Students to relax with neon lights Annual SpringFest Glowout to highlight campus. SEE PAGE 8
Newly hired coach takes the stage
Head coach Ronald Hughey takes over a women’s basketball team that finished last in the conference. SEE PAGE 6 APRIL
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UH tackles global strategies, studies Vice provost launches initiative to provide passports to portion of incoming students Natalie Harms Managing editor
Provost Paula Short gave Jaime Ortiz a lofty task when he entered the newly created position of vice provost for Global Strategies and Studies: Make UH the most global university. While UH consistently tops “most diverse campuses” lists, most notably on U.S. News & World Report, a global university excels in foreign Ortiz language
and study abroad programs, has a global curriculum, a large population of international students and has various cultural activities. A special goal for UH, as it is in the energy capital of the world, is to increase international energy partners. All of these things together, Ortiz said, will add value to students’ degrees once they enter the workforce and are able to better interact with people internationally. “You have to be up to par with what’s going on in the developments that the rest of the world is having,” Ortiz said, “otherwise you will become culturally and intellectually illiterate.” This fall, Ortiz’s office will launch a new initiative that provides passports to all or some of the
ORTIZ’S GLOBAL TO-DO LIST AFTER PROVOST PAULA SHORT REORGANIZED THE OFFICE OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, SHE CREATED THE POSITION OF VICE PROVOST FOR GLOBAL STRATEGIES AND STUDIES—NOW HELD BY JAIME ORTIZ—TO MAKE UH STUDENTS GLOBALLY PROFICIENT AND INTERNATIONALLY AWARE Better a Universitywide global curriculum by working with professors and universities abroad.
Increase the population of visiting international faculty and students by programing visiting lecture series and student exchange programs. Making foreign language requirements for all undergraduate degrees. “It’s not enough to be just bilingual these days,” Ortiz said. Inspire and produce more cultural activities on campus throughout the year. Provide more study abroad scholarships and opportunities for students involving academics, service, internship and work opportunities. Reach out to and collaborate with energy partners of the world, as UH is located in the energy capital of the nation. Infographic by Alonso Munoz | Written by Natalie Harms | Information from Jaime Ortiz
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Addiction therapy turns to virtual reality Bleue York Contributing writer
The Virtual Reality Lab at the Graduate College of Social Work places addicts in a setting that will present them with temptations to take substances like alcohol. | Courtesy of Patrick Bordnick
The Virtual Reality Lab at the Graduate College of Social Work is making major progress in the fight against addiction. Headed by Patrick Bordnick, the lab opened in 2011 as one of the first studies focused on tobacco cessation and is set up to assess and treat craving and dependence on tobacco, marijuana, alcohol and heroin. “We provide different treatment protocols and aid in relapse prevention,” Bordnick said. “The data indicated that virtual reality skills training leads to coping skills in the real world.” For each study, the subject is immersed in a virtual world that is tailor-made to mirror their specific addiction. A visual and audio component places the subject in a simulated environment, and a therapist
Is traditional face-to-face talk therapy applicable to someone (of this generation) who is always plugged in? Combining therapies with technology is the future.” Patrick Bordnick, associate professor in the UH Graduate College of Social Work monitors the subject’s cravings and vital signs. Maria Wilson, an assistant to Bordnick during his alcohol dependency study, explained how the proc e s s w o rk s. “The partici- Bordnick pant is in one room and the therapist monitors and controls the simulation from an adjoining room,” she said. The therapist can see the subject
through a window that connects the two rooms and records data on three different screens. The first monitor tracks physical data such as vital signs; the second gives the researcher a view of what the participant sees, and the third monitor controls movement in the simulated environment. During each 20-minute simulation, the subject encounters a scenario that might trigger a craving. For example, an alcoholic might be confronted with a party scene, THERAPY continues on page 3
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Neighboring university hosts MSNBC broadcast The Daily Cougar News Services Texas Southern University will play host to MSNBC again April 25 as the news channel visits the campus. NBC announced “Growing Hope” in March. In it, MSNBC is traveling across the country to universities in order to encourage people to “engage with the brand and share their hopes for change around issues that impact their communities,” according to a NBC press release. MSNBC came to TSU in 2010 for a town hall meeting for the program
“O bama’s Amer ica : 2010 and Beyond,” examining the 2008 presidential race one year after President Barack Obama’s inauguration. MSNBC encourages Houstonians to come, share their experiences on social media and lend their voices to the project. Host Alex Wagner will broadcast live from 3 to 4 p.m. The event will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at the TSU University Plaza. For more information visit msnbc.com/growinghope. firstname.lastname@example.org
Several lots, streets to close for benefit walk The Daily Cougar News Services EMMET
Multiple UH parking lots will be closing this weekend for the March of Dimes — March for Babies Walk, a walk to raise funds for expecting mothers and for infants. The walk takes place Sunday, but parking lot closings will begin at 10 p.m. on Thursday for Lot 17A, 18A and 18B, as well as a third of Lot 16B starting Friday. The part of Elgin Street between Cullen Boulevard and Spur 5 will be closed Sunday between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Spur 5 Northbound between Old Spanish Trail and Elgin
will be closed between 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Starting at 8 a.m., Cullen between Elgin and Wheeler Street , CalhounRoad between University Drive and Wheeler, all of University Drive and Spur 5 top ramp from Pierce Elevated will be closed. Cullen will open at 10:30 a.m. All of Spur 5 from Highway 59 and I-45 will close at 8:15, to re-open at 11:30 a.m. All roads will be clear by 1 p.m. Cars that are still on campus lots once they have closed will be towed.
