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Potential fee nipped in the bud by SGA Nora Olabi Assistant news editor

The passage of a Student Government Association resolution mounts opposition to the institution of a mandatory student transportation fee. Resolution-51002 opposes the creation of “any new and distinct compulsory fee for the purpose of funding any University of Houston Auxiliary Services.” Though the resolution is a sweeping opposition to any fees that would fund auxiliary services, this resolution pits SGA and the student body against the potential $25 increase in fees that has been suggested by the Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee. Supporters of the resolution, which opposes the creation of compulsory fees to fund Parking and Transportation Services, point to the fact that auxiliary services, by definition, function as a separate entity from the SGA continues on page 15

Bauer Senator Sunil Motwani (left) co-authored the resolution to oppose the creation of compulsory fees for the purpose of funding auxiliary services at the University, the ramifications of which would impact a proposed transportation fee. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar



UH junior recognized as one of nation’s top STEM students Regents Hadiya Iqbal Senior staff writer

One of her grandfather’s greatest wishes became a reality for mathematics and physics junior Khanh “Kate” Nguyen. Nguyen was recognized as one of the nation’s top science students after she was selected as one of the 2014 recipients of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious awards available to undergraduate students in the country. It provides funding to sophomore and junior students majoring in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering with plans to pursue careers in research. Nguyen was among 283 recipients selected from a field of 1,166 candiMathematics and physics junior Khanh Nguyen was selected as a 2014 re- dates and is the seventh student to cipient of the Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious award that funds under- receive a Goldwater Scholarship in graduates who plan to pursue a career in research. | Courtesy of Chris Watts UH’s history. Nguyen will receive

$7,500 for tuition, fees, books, and room and board for the 2014-15 academic year. “The Goldwater Scholarship is a marker of the very best young scientists in America today,” said Stuart Long, associate dean of undergraduate research and The Honors College. “When these students go on to apply for graduate school, having the Goldwater on their application will certainly capture the attention of admission committees.” Nguyen said she was excited to come to America from Vietnam in 2008 at the age of 16, because she had more educational opportunities. However, because she had little understanding of the English language, most of her classes were difficult at first except SCHOLAR continues on page 3


Operetta to celebrate Moores director’s years of devotion Sonia Zuniga Contributing writer

The Moores School of Music unites faculty and students to end its season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday with Leonard Bernstein’s operetta “Candide,” a celebratory piece that has crossed the boundaries of musicals and opera. The performance is honoring David Ashley White’s 15 years at UH. Based on the Voltaire novel, “Candide” features cameos from

musicologist Howard Pollack and Director of Jazz Noe Marmolejo as well as Opera Director Buck Ross in his stage debut and alumnus Joseph Gaines, who flew from Pittsburgh to star as Candide. “The spirit of the piece, and Bernstein’s composition, is a favorite of David White,” Ross said. “It’s an upbeat piece, and consequently it’s a good piece to conclude this CANDIDE continues on page 8

The Moores School of Music is honoring director David Ashley White with its concluding production of “Candide” on Saturday. | Courtesy of Alexandra Strycula

approve rollout of Cullen Blvd restructure Ryan Graham Staff writer

A special meeting of the UH Board of Regents on Monday approved official UH support of the repaving of major sections of Cullen Boulevard. As many UH students and faculty know, Cullen Boulevard is a major thoroughfare for the UH campus, providing access to numerous classroom buildings and research labs, the school’s art museum and theater, and to the soon-to-be-completed football stadium. However, drivers on the road have seen potholes and uneven paving, requiring massive work to be done. After meeting with representatives from the city council and public works and engineering department, the Board of Regents formally approved the city’s plans to reconstruct the road. “Our commitment to creating a Tier One university isn’t limited to classrooms and labs,” said UH President Renu Khator. “It includes maintaining and enhancing the CULLEN continues on page 13

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CALENDAR Today Lecture: Leading researchers will discuss the latest advances in the field of biomedical engineering and its implications on the future of health care from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Hilton UH Shamrock Ballroom. Art: Experimental animator Jodie Mack will present his indie film from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Blaffer Art Museum on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building. Theater: Philip Barry’s “The Philadelphia Story,” directed by Carolyn Boone, will present an energetic display of love, gossip and scandal from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Wortham Theater. Student tickets are $10.

Friday Symposium: Psychology and education research will be presented in a two-day symposium from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Farish Hall.


