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LIFE OF BEVO By Christine Ayala @christine_ayala

The speckles of orange and white on Bevo’s coat match the blurs on the football field as he watches on from the sidelines for his ninth straight season as UT’s living Longhorn mascot. The 14th to hold the exclusive position of the University’s mascot, Bevo is an easily recognizable UT icon with a history that dates back almost 100 years. Despite his role, the University does not own or finance Bevo XIV in any way. Bevo XIV’s owners, Betty and John T. Baker, donate the steer for games and spend more than $3,000 annually on food and maintenance alone. “That’s all on the house,” John T. Baker said. The Silver Spurs, a student organization, has overseen and cared for the University icon through the years. Zachary Strain / Daily Texan Staff

Who is Sunrise Studly? Before he became Bevo XIV, the champion steer was known as Sunrise Studly. Sunrise Studly was renamed Bevo XIV in 2004. Earlier that year, the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America named him the National Grand Champion. “He was just a two-year-old when he became Bevo,” Betty Baker said. “That’s why I call him Baby. But at first we didn’t think he was anything special. I never saw a Bevo in him, but after he was halter-broken, he just kept getting better and better.” Bevo XIII and Bevo XIV, who both came from the Bakers’ ranch, are known for their docility. Despite claims the steers are under medication for game days, Betty Baker said there is no need to medicate show steers, which are trained to behave when on a halter. A halter is a strap fastened across Bevo XIV’s snout and behind his head, allowing his handlers to easily maneuver him. “Neither of our animals have ever been on any kind of drugs,” Betty Baker said. “[Bevo XIV] is just docile. That comes from breeding and being around people and noise.” Although he is used to game day activities, Betty Baker said Bevo XIV can occasionally be caught off guard. “Once there [were] fireworks at a game, and he did not

like that. He just didn’t know what was happening,” Betty Baker said. “He doesn’t like things behind him or above him ,so he wasn’t happy.” The Silver Spurs, a student organization, care for him at events. Zane Butter, one of Bevo’s handlers and an urban studies junior, said football season is Bevo XIV’s busiest time, but Bevo’s life is not unlike other steers. “Outside of his obligations as mascot, he’s probably a little more spoiled than other longhorns,” Butter said. When he is not representing the University at events, Bevo spends his time roaming a 250-acre ranch northwest of Austin with the Bakers’ other cattle. “He can be at the other end of the pasture somewhere, and I can call him and he’ll come,” Betty Baker said. “He knows me very well and he’s very sweet. I can give him hugs, kisses, scratch him, love on him, but you just can’t do that with anybody if he doesn’t know you well.” The 2,000 pound steer usually grazes alongside Sunrise Spike, another steer wandering around the Baker ranch, and can eat 60 pounds of feed a day, according the Betty Baker. “Bevo’s best friend is Spike,” Betty Baker said. “They like to stay together. If you see one, you see the other one.” Sunrise Spike is an 8-year-old Texas Longhorn steer. “Sometimes [the] two will just hang out together and it’s

Zachary Strain / Daily Texan Staff

Before he became Bevo XIV, UT’s mascot was named Sunrise Studly.

kind of like one is taking the other on as a little buddy, like a mentor,” Betty Baker said. “That’s how he was with Bevo XIII at the first game he went to, and when they took [Bevo] XIII away he didn’t like it. He wanted his friend back.”

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Former Texas kicker will remain in custody

Texas closer to 5-7 team than Big 12 crown

By Alberto Long @albertolong

Russell Erxleben, a former NFL kicker and UT football player currently in federal custody for spearheading a slew of bogus investment operations, will stay behind bars until his trial begins Jan. 6. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel told attorneys he needed more time to review Erxleben’s case and postponed his ruling on whether to release Erxleben on bond. The three-time All-American player is currently serving time for leading a slew of investment operations since 2005, including a Ponzi scheme that defrauded his

associates out of $2 million in nearly four years. According to Daryl Fields, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, Erxleben will have to wait another four months before his trial can resume. “Trial date is January 6,” Fields said in a email. “No decision yet by judge as to Erxleben’s’ bond request. Judge took the information from today’s’ hearing under advisement and will render a ruling at a later date.” According to the Austin American-Statesman, court records indicate Erxleben’s most lucrative enterprise compelled his clients to


Texas fell to 1-2 for the first time since 1998 -- Mack Brown’s first season in Austin -- after its loss to Ole Miss on Saturday evening.

By Chris Hummer Daily Texan Columnist @chris_hummer

Effort, intensity and confidence were the words thrown around by the Texas players after the team’s 44-23 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. They weren’t in glowing praise, or even thoughtful responses to a question about what exactly is wrong. Instead, they were rehearsed keywords muttered by downtrodden players. Thoughts were gone, just an automatic deflection to a difficult question: how can you fix what’s broken when you’ve tried everything?

Shelby Tauber Daily Texan Staff

The players don’t seem to know; effort can only get you so far. They don’t have any more answers, and that was never more clear than on Saturday. Texas played a solid first half of football. It fell down

quickly 14-0 but showed the resiliency to bounce back. The Longhorns entered the half with a six-point lead, and then things fell apart. The offense played a putrid second frame, and the defense cracked. This caused






Exhibit at stadium commemorates Darrel K Royal. PAGE 2

Vice Provost Laude on graduation rate programs. PAGE 4

“Chants of ‘SEC! SEC!’ rained down after UT loss.” PAGE 7

Art gallery to install exhibit over Lady Bird Lake. PAGE 12

Check out a video of Bevo on the Bakers’ ranch with his best friend Spike.

UT Toastmasters critique rhetorical performances. PAGE 2

Column: entrepreneurship at UT should be for good. PAGE 4

The top tweets and stories from Saturday’s game. PAGE 7

Brie Larson talks about filming “Short Term 12.” PAGE 12

an unusual occurrence at Texas: A losing in-season record. Texas is 1-2 under head coach Mack Brown for the first time since 1998, his first



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This weekend marked the opening of an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 national championship football team, the first national championship won by Coach Darrell K Royal. The exhibit, hosted by the H. J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, focuses on the 1963 football season and the life and career of the man after whom UT’s football stadium is named. Terry Todd, director of the Stark Center and cohost of the exhibit, said he was inspired to create the exhibit after Royal’s death in November of 2012. Todd said he and Royal have a long history together.

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“I started here in 1956, and he came here in the fall of 1956. We kinda grew up together here,” Todd said. “I came back in 1983 … and went to talk to him about … a place where materials related to athletes [and] former athletes could be kept and be saved.” The exhibit, which features letters, pictures and other mementos from Royal’s life, relied heavily on contributions from Edith Royal, Darrell’s wife. The opening event featured “DKR: The Royal Scrapbook,” compiled by Edith Royal and Jenna Hays McEachern, a close family friend of the Royals. McEachern said the scrapbook focused on more than Royal’s life inside the stadium. “This is not just a book about Coach Royal’s football success,” McEachern said. “It’s about his life with Edith and his family, and of course his unparalleled football success. I wanted people to know the man this stadium

was named after.” McEachern said she believes the exhibit effectively captured Royal’s spirit, and said she especially loves the “Wall of Royalisms” containing the coach’s famous one liners. Mack Royal, Coach Darrell Royal’s son, and his wife April Royal, were also both at the opening of the exhibit. Mack Royal contributed to the scrapbook by scanning photos of his family and some of those photos were also included in the exhibit. “He was always cheerful. He would get us up in the morning and say, ‘It’s a great day in the morning!’” Mack Royal said. “There’s a picture of my dad sitting at his desk [at UT] entitled ’33, No Secretary, Broken Desk, and Loves His Job’.” Todd said the most gratifying moment of his work on the exhibit was seeing the reactions of the members of the 1963 team when they came to sign the ‘63 national champion banner.

