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Karen Clarke, the University’s associate vice chancellor and associate vice president of marketing and communications, will no longer be clad in Cougar red. She has accepted an executive position at Temple University in Philadelphia as vice president of Strategic Marketing and Communications. A part of UH leadership since 2007, Clarke’s last official day will be Friday. “I love being a Cougar. No matter where I go, I will always bleed red,” Clarke said. “Luckily for me, Temple’s colors are cherry and white.” “Temple is a highly-respected university with a number of characteristics similar to UH, so this opportunity is a good fit for me and plays to my strengths, much like my time here at UH.” In her posiClarke tion, Clarke is responsible for marketing, brand management, university communication, media relations, development communications and web, multimedia and creative services. As a member of President and Chancellor Renu Khator’s cabinet and as chief strategist for the University’s CABINET continues on page 3
Forty-eight years ago from Tuesday, the Astrodome opened its doors. Since then it has housed the rodeo, football and baseball games, and even Hurricane Katrina victims. One graduate student, Ryan Slattery, hopes to persuade people of the city to preserve the Houston landmark. | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Student proposes plan for Astrodome Stefani Crowe Staff writer
What began as a casual conversation with a friend has, within days, received significant media attention and become a prevalent topic of discussion among Houstonians. Graduate student Ryan Slattery’s idea to reduce the Astrodome to its metal frame and create green space beneath it was made public on Reddit.com and has since been acknowledged on various forums, from the Houston Chronicle to Mayor Annise Parker’s Facebook page. “(The Astrodome) was the first of its kind,” Slattery said. “Literally, there was nothing like it in the world. Houston is slowly becoming a city with no history, and this is a history you want to hold on to.”
Turning it into a parking lot is among the countless ideas under consideration with regard to what should be done with the Astrodome, but Slattery presents an idea, which may appease those concerned with economics and those interested in historic preservation. Rafael Longoria, professor and co-director of Graduate Studies at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, said all Master of Architecture candidates complete a master project as a capstone of their professional program. The project was designed for students to explore architectural problems they felt needed to be addressed. Slattery said he considered a lot of ideas in Houston before deciding on his project. “I looked at architectural
problems throughout the city — the idea of green vs. gray, historical preservation and responsible repurposing of facilities that have outlived their function,” Slattery said. Although his proposal may not resolve the systemic problem, the hope is that it offers some ASTRODOME continues on page 3
AT A GLANCE Strip the dome down to its core Establish green space that can be used for various activities Preserve a historical landmark while creating more park land
Police, students comment on activity Staff writer
A new program is being launched by the University of Houston Police Department to educate the University community on how to respond if there is an active shooter on campus. An active shooter or shooters, defined by the National Tactical Officers Association, are one or more
subjects who participate in a random or systematic shooting spree, demonstrating their intent to continuously harm others. Their objective is mass murder. As part of this program, the UHPD Crime Prevention Unit will be available for presentations about topics related to active shooters and preventing violence in the workplace. UHPD is not concerned with
preventing only active shooters, but also everyday crimes that have been occurring on campus. Hit and runs, theft and drunken driving have made up the majority of crimes this semester. UHPD said that it is doing a good job at reporting these crimes. “An increasing number of reports for crimes such as driving while intoxicated indicate an increase in
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proactive enforcement efforts on the part of our officers,” said Lt. Dina Padovan. “UHPD takes impaired driving very seriously and makes every effort to remove the threat before the safety of our community is impacted,” Padovan said. Although there is still a significant CRIME continues on page 3
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Adrees Latif graduated in 1999, and during his time on campus, his photography skills led him to become The Daily Cougar photo editor. He originally started taking pictures in Fall 1991 and garnered the position as photo editor in Fall 1992. He broke from the Cougar to intern at the former Houston Post and contributed work to the Cougar from 1996 to 1999. Latif is a native of Pakistan and captured the social unrest and violence in Myanmar in September 2007, earning him the prestigious Pulitzer Prize, according to the 2008 Cougar archives. When he traveled to Mynamar, all he brought were old clothes, a Canon 5D camera along with two fixed lenses and his laptop. He didn’t know that a photo he shot of a Japanese journalist who was killed by a solider for filming protests in the country, would win him the award. Former Director of Student Publications Richard Cigler said that while other Cougar staff members had won awards, Latif was by far the most prestigious.
