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Rebeca Trejo Staff writer

Two students were held up at gunpoint in their Cambridge Oaks Apartments residence at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a UH Police Department security alert. The man knocked on the residents’ door and pointed the gun at one student’s face. He demanded the student walk back inside the apartment, all the way to the bedroom where the student’s roommate was studying. Once there, the gunman demanded both their wallets. With their wallets, the man threatened to shoot them both if they did not stay in the room. After the gunman left the room, they heard him enter the other bedroom before leaving the apartment. The gunman is described in the alert as being a black, 5-foot male with a light complexion and medium build, wearing a red jacket and black pants. His CRIME continues on page 12

What the iron lady left women LIFE+ARTS

Family honors mother’s work SPORTS Cambridge Oaks, home to almost 600 students, had an eventful evening Saturday when two residents opened the door to an armed man who stole their wallets and threatened to shoot them. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar


New editor in chief guarantees action Mary Dahdouh Staff writer

Tammy Mermelstein spoke at the second annual UH Bauer College Financial Symposium, which advocated financial literacy. | Aisha Bouderdaben/The Daily Cougar


Symposium talks financial literacy Manuella Libardi Staff writer

Though several influences contribute to the nation facing significant financial challenges, the population’s lack of financial literacy is a factor often overlooked. The C.T. Bauer College of

Business wishes to change that reality by providing students with useful resources and knowledge on a variety of financial topics through the annual Financial Symposium event held Saturday. BAUER continues on page 12

After a long deliberation, the Student Publications Committee elected Channler K. Hill on Thursday as the editor in chief of The Daily Cougar for the coming academic year. “I’m extremely shocked; I was crying. I definitely didn’t think that it was going to be me because I think there were two other really strong candidates,” Hill said. “I’m really blessed with this o p p o r t u n i t y, and I’m grateful to God that he was watching over me.” Hill, who is Hill the assistant news editor of the Cougar and editor in chief of Transitions Magazine, ran side by side with

print journalism junior Natalie Harms, news editor of the Cougar, and English junior Amanda Hilow, the Cougar’s managing editor. Although all the candidates brought a great amount of experience to the table, Hill explained her goals and vision to the committee in a clear and methodical manner, winning her election. “The committee was faced with a challenge, as the three candidates were all excellent,” said David McHam, an associate professor who serves on the SPC. “Perhaps what gave Channler an advantage was that she has worked in every phase of the Cougar, and the committee liked her vision of what the Cougar needs to accomplish.” A few of Hill’s plans include increasing the newspaper’s visibility on campus, having section assistant editors be in control of CHIEF continues on page 3

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“The knowledge I gained from

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Baseball: From 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Cougar Field, the baseball team will compete against Texas Southern University. Admission is free to students with their UH ID.

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High school students keep cardboard boats afloat Seventeen predominately underprivileged and minority high schools participated in the third annual Boat Regatta competition in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. More than 100 teens in ninth through 12 grade participated in the race using physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and engineering to keep their cardboard and duct tape boats above the water for 160 feet. Incentives for the high school students consisted of cash prizes, plaques and pizza parties. The first place winners were awarded $600, a plaque and a pizza party. There was also the option of being awarded $100 and a plaque for Most Unique Design. The event is sponsored by the Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation for UH’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics since H-LSAMP involvement with the University minorities receiving undergraduate degrees in science and engineering has increased by 50 percent. — Kayla Stewart/The Daily Cougar

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online content and encouraging students to write for the paper, regardless of their major, by encouraging incoming freshman at orientation to get involved. “I’m really looking forward to implementing all my goals. I don’t want to be like someone who gets the people all excited about everything they have planned and don’t come through with it,� Hill said. “Everything that I have on my statement of goals I’m going to accomplish throughout my time as editor in chief.� Yet, the coming year as editor in chief of the Cougar will bring many challenges for Hill. “The job of editor is perhaps the most difficult student job on campus. Channler will be tested in a variety of ways,� said Matt Dulin, director of Student Publications. “From managing a staff to dealing with mistakes while also putting forward her agenda to improve quality and visibility, I hope she learns from every aspect of the job and can graduate, look back and say, ‘The Daily Cougar made me a better student, a stronger journalist and a more capable leader.’� Staff and students alike are looking forward to the future of the Cougar as Hill takes the lead. “More than anything, I am

looking forward to seeing a team of student journalists come together to ensure the UH community has a vibrant and engaging newspaper that is widely read both in print and online,� Dulin said.

