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THE DAILY TEXAN Friday, April 23, 2010

Serving the University of Texas at Austin community since 1900

FRIDAY Desegregation

A panel discussion featuring five of the first African-American students to attend UT in the 1950s will take place in the Almetris Duren Hall Multi-purpose Room from noon to 1 p.m.

Health coverage

Kelly Mikelson, a sociologist whose research focuses on social policy and child health disparities, will examine how the Children’s Health Insurance Program impacts the health insurance coverage for young children in immigrant families from noon to 1 p.m. in BUR 214.

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You’re invited

Celebrate Eeyore’s birthday with an eclectic bunch of Austinites at Pease Park all day.

Batter up

Texas softball faces Oklahoma State at Red and Charlie McCombs Field from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To go or not to go

Austin Shakespeare is celebrating the Bard’s birthday from noon to 4 p.m. with a Sonnet-a-thon and artisan market at Richard Garriott’s Castleton Village.

SUNDAY Past accounts

An oral history exhibit chronicling the stories of the women and children from the Vietnam War opens in RecSports 2.112 at 2 p.m.

Today in history In 1962

First U.S. satellite to reach the moon launched.

Mary Kang | Daily Texan Staff

Trang Nguyen and her daughter Nhi take a break from work at Thanh Ni, a restaurant they started after moving to Austin from Saigon nine years ago. ie Tran, who spearheaded the move- of the program’s cancellation came ment to save the Vietnamese language VIETNAM continues on page 2 program at UT. The announcement

Cafe fails to repeat past revenue success By Shabab Siddiqui Daily Texan Staff Although the Cactus Cafe saw a surge in attendance and profit in February, the venue was unable to repeat its success in March. The on-campus music venue lost nearly $7,000 last month, according to documents obtained by The Daily Texan through the Texas Public Information Act. The cafe lost $250 in the same month last year. Most of the cafe’s revenue came from the $25,000 it collected through admissions at the door and about $11,660 through alcohol sales. While the revenue was enough to cover the cost of paying performers, they fell short of covering labor costs and other expenses. The cafe, which won its ninth consecutive award for “Best Acoustic Venue” at the South By Southwest music festival in March, has a profit model different from most other alcohol-serving venues, which derive two-thirds of their revenue from alcohol sales, according to a 2002 study by market research firm Mintel. The Cactus receives

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two-thirds of its revenues from admissions and one-third from alcohol. March’s revenue from admissions was about $20,000 short of what it made in February. However, according to the Texas Union calendar, February may have simply boasted a stronger month of bookings. Gene Ween, a guitarist from Pennsylvania, sold out three straight nights, while



By Aziza Musa Daily Texan Staff In an era when the media industry is in flux, the UT School of Journalism is also changing and has been without a permanent director since 2008. The group of candidates for the school’s new director has narrowed to two after one stepped down. The two remaining candidates are Linda Steiner, professor and director of research and doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, and Glenn Frankel, a former Washington Post reporter and editor and visiting professor at Stanford University. Steiner could not be reached as of press time, and Frankel declined to comment. The third contender, Robert Rivard, editor of the San Antonio Express-News, stepped out of the running this weekend. Rivard said the search committee invited him to interview and that the idea of moving out of a newsroom and into a university where he could take a different approach to facing the challenges of journalism initially intrigued him. “It is evident, however, that the journalism faculty is deeply divided on the leadership question, with the professionals and academics disagreeing on whether the next director should come from a newsroom or within academia,” Rivard said in a letter quoted by the San Antonio Express-News. “Until that question is resolved, it will be hard for anyone to win the kind of affirmation the new director will need to be successful.” Rivard said the newspaper and media industry is still in a profound state of change and that he wished to remain with the Express-News for the transition. “I kind of consider myself an editor through that era of transition,” he said. “We haven’t completely emerged from one era into the next yet, and I’m committed to seeing it through.” Because of the transition, journalism schools also need to undergo changes to produce the kind of journalists that will be needed in the future, Rivard said. “The real challenge is that schools are going to have to do that in a time when they can rely less and less on the Texas Legislature to provide the necessary funding,” he said. “Governor [Rick] Perry wants to cut funding by 5 percent. That is a deep cut at a time when the school is already trying to fulfill its mission with insufficient funds.” The current director of the school, Tracy Dahlby, will voluntarily step down from his position when the dean of the College of Communication, Roderick Hart, chooses a candidate. Hart said he is hoping to make a decision in the next two weeks

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Cactus closing mirrors film program canning By Shabab Siddiqui Daily Texan Staff Stephen Bearden has seen a lot of change at the University. A white-haired retiree who worked 31 years as a UT employee, he still makes his way to the 40 Acres four to five times a week for squash games at Gregory Gym. Since 1979, he’s witnessed the construction of new buildings, the changing of administrations and the growth of a diverse student body. But the

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By Priscilla Totiyapungprasert Daily Texan Staff Government junior Kieu Pham was 10 years old when she had her first slice of pizza on her first airplane trip — a taste of her soon-to-be adopted country — as her plane made its way to Texas. It has been 13 years since she and her five siblings moved with their parents from the humid countryside of Sóc Trång, a small city on the southern tip of Vietnam, to the windy plains of Amarillo. Today, Pham is one of the many Vietnamese-American faces on campus, in a city where the Vietnamese have surpassed the Chinese and Indians to make up the largest Asian-American population. Pham and the Vietnamese Students Association recently worked with Vietnamese-language student Nick-


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LIFE&ARTS: ‘Why Don’t We Do It On the Road’ travels to Bandera, Texas


Jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding performs in Hogg Memorial Auditorium from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with special guest André Mehmari. The 23-year-old Spalding has quickly become one of the most talked-about jazz artists in the field.

Champion cross-country rider Zac Hearnsberger saddles up a horse at the Twin Elms Guest Ranch in Bandera, Texas. His father, Cap’n Kury Hearnsberger, is the manager of the ranch, which offers western-style vacations.

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current controversy surrounding the closing of the Cactus Cafe feels like deja vu. In fact, things are feeling a little too much like deja vu, he says. “I know exactly how [Cactus Cafe manager Griff Luneburg] feels,” Bearden said. Bearden served as the director of the Texas Union Film Program for more than two decades before it was phased out by the Texas Union in 1997, despite protests

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singer-songwriter Mike Doughty sold out two. Admissions from March were also about $25,000 short of admissions in March 2009. Unlike 2009, the cafe closed during the South by Southwest music festival during spring break. Additionally, the cafe hosted no shows on Mondays throughout the month.

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earlier this month, in response to a 30-percent budget cut in the Department of Asian Studies. “People have been on waitlists for the class, so it’s not like no one wants to take it,� Pham said. Vietnamese is the third most spoken language in Texas, after English and Spanish. Pham said it can be a challenge for Vietnamese-Americans of her generation and younger to understand their roots. Retaining or learning the language is one way they can hold on to a piece of their heritage while remaining immersed in American culture, she said. “More and more kids are speaking less Vietnamese at home,� Pham said. “It’s harder to learn about where your family came from if your grandmother speaks mostly Vietnamese and you speak mostly English. Also, for some of our parents, after they fled Vietnam, it’s not easy for them to talk about it because it brings back so much pain.� As a child fishing and playing in the rice fields in her hometown, Pham did not understand her parents’ reasons for wanting to leave Vietnam. She remained in the dark about communism, the Vietnam War and her father’s imprisonment until after a few years of living in America, when she began asking her parents questions about Vietnam’s history. When the North Vietnamese Army captured the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon on April 30, 1975, the government stripped Pham’s family of their land and imprisoned her father Phuoc, a South Vietnamese soldier, for treason. After Phuoc was released from prison five years later, he was unable to find a job he desired, despite his educated background, and eventually found work in the rice fields. His wife Phuong Le, a tailor, taught sewing in a school run from their home. More than 15 years later, in 1996, through aid from the U.S. government and a sponsorship from a Baptist church in Amarillo, Pham and her family moved to the Panhandle, where her parents took up new jobs at the Tyson Foods meatpacking plant. “I was expecting New York-

