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The Daily Cougar: You were instrumental to UH becoming a Tier-One-recognized university; what goals do you have for the next five years? Renu Khator: First of all,

getting to Tier One was a team effort. It took all of us to focus and create the synergy required to accomplish the task. As for the next five years, our goal remains the same: to be nationally competitive in everything we do, from student success to research productivity to athletics. We will grow our Health Science Center, strengthen the Energy Research Park, enhance our arts connections, but above all, be relevant to the community. TDC: Is there anything you would have done differently in the five years you have spent in Houston?

The International Student and Scholar Services Office provides UH’s almost 4,000 non-immigrant international students with the tools to begin their American education and take it back to their country of origin. International students who come to the University with a temporary visa are greeted on their arrival with

a check-in process. “They have to check in with us, and the reason is because our office is in charge of the responsibility of ensuring that the student is on an appropriate visa for study,” said Anita Gaines, director of ISSSO. “There are some types of visas that don’t permit study. Or there may be cases when the international student may have a concern or problem before getting here that

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we need to see.” During check-in, the entire staff meets each student individually, who then walks through stations that provide information about everything from how to get housing and pay bills to obtaining a driver’s license. The office has trained peer advisors, both American and international, who help with the


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sees one arrest According to a study by the National Institute of Justice, one out of every five women experience an attempted or completed sexual assault while in college. Most of the attacks happen when the woman is incapacitated by drugs or alcohol. A student reported that she was sexually assaulted in her Cougar Village room by Keon Mark Whitehead, 19, while she was drunk April 13. According to the criminal complaint filed against Whitehead, the student said she could only vaguely remember what happened, but she recalled Whitehead, an acquaintance of her and her roommate, standing beside her bed after she had been drinking for several hours. She then said her legs had fallen off of the bed and she remembered Whitehead picking them up, and according to the complaint, Whitehead confirmed — via telephone the next day — that the two of them had sexual intercourse and that he did not use a condom. According to the complaint,

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Here we are at last: the end of another school year. But for some students, it’s more than that; it’s the end of an era. I’m graduating, and this marks the end of my education and the start of my life as a postgraduate Joshua Mann Editor in chief citizen. I can say with confidence that nothing has had a greater impact on my college education than my decision to step into The Daily Cougar’s newsroom and fill out an application. Getting involved on campus has done more than just devour my free time; it’s given me a chance to be a part of something I feel matters, something beyond the endless classwork, papers and exams. The Cougar has ravenously consumed my time at UH, but it’s also made my time mean something. It’s given me a sense of ownership over the campus and a sense of responsibility toward my readers. In a week, I’ll be handing my office and title off to Channler K. Hill, who I’m sure will be a fantastic editor. I’ve got the run of the paper for one more night of production, and I’d like to use it to offer this last piece of advice to those of you returning for another school year. It’s advice you’ve probably heard before, but maybe you need to hear it again. Get involved. It doesn’t have to be at the Cougar — although I’d recommend it. Just find a group doing something you’re passionate about, and give yourself a chance to be a part of something bigger. You won’t regret it.



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To celebrate President Renu Khator’s five-year anniversary at UH, The Daily Cougar got a chance to interview her while she is away in San Francisco. Among University-related topics, the Cougar and Khator discussed her most defining learning moment from a student, favorite dishes, style secrets and blog.


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CALENDAR Today Remembrance: From noon to 1 p.m. at the A.D. Bruce Religion Center, the annual memorial service, UH Day of Remembrance, for members of the UH community who passed away in 2012 will take place. Intramural sports: Starting at 1 p.m. at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, intramural sports will host its version of the NFL Draft Combine. Admission to this event is free. Breaking the Silence: From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 124 at the Classroom Business Building, Impact Congo Students Association presents its first “Breaking the Silence” lecture with guest speaker Kambale Musavuli. The event is aiming to educate students and faculty on what is being called “Africa’s World War,” a conflict that has taken the lives of 6 million people, with countless women being raped since 1996 in the D. R. Congo. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.




