Inmates to escape in upcoming play
Short memory of success
The School of Theater and Dance will premiere “Old Country” Friday evening.
Even though though they are sitting with a 5-1 record, the Cougars’ focus is to continue to work on what they struggled on in the previous tour. SEE PAGE 5
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Film. Kill Bill 1 and 2 will be screened from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the New UC Theater.
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First massive open online courses launch Free enrollment open for AP calculus, statistics and class management Amanda Hilow News editor
Students preparing for college by getting an early start earning credit with advance placement or dualcredit courses will now have a cheaper option for getting ahead. The UH System became a Coursera partner, launching its first three massive open online courses on the education platform, with unlimited participation and access free of charge. Out of the 10 United States state universities that joined Coursera in May 2013, the UH System now has the most upcoming courses. “We’re hoping these courses will be effective in our outreach efforts with the community, empowering people who might not otherwise have access to this level of education,” said Jeff Morgan, associate provost of education innovation and technology.
The first two classes, “Preparing for the AP Calculus AB Exam” and “Preparing for the AP Statistics Exam,” will begin March 17 and last for six weeks. The courses will consist of weekly lecture videos, quizzes and optional homework assignments and class discussion forums to help students understand the material and better prepare for the AP exams. Practice exams will be given at the end of each course. “We hope to help enhance high school dual-enrollment programs, offering these MOOCs to schools that lack instructors qualified to teach college-level content,” Morgan said. “Next year, we will offer full-year courses in AP Calculus and AP Statistics through Coursera.” According to The College Board’s 10th annual AP Report to the Nation, the number of AP exams administered increased by about 1.8 million from 2003 to 2013. However, almost 300,000 students in the class of 2013 who had potential to succeed in AP exams never participated in matched courses.
Potential UH students can begin to earn college credit by taking free massive open online courses to prepare for placement tests like AP exams. | Izmail Glosson/The Daily Cougar According to a UH press release, the combined enrollment in these two courses has already reached more than 3,000 students. Morgan, however, said he is hoping to see more people enroll. “There isn’t a cap on enrollment
in these MOOCs, and we eventually hope to see a combined enrollment of 10,000 students in these initial offerings,” he said. The third MOOC, “Applying Principles of Behavior in the K-12
Classroom,” was developed by UH-Victoria and will begin April 7. The fourweek course is designed to help high school teachers and administrators MOOCS continues on page 3
Pitching a shutout The Cougars couldn’t have hoped for a better start as they remain undefeated at 4-0 after taking down the nationally ranked Owls, 3-0, on their turf. The pitching staff has played lights out as it pitched three shutouts in its first four games. See page 6 for coverage of the game. — Caitlin Hilton/The Daily Cougar
Campus battles phishing waves Jacob Wolfe Contributing writer
While the rapid advancement of technology in recent years has given the nation useful new appliances, there is also a downside — phishing. A form of spam found on the Internet, phishing can create problems such as identity theft or malware attacks for users who fall for the scam. Mary Dickerson, executive director PHISHING continues on page 11
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Interested in a career in the health professions field?
Attend the UH Health Professions Fair on Monday, Feb. 24th, 9am-2pm
Seminar: Gender-based violence in South Asian communities and the structures that support such violence will be discussed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rockwell Pavilion located on the second floor of the M. D. Anderson Memorial Library.
Auditions: Student Video Network will host an open casting call for students interested in acting in future commercials, shows, movies, short films and other productions from 6 to 8 p.m. in the New UC North, Room N221.
Theater: “Our Country’s Good,” which is set in 18th-century Sydney, will have its season debut with director Jack Young from 8 to 10 p.m. in the School of Theatre and Dance’s Jose Quintero Theater. Student tickets are $10.
Lecture: A law faculty member will discuss energy production and development in the talk “Allocating Energy Governance” from noon to 1 p.m. in the UH Law Center, Room 240 BLB.
(University Center, Ballroom — 210)
Music: A faculty flute recital for Peggy Russel featuring works by Jacques-Martin Hotteterre, Toru Takemitsu and other composers will be held from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in the Moores School of Music Choral Recital Hall, Room 160.