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where their drink of choice is readily available. The avatars can speak to the subject, as if the participant were actually at the party. When a craving is triggered, the therapist provides coping skills to the participant that then helps the individual be successful in a similar environment in the real world. “Virtual reality provides a clinical space to teach skills such as avoidance, urge surfing and assertiveness training to prevent relapse,”
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incoming students. While the official details aren’t finalized, the intention is there: UH wants its students to study abroad. “ They will ask themselves, ‘What do I do with this booklet?’ and the immediate answer is going to be, ‘I can use it to Armstrong travel outside the United States,’” Ortiz said, “and that’s exactly what we want.” T h i s m o n t h , S h o r t a l l o tted $200,000 for study abroad
Bordnick said. “(The goal is to) supplement traditional methods with technology.” As technology becomes more affordable, it is possible that addictions specialists around the world will have access to virtual reality to help patients simulate a real world scenario, which is not currently possible in a traditional clinical setting. “Is traditional face-to-face talk therapy applicable to someone (of this generation) who is always plugged in?” asks Bordnick. “Combining therapies with technology are the future.”
The Virtual Reality Lab in the Graduate College of Social Work opened in 2011 as one of the first studies to focus on tobacco cessation and is set up to assess and treat cravings for and dependence on tobacco, marijuana, alcohol and heroin. | Courtesy of Patrick Bordnick
scholarships, which students can apply for to fund their adventures abroad. The scholarship money is necessary as most students can’t afford to travel abroad. Richard Armstrong, who leads the program for The Honors College, said the money is crucial if students wish to gain a global perspective. “Traveling when you’re a young adult, is probably the most significant thing you can do, I guarantee it.” “You live in a place like Houston, and you think Houston is big, and there is so much here, but the world is so much bigger than Houston.” Armstrong said. “The nice thing about studying abroad is you’ll get back (and) you’ll notice a lot of things you never really noticed from around the world in
Houston.” The University also hopes to expand its volunteer- and intern-oriented programs, hoping to positively affect the visited foreign countries. Through the Graduate College of Social Work’s Latin-American Initiative, Luis Torres and his graduate students take a social issue and work with the locals to improve the country’s conditions. Torres has worked extensively with El Salvador during the last few years. This summer he will launch a six-week course on family and youth violence prevention. The program is in collaboration with social work programs in El Salvador and will take place for two weeks in El Salvador, two weeks in Houston and will be web
You have to be up to par with what’s going on in the developments that the rest of the world is having, otherwise you will become culturally and intellectually illiterate.” Jaime Ortiz, vice provost for Global Strategies and Studies interactive for the remainder of the time. Another group from GCSW will be visiting Bolivia to study and help the mining communities there. This close collaboration with Latin American countries creates lasting relationships that expands UH’s network of global opportunities. “Study abroad is really only one piece of it,” Torres said. “Working with other universities abroad is part of the goal to lead to faculty
exchanges.” These connections also develop opportunities to do research or grant writing collaborations, as well as recruit foreign students. “The impact extends beyond the individual (study abroad) student,” Torres said, “and really does have a global impact on the UH campus, the city of Houston and the countries that we visit.” email@example.com
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New fee won’t travel far with students
he Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee is in talks to institute a mandatory transportation fee that would require students to pay an additional $25 in student service fees, a move that would be unpopular with many students. Though the plan to add on Julie another student Nguyen fee to a bill students already have to pay to receive their education is still only in the consideration phase, some interesting numbers are at play. As of fiscal year 2013, student service fees are already $250 per semester. TPAC is running an approximate $600,000 deficit, and according to U.S. News and World Report, 32,639 students are currently enrolled in the University. If each of these students paid the extra $25 fee, the University would be set to gain $815,975. While this could cover the current deficit, the fee would be unnecessary. “Transportation and Parking has a dual revenue source of both parking permits and parking fines,” said Student Government Association President Charles Haston. “I don’t think it’s really necessary to create a third revenue source for them.”
