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Tight budget forces layoffs for McCombs By Andrew Kreighbaum Daily Texan Staff Staff members of the McCombs School of Business were notified last week in an e-mail that jobs will be reduced by 5 percent in the coming months. Out of a staff of about 300, that could mean 15 staff positions are eliminated. As colleges across the University focus on recruiting and retaining top faculty members despite a tighter budget, they are forced to make difficult decisions on where to make cuts. McCombs is the latest school to announce significant cuts. The liberal arts school was also forced to recently eliminate instructor positions. “We don’t want to stand still or not try to improve the school, even in tough budgetary times,” said Tom Gilligan, dean of the business school, in an interview Friday. The school will notify faculty being laid off within the next two months and the cuts will be final Jan. 31. No decisions have been made on what positions will be eliminated, but Human Resources Director Del Watson will soon meet with department heads in the school to discuss the cuts. Gilligan must reallocate $1.9 million in the budget to pay for new faculty salaries over the next three academic years. The number of new faculty hired will depend on how many professors can be recruited with those funds. He said he will also create a

Alyssa Adams, widow of Eddie Adams, stands beside a photograph from his collection donated to the Dolph Briscoe Center.

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fund to pay for merit pay raises for faculty and staff. State funding for the University rose only slightly during the legislative session, but as the effects of the economic recession have set in, the business school has lost money from lower enrollment in executive education programs and lower returns from endowments invested in the stock market. Because UT endowments are paid out over 12 quarters, the school faces a flat budget for the next three academic years. But the staff eliminations will only meet half the savings Gilligan wants to identify. After the layoffs are made, the school will make more cuts to the budget. That could include automating some office tasks and cutting student services, he said. Regardless of what cuts must be made, Gilligan said he is determined to expand the school’s faculty over the next three years. Ed Cannon, administrative assistant in the accounting department, said employees in his department immediately began calculating how many staffers might be affected. “You feel concern — significant concern — [and] worry,” Cannon said. Staff Council Chairman Benjamin Bond, a training specialist in the school, said the announcement created some anxiety among

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University displays photojournalist’s donated archive By Priscilla Pelli Daily Texan Staff The photographic archive of one of the most influential photojournalists of the 20th century is now on display at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in Sid Richardson Hall. President William Powers, Jr. announced the official donation of Eddie Adams’ photographic archive to the center Friday. The archive was donated to the center’s News Media Collection Archive after Adams’ widow, Alyssa, chose the University as a repository.




“This gift will enhance the scholarship and teaching of 20th century American history on our campus,” Powers said. “This will immeasurably enhance our ability to understand this important period of American history.” Eddie Adams joined The Associated Press in 1962 and carried his camera through 150 operations in Vietnam as well as wars in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland, Lebanon and Kuwait. His collection, measuring 200 linear feet in size, in-

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Texas’ Jordan Shipley evades teammates and Texas Tech defenders on his way to returning a punt for a touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday’s 34-24 victory. Shipley’s score was the only touchdown from either team in the first half.

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Physics department offers cash for classes By Jim Pagels Daily Texan Staff Students at UT typically qualify for scholarships based on GPA, community service hours and test scores. But the University’s physics department is now offering a new means of obtaining cash — signing up for classes.

In hopes of encouraging students to consider careers in science early in their college career, the department is offering up to $500 in scholarships to students who simply register for and receive a grade of at least a B in Physics 301, 316 or 110C, “Science of the Times.” This fall is the first time this incentive has

been offered. Sacha Kopp, associate chairman for undergraduate affairs in the physics department, said if students take introductory courses in physics sooner, they will have more opportunities to pursue research in labs on campus. “The program encourages

students to take [introductory] courses early so they can get involved with research and work outside the classroom as soon as possible,” he said. Kopp said that research projects are some of the most gratifying experiences students can

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Professors receive grant to split water molecule By Viviana Aldous Daily Texan Staff Three UT professors received nearly $2.5 million this month to identify ways to generate hydrogen fuel from water. The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation granted funding to chemical engineering professor Charles Mullins, chemistry professor Allen Bard and mathematics professor Irene Gamba, who are working to break down water into hydrogen and oxygen and use the hydrogen as a fuel. The fuel could be used for a number of purposes, including to power cars.

“If hydrogen fuel could be efficiently and economically produced from the splitting of water via sunlight with cheap and abundant materials acting as photocatalysts, this would greatly benefit the world by providing a sustainable and cheap source of energy,” Mullins said. Research in the area has been ongoing for more than 30 years, but investigators have not been able to find a material or device that can split water efficiently and economically, Mullins said. The researchers do not expect to solve the problem in

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UT Professors are researching a way to use the sun to produce hydrogen fuel from water.




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cludes slides, negatives, prints, audio and video material, news stories, diaries and notes. Center director Don Carleton described the benefits of bringing Adams’ collection to the University. “The Eddie Adams photographic archive is a profoundly significant addition to our news media history archive,� Carlton said. “Eddie Adams was a hugely influential photographer whose body of work would be remarkable for its visual impact alone, having power to shape the course of history.� One of Adams’ most famous photographs, entitled “Saigon Execution,� shows the execution of a Vietcong prisoner during the Vietnam War and had a significant impact on the United States’ role in the war. Another of his well known photographs is an intimate portrait of Fidel Castro in the 1980s. Alyssa Adams said she donated her late husband’s archive to the center because of its reputation.

“I chose the University as a repository based on the strength of the Briscoe Center,� Adams said. “I was really impressed with the center and the collections there, how it focuses on 20th century history in addition to the existing photographers they had in their collection.� Eddie Adams started a workshop for young photojournalists in 1989 to teach them the tools and techniques for taking significant and influential photographs. “This donating of the archive to an educational institution and public means it will be accessible to everyone,� Alyssa Adams said. “This is keeping with what he would want.� The center has collections from other photojournalists who were Eddie Adams’ peers and companions. The exhibit debuted Friday and will remain open until Jan. 16. A screening of “An Unlikely Weapon,� a documentary on the life of Eddie Adams, will be shown at the Blanton Museum of Art on Oct. 28.

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After passing through the Internal Affairs Committee on Sunday, changes to election rules will reach the Student Government Assembly floor for debate and vote Tuesday. University-wide representatives Carly Castetter and Alex Ferraro proposed changes to the election code and the SG constitution last week. The Student Affairs Committee made few revisions to the proposed changes before passing it out of committee Thursday. Before passing the revisions Sunday, members of the Internal Affairs Committee broadened the definitions of endorsing and campaigning and voted to require candidates to expressly consent to an endorsement before it is publicized. “Endorsing pretty much would fall under campaigning, but not all campaigning would be considered under endorsement,� Ferraro said. “If an issue arises, the Election Supervisory Board has the discretion to determine that. Most of these things only become an issue if they are brought up.� Justin Stein, University-wide representative and Student Affairs Committee chair, said the Internal Affairs Committee made necessary changes that were not addressed at his committee meeting. “They definitely touched on some of those bigger issues that we chose not to handle on Thursday,� Stein said. “This is an internal affairs issue, so my decision to move this to them was done with that in mind. Those bigger conversations would be better handled in this committee.� — Viviana Aldous

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Rachel Meyerson, chair of Internal Affairs for Student Government, listens to proposals to amend the organization’s election code, while Jake Lewis, vice-chair, makes corrections during a meeting Sunday.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Sara Young | Daily Texan Staff

Adyson and Garret Horan ride a train at the Medina County Fair Saturday in Hondo, Texas. The fair featured livestock shows, music performances and “home arts� contests for local residents.

have in the department. “They’re an excellent way for students to consider early what they are getting involved with as a career,� Kopp said. Physics 301 and 316 are general introductory courses, but Physics 110C is a discussion-based course in which students read physics papers each week followed by a question-and-answer session with faculty and professionals in the field. The funding for the scholarships comes from a multi-department grant by the National Science Foundation. The math, astronomy and computer science

departments also received funding to recruit top high school graduates. Most of their funds are being used to recruit students to campus or retain students in their respective programs, Kopp said. The physics department also uses lunches with faculty to keep students connected to the program. Pat Morgan, physics department undergraduate coordinator, said the department offers many other scholarships ranging from $100 to $1,500 based on academic merit and financial need. Physics freshman Dusty Rhodes said he was unaware that the scholarships were being offered

when he registered for classes. “I haven’t heard anything about [the scholarships], but I would definitely be interested,� he said. Kopp said the department did not know whether more students signed up for classes because of the scholarships. In the coming years, he said the physics department would try to promote the scholarships to high school counselors to increase awareness. The physics department is hosting a Research Open House to showcase work done by students and faculty Sept. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Robert Lee Moore Hall.

