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The final steel — the student and donor beams — were placed in the southeast corner of the new stadium on Monday. | Emily S. Chambers/The Daily Cougar
Stadium construction reaches high point UH places final two steel beams in place, which marks halfway point in construction Channler K. Hill Editor in chief
Head coach Tony Levine trades in his headset for a bullhorn at the topping ceremony for the new football stadium. | Emily S. Chambers/The Daily Cougar
About 40 minutes before the last two support beams — one signed by students and the other by donors — were placed in their new position supporting the University’s stadium, head coach Tony Levine stepped out of a meeting with coaches and staff members in preparation for Thursday’s game against USF to pay homage to another team of hard workers.
Levine told his staff that he had to thank the men and women who are on the project. “I’m fortunate that I’m able to drive by this facility twice a day — on my way in to work in the morning and on my way home late at night,” he said. The placing of the beams marked the halfway point of stadium’s construction, which will open August 2014. The student section will take up 5,000 of the available seats, some of which will be field level, putting the students closer to the game. According to the stadium website,
MILESTONES Nearing the opening ¸ December: The demolition of Robertson Stadium begins. ¸ July: The first steel was placed on the new stadium, symbolizing vertical progress. ¸ Monday: The final two steel beams were placed in the southeast corner of the eventual stadium. ¸ August 2014: The new stadium opens. For more photos from the stadium topping ceremony, visit thedailycougar.com.
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Threat keeps students out of class Jessica Crawford Assistant news editor
The Charles F. McElhinney Hall was evacuated around 12:45 p.m., according to students and the UH Department of Public Safety. An email sent from UHDPS at 2:11 p.m. said that the evacuation was linked to a non-specific handwritten bomb threat. By 7:30 p.m., UH Police Chief Ceasar Moore said UHDPS had swept all main campus buildings and no suspicious devices were found. Large groups of evacuated students and staff
awaited more information behind the Lamar Fleming Jr. building after being told to exit the building. Anthropology junior Sims Hardin said that news of the evacuation came just before his class started. “Three police officers came in and told people not to panic and that they had to evacuate the building. I think everybody was pretty confused,” THREAT continues on page 3
Student evacuate Charles F. McElhinney Hall after a letter threatening a bomb was found in the building. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar
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CRIME REPORT The following is a partial report of campus crime between Oct. 21 and Thursday. All information is selected from the files of the UH Department of Public Safety. Information or questions regarding the cases below should be directed to UH DPS at (713) 742-3333. Traffic Offense: A student reported his vehicle was struck and the striking driver failed to leave the required information. The incident occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Oct. 21 in Lot 16I. The case is active, pending new information. Theft: A student reported her unattended and unsecured wallet stolen from her backpack. The incident occurred between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 21 in the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. The case is active, pending new information. Theft: A student resident reported that his roommate or his roommate’s friend stole some money he had hidden in his room. The incident occurred between 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 22 in Cougar Village 1. The case is active. Possession of a Controlled Substance: An unaffiliated individual and a student were found smoking marijuana inside a parked vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed narcotics. The driver was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and the passenger was issued a student life referral. The incident occurred at 6:12 p.m. Oct. 22 in Lot 6A. The case is cleared by arrest.
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Criminal Mischief: A student reported a physical altercation that caused damage to UH property. The involved parties left the scene before UHPD arrived. The incident occurred between 10 and 10:06 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Law Residence Hall. The case is active, pending new information.
Trespass: An unaffiliated individual who had an earlier criminal trespass warning was observed looking into cars and wandering around Lot 12A. The subject was arrested for criminal trespass and transported to Harris County Jail. The incident occurred at 2:16 a.m. Wednesday in Lot 12A. The case is cleared by arrest. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: UHPD received a report of the smell of marijuana, and an investigation discovered a student in possession of drug paraphernalia. The student was issued a citation and student life and residential life referrals. The incident occurred at 11:46 p.m. Wednesday on the sixth floor of Calhoun Lofts. The case is cleared by citation. Traffic Offense: A student reported her parked and unattended vehicle was struck by another vehicle, and the driver of the striking vehicle failed to leave the information required by law. The incident occurred between 8:10 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday in Faculty Lot 19D. The case is active, pending new information. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: A student was deemed a danger to himself and transported to the NeuroPsychiatric Center. The student was also found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The student received residential and student life referrals. The incident occurred at 3:22 p.m. Thursday in Moody Towers. The case is cleared by referral.
