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Women’s swimming and diving defeats No. 1 Georgia over holiday break

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TODAY Calendar Perry CastaĂąeda Library Tour Learn about the main service points in the Perry-CastaĂąeda Library, including the study areas, library stacks and the microform collection. Meet in the PCL lobby at 10 a.m.

Luncheon forum features Powers The Gulen Institute welcomes UT President William Powers Jr. for a luncheon forum featuring his speech “Nurturing the Soul of a Public Research University.� The noon luncheon costs $30 to attend.

Peace Corps coffee talk

Attend an informational coffee talk on the Peace Corps. Meet at the 24th St. Starbucks at 5:30 p.m.

Big Screen Classics: ‘Vertigo’ The Alamo Drafthouse Village will be featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film “Vertigo� tonight at 7 p.m. Students can take the #5 bus to the theater.

Today in history In 1993 Martin Luther King Jr. Day is officially observed for the first time in all 50 states.

Inside In News: UT’s chief commercialization officer resigns page 5

In Sports: Will the Longhorns beat the Cyclones? page 9

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Check out these anticipated events for 2012 page 14


Quote to note “You’re going to face good teams, and if you don’t play well and they play well, you’ve got no chance.� — Scott Drew Baylor head coach SPORTS PAGE 8



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Websites show opposition to anti-piracy bills By Andrew Messamore Daily Texan Staff

While some UT students may be confused to find Wikipedia and other social media sites offline today, others stand with the sites in their opposition to recent anti-piracy bills facing the House of Representatives.

Wikipedia, Reddit and the Cheezburger Network of social media websites began a 24-hour blackout today at midnight to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). Both acts would crack down on the sale of illegally downloaded material by forcing Internet service providers to block access to

sites that violate U.S. copyright laws. Members of the Wikipedia community and other sites believe these acts would “seriously damage the free and open Internet� by opening the way to further censorship, according to a statement published on the English Wikipedia’s homepage. While SOPA is currently suspended from re-

ceiving a house vote, PIPA is still slated to go before the House of Representative for vote Tuesday, Jan. 24. White House representatives came out against SOPA and PIPA in a written statement Saturday because the acts threatened a “dynamic, innovative global Internet.� University Democrats communi-

cations director AndrĂŠ Treiber said the acts risk inhibiting creativity and the freedom of speech, agreeing with the White House’s position. “[SOPA] is stifling, too broad a n d h a s a s h o ot - f i r s t - a s k -

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Occupy Austin loses momentum By Kayla Jonsson Daily Texan Staff

As temperatures decrease, so do the number of Occupy Austin protestors willing to demonstrate outside City Hall, said Caitlin Pigford, 16 year-old protester on the verge of homelessness. In its fourth month at City Hall, the Occupy Austin movement is losing stamina, and members blame the weather, Pigford said. On a given afternoon, about 20 protesters might mill around the Capitol steps. Protest signs now serve as cushions and blockades against the wind on City Hall steps instead of being held high, Pigford said. “Right now everyone is just sitting around when before we would have been holding signs by the street, playing drums and talking to people,� Pigford said. “The spirit has definitely gone down since we first got here.� Nearly all of the Occupy Austin protesters at City Hall are homeless, and the demonstration gives them a warm place to huddle up, said unemployed and homeless protester Dallas Aycock. “A lot of people say the homeless are just taking advantage of the movement because food and blankets are offered, but I wasn’t homeless when I first got into Occupy,� Aycock said. “As I became homeless I just supported the movement even more because I felt firsthand how bad the economy is.� Drug use has also infiltrated City Hall steps and people approach the group daily looking for drugs, pro-

Thomas Allison | Daily Texan Staff

Puneet Kumar smokes a cigarette while surrounded by sleeping members of the Occupy Austin movement Tuesday evening at Austin City Hall. Over the past four months, members of APD have accumulated 11,699 overtime hours to prevent drug use and crime at the protest sites.

tester Joshua Dixon said. He said he tells people asking if “anyone knows where they can get some bud,� to leave the steps immediately because they are making the en-

tire group look bad. “It pisses us off when people come over drunk and asking about drugs because then we all get labeled as drunks and druggies

when we’re actually here to prove a costing an extra $502,607 in an atpoint,� Dixon said. tempt to prevent drug use and other The Austin Police Department has worked 11,699 overtime hours since the protest began, OCCUPY continues on PAGE 2

Report says UT ranks high in affordability By Megan Strickland Daily Texan Staff

UT received high marks for affordability in an annual finance report. Despite fears of tuition hikes, UT may be a better value than the report suggests, officials said. For in-state student value, UTAustin ranked 24th out of 500 universities studied by the Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine in its annual “Best Values in Public Colleges� report. The publication broke down its method of ranking as one that cross-analyzes cost data such as tuition, fees, room and board and financial aid for in-state and out-of-state students with academic data such as admission rate, test scores of incoming freshmen, and four- and six-year graduation rates. Tom Melecki, director of UT’s student financial services, said UT ranked well because it managed to

keep tuition increases lower than the national average. “We are looking for efficiencies anywhere we can find them,� he said. “That has also allowed us to keep tuition increases at a minimum. Our last increase was 3.99 percent. That’s less than half the national average of 8.02 percent.� Melecki said UT students might fair better than Kiplinger indicates because the report lists average debt upon graduation for students at $24,667, slightly higher than the $24,582 the office of student financial services calculated for May 2011 graduates. Associate dean of student affairs Marc Musick also noted a slight disadvantage UT students had in the ranking. “Many students leave with zero debt, and that is not taken into

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UT alumnus Zach Anner made a $33,000 donation to Texas Student Television. Anner, who won Oprah’s “Search for the Next TV Star,� was a member of the studentrun television station during his time at UT.

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Zach Anner contributes $33,000 to TSTV By Alexa Ura Daily Texan Staff

A UT alumnus who made it big on the Oprah Winfrey Network paid tribute to Texas Student Television with a donation that will allow the station to improve its programming.

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Zach Anner donated $33,000 to UT’s student-run television station at the beginning of this semester. Anner said he decided to contribute a part of the prize he received as one of the winners of Oprah’s “Search for the Next TV Star� competition to

TSTV due to the organization’s impact on his life. “I wanted to trace back important inf luences in my life to give back to,� he said.

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SOPA continues from PAGE 1 questions-later approach, as far as due process is concerned,� Treiber said. “As a whole, it is overreaching and is the equivalent of using dynamite when a scalpel is more appropriate.� Members of the political activist group, Fight for the Future, are standing with Wikipedia and other websites against the bills. Tiffiniy Cheng, co-founder of Fight for the Future, said if the bill was allowed to pass the United States could eventually become more like China. “This strike is about a struggle between a people with a means to communicate freely and the government’s ability to threaten it,� said Cheng. “It’s a fundamental fight for free speech.� Something, however, must be done to protect the industries that are hurt by illegal activity on the web, said radio-television-film junior Eric Antonowicz. “Both sides of the issue have salient points,� Antonowicz said. “You can’t just keep breaking copyright law but at the same time I don’t think that censorship is right in any way. I’m glad that they are taking a stand against it but I also think that something has to be done. Copyright gets broken way too much and the industry loses a lot of money.� This type of Internet protest is historically significant given the size, credibility and usage of Wikipedia and Google, said government lecturer James Henson. “SOPA is activating a libertarian streak in Internet users that was the stance 10 to 15 years ago that fell on the wayside as the Internet had become a corporate enterprise,� Henson said. “I don’t think that the world is going to stop turning because you can’t use Wikipedia, but I do think it’s going to raise visibility. It’s still to be seen whether or not this is going to catch on.�


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With the recent donation from talk show host Zach Anner, TSTV will be able to replace old equipment and begin broadcasting digitally.

TSTV continues from PAGE 1 “TSTV was one of them, and it’s the reason I do what I do now.� After winning the reality competition, Anner got the opportunity to host his own show “Rollin’ with Zach� and $100,000 to go towards charity, which he decided to split three ways. TSTV will use his donation to upgrade their equipment and make all their programming high-definition quality, said TSTV station manager Steven Zurita. Zurita said the donation is very significant for the station, which produces 14 shows a semester with more than 180 student volunteers who take on the roles, including producers, directors and actors.

“We’ve had alumni who wrote Kung Fu Panda and have created production companies many years after graduation,� Zurita said. “It’s exciting because he is an [alumnus] that just graduated in 2009. Two years later, he has already made a national name for himself and has his own show.� The donation is one of TSTV’s largest donations in the station’s history, said Dan Knight, TSTV adviser and radio-televisionfilm lecturer. Knight said the gift validates the work of hundreds of past students that established the station as a vital component to students’ experience at UT, and it will influence many careers. “The money will be essential to upgrading the student experience at the TV station which provides a pre-professional ex-

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“Everyone who is around this area and interested in Occupy has already come by,� Lu said. “Now it is time to let all those people in other areas who have never heard of us crimes at protest sites, according to know who we are.� APD documents. Occupy Austin protester and 2003 UT alumna Virginia Lu said the movement is dying at City Hall because it is time to expand to other communities. Lu said she will soon start going door to door in neighborhoods outside of central Austin to educate community members Scan this QR code to check out more: about the movement.