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Thatcher left inspiration, controversy in her wake You know, if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn’t you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing.”


he was controversial and ground-breaking. She delivered the free market to England and at the same time unemployed millions. She partnered with Ronald Reagan to help end the Cold War and befriended the murderous former Chilean dictator, the late Augusto Pinochet. Former United Kingdom Prime Sarah Minister MargaBacker ret Thatcher left little middle ground for anyone to cling to and never looked back. A week ago, Thatcher died at 87, and in her wake, discussions of her legacy still continue from her conservative politics to the snubbing of the Argentine president from her funeral 30 years after the end of the Falklands War. Thatcher was a tough woman who backed down from no one and was a woman of action in the face of a patriarchal political society in Britain. “In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman,” Thatcher said. Amen, sister. Thatcher has left a considerable legacy and paved the way for the female politicians of the 21st century, and this iron lady was no wallflower; she was revered and repulsed by millions. It was her enemies that made her relevant; she stood for her beliefs in the face of extreme adversity, and that took

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done ask a woman.” Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher, May 1989 interview for Press Association

Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher insected Bermudian troops in 1990 during the waning days of her premiership. The iron lady was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, broke ground as the first female elected privatized much of the British economy and helped end the Cold War. | Wikimedia Commons extraordinary courage. She was the former leader of Britain’s Conservative Party and was elected the first female prime minister in 1979, serving three consecutive terms until her resignation from party leadership in November 1990. She was a staunch conservative who supported the reduction of welfare programs, the diminishment of trade union power and privatization. Even during her deepening unpopularity, Thatcher never wavered in her beliefs, as she said in a May 1989 interview for Press Association: Compromising your beliefs accomplishes nothing.

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“You know, if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn’t you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing,” Thatcher said. Proof of Thatcher’s significance comes from the continuation of her policies in England long after she left office. David Frum of The Daily Beast said despite the that former Prime Minister Tony Blair was of the Labour Party, which the Conservative Party removed from power decades earlier, he still maintained many of Thatcher’s policies. “The great politicians leave a legacy that is accepted even by

their opponents. Blair accepted Thatcher’s changes to Britain’s labor laws. He accepted the end of price controls. He accepted the privatization of industry. He accepted that government spending could not rise indefinitely. He accepted the role of the entrepreneur in the modern economy,” Frum said. Aside from shattering the glass ceiling of political power, Thatcher’s social beliefs destroyed the stereotypical outlook toward conservative policies. Thatcher was one of the few conservatives to vote for the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1960. “She was a pioneer for previously excluded minorities — and for women, no minority at all,” Frum said. In the U.S., remembrances of the iron lady’s courage and firmness may be the push this country needs in forming a future in which the idea of a female president is viable. Painting sophomore Audrye Williams said Thatcher’s success is proof that women can be leaders. “I would vote for a female president if she shared my beliefs, not just because she is a woman like me,” Williams said. “If she could do it, there’s no reason it couldn’t be done here.” Contrarily, despite the

abundance of women in American politics, women are often dismissed as too weak or fragile to be the leader of the free world. Even former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s close run against President Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries was often suggested as being due in large part to the popularity of her husband and the idea of getting a two-for-one deal in electing her. MSNBC left-wing news personality Chris Matthews demeaned her success as a politician by claiming her appeal comes from the public’s pity toward her. “I think the Hillary appeal has always been somewhat about her mix of toughness and sympathy for her,” Matthews said. “Let’s not forget, and I’ll be brutal, the reason she’s a U.S. senator, the reason she’s a candidate for president, the reason she may be a front runner, is that her husband messed around.” “That’s how she got to be a senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn’t win it on her merit; she won because everybody felt, ‘My God, this woman stood up under humiliation, right? That’s what happened! That’s how it happened.’” A female president will only be possible when public perception of women ceases to be that of instability and feebleness. Victory must wait until we are no longer considered the inferior sex — something Thatcher helped to change, but not completely abolished. It is impossible to tell whether we will ever have a female leader like Thatcher, but, if she could do it in England, there is hope that a strong woman in her likeness can one day do it in America. Sarah Backer is a business sophomore and may be reached at opinion@

