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UH to partner with HCC

UH improv group wins nationally

Darlene Campos Staff writer

The UH System recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Houston Community CollegeNorthwest that will expand degree options for students in the West Houston and Katy areas. UH System at Cinco Ranch is a college that offers undergraduate and graduate programs and many of the undergraduate programs will be moved to HCC-Katy campus. In turn, HCC-Katy will also begin to offer more professional programs like cosmetology, horticulture and EMT. “Our plan is to start with offering courses in Subsea Engineering beginning in Fall 2013,” said Marshall Scott, associate vice chancellor for planning and administration. “Over the next few years, we are looking to add programs in other areas that align with the needs of the energy industry like engineering, geosciences, supply chain and logistics and non-credit short courses for working professionals. The first new courses will be offered

in Fall 2013 with more expansion to take place in 2014 and 2015.” The partnership will offer more professional and graduate programs for UHS at Cinco Ranch, thus turning the campus into a graduate degree center. Subsea Engineering, offered at UH since Spring 2011, is the only degree program of its kind in the nation. “The main point of the affiliation with HCC-Katy is that it allows UHS to transition many of its undergraduate programs from UHS at Cinco Ranch to HCC-Katy,” Scott said. “Over the next few years, UH and UHS will be expanding programs that align with the career and professional development needs of major employers in the Katy area, especially energy companies. The goal is to create a high-quality, graduate and professional education center to serve the greater Katy area,” he said. Full-time faculty and adjunct professors from UH will be teaching the new programs offered by UHS at Cinco Ranch, allowing for students living in West Houston or Katy to

study much closer to home. “We are committed to working in tandem with the UH System to offer a wider variety of academic programs leading to a Bachelor’s degree,” said HCC-Northwest President Zachary Hodges. “We are also exploring programs and partnerships to better serve the workforce needs of West Houston, especially health careers in partnership with Coleman College.” The memorandum states the partnership between UHS and HCC is planned to be long-term. UH students who are inter- Hodges ested in enrolling for classes at UHS at Cinco Ranch can do so in the way they enroll for classes at the main campus. For more information about UHS at Cinco Ranch, please visit

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After perfecting their craft for years and working hard the past several months, UH improvisational group Glaundor won first place at the National College Improv Tournament at Chicago’s Athenaeum Theatre. “Well half of us freaked out, and I think the other half of us just breathed and unclenched for the first time since we had gotten to nationals,” said acting senior Adam Sowers. There were four teams who made it to the final round on the last day at the National CIT. When the team didn’t hear its name called for fourth, third or second place, Glaundor teammates said they knew they had won. During rehearsals, Sowers said IMPROV continues on page 3

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FLASHBACK Dynamo teams up with Athletics Department When the Houston Dynamo relocated to Houston from San Jose, Calif., it didn’t have a stadium to call its own. Instead, the Dynamo partnered with UH in a $1.7 million contract for the Department of Athletics. The funds were used to improve the facilities of the former Robertson Stadium for the Dynamo. According The Daily Cougar 2006 archives, the former John O’Quinn Field installed a better lighting system and added bleachers and a video board. The proposed lighting system was expected to cost $800,000 and would make for a better televised game. While David Maggard, the former athletics director, had hopes that the Dynamo would make UH its home for more than the five years they stayed, Major League Soccer moved the Dynamo to BBVA Compass Stadium at the start of 2012 season. The Dynamo were MLS Cup Champions in 2006 and 2007 and MLS Cup runner-ups in 2011 and 2012. — Channler K. Hill

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Space bound Professor receives grant to be studied outside the Earth’s orbit Makenzie Seman Contributing writer