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REPORT continues from PAGE 1 account in that figure,� Musick said. Melecki agreed. “Only 50 percent of students borrow when attending the university compared to the national average that ranges from 60 to 70 percent,� he said. Melecki said that while Kilplinger factors in Austin’s high cost of living, it doesn’t factor in his office’s attempts to get students to lower costs through Bevonomics courses, publication of the UT 4 Less newsletter and other saving tips. Melecki said one of the most important things for students to remember when managing their finances is to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15, to ensure they are considered for need-based aid. He said although students may have un-met costs covered by financial aid, they should weigh benefits of attending UT when evaluating their finances. In comparison to Texas A&M,


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perience for students planning increasingly difficult as money a media career,� he said. “As the supplies shrink. This is a mighty media landscape changes, we leap in that direction.� Anner joined TSTV when he first moved to Austin to major in radio-television-film in the spring of 2005. He said the station, which airs on campus cable and across Austin, prepared him to have his own television show so it made sense to give back to it. Anner worked with TSTV for four years during college and continued to work with them on a mockumentary after graduation. — Steven Zurita, TSTV station manager “ T ST V is w here I le ar ne d how to be on camera,� Anner said. “I wanted to pay it forward because of what I’ve received from my time at the statry to keep pace with technolo- tion and as a result of that exgy and programs that will help perience. My relationship with our students stand out, but it’s TSTV will be lifelong.�


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which ranked 21st in the report, Melecki said UT’s four-year graduation rate of 52 percent was higher than Texas A&M’s rate of 46 percent. Texas A&M students’ in-state costs average $8,941 per semester after need based financial aid, compared to the $11,857 cost for UT students. The only other Texas institution in the top 100 universities was UT-Dallas, ranked 46. Cost of attendance at UTD after needbased aid is $14,068 per semester for in-state students, and the school has a 42 percent four-year graduation rate. Mario Villa, director of UT’s East Texas Admissions Center, said cost is often a factor for prospective students. Villa said most students coming through the admissions center look more closely at rankings of individual programs, not overall rankings of UT. “I never really hear families of prospective students mention these general university rankings like ‘I hear UT Austin was ranked 24th Best Public University by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine,’� he said.


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Iraqi religious suspensions propagate fear of instability

NEWS BRIEFLY Romney releases some tax info after pressure from GOP rivals FLORENCE, S.C. — His wealth and taxes suddenly a campaign focus, Mitt Romney said Tuesday he pays an effective federal tax rate of about 15 percent. That’s far less than if his earnings were wages rather than gains from investments and dividends. Romney told reporters he also received money from speechmaking before he announced his presidential candidacy early last year “but not very much.� In his financial disclosure statement, released last August, he reported being paid $374,327.62 for such appearances for the 12 months ending last February. That amount alone would place his income among the top 1 percent of all Americans, and Romney’s description of it as a relatively small amount suggested his overall income was far higher.

Border patrol tries zero tolerance for detained immigrants again

SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Border Patrol is moving to halt a revolving-door policy of sending migrants back to Mexico without any punishment. The agency this month is overhauling its approach on migrants caught illegally crossing the 1,954mile border that the United States shares with Mexico. Punishments vary by region but there is a common thread: simply turning people around after taking their fingerprints is the choice of last resort. Some, including children and the medically ill, will still get a free pass by being turned around at the nearest border crossing, but they will be few and far between. “What we want to be able to do is make that the exception and not necessarily the norm,� Fisher told The Associated Press. Compiled from Associated Press reports


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The cruise ship Costa Concordia lays on its side after running aground Friday evening on the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy on Tuesday. 11 passengers are confirmed dead as of Tuesday evening.

Disarray doomed cruise ship passengers Frances D’Emilio The Associated Press

ROME — “You go on board! Is that clear? Do you hear me?� the Coast Guard officer shouted as the captain of the grounded Costa Concordia sat safe in a life raft and frantic passengers struggled to escape after the ship rammed into a reef off the Tuscan coast. “It is an order. Don’t make any more excuses. You have declared ‘Abandon ship.’ Now I am in charge.� The dramatic recording made public Tuesday shows Capt. Francesco Schettino resisted orders to return to his ship to direct the evacuation, saying it was too dark and the ship was tipping perilously. The exchange came to light as the death toll nearly doubled to 11 after divers pulled the bodies of four men and a woman, all wearing life vests, from the wreckage. Some two dozen people remain missing. The Costa Concordia had more than 4,200 passengers and crew on board when it slammed into

the reef Friday off the tiny island of Giglio after Schettino made an unauthorized maneuver from the ship’s programmed course — apparently to show off the luxury liner to the island’s residents. Schettino has insisted that he stayed aboard until the ship was evacuated. However, the recording of his conversation with Italian Coast Guard Capt. Gregorio De Falco makes clear he fled before all passengers were off — and then defied De Falco’s repeated orders to go back. The exchange also indicates that Schettino did not know anyone had died, with De Falco telling him at one point: “There are already bodies now, Schettino.� The audio, first made available on the website of the Corriere della Sera newspaper and authenticated by the Coast Guard, was broadcast throughout the day on Italian television to a stunned nation. Jailed since the accident, Schettino appeared Tuesday before a judge in Grosseto, where he was questioned for three hours. The judge ordered him held under house arrest, his law-

yer, Bruno Leporatti, told reporters, and later Italian media said he had returned to his home near Naples. Criminal charges including manslaughter and abandoning ship are expected to be filed by prosecutors in coming days. He faces 12 years in prison for the abandoning ship charge alone. The five bodies discovered Tuesday were adults in their 50s or 60s, each wearing the orange vests that passengers use, indicating they were not crew members, said a Coast Guard spokesman, Cmdr. Filippo Marini. Their nationalities were not immediately released. They were discovered after Italian naval divers exploded holes in the hull of the grounded cruise ship, trying to speed up the search for the missing. Navy spokesman Alessandro Busonero told Sky TV 24 the holes would help divers enter the wreck more easily. “We are rushing against time,� he said. Before the grim finding, authorities had said 25 passengers and four crew members were missing.

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Shiite-domi- have remained raw in Iraq, despite nated Cabinet suspended boycotting years of efforts to overcome them. Sunni-backed ministers Tuesday, an Minority Sunnis fear the Shiite maofficial said, deepening a sectarian jority is squeezing them out of any conflict of politics and violence that political input, and Shiites suspect has raised fears of civil war in Iraq Sunnis of links to insurgency. now that U.S. troops are gone. Alongside the government crisis, The Sunni-based Iraqiya bloc violence has surged across Iraq since started its boycott last month to pro- American troops left Dec. 18, raising test an arrest warrant against the fears of re-igniting the fighting beSunni vice president on terrorism tween Sunni and Shiite militias that charges. The official, Tareq al-Hash- raged a few years ago and brought emi, denied the allethe country to the gations and fled to the brink of civil war. autonomous KurdSince the beginish area of Iraq, out of ning of the year, a reach of authorities in string of bombings Baghdad — a move has left at least 155 that itself underlines people dead. Most of the sectarian divisions the attacks appeared in Iraq and the chalaimed at Iraq’s Shilenge of keeping the ite majority, suggestcountry together after ing Sunni insurgents the exit of U.S. forces a are seeking to undermonth ago. mine the Shiite-domGovernment inated government Tariq al-Hashemi spokesman Ali aland its efforts to proIraq Sunni Dabbagh said the tect people from vioVice President Cabinet decided that lence without Amerithe ministers who can backup. have failed to attend sessions are no On Tuesday, insurgents killed longer “allowed to manage minis- five police officers at a checkpoint tries, and all decisions that will be in the town of Rutba in the western signed by them are invalid.� The Anbar province, police and hospiIraqi ministers would be allowed tal officials said. The police were back into the Cabinet if they end guarding the highway that links their boycott, al-Dabbagh said. Iraq with neighboring Jordan. Iraqiya spokeswoman Maysoun On Saturday, more than 50 Damluji charged that the suspen- Shiite pilgrims were killed in a sion is part of the Shiite Prime bombing in southern Iraq, the Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s efforts deadliest attack against the counto sideline the Sunni-backed al- try’s Shiite majority in a year. liance and cement his own grip The government disarray apon power. Only one of nine Iraqi- pears to be affecting foreign conya ministers broke with the bloc’s tractors still in Iraq after the Amerboycott and attended Tuesday’s ican withdrawal, including thouCabinet session, Damluji said. sands who work for the U.S. Em“It’s an escalation by al-Maliki to bassy in Baghdad and its developpush Iraqiya away,� Damluji said. ment projects around the country. The government crisis could in— The Associated Press tensify sectarian resentments that




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QUOTES TO NOTE From porn peddlers to district meddlers, the following quotes are among the best from the last few weeks.

“There’s no doubt that [President Barack Obama] has a significant interest in higher education. He’s very concerned about the increase in student loan debt.” — UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, according to The Texas Tribune.

Cigarroa and several other higher education leaders across the nation were invited meet with the president in early December to discuss challenges universities are facing, including graduation rates, student debt and facility usage.