Workshop: Students can learn how to use Blackboard Learn at the open lab from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Classroom and Business Building, Room 212. Lecture: A discussion on flexible solar cells will be presented by assistant professor of chemical and

biomolecular engineering Gila Stein from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the UH Texas Center for Superconductivity in the Houston Science Center, Room 102. Dionysia: A banquet of diverse cuisine, readings from The Odyssey and other performances will be presented from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Honors Commons on the second floor of the M. D. Anderson Memorial Library. Music: HyeHyun Sung, from Robert Bates’ studio, will perform a doctoral organ recital from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Philip Presbyterian Church on San Felipe Street.

Saturday Competition: Participants will compete with presentations on the impact of Azerbaijan on the energy industry from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Cemo Hall, Room 105. Music: Leonard Bernstein’s opera “Candide,” based on Voltaire’s novel of the same name, will come to life from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Moores Opera House. Student tickets are $12.

Sunday Walk: The 2014 March of Dimes, March for Babies will bring thousands of participants to campus from 9 to 11 a.m. on the corner of Cullen Boulevard and Elgin Street.

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mathematics, which was Nguyen’s favorite subject from an early age and didn’t require her to know English. “My grandfather sponsored my family to come to America. He wanted to me get a good education, as I am the first one in my family to go to college. He had so much hope and so many plans for me. He wanted me to make him proud,” Nguyen said. Nguyen had her first research opportunity last summer at the University of Texas at Dallas, where she did theoretical research in material science. Although Nguyen said it was a great experience for her to understand more about the field, her greatest

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supporter, her grandfather, passed away while she was there. Nguyen was persuaded to study physics after a faculty member from the UH physics department gave a speech at her AP Physics class. After coming to college, she decided to pair up physics with mathematics. Nguyen is currently conducting research with Zachary Kilpatrick, her mentor and an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. Their project concerns the brain’s ability to represent spatial location and has helped her gain an understanding of the anatomy of the brain’s networks that encode space. “Kate is a very bright and persistent student, thinking deeply about all the work she does. Her receipt of the Goldwater Scholarship is well deserved,” Kilpatrick said.


After graduating from UH, Nguyen plans to pursue a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and continue working in the field of mathematical neuroscience. After earning her Ph.D., she hopes to be part of an interdisciplinary research team that studies the mechanisms that coordinate largescale brain activity and applies these findings to medical and technological advances. “Kate sincerely hopes to pursue graduate education in applied mathematics, so being a Goldwater Scholar will really make her stand out on her graduate applications. I truly look forward to continuing our work together and hearing about her future successes in graduate school,” Kilpatrick said.


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Editor’s Note: “Tell me about a time when…” was created by senior staff columnist and print journalism junior Kelly Schafler with the hope of forming a more active and connected student body. On a campus this big and diverse, it’s easy to sometimes feel insignificant. Everyone has a story, and we want to hear them. Once a month, a new prompt will be issued to the student body. One or two students and one Daily Cougar staff member will be chosen to be featured in this monthly column. Thanks to those who have submitted stories and who may submit stories in the future.



ollege life is unique — especially on a campus as diverse, expansive and remarkable as our own. It’s an incredible feeling when you finally realize that you are no longer a high school student surrounded by people that you either grew up with, were forced Juanita to tolerate for Deaver four years in preparation for a higher institution, or genuinely met for the first time and built bonds that for many will last a lifetime. Yet college life is also a somber thought — realizing that many of us


ome students enter college without having been burdened with hardships in high school. Thus, the transition into college may come as a shock to those individuals. For me, it was, and still is, difficult maintaining good time management and planning skills. I Laurel am an engineerRawley ing, honors and CLASS student — balancing the course load between those three disciplines, as well as other program requirements, proves to be difficult. Each requires a significant amount of time and participation. On top of that, I’ve entered the workforce and continue to juggle

will never see many of the people that we spent four years hating, loving or secretly crushing on ever again. I know I have remained in contact with only a select few close friends from high school whom I still speak to on a regular basis, and I can guarantee that I’m not alone in that. Yet college has a huge atmosphere — making your own schedule, meeting new people, staying up for parties or waking up early to guess your way through that difficult exam — that is overwhelming and exhilarating. Though I am a social person, I had a hard time adjusting to college life my first year at UH. I came from a small private school that housed no more than

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my activities. Socially, the transition from high school to college definitely improved. I am able to make friends from all different sorts of backgrounds. However, perhaps the hardest type of people that I have to deal with are those who judge others for smoking, drinking or other activities that are not necessarily socially approved. But then those same individuals end up doing exactly what they condemn; these people are afraid of judgment but are quick to judge. As a first-year student, it has been a struggle to accept those types of people, but in the end, it is not my business. People will do what they want, regardless of “their values.”


responsible. The hardest part was finding a place to belong. Of course, there’s always that phase where you’re sitting by yourself at lunch and you’re just doing things by yourself all the time. I just got really lonely being by myself. Then I joined InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and that’s where I found where I belonged. I started having friends to hang out with, people to eat dinner with, places to go, things to do during the week and different events to go to. (I suggest) finding an organization that you feel like you belong in and that makes you feel comfortable and strong and also has good values. If you stay in your room, you won’t meet anybody. ... You just have to get out and do things. Force yourself to leave your room and get involved.