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A UT alumnus presented the first clip of his documentary, which explores the struggles of Native American Church members attempting to continue traditional practices, to students and anthropology professors on Friday. Leighton Peterson, assistant director of the department of anthropology at Miami University, said he was inspired to create the documentary “Roadman” because he wanted to increase the visibility of modern Native Americans in culture. “I want to help make a piece where Native Americans can see themselves and in media … see something about their communities and their history,” Peterson said. “[I also want] to teach non-native people something about Native Americans’ history, culture and practices so there can be a dialogue between Native people and non-native people, and an understanding.” “Roadman” focuses on a Native American man named Kelly and his family, who are members of the Navajo and Cree tribes. The family’s goal was to travel from their homes in Canada to reach the peyote fields along the TexasMexico border. Peyote, a type of spineless cactus which has a psychoactive effect when ingested, is used as an important element in many Native American rituals. Peterson said he decided to focus on one family, and on an unusual topic, in order to break stereotypes about Native American people. “[My goal was] to humanize COLLEGE SKI & BOARD WEEK

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and tell the human story, not the stereotypical story,” Peterson said. After the screening, current UT faculty members provided their critiques and suggestions for how to strengthen the documentary and how to narrow down the focus of the work. Pauline Strong, an anthropology and women’s and gender studies professor, who was Peterson’s former doctoral supervisor, said she had high hopes for the documentary. “I thought the documentary so far was very interesting and promising,” Strong said. “It caused stimulating conversations between Dr. Peterson and the other colleagues. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.” Anthropology graduate student Hallie Boas, who helped coordinate the event, said she was interested in the way a documentary is produced. “I learned that making a documentary is a multifaceted process especially with so many issues at play here,” Boas said. “I think the workshop model was really productive, and I wish more filmmakers [did] that, because … so many different people from different backgrounds were able to provide expertise.” Other issues that the documentary examines include environmental concerns about the land the medicinal peyote grows on. Huge stretches of land once used for peyote cultivation have been bought out and used for other governmental purposes. There are also border issues facing the Native Americans trying to bring the narcotic across borders. Because of international travel restrictions, the journey to complete the peyote ceremonies involves many legal roadblocks. Peterson and his team hope to shed some light on this issue with the “Roadman” documentary and bring multiple cultures to an understanding. Ultimately, Peterson hopes the documentary will air on PBS as an hour-long feature.

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The Bakers Raising champion steers is only one of many endeavors that are part of the Bakers Sunrise brand, which also includes a bed and breakfast and the Sunrise Showmanship Camp. Though the Bakers have supplied a University icon for 25 years, John T. Baker is a Texas A&M alumnus, though Betty Baker is a UT alumna. “I was a Texas girl, I was a twirler with the band, but my husband and son are both Aggies,” Betty Baker said. Their ranch home is covered in decorations of Longhorns as well as showmanship trophies, belt buckles, medals and prizes the Bakers’ cattle have won. Bevo XIII is mounted above a banister where his hide lays in the Baker home. Bevo XIII was named Sunrise Express before taking on the Bevo title in 1988 and was the longest-running live mascot with 16 seasons. “With breeding, you just have to have a good bull and a good momma,” Betty Baker

said. “It’s just like people: sometimes you’re lucky and sometimes you’re not. And we’ve been lucky with some of our breeding.” In recent years, the Bakers have cut back on ranching. Betty Baker said they had to downsize because of the ongoing drought over the last five years and now have 40 cattle. “We have a lot less than we used to,” Betty Baker said. “We only have a little bit of water left. We have a water problem and very little to eat, so you’re feeding them the whole time, unless you take some of the cattle away.” The Bakers also host a summer camp for kids to teach them the proper technique to show Longhorns, including training them to use a halter. The camp hosts about 36 kids for one week. “It’s all about learning to halter a calf, calm them down and get them ready for the showroom,” Betty Baker said. Bevo XIV was first halterbroken by a camp-goer.

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Betty Baker enjoys a close relationship with Bevo. “He can be at the other end of the pasture somewhere and I can call him and he’ll come,” Baker said.


Silver Spurs The Silver Spurs student organization is in charge of transporting Bevo XIV. Each year, a new group of student handlers is tasked with wrangling Bevo into his trailer, situating him at events and getting him home safely. “They go through training to be able to halter him first and that can be a real scary thing,” Betty Baker said. “If you get up close to Bevo and see how big he is, if you’ve never put a halter on something with big horns, it’s not exactly easy.” The handlers work to place the halter correctly while avoiding a rip or tear from a misplaced horn. Bevo XIV’s horns span more than six feet. “All he has to do is turn his head and he can rip a shirt or pants,” Betty Baker said. They’ve had safety pins all up and down.” Butter, the student handler, said because of Bevo XIV’s busy schedule, the handlers work to understand and communicate with the steer to keep events running smoothly.

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John T. Baker, one of Bevo XIV’s owners, custom built a new trailer with better ventilation for the steer to travel in.

“We spend so much time working with him that we can tell what kind of mood he is in, which is important when we are out at an appearance,” Butter said. The Silver Spurs Alumni Association has maintained the Bevo tradition through the years by selecting the steers and expanding the UT icon’s access to the public. “He’s a living symbol of the University of Texas, so escorting him around is a huge responsibility,” said Ricky Brennes, the alumni association’s executive director. The organization, created

in 1937, has chosen the Bevo steers through the alumni association. “After [Bevo] XIII expired after a couple of years here, a committee with the Silver Spurs just took one look at him and said, ‘This is it,’” Betty Baker said. “He was the right color, he was halter-broken, had been around people because he had been shown a lot. There are so many factors that go into choosing a Bevo.” The alumni association also financed the Bevo Museum located in the Darrell K RoyalTexas Memorial Stadium to preserve the Bevo legacy.

Celebrity steer Though Bevo appearances began at football games, Bevo XIV is scheduled to appear at a variety of events, including University traditions and charitable functions. Bevo XIV will be at every home football game and travel to the UT-Baylor game. “He’s very comfortable at the home games now,” Betty Baker said. “He knows exactly where he’s going in the corner back there. He loves that.” Bevo attends the games for free, but the Silver Spurs require a donation to bring Bevo to other functions. The donation is used to cover operating costs, and the remaining funds are donated to the Neighborhood Longhorns Program — one of UT’s primary charities that benefits about 6,000 East Austin kids through mentoring and tutoring, Brennes said. Bevo XIV might make an appearance for free for another charity in the Austin area, but

The Bevo tradition began 97 years ago when the first orange and white steer walked on to the field during a Thanksgiving Day game against Texas A&M University. That was the only game day appearance the first Bevo made, though, as he was housed on campus and later eaten as the main course during that year’s football banquet. Bevo XIV is now expected to make many scheduled appearances in unfamiliar locations, but Brennes said his student handlers and Bevo’s natural docility make it possible.

Bevo XIV at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at Texas’ game against New Mexico on Aug. 31.

the association asks for a $3,000 donation for private parties, Brennes said. “If it were another student organization ... we’d probably do it for $2,000,” Brennes said. Bevo XIV attends 40 to 50 events a year and is transported in a custom trailer designed to to fit his horns, according to John T. Baker, who helped design the trailer. “We always want to do

what’s in the best interest of the animal and keep him comfortable and safe,” Brennes said. The 8-foot-wide trailer is also equipped with two airconditioning units and custom windows to improve air circulation on hot days. “They take him so many places,” Betty Baker said. “[Bevo] XIII didn’t do half of what this one does. I don’t know why they want him so much.”

“Really, the first six Bevos were a little bit more on the wild side,” Brennes said. “There wasn’t someone working with that animal to make him a show steer ahead of time.” Bevo’s role began to change when one steer’s docility allowed the UT community more access to the mascot. “Bevo VII is one of the most important,” Brennes said. “He really liked the attention and liked being around people. Having him meant we can have a mascot that these students can handle without worrying about him chasing the other team off the field.” Bevo XIII is displayed at the home of John and Betty Baker, also owners of Bevo XIV.

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Bevo XIV and beyond

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The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas does not oppose the use of domesticated animals that serve as living mascots, including Bevo XIV, as long as they are not mistreated, SPCA spokeswoman Maura Davies said. “When these animals are treated with respect and dignity, and given proper care and enrichment at all times in accordance with all state and local statutes, this tradition is not a detriment to the animals,” Davies said. Brennes said earlier Bevos were not trained in the same manner as the two most recent show steers.

Bevo XIV took over the role as the University’s living mascot in 2004 at the age of two. Now 11 years old, Bevo XIV is expected to make appearances at game days for the next four to five years. “We are pretty happy with this Bevo,” Brennes said. “We don’t have an expectation set for how long he will be Bevo, but it comes down to his best interest. He seems like he’s still enjoying it and is in great shape. We’re not really worried about Bevo XV yet. If he doesn’t want to do it anymore, or it is becoming too much for him, we’d retire him.” The typical life span for a steer is roughly 20 years, according to Betty Baker. Bevo XIII retired at 20 years old and lived to 22. John T. Baker said the breeding of Bevo XIV’s

parents, Sunrise Sid and Sunrise Sweet Pea — both docile show cattle — led to Bevo’s championship titles and his role as the University mascot. As a steer, Bevo XIV cannot produce offspring, but the Bakers are now breeding cattle with his genes in mind. Though Sunrise Sid was killed by a lightning strike almost 10 years ago, the show bull is still helping the Bakers produce future show cattle through artificial insemination. In July, the first of Bevo’s half-siblings, Sunrise Sidrita, was born. “We were hoping for a boy, but we got a girl, and she is cute as can be,” Betty Baker said. “We want to get a whole bunch of these going so we’ll have a half-brother of Bevo. If that legacy could go on, that would be good but there is no guarantee that we will get the next Bevo.” When Bevo XIV is ready to retire, the Silver Spurs Alumni

If he doesn’t want to do it anymore, or it is becoming too much for him, we’d retire him. —Ricky Brennes, alumni association executive director

Association will scout for another Texas Longhorn that exemplifies the breed and represents UT with a distinguishable orange and white coat. “We want the best of the breed,” Brennes said. “Really, it comes down to what animal is the right fit, not so much trying to get it from a particular person. If it were to come from Mr. Baker again, we would take his input into consideration, because we want an animal that is fine dealing with a crowd. We love the relationship we have with the Bakers.”



