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Fifth campus flu sample sent to lab for testing Officials awaiting results of possible case of H1N1 virus found in UT student By Pierre Bertrand Daily Texan Staff The University faces another possible case of swine flu as officials at University Health Services sent an additional positive type A

influenza test to state laboratories this week. The sample was taken from a student living in Moore-Hill Dormitory. The student, who remains unidentified, went to UHS physicians Wednesday complaining of flu-like symptoms. A flu test administered that same day confirmed that the student was infected with type A influenza. Officials at UHS have sent the

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sample to state laboratories for further testing. A positive type A test does not confirm the existence of the H1N1 virus, but since its emergence, UHS officials have sent every positive test to the state for further testing. It is then the state’s responsibility to determine if more testing must be performed to confirm swine flu. Only the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention in Atlanta can confirm swine flu. This sample will be the fifth sent from UT to state labs. Only one sample tested positive for swine flu, while two other samples were seasonal flu strains and another is pending. The same night the student was tested, UHS and campus safety officials located the student and everyone the person had been in

contact with — including roommates, friends and any other individuals within the student’s social circle — to evaluate their health. All were sent to UHS to receive antiviral medication. The student involved has since been picked up by his parents and no longer resides on campus, said Gerald Harkins, associate vice president of campus safety and security. “Running around last night

trying to find everyone, I thought we had a problem,” Harkins said. “Now, I don’t think we have a problem.” Sanitation crews entered the dorm last night to disinfect the student’s room. Crews wiped all surfaces including the bathroom and proceeded to “fog” the room with a disinfectant spray.

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Collection to be shifted from FAC to Fine Arts Building in August By Priscilla Totiyapungprasert Daily Texan Staff The Audio Visual Library will change homes this summer when it moves from the third floor of the Flawn Academic Center to the third floor of the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building. The library will close July 11 and reopen to students at the new site on Aug. 2. Faculty and staff members will be able to access the materials during the hiatus. The third and the fourth floor of the FAC will be renovated to accommodate administrative offices such as those of the vice president for student affairs and the dean of undergraduate studies, said Steve Kraal, senior associate vice president of the Office of Campus Planning and Facilities Management. The development project will most likely take a couple of years or more to complete, he said. Travis Willmann, a spokesman for UT Libraries, said that for the past few years, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has planned on reclaiming the space in the FAC. The relocation and renovation will allow the University to combine the collections of the Audio Visual Library with the Fine Arts Library and upgrade library equipment, Willmann said. There will also be

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Austin Police Department Officer Kelly Lahood writes psychology senior Robert Van Delden a citation for “pedestrian walking against light,” a Class C misdemeanor, at the intersection of Guadalupe and 24th streets on Thursday afternoon. At least 35 pedestrians were ticketed in what was one of APD’s moves toward stricter traffic-law enforcement. “Obviously, I think it’s ridiculous,” Van Delden said. “It’s not the way to go about solving the problem.”

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Radio-television-film junior Kathy Tran returns movies to the Audio Visual Library, which will be moving to the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building over the summer.

By Avi Selk Daily Texan Staff “Now I owe the city of Austin, like, $100 — for walking across a street,” said Andrew Carlson, glancing at the ticket Austin police had just given him for crossing Guadalupe Street against the signal. The astrophysics junior actually owed the city $97, or $121 if paid late, for a Class C misdemeanor violation. And despite his disbelief at being ticketed — he had crossed with a green light but ignored the

red, glowing hand — Carlson was hardly alone that day. At least 35 pedestrians got tickets Thursday afternoon, and many more received verbal warnings, as the Austin and University police departments launched a crosswalk crackdown at the intersection of 24th and Guadalupe streets — the first of its kind in Austin, according to police. Police said a complaint about dangerous conditions at the intersection — which often resembles a cattle crossing when mobs of

students and columns of vehicles jostle through it at peak hours — prompted the joint-agency operation. The crackdown caps off a semester where campus police began ticketing stop-sign-running cyclists in large numbers. While it was primarily organized by the Austin Police Department, the operation fell in line with UT Police Chief Robert Dahlstrom’s stated goal of bringing pedestrians, cyclists and motorists into compliance with traffic laws. “We have to bring all three to a

safe nucleus,” he said in an April interview. “What’ll happen with 70,000 people on this campus is eventually someone will get seriously hurt, and the fingers will point to UTPD.” The operation was originally intended to target both errant pedestrians and drivers who commonly make illegal right turns into the intersection, APD officers said. But less than an hour after it began, the two motorcycle officers who were

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Students win competition with program that facilitates HIV health Competitors beat out other teams to win coveted $50,000 prize By Jonathan Babin Daily Texan Staff After about seven months and 500 ideas from thousands of university students around the globe, three teams remained. The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center hosted Dell’s 2009 Social Innovation Competition on Thursday night. Three teams of individuals had the chance to turn their ideas into a $50,000 prize. “Originally, I had no experience in education or entrepreneurship,” said Jason

Shah, a student from Harvard University. “I visited my sister, who worked for Teach For America, and sat in on one of her classrooms. I realized her students were so far behind and that they deserve the same level of resources and opportunities that I had.” Shah’s project, INeedAPencil.com, is designed to offer free online SAT preparation for low-income high school students. Shah said his experiences working with low-income students in the classroom made him recognize the need for such a program. “I worked with one student who couldn’t spell the word ‘ball’ as an 11-year-

old,” he said. The second finalist, Gardens for Health, is a project that works with HIV-positive individuals in impoverished communities to improve their nutrition levels by providing low-cost agricultural initiatives. “We have helped establish nine legally recognized agricultural cooperatives,” said Emily Morrell, one of the project members and a student at Yale University. “They have raised about $6,500 in cooperative income. Most of the individuals live on less than $2 a day, so this has had a big impact.” The final team in competition for the grand prize was Embrace, a nonprofit

organization that has designed a low-cost incubator for use in developing countries. Team member Linus Liang of Stanford University described his goals for the future. “We are taking this project further,” he said. “We are moving to India in three weeks to get the product out to the market. Hopefully, by 2010 it will be in doctor’s hospitals and clinics.” The event was judged by a panel of experts that narrowed more than 500 entries down to three. After the teams presented their proposals to the audience, the judges announced Gardens for Health as

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Emma Clippinger of Brown University and Emily Morell of Yale University were awarded $50,000 in Dell’s Social Innovation Awards for their work with HIV-positive individuals.


