The Summa Vol. 5, Issue 3
Thursday, October 18, 2012
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Team Obama or Team Romney? Students share their opinions on why you should vote for their favorite candidate in the polls this November.
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Taste The World features ABC’s Rascon on Journalism Emmy winner, Art Rascon of KTRK, to speak on Int’l Journalism By STACEY KNIGHT Staff Writer
The International Studies Society (ISS) will be hosting ABC 13 - KTRK Channel 13’s news anchor Art Rascon for the second annual Taste the World lecture series on Oct. 19 in Malloy Hall, Room 013 at 2:00 p.m. Rascon, an Emmy Award winner, will be speaking on international journalism. The event will conclude at Rudi Lechner’s German Restaurant in west Houston for postlecture gathering. Founded last year by UST alumni and former ISS President, Jamie Sepulveda, the Taste the World initiative has become an official part
of the Center for International Studies mission. “These seminars attempt to bring together all majors, to interact with one another and acquire knowledge about specific topics on an international level,” said Seth Romo, current ISS President and international studies major. “Later on in the month, ISS will co-host a Voter’s Registration Drive on the 25th of October, which will include a lecture discussing international reasons to vote,” said Romo. Reflecting the University of St. Thomas’s ethnically diverse student body, as well as a nationally ranked study abroad program, the university tradition to promote diversity and obtain cultural insight on campus is the mission of the Center for International Studies and the International
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AROUND, NOT THROUGH The new freshman class will walk around The Seal between the Campus Life & Academic Mall.
Class of ‘16 Finds new way around campus in tradition By Souther Recio Staff Writer
The freshman class of 2016 will be the first to implement the tradition of walking around the University Seal. The Seal is located in University Seal Plaza,
between the Campus Life Mall and the Academic Mall. Scarlett Ellingson, UST student and presidential ambassador, tours of the campus to prospective students, noticed that visitors would not walk on the seal, which gave her the idea to start this new
ISS hosts Invisible Children film
1980 2004 2008 2012
Presidential Debate Viewership Obama vs. Romney * Biden vs. Ryan
67.2 million 51.4 million
Obama vs. McCain * Biden vs. Palin
52.4 million 69.9 million
W. Bush vs. Kerry * Cheney vs. Edwards Most watched... Carter vs. Reagan
62.5 million 43.6 million 80.6 million
*First Debate • Source: Nielsen Ratings
Photo courtesy Pete Souza
UP IN THE AIR President Barack Obama watches the Vice Presidential debate aboard Air Force One with staff, en route to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, from Florida, Oct. 11, 2012. The Oct. 3 Obama vs. Romney debate had the highest viewership since Carter vs. Reagan in 1980. The 67.2 million does not include online streaming. The New York Times estimates over 70 million viewers, including digital online streams from YouTube.com, XBox Live, and CNN.com that featured real-time polling over issues.
tradition. “I’ve never wanted to walk on the seal because I’m very prideful of this school,” Ellingson said. “I just felt weird walking on the seal.” The idea was first
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Syria - Turkey conflict escalates Mideast firefight intensifies into more violence
Photo courtesy Invisible Children
REVEALED MOVE is a behind-the-scenes look at last summer’s release of the viral video KONY 2012. The film will be screened Oct. 24 at St. Thomas.
By Stephanie Hernandez News Editor
The University of St. Thomas will be hosting a new Invisible Children documentary film titled “Move” on Oct. 24. The film screening will be held in the Scanlan Room in Jerabeck Center from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. by the International Studies Society (ISS) and Invisible Children. “Move” is a behind-thescenes look last summer’s viral YouTube video “KONY 2012” that swept across the internet. The human rights organization released. The human rights organization released the video to make
Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony famous, raising the profile of his use of children as soldiers for his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Now with over 90 million views, the video worked to inspire a movement against the use of child soldiers in conflicts in Uganda. The violence in Uganda has raged over the course of the last few decades as a result of religious and ethnic conflicts. Richard Horstman, adjunct professor for the Center for International Studies, specializes in the study of developing countries said that two million people in Uganda have been displaced
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By STEPHANIE HERNANDEZ News Editor
Oct. 8 marked the sixth consecutive day for SyrianTurkish violence along the borders of those countries, with bombings exchanged by both sides. The Turkish government has supported the Free Syria Army, and previously allowed the Free Syria Army to station their headquarters within Turkey. The violence began when Syrian bombs hit the Turkish town of Akcakale, resulting in the deaths of three children and two women. The Syrian government apologized, releasing a statement to their Russian allies. “It was a tragic accident,
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over the issue. “It’s estimated that he and the LRA have abducted 60,000 children, turning them into sex slaves and killers,” Horstman said. “He has terrorized Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Sudan for over 20 years.” Horstman was surprised at how much negative attention the video has garnered from the public. “The video is correct in saying that Kony does not threaten the United States security or economic interests,” Horstman said. “The US currently has one hundred advisors in Uganda; that’s made clear in the video. What does invisible children want to accomplish by promoting this video? They want the US to keep funding these advisors in Uganda.” Currently governments are making some progress in stopping Kony’s atrocities. “This important moment is the culmination of our collective efforts to put an end to the activities of the LRA, a renegade rebel movement that has become infamous over the years for the untold sufferings wrought upon
