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UH will face off against St. Thomas in the first basketball game of the year.
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Study reveals correlation between food, violence Andrea Pizzolo Contributing writer
Women who suffer physical, sexual or mental violence from an intimate partner are more likely to be food-insecure, according to a new study from the Texas Obesity Research Center at UH.
Food insecurity is the limited access to adequate food because of the household’s economic and social condition. Assistant professor and TORC researcher Daphne Hernandez conducted research on the connection between partner violence and the impediment to
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Depression as a result of domestic abuse can lead to chronic cycles of overeating that can result in weight gain and obesity, according to a study published by the UH Texas Obesity Research Center. | Aisha Bouderdaben/The Daily Cougar
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Pre-pharmacy students fundraise with sweet treats The UH Pre-Pharmacy Association organized its fourth bake sale to raise donations for the organization. The UH PPA works to prepare pre-pharmacy students for the real world through networking, volunteering and educational experiences. Members also received discounted rates for PCAT courses for undergraduates who intend to continue their graduate studies in pharmacy.
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CRIME REPORT The following is a partial report of campus crime between Oct. 28 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. Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: An underage student was issued a Harris County citation and student life and residential life referrals for consumption of alcohol by a minor. The incident occurred at 1:35 a.m. Oct. 28 at Cougar Village 1. The case is cleared by citation. Bomb Threat/Terroristic Threat: A bomb threat was received by way of graffiti written on a men’s restroom wall at 12:39 p.m. Oct. 28 on the first floor of McElhinney Hall. The building was evacuated and the campus was searched by UHPD, and nothing of a suspicious nature was found. The case is active, pending new information. Possession of Marijuana: A student was observed sitting outside with an unusable amount of marijuana. The student was released and issued residential life and student life referrals. The incident occurred at 4:15 a.m. Oct. 29 at Law Residence Hall. The case is cleared by referral.
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Theft: A student reported that someone stole his unattended and unsecured cell phone. The incident occurred between 3:45 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The case is active, pending new information.
Disorderly Conduct: Two students had a physical altercation. Both students were released with Harris County citations for assault and were issued student and residential life referrals. One student was issued a criminal trespass warning for Cougar Place. The incident occurred between 1:06 and 1:14 a.m. Wednesday at Cougar Place. The case is cleared by citation. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: A student reported his parked and unattended vehicle had been broken into and cash stolen. The incident occurred at 2:26 p.m. Wednesday in the Cullen Oaks Parking Lot. The case is active, pending new information. Harassment: A staff member reported an unaffiliated individual harassing her via text messages and email. The incident occurred between 8:16 and 8:19 a.m. Thursday at the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. The case is active, pending new information. Theft: A student reported her belongings were stolen out of her secured locker. The incident occurred between 10:22 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday on the first floor of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The case is active, pending new information.
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Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: A student reported that her parked vehicle was burglarized. The incident occurred between 5:15 and 8:17 p.m. Oct. 29 in Lot 4A. The case is active.
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LGBT center director receives promotion The Daily Cougar News Services For her work supporting the campus lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, LGBT Resource Center Program Director Lorraine Schroeder was promoted from part-time to a fulltime position. This is coupled with Schroederâ€™s recent Val DuMontier New Professional Award, which highlights her advocacy and educational outreach that has served the UH community. â€œWhen the Center first opened,
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link between intimate partner violence and food insecurity is maternal depression. It appears that the feelings associated with depression, such as (a) feeling of fatigue associated to the mental and physical violence, are a barrier to obtaining food.â€? In her study, Hernandez analyzed data collected from women who experienced intimate partner violence. She found that mothers who faced violence from a partner were 44 percent m o re l i k e l y to experience depression. In addition, households of mothers who suffered Hernandez depression were more prone to face food insecurity. Though it may be counter-intuitive, limited access to food, especially healthy food, can be linked with obesity. The Food Research and Action Center, which is a nonprofit organization that works to rid the U.S. of hunger and undernutrition, connects the two pieces to paint a picture about the cycles of food insecurity, especially for women. â€œThose who are eating less or skipping meals to stretch food budgets may overeat when food does become available, resulting in chronic ups and downs in food intake that can contribute to weight gain. Cycles of food restriction or deprivation also can lead to an
it was as if everyone was just waiting for someone to address LGBT issues, because everyone sprang into action with each of my initiatives. I credit the success of the Center to the wonderful people at the University of Houston,â€? said Schroeder on the UH LGBT Resource Center site in response to receiving the award. The LGBT Resource Center is located in Room 279A of the University Center.