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Professor awarded grant for colon cancer research Erika Forero Staff writer
Assistant biology professor Cecilia Williams received a $1.56 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for the efforts of her and her team of graduate students: Anne Katchy, Karin Edvardsson, Eylem Aydogdu, Philip Jonsson, Trang Vu and Efrosini Cuko. Their project aims to develop a compound that uses estrogen receptor beta to prevent colon cancer. “Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States. This type of cancer is described as the uncontrolled
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Hardin said. Political science senior Kareem Karachiwala said that graffiti in the far right stall of the first-floor men’s restroom of the building could be to blame for the evacuation. “There is a little bit of graffiti that talked about some bomb going off or something. I think it said at 1 p.m. or something. It was written in red,” Karachiwala said. “I saw it today, but I just assumed it was graffiti like everything else.” For more information on this and any other police updates, visit uh.edu/ emergency. Additional reporting by Natalie Harms firstname.lastname@example.org
development and spread of malignant cells throughout the body,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. “Although anyone can get colorectal cancer, it is proven that the incidence and mortality rates are highest in African-American men and women. Research such as UH’s ‘Elucidating the Mechanism of ER-beta in Colon Carcinogenesis’ project will help the nation to come closer to finding a cure for this disease.” The project is being conducted in the Center for Nuclear Receptors & Cell Signaling at the
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “There are a lot of different groups throughout the world that have come to the conclusion that estrogen is protective against colon cancer,” Williams said. “Estrogen receptor beta seems to be protective, but no one has figured how estrogen acts as a protective measure when put through this receptor.” A typical day in the lab for the graduate students involves acquiring cells or genes, altering them and recording, analyzing and reporting the results. “All fetch work is done by the
students,” Vu said. “She leads the group, so she gets an idea and she guides us on what the overall goals are, but the technique itself we do. She has no lab technicians.” The grant added credibility to their work and plays a role in continuing the research for more than financial reasons. “The grant has really helped prove our hypothesis,” Williams said. “Now I hope that we can prove or find out exactly the mechanism in estrogen receptor beta that prevents or protects from colon cancer.” The role of estrogen in colon cancer does not entail regular
estrogen dosing. “A preventative approach is what we’re trying to get to. The final goal is to assign a compound that will only activate ER-beta, meaning one that doesn’t mediate the normal effects of estrogen, which mediates feminization for men and breast cancer for women,” Williams said. “We are going to assign a compound that would only affect the colon and not the rest of the body’s organs, utilizing a twostep approach that avoids the body’s organs and targets only the colon.” email@example.com
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incredible — a statement I can definitely agree with. Fresh Food is not simply to be regarded in only a negative light — it’s got its good side too. First and foremost, it’s a cheap way to get a variety of meals. Not only that, but some of the food it serves is incredibly delicious. You have not lived if you have not tried its brownie cupcakes, bread pudding or rotisserie chicken paired with mashed potatoes. The list of quality food it serves goes on, and the best part is that there’s always something for everyone. Moreover, Fresh Food caters toward our own needs as students. “The Fresh Food Company was designed to focus on the student experience, and we have created a wonderful environment
t seems as though it’s impossible to go a week in the media without reading something about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. For that, I apologize. The launching of President Barack Obama’s treasured health care initiative has been polarCara izing in more Smith ways than one. One thing about the reform that’s elicited a single, unified outcry is the website’s inability to function at the most basic level. First and foremost, the website’s inability was a cataclysmic failure. It publicly shamed the proponents of the reform and has attracted the attention of nearly every mass media sub-genre out there. Coverage of the site’s crash wasn’t limited to the pages of the Times, or the Journal, or anything. Its failure was sprawled out, spread-eagle in every corner of the Web and television for all to see. This was a massive happening for one of the most momentous reforms in our nation’s history. The sheer length of the fight that it took to get Obamacare out there has made the product’s floundering an all-the-more bitter pill to swallow — for the proponents of Obamacare, at least. So, before anything else happened, and before people started saying the things that have turned Obamacare’s accidental failure into an inevitable demise,
