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Programs unite for digital humanities Javi Salazar Staff writer

Initiatives in the rapidly growing field of digital humanities are popping up in universities across Texas, and UH will host a meeting for a state-wide digital humanities consortium. The Texas Digital Humanities Consortium will hold its inaugural Texas Digital Humanities Conference from April 10 to 12 at UH. The consortium’s website names UH, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of North Texas and UT-Arlington as founding members.

“Traditional humanities have always sought to answer questions about things such as art and literature,” said Casey Dué Hackney, professor and director of the Classical Studies program. “Digital humanities seeks to use techniques derived from computer science to answer new questions, whereas before, scholars of the humanities would be limited (to) their own knowledge and readings they had done throughout the course of their life.” Two examples of computer

science-based techniques involve searching for textual patterns in immense digital archives and using algorithms that span information systems across the globe. “For example, UH just joined this organization called HathiTrust, which has access to over 11 million digitized volumes,” said CLASS postdoctoral fellow Cameron Buckner. “Our (Consortium) conference’s opening keynote lecturer, Erez Lieberman Aiden, was a part of founding the digital humanities tool Google Ngram Viewer, a tool available for everyone

to easily use. We at CLASS welcome all undergraduates and graduates to attend the keynote lecture.” Digital humanities project leaders tend to be experts in one field — the humanities or computer science — who have picked up an interest in the other. Another model of work is collaboration between a humanities expert and someone skilled in computer science, according to Hackney. “Humanists are getting trained in computer science techniques, whether it’s learning something basic like XML or MarkUp to actually learning how


to code and learning how to use algorithms,” Hackney said. “There are even ‘camps,’ or gatherings, not conferences per se, that humanists attend to pick and learn specific computer science and/or information system technology skills.” The main issues facing digital humanities initiatives include managing multi-disciplinary expertise and making the sheer amount of raw information accessible and useful to the general public, Buckner said. DIGITAL continues on page 3


Cougars capture elusive Silver Glove Law prof tackles climate change Michelle Iracheta Contributing writer

over here for the first time in a long time.” The turning point of the game occurred early by baseball standards, when, after Rice scored two runs in the top of the first, UH got a second chance in the bottom of the

Climate change is a controversial topic in the political scene, but in scientific communities and in the legal field, climate change is undeniable. Law professor Tracy Hester deals with climate-change issues and environmental law on a daily basis, is a proponent of emerging technologies and climate change research and has written numerous publications on the subject. T h e White House recently announced the development of a new website Hester designed to monitor the effects of climate change and its impact on American communities. Hester said there are a number of “irreducible axioms” in regard to climate change that he wants to bring awareness to and instill in his students. “Virtually every climatologist will agree that climate change is occurring. We currently do not have law written specifically to address

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Freshman third baseman Jordan Stading missed home plate on his first slide after Rice junior catcher John Reeves missed the tag. Stading scampered back before to the bag before Reeves could get him out and scored a run during a 6-2 win that allowed UH to earn the Silver Glove. | Caitlin Hilton/The Daily Cougar Harrison Lee Senior staff writer

When Rice’s Ford Stainback hit a weak ball toward UH’s third baseman, Jordan Stading, the casual relay from third to first finished off the game and brought the Silver Glove back to the University of Houston for the first time in 14 years.

Then came the audible bedlam. The yelling and waving of skyward-extended paws against the backdrop of a scoreboard that read 6-2 in UH’s favor was the reaction to UH’s 20th win of the season against No. 10 Rice. “This team’s got a lot of heart, and this meant a lot to them

tonight. You can downplay it all you want, but it’s a big deal,” said head coach Todd Whitting. “It’s hung over our head for a while, and I’m really happy for our kids and our fans. The fans have been wanting this for a long time, and I’m proud for this group that they get to bring that trophy back

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All of the potential Class A violations against Student Government Association President-elect Charles Haston were found unmerited by the SGA Court of Appeals Tuesday evening, according to a court document posted outside of the SGA office. Allegations that Haston had violated the Student Code of Conduct and the Texas Penal Code for shouting expletives at the members of the Election Commission on Feb. 21 were denied on several fronts. Some of the allegations were struck down for their “irrelevant” nature. The case for mental or bodily harm under section 3.17 of the code was denied on the grounds that his actions were not premeditated. “The case of purpose is unsubstantiated,” according to the Court ruling. “Since the incident only occurred

once nor was possibility of bodily harm ever called into question, we see no reason the defendants, and by extension the election commission, would be able to claim their mental or physical well-being were jeopardized.” A violation of Texas Penal Code is under the jurisdiction of city officials and the Dean of Students, thus the SGA Court of Appeals could not rule on this part of the complaint, according to Court ruling. Roberto Martinez III, vice presidential candidate of The “We” Party, originally filed the complaints with the SGA Attorney General David Ghably on March 3. They were found unmerited by Ghably, so Martinez and his presidential running mate, Naeem Abdullah, filed with the SGA Court of Appeals on March 21.