GRANT: Fuel would produce water emissions From page 1 three years, the duration of the grants. “We hope that we can increase our understanding of the problem and also train several students to continue working on this problem during their careers,� Mullins said. Nature uses photosynthesis to take carbon dioxide, sunlight and water and produce fuel, said Raymond Orbach, director of UT’s Energy Institute. “The issue is, can we do syn-

thetically what nature does?� Orbach said. “The answer is no, at least not very efficiently. What we need to do if we ever want to scale up what the sun does — produce fuel — is to find out how to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen, and hydrogen is a fuel, of course.� Orbach previously served as the undersecretary for science in the U.S. Department of Energy, where he was the chief scientist. Ideally, the researchers will discover a way to produce fuel

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for new faculty limit resources From page 1 staff members last week. “There’s a lot of questions about the timeline and the process,� he said. Each department within the school has been given a number of positions to eliminate, Bond said. But because department directors are responsible for choosing what jobs are eliminated, the criteria could vary between departments, he said. Bond said that cutting staff positions to pay for new faculty salaries could mean fewer resources to support the faculty’s pursuit of teaching and research. “Part of retaining quality faculty is having a good support staff help them with their daily functions to get things done,� he said. “There’s more faculty sharing smaller numbers of staff.�      breckenridge

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A migrant washes his clothes in the so-called “jungle” camp in Calais, northern France on Saturday. The camp in the French port city of Calais, used by migrants waiting to cross into Britain from France, is to be closed and demolished, French officials have announced.

French to raze migrant ‘jungle’ By Elaine Ganley The Associated Press CALAIS, France — Hijrat Hotak’s parents sold the family home in Afghanistan, paying a smuggler $15,000 to help buy a bright future in Britain for their 15-year-old son. Instead, after a long, perilous journey, he lives in “The Jungle,” a squalid encampment in Calais where Hotak and hundreds of other hungry migrants nourish dreams of sneaking across the English Channel. And even that will not last. Hotak’s humble shelter here will be gone within days, when

the camp will be razed by French authorities who see it as a public-health nightmare, a haven for human traffickers and a point of contention with the British, who want the border to their country better sealed. But critics say the effort to stop it through destruction is futile. They point to the dismantling in 2002 of a Red Cross-run camp in nearby Sangatte, which had been used by illegal migrants as a springboard for sneaking across the Channel in freight trains and trucks. The migrants kept coming back even after the camp was shut down. Britain is viewed as an easier

place than France to make a life, even clandestinely, a view perpetuated by traffickers and family members or friends already there. Calais became a magnet for migrants a decade ago when refugees from the war in Kosovo flocked here; today, it is a magnet for Afghans. That Afghan migrants sometimes speak at least broken English makes Britain all the more attractive. French Immigration Minister Eric Besson announced plans earlier this year to dismantle the camp. Last Wednesday, he said it would be razed by the end of the following week.

Medical marijuana law spurs confusion in Washington By Gene Johnson The Associated Press SEATTLE — In one corner of Washington state, a 62-year-old rheumatoid arthritis patient could face more than eight years in prison for growing marijuana for himself and three others. In Seattle, meanwhile, a collection of grow operations serves 2,000 people with little interference from police. The discrepancy is typical of the confusion that has reigned since voters passed Washington’s medical marijuana law more than a decade ago. Things have not improved much since the state clarified last year how much pot patients can have. Unlike some states, Washington requires patients to grow marijuana themselves or designate a caregiver to grow it for them. For many, that’s unrealistic: They’re too sick to grow cannabis themselves and don’t have the thousands of dollars it can cost for a caregiver to set up a proper growing operation. So they’ve devised their own schemes, claiming to meet the letter of the law in establishing collective grows or storefront dispensaries — methods that are making police and prosecutors increasingly uncomfortable. “The spirit of the law would recognize the necessity of having small cooperative ventures,” said Dan Satterberg, the prosecutor in King County, where SeMarijuana plants are shown Tuesday in Seattle. The marijuana is distributed to members of a cooperative of medical patients who have received doctor’s authorization to use the drug to treat their illnesses, such as AIDS and multiple sclerosis. Ted S. Warren Associated Press

attle is. “But if they get past a certain size, become a magnet for neighborhood violence, or you get other people showing up to buy marijuana who are not permitted to under the law, then there’s tension.” Three years ago, Satterberg’s office declined to prosecute a man who was growing 130 plants for 40 people. But a case this year may be testing his tolerance: He hasn’t decided whether to charge a hepatitis patient caught with 200 plants, which he claimed supplied more than 100 other patients. Some activists and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington recently began discussions with Seattle police over whether to limit the size of cooperative grows. In Spokane this month, police shut down a medical marijuana dispensary — the first such bust in the state — and arrested the two owners. They warned a half-dozen other dispensaries to close as well, and the raid quickly drew protests from patients. The raid has set up a high-profile court fight. Approved by voters in 1998, Washington law allows doctors to recommend cannabis as a treatment for a series of debilitating or terminal conditions — a smaller range of illnesses than California’s law. A year ago, the state issued guidelines to give police and patients alike an idea of how much

pot was OK: Up to 15 plants and 24 ounces of dried marijuana per patient. People can have more if they demonstrate need. Police in some jurisdictions have applied the guidelines strictly, arresting people simply for having more than 15 plants, even if they possessed no usable marijuana. In Seattle, Satterberg issued a memo to law enforcement saying he wasn’t interested in dragging sick people to court. Some other counties have also adopted a lenient view. Washington’s law says that a caregiver can only provide marijuana to one patient at any one time. In Spokane this year, medical marijuana activists focused on that language in setting up a forprofit dispensary called Change. Lawyer Frank Cikutovich said the business met legal requirements: A lone patient would enter the store, sign a document designating the shop as his or her caregiver, and buy marijuana. The agreement expired when the patient left and the next customer came in. The business, raided on Sept. 10, rendered the “one patient, one caregiver” rule meaningless, Spokane police spokeswoman Jennifer DeRuwe said. She said there was peripheral crime associated with the dispensary, including robberies at grow sites and street sales from people who had purchased pot there.

“This is a lawless zone and a logistical base for smugglers,” Besson said on French TV. “We say that no one will be getting across the Channel from Calais.” Some migrants refuse to believe their risky, and costly, journeys to France were for naught. They hope that Britain or France will have a change of heart and take them in, or that the destruction will simply be called off. “We are afraid, we are scared. But this is better than other places,” said another Afghan, Mohammad Bashir, 24, who claimed he had been held last year by the Taliban but escaped.

By Paul Haven The Associated Press HAVANA, Cuba — Hundreds of thousands of Cubans flocked to sprawling Revolution Plaza on Sunday for an open-air “peace concert” headlined by Colombian rocker Juanes, an event criticized by some Cuban-Americans who say the performers are lending support to the island’s communist government simply by showing up. Miguel Bose, one of the other singers in the mega-concert, announced the crowd size at 1.15 million. It was impossible to independently verify that number, but Juanes’ visit to Cuba was clearly the biggest by an outsider since Pope John Paul II’s 1998 tour. Hundreds of public buses ferried young and old to the concert site, and the government laid on even more transportation, hoping for a large turnout. Most concertgoers wore white — to symbolize peace — and some held up signs reading “Peace on Earth” and “We Love You Juanes.” Puerto Rican singer Olga Tanon opened the concert with a loud shout-out to the crowd, standing packed together under a broiling Havana sun. “Together, we are going to make history,” she said, as the plaza erupted in cheers. Juanes came on stage three hours into the show, gazing out at the multitudes in evident disbelief. He said the concert was “the most beautiful dream of peace and love.” “We came to Cuba for love. We have overcome fear to be with you and we hope that you too can overcome it,” Juanes said. “All the young people in the region,

from Miami in the United States and in all the cities ... should understand the importance of turning hate into love.” Even before the show started, colorful umbrellas sprouted like flowers across the wide square as revelers shaded themselves from the unrelenting sun. Ambulances set up behind the stage treated those who had succumbed to dehydration and other ailments, many before a single note was played. “We are going to stay as long as we have the strength,” said Cristina Rodriguez, a 43-year-old nurse accompanied by her teenage son, Felix. They and thousands of others had arrived hours before the concert to get a good spot, ignoring government warnings not to turn up until noon. “We’ve been here since three in the morning waiting for everyone, waiting for Juanes and for Olga Tanon,” said Luisa Maria Canales, an 18-year-old engineering student. “I’m a little tired, but I am more excited.” That excitement did not extend to some across the Florida Straits, where Juanes had endured death threats, CD smashing protests and boycotts since announcing his plan for the “Peace Without Borders” concert in Havana. Police in Key Biscayne, Florida, said they were are keeping watch over the homes of both the rocker and his manager, Fernan Martinez Maecha. Still, the criticism from Florida was far from universal. Spanish-language stations covered the event and several exile groups voiced support, describing it as a rare chance for Cubans to get a glimpse of the outside world.