“It’s very hard to talk about, and especially for me, without saying things that are really pretty damaging and sharp. The least one can say is that there has been a very intense personality conflict between [President William Powers Jr. and me], and that undermined our relationship entirely and that is a circumstance that I deeply regret.” — Larry Sager, former dean of the School of Law, about his relationship with

Powers, according to The Texas Tribune. Sager was asked to step down from the school’s deanship in early December because of “deep divisions among the faculty,” according to Powers. Most of the controversy surrounded faculty pay.

“Texas did the best that it could.” — Texas Deputy Attorney General David Schenk, arguing that the Texas Leg-

islature did not intentionally discriminate against minorities when it drew new district maps last year. The case is currently under review by a three judge panel in Washington, D.C., which began hearing testimony Tuesday.

“Choices have consequences. [Abigail] Fisher chose to litigate this case as an individual rather than as a class representative, a decision that gave her many advantages below ... The burden is on Fisher, as the petitioner, to establish a clear pathway for this court to address her constitutional claims, and she has not even attempted to make this showing in her certiorari petition.” — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in a brief urging the Supreme Court

to not hear an appeal of Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas. Fisher, a white female, was denied admission to UT in 2008. If her appeal is successful, Fisher’s case could overturn the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger case at the University of Michigan, which prohibited the use of racial quotas in admissions decisions at universities but allowed race to be a factor.

“Our concern extends beyond SOPA and PIPA: they are just part of the problem. We want the Internet to remain free and open, everywhere, for everyone.” — Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation executive director, on the site’s deci-

sion to black out its English-language web pages today in protest of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, two pieces of federal legislation that have come under increasing fire in recent months.

“He sure didn’t tell me I was going to win.” — Gov. Rick Perry, reflecting on the criticism he received when he claimed that

God called him to run for president and on the state of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

“I still don’t quite understand what the risk is, but then again, grabbing a .xxx is pretty cheap.” — Gregory Jackson, vice president for policy and analysis at Educause, accord-

ing to Inside Higher Ed. Late in December, individuals and companies could begin buying domain names that ended with an .xxx for websites that featured pornographic material. The UT athletic department, which handles the University’s licensing, preemptively bought several .xxx domains such as TexasSports. xxx and, likely to prevent any future porn peddler from using the UT brand name in their endeavor.

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The widening war on women By Samantha Katsounas Daily Texan Staff

Lately, women’s rights that were secured decades ago are being challenged, something the New York Times has labeled “The War on Women.” For women in Texas, that war is coming closer to home. Last week, a federal appeals court issued immediate approval of a Texas bill that opponents say will significantly restrict the right of women to obtain abortion services. The “sonogram bill,” passed during last year’s legislative session, would require health care providers to perform a sonogram on women seeking an abortion. The sonogram must be performed even if the woman does not want it and even if her doctor does not find it medically necessary. The controversial piece of legislation elicited widely diverging reactions. While one sponsor, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, praised the bill as “empowering” women, state Rep. Carol Alvorado, D-Houston, asserted that it essentially “[tells] women that they are not smart enough to make the big decisions about their lives and their bodies.” The Texas Medical Association also opposed the measure, citing its interference in doctor-patient relationships. In August, Federal District Judge Sam Sparks blocked the bill, writing in his strongly worded opinion that the bill forces “physicians to deliver politically motivated communications to women, regardless of their wishes.” Sparks appropriately noted the “ironic” hypocrisy of legislators who simultaneously decry government involve-

ment in health care while defending the duty of the state to intervene in reproductive health. Edith Jones, chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, overruled Sparks’ decision. Jones, formerly the general counsel for the Republican Party of Texas, specifically approved the mandate to allow for women who change their mind regarding abortion procedures. This stance plays into the idea that a woman doesn’t really know what she wants in relation to her own health, an idea espoused by Patrick. Women under 25 — mainly college-aged women — comprise a majority of those who obtain abortions. These young women are old enough to vote, drive a car and sign legal documents. Moreover, they are old enough to request a sonogram if they choose under current law. Removing free choice in favor of a state-imposed mandate on women’s health cannot possibly leave women feeling “empowered.” Implying that women of this age are too ignorant to know the consequences without state intervention projects upon them an impressive and unlikely lack of intelligence. The imposition of a mandated sonogram isn’t the only looming threat to women’s rights. Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has explicitly called to “eliminate” Title X, a federal social program that provides, among many services, contraception, breast and cervical cancer screenings and testing for HIV and STDs to low-income women. To be clear, none of these services are a danger to the life of an unborn child. In contrast, these services are

crucial to college-aged women who often do not have the resources to obtain them otherwise. Women’s health is being compromised solely because of a perceived, yet unsubstantiated, threat to “family values.” This “war on women” is more than just legislation. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., one of the most powerful women in Congress, famously said that she studied tax law because her husband suggested it, quoting the Bible verse that women “are to be submissive to their husbands.” Do we, as female students, want to choose our careers this way? This dangerous rhetoric, combined with misogynistic legislation, only serves to reintroduce to college women their formerly discarded status as powerless subordinates who are incapable of making their own decisions. This idea of the fragile young woman — one easily manipulated, one unqualified to make decisions about her own body and future — is distinctly anti-feminist and downright dangerous. If women’s rights are regressing instead of progressing, it will become increasingly rare for young women to feel they are able to make progressive decisions about their own futures. Contrary to what Patrick and Jones believe, the restriction of health rights directly contributes to a decline in a woman’s sense of empowerment. A patronizing, intimidating political agenda is the last way to encourage young women to strive for success. Not only do these policies endanger women’s rights, they endanger women’s lives. Katsounas is a government and finance sophomore.


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Conflict of interest leads to resignation By Liz Farmer Daily Texan Staff

Illustration by Elisabeth Dillon & Rebeca Rodriguez | Daily Texan Staff

A joint study between the UT and Washington University psychology departments found that traits in real life tend to match digital personalities on social media.

Study finds online, offline traits match

A psychological connection exists between the use of Facebook profiles and the physical behavior of Facebook users, according to a study by a University psychology professor. Psychology professor Samuel Gosling and partner Sam Gaddis were both involved in a collaborative study between the UT Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis. The study found that users who are more heavily involved in their social circles offline are more likely to have an active virtual social life. The study, published in September 2011, has reappeared in online discussion this month. In “Manifestations of Personality in Online Social Networks: Self-Reported Facebook-Related Behaviors and Observable Profile Information,� researchers recorded data submitted by the subjects themselves. The data shows how often users post content to social media websites as well as information they keep publicly available on their profiles. This information was refer-

enced with individual scores based on the five-factor model of personality which measures the traits of openness, extraversion, agreeableness, neuroticism and conscientiousness. “People are increasingly doing studies on these forms of social media,� Gosling said. “Some p eople have sp eculated that these portals serve as compensation for people’s personalities and are not how they express themselves in real life. It’s hard to know, about half the people think you don’t get a good impression and about half think you do. I wouldn’t say I was surprised, necessarily, given the results of other studies I’ve done.� The five traits measured in each subject proved to indicate specific types of behavior on Facebook, according to the study. Study participants who placed higher in extraversion were more likely to constantly update content and comment on their friends’ posts. Although this was the strongest pattern exhibited in the study, social work junior Alexander McArthur said he feels he is an exception to the rule.

“I’m kind of an opposite, because I’m more introverted in real life than I am online,� McArthur said. “It’s hard to start a conversation with someone face-to-face, but when you’re online it’s much easier.�


I definitely think people post stuff that goes with their personality.


By Hannah Jane DeCiutiis Daily Texan Staff

— Taylor Bruner, biology freshman

While the neuroticism trait did not have a significant effect on online behavior, characteristics such as agreeableness and openness indicated higher levels of friends and information available on profiles, while low agreeableness levels demonstrated less page views and

information available. “I keep my education and workplace listed and all that,� McArthur said. “I usually fill out everything except the phone number, and I have an infinite number of ‘likes.’� Patterns of Facebook usage and activity also gave researchers insight to real life habits that students often face, according to the study. Participants expressing low levels of conscientiousness were likely to spend more time viewing pages on Facebook, a practice researchers said was consistent with those who have a tendency to procrastinate. “I usually have Facebook open while I’m doing other things like homework,� said biology freshman Taylor Bruner. “I check Facebook probably every hour.� Users’ observations of their peers’ pages was equally as informative of online personality accuracy, according to the study. “I definitely think people post stuff that goes with their real personality,� Bruner said. “I’ll post something about Broadway which fits me perfectly, while my friends who are sports fans are always posting about the game.�

The University’s chief commercialization officer resigned after he followed University advice to avoid conflict of interest when licensing UT technology. His resignation left an empty role in the Office of Technology Commercialization during a time of attempted growth. Problems arose for the former chief commercialization officer, Richard Miller, when he planned to license UT technology to companies in which he held stock, associate vice president for research Robert Peterson said. Miller divested his shares in the three companies to avoid conflict of interest issues, but he ultimately resigned. Miller did not return requests for comment. Peters on s aid he b ecame aware of Miller’s resignation at the end of November after Miller approached University officials about the issue. Miller’s resignation became effective Dec. 31. “He resigned because he was told that he could not negotiate with himself,� Peterson said. “He would have had a tremendous conflict of interest.� As ch i e f c om m e rc i a l i z a tion officer, Miller worked with University faculty to turn their research into commercial products and startup companies. Miller received a salary of $310,000 per year at the University. Miller hailed from Silicon Valley, and once hired at the University, it seemed as though Miller never turned his attention away from the tech industry in California, Peterson said. Miller remains an adjunct professor at Stanford University, a private college known for its success in technology commercialization.