Laurel Rawley is an engineering freshman

don’t have a car to drive, so I’m walking everywhere I go. I have to re-adjust by learning to clean up after myself, take out the trash, do laundry and all the things that I took for granted when I was at home. This is my first year here at UH; I transferred from a junior college, but I was living at home when I was going (there). My parents were excited (about my transfer Tosobua here) but really Ogbe nervous. They were scared and were wondering if I was going to be responsible. I love being here now. It’s really comfortable and easy, and it’s nice not having to be around my parents all the time. I have so much freedom to do what I want to do, and I don’t have to go crazy — I can still be

700 students. The campus was small and intimate, making it hard for you to not at least recognize the face of every student at that school. Then I came here to UH: a sea of proud red and white. A campus that is full of life and encompasses miles rather than just a block and a half in a small neighborhood. There were so many people of all different ethnicities and ages — it was thrilling and intimidating. No more of those days of homeroom for teachers to take attendance — it was just me, myself and I. I was held accountable for whether or not I went to class — classes I now had to register myself for and grit my teeth and argue with the screen until I finally got all my classes on a reasonable schedule.

I would be able to decide what to take and when to take it; I had to decide if I want a morning schedule, an evening schedule or maybe somewhere in between. Adjusting to college life was weird at first, but once you become a part of it, you can’t imagine how you tolerated high school and all of its confinements. College life encompasses so many different opportunities to meet people, hang out, find work, network for internships or just get out and have a great time — yes, I’m referring to Frontier Fiesta. You just have to possess the drive and courage to get out and do these things. Once I made the adjustment, I couldn’t imagine ever going back, and UH is the place that made that


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Students punished for expressing free speech on Twitter


he verdict of the landmark 1969 Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines said that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” However, with the continuous rise of social media, school administrators have been disciGemrick plining students Curtom for expressing themselves on the Internet. UH students continually express their opinions, and are lucky not to have run into any trouble with the right to freedom of expression. When the “UH Confessions” page flooded Facebook with grievances, accusations and confessions, the administration did not step in. Almost every university has or has had the typical confessions-type of Facebook page or Twitter account. This confessional trend began spilling into high schools, and because high school administrators have a stricter disciplinary jurisdiction on their students in the confines of their walls, it raised questions about when administrators can limit free expression. Students have been punished for their online comments — even if those comments were made off school property and after school hours. Administrators typically target cyberbullies for disciplinary action, but some students have been punished for posting commentaries the school did not like or agree with. The Minnewaska School District in 2012 punished then-sixth-grader Riley Stratton for a comment she had made on her Facebook page, forcing her to relinquish her Facebook and email account passwords. While she was in her own home, Stratton made a Facebook comment about a staff member from the school. School officials searched through her Facebook page with police present and left Stratton distressed to the point that she did not want to attend school anymore. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota won the settlement, and the school district agreed to change its policies to ensure privacy protection for students. Public relations senior Melissa Bias said Minnewaska’s actions were a breach of power. “I don’t think schools shouldn’t be able to interfere and regulate with the social media accounts of students,” Bias said. The cases of school officials seemingly overreacting and stepping too far to discipline students continue to pile up. These students are expressing how they feel and what they believe.