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Laude: raise graduation rates by changing culture Every week, the Daily Texan Editorial team will sit down with a campus or community figure to ask them about issues related to students. These conversations, edited and condensed for clarity, will run in the paper every Monday, . This Monday, our Q&A is with senior vice provost for enrollment and graduation management David Laude. Laude has served as a professor in the department of chemistry at UT-Austin and a senior associate dean in the College of Natural Sciences. As a vice provost, Laude currently leads the 360 connections initiative, an effort to get freshmen involved on campus by connecting them with a small group of fellow freshmen with similar interests. Daily Texan: What kinds of organizations will be involved with 360 connections and what is the goal of this intiative? David Laude: [The incoming freshman class] is this sort of living, 7,000 student-ish sort of entity. It’s organic. It breathes. And the question is, how do you take that thing and get it to feel like all of its vectors are going in the same direction at the same time, whether it’s toward graduating in four years or toward rooting for UT at a football game. Well, [the University] figured out how to get students to show up and cheer for UT at a football game. The question is, how can you get students to rally around the idea of supporting each other in being successful? The only way you can do that is if everybody’s doing it. And so the idea behind 360 connections is that if you take a 7,200 person freshman class and you divide it into the number of seats in a typical seminar room, which is about 20, you go back and you get 360 opportunities for a student to sit in a room surrounded by peers who share several of their interests. And, then, with some sort of adult or some sort of peer, these students address issues that matter to them, first semester freshmen. All first semester freshmen, no matter where they come from or what they do, want to build community. They want to get to know faculty, they want to bleed orange. They want to sort out who they are in terms of their identity and what they want to be. So that’s what 360 connections is intended to do: take 7,200 kids and get them all to go to exactly a certain place at a certain time. DT: And that certain place at a certain time is commencement four years from

now? DL: No. In this particular case, we want them at a certain place in a certain time each week. So, you can imagine having a spreadsheet of 360 different boxes and into each of those you put 20 students. Well, nobody has ever done a really great job of corralling our students to get them to go places. I mean, our registrar’s office is able to do it, but you see students changing courses all the time and it gets kind of crazy. What makes this easier is that we’ve been working towards this as faculty and advisors and administrators for years because of creating First Year Interest Groups, signature courses, honors programs. All of these groups already make use of the idea that you meet once a week for an hour in small groups. So, when we went out there and looked, we found that 5,000 or 6,000 of our students were already doing this. So, working with the FIG office and the School of Undergraduate Studies, we began the process of saying, can we make sure that every student has this opportunity? One of the first things we realized was that we hadn’t reached out to the non-academic side of things, to the Vice President of Student Affairs. Their office also have hundreds of communities that they’ve built, whether it’s the wing of a residence hall or a leadership group or a group that shares a certain sort of cultural identity. So, now we have 360 different communities. They exist. They have a room that they go to each week. And we will be asking every one of our students to identify one of those groups and go be a part of it. DT: In terms of making this initiative happen, what does that look like for you on a day-to-day basis? DL: The usual sort of metaphor is herding cats. It’s this idea that you’ve got 7,200 students that you have to ask to show up in a certain place at a certain time knowing that they know that showing up is, on a certain level, optional. But it’s only optional to the extent that it’s also optional to go to a football game and cheer for UT or it’s only optional to graduate in four years. There are certain expectations that you have that, if done right, make the University work better. Everybody knows that if you love your university, if you’re committed to it, then it’s going to be a better place for everyone. We’re trying to build that message through constant reinforcement.

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The core purpose of the University of Texas at Austin is “to transform lives for the benefit of society,” and entrepreneurs do this when they take huge risks to develop crucial technologies that change the world. But we need to be careful about how we promote entrepreneurship on campus. As one of America’s finest public research universities, UT must ensure that our entrepreneurs make the public good the goal of their every project. When promoting entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking on campus, the University should also emphasize the basic research that contributes to new technologies and social entrepreneurship. Basic research is close to the heart of our University: We were the first higher education institution from the state of Texas to be admitted to the Association of American Universities, the prestigious organization of North American research institutions. And according to UT’s 2010 Report on Research, UT brings in over $600 million annually in research grants. That research also leads to technology commercialization. In 2010 alone, the University granted 32 licenses for new technologies to UT researchers, and revenue from existing licenses was $14 million. Yet the incredible economic impact of university research is only a worthy by-product of our quest for truth and knowledge, not the main purpose of our researchers’ work. Fundamentally, UT should conduct basic

Fundamentally, UT should conduct basic research to expand our understanding of the world, not to expand its own coffers.

DT: So your challenge is to set expectations that weren’t there before? DL: I think that when you read the task force on four-year graduation rates report, they talked about a culture change. And that is really what this is. DT: How do you counter the idea that some students want to stay in college because they should get more credentials, another major, another class, something to make them more valuable to the workforce? How do you fight that? And do you need to? DL: So, I’m going to take off my four-year graduation rate champion perspective and put it more in the context of where I see education going. We’re getting to a place where a three-hour credit-bearing course has really lost a lot of the specific value that we associated with it for the purpose of awarding a degree. This fluidity of course credit with the availability of online courses is such that you’ve got high school sophomores earning college course credit. You’ve got 78-year-olds earning college course credit. So, at that point, as you spill on out over the generations, what is this sort of four-year thing? It’s a thing because there’s a tradition that exists. Right now, four is what we think. Taking it one step further, since I work here at UT-Austin, I have

to think, what should a four-year experience here on campus look like? I know it should not be 40 online classes that you take from your bed over in West Campus. That makes the campus we’re on irrelevant. I can earn three hours of credit by logging on and clicking some buttons for a few weeks. Or, I can earn three hours of credit for working in somebody’s laboratory for two years and publishing a paper in Science. Those both get me three hours of credit. Isn’t that ridiculous? Now, at that point, having devalued the notion that credit is what matters, I can replace it with a whole new construct for higher education. I can say, yes there’s a 40 hour core. But more importantly, how is that student evolving? What kind of community did that student build while on this campus? What kind of intellectual experience did they have while on this campus? I’d rather at some point have that be the way we define a UTAustin education. If you would like to suggest a campus or community leader for the Texan to interview, please e-mail



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research to expand our understanding of the world, not to expand its own coffers. Consequently, while we promote entrepreneurship on campus, we should also remember the value of conducting basic research, even research without an immediate monetary payback. The University should also place a greater emphasis on social entrepreneurship. I was introduced to the concept of social entrepreneurship by Suzi Sosa, an adjunct professor at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, a department of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Sosa defines social entrepreneurship as innovating in order to solve social problems. Sosa also serves as the executive director of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, a competition that seeks to find and fund startups that benefit society. UT should be emphasizing this kind of entrepreneurship on campus, yet we seem to place a greater emphasis on tech startups. For example, during UT’s Entrepreneurship Week early this year, out of 12 featured oncampus startups, only two were led by social entrepreneurs trying to tackle major world problems. Social innovators may not bring in millions of dollars in donations, but they do change the world in a meaningful way. Consider the grand prize-winning project of this year’s Dell Social Innovation Challenge, a “solar conduction dryer” aiming to reduce food spoilage by 20-30 percent, allowing rural farmers in developing countries to better store and sell their produce. As a major research institution, we should better define how we want our entrepreneurs to develop their ideas. The University of Texas at Austin exists to transform lives, through the pursuit of truth and the intellectual development of its graduates, and entrepreneurship is the most important instrument we have to change the world for the better. But we have to remember not to lose sight of how we affect the world at large when we push for technology commercialization. Sridhar is a Plan II, math and economics sophomore from Sugar Land.

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The clock is ticking: LGBTQ rights group Lambda Legal is putting pressure on the Texas National Guard to reverse its policy against granting federal benefits to legally married same-sex spouses of service members. In a letter sent Friday, Lambda Legal lawyer Paul Castillo asked Major General John F. Nichols, adjutant general of Texas, to respond to the organization’s request within 10 days. While not spelling out specific consequences for failing to act in a timely manner, the letter is likely the final step before the group takes the Guard to court. Married LGBT couples in Texas likely still have a ways to go before they can enjoy the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts, but we are glad that the Guard is starting to feel the heat for its discriminatory policy.

HORNS DOWN: PREDICTABLE GAME CALLING Hindsight is 20/20, and we know that second-guessing the coaching of Saturday night’s football fiasco won’t change the outcome. That being said, we’re still mystified as to why much of the offensive game plan in the second half consisted of runs straight into the open arms of the Rebels’ defensive line. Seriously, Mack, you needed to call a 30-second timeout to draw out a straight line?


their jobs?