Professor awarded Olof Palme Medal The Daily Cougar news services A Graduate College of Social Work professor has been awarded the Olof Palme Medal for “her work in support of human rights and in banning antipersonnel landmines,” according to the board of the Olof Palme International Foundation. Jody Williams, who was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work banning landmines, will be one of three people awarded by the foundation in Barcelona on April 25. Spanish politician Felipe Gonzalez and former European Commission President Jacques Delors will also be awarded.

“Jody is a great example of the impact an individual can make when they dedicate themselves to work for change,” said GCSW Dean Ira Colby in a UH press release. “This award is well-deserved, as her work serves individuals and communities throughout the world. We are very fortunate to have her as a faculty member at the GCSW, where she provides vision and guidance to our students, who then go on to help advance the mission of social work in local, national and global communities.”

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climate change directly,” Hester said. “Instead, we are engaged in a giant attempt to retrofit existing laws to deal with a new situation.” Choosing to ignore climate change is expensive, Hester said. “The only way to constructively deal with a problem is to go out and face it. The longer that you don’t plan for it, the longer you don’t invest in dealing with it. The longer you postpone action to wait and see, the bigger the price tag and the higher the damages,” Hester said. “There are a lot of things that we can be doing now that frankly make sense on their own without regard to climate change, and we should be aggressively stepping forward to do them.” The courts have to sort through the intricacies of these laws. Environmental law continually reinvents itself, he said, and that’s one reason it’s so much fun both to practice and to teach. Hester said he tries to engage his students to participate in his classes. From role-playing exercises and research projects to open-floor discussions, Hester said he wants his students to come into his class with an open mind and leave with a “sense of possibility.” “My hope is that that same sense of exploratory creativity — that sense of problem solving — is exactly what I’d like to try to do in classes,” Hester said. “It’s far more valuable to give someone a problem and then try to work through it together, even if it’s a problem that doesn’t really have a clear answer, as opposed to giving them a body of lore and asking them to commit it to heart.” Hester came to the University in 2010 with more than 25 years of legal experience. He is well-connected in his profession and has been associated with many nonprofit organizations including the Greater Houston Partnership

Environmental Policy Advisory Committee, the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources, the Texas Environmental Research Consortium and UH’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center. Before joining the University, he was a partner at Bracewell & Guiliani LLP, where he honed his expertise for 18 years. He said his experience in the legal community has better prepared to him teach, and he said he would teach as long as possible. A.A. White, Professor of Law and Interim Director of the EENR Center Jacqueline L. Weaver said Hester is “a remarkable person.” “He teaches courses that really nobody else can teach. He was a super lawyer in environmental law,” Weaver said. “He has incredible knowledge in environmental law especially in the energy industry here in Houston. He’s a pretty laid-back person, but he still expects a lot from his students.” Hester teaches several courses, including a required first-year law course called Statutory Interpretation and Regulation, but he also teaches an array of environmental law courses. Third-year law student Michael Quirke said Hester’s environmental law course swayed him to change his career focus. “Professor Hester was instrumental in my choosing to focus on environmental law for a career. I consider him a mentor,” Quirke said. Hester said he would continue to research topics in environmental law in hopes that it will bring “smarter, better ideas with opportunities for students to take them and lead them into the world and do great things with them.” “I hope (my students) get a sense of just how much fun the practice of law is,” Hester said. “Doing it well and having people trust and rely on you is incredibly rewarding.

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“I think some of the same issues facing the humanities are also facing business and technology out in enterprise,” Buckner said. “Companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter — they now have (an) enormous amount of cultural data, and they want to know what to do with it.” Buckner said a field such as digital humanities can yield progress in both academia and the job market.

“The main solution is to have a new wave of hybrid scholars who have a passion for the humanities with the kind of technical expertise you would find in, say, computer science or engineering,” Buckner said. “One thing we’re trying to do is figure out how to help undergraduates from UH be as competitive as they possibly can be in the job market, and the hybrid combination of a liberal arts and technological background is a killer combination.”


