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Monday, April 22, 2013 // Issue 109, Volume 78

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Police announce 3 arrests Thursday Natalie Harms News editor

Three arrests were announced to have been made in connection with two unrelated crimes Thursday. The Cambridge Oaks robbery, which occurred on the night of April 13, saw another arrest. Police said Wednesday that they had arrested Christopher David

Nettles, 18, and Joshua Layton Gammage, 18, in Pearland. Both were charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, UH Police Chief Ceaser Moore said. They were taken to Harris County Jail, and bail was set at $30,000 each. Gunman James Manns, arrested Tuesday, has been charged with aggravated robbery with a pending

additional aggravated robbery charge, Moore said Tuesday, but at the time of Manns’ arrest, police were still looking for three accomplices. Manns and three accomplices had robbed two roommates of Samy Gharbaoui, Police said. Gharbaoui, who was also arrested Tuesday, had sold Manns drugs earlier in the day,

police said, and Manns had later gone to Gharbaoui’s apartment in search of more. “This crime was not a strangeron-stranger crime,” Moore said. “He was going back to get more drugs. … Other students on campus are not at risk of being victimized ARRESTS continues on page 3

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Cougar claws at poverty cycle

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Jessica Crawford Staff writer

Unemployment and poverty is cyclical, but one UH student is attempting to pull individuals out of the cycle and into the University through his organization. Communications and political science senior Ali Younes is the founder of Achieving the Greatest Foundations. “Generation after generation, individuals in low income areas are trapped in the ongoing cycle of poverty and a route out will be through education, and that is what ATG Foundations offers to these students,” Younes said. The work Younes is doing hits close to home. “ATG Foundations began with me assisting members of my friends and family that dropped out of college to get back in school,” Younes said. However, this initial friendly help has transformed into a bigger organization, spreading out to the community. “We are a non-profit organization that assists students in the transition from high school to higher education.” U-Scholar sophomore and student coordinator for ATG Foundations David Rodriguez’s involvement began as one of the group’s benefactors. “I originally dropped out of college, and Ali helped me out with POVERTY continues on page 3

I spy eyes at UH-hosted expo The Houston Area Insight Expo took place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with a series of workshops such as cooking in the dark, guide dogs, an introduction to iPhone accessibility and a basic self-defense class. The event was hosted by the University Eye Institute’s Center for Sight Enhancement. Genetic and environmental professor Stephen P. Daiger from UT’s School of Public Health served as the keynote speaker, addressing recent retinal disease treatments.

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Business students invest in future Manuella Libardi Staff writer

UH undergraduate students received third place out of 35 teams Saturday in the first Oil and Gas Investment Banking Case Competition and Conference hosted by the Investment Banking Scholars Club of the C.T. Bauer College of Business. The ISBC is a highly selective club started last summer that requires applying students to go through an interviewing process and to have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to be considered, IBSC President

Robert Dozortsev said. Of about 400 students who applied in the last year, only 38 were accepted, and the average member GPA is 3.7. “UH is not a really strong investment banking school,” Dozortsev said. “The organization will allow for a level of networking and specialization that the University of Houston does not currently offer.” Nine final teams of undergraduate and graduate students representing UH, Texas A&M University, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University and University of North Texas pitched to a group of judges at the

event. Jason Starnes, Chris Mersinger and Jissin Sanny from Rice and Marshall Robinson, Perry Reed and Durrel Hunter from TCU got first and second place respectively. Dozortsev’s idea was to start a collaborative effort with Rice since it is a strong school that attracts a lot of investment banking recruiters. “We were already doing a biweekly finance journal,” Dozortsev said. “My idea was, well, why don’t we get guys from Rice to write with us? So, we started the Bauer Jones BAUER continues on page 3

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CALENDAR Today Cougar Combine: From 12 to 2 p.m. at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, come out and test your strength, speed and agility against fellow Cougars in the first Cougar Combine event hosted by the Rec Center Fitness. Pre-registration fee: $15.00 — Day of registration: $20.00. First 50 registrants receive a limited edition Cougar Combine tank. Recital: From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Dudley Recital Hall, there will be a Potpourri recital featuring Brian Suits on piano, Megan Berti on mezzo-soprano, Kyung Sun Lee on violin, Anthony Kitai on cello and Ellis Montes on recorder. The Potpourri works will be by Handel/ Halvorsen, Weill, Porter, Gershwin, Jalbert, Musto, Guastavino and Suits. Tickets range from $7 to $12. Ensemble: From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Moores Opera House, there will be a percussion ensemble directed by Blake Wilkins with works by Cohen, Mackey and Maslanka. Tickets range from $7 to $12.

