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Wheelchair rugby tournament brings international competition.

After 50 years serving UH, many students are oblivious to what SGA’s mark on the University.

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Social Work dean leaves position The Daily Cougar News Services

Coming back to home field MLB veterans were among the alumni selected to face off against the 2014 Cougars for the annual Fan Appreciation Day and Alumni Game at the renovated Cougar Field. Head coach Todd Whitting was excited about noted improvements in his team’s performance in preparation for the 2014 season. Read the full story at Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar


Man’s best friend fosters trust in others Trishna Buch Contributing writer

Visiting speaker Michael Hingson, who was invited to the University Wednesday by the Council of Ethnic Organizations, proved that one doesn’t have to be able-bodied — or even human — to help those in need. Hingson, along with his guide dog Roselle, led a group of co-workers out of the World Trade Center during 9/11. Hingson used the events of the 9/11 attacks as a basis for the two overall messages “it is possible to put your faith in other human beings” and “the world is changing, and we have to change with it.” Hingson said that individuals had a preconceived notion of the blind

I was too busy encouraging Roselle to think about what was happening. Michael Hingson, visiting speaker and emphasized the importance of trusting others as, ultimately, what helped him and his co-workers reach the first floor from the 78th of Tower One of the World Trade Center. But overall, Hingson’s speech was not about humans trusting one another, nor was it about 9/11; it was about the trust between his guide dog, Roselle, and him. When the tower started tipping and his colleagues were panicking, he stayed calm because Roselle was calm. He trusted her to lead him out of the building to safety. After seeing

how sure he was of himself, his coworkers trusted him to get them out of the building. When asked what thoughts were running through his head while the events were unfolding, he said, “I was too busy encouraging Roselle to think about what was happening.” Hingson did not talk about how he helped those people to safety himself; he said it was the mere fact that everyone worked together that allowed them to exit the building to safety. “I really liked the speech he gave,” said broadcast journalism junior

Christina Caballero. “I thought it was cool how he didn’t talk about himself helping everybody. He put it perspective for the audience. Everybody trusted each other and put their own thoughts aside to work together and get to their ultimate goal — to live.” Hingson said the biggest handicap of being blind was a lack of information. He said that Hingson if he had been given accurate information of what was going on while trying to leave the SPEAKER continues on page 3

Dean of the Graduate College of Social Work Ira C. Colby will step down after a 15-year tenure. “Let me unabashedly say that the (Graduate College of Social Work) is a vibrant learning community Colby whose work weaves its way through our local neighborhoods to nations around the world,” Colby posted on the GCSW Facebook page. “The College’s many accomplishments are due in large part to a convergence of three critical pieces: an excellent faculty and staff who share a passion and commitment to all facets that frame a quality graduate education, a University that recognizes the importance of and significantly supports professional social work education and, lastly, a broader community of alumni and friends who day in and day out work to strengthen our communities for all people.” Colby plans to vacate the position at the end of the spring semester, according to the GCSW Facebook page. A search committee will be created by Provost Paula Short to replace Colby. Mobile app guides students around campus Students who ride the University shuttle system can use the newly developed phone application to help them navigate routes. The official UH application BRIEFS continues on page 3

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CALENDAR Today Workshop: Technology training courses covering Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint will be open to students, faculty and staff of all skill levels from 10 a.m. to noon in the Learning Commons Training Area at the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. Seating is limited and will be on a firstcome, first-served basis. Carnival: The UH community will celebrate Black History Week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lynn Eusan Park.

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Tuesday Counseling: Counseling and Psychological Services will have a “Food for Thought Workshop” for combating the blues from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Services Center 1, Room 210D. Music: A Woody Witt’s faculty recital will be held featuring works of Hsing-Jung Tsai Shostakovich and

other composers from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Moores Opera House. Tickets are $7 for students.

Wednesday Webinar: An MBA informational session on transitioning a professional career will be from noon to 1 p.m. online. Seminar: A Nonprofit Leadership Alliance informational session for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Graduate College of Social Work, Room 439. Art: “Window into Houston” will have its public reception for artist J. Hill’s live performance installation in collaboration with a Houston-based circus performer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 110 Milam Street. Film: Black History Week will be celebrated with a movie night from 7 to 10 p.m. in Agnes Arnold Hall, Auditorium 1. Men’s Basketball: The Cougars will take on Louisville from 8 to 11 p.m. at Hofheinz Pavilion. Reception: The Patient Counseling Competition reception will honor the winners and finalists from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavillion.