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Politicians should let casinos ride


s casino and racetrack supporters made their case Wednesday, the odds of bringing casinos in Texas seemed to lengthen as state Republicans reaffirmed their moral objections and even some Democrats seemed to waver on a proposal Jacob many of them Patterson support. Still, despite the odds in their favor, casino proponents are eager to turn the issue to a proposed constitutional amendment for the people to vote on. For that to happen, the proposal must survive two-thirds votes in both the House and Senate. Frankly, state lawmakers should just let the chips fall where they may and let the people vote, and there is considerable progambling support. A recent poll found that 83 percent of Texans would support casino gambling if it would help close the budget gap. An Oct. 9, 2010 poll found 54 percent of Texans support casinos in Texas and 58 percent favor slot machines and video lottery terminals at racetracks. A 2011 survey by Baselice and Associates found that 59 percent of Republican voters, whose representatives are staunch opponents of gambling in general, support allowing the construction of 12 gaming resorts, installation of casino gaming at existing racetracks and on three Indian reservations, while 83 percent believe the people should vote on the measure either way. If the ideological opposition is

warm to the possibilities of casino gambling and more than four in five Republican voters want to see the measure brought to a vote, our representatives have no business blocking something the people want and they recognize the benefits. Julio Rodriguez of cardplayer. com said states that collect revenue from casino and lottery taxes can bring in up to billions of dollars in revenue. New York collects $3.64 billion in total casino and lottery revenues, and Pennsylvania brings in $1.46 billion in casino revenues alone. The state would tax gambling revenue at 15 to 20 percent and would mostly use the revenue to reduce property taxes. The city and the county would get the other 15 percent. Child psychology junior Nicole Napier said introducing casino gambling to Texas would be a big boost to tourism and the economy. “I think that it could be a great economic boost and tourist attraction,” Napier said. “People are going to gamble regardless. Why not have them come here?” Tourism is a big part of the state and local economies. According to, three Texas cities — San Antonio, Houston and Austin — were named in its Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Destinations in the United States; however, none are in the top 10, and about half of those cities have casino gambling in or near their vicinity. The ability to visit gambling halls in the cities would improve the tourism profile of our city and increase tourist revenues through the existing hotel taxes along with new local taxes on gambling and slot machines.

If Texans don’t gamble here, they will go elsewhere, and if they don’t go elsewhere, they will do it here illegally. According to the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, illegal gambling establishments are rampant in Harris County. From 2003 to 2007, Harris County made 219 gambling arrests and confiscated 2,771 illegal gambling machines. The games are hard to shut down because of the word-ofmouth advertising and security measures owners take. Spinoff criminal activity often occurs because the people who handle the large amounts of cash are easier targets for criminals, mostly being elderly or women. These illegal establishments are bad for Texas and add an undesirable criminal element but are growing and may continue to grow if Texas residents don’t have any options. Yes, there is an added crime element with legal casino gambling, but that is something the law can police and control. If video slot and poker machines are allowed to operate out in the open, the gambling black market would eventually dissipate. No one is saying that only positives could come out of casino gambling, but most Texas voters want it and politicians on both sides of the aisle support it, so there is no reason why our politicians shouldn’t roll the dice and go to a popular vote. If it becomes law, it could be a jackpot for Texas in more ways than one. Jacob Patterson is a management information systems senior and may be reached at



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AUG. 30

vs. Southern


@ Temple*

SEPT. 21 vs. Rice


OCT. 12

vs. Memphis*

OCT. 19 vs. BYU

OCT. 26

@ Rutgers*

OCT. 31 vs. USF*

NOV. 9 @ UCF*

NOV. 16

NOV. 23

@ vs. Louisville* Cincinnati*

NOV. 29 vs. SMU*

* conference game



STAND OUTS Head coach Tony Levine took note of sophomore running back Jordan Hicks during the spring game. Hicks showed quickness leading the Cougars in rushing yards and attempts. He had 39 yards on seven attempts. Sophomore receiver Casey Martin led the Cougars with seven catches in the spring game — more than he did all last season. As a freshman, he caught only four passes. Martin was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass, too. Under junior quarterback David Piland’s direction, the first team offense scored a touchdown on four of their five possessions. He threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers.