Monday, September 21, 2009

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OVERVIEW Capital Metro pleads ignorance Five years after Austin voters approved the creation of a MetroRail commuter line and 15 to 18 months after it was originally scheduled to open, Capital Metro still hasn’t produced a working light rail. It has, however, produced an excuse: cluelessness. According to an article in the Austin American-Statesman, Capital Metro just didn’t realize how hard building a light rail would be. Come on, Capital Metro. You aren’t building the first rail system in the world. The delays are not only inefficient. They are also a financial drain. In a June 24 firing line, Fred Gilliam, president and chief executive officer of Capital Metro, claimed Austin “is not losing millions by the delay. The amount of money Capital Metro would gain through MetroRail fares is offset by the fact that the trains are not currently operating their full schedules. The entire construction project is still within the $105 million budget, making MetroRail one of the most cost-effective rail startups in the nation.” But as the Statesman pointed out, $105 million is about 17 percent above the original $90 million spending estimate. It also does not include the cost of a parking lot at the Leander station and “transit-oriented development” near the stations. Capital Metro loses about $40,000 in projected fare income for every month the line is delayed — and officials are unwilling to predict how many months that may be. After missing a March 30th opening date, Capital Metro has been issuing monthly updates since May. It still has not released a new opening date. In fact, it recently launched a “hazard analysis/risk assessment,” an in-depth examination of the entire system. It has already identified about 20 problems. There is no indication that this cycle of failing to anticipate problems, discovering them and repairing them will end soon. Capital Metro itself needs to undergo an in-depth examination to uncover the internal failures that have allowed it to irresponsibly fritter away our city’s money.

A faltering endowment The UT system’s endowment coffers are $2.6 billion lighter. The endowment, managed by the University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO), dropped 15 percent in the last fiscal year, ending on Aug. 31, officials said Friday. UT has the fifth-largest endowment of all public and private universities in the nation, with a value of $15.2 billion. Despite the dour economy, UT’s financial prospects are looking up ever so slightly — at least from last September and November, when the endowment was down 25 percent, according to UTIMCO chief executive Bruce Zimmerman. The news of the economic blow to the endowment was painful, but it could’ve been excruciating. We’re even doing well compared to many universities: Harvard and Yale Universities, which have the two largest endowments in the nation, took hits to the tune of 27 percent and 30 percent, respectively. However, as President Powers made obvious last week, the overall decrease in funding is taking a toll on the University. The McCombs School of Business will undergo some staff downsizing, and several other schools and colleges within the University will most likely face budgetary cuts as well. The drop in the endowment is reflective of what Powers called an essentially “flat” budget. The College of Liberal Arts and Cockrell School of Engineering have already been asked to make cuts to compensate for the budget while Powers says the University is still pushing to offer better financial incentives for new faculty and graduate students. Though the dip in the endowment was largely expected, it won’t make it any easier for the University as colleges try to attract professors while having to make cuts to its current faculty.


Natural gas’ new friends By Emily Grubert Daily Texan Columnist Natural gas, buddy, we need to talk. I’m not sure how to say this delicately, but it might be time for you to make some new friends. I know that historically, you hang out with oil because you’re often found together and people get you out of the ground in similar ways. And you hang out with coal because you’re both hydrocarbon fuels used for generating electricity. Oil has gotten kind of a bad reputation because of all the fights it gets in, from Iraq to college classrooms. Even with you, remember? Until a few decades ago, when natural gas was found with oil, you were just flared (burned for no useful purpose) so you wouldn’t be in the way. But now? Natural gas is a respectable fuel, referred to as the Prince of Hydrocarbons, and American companies search for and produce natural gas independently of oil in many cases. You have a natural competitor in coal. Coal-fired power plants provide about half of U.S. electricity; you provide about a fifth. In many areas, though (including Texas), natural gas-fired capacity is now more significant than coal-fired capacity, and it’s growing much more quickly. This is partly due, natural gas, to your superior pollution profile: Carbon emissions from natural gas are about half as much as those from coal per unit of electricity, and because natural gas is mostly methane while coal is an organic rock composed of all sorts of exciting and highly variable compounds that end up in the air when coal is burned. So why is it, natural gas, that we

continue to refer to you in the same breath as oil and coal? I think a lot of it is because of the stance the natural gas producers have taken. There is a logical historical linkage between oil and natural gas, since we really didn’t start looking for natural gas until fairly recently. The only production we had for a long time was associated with oil production, and only then because we couldn’t get the oil without the gas. Natural gas producers are often also oil companies or were founded by people familiar with the oil business, because — though we use natural gas and oil for very different purposes — the extractive techniques are more similar than extractive techniques for, say, natural gas and coal. Natural gas and coal are often stuck together in conversations because many utilities use both. Both industries are wary of pollution regulation applied to large point source emitters, and natural gas and coal are also often found together. It’s time for the natural gas industry to coherently capitalize on gas’ status as the low-carbon traditional fuel for which infrastructure already exists. Natural gas-fired power plants can be incredibly efficient, and a lot of them already exist. They can be turned on and off quickly, which isn’t true of a coal plant or a nuclear plant: While a gas plant can come online within minutes, a coal or nuclear plant often needs days to start up safely. Gas plants produce a lot of power per unit surface area and natural gas extraction doesn’t have the extreme surface impact of coal mining, either. So who are natural gas’ new friends? Renewables, for one. The fast on-off of natural gas plants is crit-

ical with respect to renewable generation sources that can suffer from intermittence — the wind doesn’t always blow, and the sun doesn’t always shine. But if the power from wind and solar can be used when it’s available and natural gas can be used when it’s not, the intermittence problem is reduced. To use renewables by themselves, you need a lot of extra capacity to ensure that enough power is available at any given time — about three times as much as it looks like you need. That’s expensive and land intensive. Efficiency hawks are another potential new friend. A big example: this University. UT runs on natural gas, which you may have noticed from walking around campus and seeing the plants. The University has intriguing reports on the carbon and money it has saved by running its own finely tuned power stations. Through careful maintenance and planning, focusing both on end-use and power plant efficiency, UT has kept its carbon emissions within about five percent of average since 1996, despite an 18-percent growth in demand for natural gas-supplied services. The natural gas industry should take the opportunity afforded by serious international talk of cutting carbon emissions to refurbish its image. By associating itself with renewables and efficiency instead of oil and coal, it could greatly bolster awareness of grid-stabilizing, economy-enhancing synergies rather than attacking greentech’s shortcomings and forcing it to fight the hydrocarbon clique alone. Grubert is a energy and earth resources graduate student

Swedish observations By Andrew Tolan Daily Texan Guest Columnist

THE FIRING LINE Undergrads must provide input As an attendee of the President’s address on Wednesday, I want to echo the thoughts of Jillian Sheridan’s Sep. 17 viewpoint, “You and the State of the University,” that UT undergraduates should become more involved in the progress of their university. President Powers mentioned faculty salaries as being a priority in UT’s overall plan to become the number one public university in the nation. While I support faculty salary parity with our peer institutions, I

question whether this needs to be achieved at the cost of slashing lecturer and assistant instructor positions, as has been proposed in the College of Liberal Arts. Undergrads need to think about what kind of education they want, especially in liberal arts classes that typically offer small class sizes and a closer relationships with skilled instructors who actually know students’ names. Stay informed on these issues of educational quality, and let your student representatives know when you approve or disapprove of the direction UT is heading.

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It is amazing to think that the world can contain such vastly different cultures as those belonging to Texas and Sweden. I have lived in Texas for 21 years and feel totally unprepared to live amongst the Swedes; from daily etiquette, to the weather, to the night life — Sweden is totally different from Texas. Attempting to represent the great Lone Star State in the best possible light, I have begun to acclimate to the societal differences distinctive to Sweden. I no longer tip copious amounts at restaurants, I no longer yell “hook `em” after a shot of Jack Daniels in the club and I no longer attempt to make cordial conversation with individuals that I run across when sober. In Sweden, they have a different idea of etiquette. Swedish people go about their daily lives without all the warmth we know and love in Texas. The chances of meeting a Swedish person for the first time and having them say anything other than a simple greeting are small. However, night life is the great equalizer. In Uppsala, there are 13 nations that comprise nighttime activities for the students. Each one of these nations has a different day that it is open for students, and each nation contains bars, dance floors and a myriad of vehicles for students who get drunk and attempt to ride their bicycles home. I left Texas for a semester specifically to avoid hearing Pitbull’s annoying rap songs — and have unfortunately found him to be a fan favorite among Swedish clubgoers. Quick anecdote: Hearing Swedish people say any words in Spanish is instant hilarity. Also, the people here are really bad dancers to the point where the robot and rolling the dice are advanced dance moves, so any reservations about my lack of rhythm were quickly diminished upon watching a dance floor full of Swedes grooving to reggaeton.