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Rain or shine, students can always expect a full all-you-can-eat dining experience at the Fresh Food Company. | Aisha Bouderdaben/The Daily Cougar
A student’s love-hate with Fresh Food Carolina Treviño Opinion columnist
t’s 12:03 p.m. The sun beats down on me as I trudge out of Melcher Hall, my backpack weighing down on me both physically and mentally. Like 31 million Americans every day, according to the NDP Group, I made the brilliant choice this morning to skip out on breakfast. By noon, my stomach has begun to notice the lack of sustenance. It grumbles furiously. I frown in reply. When faced with the vast array of food options available at UH, I find myself weighing my options carefully. My first thought is to make a quick stop at the University Center Satellite, but there’s no such thing as a “quick” stop when it comes to the Satellite. A 20 minute wait for a chicken quesadilla is a most definite. I
briefly contemplate going to one of the many food trucks available on campus, but I decide I already hate myself enough — no need to consume a chunk of deep fried chicken sandwiched in between two waffles to confirm it. I even think about going to Cougar Express to buy something, but their prices are so high, I’d probably have to give them my left arm and firstborn child in exchange for a salad and a Cherry Coke. It seems I have one option left. I always seem to go back to what I like to refer to as my “Old Faithful”: The Fresh Food Company at Moody Towers. This place gets a bad rap. A quick Google search of The Fresh Food Company will lead to a Yelp page with a total of five reviews, which on average have given this little buffet three gold stars. “It’s a hit or miss,” wrote a reviewer named Vincent T. “One day it’ll be
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pretty good, and the next day it’ll be god-awful.” When it comes to Fresh Food, I’ve been through the good and the bad. I’ve waited 300 years for a pepperoni pizza to come out of the oven. I’ve been given a portion of meat or pasta that couldn’t even qualify as a one-hundredth of a serving. I’ve even spent countless days praying that my supply of Lucky Charms would be restored, and with it, my faith in humanity. The reality is, Fresh Food isn’t perfect — but then again, no food establishment is. So, no matter how many times they feel betrayed, no matter how many times they have given up, students always come running back. “It’s very convenient,” said political science freshman Darcy Caballero, “and the staff’s pretty friendly.” She added that their brownie cupcakes are absolutely
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for students to dine, socialize and even study,” said Amber Arguijo, marketing manager for UH Dining Services. “We wanted The Fresh Food Company to be a comfortable environment with fresh, quality food that students can feel good about eating.” And that’s probably my favorite part about Fresh Food — it’s a place where I can feel comfortable going to for a variety of purposes. If I want to hang out with friends and have a quick bite, or even if I want to have a
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the thing that has been shamelessly lauded by Obama didn’t work. On its own, that was certainly enough to make headlines. The Huffington Post also reported that the site was tested pre-launch by the government rather than the site’s private developers who possessed infinitely more knowledge on the subject. As explained by Forbes Magazine, the website’s crash was caused by the insane amount of Web traffic the site attracted — something we all probably would’ve assumed on our own. That traffic, though, was also caused by the site’s mandate that all visitors create an account and provide some pretty comprehensive personal information before they’re even allowed to check out the options offered by Obamacare. Forbes went on to explain that “HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.” As far as the “insane” amount of Web traffic goes, The Washington Post reports Obamacare as having gotten more than 8 million hits within the first week. That’s unheard of traffic — aside from Amazon’s weekly 70 million, Yahoo’s 49 million and the New York Times’ 44 million, according to CNN Money and Poynter. The crash served as a catalyst for additional research into the subject. Since that, we’ve received information on Obamacare that might’ve made us a little more wary about it from the
cup of hot cocoa and sit down and trudge through half of the “Education of Cyrus,” I know that Fresh Food will always be there, waiting for me with open arms. So here’s to you, Fresh Food. Thank you for all that you’ve done for me these past few months, and thank you for all you will do for me in the days to come. I know if we just stick together and understand each other’s strengths and differences, we’ll make it through any hardship that comes our way.