The over 40 institutions attending include: Baylor College of Medicine University of Texas — School of Dentistry UTMB Health School of Health Profession Texas A&M — College of Veterinary Medicine
Texas Tech University School of Nursing
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Energy: Bob Inglis will discuss market solutions to climate change and answer questions in a Q&A session with a Law Center faculty member from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hilton UH’s Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom.
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Art: An art film by filmmaker Vincent Grenier will be screened from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Blaffer Art Museum. Grenier experiments with perception, natural world and film as poetry.
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Health Center aims to kickstart life changes Michelle Iracheta Contributing writer
The UH Health Center will host a free cholesterol screening for students, staff and faculty Friday to educate participants about the two types of cholesterol and to show how one of these could contribute to cardiovascular disease. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the UH Health Center. Any student or staff member with a UH ID is invited to attend. February is the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month, and according to Dr. Scott Spear, executive director and chief physician at the Health Center, the University will offer the free cholesterol screenings so participants can make changes in their lifestyles before it’s too late. “Epidemiologic studies have shown that elevated cholesterol — elevated bad cholesterol — elevated triglycerides can increase the risk of heart disease or cardiovascular disease and other large vessel disease,” Spear said. “High bad cholesterol is just one of the causes of the vascular disease of the heart.” According to Spear, two types of cholesterol exist: high-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein. The latter is the “bad” type of cholesterol and can clog arteries. A cholesterol
screening can measure levels of good and bad types. Spear said it’s important for students to know their cholesterol levels are based on family history, diet and exercise. “We want to help people who might be at risk to understand what their risks are, so they can make interventions,” Spear said. “There are both dietary interventions that could be made as well as medication interventions.” Spear said he encourages dietary interventions before medication interventions, but the campus does offer medications to those individuals who are unable to lower their cholesterol with diet and exercise. As for dietary interventions, changing one’s diet can drastically lower bad cholesterol, Spear said. Portion control and choosing fresh fruits and vegetables instead of hamburgers and pizza is a good start, he said. Spear said he’s not concerned about the food in the dining halls because there is a variety of options to choose from. “The problem is the vending machines and fast food joints. It’s high caloric density and low nutritional value,” Spear said. “So it’s a lot of fat and not a lot of protein, vitamins and nutrients. The best places to eat on campus
In celebration of the American Heart Association’s Heart Month, the UH Health Center, located near the Lynn B. Eusan Park, will offer free cholesterol screenings Friday. The Health Center also provides a variety of services, including vaccinations, dental work and women’s health services. | File Photo/The Daily Cougar are the campus food service units, but you have to pick and choose.” Students can also introduce exercise into their health regimens in order to lower bad cholesterol, Spear said. “The evidence shows us that it’s four to five days a week of 30 minutes to an hour of aerobic exercise that’s going to be helpful to lose weight and improve cardiac health,” Spear said. “Generally, about 85 percent of maximum heart rate is where you want to be. If you’re walking so fast that you can’t carry on a conversation, that’s a good indication that you’re at a good heart rate.” Students around campus are finding
ways to watch what they eat and stay fit. Graphic communications junior Christelyn Nash said she thinks the free cholesterol screenings at the Health Center are a good idea, especially for students like her who try to watch what they eat and are concerned about their health. “I eat pretty healthy, but I never really checked myself,” Nash said. “I just keep a basic diet. I try to stay away from fast food and man-made foods in general. I dance a lot. I don’t go to the gym or anything, but I stay fit by dancing.” Chemical engineering senior Jason Pham said that between classes,
studying and going to work, he doesn’t find a lot of time to work out, but he said he balances maintaining a healthy lifestyle with the foods he eats. “I try to eat right, and I don’t eat a lot of fast food. I eat a lot of vegetables,” Pham said. “I don’t think I have high cholesterol. My family doesn’t.” Spear said the UH Health Center expects about 100 individuals to participate in Friday’s cholesterol screening, and he hopes that more people take advantage of the free incentive. email@example.com
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Day of Remembrance transcends religion
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ost of the time, one does not think about the things that come together to build a connection within a university. Think about the walkways, buildings and artwork that canvas our campus. Now think about the Cougars before us who have walked on the same stone and gazed at these works of art. It makes one reflect on other members of the Cougar family and the impact Kelly they have made. People Schafler should try to take some time out of their day to remember the individuals who have left loved ones behind. This is the ultimate thought behind UH’s
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Day of Remembrance. The Day of Remembrance — an annual ceremony that has been rejuvenated within the last few years — serves as a respectful reminder that once one is part of the Cougar family, he or she always part of the Cougar family. The sentiment behind this day is to commemorate the Cougars — faculty, staff, students and alumni — who passed away in the last academic year. The Day of Remembrance brings in family and friends of the deceased to show their respects and will be conducted by the Campus Ministries Association from noon to 1 p.m. today in the A.D. Bruce Religion Center. Invitations to the ceremony are sent to the
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Whether it is a way to mourn the loss of someone close to you or to show support to the family members of the deceased, the Day of Remembrance needs to become a more widely known celebration.” Kelly Schafler, on the importance of keeping the Day of Remembrance as a Cougar tradition.
