had not sought them out or persistently kept in contact with them, I wouldn’t be in the situation I am in now. I’m in a position where I can choose who I want to work for.” “Unfortunately, most students are not comfortable with reaching out. Networking out of your comfort zone is something one has to push themselves to do,” she said. Hotel and restaurant management junior Kaylon Beck said some students don’t take full

advantage of the networking opportunities available at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. “It’s mostly the students that are active and are serious about their careers. In the hospitality industry, joining a well-rounded organization, being active in school and participating in career fairs are great opportunities,” she said. “Whenever I am able to, I try my best to take advantage of these chances.” When students join networking-oriented organizations like the American Advertising Federation, the Bauer Women Society or a fraternity and become complacent with only using it as a chance to make new friends, they are not utilizing the resources these organizations offer to their fullest potential. It is important for us as students to stay focused on the purpose of networking and exercise our social skills in diverse circles. Ciara Rouege is an advertising junior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.

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FREE TAX ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE If You Are Required to File an Income Tax Return, (Form 1040NR or 1040NR EZ) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteers Are Available to Assist You! This free service is available in the Bayou City Room (Room 202), University Center, 2nd Floor on the following Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm:

March 9, 16, 23, and 30; & April 6 and 13 (Saturdays only) You will need to go to the Bayou City Room to make an appointment. Bring the following: Your passport, Immigration Documents such as Forms I-20, or DS-2019; Any Forms W-2 and/or 1042-S; Forms 1099, if any; Records of all income and expenses.

The Cougars will play football in the soon-to-be-renamed Big East next season. Athletics Director Mack Rhoades said the visibility of ESPN will help the University grow its sports programs. | File photo/The Daily Cougar


Big East shuffling confirmed Daily Cougar Sports Services The soon-to-be-renamed Big East Conference announced its $126 million media rights deal with ESPN on Tuesday. A basketball TV deal with CBS could also possibly be reached by next week Mike Aresco, the new commissioner of the league said. UH Athletic Director Mack Rhoades said he was satisfied with the deal and is excited about the attention ESPN will draw to the University. “It’s an improvement, in terms of the TV numbers, from Conference USA, and we are excited about being affiliated ESPN,” Rhoades said. The new league, which will include Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, Memphis, SMU, South Florida, Temple and Tulane for all sports and East Carolina and Navy for football as a “challenger brand,” hopes to announce its new name by April or early May, Aresco said. Conference officials are working with branding officials to develop a name since the Catholic 7 schools, which broke away from the conference earlier this month, will retain the Big East name and the conference tournament in Madison Square Garden. The Catholic 7 schools launched along with Butler, Creighton and Xavier on Wednesday and will start playing under the Big East name in the fall. The league also has a speculated 12-year agreement with Fox worth about $500 million with the possibility of increasing to $600 million if the league added more teams.

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Junior forward J.J. Richardson, the only Cougar with NCAA tournament experience, leads a sideline celebration after a first-half shot. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar

Cardiac Coogs claw their way back Andrew Valderas, Kevin Cook Staff writers

Freshman forward Danuel House shows his gameface after scoring two of his 11 points Wednesday against Texas. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar

The crowd ignited when redshirt sophomore guard Joe Young found freshman forward Danuel House for an alley-oop on the Cougars’ first possession in their first trip back to the postseason since the 2010 NCAA tournament. The fans ended the game cheering as UH pulled off a 73-72 victory against former rival Texas in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational at Hofheinz Pavilion on Wednesday. Young carried the ball upcourt as time expired in the second half, jubilantly tossing up the game ball as the final buzzer sounded, a postseason winner for the first time in his career, and UH’s first postseason win since defeating Valparaiso in the 2008 College Basketball Invitational. Young and his teammates jumped into the stands and celebrated with a packed student section. Young scored a team-high 18 points and was named player of the game. The final seconds were tense, but House showed everyone in attendance why he was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year when he calmly sank an open jumper from the elbow to put the Cougars up 73-72 with 11 seconds left in play as