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Reforming Mexico’s Oil Sector: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 328 at the Classroom and Busineess Building, the CICS Spring Mini Conference “Reforming Mexico’s Oil Sector” roundtable discussion with four noted experts: Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center; David Enrique, energy lawyer at Goodrich Riquelme y Asociados; Eduardo Andrade Iturribarria, corporate director at Iderdrola; and Ricardo Colmenter, regional general council at Weatherford International, will take place. Admission to this event is free with an RSVP, and lunch will be provided. Dance Works: From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Wortham Theatre, whether

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Saturday As You Like It: From 8 to 10 p.m. at the Quintero theater, a play by William Shakespeare, directed by Sara Becker will display Shakespeare’s perennial crowd pleaser. This comedy includes mistaken identity, cross dressing, wrestling, fools, snakes and lions. Rosalind and her cousin Celia flee the dangerous court and travel into the mysterious Forest of Arden, kicking off a grand adventure that changes everyone involved. Student tickets are $10. Dionysia: From 8 to 10 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library, Dionysia 2013 presents an adaptation of “The Iliad,” Homer’s classic tale of war and suffering, entitled “Ilium.” Jen Sommers of the School of Theatre and Dance choreographs and directs, with music composed and conducted by Moores School of Music vocal performance major Alyssa Weathersby. An RSVP is recommended.

Sunday March of Dimes: From 9 to 11 a.m. at the corner of Cullen Boulevard and Elgin Street, UH will serve as the host site for this year’s March for Babies walk, one of the most successful walking events in the area. This will mark the 17th year that UH will participate, bringing more than 30,000 participants to campus. UH’s is the nation’s largest and best-attended walk site, and last year, its volunteer team ranked No. 25 among the top 100 teams in the Houston area.

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SGA closed the semester Wednesday at their final meeting until the summer. The meeting consisted of the introduction and first readings of two new bills and nine student appointments to the senate. Senator Guillermo Lopez authored a Bill to Amend the Bylaws to Restore Mandatory Committee Review of Legislation. Under this bill, legislation would be sent to standing committees to be reviewed after the first reading. The second bill introduced, An SGA Bill to Amend the Bylaws to Simplify the Senate Order of Business, authored by Speaker Sebastian Agudelo and Senator Lopez, calls for cleaning up the order of business and providing students with an updated agenda. Five new students were voted into a seat in the senate, including a new Director of External Affairs, political science junior Bria Riley. “I want to get SGA more effectively involved in the community. I think we are underrepresented,” Riley said.

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Whitehead had videotaped the student sleeping until her roommate told him to stop. He also admitted to the UH Department of Public Safety that he knew she had been drinking, and

“This is a commuter campus, and this is also a campus full of transfer students, and those students are not aware of the organization. We really do play a very important role in our student body. With that being said, I want to be leader and engrain in the student body that we are effective.” Additionally, SGA welcomed public relations junior Alexandria Sauls as director of public relations; finance graduate student Charles Haston as graduate at-large senator, seat two; teaching and learning sophomore Geordie Daniel as senator of the College of Education and kinesiology freshman Edgar Cisneros as sergeant at arms. Current senators taking on a new role included political science junior David Ghably for Academic Affairs Committee Chair, Guillermo Lopez for Internal Affairs Committee Chai, political science and liberal studies senior Yesenia Chavez for Student Life Committee Chair and finance junior Sunil Motwani for Administration and Finance Committee Chair.

that he engaged in sexual contact. According the UHDPS’ daily crime bulletin, she reported the assault shortly after midnight April 15. Whitehead was taken to Harris County Jail with a bail set at $30,000, and his next court date is May 16.

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Inconsistent alerts keep everyone up all night


n a world filled with stabbings, shootings and bombings, awareness has never been more important. Knowing what is going on around us is a necessity. This is why UH has an emergency alert Kelly system. Schafler This alert system is designed to reach students through email and cellphone. This system is also used to notify students of school closures and bad weather conditions. While some students get notifications in real time, others may not get them until hours after. If there is a robbery or assault on campus, emails have been known to arrive up to three hours after the incident. When assaults and robberies occur, I would like to be notified immediately. This is no reflection on the work of the UH Department of Public Saftey; however, when the University is faced with reports of a serious incident in progress — like a possible gunman — the UH Alert System has been seen to react more quickly than with other cases. On March 5, students were alerted that there was a sighting of a possibly armed student around Philip G. Hoffman Hall. Students received text messages and emails advising them to stay indoors. Less than an hour later, students were notified that everything was “all clear.” The suspect was merely carrying a hand-held scanner; but it was comforting to receive a prompt text message to let me know it was safe. The system is not the problem. It works, but high traffic crashes the alert system website. Immediate information is not impossible; it just seems to take a high priority incident to get this