A grant from NASA will take a UH engineering professor’s research to orbit for study aboard the International Space Station. The grant, totaling slightly less than $100,000, was awarded to professor Peter Vekilov and will allow his theories on how proteins in a liquid solution form crystals to be further explored in orbit 230 miles above the earth. “I am very excited,� Vekilov said. “Myself and others have put in a lot of hard work, and I am happy we are getting some recognition for ourselves and the University.� Vekilov has been persistent in his work. In 2004, he made a discovery on the illusive process in which liquid transforms into crystals. He discovered that before forming a crystal, the proteins in a solution combine in compressed droplets, where they possibly begin to develop into the shape they take when crystallized. He proved his theory three years later through direct observation. Much of this phenomenon is not thoroughly understood because of inaccuracies when working with 100 or 1,000 liters of the solution, which


is the amount needed to produce various chemicals and products like medicine. Vekilov said he believes this is because the liquid flows in a system at uneven speeds, or sheer flow. Vekilov said there is no way to test this theory on earth because of the effects gravity inflicts on the outcome. “We have relevant scientific questions that can only be answered by doing experiments in space,� Vekilov said. “We hope to see a difference between the nucleation rate on earth and in space.� Astronauts associated with the European Space Agency will perform these experiments onboard the ISS sometime in 2016. “There is a big mystery about how sheer flow affects nucleation,� Vekilov said. “If we prove that sheer flow affects the nucleation of proteins, it is possible it affects the nucleation of all types of systems.� Back on Earth, Vekilov and his peers at research institutions in Europe will construct contraptions and perform further experiments on crystal formation and the effects of sheer flow and develop more adequate models of the procedure. “This goes past proteins and solutions,� Vekilov said. “This is really about the essential science, the primary knowledge of the crystal formation.�

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he and his teammates build off of one another’s energy, creating what they feel is a truly comical routine. “I personally think that improv is just the grown-up version of playing on a playground when you’re a kid,� Sowers said. Like in any discipline, there are rules for improv, but Glaundor doesn’t necessarily play by them. “When playing by the rules, it then becomes a piece of art that people enjoy watching. Then, you become smart enough to know when breaking those rules is the right choice to your advantage,� said teammate and acting senior Jason Ronje.

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Reinvesting in intolerance Texas A&M University Student Senate introduces bill allowing students to opt out of funding GLBT Resource Center based on religious objections


ith the same-sex marriage debate in Supreme Court looming large, the nation’s short attention span has turned an eye to gay rights — gay marriage Alex in particular. Caballero With more U.S. senators and professional athletes coming out in support of gay marriage, it would seem the country is shifting toward a more relaxed and open stance on gay rights. And then there is Texas. Chris Woolsey, Northside student senator for A&M University, introduced SB65-70, a bill “requesting that students who object to funding the GLBT Resource Center through their student fees and tuition for religious reasons be allowed to opt out from funding (the GLBT Resource Center)” on March 20. If passed, this bill would amount to allowing institutional discrimination. This comes as no surprise as A&M was recently named one of the 12 least friendly campuses in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals by the Huffington Post, along with the University of Dallas, a private Catholic university, and Southern Methodist University, a private Methodist university. “While it can be argued that the GLBT Resource Center is a worthy use of funds in order to provide a welcoming environment for vulnerable populations at Texas A&M, it is reasonable for students to object to a use of their own money that is in direct opposition to their own religious

values,” Wolley said in the bill. Imagine instead it was a women’s resource center. It would be unthinkable to advocate defunding the women’s center for morally disagreeing with its actions. LGBT students are at a disadvantage on a campus such as A&M because of the hostilities they face. “The effects of this bill reach beyond our student organization of the GLBT Aggies. The resource center under attack is a separate Texas A&M University campus office,” said Kimberly Villa, GLBT Aggies president. “If this bill were to pass in the Senate, it would be used as the official student body opinion, which can be particularly dangerous when LGBT students and allies have made so much progress in connecting with other Aggies and changing a misconception about our university.” The A&M Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center uses its office on campus to facilitate conversations with LGBT students, allies, faculty and staff. “The GLBT Resource Center serves a multitude of purposes that, if removed, would damage a great portion of our student body,” Villa said. “The GLBT Resource Center is not an organization being funded by student fees. The GLBT Resource Center is an office on campus like the Women’s Resource Center and others under the Office of Student Life. I urge individuals who support this bill to think more critically of what it actually means to the students it is directly affecting and less about what they may have heard.” UH LGBT Program Director

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David Delgado/The Daily Cougar Lorraine Schroeder said that while the LGBT Resource Center is not student-funded, those who would favor a UH bill like the one at A&M should do so for reasons other than religion. “The LGBT Resource Center at UH is not funded by student fees,” Schroeder said. “If it were, our response would be that tuition and fees are spent according to what benefits students and contributes to their success, not according to one group’s religious beliefs.” Schroeder said the resource center does not aim to help just LGBT students, but students across the entire campus as well.