Tuesday Quiet Meditation: From 8 to 10 a.m. in Room 122 at the A.D. Bruce Religion Center, students seeking time to reflect, pray or meditate are welcome to attend. Reception: Starting at 5:30 p.m. at the University Center Houston

Room, the Campus Leader Reception will be held. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, the reception is the Division’s annual premier student leader, faculty/staff and student organization recognition for scholastic and extracurricular achievements. Nominated students are invited and highly encouraged to attend. Symphonic Band: From 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Moores Opera House, there will be a performance by the Wind Ensemble II directed by David Bertman and Marion West with works by Ives, Grainger, Sousa, Giannini and Smith. Tickets range from $7 to $12.

Wednesday Culture Talk: From 12:15 to 1 p.m., there will be a culture talk about U.S. government and current policies, a discussion led by Travis Speck. Students are encouraged to bring their lunch. For more information and a topic schedule, please e-mail Bridget Fernandes at bridget. fernandes@gmail.com. Quiet Meditation: From 2 to 4 p.m. in Room 122 at the A.D. Bruce Religion Center, students seeking time to reflect, pray or meditate are welcome to attend. Intramural Sports: From 3 to 5 p.m. at MacGregor Park, there will be disc golf singles hosted by the Intramural Sports program. Admission to this event is free.

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Finance Journal, which is one of the cornerstones of the club along with this conference.” Participating students were required to evaluate a hypothetical company, G&G, by looking at its financial statements, mostly assets, and then to compare the data to other companies’ through modules called comparables, IBSC member Adil Rajabali said. They

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also had to present future prospects and deliver values to shareholders of the fictional company, finance and accounting senior Patrick Mikkelsen said. The event also featured keynote speakers executive professor Christopher Ross, who discussed value creation in a cylindrical industry, and SMU adjunct professor Jeffrey Noland, who discussed synergy, accretion-dilution and mergers and acquisitions. Lunch and dinner were provided to encourage networking between students, which Dozortsev

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believes is the strongest form of networking that can lead to future professional relationships. “I think that IBSC is a great step forward in realizing the potential of UH and Bauer specifically,” Mikkelsen said. “Houston is the energy capital of the world, and a club like IBSC will really show the energy companies in Houston that Bauer has a great program and that they don’t have to go to UT, A&M or Tech to find great recruits.” news@thedailycougar.com

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getting back in. Now I am doing better than ever,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said that he is proof that the formula works. “The biggest difference was that I believe in myself, when before I didn’t. As student director, I make sure that students believe in themselves and think they can do it because we know they can.” Younes said ATG Foundations has given presentations all over the city. “Our main events that we host are the ones that directly involve high schools around the Houston Area,” Younes said. “ATG Foundations hosts annual presentations at certain Title 1 (economically disadvantaged) high schools in the Houston area.” The organization encourages all students to volunteer and get involved. “They can apply online or email

us at contact@atgfoundations.org,” Rodriguez said. Students who would like assistance from the organization can visit its website, atghouston.com, and fill out a counseling request form. Rodriguez says ATG Foundations is special because it provides assistance to those who need it, no matter what. “A student approached me after a presentation in Wheatly High School and told me how he was going to go to jail in the summer. He wanted to get more information about going to college and if we can help him get his life straight,” Rodriguez said. Younes said that founding ATG Foundations was one of the best decisions he’s made during his college career. “Knowing that your words motivated an individual to want to do better in life and want to get out of poverty will never be forgotten.” news@thedailycougar.com

HOW TO GET HELP Free help is just a click away Ali Younes, the founder of Achieving the Greatest Foundations, encourages anyone struggling with their education to reach out for help. ƒ Visit atghouston.com and click request a counseling session ƒ Counseling is offered for money management, SAT or ACT tutoring and more. Volunteer information is available online as well.

