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Red-zone woes could cause loss UH made eight trips inside the Temple 20-yard line, but came away with only one touchdown Andrew Valderas Assistant sports editor

Today, college basketball teams routinely play games between high ranked teams in NFL stadiums on national television. The list of stadiums that have hosted the Final Four in recent history read like Super Bowl destinations, but that wasn’t the case before Lewis gave legendary UCLA coach John Wooden a call. In 1968, Lewis’ Cougars took on the Bruins in a battle of top-ranked unbeaten teams at the Reliant Astrodome, which was called the Houston Astrodome, home to the Houston Astros and Oilers at the time. It was the first nationally televised college basketball game and would eventually become known as the “Game of the Century.” UH won 71-69, but all of college basketball benefited. “The fact that he was a visionary — the game versus UCLA in the Astrodome is something

When sophomore running back Ryan Jackson rushed for an 8-yard touchdown with a minute remaining in the game, it was a long time coming. Jackson’s nifty run made it a two-possession game and solidified the Coug a r s’ 2 2 - 1 3 win at Temple on Saturday. However, their other seven red zone possesJackson has s i o n s w e re two consecutive just hard to games with more watch. than 100-yards During rushing. each of their previous visits to the red zone, the Cougars’ offense left too many points on the field. The Cougars were scoring three points instead of seven. In three trips to the red zone, UH came away with no points. Senior kicker Richie Leone converted five field goals and missed only one from 35 yards on the first possession of the game. Two drives in the second half ended with the Cougars turning the ball over. Sophomore running back Justin Hicks got stuffed inside the Temple five-yard line on fourth down and freshman quarterback John O’Korn fumbled at the Temple six-yard line when the Cougars had a chance to take command of the game. When the season began, Leone added more responsibilities to his plate, but no one assumed the offense would depend on him this much, at least this soon. “I have said a number of times publicly that Leone is the best punter and kicker in the nation, and I’m glad he’s in our program,”

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Former coach Guy V. Lewis led the Cougars to 27 consecutive winning seasons during his 30 year tenure at UH. | 1970 Houstonian


How sweet it is Almost 30 years after he coached his last game, Guy V. Lewis received the sport’s highest honor Sunday: the legend was enshrined into the Hall of Fame among family, friends Christopher Shelton

When Elvin Hayes wheeled his former coach to the podium, Guy V. Lewis was surrounded by familiar circumstances. Aside from family and a large contingent of the UH administration, Lewis was flanked by his three most-accomplished players — Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler — and members of the audience who waved Lewis’ trademarked polka dotted towels in the air. Lewis doesn’t speak much after strokes in recent years and a diagnosis of the neurological disorder aphasia, but he was all smiles sitting next to Hayes during a pre-recorded Hall of Fame induction speech.

The famed coach garnered one of the loudest responses from the crowd when he was officially enshrined. “We were all screaming. It was a proud moment,” said President Renu Khator, who made the trip to see the induction in person. “There were tears in a lot of people’s eyes; it was definitely an emotional moment. I can see the emotions — I can feel the history.” Lewis became an official member Sunday in Springfield, Mass. along with nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, seven-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley, NBA All-Star Bernard King and three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell and five directly elected members.

Long overdue It was an emotional moment for UH students, fans, administration and Lewis’ family, who have waited almost 30 years for him to become a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame since he retired in 1986.

Visionary Though Lewis attained a high level of success in his three decades as head coach at UH — nearly 600 victories and five Final Four appearances — his skills as a forward thinker set him apart from other coaches of his era.

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Guy V. Lewis visited campus this spring to celebrate his selection into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. | File photo/The Daily Cougar

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Veteran ventures to political world Laura Gillespie Assistant news editor

UH economics and political science senior Jason Rocha is a United States Army veteran and is now running for office in the Woodlands. The Daily Cougar sat down with him to talk about his time in the military, this campaign and his experience at UH. The Daily Cougar: What position are you running for? Jason Rocha: I’m running for the board of directors for the Woodlands Township. To wrap it up in the simplest terms, it’s basically city council. They make decisions for the city and for the township in respect to what comes up on our agenda. TDC: Why did you want to run? JR: This has actually been on my mind for a while; politics has been very fascinating to me for quite some time. I remember watching C-SPAN when I was in middle school, and I just found politics so fascinating. When I heard about the position being open, I decided that this would