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get-go. Regarding the development of the site, The Huffington Post reports that the site’s contracted designers complained about unrealistic deadlines and unethical working conditions that the design of the website required. The Post said that “website builders saw red flags for months” and that some web designers were reduced to tears over the stress of finishing the job in such a small period of time. The workers felt that they were given the smallest amount of time allowed by the Obama administration to complete a Herculean task. Workers reported many a sleepless night from the slew of last-minute change requests from the administration. It’s always a stamp of reassurance on our doubts when bureaucrats forego quality and effectiveness in the name of unjustified haste. And that’s just scraping the surface of the wound. A poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC reported that 56 percent of Americans believed the “website glitches” are “part of a broader problem with the health care law,” problems that will inevitably be discovered while Obamacare continues to exist. So it wasn’t just the shoddy launching of Obamacare. Maybe the people would’ve been more forgiving of the errors if they weren’t already on the fence about the law. This might just be me, but it seems a stretch to assume one error in a product would alienate more than half of the nation’s population — unless, of course, that product was already orbiting in dense clouds of doubt.. Senior staff columnist Cara Smith is a communications junior and may be reached at email@example.com.
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Freshman QB selected for award list
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The Daily Cougar news services Freshman quarterback John O’Korn has been named one of eight Stars of the Week for the Manning Award. He received the honor after helping lead the Cougars to a 49-14 win at Rutgers on Saturday. Fans can now go to the All State Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from last weekend. The voting will close at 11 a.m. Thursday. The winner will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week. O’Korn completed 80 percent of his passes for a career-high in both passing yards (364) and touchdowns (5) in the win. He now leads all true freshmen nationally with 19 passing touchdowns and in passing efficiency with a rating of 159.0. His 19 touchdowns in seven games is second in the American Athletics Conference, behind the 23 thrown by Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater in eight games. O’Korn was also named to the league’s weekly honor roll. Trevon Stewart receives honor Sophomore defensive back Trevon Stewart has been named the American’s Defensive Player of the Week after he helped the Cougars to a 49-14 win over Rutgers. Stewart was tied for game-high 10 tackles at Rutgers and was responsible for two of UH’s six turnovers. Stewart snuffed out Rutgers’ third drive of the game with an interception at the UH 47-yard line. Stewart also forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter, a turnover that resulted in UH’s fourth touchdown and a 28-14 halftime lead. Stewart leads the American and is second nationally with four fumble recoveries. ESPN2 to broadcast UH vs. UCF UH’s Nov. 9 game at No. 23 UCF will be broadcast on ESPN2 and kick off at 6 p.m. The game will mark UH’s tenth appearance on ESPN2 and the first since facing UCF in 2010. UH and UCF currently sit atop the American Athletic Conference standings with 3-0 conference records apiece. The two teams have met three times, with UCF owning a 2-1 series record. firstname.lastname@example.org
With a simplified scheme, increased emphasis, turnovers become common Andrew Valderas Assistant sports editor
If it’s not a fumble recovery, it’s an interception. However you slice it, the abundance of turnovers forced by the UH defense has become just another day at the office. By now, UH fans have gotten used to the tenacious defense that has a 2.86 turnover margin and has topped the nation in forced turnovers (27). It has been the staple that helped project the Cougars to a 6-1 record, allowing them to sit tied for the American Athletic Conference lead. Defensive coordinator David Gibbs’ coaching methods have helped turn a defense that was ranked 118th in the nation a season ago to arguably the most opportunistic. “Gibbs has changed a lot. He’s just a positive guy,” said sophomore defensive back Trevon Stewart. “If you do something wrong, he doesn’t fuss at you. He’ll say things like, ‘If I was you I would have done this,’ or, ‘You did this right, but you could’ve done this to make a play.’ He makes everything so easy.” Their “Turnover Tuesdays” drill, a practice sequence in which the defense focuses on forcing turnovers, was implemented by Gibbs and has been one of their ingredients for success, as was exhibited Saturday when the team forced a season-high six turnovers at Rutgers. Even though the Cougars don’t normally have practice on Mondays,
This season, the Cougars have bought into defensive coordinator David Gibbs’ multiple formation system and the team now leads the nation with 27 forced turnovers. | Rebekah Stearns/The Daily Cougar they still manage to put in the necessary work to help them capture a win by the end of the week. Mental Mondays Gibbs’ implementations of Mental Mondays are predicated to players showing up to the Athletics/Alumni Center to go over films and talk to their coaches about the game plan. “It gives them a theme of the day. The truth of the matter is that every football coach in the country has their methods of getting the job done,” Gibbs said. “You’re always trying to emphasize certain aspects of the game. The players have bought into it and it’s been a reason why they’re doing what they’re doing.” Beneficiary to the offense Through its first seven games, the defense’s consistency of forcing