A chunk of my tuition is already going to whatever and then another little chunk might go to something I might not even use. Even if I do believe it’s important to have, I just don’t think it’d be fair.” UScholar Freshman Diana Hindi, on why she would oppose the new fee
The Transportation and Parking Advisory may institute a compulsory $25 fee for all UH students that they say will help pay for buses, shuttles and additional transit options | Izmail Glosson/The Daily Cougar Director of Parking and Transportation Robert Browand said a fee is being discussed, but it only has gotten as far as discussion. “If a fee was imposed, it would go toward the cost of the existing shuttle operations and fund additional transit services,” Browand said. Additional transit services refers to the possibility of shuttles buses that would take students outside UH and to nearby areas like Midtown. It could be a beneficial service for students, but students might not be willing be to take on this additional financial burden,
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considering the other expenses they have to pay. UScholars freshman Diana Hindi said on-campus transportation is important but not enough for students to have to pay for it. “A chunk of my tuition is already going to whatever, and then another little chunk might go to something I might not even use. Even if I do believe it’s important to have, I just don’t think it’d be fair,” Hindi said. Biochemistry junior Tosobua Ogbe agreed. “I don’t drive. I walk everywhere on campus, and if I need to go somewhere, someone else
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picks me up. It’s one thing for the (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center) and stuff like that, because you have it there if you ever do want to use it, but transportationwise, if you need to get somewhere, you most likely won’t be using the buses,” Ogbe said. “They shouldn’t charge everyone for it, because there are a lot of people on-campus who don’t drive.” Haston is adamant in his opposition to this proposed fee. “I just don’t think we need a new type of fee,” Haston said. “The precedent of allowing an auxiliary service to leverage a compulsory
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fee on the student body troubles me.” SGA will present legislation opposing this fee today in its weekly meeting. According to the bill “Opposition of Creation of Compulsory Auxiliary Services’ Fees,” auxiliary services — the category under which transportation falls — was established to be self-sufficient and financially independent, meaning it would have no revenue from student fees. The bill also says a new compulsory fee would adversely affect students’ finances, NEW FEE continues on page 5
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especially since about 70 percent of UH students receive a need-based financial aid, according to the bill. TPAC also wants to levy this fee on its own, but it would be unable to, considering that it is studentfunded, so it is required to go through the Student Fees Advisory Committee. In addition to student obstacles, TPAC will also have to go through the state. Texas legislation requires that each Texas university and each student service fee have its own specific set of legislations. If TPAC can get past roars of student dissent, it’ll have to take on the state next. The campus needs to provide more than just what we’re paying for. For students who want to get out there and explore the city, other options exist; a fee is not the only way it can be done. A partnership could be struck with the Metropolitan Transit Authority or a rental car service that would allow students to pay on a usage basis instead of a flat, mandatory fee. Students could individually pay for the services based on when they actually use it. There’s no need to take the money from every student. Another option the University could look into is a rental bike system. A system like this already exists in Midtown. Since many students are commuters and would probably be unwilling to carry a bike to and from school, a rental bike service could prove more useful. Listen to the people you’re serving. If they don’t want another compulsory fee, don’t give them one. The University needs to remember who it really serves — students. And students being students, they’re not going to agree to yet another fee tacked onto their already high college costs. Opinion columnist Julie Nguyen is a communications junior and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Awareness must follow bill passage The Daily Cougar Editorial Board It has been a week since the passage of the Josephine Tittsworth Act, which affirms transgender students’ right to identify with their preferred name and gender rather than what is printed on their birth certificate. The Daily Cougar Editorial Board applauds the Student Government Association’s passing of this bill. This act not only affirms the rights of transgender students, but it also protects those students from possible acts of discrimination and violence from their peers based on their gender presentation. The passing of this bill also
opens a new door for a different kind of diversity on campus. “Although we talk about being ethnically diverse, that’s not where it stops,” said SGA President Charles Haston on the night the bill was passed. “I’ve learned so much from this school and learned how to respect and work with other people that I wouldn’t normally learn how to work with.” While the act wasn’t passed unanimously, it is important to remember that the opposition to the bill, as well as the reason this bill had to be passed in the first place, was because of a lack of awareness in the community.