the crowd showered him with their approval. Texas sophomore guard Julien Lewis had the ball in his hands as time wound down. His ninth miss and 19th shot of the game hit front rim, and Texas couldn’t get the rebound. The missed shot rolled around the floor as the clock neared zero, and Young came up with the ball, setting off a celebration at Hofheinz. Both halves ended well for the Cougars. Young buried a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer to give UH back a 6-point lead to end the half. The Cougars’ scored their first 12 points of the game in the paint and took their biggest lead of the first half when Young put back a miss — capping off a 14-4 run to take a 22-11 lead. After starting the half with a 6-point lead, the Cougars gave it all up and then some when Texas scored 7 unanswered. UH didn’t score until sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas sinked a jumper from the elbow, bringing the score to39-38, after the team missed both free throws from a flagrant foul call on freshman forward Connor Lammert. With two ties and 12 lead changes, the game was tight throughout the second half. House gave the crowd

a reason to get on their feet with a raucous slam that put UH up 41-40. Thomas gave them another reason to cheer when he put back an offensive rebound to regain a 1-point lead for UH with 13 minutes remaining in the game. The game continued to be back and forward. Texas freshman forward Prince Ibeh recorded his game-high fifth block on redshirt junior forward J.J. Richardson, leading to a Lewis fastbreak to give Texas the one-point lead, 46-45. Lewis would follow the coast-tocoast layup with a 3-pointer to put Texas up 49-47, and with sophomore guard Myck Kabongo hitting two free throws out of the timeout, the Longhorns took a 51-47 lead, quieting the home crowd. But not for long. Young got the hometown back on its feet with an NBA-range 3-pointer, but Lewis, who led the Longhorns with 25 points on 10-19 shooting and 3-6 from distance, immediately hit a 3-pointer to answer. Head coach James Dickey said he would be willing to continue this rivalry, and that makes sense after this win.

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Group calls for campus concealed carry legislation Mary Dahdouh Staff writer

Two months ago, the shooting on the Lone Star College campus brought the nationwide debate on gun control too close to home. Some UH students are speaking out about the movement to allow licensed concealed handgun holders on campus through an organization called Cougars for Concealed Carry on Campus. “It’s simply not a matter of opinion; it’s a constitutional right,” said organizational leadership and supervision senior Emily Posch, the secretary of the organization. “Our forefathers made sure that we would not be rendered defenseless against the government or anyone else. Removing the ability to legally carry guns in any environment doesn’t make people safer. The law-abiding citizens won’t carry, but the criminals will.” The main focus of the student organization is to push for the passage of House Bill 972, which would allow concealed handgun licensees to carry firearms into buildings of publicly owned colleges and


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universities. The bill has been met with a wall of opposition and controversy in the Texas legislature and was delayed in committee Friday. “An imaginary line should not determine my natural right to defend myself,” said supply chain management junior Antoine Hythier, the president of Cougars for Concealed Carry on Campus and a concealed handgun license holder. “House Bill 972 would only allow CHL holders to carry concealed handguns on campus. This is the largest problem when polls are conducted because most people believe it applies to just anyone, which is not the case. CHL holders are statistically safer than the general public.” Likewise, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, since Texas Governor George W. Bush passed the law allowing concealed handgun licenses in 1995, murder rates fell 50 percent faster than the national average, rape rates fell 93 percent faster in the first year after enactment and 500 percent faster in the second. As Cougars for Concealed Carry on Campus continues its work to raise awareness, there are still many

students that oppose weapons of any kind on campus. “Mostly I am against the idea of students having guns on campus because I do not feel safer in any way by the presence of guns,” said sociology graduate student Phoenicia Fares. “Gun sightings on campus should be alarming and a red flag that something is wrong — not commonplace.” Other students also agree that guns on campus only create a more dangerous atmosphere. “I get that people just want the power to protect themselves,” said history sophomore Eric Kao. “But having concealed handguns creates a hostile environment of mistrust. I think it will be a cause to worry, and will just exacerbate the situation. People would feel safer with more transparent police patrols and activity.” Although Cougars for Concealed Carry on Campus face disagreement, students in favor for concealed handguns on campus are beginning to speak up. Some argue that concealed handguns in licensed hands are simply a measure of self-