Once you get to know the Swedes, however, they are quite interesting people. Most of them really love to hear from Texans, and getting to destroy common misconceptions about Texas has been a really fun activity. The following is a direct quote from a young Swedish girl I met the second day I was here: “Oh, you are from Texas. Me and my friends sometimes pretend we are Texans and pretend to ride around on horses and kill each other. Do you like George Bush?” Although the previous commentary may seem off-putting, the Swedes and Europeans in general are very knowledgeable about the world. They know a lot more about American politics than most Americans, and it’s refreshing to know that, even across cultural lines, people still think Bill O’Reilly is a complete joke. After spending some time in Sweden, I must also give a thumbs down to public education in America for not teaching the metric system. Because of the differences between customary and metric measurements, it is extremely difficult to try to gauge distances, temperatures or weight when you go to Europe. Although upon learning what temperature it is going to be in the upcoming months in Sweden, I wish I had not learned how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius. I have heard that during the month of November there is an average of three hours of sunlight per day, and the suicide rate in Sweden jumps drastically every year due to depression during the months of November and December — a great fact to learn after you commit to a semester abroad. Sweden is a very interesting place, and there are several cultural nuances that I am just beginning to learn. As I sit in my room with no air conditioning and multicolored money, I realize how vastly different Europe and America are. It will be a very interesting semester in Sweden and, rest assured, I will be a great ambassador for Texas. Tolan is a journalism student studying in Sweden




Monday, September 21, 2009

Unorthodox competition reflects deeper purpose its Music Festival. All contestants By Audrey White received gift certificates to Whole Daily Texan Staff Austin residents showed off some Earth. Although many were motivated by the prizes, some organiztruly absurd rides Friday. The Weirdest Commute Con- ers, judges and contestants saw a test was hosted by the Capital Area greater purpose in the event. “I’ve always been interested in alMetropolitan Planning Organization at the GSD&M/Idea City park- ternate commuting options,� said ing lot at the corner of W. Sixth and Chris Riley, councilman and contest judge. “I don’t have a car myWood streets. There were 15 vehicles entered self, so I have a personal stake in it. in the contest, including a carriage I’m a big believer in alternative tranpulled by a man with blue hair sit, and this is an opportunity to celebrate it.� and a Radio FlyJoe Cantalupo, er wagon attached executive director to a bicycle. The of the metropolitan event has grown planning group, in popularity since This is a weird said he hopes this it began five years ago. Last year, commute thing, but attitude will become more popuonly three contesto me, this is just lar among Austin tants entered. residents. Jeremy Rosen, common sense.� “Part of our one of the mem— Jeremy Rosen mission is to bring bers of the first place team, said his member of attention to altercommute device represents winning team native methods and inthe many possibilt ro d u c e l o n g ities available to range programs,� those looking for Cantalupo said. alternate means of transportation. The team used their “When you don’t use your car, you contraption, made up of five bikes do good for congestion and you do fastened together and attached to a good for health.� The planning group is holding a carriage, to ride to the event. “This is a weird commute thing, series of events to mark September as but to me, this is just common Commute Solutions Month, which sense,� Rosen said. “I’m happy that promotes the use of public transit, we won, but to me, this is normal. carpooling, biking and walking. “It is to promote Commute SoI really can’t believe we’re the only lutions Month, which is encouragones doing this.� The third-place winner received a ing people not to drive in their cars Playstation 3, the second-place win- by themselves,� said Maria Caminner got a foldable electric bike and os, Commute Solutions program the first-place prize was two three- manager. “It’s just something fun to day passes to the Austin City Lim- bring people together.�


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Randy Jewart, the founder and director of Austin Green Art, pushes Anthony Coles on a vehicle titled “Ghostbusters.� Coles entered the ride into the Weirdest Commute contest hosted by Austin Green Art on Friday afternoon in a parking lot on Sixth Street.

Senate approves $2 million for Capital Metro upgrades Company will use new funds for improvements in bus routes, services By Audrey White Daily Texan Staff Capital Metro users may see improvements in the coming months sparked by a $2 million appropriation approved by the U.S. Senate last week. The money will fund general improvements to the company’s services, including the bus system, although a plan for its use has not yet been developed. “In general, it will be used for long-term operational benefits and planning, like expanding bus routes and making improvements to how we operate service,� said Capital Metro spokeswoman Erica McKewen. “It’s not for a real specific project at this time.� The fund is part of a $244 million appropriations bill passed by the Senate to improve transit infrastructure statewide. “We hope Capital Metro can make improvements to the bus system that will make Austin an easier place to get around in,� said Courtney Sanders, spokeswoman for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Although the company hoped to receive more money, McKewen said the company is thrilled with the funding, as it will allow them to make some long-needed improvements. “ We h a d i n i t i a l l y a s k e d

NEWS BRIEFLY Officials try to quicken pace of long-awaited MetroRail Capital Metro will implement several ways to quicken the construction of the 18-month overdue MetroRail system. In their report released Thursday, the company says it is building the computer systems necessary to ensure the service will run smoothly. “We’re working on a timeline

now, which means we’re nearing the end of some of the testing and validation that are tools to helping us identify all of the remaining issues,� said Capital Metro spokeswoman Erica McKewen. “Once all of those things are identified, we’ll have a clearer idea of how long it’s going to take to correct those things and make the system perfect before we begin.� There is still no official date set for operation to start, and the company is almost ready to start testing rail lines and building the system’s infrastructure. Austinites may

be growing weary of what seems like an interminable wait, but Capital Metro insists that once the program is up and running, it will improve transit dramatically. “Having a multi-modal system bigger than just buses helps people learn to use transit and rely on transit, so more people will ride,� McKewen said. “Our population is increasing so rapidly in this area, so we really need additional options so people can get around and find a system that works best for them.� — Audrey White

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A Red River route bus driver awaits passengers outside the Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sunday evening. Hutchison and Sen. [John] Cornyn for assistance in getting $5 million, but we’re very pleased that $2 million is included,� McKewen said. “None of it was in our budget, so it’s above and beyond what we were planning on anyway. We’ll create a $2 million-dollar project instead of a $5 million one.� The disparity in funding may mean an increased wait for the long-anticipated MetroRail system. In the bill, the money is described as being for “bus improvements and modernization.� “The funding is not intended for the MetroRail services,� Sanders said. “We expect Capital Metro will use the money

largely for improvements to the bus system.� Fortunately, McKewen said there is still much that can be done with the funding and that patrons should expect significant improvements in the coming months. Before Capital Metro can access the funding, the overall appropriations bill must be reconciled with the House version. In addition to the money for Capital Metro services, the bill provides funding for programs across the state, including $86 million for Dallas Area Rapid Transit and an amendment to prohibit tolling on existing federal highways.

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Religious Devotion

CAMPUS WATCH Blanton Dormitory Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: A UT student was reported standing in front of a second floor dormitory room and “Marking his Territory�. After refreshing his scent markers, the subject was seen walking into an unsecured second floor dormitory room. Upon the arrival of the officers, the officers were quick to learn the subject was not the registered resident for that room and had in fact crawled into someone else’s bed and had gone to sleep. After being awakened, the student realized he was not in his room nor was he on the correct floor. The student informed the officers that he had been drinking tequila at a fraternity party.

100 BLOCK WEST 21st STREET Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: A UT student was reported to be attempting to pull down a construction fence near the Littlefield Fountain. During the investigation, the student admitted that he had been attempting to pull it down and that it had been a stupid idea. The officer detected a very strong odor of alcohol on the student’s breath and learned the subject had taken six shots of alcohol and was under the legal age of 21. Sara Young Daily Texan Staff

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Church recovers time capsule from early 20th century Relics give off impression of ‘gentle’ time, include past University catalog By Priscilla Pelli Daily Texan Staff A Bible. An issue of the Austin American-Statesman dated Oct. 8, 1907. A University catalog listing names of students, courses, professors and room numbers. These are just a few of the things found inside a time capsule uncovered by the University United Methodist Church on 24th and Guadalupe streets in February. To celebrate its centennial, the church will place a new time capsule in the church’s cornerstone on Sept. 27 to be uncovered in 2109.

