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UH-D campaigns for name change Julia Davila Contributing writer
UH-Downtown has received criticism for the costly effort it has taken to change its name. UH-D hired Stamats, a higher education marketing company, for thousands of dollars to supervise the failed attempt to change the university’s name. “Stamats is a leader in higher education marketing. They were chosen following a Request for Proposal posted by the university and after considerable work with a local marketing firm and by internal UH-D staff,” said UH-D director of media relations Claire Caton. The discussion regarding the name change began in 2007 and occurred over a period of two years. “The discussions were focused on eliminating confusion between the University of Houston and the
University of Houston-Downtown and increasing visibility for UH-D,” Caton said. Caton said that the university took perceptions internally and externally based on feedback from students, alumni, staff and faculty. In Fall 2008, former UH-D President Max Castillo announced the university was seeking a name change. “We are part of the UH System, but we are not part of UH,” said Castillo in a statement. “We are a separate and unique university in the UH System. This university is not a branch, not a satellite, of UH.” There was no plan to change the name of the System’s other two universities, UH-Clear Lake and UH-Victoria. A change to UH-D’s name caused those who were against it to believe that a new name would be confusing and that it would lead to an
UH-Downtown invested $50,000 in a failed campaign to change its name | Aisha Bouderdaben/The Daily Cougar explanation regarding the name change to be completely avoidable. Those who were in favor of the name change believed it would bring endless opportunities to the university, such as reaching Tier One status. Two years after the discussion of the name change was brought up
and regents voted to ask the Texas Legislature to support and approve a new name for UH-D, the issue was stuck. Former State Sen. Mario Gallegos, a graduate of UH-D and representative of the campus, said he would sponsor a bill if his colleagues thought it was a good idea.
“If they say no, then no,” said Gallegos in a statement. “There’s no use in filing a bill if my colleagues aren’t going to be for it.” UH-D Student Government Association President and applied mathematics senior Isaac Valdez believes UH-D continues on page 3
Trip puts STEM majors to the test
Minor energizes students
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UH has been declared one of 12 universities in the U.S. to take part in BP’s 2014 Ultimate Field Trip competition for STEM students. “The Ultimate Field Trip is a two-week global experience with BP. Through a case competition, a winning team is selected from each participating country to engage in the global experience. Each participating university will host a campus competition,” said Aimee Close, U.S. University Relations Projects and Programs Manager at BP. “The winners will go on to represent their university at the national finals in Houston, Texas, and the U.S. champions will win a place on to the Ultimate Field Trip. In 2014, the winning team will go on to explore our operations in Illinois and Alaska alongside the winning teams from the U.K., Angola, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.” This is BP’s Ultimate Field
Trip’s fifth year, but the first year to include more than five universities. “Each year we are looking at ways to develop the competition to ensure that the students have the opportunity to gain a truly meaningful experience from taking part,” Close said. “We are really excited by this year’s competition, with five countries now involved, more universities in the U.S. and a fantastic challenge; it will be great to see what ideas the teams do with this year’s challenge.” This year’s challenge asks students to identify an innovative solution to reducing energy consumption to be implemented by 2025, according to a press release, and the purpose of the competition is to attract talented students and expose them to energy. “BP developed the Ultimate Field Trip competition to attract and retain top talent beginning in the early years of higher education. The energy sector needs to do more to engage with tomorrow’s
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degrees apply in a real-world situation. Each year, we are looking at ways to develop the competition to ensure that the students have the opportunity to gain a truly meaningful experience from taking part,” McIntyre said. The 2013 winning team was Hybrid Alternative Power Systems of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. “It was really great to go out and see everything in the real field,” said Michael Richards of
The Honors College is bringing a new minor to UH, allowing students to broaden their horizons by studying in multiple disciplines. The Energy and Sustainability minor is open to all majors on campus and includes courses in the college of business, technology, architecture, political science, chemistry, English and history. “The intersection of energy and environment contains a variety of issues that will remain important throughout the 21st century,” said history professor Joseph Pratt. “This minor gives students a chance to understand these important issues, gives them a potential boost in job markets, and (allows them) to become knowledgeable citizens.” Pratt partnered up with chemistry professor Ognjen Miljanic to