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Farewell to more than a legacy Cougars, we’ve done our fair share of celebrating this past week. There were numerous activities held throughout the New University Center as a result of ribbon-cutting ceremonies, open houses and memoriHill als. As a Daily Cougar family, we held a special celebration in our home at the Center for Student Media for our advertising manager Delores

Crawford, who retired Friday. Crawford has been with The Daily Cougar for 12 years, and in those years, she’s sold millions of dollars in advertisements for the newspaper. That’s not just a lot of money, but a lot of time Crawford has invested in our newspaper. At the retirement party, many faculty and staff were in attendance, such as Vice President for Community Relations and Institutional Access Elwyn Lee, who said Crawford’s initials exemplify dedication and creativity, symbolizing The Daily Cougar. As a staff, we’d never thought of it that way, but

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World Trade Center, he might have made different decisions. He said he always wondered whether he would have done anything differently. Hingson ended his speech with a quote from his New York Times


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Redline, which was officially released in January, provides shuttle information, maps, campus news, alerts and a portal to Access UH. Student Government Association has been working to expand the application’s exposure, and it will

bestseller “Thunder Dog,” which he wrote after the events of 9/11. “Don’t let your sight get in the way of your vision,” he said. Roselle passed away in 2011 and was posthumously awarded the 2011 American Hero Dog. She and another guide dog, Salty, received numerous other awards for assisting their owners during 9/11, including the Dickin

host a tabling to promote the app at 11 a.m. February 4 to 7 in the New UC South. The application can be downloaded on both Android and Apple devices. SGA encourages students to submit their feedback about the app to

ABOUT THE APP The new UH Redline mobile app keeps students informed, connected on the go Students can download the app to their mobile device by searching “UH Redline” in the iPhone or Android app stores. The app features: ƒƒ The UH calendar ƒƒ Emergency or weather alerts ƒƒ A map of the campus ƒƒ Shuttle route and times ƒƒ Easy links to UH’s social media

We can’t hear you. Mostly because we’re a newspaper and we don’t have ears. But we would love to get your voice heard. Send us a guest column, around 400-600 words on a topic of your choosing, to


it’s true. Crawford is The Daily Cougar. She worked long hours, even when she was sick, stayed persistent with clients and trained students to be prepared for jobs after graduation. She never worked a day in her life because what she did wasn’t work; it was a labor of love, and not many can say that. Seeing her go was a bittersweet moment for our staff, but it was delightful for her family, who will now regain the time we once spent with her. She’s left her legacy at the Cougar, and we’ll hold it dear to our hearts.


Medal for British charity from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals. “Both dogs handled themselves with tremendous courage and devotion,” said a spokeswoman for the British Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in a 2002 BBC article. “We are extremely proud of them.”

Lenses and solutions will be provided during the course of the study at no cost to you. As an incentive, you will receive payment of up to $ 140.00 provided all study visits and questionnaires are completed, and all study lenses are returned. If you feel you qualify based on the information provided or if you have questions, please contact the TERTC office at (713) 743-1931 or or the principal investigator, Dr. Jan Bergmanson at (713) 743-1950 or This project has been approved by the University of Houston Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (713-743-9204).

CAREER FAIR FEB. 11, 2014 FROM 10 A.M.– 2 P.M. UH–HILTON Some of the participating companies include: Academy Sports + Outdoors Atkins Austin Commercial Avanade Inc. Cajun Constructors, Inc. Comfort Systems USA South Central cPanel Inc. Croft Production Systems D.E. Harvey Builders

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College of Technology students may register with TechConnect at to view a complete list of participating companies, plus upload resumes and cover letters. Business attire is required. The University of Houston is an EEO/AA institution.

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After 50 years, SGA should focus on perception


ublic perception and reputation go hand-in-hand. For student organizations, both are equally important for their longevity. As officers and members graduate, a new generation moves in to take their place. If an organization doesn’t remain consistent or Gemrick continue to grow, Curtom it risks becoming inactive. A problem that arises, especially at UH, might be student awareness. With a campus as large and diverse as ours, it’s easy to get lost among the rest. It’s not that any single organization is necessarily better than another, but with so many options for students, it can be difficult to stand out from the rest. Prior to coming to his first senate meeting, biochemistry junior Chris Huynh had only heard of Student Government Association from the cheating scandal that happened during the election process a few years ago. “These guys are sophisticated. SGA does things in an organized manner,” Huynh said. “They really do want to address student issues and I like that about them.” Technology sophomore Gary Flemings had a similar experience

I don’t think a lot of people know about SGA. It’s one of those things that’s underground until they’re having elections and all of a sudden people are asking for votes.” Meghan Meriano, one of many responses that indicate that SGA’s public presence isn’t as good as it could be.