The church completed $2.3 million worth of renovations to the building, which led to the time capsule’s discovery at the end of August. Restorations included stained glass window repair and replacing some of the corroded 100-year-old stonework. Mardi Wareham, church spokeswoman, said church members were intrigued and excited the day the capsule was found. “It was really fun leafing through it and seeing the history of the day, such a different world back then to now,� Wareham said. “It was people who were concerned with the price of cotton, a very gentle time in comparison to now.� The contents inside the century-old capsule also included a photo of the University campus

from 1907, and a copy of the minutes from the 1906 West Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. A dent in the box that allowed moisture to enter caused damage to numerous documents inside. “People 100 years ago did this to take a snapshot of the day of 1907 for us to find,� said the church’s Director of Music and Worship Mark Erck. “It’s for us to figure out why they wanted to give us a snapshot of the day; what was currently going on in 1907 in our community and in the life of the church.� Judy Gulick, finance officer and facilities manager of the Methodist church, said the contents of the time capsule would help church members understand what was

important to congregants a century ago. “[The church] wanted to interest churchgoers to see what the past churchgoers thought was worth keeping,� Gulick said, The University United Methodist Church started in 1887 in Austin as a religious group. The building on 24th Street was constructed in 1909. The church has put the items from the time capsule on display in the front lobby. The new time capsule will include another copy of the Statesman, a Bible and a coin proof set. “We wanted the congregation to Rachel Taylor | Daily Texan Staff understand what was left for us to find,� Erck said. “That’s the most This book from the University United Methodist Church’s 1907 time capsule is unidentifiable due to water damage. exciting part.�



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book draws near, Max and By Emily Macrander the rest of the “I Hope the Daily Texan Staff Tucker Max is not a shy Serve Beer in Hell� crew visited Austin on their nationwide person. “At a distributor screen- tour of college towns. “I knew my stuff was funing of ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell,’ I invited two ny, and I knew I could make ex-girlfriends. They’d never it,� Max said. “Then, all of met each other. One of them the sudden, my Web site I had just broken up with blew up and then Hollywood like a month ago and the came calling.� News sources like The other I’d broken up with like two years ago. I told the re- Washington Post, Fox News cent ex where the after party and The Huffington Post have was going to be, and I didn’t run stories on the controversy tell the other ex. Well, she surrounding Max, the majorishowed up at the after par- ty of it surrounding his treatty ... At that point, anything ment of women and the line you could have told me between consensual and nonconsensual would hapsex. Max calls pen I would the comments have believed “slander and except what The only person libel� but happened. added that They became who has ever really he apprecibest friends believed in me has ates the press. and talked been me.� It is, after all, for like two free advertishours and — Tucker Max ing. then they “All I know came up writer is that withto me and out spending they’re like a dime. we’ve ‘Why didn’t you introduce us?,’ and I been picked up by hundreds said ‘I didn’t want to see a and hundreds of media outfucking war,’ and they say lets from ‘bad press,’� he said. ‘Well, we’ve decided that “I’m good at creating controwe’re having a threesome versy, because otherwise, no tonight. I’m like ‘No’ and one would pay attention.� Chicago Transit Authorithey’re like ‘Yes.’ It was a ty announced Thursday that great threesome.� “I Hope They Serve Beer in it was banning the 250 bus Hell,� a compilation of 27 per- ads for the movie. Max’s resonal short stories compiled sponse? “Blow me.� Max left home at age 16, from Max’s college years, was published in 2006. In its first completing his high school year, the book sold an esti- education in New Jersey mated 70,000 copies. Max suc- and going on to get his unceeded at tapping a previous- dergraduate degree at The ly untapped market — peo- University of Chicago and ple who want stories about a law degree from Duke sex, camaraderie and the hell Univeristy. What started as a personal blog evolved into storm that can be college. As the Sept. 25 release date of the movie based on his BEER continues on page 8


By Katherine Kloc Daily Texan Staff The appeal of chocolate brought hundreds of people of all ages to the Monarch Event Center over the weekend for the Austin Chocolate Festival. The event, now in its fourth year, allowed attendees to sample local artisans’ innovative chocolate creations. Jennifer and Steven Flood, owners of The Fat Turkey Chocolate Company of Austin, are the creative masterminds behind the festival. In December of 2005, the Floods discussed ways in which they could promote their company and recreate the fun they had catering their own wedding the previous month. With a desire to engage other independent food businesses across Texas and educate the public about buying locally, they decided to host a charity event that would feature The Fat Turkey Chocolate Company as well as other Austin-area chocolate companies. Additionally, all profits from the festival benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. “[Through the festival,] instead of marketing just for us, we could market for everybody,� Jennifer Flood said. “And instead of trying to find our community base, we could create a community base. “We thought it could benefit everybody,� she said. “It’s really hard to educate people [about buying locally] when you’re just a little company by yourself.� At the festival, vendors participated in eight different competitions, including “Best Mole� and “Most Creative Dessert.� Public voting and a panel of professional judges decided the winning entries. Friday night’s competitions were “Public Best Truffle,� judged by the guests, and “Professional Best Truffle,� judged by a pan-

el of three chocolate experts. Out of the five competing truffles, Edis’ Chocolates won first and second place, respectively, with its Cypress Black Sea Salt truffle, which consisted of a sweet and salty chocolate mousse enclosed in a dark chocolate shell. Edis Rezende, founder of Edis’ Chocolates, started her company in 2006 and sells products at the Sunset Valley Farmers Market. Rezende works as a pastry chef at Corazon at Castle Hill on Fifth Street. “Before [working as a pastry chef], I was in Brazil working in politics,� Rezende said. “I came to America out of curiosity in the late ‘80s. I saw it as an opportunity to do something that I really wanted to do.� Since the first Austin Chocolate Festival in March 2006, the number of vendors has expanded from eight to 23, and due to a change of venue this year, the festival was able to allow admittance to twice as many people. The Floods hope that this pattern extends to the amount of money the festival raised for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, as their goal was to double last year’s profits of $5,000. With the money the festival has raised, the organization has been able to fund emergency housing in Austin for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer and provide free mammograms for needy women. In addition to donating all proceeds to charity, the Austin Chocolate Festival was an environmentally friendly event. Oil Is Dumb, a local business that supports efforts to improve energy efficiency paid guests $5 if they came to the festival by means of public transportation or bicycle. When organizing the event, the Floods avoided the creation of excess waste by selling paperless tickets and conducting Webbased marketing. The Floods also manage The Fat Turkey Chocolate Company with this ecological attitude, devising a method of

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By Bobby Longoria Daily Texan Staff Don Graham is a witness to the evolution of Texas land once dotted with cotton and cattle, when more than half of the population lived on a rural expanse of a frontier land. He walks at a moderate pace under an expansive night sky rife with stars not diluted by city lights and skyscrapers. Wearing snakeskin boots, a worn canvas shirt and Wranglers, he embodies the heart of old Texas. He is the first professor at the University to hold the title of J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor in American and English Literature and the past presi-

dent of The Texas Institute of Letters. On Thursday, he spoke about Texas writers during the Great Depression at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg. Graham has attained national recognition for his expertise in Southwest literature and film — in particular, Texas. He has published numerous books on Texas culture including “Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire,� “Giant Country: Essays on Texas� and “No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy.� The last is a book about the American war hero and has since been optioned to be produced into a major motion picture. Graham was born in Lucas, Texas at the end of the Great Depression in 1940. The community was small, he said, amass-

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American and English literature professor Don Graham poses in front of the “Philosopher’s Rock� at the entrance of Barton Springs Pool. ing about 100 people. There were there were acres upon acres of no mythical Texas elements like white cotton-farming country. snow-capped mountains, cowTEXAS continues on page 8 boys and big ranches. Instead,

Fossil Fun Day adds spin to ancient history By David Sieloff Daily Texan Staff Kids growing up today will probably see the awful sequels to Jurassic Park before the original, a movie which helped a generation realize Earth’s incredible history. Luckily, the Texas Memorial Museum’s Family Fossil Fun Day picked up Hollywood’s slack and sparked future paleontologists’ imaginations. The sixth Family Fossil Fun Day took place Sunday afternoon at the Texas Memorial Museum on campus. The alliteration-heavy event gave families a chance to learn about fossils by attending a number of activities — some led by professionals in the field of paleontology — and fossil-themed arts and crafts.

UT professor Pamela Owen, one of the organizers of the event, said it was a great way to bring people to the museum. “It’s a way to get the public excited about fossils in a fun way,� Owen said. “[It’s] a way a family could bring all the kids and foster an interest in paleontology and appreciation of nature.� The event drew a large crowd of parents, grandparents and children of all ages. Attendees participated in activities including a fossil dig pit located outside the museum and a presentation of tools paleontologists use. Family Fossil Fun Day attendee Edward Doan, along with his wife and 3-year-old daughter,





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Kaya Asamoah learns about dinosaurs and the fossil record with her mother Tracy Asamoah during Family Fossil Fun Day at the Texas Memorial Museum.

came to the event at his daughter’s insistence. “I’ve always been at UT, first as a student and now as an adjunct professor, and I’ve always seen this place passing by,” Doan said. “Now that I have a daughter, she wants to see dinosaurs.” Much of the event was inspired by the museum’s content. Even the Cretaceous bean-bag toss activity used cardboard cutouts of animals the museum actually has on exhibit. And while it could have been easy for the subject matter to go over attendees’ heads, Owen took special care to make sure everything was geared toward its young audience. Even if much of the audience wasn’t able to say “invertebrate paleontologist,” they were able to understand what was going on during Ann Molineux’s presentation, “The Case of the Missing Clam.”