But this lack of awareness does not constitute sentiments of hatred or bigotry toward members of the LGBT community. Many students who were against this bill and the SGA senators who voted against it, like Senator-at-Large Alan Garza, are not “intolerant and close-minded.” It is also important to remember that SGA senators like Garza are expected to act on behalf of the interest of their constituents. So while it is great that our fellow students are stepping up and fighting for what’s right, the passage of the Josephine Tittsworth Act should be a prompt for UH administrators to play a more
active role in spreading awareness and acceptance for this part of our community. This can range from conferences and advertisements to providing a more accommodating infrastructure for LGBT students, as administrators at the University of Houston-Downtown campus did earlier this year with its genderneutral restrooms. Here at UH, we already have 14 gender-neutral, single-stall restrooms for the community to use. This bill is a good start, but it will need the full strength and support of the UH administration to help shape campus culture into one of all-around acceptance.
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New head coach Ronald Hughey, who has spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach, will have the tough task of turning around a team that finished last in the American Athletic Conference. | Courtesy of UH Athletics
Hard work allows Hughey to become head coach Christopher Shelton Sports editor
Only three years into his coaching career, Ronald Hughey knew he wanted to lead his own program. Still at South Carolina State, Hughey was acquiring the necessary skills while fulfilling all the roles an underfunded program needed. He served as the strength coach, team nutritionist, film coach, recruiter and maintenance man. All of the hats he wore while moving up the coaching ladder prepared Hughey for when he reached his goal of piloting a basketball program. He was announced as the Cougars’ new women’s basketball coach in a press conference Tuesday. Hughey replaces interim coach Wade Scott, who became the Cougars’ head coach following the abrupt resignation of Todd Buchanan in late December. He said he has been ready for this moment for a long time.
“I’ve got stacks of notebooks that I wrote down different things from different programs. And now, having an opportunity to open up those notebooks and — woosah,” Hughey said, referring to a relaxation technique from the movie “Bad Boys 2.” “I’m looking forward to it.” Hughey, who has 10 years of coaching experience, knew that he could convince Athletics Director Mack Rhoades he was the right candidate if given the opportunity. However, of the 10 people who were interviewed for the job, Hughey was the lone candidate without head coaching experience. “Let me come and lay my cards down like everyone else and get the opportunity to compete. I love challenges. I have all my life,” Hughey said. “I’ve always overcome, always through hard work, perseverance, commitment and sacrifice. Sacrifice is my middle name. If there’s something that needs to be done, I’ll do it.” Hughey talked about graduation
and academics more than success on the court, but he said he still expects to build the Cougars into a championship-caliber team through hard work and great recruiting. His commitment to hard work is a message Hughey already stressed to his current players. “He told the team in the initial meeting that ‘if you’re not going to work hard, you’re going to be a great cheerleader on the bench, because you’re not going to hit the floor,’” Rhoades said. Hughey has a history of working with successful programs. He has helped guide five schools to postseason appearances in each of the last seven years, including taking six consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament with four separate programs. Before joining UH, Hughey worked at Florida State, Texas and Rutgers, where he worked with legendary coach C. Vivian Stringer. His success, willingness to work hard and history with great coaches sold Rhoades.