touched by the respect shown. President Renu Khator, who was key in the revival of this annual ceremony, will speak during the service to show her respect. Manager of the A.D. Bruce Religion Center Bruce Twenhafel explained the meaning of the event. “We are not here to promote faith. We are here as forums for people to express whatever they want when it comes to their faith or lack of faith. … We are here to honor those individuals — not have a religious service,” Twenhafel said. One point of the Day of Remembrance is unity. The ceremony welcomes members of
families of the deceased. Those who attend are
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the University community to share in the celebration of life. “We call ourselves the Cougar family or the University family, and we celebrate a lot of things — families celebrate things,” Twenhafel said. “It makes sense to celebrate and honor those people who have gone through life, whether it is up to a freshman year in college and passed away or an alumnus or a friend who has lived a full life. “The common denominator is that they are all UH people. They are all part of the UH family.” While UH’s lack of traditions is commonly compared to colleges like A&M that are bleeding with tradition, this is a tradition that should continue. Campus Ministries Association President Rabbi Kenneth Weiss, who will lead the service this year, said he believes the University needs more traditions that bring the community together. “Each year, our reach becomes a little greater. And each year, it becomes more of a tradition,” Weiss said. “Those people who are coming in as freshmen will see this as a significant part of the University life.” Whether it is a way to mourn the loss of someone close to you or to show support to the family members of the deceased, the Day of Remembrance needs to become a more widely known celebration.
Death is a vital part of life and needs to be viewed as a learning experience rather than just a difficult one. Some students attend this ceremony without having known the deceased. The reason for this is a sense of connection to our school and the community. All the people who have attended UH, even if only for a little while, have made an impact on someone. The ability to touch and affect someone’s life has no time frame, and this day shows that. In light of this unifying event, there has been a negative shadow cast on parts of the student body. There is a great opposition between the Day of Remembrance and the religious extremist, preacher Chris LePelley, who stood in front of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library early this week. While the A.D. Bruce Religion Center is a non-denominational place where viewpoints are welcomed, LePelley and his traveling family seem to have a much more narrow view of biblical morals. In case one hasn’t heard, LePelley is part of an open-air religious group called Open Air Holiness Ministries. During his sermon, LePelley offended many observers with his extremely subjective views. LePelley was speaking in a freespeech zone, but these zones should be limited to students and members of the UH community, not an unaffiliated man who greatly offends most onlookers.
Seeing these two different events take place during the same week shows the acceptance and opposition of certain parts of religion. While the Day of Remembrance aims to pull in all members of the Cougar family, no matter their beliefs or denomination, LePelley aims to criticize beliefs that aren’t as radical as his. In order to expel LePelley’s negativity, it would be good for the UH community to empathize with fellow Cougars and show respect for those who were lost this past year, but who will never be forgotten. Senior staff columnist Kelly Schafler is a print journalism junior and may be reached at email@example.com
LEARN MORE Event Information The Day of Remembrance is a non-religious ceremony that is dedicated to honoring the lives of students, staff, faculty and other members of the community who passed away in 2013. The ceremony will be held today from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the A.D. Bruce Religion Center and is open to all members of the community. For more information, please contact Bruce Twenhafel, the manager of the religion center, at 713-743-5050.