The Student Government Associate meet every other Wednesday in its new senate chamber in the University Center north on the second floor, rather than the rented space in the Rockwell Pavilion as it did in previous years. The new office and chamber offer SGA members an opportunity to be more visually present to students. | File photo/The Daily Cougar with SGA. “Before, I didn’t really have a solid perception of SGA. All I had heard of was the scandal,” Flemings said. “They work hard to come to policies that improve student life.” After a discussion with mathematics junior Meghan Meriano, the most common perception might actually be no perception at all. It’s hard to have a perception of something you are completely unaware of. It seems that the majority of students are unaware of SGA. I don’t blame them. I asked around, and a common answer I’ve received is that people only see SGA around election season, which is coming up in February. It makes sense; that’s when members physically go out to campaign for their platform.

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“I think they really help out around campus. You get a certain amount of representatives for your college and they make the decisions you would want to make,” Meriano said. When I asked what other students perceive of SGA, the answers weren’t necessarily positive or negative. “I don’t think a lot of people know about SGA. It’s one of those things that’s underground until they’re having elections and all of a sudden people are asking for votes,” Meriano said. “I’ve never heard any negative things from people who did know what SGA is.” SGA has a reputation for coming off as exclusive, and there’s definitely room to make a bigger impact. “Not a lot of people know

STAFF EDITORIAL The Staff Editorial reflects the opinions of The Daily Cougar Editorial Board (the members of which are listed above the editorial). All other opinions, commentaries and cartoons reflect only the opinion of the author. Opinions expressed in The Daily Cougar do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Houston or the students as a whole. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Daily Cougar welcomes letters to the editor from any member of the UH community. Letters should be no more than 250

about them until election season,” said hotel and restaurant management junior Shining Wang. “But I think they’ve had more of a presence in the past year because they had a lot of students involved with the planning of the New UC. “I see SGA having a lot of meetings with student officials, but I never see them at events sponsored by Council of Ethnic Organizations or Student Programming Board. ... Maybe if they had more socials or more of a presence at these events, more people would notice them.” “SGA’s presence is not felt. I’ve been to a lot of student organization meetings. I was there at the New UC kick-off,” said public relations senior Kimberly Cooper. “SGA did not seem to mingle with anyone.”

words and signed, including the author’s full name, phone number or e-mail address and affiliation with the University, including classification and major. Anonymous letters will not be published. Deliver letters to N221, University Center; e-mail them to letters@; send them via campus mail to STP 4015; or fax to (713) 743-5384. Letters are subject to editing. GUEST COMMENTARY Submissions are accepted from any member of the UH community and must

With the popularity of social media continuously on the rise, there are plenty of tools that organizations can utilize to connect with their audience. The University is on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, to name a few. Even then, it might not be enough. Student interaction is the most important asset to every student organization. It’s how you recruit new members, get people involved and showcase what separates you from every other student organization. All organizations have their niche. Discover it and use it to your advantage. Opinion columnist Gemrick Curtom is a public relations junior and may be reached at

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Combining mettle with gold medals From diver to coach, decorated Olympian uses her experience to lead Cougars Harrison Lee Senior staff writer