Just because the school does not agree with it does not mean there’s a ground for disciplinary action. “I think it’s also an age thing where people believe high schoolers can’t have their own opinion,” Bias said. “They’re being punished for putting their views out there, and I don’t think it’s right.” All schools, no matter the academic level, should respect the opinions of their students. For example, UH’s Freedom of Expression Policy says the University is committed to “fostering a learning environment where free inquiry

and expression are encouraged.” This policy explains in detail the approval process and the designated campus areas for organized expressive activities. The smothering of expression has become apparent enough that it inspired Mary Beth Tinker — of the 1969 free speech case — to go on a nationwide tour called Tinker Tour USA. During this tour, Tinker speaks and inspires students to remember they have the right to freedom of expression in and outside school or not. As the boundaries between school

and home have increasingly blurred, it appears that school administrators are abusing the openness of the Tinker decision in today’s continuous erosion of young people’s privacy. “(Students) have the right to free speech ... the only people who should be able to punish them should be their parents,” said public relations junior Preshus Guide. As long as there isn’t a clear and present danger, there is no harm in what students are saying, regardless of whether the school approves. At the same time, students do need to be cautious of what they share

online in the professional sense. As more employers routinely search through job candidates’ social profiles, what people say online does affect them. However, a high school student expressing their displeasure in the administration does not have the same professional weight. School officials should not be allowed to eavesdrop and filter what students are saying with their friends on social media. Opinion columnist Gemrick Curtom is a public relations junior and may be reached at

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Gallery exhibits mediums of student crafts Zoe Quezada Contributing writer

While most students will spend their final weeks of the semester studying for exams or writing papers, students at the School of Art are preparing their final submissions for the annual School of Art Exhibition. Eager to show off their creative work, graduates and undergraduates from all of the School of Art’s concentrations — painting, sculpture, photo/digital media, graphic communications and interdisciplinary practice and emerging forms — are represented in the show at 7 p.m. Friday at Blaffer Art Museum. Works featured in the show were chosen by School of Art faculty, with more than 100 students selected to exhibit. The student works include sculpture graduate student Margaret McMillan’s installation made out of hot glue. Curious about the material and wanting to find a way to combine text into her art, McMillan spent hours writing her thoughts down in hot glue to create a 3-D scroll. “It’s essentially just stream-ofconsciousness writing, focusing on the idea of making the ridiculous things we think of, on a day-to-day basis, permanent,” McMillan said. “The amount of time I’m putting into essentially meaningless thoughts. It’s all a stream of consciousness. What I’m thinking about

Creative students from the School of Art are preparing for the annual exhibition opening reception at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Blaffer Art Museum. The gallery will exhibit paintings, sculptures, photography and more. | Courtesy of Iwan Baan during the day, what I’m thinking about during work, what TV shows I’m watching, everything I’m doing is going into this piece.” Photography and digital media senior Crystal Martinez, who is showcasing work reflecting her views on social and political issues, will also be featured in the exhibition. “(My work) will explore society’s views on human appearance in comparison to mannequins. It shows how women judge themselves according to others’ standards and society’s version of the ‘perfect’ woman,”

Martinez said. Painting senior Ryan Baptiste, who is inspired by social issues, will exhibit works inspired by his fascination with forces. Baptiste was inspired by every facet of action in creating his work, including forces in nature, defying gravity, armed forces, controlled forces and people being forced out of their homes. “I was driving around in the Third Ward, and I started seeing people on their porches. And that brought me to this place, an abandoned porch,” Baptiste said.

“I thought about how maybe someone was forced to move away from this, couldn’t afford to live here and taken out by force, you never know. This was inspired by people. Force affects us all.” Additionally, some students in the exhibition will feature work that explores their skills outside their preferred medium. Painting senior Mary Wemple will showcase a piece featuring postcards that she has recreated and sculpted to make something new. “I’m contributing postcards that have been cut out and sculpted in

order that they are no longer twodimensional; they are three-dimensional,” Wemple said. “We’re allowed to do all kinds of mediums in the painting program. We don’t have to just stick with painted canvas. We can try out all different kinds of things.” Featuring a variety of work, art students said they are excited to show their pieces and view work from their peers as well. “It’s always interesting how everyone has a different take on things because they have a different concentration,” Wemple said. “It’s interesting to see how they use their different skills in different ways.” Baptiste said everyone feeds off each other in finding inspiration. “I love everybody (in the show). I love everyone who is doing art and expressing themselves. It’s just amazing to be around this much talent. If somebody is going one direction, we kind of feel that and take that too. We embrace each other,” Baptiste said. Whatever somebody is going through, we take it, we use it, we are all just one unit. That’s the way I feel.”

The School of Art exhibition will run through May 10 at the Blaffer Art Museum.


