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the school’s director, Beth Olson, “as well as the students, by raising our profile on campus.” In the last five years, the number of communication majors has increased by 32 percent, and the
The University’s Dining Services is looking into adding more healthconscious foods to the campus menu — including adding a halal station to the dining halls — in order to comply with students’ requests for healthier cuisine. A halal tasting and focus group is scheduled for April 1 at the Fresh Foods Company in Moody Towers, and Campus Dietician Sarah Feye said preparations for the event are already underway. “When we host our halal focus group, we’ll be testing a few recipes and products,” Feye said. “We’re leaning toward offering some traditional Middle Eastern dishes, as well as some college staple recipes that have proven to be popular over the years.” Halal is food that follows Islamic dietary laws, meaning it cannot contain pork or alcohol. Tandoori Nite is the only restaurant on campus to offer a fully halal menu. Some food trucks, specifically Coreanos and Third Coast Steak Sandwiches, offer halal chicken upon request. No other location on campus offers halal meats. In Nove mb e r, t h e Stu d e nt Government Association passed a resolution in support of adding halal food and healthier options to the campus menu. One of the concerns noted in the final draft of the resolution was that “there is a sizeable population of Muslim students attending the University of Houston, and Muslim students are hesitant to stay on campus due to lack of halal food options.” Biology freshman Umme Hani
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Preacher Chris LePelley, his wife and their son took advantage of the University’s freedom of speech policies to preach the beliefs of the Open Air Holiness Ministries to a crowd of students outside the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library on Tuesday. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar
Preachers spread gospel before incensed crowd Amanda Hilow, Christopher Shelton News editor, sports editor
A traveling preacher and his family drew a crowd of about 30 angry students outside the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library on Tuesday as they took turns ministering their Christian beliefs. “I believe this is a very crucial generation to reach. Our universities are producing our future leaders — future lawyers and doctors and bureaucrats and politicians. Usually, as campuses go, so does the nation,” said preacher
Chris LePelley. “Plus, college students are known to be party animals — premarital sex, drugs, rock music, any and everything that is totally against the Bible. They need to know that they’re going to Hell if they don’t forsake these things and turn to Biblical Jesus.” LePelley said that UH is one university among dozens of others that his family has visited to preach the belief of Open Air Holiness PREACHERS continues on page 3
Studio space breeds video creativity Leslie Espinoza Contributing writer
Media equipment, half a dozen students and an entire set for practicing news anchors easily fit into the current Jack J. Valenti School of Communication studio. However, until a donation from an alumnus
in 2009, students and faculty made do with a studio two-thirds smaller. Lance Funston’s $1.5 million contribution went into a construction project that cost more than $3 million and lasted two years. Students’ tuition funds the majority of the Valenti school. Contributions are
extremely rare, and Funston’s donation was unprecedented in size. The project, funded by the University and other donors, remodeled and expanded the entire School of Communication building. “It provided a real morale boost for faculty and staff members,” said
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Years later The Daily Cougar remains active with SGA, hosting the SGA debate for the 51st administration Thursday in the Kiva Room of Farish Hall. “We” Party candidate Naeem Abdullah, House of Red candidate Andrea Segovia, Cougar Pawlitics candidate Shane Smith and REDvolution candidate Charles Haston debated their views on how to solve campus crime, parking issues and lack of student involvement. Technology has caught up to the debates, as students, faculty and staff tweeted #DailyCougarSGAdebate to send their questions in to the candidates. This year’s presidential election will be held at polling locations across campus from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 to 27. — Laura Gillespie
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number of students with a media production concentration has increased by 53 percent. This growth is one of the primary reasons the expansion was necessary. “Plus, the space was outdated and cramped,” Olson said. “The majority of it was a television studio designed in the 1970s.” Prior to the expansion, students and faculty were hampered by the limited space. Assistant professor Randy Polk said that closets and corners of rooms housed equipment and other materials because the school lacked
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Abbas lives on campus and echoed this concern. “There is a huge Muslim population on campus. There are so many Muslim people, and no one eats anything except halal meats,” Abbas said. “So I go to the Fresh Food Company. I can get cheese pizza and a salad. They have a vegetarian
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Ministries, and the angry crowd was nothing new. “Opposition is the norm,” LePelley said. “It’s the rule, not the exception.” According to the ministry’s website, Open Air’s mission is to spread a gospel of repentance everywhere that is
proper storage areas. Classes share studio space, and each class has its separate set. In the old studio, there was not enough room to set up and leave a set when other classes were being taught. “So every time (students) did their projects, they had to come in and build the sets, shoot it and then strike it, all in one lab period,” Polk said. “This (current studio) allows us to set up a set, leave it, and that way we have more time during the lab for actual instruction and actual shooting.” Polk said the lab is where students become competent with the equipment they will later use in classes, where they get an idea of
how a crew works and how they can contribute at the right time to make the show happen. The lab is essential to students’ learning experience. “I’m a visual learner,” said broadcast journalism junior Jasmine Bass. “A workbook doesn’t do much for me.” Toward the end of the semester, students in Polk’s Television Production I class create their own shows. Students get to practice and experience writing something and see it actually get shot. “The expansion gave us a teaching environment that is closer to what they’ll find out in the real world,” Polk said.