turnovers has set up the offense with a short field. The average staring field position through seven games for the offense has been on its own 35-yard line, as opposed to last season where the average was at the 25-yard line. In their lone loss to BYU, the Cougars didn’t win the turnover battle, nor was the offense’s starting field position greater. Second-half surge Of the average 22 points allowed, the defense has buckled down in the second half, as they have allowed only six points — including two second-half shutouts at Temple and Rutgers. “We’ve done a great job in the first half of seeing what (the opponent’s) game plan is and making those adjustments: whether it is a different call, having to fit our gaps differently or alignments,” said head
coach Tony Levine. “From the start of the season until now, it’s been our defensive coaches going into the locker room and taking the first eight minutes to talk among themselves, making adjustments and then presenting those changes to our student athletes.” Gibbs credits his players’ buying into the system and constant coaching throughout the game for the success. “I think it takes (the players) a while to get comfortable and figure out how the opposing team is attacking them,” Gibbs said. “But to their credit, they do make adjustments and they do understand. The truth is, when you’re coaching, you coach throughout the game and can make adjustments on the sideline and in between series.” email@example.com
Keenum earns second start for Texans Christopher Shelton Sports editor
The 2012 NFL draft came and went — Case Keenum didn’t hear his name called. But the former UH quarterback has parlayed an opportunity with the Houston Texans into a starting job. The Texans announced Monday that Keenum will be the team’s starting quarterback Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Keenum, 25, made his professional debut against Kansas City on Oct. 20. The Texans lost 17-16, but Keenum gave the team, Keenum which had lost four consecutive games previously, a much-needed spark. “I thought he did some really good things. I thought we played
some clean football, and we’re going to have to do that here down the road to improve,” said head coach Gary Kubiak. Keenum became well known by football fans in the Bayou City after setting NCAA records at UH and leading the University to arguably its best season ever in 2011. “I try to do the right thing on and off the field. I try to be the same person all of the time — be very consistent,” Keenum said. “I try to be what the team needs me to be,
whatever that is. I want to fill that role and do whatever I can to make this team the best possible team it can be.” Kubiak said Keenum is not the Texans’ long-term starter, and the team will continue to evaluate each of its quarterbacks. “There’s no decisions made for the season,” Kubiak said. “We’ll keep going. It’s a decision I made for this week.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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the Athletics Department is working with the Student Government Association to have have the bestpositioned student section. ‘It was time’ “Robertson was a great stadium and it served this community for so long, but it was time. And it just came to a point where we really needed to build a brand new facility,” said Mack Rhoades, vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics. “Our students had such a big part of really getting this project done or making it a reality, and for them to be right there on top of the action is really important.” A view of Houston A special wing in the northwest corner of the stadium has been designed to feature the Houston skyline, adding the inner city to the attraction as well an additional selling point to new recruits who are looking for a college to call home. “Watching our stadium become a reality right before our eyes has
been incredibly exciting. I’m so pleased we’re on schedule and making progress,” said President Renu Khator. “Today’s ceremony was a wonderful reminder that the stadium is something that everybody — students, donors, the campus community, the entire city of Houston — can take pride in.” Hard work recognized The Athletics Department said it hasn’t forgotten about the workers, providing free tickets to Thursday’s game at Reliant Stadium to all stadium personnel. “We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work with the stadium to this point in time. We know that the second half will be even better. We certainly can’t wait until August when it opens,” Rhoades said. Large crowd expected Rhoades said to honor the construction workers one step further, they will be invited back with a guest for a game during the 2014-15 season to be thanked on the field. “We’re going to have a packed house — 40,000 people (will) a p p l a u d a n d t h a n k yo u f o r
UH’s new football stadium, which opens in August 2014, has reached its midpoint in construction. Students, alumni and donors were asked to sign red beams that were placed in the southeast corner of the stadium. | Emily Chambers/The Daily Cougar