Based on revenue generated and the number of companies created through each university, Stanford University ranks ninth in technology commercialization across the nation and UT ranks 17th, according to a report from the Association of University Technology Managers. Peterson said Miller’s experience at Stanford may not have prepared him to work under the conditions of a public university, which Peterson said has very different rules about startups than private universities. Miller considered licensing UT technology to the Ultimor, Graphea and Wibole companies, Peterson said, all of which Miller previously owned shares in. Miller spoke to The Daily Texan in September and said he patented faculty ideas more selectively than UT previously did. “We used to file almost ever ything that walked in the door,� Miller said. Miller said technologies are now judged on potential for profit and market demand. In a letter to University faculty, Vice President for Research Juan Sanchez said Miller advanced efforts to commercialize faculty ideas over the past 18 months. “In his heart, though, Dr. Miller is still an entrepreneur and wants to work directly with startup companies in Austin and elsewhere,� Sanchez said. Sanchez said Dan Sharp, director of the office of technology commercialization, will lead the University through this transition and continue to help faculty members turn their research into products and startups. Peterson said the University will conduct a national search for a chief commercialization officer with a skill-set similar to Miller’s.


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Texas court refuses latest appeal for former UT student’s sentence The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the latest appeal of a former UT student convicted of tampering with evidence in the 2005 murder and mutilation of Austin resident Jennifer Cave. The Court refused to accept Laura Ashley Hall’s latest appeal to her 10-year sentence for the crime. The court issued the rejection of the appeal without comment on Jan. 11. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has the discretion to grant or refuse a review based on certain criteria laid out in the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure, said deputy clerk Mark Adams. “Hall has 15 days [until Jan. 26] to file a motion for rehearing,” Adams said. As of Tuesday, Hall’s attorney,

Tim Copeland, had not filed such a motion Adams said. Copeland was not available to comment on Hall’s future plans. Copeland filed Hall’s first appeal to her conviction and punishment in the Third Court of Appeals in Texas On Nov. 1, 2007. Hall was originally convicted in 2007 of the misdemeanor offense of hindering apprehension of a suspect by helping Colton Pitonyak flee to Mexico. Pitonyak was later convicted of murder and sentenced to a 55-year prison term. Hall was also convicted at the time of the felony offense of tampering with physical evidence, by dismembering Cave’s body, and was sentenced a five-year prison term. In 2009, at the second trial for Hall’s punishment, the jury raised Hall’s sentence from a five-year term to a 10-year term, Justice Bob Pemberton said in an Aug. 24, 2011

court opinion. Pemberton issued were sustained “to the extent they an opinion on May 1, 2009, which challenge[d] her punishment.” stated that the Third Court of Ap“During the punishment trial on remand, the jury considered voluminous testimony and numerous exhibits from 26 witnesses for the state and four witnesses for Hall,” Pemberton wrote. “Following its deliberations, the jury returned a verdict of 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of $10,000 for the tampering offense.” In August of 2011, the Third Court of Appeal overruled Hall’s motion for a new trial. Pemberton said Hall’s motion was based on an allegation that the Austin Police Department Forensics lab had done — Mark Adams, deputy clerk substandard or shoddy work while analyzing evidence. She based this claim off of a complaint by Cecily Hamilton, a former APD employee, that the forensics lab had done peals had overruled Hall’s challenge incomplete DNA analysis in nuto her conviction. However, Pem- merous cases since 2005, Pemberberton also wrote that Hall’s points ton said.

Hall has 15 days [until Jan. 26] to file a motion for a rehearing.

By Sarah White Daily Texan Staff

Bill Gibbins, spokesman for APD and the forensics lab said Hamilton’s claims have since been overturned. “The chief of police requested that the Texas Rangers look into Ms. Hamilton’s allegations,” said Gibbins, “An investigation was conducted by the Texas Rangers that resulted in the lab being cleared of the allegations.”

Jennifer Cave Murder victim

NEWS BRIEFLY Rick Perry prays for Obama at SC Christian gathering

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking a pause from partisan campaigning in South Carolina to pray for President Barack Obama’s safety and wisdom. Perry spoke Tuesday night at a large prayer gathering called “The Response” in Greenville, S.C. He made no direct mention of the GOP presidential contest or of Saturday’s primary during his 10 minutes on stage. Perry led a prayer in which he asked God to grant s a f e t y t o “ o u r p re s i d e n t ” and his family. He also said that “we pray that you light his way” in dealing with national issues. Perry walked on stage without being introduced. Some in the audience seemed surprised to see him although his campaign had announced his plans earlier. Perry led a huge rally last year in Houston to pray for America. That rally was also called The Response.

Appeals court refuses to add Rick Perry to Virginia ballot

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court rejected Rick Perry’s last-ditch bid to be placed on Virginia’s Republican presidential primary ballot Tuesday, agreeing with a lower court that the Texas governor and three other candidates waited too late to challenge the state’s ballot qualifying law. Perry sued last month after failing to submit enough signatures to get on the March 6 ballot. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman also failed to qualify and joined the lawsuit. Virginia requires candidates to submit 10,000 voter signatures, including at least 400 from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts, to demonstrate that they have enough support to be considered serious contenders. The law also allows only Virginia residents to circulate candidate petitions. U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney said Friday that while the residency requirement for petition circulators is probably unconstitutional, the candidates waited too long to complain, threatening to disrupt Virginia’s electoral process. Perry appealed, but a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Gibney. “Movant had every opportunity to challenge the various Virginia ballot requirements at a time when the challenge would not have created the disruption that this lastminute lawsuit has,” the panel wrote in a 22-page order.

Man faces deadly conduct charges for Texas wildfire

AMARILLO — Additional charges have been filed against a man in connection with a Texas Panhandle wildfire that destroyed more than 25,000 acres. Austin Lynn Stephens was c h a rg e d w i t h t w o c o u n t s of deadly conduct and one count of criminal mischief. The Amarillo Globe-News reports the 53-year-old was arrested Monday. State law defines deadly conduct as someone who recklessly places another person in imminent danger of serious bodily injury. If convicted of the misdemeanors, Stephens faces up to a year in jail. It’s unclear if he has an attorney. Potter County authorities say he was cutting pipe in a field before the fire broke out last February in the Ama r i l l o a re a . T h a t d a y S t e phens was charged with criminal trespassing. The fire destroyed about three dozen homes and a kennel, killing some animals.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

TV show helps donate not only house, but home after fires By Jody Serrano Daily Texan Staff

I was 10 years old when I first saw “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition� and asked my mother if they would come and build us a house. At the time, we lived in a tiny one-bedroom apartment and barely made ends meet with government programs such as food stamps, called Texas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. This December — nine years later — the ABC show led its herd of white studio trailers to Smithsville, Texas, to transform the ashes of volunteer firefighter Mizzy Zdroj’s house into a home. Zdroj’s home was one of more than 1,400 destroyed in the Central Texas wildfires last September. About 3,000 volunteers joined local Bastrop builder EFC Custom Homes to build Zdroj a home in one week, beginning Dec. 7. The Zdroj family home is one of the final Extreme Makeover projects, as ABC has cancelled the show after nine seasons. Launched in 2003, the show will air several special edition episodes this year to complete the series. The show will feature the Zdroj family home in a December special. Although I had no previous construction skills, I joined the build for two days. I knew my mother, who watches the show religiously every week, would be proud. During my experience, I noticed a

slow transformation in people every time I got off the volunteer bus and set foot on the ash-covered ground. Each time, they stopped talking about the show’s host, Ty Pennington, and all of the past episodes of Extreme Makeover and got this look of determination in their eyes. All around me people carried wood, picked up trash and always asked the same question: “Do you need any help?� History senior Eric Ramos, a member in my volunteer group, helped me consider the sense of family among volunteers. “The most prominent memory I have of the build is the people I met while I was there,� Ramos said. “Every volunteer I talked to was so friendly and excited to be helping out that it made the whole experience better.� Eric Christophe‚ president of EFC Custom Homes, said the first time he received a call from the producers of Extreme Makeover, he didn’t believe the request was real. When the producers called again and asked him if he would accept the job, Christophe said yes. Christophe said his company contributed their time and skills and that everything on the site and in the house was donated. The project included a house, animal cages, an art studio and a new volunteer fire station. A project this size would usually cost about $250,000 to $300,000 with landscaping and could take anywhere from 90 to 120 days, he said.

After having their house destroyed by the Central Texas wildfires last September, the Zjord family was helped by about 3,000 volunteers and EFC Custom Homes to complete a new house.

Jody Serrano Daily Texan Staff

As time went on, the project seemed to transform into a home. I realized I did not like Extreme Makeover for the old reasons I thought I did. It was not because I wished we would get a house one day — it was because it made me feel like we were not alone. Meeting Zdorj’s mother Tri-

cia Sanders topped off my experience. Sanders said when Zdorj and her husband first moved to Smithsville, they lived in a tent on seven acres with twin boys and no water or electricity. Sanders said the neighbors offered Zdorj an old farmhouse to live in if she could move it herself.