The first team offense scored on four of five possessions during the annual spring game Friday at Carl Lewis field. | Catherine Lara/The Daily Cougar

Piland looks to rebound After an inconsistent sophomore year, the junior QB is ready for what lies ahead Christopher Shelton Sports editor

A lot has changed for junior quarterback David Piland since the 2012 spring game. He was the prohibitive favorite to replace former quarterback Case Keenum, a UH legend. He was given the keys to the Air Raid offense, Keenum’s blessing and was expected to produce at a high level. Many assumed he would fall in line with the legacy that Keenum and former quarterback Kevin Kolb set before him. The season didn’t finish with the same promise, though. He ended the year on the bench, losing his starting job to former quarterback Crawford Jones after battling injuries and inconsistent play. Most importantly, the Cougars had a losing season with him on the field. They finished 4-6 in Piland’s starts, good for their worst season since 2010, when Keenum was injured and Piland stepped in

as a freshman. Overall, the Cougars are 6-12 in games that Piland has started. A year later, Piland looks and sounds more confident, but it might not be enough to save his starting job. After 15 practices and a spring game, he said the biggest difference in himself this year is the way he deals with teammates in adverse situations. “It’s a mindset of how I present myself when things don’t go right. Coach Levine helps with that,” Piland said. “He’s brought that to my attention because there are a lot of things that won’t go your way.” Piland may have more adversity to deal with soon. Head coach Tony Levine said he won’t make a decision on a starting quarterback until the summer during preseason camp, when John O’Korn, a highly touted recruit from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., junior-college transfer Billy Cosh and freshman Greg Ward all arrive at UH in June. “I thought (Piland) had a really good spring. ... That position got better from practice one to practice 15,” Levine said. “I was very encouraged by the progress, and that competition will

go until probably the first couple of weeks of August.” Piland is doing his part to vie for his job. At Friday’s spring game, Piland threw four touchdown passes to different players. The Cougars’ first team offense scored touchdowns on four of their five possessions. He spread the ball around to several different players and displayed accuracy, connecting on 14-21 passes. He wasn’t satisfied with the results, though. “I really wanted to finish that fifth drive the right way, just to put that cap on it,” Piland said. “I thought we played decent.” Piland will have to continue performing well if he wants to fend off challenges from incoming quarterbacks this summer, but it’s a challenge he’s comfortable with. Piland said he is used to competing for his spot in each practice, and the mentality makes him a better player. “Every spring I’ve gone into it, you have to recompete whether or not you are the starter. When Case was here in the fall, they told me, ‘You’re going to compete to be the starter.’ They tell you that, and you’re like, ‘OK, there’s Case

Keenum over there.’ I kind of understood that early.” The mentality of competing every day has helped Piland build a rapport with sophomore receiver Deontay Greenberry. Greenberry caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown at Friday’s spring game. But that wasn’t an accident. They work together before and after practice to have a successful connection on the field, especially after Greenberry swapped places with Larry McDuffey and moved to the inside receiver position. “(Piland has) worked extremely hard and has really energized us as a team so that we can play even better,” Greenberry said. Piland is at peace with the competition because he’s going to do his best to win the job. “If somebody beats me out, hey, they’re working pretty hard. That means that they’re doing things that are really exceptional. I would support them because we both compete every day and make each other better.” If Piland continues to compete at the level that he has this spring, maybe the changes will stop coming as frequently.

Sophomore receiver Deontay Greenberry moved to the inside this spring and his growth was on display this spring. At the spring game, Greenberry caught five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Game leaders Passing David Piland — 14-21, 141 yd, 4 TD Bram Kohlhausen — 8-12, 69 yd, 1 INT

Rex Dausin — 3-4, 28 yd Rushing Justin Hicks — 7 rushes 39 yd Xavier Brown — 12 rushes 26 yd Ryan Jackson — 5 rushes 23 yd Kenneth Farrow — 3 rushes 6 yd

Receiving Casey Martin — 7 rec, 56 yd, 1 TD Deontay Greenberry — 5 rec, 76 yd, 1 TD Xavier Maxwell – 2 rec, 27 yd, 1 TD Dewayne Peace – 2 rec, 24 yards, 1 TD