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UH ponders the beauty of campus in vain


usually feel like a parent with a newborn baby when it comes to pride for my campus: my baby is beautiful, even if everyone else believes it looks like a boiled tomato. UH is often looked down upon by outsiders for its location within Houston, but coming from Kelly a student living Schafler in a city primarily composed of concrete, UH has many small things to offer aesthetically. If one decides to take an early morning or late evening stroll around campus, a few things cross the average student’s mind. While the immediate thought may be of safety and how the rustling of leaves and twigs slightly resembles something from a horror movie, the thoughts that follow may be of appreciation. The Houston sky tends to have this purplish hue because of the close proximity of the downtown skyline; no, it may not have a plethora of stars, but the semi-mystical air that it gives the city is beautiful. We have the kaleidoscope-like spiral sculpture “A, A” in front of the M.D. Anderson Memorial Library that has words from great pieces of literature stenciled into it. I appreciate and recognize all that UH has to offer, but despite everything that’s been stated, I also recognize our University probably

UH is just as pretty as any other campus, but the truth is that it comes with time. You learn to appreciate (the campus). It might not have the same aesthetics of Rice University, but it is home.” Chaya Traxler, on the current why students should appreciate our campus

stands small in comparison to the thousands of other colleges in the nation that also offer gorgeous campuses. However, it now seems that a particular blog found UH’s fountains and sculptures to be so captivating that it featured our campus above many others. In February, a blog called ProFascinate featured UH on the list of “Top 10 Most Beautiful College Campuses,” sitting at a proud — yet astonishing — number three. While the creator of this list has no credibility to establish a reliable list, it didn’t stop news outlets like the Houston Chronicle and Houston Culture Map from stating their opinions on this. Elizabeth Rhodes of Houston Culture Map is one of the people who believe UH is undeserving of this title — despite the fact that she is a Cougar. She blames a huge part of UH’s unattractiveness on the constant construction surrounding our University. “I know construction is only a temporary problem that will ultimately lead to more beautiful buildings, and I would have no problem with the school being named ‘Most Beautiful’ when it’s all finished — but not now,” Rhodes said. Kinesiology sophomore Jose Garcia agrees that on the list of most beautiful colleges, UH just does not compare. “I’ve been to other campuses all around the nation, and UH doesn’t even rival to others. Definitely not top three in the nation,” Garcia said. “I’ve been to San Jose State, Stanford, Cornell, Princeton and Saint John’s University and (their campuses) are way above us. It’s more natural there.” Garcia, like Rhodes, also realizes that our looks are, in large part, diminished by construction. Less construction would give UH a good chance at being legitimately recognized, he said. However, there are students who believe UH’s beauty is not

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Traxler sees the University’s campus for all it has to offer. “I absolutely love it. (The campus) is my style in the sense that there are so many places to walk,” Traxler said. “It has an industry feel to it, with people who are fast-paced and usually going somewhere.” Traxler does recognize that the campus could use some landscaping, but she said she has never felt like our campus is ugly. “I think that a lot of the beauty is truly from within,” Traxler said. “UH is just as pretty as any other campus, but the truth is that it comes with time. You learn to appreciate (the campus) with time, and you find your spots to hang out at … It might not have the same aesthetics of Rice University, but it is home.” When I first heard we were placed on the list — however

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unofficial it may be — I was surprised but pleasantly pleased that someone else found our campus beautiful. I do agree that the construction surrounding our campus is less than appealing, but construction is a sure sign of progression. Therefore, I generally don’t mind the restrictive fenced areas. Understandably, there are certain areas of UH that could use a little TLC — such as the flower beds in front of the library — but I don’t think it keeps UH from being beautiful. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter whether a random blog believes UH has a beautiful campus. As long as we believe our screaming, wrinkly, red-faced baby is pretty, it’s pretty. Senior staff columnist Kelly Schafler is a print journalism junior and may be reached at

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CSI & SPB PRESENTS Despite a underclassmen-heavy team, the Cougars have gotten off to a 14-3 start and are undefeated in conference play. | File photo/The Daily Cougar



Cougars’ continued consistency leads to undefeated AAC start Alyssa Cervantes Staff writer

As the Cougars improve, so does their competition — UH has faced seven ranked teams in its first 17 games. But the challenge is not done, as UH entered the stretch run of its season Saturday. The Cougars got off to an undefeated start in American Athletic Conference play, defeating SMU in Dallas 5-2 Saturday and UAB 7-0 Tuesday. With a nationally ranked team composed mostly of underclassmen, continuing to play at a high level during American play will be a learning experience for head coach Patrick Sullivan and his team. After attaining its highest ranking ever, No. 24 UH (14-3) gets every school’s best match and, in turn, is forced to produce its best. “It’s just a matter of constantly having it in our minds that we can’t have any wasted moments in practice, wasted moments in training,” Sullivan said. Keeping the team focused on one win at a time is Sullivan’s plan, but when the team is tired mentally and physically, the challenge rises. Sullivan and his players said getting rest is a must with only six matches left until the American Conference tournament begins. “We just have to keep on encouraging each other and keep the same