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In Norway, the past Ultimate Field Trip winning teams hiked to the top of Pulpit Rock, 600 meters. above the Lysefjord. | Courtesy of Victoria Turek
generation of talent, and BP is tackling the challenge head-on. The UFT offers BP the chance to engage and interact with students, allowing us to provide them with insight and experience of working on real life challenges within the energy sector,” Close said. Paul McIntyre, group head of resourcing at BP, sees the Ultimate Field Trip competition as a chance for students to get real-world experience. “The Ultimate Field Trip competition offers STEM students the opportunity to explore how their
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“The oldest item is a Sumerian tablet produced ... in 2000 B.C.,” said Special Collection Librarian Julie Grob in 2001 to The Daily Cougar. “It’s actually a receipt for some lambs. We have a little conservation box specially made for it.” In addition to the ancient tablet, the Special Collections section of the library also offers books, manuscripts and photos. “Old photos are a portal into a period of time,” said then-UH Archivist Sarah Frazer. “It’s strange to see people smoking in class.”
Although the Special Collections portion of the library was created long ago, it can still prove useful in this era. “As the University tends to go more electronic, people are using resources from the internet, (and) the materials in the Special Collections and Archives are really unique,” Grob said.
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12 Universities compete in BP’s 2014 Ultimate Field Trip
Hybrid Alternative Power Systems, a sophomore at the time he competed. “We were able to travel by tanks, which hold 600,000 barrels of oil, and we also saw fire truck demos that were part of the safety set up that they have at the facility. We saw the water cannon in action, which shot out 50,000 liters per minute. “We also got to see the jetty and huge equipment where crew tankers will unload the shipments, as well as the control room and facility. We talked to a lot of different engineers at the site. It was fantastic learning about these roles.”
University of Houston
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California at Berkley
University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign
Georgia Technical University
Michigan State University
Pennsylvania State University
Texas A&M University
University of Michigan
University of Oklahoma
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create a joint class of U.S. history and engineering, an introductory course for the minor. “An advantage of this minor is that (because Houston is) the energy capital of the U.S., lots of students will find jobs with energy corporations. It is important to educate them in that field, but the problem I saw is energy crosses so many fields,” Miljanic said. “Putting these courses together in one minor that is a focus program and is coherent is going to educate students better in job prospects.” Honors College Dean William Monroe said he is excited about the new minor not just because
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Houston is the energy capital of the world, but because sustainability is such an important issue today. “For students looking to work in the energy sector, it will give them a base knowledge that will make them attractive for recruiters,” Monroe said. “For students who are interested in the sustainability side, it will help them gain understanding of what sustainability is and the various factors, social, political and economic, that are in play when it comes to sustainability.” The minor will have its first graduate in December. It requires 18 hours of coursework including working alongside a professor to complete a final research project. email@example.com
The winning team from the past Ultimate Field Trip competition visited the Emergency Response Unit of the Sullom Voe Terminal in Shetland. UH will compete in this year’s two-week long trip for the first time. | Courtesy of Victoria Turek
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the university made a smart decision in hiring Stamats. “My perspective is that in this institution, you have to spend money in order to make such a huge decision to change the name of this university that will impact everyone,” Valdez said in a press release. “The investment to conduct extensive research before changing the name of our university was a smart and safe decision to make. Otherwise, the change of name could very easily lead to a much larger expense that comes with the idea of rebranding the entire campus. We would have had to replace business cards, banners, ads and other stuff associated
with the name.” Valdez does not think that the raise in tuition was a cause of the investment of signing the contracts to hire Stamats. UH-D international business junior Oscar Bispe thinks that even having a discussion brought up about a change in the university’s name was absurd. “Multiple rumors were spread on how much money was spent on hiring this company. Whether it was $50,000 or $350,000, spending thousands of dollars on changing UH-D’s name could have been used elsewhere,” Bispe said. “The money could have been allocated to better resources for the students and faculty.” Some students didn’t feel the University warranted a name change.