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semblance of a solution to the various issues. “It’s not just, ‘What do we do with the dome?’ The issue has always been bigger than that,” Slattery said. Slattery also said stripping it down to its metal frame would provide flexible green space, which could be used in a variety of ways. “This is something we can use to promote the history of our city as well as our ability to preserve that history in a constructive way — one that repurposes built objects in a functional, practical manner,” Slattery said. Longoria said students present their projects publicly to a group of guest “jurors” from around the country during jury week. “Having it in the public realm is kind of like a jury. You not only get people who appreciate them and like the idea, but you’re also getting people who have a different way of looking at preserving the Astrodome,” Slattery said. Since the Astrodome is owned by the residents of Harris County, the ultimate decision rests with the Harris County Commissioners Court. Joe Stinebaker, communications director for county judge Ed Emmett, said using the dome’s external structure as a covered shell has been one of the primary uses discussed in previous years. But as with every proposal, the problem is money. “Almost everyone in Harris County and Texas has an idea about what to do with the Astrodome,” Stinebaker said. “Ideas are abundant. But the money to implement those ideas is not.” Regardless of the outcome, Slatter y wants the focus to remain. “ ( T h e f o c u s i s ) h ow w e approach how our city is shaped — as designers, as public officials and as citizens — and how we preserve our history,” Slattery said. “Yes, these projects cost money and yes, they take time, but conversation is cheap. You don’t lose anything by simply continuing the conversation,” he said. As a native Houstonian, this piece of history holds a certain sentiment for Slattery. “If they demolish the dome, you very well might see a grown man cry,” Slattery said. “But if I can further the conversation in a constructive way, I can take some solace in that.” email@example.com
The Pi-Epsilon chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity on Tuesday surrounded Butler Plaza to collect money for its Heroes Campaign. The program is designed to honor and aid wounded military veterans returning from active duty. It also provides donations to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free housing to wounded veterans and their families. — Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar
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amount of theft, reported robberies have decreased since last semester, and some students say they recognize the change. “UHPD has stepped up enforcement,” said a broadcast journalism junior Danielle Malagarie. “Those thinking about committing a crime on the UH campus know that the chances of getting caught are high,” Malagarie said. In spite of this decrease, several thefts are reported each week. Areas
like the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library and the Campus Recreational and Wellness Center are hot places for thefts of unsecured items. As for the hit-and-runs, UHPD said cameras and witnesses contribute to their high clearance rate, but it still warns students about the consequences of such an incident. “Students should realize that they have certain responsibilities if they accidentally strike someone’s vehicle in a lot,” Padovan said. “Leaving the scene only makes matters worse.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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branding and marketing campaigns, Clarke played a principal role in UH achieving Tier One recognition from the Carnegie Foundation in 2011. “Her leadership helped strengthen and enhance the University’s image and reputation, and this had a tremendously positive effect on our drive to Tier One status,” said Executive Director of Media Relations Richard Bonnin. In the six years that Clarke has been with UH, she also oversaw
multiple departments that have been recognized with more than 100 awards from the American Marketing Association, the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. “It’s somewhat bittersweet. I have given my heart to UH and it has given its soul to me,” Clarke said. “In my mind, it’s like seeing our students walk across the stage at graduation. We will always love UH, but we reach a point where it’s time to step into the next adventure on our journey.” email@example.com
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Perry still resists ban on texting while driving
hether drivers are inching along Interstate 45 going toward downtown or driving through the campus, it’s a common sight to find those who consider their smartphones more interesting than paying attention to the road. All it takes Alex Caballero is one second to miss a sudden stop, merger or a wreck happening in front drivers and their cars to become a statistic. Texting and driving may not seem as dangerous as drinking and driving, but it has become harmful enough for state legislations to pass a ban on texting while driving and enough to make drivers think twice before doodling with their phones. The Texas House of Representatives has devised a rare, bipartisan bill that would make that happen, yet Gov. Rick Perry won’t budge. CHB 63, a bill that makes it illegal to text and drive, is inching closer to the House floor for a vote. After years of trying to pass a statewide ban, it might finally come to fruition and save countless lives. If enacted, reading, writing or sending text messages from a handheld device — be it a phone, tablet or notebook — is punishable by a fine up to $100 and up to $200 on a subsequent offense. Political science senior Tyler Albarado said the law could help, but he is skeptical of how many drivers will conform. “I can see its good and bad points, but I don’t think it’s going to stop anybody,” Albarado said. The same applies to DWI laws; however, lawmakers saw the merit in punishing those who drove while drunk in 2011 and in punishing those who get behind