SEAL Continued... presented to the Office of Admissions and then to Angie Montelongo, Assistant Director of Student Activities Board, where it was approved. Then Student Government Association President, Jose Bolivar helped to make it happen. The easiest way to present the idea was at New Student Orientation as a fun and interesting tradition. “As a class you’re going to jump into the Seal together and after four years... you’re going to jump out of it,” said Ellingson. Other student leaders have said that the University of St. Thomas lacks traditions typical of university culture, and have made efforts to establish new traditions, including the Freshman Pin Ceremony and the Senior Ring Mass. These events were created to bring the university community together. “It’s more than just not walking on the seal, it’s what it represents,” said Ellingson. The University Seal represents different parts of UST’s story and development. With the official
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TASTE cultures. way to expose yourself to the local populations of the Continued... “We have these monthly other cultures through food.” affected countries,” said Abou seminars and gatherings not Open to everyone on Moussa, the United Nation’s only to develop relationships campus, all events are free. Special Representative and Studies Society (ISS). “All you have to do is head of the UN Regional The event will be co- with different clubs, but also Office for Central Africa, hosted with the College for the student body as a whole show up,” said Romo. To learn more, visit the according to a 2012 Report Democrats and Pi Sigma to discover new cultures, from the United Nations News Alpha. The purpose of these promote informed cross- International Studies Society Facebook (facebook. Center on Sept. 18. social gatherings is to invite cultural understandings, and on In addition to government the student community to focus on our commonalities as com/Center.for.International. action, awareness of the issue take the learning experience opposed to our differences,” Studies) or contact Diana has been strongly emphasized out of the classroom, by said Gillian Nelson, ISS Public Garcia at email@example.com by Invisible Children. A learning about various Relations Chair. “It is a good for more information. student from UST has stepped forward to spread awareness. “I first heard about the KONY 2012 on Facebook, and signed a pledge, and kept getting emails to be an active part of the Kony 2012 movement,” said Marissa Valle, the International Studies major who suggested the idea of showing the film. ISS will co-host the documentary with Invisible Children. “The documentary will be about 25 minutes. There will be a speaker from Uganda, and after that a Question and Photo courtesy UN Photo/Jennifer S Altman Answer session,” said Valle, ISS Treasurer. “I hope that the TURKISH TENSIONS A close-up of a video screen in the Security Council’s stakeout area as Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN, speaks to the press on Syria-Turkey tensions at the United Nations. film brings awareness. KONY is being done immediately as Syria Government to respect 2012 is an example of how CONFLICT you see, and it will continue fully the territorial integrity social media can get really Continued... to be done,” said Turkish of its neighbors as well as to people to understand and to try that will not be repeated,” President Abdullah Gul in end the violence against the and make a difference.” The film screening and said Russian Foreign Minister another “Reuters” report Syrian people,” the statement speaker will be hosted in the Sergei Lavrov according to released four days later. said. The United Nations Scanlan Room at Jerabeck the Syrian government’s press The UN Security Council Council has released Center, from 7:00 - 10:00 release in the Oct. 4 “Reuters” Security the statement condemned Syria’s actions, following the deaths of the report. p.m., on Oct. 24. The Turkish Army has and released the following Turkish civilians . UST International Studies university colors, a golden retaliated by returning fire in statement from their News Center. major, Adil Gakturk, junior, cross represents Christ. Two defense of their borders. “The Secretary-General served in the Turkish military “The worst-case doves symbolizes St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Basil the scenarios are taking place has repeatedly warned that the before coming to Houston. “There’s no education, no Great. A star and hyacinth right now in Syria... Our ongoing militarization of the flower stand for the Lone government is in constant conflict in Syria is leading to government, no infrastructure; Star State and San Jacinto, consultation with the Turkish tragic results for the Syrian it’s a very remote desert area,” the Texas river and Texas military. Whatever is needed people. [He] calls on the Gakturk said. Gakturk, who is a independence battle ground. junior transfer student, came “Not only should to America from Istanbul, we be prideful in our Turkey in 2009 and noticed school, but we should be the differences in his country prideful for what this country DATE INCIDENT right away. fought for,” Ellingson said. A vehicle damaged University 09/25/2012 “Things started to change Bolivar agreed with property off of Graustark street and with the Arab Spring,” said Ellingson and said that the act left the scene without notifying the Gakturk. “Every country of not walking on the seal and property owner as required by law. started violent opposition showing respect for it conveys against their dictator regimes.” pride in itself. An off-campus incident occurred Gakturk said that “No other school in the 09/25/2012 he believed the Obama Houston area can be proud during an attempted robbery at of what St. Thomas is all Westheimer and Commonwealth. administration has been clever about,” Bolivar said. “We The female complainant was en route in dealing with the issue. “They like to work with educate leaders of faith and to the university when an individual character, and that’s what the walked up to her car to ask for money. proxy states like Turkey; they supported Turkey against seal is all about. Not too many When she responded that she did not Syria,” he said. people are aware of this new have money, the individual struck her Though the conflict is tradition, so students, try and in the face and tried to grab her purse. contained between the two get the word out.” The individual was chased away by countries, Gakturk said that Bolivar anticipated that another motorist. it could become a wider he will present some ideas to situation. the student community about Report incidents to UST Security - (713) 525 - 3888 “Its not just a Turkishthe new tradition, including Syrian issue,” Gakturk said. writing a bill with the new “It’s a global issue involving freshman senators. China, Russia, and Iran, “We’re thinking of Please read this copy all who support the Assad making T-shirts that say ‘respect the seal’ so that Then pass it on when finished government, and Russia’s largest naval base is also in everyone is aware of it,” then please recycle! Syria.” Bolivar said.
