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The UH English department teaching fellows met Monday at the graduate lounge in the Roy G. Cullen Buildingto address the steps they have taken toward increased pay, reduced fees and insurance coverage. “In the meeting, we briefed everyone on the actions we’ve taken so far. We’ve been trying to talk to the administration since the beginning of the year,” saidTalia Mailman, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in fictional writing. The issues with salary began last semester when a group of teaching fellows realized they were being charged an extra $121.05 in fees, billed as tuition, which they were supposed to be granted remission, Mailman said. They also discovered that TFs in the English department hadn’t had a raise in 20 years. “We found that to be striking,” Mailman said. “Our wages were way below the poverty line.” According to its Facebook page, “UH English TFs UNITE,” the

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Teaching fellows hosted a sit-in and waited for nine hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday for a meeting with UH President and UH-System Chancellor Renu Khator. | Shaimaa Eissa/The Daily Cougar fellows of the department make $11,200 yearly, which is below the federal poverty line that rests at $11,490. The organization issued a letter to UH President Renu Khator with the hopes of having a meeting Monday. “We just want a response to our letter, we would like to get a fair and just salary,” Mailman said. The group recently took its case to Houston Press, where an article

ran on the issue. The UH administration later released a statement to the same publication that said the administration was in talks with the fellows. UH has issued a statement that explains the payment process. “Teaching fellows are students in the graduate program who receive a stipend as partial compensation for providing teaching support as a part of their education,” said

Executive Director of Media Relations Richard Bonnin. “These stipends are modest and not intended to serve as a livingwage salary. Students are here to study, learn and work with their graduate advisers to help them prepare for their careers,” he said. Bonnin said UH knows about the petition and is conversing with

Coach takes steps to win

Concept brews on campus

Channler K. Hill Assistant news editor

The University Starbucks locations and Einstein Bagels will have to find innovative ways to draw in students with the summer opening of a new campus coffee shop. The Nook Cafe, owned by alumnus Derek Shaw and Sam Wijnberg, will open on July 15 in the new center being built next to Chinese Star. Biochemistry junior Katherine Buitrago was unaware of the new cafe but said she is excited about its hours. “I think the hours are huge on that. I remember we were studying for our organic test (my friends and

I) and everyone after that needed caffeine for their exam, and Starbucks was closed. So they were kind of inconvenienced,” Buitrago said. “Either that or they had to get an energy drink out of a machine or from the C-Store. So yeah, that’s awesome.” Shaw and Wijnberg, who have been friends for 15 years, always wanted to work on a project together and now have the opportunity to do so. Alumnus Ian Rosenberg of Infill Designs is also working with the duo to design the interior of the cafe. The Nook will proudly brew Cougar Blend coffee, which is sold in Houston HEBs and owned by Shaw and Wijnberg. UH alumnus Avi Katz who graduated with a degree in hotel and restaurant management owns Katz’s Coffee and roasts Cougar Blend coffees and espressos at his roasting plant located off of

South Shepherd Drive, something Shaw said he is proud of. “Our beans are roasted 15 minutes away and delivered weekly. It’s hands downs the best pot of coffee you’ll get on campus,” Shaw said. “They’re really isn’t a place on campus where you can get a glass of wine, and our selections will be red and white. Everything there (at The Nook) is going to be local. We will also have Houston-Press-awardwinning pastries and cake from a couple of local vendors.” For a fresh atmosphere, Shaw and Wijnberg hope UH students will make The Nook their home by putting their art canvases on its walls and using their stage for acting, music and poetry open mic nights. “The place is really for the students, whatever they want from us we’ll try and accommodate,” Shaw said. Shaw said he would stand in line


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NEW POLL “It’s one of the only spots on campus that isn’t University-owned. It’s a nook,” said alumnus Derek Shaw, owner of The Nook Cafe. | Courtesy of Derek Shaw

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The senate of the 50th administration has sworn in, is now in session and hopes to save campus resource centers The administration passed the Resolution in Opposition to Texas Senate Bill 1 Amendment Zedler-1 unanimously with only two abstains during their first senate meeting. “Texas Representative Bill Zedler introduced an amendment to eliminate state funding for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Resource Centers like the one that created a safe space for me and my friends to come out,” Lee said. “The Zedler-1 Amendment would not only remove state funding for LGBT Resource Centers but would also eliminate state funding for women’s centers and all gender and sexuality centers at Texas universities.” The bill is authored by political science senior Sen. Guillermo Lopez, junior CLASS Sen. James Lee and political science and liberal studies