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supposed to chase down cars had dismounted to help two officers in APD’s communitypolicing unit ticket the large volume of pedestrians. So many pedestrians were packing the crosswalks, the officers said, that the drivers never got a chance to break the law. “I’ve never written a ticket for something like this before today,” said APD Officer Kelly Lahood, who spent several minutes with each violator, explaining why they were being ticketed and amiably lecturing them about traffic laws. “Some students are upset,” she said. “But we’re trying not to keep anyone from finals — we’re trying to educate people.” Some were angry, some understanding, but almost all looked surprised to be fined for breaking rules that had not been enforced in previous semesters. “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” Carlson said after he got his ticket. “It defeats the entire purpose of a police department. Instead of fighting crime, we’re fighting mature citizens capable of watching out for themselves.” Journalism and government junior Danielle Flahrity said she was distracted by her cell phone when she and two other students stepped off the curb seconds before the light turned green. “I was talking to my mom

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“We are monitoring the situation asking the people in close contact with the individual to self-isolate themselves,” Harkins said. “I still think we are OK. We handled it as it should have.” Lauren Meyers, a UT associate biology professor and expert on infectious disease epidemiology, said the likelihood that other students in the residence hall will contract the virus depends on their level of interaction with the infected student and the size of the room where they reside. The smaller the room and the closer the interaction, the great-

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er the chances the virus can spread. But in a dormitory setting where student interactions with one another vary, there is no telling what might happen, she said. “You don’t want to get sick — the flu is bad, this flu or any flu,” Meyers said. “Right now, we are at a time where we need to be smart and alert.” Music studies freshman Sabrina Ragland, who lives on the second floor of the dorm, said she believes the media has overblown the swine flu epidemic. “I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” Ragland said. “I’m pretty nonchalant about this one.”

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a concern for students, library council From page 1 more rooms and tools available, he said. The majority of current staff members will move with the building, Willmann said. Library staff members declined to comment on the move, but several students who use the library expressed their preference for the current location. English graduate student Lisa Gulesserian said she often rents movies over the weekend. This semester, she has visited the library about every two weeks for one of

her classes. “It’s really inconvenient,” Gulesserian said. “I work in the English department, so it’s easy to walk over [to the FAC]. The Fine Arts Building is just harder to get to.” The Student Library Council brought up similar concerns before the move was finalized, Willmann said. Despite hearing some negative student reactions, Willmann said the FAC location has been an inconvenience to some students as well. “We wanted to make the smoothest and most fiscally responsible transition,” Willmann

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said. The Fine Arts Building is located next to the Performing Arts Center. Its library houses 300,000 books and scores, 40,000 CDs and 5,000 videos and DVDs. Willmann said the new library will streamline the services of both libraries and provide one place for students to access resources from both collections. “I didn’t even know the Fine Arts Library had that sort of stuff,” said Izzy Macias, a radiotelevision-film and Spanish senior. “I guess I’ll still go there because I don’t have any other choice.”

Other students expressed similar concerns. Business junior Louisa Tao said all she cares about is not having school prolonged anymore than it needs to, preferring to get through her finals with as little interruption as possible. Harold Wardlaw, a petroleum engineering and Plan II sophomore, said he would not want to know if a student contracted the virus and that he understands why the University did not disclose the location of the dorm in a campus-wide release earlier on Thursday. “I would rather not know, because if people did, they would panic,” Wardlaw said.

NEWS BRIEFLY Man surrenders after killing woman, threatening others MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — A man who Connecticut police say sparked two fearful days on a university campus by killing a student and threatening a campus shooting spree surrendered Thursday night after seeing his photo in a newspaper. Stephen P. Morgan, 29, was taken into custody about 9:15 p.m. after stopping at a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Meriden, about 10 miles from the Wesleyan University campus. Clerk Sonya Rodriguez told WFSB-TV that she didn’t recognize Morgan when he got a drink and scanned the newspapers. She said he had trouble using her phone and asked her to call po-

lice, but she wasn’t suspicious. When police arrived, they told her the man she had been talking to was wanted for Wednesday’s fatal shooting of 21-yearold Johanna Justin-Jinich in Middletown. “I started crying,” she says. “I was nervous. He killed someone.” Morgan is being held on $10 million bond and is due in court today. Justin-Jinich was shot several times inside a bookstore cafe just off campus by a gunman wearing a wig. Authorities have said Morgan and Justin-Jinich have known each other since at least 2007, when Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint against him while they were enrolled in a summer class at New York University. An official with knowledge of the investigation told The AP that police stopped Morgan

about my degree,” she said. “I guess it was careless on my part. It’s still disappointing to be out this much [money] just before summer.” APD officers said they handed out more than $3,300 in fines Thursday to only those who were caught crossing against a red light or solid red hand. Lesser infractors — such as those dawdling through a flashing red hand — got verbal warnings, they said.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous.” — Andrew Carlson, astrophysics junior

From a cash-strapped student’s perspective, it seemed far better to be caught by the two UTPD officers set up on the campus side of Guadalupe. Halfway through the operation, they said they had only issued warnings. While the UTPD officers didn’t know if they would repeat the operation next semester, APD Officer Troy Schouest said students could expect the crackdowns to continue periodically — not just at 24th and Guadalupe streets, but also at crossings on West Dean Keeton Street and in front of the University Co-op. “We’ll probably be back in a month or so,” he said.

shortly after the shooting, spoke to him and let him go, only to later realize he was a suspect. When police confiscated Morgan’s car they found a journal in which he spelled out a plan to rape and kill Justin-Jinich before going on a campus shooting spree, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is under investigation. Wesleyan officials said police told them Morgan targeted Wesleyan students and Jews in his journals. Justin-Jinich, of Timnath, Colo., came from a Jewish family, and her grandmother was a Holocaust survivor. Morgan’s brother Greg told the AP that Morgan wasn’t antiSemitic. His family issued a statement pleading with Morgan to turn himself in “to avoid any further bloodshed.” — The Associated Press

Dell: Remaining finalists plan to expand work despite not winning student at Brown University. The students were presented the winner. with the $50,000 check and took “We promise to pay this for- the stage to a loud applause from ward,” said Emma Clippinger, the audience. the project’s other founder and a All three of the finalists plan

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to continue to work on their ideas and appreciate the exposure they have gained from the competition. “This has forced me to think hard about the concrete actions

that we take and to really measure the effect that we have,” Shah said. “This competition has challenged me to realized what we are doing and what we need to do better.”

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Brazilian authorities cope with unusually heavy rain By Marco Sibaja The Associated Press CORIMATA DA CIMA, Brazil — The dirt road that runs in front of her house is a river. Her fields of rice and manioc lie ruined underwater. And with water seeping into her mud-brick, thatchedroof home, Maria do Remedio Santos knows it’s time to join her neighbors. Like 218,000 others across a swath of northern Brazil three times the size of Alaska, the neighbors have fled the worst rainfall and flooding in decades, braving newly formed rivers teeming with anacondas, alligators and legless reptiles known as “worm lizards” whose bite is excruciating. They have made their way into shelters, some of which are already packed with people, pets and livestock with little food or medical supplies. But Santos said Thursday there is no other choice for the nine people — relatives and neighbors — camped out in her shack. “For now we’re all sleeping in the living room, but we’re going to have to leave,” she said. “There’s no other way out.” Already, 36 people have been killed in the flooding, sparked by unusually heavy rains that have been falling for two months on 10 of Brazil’s 26 states, an area stretching from the normally wet rainforest to coastal states known for lengthy droughts.