information quickly. Many factors go into the relaying of this information, which may be why it takes longer than some would like. David Johnson, executive director of Technology Services and Support, said the system operates as a chain of events. The process begins with an incident being reported to UHDPS. From there, the message is entered into the interface of an emergency notification system called Pier. The computer then decides whether this notification should be sent out over email, text or both. The alert is then sent to the server to be compiled and then the information is sent to a pre-generated list of email addresses and cell phone numbers. If the option to send it to a cell phone is chosen, the alert must then go through each student’s specific cell phone provider company before it is received by the student. Factors such as students being out of range of a cell phone tower, having their phone off or having the wrong phone number in the UH system can increase in the amount of time it takes to receive a message. “We would like our students to receive the message within five minutes,” Johnson said. “We know that that’s not always going to happen because there are a lot of factors that go into it. We usually try to say five to seven minutes.” In a world dependent on technology and speed, Johnson

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and the UHDPS are constantly looking for ways to improve the system. “You can’t just depend on one message system,” Johnson said. “We are looking to integrate into our digital cyber system. We just signed a campus-wide agreement for digital signage.” Digital signage is information kiosks and slideshows that would be displayed on screens when students walk into a building. Pictures of students and information about upcoming events would be seen. When there is an incident occurring, the alert would override the system, and the message would be displayed directly on the screen. Starting in

the fall, students will receive emails, text messages and be able to see alerts on the screens in buildings. This system would notify students of bad weather conditions and dangers on campus. This system sounds like a step forward. There is the concern of what level of alarm students would want to be notified. While some students may become annoyed with possible false alarms, others, like creative writing sophomore Nicolas Montoya, would rather be notified too often than not enough. “Being notified not enough would mean that we are being ignorant to what is happening

around us, and we would have a false sense of security,” Montoya said. “I would rather be on the cautious side.” The steps that the UH Alert System is taking to ensure that students are aware of what is happening around them are a step in the right direction to get information out quicker. The longer it takes to receive an alert, the better the chance that someone else could be walking in to danger. Situations should be treated like a high profile case until proven otherwise.

Kelly Schafler is a print journalism sophomore and may be reached at

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Students should get what they pay for D A Y

Ciara Rouege


hen I made the decision to enroll at a university immediately following high school, as opposed to attending Lone Star Community College near my house or Houston Community College in the city, it was with that expectation that I was paying extra for better resources and classes taught by well-trained professors. Then there was the recent mess with English teaching assistants, and while they feel cheated for the lack of pay and having to pay to teach to boot, imagine how the students feel. Imagine paying upwards of $1,000 for three credit hours of ENGL 1303 Freshman Composition I only to find out the class is being taught by a student — a graduate student but a student, nonetheless. Students shouldn’t have to pay full prices for classes for taught by graduate students, teaching assistants, TA’s or whatever you want to call them. Since the school is not allowed to list TA’s as instructors in the course registration catalog, students aren’t aware that they are enrolling in a TA’s’ course until the first day of class. This is not to devalue the hard work and effort these graduate students put into maintaining a curriculum, grading assignments and conducting a lecture. It is amazing that these TA’s manage to teach a course and prepare for their classes, alongside managing other aspects of their personal lives. That aside, if the University is not paying TA’s professor-level salaries for graduate students to teach these classes, it is only fair that students shouldn’t have to pay full price to take the courses. The English TA’s were earning between $9,600 and $11,200 annually; for the sake of argument, we’ll split the difference and say $10,400 annually or $867 monthly. In the course of a five-month semester either in the spring (January to May) or fall (August to December), the TAs earn $4,333. If the average student pays, say, $1,000 per three-credit hour course, regardless of the class size, the class is paid for and then some. With all of those savings from not having to pay a professor to teach these courses, you have to wonder where the money is going. Many students on campus are funding their own education by TA continues on page 6