“Based on the feedback we received, people were pleased with the current name,” Caton said. “There wasn’t enough interest in changing the name.” firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT’S IN A NAME Potential names that UH-D considered: •
City University of Houston
Downtown Houston University
Houston Downtown University
City of Houston University
Southeast Texas State University
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Panel explores immigration reform effects
mmigration reform has been a widely discussed and controversial topic in the United States in recent years with no resolution in sight. On Oct. 16, the Houston chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists held Catalina Campos a discussion panel with guest speakers Gordon Quan, former Houston City Councilman and noted immigration attorney; Susan Carroll, famed immigration reporter for the Houston Chronicle; Tony Diaz, writer and professor at Lone Star College; and Andy DuBois, executive editor of the Houston Chronicle. The question that dominated the discussion was how the media portrays immigration reform in regard to specific ethnic groups and whether it is represented in a good light. Local and national media groups are consistently covering immigration reform with stories ranging from immigration reform laws affecting national economics to Hispanic families being separated across borders. Diaz, a writer on Hispanic areas of interest, brought up the topic that the media attacks ethnic groups with an attempt to make a bland story interesting in hopes of monetary profit. Diaz mentioned that in 2012, the Republican Party had an opposition to foreign-owned charter schools such as The Harmony School, a Turkish multi-cultural charter school with locations in Houston. After the 2012 GOP platform was released, “60 Minutes” wrote a negative story. The story, titled “The Gulen Movement,” primarily discussed the Turkish-owned schools in connection with a powerful Turkish imam, Fethullah Gulen. Lesley Stahl, the
Callie Parrish/The Daily Cougar correspondent for 60 Minutes, said, “(Fethullah Gulen) is a mystery man — he’s never heard or seen in public — and the more power he gains, the more questions are raised about his motives and the schools,” as well as stating that the Turkish immigrant teachers had “unintelligible” responses. Instead of focusing on how The Harmony School serves the underprivileged, pushes the subjects of math and science and promotes a multi-cultural environment for the upbringing of tolerant children, Stahl distorts the school and makes it appear as a haven for anti-American Islamic extremists to help immigrants acquire entry into the U.S. This type of distortion created by the media hinders the possibility of any progress being made in immigration reform. Another aspect covered by the panel discussion was the media’s lack of recognition toward other ethnic groups who aren’t of Hispanic origin.
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Quan, an Asian-American immigration attorney, states that, “As an Asian-American, our presence is fairly new. People aren’t used to the Asian influence, and people should see immigrants in a positive light.” Many Americans are unaware how the media excludes other ethnic groups from the immigration reform process. It has become an issue centered on Hispanic people. Local and national media have excluded other ethnic demographics, such as the South Asian population. India has more illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. at this time than any other country and has the longest waiting list to attain a visa. Quan mentioned that illegal immigrants don’t just get to the U.S. by crossing the border — some visit on a travel visa and stay past their visas’ required date. By prohibiting outside intelligence from working
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and promoting our country’s economy, we could be hindering advancements in the fields of health care or technology. Accounting junior Nihant Kapadia is an international student who dreams of working in the U.S. He faces the dilemma that many college students on student visas experience: finding a way to stay in the U.S. and work past their graduation. “I am hoping to work for a major accounting firm. My goal is to work for the best and biggest one, though, since the better they are, the more helpful they will be in giving you your H1 status,” Nihant said. “I find it upsetting that the media doesn’t involve Indians or Pakistanis in the fight for an immigration reform. Our presence to the U.S. is as beneficial as that of the Hispanic community ... I feel like if the Indians and Pakistanis work with the Hispanics and other ethnic groups, like Africans, we can create better