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“When we talk about fighting for our country, we’re talking about our vote, our vote is our arms” - Sarah Palin
Hate Obama? By CHELSEA FERRAMOSCA Opinion Editor
Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Me neither. We are less than 20 days away from the presidential election, and I want to encourage all of you to go vote! My goal is to lay out Romney’s stances on what I think are the most important issues of the campaign: the economy, health care, foreign policy, and immigration. Want to hear a depressing fact? All of us graduating from UST in the next few years are entering the job market at one of the worst points in American history. If you watched the first presidential debate, you heard Gov. Mitt Romney talk about his “Five Point Plan” for a better economy. I’m not big on these “point” plans, but I have to admit that Romney’s sounds plausible. The first part of his plan is to gain energy independence by the year 2020. This would allow us to produce our own energy with the resources we have in the country, including oil. Not only would this save the government billions of dollars a year, but it would produce countless jobs. The second part of his plan is to control our $400 billion per year trade with China. Trade for the United States has worked this way for much too long: we import all China has to offer, then export our trash. If we began using American made products, we would lower the deficit, create jobs, and keep China from gaining any more financial hold over us. Parts three and four of the plan include improving the public education system and cutting down the size of government. The more training people have, the more jobs they will be able to get. The less government there is, the less politicians
we have to hate. Part five of the plan is to improve small businesses. You may have heard President Obama’s recent “you didn’t build that” speech, in which he claimed that small business owners were delusional for thinking that they started their business, when in fact, it was the government. So when my grandfather opened his own brokering business, it was really the government that built a successful company? Apparently. The next most important issue is Obamacare. Romney has stated that his first action as president will be to create waivers for all 50 states, allowing them to opt out of Obamacare if wanted. Each state will then be allowed to create its own health care plan to offer its citizens, and if they opt out, they will be allowed to use their own private insurance. Freedom of choice - isn’t that what America is about? Governor Romney’s stance on foreign policy includes allowing military commanders on the ground to assess our position in Afghanistan. Once Afghani forces are ready to take over, we move out. Further, he states that Pakistani ties with the Taliban must be cut in order to maintain a relationship. Therefore, if Pakistan wants to continue getting their oversized aid check, they must commit to helping us fight terrorism on the AfghanistanPakistan border. The presidential hopeful has also taken a strong stance against nuclear Iran by promising to keep increasing sanctions, along with other areas of the world, until their nuclear hopes fall through. President Obama has only increased sanctions once in his four years of office. Every increase came from the President’s favorite scapegoat- former President Bush. Unlike most Republican
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In his time in office, President Obama has helped the 100,000 people who lost their jobs by fostering a steady pattern of re-employment. He’s ended the war in Iraq and has taken productive steps toward ending the battles between medical insurance companies and their carriers. He recently proposed big increases to student aid for college students and requested that grants for higher education be made available to schools that can prove that they are taking the proper steps to lower tuition. These are just a few of the many things that President Obama has done in office within the past four years. I’m not arguing that his accomplishments have solved all of our problems and delivered us to some utopic American society; his shortcomings have been significant. However, his achievements during his time in office convey a vision that puts the people first. In my opinion, the Republican Party has done little to help the American public and they’ve already promised to eliminate assistance currently helping struggling citizens. Obama has reformed the student loan program to make college more affordable. On the other hand, Romney and Ryan said they’d like to take at least $170
billion away from Pell grants, which typically go out to low income students. In doing so, at least one million potential college students could be affected and prevented from being able to pay for school. Can this convey any clearer that the Republican candidates don’t support higher education for those who can’t afford it? I believe Obama has a better long-term vision for America than Romney. The major Republican agenda item features major spending and tax cuts for the wealthy; but will any of that help restrengthen the middle class and provide jobs for Americans? I’m not so sure. I know that sometimes it’s hard to only look at things that have been done right in the midst of so much political unrest and criticism about what hasn’t been accomplished yet, but look at the amount of progress that has happened under the Obama administration so far. In terms of international affairs, Obama has restored our reputation within the United Nations and re-established our ties with Russia. Under his leadership, the use of torture has been outlawed and Osama Bin Laden was finally captured after Bush failed to do so. Sure, we can complain about how Guantanamo Bay still exists or about how our troops are still in Afghanistan, but don’t neglect to credit the victories. (Let me add that Romney would like to double the growth of Guantanamo
Bay instead of doing away with it all together). Unfortunately, Obama’s two major pieces of legislature, financial and health care reform, haven’t yet taken effect, so we won’t be able to see the results of these changes until 2013. My problem with Romney is that he can’t seem to make up his mind about where he stands on the issues of health care, abortion and gun laws. He’s mentioned having liberal stances on these issues in (what is in my opinion) a desperate attempt to grab voters. He’s made no commitments to further the social justice of women, minorities or the LGBT community and has shown little respect for preserving the environment for future generations. Romney does not represent Americans and cannot relate to the young voter demographic. How can we trust the future Romney has to offer when he can’t make up his mind on where he stands now? I feel like Obama, genuinely cares about the American public and sticks to his promises. In an interview with “Rolling Stone,” Obama said, “I keep in my pocket a checklist of the promises I made during the campaign, and here I am, halfway through my first term, and we’ve probably accomplished 70 percent of the things that we said we were going to do.”
presidential candidates, Mitt Romney has shown his support for both Palestine and Israel, promising to stand behind the two-state solution and a peaceful end to violence. On the issue of immigration, Governor Romney is more moderate than some presidents in the past. Only eight percent of the immigrants who enter America do it legally. In order to encourage legal immigration,
Romney promises a reform of the citizenship system. He also hopes to create work visas that will encourage successful businessmen from south of the border to start a business in the United States, creating jobs and improving the economy. Romney also makes a promise that I strongly believe in: any legal immigrant who serves our country overseas deserves immediate citizenship. If you are willing
to die for America, America should be willing to give you a home. I don’t care about tax returns or birth certificates. I care about the issues. As my political idol once asked; are you better off now than you were four years ago? Vote for Mitt Romney this November. We truly cannot afford four more years of President Obama’s liberal “hope.”
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Hate Obama and Romney? By DANIEL BROWN Staff Writer
The United States was founded under many beliefs, one of which was that a government should be run by an individual elected by and representative of the people. To realize how much the mass media and the political agendas of both the Republicans and Democrats have corrupted this idea in the mind of the public is disgusting. The US is under the delusion that it has a political dichotomy; you either vote for Republicans, who want to dictate how people live their lives and remove all of the regulations preventing corporations from doing as they please, or you vote for Democrats, who believe in more rights for the government and less rights for the people. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in particular represent the biggest illusion of choice ever seen in recent years. While they distract everyone with their positions on abortion and gay marriage, everyone seems to forget that neither candidate will stop government collusion with big businesses, or no longer make significant cuts to the military budget, end the war on drugs, make significant changes to foreign policy, or even address issues of prison-overcrowding and prison privatization. Within this political mess, the media doesn’t seem to want to address the third parties or independent candidates at all. In truth, it is these candidates that deserve just as much attention and opportunities as the parties that have held a political monopoly on the country for centuries. However, if these candidates are going to get the attention they deserve, they will need the help of