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called in and had my order waiting on me.” It is because of this thought that The Nook will also be known for its relationship with technology. “The unique piece of The Nook that we’re actually proud of is a smart phone app where you can actually order your coffee the way you like it. You tell us when you’ll show up, you pay with your credit card and come to the pick-up counter and pick it up,” Shaw said. “It’ll be sitting there waiting for you. We’re hoping that will draw a lot of students. Anything on the menu, except for alcohol, can be ordered on the phone app, The Nook.” The grand opening is in July, but there will also be a celebration in the fall to welcome back UH students. The Nook will be open from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday’s and 8 a.m. to midnight Sunday.

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Students in the audience spoke to support the bill before voting occurred. | Mary Dahdouh/The Daily Cougar senior Sen. Yesenia Chavez. Lee is also responsible for the “Get Off My Backpack” campaign which allows supporters to sign a petition to keep the at-risk resource centers available to students. “In 2011, they tried the same thing with a different technique,” Bandoh said. “They said universities must also provide funding for centers for traditional family values, and how do you define traditional family values?”

“The resource centers play a key role here on campus. Let’s pass this and send it to my desk, so I can sign it,” he said. Although this was the first reading of the resolution, the senate voted to discharge the rules for the resolution to allow voting because the Zedler Amendment will be up for vote today in the Texas Senate.

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Cougars learn to protect themselves Aaron Manuel, Kelly Schafler Opinion editor, staff columnist


obbery, assault, rape or abduction are possibilities no one wants to worry about, but they still happen every day. We are aware of these dangers, but not everyone knows how to react in these situations. Some try to avoid danger, either by running or submitting, while others want to fight back but don’t know how to defend themselves. There is no need to feel helpless, though. UH offers two self-defense courses that are free to all students, and both are held in the Combat Room at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Fitness instructor R. Threz Gonzalez teaches Intro to SelfDefense, instructing students in the use of martial arts techniques like Taijutsu. Gonzalez teaches students where to move if being attacked and how to use body force and momentum to take down an opponent. Gonzalez said opponents cannot always be taken down, though — especially if the assailant is carryng a weapon. “Gunpoint changes everything,” Gonzalez said. “Don’t run. Don’t try to do anything. If the robber wants your purse, let them take your purse. Look down at the ground and say, ‘I’m not looking at you. I can’t see who you are. Just take what you need.’” According to the FBI, firearms were used in 41.3 percent of 2011 robberies, strong-arm tactics were used 42.3 percent, 7.8 percent involved knives, and 8.7 percent involved other weapons. The odds are that there may be a weapon involved during a robbery. If succumbing to the gunwielding assailant doesn’t work, Gonzalez also teaches gun disarming at Houston school Warau

Mechanical engineering and mathemetics junior Bryan Lopez (left) spars with self-defense instructor R. Threz Gonzalez (center) while chemistry graduate Nicole Flores looks on. Classes like this and the Cougar Aikido Club teach students defense and awareness. | Aisha Bouderdaben/The Daily Cougar

Tora Dojo, which translates to “School of Smiling Tiger.” “This particular art is about you getting home to your family, and I teach it that exact way,” Gonzalez said. This is something that everyone — no matter age or gender — should take a few classes in, even if you feel you don’t need it. Learning the basics could go a long way to getting out of a bad situation. Chemistry graduate Nicole Flores is one of Gonzalez’s students who attends class on campus and at the dojo. “It’s an amazing thing to learn because it’s the least amount of energy that you can use to get out of a situation, while with

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other martial arts, like karate, you have to put in so much more effort to do it,” Flores said. The other self-defense course that is offered on campus is the Cougar Aikido Club. In this class, students learn a similar method of self-defense — the difference is that students learn to react in a more harmonious way. While Gonzalez teaches you how to disarm your attacker, Cougar Aikido Club instructors make sure students are aware of the consequences of these actions. “We are always free to collaborations with other organizations and those who support self-defense and awareness

against attacks,” said Sergey Petrov, president of the Cougar Aikido Club. Above all, both classes agree that the best thing to do to help prevent these situations is to be aware. If you are walking to your car, pay attention to what is happening around you. Try not to dig into your purse or backpack for your keys, and try to not text. These acts can draw your attention away from what situations may be about to unfold in front of you. Gonzalez suggests that his students should carry a simple pen when making these walks to your car as a means for selfdefense.