At a campaign event in Austin on Friday, Lt. Gov David Dewhurst, who is running for re-election in 2014, told a reporter from the San Antonio Express-News that he still supports Texas football coach Mack Brown. Why? Because Texas has a (recently broken) “tradition of winning.” What’s the over/under on both Brown and Dewhurst being able to commiserate on having lost

HORNS DOWN: COME EARLY, BE LOUD, STAY....A LITTLE WHILE The stands were half empty by the end of the third quarter. To those who bolted: Yeah, your lack of confidence was vindicated when the clock ran out, but it won’t always turn out that way. And there are much better ways to support the team than heading for the exits and making #fireeveryone trend on Twitter. To those who stayed: You know and we know that when the Longhorns get back to the mountaintop, you’ll have earned it.

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Information studies graduate and toastmaster of the evening Marcia McIntosh moderates the UT Sciences Toastmasters’ Speech Contest at the Student Activity Center on Friday evening.

UT group hosts speech-giving contest By Trevor Heise @thedailytexan

Students, friends, faculty and family gathered Friday to participate in what the UT Sciences Toastmasters’ pamphlets call “the spectacle of a speech contest.” Toastmasters International, an educational organization that hosts public speaking workshops, enjoys a strong presence on the UT campus through several major-affiliated chapters. At weekly Toastmaster meetings, members present a wide range of prepared and impromptu speeches that range from the funny and absurd to the profound and introspective. Each speech followed by group critique and comment. Meetings are run in strict congruence with Robert’s

Rules of Order and feature a panel of judges, timers and grammarians to ensure fidelity to brevity and the language. Thejas Prasad, spokesman and treasurer for the UT Sciences Toastmasters Club, said it was important to remember that, though the club’s name suggests affiliation with the College of Natural Sciences, the organization is open to students of all colleges. “We’re a syncretic group and are glad to have anyone interested in honing his or her speaking skills,” Prasad said. Elie Wu, a rhetoric and writing junior, delivered a moving speech exploring her family’s migration to the United States and the strength she derives from her family’s story. Wu explained that her involvement with Toastmasters is

motivated by a passion for people and language. “I could go on and on and give you an oral thesis on why I love spoken language,” she said. “Through stories and speeches, I’m always encountering new places, new people, and new ideas to think about and synthesize.” When anthropology graduate student Derrick Washington was challenged to give an impromptu speech, he asked how people think about personality and language and diversity. “Austin is so diverse — there are opportunities aplenty here to speak with a wide range of people and to connect with a wide range of experiences,” Washington said. The night wrapped up with a brief awards ceremony, where Kalen Braman, a post-graduate researcher in

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physics, won the first place prize for his playful comedy piece on black holes. “Black holes are weird things,” Braman said. “If you ever get in one you should be proud and pat yourself on the back, and while you do, the radioactive, noodleshaped version of yourself will also be patting you on the back … from the future.”


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AUSTIN — Texas public schools had little say in 1995 when the state demanded that publishers make sweeping changes to health textbooks to de-emphasize contraception, or six years later when it raised objections that a textbook wasn’t skeptical enough about global warming. The State Board of Education is again sparking fierce debate as it begins a public hearing Tuesday on how the next round of science textbooks will address issues such as intelligent design versus evolution and climate change. But this time a law is in place that gives school districts the freedom to choose their own instructional materials including software, electronic readers or textbooks with or without board approval. How much they stray from the endorsement list may largely depend on what books the board approves for the next decade. Already, though, some volunteer citizen committees, which reviewed proposed textbooks for the state’s 5-plus million public school students, have raised ideological objections and urged publishers to make appropriate edits. Previously, the board not only set the state curriculum but also approved textbooks that could be used to teach the lessons over the next 10 years. But the Legislature passed a law in 2011 that allowed the state’s more than 1,000 public school districts to decide what books and materials they wish to purchase. So far, the vast majority of districts have continued to buy state-endorsed books — but that trend may not hold forever. Because Texas approves two-year budgets, the rule change was still very new when funding for books was available in 2011, said Debbie Ratcliffe, a spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency. Now the Legislature has earmarked more than $419 million annually for the next two years for the purchase of classroom materials,

including new and replacement books, technology and staff training. “We think we will see a shift more gradually as districts become more comfortable with all the options they will have now,” Ratcliffe said. After it hears this week’s public testimony, the 15-member board is expected to decide in November which books to approve. To win board sanction, a book is now required to cover at least half of the state-mandated curriculum requirements for each subject area — a much lower bar than in years past when books needed to cover nearly all the curriculum. But state education records show some of the reviewers — consisting of university science experts and others with backgrounds in unrelated fields — have raised several objections to some of the proposed texts. Some have asked for edits that stress evolution is only a theory and that some scientists remain skeptical about climate change. According to reviewer comments obtained by the progressive watchdog group Texas Freedom Network, one committee member even suggested that “creation science” be covered in all biology textbooks. The Texas Freedom Network says it will have science experts testify Tuesday to ensure ideology does not creep into textbooks. Conservative activists may tell the board that the books should deemphasize lessons on evolution to leave room for the idea that a higher power created the universe. Others could argue books have focused too much on climate change. Through the years, such fights have thrust the Texas Board of Education into the national spotlight, including the board’s past decisions on health books, and its decision 12 years ago that proposed environmental science books didn’t sufficiently stress skepticism on global warming. —Associated Press


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In this May 19, 2010, file photo a member of the media takes close-up video of a protest sign at a rally outside a State Board of Education meeting in Austin.




Monday, September 16, 2013

Data may indicate inequality AUSTIN — The Census Bureau will release figures this week on how many Americans have health insurance and live in poverty, and Texans will see if their state continues to rank among the worst in the nation. Figures released last year showed that 25 percent of Texans — or 6 million people — did not have health insurance in 2011 despite one of the strongest economies in the country. In addition to health insurance rates, the bureau will release the latest income and poverty statistics from the American Community Survey on Thursday. Texas has consistently had one of the highest poverty rates in the nation — 18.5 percent living below the poverty level in 2011 — despite a fast-growing economy and lower-thanaverage unemployment. More than a quarter of all Texas children lived in poverty in 2011. The new statistics will add to the debate over who has benefited from what Republican politicians call “the Texas Miracle” of weathering the Great Recession without the severe unemployment experienced in other states. The new 2012 statistics are unlikely to change dramatically from the last release,

but they are significant because they will be the first to show what has happened since the recession ended. Both sides of the political divide will also use these statistics in their campaigns over the next 14 months. Gov. Rick Perry and other top Republican officeholders have used the state’s growing economy as proof that their policies of low taxes, light regulation and minimal lawsuits work. They blame the high rate of uninsured and corresponding high poverty rate on the influx of people moving to Texas and the state’s location along the Mexican border, which has among the highest poverty rates in the state. Democrats, on the other hand, see these problems as the fruits of crony capitalism that allow big corporations to exploit workers by denying benefits or higher wages. They argue the Legislature’s cuts to health care and education are exacerbating income inequality, which could lead to greater social and economic problems down the road. The Census Bureau’s numbers could also provide insight into how to address these problems. Perry says that government programs will not solve these issues. He argues that the best way to reduce

poverty and the rate of uninsured is to give people good jobs created by private companies in a free market. Since the Great Recession began in 2008, Texas has added more jobs than every other state in the nation combined. These new statistics could reveal whether the free market is reducing these problems. Democrats, meanwhile, argue that health and poverty are intertwined, and one directly impacts the other. They want to see the state fully adopt President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, to include expanding the government’s health program for the poor and disabled to include the working poor. An economic analysis funded by the Center for Public Policy Priorities found that for every $1 spent to expand Medicaid, the state would see $1.29 in new revenue from increased economic activity, making the expansion an overall benefit to the state budget. Political consultants will also examine the demographics of poverty and health insurance. Hispanics, the fastest growing ethnic group in Texas, suffer disproportionately — about one in three — from poverty and lack of health insurance. —Associated Press

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People arrive at the Dell shareholders meeting at Dell headquarters in Round Rock on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Dell Inc. founder proposes buyout ROUND ROCK — Dell Inc. will end its quartercentury history as a publicly-traded company and try to engineer a turnaround away from the prying eyes of Wall Street following shareholders’ approval Thursday of a $24.8 billion buyout offer from the company’s founder. At the end of a shareholders’ meeting Thursday, Dell officials said that based on preliminary results, there were enough votes in favor of CEO Michael Dell’s buyout proposal. The company did not immediately announce the tally. “This is a great outcome for our customers and our company,” Michael Dell, the company’s chairman, CEO and founder, said in a conference call with investors. Like other PC makers, Dell Inc. has been hit hard in recent years as consumers shift their buying habits away from traditional desktops and laptops and toward tablets and other mobile devices. Michael Dell said the buyout marks the first step in a multi-year transformation that will involve Dell Inc. going back to its roots and focusing on the “entrepreneurial spir-

it” that the company was originally built on. Dell started selling PCs out of his dorm room while he was still a freshman at the University of Texas. His company went public four years later. As a private company, Dell will have the flexibility it needs to make the investments it needs to without the limitations and scrutiny that come with being a public company, he said. Last month, Dell reported a 72 percent drop in profit for its most recent quarter, as the company cut prices to shore up computer sales. Dell’s stock has plunged by more than 40 percent since Michael Dell returned for a second stint as CEO in 2007. In afternoon-trading Thursday, Dell shares were unchanged at $13.85. Michael Dell, who made his offer with an investment group led by Silver Lake Partners, maintains that turning around the company will involve a painful realignment that is likely to trim its earnings for another year or two. As a result, he believes, the turnaround will be easier to pull off away from Wall Street and its fixation on short-term results.