The whole house burned down in the fire, and the family almost went to live in a shed before Extreme Makeover came knocking. L iste n i ng to S and e rs t a l k about Zdorj’s life in the tent reminded me of my little cramped apartment and how my circumstances had changed through

the years. Today I have my own apartment, go to UT and am able to work to put food on my table. It was no easy journey, and my mother and I never did get our own house, but we each realized what it meant to say, “home sweet home.� Welcome home, Zjord family.

Christian foundation organizes mission to help Bastrop community By Rachel Thompson Daily Texan Staff

In the aftermath of the Texas wildfires, thousands of families found their homes destroyed and their belongings in ashes. Some UT students helped restore residents’ property — and their hope — over the holidays. Students spent a week of their winter break in Bastrop and Cedar Creek, Texas, as part of a mission trip organized by the Texas Wesley Foundation, a Christian campus ministry and part of the United Methodist Church. The mission trip took place Dec. 14-20, and students teamed up with coordinators to reach the areas that needed the most assistance, said

radio-television-film junior Julianne Robinson, a Texas Wesley Foundation member. Robinson said the first two days of the trip were spent organizing donated clothing, food, household items and school supplies at a distribution center in Bastrop. After donations were organized, students were assigned to work sites in Cedar Creek and teamed up with families coordinating relief efforts, Robinson said. “Our main goal in doing this was not only to help with recovery, but also to show the people of Bastrop that we care about them.,� Robinson said. “We had really amazing opportunities to hear their stories and to pray with them. It was a huge bonding opportunity to be

able to share that pain and also the hope of opportunity with the people of Bastrop.� UT alumna Sara Sibley, who graduated in May 2011, organized the trip as part of her internship at the Wesley Foundation. Sibley’s hometown of Alpine, Texas was affected by the fires and she said she felt inspired to aid others whose communities had been destroyed. “I think it’s the common human experience that brings us together to help each other,� Sibley said. “I think all of us feel compassion towards [the people who lost their homes] because we’ve all experienced some sort of loss in our lives.� History junior Todd Jones said the trip gave him a whole new per-

spective on the physical devastation caused by the fires. “I heard about the fires and sort of had an idea of what the damage was, but once we got out there, just seeing the extent of the damage was incredible,� he said. “You can’t fully understand what the fire did until you actually see it for yourself. It was heartbreaking to see the homes just gone.� Jones said he got the opportunity to work with one of the homeowners who was impacted by the fire. He said the man had a posi-




er than 10, helping the volunteers. They sent all of us lunch and invited us into their home, even though we were covered in ashes.� Though the volunteers accomplished much in their week in Bastrop, Sibley said the recovery period is ongoing and volunteers will still be needed in upcoming months. “They’re going to be needing volunteers for a really long time — there’s still a lot to be done there,� Sibley said. “Students this semester can definitely go out there and help.�


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | THE DAILY TEXAN | Sameer Bhuchar, Sports Editor | (512) 232-2210 |

Texas starts year off with promise Sucessful early season showing bodes well for young Horns squad

Junior Daniel Whitehead and the No. 19 Longhorns opened their season with a 5-2 win against SMU last weekend. The squad is young with no seniors on the roster but will still look to improve on last season’s finish where they lost in the second round of the NCAA championships.

uary. On the opening day of the tournament, Texas claimed seven of nine singles matches, lead by Te x a s r e t u r n e d f r o m t h e Whitehead, ranked No. 112, and break early to hit the courts in swept all four doubles matcha successful weekend tourna- es for the day. The highlight of ment in Florida, and were able the day was newcomer to the to come away with te am, Glassp o ol, a victor y in their recording a victory f i rst te am match in his first match Texas claimed against SMU. for the Longhorns. The Longhorns, Glasspool, a freshseven of ranked No. 19 in man from England, the Intercollegiate j oi n e d t h e t e a m nine singles Tennis Association’s this semester. preseason poll, On the second matches, lead opened the season day of the tournaby Whitehead, with a 5-2 win over ment , t he L ongSM U on Su n d ay. ns recordranked No. 112, hedo rsix Te x a s s w e p t t h e more sindoubles point with gles wins and five and swept all four wins from the pairdouble wins. Texings of junior Alex doubles matches a s a d d e d t h r e e Hilliard and freshmore singles vicfor the day. man S oren Hesstories on the final Olesen; junior Daday of competition vid Holiner and junior Dan- to finish the tournament with iel Whitehead; and freshman an impressive 24-6 combined Jacoby Lewis and sophomore re cord against players f rom Sudanwa Sitaram. Mi chi gan , Vi rg i n i a , D e nve r Also posting singles victories and LSU. Sitaram went undefor the team were Hess-Oles- feated on the weekend, posting en, Whitehead, Sitaram and three wins while only dropping Lloyd Glasspool. eight games. The Longhorns got in some The early success is good for warm-up matches prior to the the team because the rest of the season at the Key Biscayne InviSUCCESS continues on PAGE 10 tational the first weekend in JanBy Lauren Jette Daily Texan Staff

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Junior Aeriel Ellis and the rest of the No. 21 Longhorns opened their season with a strong showing in Califorina.

The No. 21 ranked Longhorns started their season with some impressive showings at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in California this past weekend. The doubles tandem of freshmen Noel Scott and Lina Padegimaite battled their way through the doubles draw of the tournament, posting three straight wins before falling in the finals to Virginia’s Emily Fraser and Li Xi, 5-8. Players posting wins the round of 32 in the singles draw included freshman Alex Martin, sophomores Juliana Gajic and Eliza-



Top heavy Big 12 difficult to navigate from night to night

Improvement in offense key for young team moving foward

The current Big 12 format will be in place for this season only, a shame considering the conference is among the most competitive nationally from top to bottom. The Big 12 is the only league with three teams in the Top 10: No. 3 Baylor, No. 5 Missouri and No. 7 Kansas. BU and Mizzou are each 17-1, and the Bears’ first defeat came against the Jayhawks Monday night at Allen Fieldhouse. “I think we made a big statement,” said KU senior Tyshawn Taylor after his team dominated Baylor, 92-74. “I don’t know if people are sleeping on us — they know we’re good — but I don’t know if people knew what we could do.” Kansas has already exceeded expectations in the opening weeks of conference play and the Jayhawks (15-3) sit atop the league standings at 5-0, followed by Baylor and Mizzou at 4-1. The Jayhawks had a wake-up call against Davidson, a six-point loss in midDecember, but Bill Self ’s squad is on an eight-game win streak

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as they prepare for a visit to the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday. Kansas State is ranked No. 25 despite losses to KU, BU and Oklahoma on Saturday. The Wildcats, though, proved they were a legitimate threat with a decisive, 7559 drubbing against Mizzou on Jan. 7. “That’s what’s great about this league,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. “Night in and night out, you’re going to face good teams, and if you don’t play well and they play well, you’ve got no chance.” K-State hosts Texas tonight. The Longhorns, along with Iowa State and Oklahoma State, are 2-2 in the Big 12 and fall among the conference’s secondtier. Still, any of these teams can challenge the elite squads like Kansas, Baylor and Mizzou. The biggest surprise, though, has been preseason favorite Texas A&M — and not for good reason. The Aggies limped out to a 1-4 mark in conference and haven’t gotten much offensively aside from star forward Khris Middleton, who missed eight games with



After strong start, doubles team Scott and Padegimaite fall in final

By Austin Laymance Daily Texan Staff


beth Begley, as well as Scott and Padegimaite. Scott and Martin went on to post victories in the round of 16. Other Longhorns that saw singles action on the first day included senior Carlene Leyden, sophomore Cierra Gaytan-Leach and freshman Annat Rabinovich. In the singles quarterfinals junior Aeriel Ellis defeated teammate Martin, while Scott was defeated in her match. Ellis went on to lose in the semifinals, 4-6,2-6, to Fraser of Virginia. In the singles consolation draw, Rabinovich posted a victory be-

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The learning curve for this Texas basketball team (12-5, 2-2 Big 12) is steep considering the light-years ahead the elite Big 12 teams are in terms of experience and size, and assistant coach Chris Ogden knows it. “Offensively we haven’t been very good and it has cost us some games, we think,” Ogden said. “And its a lot of different factors. It’s no one player or no one person. When you’re young like this it takes a little longer.” The Longhorns rank sixth in conference-play scoring and field goal percentage compared to a decent fourth ranked defense in Big 12 games. Aside from boasting the conference’s top overall scorer — J’Covan Elisabeth Dillon | Daily Texan Staff Brown and his 19 points a night Freshman Sheldon McClellan is second on the team in scoring at 11.4 — the team lacks a consistent points a game. But in order for Texas to improve offensively others besides secondary scoring threat. McClellan and J’Covan Brown need to up their offensive productivity. Sheldon McClellan ranks 20th overall, but doesn’t crack the top 20 when only consider- ly ranked Kansas State (12-4, to be reckoned with. “You’re playing in a barn. And ing Big 12 play, which is impor- 1-3 Big 12), a team that struggled to navigate through a bru- barns are loud,” Ogden said of tant moving forward. tal opening Big 12 schedule. But Kansas State’s notoriously noisy Doesn’t get any easier make no mistake, the Wildcats, Tonight Texas faces previous- especially at home, are a force WILDCATS continues on PAGE 9

SPORTS BRIEFLY Yu Darvish contract decision will come today before 5 p.m.