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fire that we had in the first match until the last one,” Despoina Vogasari said. Vogasari, who has been playing tennis about 13 years and holds the highest rank of any junior player in her native Greece, is a part of a talented crop of underclassmen who will continue to “keep the same fire” needed to gain their fourth straight win. Last week they gained confidence by earning wins against SMU and Louis i a n a Te c h before taking down UAB on Monday. Vogasari “We might b e a you ng team, but we’re all very experienced,” Vogasari said. “We know how to face tough matches.”

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‘Catching fire’ in Cougar Games

Tributes will participate in archery, tug-of-war and Minute-to-Win-It competitions and try to break world records in the first Cougar Games on Thursday afternoon hosted by the Student Program Board. | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Diana Nguyen Senior staff writer

The odds will be ever in your favor as arrows fly at the first Cougar Games at Lynn Eusan Park. The Student Program Board will host the Cougar Games from 2 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Students can participate in a variety of games, including tug-of-war, archery, Minute-toWin-It competitions and even an attempt to break three world records. SPB will give out free food, T-shirts and prizes and feature a screening of the action film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” “There’s something for everyone,” said integrated communication junior Sana Shahid. “If you’re more of a mind person, we have a Minute-to-Win-It. If you’re more of a physical person, we have sumo wrestling, an obstacle course and tug-of-war. And of course, we have the world records.” Unique and more collegefriendly compared to some familiar world records, SPB hopes to accomplish the most amount of people bubble wrapping at the same time, fist pumping and thumb wrestling. “The biggest attraction we have is going to be the world records,” Shahid said. “If we get in ... we’re going to go down in history. It’s the Guinness

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first inning after second baseman Ford Stainback dropped the ball on what could have been a double or possibly a triple play that would have killed any form of UH momentum. Instead, UH put up six runs behind a double by second baseman Josh Vidales and a Stading single. “Well, that was a great game tonight. We go out and give up two in the first and come back to answer back with not two but six,” Whitting said. UH hitting was solid through the lineup as sophomore right fielder Kyle Survane went 2-4, and Vidales put in two RBI with a 1-4 night. “It was kind of a rough start with them going up two to nothing, but with the hitters we have and the approach we have at the plate, I think we can go down at any point in the game and come back Vidales a n d w i n ,” Vidales said. UH started David Longville, a junior right hander, who went 4.1 innings, striking out four and walking one before being relieved by senior lefty Tyler Ford. Ford continued his dominance from his previous appearance against Rice by going 4.2 innings, striking out two, walking none and only allowing two hits while getting his third win of the season. “I know I just have to throw strikes, do my job and get people out,” Ford said. “I mainly threw fastballs. Four seam fastballs. I felt it in the bullpen and when I came out. I just had to take some deep breaths because it was a big situation and then I had it.” Rice, a top-five-ranked RPI team that has amassed a few lopsided scores, was handcuffed against Cougar pitching and athletic UH defensive plays that kept any Rice scoring threat from ever materializing. The game, which saw only three hits after the frantic first inning, was a living example of UH’s winning formula: timely hitting accompanied by overpowering pitching, with the fortune and timing to have both turned on their crosstown rival before the start of conference play on Friday against Memphis at Cougar Field.

After losing the Silver Glove series, an annual reward given to the winner of the UH-Rice series, the Cougars broke through and brought an end to the drought with a 6-2 win against the Owls at Cougar Field on Tuesday. | Caitlin Hilton/The Daily Cougar


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»TO APPLY« Apply in person at 1600 Lamar, 77010 Monday thru Friday from 10am – 5pm & Saturday from 12 – 2pm. Please visit us on the 1st floor of the Hilton Americas (side entrance off Avenida de la Americas). Parking is available in the Hilton garage located at Avenida de las Americas & Polk. Please park on Level 7 or higher, validation will be given after the interview.

For more information and additional interview times please email or visit Pappas Restaurants is an Equal Opportunity Employer M | F | D | V | A

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Volume 79, Issue 93  

UH defeats Rice for elusive Silver Glove Series win, and SGA president-elect cleared of charges