Michael Dell was present for Thursday’s meeting, which lasted about 15 minutes. About 100 people were in attendance, though few appeared to be rank-andfile shareholders. The deal is expected to be completed before the current quarter ends on Nov. 1. The company will continue to be based in Round Rock, Texas. Critics of the offer said it undervalued the company. The vote was delayed three times as a result of the opposition. Before the last delay, Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners agreed to pay a special dividend of 13 cents per share to supplement a bid that had already been raised from $13.65 per share to $13.75 per share. Despite the enhanced offer, activist investor Carl Icahn and investment fund Southeastern Asset Management continued to contend that the company was worth more than what was being offered. Icahn dropped his opposition on Monday, saying that while he still opposed the sale, it would be “almost impossible” to defeat the offer in Thursday’s vote. —Associated Press

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New Van Gogh painting authenticated in Texas

HOUSTON — A Rice University professor’s sleuthing is credited with helping the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam authenticate a long-lost Vincent Van Gogh painting that spent years in a

Norwegian attic. Don H. Johnson is a Rice professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering. A University statement says his X-ray analysis of the canvas behind the previously unknown “Sunset at Montmajour” and comparison with a Van Gogh in the Museum of Fine Arts,

Houston led to follow-up studies by the Dutch museum. That led to authentication of the first full-size canvas by the Dutch master to be discovered since 1928. Johnson says the Van Gogh Museum’s announcement last week caught him by surprise. —Associated Press


continues from page 1 invest in defrauded postWorld War I German government gold-bearer bonds from the 1920s and 1930s. During Erxleben’s first detention hearing in May, Judge Andrew W. Austin mandated that Erxleben remain behind bars until his trial. Andrew said Erxleben posed a financial threat to the community and doubted his ability to stay out of trouble. “He manipulates people,” Austin told the Statesman. “He manipulates them with fear. He manipulates them with guilt. He manipulates them with promises.”

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CHRIS HUMMER, SPORTS EDITOR / @texansports Monday, September 16, 2013

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By Peter Sblendorio @petersblendorio


Chants of “SEC! SEC!” bellowed from Ole Miss fans and filled Darrell K RoyalTexas Memorial Stadium as time wound down in the fourth quarter. Much of the Longhorns faithful departed well before the clock hit zero. Texas struggled to maintain consistency on both sides of the ball for the second consecutive week en route to a 44-23 loss to the Rebels on Saturday, leaving the on-hand Longhorns’ fan base largely deflated. The players, too, felt disheartened, with head coach Mack Brown being the lone speaker in the locker room after the game. “It was very quiet,” Brown said. “They were very disappointed.” The Longhorns took a 23-17 lead into halftime but failed to replicate their first

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ANGELS Shelby Tauber / Daily Texan Staff

Running back Johnathan Gray is tackled amid a swarm of Rebels. Gray’s number was called 19 times Saturday, amassing 91 yards, providing a bright spot for the Longhorns in the loss as both the defense and the passing game struggled.

News and notes from Ole Miss loss By Garrett Callahan Just one week after Mack Brown demoted defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and brought in the familiar face of Greg Robinson, the Longhorns fell once again to a non-conference opponent. Texas opens the season 1-2 for the first time since 1998 — Brown’s first year. Here are four things that stood out from Saturday’s game:

Number of rushing yards the Texas allowed, showing little improvement over last week

Robinson’s new defense New is used loosely in that title. While Robinson had less than a week to improve a defense in turmoil, it looked like little had improved on Saturday evening. On Ole Miss’ first two drives, the Longhorns were unable to stop quarterback Bo Wallace and allowed the Rebels to get up by two scores. In the second quarter, Texas showed flashes of a solid defense, but it only lasted briefly. Robinson’s defense gave up 449 yards of total offense — 100 yards more than his defense gave up on average per game in 2004. Once again, the Longhorns were unable to stop the run game, which tallied a total of six touchdowns for the Rebels. Running back Jeff Scott of Ole Miss ran for 164 yards with an average of 8.6 yards per carry.

Senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat attempts to tackle Ole Miss runningback I’Tavius Mathers on Saturday, a task few Longhorns executed.

Missed opportunities

Overcoming slow starts

3.4 Sam Ortega / Daily Texan Staff

Texas struggled with slow starts in its first two games. Although Texas fell behind by 14 points in the first quarter, it was able to generate offensive production and it seemed as though the slow start dilemma could be mitigated. This week, it was the opposite for the Longhorns. After a solid first half in which they came out on top, Texas finished poorly and was unable to carry its production throughout the whole game. Instead, the Longhorns surrendered 27 unanswered points in the second half.

Turnovers not a problem

In the last two games, the Longhorns have only committed one turnover. That came Saturday night when Malcolm Brown knocked the ball out of Case McCoy’s hand, causing a fumble, which Ole Miss recovered. The Longhorns have now been outscored 84-44 in their last two contests despite only turning over the ball once. All of this further points to the Longhorns’ defensive woes.

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Texas had many opportunities to get on the board but were unable to capitalize. With 39 seconds left in the first half, Ole Miss took over on its own 28-yard line. The Rebels were able to drive down to Texas’ 35 and set up a 52-yard field goal from Andrew Ritter to give Ole Miss momentum going into halftime. Also in the second quarter, Texas forced an Ole Miss turnover in the red zone and advanced to the goal line, drawing a pass interference. With the ball on the twoyard line, the Longhorns committed two false start penalties that pushed the team back 10 yards. Texas had to settle for a field goal, which took away four points the team desperately needed.


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continues from page 1 season in Austin. That year the Longhorns rebounded for a 9-3 campaign, losing to only Texas Tech by a possession late in the season. The players and coaches still believe this kind of turnaround is possible. “All our goals are still in front of us,” senior safety Adrian Phillips said. “We have to be confident. If we’re not confident in winning the Big 12, you have no chance. The season is a loss.” But you have to wonder about the group’s confidence. Texas’ senior leaders have never experienced a season that the program considers the norm. Actually, the team spent just as much time refuting the possibility of another 2010 disaster, when the Longhorns and this group of seniors spiraled to 5-7. Senior Chris Whaley, one of the most passionate and intense players on the roster, was visibly upset after the loss. The 6-foot-3-inch, 295-pound defensive tackle looked shaken and close to shedding a tear as he answered questions, but Whaley made it clear: “We refuse to have another 5-7 season.” But how much stock can be put in that answer?

Texas’ schedule doesn’t get any easier from this point. The Longhorns have four remaining should-wins — Kansas State, Iowa State, West Virginia and Kansas — but outside of those games, who will Texas be expected to beat in the Big 12? Oklahoma? Not a chance. Bob Stoops may lead another annihilation, perhaps planting Brown’s Texas tombstone at the same time. TCU on the road? Good luck. That defense stifled a similar Longhorn offense in Darell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium last season. Oklahoma State? The Cowboys may score 100 points against Texas. Texas Tech? Not likely, even at home. Under Kliff Kingsbury the Red Raiders have a swagger sorely lacking in Austin. Baylor? If the Cowboys can score 100 points, the Bears can too. The season sets up for disaster. It may not be 5-7, but a six-or-seven win season is realistic. But Brown wants you to remember one thing — it’s about the kids. “Forget the coaches, come for the kids,” Brown said. “Come for the young guys who are really trying, and come watch them try to beat Kansas State.”