Meteorologists blame an Atlantic Ocean weather system that typically moves on by April. They forecast weeks more of the same. Downriver from Santos’ home in the town of Sao Miguel de Rosario, adults waded through waist-deep, muddy water covering the main road — though they kept children in boats to protect them from rattlesnakes and anacondas swimming nearby. Alligators swam through the city of Santarem, civil defense official Walkiria Coelho said. Scorpions congregated on the same high ground as people escaping the rising water. No injuries were reported. But authorities worried about thousands of people isolated for days with little food or clean water, rushing aid to towns and cities. In some places, aid was stuck because there were no local workers to distribute it, said Maj. Wellington Soares Araujo, head of civil defense logistics in the hardesthit state of Maranhao. Rivers were still rising as much as a foot a day in Maranhao. The surging torrents wrecked bridges and made it too dangerous for relief workers to take boats onto some waterways. Globo TV said planes were unable to land in remote areas of Piaui state and roads were impassable, leaving boats as the only option because helicopters were not available.

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Pulau Ketam caught the dogs last month and took them to the islands. The villagers said they wanted to rid their island of dogs that defecate on the streets and sometimes bite children. A team from the Selangor Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals visited the islands and saw several emaciated dogs “crowded and hunched around something — they were hungrily feasting on the remains of another dog,” the society said in a statement. Pulau Ketam’s residents have said some dogs tried to swim back to their island, about a half-hour boat ride away, but it was not clear how many succeeded. — The Associated Press

It’s a dog-eat-dog desert island after community maroons strays KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — More than 300 stray dogs that were dumped on isolated islands turned to cannibalism after weeks of starvation, animal welfare activists said Thursday. The plight of the dogs cast away by villagers on two small, uninhabited islands off Malaysia’s western Selangor state ignited outrage after activists this week released photographs showing dogs eating the carcasses of dogs that had died. Residents of a fishing village on

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates conducts a town hall meeting with U.S. Marines and other military service personnel at the Forward Operating Base Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on Thursday.

Equipment delays irk troop transfer effort By Lara Jakes The Associated Press CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Thousands of U.S. troops are being rushed to Afghanistan without the equipment they will need to fight an emboldened Taliban, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and military officials said Thursday. The equipment delay is “a considerable concern,” Gates said as he toured a forward base in south Afghanistan where some 200 newly deployed Marines and sailors are arriving each day as part of the buildup of 21,000 new U.S. troops. “I heard this on several occasions today, that the equipment is coming in behind the troops and is not here and available for them when they arrive,” Gates said at a news conference Thursday night in Kabul before a fly-around through bases in Afghanistan. Gates attributed the

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delays to “the amount of equipment that has to be brought in and, frankly, the relatively limited infrastructure in terms of airfields and so on of how to get it in here.” Despite concerns about pressing U.S. military needs in Iraq and insurgents’ interference with supply lines, the real problem has been “more a logistical challenge than it is anything else,” Gates said. He promised to pursue the problem after he returns to Washington on Saturday. The scope of the equipment shortage was not immediately clear. One Marine corporal at Camp Leatherneck told Gates during a 15-minute town-hall

meeting in sweltering heat that he needed more communications equipment. The Pentagon has already been grappling with how to beef up mine-resistant patrol trucks that are not resilient enough to withstand Afghanistan’s hilly and rugged terrain. The equipment shortage leaves U.S. troops vulnerable as the Taliban and other extremist groups are ramping up attacks with Afghanistan national elections approaching. Gates said casualties among American, Afghanistan and other international security forces are up 75 percent since the beginning of the year.

Brig. Gen. John Nicholson, commander of military forces in Afghanistan’s southern region, predicted a surge of violence through the Aug. 20 elections. He said the attacks will cease once the Taliban understands that they cannot drive away U.S. and international forces. “There will be an increase in violence, initially, because the enemy will not easily give up their hold on the population,” Nicholson told reporters at Camp Leatherneck. “But this will be a spike, not a continuous upwards slope.” The United States is sending 21,000 troops to add to the 38,000 already in place.


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Beyond UT Today is either the beginning of a blissful respite from the rigid structure of formal education or the grand finale of nearly two decades of early classes, inane homework assignments and countless hours spent studying formulas and definitions vaguely recalled after tests. It is between this day and the next venture in life that we find ourselves entrenched in meditation, mentally transforming campus grounds into a series of memories played in the mind’s eye. We often reminisce too heavily on regret but trudge forward so as to not be stifled by self-retribution. Most importantly, attention now diverts itself to the next step in the journey, which for some is ambiguous, threatening and uncertain. One question stands to be fulfilled by the majority of students either entering the foreign realm that is the professional workforce or eyeing it tentatively on the horizon: “Will we be able to follow a career path consistent with our values?” I recently attended a lecture on campus titled “Working for Social Justice: Career and Life Choices” led by Cristina Tzintzún, a UT graduate and director of the Workers Defense Project, a group that empowers Latino immigrant workers to act collectively for racial and economic justice in the workplace through education, organizing and collaborating with strategic allies. Drawing extensively from her Latin American studies degree and personal life, Tzintzún helped the membership-based organization grow dramatically under her leadership. The informal session offered guidance with finding ways to make meaningful contributions to social justice causes while balancing personal, professional and political goals. Impassioned students, eager to begin a purposeful career path, implored the community organizer to offer advice by divulging her own experiences. Bouncing around from menial jobs while fighting for myriad causes, the former UT student finally found sanctuary at an organization that provided not just a secure job but a vehicle for her passion as an activist. Fastidiousness in job choice amid a record high unemployment rate seems nothing short of self-destructive: Yet how do we maintain the security of a career while staying true to our principles? Meandering lifelessly into a lucrative corporate job may pay the bills, but are we ready to face the ethical, moral and emotional consequences? Perhaps the most daunting fear is complacency. Rife with vigor, passion and energy, the University, despite its many hypocrisies, allows free thought, infinite intellectual stimulation and unbound opportunity to effect change. Will the organization we work for provide us with the same opportunities, or will we have to make compromises? Perhaps Tzintzún is the ideal model of success — to both “pay the bills” and truly love what you do seem to be taken for granted in a country where success directly equates monetary and material earnings. Before we descend into a spiral of nostalgia and sentimentality during this time, it is worth questioning how far we are willing to maintain our principles despite the harsh economic and political realities of our respective environments. For those who strive to do so, the next step will undoubtedly be lined with obstacles and tough decisions. The journey won’t be easy but the destination, as Tzintzún reminds us, will be more rewarding than we can imagine. And at the very least, take joy in the prospect of never having to bubble in a multiple-choice questionnaire again. — Mary Tuma

THE FIRINg LINE Pom reject repugnant I feel bad for the girl with the armpit hair who wrote the article describing the Pom Squad as a talentless spirit organization that chooses girls based on “90 percent” looks because she has been constantly living in the shadow of better, prettier girls ever since she became the captain of her second-rate high school dance team that nobody paid any attention to (“Confessions of a would-be Pom Girl,” May 1). What kind of criteria should these girls really be judged on? Who has spent the most time helping homeless children? Who can’t really dance but still manages to give it 110 percent? Who’s smile really shouts out, “I may be ugly, but I’ll pretend to be proud of it”? While you’re busy contemplating these questions, I’ll be holding a football tryout. I’m looking for a bunch of 5’6’ guys who are nearsighted and barely weigh more than 120 pounds. I’m sure they would make for a winning team. Instead of putting down spirit organizations for which the members volunteer and dedicate themselves to representing our university with class and pride, you should try trimming some of your famed armpit hair and donating it to Locks of Love so you can do something positive.