Sororities, fraternities wrap up philanthropy week Sara Samora Senior staff writer

Excitement rose in the cool Saturday morning air as costumed brothers and sisters got behind the pink and white ribbons wrapped around the trees. The horn sounded, and students in tutus and pink attire took off. Alpha Kappa Delta Phi’s second annual Code Pink 5K Costume Run benefited the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which has partnered with the sorority for the past few years. Hotel and restaurant management junior and aKDPhi member Maria Le said vice president and service chair Kim Vu Tran has been planning this run since the beginning of the semester. Greek organizations use philanthropy to promote awareness for causes like domestic violence or cancer. AKDPhi’s cause is breast cancer. “Most of the time when we set

up Code Pink, we set up tabling, we set up flyers and we tell girls, ‘you’re never too young or too old to get a mammogram,’” Le said. “We send them to the women’s clinics, and we give them free pamphlets, goodie bags, and we give out ribbons as well.” She said the biggest misconception about breast cancer is when people think it won’t happen to them. “They think that if it’s not in your background, you can’t get it, but anyone can get it,” Le said. “It’s just important that you just check for it, just to be safe.” Le stressed that the sorority also offers a sense of belonging, a sense of family and a great networking opportunity. “People say that all we’re doing is paying for friends and that all we do is party, but it’s all further from the truth,” Le. said. “There is a lot of rewarding factors that go into being Greek. You

During philanthropy week, Greek organizations have raised money and awareness for numerous causes including breast cancer from alpha Kappa Delta Phi’s second annual Code Pink 5K Costume Run. | Sara Samora/The Daily Cougar have another family within school, you have someone else besides your own blood that will always be there for you and you all work toward a

greater cause within the school and community as well.” The sorority Sigma Phi Omega focuses on domestic violence with

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whole season and to celebrate David’s years and work with us.” This only scrapes the surface in terms of contributions, said Choral Studies Director Betsy Weber, the producer of the show. She said this piece was a perfect way to honor White. “I chose ‘Candide’ because it is so celebratory,” Weber said. “I knew it would offer a fun evening for audience members and, more importantly, for David.” Performance certificate program student Natalie Woodward plays Paquette, a maid who becomes a reputable prostitute in Venice, and vocal performance graduate student Kyla Knox plays the vain and beautiful Cunegonde, Candide’s love interest. Both agreed that the operetta’s over-the-top antics will deliver. “We keep going from one crazy scenario to the next,” Woodward said. “I remember my first conversation with Dr. White was about how much he loves Leonard Bernstein, so I think this is a very fitting tribute.” Gaines, who plays the role of Candide, has admiration and respect for his mentor and friend since they first met when White became Dean of the Moores School in the late ‘90s.

“He has done nothing but encourage me in all of my endeavors, and I know countless other alumni would say the same of him, as well,” he said. “His marvelous spirit brought both great expertise and leadership to the University as a whole.” After previously performing in a production of “Candide” two summers ago with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Gaines said he knows the complexity of the winding emotions his character goes through in this satirical but joyful affirmation of the need to “make some sense of life.” “I can’t help but identify with Candide as he struggles to find his path in the face of relentless challenges,” Gaines said. “I think anyone can agree that the world is often a very tough place to understand, so there is definitely something in this piece with which absolutely anybody can identify.” In his debut performance, Ross will play Pangloss, a misguided philosopher whose teachings get him and others into all sorts of trouble. “It’s been fun — it has been very good for me to put myself in the same position that I put them all the time, so it’s useful in my part,” Ross said. “It was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, and they knew it when they asked me.”

Saturday’s evening will begin with a special benefit dinner in Room 185, with tickets on sale for $100, which includes dinner, concert and reception. Proceedings will create the David Ashley White Endowed Scholarship. Concertonly tickets start at $12. “David’s tenure as Director of the Moores School was always first and foremost about our students, so there is no better way to honor him than by establishing this scholarship in his name,” Weber said. Ross said this season has been a great success, and this semester’s final performance will show that. “Hopefully the audience comes out with a positive aspect of what’s been accomplished at the School of Music over the years, and to recognize what a strong program it is.”

Rapper Fat Tony to perform at museum Media studies alumni Anthony Obi, or “Fat Tony,” is performing with recording artist DJ Sun at the monthly Museum of Fine Arts Mixed Media event on Friday.

ENJOY IT Join in the entertainment and fun during the Moores School of Music’s production, “Candide,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Moores Opera Center. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors.

Obi will perform his hit songs including “Hood Party” and “BKNY.” Guests will also have exclusive access to MFAH’s exhibition, “John Singer Sargent: The Watercolors.” Attendants must be at least 18 years old, and tickets are $20 for general admission, $18 for museum members.