section, but there are not a lot of options there.” SGA’s November resolution wasn’t the only time students’ dining concerns made their way into the Senate. SGA has made multiple attempts throughout the years to address students’ concerns about adding halal, kosher and overall healthier foods to the campus menu. In 2007, SGA passed a resolution to increase the amount of kosher and halal foods. That same year,
Aramark, the University’s food service provider, began selling microwaveable kosher and halal meals at food markets around campus. Retail Food Service Director Misty Pierce said the items were not popular and were later removed from store shelves. “Unfortunately, a kosher or halal TV dinner doesn’t exactly fit the needs of the students. We have found that primarily the students that shop in those little markets are looking for
the chips and dips and things like that,” Pierce said. “So we’re actually trying to expand into our actual food locations to what they can offer.” The second phase of the New UC will open in 2015, and with it will come Freshii, an alternative to traditional fast-food restaurants. Freshii is a halal-friendly establishment; however, it does not offer halal meats. “Freshii will have many vegetarian and vegan meals. These
nutrient-packed, plant-based menu items naturally fit into a halal diet,” Feye said. Feye said she is excited about the new food options coming to campus. According to Feye, the halal tasting and focus group is just one step in a long process to ensure “the best halal food program possible.” Students will have more health-conscious foods to choose from in the coming months.
publicly possible. “Though the modern ‘church’ and the sinful world hate our approach, we loudly preach the deep riches of God’s glorious gospel without apology,” said the group’s website. “We preach against the sins of the day such as abortion, sodomy, fornication, adultery, drunkenness and many others, not forgetting to preach the blessed cross of Christ, which is the
power of God unto salvation.” Though some witnesses described Tuesday’s scene as a disturbance, the UH Police Department said it saw no laws broken, as the family protested against sinners in a free-speech zone. “Young people are going to voice their opinions, and this is set up for that,” said Police Chief Ceasar Moore. “He’s giving his opinion, and people are commenting on that opinion. This is the
way it’s supposed to be.” To ensure that no violence occurred, UHPD maintained about half a dozen security officers at the scene at all times. Concerned hotel and restaurant management junior Tyler Henderson noticeably opposed the preachers’ mission, shouting, “You ain’t got no pancake mix” every time one of the preachers spoke. “I’m all for freedom of speech
and stuff like that, but I feel that he shouldn’t get to come on here at UH without being a student. It should just be students if you want to come out here and say hateful stuff like that,” Henderson said. “I think my God, personally, loves everyone.”
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Former SGA member weighs in on House of Red and REDvolution parties Gemrick Curtom Opinion Columnist
Each party has its views, but SGA presidential candidate Andrea Segovia tried her best to stay positive and not bash other candidates. She felt it was unnecessary because each candidate was there to talk about his or her platform. If candidates disagreed, rebuttals could go either nicely or horribly. Segovia, remaining composed and positive, said the House of Red party is not looking to win by tearing down the opponent — an unusual notion in modern politics. “People are at each other’s throats, and House of Red tries to stay out of it,” Segovia said. “I’ve had people tell me, ‘You need to play dirty, because this election is going to be dirty,’ and I don’t believe in playing dirty. People will mess up just by themselves.” Segovia said the main justification of House of Red’s campaign is just to be clean, be honest and not slander its opponents. This positive attitude came after Segovia left her position in SGA. At a senate meeting, she reminded SGA that it is the voice of the students and cannot be set on some personal agenda. We’ll see if the party’s positivity policy was an afterthought or just part of the act when we get the election results. The first thing Segovia likes to ask students when she approaches them
about the election is “Do you know what SGA is?” Unsurprisingly, most of the time, students say no. Segovia then asks whether students know who their senators are, and most of the time students don’t know what a SGA senator is. If they do, the response is along the lines of, “I have no clue what the name of my senator is or what they look like.” Segovia believes her party can change that. “That’s the first thing I would work on. I want the senators to meet with their constituents,” Segovia said. “If they don’t know you, then you’re not representing your college well.” It’s a good goal to have, but it will require an immense amount of teamwork to reach within the first half of the 51st administration. It will be a hard climb for the House of Red. The SGA office is located on the second floor of the UC North, sectioned away from the rest of the student organizations. It’s the perfect metaphor for SGA’s current situation. There seems to be an elitist attitude within the organization. Few students know how easy it is to become involved with SGA, and House of Red aims to change this. “I want to reach out in a positive way. Everyone has to have an active part in (working to) better this university,” Segovia said. However, if students want to bring humility back into SGA, this is