Scoring summary Martin 5 yd pass from Piland (Leone kick) Greenberry 2 yd pass from Piland (Leone kick) Peace 19 yd pass from Piland (Leone kick) Maxwell 10 yd pass from Piland (Leone kick)

Martin 21 yd field goal

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WRs make impact at spring game Andrew Valderas Staff writer

When the Cougars entered last season’s spring game, they returned no starters at the receiver position and were inexperienced at the position. Throughout the season, they relied on then-freshmen Larry McDuffey, who had a team high of four touchdowns, and Deontay Greenberry, who racked up 569 yards and caught three touchdowns. This time around, the Cougars return all their starters from 2012, including their two leading receivers, senior Dewayne Peace and junior Daniel Spencer. Head coach Tony Levine said Monday that there are no excuses for his receiving corps next season. “You might have heard me use the word ‘young’ quite a bit last year,” Levine said. “You’re not going to hear me use that this season.” The receivers answered the call at the annual spring game Friday at Carl Lewis Field. Junior quarterback David Piland connected with four different receivers that each caught touchdowns: Greenberry, Peace, sophomore Casey Martin, and senior Xavier Maxwell. It was good for the Cougars to see Martin’s sideline catch from two yards out and Peace’s 19-yard fade route on the far right side of the end zone, but it was more important to see a lot of players contribute. Martin surpassed his four team receptions from last year with seven catches for 56 yards, including the game’s first touchdown. Greenberry got loose in the middle of the field and hauled in a 39-yard catch and run. He had five catches for a team high 76 yards. Greenberry said he and Piland are building camaraderie by practicing routes before and after practices. He said with more work, the sky is the limit for what Piland and he can do. “I believe we can be great tandem, but we’re going to have to continue to work each and every day if we want to get there,” Greenberry said. The Cougars’ depth took a blow Monday when senior Shane Ros suffered a severe leg injury. “It breaks your heart,” Levine told the Houston Chronicle on Monday. “He means a lot to our program, and it was tough to see him go down.” Ros could have been another asset to the receiver corps. Ros started the last three games in 2012 and tallied 23 receptions for 337


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Senior receiver Xavier Maxwell is one of the veterans among a talented crop that will compete for playing time this season. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar

Sophomore receiver Deontay Greenberry caught a touchdown pass and had 76 receiving yards at the spring game Friday. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar yards with three touchdowns. With the loss of Ros, the Cougars hope their recent signing of receiver Markeith Ambles, a 6-foot-2 senior who last played for Arizona Western College and was a five-star player who was recruited to USC, will help fill that void. “He’s got tremendous speed for

someone of his size,” Levine said. “He’s got great hands, great ball skills and body control. For months we’ve been trying to find an older veteran receiver to come and join this team, and I think we’ve found him now.”

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Mother’s art legacy kept alive by family One woman’s work becomes more than oil paint on canvas Paulina Rojas Life & arts editor

It is often said that the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For Nansen Saleri, CEO of a local oil company, honoring his mother’s art is more about making sure she is not forgotten than it is about aesthetics. Discovering Kristin Saleri is a special one-day exhibition of selected works that will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Blaffer Art Museum. Along with light refreshments, students can look forward to a $500 door prize drawing. A UH ID is required to enter.

In 2011, five years after his mother passed away, Saleri established the Kristin Saleri Art Foundation. “The goal of the foundation is to memorialize Kristin Saleri’s artistic genius for everybody to cherish,” Saleri said. Kristin Saleri was born in 1915 in Silivri, Turkey. Initially, she attended the the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts. After finishing her training there, she continued her education under André Lhote in Paris. She produced more than 3,000 pieces of art, most of which are oil paintings. “When I asked my mother — circa 2005 — what was the hidden message in her artwork, she said, ‘It is all about life,’”Nansen Saleri said. Like many artists that have preceded and will follow her, Kristin Saleri found her inspiration in the

contradictions that compose one’s life. Blaffer was chosen as the venue for the exhibition because its mission is contingent with the values of Kristin Saleri and the foundation. “The Blaffer Art Museum represents the very values of my mother — supporting art and artists. Last year, the Blaffer Youth Center was renamed the Kristin Saleri Studio, which makes the connection with Blaffer even poignant,”Nansen Saleri said. Through her art, Kristin Saleri has left many legacies for her family and for the world. “She has so many (legacies). Yet, I must say, life and spirituality through black and white, orange and blue in random order,” Nansen Saleri said.