She is, in many ways, what a successful Olympic diver would look like. Short and slim, her frame is a testament to the balance that won her five medals in three different Olympic games. She is focused and intense, which reflects in her deliberate, almost uncompromising speech. These traits are ones she thinks will serve well in her new station in life. Yuliya Pakhalina, a native of Penza, Russia and the interim coach of the women’s diving team, is 36 years old and only six years removed from the last time she left the three-meter diving board at the Olympics in Beijing, China. She’s so new to the job that her office looks like she hasn’t yet unpacked. The sparse nature of the surroundings suits Pakhalina, who is the embodiment of no-nonsense. Pakhalina has both confidence and aloofness, which are necessary when replacing Jane Figueiredo, one of the more famous diving coaches in the NCAA. Figueiredo, a four-time NCAA diving coach of the year, was selected Conference USA diving coach of the year for 12 consecutive years, and Olympic medalist Tom Daley sought her out to train. Pakhalina acknowledges her predecessor’s influence in some aspects of her coaching and game plans while making her goals known to the team. “You’re always maybe looking for changes, but I don’t know how UH would embrace the change. I’m still trying to figure that out,” Pakhalina said. “But there are certain things that I do different with the girls because, you know, I just believe that what has gotten them to point B would not get them to point C, so they have to do different things. Change is always difficult for anybody. I’m trying to incorporate Jane’s style of work and bring something of mine.” UH swimming head coach, Rich Murphy, said he thinks she has a lot to offer the team. “I think any time you have a chance to listen to a gold medalist talk about what it takes to get there, it’s often wise to listen,” Murphy said. “We’re fortunate to be able to attract Yulyia to the position for the balance of the season, and then I’d love to see a scenario where she was who we have as a coach moving forward.” Her own experiences at UH from 2000 to 2002 helped shape her view of her craft, while she acknowledges that

Interim head coach Yuliya Pakhalina is only six years removed from the last time she left the three meter diving board at the Olympics in Beijing. She will use her experiences to guide the current crop of Cougars. | Courtesy of UH Athletics

her dedication is now somewhat out of step with the modern priorities of the NCAA relative to the responsibilities of the student athlete. “Well, I want to change the culture a little bit. I know when I was training and going to school here, surprisingly, diving was always the first No. 1 for me, not school,” she said. “This sounds maybe a little strange, but I came here to UH because it was a great setting for any international athlete to have school and be able to do the sports that you’re involved in. For me, it was always about training and getting ready for the next Olympics.” Pakhalina’s own Olympic experiences are something she prides herself on, and she insists they are part of her coaching mentality. Finding evidence of her accomplishments is as easy as a simple Google Images search, which reveals her on podiums, holding a bushel of Olympic medals or in the middle of a dive. “(My accomplishments) factor in a great deal into my coaching. I’ve done so much. I have so much experience that I will not be able to unveil it in such a short period of time as an interim coach. I’ve gone to three

Olympic Games, and I was able to stay on the top and bring medals from each of them. (...) I was able to be on the top, and this is something that you go through and you bring experience with every Olympics, and you’re in this atmosphere, and you start learning it and it’s like learning on the job. I was learning on a job since I was five years old.” Pakhalina’s life as a diver began at age five. The daughter of Vladimir Pakhalina, one of Russia’s most famous diving coaches, she describes her early career as one word: Brutal. “You’re in the middle of the day, a child at day care, and you just would have fallen asleep, and your grandma comes to pick you up for practice, and practice is about five hours. Just one setting,” she said. “Do you think it’s easy and it’s not brutal for a child to sustain all this mental and physical pressure? In a sense I never had a time off in my life where I could just kick back, relax and not think of how my daily activities would reflect on my athletics. I’ve always had to take care of myself; I had to mature so much faster compared to other kids.”

Despite her early entrance into the world of diving, Pakhalina did not find joy in what she went through to become one of the world’s top divers, describing her father and coach’s sometimes pushy methods of helping to shape her skills. “It was painful. I had to do a lot of things that I was not born with. I was not flexible, for example. I had to do a lot of ballet and stretching, and it was really painful. I didn’t enjoy it. I thought that it was something that I had to do because in Russia, athletes get paid for what they do, and I started earning money around age 10. The Russian government pays you money for results. For me it was like a like a job — I was working along with my parents.” Professor Emeritus of psychology Alex Siegel, who was a professor during the height of the Cold War, recounted rumors that were later revealed as facts from his friends and contemporaries who were behind the Iron Curtain. “There were always rumors that the Russian government would start scouting Olympic athletes at age three. Three. That’s preschool,” Siegel said. Pakhalina began to enjoy diving

Interim head coach Yuliya Pakhalina has achieved three Olympic gold medals in her diving career. | Photos by Caitlin Hilton/The Daily Cougar only when she realized she enjoyed the feeling of winning. Her winning took the form of a gold medal at the 1995 European Championships in Seville, Spain, helping to start a career that would include some 24 medals, reaching a high point at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, where she won a gold medal for three-meter synchronized diving. When asked how she functioned for 13 years at a highly specialized task without enjoying it, she responded with a simple shrug. “I don’t know.” The intensity of a grueling training regimen has begun to fade, but her desire to positively enforce and motivate the lives of her divers is just as evident. “First of all, I want them to learn the work ethic. That you have to come to the pool and enjoy what you’re doing,” she said. “Diving is an art. You need to really embrace what you are doing ... and love it with every cell of your body. (...) I want them to really love what they are doing and create that piece of art in the air that no one else can do.”