“A pen is the most effective weapon you can have on you,” Gonzalez said. “At least once a month, I have a pen class so that girls are reminded to have a pen in their hand when they walk. The pen offers what the fist can’t normally do and gives penetration that you normally wouldn’t have.” Intro to Self-Defense is from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and the Cougar Aikido Club holds sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kelly Schafler is a print journalism sophomore, and Aaron Manuel is a print journalism senior. They may be reached at

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Coming out and on to the gridiron Friday, April 5, 2013 1:00 - 4:30 PM

Ciara Rouege Staff columnist

The professional sports community was caught off-guard last week when CBS sports reporter, Mike Freeman, announced that an NFL player is considering coming out of the closet. It will mark the first time in a major male-professional sport that a gay athlete comes out while still active as opposed to the number of male athletes who have come out during retirement. The rumor has incited passionate responses from fans, players, gay rights organizations and the league. Although the player may not have intentions of using the NFL as a stepping stool to advocate gay rights, the implications of the potential confession are inevitable. In recent weeks the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has taken monumental steps toward equality in regards to the law. The Supreme Court hearings have placed the constitutionality of the definition of marriage under serious question. The possibility of an active and openly gay football player might be the new frontier for the social acceptance of LGBT lifestyles. The NFL Players Association is prepared to support this anonymous player. NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth told WNST. com he expects multiple players to come out as the LGBT community is striving toward cultural acceptance. Through the years, the league has faced scrutiny from activist groups for creating a homophobic environment. Supporting an openly gay player could be an opportunity to prove otherwise. Not all outlooks are positive, though. Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Chris Clemons posted on Twitter that a player coming out of the closet would be a “selfish act� and that any player who would wait until he got to the NFL to come out of the closet is making himself “bigger than the team.� The sports world is expecting the unveiling to warrant excessive media coverage. Kris Kluwe, punter for the Minnesota Vikings and ambassador for Athlete Ally, an organization working to end homophobia in sports, submitted a rebuttal to Clemons’s comments to Kluwe said media coverage is making it difficult for gay athletes to come out. “It’s not right that professional sports, and especially the GRIDIRON continues on page 6

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professional sports media, have created an environment where gay players are willing to hide essential components of themselves as human beings in order to pursue their dreams,” Kluwe said. “It’s not right that our insatiable lust for sports coverage creates an atmosphere where someone would willingly subordinate his life to a backward and bigoted world view in order to stay employed.” Athlete Ally has made it clear it will be behind this player 100 percent as he faces the fans, fellow players and the media. Unlike court cases and private interest groups that have been used as tools by lobbyist and advocates to change public policy and laws, he will be introducing the moral correctness of homosexuality into millions of homes through an unprecedented medium. Lorraine Schroeder, director of the UH LGBT Resource Center, said this is an opportunity

to present a human face on such a contentious issue. “Coming out as LGBT will have a positive effect on everyone. It will show that we are human. We are a part of the human race. We’re your neighbors, classmates, friends, teachers and professional football players,” Schroeder said. “It’s a good conversation for people to have. It would create a paradigm shift in people’s image of gay men.” It’s possible that the player may not come out, but as society evolves and we become more tolerant of different lifestyles, the likelihood of other players taking the plunge will increase. The LGBT community’s fight for equality can’t end in courthouses. There will be new frontiers away from the political atmosphere where parents, children and individuals will have to address the moral correctness of homosexuality and the social norms that label us.