“[The talks] aren’t a lecture, they’re a way to talk about various topics,” Owen said. Family Fossil Fun Day was Texas Memorial Museum’s contribution to Austin Museum Day, a collaborative effort between 37 local museums aimed to garner interest in Austin’s huge assortment of museums. Every participating museum is free on Austin Museum Day, with many sponsoring special events. The day offers exposure to smaller museums that would otherwise be unable to advertise to a large portion of the general public. “There’s been a lot more people here for the event day,” said Melissa Mueller, an anthropology senior who works at the museum and was demonstrating the painstaking work of picking through bone fragments for interested attendees all day. “Kids can ask the hard questions to professionals that their parents may not be able to answer,” Owen said. “It’s mixing in science with fun.”

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features dessert, minimizes waste From page 7 production that minimizes water use. They make a majority of their flavorings from scratch, which reduces the amount of waste resulting from packaging and transportation. “This is our planet, and we want to help take care of it,” Jennifer Flood said. “We think companies should be more environmentally friendly, and we’re constantly trying to find new ways to make [Fat Turkey Chocolates] greener.” After a two-week hiatus, the Floods will begin preparation for next year’s festival. Although the festival requires a large amount of time and effort on the part of the Floods, they consider it to be well worth it. “After the first year, somebody said, ‘This made Austin a better place,’” Jennifer said. “And that was the greatest for us. That made all of it worth it right there.”

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“There weren’t very many horses in Collin County when I was brought up,” Graham said. “It was mostly mules and tractors, and it was kind of a proletariat blue collar way of life.” The unemployment rate during the initial years of his childhood was still at 20 percent. And although Texas did not suffer as terribly as the rest of the nation, his community was still marred by the the Depression. But there was more to see beyond the confines of an agrarian life. Like Texas author Larry McMurtry’s main character Lonnie in “Horseman, Pass By,” Graham wanted to understand the personality of a populace and his place within that society. These things could not be found in between lines of book pages.

In 1971, he attained his Ph.D. at UT Austin and then taught at the University of Pennsylvania for six years. Upon arriving at the school, he was asked to teach a course in Western movies, given his “cowboy” appearance. He accepted and said the course was highly successful. “I started giving conferences and writing essays about Western film,” Graham said. “I took a lot of trips out West during that period. I was going to places I have never been before, and that reconnected me with Texas.” Over the years, his understanding of Southwestern literature flourished. While teaching the course and seeing the film adaptation of McMurtry’s “The Last Picture Show,” Graham realized the thematic depth and complexity that could be found with-

in films, particularly if they were adapted from a novel. “Texas has always, to me, suffered from the viewpoint of not being associated seriously with ‘culture,’” Graham said. “The mix of oil and ranching and the manners and the cattle and the cowboy, I think, is all part of the general perception of Texas.” He said authors like Walter Webb, McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Katherine Anne Porter have been able to break down the stereotypes with which Texans have been misconstrued by citizens from Eastern and Northern states. But he recognized that the general perception of Texas is rooted within truth, for example, the fact that it was a frontier for an extended time and a key ranching state within the nation. But Texas film has slowly been dying along with the

western genre as a result of the national population becoming more interested in blockbuster films and more disconnected with theme-heavy work like “Giant,” “Lone Star,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” and the made-for-TV-series “Lonesome Dove.” “They tailor mostly on the 18-to-24-year-old male, and that says a lot,” Graham said. “You are not going to get history.” Graham said his opinion regarding literary works is based upon national and international standards of great writing. He said the Southwest Life and Literature course has many Texas works rich with life that exemplify great examples of good writing. “It’s important to know where you are and what came before you,” Graham said. “You can spend all your time reading about ancient Greece and that’s good, but if you are interested in finding out what was going on culturally here — what happened before your birth — the course does that.”

From page 7 much more as his friends began to forward on Max’s stories. Unhappy with law school and relying on hubris and arrogance alone, Max decided to write about his life for a living. “The only person who has ever really believed in me has been me,” Max said. “When I started this, it was not feasible. No one rational would do this. I had to have this irrational belief in myself. It never occurred to me, when I first started writing the stories, that this would be controversial or that other people who didn’t know me would like it.” Upon completing the book, Max said he knew it was going to be a break-out success, and he took the same hands-on approach during the film’s production. “Working with Tucker was kind of hell,” said Keri Lynn Pratt, who plays an overbearing but lovable fiancé in the movie. “He was very difficult.

He’d never been on a movie set. He didn’t know how it worked. That made it really difficult to reason with him and to work with him. Tucker has changed in the past year. He’s learned to manage his assholeness.” But Max would like his fans to know that he is still an asshole. The release of his next book, “Assholes Finish First,” is set to coincide with the release of the “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” DVD. Tucker said if the movie does well fans can expect to see three more sequels. Max continues to write, hook up, write, get drunk, write and get paid. As for changing his ways, Max recalled the packed house of the Galaxy Highland 10 Theaters at the Austin movie screening. “Would that make you want to change?” Max said. “Of course at some point, I do want to settle down, get married and have kids, but that point is not now, or next week or next month.”

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Austin’s The Octopus Project has been playing its mélange of instrumental indie rock and bouncing electronica for almost 10 years now. While the band’s music, which combines a battery of drum machines and synthesizers with bass guitar and the other-worldly sounds of the Theremin, has always been a hit in Austin, they have more recently arrived upon the national scene. Though the group just returned from touring the country in support of their new EP Golden Beds, multi-instrumentalist and founding member Josh Lambert took a break to tell the Texan about his world. The Daily Texan: What album have you listened to the most in the last week? Josh Lambert: Obaa Sima by Ata Kak. I found this on a blog that only posts obscure tapes from Africa. Our drummer, Toto, best described it as a cross between Bobby Brown and Wesley Willis, but really, it sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard before. It’s super weird and totally infectious. One of the choruses sounds like they’re saying, “Put me on the dog!” DT: If you could collaborate with any musician in the world, who would it be? JL: [Current band-mates] Yvonne, Toto and Ryan. I’m sure that sounds like a cop out, but it’s true. I can’t imagine being in a band with anyone else. DT: What was the best show you’ve ever played? JL: It’s hard to pick my favorite show. I really love playing super huge festivals. There’s just an amazing energy between us and the crowd that’s impossible to explain, but it feels amazing. DT: What was the worst show you’ve ever played? JL: Easily the worst show we’ve ever played was in Norman, Oklahoma, in March of 2006. It was the first show of a tour that started

a couple of days after SXSW. We were all completely wiped out — both physically and emotionally — from SXSW week, and we were all incredibly sick. I actually ended up going to the hospital the next day. To top it all off, Wayne Coyne [of The Flaming Lips] came out to see us play, and we played horribly. Songs fell apart, equipment broke, drumsticks were dropped, our energy level was at zero. That was the worst I’ve ever felt in my life. Everything has been a breeze after that. DT: What is your favorite song to play live? JL: They’re all really fun, but I usually get excited about whatever new stuff we’re playing. “Wet Gold” has been super awesome. We sing on it and I’m pretty excited about that. DT: When you were forming the band, were there any alternate band names you didn’t pick? JL: We never had any alternate names for this band, but our name came about while we were trying to name another band which ended up being called Hidden Speak-

er. So, there were a few alternates in the running that I suppose we could have drawn from — Quarterly Porpoise is the only one that stuck in my mind. Man, I’m glad we didn’t pick that. DT: Where is your favorite place to eat in Austin? JL: Hands down, Uchi. DT: Do you have a day job? JL: Thankfully, being in this band takes up just about every second of my time DT: What is your favorite Web site? JL: I’ve been looking at and quite a bit lately. DT: What is a perfect day for you? JL: Waking up late, floating in an anti-gravity machine for a while, listening to some kind of music that hasn’t been invented yet, espresso, riding bikes, swimming in Barton Springs, hanging out with Werner Herzog, dinner at Uchi, watching a movie at the Drafthouse, then singing karaoke with friends. Josh Lambert, founding member of Austin band The Octopus Project, is this week’s Music Monday guest.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

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Austin Police Department Senior Forensic Scientist Victor Ceballos and an AFD firefighter wash blood off of a hit-and-run victims’ wheelchair Friday. The suspects, shortly after hitting the man in the wheelchair, were apprehended after they crashed into a suburban and tried 1 to flee on foot.

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Daily Texan Staff The wheel of a wheelchair was placed in an evidence bag Friday afternoon as officers swept pieces of a car bumper off the street and put together the events leading to a man in a wheelchair being struck on the sidewalk. Senior Police Officer Veneza Aguinaga said that dispatchers sent out a call that a Buick sedan had been hijacked at gunpoint at the 2400 block of Cromwell Circle around 10:20 a.m. The two unidentified suspects then fled north in the car on Interstate Highway 35.