Kristin Saleri was born in Turkey. She was the youngest of five children born to Armenian parents. | Courtesy of the Kristin Saleri Art Foundation


Metal Alliance Tour trashes expectations Zach Burton Staff writer

A scent of smoke surrounded the entry to the House of Blues, and the cloud that accompanied it was only fitting for the music inside. Metal-heads and thrashers alike packed the house 6 p.m. Wednesday for the Metal Alliance Tour, a concert that would leave a pounding in your skull and your body wracked with soreness for the next month. The show featured Holy Grail, Municipal Waste, High on Fire, Exodus and Anthrax. Fans lined the walls, and the standing area that made up general admission was already alive with a circle pit and fans throwing themselves against the stage like knights on a wall. Many wore black leather and had head-banging hair that fell down over their denim vests. If the circle pits and moshing was intimidating before headliners Anthrax took the stage, it then became downright violent. The moshers looked set to start a riot, and those in the circle pit seemed ready to rouse a storm. The band themselves were possessed by

Metal band Exodus has been a part of the music scene for 33 years. It has undergone many changes throughout its long career and still has a loyal following. | Courtesy of Fresno Media the music; the fact that the entire band is within a year or two of 50 was entirely negligible. The audience sang back to vocalist Joey Belladonna the entire set, and any song that had some sort of chant

section, such as “I Am the Law,” was filled in by the lively crowd. The band has garnered a dedicated following over the years. The 33-year-old band Exodus, another large name on the ticket,

has been through multiple lineup changes and hiatuses that got them where they are today. The band opened with “The Ballad of Leonard and Charles,” after which lead vocalist Rob Dukes took a

monologue to explain how he’d love to live in Texas with our current gun rights. He remembered then, with a chuckle, that he was a felon and couldn’t keep a gun anyway, and the band roared into the rest of its set, which included “Bonded by Blood” and “A Lesson in Violence.” Municipal Waste’s singer took the stage by cartwheeling into center to greet the audience. If the younger band paused to speak during its 30-minute performance, it was to spew some vulgarities. Its ability to retain studio-quality sound was appreciable, but the drummer’s microphones left him sounding squelched. High on Fire followed Waste with a much darker mood. The sweaty and shirtless singer looked as though he had just left a fight club and also cut the chatter to make up for the lacking time. The singer’s voice was a guttural yell that blended into its sound the entire set. Anthrax played a number of its own songs, but also played “T.N.T.” by AC/DC, and finished its set with “Antisocial” by Trust.

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The love affair with hair Ciara Rouege Staff columnist

There is a kitchen in black America where a mother brushes her daughter’s natural kinks into slick ponytails and, across the street, an aunt chemically straightens her niece’s hair with a relaxer and finetoothed comb. If you wear your hair weaved or relaxed, you can relate to memories of sitting between your mother’s legs as she treated your hair with Soft & Beautiful, a common hair relaxer used on young girls. You might also be familiar with struggling with Liquid Gold Bond-AWeave hair glue over a bathroom sink or spending hours in a chair waiting for your best friend to plait a braid pattern for a sew-in weave. The natural hair revolution is challenging mainstream perceptions about beauty within the black community and encouraging women to stop chemically straightening their hair. Although health concerns underline the argument for natural hair, the campaign also demoralizes traditions that have united black women for generations. In 2009, comedian Chris Rock’s documentary, “Good Hair,” brought disputes between natural and processed hair to the attention of mass media. Since then, stereotypes and misconceptions fueled battles with the black community about natural versus chemically processed and weaved hair. Rock was inspired to create the film after overhearing a conversation between his daughter and her white friend. Rock was disappointed that his daughter felt that her kinky curls were not beautiful. In the film, Rock visited beauty supply shops and salons and interviewed black women from various communities across the country. Black women spend fortunes damaging their self-esteem and their scalps in an effort to conform to a portrait of beauty he felt was designed by white society. “Whatever makes you happy is good hair,” Rock said in a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey. “Do your hair for you, and you will be happy.” The film suggested that black women were suffering from identity crises despite ending on a positive note. Rock finished the film by encouraging women to quit using chemical strengtheners such as Organic Root Stimulating Relaxer. He also supported women choosing whatever style made them happiest, but this statement