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“We currently work with the Houston Area Women’s Shelter, and every year, during the fall, we host a SAFE week where we have a dodgeball tournament, a dunk booth, bakes sales as well as have a self-defense course for females to come out and learn how to protect themselves,” said Sigma Phi Omega service coordinator Christina Hoang. “We have candlelight vigils as well.” The sorority also welcomed female and male victims of domestic violence to speak about their experiences and how to prevent them. “We feel like through that, it opens our eyes,” Hoang said. “Everyone is welcome to come and support us and support the philanthropy for domestic violence awareness, and we encourage nonmembers to come as well.” Sometimes causes can hit close to home. “We actually have had members from our sorority who have experienced domestic violence,” Hoang said. “So not only are we preaching it, we have had experience (with) it, and we try to cope through it with them as well.” Sigma Phi Omega member Karen Wong creates homemade bear key chains on her own time for anyone who donates $10 to a domestic violence organization.

Fraternity Pi Kappa Phi hosted “Pie a Pi Kappa” to raise donations during the Push America fundraiser for its Accessibility Project in early April. | Courtesy of Benjamin Baek “It’s from the kindness of her heart. She doesn’t do it for any recognition; she just does it because it’s one of her hobbies, and we really do love her because of that,” Hoang said. Accounting junior and Pi Kappa Phi President Benjamin Baek’s fraternity works with Push America, a nonprofit that the fraternity itself owns and operates. It’s the only fraternity in the nation

that runs and owns its own philanthropic organization. Push America’s goal is to raise awareness and funds for people with disabilities. This year it raised $12,000, surpassing its annual goal of $10,000. It also has a partnership with the adaptive athletics department, which was co-founded by one of the brothers.

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“We usually give 25 percent of what we made to two organizations, and one of those organizations was the adaptive athletics department,” Baek said. Pi Kappa Phi also has a program called the Accessibility Project, through which it finds someone local who’s in need of a wheelchair ramp, then builds a ramp for them. “It’s really inspiring. Once you light someone’s fire inside them, your cause, it just lights other people’s as well,” Baek said. “It’s really special, because there’s always so many great charities, so many great causes we do for everything in the world we’re trying to change, and I think the number one (way) people view disabilities (is) ideally like an entire different race. You’re perceived as someone who fits outside.” Baek said Pi Kappa Phi has an event where it picks two or three brothers to ride a wheelchair for a week to experience what it’s like to have a disability. “I actually participated in last Push Week, and I think what was the most eye-opening was where I went to Kroger, and I tried to reach for something, and people were just looking at me and tried to be obvious not to stare, but it’s as if they’re saying, ‘I don’t know why this guy is in a wheelchair,’” Baek said, adding that the worst disability is a bad attitude.


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US national team picks Lemoine for 2014 squad The Daily Cougar news services Right-handed sophomore pitcher Jake Lemoine has been selected and accepted his invitation to compete for the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer. Lemoine is among the nation’s elite selected to compete and represent the United States. “It is an honor to play for Team USA, knowing only a handful of p l ay e r s a re selected to play for this Lemoine prestigious team,” Lemoine said. Lemoine became the first Cougar since 2006 to compete for USA Baseball and the fifth Cougar to represent UH on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Lemoine is also the first pitcher selected for the Collegiate National Team from UH since 2002. “He understands that he is one of the best pitchers in this country, and once he realized that, that gave him confidence to dominate to this point in this season,” said head coach Todd Whitting. Wellbrock receives national honor Senior right-handed pitcher Chase Wellbrock was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List, which honors the nation’s top relief pitcher. Wellbrock was just one of 50 baseball student athletes across the nation and one of two who represent the American Athletic Conference to be honored on this prestigious list through the first 40 games. Wellbrock became the UH alltime saves leader this season after recording his 17th save of his career, surpassing Ryan Wagner’s 16 saves — which was a record for 11 years. Wellbrock currently has 20 career saves, eight coming this season. He leads the conference and is one of the nation’s best with an ERA of 0.68 in 15 appearances. He holds a 3-0 record with eight saves and has struck out 24 in 26.2 innings this season, while walking just three — two of which were intentional walks.

UH struggled in its loss to Sam Houston State but will have to quickly shift gears as it faces Cincinnati, which is 9-6 at home. | Justin Tijerina/The Daily Cougar


Cougars look to shake off some rust UH looks to earn its 30th win of season during a weekend contest with AAC foe Cincinnati Harrison Lee Senior staff writer

With 15 games remaining in the season, four at home, UH will find itself in the City of Seven Hills to meet Cincinnati for UH’s fifth American Athletic Conference series of the season. UH, 29-11 overall and 6-6 in conference play, will take on a Cincinnati (15-23; 3-12) team that has struggled as of late. “I’m excited about this weekend,” said head coach Todd Whitting.