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UH downed No. 15 Rice 3-0, its third shutout in four games at Reckling Park on Wednesday. | Caitlin Hilton/The Daily Cougar
Making a statement Shutout of rival Rice on road erases some questions about UH’s pitching staff Harrison Lee
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UH moves up in polls For the second consecutive week, the Cougars find themselves nationally ranked, as they moved up two spots to No. 64 in the country. UH (5-1) is off to its best six-match start since 2009, as it posted a record of 1-1 last week, with its only defeat coming by the slimmest of margins, 4-3, to No. 70 Kansas last Friday. The Jayhawks are placed at No. 60 nationally in this week’s poll. However, UH responded by earning a 5-2 win against Mississippi State on Sunday. The Bulldogs were ranked as high as No. 75 just three weeks ago. The Cougars’ No. 64 ranking is just two spots shy of the program’s highestever placement, as it was ranked 62nd in the country on Feb. 20, 2002. The Cougars will have a chance to bolster their national status even more, as each of their next four matches are against ranked opponents, starting with their first road tests of the year this weekend. They will take on No. 59 Washington State at noon Friday and finish their road trip at No. 40 Washington at 2 p.m. Sunday. email@example.com
Freshman earns AAC weekly award Freshman Despoina Vogasari became the first Cougar to receive American Athletic Conference Tennis Player of the Week honors Tuesday. Vogasari posted a 4-0 overall record last week, going 2-0 in singles action from the No. 1 position and teaming up with junior Elena Kordolaimi to post a 2-0 in doubles play vs. No. 70 Kansas and Mississippi State last week. In addition to her perfect record, Vogasari managed to defeat Mississippi State’s No. 72 Georgia Patrasc last Sunday in dominating fashion, 6-1, 6-2, marking UH’s first victory against a ranked individual in more than six years. On Friday, she took down Kansas’ Dylan Windom, 6-3, 6-2, handing her one of her two losses in the season. Vogasari is ranked No. 125 in the world and is a perfect 10-0 in overall action this season, while posting a 6-0 record in singles play and a 4-0 mark in doubles play. Vogasari has yet to drop a set so far this season. Vogasari aims to continue her good play this weekend, as the Cougars will travel to take on Washington State on Friday and No. 40 Washington on Sunday, in what will be the team’s first road tests of the season.
Though his at-bat qualified as dramatic and the lights were just bright enough to make it seem like a movie, the slightly arching line drive that Caleb Barker hit to put the game out of No. 15 Rice’s reach was not what truly won the game for the Cougars. The pitching staff stole the show. The junior catcher’s double to right field brought two teammates to the plate to extend the lead to 3-0, but
UH (4-0) had already scored enough to take game one of the Silver Glove Series on Wednesday at Reckling Park. The offensive numbers took a backseat to a staff that pitched its third shut-out of the season to preserve the final 3-0 lead and made sure Rice head coach Wayne Graham’s 1,001st win did not come against his cross-town rival. “I think it’s really incredible,” said Barker of the pitching staff. “They’re really making us go right now. Any time you can come out and keep a team from scoring, it’s really hard to lose.” The game’s only other offense occurred after senior outfielder Frankie Ratcliff scored on a first-inning two-out RBI by senior right fielder Casey Grayson. Rice mustered only four hits and
two walks during the game. UH’s starting pitcher Matt Locus, a left-handed junior transfer from San Jacinto College, lasted 3.2 innings before giving way to another lefty, senior reliever Tyler Ford. The two combined for four strikeouts and only two walks. “Another outstanding job by the pitching staff,” said head coach Todd Whitting. “Locus goes out, you know, first career start at the Division I level in a big game. This is a big game for us. Not only is it Rice, our cross-town rival, but this is a road game against a ranked team. When you’re trying to build a resume for the future, this is a big one.” SILVER continues on page 7
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After a 5-1 weekend, UH is still not satisfied. The Cougars hope to build on their appearance in the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic last weekend by using the experience gained all week in preparation for the Houston Invite this weekend at Cougar Softball Field. “Every time we go out, we approach it as a lesson to see where to get better,” said head coach Kyla Holas. Holas said the squad is shifting the focus of practice according to what worked and what didn’t last weekend. As fatigue proved to be a problem late in the last tournament, Holas has adjusted the team’s pracHolas tice regimen accordingly. After playing six games in the Hilton Plaza Classic, the Cougars will compete in another five this week, including back-to-back games Friday and