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NOVEMBER 6, 2013 11:30AM-1:30PM FARISH HALL (KIVA RM. 101) unhealthy preoccupation with food and metabolic changes that promote fat storage â€” all the worse when combined with overeating. Unfortunately, overconsumption is even easier given the availability of cheap, energy-dense foods in low-income communities,â€? according to the Food Research and Action Center. The goal of Hernandezâ€™s study was to understand what familyrelated factors were associated with families experiencing food insecurity. These results could then be used for organizations in charge of supporting families in times of crisis. TO RC d i re c t o r D a n i e l P. Oâ€™Connor said that studies like this one help with understanding complex problems and often lead to new, innovative solutions. â€œWhile the impact of any single study is often difficult to judge, studies such as this expand our understanding of how complex situations and behaviors, such as food insecurity, depression and domestic violence, may influence one another,â€? Oâ€™Connor said. Hernandez said he believes that the study highlights the importance of focusing on womenâ€™s physical and mental health and suggests that mental health screening should be offered when applying for food assistance as a way to identify individuals in need of food, security and mental health services. â€œWe need to stop thinking of food insecurity as solely a circumstance of financial strain,â€? Hernandez said. â€œTargeting womenâ€™s health may be a way to decrease the number of families that experience food insecurity.â€? email@example.com
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Americans neglect true cost of fashion
f someone were to stand in the middle of the street and observe everyone passing by on campus, chances are he could count at least 10 different brand names. Off-brand items are, oddly enough, still manufactured by a parent Juanita brand-name Deaver company with the intent of simply selling the item for cheaper. We wear, trade, borrow and sell thousands upon thousands of various outfits, hats, shoes and accessories throughout our lives, but we haven’t taken the time to ponder where all those items came from. Jokingly, the average American would probably say China. ABC World News reported that about 98 percent of the clothing purchased in the U.S. is imported from abroad and just 2 percent is manufactured on U.S. soil. As a privileged country, we don’t often take kindly to the bleeding-heart struggles of those countries around us who do not have laws protecting a 40-hour work week. We sometimes forget that what is a given for us is not a reality in many parts of the world. Sweatshop workers typically work 60 to 80 hour a week, according to DoSomething.org, a website partnered with dozens of large brand-name companies. And they do not earn enough money to feed their families, making only pennies a day. “Often, the sweatshop environment is unsafe — workers are harassed, intimidated, forced to work overtime and made to work in dangerous and unhealthy environments, even while sick,” DoSomething.org reported. “Workers handle toxic chemical paints, solvents and glues with their bare hands.” Last April, tragedies befell workers in Bangladesh when a
Francis Emelogu/ The Daily Cougar garment factory collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers, and again a few months later, when a fire broke out, killing nine workers trying to earn overtime. The Times of India reported that “Bangladesh earns $20 billion a year from garment exports, mainly to the U.S. and Europe. The sector employs about 4 million workers, mostly women.” Bangladesh is not the only country infamous for its sweatshops and harsh working conditions. Others include South Korea, China, Nepal and Taiwan, just to name a few. Yet many companies argue that because they try to keep their clothing “affordable,” ensuring the
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safety of its employees in other countries would mean raising the prices to accommodate the changes. “That’s something that we don’t think about, but honestly speaking, I don’t believe that it’s our responsibility to watch over our clothing manufacturers,” said anthropology junior Chrystial Correa. “The responsibility falls on the factory and government regulations. But if we could vote for safer and stricter environments for these workers, I would agree that we do so.” However, Correa said she would be willing to pay higher prices to ensure the improvement
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of working conditions for foreign employees. “If I knew that some of the money that I pay for my clothes goes to the well-being of others, I wouldn’t mind paying a higher price,” she said. “It is like giving a donation.” Major brands and companies have a responsibility to protect all their workers, foreign and domestic, Correa said. “Like any job, there are risks that these workers are taking while handling machinery — insurance and benefits should be available in case of an accident. Companies need to realize that without workers, they can’t keep the business going. Therefore,
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they must watch over their workers,” Correa said. But many Americans do not feel this way — especially those who are students already working crazy hours to make ends meet for housing, food, tuition and now a hypothetical added cost to their clothing as well. It is a give-and-take to ensure the safety of those around us, and sometimes we may not like the end result, but perhaps it is not all that bad if you know that you have just potentially saved someone’s life. Opinion columnist Juanita Deaver is an anthropology freshman and may be reached at email@example.com
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FOOTBALL Before former UH quarterback Case Keenumâ€™s first home start for the Texans, receiver Andre Johnson had not scored a touchdown. After the first half finished, Johnson and Keenum connected for three touchdowns. Johnson finished with 229 yards receiving. | Photos by Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar
Texans ripe for regime change Former UH quarterback Case Keenum earned a home start in the city where he starred as a college player. Keenum threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns. The Texans narrowly lost to the Colts 27-24, but Keenum put on a show that Bayou City residents wonâ€™t soon forget.