“We work with all students and collaborate with multiple departments that realize having a campus that is diverse and accepting of differences makes for a richer learning environment for all students,” Schroeder said. James Lee, student senatorelect and president of the UH chapter of the Texas Freedom Network, said he was saddened by the news. “It would be a great shame if the oldest GLBT Center in Texas’ history would no longer be able to remain open due to the conservative politics of TAMU’s Student Senate,” Lee said. “In my personal experience, the UH LGBT

Resource Center was a place where I felt I could recover from the experiences I had faced while growing up in an unwelcoming environment, and it served its purpose.” Woolsey did not reply for comment; however, the political landscape on the issue of gay rights is changing. This attempt to defund the center shines a bad spotlight on A&M’s campus and may foreshadow what is to come in the state legislature. Alex Caballero is a creative writing senior and may be reached at opinion@

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Date, place set for UH spring game The Daily Cougar sports services The Cougars will have their annual spring game at 7 p.m. April 12 at Carl Lewis Field. Admission is free and gates to the event will open at 6 p.m. with a Kids Zone featuring inflatable games on the northeast side of Carl Lewis Field. After the game, players will stick around for a free 30-minute autograph session inside the Athletics/Alumni Center. Parking will be free, and the lots surrounding the Athletics Center will open at 4 p.m. for game attendees.

Men’s Basketball Freshman forward Danuel House added another postseason accolade after being one of 21 freshmen nationally to be named the Kyle Macy Freshman All-America Team. The Conference USA Freshman of the Year will be recognized on April 5 at the awards banquet in Atlanta. House ended his season with the Cougars finishing third on the team with 12.4 points per game.

Baseball A makeup date for the No. 19 UH baseball game versus Sam Houston State University has been set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cougar Field. Tuesday’s game was cancelled because of inclement weather. The 23-6 Cougars are on a ninegame home winning streak after beating East Carolina 5-4. The team has appeared in the nation’s top 25 polls for the secondstraight week.

Conference Tulsa joined the current Big East conference after a unanimous vote by the Big East Board of Directors on Tuesday. Tulsa’s admittance gives the conference 11 all-sports members for 2014. The soon-to-be-renamed conference will consist of the UCF, Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, ECU, UH, Memphis, SMU, South Florida, Temple, Tulane and Tulsa for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Chemistry key for veteran group Christopher Shelton Sports editor

For offensive lineman, chemistry is more important to success than any other position on the football field. The unit has to be on the same page during pass protection to keep the quarterback upright when opposing teams blitz, said head coach Tony Levine. During run plays, the offensive line has to decide who will move to the second level of the defense and attack the linebackers — a simple communication error could lead to a loss of yards. “They can’t perform as five pennies. They’ve got to play like a nickle,” Levine said. “I think we’re seeing that being developed on a daily basis.” The Cougars have a good opportunity to capture the chemistry they desire with a veteran group that has six players with 92 career starts between them. Junior tackle Rowdy Harper and senior guard Ty Cloud both have 26 starts. The Cougars only lost one starter, Jacolby Ashworth, from last year’s squad. Levine said junior center Bryce Redman is a player who has stood out this spring. He said Redman’s energy and effort have gotten his teammates to rally around his leadership. Senior offensive lineman Kevin Forsch said the group has developed a bond where they don’t have to speak to communicate because they

The Cougars lost only one starter from the offensive line this season to graduation. | File photo/The Daily Cougar have played together in tight games. He said the Cougars have a group of leaders on the offensive line who all look up to each other. “We don’t have to describe everything we do,” Forsch said. “We’ll say one little word or just something short like point at a guy and say watch him. We know how we’re going to react and how to play off each other. “We all look at each other and say, ‘Man, we trust in each other.’ We know that we have each others’ backs, so it’s kind of like we’re all leading together. If somebody’s down, we’re picking them up.” The Cougars have been working on perfecting their technique during

spring practice, an area where the team has gotten better, Levine said. “I think their technique and fundamentals have vastly improved really as much as unit, except maybe the defensive line throughout the course of spring practice,” Levine said. “I think we need to continue to develop some depth, but we’re certainly getting better. (As far as) the pass protection, we’re creating a better pocket for our quarterbacks than we did last year.” They will have competition from a large group of newcomers who will arrive in the fall that could develop into the depth Levine wants to see.

