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Committee hosts public tuition forum UT president to attend, listen to campus feedback about possible increases By Melissa Pan Daily Texan Staff Students, faculty and staff will have a chance to voice opinions about the tuition increases proposed in December at a public forum Wednesday. The Tuition Policy Advisory Committee will host the forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Avaya Auditorium of the Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building. This will be the first time the recommendations are formally presented to the public. The committee sent recommendations to UT President William Powers Jr. on Dec. 1 proposing that the University increase tuition by about 4 percent per year over the next two years. Including a $65 per semester fee for the construction of the new Student Activity Center, the increase translates to about $240 more in tuition each semester for UT undergraduates. Powers is expected to attend
the forum to get student feedback. Using the committee’s recommendation, Powers will develop and present his own tuition proposal to the UT System Board of Regents, which is responsible for setting tuition. “Take feedback — that’s the whole purpose of the forum,” said Cecilia Lopez, committee member and government senior. The committee, composed of nine voting members, gave its annual recommendations to Powers after three months of weekly meetings last fall, which were not open to the public. According to the committee’s recommendations, without a tuition increase, the University would face budget shortfalls of more than $17 million during the 2010-2011 school year and more than $14 million the following year. The increases will not generate new funds to pursue Powers’ goals of hiring top faculty and graduate students and retaining current employees. Cutting the budget by more than $17 million — if tuition is not raised — could result in
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Disaster victims welcome support from Austin group By Bobby Longoria Daily Texan Staff An outpour of humanitarian response since Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti has come from groups and individuals all over the world, including Austin. Local resident Craig Miller, president of the humanitarian aid group Thirst No More, arrived in Port-au-Prince on Saturday with Michael Alexendre, a pastor from the Dominican Republic. By Monday, Miller set up a base camp on the grounds of a church in Boudin, Haiti, and has begun providing aid to 3,000 displaced people after the earthquake. U.N. Secretary General
Ban Ki-moon called the earthquake one of the “largest, most serious natural disasters in recent decades” while briefing the U.N. Security Council in New York on Monday. “It’s the best side of humanity when we provide for people that can’t help themselves,” Miller said in a telephone interview on Monday. “We are dealing with people that were already struggling, and now they don’t have anything. If we don’t help them, who will?” Upon his arrival Miller began distributing Primary Assistance Kits, which can be purchased
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Jamie Lamb, left, a representative of nonprofit organization Makarios, contributes to the Haiti relief fund with Nancy and Ed Miller on Monday afternoon at Dominican Joe coffee shop.
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Above, DeWayne Ward, center, listens to speakers during a gathering in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Capitol on Monday. Ward is a member of the Alpha Omega Pathfinder Club, which led a march from UT to the Capitol that morning. Below, a member of the Delta chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity dances during the celebrations at an MLK cultural festival at Huston-Tillotson University on Monday afternoon.
Austinites march in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy By Priscilla Totiyapungprasert Daily Texan Staff Despite crisp morning temperatures on Monday, what started as a few hundred marchers grew to thousands as people proceeded from the UT campus to the Capitol to Huston-Tillotson University in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The march first began 27 years ago under UT’s Texas Union African-American Culture Committee. Ten years later, the committee teamed up with students at Huston-Tillotson to start a citywide celebration, including a festival on Huston-Tillotson’s campus. Lamar Watson, a fifth grader from Overton Elementary School and winner of the annual MLK Children’s Oratory Contest, gave his winning speech at the gathering. Students from five East Austin elementary schools competed
against each other to present the best five-minute speech on the topic, “If you could share your dream with Dr. King, what would it be?” Speakers included President William Powers Jr., Student Government President Liam O’Rourke, state Rep. Dawnna Dukes and former state Sen.
Gonzalo Barrientos. Performances included youth dancers and a performance from the St. Mary’s Baptist Church choir. “This is a way for us to reflect on Dr. King’s teachings and learn how important it is to serve the city,” said Brenda Burt, the UT march coordinator. “We can work as a unit to
give back by helping those who need help, like feeding the hungry and taking care of elderly.” Austin resident Patricia Guzman said she was moved by the speeches and proud to take part in her first march alongside her niece Erica Gonzales, a third grader at Metz Elementary School, and her nephew. Over 200 marchers left the statue at 10 a.m., said Leslie Blair, a spokeswoman for the UT Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. Numbers swelled as the crowd marched toward the Capitol. Finance junior Brandon Scott said he has participated in the march since he was a freshman as a way to preserve King’s legacy, not just for the AfricanAmerican community but also for all communities and the United States as well.
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UT launches iPhone application Researchers By Melissa Pan Daily Texan Staff Reach no farther than an iPhone for access to University maps, the directory, UT President William Powers Jr.’s blog and the school’s fight song. The University released its free iPhone application, also compatible with the iPod Touch, Jan. 5. The application has been downloaded more than 25,000 times in the last seven days, totaling 51,348 downloads from more than 30 countries as of Monday, according to Cesar de la Garza, associate director for development at UT. It has been downloaded more than any other education-related iPhone application. The application has an interface that leads to UT sports news, scoreboards, campus event calendars and cam-
pus maps that include shuttle of sculptures at the University routes. The user can search for on loan from the Metropolitan someone in the directory and Museum of Art in New York. The “extras” section includes University fight songs and a UT trivia quiz. According to UT officials, the Hopefully it will be University is the first higher education institution to use the a real, functional, software. handheld tool for “There’s a lot of good unistudents. The sky’s versity applications out there,” said Paul Walker, special assisthe limit.” tant to Powers. “We invested time and energy to try to make — John McCall it a step better.” associate VP of “[The application] is aldevelopment ready really good,” said government junior David Perng, who uses the application on his iPod Touch. “I don’t know how call or e-mail the person from much more they could add.” the page. Users can watch vidBut Perng said he would like eos, browse through photo galACCESS continues on page 7A leries and take a virtual tour
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accept grant for accurate X-ray scans Further work in program will increase effectiveness of mammogram images By Lena Price Daily Texan Staff A group of UT researchers received a $50,000 grant from the UT System on Jan. 12 to enhance mammogram technology. The researchers, led by biomedical engineering professor Mia Markey and electrical engineering professor Al Bovik, have been
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march: Huston-Tillotson hosts cultural festival, diverse audience From page 1 Scott also felt that progress has been made in the past few years in race relations. “[King’s] dream has not been completely fulfilled, but we’re
NEWS BRIEFLY Medical examiner to determine cause of UT student’s death A UT biochemistry senior was found dead on campus Jan. 6. UT Police Chief Robert Dahlstrom said Kimberly Ngo, 22, was found in a room at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Dahlstrom said Ngo, originally from Austin, died of natural causes but that the cause of death cannot be determined until the Travis
getting closer,” he said. “We can learn not to judge based on race, or other things, like disability. No matter how far we’ve come, I also feel like there’s always room for improvement.” After an hour, marchers arrived
at Huston-Tillotson for the MLK Jr. Cultural Festival to the aroma of hot funnel cakes, high school hip-hop performers and performances by other local musicians. Both the march and festival attracted a diverse crowd of ethnici-
ties, ages and religions, Burt said. While the majority of festivalgoers moved toward the stage to listen to music, organizations also presented educational booths to the side with information on Planned Parenthood, health care
forum: Funding controversies fuel debates
County medical examiner receives the toxicology results of her autopsy, which he said generally takes eight weeks. At the time, UTPD considered the circumstances of the death “suspicious” and sent a text message alert and an e-mail to University students around 4:30 p.m. the day she was found. “We sent out the alerts to err on the side of caution and to make sure everyone on campus was alert,” Dahlstrom said. “But there is no threat to campus at all.” — Viviana Aldous
the budget by $17 million could eliminate more than 300 jobs. The committee will discuss possible additional funds from the Available University Fund at the forum, said committee member Daniel Spikes. “Different things have come to light, like Mack Brown’s raise,” said committee member Lauren Ratliff. “I’m going to be interested to see if that
From page 1 reductions of course availability, staff, equipment and academic and student-support services, committee co-chair Kevin Hegarty, UT’s vice president and chief financial officer, told The Daily Texan in December. He said the average salary of staffers is about $50,000, including benefits, and cutting
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plays into the TPAC report.” The Faculty Council expressed discontent in December 2009 about the timing of head football coach Mack Brown’s salary raise. Four of the nine committee members are students: Lopez, a Student Government agency director; Spikes, Graduate Student Assembly president; Ratliff, Senate of College Councils president; and Liam O’Rourke, Student Government president. Committee members also include Hegarty; Provost Steven Leslie; Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts; Victoria Rodriguez, vice provost and dean of graduate studies; and Pauline Strong, chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee on Budgets. The committee was created in 2003 after the Texas Legislature deregulated tuition, which allowed public universities, rather than the state, to set tuition rates. Tuition is set every two years, but the committee meets weekly every fall. Aside from tuition, the committee does not make decisions about how the budget should be handled. “I expect good attendance and students across the spectrum, including graduate students, to be there and at the same time, give new insight,” Spikes said.