The Texas Rangers and Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish have until 5p.m. today to reach a deal on a contract. If no deal is reached the talented starter will return to Japan next season, and the Rangers would receive a refund on their $51.7 million posting bid. “My expectation is that we’ll get something done,” said Rangers owner Nolan Ryan. “It’s a process, so during the period that we negotiate with someone, we really don’t talk about it. I’m optimistic we’ll get something done.” The main sticking point in the deal is the length of the contract. The Rangers want Darvish to sign a six-year deal and Darvish is looking for a five-year contract so he could reach free agency sooner. — Chris Hummer

Caldwell out after 2-14 season

The Colts fired head coach Jim Cladwell on Tuesday after a 2-14 season, just days after the franchise let long time general manager Bill Polian go. Owner Jim Irsay and new general manager Ryan Grigson had spent the last few days discussing the franchise’s future, and what would be the best course of action for the team going forward. In the end they decided to move on without Caldwell as head coach. Caldwell had a successful start to his coaching career, reaching a Super Bowl in his first season and the playoffs the next year. But he was unable to weather the loss of Peyton Manning in his third season, and lost his job in the process. — C.H.



Wednesday, January 18, 2012



Longhorns shouldn’t sleep on cellar-dwelling Cyclones By Nick Cremona Daily Texan Staff

Following a tough loss to the nation’s top-ranked team this past weekend, Texas has a chance to rebound with a win against Iowa State. The Longhorns own a 1-3 conference record, but can do a lot to improve their standing with a solid showing against the Cyclones. The Cyclones (9-6, 0-4 Big 12) have lost their first four conference games this season and are tied with Missouri for last place in the Big 12. Each of their last four losses has been by an average of 18 points, so they’re not exactly hanging around late in games, either. It’s a pretty different scenario compared to the Longhorns’ last time out against No. 1 Baylor. Texas does have to keep in mind that all it takes is an off night of shooting and things can go haywire, so a game is never exactly a “gimme.� “Some people see obstacles, and we are seeing opportunities,� said head coach Gail Goestenkors. “This is another great opportunity to show people what we are made of.� The good news is that this game will take place in the friendly confines of the Frank Erwin Center, where the Longhorns are 7-3 this year and have handled teams not ranked in the topfive in the nation. Texas would be wise to keep an eye

on the Cyclones’ Chelsea Poppens. The 6-foot-2 junior forward averages 14 points and 11 rebounds a game and could pose some issues give the Longhorns’ recent rebounding woes. No other player averages over nine points a game, so Texas should be able to double Poppens if need be. After seeing Cokie Reed in a protective boot on the sidelines against Baylor, the Longhorns may be shorthanded at the post position once more. This means Ashley Gayle and Anne Marie Hartung will be asked to play more and provide a post presence. Despite a letdown against Baylor, the Longhorns are still a very good defensive squad with the ability score with ease as well. It’s important that this game is treated just like the Baylor game was in terms of magnitude and importance. At this stage in the season, every conference victory matters and no opportunity to improve in the standings should be squandered. “We have had the motto from day one of respect all, fear none,� said Goestenkors.

VS. Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18 Time: 8:00p.m. Place: Frank Erwin Center

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Senior guard Yvonne Anderson drives to the basket during a 77-59 loss to No. 1 Baylor on Saturday. Anderson and the rest of the guards will have to take on a chunk of the scoring load with forward Cokie Reed in a walking boot, and will look to do so starting with Iowa State tonight.

WILDCATS continues from PAGE 8 Fred Bramlage Coliseum. “It is probably the loudest place to play in the Big 12.� Kansas State is a much bigger team than the Longhorns, with highly skilled rebounders. The Wildcats pull down almost 40 boards a game, good for 18th best in the nation. If Texas can somehow manage to out-muscle Kansas State in this statistic, it could pull off the road upset. The Longhorns narrowly one-up the

Wildcats in almost every other can control our execution, but we can’t control making shots,� offensive statistic except assists. Ogden said. “We can control takProblems can be solved ing better shots.� Talk to any member of the team, Keeping cool in hostile Manand they’ll tell you the source of hattan tonight will be key for the problem is movement. Texas the Longhorns who employ six runs an offense that rotates the freshmen as pivotal role players. ball around the floor deliberate- Freshman guard McLellan said ly, which works to create spacing the team can do this if it transfor the Longhorns and thus easy lates its successes from practiclooks at the basket. es to games, a common problem “We can control our effort, we with young squads.

“There is a lot of panic [on offense], not enough movement,� McClellan said. “We sometimes get away from what we do in practice. If we just do what coach [Rick Barnes] says to do, we’d be fine.� Of course, if the matchup is tight, Ogden wants the ball in the team leader’s hands. When Texas cut into Missouri’s lead Saturday, he and the other coaches were frustrated when Brown wasn’t

getting the ball towards the end. “What we preached two days ago . . . was that not all these shots are bad shots, but it is about having the mentality of an extra pass to get a wide open shot,� Ogden said. “And then it is about knowing, when we cut it to five [points], who is our guy,� Ogden added, referring to Brown, who had 34 points that night. It is a process propping up a

VS. Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18 Time: 8:00p.m. Place: Manhattan, Kansas

young team as it develops, but Brown will have to continue to provide the point output until the rest of the team fully realizes its potential.





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Winter break was successful in the pool for the Longhorns By Matt Warden Daily Texan Staff

The holidays are a time for fun, gifts and happiness. Winter break brought all of these for the Longhorns. The No. 2 ranked men’s swimmers and divers were dominant over the break, defeating No. 9 Georgia and No. 7 Auburn by 35 and 30 points, respectively. The seniors made the most of senior day in their meet with Georgia as Jimmy Feigen lead the charge by winning the 50 and 100 freestyles. Eric Friedland and Neil Caskey also won two events apiece. All three swam on the winning 200 medley relay team. Senior diver Matt Cooper continued his impressive year with a win in the 3-meter dive and a second place finish in the 1-meter dive. Drew Livingston was the opposite in both diving events, winning the 1-meter dive and placing second in the 3-meter dive. Other winners for the Longhorns were Michael McBroom in the 1000 freestyle, Dax Hill in the 200 freestyle, Patrick Murphy in the 200 backstroke and Cole Cragin in the 100 backstroke. The men followed this win up the next week with their most impressive performance of the year in a dual meet with the Auburn Tigers. “This was one of the best overall dual meet efforts by our team in a long time, maybe in the last three or four years,” said head coach Eddie Reese. “This was a great step for us. We are being led by a great group of seniors and everybody is

SUCCESS continues from PAGE 8 season is anything but a walk in the park as they will face nine opponents ranked in the top 30 of the ITA rankings. The Longhorns will go up against No. 2 Virginia and No. 20 North Carolina on their courts in the same weekend. Also looming for Tex-

doing a great job competing.” Friedland and Feigen swam very well, each placing first in two events. Jackson Wilcox looked great as well, notching the fastest time in the country so far this year in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:01.22. Cooper won the 1-meter diving event while Livingston emerged victorious in the 3-meter diving event. Other individual winners were Hill and Caskey, who won the 200 freestyle and the 200 butterfly events, respectively. The women tasted both victory and defeat this holiday break, beating top ranked Georgia while losing to Auburn. In an impressive effort on senior day, the Longhorns became the first team to beat Georgia in the last two years with a 155-145 victory. “It was a great way to send off the seniors,” said head coach Kim Brackin. “They are five really great kids who have made an impact on the program, not just scoring points but the people they are so it was fun to see them enjoy that last home meet experience.” Senior Karlee Bispo proved why she’s a captain as she swept all three freestyle events of the meet. Laura Sogar looked dominant as well, winning both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Other individual winners were Leah Gingrich in the 200 butterfly and Shelby Cullinan in the 3-meter diving event. The Longhorns also earned points with a victory in the 200 medley relay. In the meet with Auburn, the ladies as is a home-court matchup with the No. 1 ranked team in the country, USC. The Longhorns will also face some tough conference competition. Baylor has a No. 5 ranking, Texas A&M is ranked No. 11, Oklahoma is ranked No. 18 and boasts the fourth ranked player in the country, while Texas Tech holds the ranking of No. 22. This year, Texas is a fairly young team without a single

Danielle Villasana | Daily Texan Staff

Freshman Kait Pawlowicz swims the 200 fly during a meet against Georgia over winter break. The break proved fruitful for both the men’s and women’s squads as both teams came away with numerous individual event honors, the men went 2-0 as a team and the women went 1-1.

lost in a tough fashion that saw inconBispo who placed first in both the winners were Sogar, Lily Moldenhauer Both the men and women will consistency doom the No. 4 ranked team 200 freestyle and 200 IM events was a and Kaitlin Pawlowicz who each won tinue their seasons Jan. 28 in a meet in the nation. bright spot for the Longhorns. Other an event. with the Arizona Wildcats.

senior on its roster. The Longhorns have the same number of juniors as freshmen (four), and only boast one ranked player (Whitehead at no. 112). Texas looks to improve upon last year’s results, in which they fell to A&M in the Big 12 tournament semifinals, and lost to Tulsa in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Longhorns finished last season ranked No. 16.