didn’t protect Rock from harsh criticism. Despite the film’s attempt to appear balanced, it failed to present the healthy traditions black beauty culture has established over generations of kitchen salons and corner barbershops, which have developed a culture of hair techniques and processes that have diversified the black perception of beauty and femininity. While the media has exaggerated this cultural war between women with natural and processed hair, it brings attention to stereotypes black women use when identifying each other. In a positive light, natural hair is celebrated as being healthier and empowering. Facebook groups such as Back to Natural Hair and Geaux Natural are dedicated to sharing new styles and supporting women as they liberate themselves from their chemically relaxed hair. These sites are becoming more popular as women bond over struggles with managing natural hair and facing mainstream perceptions that label kinky curls, afros and dreadlocks as inappropriate or “nappy,” a common derogatory term in Rock’s documentary. It is not necessary to go natural, but many women choose to completely shave their heads and restart with pure new growth, a stage known in reforming to natural hair as the “big chop.” New growth refers to the virgin hair that grows from the scalp before being treated with relaxers. “Since I became natural, I am more confident in my own beauty,” said media production junior Zondra Victor. “I don’t hide behind my straight hair anymore.” Victor made “the big chop” two years ago because relaxers tend to thin the hair, damage the hair follicles and irritate the scalp. Rock criticized mothers for using relaxers on young girls by calling the process “kiddy perm.” Black celebrities like India Arie and Solange Knowles are idolized for their natural hair. Arie moved into the mainstream music scene in 2006 with her song “I Am Not My Hair ft. Akon,” which encouraged all women to stop identifying themselves by the style of their hair. In 2009, Knowles shaved her head to become natural and was disgusted with the negative criticisms she received by fans and the media. In an interview with Winfrey, the host restated a post from Knowles’ Twitter page. “I just wanted to be free from the bondage that black women sometimes put on themselves with hair.

… In this phase of my life, I want to spend the time, the energy and the money on somewhere else and not in the salon,” Knowles said. Photos of Knowles’ shaved head were the third top Internet trend in 2009 during the weeks following the revel of the singer’s big chop. Today, the hype has cooled down over natural versus weaved hair in the media, but runways and magazines continue to predominately feature models with chemically straightened or weaved styles. Ataui Deng, Yasmin Warsame and Alek Wek are the natural haired models who make it into high-profile ads and fashion shows. The harsh contrast between African and black models creates the feeling that natural hair is enforcing African traditions on black society, which has developed its own norms. Psychology junior Ody Ezeigwe said that being African should be more than just looking the part. “I don’t believe that having a different type of hairstyle means that you are losing touch with your African roots,” Ezeigwe said. “It is the most natural, but our beauty shouldn’t be defined by just one type of hairstyle. In the end, the idea of beauty depends on an individual’s perspective. Besides, a person should intellectually invest themselves in what it means to be an African and not just try to look the part.” Ezeigwe is a second generation Nigerian-American and prefers to wear her hair relaxed and weaved and enjoys a wide variety of styles. The push for natural hair has fallen from the attention of the mainstream media since “Good Hair” debuted four years ago, but it has given the black community space to approach the issue in a more accepting environment. In urban neighborhoods, beauty supply shops have become hubs for natural, weaved and relaxed women alike. Although weaves and relaxers continue to fly off the shelves, new products and tools that make it easier for black women to have a straight or polished look are being introduced. Popular ethnic hair product companies like Organic and Crème of Nature have introduced safer relaxing formulas and encourage women to treat their hair sparingly. Black beauty culture is evolving into a diverse world that encourages women to express their unique fierceness and discover their own form of beauty.












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Errors, cold bats doom Cougars in lopsided loss at home Harrison Lee Staff writer

It wasn’t the sort of Sunday UH was looking forward to, as the rubber game of its three-game series against Seton Hall bounced away from them by a score of 15-1. It was the second series loss of the season for the Cougars, dropping them to 25-11, but it did not impact their Conference USA rankings since the game against Seton Hall was a non-conference contest. Freshman starter Jake Lemoine had an off day. He allowed six runs, only two earned, before being pulled after three innings in what was only his second loss of the season. Seton Hall scored at least one run in six different innings. Neither he nor the next five UH pitchers had much offense to work with, as the Cougars put up six hits and only one run. Junior catcher Caleb Barker knocked in freshman outfielder

The Cougars managed only six hits in a 15-1 loss to Seton Hall on Sunday. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar Kyle Survance with a double down the line. Seton Hall senior pitcher Greg Terhune allowed only four hits and one run through his 5.1 innings of

work while striking out two. He was bolstered by an offense that scored three runs in the fourth inning and seven in the sixth inning, which gave Seton Hall a 13-0 lead.