Shane Grodin Economics sophomore

Alleged assumption In Audrey Campbell’s May 7 editorial “Dishonest Lifestyles” regarding an upcoming documentary that examines allegedly closeted Republican politicians that oppose gay rights, she wrote “Each politician represented in the film exhibits conservative bias and discriminates against the gay community. Sometimes the discrimination even extends to the closeted gay conservative politicians themselves,” and then Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and California Rep. David Dreier are given as examples. As I read it, she implied that Charlie Crist and David Dreier are closeted homosexuals. These are claims the documentary (which I have not seen) makes, and while they certainly may be true, I do not think they are established facts, and they should not be presented as such. Next time around it might be a good idea to plug in the word “alleged” somewhere in there. Also — regarding the May 6 article “For Atheletes, a Different Kind of Test,” the Major League Baseball season is 162 games long (not 160), and if a team makes it to the World Series, the maximum number of games it could play would be 162 + 5 (max division series length) + 7 (max LCS length) + 7 (max world series length) = 181 (not 196).

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Seeking help when you need it most seen a 35 percent increase in the number of students served. Unfortunately, the number of students suffering from mental health disorders has also been increasing, and a recent study from the Archives By Merrit Martin of General Psychiatry found that fewer than a quarter of those with Daily Texan Columnist mental health disorders actually seek treatment. Jane Bost, associate director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center, notes that With the semester winding down and papers and exams piling while for some the stigma about seeking mental health treatment is up, many of us are likely feeling a little stressed. For some of us, the diminishing, others are still wary of getting help or think that only stressors extend past the last few weeks of the year and beyond aca- severe problems merit treatment. demics to finances, summer plans, housing, family problems and reThe UT Counseling and Mental Health Center offers a variety of lationships. Some are struggling with grief, some services to students dealing with concerns rangwith addictions, some with insomnia. Some sufing from mild stress to thoughts of suicide. There fer from an oppressive feeling of emptiness and is individual counseling offered through the cenloneliness that can be debilitating. ter and an anonymous 24/7 telephone counselMental health issues are common among coling. There are small groups and classes that meet Students struggling lege students. According to a 2004 survey by the to address many different concerns and a Mindwith depression, American College Health Association, almost Body lab, where students can practice stress manhalf of all college students “report feeling so deagement and meditation techniques in self-paced anxiety, stress, grief pressed at some point in time that they have trouexercises. The center’s Web site offers informaand other mental ble functioning,” while about 15 percent of stution about different mental health issues, severhealth issues should dents “meet the criteria for clinical depression.” al mental health self-assessment quizzes and an The Archives of General Psychiatry reports that interactive Stress Recess program that guides know that there are 18 percent of U.S. college students suffer from students through stress management exercises. resources available to “clinically significant alcohol-related problems.” There are also campus outreach events like the help them. An August 2008 msnbc.com article noted that half annual Stress Fest, and a new suicide prevention of American college students have considered program in the works for September. All these suicide and five percent have attempted it. Suiservices are free of charge to students. cide is the second-leading cause of death among There are so many ways for students to get American college students. In the article Chris help dealing with the problems they are facing. Brownson, director of the UT Counseling and Mental Health Cen- With all the anonymous online, over-the-phone and self-directed reter, said, “We know only a quarter of suicide patients are our clients, sources available, students should not let any anxieties about onewhich means 75 percent of them never come through our doors.” on-one counseling prevent them from seeking the help they need. Students struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, grief and oth- And they should know that they are not the only ones facing these er mental health issues should know that there are resources avail- issues. able to help them. They should also know that seeking help does “We are all in this together,” Bost said. “All of us can identify not mean that they are too weak to handle the situation themselves. with emotional mental health issues. … [Students’ issues] are not Getting help means taking control of your mental health. just affecting them. It affects all of us.” Fortunately, increasing numbers of students have been seeking Martin is a Spanish and religious studies sophomore. help with mental health problems. In the past eight years, UT has

OBJECTIVE OBSERVATIONS WITH ... BENJAMIN MILLER fery’s afternoon snack of cookies and milk, she wonders, “What about apples? How will my beloved Jeffery get his antioxidants When faced with the challenge of writing my last article of the and fiber?” Distressed, she calls her two best friends, Concerned year, I decided that it was time to address an important issue. Parent No. 2 and Concerned Parent No. 3, who are quite natuBut there are numerous issues out there that necessitate adrally terribly concerned as well. So they in turn call their friends dressing; to choose only one would be inconsiderate, nay, irwho call their friends until all of the world’s responsible. So I decided to write about the Concerned Parents are aflutter. driving force behind the advancement of Then everyone meets for lunch, someone these issues, namely factions — an issue as drafts a mission statement, and before too long, important at UT as it is for the world. everyone’s banded together to form a faction, Only students have I imagine that the first faction arose in the named something like “Concerned Parents for period shortly after time began. When Vithe energy and More Apples in the Lunch Line.” The faction, kings marauded the land and fiefdoms dotspare time to band through what might be described in other situated Eurasia like Starbucks, concerned partions as extortion, pressures the school administogether and fight for ents joined concerned faculty to form the tration to acquiesce to its demands through such first Parent-Teacher Organization. This event some noble cause, be tactics as massive calling campaigns, picketing, marked the invention of the faction system, it tuition regulation, class-action suits and, the old favorite, mob viwhich would become the system for encourpeace or the ability olence. Whatever method the faction uses, beaging action in government and administrafore long, the school inevitably submits to its tive bodies around the world. The organito Q-drop classes. demands, unless of course the opposing faction zation reached its apex of fame when it was (Concerned Parents Against More Apples in the hailed as one of the top 20 organization sysLunch Line) is of equal or greater power. tems by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in JanWhile student faction participation is high, uary of 1946. the faction is in less use among the so-called The structure and effects of a faction can be best demonstrated in the elementary school setting, although “employed adult” world. People are no longer willing to spend factions show up in political debates, town hall meetings and their time protesting the injustices that plague our world, for other administrative and legislative bodies, and most present- they are much too busy with silly things like jobs and bowling ly, at every one of the many protests that occur on our campus leagues. Only students have the energy and spare time to band together and fight for some noble cause, be it tuition regulation, at periodic intervals. A faction begins when one day, little Jeffrey comes home and peace or the ability to Q-drop classes. That’s why it’s up to us, innocuously announces that he had macaroni and cheese for fellow students, to honor that time-honored tradition and join lunch that day in the lunch line. Jeffrey’s mother, whom I will or form a faction to change the world to make it what we want call Concerned Parent No. 1, immediately grows concerned, for it to be. Good luck. this is the third time this month that macaroni and cheese was Miller is a women’s and gender studies freshmen. served in the lunch line. As Concerned Parent No. 1 fixes Jef-

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Bob Hodgson listens to a lecture by Manuel Heitor from Portugal at IC2 Institute’s Global Fellows Program at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on Thursday afternoon. At the meeting, program fellows presented global research projects.