be the best opportunity to hop in. I love the Woodlands, I love the people here and it’s been a true blessing to call it home for the past three years. What better way to serve the people than to be a representative for the people? TDC: To switch gears, what made you want to go into the military? JR: It was something I truly felt called to — as a citizen of this great country, I felt the call to serve it. I did go to community college, but the original plan was to get the degree first. However, my sister was in the Marine Corps deployed to Iraq, so things got a little different when it was like, “Oh my sister’s over there!” So it’s always been in me to join and it’s something that was a great experience. TDC: How do you think that experience has changed you, and how do you think it has affected your life as a student and your life as, hopefully, a member of the township board? JR: The military taught me so

much about people, about myself and just about making rational and logical decisions. I got out as a sergeant, and I actually got promoted at 20 months, which is pretty early. The way it benefits me at UH is I take school a heck of a lot more seriously now, and because I’m a little bit older than I was at junior college, I see the true benefit of education, and maybe I didn’t see that before for whatever reason. TDC: What do you hope for in the election? JR: The election has been such an interesting, new experience for me, as it is for anyone who has never run a campaign before. It is just incredible the support I’ve received from not only my army friends, but the people here in the Woodlands. It’s been great. I look forward to the rest of the campaign and the election on Nov. 5. I truly look forward to representing the people of the Woodlands.

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Media has double standard on Cyrus, Thicke’s performance


hen it comes to nearly anything produced by MTV nowadays, one can typically expect the content to be void of anything substantial or newsworthy. The key word here is “typically”. This year’s MTV Video Music Awards were host to one of 2013’s most buzzed-about Cara topical events. Smith In case you’ve forgotten, it involved teddy bears, a pop star desperately trying to separate herself from anything having to do with a certain state in the Midwest and the world’s unluckiest foam finger. Miley Cyrus’ performance was many things; cringe-worthy, degrading and awkwardly provocative are just a few of the phrases that first come to mind. One word that doesn’t describe the public’s reaction to it is “polarizing.” If anything, the verdict was rather unanimous opinion toward Cyrus’s new image. Most viewers seem united in their crusade against her. YouTube comments on the performance’s video feature more expletives directed toward Cyrus than not. Colloquial slurs reserved exclusively for the “sexually sprightly” have been thrown in manners all too casual and comfortable. Forbes’ Zach Greenberg described Cyrus’ performance as something that “scandalized (Robin Thicke) on national television.” Let’s break that down a bit. Cyrus’ performance was scandalous, absolutely, but that’s not what Greenberg — or most of the public, for that matter — have focused on in their analysis of her routine. Rather, Cyrus’ values system — and Cyrus’ values system alone — have been brought into questioning by the always-judicial court of public opinion.

Critics of the performance have glaringly neglected the presence of a fairly prominent pop star in her routine — a star who’s had a great deal more experience in show business than her, too. Robin Thicke, a man who made no visible efforts to avoid the gyrations of Cyrus or her ill-fated foam finger, has completely shirked any criticism or culpability for his role in the infamous performance. People like Greenberg have even gone so far as to say that Thicke was actively “scandalized” by Cyrus’ performance … Right. Because nobody better represents a moral high ground than Thicke, the same man who’s grossly profited off one of the decade’s most misogynistic music videos. Why Thicke hasn’t been held to the same level of responsibility that Cyrus has is more than likely a result of many underlying factors at play. First, gender conventions have influenced the public’s perception of the performer’s actions, if only subconsciously. The age-old “boys-will-be-boys” adage that’s used to excuse men’s chauvinistic behavior both makes Thicke’s behavior seem inevitable and Cyrus’ behavior seem catalytic; in other words, we shouldn’t have expected Thicke to object to Cyrus’ advances because he’s male and was put in the position to act accordingly. Electrical engineering junior Erik Van Aller described the standard he feels all performers, regardless of gender, should be held to. “It’s insulting to men when we’re held to a lower standard than women are,” Aller said. “Our actions aren’t more excusable than the actions of women … That’s just plain discrimination.” It’s worth noting that Thicke isn’t just another pop superstar who’s only different from Cyrus in terms of gender. Rather, Thicke is