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“Blood Wedding” depicted raw violence and betrayal to the audience. It will be showing until Sunday at the Jose Quintero Theatre. | Courtesy of UH School of Theatre and Dance
Unusual romance in ‘Blood wedding’ Play hits stage mixing emotion with violence, leaving mark on audience members Amanda Hilow Staff writer
The School of Theatre and Dance has produced an intense reconstruction of dramatist Frederico Garcia Lorca’s 1932 Spanish tragedy, preserving his original text while also incorporating Lorca’s observations and comments. “We’ve created a new way of looking at ‘Blood Wedding,’” said professor Keith Byron Kirk, director, in a UH release. “We are adding an introduction that looks at the playwright himself and his other works as a way of examining the reality surrounding ‘Blood
Wedding.’” Early on, the audience is asked to remember that this play was written in the midst of an uprising in Spain. The Great Depression was negatively affecting the economy and sufficiently polarizing the Spanish government, which officially declared martial law. Though the soldiers swore loyalty to the republic, citizens felt suppressed. The country began to divide, and it quickly launched into a civil war. The raw violence depicted in “Blood Wedding,” the betrayal and the family feuds all perfectly narrate the tragic tale of 1930s Spain. The play suggests, however, that these deceptions and indecencies are predominately the result of human nature — an inescapable force at work.
Though the added scenes about the ill-fated playwright aided in providing a further insight on the work’s political commentary, it was at the cost of the plot’s fluidity in movement. The action of the play seemed to take longer than necessary to initiate, and the narrator’s involvement in the play took attention away from the other characters on stage. “His role is observational at times, and at other times, he incites the action through his own gaze,” Kirk said. This only causes confusion. To a viewer with no background information or introduction to the play, a question rises about why Lorca is there. It doesn’t always make sense. In the play, Lorca (Brendan Lara) only takes the limelight from where it should
be — on the three talents: the mother, played by Kiara Feliciano; Mucama, played by Precious Merenu; and the percussionist on the woodblock. Barring the first scene, this play is interesting and thought-provoking, but it’s not quite the piece of art you’d take your girlfriend to see, gentlemen. There’s heartache and pain present throughout the work with not so much as a moment to breathe in between. Not many tears will be shed, but a guaranteed stunned silence will fall with the curtain. “Blood Wedding” will be performed again at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Jose Quintero Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students. The School of Theatre and Dance’s next performance will be
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The annual 2013 Sock and Blanket Drive sponsored by the Staff Council reached out to campus Monday to encourage charitable works in the UH community. Staff Council traveled across campus setting up drop-off locations for students and staff to donate new or “gently used” needed supplies, such as clothing, diapers, coats and baby furniture, for Houstonians in need. “Instead of wasting manpower on trying to get people to come on a certain date and a certain time, they can just drop it off at their own convenience without involving the money of those organizations that have to be used because they have to set up, reserve a spot (and) get volunteers,” said civil engineering junior Walter Garcia said. For Kristin Deville, executive administrative assistant of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services, the University is an integral part of the Houston community, and donating to the greater good is just one way that Houston can strengthen its communal bonds.
“I think it’s important to help people less fortunate than yourself and to show that you care,” Deville said. “It benefits the University. We help the community.” The 17 drop-off locations are in some of the most populated parts of campus and include rooms in Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall, the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Agnes Arnold Hall and the Ezekiel W. Cullen Building. All proceeds go to benefit the Christian charity Star of Hope and the Harris County Protective Services Guardianship Program. Hank Rush, president and CEO of Star of Hope, said that giving can renew people’s hopes and help them on the path to a new life. “When people come through our doors homeless and desperate for help, they need a new chance — sometimes a second chance — to build a better life for themselves and their families,” Rush said in his blog “Hope for the Homeless.” “That’s what we offer. So I am delighted to share my joy with you, and I am immensely grateful for your commitment as donors, volunteers and community partners.”
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For Garcia, charity is a way to give back and become integrated in the community. “It’s part of the college motto. Every college wants their students to be involved in their community — to be involved professionally around the city. It’s a given,” he said. The drive will run through Nov. 30. A full, detailed list of locations and items needed can be found on the Staff Council website, uh.edu/ sc.
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