“I have a (concealed handgun license), and I carry where and when permitted. I invested my time and money in order to get the proper training and licensing to legally carry a handgun concealed on my person in the state of Texas,” said supply chain management junior Antoine Hythier. | Wikimedia Commons defense. “Those that do carry legally, once concealed carry is allowed, will not act as a supplement to the police force or a vigilante force,” said mechanical engineer freshman Leo Bartos. “Seeking out and trying to stop an active shooter situation is, and will remain, the job of campus police and HPD.” Cougar for Concealed Carry on Campus also has the support of

statistics found nationwide, Porsch said. Of the universities across the nation that have allowed concealed carry in the last decade, none of the schools have had any gun-related threats, suicides, violence or other incidents, she said. “The numbers just speak for themselves,” Posch said.

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Center director’s work recognized Passionate organizer wins award for her enduring efforts Maritza Rodriguez Staff writer

Lorraine Schroeder is the director of the LGBT Resource Center Center. She is on a mission to end discrimination and increase awareness about the issues members of the LGBT community face. | Courtesy of Lorraine Schroeder

Earlier this month, the College Student Educators International held its annual convention in Las Vegas for the American College Personnel Association’s award ceremony. CSEI invited hundreds of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness directors who have made significant contributions in that area. Director of the UH LGBT Resource Center Lorraine Schroeder was awarded with this year’s Val DuMontier New Professional Award from the ACPA Standing Committee for LGBT Awareness. The committee highlighted Schroeder’s work to improve the social climate on campus. “It feels great to win an award, but I’m glad that UH got the recognition for the different programs they offer to help better the students,” Schroeder said. The Val DuMontier Award is given to professionals specializing in LGBT awareness that have been working in that field for less than five years. Schroeder has been working at the LGBT Center for three years. Because of Schroeder’s contributions to the community, she hopes her dedication will be recognized

by the administration so the center can receive more resources to better help increase awareness. “The number one thing is to devote more resources for the LGBT center, and that can come in the form of making me full time and giving more help to the students,” Schroeder said. The center offers programs for students to be part of the community and to help with diversity issues. Pre-nursing freshman Devin Hill said he is excited Schroeder received the award. He said he is proud of her and happy she is finally being recognized for the work she has done for the community. “She devotes a lot of time,” Hill said. “It takes a lot to be who you are and to go out there and do the things that help the community and herself.” Schroeder plans on educating students about diversity and LGBT awareness around campus. She feels that the most derogatory remarks are made against the LGBT students and staff. She welcomes students to the center and sends out newsletters so they can be updated and educated. “Students know that I’m always there and that I am involved with the community. I care about what’s going on with them and to let them know that they can come to me for help,” Schroeder said.


Dealing with the distance Relationships can be complicated simply by their nature, and being miles apart requires a lot of endurance

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ith only a little more than six weeks left until summer vacation, students relax outside during the first

day of spring . — Mahnoor Samana/The Daily Cougar

If there’s one thing that causes people to pull their hair out in frustration, it’s relationships. And the Internet has been a mixed blessing in terms of dating. We can meet people from around the world Jessica and create Portillo long-lasting friendships, but taking it to the next level is a difficult step if you live in different states.

That’s the situation I’ve been in for the last four years. My boyfriend lives in California, and as difficult as it is trying to get your life together as a college student, being in a long distance relationship provides a new level of problems. As wonderful as it is to video chat with him, it’s painful to see Facebook posts of events you won’t get a chance to go to. It’s fun to talk about the future, but how can we build a future together if we don’t live in the same state? Like any relationship, it’s all about compromise. It’s a little difficult to do that when you can’t physically be with the other person, but it is possible. Even if it seems a little cheesy. If it’s been a busy week for us, we’ll set

a time for us to have a date night. We’ll pick a movie, get some snacks and watch it together while being on the phone. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s something to look forward to. We share a Netflix account, so we’ll add movies to our queue and watch them on our dates. One thing that does take a while to accept is that you won’t meet their friends. This brings issues of trust to a new level. You don’t know who those people are, but keep in mind your partner doesn’t know your friends either. There isn’t one thing you can do to make it easier, but a few smaller things really matter: answering the DISTANCE continues on page 9