Scholars dabble in collaborative work with international research programs IC2 institute combines engineering, business in new global projects By Molly Triece Daily Texan Staff Members of the IC2 Institute’s Global Fellows Program brought their university research projects into the commercial sector Thursday at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. IC2, an institute within the McCombs School of Business, hosted the meeting and works year-round with a network of international university employees. “IC2 is a UT think-tank. It likes to think of itself as a ‘think and do’ tank,” said Bruce Kellison, associate director of the institute. “Among its programs is this global fellows network of international scholars, literally from around the world.”

The assembly featured speakers from areas such as Mexico and Portugal. UT works with Portuguese universities in technology transfer and is developing a similar relationship with universities in Monterrey, Mexico, Kellison said. The Portugal project is a fiveyear plan where UT pools resources with universities in the country, including the work of faculty and students on research ventures. UT works with the universities to improve mathematics, advanced computing, digital media and economic development in the research sector. “Graduate students matter,” said Manuel Heitor, Portugal’s secretary of state for science, technology and higher education. “We need to foster the internationalization of our universities.” Kellison said UT plans to open its first international building — staffed by UT faculty members — in Monterrey in September.

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He said the University hopes to continue an exchange of knowledge and research collaboration. “It’s going to be huge,” he said. “IC2 is leading the charge on this for the University.” Jaime Parada, president and CEO of Monterrey International City of Knowledge, a group based in the city dedicated to expanding its role in the research field, presented the city’s current plans for constructing research centers and incubators. UT’s project will work to train Mexican engineers to bring science and tech-

nology out of the labs and into the commercial sector, he said. “You have to protect the venture with very active participation by the academic sector,” Parada said. Some fellows at the meeting expressed concern about how Monterrey’s project and similar ones in other cities could be halted or postponed by shifting politics. Parada highlighted the importance of incorporating politicians, businesses and universities in plans for industrialization.

By Matt Stephens Daily Texan Staff The National Restaurant Association anticipates Texas could lead the industry in growth this year with an estimated $35 billion in sales. The $35 billion would mark a 4 percent increase for the state’s industry from 2008, while national growth rate is expected to be 2.5 percent, according to a report released by the association. The state’s growth rate from 2007 to 2008 was 5.6 percent, but the decline in growth in Texas has not been as severe in other states. “Texas restaurants are feeling the recession,” said Wendy Saari, spokeswoman for the Texas Restaurant Association. “They’re not immune to it. Texas was just hit later and a little less hard than some of the other states.” Saari said several restaurants have been forced to close, but the recession has compelled some Texas restaurant owners to resort to new measures to bring in customers. She said many higher-end restaurants are offering a fixed price on three-course meals to make dining more affordable, while others have offered happy hour

drink specials and specials on kids’ meals. Kerbey Lane, an Austin cafe that opened in 1980, implemented a few specials to combat the recession, said financial director Jennifer Desu. Desu said Kerbey Lane began a Friday night happy hour and taco bar at its Northwest Austin location in March. In April, the restaurant started an early bird special on certain breakfast items from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m., she said. The restaurant also began catering to local businesses, an initiative that Desu said has been successful over the past couple of months. “With everything that you read and hear, you want to be productive and not just reactive,” Desu said. Ronald Cantu, manager of Iron Works, an Austin-area barbecue restaurant founded in 1913, said his restaurant has seen no decline in customers or sales. Cantu said he sees no reason to implement sales or specials while the restaurant is still successful. “People might be watching their money a little more,” Cantu said. “But people still have to eat, you know?”

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the penalty phase of the trial begins Monday. Green had been discharged from the Army before he was charged in the Iraq crimes. The verdict Thursday in U.S. District Court in western Kentucky follows more than 10 hours of jury deliberations after a trial that began April 27. Green’s defense team had asked jurors to consider the “context” of war, saying soldiers lacked leadership and received little help from the Army to deal with the loss of friends in combat. — The Associated Press

Jury convicts soldier of rape, fatal shooting of 14-year-old girl PADUCAH, Ky. — A jury has found a former soldier guilty on charges that he raped a 14-year-old girl and fatally shot her after killing her parents and younger sister while he served with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. Former Pfc. Steven Dale Green, who was tried as a civilian, faces a possible death sentence when

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Reeling Horns eye comeback at tournament After ‘embarrassing’ 6-1 loss to A&M, Barnhill gets chance for redemption By Lena Price Daily Texan Staff Exactly one week after a devastating 6-1 loss to Texas A&M, the Longhorns head to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 championship tournament on Saturday as the fourth seed, hoping to reload. Sophomore pitcher Brittany Barnhill will take the mound when the Longhorns (37-17, 11-7 Big 12) face fifth-seeded Nebraska (34-16, 9-9 Big 12). “Worse things could have happened,” Barnhill said. “I’m happy, I’m healthy. My family still loves me. Getting embarrassed on national television isn’t that big a deal.” The team might not get a chance to face A&M in the tournament, but they will have a shot at earning revenge against Nebraska. Texas earned a first-round bye in the single-elimination style tournament. “We’re all excited to go because our first game is against Nebraska, and they swept us,” said senior left fielder Crystal Sanez. “We definitely want to beat them.” The team dropped two games to Nebraska in Lincoln shortly after breaking its eight-game winning streak about halfway through the season. “We feel like we definitely have something to prove with them,” Barnhill said. “I think in the Nebraska games, there were some things we could have done differently.” In the second game against Ne-

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SATURDAY: Texas vs. Nebraksa (Big 12 championships) WHERE: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium (Oklahoma City) WHEN: 2 p.m. ONLINE: Big12Sports.com braska, Barnhill allowed five runs on eight hits in the first five innings. The offense wasn’t able to produce anything either. “It was just one of those things that didn’t go our way,” Barnhill said. “It didn’t help that we were at their house. We were hitting shot after shot right at people and just not getting anything to fall.” Barnhill said the atmosphere is more intense this time of year. “I think as much as we try to keep it level, I think there is a little more hype during postseason,” Barnhill said. “It’s an exciting time.” Head coach Connie Clark said the tournament will be a good way to gauge the team’s performance before regionals. “The Big 12 will be competitive,” Clark said. “But it’s another chance to gain some more experience before heading into the last part of the postseason.” If Texas beats Nebraska, it will likely have to face Oklahoma, the top team in the Big 12. Oklahoma only lost four conference games this season, and two of the losses were to Texas. “You just have to bring your best game to every game,” Barnhill said. “You want to do that throughout the season, but everyone knows that’s not the case. But here it’s really important, because it’s one and done.”