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Officers pursued the vehicle after it was identified at Riverside and I-35. Shortly before 10:32 a.m., the suspects exited Airport Boulevard, turned around under the highway and traveled southbound on the frontage road. They stopped near the intersection of 38th 1/2 Street and the frontage road due to heavy traffic. “The suspects, in order to get away, [drove] onto the sidewalk,� Aguinaga said. “[They] ran over the man in the wheelchair waiting at the bus stop and kept going.� After striking the 47-yearold man, the vehicle continued south on the frontage road and then proceeded west on 38th Street. Officers assisted the injured man while backup contin-

ued pursuit of the hijacked vehicle. Aguinaga said the pursuit lasted less than a minute. The suspects turned north on Harmon Avenue, striking and flipping a Chevy Suburban carrying a man and a 7-year-old child at the 38th 1/2 Street intersection. As the suspects fled from the wreckage, officers shocked and subdued one suspect with a Taser, Aguinaga said. The other suspect ran east on 38th 1/2 Street toward the frontage road. APD Sgt. Jason Mutchler said the man jumped over the frontage road’s guardrail and fell 15 feet to the lower deck of I-35, breaking his leg. Officers immediately arrested him. APD’s forensics unit surveyed the scene until 6 p.m.

Friday. APD closed more than eight blocks for the investigation, stretching from 41st to 38th streets, and Red River Street to the eastern I-35 frontage road. Mutchler said detectives used laser utilities to take measurements to accurately recreate the scene on a computer, which could then be used for any court proceedings. Aguinaga said the names of the two suspects will not be released until charges have been filed. Both of the victims in the Suburban were sent to University Medical Center Brackenridge with minor injuries. The man in the wheelchair was also sent to the medical center and was in critical condition at press time.

By Priscilla Totiyapungprasert Daily Texan Staff As the U.S. population ages, a growing number of people will struggle with disabilities. Two grants awarded to UT’s graduate program in rehabilitation counseling last month by the Department of Education will help train more professionals to treat the disabled population. The grant, worth $1.5 million, lasts until 2014 and supplements a 2008 grant for $500,000 from the Department of Education that supports counseling specialists who work with blind people. The program prepares students to counsel people with physical and mental disabilities, such as impairments in speech, vision or learning ability. Students in the program must complete a full-time internship at a rehabilitation center in their last semester. Former students interned at agencies such as the Veteran’s Administration and the Department for Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Counselors provide aid for spinal- or brain-injury patients to transition into the workforce and work with employers to help them accommodate disabled workers’ limitations. “We assess [the patients’] capabilities and help them learn interview skills to present themselves in a better light to employers,� said Randall Parker, director of the Rehabilitation Education Program in the College of Education. Parker said job growth in rehabilitation counseling makes


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sense because as people live longer, the number of people with disabilities also grows. Schools have also become more adept at identifying students with disabilities, he added. Parker said counseling often starts with information gathering — learning about a person’s history, how the disability affects everyday life and looking at their individual aspirations. Approximately 1,000 students with disabilities are enrolled at UT, he said. Emily Haueisen, a radio-television-film sophomore, was born with fibular hemimelia, a condition that leaves her without a fibula in her left leg and causes one leg to grow slower than the other. She has undergone 25 surgeries in her lifetime and done extensive physical therapy after each surgery, sometimes having to relearn how to walk. Hospitals offered her counseling after each surgery. “I can’t really play sports, so I had to learn to channel my energy into other things,� Haueisen said. “I drew a lot when I was a kid. I play guitar and piano.� Patients with disabilities can sometimes become frustrated with their level of recovery and their limited capabilities, said Christine Levy, a medical case manager at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital and former student of Parker in the UT rehabilitation counseling program. Although many patients cannot return to their former job positions, some choose new careers after completing counseling rather than return to jobs they did not enjoy before. As the workforce ages and the number of people with disabilities grows, Levy said the demand will increase for professionals with rehabilitation counseling training.

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TECH: Defense â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;did a phenomenal jobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; From page 12 this time around. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sergio blasted him, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his M.O., thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what he does,â&#x20AC;? Acho said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were all over [Potts Saturday], just trying to turn some of those pressures into sacks.â&#x20AC;? The Texas offense managed only a field goal in the first half but was nonetheless up 10-3 at the break following an outstanding defensive and special teams performance. The two conspired for the first halfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lone touchdown as Justin Tucker â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rugby punt was downed inside the Tech 10-yard line. A defensive stand forced the

Red Raiders to punt from their own end zone and receiver Jordan Shipley did the rest, returning the kick 46 yards up the right sideline for a touchdown. The offenses finally found their strides in the second half, trading touchdowns on four consecutive possessions. Texas built two touchdown leads with running scores from Tre Newton and Cody Johnson in the third quarter, but Potts and the Red Raiders responded with two touchdown passes to Lyle Leong that cut the Texas lead to 24-17. But after Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense finally stiffened in the fourth, picking off McCoy for the second time and threatening to tie the game, Kindle

delivered the key hit, one of three sacks the Longhorns had on Potts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They did a phenomenal job. In the second half, I got impatient on the two drives. We have to continue to play our game,â&#x20AC;? said Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. With a 10-point lead and time winding down, there was just one last stop needed to cement the victory. This time, there was no drive and no catch. Instead, with just a minute left and the Red Raiders desperately throwing the ball downfield, Curtis Brown, the man whom Michael Crabtree beat last year for the winning score, swatted the fourth down pass to the turf, incomplete.

FANS: Crowd heckled Tech supporters From page 12 I was standing next to and behind three Tech fans for five hours straight and have never been so embarrassed to be a Longhorn fan and student. Red Raider fans are allowed to celebrate a touchdown by â&#x20AC;&#x153;getting their guns upâ&#x20AC;? and being rowdy just as much as a Longhorn fan is able to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get their horns up.â&#x20AC;? They have their traditions too. It is a shame that the Tech fans sitting around me had to hear the things they heard â&#x20AC;&#x201D; much of which I am not allowed to write. The Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slogan is

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Texas.â&#x20AC;? And from what I saw in the stands Saturday night, I did not want to have much association with the University of Texas. It does not matter what student group you are in. It does not matter if you are dressed up as a cowboy or have your entire body painted orange. And it does not matter how much alcohol is in your system. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Texas.â&#x20AC;? We have class. We do not threaten opposing fans and do not threaten our own fans. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right, there were Texas fans being attacked verbally by other Texas fans. All the nonsense going on in

the stands did not help the team. The crowd was only loud on a few plays and there were times in the game where players on the defense had to put their hands up and signal to the crowd to get loud. Fans at Michigan, Ohio State and Alabama donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a Godzillatron to tell them to get louder. All 100,000 plus are at the stadium for the same reason. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to grow up and act like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Texas. I used to think that the University of Texas was unique for the reason that its fans had class and did not have to stoop down to the level of some other fans, but maybe I was wrong.

CLOSE: Thomas redeems with late pick From page 12 â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought our defense again this week hung in there until we had a chance to get started on offense,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The defense probably wore down a bit in the second half, and give Taylor Potts credit for his unbelievable passes.â&#x20AC;? But even with a slight let down in the second half, there was no shortage of game-changing plays for Texasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense. The Longhorns forced three turnovers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two fumble recoveries and Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; interception â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and won the turnover battle for the first time this season. The Acho brothers continued to be the cause of many of them. Younger brother Emmanuel, a sophomore linebacker, forced two fumbles, one of which was recovered by Texas. The elder, junior end Sam, recovered the fumble Sergio Kindle forced on a devastating sack of Potts, giving him four on the year already. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been forcing turnovers,â&#x20AC;? said Sam Acho. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ball had been on the ground, we just knew it was time to get it.â&#x20AC;?

The Longhorns put consistent pressure on Potts, who made his first career road start in front of 101,297 fans at Darrell K RoyalTexas Memorial Stadium. Texas had three sacks, two of which resulted in fumbles. Backup end Eddie Jones blind-sided Potts deep in Tech territory and knocked the ball loose. Freshman end Alex Okafor tried to pick the ball up to take it in for a score instead of falling on it, bobbled it and eventually a Tech lineman recovered it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to have a good pass rush. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the key things against Texas Tech,â&#x20AC;? said linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a quarterback that can throw the ball, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let him sit back there and have time.â&#x20AC;? Potts didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much time for most of the game and was fortunate not to have thrown more than just the one interception. Many of his passes were tipped and nearly missed being picked off by Texas defenders, oftentimes by Thomas. He was credited with only

one pass break-up but dropped a few other potential picks. But the one Thomas did come down with served as a bit of redemption for the safety after he blew the coverage on Michael Crabtreeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last-second, gamewinning touchdown in Lubbock last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a lot of chances,â&#x20AC;? Thomas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just thank God I got one.â&#x20AC;? The game showed what could be the main difference between this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Texas team and last year â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. While the 2008 Longhorns were all-offense, Texas may have a more balanced team this year.