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the party to root for. REDvolution It’s no secret that REDvolution is a party with strong contenders to back it up. Presidential candidate Charles Haston has faced criticism since the beginning of election season. After a few jabs from his opponents at the SGA debate, Haston continues to display confidence. Haston said he felt REDvolution had the strongest presentation and that his opponents — including Shane Smith, a previous contender to run as Haston’s vice president — attacked only Haston. “It shows to me that they don’t have their own platform to build on,” Haston said. “The only thing they have to do is to try diminishing or marginalizing my accomplishments, because they don’t have any accomplishments of their own.” Strong words coming from someone who received backlash for taking full credit for what he lists as his accomplishments. However, Haston did say he was “the one who brought everyone together” to collaborate — a statement much closer to the truth. Haston stands strong behind the notion that the University does not have a safety problem but rather a safety-perception problem. UHPD has to report every incident that happens on campus and, because they are required to send out an email
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for every incident, students believe there is a crime problem. According to Haston, the University has done a good job in the last three or four years addressing the safety problem. Safety isn’t just about the statistics but also making people feel safe. “Statistically, the University is a safer campus than Rice University,” Haston said. “You don’t get an email every time a crime happens in a community. Here, you do.” Currently an undergraduate at-large senator, Haston wants to continue the drive that current SGA President Cedric Bandoh has established in the last two administrations. REDvolution’s strong suit of senator candidates gives the party a marked advantage, because the majority of the candidates are returning senators. They are the powerhouse presidential party with all the punches. The ballot alone is already overwhelming, and it seems to be the party students are most aware of, which is a given since REDvolution has won year after year. Another clear advantage for REDvolution is its well-established relationship with the University administration. It already knows what’s on the University agenda, and that makes this party the most prepared of the four. With perception a problem, Haston is bringing a variety of strong leaders on board, ranging from student organization leaders
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to Greek life leaders. This strategic roster is intended to improve student programming and campus life, something that might appeal to the student body. REDvolution has marketed itself as the “party of proven leadership,” and while there is no doubt to this, one can still question what accomplishment its referring to. It is welcome to claim everything accomplished during the 50th administration, but that will all be old news in March. It’s great that the party can go back and say, “Look at all of these things we’ve put together for the student body,” but it sets a high standard for the next administration. Let’s just hope that if its members are elected, REDvolution will keep its word, fulfill what it set out to do and not leave students with empty promises. Opinion columnist Gemrick Curtom is a public relations junior and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
ANALYSIS This week features the House of Red against REDvolution. Cougar Pawlitics will square off against the “We” Party next week on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
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House looks to rebound from knee injury Jordan Lewis
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Following a basketball season full of recognition his freshman year, forward Danuel House’s sophomore season came with setbacks. After the former five-star recruit showed some early promise — he was the first UH basketball player to be named Conference USA Freshman of the Year — House suffered from a torn meniscus in his knee Nov. 26 against Texas Tech and he averages five fewer points per game. He missed nine games because of the torn meniscus — the first major injury of his career — before returning against Louisville Jan. 16. More than a month since he stepped back on the court, House trusts his knee and is still gaining confidence as the Cougars (12-13, 4-8) prepare for the stretch run of the season. UH has only five games remaining before the American Athletic Conference tournament begins March 12. Standing at 6-foot-7 and 195 pounds, House has the size and quickness that allow him the versatility to play forward or guard, but his credentials as a competitor were tested when he needed to persevere through the rehabilitation process. He has gradually been able to do more on the court. “First thing we wanted to know is to get him as physically healthy as we could, and then from there it’s when does he have the confidence mentally to where it’s not going to bother him,” said head coach James Dickey. For House, adjusting to game speed has been tough, but he said it pushed him to work harder to make up for the time that he missed. House
After suffering an early season knee injury, sophomore forward Danuel House has returned to the floor to give the Cougars a fighting chance in the tough American Athletic Conference, with only five regular season games remaining before the conference tournament. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar has worked well with the medical staff and associate athletics trainer John Houston. Houston, who is in his 17th season with UH, managed House’s treatment and rehabilitation process. Houston said that anytime a player has surgery, the training staff goes through phases depending on the surgical procedure that’s done. For instance, an ACL healing process can span across a four-month period, but an injury like House’s was less of an issue. “I don’t want to call it simple, because surgery is always a big deal, but it’s just scaled down a little bit,”