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Texas senior Brandon Belt hits a ball against Kansas State on April 26. The first baseman and the rest of the Longhorns’ seniors will play their final conference series this weekend against Texas A&M. Belt has a team-high .346 batting average.

Longhorns, Aggies set to battle for first place in annual rivalry series

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Texas pitcher Brittany Barnhill, right, Desiree Williams and Nadia Taylor hope to avenge a 6-1 loss to Texas A&M at the Big 12 championships.

By Laken Litman Daily Texan Staff The road to first place in the Big 12 goes through bitter rival Texas A&M. If eighth-ranked Texas wins this weekend’s series against the No. 14 Aggies, the Longhorns will be in first place heading into the Big 12 tournament. “It is a big series,” said head coach Augie Garrido. “Hell, they’d fire the tiddly-winks coach if he didn’t beat A&M. This is a big rivalry.” Not only is it a rivalry series, but it’s one between two Top 25 teams facing off to see who gets the No. 1 ranking in the conference. It’s a sports fan favorite. Both teams will show up with their big

“Hell, they’d fire the tiddly-winks coach if he didn’t beat A&M. This is a big rivalry.” — Augie Garrido, head baseball coach guns holding nothing back. “The three big things we play for are all on the line,” Garrido said. “One, it will have an effect on our RPI, and it will affect our seeding as a result. And then, we have a shot at a conference championship.” The Rating Percentage Index is one

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Longhorns host first two rounds; red-hot Kutrovsky, Corrie ready for match with NEC champions By Evan Knopp Daily Texan Staff It will be a tremendous undertaking for the Longhorns to repeat the level of success they had at last year’s NCAA championships, but there’s more than enough talent on the team to give it a shot. Sophomore Ed Corrie and junior Dimitar Kutrovsky were named to the All-Big 12 team in singles on Wednesday with a combined 50-23 record. Kutrovsky had an incredible Big 12 tournament, taking down two top 20 players in Baylor’s Denes Lukacs and Texas A&M’s Conor Pollock. The No. 12 Longhorns will face Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart (14-8) in the first round in Austin on FriJordan Smothermon | Daily Texan Staff day at 1 p.m. at the Pennick-Allison TenSophomore Kellen Damico will be one of the players the Longhorns will count on as they nis Center. begin the NCAA championships this weekend. if Texas beats Sacred Heart today, it will “As the No. 12 national seed, we’re excitface the winner of the Washington-Texas Tech match on Saturday. ed to get the chance to play the NCAA first and second rounds for the fourth year in Baylor 4-3. FRIDAY: Texas vs. Sacred Heart (Big 12 a row at home,” said Texas coach Michael “We’re playing some of our best tennis championships) Center. right now, and these guys have a lot to play WHERE: Penick-Allison Tennis Center The Longhorns are coming off a good for in the next few days,” Center said. performance in the Big 12 championship, Texas has never faced Sacred Heart, but WHEN: 1 p.m. where they steam rolled into the finals beONLINE: TexasSports.com MEN continues on page 7 fore losing a hard fought match to No. 6

Texas, Pepperdine clash after strong performances at conference tourneys By Rishi Daulat Daily Texan Staff California, here they come. For the third-straight year, No. 31 Texas starts its run at the NCAA championship away from home and as the second seed in its region. This time, the Horns head west to Berkeley, Calif., to take on No. 41 Pepperdine in the first round on Friday at noon. Both teams are coming off strong showings at their conference tournaments: Texas reached the finals of the Big 12 tournament, losing to No. 4 Baylor, while Pepperdine took the West Coast Conference title. Texas (14-6, 10-1) has made 27 consecutive NCAA appearances. In last season’s tournament, the Longhorns took out No. 15 Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., during the second round. They hope to have a repeat of that success

FRIDAY: Texas vs. Pepperdine (NCAA championships) WHERE: Hellman Tennis Center (Berkeley, Calif.) WHEN: Noon ONLINE: calbears.com this year and potentially move on to No. 8 California. Texas’ top doubles duo is Vanja Corovic and Marija Milic, who, for the third-straight year, earned selections to the All-Big 12 team. Corovic also earned her third-straight All-Big 12 mark in singles. Junior Sarah Lancaster served as the rock of the team playing at the fifth singles spots, as she posted an amazing 19-2 overall record. Newcomer Krista Damico made huge strides for a freshman and finished off the season well after early struggles, going 9-3 in her last 12 regular season matches at second and third singles. Assistant head coach Darija Klaic believes her team is ready to make

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weight with tight conference From page 6 The RPI formula is as follows: (winning percentage X .25) + (opponents’ winning percentage X .50) + (opponents’ opponents winning percentage X .25). Many times, in any sport, teams get riled up about the emphasis on strength of schedule, but this season, that factor bodes well for Texas (34-11-1, 15-8-1) because five of the Big 12 teams have had strong seasons. “It has come down to the last two weekends,” Garrido said. “Five teams have a shot. This is a legitimate conference — a legitimate national championship conference.” Texas, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Missouri and Oklahoma are ranked one through five, respectively, in the Big 12. “It’s the toughest conference,” Garrido said. “But playing in a tough conference makes us tournament tough.” Luckily for Texas, A&M (3216, 13-8 Big 12) is a little shaky on the road. The Aggies are 3-7 on the season in conference road games, and the Longhorns

SPORTS BRIEFLY Ramirez suspended 50 games for failing drug test, using HCG NEW YORK — Manny Ramirez joined a growing lineup of AllStars linked to drugs Thursday, with the dreadlocked slugger banished by a sport that cannot shake free from scandal. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball

from Texas, and so do [the Aggies], and games like this helps get those players.” Despite all of the commotion, Garrido explained that it is important for his team to remain calm, cool and collected. “We have to keep the balance,” Garrido said. “If we keep the balance, we can take it far. We’re improving. We have to keep improving. We haven’t hit our peak yet.” The Longhorn-Aggies series starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. in College Station. The series will move back to UFCU Disch-Falk Field for game two on Saturday at noon and game three on Sunday at 2 p.m.

after failing a drug test in spring training, adding a further stamp to what will forever be known as the Steroids Era. Ramirez said he did not take steroids and was given medication by a doctor that contained a banned substance. A person familiar with the details of the suspension said Ramirez used the female fertility drug HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the banned

substance wasn’t announced. HCG is popular among steroid users because it can mitigate the side effects of ending a cycle of the drugs. The body may stop producing testosterone when users go off steroids, which can cause sperm counts to decrease and testicles to shrink. Ranked 17th on the career home run list with 533, Ramirez became the most prominent baseball player to be penalized for drugs. —The Associated Press

WEEKEND: No. 8 Texas (34-11-1) vs. Texas A&M (32-16)

a solid showing in the tournament. “I’m very happy with where we are, and it’s great to see everyone coming together,” she said. “All of our players are at their peak; physically and emotionally.”