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BOSS: Hart replaced Dahlby as director From page 1 and the new director would take office in August 2010. Hart appointed Dahlby in the summer of 2008 after Lorraine Branham, the director at the time, left the University to become the dean of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Dahlby has served since then. During his position as director,

Dahlby, alongside the school’s faculty, created investigative reporting and public health reporting initiatives, moved ahead with international programs and began the Reporting Texas website that features students’ work. The journalism school also partnered with the law school to form the Actual Innocence Clinic, in which journalism and law students investigate prison inmates’

claims of actual innocence. “I’ve been happy to serve in this job, and it’s taught me a lot about the school and what we do,� Dahlby said. “I’ve managed to teach one course a semester. I also have some writing projects that I’ve put on hold in order to do this job, but I’m eager to get back to doing the work that I love to do, which is teaching and writing.�

CAFE: Daytime numbers appear to remain steady the decision to close the cafe as early as December. All recommendaCactus Cafe manager Griff tions made by the board must go Luneburg could not be reached for through President William Powers comment. Jr. before final approval. Facing a recurring 2-percent The controversy surrounding University-wide budget cut, the the announcement likely contribTexas Union Board recommend- uted to a surge in the cafe’s profits, ed Jan. 29 to repurpose the 31-year- as it made about $12,000 in Februold cafe and to phase out the infor- ary alone — a 232-percent increase mal classes program by August. from the same month the year beE-mails obtained through public fore. Several students also testified records revealed that administra- to an increase in the activity in the tors at the Texas Union had made cafe during the daytime.

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Despite the fall in revenue, Sethu Iyer, religious studies and liberal arts honors junior, said he feels the numbers in the daytime have not gone down. He began frequenting the cafe toward the beginning of the semester. “With all this controversy, it’s still active,� Iyer said. “[The cafe] has a long enough history before, and a lot of people have respect for the place. Now, I think they just want to come and participate.�

FILM: Texas Union criticized for cutting programs From page 1 from various students, faculty, staff and community members. The Texas Union Theater was built in the early 1960s. Bearden said when he took over the program in 1979, it featured five to six showings per day, every day of the week. Movies ranged from fresh-out-of-the-theater hits to foreign films to various cult movies. Some years, the program made almost $100,000 in net profit, he said. In the mid-1990s, Entertainment Weekly ranked UT’s film program as one of the top three among similar university This newspaper was written, edited and designed with pride by The Daily Texan and Texas Student Media.

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style high buildings, and when I got here, there was nothing but grass,� Pham said. “The only two phrases in English I knew were, ‘I don’t know how to speak English’ and, ‘I need a translator.’� For the first time, Pham experienced taking car trips in her family’s black ’92 Nissan instead of walking everywhere, eating lunch in the school cafeteria and sleeping in the comfortable bed she shared with a sister in an airconditioned house — although Pham admitted she slept on the floor for a while because the mattress was too soft compared to her wooden bed in Vietnam. Looking back, it was not an extravagant lifestyle, but it felt like it at the time, Pham said. Today, Pham volunteers at the Vietnamese American Community of Austin, an organization that provides services to help families improve their English, learn their civil rights and acclimate to American society while preserving their culture. In a Sept. 14, 1979 article, The Daily Texan reported there were about 1,000 Vietnamese-Americans living in Austin, most of them immigrants working in assembly lines, convenience stores and power plants. City officials now estimate there are about 25,000 Vietnamese-Americans living in the greater Austin area — roughly half of the area’s entire Asian population. Houston-born Michael Nguyen, president of the Vietnamese Students Association and a biochemistry senior, said he did not learn much about his culture until he came to UT. Sometimes it is not until people leave home and are away from their parents that they see opportunities open up, he said. He described his parents as very open to change but said they felt it was a mistake that they didn’t speak enough Vietnamese to him when he was younger. Although he can read and write it, he regrets not being able to speak it — especially since he wants to eventually open a dental office in Houston, where there is a large Vietnamese population. “The parents of my generation have such a strong work ethic because they had to work from the bottom of society up,� Nguyen said. “My own parents came over with nothing, and I can really appreciate all they’ve done.�



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programs across the country. The popularity of home video in the early 1990s, combined with the Union’s theater falling behind concession-selling multiplex theaters, resulted in a heavier reliance on foreign and cult films. “It wasn’t a sustainable business model anymore,� Bearden said. “Movies used to be an event, but with home video, movies became a commodity.� The shift appealed to smaller audiences but also formed a reputation for the film program. Bearden said the changes resulted in far fewer profitable years, as the program started to incur losses around 1990. “It just depended on the quality of the films,� he said. “Sometimes you had good months, and sometimes you had bad months. You can’t manufacture what to show.� The Union management decided to close the film program in 1997, and — similar to the Cactus — made its decision through a Friday press release after passing it through the Texas Union Board of Directors. Bearden was reassigned with a full-time position at the Union Underground. He said the program would not have been a money-maker but should have been kept. “It was a cultural asset to the University, and they removed it

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by fiat,� Bearden said. “Evidently, they didn’t want to keep it going.� UT administrators could not be reached for comment. Several other parallels between the two Union programs exist. Like the Cactus, the film program lost between $40,000 and $50,000 per year at its low point. There was also much uncertainty about the future of the room, which is now primarily used by the Student Events Center for movie showings twice a week. Film program supporters, like Cactus supporters, also held a West Mall rally a few weeks after the announcement. Radio-television-film professor Paul Stekler told the Texan in 1997 that the loss of the program leaves “a pretty big hole in the cultural life of the University.� Stekler, who still teaches at UT, said he prefers not to comment on the issue or its parallel to the Cactus Cafe. The same year the film program was canceled, a dispute broke out between faculty members and the athletic department after $88 million was allocated for a stadium expansion. The Faculty Council called for a halt in the construction due to “misplaced priorities.� Earlier this year, the Faculty Council expressed concern after football head coach Mack Brown received a $2.1-million pay raise. Bearden ran the Underground for almost seven years until the Union management fired all 15 student employees in 2006 because of a possible theft-of-inventory case. Bearden said that was his last straw, and he handed in his resignation soon after. “If there was one guilty [student], then you don’t fire 15 of them,� he said. “I couldn’t abide with treating students like that. Ethically, I couldn’t do that anymore. I left because I thought it was a poor working environment.� Bearden said power in the Union comes from the top and that management does not want to hear people disagreeing with it. He said he feels the management tends to enjoy dealing with contracts rather than personnel, shown by a trend of recent franchising. He said the recent decision to close the Cactus Cafe has brought nothing but bad publicity for the Union. “When you talk about money, they’ll talk about students,� Bearden said. “And when you talk about students, they’ll talk about money. They don’t want to face the reality they made a bad decision.�

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Thailand grenade explosions mark climax of unrest By Grant Peck The Associated Press BANGKOK — Soldiers and civilians hauled away bloodied victims after a series of grenade attacks Thursday in a new burst of violence in Thailand’s chaotic capital — the scene of a tense, weekslong standoff between anti-government protesters and security forces. A Thai woman was killed and 75 other people wounded, according to the government’s Erawan emergency center. Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said attackers shot five M-79 grenades from a nearby area where the anti-government Red Shirt protesters are encamped. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, whom the Red Shirts want to dissolve parliament and call elections, did not make a public appearance. The Red Shirts consist mainly of poor rural supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and pro-democra-

cy activists who opposed the military coup that ousted him in 2006 after several months of protest by the Yellow Shirts. The first three blasts happened at about 8 p.m. at the elevated mass transit skytrain station on Silom Road. Passengers were rushed away down the station’s stairs by soldiers who were stationed there. About 30 minutes later, two more blasts occurred at an intersection filled with demonstrators protesting against the Red Shirts as well as bystanders. Chaos ensued, as the scores of wounded were tended to and carried to ambulances as police and soldiers began to clear the area. “The authorities are conducted an investigation, but it’s too soon to give any conclusion,� said government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn. “This is the work of the terrorists that the government has always been wanting to get rid off. They have been hiding in several areas.�

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Fire-boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off-shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon on Wednesday. Eleven workers remain missing after a thunderous explosion rocked the oil drilling platform.