“He knows what a championship program feels and looks like. The biggest hurdle that we had to get over was ‘is he ready?’ And that’s the same hurdle for anybody that’s an assistant coach,” Rhoades said. Hughey is also known as a recruiter. He helped Florida State snag the nation’s No. 7 class by All-Star Girls Report and No. 11 by ESPNW HoopGurlz in 2013. The class included three top-100 players, including McDonald’s All-American Kai James. Hughey spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of Texas before arriving at Florida State. While coaching the Longhorns, he helped them reach NCAA tournaments in consecutive years and attain top-15 recruiting classes. After limited interactions, junior forward Marche Amerson said she liked what she heard. “He seems very enthusiastic. Speaking to him just before the press conference, he said he’s going to bring a lot of discipline and we’re going to
sacrifice the me for the we,” Amerson said. “Everything sounds great to me, and as a team, we’re excited to be moving forward.” Hughey inherited a UH team with three consecutive losing seasons, including 6-25 overall and 1-17 during its first year in the American Athletic Conference. email@example.com
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Florida State (44-22, 18-16)
Texas (37-28, 15-19)
Rutgers (19-15, 9-7)
Central Florida (17-17, 11-5)
South Carolina (16-16, 4-10)
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Cougars to glow, groove before finals Leslie Espinoza Contributing writer
Beams of colors will highlight the campus as students prepare for the second annual SpringFest Glowout. The Student Program Board will host its annual SpringFest from 8 p.m. to midnight at Lynn Eusan Park today. “Since the school year is almost over and finals are coming up, we wanted to give the students a last hurrah to keep their spirits up,” said SPB late nights and weekends chair Ody Ezeigwe. “For some students, they have the most fun during the school year,” Ezeigwe said. “Therefore, this is my way of ending off everyone’s year in a good note.” Students will have opportunities to dance, get a rare Cougar Trading Card, compete in a glow capturethe-flag game, play laser tag and listen to music from a professional DJ. SPB will host a master class earlier in the day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UC Circle Drive. Students will get a chance to learn how to DJ, and the two best imitators will be given a 20-minute set to perform during the event, Ezeigwe said. “We will also be giving away free food, T-shirts and glow novelties such as LED foam sticks, LED glasses and gloves, and glow sticks,” said SpringFest Glowout committee member Meera Norton. The Glowout took months of planning, said Phina Uzowulu,
SPB is hosting its annual SpringFest Glowout from 8 p.m. to midnight today at Lynn Eusan Park to help students relax before finals. | Fernando Castaldi/The Daily Cougar another committee member. “Coming up with an idea students will get excited about is only the beginning,” Uzowulu said. “Different aspects include marketing, logistics and just bringing everything together.” The Glowout is intended to be an effective stress-relieving event, Norton said. “SpringFest is during Stress Free
Finals Week,” Uzowulu said. “The school hosts a couple of events to allow students to relax a bit in the midst of stressful finals. SpringFest will allow students who have been studying all week to let their hair down a little and have some fun.” Students aren’t the only ones who will get an opportunity to enjoy themselves. Uzowulu said she is also looking forward to the opportunity
to dance, since she lives on campus without a car. “I’m looking forward to covering myself with the glow necklaces, bracelets, paint and LED gloves and glasses,” Ezeigwe said. “That way I can walk around campus and tell students, ‘party at the park,’ and they would just ... get in on the fun too.”
GLOWSTICKS Relax with neon lights Join the Student Program Board in its second annual SpringFest Glowout tonight. Bursts of light will color the campus from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Lynn Eusan Park.
Annual drag show to raise donations for youth Maritza Rodriguez Staff writer
While students particpate in the 7th annual drag show, UH LGBT club, Global, will donate its proceeds to a nonprofit organization that helps LGBT youths, who were kicked out of their homes. | Courtesy of Kayla Duggan
Drag kings and queens will strut their stuff to raise donations to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths. UH’s LGBT club, Global, is hosting its seventh annual Drag Show at Meteor Lounge in Montrose on Thursday. Students, along with other regular performers, have the chance to perform on stage. All proceeds from the show will be donated toward HATCH, a nonprofit that aids LGBT youths who have been kicked out of their homes, said Global President Kayla Duggan. “The show is not only fun and entertaining, but it gives the amateur drag performers a chance to get their name out and fundraise for a good cause,” Duggan said.