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WORLD BRIEFLY Obama joins day of service for slain civil rights leader WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama served plates of steaming hot lunches to the needy on Monday, one of several ways the nation’s first black president paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on the federal holiday that honors the slain civil rights leader. Obama also scheduled a White House talk with black elders and their grandchildren about the movement for racial equality that King led until he was assassinated in 1968. The president also was to speak later Monday during a musical celebration of King’s legacy at the Kennedy Center. His outing was part of an array of holiday tributes. Worshippers at King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church heard Princeton University scholar Cornel West deliver a passionate keynote address in Atlanta, urging them not to “sanitize” King’s legacy. — The Associated Press
Despite more aid, hunger persists in Haiti By Alfred de Montesquiou & Michelle Faul The Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Troops, doctors and aid workers flowed into Haiti on Monday, even while victims of the quake that killed an estimated 200,000 people still struggled to find a cup of water or a handful of food. European nations pledged more than a half-billion dollars in emergency and long-term aid, on top of at least $100 million promised earlier by the U.S. But help was still not reaching many victims of Tuesday’s quake — choked back by transportation bottlenecks, bureaucratic confusion, fear of attacks on aid convoys, the collapse of local authority and the sheer scale of the need. Looting spread to more parts of downtown Port-au-Prince as hundreds of young men and boys clambered up broken walls to break into shops and take whatever they could find. Especially prized was toothpaste,
which people smear under their noses to fend off the stench of decaying bodies. At a collapsed and burning shop in the market area, youths used broken bottles, machetes and razors to battle for bottles of rum and police fired shots to break up the crowd. “I am drinking as much as I can. It gives courage,” said Jean-Pierre Junior, wielding a broken wooden plank with nails to protect his bottle of rum. Even so, the U.S. Army’s on-theground commander, Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, said the city is seeing less violence than before the earthquake. “Is there gang violence? Yes. Was there gang violence before the earthquake? Absolutely.’” Keen said some 2,000 Marines were set to join 1,000 U.S. troops on the ground, and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Monday that he wants 1,500 more U.N. police and 2,000 more troops to join the existing 7,000 military peacekeepers and
A woman sweeps debris out of the street in Portau-Prince, Haiti on Monday. On the streets, people are still dying, and the injured are showing up in wheelbarrows and on people’s backs at hurriedly erected field hospitals.
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WHILE WE WERE OUT An enlightening debate When the Republican gubernatorial candidates met on Thursday, some things were expected: the childish backand-forth between Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry, the epic battle to see who could best don Ronald Reagan’s fiscal conservatism crown, and Hutchison’s waffling on abortion (though you wouldn’t know it from her dithering answer, she’s pro-choice and supports some restrictions, like parental notification and bans on partialbirth abortions). Bickering between Perry, who took a commanding lead in polls late last year, and Hutchison over spending and property taxes dominated much of the hour-long event. Hutchison scored points on job creation, attacking the governor for citing 2-year-old statistics, which caused Perry to retreat and accuse his opponents of “tear[ing] Texas down.” But Hutchison faltered when the discussion turned to abortion and whether she supports overturning Roe v. Wade; her reluctance to give a straight answer elicited snickers from the audience. But sitting in between the two candidates who epitomize the Republican establishment, little-known Debra Medina — the libertarian who stands little chance of winning but could force a runoff between her better-financed opponents — held her own. For those who do not follow Texas politics avidly, Medina’s performance Thursday was probably their first introduction to her. She made her case for less government intrusion in Texans’ lives with vigor and a palatable amount of conviction, mostly attacking Perry for paying only lip service to small-government principles.
Mack Brown’s divisive raise Mack Brown was offered a revised contract in December at the recommendation of President William Powers Jr. and men’s athletic director DeLoss Dodds, increasing his yearly salary to $5 million. The revised contract is a $2 million increase and made Brown the nation’s highest-paid college football coach. The salary increase served as a point of contention between the Longhorn brand and UT academia. Those close to the athletic program, as well as many ardent football fans, felt the raise was well deserved. Since Brown has been head coach, the football program has earned has more than quadrupled its annual revenue from $21.3 million to $87.5 million. Over the past decade, Texas’ football team had the highest winning percentage among teams that play in a major conference and the second-highest winning percentage overall. Given the numbers, there is little debate that Mack Brown is the very best at what he does. Despite Brown’s success, the UT Faculty Council passed a Dec. 14 resolution declaring Brown’s salary raise “unseemly and inappropriate.” David Hillis, an integrative biology professor and the Faculty Council president, said the University had misguided notions about where it should spend its money. “College sports is widely viewed as an out-of-control train on a collision course with academia,” he said. “Right now, UT is stoking this train to make it run ever faster.” Some felt it was inappropriate that Brown was offered such a significant raise at a time when the University is making massive cuts and a possible tuition increase is on the horizon. The debate ultimately divided much of the UT community and left us wondering if Bevo has become larger than the 40 Acres.
By Joshua Avelar Daily Texan Columnist
One of the most anticipated dates on the 2010 calendar is that of the midterm elections in November. During the next several months, there will be plenty of political banter and mudslinging coming from both sides of the aisle. Dialogue about how out of touch most politicians are with the general public is pretty worn-out by now, but the general public may not be aware of just how out of touch they are with the best and bravest that serve them. President Barack Obama announced an escalation of troops into Afghanistan while my cousin Tim was in Fort Knox, Ky. for his Army basic training. While Tim was on leave for the holidays, we frequently discussed the extremely high probability that he will see combat in Afghanistan very soon. I never really understood exactly what drove Tim to make this commitment. Trying to enter the mind of a soldier is impossible, but I did attempt to do so. UT government and English se-
nior Johnny Meyer, an Army veteran of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, recently invited me to a dress rehearsal for a play he wrote and produced, titled “American Volunteers.” The play follows a squad of Army Airborne Rangers patrolling the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a situation that Meyer writes about from firsthand experience. Meyer first wrote “American Volunteers” as a novel and received the Roy L. Crane Award in Literary Arts from UT in 2009 for the work. “It occurred to me that [the novel manuscript] can work as a play — in fact, it probably should be a play,” Meyer said. “Theater’s a real community event, unlike a book. A book is like one individual talking to another.” The performance of Meyer’s play was captivating, to say the least. Throughout the play, I was able to see the internal struggles the characters went through — the conflict that comes from mixing the values they learned at home with the harsh realities of war. “[In war] we’re going to shoot people,” Meyer said. “Sometimes when they don’t need to get shot.” Meyer has his characters engage the audience by involving audience
members in the play. I unexpectedly played the part of the head of an Afghani household being searched by the Airborne Rangers during one close interaction with the actors. The message that Meyer tried to convey was far from political. After all, soldiers are usually not the type to go for the soapbox while in battle. As the play’s title states, these characters and the soldiers they represent volunteer to live this life. People have their own theories as to why anyone would join the military, given the widely understood ugly nature of war. But while watching the play, I was reminded that the members of our armed forces are willing to serve, beyond most people’s comprehension as to why. “You can take the romanticism out of [military life in artistic portrayals] as much as you want, there’s still something about trying to figure out if you got [what it takes to serve] or not,” Meyer said. I was immersed within the mindset of these characters. Suddenly, the conflict in Afghanistan was a bit more real than it had ever been before. Plenty of people on this campus are much closer to the situation than I am, either with fam-
ily members that are currently in the conflict or as an actual veterans like Meyer. But I know that there are plenty of people who are as distant from the conflict in Afghanistan as possible, not just here at UT but across the country. Whenever a war is that distant from the thoughts of the general public, bad decisions get made by both voters and those in public office. As the semester begins, certain “problems,” such as add/drops and upcoming interviews, start to appear much larger than they really are. Maintaining perspective and consciousness about the war is something that’s hard to do, even given all the news that I consume on a regular basis, but watching “American Volunteers” helped me do just that. “It’s important to make the conflict a more integral thread here in America,” Meyer noted. To help further sew the thread, try to catch American Volunteers tonight at 9 p.m. at the Blue Star Theatre as a part of the annual FronteraFest. For more information and other show times, visit hydeparktheatre.org. Avelar is a government senior.
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UT System chairman steps down UT System Regent James Huffines announced on Dec. 10 his plans to step down as chairman of the board in March. Huffines served as chairman from 2004 to 2007 and was re-elected unanimously in February 2009, just after regent Robert Rowling resigned amid sharp criticism for approving more than $3 million in bonuses to employees of the System’s investment branch. While Huffines plans to still serve as a regent, the announcement forces the board to elect a new leader in March. Huffines said of his decision, “I’m burned out. … I’ve been blessed to work with a great team of people,” though he did not attribute his decision to any political or health reasons, according to the Austin American-Statesman. He is stepping down at a volatile time. The Board of Regents is set to make a critical decision about tuition after President William Powers submits his final report at the end of the month. In addition, talks concerning the redevelopment of the Brackenridge Tract, a cause Huffines championed as chairman, are expected to pick up again this semester. While students can empathize with being “burned out,” Huffines decision does not inspire confidence in the board’s sense of direction during an important semester. Though the next few months will be filled with crucial votes and political races, the UT community should not overlook the selection of the new chairman.
TPAC’s tuition recommendations The Tuition Policy Advisory Committee recommended to President William Powers in December a tuition increase of 3.95 percent per year during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The committee, which is composed of faculty, students and administrators, said the increase would help UT maintain its high academic standard and propel the University toward its goal of becoming the best public university in the nation. Included in the tuition increase is a $65 fee per student — approved in 2006 by Student Government — which will help fund the new Student Activity Center. Without a tuition increase, UT would need to cut costs to the tune of $17.3 million in 2010-11 and $14.2 million in 2011-12 to keep a balanced budget, according to the committee. The committee is holding two forums to present its findings and receive feedback. The first will be Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building, Room 2.302 (Avaya Auditorium). The second forum will be held Jan. 26 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the same location. Powers, who will submit his tuition increase proposal to the Board of Regents on Jan. 31, will be in attendance.