the youth support them. This article is going to address those candidates, and briefly summarize their positions and platforms. University students who are interested in voting, but don’t particularly like the two “choices” that they are given may find this article useful. Understandably, some university students may not want to vote because they either believe that their votes will not matter or that the candidates that they want to win will not succeed. These students, however, forget that the Constitution allows them to vote for anyone, so long as the person was born in the United States, has lived in the United States for 16 years, and is at least 35 years old. Furthermore, the worst thing one can possibly do at this point is to refrain from speaking their own mind; it will only solidify and ensure this nation’s descent into chaos. First, there is Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and the Presidential Nominee of the Libertarian Party. Like many in his party, Johnson is antibig government, and he is an outspoken critic of the war on drugs. Johnson vetoed over 750 separate pieces of legislation to keep the government from growing too strong, and ended his term with the state having a $1 billion surplus, according to the Los Alamos Monitor. For those interested, he is pro-choice, pro-immigration and is in favor of legalizing Marijuana. For more information on Gary Johnson, his website is www. garyjohnson2012.com. Next, there is Stewart Alexander, who is actually a candidate for the Socialist Party and the Peace and Freedom Party. He is an average citizen turned political activist after his time listening to the masses as the host of a
talk show on KTYM Radio in Los Angeles. He is not only the Chairperson for the Socialist Party of California, but is also the Executive Director of the African American Civil Liberties Union. For those interested, he centers his campaign on improving worker’s rights and the civil support infrastructure. To learn more, the website www.stewartalexandercares. com has several links with information on his activities. Finally, there is Stephen Rollins, an Independent Presidential Candidate who is undoubtedly the least politically experienced of the candidates. This hardworking business owner makes up for it, however, with his seemingly genuine ability to relate to others. Rollins is involved with over nine different charities, and even started one of his own. Among his goals for improving the nation are his interest for reducing government spending, and improving education in the United States. For more information on Rollins, his official website, www.stephenrollins2012.com, details his origins and political policies. These are only a few of the many eligible candidates that can be voted for in place of Romney or Obama. It is important for every United States citizen, even university students, to take initiative and seek out people and officials that they agree most with. Even if there is not a collective agreement on a single candidate. A surge of revolutionary votes will undoubtedly grab the attention of the public, creating a larger possibility for the first non-Republican/ Democratic President since 1804. The youth are the nation’s future; if they do not right the wrongs of the past, no one will.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Women of the night By STEPHANIE HERNANDEZ News Editor
The film “Mean Girls,” and the narrating character Cady Heron, perfectly sums up my irritation at what Halloween has become: “In the regular world, Halloween is when kids dress-up in costumes and beg for candy. In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” Like Cady, I was home schooled, and rose to perceive Halloween as that time of year when terror is made festive, and the fun of the night comes by dressing up as something other than yourself. As a child, it brought out the creative, crafty side in my sisters, mother and I, as we worked together to create our costumes. As a child of five, I wore the Rainbow Brite Costume, orange yarn wig, boots and padded costume made entirely by my mother. The year that “Star Wars: Phantom Menace” was released in theaters; one of my sisters wore a Queen Amidala costume. It was a group effort to re-create the elaborate headdress and gown from scratch. Nowadays, though, it seems as if that creativity has vanished, to be replaced by the cheapened, easier way: buying a skimpy outfit that comes out of a plastic bag. And the outfit choices for girls are limited to “Sexy This” or “Seductive That”: Sexy Nun. Sexy Vampire. Sexy Angel. Sexy Devil. Yawn. When did Halloween become so boring? There is more excitement and creativity to be found at Anime Conventions, where the people wearing the costumes give it more consideration than only, “will this make me look fat? And what diet can I go on to
look good in this costume?” Some of the costumes are simply ridiculous. Case and point: Slutty Chucky. How the heck can one make a demonic doll possessed by the deranged soul of a serial killer into something slutty? But apparently this is a thing, as are many different variations of it. Slutty Leatherface. Slutty Jigsaw. Are these characters supposed to be made attractive somehow? There is a time and a place when showing off lots of skin does not mean being a slut; I myself will be dressing as a ballerina for Halloween, wearing the closest approximation to a ballerina’s tutu without dropping $500 on a professional costume. I was once a figure skater, and skaters show a good deal of leg while executing double jumps and spins. But see, the point of those costumes, unlike what Halloween has become for girls, is not to show off as much skin as possible, but for freedom of movement, to show the artistic form that the body has worked to attain. It all points to what our culture has become: sex sells. Sex sells a lot. The National Retail Federation Reported that Halloween costumes alone made $6.8 billion in 2011; and this is during a time when unemployment is at its highest. I will not reiterate like a bitter feminist how the phallocentric corporate machine makes their millions on the backs of women enslaved to a culture that reduces them to objects for profit, blah blah blah. The point of this article is not about forcing my own ideas of modesty upon the female population, or even about how not to be a sexual object. But that Halloween, has become a corporate-driven slut; and with the way many girls dress on Halloween, that is almost the literal sense of the word.
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New communications professor finds passion in teaching last summer, “Social Impact of the Media,” she thought the By ALIYAH COLE school was a good fit. Staff Writer “I like the fact that it was a smaller school. I’ve always Students at the University liked having smaller classes,” of St. Thomas should be on Peterson said. “I connect with the lookout for a new member students much better when of the communications there are fewer of them, so department: Tina Peterson, that I can give more personal who will be teaching “Writing attention and actually learn for the Media” during the fall people’s names.” Peterson has taken on semester. Peterson moved from many different careers in her Philadelphia, Pa. to Houston life including web mastering, after her husband was hired freelance writing and a job as at Rice University, where a pastry chef, but had never Peterson also teaches. given thought about teaching. “When I was an Once in Houston, Peterson undergraduate, one of my got in contact with the communication department at professors told me ‘You know Tina, I think you would UST. “I emailed Dr. be a really good teacher,’” Peterson said. Williamson for “She fostered a lot “And I thought, the first time of debate between ‘No. No. No. over a year ago, I think, people... [making] I don’t have patience and then got sure that we actually the to teach. What in touch with challenged each other.” is she talking her again,” about?’ But Peterson said. Caroline Devine, Junior “I met Dr. Student of Dr. Tina Peterson then I started thinking about it Bornigia when I first moved to Houston, and a bit more and I realized, ‘You they hired me as an adjunct for know what? I think I actually do want to try teaching.’” the summer.” Since then, Peterson Immediately after Peterson taught her first course has taught three years as
an undergraduate student, received a master’s degree from the University of Nottingham in England, UK, and received a Ph.D from Temple University in Philadelphia. As a professor, she has come to expect a lot from her students and hopes that they will gain a new perspective after taking her class. “In any class that I teach, I hope to encourage my students to think differently about things that they thought they already knew about,” Peterson said. Indeed, they have. Students who have taken her class feel that their style of learning has changed. “As far as professors go, I think she is engaging,” said Andrea Gallegos, senior. “She’s entertaining and informative. She’s organized, and that helps me stay organized.” Caroline Devine, a junior majoring in liberal arts, also said that Peterson is very open-minded and is one of the best professors she’s ever had. “You can tell she has her own beliefs, but she doesn’t force them on people,” Devine said. “And she leaves a lot
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of room for everyone in the class to share their beliefs. She fostered a lot of debate between people in the room and made sure that we actually challenged each other and thought outside-the-box.” Peterson goal is to eventually get a permanent
teaching position in the St. Thomas communication department. “It would be nice to have a tenure track position someday in the future,” Peterson said. “I don’t know what the future holds at this point.”