Meteor will not charge a cover fee for the Drag Show and will only allow people 18 years and older to enter. The show begins at 7 p.m. and will consist of musical performances and amateur and professional drag performers to entertain throughout the night. Although she has not seen any of her friends dressed in drag, Duggan is looking forward seeing them perform. “It’s going to be like a party,” Duggan said. “And although I have not seen the students dressed in drag, I’m really looking forward to seeing them perform and being wowed at their skills.” Global has existed for almost 10 years and provides a safe space to anyone who is LGBT or an ally. The Drag Show became the organization’s annual event
when members began going to the weekly drag shows at Meteor. There, the performers showed their courage by dressing like someone else and to bring awareness about gender roles, Duggan said. “Don’t be afraid to be yourself,” Duggan said. “I know it sounds weird, because the performers are dressing up like someone else, but in reality, the drag kings and queens are part of the performer.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out UH Global’s 7th annual Drag Show and Community Showcase at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Meteor in Montrose. Guests must be 18 years or older.
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Students learned about ways to preserve the planet on Tuesday during UH Earth Day, a celebration hosted by the UH Office of Sustainability, at Lynn Eusan Park. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar
Saving the environment Office of Sustainability hosts Earth Day celebration to educate students Diana Nguyen Senior staff writer
Students on Tuesday celebrated the 44th year of Earth Day, a holiday celebrated annually on April 22 worldwide. The Office of Sustainability hosted UH Earth Day at Lynn Eusan Park and invited students to celebrate the planet while learning about sustainability. The event included free food and water, fun-filled activities and information about sustainability projects from UH and local organizations like the Horticulture Society, Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. “Earth Day was created to make people more aware of environmental causes and how we can all learn to treat the earth better,” said Sustainability Program Manager Sarah Kelly. “Our event will be a fun and exciting way for the UH community to accomplish this.” Twenty exhibitors from UH and the city came out for Earth Day, Kelly said. “All of the exhibitors will have some kind of interactive exhibit or display to engage students and other attendees. It should be a fun, educational event,” Kelly said.
“We’ll also have some music playing. The artists either have an earthy sound or support environmental causes.” History junior Farhan Khimani said he appreciated the event and enjoyed nature and tea samples. “This was my first time visiting the Lynn Eusan Park,” Khimani said. “I like how they encourage recycling and gave out free water bottles. It was a hot day, so the water bottles were perfect for it. I also loved the Honest Tea samples.” Khimani can thank Facilities Management Communications Manager Jacquie Vargas for the water bottles. Vargas said she hopes to enforce the idea of reusing water bottles to encourage recycling and sustainability. “Hopefully, our Facilities Management table has helped share how much recycling we do and how much we help the environment,” Vargas said. “We have our water bottles, which we’ve been giving ... to be used with the H2O filling stations.” Vargas said she hopes the stations will encourage removing plastic water bottles out of landfills. “It’s a good way to encourage
Earth day is very closely related to what the Outdoor Adventure Program does. Every single thing we do, every trip we run, every clinic we run, we use a ‘leave no traces’ principle.” Daniels, UH Outdoor Adventure representative
people to use the water-bottle filling stations. There are about 61 on campus now,” Vargas said. “Of course, you don’t have to use our water bottles, but we hope to encourage that and bring to attention the whole notion of sustainability, taking care the environment and passing on a better world for those to come.” Sports and fitness graduate student Erin Daniels, who represented the Outdoor Adventure program, said she considers Earth Day one of her favorite holidays. “Earth Day is very closely related to what the Outdoor Adventure Program does,” Daniels said. “Every single thing we do, every trip we run, every clinic we run, we use a ‘leave no traces’ principle.” Daniel believes in eight simple principles to help the environment. “One of our principles is pack everything in with you, pack everything out. So if you bring any food or trash in, everything comes out when we’re done with the trip,” Daniels said. “(Another principle is) we minimize our camping impact. We make sure everything we do is sustainable in terms of the outdoor aspect of it. We also get people out to the environment to enjoy nature and understand why we want to protect it. So I think it’s very closely related to what Earth Day is all about.” email@example.com
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Sam Houston steals back-and-forth contest Harrison Lee Senior staff writer
UH saw Sam Houston come into Cougar Field for a Tuesday night midweek game and leave with a 5-4 victory. UH (29-11, 6-6) lost a game of dramatic hits and 12 pitching changes. The back-and-forth affair — which lasted three hours and 25 minutes before
Sam Houston took the lead for good — saddled UH pitcher Aaron Stewart with his second loss of the season. The winning run was scored on a sac fly that saw left fielder Michael Pyeatt drill a throw into the ground short of the cutoff man. The game saw seven UH pitchers combine to allow only four earned runs and walk only three, while
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