DOUBLES continues from PAGE 8 fore being defeated by a player from USC, while Gaytan-Leach was defeated by a player from Virginia. Texas ended the tournament on a high-note by posting four more singles victories from GaytanLeach, Begley, Gajic and senior Krista Damico.

Next up for the Longhorns is a tough stretch of matches with No. 9 Virginia due up this Saturday followed by No. 4 North Carolina on Sunday in New York. Conference competition won’t be much easier, as Texas will face No. 6 ranked Baylor in Austin, while traveling to No. 25 Oklaho-

ma and No. 29 Texas A&M. Last year the Longhorns beat Kansas State and Oklahoma before falling to the Texas A&M in the conference tournament, then went on to lose to No. 7 Miami in the second round of the NCAA Championships. The Longhorns finished the season ranked No. 23.

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Kansas defeated Baylor on Monday evening in a top 10 matchup in the Big 12. The two squads are a big part of the overall strength of the conference that has nine teams with winning records and three teams in the top five.

BIG 12 continues from PAGE 8 a torn meniscus. But the Aggies have a terrific head coach in first-year man Billy Kennedy. He went 54-14 at Murray State over the last two seasons, and the Racers (18-0) are one of two undefeated teams left this year — top-ranked Syracuse is 20-0. But Kennedy’s been battling early-onset Parkinson’s disease since September. It’s been a challenging season for A&M so far, but they were picked to win the

league for a reason. Don’t count them out just yet. Kennedy isn’t the only coach new to the Big 12. Mizzou’s Frank Haith inherited a team that went .500 in conference last season and has turned them into a viable contender to win the league. “He came in and figured out the best way for these guys to play — and it is the perfect way for them to play,” said UT head coach Rick Barnes, who hired Haith as an as-

sistant in 2001. “They’ve got a good team, they really do.” While the Aggies were picked to win the Big 12 in their final season in the league, it could very well be the Tigers who take home the hardware before both schools exit for the Southeastern Conference later this year. But no matter what unfolds in 2012, enjoy it while it lasts because a new era in the Big 12 is soon to begin.


HEAT 120, SPURS 98

Heat dominate Spurs without Wade By Tim Reynolds The Associated Press

MIAMI — LeBron James scored 33 points, Chris Bosh added 30 and the Miami Heat used a historic thirdquarter turnaround to erase a big deficit and beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-98 on Tuesday night, snapping a three-game slide. Miami outscored San Antonio 3912 in the third quarter — the secondlargest differential for any quarter in Heat history, and the second-worst differential for a period in Spurs history. The Heat trailed by as many as

17 points in the first half, 52-35 late in the second quarter. Mike Miller made his season debut and shot 6 for 6 on 3-pointers, finishing with 18 points and tying his career-high for makes from beyond the arc. And the Heat did it all without Dwyane Wade, sitting out on his 30th birthday because of a sprained right ankle. “I couldn’t let my boy down on his birthday,” James said. Danny Green scored 20 points for the Spurs, who got 18 from Tony Parker, 13 from DeJuan Blair and 12 from Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal.

The Heat are now 4-0 without Wade this season, 8-1 since early last season without the 2006 NBA finals MVP. And unquestionably, this was the most improbable of those victories. James was 7 for 9 in the third quarter. The Spurs — combined — were 4 for 19. James hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to put Miami up 72-68, and the Heat simply never stopped rolling from there. The comeback from down 17 matched the NBA’s fifth-largest this season. Miami outscored San Antonio 71-35 after halftime.



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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mild-mannered community activist Albert Knighten found himself in handcuffs last month when police and federal agents raided his home and shut down a pirate radio station he operated out of a spare bedroom. Supporters say his bare-bones operation filled an important niche in a predominantly black section of Fort Myers, a community whose residents often feel overlooked and underserved by commercial radio. The retired Navy air traffic controller, now facing a felony charge of operating the station without a license, is front and center in the efforts of a national community radio advocacy group to highlight a law that clears more space on crowded radio dials and gives low-power operators the first opportunity in more than a decade to get licensed. The Federal Communications Commission is expected to start taking applications for the new stations sometime this fall. Philadelphiabased Prometheus Radio Project, which advocates for community stations, is raising awareness of the op-


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Organizers called the controversy an “irritation,� and said they were discussing security measures with authorities to ensure the safety of all who attend. “Every liberal person in this country needs to stand up and be heard,� organizer Sanjoy Roy told Indian broadcaster CNNIBN. “We are becoming a very shrill nation� that calls for banning and burning “stuff we don’t like.� Rushdie, who won the 1981 Booker Prize for his novel “Midnight’s Children,� spent years in hiding after Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urged that he be killed for blasphemy because of “The Satanic Verses.� The book also was banned in India.

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Indian-born writer Salman Rushdie, author of “The Satanic Verses,� speaks during the XI Rio de Janeiro International Book Fair in Rio de Janeiro.


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Albert Knighten sits in his darkened radio studio at his home in Fort Myers, Fla. The Federal Communications Commission shut down the pirate radio station and arrested Knighten.

LUCKNOW, India — Organizers of an Indian literary festival said Tuesday they hope Salman Rushdie will attend, despite calls by Muslim clerics to ban the British-Indian author from the event. Rushdie’s planned appearance at the Jaipur Literary Festival has sparked an outcry among some Muslims who consider his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses� blasphemous. Last week, Darul Uloom seminary leader Maulana Abdul Qasim Nomani urged the government to bar Rushdie from the five-day event that starts Friday. The 150-year-old seminary preaches an austere form of Islam that has inspired millions of Muslims, including the Taliban. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of Rajasthan, where Jaipur is based, said protesters’ feelings should not be ignored and that Rushdie should stay away due to security concerns. The 64-year-old author has attended the annual festival previously without incident. He has said he does not need permission or a visa to enter or travel within India. Fest iv a l d i re c tor Nam it a Gokhale said Tuesday the invitation to Rushdie stands. “We certainly hope he’ll be there,� she said, though his planned Friday appearance has been shifted due to changes in his schedule. Gokhale would not give more details about when he might show.

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Popular UT professors share their New Year’s resolutions By Jessica Lee Daily Texan Staff

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Lana Kane as voiced by Aisha Tyler, Adam Reed, Sterling Archer as voiced by H. Jon Benjamin and Cyril Figgis as voiced by Chris Parnell in “Archer,� airing Thursday, January 26 on FX.

‘Archer’ returns with dark, brilliant humor By Alex Williams Daily Texan Staff

The third season of “Archer� resumes tomorrow on FX, and the animated spy comedy remains as ridiculous and irreverent as ever. Although the third season technically began back in September with a three-part episode dealing with the fallout from the death of Archer’s fiance Katya, the newest batch of episodes continue to display the show’s penchant for gutbusting jokes handed to characters that continue to get better and better well into the current season. H. Jon Benjamin stars as the titular character Archer, a dashing secret agent who also happens to be a remarkably obnoxious blowhard. His colleagues at the ISIS spy agency (short for the International Secret Intelligence Service) include the alluring, sarcastic Lana (Aisha Tyler), the oblivious secretary Carol (Judy Greer) and the handicapped former field agent Ray (creator Adam Reed), not to mention Archer’s boss and mother Mallory, played by “Arrested Development’s� Jessica Walters.

The episode is a showcase of everything that makes the show work ... Although “Archer� is certainly about espionage, the show’s spy plots tend to be mostly perfunctory, often just an excuse for the show’s brilliant ensemble to interact in a new and entertaining way. “Archer� is often much more interested in examining workplace politics in a new context, or simply content to let its characters rip with the most inappropriate, ridiculously foul comments imaginable. In fact, tomorrow’s season premiere mostly underplays the show’s spy elements, instead letting the focus shift to guest star Burt Reynolds (who happens to be Archer’s personal hero). The episode is a showcase of everything that makes the show work, including


Benjamin’s consistently entertaining vocal performance as Archer, Tyler’s hilarious way of wringing a joke out of how she can enunciate a single line of dialogue, the detailed animation and the various ways the show’s chemistry between characters works in every exchange, even though the actors often record their dialogue separately (as is common practice on animated shows). While there’s no underplaying Benjamin’s Emmy-nominated work as Archer, other cast members often manage to steal entire episodes out from under him. Greer and Amber Nash, playing two of the clerical workers in the ISIS office, are easily the show’s most underrated play-



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ers, as their bizarre dialogue and character traits make their presence equally delightful and revolting. Meanwhile, Chris Parnell is often asked to play the straight man, but hits every punchline out of the park, and Walters more or less reprises her icy, reprehensible character Lucille Bluth from “Arrested Development,� tearing into her acidic lines with aplomb. FX’s comedy lineup is currently made up of the long-running “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia� and the fantasy football comedy “The League,� and “Archer� is the clear standout, unafraid to go for the darkest, dirtiest punchlines no matter what the joke and lucky enough to have a cast that’s game enough to say some of the terrible, off-color things creator Adam Reed comes up with. Archer is a show that’s only getting funnier with age, and it’s a fresh, consistently entertaining way to start 2012 for the network.