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THE FIRING LINE An open letter to Colt McCoy I cannot begin to comprehend how disappointing it must have been to not play in the National Championship. My heart went out to you as you sat on the sidelines in what should have been the biggest game of your Texas career. What I saw was so powerful that it will forever leave an impression on me. Rewind to Jan. 7. That night, a 38-year-old woman cried for a young man she had never met. I am certain I was not alone. For the first time in my life, I prayed for you. I prayed that the god you so dearly love would give you strength. The next morning, I woke up with clarity about that night. It is my perspective alone, but one I felt I needed to share with you. The news articles talked about your disappointment, but I believe the championship was your best game, despite hardly playing at all. When asked how it felt to watch the game from the sidelines, you said, “I always give God the glory. I never question why things happen the way they do. God is in control of my life, and I know, if nothing else, I am standing on the rock.” That moment was a gift from God and the reason things happen the way that they do. It is easy to give grace when things are going our way. But to give grace in our darkest moment, that’s something all together magical. Had you won the championship and praised God, it would have likely fallen on deaf ears. Had you played and lost, perhaps we would have heard you, but perhaps not. To not even play and then to stand up and praise God — we heard you loud and clear, and we were moved by it. Whether or not you realize it, that night we saw you at your best. It was your greatest moment among so many great moments — your most amazing, inspiring, come-frombehind victory. Two days later, I was in the car with one of my sisters. She was complaining about work and finally said,
“I need to tap in to my inner Colt McCoy.” We all need to tap in to our inner Colt McCoy. That night you showed us what God’s grace looks like. You inspired us to want to be better, to tap into our “inner Colt McCoy” in the face of adversity and disappointment. That is the real legacy you leave behind. God bless you, Colt McCoy.
— Michelle Cheney Alumna
Another open letter to Colt MCoy Being unable to play in your final college game for the national championship — and with the full realization that your presence would have made a huge difference — is heartbreaking. It is a daily feeling for every single person serving our military overseas. Your valor, steadfastness and faith is an inspiration to all who are unable to be present for the big moments in their own lives: births of children, graduations, birthdays, weddings and funerals. Thank you for your fine example.
— Katherine T. Mize Alumna
Compliments to UT fans The University of Alabama is my alma mater. I have lived and loved the grand tradition that is Crimson Tide football for all my life. I have attended many Alabama football games. I have witnessed the best and worst of college teams and fans during those games. With that background in place, I offer the following comments: I found myself fortunate to be able to attend this year’s national championship game between my beloved Alabama team and the UT Longhorns. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to witness two of America’s most storied college football teams compete on the grandest stage of all. Of course, my trip produced a lifetime of wonderful memories with Alabama’s win. But the purpose of this correspondence is not to harp Alabama’s victory but to pay homage to the class act that is the Longhorn football team and its fans.
The Texas football team could have thrown in the towel when its leader was injured. But the Texas players not only rallied to a man, they gave Alabama a hell of a game and almost pulled out the win. In the background, the Longhorn fans cheered and sang loudly. On the field and in the stands, the Texas players and fans were respectful and handled themselves with class. After the game, the Texas fans offered congratulations to the Crimson Tide fans and not excuses due to Colt McCoy’s injury. The “eyes” of the college football world were upon Texas during the game, and what they saw was a class act all the way around. Hook ’em Horns and Roll Tide Roll.
cut from its budget? One man versus entire departments? If the Board of Regents doesn’t see how ridiculous this is, perhaps Brown will do the right thing and donate his salary increase back to the University to keep faculty and staff so his football players can graduate. Oh, wait, this is the University of Texas, where football and buildings are more important than people — what was I thinking?
— Debra Winegarten Administrative associate Department of Astronomy
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— R. Scott Traweek Council protesting the $2 million
An unwelcome thaw This year, President William Powers Jr. announced that there would be a freeze on all staff and executive raises given the budget shortfalls. Tuition increases are looming for returning students — again. These very regrettable circumstances are molding out new plans for many on the 40 Acres. All hope is not lost, however. With an undefeated season, the Longhorns clamored behind Gabriel’s horn in seething anticipation of their game with Alabama. Something must have been especially warm in that rush because the freeze thawed, at least for one lucky UT millionaire. UT football coach Mack Brown is waiting patiently to collect his $3 million bonus and looking forward to his new astronomically inflated salary — $5 million could make anyone heady with grandeur. Too bad UT’s unlucky faculty chose academia over athletics. Better hit the pigskin, kids. At least we all know now exactly where Texas settles its eyes and who it chooses to overlook. The truth shall set you free.
— Rodolfo Cortinas Grateful UT dropout
Are you kidding me? Mack Brown gets a $5 million dollar salary when the College of Liberal Arts is having to find $8 million to
salary increase for Mack Brown and was not surprised at all. One would not expect a group of academics to understand this type of action, because they live in a world where they and their colleagues never really do anything. They just talk about doing things. If they had to survive in the real world, without grants, chairs and other perks, they would fall flat on their MBAs and Ph.D.s. Capitalism is not part of their reality, so how could they to understand a success story like UT athletics? Unseemly? Inappropriate? Get a grip. This type of financial success is basic stuff in a freshman economics class. Maybe the council members should retake the class and refresh their memories as to how capitalism works. Why don’t you academic dreamers go make $87 million for the University and then do something meaningful for UT with the money. You are nothing but a bunch of liberal fools who love the public dole. I say give Brown more. The UT athletic program is a spectacular success, but intellectual dilettantes are too stupid to understand that. Academics should go get a real job and get off the public dole. In the meantime, they should stay out of the athletic department and go read a book. They do real work for the University over there.
— Michael F. Boyce
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Company salvages books to aid students By Gerald Rich Daily Texan Staff The musk of old books hangs in the air. Donny Palmertree carefully treads around precariously stacked books collected earlier that day, and organizes them by their condition. Assorted titles jump out, ranging from “How to Write and Publish Your Romance Novel” to “A Farewell to Arms.” His girlfriend quietly lists used books online while his neighbor, Ross Ulbricht, uses old office folders as wrapping material for purchased books that will soon be shipped to their new owner. Ulbricht and Palmertree, creators of the four-month-old-company Good Wagon Books, go door to door collecting books and other used goods that are placed on makeshift shelves made from old tables and planks until they are purchased from a number of online marketplaces. Once the books are sold, 25 percent of the profits go back to Breakthrough Austin, an organization dedicated to helping lowincome students graduate high school and enter college. Through mentoring, tutoring and college advising, Breakthrough Austin helps approximately 250 students in Austin. The idea for Good Wagon Books came to Palmertree after he had to go door to door selling cookbooks for an entrepreneurial project at Acton College.
“It was the worst and best of experience of my life,” Palmertree said. “It was really hard, but it taught me a lot about sales, and from that, I was wondering what else can I do with door-to-door stuff. I loved the face-to-face interaction, so I just started experimenting until I began collecting used books.” It was not long after that until Ulbricht, a UT physics alumnus, joined the fledgling company and added a unique scientific perspective to the business. “My first impression was that it’s out of control,” Ulbricht said, with a laugh. “There are hundreds of variables I can think of and thousands of variables I can’t even control. So, I started to think about which ones really mattered and began tracking different important variables like weather and the time of day or who goes out and knocks on the doors.” Representatives from Good Wagon Books, which will stop by the campus area later this week, canvasses each neighborhood a week in advance, knocking on doors and leaving bags for used books. They then come back several days later to pick up the bags and any other used goods people would like to donate. Books that are in too poor of a condition to sell but are still usable are donated to the Texas state prison library program via the Inside Books Project.
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Donny Palmertree organizes donated books which will later be listed online. Palmertree, creator of Good Wagon Books, goes door to door collecting books and other used goods to be sold online. Despite both of their educations in less risky ventures, both Ulbricht and Palmertree have always been inspired by the independent spirit of entrepreneurial business. “Acton really encouraged starting businesses based on who you are and what you know, and I’m all about being frugal and reusing things,” Palmertree said. “So anything that allows me to be thrifty
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“At first I questioned him [about] who would buy it,” said Ulbricht’s friend Curtis Rodgers. “But I think Good Wagon is a really great venture that fits in with the Austin spirit. Not only is it kind of like a grassroots organization by going door-to-door and [because it is] rooted in the local community, but it’s also got this philanthropic side to it that’s so Austin.”
By Shabab Siddiqui Daily Texan Staff Current college juniors aspiring to attend graduate school can toss away their Graduate Record Examination study guides once and for all — though, they will probably need to get new ones soon. The GRE Board has planned changes to the makeup, language and scoring of the exam. The changes are the test’s first significant makeover in its 59year history and will first appear in the fall of 2011, according to an announcement by the Educational Testing Service. Maurice Taylor, Morgan State University’s vice president for university operations and former chair for the GRE Board, said the changes would make the test more relevant to students. He said some of the changes work to remove experience-based references that gave certain test-takers an advantage over others. “[We wanted to] make the test focus on the kind of issues that reflect the expectations of graduate schools,” Taylor said. “It was time to redesign the test, if only to make it more representative of the people more likely to take it.” One primary change in the new GRE test will be the removal of the antonyms and analogy parts of the verbal section. In their place will stand additional reading comprehension questions. The test’s writing section will also require more specific responses. Taylor said these changes will make students apply themselves more to the test.
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“[It] takes away from just memorizing, which is a skill, but not a skill one needs necessarily for graduate school,” Taylor said. “In the past, writing-section questions would permit canned responses. [Now] the prompt would ask you very specific questions about a paragraph.” Another change in the new test is the scoring scale, which will range from 130-170, as opposed to the previous 200-800. A student who correctly answers one or two questions more than his or her peer will score a few points higher, as opposed to the previous scoring scale, which would magnify the difference to 10 or 20 points. Taylor said the new test will also reflect a stronger approach to test security. He said it will prevent students in other countries from receiving their test questions before others due to time zone differences. “It amps up the security because people who are taking the test are not just from the United States, but literally from all over the world,” Taylor said. Taylor said another approach to leveling economic distinctions among test-takers is making free test-preparation materials more accessible. Shadna Wise, product manager at Austin’s Princeton Review test-preparation center, said the company is working to accommodate the new test revisions to its courses and preparation materials. Patricia Ellison, UT’s associate director of admissions and assistant dean of graduate studies, said the GRE has always been one factor out of many in the graduate school admission process. “[The application] is viewed holistically,” Ellison said. “You couldn’t make a decision looking solely on one factor. Of course graduate admissions are very decentralized, [but] every program looks at the entire file.” Almost 24,000 students applied for graduate school at UT last fall, and a little more than 6,300 were accepted, Ellison said.