Average yards per carry for the Longhorns compared to the 6.6 Ole Miss boasted


Number of rushing yards for Rebels RB Jeff Scott, a career-high

LONGHORNS IN THE NFL Brian Robison - 61 yd fumble return Jermichael Finley - 65 yds - 1 TD Jamaal Charles - 55 yds rushing, - 84 yds receiving - 1 receiving TD Brian Orakpo - 5 tackles - 1 sack - 2 tackles for loss Aaron Williams - 7 tackles - 1 tackle for loss Earl Thomas - 3 tackles - 1 pass deflection




Monday, September 16, 2013


Elliott collects 300th win against Illinois By Evan Berkowitz @eberky94

Head coach Jerritt Elliott picked up his 350th career win and 300th since arriving at Texas after splitting a pair of matches at the State Farm Classic in Champaign, Ill. In its first game after the team’s victories over No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Stanford at home, Texas dropped a match in straight sets to unranked Arizona State. The Sun Devils (8-1) withstood 21 kills from junior outside hitter Haley Eckerman as they used three big runs in three games to down the No. 2 Longhorns, 18-25, 23-25 and 21-25 “Our focus is making sure the team does not have big heads and think they are ‘all that,’” Elliott said before heading to Champaign. “We have got to get back, ready to battle because both teams that we are competing against are more than ready for us.” But the Longhorns were unable to even take a game against a good, but less-talented, Arizona State squad. The Longhorns had 16 hitting errors and seven service errors, hurting them in

the defeat. But just as they have all season, the Longhorns responded in the tournament capper, knocking off No. 14 Illinois in five sets (25-23, 23-25, 25-13, 24-26, 15-11) as freshman Chiaka Ogbogo came up big in her Longhorn debut, providing a spark to complement Eckerman’s steady game. Ogbogo started the Longhorns off strong in the deciding fifth set, getting a kill and a block to push the Texas lead to 5-2. It was Eckerman who carried the Longhorns, though, showing why she is a favorite for the National Player of the Year. She tallied a seasonhigh 23 kills, giving her 44 for the weekend. Bailey Webster posted 17 kills of her own, backing up why Elliott believes he has the best outside hitters in the nation. “We got a unique situation with two of the best outsides in the country,” Elliott said last week after defeating Stanford. In game one, the Longhorns rallied on a string of Illinois errors, to overcome a four-point deficit and tie the game at 13. In a game that saw 11 ties, Webster finally


Shelby Tauber / Daily Texan file photo

Outside hitter Baily Webster (above), teams up with opposite outside hitter, Haley Eckerman, giving Texas one of the best power duos in the nation. The two combined for 40 kills against Illinois, propelling head coach Jerrit Elliott to his 300th win.

gave Texas the win with a pair of kills. In game two, though, it was Texas who surrendered the lead, losing after being up 19-15. The next two games

Led by Senior Toni Hakula’s six-over-par 216 overall score, the No. 3 Longhorns left Chicago on Sunday with a second place team finish at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational. After scoring a two-under-par 68 in the tournament’s first round on Friday, Hakula fell off on Saturday, ending the day with a seven-over-par 79. The former all-Big 12 golfer recovered, however, and signed for a one-under-par 69 score in the tournament’s final round, ending his rollercoaster weekend tied as the ninth best player in the field. The Longhorns were able to reach the No. 2 spot in Saturday’s second round due in part to freshman Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall’s pair of one-over-par 71s. And on the tournament’s last day, the two helped Texas secure second by stringing together the team’s second and third best scores of the day, Hossler with a two-over-par 72 and Hall a three-over-par 73. Overall, Texas ended its second tournament of the season 18 strokes off of first-place Alabama’s nine-over-par 849 score in the 15-team field.

Texas soccer split its matches in a rainy Colorado Springs, CO, this weekend, taking home a 3-1 win over Air Force Friday, but falling to Colorado College 2-0 on Sunday. “I’m really pleased with the result and that the players organized keeping possession of the ball in the second half,” said head coach Angela Kelly after the Air Force game. In the match against Air Force, the Longhorns went down early, allowing a goal in the 10th minute by the Falcons’ Maddie Lundberg. But Texas evened the score just four minutes later as sophomore Kelsey Shimmick landed a shot in the upper-left corner of the net off a pass from freshman forward Marchelle Davis. The game remained even for the rest of the first half, but a substitution to start Jasmine Hart in the second half proved productive as the freshman forward sunk two goals in six minutes. “Jasmine Hart, two big time goals, she really had a lot of composure big time,” Kelly said. The first goal came after sophomore midfielder Lindsey


Sophomore All-American Breaunna Addison won the white singles bracket in the Longhorns’ first event of the season as Texas traveled to Durham, N.C., this past weekend to compete in the Duke Invitational. Addison started her season with four strong matches. The sophomore took the opening match (6-1, 6-2) and advanced to the finals after a pair of straight-set wins on Saturday. Addison defeated North Carolina’s Jamie Loeb two days after losing to her in their doubles semifinal match to claim the white bracket. “Bree played at a very high level all weekend long and lost only a few games, while beating some of the top players in the nation,” assistant coach Darija Klaic said. “Today’s match against Loeb had all the characteristics of a professional tennis match. The strategy was very specific, and Bree’s impeccable execution gave her the mental edge necessary in a battle of two players with impressive tennis skills.” After losing her first set, freshman Ratnika Batra rallied in her first collegiate match to beat Oklahoma State’s Megan McCray. The New Delhi, India native met Miami’s Kelsey Laurente, who finished last season ranked No. 81 in the country, in the quarterfinals. The two split the first two sets before Laurente beat Batra in the third. The team has two weeks off before they head west for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s All-American Championships in California.


Texas men’s tennis started its fall individual competition schedule this weekend at both the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland and the OFCC Fighting Illini Invitational in Chicago. The Longhorns started strong in Chicago as they went 4-0 in doubles play and 2-2 in singles Friday. But Saturday, Texas went 1-5 in singles play with four of the five losses coming to nationally ranked competition. On Sunday, the Longhorns won their doubles

match despite dropping both single matches. In Midland, four advanced to the round of 16 and two teams to the round of 32 going a combined 7-0 Friday. Saturday didn’t go as well for the Longhorns, with newcomers Adrien Berkowicz and Clement Homs both falling in the round of 16, while Nick Naumann lost in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Berkowicz/Homs also fell in the semifinals of doubles play. Only No. 10 singles player Soren

Soren Hess-Olesen Sophomore

Hess-Olesen advanced to Sunday, where he fell in the championship match in straight sets.

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a Wednesday press conference. “The important thing I’m taking away from this is trying to get our team ready for the Big 12 and get back to the Final Four.”

Meyer’s goal kick, which snuck past the Falcons’ defense, where Hart quickly shot the ball from 25 yards out. Moments later, sophomore defender Ali Schmalz cleared a ball past the defensive line again, and Hart managed the goal from 25 yards away. “I scored both of them from crossing the ball, and I realized if we’re going to get the ball over the top then that’s our easiest way to score,” Hart said of her first two career goals. The team did not have as much of an offensive spark against Colorado College, playing in the pouring rain after nearly a three-hour delay. The game was postponed in the sixth minute and moved from a grass field to a turf surface. Colorado College’s Jessie Ayers scored in the 59th minute and junior Kaeli Vandersluis added insurance in the 83rd. This was the first game of the season that Texas did not outshoot its opponent, only recording nine to the Tigers’ 15, but it did manage more shots on goal with seven to their four. Shimmick led the team with three shots, two on goal, but was unable to turn them into points.



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Monday, September 16, 2013


Cowboys fall to Kansas City

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Houston Texans’ Arian Foster (23) is grabbed by Tennessee Titans’ Zach Brown, right, during the Texans’ 30-24 overtime win.

Hopkins’ TD lifts Texans in OT HOUSTON — Andre Johnson often tells DeAndre Hopkins that the rookie will be better than he is one day. Hopkins is certainly off to a good start. He had a 3-yard touchdown reception in overtime to lift the Houston Texans to a 30-24 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. With Johnson out after being shaken up in the fourth quarter, Hopkins reached above Jason McCourty and pulled in the pass from Matt Schaub to give Houston the victory. Coach Gary Kubiak said Johnson was being evaluated for a concussion. “We survived today because of some great heroics and plays by him,” Kubiak said of Hopkins. When Hopkins saw the coverage on the game-winning touchdown, he couldn’t wait for Schaub to snap the ball. “Anytime I see a one-onone that’s a wide receiver’s dream,” he said. “He put it in the perfect position for me to go up and catch it. We practice that basically

every day and practice makes perfect.” The Texans (2-0) needed a franchise-record 21-point comeback to win their opener at San Diego 31-28. Arian Foster’s 1-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion tied it at 2424 with less than two minutes left. “We’ve got to close games out,” Tennessee safety Bernard Pollard said. “We have to be more disciplined for a full 60 minutes.” Hopkins, a first-round pick, finished with seven receptions for 117 yards. Schaub threw for 298 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Jake Locker threw for 148 yards and two touchdowns, and Chris Johnson ran for 96 yards for Tennessee. The Titans took a onepoint lead with a 10-yard touchdown grab by Delanie Walker, and extended their advantage to 24-16 when Alterraun Verner returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown on Houston’s next drive. A poor offensive series

We’ve got to close games out. We have to be more disciplined for a full 60 minutes. —Bernard Pollard, Tennessee safety

by the Titans ended with a safety by Houston to push the lead to 16-10 early in the fourth quarter. Houston took the lead when Owen Daniels stretched out to grab a 12yard touchdown reception near the back of the end zone to make it 14-10 in the third quarter. The Texans wasted no time getting going, scoring on their fifth play of the game when Schaub found Garrett Graham on a 1-yard pass. A career-long 60-yard run by Ben Tate got Houston to the 6-yard line. Tate got a couple of extra yards out of the nifty run when he stiff-armed a defender a darted away. —Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Dallas Cowboys did not have any trouble marching deep into Kansas City territory. It was finishing drives with touchdowns that proved problematic. That was especially true in the fourth quarter Sunday, when they had moved across midfield in search of the goahead score. Tony Romo was pressured into three straight misfires, and the Cowboys had to settle for Dan Bailey’s third field goal. That got the Cowboys within 17-16 with 3:55 left, but their defense couldn’t get off the field quick enough. Morris Claiborne was called for pass interference on third down, allowing Kansas City to melt more time off the clock, and the Chiefs held on for the narrow victory. “We had a good plan and did some things that gave us a chance to win this football game,” said Romo, who played with bruised ribs.