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English teaching assistant Lam Dickson hard at work teaching his English 1304 class. Dickson and other TAs get paid considerably less than tentured professors, yet student still have to pay full price for the course regardless of who is teaching it. / Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar

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Phi Kappa Phi INITIATES NEW MEMBERS The University of Houston’s Chapter 54 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announces the recent initiation of the following UH graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and administrative staff to membership in Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest honorary society for students and faculty in all fields of higher education. All were elected to recognize their outstanding academic achievements in their chosen fields of study.

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attending school and working, and many others have to pay off loans with interest after graduation. The financial burden of attending college is heavy enough that we shouldn’t have to foot the bill for another student’s learning experience. English senior Daniella Singer said students should pay for what they get, and if what they get is a TA, there should be a discount. “Teaching assistants are not as qualified to teach, as say, a professor who holds a doctorate,” Singer said. “I think that it only makes sense to pay half price for a class taught by a teaching assistant.” The only requirements for becoming a TA are an undergraduate degree or its equivalent in addition to passing an English language proficiency test and admittance into a graduate program, which the TA’s have had to pay fees toward, so we’re paying them to teach us, and they are having to pay to teach us. Credits earned from classes taught by professors and TA’s have the same value in regards to the student’s grade point average and graduation. Students pay per course credit and pay the same for the same course and may even receive the same experience, but it’s the idea that one person is paying for a class taught by a student as another taught by a professor. It’s like going to a cosmetology school and paying a student the same price for a cut and style as you would for a master stylist. This mindset undermines the college experience and the value of professors. Ciara Rouege is an advertising junior and may be reached at opinion@

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Sports section presents challenges, perks Christopher Shelton Sports editor

It has been challenging and exciting to be the Sports editor this semester. There were many late nights and early mornings, but it was worth it. As Sports editor, I’ve seen some of the most impactful events in UH history up close. In basketball, legendary coach Guy V. Lewis was selected as a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. Lewis, the greatest coach in UH basketball history, will be enshrined on Sept. 6th in Springfield, Mass. The moment wasn’t important because of Lewis’ 592 victories; it stood out because it united generations of UH sports fans. There are some who became fans after watching Elvin Hayes


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swish elbow jumpers on his way to averaging 36 points and 19 rebounds per game in 1968. Others started wearing red when former greats Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler helped form Phi Slama Jama. Many others, like me, never saw Lewis coach a game. He retired in 1991 before I was born. I never saw him pace the court clutching a checkered towel, but 27 years after he coached for the final time, I still recognize what he meant to the University and the city. It’s a moment I never thought I’d see. If you search archives, almost every Sports editor has written a column about Lewis’ Hall of Fame credentials. I did, too, this semester; I’m just the lucky one who was able to write about the coronation too.


In football, cornerback D.J. Hayden went from near death to possible first-round pick in the NFL draft. Hayden, who tore the main valve that carries blood to the heart in a practice collision, has a story that inspires many who have never watched a football down. With success this season, director of golf Jonathan Dismuke’s squad has people remembering

the significance of legendary coach Dave Williams and what he meant to the golf world. The Cougars are again a top-25 program. The Cougars swept the team and individual Conference USA titles. I haven’t been able to cover a top 25 football or basketball program, but I’ll always keep the memories from this semester. I wouldn’t

trade the long hours for free time because providing you information about the sports teams at UH is the job I’ve wanted since I wrote my first story for The Daily Cougar. This job is like a puzzle where the pieces change sizes. It’s a tough job, but I’ll always take the challenge.

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UH Athletics Director Mack Rhoades (right) said seeing legendary former coach Guy V. Lewis (left) selected as a member of the Hall of Fame was special to him. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar


Rhoades had vision for UH from start MACK RHOADES UH Athletics Director Mack Rhoades sat down with The Daily Cougar to discuss the past, present and future of sports at the University.