Saturday. UH also has a midweek contest against Texas A&M on Wednesday. “The pitchers have been working on getting their arms loose, since they’re still really sore, and the hitters have been working on squaring up on outside pitches,” Holas said. “We try to challenge them with exercise first and then force them to get three outs.” Holas wants her players to get used to the feeling of having to make big plays while tired in practice, so they will have no problem performing during important moments in all five games this weekend. Senior Kendra Cullum said the workouts are helpful and will result in success on the diamond. “The coaches make us as tired as we can be so that we can focus on the little things and make the routine plays more routine,” Cullum said. Junior outfielder Sydney Gerbracht said she hopes that the team can make a big impact this coming weekend, but with the team facing new opponents, making adjustments will be a key to success. “We never want to underestimate an opponent, but we definitely want PITCH continues on page 7
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Ford, who tied a career high in innings pitched, got his first win of the season. He defused Rice’s only real offensive display of the game, when they loaded the bases in the 4th inning, by striking out Rice shortstop Leon Byrd. “There’s times where you know that you need to hit your spots and times where you just see if you can win the battle,” Ford said. The effective nature of the pitching staff is something that, given its earlier status as a possible question mark, is a confidence booster and useful tool for UH. “Really proud of the effort,” Whitting said. “Ford got a big strikeout with the bases loaded in the middle part of the game.” Barker, who sees all the pitchers and their offerings, was equally impressed by the staff ’s work. “Locus came out today, pounding the strikezone. He really doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but he’s really aggressive with everything he had.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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to come out with five wins this weekend,” Gerbracht said. “We’re going to stay strong offensively and make aggressive plays on defense every time we go out.” But the Cougars’ goals are more than just a five-win weekend. Holas said the work the Cougars are putting in during practice will not only help them come out on top this weekend, but reach their goal of a NCAA Championship. email@example.com
After a six-game slate last weekend, UH is focused on being fresh during crucial moments for its five games this weekend. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar
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LIFE & ARTS EDITOR
Shifting views on body image
Inmates to find freedom in play
Students discuss social changes of defining beauty
The School of Theatre and Dance will premiere its rendition of an award-winning play at 8 p.m. Friday at the Jose Quintero Theatre. Associate professor Jack Young directed Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play, “Our Country’s Good.” The Royal Court Theatre was the first to produce the play in 1988, with a cast that included talents such as Jim Broadbent, David Haig, Linda Bassett and Ron Cook. The play features three actors from UH, including Susie Parr as Mary Brenham, Mike Thatcher as Governor Phillip and Tom Conry, a first-year MFA acting student, as Ralph Clark. ““Our Country’s Good’ serves to remind us that to live together, we must work together to build a common wealth, or we’ll all be the poorer for its absence,” Young said. “Each generation has to take the stories of the past and use them to forge their own culture.” Young is also the head of the Professional Actor Training Program. The play is set in 1789 at a penal colony in New South Wales, now known as Sydney, Australia. In the play, a group of inmates are gathered to perform the Restoration-era comedy, “The Recruiting
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The School of Theatre and Dance is presenting Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play, “Our Country’s Good,” which will feature three UH students, at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Jose Quintero Theatre. | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Officer,” directed by Lt. Ralph Clark by demand of Governor Phillip to honor the king’s birthday. The inmates have no acting experience. Several cast members are illiterate, and one member is awaiting his death sentence. “Our Country’s Good” is an example of how the arts can positively influence society and enrich any culture. The actors in this production overcame challenges as they
struggled to understand the intensity of the poor conditions faced by the prisoners they were portraying. “Food was scarce, disease loomed and physical and sexual violence were the norm,” Conry said. “It was very important that we be able to recreate the harsh world in which the play takes place, so that the common humanity and humor of the characters could also shine forth.”