David Delgado/The Daily Cougar the wheel and text without any consideration for other drivers. At that time, the state Congress passed HB 242 and sent it to Perry’s office, where he vetoed it. Perry released a statement on the veto, which can be seen on texastribune.org, on June 17, 2011. “I support measures that make our roads safer for everyone, but House Bill 242 is a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults,” Perry said. “Current law already prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from texting or using a cell phone while driving. I believe there is a distinction between the overreach of House Bill 242 and the government’s legitimate role in establishing laws for teenage drivers who are more easily distracted and laws providing further protection to children in school zones.” That was two years ago and nothing has changed. A bill is being presented to the governor
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to create a statewide standard on banning texting while driving, and the governor is being as obstinate as ever. Lucy Nasheed, spokesperson for Perry, released a statement to statesman.com on Feb. 26 reaffirming the governor’s belief that education and not legislation should be the key to stopping adults from texting and driving. “Gov. Perry continues to believe texting while driving is reckless and irresponsible, and as he noted last session, current law already prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from texting or using a cell phone while driving,” Nasheed said. “The key to dissuading drivers from texting while driving is information and education, not government micromanagement.” Unlike last time, however, Perry is in the minority opinion this time because Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, the author of the bill, has heralded HB 63 as “the big bipartisan bill of the
session.” It has 27 sponsors with considerable representation from both parties. According to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance Solutions, of the 3,048 traffic fatalities statewide in 2011, 13.4 percent — equivalent to around 408 deaths — were because of “distracted driving.” Legislation like this could force drivers to think twice about fiddling with their phones, saving their lives. It could even save the drivers of other cars who would otherwise have to pay the price for the other driver’s negligence. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association Statesman, at least 39 states and Washington D.C. have banned texting and driving. Mayor Annise Parker has even promised to back an ordinance in Houston if HB 63 fails or is vetoed. Laws are meant to curb the dangerous behaviors of its citizens, so for Perry to say that a law such as this is a “government
overreach” is a complete farce. It’s against the law to do certain drugs because it hurts public health, regardless of whether the individual or even the public wants to do them. Laws limiting speed are a “government overreach” because they also “micromanage the behaviors of adults,” forcing drivers to drive at safe speeds, even though no one wants to when they have some place they urgently need to be. It’s a slippery slope and a very libertarian argument that Perry makes. Perry is only right one regard: Education and information about the issue are important. However, it must be followed up by a consequence. A person is more likely to think twice about texting and driving if they know that reading a text will cause them to have to cough up a Benjamin or two.
Alex Caballero is a creative writing senior and may be reached at opinion@ thedailycougar.com.
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Lewis returns to stomping grounds Christopher Shelton Sports editor
UH’s own Elvin Hayes has one regret about the timing of his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The former forward wishes he could have joined with fellow UH legend Guy V. Lewis, the coach who earned a place in the Hall on Monday. “Where I’m jealous though is that I’m not a part of his class,” Hayes said.“It would have been great to have been able to say, ‘Man I’m a part of Coach Lewis’ class,’ because it’s a real special moment for that class, and they are going to bond together.” Lewis, 91, wore a UH hat and Cougar red sweater and sat in his wheelchair while his daughter, Sherry Lewis, spoke for the family during a press conference Tuesday at Hofheinz Pavilion. It’s hard for him to talk after a stroke so Lewis didn’t speak for himself. He can still show emotions, though. His smile told the story. Sherry Lewis said she has to play 20 questions sometimes to figure out what her father is trying to say, but he still has the same mind. “He knows what he wants to say; I just kind of have to guess,’’ Sherry Lewis said. “He’s still Guy Lewis in there.’’ Guy V. Lewis had a smile on his face when he learned that he was a Hall of Famer, Sherry Lewis said. The family was starting to think the recognition would never come. Gut V. Lewis’ wife, Dena, can’t stop smiling. “It was a shock, honestly, because we have been down this road before. We are happy to be back at Hofheinz because he is really at peace here,” Sherry Lewis said. Guy V. Lewis’ return to UH was large enough that President Renu Khator came to pay tribute to Guy V. Lewis’ accomplishments. She said she had to come when she found out Guy V. Lewis was making an appearance. Khator said it was hard to put into words what Guy V. Lewis’ induction into the Hall of Fame meant to the University. “I just decided I would come for a brief second just to congratulate Coach and what he has done for this
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Symbol sweeps students’ profiles Monica Tso Staff writer
A horde of red equal signs symbolizing the recent controversy in marriage equality invaded Facebook in late March as users revealed their standpoints and attempted to use their social media influence on political issues. The Human Rights Campaign broadcasted its logo to represent marriage equality on March 25. According to HRC’s spokesperson on MSNBC.com, the original photo on HRC’s Facebook page was seen by more than 9 million people and shared more than 77,000 times the next day. Associate professor of sociology Amanda Baumle said the image offered a convenient but effective method to increase awareness. “Through images like the HRC marriage equality logo, individuals are able to quickly and easily disseminate a signal about their beliefs to their social networks,” Baumle said. “And the benefit is that they often prompt individuals to research and discover the important legal or political issues behind the image. Without the Facebook image appearing over and over in your newsfeed, it might be easier to overlook what is taking place at the Supreme Court.” Baumle said there are potential risks in voicing opinion through social media as it can create rifts that endanger relationships. “The enormity of social networks and the way these messages can