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Big East re-brands itself as American Athletic Conference The Daily Cougar News Services After an exhaustive search, which included focus groups and social media outreach, the Big East Conference will be renamed the American Athletic Conference. The conference will re-brand itself entirely including its associations and media at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 season. Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco said he believes the new name will represent strength, aspiration and tradition for the conference. “Our name is a nod to tradition, but at the same time makes clear our determination to be a conference with national impact and appeal,� Aresco said. “The American Athletic Conference will represent core American values of optimism, energy, growth and innovation.� Football One fan and a guest will park in a reserved spot in front of the Athletics/Alumni Center and enjoy a pregame meal with the team at the coaching staff’s table. After dinner, the pair will meet with head coach Tony Levine in his office before heading out to Carl Lewis Field, adorned with two VIP field passes, to pick the first offensive play of the game. Cougar fans can bid on the package on from now until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Men’s Basketball Young basketball players are invited to join UH men’s basketball head coach James Dickey this summer for four camps starting June 10. Dickey and his staff will host three-day camps held June 10 through 13, June 17 through 20 and July 29 through Aug. 1. The camps will cost $240 and will from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with the exception of Aug. 1. Additionally, a position camp featuring a shooting and skills session and a point guard and post lesson will be held on June 22. Running 8 a.m. to noon (shooting and skills) and 1 to 5 p.m., each session will cost $30. All camps will feature individual instruction and skill work from the Cougar staff and student-athletes. Campers will be divided into groups by age and skill and will receive a free camp T-shirt along with an invitation to an NCAA student athlete information session at the end of the camp.

One UH fan will have the chance to win dinner with the football team and head coach Tony Levine and two VIP tickets to the game. | File photo/The Daily Cougar

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Building a winner Whitting takes several steps to return his former school to national prominence Christopher Shelton Sports editor

With pressure from fans mounting and expectations for this season waning, head coach Todd Whitting still has a vision for the future of UH baseball. Whitting’s second year at the helm marked the Cougars’ fourth consecutive losing season, and it seemed like the program had taken a step back. After compiling a 27-35 record during Whitting’s first season, the Cougars won only 18 games in 2012. Though UH was Whitting’s dream job, he didn’t expect turning the program around to be easy. He was tasked with rebuilding a program that he helped grow first as a player, then as an assistant coach. Unfinished business “There are numerous reasons why (the choice was) Todd Whitting,” said Athletics Director Mack Rhoades to the Houston Chronicle. “He’s a program-builder. When he was with us here at the University of Houston, we had great success. Then you look at what he’s done at TCU.” Whitting said not making the College World Series left him feeling that he had unfinished business at the University. The Cougars were one game away from playing for a national championship in Omaha, Neb., three of his last four seasons as an assistant coach. That motivated him to get the program back where it was when he was an assistant coach. It was a tough project, though. The two seasons before Whitting took over, the Cougars were under .500 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1974-75. He started by improving the Cougars’ recruiting, but he knew it was a process. “You can’t flip these things quick anymore,” Whitting said. “The recruiting cycle, the way it works, a lot of the elite players are committing during their junior year of high school. The freshmen we have right now are really our first class that we’ve had the opportunity to work

the full recruiting cycle as opposed to kind of taking what was left and the pool of who wasn’t recruited yet.” This season they are 23-7 and are on top of the Conference USA standings. Though the turnaround was unexpected to fans and media, the team said they believed success was attainable, and the players from their first full recruiting class are contributing to the turnaround. Freshman infielder Josh Vidales is batting .312 and has been the team’s lead-off hitter since the season opened. He leads the team in doubles and is second in walks. Freshman infielder Kyle Kirk has a .308 and has 16 RBIs. Freshman infielder Justin Montemayor has the highest batting average on the team at .333. Building camaraderie It took a commitment during the summer to thrust the Cougars to being nationally ranked for the first time since 2008 by the new crop of freshmen. Many college baseball players compete in summer leagues. They take time off and travel. With 19 new players and six starting freshmen, the team had a chance to come together, junior catcher Caleb Barker said. “All of the guys just being together over the summer just really brought this team closer than a lot of other teams that we have played,” Barker said. “A lot of the guys got here on June. I got here in July, and it was just a lot of time to spend with the guys. Really, it’s just become a brotherhood and a family.” The Cougars worked on getting stronger and more athletic this offseason, Whitting said. It made the Cougars faster on the base path and a better offensive club with more versatility. Last season, the Cougars were last in C-USA in every major offensive statistic. This season, the Cougars are in the top three of batting average, slugging percentage, base percentage, RBIs and hits and runs scored. Vidales said the summer workouts were a winning formula. “I think that’s what really meshed us together. We like being around each other,” Vidales said. “We make each other laugh. It’s like another family to us.” “(Strength and conditioning BUILDING continues on page 9

In head coach Todd Whitting’s third season, UH is ranked for the first time since 2008. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar

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Maturity pushes Cougars to wins