Celt Close-Up: Have You Met My Friend Iggy? “What’s worse, my two front teeth hit the door! My parents made fun of me the whole time asking if they had to catch my teeth for me.”
By MEGAN VIOLA-VU Features Editor
The energetic and spirited UST student seen around campus is Ignatius Nguyen, also known as Iggy. A Chemistry major and Drama minor, this active senior is involved in the Irish Club, UST Martial Arts, Swing Club, researching in the chemistry lab and helping out in the Drama Department. Features Editor Megan Viola-Vu sat down with him to find out what makes him uniquely Iggy.
Ignatius “Iggy” Nguyen on an embarrassing moment
V: What do you like to do outside of classes? N: Acting, running and jumping off walls. V: What is your most embarrassing moment? N: It was a few years back. I was in Thailand with my family. We were walking back to the hotel from the market and I was playing on my Gameboy. I didn’t judge the distance and I ran right into the glass door. What’s worse, my two front teeth hit the door! My parents made fun of me the whole time asking if they had to catch my teeth for me.
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V: What is your favorite quote and why? N: “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect but actually, from a non-linear, nonsubjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibblywobbly, timey-wimey… stuff.” It’s a quote from “Doctor Who” and it aptly explains one of the theories on time that is circulating and I find that fascinating.
V: If you could meet anyone, who would it be and why? N: Scientifically, I would want to meet Nikola Tesla because he attributed several things to science much earlier than when they actually showed up. Actorwise, I think meeting Gary Oldman or Alan Rickman would be fantastic because they are such good actors and learning from them would be a cool experience.
V: If you could change the world, what would you do? N: Make education free. Education being free is just my personal opinion. I don’t think they should attach a price tag on knowledge but that idea might be bit radical for people. V: What’s the weirdest thing a stranger has ever said to you? N: “I wonder what it’s like inside your head,” is actually
a common question. V: What is your favorite Halloween costume and why? What are you going as this year? N: My favorite Halloween costume is the classic nerd persona. I like it because it’s easy and I have a sort of connection with it. This year I’m going as Psy of “Gangnam Style” or Bruce Lee! V: If your life was made into a movie, what would be the main plot and who would play you? N: The main plot would be to become a master of disguise, changing between each different scenario. I would play myself. The next time you see Iggy around campus, don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with him.
Thursday, OCTOBER 18, 2012
New York Fashion Week brings new styles, continues current trends By YESSICA FLORES Staff Writer
New York Fashion Week brought designers who presented new trends, continuing trends and some that did not make it. The new trends for the coming seasons are pencil skirts, stripes, bright yellow colors and more. The continuing trend these coming spring and summer seasons is printed clothing. Western shirts, Native American printed scarfs or a serape bag fall into the western theme. Animal prints, whether they are a good or bad thing, were not as prominent in fashion week for the coming seasons. The trend seems to be dying out. When wearing printed anything, make sure to keep it tasteful. Do not wear too many different prints together like some designers did this past fashion week, as it can be overwhelming. The new must-have patterns are stripes: striped shirts, skirts, pants, bags you name it. Make sure to have
some striped objects in your closet, but do not wear them all at once or your outfit will end up looking like pajamas. Clothes with intricate graphic designs continue to flourish. Clothing using laser cut fabric is a musthave but such clothing can be expensive. You can always substitute laser cut fabric with lace. Lucky for our wallets, the inexpensive lace trend goes into the spring and summer. Say goodbye to full skirts and hello to pencil skirts. But specifically, be on the look out for those double skirts - the skirts that look like a short full skirt on top of a pencil skirt. These new skirts are a must; they can be worn with a nice silk shirt to a presentation. The silk shirt continues into the coming seasons. It is especially trendy if you purchase clothes in the colors of spring and summer 2013: pale blue, redorange, bright yellow, green, royal blue or white. Boxy dresses, shirts and pants are in. When looking for one, make sure to find one you do not seem to get drowned in it. The wrong boxy shirt, pant or dress can be too
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overpowering and make you look like you are wearing a sack of potatoes. Midriff shirts continue to be in, but remember to choose wisely where to wear them. They might not be appropriate for going to class and especially not to a job interview. One can always wear them out of class
to the park or a concert. Stores like T.J. Maxx, Forever 21, Marshalls, H&M and many others will carry these things. Be on the lookout for specials and do not forget to go to the sale sections of the stores for the best bargains. If you look hard enough, you will most likely find something
worth wearing at a good price. Get ready and start looking forward to the new trends that came out in New York Fashion Week springsummer 2013. Donate or sell your old, outdated clothing and make space in your closet for the coming seasons.
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Modern Family (ABC)
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What’s it about? A forensic anthropologist, an FBI special agent and their team work together to solve cases and murders.
What it’s about: Former members of their school’s glee club go off to college while others take on their upperclassmen years in high school.
What it’s about: This “mockumentary” style show showcases the lives of a three families that come together to make a “modern” family.
What’s happened so far? The team investigates the death of an animal expo employee and explore the world of illegal animal trafficking.
What’s happened so far? Finn surprises Rachel by coming to New York to visit her and worries that she does not need him anymore and Blaine and Kurt plan to move in together.
What’s happened so far? In the premiere episode, Gloria finally tells Jay she is pregnant and Cam and Mitch try to get over not being able to adopt.
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
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What’s it about? In the year 2030, Ted Mosby is telling the story of how he met his wife to his kids all while telling stories of his past life with his friends.
What’s it about? Emily Thorne returns to the Hamptons to seek revenge against whoever framed her father and sent him to prison for a crime he did not commit.
What’s it about? Celebrities compete in a ballroom dance competition with professional dancers and the winner receives the coveted mirror-ball trophy.
What’s happened so far? Lily and Marshall have trouble finding a nanny all while Robin and Ted argue over who has the more serious relationship.
What’s happened so far? In the new episode, we find out that Victoria is working with the white-haired guy but betrays him and he ends up attacking Emily.
What’s happened so far? Joey and Kym are the dancing couple eliminated this time. There were also performances by Cher Lloyd and Katherine Jenkins.