“We put ourselves in position [to win], but we didn’t. Ultimately, that’s all that matters.” Romo finished 30 of 42 for 298 yards. His favorite target was Dez Bryant, who had 100 yards receiving in the first quarter and finished with nine catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. Still, the Cowboys (1-1) struggled to run the ball for the second straight week. DeMarco Murray had just 25 yards on 12 carries, and the team finished with 37 yards rushing. “We haven’t run the ball well enough, and we haven’t run it enough,” coach Jason Garrett said. Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City (2-0), which didn’t commit a turnover for the second straight week — and against a Cowboys defense that forced six against the New York Giants. Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles each had a

touchdown catch. “When you’re trying to build something, you need to win games like this,” Smith said. “These are the games you look at in November and December. You need these types of wins, not only the caliber of the win but the style of win.” The Chiefs, who already have matched last year’s win total, were amped for Andy Reid’s first game as their coach at Arrowhead Stadium. A capacity crowd roared when they rolled onto the field in all-red uniforms, departing from traditional white pants to signify the start of a new era. They kept rolling, too. Kansas City marched 77 yards on the opening series, the highlight coming when Smith scrambled 17 yards on third-and-15 and executed a Fosbury Flop over a defender for a first down. “He did it with grace,” Reid quipped. —Associated Press

REBELS continues from page 8 half success in the third and fourth quarters. The Rebels, on the other hand, exploded once play resumed, manufacturing touchdown drives on three of their first four possessions of the half while also scoring on a 73-yard punt return by senior running back Jeff Scott. Conversely, the Texas offense was inept in the second half, going scoreless in the third and fourth quarters while managing just 90 yards of total offense. Senior quarterback Case McCoy played well early on in junior quarterback David Ash’s absence before struggling to move the ball after halftime, and he finished the game 24for-36 for 196 yards and a touchdown. After replacing defensive coordinator Manny

Diaz with Greg Robinson after last week’s blowout loss against Brigham Young University, the Longhorns’ defense whiffed on stopping the run once again. The Rebels racked up 272 yards on the ground, with Scott leading the way with 164 yards and a touchdown. “We’ve got to stop the run,” Brown said. “If you can’t stop the run you’re not going to win football games. You’ve got to run it and you’ve got to stop the run, and we didn’t do either.” While he admits the defense must play better moving forward, junior linebacker Jordan Hicks believes that the Texas players need time to get acclimated to Robinson’s new defensive scheme. “We’re just trying to make the transition and learn as

fast as possible,” Hicks said. “One thing we harped on this week is that we need to get to the ball and rally. I think we did a good job of that and we just need to keep improving.” Robinson agreed, saying that he remains confident his players will turn things around and improve as a defense as the season progresses. “I think we’ll continue to grow and get better,” Robinson said. “These are good young guys, and they want to win.” Texas enters next week’s matchup against Kansas State with a chance to rebound as it kicks off Big 12 play. The Longhorns still expect to contend for a conference title, but this could be a tough goal to accomplish if they continue to struggle.

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continues from page 14 “art can change the world.” Even though the grant allowed the THIRST team to work without requesting city funding, they still had to undergo extensive permitting for more than a year and a half. “It’s been great to see how much support we have from the city,” Yancey said. “To see what we’re capable of and what Austin will embrace will really further our cause. We live in a place that really encourages the spread of ideas.” As far as public response, the architects, arborists and artists involved in THIRST hope for a heightened awareness of the water-related issues facing the city. Texas lost 301 million forested trees and 5.6 million urban trees in the 2011 drought. THIRST hopes viewers begin to realize the impact drought has on the community. “We noticed we were seeing water restrictions that were being talked about on a legislative level but not on a citizen’s level,” Yancey said. “But we can use art as a means to raise awareness and also get people to see how much energy and work is going into our most


continues from page 14 watched them and learned how to do everything. From how to talk with a firm voice and to use restraint … everything is done to make sure these kids stay on task and feel safe. DT: The director had you and John Gallagher Jr. work through a list of questions when you first met. Could you talk a bit about that acting exercise? BL: We didn’t have much time to prepare before the film started, so John and I went to dinner to get to know each other, and as John was leaving, there was an envelope on his doorstep from Destin that said: “Do not open until you get to the restaurant.” When we arrived, we opened it and inside were little pieces of paper that were conversation starters. They were questions ranging from: “What are your hopes and dreams for being a parent?” to specific questions about Grace and Mason [Gallagher’s character] and childhood memories. By the end of that dinner, we had created a whole mythology for Grace and Mason. DT: You worked with some remarkable young actors in the film, especially Keith Stanfield and Kaitlyn Dever. How was working with those kids? BL: I was just completely in awe by the depth and ability that everybody had. For a movie that has some very deep moments in it, it was just such a light and fun set. We never really did more than a couple of takes of anything, and we kind of created a little family. Destin encouraged John and I to really take on the role of the leader of these kids on and off-camera. We’d play games and hang out with them and make sure we had a very comfortable relationship, so we could create an environment where it was really okay to make a mistake because there were no such things. The idea of being able to fart in front of one another was a very important aspect of the set.

It is a project that brings people together. It brought the collaborative team together and hopefully will bring our citizens together … we could possibly initiate some positive change. —Beili Liu, associate professor of art and art history

precious resource.” Women and Their Work is intent on spreading the word about THIRST, using social media to gain publicity and a volunteer basis. In addition to its own networking, KLRU is planning to make a 30-minute documentary about THIRST and Women and Their Work as a part of its “Arts in Context” series. “THIRST is a project for our community,” Liu said. “It is a project that brings people together. It brought the collaborative team together and hopefully will bring our citizens together … we could possibly initiate some positive change.”

DT: There’s a real tonal delicacy to the movie. It really breaks your heart but finds a way to make you smile through the tears. When you’re filming those heavy scenes, how do you approach something like that? BL: The director just left me alone. I just listened to a lot of Norweigian black metal and went through my process. I like to know how much time I have, so they’d give me a fiveminute warning, and I’d jump in. DT: What was the most challenging scene for you to film? BL: There were moments where I personally left the character. There was one time where I wasn’t really Grace, I was myself, because I cried when Grace wouldn’t have cried. When Marcus shaves his head, I was so moved by Keith Stanfield’s performance that I had to excuse myself from the scene and cry. DT: You’ve been having a great year working with Destin here, James Ponsoldt on “The Spectacular Now” and Joseph GordonLevitt on “Don Jon.” Can you talk about working with all of those directors and their approaches to filmmaking? BL: That is the joy of the process, knowing that you’re never gonna get into a character or find a way to get out of it the same way twice. For the most part, I enjoy following the lead of the director and going down the rabbit hole with them, whatever that means. You’ve got guys like Oren Moverman, where everything in a scene is lit to allow for an improvised nature, versus your Edgar Wrights, who have a very specific and focused idea as to where even your eyes should be when you’re talking and where you should be looking. Both are welcomed and important for whatever story they’re trying to tell. It’s different ways of getting to the essence of a project. The Texan will have a review of “Short Term 12” when it opens in Austin on Friday, Sept. 20.


OK. Town to rebuild Guthrie’s boyhood home


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In this Aug. 22, photo, a car drives by a sign welcoming people to Okemah, the boyhood home of Woody Guthrie, in Okemah, Okla.