The Daily Cougar: How do you balance the long term with the short term goals that you have? Mack Rhoades: I’m not sure

I do a good job of balancing them. You can ask my staff. I want them all done all at once. It’s difficult because we’ve got to get a lot of things done and there’s not a lot of time to do them. You try to keep perspective, but I want the short term goals done immediately and the long term goals done pretty quickly.

TDC: Was it a goal of yours to have a commitment to more than the revenue generating sports? MR: Of our original foundation

certainly a part of that was gender equality and making sure we were really treating all of our sports the way that they should be treated. Everyone of our student athletes deserves to have a great experience here. The only way that you can do that is to be committed to all our sports programs. I think we’ve done a good job of that. The thing I’m really proud of is that all of our sports programs are getting better. TDC: How important is it for

you that athletes be students too. MR: It’s non negotiable. One of

the first things that I did was at a back to school orientation where we had all of our students athletes there. There were close to 400. They were seated in tables of 10 and I had one table stand up. My comment to the entire student athlete body was that those 10 right there standing, that’s how many of all of you that will earn a living in athletics competing and playing. So what are the rest of you 390 going to do? We said from the beginning, we’re not here to use young people. We’re here to help develop them. TDC: What qualities do you look for in a head coach? MR: Obviously we look at the

technical aspects of it.The ability to coach in practice. The ability to coach in games. The ability to develop talent. Those things are all non negotiable. Passion. Energy. This insatiable appetite to strive for excellence and win at the highest level. The commitment to doing it the right way, and just a great ability to communicate with young people. I think the special coaches are the coaches that coach beyond just the two dimensional.

There are three dimensional coaches meaning that they really connect with the student athletes — that the student athlete understands that that coach really cares about them off the court or off the field as much as they do on. And they’ve got this great balance of being able to be tough on a student athlete, hold them accountable and at the same time put their arm around them. We’ve hired 10 new coaches since I’ve been here and I think you can ask the staff that’s involved here that’s involved in the hiring process — it’s pretty exhausting. We talk to so many different people. We take our time. TDC: What would you do differently if given the chance? MR: I think I could certainly do a

better job of communicating with the masses of people. I’m not a big social media person. I don’t have a twitter account. I don’t have a Facebook. So maybe in those areas I could do a better job. TDC: What was your vision for the athletics department when you first got here? MR: We needed to start in

terms of the infrastructure and put together a foundation, in doing that we reorganized the

entire department. We developed some areas that weren’t developed and we really focused on student athlete well being.

not in great condition and they needed immediate attention. We put a plan together and with the (football) stadium we can begin to focus on Hofheinz and the practice stadium.

Specifically you look at the different elements but one was certainly academically. We look back to last fall and what happened in the classroom.

There’s been a lot of coaching changes. I really like where all of the programs are headed. You had a program like men’s golf that had won 16 national championships and disappeared. We hired a new coach. Jonathan (Dismuke) came in and did a good job and they won the conference championship.

Also, starting a leadership academy, making sure our student athletes get a well rounded experience. Not just in competition, but making sure that they graduate and that they’re prepared for life. We started the philosophy building champions for life so student athlete development was a primary focus.Revenue generation: making sure that we built and organized an infrastructure to generate additional revenues. We restructured the IMG contract and sold more season tickets. One year we had the largest percentage increase in the country, raising scholarship money for Cougar Pride. We raised more money than we ever have there. We also started some restricted fundraising in terms of fundraising for individual sports programs. Then really trying to get our arms wrapped around facilities. Our facilities are certainly

Compliance was a huge area that needed to be addressed. We’ve implemented new software, new education for not just our head coaches, but for our entire staff. We’ve got a whole different monitoring process. We’re very comprehensive, so really we took every area of the athletic department and really analyzed it. TDC: Who’s your NBA Finals pick? MR: When I lived in Akron, I

literally lived a half mile away from LeBron (James). My head says the Miami Heat. My heart say San Antonio. I think (Spurs coach Greg) Popavich and that group of people do it the right way.