“We knew coming in that this was going to be a solid ball club,” Terhune said. “We knew it was going to be a battle, and it just feels great. We

had a great team effort all weekend long.” Seton Hall junior outfielder Zack Granite went four for six with three RBIs for the day, proving a potent force in the Pirates’ highspeed offense. “ We showed flashes of it throughout the season,” said Seton Hall head coach Rob Sheppard after Sunday’s game. “It was good to see us swing the bats well this weekend.” Along with Terhune, three other Seton Hall pitchers combined to baffle the Cougar bats. “Early on, I felt like I was throwing pretty good stuff,” Terhune said. “I didn’t have as good of stuff as I wanted, but it’s nice to go out there and get picked up by your teammates and get a win.” Still out of C-USA play, the Cougars take on Texas Southern University at 6:30 p.m Tuesday at Cougar Field.

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really matter how much money you make; it’s how much money you keep,” said Donald Bowers II, assistant vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – Houston Branch. “This financial education program is all based upon trying to help people within our community better understand how to manage their resources, large arsenal and how to build wealth and retain assets.” Bowers said the majority of people spend 80 percent of their time working to earn money, worrying about Bowers how to make more or spending. In addition, 13 percent of households in Texas do not have any type of bank account. “That either means that they’re taking risks and saving money at home, or they’re just not saving any money at all,” Bowers said. “They’re trading off long-term financial stability to try to deal with short-term issues.” Another issue in Texas regards student loans. Estimates are that 1 of every 5 young people who have student loans will default within the first 3 to 5 years after they are out of college.

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“We need to fix that,” Bowers said. “We got to be better prepared and do things with intention. We want you to learn how to be intentional about your personal finances.” Alex Obregon, special projects coordinator for the office of the Houston City Controller, gave continuity to the discussion by addressing the city’s point of view. “What’s your government’s interest in people having personal financial education?” Obregon said. “Well, we want you to be taxpayers, to be able to build wealth, pay property taxes and things like that. That’s a good thing because it means you have assets.” Obregon said that the city of Houston worked in partnership with the Federal Deposit Obregon Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve, some banks and nonprofit organizations to start the Bank on Houston program in 2008, which is designed to bring the unbanked and the underbanked into the financial mainstream. “We want you to know that the City of Houston, other government entities and Bauer are all taking invested interest in making sure that you have the financial tools to begin to be taxpayers, contribute to the University of Houston, provide for your family and yourself and, more importantly, to provide for the greater good of this population,”

Obregon said. Bauer worked with the Texas Council on Economic Education to come up with a Money Management Poster contest as an initiative to promote financial education in children from several district schools in the metropolitan area. TCEE President and CEO Laura Ewing honored the winners during Saturday’s event. James Hong, president of the Bauer Alumni Association and founder of Hong Financial, closed the discussion by giving five tips on how to get started and be successful about achieving personal finance awareness. Hong said the first step is to have a plan, set goals and stick to a budget. The next step is to have discipline. The third step is Hong to take one step at a time because nothing happens overnight. Hong’s next tip stressed the importance of knowing the difference between “needs” and “wants.” He said people tend to follow trends because ours is a consumerist society, which can hugely affect personal finances. Lastly, he advised the audience to learn from others. “It doesn’t take a millionaire to be a millionaire,” Hong said. “Use your resources, talent and academic knowledge to achieve your goals.”

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three more people suspected of involvement in the alleged crime. Cambridge Oaks residents feel the fear. Architecture junior Edgar Rivera said he would not see security guards often, but, especially

after this incident, he would like to see more of them. “I’ve been living there for two years, and nothing like this has ever happened,” Rivera said.

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Students robbed at gunpoint in on-campus apartment, and Piland steps up in spring game

Volume 78, Issue 105  

Students robbed at gunpoint in on-campus apartment, and Piland steps up in spring game