Sunken rig threatens crude leak

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A Thai woman, covering her wounded face with a flag, is rushed to an ambulance after an explosion in Bangkok on Thursday.

By Holbrook Mohr & Kevin McGill The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A deepwater oil platform that burned for more than a day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, creating the potential for a major spill as it underscored the slim chances that the 11 workers still missing survived. The sinking of the Deepwater Horizon, which burned vio-





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control the fire enough to keep it afloat. Officials had previously said the environmental damage appeared minimal, but new challenges have arisen now that the platform has sunk. The oil will do much less damage at sea than it would if it hits the shore, said Cynthia Sarthou, executive director of the Gulf Restoration Network. Crews searching for the missing workers have covered the

1,940-square-mile search area by air 12 times and by boat five times. Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Mike O’Berry said accidents are rare given that 30,000 people work on rigs there every day. “They’re highly trained. They know the dangers,� O’Berry said. “The safety precautions they take are extreme. A testament to that is of the 126, 115 are home today with their families.�





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OVERVIEW The UT, A&M showdown The University of Texas recently clinched this year’s Lone Star Showdown. If you don’t know what the Lone Star Showdown is, you likely aren’t alone. The annual contest began in 2004 and awards a trophy to either Texas or Texas A&M, whichever of the two performs better than the other in various athletic events. A point is awarded to each school whenever it wins in a given sport, and this year, Texas clinched the title when the men’s tennis team defeated the Aggies earlier in the week. According to Lone Star Showdown’s website, “The already storied rivalry series between the state’s two flagship institutions of higher education [is] titled and supported financially through a major sponsorship from State Farm Insurance Companies.” Supported financially? Through their membership in the Big XII Conference, Texas is required to play Texas A&M in every sport regardless of sponsorship, and given the history between the two schools, the matchup between Texas and Texas A&M is considered a rivalry match whether State Farm slaps its name on it or not. So let’s title the Lone Star Showdown for what it truly is, “The Lone Star Money Grab.” The sanctity of amateur athletics is already broken beyond repair, and holding arbitrary contests sponsored by major companies is an unnecessary way to corporatize college athletics even further. But perhaps Texas participates in the joke of a competition just to help out little brother — in 2008-2009, Texas A&M’s athletic department ran at a deficit. Beyond the fact that the contest is a clear appeal to corporate interests, Texas doesn’t need a trophy to recognize that it’s superior to Texas A&M in athletics. That’s an idea as fundamental as gravity. However, in Texas A&M’s defense, their equestrian team recently won a national championship, and two members of their meat judging (yes, meat judging) team were recognized as All-Americans. Perhaps if the contest is to continue, it can take on a new slogan, “Texas for titles, A&M for lunch.”

Austin moves forward with green energy The Austin City Council on Thursday unanimously approved an aggressive plan that would significantly bolster the city’s use of renewable energy within the next decade. The plan, proposed last year, calls for the city to boost its renewable-energy usage from 12 percent, where it currently stands, to 35 percent by 2020, mostly with the help of wind power. When the plan was announced last year, the editorial board was impressed by its ambitious goal of turning Austin into one of the world’s greenest cities. But we, like many businesses and advocates for the poor, were concerned about rising rates, wondering whether goals shouldn’t be scaled back while the state takes recessionary hits. Austin Energy, the city’s energy utility, has argued that such a dramatic move toward renewable sources would offset the rising costs of fossil fuels. Skeptics have called those price estimations into question. But in adopting the plan, the council addressed these concerns, saying the city would hold off on making any new investments until cost issues are sorted out. We trust the city to proceed carefully as it looks for ways to follow through with this plan without squeezing those who might not be able to afford it. But in the meantime, we remain excited about the prospect of Austin leading the way in energy innovation.


Where are the women? By Anna Russo Daily Texan Columnist A Newsweek article published this week titled “Remember Roe” has sparked controversy in the feminist world. The article focuses on the future of the pro-choice movement in the hands of “young feminists.” Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice, was interviewed about the article and expressed grave concern for the future of the pro-choice movement. “These leaders will retire in a decade or so. And what worries Keenan is that she just doesn’t see a passion among the postRoe generation — at least, not among those on her side,” says Newsweek. Keenan’s remarks have upset many young feminists within the pro-choice movement who are expressing their anger with Keenan’s remarks by inundating the blogosphere with posts. Their anger is not unfounded; Keenan’s attack on the passion of the young pro-choice movement is a slap in the face to the young activists involved. Although these young women may not be writing large checks to support the pro-choice movement, something Keenan notes they should be doing, lack of disposable income does not mean they are not involved in other ways and exhibiting their passion for a woman’s right to choose. But some of the disconnect between

the “millennials” and the older generation in the pro-choice movement, such as Keenan, may not be entirely their fault. Last weekend, the Gender and Sexuality Center hosted the first-ever studentled feminist conference on campus, the Feminist Action Project Conference. The keynote speaker of this event was Jehmu Greene, a graduate of UT and the president of the Women’s Media Center, a center devoted to alleviating the lack of representation of women in the media by creating their own media and training women to participate directly in media. In her speech, Greene noted some disheartening statistics concerning women in the media industry. The center reports that women hold only 3 percent of clout positions in the mainstream media and make up just over a third of full-time staff at daily newspapers. Moreover, just three of the top 10 op-ed writers in the country are women. This problem of female representation in the media industry harkens back to the conversation amongst historians at the end of the second wave of feminism: Who is telling the story of women, if it is being told at all? The Center reports that the lack of women in the media industry coincides with women’s articles often being placed in the back of the newspaper or women’s voices on a topic of news not being heard at all. How can feminists like Keenan or younger activists be expected to know the whole story of the state of women in the U.S. if the story is not

even being told? Although under-representation of women in media is not the fault of women or the feminist movement — but rather a symptom of a sexist society — it is important that both younger and older feminists in the pro-choice movement work together to solidify women’s place in all of areas of the media industry. This will ensure that not only Keenan, but also the larger population, has a better understanding of the hard work being done by young and old feminists alike in the prochoice movement. When the UT Black Students Alliance hosts a discussion about reproductive racism, with officers falsely claiming that abortion is being used as a form of eugenics against the black population and young pro-choice supporters voice their opposition to this stance, we need to talk about it. When The Daily Texan advertising department runs an insert funded and published by a pro-life organization called the Human Life Alliance that contains inaccurate information about birth control and abortion, we need to talk about it. But right now, these stories are not being told and the lack of coverage is causing dissent amongst those that should be fighting together — dissent that is potentially crippling to decades of progress within the women’s movement. Russo is a government and women’s and gender studies senior.

Keep politics out of education By Jeremy Yager Daily Texan Guest Columnist

THE FIRING LINE SG should stick to UT topics Student Government is at it again! Just a few weeks into the new Assembly, it appears that some members are already willing to abuse their office. Representatives were elected to improve our campus by finding the issues facing our students and solving them through the democratic process. Jeremy Yager, however, seems to have already forgotten his job. According to the SG Newsletter, Yager has already begun wasting our student body’s time, energy and resources with AR 5: In Support of Efforts to Reform the Texas State Board of Education. Now, either one of three things must be happening: 1) Yager was confused and thought he had become a delegate to the Democratic Convention rather than to Student

LEGALESE Opinions expressed in The Daily Texan are not necessarily those of the UT administration, the Board of Regents or the Texas Student Media Board of Operating Trustees.