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the UT researchers are working to masses that it is known to miss.â€? create an algorithm that would alEngineering graduate student developing a computer program low the computer to specifically Gautam Muralidhar has been that will help radiologists evaluate working on the project since 2007 X-ray images more accurately. The and said he has already seen improgram could lead to earlier deprovements in the computer-aidtection of certain types of tumors ed detection technology. and eventually help save lives. â€œI think we are definitely seeI think we are Computer-aided detection sysing more and more uses of comdefinitely seeing tems are already used as a backup puter-aided detection systems more and more uses in many clinics that offer mamin mammography,â€? Muralidhar mograms. The programs are ususaid. â€œIn five to 10 years, they are of computer-aided ally reliable, but they are known going to be even more sensitive, detection systems to occasionally overlook certain especially to the type of cancer in mammography. types of tumors and incorrectly we are working on.â€? find tumors when none exist. The grant money will allow the In five to 10 years, The grant comes a few months researchers to collect samples, inthey are going to be after a controversial finding made cluding X-rays that were taken even more sensitive, by the United States Preventive digitally instead of on film, with Services Task Force recommended which they can test the computespecially to the type women start regular breast cancer er program. Because of the money, of cancer we are screening at age 50, not 40. Markey said it is possible that the â€œWe want to get to a point working on.â€? research can be applied to clinics where this technology is much within the next few years. â€” Gautam more consistent,â€? Markey said. The computer-aided detection The accuracy of mammogram system was one of eight projects Muralidhar technology is measured not only to receive grant money from the engineering by how often the machine fails to UT Systemâ€™s Texas Ignition Fund. graduate student detect a tumor, but also by how The UT System Board of Regents often it reads a false positive. Marallocated $2 million in 2007 to the key said mammograms are exfund to get university research pected to fail to detect between 10 out of the laboratory and into the and 30 percent of cancers. market as soon as possible. identify spiculated masses. Spiculated â€” or star-shaped â€” The funds released last week â€œThese masses are often maligmasses go undetected by comput- nant,â€? Markey said. â€œWe hope to were part of the fifth round of er systems more than any other improve on a known weakness in awards since the program started type of abnormality. Markey said the system and get it to pick up on three years ago.
Access: UT to overhaul Web presence From page 1 to access UT Direct from the application, which is already in the works for future versions of the software, said John McCall, associate vice president of development. â€œSecurity is a hurdle we have to get through,â€? McCall said. The development office is working with Information Technology Services, he said. The University has plans to make the application available for other smartphone platforms,
such as the Blackberry and Windows Mobile, McCall said. But no timetable has been set yet. â€œItâ€™s the beginning of an effort to open up even more channels of communication,â€? said University spokesman Don Hale. â€œWeâ€™re doing a total redo of the Universityâ€™s Web presence over the next year.â€? Jim Boon, executive director and chief executive officer of Texas Exes, said he hopes to have a directory of alumni businesses on future versions of the application.
â€œAlumni will have a lot of pride just having it on their iPhone, just because itâ€™s a great icon,â€? Boon said. The iPhone application began as a tool to engage alumni but expanded to include current students per Powersâ€™ suggestion, McCall said. Future plans for the application also include the course catalog and cafeteria menus. â€œHopefully it will be a real, functional, handheld tool for students,â€? McCall said. â€œThe skyâ€™s the limit.â€?
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City honors MLK Jr. with service Volunteer group cleans up namesake street for community-wide benefit By Audrey White Daily Texan Staff In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hundreds of people volunteered to help give Austin a facelift. United Way Capital Area and one of its programs, Hands On Central Texas, hosted the MLK Day of Service on Saturday as part of Austin’s tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. More than 700 volunteers participated in 19 different service projects around the city, including park and street
cleanups, serving at soup kitchens and building restorations. “People think, It’s a three day weekend. I’ll hang out,” said Richard Reddick, an assistant education professor and the event’s keynote speaker. “But MLK Day is a different kind of holiday, and if we’re honoring him, it should be about the things that he believed in, like community and interconnectedness.” Mando Rayo, director of community engagement for the Hands On Central Texas program, said the day of service is especially timely because of last week’s earthquake in Haiti. Although none of the projects offer disaster relief, Rayo said the
earthquake is a reminder of how much there is to be done in the Austin community. “When a disaster strikes, you want to help,” he said. “But to honor the people who are hurt in a disaster, you can help in your own community. There are a lot of needs here, and you don’t need a disaster to help out. MLK stood for service. Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” One of the main projects is a cleanup of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, spearheaded by state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, DAustin. She first started the cleanup in 2000, and in 2006 it expanded into what is now
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Professor explores pet-related personality features By Viviana Aldous Daily Texan Staff Whether someone loves dogs or cats may reveal more about their personality than just pet preferences, said University researchers. Those who identify themselves as “dog people” are more conscientious, more extroverted and more agreeable but less neurotic and less open to experience than those who identify themselves as “cat people,” according to UT psychology professor Sam Gosling’s research. These five characteristics, known in psychology as the Big Five, are thought to include most personality traits. The findings may be useful for matching people to appropriate animal therapy, popular for treating depression, said Gosling, who has studied the human personal-
ity for more than 15 years. Gos- ple, both or neither was added ling’s findings will be published to an already-running Web perin the September issue of the jour- sonality survey for one week last nal Anthrozoös. April. Participants did not neces“Although there are widely sarily have to own a cat or a dog thought to be difto identify themferences between selves with eicat people and dog ther pet. people, there was About 46 perno clear guide as I’d imagine cat people cent of particito what these difpants identified to be more reserved.” themselves as ferences might be,” Gosling said. “The — Surveen Singh dog people while previous research about 12 percent dog owner identified as cat on the topic had failed to provide people. Though a clear picture of a majority of rewhat differences, if spondents were any, exist.” female, the reGosling’s findings are based on sults were the same after they more than 4,500 survey responses. were controlled for gender. A question asking for participants But psychology graduate stuto identify as dog people, cat peo- dent Carson Sandy, who worked
with Gosling on the research, said cat people ranked higher in openness to experience, a category that can be associated with independence, creativity and intellect. “The findings seem to make practical sense,” Sandy said. “When I think about a dog lover, I see someone who is outgoing and friendly. Cats are a more independent creature. They don’t necessarily need their owner’s attention like a dog might.” Dog owner Surveen Singh, a business honors and Plan II junior who identifies herself as a dog person, said she mostly agrees with the conclusions but that some of her experiences suggest otherwise. “[The associations] seem to fit the bill,” Singh said, “but dog people seem to be more open be-
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UT professor Sam Gosling’s findings from his research into the characteristics of “cat people” and “dog people” will be published in September. cause they’re used to having dogs time. I’d imagine cat people to be get in their personal space all the more reserved.”
State board debates significance of social studies topics By Alex Geiser Daily Texan Staff In light of ongoing debate, students enrolled in Texas public schools may have their social studies curriculum changed as early as next year. Issues ranging from the role of minorities in Texas history to the separation of church and state were at the center of the State Board of Education’s debate Thursday and Friday on revisions to the K-12 social-studies curriculum. Because objections were raised to some of the proposed content, the board postponed voting on any changes until March. The board, a component of the Texas Education Agency, will finalize any proposed changes in May. The changes will then be sent
to publishers, who will print new textbooks. The board holds debates every 10 years to update the content of the state’s textbooks. Sue Blanchette, vice president of the National Council for the Social Studies, said the changes to Texas textbooks could have a nationwide impact. Because Texas and California are the largest consumers of textbooks, Blanchette said other states across the nation will likely adopt the same textbooks. The social studies Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills review committee, composed of teachers, academics and other community members elected by the board, presented curriculum recommendations to the education board last week. Board members debated possible amendments to the curriculum.
Issues that came into question during the debates were what emphasis textbooks should place on the religious beliefs of the country’s founders, the inclusion or exclusion of certain historical figures and religion’s role in founding the nation. The debate will reopen in March. Terry Cherry, high-school teacher and member of the National Council for the Social Studies, served on the review committee and helped draft new standards for the middle-school curriculum. “My goal was not to add anything to [the curriculum],” Cherry said. “There is already more than plenty for an eighth-grade student.” The 15-member education board is predominately composed of professionals and former politicians
as well as a small number of current or former teachers. The lack of teachers serving on the board has elicited skepticism from parties like Cherry and the Texas Freedom Network, a nonpartisan organization that promotes religious freedom and individual rights. “When you get to allowing people outside the world of education to come in and make suggestions without having classroom experience, it would be like me going to their jobs and saying, ‘Hey, let me do this,’” Cherry said. Dan Quinn, spokesman for the Texas Freedom Network, said he is wary of the board’s ultimate say on the curriculum when some members are so far removed from the teaching process. Quinn said he doesn’t expect the board to adopt
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In March, native Juarenses Miguel Angel Tovar Gonzalez, 19, and Denise Thompson, 21, visit a memorial left near an open pit in east Juarez in which 20 murdered women were found buried in the late ‘90s. “All of the women in my family have felt affected by the killings,” Denise said in reference to the hundreds of victims of sexual violence in Juarez over the last 15 years. According to the couple, a severed head was discovered at the memorial site three weeks before the visit, an occurrence typical of drug-related violence in the city that has waged for decades.
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ed by a historic presidency, the United States entered 2009 on a wave of new-found enthusiasm and, as President Barack Obama promised during his campaign, change. However, the year presented more challenges — both on a local and global scale — than expected, as news about the dismal economy and job market affected millions, a drug war raged along the U.S.-Mexico border, and protests about death row victims waged in Austin. These photos represent a variety of news covered by The Daily Texan staff in 2009.