OKEMAH, Okla. — When Woody Guthrie’s dilapidated boyhood home was ordered to be torn down in the late 1970s, the demolition reflected the strained relationship between conservative Oklahoma and the native son famous for his folk singing and progressive politics. Those tensions persisted for more than a generation, but attitudes about Guthrie have slowly softened. Now developers working with the blessing of Guthrie’s relatives have announced plans to rebuild his 1860s-era boyhood home in Okemah, a time-worn town of 3,300 people desperately seeking tourism dollars. “If you were to put a Mount Rushmore of American music here in the Midwest, the first two artists on it would be Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie,” said Johnny Buschardt, a spokesman for the project. “Without Woody, there wouldn’t be a Bob Dylan or a Bruce Springsteen.” Best known for the song “This Land is Your Land,” Guthrie came of age during the Great Depression and later embraced left-wing politics, including for a time some tenets of communism. By weaving social issues into his music, he reimagined folk songs as platforms for protest, starting a creative tradition carried on by scores of other top artists. In hundreds of folk songs and ballads, Guthrie’s lyrics celebrated American work-

ers, lamented the woes of the poor and advocated for civil rights. Although revered as one of the best songwriters in American history, he was rarely acknowledged, let alone honored, by his home state for decades after his death in 1967. “When I was going to school [in the 1960s], it was almost like his name wasn’t supposed to be mentioned. And when it was brought up in class, the teacher would change the subject,” recalls resident Ric Denney, whose family has roots in town dating to the 1920s. It took more than 30 years, but Okemah now celebrates Guthrie with an annual music festival that draws thousands of people from around the world. Tributes such as the mural of Guthrie strumming his guitar on the side of a downtown building are commonplace these days. Other parts of Oklahoma are honoring him, too, in a big way. In April, a 12,000-square-foot museum showcasing his life’s work opened to much fanfare in downtown Tulsa. A community park across the street from the museum is called Guthrie Green. The estimated $500,000 rebuild of Guthrie’s childhood home will use original planks salvaged from the run-down property called London House, which was purchased by prominent local businessman Earl Walker in the early 1960s.

Walker hoped he could eventually win support from town leaders to restore it as a way of promoting Okemah, about 60 miles south of Tulsa. Instead, they ordered him to tear it down, declaring the property a public nuisance because it had become a place for teenagers to smoke and winos to pass out. Walker complied, but he saved the lumber for the day when his neighbors would recognize Guthrie’s importance to the town and the country. The bundle of preserved wood eventually ended up at the Okfuskee County History Center. Today, all that remains of London House are a few blocks of the home’s sandstone foundation — mostly obscured by knee-high weeds. A faded sign on the lot warns visitors against stealing the stones. London House is to be rebuilt on the same lot, and project organizers want to come as close as possible to making it look like it did when Guthrie lived there. At the history center, board member Ron Gott is eager for work to finally begin after years of indifference and flat-out opposition from town leaders. “In the early 1970s and ‘80s, Woody was still a bad name among some residents,” Gott said. “You had some old-timers here in Okemah who were just against Woody, but there’s maybe a handful still alive.”

The town is “coming around,” he added. “Most people understand [the home is] a draw, something that is part of history.” Leann Priest, who has lived in Okemah since she was 14 and owns a house a half-block from the Guthrie parcel, said the ranks of those who despised the songwriter are thinning dramatically. “There are still people in town that still believe he was a communist,” said Priest, who grew up listening to her dad and uncle singing Guthrie songs. “I don’t think he was. He was a man who stood up for everybody.” Linda Knebel, who’s lived here for 22 years, said Guthrie “did a big thing for Okemah” and openly honoring him is the best way to return the favor. “It was the old codgers who said that” about Guthrie, Knebel said. “I’m glad those thoughts are going away.” Organizers hope to raise money for the project through donations and a benefit concert in Tulsa by singer Kris Kristofferson in mid-October, among other events. Construction is scheduled for November through May. Guthrie’s family members have also praised the plan. His granddaughter, Annie Hays Guthrie, who travels to Okemah every year, said she feels like a part of her has “come home.” —Associated Press

J.K. Rowling expands world of wizardry in new film LONDON — J.K. Row- for a “Fantastic Beasts” a film to Warner Bros.” wrapped up, the company has ling’s world of wizardry film had come from WarAs well as movies, Warner been involved in related venis coming back to the big ner Bros., and she soon Bros. said “Fantastic Beasts” tures including a Harry Potscreen — but without realized she could not en- would be “developed across ter studio tour near London, Harry Potter. trust another writer with the studio’s video game, Universal’s Wizarding World Film studio Warner her creation. consumer products and dig- of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida, and the Bros. announced Thurs“Having lived for so long ital initiatives businesses.” day that Rowling will write in my fictional universe, I Warner Bros., a unit of Time Pottermore website. Warner Bros. also said the screenplay for a movie feel very protective of it,” Warner Inc., was behind eight based on “Fantastic Beasts she said. “I already knew a Harry Potter movies, released Thursday it would be the and Where to Find Them,” lot about Newt.” between 2001 and 2011. Rowl- worldwide distributor for a her textbook to the magical “As I considered War- ing did not write the screen- television adaptation of “The universe she created in the ner’s proposal, an idea took plays for those films, which Casual Vacancy.” The BBC is boy wizard’s stories. shape that I couldn’t dis- Warner Bros. says took in $7.7 due to film the miniseries next year. The story will focus on lodge. That is how I ended billion at the global box office. —Associated Press the book’s fictitious author, up pitching my own idea for Since the film series Newt Scamander, and is anticipated to be the first in a series. Rowling said in a statement that the movie “is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.” She said the story would begin in New York 70 years before the start of Harry Potter’s tale. Screenwriting is the latest in a string of new ventures for Rowling since she finished writing the Harry Potter series, which has sold more than 450 million copies around the world. She has published a novel for adults, “The Casual Vacancy,” and written detective-thriller “The Cuckoo’s Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press Calling” under the pseud- This is a Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 file photo of British author J.K. Rowling as she poses for onym Robert Galbraith. the photographers during photo call to unveil her new book, entitled “The Casual Vacancy,” at Rowling said the idea the Southbank Centre in London.

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Actor portrays at-risk supervisor, details film By Alex Williams @alexwilliamsdt

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Lisa Choinacky, operations manager and volunteer coordinator, prepares flags for the art installation THIRST on Wednesday afternoon. These flags will line 2.5 miles of Lady Bird Lake when the exhibit debuts Sept. 28.

Lost trees inspire exhibit By Lauren L’Amie @LameLamie

If the heat isn’t reminder enough of the droughts plaguing Texas, Women and Their Work Gallery hope their new art installation, THIRST, will do the job. According to Beili Liu, artist and UT associate professor in the art and art history department, and the team at Women and Their Work Gallery, most Texans aren’t aware of the severity of the current water crisis. The group is in the process of creating a massive

temporary installation on Lady Bird Lake under the moniker THIRST. The project is meant to serve as a memorial for the millions of trees lost in recent droughts. “We chose the Lady Bird Lake as the project site not only because it is the heart of Austin, but also because of its constant water level and the beautiful green belt surrounding it,” Liu said. “Sometimes it is exactly the place we tend to forget about the urgency of the water crisis.” THIRST began as a collaborative project between Liu, architects Emily

Little and Norma Yancey and landscape architect Cassie Bergstrom. Starting Sept. 28, the installation will feature a massive tree suspended over the lake, its roots just inches from the surface of the water. A string of prayer flags will line the hike and bike trails along Lady Bird Lake from the Pfluger pedestrian bridge to the First Street bridge. At their cozy Lavaca Street location, a table of artists, architects, volunteers and friends gathered to string together the more than 2,000 prayer flags they’ve compiled and

discuss what needs to be done next. “The point is to encourage discussions about water, and our water use,” executive gallery director Chris Cowden said. “I think there will be a lot of conversation, which is what has to happen. It’s a complicated problem that needs to be discussed.” Women and Their Work was the only gallery in Texas awarded a $50,000 grant from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, an organization that operates on a basis that

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At this year’s South By Southwest film festival, “Short Term 12” premiered to massive acclaim, going on to win the festival’s Audience and Grand Jury awards. The film is a quietly stunning, emotional powerhouse with a remarkably warm and compassionate performance from Brie Larson. Larson plays Grace, a supervisor at a facility for at-risk children, and the film’s careful handling of Grace’s relationship with several of the kids makes it a deeply felt, wonderfully acted experience. The Daily Texan spoke to Brie Larson about the film last week. Daily Texan: How did you get involved with “Short Term 12,” and what drew you to this role? Brie Larson: I got involved by the script being sent to me, and Destin

[Cretton] and I had a follow-up Skype call where we just discussed Grace and the script and filmmaking and the reasons behind making a movie, and we just really clicked. DT: Once you decided you were going to do the film, what sort of preparation went into the role? BL: I shadowed at a facility and spent a lot of time on the Internet — there’s a lot of research that can be done there, a lot of interviews online of people that have the same job as Grace. I spent time talking with Destin, who had worked at a facility like that for two years. DT: What did you pick up from observing those workers that you incorporated into your performance? BL: Yeah, all of it! I wouldn’t have known how to do the job if I hadn’t

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Grace (Brie Larson) and Mason (John Gallagher Jr.) share an intimate moment in the strongly emotional “Short Term 12,” in theaters this Friday.

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