With key players out, Horns drop two games By Michael Sherfield Daily Texan Staff Lacking any attacking inspiration and down a goal to undefeated New Mexico, the Longhorns only needed to look to the sideline to see what they were missing. Donning their black practice jerseys that designated them as ineligible to play, Texas was without six players, including four key starters, for a difficult weekend series in which the Horns lost both games. They could have used the attacking prowess of Niki Arlitt, who leads the team in assists, and forward Leah Fortune, both of whom were missing through injury. They lacked Lucy Keithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s influence in midfield too, while defender Sophie Campiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absence forced a reshuffling of the defense. The changes took a toll on the Longhorns, who fell to Washington State 4-0 and New Mexico 1-0 at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we played all right,â&#x20AC;? said Texas head coach Chris Petrucelli on Sunday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were better with the ball, we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t panic. The game came down to one chance in the box for them and they finished it. We had two and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? While they were outclassed on Friday night, the Longhorns have plenty of complaints about losing to the Lobos. After falling behind early to a sixth-minute goal from star striker Jennifer Williams, Texas responded well, creating two clear-cut second half chances and seeing a strong penalty appeal turned away by the referee as freshman striker Becka Rivera was upended in the box. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was a foul, and I thought the referee should have called it,â&#x20AC;? Rivera said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to call a PK.â&#x20AC;? While New Mexico had the better of the first half, the Longhorns controlled proceedings in the second period, launching bodies forward as they searched for the

Sara Young | Daily Texan Staff

Junior forward Kirsten Birkhold challenges a New Mexico player for the ball in Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1-0 loss. equalizing goal. They had plenty of chances to get it. First, Rivera found herself with just the goalkeeper to beat after being played through the left side of the box. After bringing the ball under control, she shot right at Kelli Cornell, who was able to redirect the ball away from the goal. Another freshman forward had an even better chance in the 65th minute. Hannah Higgins found space behind the New Mexico defense, but blasted her shot over the cross bar from 10 yards out with

only the keeper in front of her. The final 10 minutes saw the weary Longhorns finally lose their legs. The team only had four substitutes on the bench for most of the game after another player, Courtney Goodson, was lost to injury. New Mexico almost capitalized with a clinching goal in the 82nd minute, but goalkeeper Alexa Gaul saved on a low cross that skimmed across the 6-yard box. Texas falls to 3-5 with Big 12 Conference play set to start with a trip to Norman on Friday.




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Defense arrives in Longhorn victory

Jordy Wagoner | Daily Texan Staff

Above, Texas defensive end Sergio Kindle puts pressure on Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts, whom he eventually sacked in the fourth quarter. Below, despite a groggy first half from the Longhorn offense, the defense kept the game close until quarterback Colt McCoy could get things going in the second.

Horns capitalize on Kindle’s first sack to keep Texas from a repeat of 2008 By Michael Sherfield Daily Texan Staff Sergio Kindle had been waiting for this one all night, setting it up patiently. First, he showed his strength, bull rushing blockers and getting pressure on Red Raider quarterback Taylor Potts as the Texas defense disrupted the Red Raiders’ vaunted passing attack all night. Then, with one flash of speed, Kindle was in the backfield, finally getting his hands on Potts, dislodging him of his helmet as well as the ball with a vicious hit. The fourth quarter sack and fumble proved to be the turning point as the Longhorns got their revenge over Texas Tech with a 34-24 victory at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. “In the first half, it was more of

a bull rush to see what type of rush I needed,” Kindle said after getting his first sack of the season. “When I saw he was looking for a bull rush, I switched to a speed [rush] and it was successful for me. I just ran right by him.” Fittingly, it was a defensive play that finally allowed Texas to pull away in a game that never lived up to its hype as an offensive shoot-out. After Sam Acho recovered Potts’ fumble at the 14-yard line, Texas scored its third and final offensive touchdown of the night. It wasn’t apparent until Colt McCoy found receiver Dan Buckner in the back of the end zone, gaining a 31-17 lead with less than 10 minutes left, that the Longhorns would not relinquish

While game lacks high score, teams keep contest close with defensive efforts

Two of the nation’s top offenses in 2008 combined for just 280 total yards in the first half and the Longhorns took a 10-3 lead into halftime. The teams were on pace for their lowest-scoring game since 1984, a 13-10 Texas win. Even Texas coach Mack Brown was caught off guard. “I thought it’d be 70-65,” Brown said. New Tech quarterback Taylor Potts ended up with big numbers (420 yards, three touchdowns), but most came in the second half when both team’s offenses awoke and defenses began to tire.

By Blake Hurtik Daily Texan Staff Safety Earl Thomas summed up Texas’ defensive effort when asked how he felt about his fourth-quarter interception in the Longhorns’ 34-24 win over Texas Tech Saturday night. “About time,” the sophomore said. Unlike the shoot-outs that have become customary whenever the Longhorns and Red Raiders meet up, this was the defenses’ time to shine for a change.

By Dan Hurwitz Daily Texan Columnist

Last year in Lubbock, those wearing burnt orange at Jones AT&T Stadium during the annual match-up between the Longhorns and Red Raiders were treated like you would expect dogs at Michael Vick’s house to be treated: like dirt, to avoid using obscenities. With plenty of Tech fans making the trip to Austin this weekend, trash talk was expected, but maybe not to the extent that it occurred. In what was a sloppy game on the field, Longhorn fans, at least in the student sections, completely destroyed any reputation that the University of Texas had for having respectful and knowledgeable football enthusiasts. Yes, the Red Raiders ruined the Longhorns’ 2008 National Championship run, but that does not mean UT has to act like immature savages. If there was a rulebook for sports fans, the underlying guideline regarding trash talk would be, “If you can’t take it, then don’t dish it out.” In other words, if you cannot handle hearing insults about “your” team, or if you are not able to see opposing fans celebrate a touchdown, then you are not allowed to do it yourself.

TECH continues on page 11

CLOSE continues on page 11

Fans’ behavior deplorable in Saturday’s win

Caleb Miller | Daily Texan Staff

FANS continues on page 11

ONLINE: Video of fans lining up near the College Game Day set VOLLEYBALL


Large, vocal home crowd sets-up second-ranked Texas in Big 12 opener By Chris Tavarez Daily Texan Staff One of the reasons Texas attracts such high-caliber recruits to play volleyball is because of the environment at Gregory Gymnasium. With an average attendance of 2,370, and more than 42,000 fans coming in to Gregory Gymnasium over the course of 18 matches in 2008, Texas had the 11th best attendance average in all of the NCAA. On Friday, the 3,446 fans in attendance showed why Gregory is one of the toughest environments to play in. The student section was nearly full 30 minutes before the first serve of No. 2 Texas’ third match-up against a Top10 team and provided an obLara Haase | Daily Texan Staff vious advantage for the Longhorns as they downed No. 10 Rachel Adams, right, jumps up to block a Cyclone try. Adams, along with Cristina Arenas and the rest of the Texas offense, kept up with Iowa State to win. Iowa State in straight sets 3-0.

“The crowd was unreal,” played a different style than said senior setter Ashley Engle. they are used to. Instead of run“That is why we come to Texas. ning mostly set plays, Texas had They were so supportive. When to do a lot of improvisation and you get a kill it’s great, but when play on the fly to keep up with the crowd ISU’s fast-paced just erupts squad. and you “They’re a recan’t even ally quick transihear yourself We had to change our tion team, so we think, it’s just had to change game to play the best feelour game to play their game.” ing. I don’t their game,” Enknow if it’s gle said. “They — Ashley Engle were pushing the the same anywhere else.” senior setter ball over as quick That supas they could, p o r t i v e so we had to recrowd helped spond, scramble, the Longhorns ride out a match and it kept us off balance. That’s that saw 14 ties and three lead why they are a really dangerous changes against a scrappy Cy- team. They take you out of your clone team that refused to quit. game sometimes. Luckily, we The match was a bit unusu- were able to find a way to win.” al for the Longhorns as they While Texas had to tweak its


style of play, senior outside hitter Destinee Hooker kept playing her game but added another dimension to it — defense. Hooker had her second doubledouble of the season, and 15th of her career, with 18 kills and 10 digs. Hooker’s defense came in a variety of forms, including a dig in the second set that sent the crowd into a frenzy when Hooker did the splits to get low enough to keep the ball alive — causing sophomore defensive specialist Sydney Yogi to take notice. “I think it’s awesome because every game we play, our defense gets so much better,” Yogi said. “[Iowa State] had a lot of quick offense tips, keeping us off guard. Our defense was really solid in the back end, too. Tonight, I just felt like it was at a whole other level.”


September 21, 2009 issue of The Daily Texan

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