WHERE: Today, Olsen Field (College Station); Saturday and Sunday, UFCU Disch-Falk Field WHEN: Today, 6:30 p.m.; Sat., noon; Sun., 2 p.m.

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— Darija Klaic, assistant head coach Pepperdine has been to 22 straight NCAA tournaments. The Waves finished their season at 13-11 and won their seventhstraight WCC title. The team’s head coach, Gualberto Escudero, has been at the helm for 32 seasons. The Waves’ top player is ITA No. 113-ranked freshman Alexandria Walters. If Texas wins, the team will play Andrew Rogers | Daily Texan Staff Saturday at 2 p.m. against the winner of the California and Long Is- Sophomore Amanda Craddock returns a volley against South Florida on March 1. Craddock is tied for fifth on the team with 12 wins. land match.

MEN: Team looking to top last year’s showing From page 6 they might have their hands full when it comes to the singles lineup. Sacred Heart features three All-NEC singles players, including Kirill Kasayanov, who had a 16-6 record at the No. 1 spot this year. 1 If the Horns move past the first round, they are to play the winner of the Washington - Texas Tech

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are 8-4-1 in conference home games. This will be the seniors’ last Big 12 series of their careers. “I think this is the biggest series I have played in,” said senior first baseman Brandon Belt. “I don’t want throw out the Junior College World Series I played in, because that was big for me, but this is huge. When it comes down to your last conference series, against a rival, you want to put it all out.” Although the teams are longstanding enemies, a lot of the guys have friendships outside the rivalry. “I have a lot of friends on their team,” Belt said. “I played on some teams with some of those guys. It is good to see them, but on the baseball field you have a little big of hatred.” Like the Longhorns’ squad, the Aggies’ roster is predominantly made up of players from Texas, and the schools often fight for the same freshman class. “The rivalry is huge, and in reality, it all goes back to recruiting,” Garrido said. “We prefer to fill our team with players

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Semester’s sour notes inspire 5 final bold predictions The Note celebrates its last column with future assessments By Robert Rich Daily Texan Staff When I started writing this column, I had no idea it would stir up so much controversy. The premise was to take a lighthearted look every week at some ridiculous or disgusting news item in the music world and poke fun at it. But the power of individual taste reared its head, and these articles received comments galore — from people claiming that my jealousy of Lil Wayne’s success prompted me to blast his Kermit the Frog-inspired rock album, to some pretty intense Adam Lambert fans ensuring my hatred of his singing placed me firmly in the minority because he’s “like, omg, so awesome.” Needless to say, I’ve loved every single comment I’ve received, positive or negative, because those reactions mean one thing: You’re reading. So with that in mind, let’s go out with a bang. Here are five bold and, hopefully, just as controversial predictions for upcoming Brown Note-worthy news items on the horizon.

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Adam Lambert will win “American Idol” to the delight of thousands of prepubescent girls, who will throw away their Jonas Brothers CDs just to show support for their favorite “Idol.” Lambert will go on to create an album with the “AI” team, and like so many others before him, it will fail miserably, leaving him howling into the ether and using that billion-octave range (according to some people) simply for playing “Rock Band” at home with his friends.

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Eminem will have a mental breakdown because of critical backlash regarding his new album Relapse. The reviewers will say he’s stuck in the ’90s, rapping about the same material and still perennially pissed off, but for no good reason, seeing as how the dude’s a millionaire. He’ll claim to be controversial, people will buy the records, Rolling Stone will be the only publication to warrant the album worth more than two stars (heaping five upon the record), and before long, Em will head back into retirement because the public just “doesn’t understand.”

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The current lawsuit between Coldplay, Joe Satriani and Cat Stevens will be revealed as an elaborate hoax, created by the Brits and the guitar virtuoso as a means of stirring up some interest in their respective careers. Coldplay tried prove it’s not as boring as every one of its albums makes it seem, while Satriani attempted to convince people he’s actually still alive.

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ballerina: Dancing veteran finds her fairy-tale ending From page 10 composer Alexander Glazunov, pieced together by Mills into an elegant score. The gorgeous lyricism of Glazunov’s music, along with Mills’ unique vision, make the ballet as much a musical journey as it is a visual experience of dance. Mills credits the important

role music his family played in his youth as the source of the musicality in his choreography. “Sometimes when you’re doing things, you have no idea how it’s going to come back to benefit you later on,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine being a dancemaker without a musical background.” With the music and chore-

ography setting the tone for a magical journey, the dancers breathe life into the classic tale with their artistic expression. The vain stepsisters are wickedly entertaining, while “Cinderella” captivates with the perfect level of depth and innocence. For retiring company dancer Allisyn Paino, who plays the title role, “Cinderella” holds a special

significance. She has performed in the ballet four times, including the premiere in 1997, but this will be her first time as Cinderella. With this final flourish, she will end her performing career and take up the position of ballet mistress at Ballet Austin. “I get to retire on a fairy tale,” Paino said. “It’s every little girl’s dream.”

Students find promotion success By Roxanna Asgarian Daily Texan Staff Saturday night, Three 6 Mafia and Gorilla Zoe will pack Austin Music Hall and perform for both die-hard fans and new followers who feel the rappers’ latest singles. For UT students Scott Eiseman and Andre Anziani, Saturday’s show is more than just a weekend plan. It’s the end product of months of hard work and challenges resulting from their first foray into the event promotion business. Eiseman, a marketing junior, had the idea to start Red Ocean Ventures after his friends in Memphis had success starting a production company. Through them, Eiseman came in contact with Three 6 Mafia. “My friend in Memphis was buying cell phones wholesale and selling them to Three 6,” Eiseman said. “When they got their thing started, and we saw how it worked, we knew we could do a similar thing in Austin and it could be successful.”

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DJ Paul and Juicy J of three 6 Mafia will “tear da Club Up” at Austin City Music hall on Saturday at 7p.m. Eiseman and Anziani, a rhetoric junior, worked out a hard template for a contract and tried getting Gorilla Zoe on the bill. Although they secured the

artist, whose sophomore album Don’t Feed Da Animals debuted at No. 8 on the charts, some complications came while working out the contracts.

“We got him right before he dropped his album in March,” Eiseman said. “But a show with both these acts has never been put together, so there were a lot of things to work out.” Eiseman and Anziani said that their age and experience were two factors that caused extra stress while planning the show, but they both consider the venture successful. “Whether it ends up being profitable or not, we still did it,” Eiseman said. “We have a company established, and we’re still in college.” Anziani said the first production of Red Ocean Ventures was a learning experience and they’ve come up with ways to improve on their model. “We know every mistake we made,” Anziani said. “Next time, we want to focus on a show with less overhead, smaller artists. But we want to bring the show to West Campus — right to the students.” Tickets for Three 6 Mafia and Gorilla Zoe are $30 and are available at austinmusichall.com.