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With two meets this weekend, physical and mental strength is imperative to winning. Redshirt senior thrower Richard Fenton will compete in the Texas State Bobcat Classic for the fourth time. While he hasn’t competed in the Penn State Invitational, as the team usually runs in the Mt. Sack Relays instead, he is trying to prepare his team. “It’s a little colder out there (in Pennsylvania), and it’s a big meet. A lot of people get kind of hyped up and there’s just a lot of energy in the air. You just have to really keep calm and race within your own race,” Fenton said. “Try to race someone else’s race, and you’re just going to fail. You have to pace yourself, know where you

are and harness the energy instead of letting it take over.” Fenton will be working on technique and helping everyone get to their regional marks. For him, the Texas State Invitational is a relaxed meet and will allow the team to tune-up on its weaknesses and have fun. “If you’re out there having fun, big throws happen. It’s less pressure, so you can kind of figure out where your niche is and really work those things. That’s what I like about that meet,” Fenton said. Of his numerous accomplishments at UH, Fenton is most proud of holding the school record in the hammer throw. It was something he worked on for four years and always had on his list of things to do before he graduated. Now, he’s working on completing his next goal.

“I want to make Top 8 at NC’s, which is an all-American honors. Top 8 has been my goal since day one, and I’ve been going up the list. I feel like this year I can finally do it,” Fenton said. As a senior, Fenton’s teammates look up to him for support in every aspect of the race. He said it’s hard to be a role model when his team is comprised of individuals from across the world, who sometimes think they’re unstoppable, but he does his best to keep a humble environment. “I tell them where they are and keep everyone in place because if you try to rogue off and do your own thing, you can’t work as a team. I try to make sure everybody is within the team and is still working together,” Fenton said.

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UH became part of the Harlem Shake craze by filming their own version. The event was put on by the Student Program Board. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar

The semester started off a little chilly, and students spent most of their time indoors. As it got warmer, the outdoors became the preferred place to unwind and catch up in between classes. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar

Students at the Moores School of Music worked hard to prepare for the many performances that were held in the spring. | Nichole Taylor/The Daily Cougar

The UH Muslim Student Association hosted the Muslim Interscholastic event during the spring. The event was held in the University Center Houston, and it had a turnout of 700 high school students. | Shaiima Eissa/The Daily Cougar

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Looking back on a successful semester Coming into my first semester as Life and Arts editor, I was intimidated. I was afraid that I would not be good enough, but I had a vision of what I wanted the section to be like. My first goal was to make sure that the art schools on campus got the Paulina coverage they Rojas deserve. From the Blaffer Art Museum, to Moores School of Music and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, this semester has seen an unprecedented amount of coverage of the campus arts. Writers have been there to see the plays, operas, dance productions and special exhibitions to make sure the readers have an in-depth analysis of all the happenings. Countless interviews were also conducted so you would know who’s who in each department. Another thing I wanted to work on was lifestyle pieces. The type of pieces that you still look at after reading them a few times. These deal with anything from tips for a healthier lifestyle, fashion, relationships, recipes and family. This semester brought stories that directly affect students regardless of major, ethnicity or religion. Some of these included five tips to get your body “summer� ready, plenty of college-budget friendly recipes, fashion profiles, the importance of blogging and highlights of clubs

on campus. Also one thing I felt was needed were pictures of student life because they celebrate the student body and show appreciation visually. This term there were feature photos of students sun bathing at the fountains, studying at their favorite spot, climbing the rock wall at the Campus Wellness and Recreation Center and much more. Besides celebrating the arts and student life, I also wanted to focus on other campus events that relate to students like guest lecturers, festivals and concerts. This includes the Women’s Resource Center, Gender Talk and events held by Counseling and Psychological Services and the Rec Center. There were also off-campus online exclusives dealing with concerts, interviews with members of your favorite bands and a recap of South by Southwest, the hottest music festival in Texas. As finals draw near, remember that The Daily Cougar is the perfect late night companion. You can find us online at www. to catch up on the latest campus news and entertainment. I hope that you have found the stories in this section pleasing, exciting, entertaining and informative. It has been a pleasure working as the Life and Arts editor. Good luck, and don’t forget to get some daily.