SHOWINGS The play will also show at 8 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 27 and 28 as well as March 1. Afternoon showings will be at 2 p.m. Sunday and Mar. 2. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office at (713) 743-2929.
MEET THE CAST: KIARA FELICIANO Michelle Iracheta Contributing writer
Ambition, courage and toughness are traits that acting professor Kiara Feliciano has had to learn in her life, and Liz Morden, the character whom Feliciano plays on stage in UH’s production of “Our Country’s Good,” has those traits and more. Although Morden’s character isn’t in the original play, Feliciano described Morden as a character who has been abused all her life and as someone who has been around all the wrong people. “She is the toughest female convict on the whole ship. Nobody likes to mess with her or talk with her. She is a really frightening person, and she’s a product of her past,” Feliciano said. “She’s a rough character, and the play is about transformations. Her transformation is really pivotal to the play.” Through acting, Feliciano has gone through her own transformation. “I’ve been acting since eighth grade. Since then, I’ve come up across different characters, people who don’t see the world in the way
Acting professor, Kiara Feliciano plays Liz Morden in “Our Country’s Good.” | Courtesy of Kelsey Edwards that I do,” Feliciano said. “I’m growing because I’m seeing the world in different aspects.” Feliciano is in the Master of Fine Arts theater program at UH. MFA students either rehearse with their ensembles or act with a professional theatre company. “I’m here from 8:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. the next day. It’s rigorous. At the beginning, I hated it because it was so hard. Now I know what I can handle.
It’s part of my stamina now,” Feliciano said. “I’m a bigger person now. I’m so grateful for what I have learned. It’s been a tremendous adventure. I’m excited to see what is out there for me now. It’s terrifying but exciting.” Feliciano is in her final semester in the MFA program at the UH. After graduation, she’s headed to Los Angeles where she hopes to start her career, but like Morden, she is scared. “Liz Morden is someone that’s terrified, but she’s intelligent. She doesn’t speak as if she were, but she is the smartest person on that ship. Because she’s terrified, she’s violent,” Feliciano said. “Where I most connect with her is that she’s terrified.” Early in her career, Feliciano met resistance when she tried to accomplish her dreams. Like Morden, Feliciano dealt with abuse from people she loved and trusted. She describes those memories as terrifying and similar to those of Morden’s. “There are certain people in my life who have tried to completely crush me, even take a certain ownership of
me and take advantage of whatever kindness I had,” Feliciano said. “And if I wanted to speak against it, it was almost like being a dog. I’d be punished for it in a away.” Feliciano attributes all the good things in her life to her parents. “I knew that there was something even more that I had to offer. Something that couldn’t stay just in high schools. I had to go above and beyond that. That’s something Liz Morden will later find out in the play,” Feliciano said. “She’s going realize that there is so much more, and it really has to with the people that you surround yourself with.” Feliciano said that in five years she’ll be winning an Oscar. “More importantly, I just want to be really influential to people. I know that I am now being a teacher. I have colleagues, and we are constantly influencing people,” Feliciano said. “I want to do it in a really good and powerful way, so I am hoping to be big in LA.”