Junior college transfer Damien Parris joins incoming freshmen Emerald Faletuipapai, Ja’Braylin Thomas and Josh Thomas, who will show up with an average size of 6-foot-6 inches and 329 pounds. Harper said, regardless of size, the thing that could make this group successful lies in the muscles above the shoulders. “I think we have a lot of football intelligence on the offensive line, especially with Bryce and Kevin, so with those two guys next to each other, everything comes together, and I think it’s awesome to have that,” Harper said.

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Professor transcends spectrum of sound Aisha Bouderbaden Staff writer

UH is the only university in Texas to offer a four-year degree plan for American Sign Language Interpreting. “Lamar University in Beaumont offers a degree in ASL but not interpreting,� said Sharon Hill, the coordinator of ASL Interpreting Program. All the professors who teach ASLI 1 through 4 and Deaf Culture classes are Deaf, including Terrell Brittain, who has been teaching at the University since 2010. The term “Deaf� is capitalized to indicate an individual grew up exposed to Deaf Culture, whereas “deaf� indicates an individual is deaf, but did not grow up in the culture. Brittain was interviewed about his experience with an interpreter present. “I have that passion to teach the language,� Brittain said. “I love passing on the tradition, and I try to incorporate humor (into my teaching). This language is one we can’t afford to let become extinct.� Brittain grew up using a system called Signing Exact English and

used gestures to communicate with his hearing parents. It was not until he was 17 years old that he met another d/Deaf person. “Later on, I married her,� Brittain said. “She was the one who really introduced me to ASL and influenced my use of ASL. I still use SEE, though she criticized it greatly.� Brittain’s wife, Robyn, started teaching ASLI at the University last fall. He started as an adjunct professor in 2010 and became a full-time assistant professor in 2011. Now, he averages about four to five classes each semester, teaching any of the four levels of the language, Deaf Culture and advanced ASLI, which is only open to interpreting majors to increase their fluency and syntax. “The d/Deaf community is small, compared to the hearing one,� Brittain said. “The number of years this community has suffered oppression — the list goes on and on. (The d/Deaf community has) constantly been told they can’t. Hearing people should learn SOUND continues on page 8



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Sharon Hill, the coordinator of the ASL Interpreting Program, said she expects the program to grow in the coming years. ASL professor Terrell Brittain and Hill said hearing students should pursue more than interpreting. There are many opportunities for hearing students, Hill said. | Aisha Bouderbaden/The Daily Cougar

that.” Hill said the ASLI program was endorsed in Fall 2009 and explained how an interview works when hiring a d/Deaf applicant. By law, d/Deaf individuals are not allowed to be discriminated against and have rights to an interpreter. “It’s very easy to hire somebody who can speak and hear,” Hill said. “We wanted a master instructor, a natural user of ASL, and (Brittain) was an easy pick.” A certified interpreter is hired to conduct the interview because not everyone on the hiring committee speaks ASL. “Notes and lip reading are insufficient forms of communication,” Hill said. “There is an urgent need for interpreters. There are roughly 1,500 interpreters in the whole state.” Compared to the statistic of the d/Deaf population, which is about 12 to 15 percent, that number is far too low. “Because it is ‘silent,’ this language is often overlooked and devalued,” Hill said. “I think students are starting to appreciate the instructors.” The style of each ASL professor is different, and Brittain said it is important for students to not stick with one professor because style varies — learning signs one way and one way only does not help a student grow in their knowledge and application of the language. “Each individual style is different. I try to provide as much information as possible. The most important thing I want students to know is that I am responsible for teaching, but students are responsible for putting in the effort,” Brittain said. “My expectations are high. ASL is not an easy-A class, and it is always a reward at the end of ASL 4 to see how my students have progressed.” Hill said she sees the ASLI Program going far in the years to come. “As a famous quote from I. King Jordan states, ‘Deaf people can do anything except hear,’” Brittain said.

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