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LIFE+ARTS Motivation for stress free finals uring the University Center’s spring cleaning event Wednesday, students stood in linefor a free T-shirt displaying the phrase, “Keep calm and study on.” These were given to the first 100 students. Coog’s also enjoyed $1 cones and $1 billiards, courtesy of the Satellite Games Room, as part of the stress free finals week event. It includes different activities that have to do with handling stress. It started Monday and will run until Monday. For the full schedule, visit


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out here. Australia isn’t that much different culturally, but I always feel like there’s a huge difference when arriving here. I feel like I’m home now since we spend so much time here than we did last year. It’s really comfortable. TDC: How is the music scene here different from Australia? KJ: Australia’s scene is way different from the U.S. I think it’s the crowd since they are really into it. You got that certain reaction with different crowds when we play over here. TDC: You are playing a show Friday at Fitzgerald’s. How excited are you? KJ: Oh yes, we played a couple of times in Texas. It’s always warm, and I like that. I’m very excited to go over there again; it’s always great crowd and vibe. TDC: What kind of style would you say your music is? KJ: Depending on the music labels there are and the reviews critics put us under, people would most likely say its a bit more Indie, dance-pop. Usually, it’s just the style that I like. TDC: Your hit song, “Trojans,” has been playing on a lot of radio stations. What is the story behind it, and how do you want it to impact your audience? KJ: That song is about a personal experience I was going through when I was a writer, and I wrote about the scenario of that experience. It was a personal expression of where I was at in life. I want this song to help anyone who listens to it and let them use it as there own personal expression.




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RK: You always look back and say, “I could have done this earlier, faster or better,” but that is a necessary part of learning. Overall, I am grateful for all the opportunities that were presented to me personally and professionally, and I feel blessed to have been at UH. But, yes, there is one thing. I adopted a dog last year. I should have done it five years ago. TDC: You’ve said, “If it’s crucial to Houston, it’s crucial to UH.” The University has seen the addition of several health-related buildings and course offerings; what else do you believe is crucial to our city and campus that has yet to be addressed? RK: A university is a reflection of its community. We have to work hard to stay relevant to our community and our nation in these changing times. We have several strong economies in the region: energy, health, port, NASA and the arts. We have an obligation to prepare our diverse students to play transformational roles in all of these sectors. TDC: If I understood your Texas Monthly interview correctly, Indian students don’t have the choice to graduate if it takes more than four years. Do you think a “four-yeardegree plan” is realistic considering the economy, job availability related major changes and working students? RK: Let’s talk about four-year degree completion. It is neither feasible nor desirable for everyone, but for those who wish to do it, there must be every tool in their toolkit to get it done. If a student joins the University as a full-time freshman, it is clear that the student has every intention of graduating in four years. As an institution, our focus should be doing what we can to help with that journey. TDC: I enjoyed watching the inspirational speech about “bold dreams” you gave at the International Conference of Academic Institutes earlier this year (it’s posted to YouTube). When you were in college and graduate school, what did you have to find courage to go after? RK: My dream was to get the highest degree possible, which I knew was a doctorate. It was illogical for a girl growing up in a small town in India and in a community where there were no role models. Bold dreams often are illogical. That dream kept the fire burning in my belly. Then, of course, I got lucky and came to the land of opportunities, the United States of America. TDC: Tell me about a student you have met, other than those you’ve introduced in your blog, who taught you a lesson you never expected. RK: My most defining learning moment from a student occurred more than 10 years ago. I had just

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President Renu Khator has served at UH for five years, and in that time has brought the University to Tier One standards. | Courtesy of Marketing and Communications become the provost (at the University of South Florida), and I was telling a group of freshmen why it was important for the university to become a nationally ranked university. A 17-year old student with the most innocent eyes raised his hand and asked, “Will it help me?” I was speechless for a few seconds. Since then, I have never been able to think of any university plan or strategy without asking myself, “Will it help my students?” That question changed my paradigm forever. TDC: I love the idea that you have your own blog and actually write your own posts; how has publishing your personal reflections online been rewarding? RK: In my very first blog, I said that I had decided to blog to highlight the unsung heroes around me. It has been extremely rewarding for two reasons: One, it has made me more observant of people around me and my interactions with them. Two, it makes me feel less guilty when people give me more credit than I deserve. It is my way of sharing the joy of our success and giving credit where it belongs. Above all, it keeps me humble. TDC: How has the birth of your two grandchildren affected you and your outlook on life? RK: I am starting to think longterm and also optimistically. For instance, as a university president, any disruptive change seems like a hurdle. When I think of the learning opportunities it will create for my grandchildren, I find it exciting and inviting. I am more willing to deal with tomorrow’s challenges today and more eager to get them right for the sake of Kai and Anya. TDC: Everyone knows that you travel the world and advocate for UH and what it stands for; tell me about the most surprisingly inspirational