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something of an industry veteran. He’s had far more experience in the spotlight than Cyrus, and it doesn’t seem too far-fetched to wish for a world in which Thicke might have advised Cyrus against the performance. As many of us know, he’s also a man who’s constantly citing the importance of his family in his life. More often than not, though Thicke brings up his family in order to validate his rowdiness. Most recently, when his “Blurred Lines” video was welcomed with vicious criticism, Thicke wasted no time noting that his wife had given him permission to perform alongside the scantily clad models. Considering Thicke’s tendency to surround himself with the kinds of women that create controversy — in other words, publicity — one can only wonder if Thicke’s impression upon hearing the performance’s pitch was an opportunity ripe with the kind of controversy that inevitably leads to media exposure. After all, his first LP in almost five years hit shelves just weeks before the award show. According to Billboard Music, it’s his best-selling record so far, surpassing his next most recent one by 40,000 copies. Seems like Thicke’s business model is working out fairly well. It doesn’t take a village to figure out Miley Cyrus wasn’t recruited by MTV to perform at their largest annual awards show because of her reputation for refinement. Still, Cyrus’ right to be treated equally under the microscopic eye of public opinion has been critically compromised. The explicit manner in which Cyrus expressed her sexuality doesn’t invite defending, but her right to be held to the same standard as Thicke in that expression absolutely requires it. Senior staff columnist Cara Smith is a communications junior and may be reached at

After 30 years as head coach, Guy V. Lewis has become synonymous with UH basketball. | 1968 Houstonian


Lewis gets his due Guy V. Lewis’ induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame brought together the highest ranking members of athletics and academics on Sunday. President Renu Khator, Athletics Director Mack Rhoades and basketball coach James Dickey were among the large group of the administration that made the 1,779-mile trip from Houston to Springfield, Mass., for the induction ceremony. During his 30 years as head coach, Lewis put Houston basketball on the map and became synonymous with the University. He won 592 games, made five trips to the Final Four and recruited three of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time — Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Elvin Hayes — to play their college ball at Hofheinz Pavilion. The current basketball team is still chasing the legend Lewis’ 27 consecutive winning seasons left behind. The Daily Cougar has been covering Lewis’ Hall of Fame induction snub since the mid1990s. Since then, almost every

Cougar sports editor has written a story outlining the reason why Lewis should be in the Hall or covered his unfortunate decline in health. We’re lucky to be the editorial board to see Lewis’ enshrinement come to fruition. When his health began to fade and he suffered more than one stroke and a diagnosis of the neurological disorder aphasia, many just hoped that Lewis, 91, would live to see himself receive basketball’s biggest honor. Lewis was a larger-than-life coach while he patrolled the sidelines. He is still remembered in the basketball program every time the team steps on Guy V. Lewis Court but young fans have gotten a history lesson since news broke in April that Lewis would be enshrined. The Cougar has written eight stories, including today’s front page story, about Lewis in that time span. Lewis will always be remembered at UH for his accomplishments, but his induction into the Hall just ensured that the basketball world will always take a peek. The UH basketball community couldn’t ask for anything better.

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said head coach Tony Levine. “We needed him today, and he’s good. I’ve been doing this a long time, and he’s as good as I’ve ever been around.” Fans must have watched the Cougars’ third down plays in the red zone while peeking through the cracks of their fingers. The offense stalled time after time. “It was just the pressure, throughout the whole game; we were getting frustrated because we couldn’t get it in the end zone. We have to give credit to (Richie Leone),” Jackson said. “He did his job, and he put points on the board when we couldn’t.” The Owls deserve a lot of credit, though. Despite surrendering 524 yards of offense to the Cougars, last season’s fastest team in college football, the Owls’ defense played a “bend but don’t break” mentality that worked, knowing the Cougars are a threat to score touchdowns at a rapid pace at any time they possess the ball. It was a sloppy game played by both teams. The Owls had nine penalties and three turnovers, including an interception thrown to UH senior cornerback Zachary McMillian. Junior quarterback Connor Reilly and his intended receiver weren’t on the same page, as he was nowhere near the ball. McMillian looked as if he was playing right field and caught a pop fly. It was arguably the easiest interception of his career. “To go on the road in the first conference game in the new conference for our program and to come out with the win is something that we needed,” Levine said. “We needed a game like this, and it’s good to get it early in the season. It’s good to get on this airplane, get back and have two weeks to prepare for Rice.”