“I’m looking forward to getting the team on the road, so we can kind of get together and get away. I love playing at home, but sometimes it’s nice to get away from the distractions at home. I know (the team) is looking forward to the trip.” UH is 7-2 on the road and will play three games against the Bearcats, who are 9-6 at home. The Cougars hope to continue their path to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., with each conference game becoming more of an audition and tune-up piece for the team goal of a deep postseason run. “We got a good series win against USF, which was really good for our conference standings,” said sophomore second baseman Josh Vidales. “I think at Cincinnati, we need to go

in there confident and ready to take a sweep — we really need to sweep against Cincinnati.” Vidales’ confidence was echoed by senior first baseman Casey Grayson, who is in the midst of a stellar season by earning American Lemoine Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. Beyond that, UH has been striving to go, in Whitting’s words, “above and beyond,” which has been achieved in ways such as sophomore Kyle Survance having already stolen more bases (21) than he had last season.

“We feel good. We lost to Sam Houston, but we’re confident we can go up there and hopefully take care of business. We’re excited,” Grayson said. The ever-rolling season — which to this point has the Cougars, in Whitting’s eyes, “controlling their own destiny” so far as post-season seeding and play is considered — makes the dwindling number of remaining games seem less intimidating as the season goes on. “This time of year, the conference games come a little bit more into play,” Whitting said. “But that can’t be something you let freak your team. If there’s a game to play, we’re going to compete and get after it.”

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Hill named as award finalist The Daily Cougar news services Men’s golf associate head coach Chris Hill was named one of three finalists for the 2014 Jan Strickland Award selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America. It marked the second straight season that Hill was recognized as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches. Hill was honored as one of eight semifinalists a season ago. The Strickland Award is presented to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach who has excelled in working with Hill his student athletes both on the course and in the classroom. Hill was joined by Northwestern’s David Inglis and Blake Smart of Oklahoma. The Cougars have had success this season under Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke’s and Hill’s watch. UH has been ranked among the top 10 national leaders in several posts. The Cougars have posted four team championships this season, including three straight to open the spring campaign. Juniors Kyle Pilgrim and Roman Robledo have won a combined four individual titles. UH preps for Penn Relay UH is set to participate in the Penn Relay Carnival seasons this weekend in Philadelphia. The Cougars plan to run several relay teams and 13 individuals against the nation’s top competition at the meet. Junior Justine Price will compete in the women’s discus throw, slated for 9 a.m. Thursday. Junior Sade-Mariah Greenidge will compete in the women’s 400-meter hurdles Championship of America Thursday morning. Freshman Brian Barraza will wrap up the Cougars’ Thursday night events with the men’s 5,000-meter Championship run. This is the freshman’s first 5,000-meter since the indoor season. Last weekend, both of the Cougars’ 4×400-meter relay teams improved to season-best times at the UTSA Invitational. The Cougar women recorded a 3:35.95, moving up to No. 2 in the conference, No. 13 in the region and the top 20 in the nation. The men’s team recorded a time of 3:08.27, the conference’s best time, No. 10 in the region and No. 24 nationally.

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UH expects to win the American Athletic Conference tournament on Sunday and capture the program’s 17th NCAA title this summer. | File photo/The Daily Cougar


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Though he’s just 16 days away from walking across a makeshift stage at Hofheinz Pavilion, Wesley McClain believes his biggest moment at UH on the golf course has yet to arrive. The opportunity for McClain and the Cougars to etch their name among great individuals and teams that have competed for the program is still ahead — it begins with the American Athletic Conference tournament on Sunday. The Cougars will travel to Palm Harbor, Fla., to tee off at Copperhead Course, which features tight fairways and complex greens that challenge golfers to remain patient. UH hopes to earn a conference title for the second consecutive season, then move on to bigger goals. The No. 12 Cougars have their eyes on claiming the 17th national title in program history, and they remain confident that they should win each tournament they enter. Four years prior, the Cougars had a different mentality. Though the team had talent when McClain arrived, their faith wasn’t backed up by recent success — the Cougars weren’t ranked and didn’t have a signature victory. That changed when UH burst on the national scene with a big postseason victory. “When we show up, we’re not worried about anyone else,” McClain said. “(At first) we were good enough,