Government, 2) Yager is so out of touch with the student body that he can’t find issues to solve here on campus or in the student community or 3) Yager does not care about representing students on issues that are germane to the jurisdiction of Student Government. No matter which option you choose, it doesn’t sound like he really belongs there, does it? Fellow representatives must stop such abuses of office now before the rest of the session begins. You were elected by the UT Student Body to solve issues pressing to us, not the partisan distractions of Vice President of the University Democrats, Jeremy Yager. Stop spending time on things beyond your scope and decide that this year will be different. This year, Student Government will matter.

— Justin G. May Government junior

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For many of you, it started with Thomas Jefferson. When the nation first turned its attention to the Texas State Board of Education’s social studies curriculum revision, many of us were confused. Most were only vaguely aware of the board’s existence, and few understood that our state’s textbook purchasing power rendered it disproportionately influential in determining the curriculum not just of Texas, but of many other states around the nation. This seemed odd, given that its most visible member, former Chair Don McLeroy, is a dentist with no educational background, but some digging soon revealed that the majority of the board membership is comprised of partisan ideologues with no demonstrable subject matter expertise. We gradually realized that the education of our brothers and sisters was in the hands of a radical faction of fundamentalists seeking to imprint history with their own narrow-minded agenda. This seven-person bloc largely controls the board, and thus our state’s K-12 curriculum and textbook selection. When many media outlets ran the news that they had voted to cut Thomas Jefferson from a world history standard on the influence of enlightenment thinkers on political revolutions, confusion quickly turned to outrage, and the board became the target of intense criticism at the hands of numerous national media outlets, civil rights leaders and even UT professors. This outrage is justified but misplaced. Be angry, but for the right reasons. Be angry that the board removed qualities such as equality, justice and re-

sponsibility for the common good from a first-grade standard teaching kids what it means to be a good citizen. Be angry that the board rejected a sociology standard on the differences between sex and gender as social constructs, fearing that this might lead children to accept members of gay and transgender communities. Be angry that the board’s members decided it was not important to teach students why the Founding Fathers sought to protect religious freedom in America by separating church and state. The stakes are much higher than protecting Jefferson’s legacy. The actions of the board have produced curriculum standards that undermine the importance of multiculturalism and respect for alternative viewpoints, foundations upon which America’s society and democracy have been built. But I suppose this is of little importance to the board. Did I mention that its members also voted to remove “democracy?” Our siblings should learn that America is not just a Christian nation, and that it is our diversity of beliefs and ideas that bind us together. Future Longhorns must understand that Americans are not inherently better than citizens of the rest of the world. Educators deserve the opportunity to teach their students about civil rights leaders such as Oscar Romero, not to be stifled by the board’s claim that only well-known stories deserve telling. This is why we fight. In March, Save Our History, a coalition of UT students for a smarter State Board of Education, received national media attention for its efforts in opposition to the insertion of partisan politics into public education. On Tuesday, Student Government unanimously passed a resolution asserting our student body’s opposition

to the board’s actions and calling for its members to heed the cries of its constituency. Sunday, our coalition will rally with elected officials and students from across the state to send a clear message to the board. I strongly urge you to join our cause. We must hold the board accountable for its decisions. Education is not a partisan issue, and we cannot afford to leave the future of our state’s children in the hands of ideologues whose principal charge is transforming our schools into tools of indoctrination. Texas voters have already begun to recognize this, as McLeroy was recently ousted in the Republican primary. Many legislators have promised to address public education reform in next spring’s legislative session, but we must do more to stop the Board in the short term. You can help. Read the board’s revisions, which were recently made available on the Texas Education Agency’s website. I recommend the color-coded version, which highlights changes made by actual subject-matter experts alongside those proposed by dentists and fundamentalists. Then, take part in the board’s 30day public commenting period by writing to each of its members. Urge our governor to request that board Chair Gail Lowe, his appointee, return the new curriculum to the experts who drafted the original standards for further recommendations. Rally with Save Our History in the Mezes courtyard this Sunday at noon. Testify at the Travis Building on May 19, before the board conducts its final vote. We must make our voices heard, for the sake of Texas’ future. Yager is Vice President of the University Democrats and a Student Government University-Wide Representative.




Friday, April 23, 2010

Iraqi strife slowed reconstruction

Jeff Heimsath | Daily Texan Staff

Professors Charles Miles, Dr. Rosalee Martin and Dr. A. L. Mackey wait for other panel speakers to join them at the 24th annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights.

Symposium remembers UT’s first black students

By Radhika Sakalkale Daily Texan Staff In honor of the integration of the UT School of Law, the 24th annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights was held to commemorate the changes of African American Civil Rights throughout the decades. The symposium, presented by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, was inspired by Sweatt’s legal battle in 1950 and showcased a panel of speakers who attended the University when it was still segregated. Heman Sweatt was refused admission into the UT School of Law because he was AfricanAmerican and because education was not integrated at the time. He sued UT, and the Supreme Court ruled in his favor in the 1950 Sweatt v. Painter case, allowing him to attend the School of Law and desegregating the school for future students “The students spoke of their experiences at UT, how things have changed and the value of being back here on campus,� said Stella Smith, graduate student in the College of Education.

It is important to look at the conditions that were pertinent in the past, said panelist A.L. Mackey, chair of the biology department at Austin Community College. Previously, AfricanAmericans were only allowed to attend classes and were not permitted to join extracurricular activities, so the students could not find a niche or a place on campus, Mackey said. “[Before integration], African-American students could not participate in intercollegiate sports, the Longhorn band or Greek life. They could not eat at restaurants along the Drag, except for one very small place, and they could not see movies at the two nearby theaters,� organization Vice President Gregory Vincent said. “Initially, they lived in segregated substandard housing including Whitis CoOp, which had minimal rundown kitchen facilities, no dining room, no couch, no fire extinguisher, peeling wallpaper and rickety stairs.� In 1956, University Regents desegregated undergraduate schools, and 101 African-Amer-

ican undergraduates enrolled at UT. Today, that number has grown, and there are nearly 2,300 African-American students and 114 African-American faculty members, Vincent said. “One of the unique things about this year’s symposium is that we are inviting the first African-Americans that attended the University, particularly between the years 1950 and 1965, many of which have not been back to the University since they left,� said Choquette Hamilton, graduate student in the College of Education and one of the panelists for the symposium. “Coming back to the University shows that they are willing see how the University has grown and changed.� Today at noon, the first African-American students at UT will share the stories of their experiences in the program “Sitting at the Knees of Our Elders� in the Duren multi-purpose room. A closing session with keynote speakers and award presentations will be held at 7 p.m. in the San Jacinto multipurpose room.


tions and using campaign funds for personal reasons. The governor’s office declined to comment because of the charges’ relationship to the campaign, and his campaign group, Texans for Rick Perry, could not be reached as of press time. The report looked at all 50 governors and dubbed 10 others with the same title: Haley Barbour (RMiss.), Donald Carcieri (R-R.I.), Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.), Bobby Jindal (R-La.), David Patterson (DN.Y.), Sonny Perdue (R-Ga.), Bill Richardson (D-N.M.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Mark Sanford (RS.C.) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.). The organization did not rank the governors in any particular order because of varying laws in each state. — Aziza Musa

“We haven’t had a sustainability website for the University,� program director Jim Walker said. “There’s been research centers within different colleges that do sustinability status updates, but there has never been an actual website.�

Gov. Perry blasted by ethics group for lack of transparency Gov. Rick Perry is among America’s worst governors, according to a Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington report released Wednesday. The criteria through which Perry and all other governors’ actions were assessed included outright corruption, transparency, politics, pressuring public officials, cronyism — giving family and friends full benefits such as government positions — self-enrichment and scandal. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization charged Perry with ignoring campaign finance laws, blocking transparency and access to public records related to Cameron Todd Willingham’s death-penalty case, rejecting $555 million in federal stimulus funds for Texas unemployment benefits, continuing cronyism, accepting donations from businesses aided by his ac-

UT sets up website to promote environmental programs The UT Office of Sustainability launched its first website since the organization’s inception in 2009 on Wednesday.