Thursday, OCTOBER 18, 2012
The best and worst trending costume ideas for this Halloween By STACEY KNIGHT Staff Writer
A third of our fall semester here at St. Thomas has come and gone and with midterms coming up means it is time for one of the most anticipated holidays of the year: Halloween! For those of you struggling with costume ideas, do not stress out or begin to over think the situation. Choosing a costume should bring out your creative side and most of all it should be fun. On the only day of the year when you get to choose who or what you want to be without any limitations, do not be afraid to show your true colors and take some risks. In an attempt to help your decision that we must all face soon, I have compiled a list of the five best and the five worst costume ideas that are either trendy or trashy this fall. Here are some of the most creative Halloween customes that might peak your interest: 1) Superheroes & Villains With The Avengers, Thor, The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man all hitting silver screens this year, dressing up as your favorite superhero or villain is one
of the most popular costume choices. 2) Creative Animals - If you really want to be an animal, go for something out of the ordinary such as an untamed lion or a feisty fox. Animals are still in season, as long as you put in the extra effort to make them unique and recognizable. 3) Era Costumes - Dressing in clothes from your favorite time era, such as donning a Renaissance ball gown or getting extra colorful as a 60s hippie is a personal statement and an individualized costume choice. Try Pink Ladies, pinup and flapper styles this year. 4) Celebrities - With Katy Perry’s positive feedback accumulating, she is a worthy celebrity to pose as. You can go super creative with different hair colors, retro clothes and fun heels. Gentlemen: your “celebrity” to imitate this year is King Kong. Although it is a bit overplayed, everyone knows how fun it is to act bananas. 5) One of a Kind - Last but not least, one of the absolute best costumes you can rock this year is anything homemade, especially when it comes to the traditional scary selection.
If you are planning on going as a witch, vampire or ghost, make yourself stand out by adding your own personal style to the costume and creating something that no one else will have. Now here are some costume ideas that are less than stunning. 1) Uniforms - Anything that a public or civil servant wears is overplayed and extremely ununique. Chances are if you are a nurse, doctor, police officer, cell inmate, pilot or referee, you are not going to be the only one in that costume at the parties you attend.
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2) Bunnies & Kittens - They are going to be everywhere this year, do not follow the beaten trail of dressing up as a flaunty bunny or a not-so innocent kitten. Words cannot describe how overly used this costume is. 3) Guido and Guidette Although you might want to pay tribute to the Jersey Shore cast due to their final season, please do not. Nothing else to say other than it is an overrated and over-dated idea. Last year it was barely passable, but this year it will be completely laughable.
4) Celebrities - Unless you enjoy loads of attention, I would stay away from extreme celebrity costumes such as Lady Gaga. One of her in the world is enough, even on Halloween. 5) One in a Million - The worst thing you can do this Halloween is show up at Party City the week before and buy anything left in your size. Where is the fun in that? Do not procrastinate, get your ideas together and plan your costume ahead of time so you are sure to impress at your very best.
Owl City gives lively performance on Midsummer Station tour By SOUTHER RECIO Staff Writer
The popular band Owl City performed at Houston’s House of Blues on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Owl City is commonly known for their upbeat music with an electronic twist. Their most commonly known song is “Fireflies” from their second full-length album Ocean Eyes. Adam Young, the founder of the group, gained his fame through MySpace like many new artists do. After Owl City’s Ocean Eyes released in 2009, the band came out with two more, All Things Bright and Beautiful (2010) and Midsummer Station (2011). Although the concert had primarily songs from their new album, hence, the title the Midsummer Station Tour, they did not neglect to bring back some favorites. “Fireflies” was a big hit among the crowd, along with their new song, “Good Time,” featuring singer Carly Rae Jepsen. Adam Young was incredibly enthusiastic and it was easy to see that he was happy to be there. Young is
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known for not using profanity in his songs so it was a familyfriendly event. People of all ages were there. His music is the kind that can be enjoyed by all generations; children and parents alike enjoy his cheerful songs about love and some even about Christ. That is not to say he is a Christian rock group, but some of his music is influenced by the Lord.
When attending a concert, you go in with an expectation and a certain sound in your head, the one you hear on a CD, and that expectation is not met. Sometimes the bands or individual performer sounds completely different live, but this was not the case with Owl City. Adam Young’s voice translates so well on his albums. It was clear that he was not auto tuned or has ever
had his voice altered in the recording studio because he sounds great live. The venue was small and intimate which gave the concert a very personal feeling. The crowd was polite and there was no pushing and shoving. It was very comfortable unlike other concerts where everyone is rowdy and rough, which makes the concert almost difficult to enjoy. While the venue is located downtown, there are several parking garages nearby that offer valet parking as well, making it easy to find a space. The group Action Item opened up for Owl City. They are still a relatively unknown band but they had a great sound. They are very much like the bands The Maine and A Rocket to the Moon. They are not incredibly original but definitely brought some new sounds to the stage. Their most popular song is “Last Day of Summer” which you can listen to on YouTube or purchase on iTunes. The group was very lively even though the crowd was not as excited as they could be. They still kept the energy alive and got everyone pumped for Owl City. They interacted with the crowd and started the evening off with a
very personal feel. After the concert was over, Action Item and other bands, including Under Everyone, were set up at tables taking pictures with fans and signing autographs. This, again, made the concert feel very exclusive. Band members were walking around afterwards talking to the audience and really getting their name out there. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. If you like acts like the band Fun or Never Shout Never, chances are you would like Owl City. Young is upbeat and the music just makes you want to smile. His joy and love of music is translated through his words.