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Art show zooms in human rights violations and war crimes Kevin Cook Staff writer

The Honors College commons played host Monday to an art exhibit and talk entitled, “Never Again? An Art Exhibition on Human Rights Violations and War Crimes.” Event organizer and alumna Lana Kesbeh says she was inspired to act by Irene Guenther’s class, “A Crime Without a Name: 20th Century Genocide.” “My last semester of college, I took Guenther’s class, and it was a real motivator to have more on-campus educational events,” Kesbeh said. Contributing lecturer and junior Biology major Fatima Syed concurs that Guenther’s class and especially her enthusiasm, was a catalyst for her

speaking out and getting involved. “Gunther didn’t hold back. She had no reservations about telling us about the realities about all this horrible history we’d never been exposed to before in our conventional high school education,” Syed said. “As a class, we grew so much together, and collectively decided we wanted to be involved in some capacity.” Guenther has stated that her class is founded on not just academic accounts of genocide, but personal accounts, in order to personalize the conflicts and wrongs and prevent students from distancing themselves. “Our events combine both (art and lecture) because you do have to have some background. You can look at a canvas, but you don’t necessarily

know what it means,” Kesbeh said. She feels, though, that art plays an important and special role. “I feel like art gets people to think differently. Art is always subjective. You can look at it, and everyone takes something different from a piece,” she said. Syed asserts that the power of art lies in the response of the viewers, and that there is a provocation specific to visual media that cannot necessarily be communicated in a talk. “You can convey so many complex emotions through just one glance at art,” Syed said. “Even without paragraphs of description about these pieces, something just hits you. I think it’s such a unique way to convey what others try to say in articles



through a process of self discovery, what matters to you and taking initiative from there,” Syed said. “It’s not about capitalism versus socialism or about black versus white. There’s wrong and right everywhere. Your job, as someone who wants to contribute to society, is to figure out what’s right and support it and figure out what’s wrong and voice opposition to it.” The group plans to continue to educate and voice its opposition, through future events incorporating multimedia presentations and encourages students to get involved. Anyone wishing to get involved is encouraged to contact The Honors College directly.



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or lectures.” The topics of the brief lectures ran the gamut, with Syed discussing the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and consequent human rights violations and political science senior Diane Stout recounting her experiences in Srebrenica, site of the July 1995 massacre. “Learning,” Stout said, “is the key to making a real change.” Making a positive change is one way to characterize activism, and though that word is tinged with stigma, activism is a vital and integral part of the college’s role in society. Syed, also the president of Students for a Democratic Society, posits that activism ought to be the outcome of any liberal education. “Activism really just is figuring out,

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UH is one of seven universities chosen to partner with China in an effort to build a social work education program. The Graduate College of Social Work is a part of the China Collaborative, a project implemented by the Council on Social Work Education to assist in executing the Chinese government’s goal of having 2 million social workers by 2020. “Our collaboration, and those of the other six US universities, will help our Chinese colleagues consider a variety of curricula models and resulting practice models and theories,” said Ira Colby, dean of the Graduate College of Social Work. “Conversely, U.S. programs will create opportunities for their faculties and students to experience the impact of cultural diversity and difference.” So far, the GCSW is partnered with four schools in and around the city of Shanghai. Director of International Social Work Education and GCSW professor Patrick Leung emphasized the importance of establishing a social work program in China and what lasting impressions UH wants to leave after the program’s conclusion. “This is a very rewarding exper ience,” Leung said. “Students and staff will learn from our partners about the Colby problems that people in China are facing.” Rural areas in China are dealing with families being torn apart in search for work. Children are being left in their grandparents’ care, while their parents migrate to urban areas to find jobs. Many of the elderly are also left alone in these areas while their children travel to the city for employment, Leung said. UH’s involvement with the China Collaborative will include exchanges between students and staff of the institutions in the partnership, participation in U.S. or Chinese-based collaborative conferences and possible field practicum opportunities for students and staff in the U.S. and China. “Multiple Asian organizations like Asian American Family Services serve the Chinese community, and its multicultural services are very

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