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For many students and faculty, a summer vacation would be a trip to somewhere relaxing, with swimming or tanning included. But for one instructor, summer meant caring for underprivileged children in the Caribbean. In addition to teaching in the anthropology department, adjunct instructor Matthew Avery is a member of Coreluv International, a Christian organization committed to empowering the orphans of Haiti with what they call the six basic needs: water, food, health care, education, job skills and a loving environment. “Instead of just give, give, give, we are trying to teach them. Once you hit 18, if you don’t have a skill or trade, you’re not going to survive,” Avery said. After raising $200,000 this summer, Coreluv is now on its way to completing the third step of Phase One for their Myan Orphanage Project, Coreluv’s second orphanage. The Myan Orphanage Project is a two-phase project that will include an orphanage large enough to house 160 children and include a school, kitchen, dining hall, health clinic, community center and job skills center. “The water is flowing now; we’ve got 60 bunk beds already made. We’re hoping to finish the Myan Orphanage Project within the next two months, and the second that it is finished and legally listed as an orphanage, we’re going to start rescuing kids. Hopefully, by the end of the year, we’ll have anywhere from 30 to 50 kids” Avery said. Industrial design senior Martha Hernandez was among 14 students who made the trip to Haiti. “I went (to Haiti) because I knew that I have a role as a Christian and human being to care for the less fortunate. I love children, so I knew that this was a great opportunity to step up to the plate,” Hernandez said.

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I’m not sure he gets enough credit from. But now, where are the Final Fours being played? Pro stadiums,” said UH Athletics Director Mack Rhoades on Wednesday. Two of college basketball’s high profile teams competed on a big stage, helping grow the game’s popularity into what it is today. Pushing for equality Lewis helped forge equality in the South. When he signed black players Hayes and Don Chaney in 1964, it spurned an 81-12 four-year run and back-to-back Final Four appearances. Other teams in the South, which hadn’t recruited black players, were forced to adjust and diversify their teams if they wanted to win. Soon, the entire South was recruiting black players. Today, black players are an integral part of college basketball teams. Lewis was also one of the first coaches to play an up-tempo style. Recently, teams like North Carolina and Kentucky have ridden this style to NCAA titles. Developing talent But beyond his skills as a visionary, his accomplishments on the court still stand out. Lewis won 592 games and had 27 consecutive winning seasons during his 30 years at the helm. One of Lewis’ best skills was his ability to develop players he recruited. When Olajuwon arrived at UH, he was a raw, lanky teenager who had played basketball for only four years prior. Olajuwon’s defense was natural and his height and instincts carried him on that end of the court, but on offense, Lewis helped him develop as a force that would dominate the NBA during the 90s. Drexler didn’t make his own AllDistrict team as a senior in high school, but he grew into one of the best players in NBA history. Hayes, Olajuwon and Drexler are all Hall of Fame inductees and were voted members of the NBA’s Top 50 Players in 1996-97. All three have campaigned for Lewis’ induction. Hayes was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990, but boycotted the Hall since his selection in support of Lewis. Though the moment was nearly 30 years in the making, Lewis proved his personality fit its gravatas. “I’m glad I came. It was something that (fans) were waiting for for a long time and it was overdue. ... When Coach Lewis was rolled in, the length of applause told the story,” Khator said.

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Wed. 9/11 @ 2pm Thurs. 9/12 @ 3pm Thurs. 9/19 @ 1pm Wed. 9/18 @ 2pm Thurs. 9/26 @ 2pm Fri. 9/27 @ 4pm Tues. 9/24 @ 11am Fri. 10/4 @ 10am Wed. 10/2 @ 4pm Thurs. 10/3 @ 4pm Thurs. 10/3 @ 4pm Thurs. 10/10 @ 10am Wed. 10/16 @ 2pm Fri. 10/18 @ 3pm Wed. 10/23 @ 4pm Wed. 10/30 @ 5pm Wed. 11/6 @ 1pm Thurs. 11/14 @ 11am Tues. 11/12 @ 5pm Fri. 11/22 @ 10am Sat. 11/23 @ 11am Tues. 11/26 @ 1pm Tues. 12/3 @ 10am Thurs. 12/5 @ 11am

**Workshops will be added when necessary throughout the semester. Please visit the “Workshops Signup” link on the LSS website for the most up to date information.

ADHD Workshop Series for UH students Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m., Fall 2013 N112 Cougar Village I (classroom wing on west side) Session 1

Time Management Part I

September 10

Session 2

Time Management Part II

September 17

Session 3

Decreasing Distractions Part I

September 24

Session 4

Decreasing Distractions Part II

October 1

Session 5

Studying More Effectively

October 8

Session 6

Get Organized

October 15

To register or for more information please contact Laura Heidel, Ph.D. at 713-743-5439 or

FREE TUTORING www.LAS.UH.EDU All students welcome Room 109N Cougar Village 1

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