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Above, Addison and Stephanie Whitmer celebrate by dancing at a celebration of President Barack Obama’s first 100 days in office at Speakeasy in downtown Austin. The event was hosted by the Travis County Democratic Party. Below, Kenneth Koym, President of the Imperial Valley Neighborhood Association and opponent of the proposed zoning restrictions, stands in front of the SH 131 Toll Road in far East Austin in early October. City Council was considering a proposition to annex a portion of land between the SH 131 Corridor and FM 973, along with another piece in the Whisper Valley area.
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Top, Marilyn Holden consoles Anna Terrell in late October as she weeps outside of the state Capitol at the loss of her son, Reginald Blanton, moments before his execution in Huntsville, Texas. Blanton received a lethal injection for the shooting of 22-year-old Carlos Garza in April 2000. Bottom, Jamie Schanbaum, a human development and family sciences sophomore, contracted meningococcal meningitis in November 2008. Schanbaum had to have her legs and six fingers amputated, and was released from the hospital last May.
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HAITI: Austin residents provide
support to earthquake victims From page 1 and delivered through donations of $50, to Haitians. The “PAKs” include a cooking pot, utensils, rice, beans, a flashlight, pain medication, a towel, soap, toys, a container for water and first aid supplies. Miller ’s camp sits on a hill overlooking Port-au-Prince. Miller said the main city carried a “stench of death” from mass graves and piles of bodies. Refuge in the mountains helps the victims avoid the horrific devastation, he said. A second camp will be opened up by the organization in Gressier. Miller said additional volunteers, including a few he knows doctors, are en route to Haiti and
additional aid such as sleeping bags and medical supplies are being shipped. Miller said he was overcome by the strong faith and spirit of the Haitian people who every night before going to bed sing songs of praise at the camp. In the morning they begin again, 3,000 voices singing before going to town to receive additional supplies. The American Red Cross estimates that as many as three million people have been affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake, which registered a 7.0 magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey. The American Red Cross has received more than $37 million in pledged donations from the U.S. and has sent 40 tons of supplies and 100 responders in addition to
How to help Disaster relief concerts Jan. 20, 5-7:30 p.m.: Scholz Garten benefit concert featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore, James McMurtry and Jenny Reynolds. All donations collected will go to The Salvation Army to support earthquake relief for Haiti. Jan. 24, 2 p.m.: Austin Music Hall benefit concert featuring Joe Ely, Shawn Colvin, Asleep at the Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, Kinky Friedman, Jack Ingram, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, The Gourds, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Guy Forsyth. Tickets are $28 in advance through gettix.net or $33 at the door.
Disaster relief donation locations Core Media Enterprises, The Original 4 Kingz, Inc. and the Soul Movement church are hosting a drive to collect packaged underwear. Drop-offs can be made at Khabele Studio on Seventh street on Sundays from 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. or by calling 512-745-9800. Customers at H-E-B grocery stores can add donations of $1, $3 or $5 to their total at checkout. All proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross for relief in Haiti in addition to a $100,000 donation by H-E-B. The Red Cross is encouraging people to donate financially by texting “HAITI” to 90999 or by donating through their Web site, www.centex.redcross.org. Additionally, anyone can sign up through American Red Cross of Central Texas to get a collection jar and hold a fundraiser for the Red Cross.
its 15-member staff already located in Haiti. “It’s important for everyone to do what they can to support Haiti,” said Carrie Housman, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross. “We are a very fortunate country, so it’s great that we can help support a country when they are facing such difficult times.” More than $9 million has been raised through the American Red Cross’ mobile giving campaign, which allows contributors to donate $10 by sending a text message. National and international news agencies have reported the destruction of key infrastructure buildings and the death of several public figures in Haiti. The Presidential Palace and the National Assembly building were both heavily damaged, and the headquarters of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti collapsed. After visiting the island Sunday, Ki-moon confirmed the death of three U.N. officials and said Haiti requires a massive response from the international community. The U.N. will be sending an additional 1,500 U.N. police officers and 2,000 troops to the area, Ki-moon said at the press conference Monday. “The heartbreaking scenes I saw [Sunday] compel us to act swiftly and generously, today and over the longer term,” Ki-moon said. “The Haitian people need to see that today is better than yesterday. They need to believe that the future will be better than the past.” Austin residents helped the Haitian disaster relief efforts Monday by visiting the Dominican Joe Coffee Shop, Freebirds and The Parish, each of which hosted a special benefit to raise money for the Haitians. Housman said the best way people can help is by donating money and that the mobile giving campaign is one of the simplest ways to do this. Thirst No More will be on the ground in Haiti working actively for several months and will maintain a presence there for the next few years, Miller said. He said he
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A mother and child receive clothing and toys from Austinite Craig Miller, president of humanitarian aid group Thirst No More, who arrived in Port-au-Prince on Saturday. With help from his group, Miller has set up a recovery camp in the Boudin, Haiti. hopes to increase the number of PAKs available and to obtain more water treatment equipment, sleeping bags and temporary shelters. The group has been operational for about 14 years, Miller said. It has provided aid internationally in countries such as Zimbabwe and Sudan as well as domestical• Put cat on a diet • Visit my parents more often • Save my change • Buy less expensive beer • Climb something tall • Blog about my new cat • Buy a book a month and read it • Rescue a dog • Find a cool apartment • Go swimming more often • See a dentist • Find apartment near campus • Read my mail • Turn a new leaf • Literally ﬁnd a new leaf and turn it • Stop playing Farmville • Try sushi • Stop taking my neighbors newspapers in the morning • Find a new apartment • Stop smoking • Jog more • Eat more yogurt • Buy some cool furniture for my new awesome apartment • Get a new eye exam • Change the oil in my car more often than once a year • Pick up a daily texan every day • Save a whale • Stop texting while walking infront of on coming trafﬁc • Have a wicked house warming party for my awesome new apartment • Drink more orange juice • Cook more often • Get a hair cut more than once a year • Play more word puzzles in the newspaper• Put cat on a diet • Visit my parents more often • Save my change • Buy less expensive beer • Climb something tall • Blog about my new cat • Buy a book a month and read it • Rescue a dog • Find a cool apartment • Go swimming more often • See a dentist • Find apartment near campus • Read my mail • Turn a new leaf • Literally ﬁnd a new leaf and turn it • Stop playing Farmville • Try sushi • Stop taking my neighbors newspapers in the morning • Find a new apartment • Stop smoking • Jog more • Eat more yogurt • Buy some cool furniture for my new awesome apartment • Get a new eye exam • Change the oil in my car more often than once a year • Pick up a daily texan every day • Save a whale •
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Kansas State upsets top-ranked Texas By Will Anderson Daily Texan Staff For the third straight game, top-ranked Texas was pushed to its limit by a conference foe — but this time the Longhorns’ luck ran dry, their shots rimmed out, their free throws did not fall and their stars did not step up in a 71-62 loss at No. 10 Kansas State (16-2, 3-1 Big 12). Texas (17-1, 3-1) dropped its first game of the year, leaving No. 2 Kentucky as the only unbeaten team in Division I. Freshman Jordan Hamilton tied the game at 51 at the 7:28 mark of the second period. But it was the last time Texas would catch the Wildcats, who sank 12 free throws in the final five minutes to seal the victory. A late scuffle resulted in two technical fouls, one for Texas’ J’Covan Brown and the other on Dominique Sutton of Kansas State, and the Wildcats’ Rodney McGruder sank the two ensuing free throws to put his team up by 11 with under 20 seconds. Afterwards, Dogus Balbay took the ball full-court and scored an uncontested layup to give the game its final score. The Longhorns trailed by 14 at one point in the first half, their largest deficit all season. The team shot 36 percent from the field, only slightly better than their season-low of 35 percent against Texas A&M last Saturday. Texas turned the ball over 18 times, 11 in the first half, which
James fails to beat the Wildcats for the second straight time By Laken Litman Daily Texan Staff Where was Damion James in the Longhorns inaugural loss Monday night? Nine points, going just 3-12 in field goals — that’s where. Though he went 2-2 in free throws, which was a better average than any other Texas play-
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Texas head coach Rick Barnes talks to his players during a timeout in the final moments of the team’s first loss of the season to Kansas State on Monday night. led to 15 points by Kansas State. Dexter Pittman, Texas’ second highest scorer, did not reach double digits in scoring for the fourth straight game. He finished with six points and seven rebounds. The
Horns’ top offensive threat, Damion James, also struggled Tuesday, hitting just three field goals. “We had open shots and
er, the No. 1 team in the nation only went 9-22 from the line in Monday night’s 71-62 loss. No. 9 Kansas State embarrassed Texas in free throw shooting percentage, 62.5 percent to 40.9 percent. Additionally, Texas had its second worst shooting performance as it only shot 36 percent from the field, which follows its season-low 35 percent from last Saturday’s game against Texas A&M. Coming into Monday’s game at 17-0, James had been averag-
ing 17.8 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game. ESPN’s “Big Monday,” he only had nine points and seven rebounds — a surprising performance from the Longhorns’ fearless leader who gets a double-double almost every night and always displays a “no losing” mindset. Despite the loss and uncharacteristic performance, James still reigns as the Big 12’s all-time career leading
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Damion James fights for a rebound against UC Irvine in the Longhorns’ season opener.
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Double overtime Longhorns making news despite season’s end thriller concludes conference woes By Blake Hurtik Daily Texan Staff While Texas’ football season came to an end Jan. 7 in Pasadena, news surrounding the team definitely didn’t. The week following Texas’ national championship loss offered plenty to talk about.