Anthresia McWashington Contributing writer

After claiming their second victory of the season at the Border Olympics last month in Laredo, the men’s golf team has won, for the first time in seven years, multiple tournaments in a single season. Junior Curtis Reed said that wisdom and growth amongst the team has been a key part of their success. “A lot of it has to do with maturity (within the team),” said Reed. “I’ve been playing with these guys since I started here.” Sophomore Roman Robledo said the differences in the strengths and weaknesses have helped bring them closer together and attributed to their recent victories. “We all have different aspects and we definitely learn from each other and try to get better through each other,” Robledo said. The team has yet to place lower than fifth in a tournament this season. Men’s golf coach Jonathan Dismuke said that in order to remain consistent and continue to climb up the rankings, the team will stick with what they know. “We’ve got a talented bunch,” Dismuke said. “We’ve got a good system, and will keep doing the same things.”

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coach Lee Fiocchi) kind of put in our minds that we have a lot of work to do, and it starts in the weight room. As we kept going along with our workouts, he said it’s not going to be easy,” Vidales said. “We saw a change, and we got it done. We first started to know that we were going to do it was the first day that we walked in.” A tight group Now, the Cougars are just having fun coming to the ballpark with a chance to win each contest. Off the diamond, they pull pranks on each other, and junior outfielder Landon Appling is always involved, Barker said. Barker said you might see water cups on top of the door, flowers on ceiling fans or furniture stacked in front of someone’s bedroom door. It has transferred to a team that likes playing with each other and plays for each other, Appling said. “I think the thing that makes us good is we all depend on each other,” Appling said. “We all work together. We work as one.” The Cougars may not make it to the College World Series this season,

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Questions? Junior golfer Curtis Reed has finished in the top 15 of five of the Cougars’ tournaments this season. | File photo/ The Daily Cougar With the closing of the season nearing and only two tournaments left, both players and Dismuke agree that a good ranking in these tournaments could put the UH Golf program on the map and return some Cougar pride to the

team. “We’ve been playing really well and have shown that we are the real deal,” Robledo said. “We’re coming back.”

but the team has still taken a step toward fulfilling Whitting’s dreams. Dream come true “If we could get this program to Omaha to compete for a national

championship, that would absolutely be a dream come true,” Whitting said.

A STEP ABOVE THE COUGARS HAVE SEEN A JUMP IN WINS After two lackluster seasons under Todd Whitting, the Cougars have more wins through 31 games than they did all last season.

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From tragic play to opera masterpiece Mystery, tragedy revived in performance at Moores Opera House Yasmine Saqer Staff writer

The Moores School of Music takes Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece “Rigoletto” to the UH stage for the first time at the Moores Opera House. Based on the play “Le roi s‘amuse” by Victor Hugo, the Italian opera follows the cruel court jester Rigoletto and his womanizing lord, the Duke of Mantua. The story takes a tragic turn when the father of one of the Duke’s lovers places a curse on them both just before Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda falls for the Duke. Directed and produced by

Graduate students James Rodriguez (left) and Chris Trapani will play the leading roles in the Moores School of Music production of “Rigoletto.” | Courtesy of Moores school of music Buck Ross with music direction by conductor and assistant professor Brett Mitchell, the opera stars

graduate students James Rodriguez as Rigoletto, Chris Trapani as the Duke, and Ashly Neumann and


‘Illium’ strikes chord Kevin Cook Staff writer

The advent of April brings with it the Center for Creative Works’ yearly Dionysia project, and this year’s incarnation, “Ilium,” tackles the subject of war and loss with Homer’s epic, “The Iliad,” as a frame within which to explore those ideas. The City Dionysia, first held in Athens almost 500 years before the common era, was a city-wide celebration of winter’s end that featured comedic and dramatic performances written by such luminous playwrights as Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. The CCW — in conjunction with The Honors College and led by CCW-director and Honors College professor John Harvey — hopes that the production of “Ilium” can serve all three of those purposes for the University and the city. “It’s all happening now,” Harvey said at the “Ilium” rehearsal to the actors, musicians and writers. That is why “The Iliad,” a poem first sung almost 2,900 years ago, is not simply a historical curiosity. It is alive in a deep and profound way. “I began to think of ‘The Iliad’ as a poem we’re constantly living,”