The media’s definition of “beauty” has changed throughout the years., and this can affect an individual’s body image. Counseling and Psychological Services held a workshop as part of its Food for Thought series called “Beautiful Me: Body Image Concerns” on Wednesday afternoon at the Student Services Center. Students were invited to discuss and get informative details on body image issues and how to overcome them. A presentation was shown to attendees with key points varying from eating disorders to improving your outlook on your body image. CAPS doctoral psychology intern Katie Croft Caderao talked to students about the social issue and what can be done to have a healthy body and mind. “It’s a very important topic, and I think it impacts our entire student population,” Croft Caderao said. “The presentation was a way to encourage people to reflect more about how media influences their body image and find some way to improve upon that.” Since media is the major impact on body image issues, Croft Caderao showed a video in which an averagesize model was Photoshopped not only to a skinnier version but into a whole different person. Psychology senior Joann Ramirez said she feels that media are going too far with their definition of beauty. “The best way to improve your selfesteem is to throw away your fashion magazines,” Ramirez said. “I think the media is giving us, the average American person, the wrong ideal body of both the woman and the man.” The attendees also discussed the fact that women are not the only gender dealing with their body image. As some women tend to think that being thin is beautiful, some men are insecure about not being muscular and masculine. Education junior Claude Webb felt that it was great that this topic was covered, since it’s something that’s not spoken a lot. “It was informative and gave a different light,” Webb said. “Some guys have the same perspective as women do for their definition of beauty. I think with guys, it’s a little different and harder to approach, but I would definitely give them the same information I gained at this workshop.”
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After discussing topics that might affect body image, Croft Caderao also gave key points on how to improve your self-esteem. She advised limiting the time spent in front of the mirror, which would help the individual not look at the negative. Education post-graduate Leone Mack said she finds it difficult to spend less time in front of a mirror, since she works at a hair salon. “I guess every time I look at myself,
I’ll point out something more positive rather than a flaw that I’m looking at,” Mack said. “The presentation showed us more positive body image instead of what is on the magazine. We should just be healthy.” CAPS will also host the National Eating Disorder Screening Day on Feb. 27 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The event will include a screening, food and a drawing. Students can also participate by taking a “selfie” in any restroom tagged with #loveyourbody.
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Saturday Theatre: The School of Theatre and Dance is showcasing a play, “Our Country’s Good,” at 8 p.m. in the Jose Quintero Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students. Off-campus: The Bayou City Outdoors Farmers Market Tour is encouraging participants to join them on a ride around Houston at 8 a.m. in Onion Creek. Bicycle rentals are offered for $25 per day, and admission to the tour is free.
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Students like civil engineering junior Sara Karouni (top left) and civil engineering junior Carlos Pacas (top right) visited the Metropolitan Volunteer Program’s fair, Revolution of Heroes, on Wednesday afternoon at the New University Center Ballroom. Donald-Moreland/The Daily Cougar
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of IT, has worked in the field for many years and has watched the craft evolve. “Phishers craft an email that looks official, from something like a bank, a school or even Facebook,” Dickerson said. “Old phishing emails had poor grammar, bad graphics and were easily detectable.” As technology has become more advanced, phishing techniques have become stronger and much more accurate than before. “They use your username and password to log into your accounts,” Dickerson said. “Their ultimate goal is to steal your identity, your money or to use your account to access other people’s accounts.” After multiple phishing waves attempted to impersonate official UH correspondence, philosophy freshman Daniel Smith has given up on the University’s email system entirely. “I usually delete most of the emails from the school,” he said. “It’s not worth the risk to me.” The University’s IT Department is doing its part to prevent students from falling victim to phishing. “We’ve designed a system that emails have to go through,” Dickerson said. “We give each email a score, and
Phishers attempt to extract personal information, such as user names and passwords, which can result in stolen identity or theft. Though the University has tried to protect students from such online tactics, some students have fallen through the cracks. | Carolina Trevino/The Daily Cougar if one receives a low enough score, we don’t let it through.” The job isn’t up to just the University, though. Dickerson said students should play their part in helping by being aware of everything they do on their devices. “If you’re suspicious, you can forward the email to IT so you can check if
“I haven’t received any, but I do know plenty of people who have,” Patton said. IT warns students against giving out ban account numbers, Social Security numbers or even their Facebook password. “Don’t use the same account info for
it’s a real email,” Dickerson said. “When phishing emails are reported by staff or students, we post them. After, we contact the ISP of the site and have it taken down.” Engineering sophomore Matthew Patton has managed to avoid this ordeal entirely.
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