By Dan Hurwitz Daily Texan Staff Down six points with 20 seconds left in overtime, it appeared that the Longhorns were going to lose their third consecutive game to open Big 12 play. But two steals and six points later, the Longhorns forced a second overtime period against Texas Tech and managed to escape with their biggest win of the season, topping the Lady Raiders 95-90 in Lubbock on Saturday. “Everybody else thought the game was over, but we believe in our presses,” said Texas women’s basketball coach Gail Goestenkors. “We work on them a good bit, and I was just proud of the team.” After Brittainey Raven drove the length of the court for an
easy two, the Longhorns forced a steal after the inbounds pass and Kat Nash put up a layup. On the next possession, once again, a turnover was forced and Raven came up with a layup. While most coaches would have chosen to play that situation differently, Goestenkors knew what she wanted to do the entire time. “We weren’t going to foul. We were going to get a trap and look for a steal in that situation, and fortunately, we came up with them,” Goestenkors said. The win ended the Longhorns’ six-game skid in Lubbock. Firsthalf turnovers and six missed free throws in overtime nearly extended the streak.
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Brittainey Raven attempts a pass against North Texas. Raven has started the last seven games, after coming off the bench in the first ten.
Thomas declares for draft It didn’t take long for star safety Earl Thomas to make a decision about his future. The All-American sophomore decided to leave school early Jan. 8 and enter the 2010 NFL Draft. The redshirt sophomore would have had two more years of eligibility at Texas. Instead, he wanted to get a head start on providing for his family. “I had a great time for three years at UT. Everyone there helped me work towards my dream of playing in the NFL and giving me a chance to support my family,” Thomas said. “It was a tough decision because we’re like brothers here, especially in the DB room, and I’m really going to miss playing with all of the guys. I received some individual honors this year, but I have to give credit to the rest of the defense because I couldn’t have done any of it without them.” Thomas leaves Texas after his second of only two seasons, one of the best for a defensive back in school history. Thomas set UT season records for interceptions (eight) and interceptions for touchdowns (two). The previous interception record of seven, set by Noble Doss, had stood since 1940, the oldest record still standing. Thomas also had 77 tackles and 16 pass breakups. Thomas is the fourth notable Longhorn to leave school early, a trend started in 2006 by quarterback Vince Young. Tailback Jamaal Charles and tight end Jer-
Wide receiver Dan Buckner michael Finley both left early afbecame the fourth Longhorn to ter the 2007 season. be arrested this season after being charged with criminal tresMuschamp stays put pass and resisting arrest, both When Lane Kiffin announced misdemeanors, in College StaJan. 12 that he was leaving Tennes- tion on Jan. 13. see after one year to take over as After meeting with Texas coach head coach at USC following Pete Mack Brown, both parties decided Carroll’s move to the Seattle Sea- it would be in Buckner’s best inhawks, Will Muschamp was ru- terest to transfer schools. It has not mored to be one of the top candi- been announced to which school dates to take over the Volunteers. he will transfer. Instead, Muschamp decided “We’ve talked to Dan and his that his current position at Tex- family about his recent situaas as defensive coordinator and tion, and they’ve assured us that head-coach-in-waiting was good he doesn’t think he did anything enough and turned down Tennes- wrong, and they’re confident that see’s offer. The Volunteers hired it will be cleared up through the leLouisiana Tech coach Derek Dool- gal process,” Brown said in a stateey on Jan. 15. ment. “During our discussion with Dan and his family, we all decided that the best thing for him would Buckner arrested, transfers
be to transfer to another school and get a fresh start.” The sophomore was Texas’ third-leading receiver with 45 receptions for 442 yards and four touchdowns. “We’ve talked about my situation, and I think it is best for me to get a fresh start and transfer to another school,” Buckner said in his statement. “I will miss all of my teammates but will be keeping up with everyone and always cheering on the Longhorns.” His transfer is an even bigger hit to Texas’ receiving corps, considering that fellow receiver Brandon Collins, who was academically ineligible for the season, was dismissed from the team following an arrest for two first-degree felony charges for involvement with aggravated robbery on Jan. 2.
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Earl Thomas pumps up his defense before a game last season. Thomas announced that he will enter his name into the NFL Draft.
Thriller: Coach G continues
James: Leader struggles in first loss loss: Turnovers From page 1B
to search for the right lineup From page 1B
Big 12 Struggles Three games into the conference schedule, the Longhorns have already learned that there are no easy games in the Big 12. After finishing nonconference play with a season-high six-game win streak, the Longhorns opened the Big 12 season with back-to-back losses, including a 21-point home blowout courtesy of Texas A&M. Texas has been struggling to stop its conference opponents, allowing a season-high 91 points in consecutive games to Nebraska and Texas A&M and 90 to the Lady Raiders. The Longhorns began their
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break with a hard-fought win against Ole Miss and followed up by winning the University of Miami Holiday Tournament.
missing from the starting lineup against Texas Tech, leaving Kat Nash as the only Longhorn who has started every game.
Third in three’s
At 12-5, head coach Gail Goestenkors is still looking for her go-to lineup. After having leading scorer Brittainey Raven come off the bench for the first 10 games, Goestenkors finally caved in and switched up the lineup. But that wasn’t the only move she made while students were away. Kristen Nash saw four starts, and Yvonne Anderson made her debut as a starter as Goestenkors was searching for a reliable point guard. Even Erika Arriaran was
Guard Kat Nash is third in the NCAA in three-point shooting, going 50 percent from beyond the arc. “Since she’s come here, she’s been a great three-point shooter,” Goestenkors said after an 84-41 win over UT-Arlington on Jan. 5. But it has been her teammates who have allowed Nash to be more open. “I think this year we’re just having more of an inside presence, and it seems like every person on our team can shoot the three,” Nash said.
rebounder with 1,166 and doubledoubles with 47. “He’s the leader of this team,” said junior guard Dogus Balbay. But when the leader of your team’s game isn’t on, someone else needs to step up and fill the void. But no one did that against the Wildcats. “My team looks at me, and if they see my head down, then their heads get down,” James said. “I have to be the leader and give it my best shot.” The Horns were down for their third consecutive game at the half — this time by 10 points. Assuming history would repeat itself, Texas was going to come out in the second half with the same amount of gusto that lead them to its comeback win over Texas A&M last Saturday night. When the second half whistle blew, James hit a three, which was the catalyst to a Texas 8-0 run. But missed free throws, a lack of fo-
cus, a weak inside game and not to mention tired legs became the demise of Texas. James is not a robot, and though he may have more energy and drive to win than any other player on the court, he gets tired. Not to mention his first words after Saturday’s win in overtime against Texas A&M were, “I’m tired, man.” James always feels the need to take over a game, especially when the game is on the line. But against Kansas State, there was only so much his tired body could do. The Longhorns’ exhaustion was apparent on the backboard. They usually dominate opponents on the boards, but Kansas State out-rebounded Texas 50-41. “They out-rebounded us tonight, and I blame that on myself,” he said. “But I will learn from this game.” Regardless of the outcome, James will have his team in tip-top shape after a four-day break before traveling to Storrs, Conn. this weekend to take on the Huskies.
and free throws result in defeat From page 1B
we missed them,” Barnes said at halftime. Texas scored eight straight points to begin the second period and finally took a short-lived 44-43 lead off a layup from Avery Bradley. Bradley scored a team-high 11 points, the only Texas player to break into double digits, while Jamar Samuels led the way for Kansas State with 20. But then eight unanswered points from K-State threatened to tip the momentum in the Wildcats favor. Pittman stopped the bleeding with a fastbreak dunk followed by two quick Longhorn jumpers to make it a two-point game. After that, the Horns’ offense turned anemic — it was almost seven minutes before Texas hit its next field goal.
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Freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert receives a block from running back Cody Johnson in Texas’ 37-21 loss in the BCS National Championship against Alabama linebacker Cory Reamer on Jan. 7.
The Texan in Cali Almost the Perfect Trip
By Michael Sherfield Daily Texan Columnist Our journey started long before the tears. Long before Colt McCoy’s right arm gave out and freshman Garrett Gilbert was asked to carry his team to a national championship. Long before he came so close, only to fall short. It started, from what I remem-
ber, with a couple dazed stabs toward a snooze button. A few groggy steps toward the car. A twohour blur to San Antonio. And all of a sudden, there it was. California makes quite the first impression. Mountains encircled the little airport about an hour north of Los Angeles. Outside, the sun beamed a welcoming 70-de-
gree day in our direction, in the middle of winter. We, The Daily Texan, photography crew in tow, had made it two days before the game, and we could tell from our first few seconds in this wondrous state that it was going to be a hell of a trip.
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Top, Safety Blake Gideon intercepts a pass on a fake punt by Alabama early in the first quarter of the BCS Championship. Middle, Bevo is let out of his trailer prior to kickoff. Bottom, Members of the Longhorn band look on as the Crimson Tide celebrate after their win.
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Top, Texas head coach Mack Brown answer’s questions from the media after losing to Alabama. Left, Fireworks erupt during the pregame festivities at the Rose Bowl. Right, Senior quarterback Colt McCoy spends the final half of his college football career on the sideline after injuring his shoulder in the first quarter.