Harvey said. The text of “Ilium” is comprised of “Iliad” excerpts and personal war accounts by Honors College students and faculty, interwoven in a poetic tapestry bound together with pieces of Carl Von Clausewitz’s “On War,” and Harvey’s lyrical segues and scenes. Je n n i f e r So m m e r s o f t h e School of Theatre and Dance is directing and choreographing the production, while vocal performance senior Alyssa Weathersby composed the music and will conduct. “Ilium” is a synthesis of diverse talents and interests, gathered together under the umbrella of the center, but the heterogeneous melange had its genesis in a singular story of war, told to Harvey by one of his own students. “I remember I had an Honors College student for an oral exam who had talked about being in the push at Fallujah,” Harvey said. “And then I remembered another student who had lost her father in Bosnia. I began to realize that there were students who had experiences of war directly or through their families.” Many of “Ilium”’s anecdotes and accounts are harrowing. The stories are as violent and brutal as they are intimate and personal.

Harvey is adamant that this visceral reality is a vital necessity. “There is no other way to truthfully render an artistic statement about the experience of war,” Harvey said. “Whatever you bury doesn’t stay buried.” In “Ilium,” the coffins, the bodies, the agony and the suffering of war are not only visible, but are a presence that must be met and engaged. “It’s important to hear and to say to the people who have fought or who have survived, ‘It’s important for us to hear you,’” Harvey said. The center’s students performing in “Ilium” will try to say just that when the production opens later this month. All “Ilium” show times are at 8 p.m., and all showings are free admission, though interested parties should RSVP through the Honors College to ensure seating. Students are encouraged to attend and engage with the loss and brokenness of war, its aftermath and the stories that arise from both. However bitter or heartrending they are, the stories are important to hear.

Kirsten Leslie alternating the role of Gilda. A vocally challenging and

complex opera, “Rigoletto” includes famous arias “La Donna è Mobile” and “Bella Figlia dell’Amore.” Ross said the inspiration came from having the right group of singers. “Getting a chance to work on a strong, blood and guts Italian opera has been great fun,” Ross said. “Audiences can expect a fast moving, concise story of selfless sacrifice, revenge, murder and a mysterious curse set in the Italian Renaissance era.” The production will include special video effects in Act Three and will be performed in Italian with an English translation projected above the stage. “Rigoletto” premieres at 7:30 p.m. Friday and will show again at 2 p.m. Sunday.

DETAILS The “Ilium” will open for an invitation-only performance at 8 p.m. on April 26 before giving general admission performances April 27 and 28 at the Rockwell Pavilion. May 2 and 3, Ilium is at Frenetic Theater, and moves on May 4 to G Gallery before finally concluding with a May 5 final performance at Khon’s. Email us at with your feedback about this event.


Aiming to start smart The Womens Resource Center, Gender Studies Department give females leg up in job market Aisha Bouderdaben Staff writer

Students will have the opportunity to experience one of many workshops, which are aimed at college-aged women, that have sprung up in the nation to prepare soon-to-be graduates for the competitive job market.

Entitled “$tart $mart,” the workshop is a collaborative project put on by the Women’s Resource Center, Friends of Women’s Studies and the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. The workshop is aimed to help women at UH develop the skills that are necessary to navigate in the business world and negotiate their salaries. “We have never had this workshop before,” said Beverly McPhail, WRC director. “Elizabeth Gregory, director of the WGSS program SMART continues on page 11

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and I read about the workshop being done across the nation in an article in The New York Times. We thought it would be great to bring the workshop to UH. We have an outside trainer with the American Association of University Women Wage Project coming in, but there will also be a small contingent of us being trained. We will be able to provide the training multiple times at a future date.” The speaker and trainer at the UH workshop will be Annie Houle from the AAUW Wage Project. Houle will be speaking about three key points: understanding the gender wage gap, learning about negotiating salary and a short role-play to practice the skills being taught. “Knowing there is a wage gap is one thing, actively learning how to advocate for yourself to get the starting salary you deserve is another,” McPhail said. “Workshop participants will also learn how to develop a bare bones budget and how to research what average compensation is for a given position.” Ma l k i a Hu t c h i n s o n , W RC program coordinator, says she is