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by other people invading their residences.” Investigators found LSD, Adderall, ecstasy and marijuana in Gharbaoui’s apartment, and discovered that Manns was already on bail for possession of marijuana, Moore said. Also on Wednesday, a man was arrested in connection with a sexual assault case that took place at Cougar Village on April 14. Keon Mark Edward Whitehead, 19, was arrested at Texas Southern University after being detained by campus police. Whitehead was identified as an acquaintance, said police, and was charged with sexual assault. He was transported to Harris County Jail and his bail was set at $30,000. “UHPD has worked diligently on these cases,” Moore said. “Our number one priority is to provide a safe campus. I hope the campus community is reassured by the progress we have made in identifying and arresting the perpetrators of these crimes.” Additional reporting by Joshua Mann. news@thedailycougar.com

Join the Campus Ministries Association and fellow Cougars at the annual Campus Memorial Service for all UH students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who passed away last year. Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013 Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Where : A.D. Bruce Religion Center - University Chapel For more information, visit uh.edu/adbruce

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Trip, song an open slap to Cuban refugees, dissenters

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icture a peaceful protest calling for an end to police violence and brutality. Suddenly, a barrage of police batons and gun butts shower down upon spectators and participants. People are then thrown indiscriminately in Sarah overcrowded Backer and unsanitary jail cells. On the streets, underfed children walk past decrepit and decayed buildings to go home to their deteriorating homes, which they share with several other families. These were not the images that hip-hop artist Beyoncé Knowles and her rapper husband, Jay-Z, saw on their bizarre March 31 trip to Cuba in celebration of their fifth anniversary. At first glance, a celebrity visiting another country is no big deal, unless that celebrity is Jane Fonda or Dennis Rodman; but the trip to Cuba gave money to the oppressive Cuban regime that can now be used to further ensnare its people. Their images are now being used in Communist Cuban propaganda — propaganda that the Cuban people have no way of counteracting because of the lack of freedom of speech. Their careless and indifferent outlook to these issues shows a lack of either intelligence or sympathy in concern toward the Cuban plight. Jay-Z defended his trip to Cuba in a new song called “Open Letter.” Because of the 1960s embargo, US citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba unless they have obtained a license for academic, journalistic, religious or cultural exchange purposes. In “Open Letter,” Jay-Z claims that he and his party received White House clearance for their trip to Cuba, but on April 17, President

Rapper Jay-Z, left, along with his superstar wife, Beyoncé Knowles, took a Mar. 31 visit to Cuba for their fifth wedding anniversary. The former Brooklyn Nets part owner answered those criticizing the trip in his song, “Open Letter,” which does not acknowledge the human rights violations and squashed freedoms of an autocratic regime long led by Cuban leader Fidel Castro, right, and his brother, Raúl. | Wikimedia Commons

Barack Obama had a different story. “I wasn’t familiar that they were taking the trip,” Obama said, “My understanding is I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba. You know, this is not something the White House was involved with, we’ve got better things to do.” Regardless of who authorized the trip, it was offensive to many Cuban-Americans. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Cuban-American, has been an outspoken opponent of the trip. “Well, I won’t rap it, but I’ll say, I mean, first of all, I think Jay-Z needs to get informed,” he said. “I think if Jay-Z was truly interested in the true state of affairs in Cuba, he would have met people that are being oppressed, including a hip-hop