The website provides links to information about research by UT professionals and ongoing programs related to environmental issues. “It’s a place we can share info on things that are already happening [and] a place for climate action planning,� Walker said. The Office of Sustainability chose Earth Week to promote the launch of the website because the week is a time of heightened environmental awareness, Walker said. In addition to the informational links, the office will also create Facebook and Twitter pages that will be added to the site in the coming months. “There’s no one medium for communication anymore, but you have to have some kind of home base to go off of,� Walker said. — Destinee Hodge

By Hannah Jones Daily Texan Staff Retired Navy Admiral David Nash, responsible for rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure after the country was devastated by war and civil strife, said the reconstruction mission was complicated by the deteriorating security situation in Iraq and political pressure from Washington. Rear Admiral Nash was director of two organizations that managed the $18.4-billion Iraq infrastructure reconstruction program in 2003 and 2004. Nash spoke to students and faculty of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department on Thursday to share the challenges and lessons learned while in Iraq. “There is a movement of using engineering to contribute to communities at a worldwide level, and Nash is a good testimony to this,� said Richard Tucker, co-coordinator of the lecture and a professor in the department. After he retired from a 33year career in the Navy, Nash headed the Iraq program management office for 14 months under the Coalition Provisional Authority, the transitional government in Iraq formed to take the place of Saddam Hussein’s government. He later served as director of the Iraq Reconstruc-

tion Management Office. “There was a lot of fear in Washington, and the Washington interplay was very challenging,� Nash said. “There was support and resistance from [the government]. We received a lot of pressure to spend money as rapidly as we could, and I resisted that because it wasn’t plausible for construction spending.� He said the need to rebuild Iraq was not a result of the war, but past administrations’ neglect of the country. The program’s goal was to improve the infrastructure, boost Iraqi employment and educate civilians. Nash said the region was benign when he arrived in 2003. However, when the country turned hostile in fall of 2004, greater challenges emerged in the form of raised costs and concerns about how things would get done in a non-secure region. Nash focused primarily on building up the military, utilities and police force. The media and others said the billion-dollar water and power projects, which were allotted to small contractors, was an incorrect approach to rebuilding a post-conflict society. “Some of the criticism was well-founded, but our job was to give the basics back to the

Iraqis,� Nash said. Nash stepped down from his position in September of 2004 when the coalition shifted from the Department of Defense to the State Department. Throughout Nash’s work in Iraq, he said Iraqi involvement in U.S. decision-making was really important to him. “The Iraqis I worked with were very competent and welleducated leaders that were thankful for our presence in their country to help,� Nash said. “At the same time, it was not that they disliked us, but they said they would be glad when we went home.� James Jirsa, co-coordinator of the departmental lecture and a professor in the department, said it was important to expose one of the most prominent people in the field to students and hear his large, unusual construction undertaking. “It was nice to see other views of [the Iraq situation] other than what we see on the news,� civil engineering junior Loren Hinds said. Nash said Iraqis are fully capable of governing themselves and that now could eventually be a leader of the gulf states. The reconstruction program currently has a $50-billion budget which he said is slowly phasing down. Retired Admiral David Nash, former director of the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office, speaks at the Avaya Auditorium on Thursday about his role in the reconstruction effort in Iraq.

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Thomas fulfills NFL dream

Caleb Bryant Miller | Daily Texan file photo

Earl Thomas (center) was the leader of the Texas secondary last season, recording eight interceptions. He declared for the draft after two years as a starter. future in the NFL, millions of Seattle Seahawks make Texas safety the 14th dollars, and most importantly, overall pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night a new house. Not a mansion for himself, time — the moment NFL com- but a home for his parents afBy Michael Sherfield missioner Roger Goodell ter Hurricane Ike destroyed Daily Texan Staff Earl Thomas had been wait- walked up to the podium and his childhood home in Orange, ing for this moment for a long called out his name, bringing a Texas, on the Louisiana border.


“That’s the first thing I want to do,” Thomas said. “They’ve been taking care of me all my life, and it’s just going to feel good to finally take care of them for once.” The Seattle Seahawks, with the 14th pick in the draft, chose

Thomas, bringing a childhood dream to completion and setting the All-American safety on course for another year as an NFL player. His parents’ housing

Highly ranked opponents Texas not satisfied despite wins don’t faze surging Horns By Kate Guerra Daily Texan Staff “Play the game and not the name” is a motto Texas softball lives by. The No. 14 Longhorns (36-9, 9-1 Big 12) have faced top 10 teams before and been successful, going 3-1 against them this season. The players have always pushed aside the idea that those bigger matchups change the way they approach the game, instead crediting a consis-

tent mentality for each opponent. Texas looks to keep that philosophy when No. 8 Oklahoma State comes into town but is fully aware that the toughness of the Cowgirl team might be their biggest challenge of the season so far. The Cowgirls (40-7, 9-0) have lost just once in their last 27 games and are riding a 17-game winning streak. “You know, Oklahoma State

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Derek Stout | Daily Texan Staff

Junior Raygan Feight runs the bases in a game earlier this season. The Horns will get a test this weekend from their Big 12 rivals.

Bruno Morlan | Daily Texan Staff

Sophomore third baseman Kevin Lusson struggled as Texas swept away UT Arlington on Tuesday night. the batting cage and asked if him if he would mind tossing Lusson some extra ground balls so he could practice throwing to first and second. “I knew he was wanting to do it, so I offered to help,” Maitland said. “He was a little down from the game, but he’s a confident kid, and he knows he will get it back.” Maitland flipped Lusson ground balls, and the sophomore worked on footwork and positioning for almost half an hour under the lights of an almost-

WHAT: OSU (23-13, 5-7 ) at No. 3 Texas (31-7, 13-2 ) WHERE: UFCU Disch-Falk Field WHEN: Friday 6:05 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. empty Disch-Falk Field. Lusson would approach the ball, scoop it up and without thinking, quickly fire a strike to second base and would then follow it with a

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Golf teams prepare for Big 12 Top-ranked Cowboys in the way as Horns head to conference tournament

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The Texas golf team is going in search of its 44th conference championship this weekend in Tennessee.



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By Austin Ries Daily Texan Staff After Tuesday night’s 21-2 romp over UT Arlington, Kevin Lusson filed into the secondranked Longhorn clubhouse behind his teammates with something on his mind. It was a series of events starting with a throw made to Jordan Etier at second base back in the fourth inning that should have resulted in a 5-4-3 double play. Instead, the throw sailed into center field, allowing Jesse Payne to score one of the Maverick’s two runs that night. Then, half an inning later, it was his at bat half an inning later where he couldn’t shake off the throwing error — Lusson struck out on a ball in the dirt and was eventually taken out of the lineup. “I ended up taking [the error] to the plate, and I was struggling,” Lusson said. “But it gave me more motivation, and I wanted to take initiative.” The error and strikeout were meaningless to the outcome. Lusson’s teammates went on to score 17 more runs in a rare midweek blowout. But Lusson wasn’t satisfied. When the game ended, he walked up to Tim Maitland in

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By Andy Lutz Daily Texan Staff The big stage is finally here as the No. 7 Longhorns head to the small East Texas town of Trinity this weekend for the Big 12 Championship Tournament, their primary goal other than the national championships held in June in Chattanooga, Tenn. And the competition won’t be any easier at the conference tournament. Among the competing teams in the Big 12 Tournament are No. 1 Oklahoma State, who hasn’t budged from the top spot of the national collegiate rankings all year, and No. 2 Texas A&M, the defending NCAA champion that

By Shabab Siddiqui Daily Texan Staff The Longhorns will tee off at the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Okla., with a high seeding, a healthy team and a heap of energy — factors that don’t always line up together. The team will, however, be missing the one factor that was there for them every time: their coach.