on board with the message this workshop is giving out, especially since vast amounts of research show that the wage gap between genders is severe and real. On average, women earn 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. This statistic varies when race is taken into account. AfricanAmerican women earn 69 cents for every dollar earned by a man and Latinas earn only 57 cents for each dollar earned by a man. “The research shows gender differences in negotiations, with men more likely than women to negotiate for their salaries,” McPhail said. “College can be a sheltered, safe place for women and therefore, many women are unprepared for some gender inequities that they might face in the workplace.” Hutchinson said the information the workshop will provide women with is essential knowledge that will “equip women” with the skills to successfully negotiate salaries. “As a woman, you don’t want to be seen as difficult. When offered a position, you’re grateful,” Hutchinson said. “I could have commanded a lot more at previous positions (but didn’t).” The workshop is free and

focused at the female demographic of the University, but men are also welcome to attend. “It may be helpful for men to see what their female counterparts face in the workforce. Some men will be managers some day and maybe they can be the ones to make wages more equitable for women,” McPhail said. “Many men want women to earn a fair wage since in heterosexual, dualwage earning families, the more the woman makes, the more the family benefits.” Hutchinson said women in leadership positions are severely lacking, which is worrisome given the amount of women in the labor force. “While it is important for all people to have these skill sets, there is a time and a place for men,” Hutchinson said. “There is nothing threatening about women being empowered in a separate space.” The workshop to take place 9 a.m. Friday in Room 210 of Agnes Arnold Hall. As the sign on the glass door of the WRC says, “Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality.”

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Get excited about working out, health Julia Davila Staff writer

Getting motivated to exercise can be especially difficult for college students. Between going to classes, working, studying and having a social life it can be difficult to find the time to break a sweat. The Daily Cougar talked to students about ways they stay fit. Here are five simple tips that are sure to get your heart rate going. Tip 1: Make it a team effort Grab a friend that will motivate you and help you reach your goals. Having support from a friend will give you more drive to get out of bed or off of the couch. “Working out and seeing those results of a healthy, toned body gives you a lot more self-confidence,” said kinesiology freshman Emily Flannery. Tip 2: Increase your heart rate “I like to change up my cardio routines by jumping rope that way I do not feel like I am working out,” said broadcast journalism junior Cassidy Estrada. “I recommend increasing cardio in your work out routine and making sure you work out 3-5 times a week for at least 30 minutes to an hour to get the best results,”

said sports administration senior Shane Allen, a fitness monitor at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Cardio exercise will help burn fat cells and reduces the risk of heart disease. Whether you are walking, running, swimming, dancing, or playing a sport, the benefits of any type of physical activity are rewarding. “I like to change up my cardio routines by jumping rope that way I do not feel like I am working out,” said broadcast journalism junior Cassidy Estrada. Tip 3: Start lifting Weight training helps tone and builds muscles. This will help build your endurance and burn extra calories. “You do not always have to lift heavy weights, if you want to tone, use less weight and do more reps,” said broadcast journalism freshman Mervin Wright. Tip 4: Watch what you eat hat you put into your mouth will show on your body. Instead of eating chips or cookies, pick up a handful of almonds or a piece of fruit for a mid-afternoon snack. “It is all about eating the right portions at the right times. I would

Lifting weights help build up endurance and helps burn extra calories and is a vital part of any workout regimen. Students should start with a weight level that is comfortable for their bodies. | Aisha Bouderdaben/The Daily Cougar not recommend eating a pizza and ice cream at midnight if you are looking to get a flat stomach,” said accounting senior Rodney Walker, a building supervisor at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Tip 5: Be persistent Following steps or a workout routine to get your body ready for summer can be easier said than done. “You need to be accountable and have determination if you really want to lose weight and tone your muscles,” said biology freshman Alexis Smith.


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the TFs about the issue. “To attract the best and brightest students, we recognize the need to offer competitive stipends within our financial and budget constraints. This will be one of many priorities the University will be evaluating when building the budget for the next biennium,” Bonnin said. The teaching fellows organized a sit-in 8 a.m. Tuesday at Khator’s office in the Ezekiel W. Cullen Building. After an hour and a half, the core committee of the TFs met with Interim Provost Paula Short, Chief Financial Officer Carl Carlucci and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dean John