Each new year brings new resolutions. Whether it be a change to one’s external appearance or internal attitude, some of the student body’s favorite professors divulged what they hope to accomplish with this new year. John Daly, College of Communication professor “My first resolution was not to make any resolution, but after a while I came up with one related to my job: try to answer all my emails each day.� Homero Gil De Zuniga, College of Communication professor “My resolutions for 2012 are pretty simple: be a better person, a better professor and a better researcher. But above all things, be a good father to the baby Karolina that my wife and I are expecting for May. This is definitely challenging as it is completely new for me. Karen Kelton, Department of French and Italian senior lecturer “I’m not much of a resolution maker, but I did resolve to go to the pool more this semester, at least three times a week. We’ll see how long that lasts.� Regina Lawrence, School of Journalism professor “I gave up on resolutions long ago because I never seemed to follow through on them, the expectation to make a resolution started to seem oppressive. Sure, we all realize in the back of our minds every day that we are failing, sometimes abjectly, to live up to our goals and ideals. So why punish ourselves with the yearly routine of making promises we will fail to keep?� Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, Department of English professor “My 2012 New Year’s resolution is to give equal time to relishing what is good and to working on what is not

... I tend to devote my time to editing myself and my world, trying to change things for the better. While I want to continue to improve and to champion changes in which I believe, I am resolving to take time more fully to appreciate what is positive and good already. Oscar Wilde remarked that ‘To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.’ I resolve to live in the world for 2012, and hopefully beyond.� Beatriz Schleppe, Department of French and Italian lecturer “My resolution is to go to both South By Southwest and ACL because I’ve lived in Austin for almost 23 years and never have been. Overall, to go out more and have more fun.� Lawrence Speck, School of Architecture professor “I was in Guangzhou, China on New Year’s Day and it struck me how different it is to experience another culture firsthand than it is to just read or hear about it. We think we know enough to form an opinion when the information we receive is so full of inaccuracy and other people’s agendas that it is not a good basis for judgment. My New Year’s resolution is to get out and see more myself and to reserve judgment when I cannot.� J. Craig Wheeler, Department of Astronomy professor “Most astronomers are workaholics, and I’m badly infected with that. My resolution involves trying to carve out time on weekends for my other interests, mostly writing. I want to post my novel ‘The Krone Experiment’ as an e-book and then do the same with the written but unsold sequel, ‘Krone Ascending.’ I’d like to write a memoir of my father who worked on guided missiles, the first hydrogen bomb, the atomic airplane, weather satellites and finally, the Apollo program.�


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | THE DAILY TEXAN | Katie Stroh, Life&Arts Editor | (512) 232-2209 |

Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a two-day series about the Life&Arts senior staff’s most anticipated events and entertainment of 2012. Today’s entries are about events taking place across the country.

Most Anticipated 2012

National Edition Photo illustration by Chris Benavides Illustrations below by Lin Zagorski

Beloved NBC sitcom returns to finish its third season

“Community” fans were given a belated Christmas gift this year. The comedic television series that follows the lives of a community college study group was taken off the air midseason, but the NBC entertainment chief recently announced that the show will return in the spring to finish up its third season. “Community’s” small but dedicated fan base appreciates the show for its heavy emphasis on pop culture references, including numerous television and film related parodies. These references can be both obvious and painstakingly subtle, which can make it difficult for some viewers to follow and may contribute to its low ratings. Before the temporary

hiatus, this season of “Community” kept fans laughing with episodes that included a Christmas special, a spot-on Glee parody, a karaoke session featuring Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” and an entire episode entitled “Remedial Chaos Theory” devoted to exploring the different spacetime continuum possibilities of a single evening get-together, “Sliding Doors” style. Whether or not NBC will renew the show is still up in the air, but “Community” fans still have time to enjoy what has become one of the best sitcoms on air.

Star-studded Tarantino film to premiere in winter Anticipation for Quentin Tarantino’s Southern film, “Django Unchained,” has been high ever since the notoriously controversial director revealed he would be making a film about a freed slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), taking revenge on plantation owners with help from the bounty hunter who freed him (Christoph Waltz). As if the thought of Tarantino and Waltz working together again after “Inglorious Basterds” wasn’t enough, the rest of the cast in-

cludes Leonardo DiCaprio as the film’s villain, Samuel L. Jackson as a slave and the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen, Kurt Russell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gerald McRaney. “Django Unchained” doesn’t release until Christmas Day, but it’s already promising to be one of the highlights of 2012’s cinematic landscape. Movie: “Django Unchained” Directed and written by Quentin Tarantino Dec. 25

TV: “Community” TBA, Spring 2012 NBC

Claymation starring Hugh Grant out this fall From the creators that brought some of our generation’s first tastes of stop-motion claymation, “Wallace and Gromit” and “Chicken Run,” comes “The Pirates! Band Of Misfits,” a tale about a less-than-lucrative pirate and his motley crew. Based on the “Pirates!” book series by British author Gideon Defoe, the movie follows The Pirate Captain, voiced by Hugh Grant, as he attempts to beat out his rivals for the pirate of the year award. The adorably clueless captain’s rivals include the reigning champion pirate Black Bellamy, (Jeremy Piven), and the

feisty wildcard contestant Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek). In addition to beating out his fellow pirates, The Pirate Captain struggles with an enraged Queen Victoria out to get him, and the constantly looming notion that most of his high sea endeavors tend to backfire on him. “The Pirates!” will hopefully find that rare marriage of slapstick comedy and dry humor that will delightfully resonate with an allages audience. Movie: “The Pirates! Band Of Misfits” March 30

Haddon puts family dynamics under microscope in third novel Six years since his last novel, “A Spot of Bother,” and nine years since his breakthrough, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” author Mark Haddon returns with “The Red House.” After proving his ingenious ability to get inside the head of even a child with Asperger’s syndrome in “The Curious Incident,” Haddon will be stretching that skill by telling the story from the eight different characters. Despite such a daunting project, Haddon chose to stick with a simple story: A wealthy man seeks to reconnect with his estranged sister and her family in the English countryside for the week after he remarried and gained a stepdaughter. There are none of the elements that popped up in his first two books. No ad-

ventures through London. No mysteries to be solved. No weird, obvious personality quirks. However, the success of Haddon’s previous novels has never relied on the gimmicks that made them playful on first read. Instead, it has always been the characters who struggle to be better to those around them that made Haddon’s stories exceptional. And with early readers calling “The Red House” a family tragicomedy, Haddon does not seem to be deviating too far from his strength: putting the resentments that build up in families under a literary microscope. Book: “The Red House” Mark Haddon June 12

Lena Dunham provides female voice to post-grad adulthood “I think I might be the voice of my generation,” says Hannah (Lena Dunham), a recent college graduate struggling to make ends meet with her female friends in New York. Then she hedges, “Or at least a voice of a generation.” This new comedy created, written and directed by Dunham (who broke out in 2010 with her South By Southwest hit “Tiny Furniture”), and produced by Judd Apatow, is all about those moments of compromise and the self-navigating and excitement that flood post-grad adult-

hood. Hannah seems like a worthy heroine — she’s like Liz Lemon’s kid sister, raised on cable television and dry wit: “I calculated, and I can last in New York for three and a half more days. Maybe seven if I don’t eat lunch.” And with these two sharp comedic minds working together, it might very well prove itself a distinctive voice of our generation. TV: “Girls” Premieres April 15 HBO

‘Telegraph Avenue’ to explore theme of nostalgia

The Mars Volta set to release new album in March When guitarist and composer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez first announced that his psychedelic, progrock collective The Mars Volta had completed its follow-up to 2009’s Octahedron last year, fans impatiently scavenged website forums and anything Mars Volta-related to hear some of the new tracks. Some fans even led a petition, hoping to force the band’s label Warner Bros., into releasing the album, titled Nocturniquet, before this year. Although the petition failed, those fortunate enough to catch the group during last year’s South

By Southwest (slyly performing under the moniker Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group) or their tour alongside rock legends Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers, were able to get a taste of what the new album has to offer. Described as “future punk” by lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Nocturniquet is slated for release on March 27, featuring the band’s renovated lineup. Music: Nocturniquet The Mars Volta March 27

Michael Chabon is certainly among America’s most celebrated authors in contemporary literature, threading aspects of his Jewish heritage into tales tackling issues of cultural identity and the dissolving structure of the American family. His 2000 novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and was a gorgeous piece of historical fiction following the lives of two Jewish cousins, who together help foster the genre of American comics in the early 20th century. “Kavalier and Clay” won Chabon the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2001. Later this

year, Chabon will release a new novel, titled “Telegraph Avenue.” Early reports about the book have indicated that it will largely be about the cities of Chabon’s childhood, namely Berkeley and Oakland, California. If the wistful, meandering blog post Chabon wrote about the book for The Atlantic’s website last week is any indication, “Telegraph Avenue” will continue in the vein of his usual themes of nostalgia and the power of the physical environments of our pasts. Book: “Telegraph Avenue” Michael Chabon Fall 2012

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