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Horns build good start on first day of competition The Longhorns laid a solid foundation on the opening day of the Penn Relays on Thursday. Junior Chantel Malone put forth one of her best efforts of the year, finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 6.41 meters. The mark tied her personal best, set at the Texas Relays. Also impressive in the field events was senior Jordyn Brown, who placed fourth in the shot put with her throw of 15.91 meters and seventh in the hammer throw with a hurl of 52.04 meters. Freshman pole vaulter Natasha Masterson also contributed to the field efforts with her clearance of 3.85 meters, good for eighth place. The Longhorns were also noteworthy on the track. The distance medley relay (DMR), composed of Betzy Jimenez, Judy Nwosu, Julie Amthor and Mia Behm, placed second with their time of 11:22.72. In their qualifying heat, the reigning national champion 4x400-meter team was very impressive. They finished third overall out of all 10 heats and qualified for the finals with their time of 3:33.54. The team was made up of Alicia Peterson, Angele Cooper, Stacey-Ann Smith and Chantel Malone. — Ryan Betori

Rhodes-Devey disappoints in 5,000 meter race Texas junior Brian Rhodes-Devey clocked a 14:43.07 to finish 19th in the college division of the 5,000-meter in the opening day of the 116th Penn Relays on Thursday night. While initially scheduled to run in the “championship” division of the event, the qualifying time placed him in the lower “college” division. Rhodes-Devey had not run the 5,000-meter in competition since the first meet of the year in January against Texas A&M, where he ran a 15:07.17 to place sixth in the dual meet. The New York native has had success in both short- and long-distance running, winning the 800-meter at the Hurricane Invitational last month, as well as being a key contributor to the NCAA-qualifying cross country team last fall. Rhodes-Devey was the only Longhorn to compete last night. Most of the main collegiate events are scheduled for today and Saturday. Texas will compete in three relays tomorrow, along with six individual track and field events. The 4x800-meter relay team will compete Saturday. — Jim Pagels




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NFL: Tackles, Big 12 fill draft picks Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, drafted second overall on Thursday night, was one of nine Big 12 players and five defensive tackles drafted. Suh cemented his high draft status with a 4.5 sack performance against Texas in the Big 12 Championship game last December.

From page 6 situation weighed heavily on Thomas, who declared with two years of eligibility left as a redshirt sophomore after an outstanding second season in the Texas secondary. Thomas matched the UT record with eight interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, as the Longhorns, propelled by their defense, made it to the BCS Championship Game and finished with a 13-1 record. “It was a big decision, and we all decided as a whole family,” Thomas said about declaring for the draft. “That was one of the main reasons I came out was because of the house situation, and most of all, there was no doubt in my mind that I was ready to play in the NFL, so I made the jump. “It’s not only a big day for me, but for my entire family and everybody in Orange. I’d like to thank God and everyone who has helped me get here, especially all my coaches. I feel blessed.” Thomas continued a tradition of Texas defensive backs going high in the draft. He is the ninth UT defensive back to be drafted in the last nine years, joining fellow first-rounders Michael Huff, Aaron Ross, Michael Griffin and Quentin Jammer. In Seattle, Thomas will be joining a team that appeared in the Super Bowl as recently as 2006 but has fallen in a slump since. Seattle finished with a 5-11 record last season, leading to a new coaching staff coming in, lead by former USC head coach Pete Carroll. In Thomas, Carroll, who made his name as a defensive coordinator, will have a versatile and explosive defender who can play as a corner or safety and make plays all over the field. “Earl probably had as productive a year as defensive back that I’ve ever seen as a coach, as far as getting his hands on balls and making plays,” Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said. “He was truly a ball hawk. He made so many plays for us. He’s got great game speed. His most

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is just so hot right now,” head coach Connie Clark said. “To be honest, I’m so glad that they’re here [in Austin]. We need our fans out in force. They were a factor for us [Wednesday] — the fans, the momentum, how loud they were and how into it they were — we need that for this weekend.” The Longhorns’ two-game series against No. 13 Oklahoma, scheduled for last weekend, was canceled because of poor weather in Norman, Okla. That lack of playing time left Texas responsible for remaining fresh during the weeklong break before playing Texas A&M this past Wednesday. The Longhorns were able to pull out an emotional 4-1 victory, answering any questions — if there ever were any — on how the team would be able to perform after an unusual break in play. “We knew that we were going to drop those games,” sophomore third baseman Nadia Taylor said. “We couldn’t make them up, so our motivation was to just stay focused, stay pitch-to-pitch, stay play-to-play. We’re focused on winning conference, and I think that’s our motivation.” What also might be motivating the Longhorns is the fact that they are finally being rewarded for their constant road-tripping at the beginning of the season with a streak of home games. The games this weekend will mark the fifth and sixth home games in a row for Texas. “Bringing Oklahoma State on our turf, we have a great opportunity to win,” Taylor said. “And that’s the plan.” Winning against the Cowgirls, Texas’ biggest competition in the conference, would be a huge factor going into the Big 12 Tournament, now only three weeks away. “Obviously, we control our own destiny,” Clark said. “And to have them here, I don’t think you can set up a better story than that.” WHAT: No. 7 OSU at No. 14 Texas WHERE: Red McCombs Field WHEN: Saturday 12 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.

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to improve as Texas streak reaches 13 From page 6 throw to first base using Tuesday’s performance as motivation. “It’s the right attitude, it’s how you get things done,” head coach Augie Garrido said. “It’s what ball players do.” Especially ball players on one of the hottest teams in the nation, as the Horns (31-7) take on Oklahoma State this weekend in search of their fourth-straight Big 12 series sweep. Even after scoring three touchdowns’ worth of runs Tuesday night, Texas isn’t satisfied, and like Lusson and Maitland showed afterward, the Longhorns approach every day as a chance to get better. “It shows how much potential we have,” Maitland said. “We don’t settle for 21-2. We want to get more and more every time.” It’s a lofty goal, but with the way Texas’ pitching staff performed last weekend against Texas A&M, allowing zero runs in 25 innings, the Horns only need a tenth of those 21 runs. But don’t tell that to Texas hitters. “We figured it out and just can’t come out and can’t throw ourselves on the field and expect to win,”

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Oklahoma led the way, providing three of the top four picks, highlighted by No. 1 overall pick quarterback Sam Bradford, who went to the Rams. Defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh of Big 12 Dominance Nebraska and OU’s Gerald McSo much for the decline of the Coy rounded out the top three, Big 12. The conference flexed its while OU’s Trent Williams, an muscles Thursday night at the offensive tackle, followed. AfNFL Draft with an unprecedent- ter Eric Berry of Tennessee broke ed sweep of the top four picks. the streak, picked fifth by Kansas

talented attribute is his heart, desire and competitive edge. He competes every day, and that’s why he’s a difference-maker.”

City, Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung went sixth. Overall, nine of the 32 players selected in the first round came from the Big 12. However, some big names were left on the board, highlighted by Texas stars Colt McCoy and Sergio Kindle, who stay on the board for the second round, which starts tonight on ESPN.