experience on your travels. And where are you currently? RK: Currently, I am in San Francisco, giving a presentation to a conference for board trustees from all over the nation. My best moments are the times when I am able to leave the audience dazzled by the accomplishments of the University of Houston. I rarely ever get up to speak without wearing red and without bringing at least four examples from UH regardless of the topic. TDC: Houston has a very diverse collection of culinary options because of the “melting pot” of cultures that have settled here; do you have any favorite dishes or restaurants that you’ve discovered or been introduced to? RK: I am discovering culinary delights every day. I do not eat meat, therefore, my list may not be fair to the Houston landscape. I have many favorites from food trucks to dogfriendly patios to the fanciest nooks. When I have had a rough day, I like to go to Pappasito’s for a cold beer at the bar. When I have had a good day, I may head to Uchi for the chef’s new selection. TDC: You are always so immaculately dressed; do you have any secrets to your style? Have you always been a fan of red or did that come after starting at UH? RK: Red has always been my color. In fact, I used to joke that if I ever became president of a school where the school color was not red, I would change it. As for my dressing style, I like to mix-and-match — skirt from J. Crew, jewelry from Delhi, shirt from a Chinese street vendor, jacket from a Paris boutique, shoes from Brazilian leather market and a Cougar bracelet from eBay — anything goes.

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process. “There is a lot of information to guide them through when first arriving here,” said Jin Zhang, associate director of ISSSO. To help the students feel more comfortable in their new environment, ISSSO has an International Friendship Program that connects them with other students from their country. Gaines said the process gives arriving students everything they need while studying in America. “It gives us the opportunity to give them information about how to get started here,” Gaines said. “Beyond check in, we have a twoday orientation where we provide information about the American educational system, about the city, about the University and about the things they are going to need to know to be successful in this country. They have so many additional obstacles that they need to cross, and at least they know where to go for different services.” The services are available to all international students at UH. According to the Fall Semester 2012 Annual Enrollment Report, there is a total of 40,746 enrolled students at UH, of which 3,520 are non-immigrant international students. Most non-immigrant students come from China, India and Vietnam, the report said. These students are also given the opportunity to get work experience on- and off-campus while at UH. ISSSO does this through several training programs designed for different types of international student according to their immigration documents. “In either case we are involved in helping them with the process to gain authorization to work,” Gaines said. “It has to be related to their major.” Zhang said that while some students do stay in the U.S. to begin their careers, she thinks most nonimmigrant students go back to their country to work. The current economic situation in each country varies, affecting the decisions of students to either stay or go back. “Some students find that the company likes them, and they like the company, so they stay here,” Zhang said. “Some students return home, and I think that is almost always the case. These days we do see more students return home than before, especially people from developing countries.” India-native Rahul Parthasarathi, an international accounting graduate student, has a different perspective. He said students from underdeveloped countries like his feel that that staying in the U.S. will

give them the chance to get back what they put in to their degree. “People from India actually pay more because the cost of living here is expensive,” Parthasarathi said. “I spent $40,000 in undergrad. I would like to get that back by working here. Any job here pays more than anything back home. India is at the bottom of the economy chart because it provides cheap labor among other things, but the U.S is at the top.” Whether or not they stay, Zhang and Gaines said they are proud to offer all the services they can through the ISSSO to current and future international students. Gaines said having such a prominent international community on campus helps everyone at the University. “Our university being such a diverse campus, the second most diverse research institution in a city that is known to be the most diverse city in the U.S., puts us in a really unique position to be able to celebrate the diversity here,” Gaines said. “It helps everyone in the community to be better educated about the world. Many people don’t get the opportunity to travel to another country, but you can learn a lot from someone who is from another country.”

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