‘snowball’ by being shared or passed along by friend allows social media to potentially instigate change on a more widespread basis. On the flip side, there is also the potential of learning that your friends, relatives or colleagues have beliefs that are quite different from your own,” Baulme said. Baumle also mentioned that recent polls show a narrow majority of adults who support same-sex marriage counter to a greater majority of young adults who support same-sex marriage. “The power of these messages raises awareness in how widespread support might be for an issue, even from individuals who may not discuss their viewpoints offline,” Baumle said. “In an era where same-sex marriage is increasingly viewed as an important question of civil rights, the ability of individuals to share their viewpoints in a fairly peaceful, non-confrontational manner can be seen as a relatively new form of organizing and reflecting a social movement toward equality.” Advertising junior Lauren Riojas decided to change her Facebook profile picture to the red equality symbol as a way to show her stand on the issue. “At first, I didn’t understand what the logo meant. I saw a few of them but then they kept popping up,” Rojas said. “I later came across a link to the HRC page and a post on the Supreme Court cases, and I decided to default the symbol as a way to
Some students, like human resources development graduate student Darelle Daniels, see the equality symbol as a way of expressing opinions. This has caused many to change their Facebook profile pictures. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar show my support; not because everyone else was doing it.” Although she didn’t encounter disagreements to her beliefs, Rojas needed to explain the meaning and relevance of marriage equality to several people and considers social media as a great way to promote awareness. “Social media is an outlet that almost everyone is using, and hot topics are always trending. Everyone almost always has an opinion about everything, especially politics, and social media helps bridge the gap on unfamiliar issues,” Riojas said.
Alumnus Anthony Guillory also changed his Facebook profile picture to promote awareness of the cases and the issue. Having grown up in church, he confronted many problems for his public support of marriage equality. “There were bible quoting and accusations of sinning, I think separate but equal is never actually equal, and regardless of what one chooses to believe, no one can use that to determine someone else’s rights in this country,” Guillory said.
He also said that people are influenced by what they see in commercials and billboards. “Although I can’t do much politically, I can still show support for the cause and for many of my good friends even if it’s just Facebook,” Guillory said. “We use social media to get ideas out and to communicate with a wide variety of individuals, but is it a good way of promoting politics? It’s better than a filibuster, but it’s not a soap box.” email@example.com
Performance art gives Coogs inspiration Nora Olabi Staff writer
The cozy house-turned-bar was teeming with life Friday night as performance artists from all over Houston gathered for a night of exploration and community interaction. The spotlight for the night was centered on Continuum, a local Houston performing arts group that was formed in April 2011. The group started the series to ignite a passion for the performing arts and encourage the exploration of new mediums and modes of communication. “The purpose of the series is to
attract as many emerging artists, which is essentially the purpose of Continuum, and to conquer fears. That is the purpose of performing arts,” said Jonatan Lopez, a head coordinator of Continuum. Continuum offers artists encouragement, support and a platform on which to perform. The first performance of the night celebrated UH senior sculpture student Hilary Scullane’s birthday. Scullane has performed several times with Continuum, including the past three performances of the live art series. She describes herself as a performance artist and sees sculpture as an extension of that, even though
people disagree. “Performance art isn’t supported in the sculpture block,” Scullane said. “Many of the sculpture students had to stop because their grades were being affected.” Sway Youngston, a UH media production graduate and senior Continuum member, performed one of the highlights of the night. “Human Origami” was an improvisational performance between Youngston and artists Margee Deneen and Scoot Gergoly. It incorporated dance as the artists intertwined, folded and separated. As the performance came to a close, they invited the audience to join in. Texas Christian University
political science senior Matt Dietrichson was one of the many drawn into the “Human Origami.” “First I was confused, then I was excited. Everyone there was part of the performance,” Dietrichson said. Almost everyone in attendance seemed to agree. “I thought tonight was the most happening thing I’ve ever experienced at this particular venue,” said Wesley Degroot, a former member of the local Houston band The Roosevelt House Band. “I want more!” Even those that had never been to a performance art show were astounded by what they saw.
“The most striking to me was the lack of any judgment from any direction. It’s just crazy that there are human beings that think differently and then they all cluster together, and that just blows my mind,” said communication senior Christian Osorio. A steady stream of support for the performing arts is definitely there, and people are taking notice. “I love Continuum. I love this group, I love (how the performances) pushing boundaries. It’s perfect for this venue. It’s AvantGarden, and it’s avant-garde art, and I think it’s beautiful,” said attendee Jeff Hunter. firstname.lastname@example.org
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