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artist in Cuba who is right now being oppressed and persecuted and is undergoing a hunger strike because of his political lyrics. And I think he missed an opportunity. But that’s Jay-Z’s issue.” According to Human Rights Watch, Cuba is the only country in Latin America that stifles all forms of political dissent. In Cuba, political dissidents are subject to criminal charges and are held without due process. Between January and August 2011, the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation documented 2,224 arbitrary detentions in which many prisoners were not even presented arrest orders to substantiate the arrest. Cuban citizens live in near isolation from the rest of the world because the Castro regime has

control of all media outlets and restricts the use of outside information. Citizens must request from the government the right to travel off the island and requests are typically denied, particularly to outspoken advocates. The list of human rights violations could go on and on. “The travel policies need to be tightened because they are being abused,” Rubio said. “These are tourist trips, and what they’re doing is providing hard currency and funding so that a tyrannical regime can maintain its grip on the island of Cuba, and I think that’s wrong,” he said. “And quite frankly, I think it’s hypocritical of the people who took that trip because they didn’t go down there and meet with some of the people that are actually in trouble today.” A true cultural exchange

would have required seeing the oppression the Cuban government has placed upon its people. “If they really wanted to know what was going on in Cuba, they should have met with some of the people that are suffering there, not simply smoke cigars and take a stroll down the street,” Rubio said. The Carters’ trip was an exercise in ignorance. Next time Jay-Z decides to rap about expressing his freedom of speech and sticking it to the man, he should avoid it in the context of traveling to Cuba, the land of dictatorial power and restriction of unalienable rights. It just makes him look stupid.

Sarah Backer is a business sophomore and may be reached at opinion@ thedailycougar.com.

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UH golfer tied for first at C-USA championships Christopher Shelton Sports editor

Junior golfer Curtis Reed has played well at the Conference USA Championship tournament each time he has competed there since his first season at UH. As a freshman, Reed finished fifth with a -2 in Texarkana, Ark. During his sophomore season, he shot a first round 69 and was tied for second place before a tough second and third round dropped him to a 20th place finish. This season, Reed is more than in contention — he’s tied for the lead with a -4 score after shooting a first round 68. He said the Texarkana Country Club, the course where the C-USA Championship tournament is held, fits his skill set. “Well, we’ve played this golf course the last two years. It’s a course I feel comfortable at. It’s short. You

can’t overpower the course,” Reed said. “I just got off to this good start and need to continue the momentum. I just have to continue using the game plan.” Reed played through some early adversity before finishing the front nine strong. He bogeyed the first and sixth holes before sinking an eagle on the 525-yard par-5 seventh hole, grabbing birdie on the eighth hole and saving par on the ninth. On the back nine, Reed converted his fifth birdie of the day on the par-3 206-yard 13th hole. After Sunday, Reed has 12 rounds of par or better and five rounds in the 60s this season. Reed said he’ll need to have success with the putter to stay on top of the leaderboard. “It’s key because the greens are firm and fast. You’re going to hit a lot of greens and miss a lot of greens.

They’re narrow. Whoever putts the best will win.” As a team, the Cougars are in third place with a -2 score. UH got off to a slow start but rallied back, said golf director Jonathan Dismuke. “We didn’t hit the ball well, but we hung in there and had a good finish. We haven’t got off to the best starts this year, but one of the things that we identified was that he had to do a better job of hanging in those rounds no matter how things were going,” Dismuke said. “We did a tremendous job of that today.” The Cougars have three players among the top 20 competitors on the leaderboard. Sophomore Roman Robledo and freshman Vincent Martino finished the first round at evenpar 72. Martino finished with four birdies in his round, including one on the 17th hole to tie with Robledo for 14th place.

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Series win places UH 2nd in C-USA The Daily Cougar news services After taking two of three wins from Tulsa this weekend, UH is alone in second place of the Conference USA standings. The Cougars won the first two games in dramatic fashion as junior catcher Haley Outon had two gamewinning hits to lift the team to doubleheader victories. During the first game of the doubleheader, the Cougars never led until the final inning. She delivered with a single to right center that gave UH a 4-3 victory. Outon said she has confidence in clutch situations. “It’s pressure too,” Outon said. “But I’m just pleased that I got to do it for my team.” In the second game of the doubleheader, Outon gave the Cougars a 3-2 win with her 14th homer of the season. The third game of the series was a pitcher’s duel that Tulsa won 2-0. Both teams had five hits in Sunday’s contest. sports@thedailycougar.com

UH dropped the final two games of the series against Rice, ceding possession of the Silver Glove again. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar

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UH loses Silver Glove Harrison Lee Staff writer