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Students at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management will wine and dine their financial supporters and guests at the annual, student-run Gourmet Night on Saturday. Guests will be transported back through 40 years of UH tradition. The team of students has been hard at work executing the event. “These students work very hard for nine months planning and making sure every detail is up to par,” said Erin Oeser, executive director of Gourmet Night. “This is a class A event and nothing but the best is given to our guests, and the students make sure this happens.” Students who are interested in the managerial team go through an application and interview process with faculty. The selected students receive credit hours towards their major. Some expected the large work load, but welcomed it. “When we are applying for these positions, we are told just how vigorous the workload is and to expect to put a lot of time into it,” HRM senior Matthew Euresti said, one of the two event managers. “Even though we are extremely busy all throughout the year, I love it. The whole planning process is something I really enjoy. Seeing the ideas that we came up with come to life is a surreal feeling.” HRM junior and marketing manager Cali Smith said that this year’s inspiration for the theme, The Wizard of Oz, comes from many different places. “We are going for an elegant, rich, dark, diamonds and rubies kind of night,” Smith said. “Coincidentally, the Great and Powerful Oz movie just came out last month so we were able to draw a lot of inspiration from it for the event, and the 40th anniversary gem stone is a ruby, which reminded us of our Cougar red.” Aside from all the planning buzz, one of the main highlights of the night is the food. HRM junior Daniel Capetillo is the executive banquet chef this year, a coveted position he has transitioned to since serving as a sous-chef for last year’s Gourmet Night. “The main difference is the scope of control and power I have with the menu and volunteers,” Capetillo said. “As sous-chef, I was tasked with scaling and costing the recipes for the

At the annual, student-run Gourmet Night, students at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management will dress to impress and dine with potential employers. | Courtesy of event last year. This year I have final say over the menu and honestly it’s very rewarding to have transitioned to this position.” The menu ideas are thought up by Capetillo and his two student souschefs, who then prepare two tastings for the executive committee, who then approve or disapprove. Once approved, they convert each course from small scale, for about 10 to 15 people, to large scale, for about 360 to 380 people. Capetillo said he hopes his menu will go beyond what is expected and what has been seen in the past. “This event is a way to market what talent the school has to offer and to showcase what we learn here,” Capetillo said. “So you know, no pressure.” The team is made up of about a dozen students, and Smith said that this year’s general manager, Sarah Robinson, oversees the entire team and makes sure every part of the process is running smoothly. “She’s our boss,” Smith said. “We would be a mess if she wasn’t keeping us in check, along with our individual advisors.” Oeser said that the students are prepared and anxious to see the results of their work this weekend. “Nerves are present, but so is the excitement,” Oeser said. “They have been eating and breathing this event for the last year and now for five hours all of their hard work is going to unfold. Talk about a tough final exam.” The hard work pays off as the money raised from Gourmet Night, the college’s biggest fundraising event, is used partly for the budget

for next year’s event. The rest goes to HRM scholarships for students. Once the event is over, it’s back to the drawing board for next year’s team, which is chosen almost immediately. “As soon as the event happens, the applications for next year’s team goes out that night,” Smith said. “This year’s event is April 6, and next year’s event team will be selected April 24. Then you have your first meeting and you start brainstorming different themes. “Then over the summer everyone kind of relaxes and as soon as you get back you really get into the planning process. It’s intense.” Oeser, who has been director of Gourmet Night for the past nine years, said that it is being with the students at the very end of the night that she looks forward to the most. “I feel like a proud mama watching her little chicks fly from the nest.” HRM senior Mehak Adamjee, who is president of the National Association for Catering and Events Houston Student Chapter and event manager this year, said that Gourmet Night brings a sense of unity within the community. “This event really brings our entire college together,” Adamjee said. “It is unspoken, but the week of the event, some classes are canceled or they may end a little early. With over 300 of our 1,100 students at the college volunteering, this event brings professors, faculty, alumni, and students all together under one roof for one night of magic.”

Roberts. “When our core committee met with them, they were told the administration couldn’t speculate on any possible wage increase, and that was all they could promise.” said creative writing doctoral candidate Jennifer Lowe. The TFs were joined by various faculty from the English department and will be with them during their stay for the remainder of the week with hopes that it will give their cause strength, Lowe said. “The goal is to get a pay increase, or at least a range, some kind of numbers talk,” Lowe said. “We’re not going anywhere. We’re just gonna stay until we have a meeting that yields what we’ve voted on.”

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Teaching fellows fight for higher wages and how students can learn to defend themselves