Houston said. “His recovery time was set at about three to six weeks, but it depended on how he responded post-surgically.” Staff monitored House periodically to ensure there were no increases in swelling or pain. The training staff’s top priority is preventing secondary infections, so staff members tend to the wounds and start progressing from that point. “House never had any setbacks, and his recovery went perfectly,” Houston said. “When I had him in a controlled setting, not running up and down amongst all the trees, he looked
real good, but then they get even more apprehensive when they’re back in the mix, so it takes a while for them to get over that hurdle.” From a therapy standpoint, they are working as much with House’s mind as with his body. House was able to move through these phases quickly. “85 percent of rehab, you’re going to see gains and it’s going to move really fast, but the last 15 percent is the toughest part of any rehab that you’re going through,” Houston said. “It’s difficult for you to gain that confidence on coming back, wondering,
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For the Cougars, including sophomore Josh Vidales, the Silver Glove Series against Rice begins today at Reckling Park. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar
As far as storylines go, both UH and Rice compete today with their own entries. Outside of the importance of the Silver Glove Series, the Cougars and the Owls will see two of their own step into spots that are, in head coach Todd Whitting’s words, “storybook.” Redshirt senior first baseman Casey Grayson, who is hitting .556 with a home run, will play against UH’s chief rival for the first time in more than a year after missing the 2013 season because of an injury. Finally healthy and back in the lineup, Grayson feels he
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Lambda Phi Epsilon is hosting bone marrow drives to encourage students to become donors to have the opportunity to save someone’s life from blood-related diseases. The next drive will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Butler Plaza in front of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library. | Monica Tso/The Daily Cougar
Becoming a match Fraternity, local donor program host bone marrow drives to save lives Monica Tso Life & Arts editor
After one of its brothers passed away from leukemia more than 10 years ago, a fraternity continues to host on-campus drives to encourage students to join a bone marrow registry to save a life. Lambda Phi Epsilon organized one of the largest bone marrow drives in the history of the National Marrow Donor Program and Asian American Donor Program after brother Evan Chen of Stanford University was diagnosed with leukemia. More than 2,000 people were typed, and although a match was found, Chen passed away in 1996. For its philanthropy event, the fraternity held its second bone marrow drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the New University Center. It has raised $100 in T-shirt sales, and about 70 students have registered within the two days. Hotel and restaurant management sophomore James Lee is the service chair for LPE. “After Evan passed, we adopted this bone marrow drive as our national philanthropy event,” Lee said. “We want to raise awareness for minorities to become a part of the registry, because it’s really hard to find a match for them. We want to save as many lives as possible.” According to the Be The Match Registry, 67 percent of the 10.5 million registered donors are Caucasian, while about 29.2 percent of the registry are spread across six categories of minorities.
Students have the opportunity to their cheeks. register at two more bone marrow Donors are contacted only after a drives from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today match is found. and Thursday at Butler Plaza in front Be The Match offers two painless of the M.D. Anderson Memorial ways to donate marrow — peripheral Library. blood stem cell donation and marrow LPE is also organizing the “Pie-A- donation. Lambda” event during their drives, About 30 volunteers joined the where anyone can pie a member for registry in LPE’s drive Tuesday. $1. All proceeds from these drives go “I took the time out to sign up directly to Be The Match. because I could potentially save Community Engagement Rep- someone’s life,” said liberal studies resentative from the Be The Match freshman Helen Jenkins. Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program According to the Be The Match Rachael Neihart has worked with LPE Registry guidelines, participants in the bone marrow drives. are needed between 18 and 40, but “Someone registered at one of anyone can donate between ages 18 the Lambda events for the Save and 60. Nina drive in the summer and was “I wanted to become a donor matched,” Neihart said. “He donated because I’ll do anything to help anyand saved someone’s life.” one out,” said technology freshman About 70 percent of patients who Brittney Buford. need a transplant do not have a Be The Match is also arranging a matching donor within their family. bone marrow drive for Frontier Fiesta The Be The Match Registry is able to in March. meet only half of the 12,000 patients per year who could be cured through email@example.com a transplant from someone outside their families. Neihart hopes to have more than 200 people join the registry by the end Lambda Phi Epsilon and Be The of this week. Match are hosting two more bone “I was diagnosed with MDS, a marrow drives this week from 10 form of leukemia, in August 2006,” a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Thursday Neihart said. “I found a match at Butler Plaza in front of the M.D. through Be The Match Registry, I Anderson Memorial Library. survived and I’ve been a part of this program hoping to get students to Don’t have time to stop by? Visit Be join the registry.” The Match online at join.bethematch. The application process takes less theafter official student newspaper of the university of houston since 1934 org/GCMDP. than five minutes, and signing forms, participants are asked to swab