Midsummer Station Owl City Genres: Pop, Music, Electronic, Adult Alternative Released: Aug 21, 2012 Get it: $7.99 - iTunes
Thursday, OCTOBER 18, 2012
Top 10 all-time scariest horror movies to watch this fall season By BRISEIDA ESPARZA Staff Writer
These top 10 horror films include a mix of results between a student survey and our own top picks. The rankings are set to convey number one as the scariest and 10 as the least. 1) The Exorcist (1973): While a couple of other movies have surged from the same topic and have had their own success, like The Exorcism of Emily Rose, nothing beats the original. 2) The Shining (1980): Based on Steven King’s psychological novel The Shining, the main character going mentally insane inside a haunted hotel and trying to kill his own family. This definitely makes the movie a must-see. 3) Rosemary’s Baby (1968): This twisted movie depicts how a Broadway actor arranges his wife to become
impregnated by Satan in order for him to succeed in a play. This thriller is a must-see if you’re a fan of psychological plots. 4) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984): A unique combination of “slasher” and psychological thriller films, this movie never loses its grip on its audience and never gets old, which is why so many remakes have been made. The infamous Freddy Krueger always appears in victim’s nightmares. 5) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974): Set in central Texas, the film shows how a group of friends are tortured and eaten by a family of cannibals. The movie introduces the character Leatherhead and it is said to be based on a true story. In actuality is not, but it gave way to several remakes. However, living in Texas, I would say this film is especially horrifying. 6) The Silence of the
Lambs (1991): This movie follows an FBI agent as she tries to find the serial killer Buffalo Bill who skins overweight women in order to make his own woman suit. 7) Halloween (1978): At six years old, Michael Myers is sent to a mental hospital for the murder of his older sister. 15 years later he escapes and returns to his hometown to proceed in his killings. Michael Myers appears to be everywhere, and there is no escape to his violence. 8) Friday the 13th (1980) The film covers the story of how a group of teenagers are murdered while trying to reopen a summer camp called Crystal Lake. Through a series of murders, we discover that one of the camp’s old attendees, Jason, is doing all the murdering. Even though the rest of the series and the remakes are well-made and definitely scary, there is nothing like the first. 9) Saw (2004): .
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Although the redundant series that followed this movie downplayed the intensity of the plot, the first movie is one that stays in your head. The film challenges its audience to ask themselves; What are you willing to endure to live? 10) Poltergeist (1982): The famous line, “They’re
here,” comes from this thriller. A family discovers that their house and neighborhood are built on a cemetery. They discover this when their daughter starts talking to a TV set that projects static, only to discover later, a demon wants to use their daughter to trap her and the spirits left behind.
Puzzles Corner October Crossword
ACROSS 2. Organ that produces insulin 4. Cotton gin inventor Joke of the Month! Whitney 6. Former Rockets star Ming Q: Why didn’t the skeleton 8. “Dance for You” singer cross the road? 11. 31st president of the US, Herbert 12. “Burn” singer (A: He didn’t have the guts.) 14. Heart of Darkness author
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Stevie 7. October Birthstone 8. Most common rock on Earth 9. October is dedicated to this type of cancer’s awareness DOWN 10. Harry Potter’s godfather 1. First animated series made Sirius for primetime 3. November 6, 2012; ________ 13. Dracula is one of these 15. Fonzie’s lead actor Day Winkler 5. “Isn’t She Lovely” singer Joseph 16. Wal-Mart CEO Michael 17. Australia’s capital 18. “Lego House” singer Ed
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The importance of life’s essentials: Vitamin D, Calcium By Maria de los angeles brazo Staff Writer
Regular exercise and a healthy diet with enough calcium and vitamin D helps individuals maintain good bone health and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Research shows that most adult men and women do not obtain enough calcium in their diet, and only a small percentage of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 obtain enough calcium for their bone formation and growth. This means the majority of students and staff at the University of St. Thomas are not obtaining the levels of Calcium necessary in their daily diet! So what are calcium and vitamin D? Calcium is a mineral needed for healthy bones and teeth. It regulates muscle contraction and makes sure that blood clots normally. This mineral can be found in dairy products, green leafy vegetables, almonds, fish with bones, sesame seeds and white bread. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin stored in body fat, except in the winter time. It is a magnesium and phosphorus aid in the absorption of calcium.
It’s typically found in fortified cereals and spreads. Some is also found in oily fish, particularly salmon, and eggs, but is mainly made by a chemical reaction under the skin from exposure to sunlight in the summer. Sunscreen, however, prevents vitamin D from being made. If you did not wear sunscreen this summer, you most likely absorbed plenty of vitamin D from walking around outside and being exposed to sunlight. However, you should avoid excess exposure to sun rays due to the increased risk of skin cancer. It is usually said that calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone growth, strength and maintenance. New and extensive research also shows that these nutrients support colon health, the immune system and help with the normal symptoms of PMS. So now that it is known how wonderful and vital calcium and vitamin D are, one needs to also know that it is not just how much one intakes, but what is absorbed, that really matters. According to clinical studies, calcium citrate combined with vitamin D is the best combination for the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis, low bone density
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ESSENTIAL TO HEALTHY LIFE Calcium and Vitamin D, both found in dairy products like milk, are crucial elements to a fit and healthy diet. Most students are most likely not receiving the amounts necessary for healthy growth.
that causes fragility in bones. With all the nutrients needed in the daily diet and the fast pace, budget-based lives of students and staff, there is no way one can buy or consume all the food needed to meet our daily nutritional needs. That is the main reason most people suffer from some kind of vitamin and mineral deficiency. Similar clinical studies have also shown the unhealthy amounts of pesticides and chemicals found in fruits, veggies and processed
foods. There are, however, alternatives. When going out for groceries, it is best to go for organic fruits, vegetables, grains and dairy. If you already do this, you may still not be obtaining the 24 essential vitamins and minerals, the five to nine portions of fruits, and veggies needed daily, or the omega-3 found in fish needed at least every other day, but it is way better to try our best to eat the most balanced diet we can. Vitamin and mineral
supplements are also available in most stores and there are even places that are specialized in the area, but one must be careful to choose. Natural and organic, instead of synthetic supplements, are usually the best way to go for maximum absorption and interior body dilution. This can also be an alternative when on a set budget as it can be cheaper to buy supplements than trying to buy all the food for your nutritional needs.