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relives Vince’s winning score From page 3B You might know how it ends — a sack and a fumble, crimson and white confetti, and a teary McCoy holding his head up high even though his heart lay broken in pieces on the Rose Bowl field. But as Mack Brown would say, the journey is half the fun, and this is ours. There’s nothing quite like an oversized sporting event taking over a city. From the Alabama fans that dotted our flight into California, including one who immediately dropped an F-bomb on our video interview, to the “Texas! Fight!” that echoed down Pasadena streets at night, the fever is all encompassing. It grows steadily as the hours drift away, bringing the game ever closer, and bringing thousands more crimson and burnt orange-clad fans into the city. And finally, it erupts, popping like an overfilled balloon with the opening kickoff. Our two free days prior to the game were spent exploring what the sunny state that seems to reside somewhere between earth and heaven had to offer. We touched the Pacific Ocean and walked along Newport Beach — because it’s 75 degrees in January, and this seems to be normal — running into some huge seagulls (apparently not everything is bigger in Texas), and a few players’ visiting families. We did our best to blend in by eating fish tacos — highly recommended, by the way — and did what else the locals do: get stuck in traffic. In between tacos and traffic jams, we found the Hollywood sign; no comment as to whether Miley Cyrus was blaring in our speakers at the time. And we also found out that everything in Pasadena closes at 10 p.m. on weeknights, so good luck finding a place to eat not called “Wokano” that seems to think techno music and bamboo huts
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Offensive tackle Luke Poehlmann soaks up the atmosphere at the Rose Bowl. complement mediocre Asian food. Stay away. And before we knew it, the Wednesday sun dawned and gave way to game day, forcing us to put away our tourist hats, nurse whatever effects we might have been feeling from the previous night’s, uh, reporting, and get to work. The stained burnt orange grass crinkles under the weight of each step. The wind blows slowly through. Former Texan sports editor David Henry streaks for the corner of the end zone, stiff-arming an imaginary tackler as I belt out, “He’s going for the corner! He’s got it!” It’s the Rose Bowl, hours before kick off, calm before the storm. We stand on the right hash mark at the 12 yard line, just like Vince did, and live out a little bit of fantasy in one of college football’s true Meccas. A few hours before, this was just another stadium to me. Within a few moments of the melodramatic walk through the tunnel, descent down the steps and first touch of overly green grass, I begin to understand. This combination of concrete, steel and grass is where football is supposed to be played. Maybe
there’s a reason the last two undefeated BCS title games have taken place under watchful gaze of the San Gabriel mountains that seem to rise out of the north end zone. Everybody wants to play here. One of the most underrated parts of having a press pass is at a game like this, besides the free food, of course, is the hours before the game. Under the disinterested gaze of a few workers putting the finishing touches on the field and a few TV reporters finishing their stand-ups, we have the field to ourselves. We take pictures under the shadow of the goal posts, climb the looming mound of stairs and look out on the field of battle. The players stream out of the locker room, present-day stars and past legends. We do one final lap, looking in wonder at the already-filled stadium an hour before kickoff. It wasn’t supposed to end that way. Not with McCoy, college football’s all-time wins leader, looking on helplessly as the clock ticked to zero, a headset on, his right arm dangling lifelessly. But while the story failed to deliver the Hollywood ending the Rose Bowl seemed to promise, it was a hell of a ride.
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By Chris Tavarez Daily Texan Staff After what could arguably be one of the greatest athletic careers in Texas history, two-sport All-American Destinee Hooker decided Jan. 12 to forgo her final season of track and field eligibility to pursue a professional volleyball career in South Korea. “We are very excited for Destinee,” said Texas volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott. “She had a tremendous four years here, learning the game and growing as a player. Now she is able to take the next step in an incredible volleyball community.” Hooker is playing with the GS Caltex professional volleyball Michael Baldon | Daily Texan Staff club. The team is located in Seoul, Destinee Hooker, right, celebrates with her teammates. The two-sport a far cry from her hometown of athlete agreed to play volleyball in South Korea on Jan. 12. San Antonio, but while the culture may be different, the game is points she scored but for the lead- her and all the great performancstill the same. She was named the ership and maturity she brought es she has had at Texas, but this is most valuable player after the first to the team. We’re so happy for so much more for her.” match with her new team. In her last outing as a Longhorn, the national championship match against Penn State, Hooker gave one of her best performances ever. The three-time volleyball All-American led the match with 34 kills and posted 17 digs. Hooker’s performance in the Final Four earned her the title of Most Outstanding Player for the tournament over Penn State’s national player of the year, Megan Hodge. Hooker ends her track and field career as a six-time All-American and with four national titles in the high jump. Last season, she set the NCAA record for the in• Convenient local office door high jump and won her first • Money-saving discounts national title in the outdoor high • Low down payments jump. The Big 12 recognized her • Monthly payment plans achievements on the court and • 24-hour service and claims on the track by awarding her the • Coverage available by phone 2008-2009 Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year Award. Before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Hooker took a year off from track and field in order to train with the U.S. Olympic volleyball team. Ever since her return to the 40 Acres, the question had been whether she CALL FOR A FREE RATE QUOTE. would choose to go pro in volleyball or track. “We’re very happy for Destinee and wish her all the best in her 9041 Research Blvd., Suite 240 (Austin) career,” said Texas track and field Hwy 183 @ Burnet Rd., above Black-Eyed Pea coach Beverly Kearney. “We’re Some discounts, coverages, payment plans, and features are not available in all states or in all GEICO companies. Government Employees Insurance Co. GEICO General Insurance Co. GEICO Indemnity Co. GEICO Casualty Co. These companies are subsidiaries of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. going to miss her, not only for the
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lineups are announced, “Scrubs” will be back again, surviving anat least watch a worthwhile pro- other cut. gram and not end up on “Launch My Line.” That being said, since it’s a Modern Family new year and a new decade, I’m “Modern Family” will replace going to make some bold predic- “30 Rock” as critics’ favorite show. tions for 2010. If these come to Tina Fey’s wacky variety show sitfruition, feel free to bow at my com has kept a stranglehold on the feet, but if they don’t, you’re not hearts of TV critics since it started, allowed to mock me. and it’s only getting better. But the ABC mockumentary “Modern Family” is gunning for them. A singleConan O’Brien camera comedy about the trials of The NBC late-night issue will one interconnected family — comresult in more love for Conan. Jay plete with a “normal” family, a gay Leno is living a life without con- couple and an older man married sequences, proving that if you’ve to a younger woman — the show built enough of a legacy and brown- is hilarious, fresh and just as quirky nosed your way into getting a net- as its Fey-driven counterpart. But work to love you, even a primetime what sets “Modern Family” apart is bomb can’t get you kicked off the the way it handles drama. It makes network. Leno’s going to get “The it something to connect to. Tonight Show” back when all is said and done. Wherever Conan ends up, though, the large commu- Lost nity of fans that has rallied around The “Lost” series finale will exhim throughout this issue will fol- plode onto the Internet and go low, ensuring that his new program down as the greatest series finawill destroy “The Tonight Show” in le of all time. That’s lofty praise, I the ratings. We can only hope that know, but for a show that has capNBC kicks itself for mishandling tured such a core following and this situation. proven that television can not only look and feel like a weekly cinematic experience but be better than Scrubs that, there’s no way it won’t come Scrubs will get renewed again to an explosive conclusion. When — at the last minute. The quirky the smoke clears, when we figure medical comedy has had more out who the Adam and Eve skelelives than a cat, and this season is tons are and when the Dharma inino different. After last year’s end- tiative story finally comes full ciring, appropriately titled “My Fina- cle, fans and critics alike will race to le,” it seemed the show had finally their computers to discuss it. run its course. The conclusion was beautifully written, beautifully acted and a proper send-off for a pro- American Idol gram that has endeared itself to a The “American Idol” winner will large group of fans and ensured be unsuccessful. That’s not exactly that Zach Braff isn’t still waiting a bold prediction, but the fact that tables. But a last-minute deal re- the winner’s lack of popularity will sulted in what we now see every finally lead to the show’s demise is. Tuesday. “Scrubs: Med School” is With Simon Cowell exiting to foa spin-off that has shown promise cus on the American version of “X but has failed to separate itself from Factor” and after Adam Lambert’s the legacy of the original. The writ- downfall because of too much coning is improving, and the show has troversy too fast, the show is taking loads of potential. When fall 2010 its final breath.
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College football fans traveled from all over the country and headed to Pasadena for the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7. With stadium parking expanded into the neighboring golf course, some Longhorns found themselves in an unusual tailgate setting.