In two starts for the Houston Texans this season, former UH quarterback Case Keenum has not thrown an interception. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar
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Lessons learned outside classroom Bauer student takes knowledge into a real world situation to help those in need Sabrina Lloyd Staff writer
Fellow Cougars and friends of management and marketing senior Edith Campos gathered at the Galleria on Sunday to attend an exclusive shopping party to raise money for Charity Water, a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring clean and safe water to every person on the planet. Campos said she became aware of the world’s water crisis through her professional selling professor, Jeff Boichuk. She wanted to make a difference and decided on Oct. 1 to start her own campaign to become part of the solution. Her campaign, coined “Be A Hero,” aims to raise $5,000 to help build a water well in Orissa, India. “I was really inspired by Charity Water’s mission and their vision. Every penny of the funds donated goes directly to their projects. Nothing goes to the office or employees,” Campos said. “The other neat thing about their charity is when they start using your
money to help overseas, they send you GPS coordinates and pictures of exactly where your money is being used.” Campos said she began to raise money by using social media. She created a Charity Water fundraising website as well as a Facebook page filled with inspiring pictures and links to get friends and family excited about making donations. Within the first few weeks, she raised $600. If she was to reach her goal by the end of summer 2014, she needed to reach out to local businesses for help. “I decided to go to the Galleria and pop into a bunch of stores to see if they would be interested in helping me. I went in to Aldo and asked the manager if his store does anything to give back to the community,” Campos said. “I told him about my campaign. He loved the idea, and together, we came up with a plan.” They created an exclusive shopping party with a guest list of 25 people that would take place after
Marketing senior Edith Campos pitched her idea to many stores at the Galleria before she got a yes from the manager at the Aldo shoe store. A total of $350 was raised to help the Charity Water foundation. | Sabrina Lloyd/The Daily Cougar store hours. To go along with the theme, they had several different types of water, refreshments, raffles and goody bags. On top of that, guests received a 15 percent discount on each purchase, and that discount goes directly to the charity. Boichuk went to the shopping party to see one of his students using her selling skills to make a change while being proactive about such an important cause. He said his goal is to get all of the C.T. Bauer College of Business’ professional selling students to initiate their own campaigns and together raise
$20,000. “I see Charity Water as being the most innovative nonprofit. The way they approach the market is different from any other charity. They never ask for donations but instead try to inspire people,” Boichuk said. “They allow people to take their story, raise awareness and figure out their own way to help.” For broadcast journalism senior Glenda Bonilla, Charity Water hits close to home. She said she has seen many suffering from lack of clean water and was eager to help make a difference.
“My parents are from Central America, so I have seen the effects of this firsthand, and this is an amazing opportunity to help,” Bonilla said. “We are blessed to have so many luxuries in America, and donating money is something that we can do right now to help.” Campos raised a total of $350 in on-the-spot donations at her event and will continue raising funds until her goal is reached. Donations can be made at my.charitywater.org/ be-a-hero. firstname.lastname@example.org
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SPORTS MEN’S BASKETBALL
For Cougars, defense and rebounding key Jordan Lewis Contributing writer
Junior forward TaShawn Thomas is looking to gain some respect this season, but above all else, he just wants to help his team win — and that starts with defense and rebounding. The team’s leading scorer said he hopes to pass this mentality on to his teammates. “I don’t feel like I’ve been getting respect my whole life when it comes to basketball, so I’m kind of used to it,” Thomas said. “I just plan to come out and play hard like I always do, and I really don’t pay attention to what the polls are saying.” Last year, there were some games that the Cougars almost won, but not having a consistent defense limited their winning potential, Thomas said. The Cougars will get an opportunity to test their defensive and rebounding skills today at 7 p.m. when they host St. Thomas at
Hofheinz Pavilion. “If the coaches are the only people that believe we have to defend, then there’s something wrong,” Thomas said. “So we have to get that through everybody on the team’s head — that we have to defend.” The Cougars gave up 73.3 points per game to their opponents last season, an area where improvement is needed, said head coach James Dickey. “We’ve got some very good offensive players. We know they can score, and they have very good confidence in themselves, but we have got to be as determined (on the defensive side of the ball),” Dickey said. “For us, it’s about having an identity: an identity of being more physical and being better defensively and being a better rebounding team.” After the departure of the Cougars’ leading scorer from last season, Joseph Young, opposing teams could pay more attention to
Thomas. He averaged 16.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, and was named First Team all-league and All-Defensive squad. Thomas worked on his face-up post game this offseason to diversify his skills in the painted area. Most of his baskets last season were scored with his back to the basket, so teams started to double-team him toward the end of the season, Thomas said. He said the added skills will allow him to better counter doubleteams. Though Thomas has been playing basketball for most of his life, he is still anxious for the nearing season. “I still have butterflies in my stomach, like I did when I was in the third grade getting ready for a game,” Thomas said. “I just love basketball so much that every time I get a chance to step on the court, I’m going to get very excited for it.” email@example.com
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