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progress towards a solution.” All the SPJ panelists agreed that a solution is nowhere in sight. “When one is fully aware of their own culture and reach a higher intellectual level,then (they would) be able to bridge connections among other cultures, and we’re not there yet,” Diaz said. Immigration reform will not come to us easily until we all have a mutual understanding of each other’s cultures and relevance to the U.S. It’s important to note that the immigration reform is not just a Hispanic issue, but also one that affects South Asians, Chinese, Africans and other ethnic demographics. Yet as we strive for a mutual compromise, the media’s attack and distortion of immigrants is only preventing a peaceful resolution. Opinion columnist Catalina Campos is an English literature senior and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sophomore receiver Deontay Greenberry initially chose to play for Notre Dame, but a late visit to UH and his relationship with the coaching staff helped alter his decision. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar
Blue-collar mindset allows Greenberry to thrive Andrew Valderas Assistant sports editor
Sophomore receiver Deontay Greenberry frequently wears a red hard hat around the Athletics/ Alumni Center. He said it illustrates that “it’s time to go to work.” Greenberry, UH’s first five-star recruit, hasn’t disappointed. This season, he has already eclipsed his receiving yard total and touchdowns from his freshman season and has developed into the Cougars’ top receiver. However, after his senior season in high school, Greenberry was close to frequenting a different university’s building. On the night before National Signing Day, Greenberry was still contemplating where he was going to attend college. Greenberry said he planned to play at Notre Dame. One of his incentives was that his cousin, Tee Shepard, had signed that winter. However, he also built a rapport with UH special teams coordinator Jamie Christian, who had recruited Greenberry since he was a sophomore in high school. “He and I had a pretty strong relationship,” Christian said. “I
West Coast swing Greenberry’s scholarship offers out of high school was a long list of prominent football teams Deontay Greenberry’s list of football scholarship offers: Alabama Arizona State Boise State California Notre Dame UCLA UNLV USC Washington Washington State — list according to Rivals.com
think he felt comfortable with me, and when it was time to make that big decision in his life, he felt like he could trust me.” Greenberry made his visit to UH the weekend before signing day. “I just fell in love with (UH). It felt like home,” Greenberry said. So Greenberry called Christian for advice. “I respect whatever decision you make. But if you come here, I’ll make sure you’ll get an opportunity to make plays, get your degree and
have an opportunity to become a man,” Christian said he told Greenberry. After Greenberry made his decision to come to UH, he had to endure some learning curves and realized the difference between high school and college. In an August practice last season, Greenberry was lined up against former UH cornerback DJ Hayden. With Hayden playing off-coverage, Greenberry knew he wasn’t going to run by him, so after he ran five
yards, he decided to slow down his route, “throw his hands up” and expect a jump ball. The pass was incomplete. “I had to explain to him by saying, ‘Look now, there are other talented guys, if not more talented, who will line up across from you,’” said receivers coach Brandon Middleton. “You’ve got to add a lot more technique and skill behind your natural ability.’ “It’s really difficult for receivers to be able to do because we want the
ball all the time.” Greenberry met shortly afterward with head coach Tony Levine in his office to discuss his development. “He told me, how I’m playing right now, I’m going to look back on film and say ‘wow, I didn’t know I was that horrible,’” Greenberry said jokingly. Since the move from outside to inside receiver, Greenberry has added 15 pounds and has blossomed into a legitimate threat by averaging more than 112 receiving yards per game. “I’ve keyed into whatever my coaches have taught me and be prepared to go against whatever defense,” Greenberry said. “I’m paying more attention to the details that (the coaches) are trying to teach us.” Levine brought Greenberry back to his office to discuss the same meeting they had in 2012. “He and I met in my office a few weeks ago, had that same conversation and he completely agreed,” Levine said. “He’s night and day from what he was a year ago, and I expect even next year he’ll be even better.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Behind the canvases Curators, directors of campus museum commemorate five years of creativity Nora Olabi Senior staff writer