Despite a win in the opening game of the series for UH, Rice took the remaining two games in a convincing manner to win the Silver Glove again. After winning 8-7 in the first game, UH then fell 4-0 Saturday and 11-1 Sunday. The third game of the series saw Rice storm out early and never look back as they scored enough runs, 11, to qualify to have the game called by the end of the seventh inning. Five UH pitchers were used, but only senior Matt Hernandez lasted longer than three innings. Rice pitcher John Simms got the complete

game win after giving up only six hits and one run. Following Sunday’s loss, coaches and players were not made available for comment. During game one, junior righthander Daniel Poncedeleon got his fifth win of the season. Game two saw senior righthander Austin Pruitt pitch well until the ninth when he allowed three runs, giving the Owls their 4-0 margin. Rice pitcher Austin Kubitza was able to hold UH scoreless through seven innings. After the series, six Cougars made the All-Silver Glove Series team. sports@thedailycougar.com

Junior golfer Curtis Reed has 12 rounds of par or better and five rounds in the 60s this season. | Courtesy of UH Athletics “Roman and Vince got a lot out of their rounds today,” Dismuke said. “They didn’t play their best golf by any means but found a way to put up a good score. ... I’m really proud of those guys.” Reed said he expects the Cougars will continue to have success

during the final two days of the tournament. “We think we’re the favorites. That’s what you have to do to win. We want to win badly. We believe it. We’re ready to win,” Reed said. sports@thedailycougar.com


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UH Cougar Marching Band goes where it has never been, thanks to Mitchell center artist Yasmine Saqer Staff writer

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts presents marching bands like you’ve never seen them before with “En Masse Studies and Etudes.” The UH Cougar Marching Band presented “En Masse,” a large-scale participatory outdoor performance, on Saturday at Discovery Green. Unlike traditional marching band concerts, “En Masse” invites audiences to follow the band on its path and experience what it’s like to be inside a “deconstructed parade” as band members disperse into different formations around the park. In collaboration with band director Troy Bennefield, “En Masse” is the commissioned piece by Mitchell Center artist in residence Daniel Bernard Roumain, with direction by the previous artist in residence Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Organized into 12 different works running 20 minutes each, the marching band performed a variety of musical arrangements, including the Cougar Fight Song, powerful collaborations with Roumain on the violin and spoken word poet Throughout the four-hour p e r f o r m a n c e, t h e m a rc h i n g band demonstrated consistent enthusiasm with every change of song and formation, bringing life and intrigue to the park and the community. Ju s t a s i n t e n d e d , p e o p l e embraced the innovative concept of “En Masse,” sharing a rare and pleasant moment with the marching band. Lianna Esquivel, a saxophone player in the marching band and an education sophomore, said she was happy to see so many people come out for the performance. “A lot more people are here than I expected,” Esquivel said. Performing in close proximity

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Daniel Bernard Roumain is the artist in residence at the Mitchell Center for the Arts | Courtesy of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts to the audience, the band also encouraged children to play with their instruments. A new and unusual experience for the marching band and audience alike, Esquivel found it brought her closer to the audience. “It’s amazing, I feel more connected to the audience — especially if they’re right there interacting.” “We’re making music, having fun, being ourselves and Cougars — it feels really good,” Esquivel said. Describing “En Masse” as a “meditation through music,” choreographer Joseph was pleased that the piece turned out just as he envisioned it. “It’s happening exactly how we wanted — a little bit of improvisation, people milling around — really using the park like a museum or a gallery; letting people wander, stare, stay, connect, depart as

much as they want to and really using music as the guide to move people through,” Joseph said. As the band changed locations around the park, performing artist Joseph recited spoken word poetry expressing sentiments of hope and American ideals. “It’s been a tremendous week in our country’s history, from events on Capitol Hill to the obvious tragedy in Boston and to what’s happening right now in West Texas.” “It’s a uniquely American moment and a unique moment to gather together, ‘En Masse,’ in America, and the spoken word echoes those ideas of hooding together under liberties, tresses, shelter and hope,” Joseph said. A modern piece organized and performed with spirit, vision and a sense of togetherness, “En Masse” not only brings life to music, but music to life. arts@thedailycougar.com

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