Tailgaters reminisce after loss By Robert Rich Daily Texan Staff The Daily Texan’s sports department can analyze the game and scrutinize the statistics, but the fact of the matter is that the BCS National Championship Game the Longhorns participated in earlier this month was much more than a football game. The atmosphere and culture of the contest — its life and art, if you will — was something to behold, as well. In case you couldn’t make it out to Pasadena, or even if you did and just want to relive the high points of an otherwise bittersweet game, here’s the rundown. 1. A lush golf course makes one hell of a tailgate location. Parking at the Rose Bowl takes place on a
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resort-quality golf course around the stadium. This means that tailgating was a luxurious affair. Getting tired of standing? Have a seat on the green grass and enjoy the rest of your beer. 2. People peddling merchandise do not like to be undersold. Immediately after arriving, I purchased a snazzy ticket-holder/ lanyard combo for $10 from an overenthusiastic merchandise bootlegger. Not long after, another such salesman wandered by selling the items for $15. Upon being informed that there was another representative making $10 sales, the guy angrily responded, “Well I guess that’s the boss!” 3. Ohio State fans are crazy. Even though their Rose Bowl
game was played the week before, many Buckeyes fans stuck around for the national championship game, sporting team jerseys and chugging wine bottles. For the couple that approached me during pre-game tailgating activities, it was just another excuse to get trashed. Not long after introducing themselves, the women promptly inquired, “You guys wanna shotgun a beer?” 4. Josh Groban and Flea are an unlikely combo. The operatic singer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist teamed up to perform the national anthem before the game, and if you could get past the oddness of what was taking place, it was actually pretty good. I can’t say much for Groban’s other work or what it
implies that Flea does these days, though. 5. Courteney Cox has put herself on the University of Texas blacklist. Since the game was broadcast on ABC, promos featuring sitcom stars from the network were running all evening, including an infamous one for “Cougar Town” that ended in Cox uttering the horrendous phrase, “Roll tide.” The guy behind me said it best: “I knew I hated [her] for a reason.” 6. Longhorn fans are damn prideful. Despite being practically silent at halftime, UT fans erupted in the third quarter when rookie quarterback Garrett Gilbert began his valiant effort at
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Singer of Be Your Own Pet successfully breaks out Solo album reinstates Jemina Pearl as part of punk-rock music scene
eponymous waterpark, recalling different connections,” she said. corndog picnics, dirty water and “And sometimes they just, you dilapidated fixtures with equal know, go bad.” parts disdain and nostalgia. Pearl Under the counsel of Sonic seems to feel that way about her Youth’s Thurston Moore and his hometown at large. label, Ecstatic Peace!, Pearl hasn’t By Francisco Marin “The South is the kind of place, let nostalgia get in the way of doDaily Texan Staff When Be Your Own Pet broke I think, when you live somewhere ing what she does best. Break It up in August 2008, present-day your whole life, you have a lot of Up features Moore on guest vopunk music suffered a devastating blow. Many assumed that it meant the end of the group’s particular brand of snarling, gritty rock music and singer Jemina Pearl’s raucous onstage antics. Out of the ashes of the band, though, came Pearl’s solo project. With Be Your Own Pet drummer John Eatherly, she would release one of 2009’s best punk albums, Break It Up, assuaging any fears that Pearl might be lost in the annals of short-lived garagepunk bands. Fortunately for Austin audiences, Pearl happens to be making a stop tonight at Emo’s to once again verify the existence of good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll in a world gone mad with Lady Gaga anthems and T-Pain autotuning. Hailing from Nashville, a city more famed for its country music offerings than punk jams, Pearl has since relocated to Brooklyn and developed her taste for ‘60s girl-group melodies, B-horror movies and prototypical punk behavior. “We are only about a week into [the tour] right now, and it’s going well, but yeah, I definitely miss home,” Pearl said while en route to Houston with her bandmates. “I miss my friends and family that I have there, but sometimes when I go back, it reminds me of Courtesy of Jemina Pearl why I moved away.” On Break It Up’s “Nashville Jemina Pearl, former lead singer of punk band Be Your Own Pet, is Shores,” Pearl sings about the coming to Austin as part of the tour for her solo album, Break It Up.
cals and guitar and punk bastion Iggy Pop on the sweet and scuzzy “I Hate People.” But more importantly, Pearl epitomizes the very spirit of her genre, citing the resurgence of in-
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More, More, More! 2010 brings additions to the list of movies in a series like never before. Like most years, 2010 will allow movie fans the chance to catch their favorite characters on the screen again with the continuing production of beloved franchise movies. This year will bring out the best, though. With as little sarcasm and the most enthusiasm possible, I wouldn’t be surprised if the longawaited third part of the Twilight series, “Eclipse,” surpasses the first two films combined at the box office. Then again, who doesn’t enjoy watching beautiful women fall deeply in love with a vampire, then a werewolf?
Sequels and Three-quels This section, I suppose, could be included with the previous, but it really deserves its own grouping. This year will bring forth some of the best sequels and three-quels I’ve seen in a while, starting with the recent release of “Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil.” Let me emphasize the importance of that “2,” because it will be seen following the titles of many 2010 movies, such as “Iron Man,” “Sex and the City,” “Wall Street” and “Why Did I Get Married?” The sequels should all be fairly good as “Sex and the City” and “Iron Man” have already experienced great success in theaters. I included the term “three-quel” simply to give a series near and dear to my heart its due credit: Toy Story. The whole cast is back in the June 18 release of “Toy Story 3,” and it should be a huge hit. Pixar clearly has its eyes set on completely obliterating all other CGI films, and seriously, who doesn’t love Toy Story?
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Added Bonuses to Welcome I saved this section for last because I really didn’t want to mesh these next two movies into any other category; they stand alone. This section is dedicated to those films that every college kid should want and need to see. Let me start with this: Johnny Depp is going to make a lot of money this year. If “Alice in Wonderland” doesn’t yield jawdropping box-office returns, then “The Rum Diary,” a movie starring Depp which is also based on
the novel written by Hunter S. Thompson, surely will. Exposing the complexities of journalism and drug use, Depp nails this role, just as he did in Thompson’s more popular creation, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” I would say this is probably my most anticipated movie of 2010 if it weren’t for “Arrested Development.” The rumors are true. There will be a movie based on the hysterical, critically acclaimed series, which ran from 2003-2006. What’s most impressive is that the entire original cast has officially signed on.
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“Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland: More Personal Ads from the London Review of Books” by David Rose With an eye-catching title, David Rose’s second compilation of personal ads from the London Review of Books promises to give readers a good laugh and serve as a hilarious addition to any coffee table. “Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland” contains some of the funniest and most absurd personal ads published in one of the world’s most candid dating classifieds. It includes such quirky personal descriptions as, “If intense post-fight sex scares you, I’m not the woman for you (amateur big-boned cage wrestler, 62).”
“Sexually I’m More of a Switzer- should drop out of elementary school and to describe their faland” comes out Feb. 2. vorite McDonald’s meal. “Little Billy’s Letters” is a compi“Spooky Little Girl” lation of Geerhart’s original letby Laurie Notaro ters and the responses elicited Laurie Notaro initially be- from a variety of cultural and gan writing about her humor- political icons, including Dick ous drunken escapades, dating Cheney, Oprah Winfrey and mishaps and generally comical Charles Manson. “Little Billy’s Letters: An Incorlifestyle in a weekly column for The Arizona Republic. The col- rigible Inner Child’s Corresponumn’s relatable tone and come- dence with the Famous, Infamous, dic genius translated into seven and Just Plain Bewildered” comes nonfiction books and a spot on out March 9. The New York Times Best-Seller list. “Spooky Little Girl” is Nota- “The Good Man Jesus and the ro’s first foray into fiction and a Scoundrel Christ” must-read for any of her fans. “Spooky Little Girl” comes out by Philip Pullman April 13. “The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ” is the latest ad“Little Billy’s Letters: An dition to the Canongate Myth Series, a series of novels with new Incorrigible Inner Child’s renditions of ancient myths writCorrespondence with the ten and revised by beloved conFamous, Infamous, and Just temporary authors. The latest addition to the series, written by Plain Bewildered” Philip Pullman, author of the by Bill Geerhart wildly popular, His Dark MateriIn the late ‘90s, unemployed als trilogy, revisits the story of Jepop-culture aficionado Bill Geer- sus and challenges the influence hart impersonated a 10-year-old of the canonical gospels on the boy and began a humorous let- New Testament. “The Good Man ter writing campaign asking ad- Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ” vice from various world lead- has the potential to be one of the ers, CEOs and serial killers. Un- most interesting and controverder the pen name “Billy,” Geer- sial novels of 2010. hart asked his correspondents, “The Good Man Jesus and the among other questions, if he Scoundrel Christ” comes out April 1.
Punk: Tour includes Austin activities From page 7B friend’s house, and a speaker fell on my foot. My mom kept saying the nail would fall out.” But judging from the things Pearl said she might pursue during her stay in Austin — Mexican food and a possible pit stop at Waterloo Records among them
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a comeback. After the game, while fans were certainly disappointed, the amount of positivity shown was heartwarming. The statements were about what the Horns have to look forward to next year, how great theyâ€™re going to be and reminiscing about Colt McCoyâ€™s illustrious career. If you didnâ€™t know any better, youâ€™d say the Longhorns were national champions. In many peopleâ€™s minds, they are.
introduced in the cutting-edge, underground circles of the United Kingdom. In the second half of 2009, we saw lo-fi, hypnagogic pop acts such Austinâ€™s own Neon Indian and California duo Best Coast come to prominence via blog hysteria and underestimated releases. Iâ€™m most excited to see where The increased interest in genre- 2010 will take us and what sort of new sonic qualities we can expect specific bands to see as more and more artists exLast year, dubstep finally broke periment with different production out in the United States, light-years techniques and ideas about what after the bass-heavy genre was first appeals to listeners.
South by Southwest 2010 Come on now, does this really need explaining? OK, well â€” Toro y Moi, Washed Out, The xx, Vivian Girls and Midlake, who are among my favorites, will be live and in action along with about 1,400 other acts during one of the most glorious festivals the world has to offer. She & Him are confirmed to attend, and I will personally make it my goal to see Zooey Deschanel face-to-face. SXSW begins March 12 and runs through March 21. More information can be found at sxsw.com.
Lilâ€™ Wayneâ€™s first rock album, Rebirth The album cover is simple and deceptive: Weezy is smugly sitting on a gold-colored sofa with an electric guitar across his legs and is dressed more like Lenny Kravitz than any hip-hop pioneer should be. Kravitz, as well as Fall Out Boyâ€™s Pete Wentz, col-
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Animal Collective explores visual territory By Francisco Marin Daily Texan Columnist Never has so much fervor and excitement surrounded such an anomaly in the indie world: a conceptual “visual album,” according to the film’s Web site, arranged by psychedelic mavens Animal Collective and helmed by frequent collaborator and videog-
rapher Danny Perez. Animal Collective member Avey Tare has described the film as a half-live-action, half-abstract collection of quasi-narratives aiming to visually represent Animal Collective’s music. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21 with more screenings
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Grab the best seats for these five flicks By John Ross Harden Daily Texan Staff
Ensemble Casts It’s hard to tell what will come out of movies featuring huge, starstudded casts, but one thing is for certain: Many of these movies are set for release in 2010. The most
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obvious is “Smokin’ Aces” director Joe Carnahan’s remake of “The A-Team.” The lineup, featuring an all-new A-Team, is a strange one, headlined by Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel and UFC star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who will take
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Take a break from your textbooks, read these By Kate Ergenbright Daily Texan Staff
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