For almost five years, the Blaffer Art Museum has flourished under new leadership. Tucked away in the UH School of Art, its curatorial arm has slowly brought national attention and has drawn emerging, contemporary artists. The wheels were first set in motion by Director and Chief Curator Claudia Schmuckli, who has strived to create a portal into the art world for students as part of Blaffer’s mission and dedication to Cougars. “I think one of the most important services that we can provide is access to a group of internationally relevant artists — be it through the lecture series, be it through exhibitions, be it through studio workshop proponents that we organize — because that allows the students and forces them to think about what they’re doing on a global scale,” Schmuckli said. “To me, that has always been the driving force behind the effort of defining this program.” By hosting internationally renowned contemporary artists, like Andy Coolquitt, Pamela Frasier and Mary Evans, students are able to reinvent their voices and participate in the global art conversation. Because Blaffer is in a unique position between the worlds of academia and practical application, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow Amy Powell believes the museum can offer something that traditional institutions may be unable to do: provide a stage for innovation. “I think it’s a unique opportunity to be a laboratory, a place for experimentation and a place for the creation of new work and new ways of thinking,” Powell said. “So we do this practically as a University art museum.” Blaffer not only brings bigwigs of contemporary art, but also pays homage to the Houston community by consistently incorporating local Houston artists in major exhibitions. Most recently, “Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art” featured three Houston artists participating in the global conversation surrounding “artist-orchestrated” meals. “The way we really like to work with Houston-based artists is to make them integral to the entire
conversation that is happening in the museum so that there isn’t a sense of isolationism,” Schmuckli said. “We honor the Houston artists, but we honor them even better by placing them in a context that features artists from all over the world.” But since the dawn of Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock, contemporary art has sometimes received a negative connotation. They may feel that contemporary art is disconnected from reality and that it exists for the upper echelon of society. “A lot of people still have problems with contemporary art; they don’t know what it’s about. They have a certain idea of it being removed from them, from their daily lives, from the concerns that the average person deals with on a daily basis,” Schmuckli said. “And I think one of our goals is to — in everything that we do and through every exhibition that we put on — emphasize that it is not.” For Amy Powell, the rocker image of the contemporary artist is a relic. They are expected to be articulate about their work and scholarly in their studio approach if they are to remain relevant and interesting. Artists with depth are highly sought after, especially by Blaffer. “There’s still this romanticized idea of the artist — of ‘I do what I do,
Director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli has worked for five years to integrate students into all forms of art with exhibitions and artist lectures at the Blaffer Art Museum, which is located next to the UH Art School. | File photos/The Daily Cougar and I don’t know why, but I’m moved to do it that way, and it expresses myself’ — and it’s not interesting or important,” Powell said. “So we’re really invested in work that has a lot of depth of feeling, of materials, of engagement with really important ideas. And it’s vital that all the artists that we work with are able to articulate their work in those arenas.” The museum caters to people
from all walks of life. For Blaffer Student Association co-president Nohelia Vargas, art isn’t just for the highbrow members of society; everyone can take away personal experiences from exhibitions. “I have learned that contemporary art serves as a basis for the awakening of curiosity and imagination, which ... leads to knowledge and learning,” Vargas said. “I realized that whether
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the people from the audience are art connoisseurs or people that (are) not much in touch with the art world, which is, indeed, the majority of the audience ... it makes them more aware of their surroundings and life.” For many art students, post-graduation life is particularly frightening. MUSEUM continues on page 8
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Networking can make or break one’s path to a successful career, and painting senior and BSA member Javier Pulido is thankful to have a treasure trove so close to home. “After you graduate, it’s really hard to get going. The connections we can make in school are what we need, and the Blaffer can give that to us,” Pulido said. “You can see their perspective; you can see how they work. I feel that helps a lot because you can compare how you’re working with how they’re working.” email@example.com
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Published on Oct 23, 2013