but we didn’t believe it. Now we believe it, and you can tell when we show up.” After capturing the Conference USA tournament title last season, UH has earned four team titles with as many top-five finishes in 12 tournaments this season while capturing five individual championships this year. Junior Roman Robledo emerged as a consistent title threat with three tournament victories. “You have University of Houston on your back, and people are looking at you,” said senior Curtis Reed. “When we were freshmen, we were looking at other teams that were ranked in the top 10 and watching what they were doing.” Last season’s success gave the Cougars a taste of what they wanted. The squad reached the NCAA regionals for the second consecutive year and narrowly missed advancing to the NCAA championships by two strokes. “Our expectation is the national championship. We just need one or two more steps,” McClain said. For Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke, piloting the program to where it is now took a freshman class buying into his vision four years ago. “These guys invested their time and talent into the program when it was in a different situation. They invested long before the program was a success. We’re forever grateful for the freshman class that signed in 2010,” Dismuke said.

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campus itself. For many Cougars, the road to success begins on Cullen Boulevard, which serves as the University’s welcome mat. These improvements to this important thoroughfare reflect our dedication to making UH as user-friendly as possible. We appreciate the city of Houston’s efforts to help us with that.” The repairs will take place during the University’s summer break, from May 12 to August 15. Sections of the street will be closed off one at a time to allow traffic flow to continue while entire sections of concrete are dug up and repaved. The end result will be several completely redone sections of Cullen Boulevard from Elgin Street to Wheeler Street. Once complete, the reconstruction project will result in improved street conditions and better pedestrian access at major intersections. “I am so pleased that Mayor Parker and the city of Houston have finally decided to repair this main thoroughfare that connects UH to the city,” said Student Government President Charles Haston. “We will finally be able to enjoy our morning coffee without spilling and graduate

without needing a new set of tires.” The city experts planning the project expect it to extend the usability of Cullen Boulevard by at least 20 years. After it is complete, the city will continue to monitor the road to determine whether a complete rework of the street is necessary. “Everyone has worked hard to deliver this solution for UH and the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Board of Regents Chairman Jarvis Hollingworth. “I thank the city of

A special meeting of the UH Board of Regents approved UH support of the repaving of major sections of Cullen Boulevard beginning May 12. | Izmail Glosson/The Daily Cougar Houston for listening to our concerns and its hard work in developing this plan.” Further updates on the project can be found at UH’s projects website,


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University and are “self-sufficient and financially independent,” according to the resolution. PTS currently has two revenue streams: parking permits and fines. SGA President Charles Haston said he found the creation of a third PTS revenue source unnecessary and could potentially have an undesirable ripple effect. “I just don’t think we need a new type of fee,” Haston said in an earlier Daily Cougar column. “The precedent of allowing an auxiliary service to leverage a compulsory fee on the student body troubles me.” TPAC brought the levying of service fees to light as a possibility for dealing with PTS’s approximately $600,000 deficit. With a student population of 39,540, according to the UH Fall 2013 Facts, the $25 increase would generate a steady stream of close to a million dollars. SGA Bauer Senator Pooja Magabi, co-author of the resolution and chair of the administration and finance committee, called the potential fee “unfair.” She said that PTS shouldn’t generate revenue from mandatory fees, especially when about 70 percent of students attending the University receive need-based financial aid. “We really hope that any auxiliary services budgets don’t include any of our funds,” Magabi said. “If they do need funds from students, any fees that they try to levy need to go through (the Student Fees Advisory Committee).” SFAC can determine which cases to hear. Though the fee has not been

custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Den declined comment. There is no further information at this time.

proposed to the administration yet, the resolution standing in staunch opposition would represent the opinion of the student body if talks do proceed with the administration. “I do hope that it isn’t vilified, that they’re trying to think of these actions. I don’t think that’s the intent,” said Speaker of the Senate Shaun Smith. “This is not to make it seem as though the administration of the auxiliary services are attempting to take advantage of students. (The Senate) just wants to make sure this position is firmly stated before (TPAC) invests so much time.” For Bauer Senator Sunil Motwani, the burden of “mismanaged” finances that led to the deficit should not be placed on the shoulders of the students. “We immediately knew that it was something that students wouldn’t want. … They’re not for it, so we wanted to act on behalf of them in opposition to this,” Motwani said. But some voted against the resolution. CLASS Senator Clement Agho-Otoghile said the language of the resolution was too rigid and that using the word “any” could potentially restrain future endeavors that could be welcome. He suggested after the Senate meeting to add a time element and remove the word “any” from the language of the resolution. Other senators felt it was unnecessary to act now because the threat of a fee implementation was not imminent. For a compulsory fee to be implemented, it must go through administrators and President and Chancellor Renu Khator before being passed by the state legislature.

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