Women’s tennis team closes out regular season this weekend The Longhorns’ regular season comes to an end this weekend, but only after they travel to Missouri and Colorado to take on two final Big 12 opponents. Today, the Texas squad (13-4, 8-1 Big 12) will head to Columbia, Mo., to face Missouri at 5 p.m. at the Green Tennis Center. The Tigers have endured a disappointing season with a losing record of 6-14. Their most recent losses in-

Cameron Rupp said after Tuesday’s win, where Texas improved its team batting average to .285. “As good of a team as we have, [212] shouldn’t be a one-time score.” The Cowboys are currently seventh in the Big 12 but rank second in hitting with a .324 batting average and lead the league in hits. And with a Texas pitching staff that leads the nation with a 2.38 ERA, the Cowboys will face their toughest conference challenge with Taylor Jungmann, Cole Green and Brandon Workman. “We can’t look at their place. It’s just another weekend to get better,” Lusson said. “We’ve had a few sweeps, so our goal is to sweep them.” The Cowboys have an ace of their own with junior left-hander Thomas Keeling, who leads OSU with 70 strikeouts and at least eight strikeouts in seven of his eight outings. The southpaw also ranks third nationally in strikeouts per nine innings. “We don’t settle for anything less,” Maitland said after Wednesday’s practice. “We focused on facing lefty curveballs, bunt situations and a bunch of hitting situations.”

clude a 7-0 sweep by Baylor and a 5-2 match loss to Texas Tech. Upon the conclusion of tonight’s match, the Horns will travel to Colorado for a match on Sunday at noon. With only a day’s rest, the Texas squad will play their final regular season match against Colorado. The Buffs’ season has been equally below par, with an overall record of 10-10. Wins in both matches this weekend would push the Longhorns overall regular season record against Big 12 opponents to an impressive 10-1 count, good for second in the conference standings. — Alexandra Carreno

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golf course could be key From page 6 easily discarded the Horns by 50 strokes a week ago in the Aggie Invitational. No. 17 Texas Tech and No. 53 Baylor are also expected to be contenders in the three-day, winner-takesall tournament at Whispering Pines Golf Club this weekend. The Horns will be seeking their fourth Big 12 Championship and 43rd overall conference championship since 1927. Texas, ranked as high as No. 4 in the Golfweek rankings this season, has struggled with inconsistency from its golfers behind its top two players, nationally ranked No. 13 sophomore Dylan Frittelli and No. 16 freshman Cody Gribble. The Horns have also gotten solid play out of the third slot with junior Bobby Hudson, winner

of the Mauna Lani Invitational Tournament in Hawaii. After that, however, coach John Fields has been searching for a constant answer to the question of stability throughout the Horns’ current slide down the polls. Despite this troubling search, Texas has a favorable history with the Whispering Pines course, finishing second at the Big 12 Tournament there in 2008. “We take quite a bit of course knowledge into this event,” Fields said. “I expect the competition to be really close, and in the end, attitude will prevail.” If all goes as planned for the Horns this weekend in Trinity, the Texas scorecards will show only birdies and eagles in place of question marks and snowmen.

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as Big 12 title match nears From page 6 Head coach Martha Richards is going to be in her hometown of Palo Alto, Calif., because of an illness in the family. Assistant coach Tracy Parsons, who has been Richard’s right-hand trustee since 2004, when Richards coached at Vanderbilt, will be leading the team. “For us, it’s definitely hard that she’s not here,” Parsons said. “But we came to Norman with the same goal. We’re just ready to go. We’re not going to use that as an excuse.” The team starts the conference tournament as the number three seed, preceded by top-25 foes Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, both teams the Longhorns have beat at some point in the season. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. The team may face a rough patch of weather with scattered thunderstorms sprinkling the course on Thursday night and a 20-percent chance of rain on Friday. The

Longhorns have had both their best and worst tournaments in rough weather. “The course is in excellent condition, and the players took some good notes in the practice,” Parsons said. “There’s going to be some wind, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen. Regardless of what happens, we have to go out there and play.” The Longhorns finished sixth overall in last year ’s Big 12 Championship in Lubbock. Vandermade finished 10th overall, while Fish finished 34th. Texas won its last conference championship in 2004. The team is coming off an eleventh-place finish at the prestigious PING/ASU Invitational earlier this month, in which 12 teams were ranked ahead of them. “[The PING/ASU Invitational] just showed us the level of competition we’re going to see at the nationals and regionals,” Parsons said. “Even though you can make the argument that the Big 12 isn’t as strong, we want to finish our season strong.”

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Broccoli Project’s play captures fear, energy By Gerald Rich Daily Texan Staff There’s an old adage in theater that says there are no small parts, just small actors, since everyone contributes equally to the play. Plan II theater group The Broccoli Project’s newest play “Caligula� offers up a varied cast of experienced and fresh actors to the stage who may not fully understand that. The play, written by the FrenchAlgerian writer-philosopher Albert Camus, deals with common existential themes of realization of one’s mortality and freedom through the crazed and cruel Roman emperor. The play begins shortly after Caligula witnesses the death of his sister and lover, Drusilla. Leaving Rome to wander the countryside, he returns a changed man who strongly questions why we should value anything if all we do is die. It’s through Caligula’s wanton actions and decrees, such as killing Romans because he found them “guilty� and entirely shutting down the public’s granary, that the Roman elites decide to rise up and assassinate him. Playing the manic role of Caligula excellently, Plan II senior David Fisher grabs the audience’s attention and leaves them wondering if he’s about to burst out laughing, attack someone or both. Throughout the play,

he spirals into absurdity while still putting on the face of an esteemed emperor. In fact, many of the lead roles, like Caligula’s mistress Caesonia or his aide Helicon, give great, natural performances. They and other elites remain terrified and loyal to the psychotic emperor, even until the end of the play, when Caligula has completely destroyed himself in the process of exercising complete freedom. While Caligula descends into madness and dances around Rome in nothing but shorts, the various patricians are either forcing their attention or not mentally present in the scene. Yet when they’re engaged in a lengthy dialogue or monologue, their characters come out with just as much fear and energy as Fisher. Despite these inconsistencies, the actors offer up quite a bit of grit as non-theater majors. “Caligula� will be performed in the Parlin courtyard with an introduction by Paul Woodruff, the dean of undergraduate studies. WHAT: Caligula WHERE: Parlin/Calhoun Courtyard (Burdine 106 if rain) WHEN: Tonight and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. TICKETS: $5 at the door

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art, architecture connection From page 10 architect, Morrison has formed his own opinion on the connection between art and architecture, an oft-debated subject. “A lot of people like to say that architecture is inhabitable art, but I don’t even necessarily like that statement,� Morrison said. “I do really like public art projects like this because the cost of patronage is effectively zero, since you don’t really have to buy anything. It’s very egalitarian. I really appreciate that about this project and most works of architecture.� With so much to do in order to get ready for the unveiling of his day, month day, 2008


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Dancers explore unique realms By Sarah Pressley Daily Texan Staff As the curtain opens and the lights come up, a group of dancers pays tribute to the sun, tap dances to techno music and gets funky to a Gregorian hymn. They dance to illustrate their unique stories of addiction, remembrance and joy. This Saturday, Dance Action, a UT student organization, will perform “Students Exhibiting Experimental Dance,� a dance show produced, choreographed and performed by UT students. The performance gives student dancers and choreographers a chance to explore new realms of choreography and production. “I think that all choreography is experimental because you are playing around with movement,� said Amanda Gladu, an art history sophomore who choreographed for and will be dancing in the show. Students are playing with movement, but they also have the opportunity to experiment with props, costumes and the intellectual aspects of their art form. Many of the students involved have been working all semester to create and perfect their original dances. “My dance incorporates sign language,� said Christina Robertson, a dance freshman who choreographed part of the show. “Dance is about communication, so to have another form of communication onstage is really neat to me.� However, not all of the pieces are as serious. Some students chose to

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Cooper Neely, center, rehearses with Bianca Wugofski, left, and Amanda Gladu, who, along with Nicole Plunkett, not pictured comprise the Students Exhibiting Experimental Dance group. get a little funkier. “It’s basically an image we have of monks wearing sneakers, and underneath their robes, they’re kind of funky and know how to move,� said dance senior Lisa Kobdish about the piece she created with Mariclaire Gamble, also a dance senior. For others, this was an opportunity not only to explore the realm of dance, but to explore within themselves, as well.