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Musicology professor remembered for research
Janeka Porter Staff writer
UH is mourning the loss of Moores School of Music Scholar Emeritus Robert Lynn, who passed away this week following a long illness. Lynn taught musicology from 1971 to 1997 and regularly taught Introduction to Musicology. For several years, Lynn also served as director of Graduate Studies. Lynn was a In 1982, Moores School Lynn became of Music scholar the first emeritus music director of Bach Society Houston and worked with the organization until his retirement in 2004. During his tenure as the director of the Bach Choir and Orchestra, he worked to establish an ensemble that reflected the latest research and scholarship of historically informed performance practice. Lynn’s scholarly research has made the Bach Choir’s presentation possible. The society’s first event was a popular series of Bach Vespers. In December 1998, Lynn was awarded a travel grant in Leipzig by the Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association to support his research. “Professor Lynn brought a level of erudition to the Bach Society required for the organization to aspire to high standards. He built a choir that reached into the community and attracted a large base that supported the ongoing efforts of the society,” said the Rev. Robert G. Moore, senior pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Lynn also taught Moore that the music of Bach and other early music composers has a great capacity of community-building. Music is not only for the mind and aesthetic pleasure, but it also makes relationships happen. “Over these last years, during Dr. Lynn’s illness, we have missed primarily his kind presence,” Moore said. Lynn was a musicologist, harpsichordist and organist. He received a master’s degree in music studying organ from the Juilliard School and a doctorate in musicology from Indiana University. “Without a doubt, Bob played an important part in the development of the school. He will be missed,” said MSM Director David Ashley White. firstname.lastname@example.org
Open auditions to discover talents Senior staff writer
The Student Video Network will hold auditions from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Thursday at the New University Center Ballroom for students to become active in the organization. Media production senior and SVN President Sophia Pereira said the auditions are for shows. “Whether they’re narrative shows or news shows, the actors can audition for any type of shows, whether they want to be a reporter or if they want to do narrative acting,” Pereira said. Pereira added that the auditions are not about replacing actors or shows but rather for availability. “If any show needs a new actor, or if they need an actor for next year, they go to the archives for that,” Pereira said. According to media production senior and Vice President of Operations Isaiah Peña, SVN is not usually seen as an outlet for actors. “When it came to SVN shows, acting was one of the scarcity areas of finding members. In the past, producers would use their friends or their crew members,” Peña said. “It allows us to have an archive of actors for producers to find actors on the spot. We even let the producers give us their own scripts so they know what they’re looking for.”
The Student Video Network is holding auditions from 6 to 8 p.m. today and Thursday at the New University Center Ballroom to find students to participate in upcoming productions. | Courtesy of Student Video Network At the auditions, participants do not need to memorize anything. Instead, SVN will provide scripts consisting of comedy, dramatic and broadcast writings. “It will be cold reads,” Pereira said. “They just have to look over it, and then they come in and speak the script in front of the camera.” The auditions will benefit up-andcoming actors and producers. “They’re more than welcome to
hold their own auditions,” Pereira said. “But this is really helpful, because this is SVN overall, so all of the shows’ producers can benefit from it.” New shows benefit the most from these auditions. “They’re coming in, they’re fresh, they don’t know where to get the cast, and so they have the benefit of the SVN open auditions. They don’t have to worry about who to look for. It’s
all there waiting for them,” Peña said. “Whereas older shows will maybe pick one or two because they just need new people.” At the moment, Pereira says SVN has 10 shows in the works. “It’s the most we’ve ever had during my time here,” Pereira said. “You can expect a lot of episodes and a lot of new shows this semester and next semester. It’s going to be an awesome year for production.” Peña added that they also have balanced areas of narrative shows and broadcast shows, and that he hopes to continue auditions each semester to keep the roster updated. “With the new building and the new studio, the balance has come from the fact that broadcasting (has) been able to come up a lot more,” Peña said. Media production junior Dot Behrens is the Vice President of Productions. “Some shows will continue throughout the summer despite the break,” Behrens said. “It usually slows down because the change of the board and leadership. As long as the members want to do something, the board will be here making it happen.” Auditions are open to current students and alumni. Walk-ins will be available Friday as well. email@example.com
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