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UH Adaptive Athletics hosted the first Murder Ball 2014 Cougar Cup Wheelchair Rugby Tournament on Friday to Sunday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. | Jenna Frenzel/The Daily Cougar


Rolling into action International, national athletes compete in wheelchair rugby tournament Sara Samora Senior staff writer

International and national teams competed in the first major wheelchair rugby tournament from Friday to Sunday, hosted by the UH Adaptive Athletics program at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Murder Ball 2014 Cougar Cup Wheelchair Rugby Tournament was sponsored by TIRR Memorial Hermann and the UH Division of Student Affairs. The Adaptive Athletics program finds recreational sport opportunities for people with disabilities at UH as well as in the community. “Murder Ball,” known for its intensity and aggressiveness, welcomed more than 70 athletes. Domestic teams included the Chicago Bears, the Denver Harlequins, the San Antonio Steel, the Brooks Bandits from Florida, the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers and more. International teams included the Calgary Inferno from Canada and the Switzerland Fighting Snakes. Health and human performance professor and program director Michael Cottingham hopes the program and event will provide a broader knowledge of the benefits of disability sport. “It’s a fusion of the experience for the students, the experience for the athletes, the students that are helping run and really the research component,” Cottingham said. “For the past week, we looked at the health benefits of wheelchair rugby. We’ve looked at how individuals perceived athletes with disabilities, and these events allow us to conduct academic research, which helps other programs improve what they’re doing, and it helps us improve things.”

Although several universities nationwide have wheelchair basketball and tennis, the University of Arizona is the only school in the country with wheelchair rugby, and Cottingham hopes UH will be second. “I think we are quickly becoming better-regarded and known for our program, which is great to get on the national scene so quickly,” Cottingham said. “We’re looking to develop a collegiate program, so this tournament allowed athletes to see the University, visit the University, maybe even enroll at the University while also allowing the University expose the sport.” Cottingham appreciates the University’s support and believes the program adds diversity to the institution. “We think this is a really valuable program,” Cottingham said. “It’s not just an ethnicity and race and sexual orientation or other statuses; it’s also disability and that’s another form of diversity. “This is just a great opportunity to expose the institution to individuals with disabilities competing in a sport for their peers who are college students, and also educate these students about the University, which we really would love for them to come to.” Kinesiology senior Fernanda Velasco helped assist the event and appreciated the support from the UH community and the Health and Human Performance department. “A lot of our players have been athletes before ... their accident, so they were really used to being active prior to their disability,” Velasco said. “It’s a great way to stay active. If I’m not mistaken, the No. 1 cause of death for people with disabilities is heart

disease, so staying active is a great way to stay healthy.” Velasco hopes that next year, Adaptive Athletics will get great sponsors, and the program will grow. Her goal would be to expand to wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball. “My goal is to specialize in adaptive sports and do either physical therapy slash recreational therapy, so I can do adaptive sports,” Velasco said. “Hopefully, if we can get our program taken under the University, then I would love to stay and work for the program after graduation.” Dave Guiry from Calgary Inferno had a great first impression of UH as well as of the city of Houston. “The facility is great, and the transportation has been awesome,” Guiry said. “All in all, it has been a great tournament. The city is awesome.” Guiry has made numerous friendships through these competitions. “Events like this are great because they get to meet people from all over the world. You all share somewhat of a same bond,” Guiry said. “We all had accidents; we’re in wheelchairs, so it’s easy to get along. It’s great to meet new people and come out to these events a couple times a year. You get to meet up with guys you haven’t seen in six months; it’s great.” Students also receive credit to organize the event. In the previous semester, Cottingham’s students prepared for the Cougar Cup, and for the current semester, they will begin coordinating for the next event, which will be the second wheelchair rugby camp this summer.

More than 70 athletes from national and international teams competed for a spot in the national competition. | Jenna Frenzel/The Daily Cougar

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