“Usually, I’m more hesitant about dancers you don’t usually get to performing a solo. I love to cho- work with, too.� reograph, but I’ve never really taken the time to choreograph for myWHAT: Students Exhibiting self,� dance sophomore Caitlin PoulExperimental Dance ton said. “It was nice to indulge in that WHERE: Texas Union Theatre and work for myself. It was something I felt I wanted and needed to do.� “It’s an opportunity to use your WHEN: Saturday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. creativity,� Robertson said. “Your TICKETS: Free and open to the teachers get to see what you can public do, and you get to work with

BANDERA: Chuck wagon races back on after hiatus From page 10 tomato sauce. I had nearly finished eating when my eyes caught a shotgun-toting woman walking through the door. “Gun fight in 10 minutes!� she hollered, startling diners — the 40-something-year-old woman in the camouflage “Willie for President� T-shirt even gave a startled gasp. I couldn’t have been anywhere other than the cowboy capital. When you drive into town, the Bandera County Courthouse reminds you that the eyes of Texas are indeed upon you — and so 1 are the preacher’s. A trailer covered with bumper stickers of local landmarks asking

the question, “Do you follow Jesus this close?� was parked in front of the courthouse — the miniature horse named Star and the quarter horse named Lasso munched contentedly on hay as Ford F-150, -250 and -850 trucks barreled down the road beside them. Jacqui Jackson runs Hills of Heaven Christian Outreach. She uses her horse sense to put some Jesus sense into local kids. “Star here put on an extra-shaggy coat this winter — I knew [the winter] would be wet,� Jackson said about using horses for Bible lessons. “[Star] is a lesson for the kids that God takes care of the horses and us.� Bandera is definitely in the Bible Belt.


Outside the daily goings-on, the town hosts themed events several times each month. This weekend was the Spring Fling and the Texas Open Chuck Wagon Races, but the spring showers flooded pastures and washed away campsites. The races and Twin Elm Guest Ranch Rodeo are rescheduled for May 7 to 9. Chuck wagon races are a familiar sport in the Midwest and nearly famous in Arkansas, where the sport originated. Twin Elm Guest Ranch hosted the first Texas Open in 2003 but stopped with Cap’n Kury’s absence. Now, he’s determined to bring the races back. “[Chuck wagon races] just belong here in Texas, especially in the cowboy capital of the world,� Cap’n


Kury said. “When I came back, everyone was asking, ‘Hey, how ‘bout those chuck wagon races?’� Teams from as far as Montana with names like “Shut up, Stupid� from Stewart, Okla., have signed up for the re-established Texas Open. The sport is nicknamed the “cowboy NASCAR.� Wagons race around a barrel in an open pasture, and an outrider must mount the horse from the ground just as the wagon takes off. Whoever’s rider crosses the finish line first, closely followed by the wagon, wins. “It’s an excuse for horse people to get together with other horse people,� Cap’n Kury said. “We just want to play cowboy!�


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Friday, April 23, 2010

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Why don’t we do it on the road?

Couples slow dance as live Country music plays at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar. Out-of-towners may overlook the bar, which is hidden behind Main Street; just look for the weathered saloon doors.


Ride on yonder to the ‘cowboy capital of Texas’ Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a weekly series exploring day-andweekend trip destinations across Texas.

Stephanie Meza Daily Texan Staff

By Victoria Heckenlaible Daily Texan Staff When you turn off Highway 1604 onto Texas State Highway 16 toward Bandera, don’t even try to resist the urge to put on some Texas country western music. Bon Iver matched the rain’s pitter-patter as I zipped past general San Antonio, but as soon as I turned off that fourlane highway, anything other than a country twang seemed damn inappropriate. Johnny Cash’s voice soon serenaded me about Texas thunderstorms — “’Cause they’ve got to ride forever on that range up in the sky ... Yippee yi yay. Yippee yi oh. Ghost riders in the sky.� Much of cowboy, and Banderan, history is written in historic publications like the Frontier Times or the even-older Hunter’s Frontier Magazine. The town’s Frontier Times Museum preserves many a brittle cowboy magazine, but a few copies remain hidden in the desk of Twin Elm Guest Ranch manager Cap’n Kury Hearnsberger. “[The magazines] are stories from real cowboys, and that’s why I keep ‘em in Ziploc,� Cap’n Kury said, pulling the Texas tales out of the drawer. “See these real life historic stories: ‘Death of a Texas Ranger,’ ‘Hige Nail: An Early Trail Driver.’�

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Bandera didn’t boom for anything less than cattle driven along the Western Trail. Close to Bandera Pass, the town became a stopping point for trail drivers, cattle owners and cowboys. The cattle industry changed and the cowboys settled down, creating dude ranches and an Old West culture that are still preserved today. When you walk down Main Street, the uniform western motif is a step beyond following trends. A city ordinance requires all businesses on the street to incorporate the town’s history. Tex-Mex, Mexican, barbecue and Texas-chic eateries provide nourishment for the tourists in designer boots to those pouring into town from the surrounding ranches. The South Congress-esque 1920s bulb sign attracted me to Old Spanish Trail Restaurant. I sat down and suddenly jumped — a life-size John Wayne cutout towered over me. He was not the only iconic cowboy paraphernalia in the diner. The walls are so plastered with pictures, posters and drawings I could’ve sworn this is where Wayne’s ghost resides. Outside the shrine-like atmosphere, the restaurant serves everything from the Texas staple country fried steak to Mexican breakfast. I ordered my new favorite enchiladas — three eggs in two tortillas covered in onions and

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Tamir Kalifa | Daily Texan Staff

Architecture junior Daniel Morrison works on his art installation “Cardboard Sky,� which was commissioned by Art Alliance Austin.

Student reaches for the sky with cardboard installation By Kate Ergenbright Daily Texan Staff Each piece of cardboard that makes up the installation “Cardboard Sky� has been hand-selected and cut into a specific shape by architecture junior Daniel Morrison, assembled by him and a group of his friends into what appears to be a giant puzzle. “It’s a big net, basically,� Morrison said. “It’s born out of an interest in modularity, having the same piece but with different colors and textures, making something very spatial and experimental.“ Morrison has been commissioned by Art Alliance Austin to create a large-scale installation for Art City Austin, a citywide celebration from April 24 to 25. Morrison’s installation is constructed from thousands of small pieces of cardboard and will be attached to Austin City Hall, marking the boundary of the Art City Austin event in the heart of the Downtown district. Morrison’s coursework in architecture at UT has helped prepare him for the technical and logistical challenges of “Cardboard Sky.� In fact, Morrison was encouraged to submit a proposal for Art Alliance Austin for extra credit by his Design V studio professor, Jack Sanders, who holds a master’s degree in architecture from UT. According to Sanders, his goal in encouraging students to sub-

mit proposals to Art Alliance Austin was “to get the students in over their heads and then demonstrate to the student and everybody else that, when given the opportunity, they can make something happen. Or better, make something wonderful happen.� Morrison relied on dumpsterdiving to collect the material for his installation, sifting through trash to find discarded cardboard boxes. “I sort of started hanging out at a lot of liquor stores,� Morrison said, laughing. “Well, not hanging out, but I kind of got chummy with the guys there because they would see me every week picking boxes, breaking them down, and then I would take them to the shop that I’m working in and press each of these little pieces out individually.� To bring his design to life, Morrison used a variety of techniques and equipment from X-ACTO blades to laser cutters and even old industrial machinery in order to shape each piece of cardboard to match his vision. “As a student, I’ve really always been interested in trying to reconcile digital and traditional handcraft,� Morrison said. “With this project, I’ve sort of been all over technology-wise, from analog to digital to back to old industrial.� As both an artist and aspiring

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