WHAT: “Cinderella” WHERE: The Long Center for the Performing Arts WHEN: Today through Sun. STUDENT TICKETS: Available with a valid UT ID for $10 one hour prior to the performance MORE INFO: (512)476-9151

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comedy tour a fight or Flight? From page 10 iums and elevators. Although this is hardly the case in real life, and they did not present themselves as their characters, it was hard at times to figure out if they were there to promote their show or their music. By this point they’re nearly one in the same, and the Conchords’ name has turned into a multifaceted franchise generating buzz from every angle. If anything, this non-distinction, where the familiarity with the material meets the theatrics of the performance, greatly enhanced the experience. All in all, the performance, although predictable, was an extremely entertaining way to spend an evening, especially at the gorgeous, newly renovated Bass Concert Hall. The group may only be New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk parody duo, but in Austin, they’re definitely No. 1.


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‘Cinderella’ set to lose her glass slipper once again at Ballet Austin

Jacqueline Gilles | Daily Texan Staff

Flight of the Conchords’ Bret mcKenzie and Jemaine Clement had the entire Bass Concert Hall laughing out loud at their sold out concert last night. The New Zealand duo has met success with its comedic music and television show.

Conchords sell out seats, not style By John meller Daily Texan Staff There’s a reason why Flight of the Conchords sold out last night’s performance at Bass Concert Hall — with nearly 3,000 seats at $38.50 a piece — in only 10 minutes. They’re simply hilarious. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, who have billed themselves as “New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo,� have built up a huge cult following in their 11-year career as Flight of the Conchords. In the summer of 2007, they premiered a self-titled HBO series, which has since amassed tons of fans and critical acclaim. This led to a record deal with indie giant Sub Pop Records, which has since put out multiple releases featuring songs from the

TV show, including a Grammy-winning EP and a certified-Platinum full-length album. The performance had a good mix of songs ranging from the classics to brand new tracks. Although they’re exponentially more famous than the past times they’ve been through Austin (South by Southwest 2006, when they were generally unknown to the larger public), they still maintain their trademark awkwardness, humility and the general sense that they’re just nice guys with a knack for great comedic song-writing. Oldies “Jennyâ€? and “Hip-Hopopotamus vs. The Rhymenocerosâ€? were crowd favorites, and the audience went absolutely nuts (no pun intended) during “SugaLumps,â€? a ballad about the guys’ testicles, when they stepped down into the audience to very subtly serenade ‌ the ladies.

By malory Lee Daily Texan Staff The Brothers Grimm brought their tales into a dark world of grotesquerie. Sergei Prokofiev transformed it into an enchanting macabre waltz with his ballet score. Stephen Sondheim transported it into a farcical musical comedy with “Into the Woods.� With its timeless themes of love and virtue, the tale of “Cinderella� has captivated generations and sparked the imaginations of countless artists throughout the ages. Its magic is revived for old and new audiences alike this weekend with the opening of Ballet Austin’s production of “Cinderella,� which first premiered in 1997. Artistic director Stephen Mills aimed to celebrate the unadorned romanticism of the original fairy tale, creating a classical ballet with lush scenery, aesthetic grace and exquisite charm.

Comedian Eugene Mirman, who plays Bret and Jemaine’s landlord in the series, opened the show. Mirman is well known for performing in musical settings, having toured with bands such as The Shins, Modest Mouse and Yo La Tengo. His routine was hilarious, especially when he riffed on Delta Airlines, which he hates for having once “lost and destroyed� his luggage. He read aloud an angry letter he once wrote the company in which he commented that “flying with Delta is like hiring an insincere baby with amnesia to solve a crime IT committed!� On their show, Flight of the Conchords play a hapless, broke version of themselves who can hardly get a gig anywhere other than places such as public libraries, aquar-

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“I wanted to do a romantic, sweet fairy tale,� Mills said. “It was the first full-length classical ballet I ever made.� The simplicity of the ballet seems almost like a departure for Mills, who is known for his innovative, intricate choreography, shown in such works as his contemporary adaptation of “Hamlet� and the award-winning “Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project.� “My process has changed a lot over the past ten years,� Mills said. “The way I make work now is very layered and complex. So when I go back and look at ‘Cinderella,’ it all seems very simple and innocent and pretty.� Aside from the classical choreography, “Cinderella� gains much of its romantic grandeur from its music, which features exquisite works from Russian

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Peyton McGee | Daily Texan Staff

Johnstuart Winchell and Holly Curran rehearse for “Cinderella.� The ballet debuts today at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

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From left, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Chis Pine as James T. Kirk, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Karl Urban as Bones, John Cho as Sulu and Zoe Saldana as ohura are shown in a scene from “Star Trek.�

Trekkies to boldly enjoy newest reboot Return to the ‘Star Trek’ franchise to suit diehards and newcomers alike By michael Thompson Daily Texan Staff Like Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan crew member of the U.S.S. Enterprise, J.J. Abrams’ story of “Star Trek� is born of two worlds: the summer blockbuster and the mythology of the series. Luckily, one side of the equation never smothers the other, delivering the year’s only reboot worth mentioning thanks to its brisk pace and light-hearted sense of humor. The movie may not be a Trekkie’s dream

come true, but the classic characters and bizarre time-travel plot are packed with Easter eggs for diehard fans that even a non-fan can enjoy. “Star Trek� ingeniously introduces all of the characters episodically while never feeling disjointed. Each co-member gets an appropriate amount of screen time while James T. Kirk, aptly played by Chris Pine, tries to fill the shoes of his heroic dead father by joining the Starfleet Academy. Pine would be able to carry the movie all on his own, but he doesn’t have to because of the fantastic supporting cast. Abrams made the right choice casting actors against their type, creating a

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From left, “Star Trek� Tv actors Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, DeForest Kelley and James Doohan prepare to be beamed up.

humorous motley crew. Even actors like John Cho, who seems fit for comedy, comes across as heroic as his character, Hikaru Sulu, duels on top of a space drill suspended thousands of feet above a planet. And the gritty Karl Urban of the “Lord of the Rings� trilogy earns some of the movie’s biggest laughs playing Dr. Leonard “Bones� McCoy, complete with classic lines from the original show. If only the movie’s villains had as much charisma. It may be too much to ask to establish an entire cast and franchise from the ground up as well as fully developed enemies. The Romulans feel like an afterthought and could easily be replaced by Stormtroopers. They look mean and create black holes as if nonchalantly making popcorn, but even an actor like Eric Bana, who salvaged “Troy� several years ago, can’t save the Romulans from mediocrity. The fault lies more with the writing than the actors, though, because “Star Trek� could have easily tacked on an extra halfhour of run-time expanding on them, alienating everybody but diehard fans. Thankfully, the movie keeps it to two hours and leaves you wanting more. Depending on the movie’s success, Paramount Pictures may just add another nine movies to an already long and prosperous franchise.


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