Health tips for surviving through a meal from Crooker: “Eat this, not that” By Ingry UMANZOR Staff Writer
Most UST students live on campus or spend most of their day studying and working on homework. As a result, most of their eating is done at the Crooker Center. The cafeteria serves a variety of foods, but what to eat and what not to eat becomes the question when choosing a meal that will benefit your body in order to stay healthy and fit. When you are about to choose what to eat, analyze your choices according to their nutritional facts. You can learn a lot from your nutrition facts label. When comparing three meals for a day, choosing wisely can make a significant difference. It is very important not to skip breakfast. A nutritious breakfast gets you fueled for the day and helps prevent you from binging later in the day. At the Cafeteria they have several cereals to choose from, but it is best if you go for the “Total Raisin Bran” that has 230 calories of which only 10 are fat calories, and also
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high in dietary fiber. Fiber not only aids in digestion, but also helps prevents many diseases like colon and stomach cancer. If you were to pick the “Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal,” you might notice it contains the same number of calories; the difference is this one has 50 fat calories. Also its sodium of 400 milligrams is more than 260 milligrams from the Raisin Bran cereal. As soon as you put the Cinnamon Toast Crunch your bowl you’ll see that it is like eating a bowl full of sugar! You need to make sure you are not just looking at
the total calories, but also at the amount of servings that are in each item. For lunch I noticed a lot of people prefer pizza, the great taste can be very tempting, but if you are able to find something that tastes good and is less fattening then you are following the right steps. Let us compare the pizza with a pack of small California Rolls from the Cafeteria. One slice has 320 calories, 30 milligrams of cholesterol and 700 milligrams of sodium. Imagine, if you were to eat two slices, you would be consuming a total
of 640 calories, 60 milligrams of cholesterol and 1400 milligrams of sodium is all in just one meal. Now, a nine pack of California Rolls is 30 calories per piece, which is a total of 270 calories and only 45 are from fat. It has zero cholesterol and 80 milligrams of sodium per roll. Consuming a lot of sodium increases your blood pressure; salt enhances the flavor of almost everything we eat, but consuming it in large amounts can be dangerous. Dinner time hits, and you are craving a chicken sandwich from the Cafeteria.
You have two options to choose from; the grilled chicken sandwich and the fried chicken sandwich. This might be easy to figure out just by looking at the first word in each one; “grilled” and “fried.” The grilled chicken sandwich is less fattening, containing 389 calories of which 150 are fat, 750 milligrams of sodium and 20 milligrams of cholesterol. The fried chicken sandwich on the other hand is 489 calories of which 162 are fat calories, 1109 milligrams of sodium and 89 milligrams of cholesterol. Since this is dinner, try to have your last meal around 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., and no late snacks. This way you give your food time to digest before you go to bed. If you go to sleep as soon as you are done eating, the sphincter above your stomach might open and allow the acid from your stomach to splash up into your esophagus. Now that I have explained how to analyze the different choices at the Cafeteria, students have the opportunity to try comparing themselves. It is all in the phrase: “Eat this, not that.”
Thursday, october 18, 2012
Find your way to contribute to the cure for breast cancer awareness month By Ingry umanzor Staff Writer
It is the month of October and many people collaborate in organizations, associations, and agencies to work together and promote the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many of us know someone or have heard of someone who has been affected by this disease. To date, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. The American Cancer Society reports that one in eight can be diagnosed with this cancer in their lifetime, which is why it is recommended to get check ups every year. Breast cancer is often associated with women, although men could also be diagnosed with it, because it is most common in women. According to Pub Med Health, breast caner is identified as a malignant tumor that starts from breast tissue. The causes of breast cancer are not fully known but risk factors include age and gender, genes, family with history of breast cancer, and alcohol consumption among others. The NFL has played an influential role in this great organization. The
National Football League and the Players Association will keep supporting the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October for the fourth year by fundraising. The partnership has raised more than three million dollars for the American Cancer Society with the majority of the donation coming from pink items at retails and NFL auctions. The CHANGE program will also provide outreach and breast cancer screenings to women who need them. The NFL will continue with their support by featuring game balls with pink ribbon decals, pink equipment for players such as, cleats, wristbands, gloves, and helmet decals. The cheerleaders will also be wearing breast cancer awareness pompoms, shirts and wristbands. Ticketmaster will also be contributing 10 cents for every NFL ticket sold during this month of October to the ACS with a $40,000 cap. Now is the perfect time to go to a Texans game. National Breast Cancer Awareness has become so big that not just NFL but other sponsors such as; Café Express, Palais Royal Jockey, Marathon Oil Corporation, IKEA, and National Oilwell Varco
have all collaborated to bringing more help to the community. The purpose of these contributions is to help in increasing early detections, increasing higher survival rates, and to fund more research, which will contribute to higher survival rates. In Houston, the Komen Race for the Cure took place
on Oct. 6, with over 2,000 walkers on Allen Parkway. The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness joined the Lady Celts volleyball team hosted the annual “Dig Pink” volleyball game against Southwestern Assemblies of God on Oct. 6, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness at the University of St. Thomas. With the
Men’s Basketball team, the Lady Celts wore pink ribbons during their games. The Society of Macrina hosted a bake sale, raising over $420 for the cause. If you are interested in becoming part of the movement, join or donate to a fundraising organization. Visit the Breast Cancer Foundation website at nationalbreastcancer.org
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EARLY THE BETTER Organizations across the United States work to increase awareness about breast cancer, the second leading cause of death in women by selling wristbands and other apparel to raise money for research.
Foods that boost your brain power for better grades
By Beth moreno Guest Writer
One can choose healthy options that can boost your brain. As stated in a recent online CNN News article, “the Alzheimer’s Association refers to a brain-healthy diet as one that reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, encourages good blood flow to the brain, and is low in fat and cholesterol.” I narrowed down a few healthy and tasty brain foods for your convenience. Believe it or not, the common misconception about eggs being harmful due to cholesterol is simply a myth, if eaten in moderation. In a day, it is recommended that males have no more than two egg yolks and females no more than one. Eggs are nutritious scrambled with healthy oil, boiled, baked or poached. Incorporating eggs into your diet will ensure you receive plenty of choline, a nutrient
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critical to brain function. Be sure to choose a healthy way to prepare your eggs to avoid unnecessary oil, fat and salt. Egg whites are also a great alternative, however, they contain no choline. Many recent studies have found that we should consume two cups of coffee per day. The caffeine helps busy people stay alert, aware and active. Try to avoid excessive creamer, sugars and artificial
sweeteners. As we all know, many students, professors and others rely on this stout beverage to get through the day, but did you know, two cups of coffee per day may help improve your memory? Pomegranate is another surprising memory booster. The famous Rosh Hashanah blessing fruit is a bright, pink, super food that is a great brain food. The pudgy little seeds found in the pomegranate
are full of antioxidants and nutrients that scientists claim will help maintain memory. If you juice an average size pomegranate, you should have about one half cup of refreshing, yet slightly tangy juice to enjoy. Here are some tips for juicing a pomegranate: First, separate the juicy seeds from the white pulp and hard outer covering of the fruit. Next, place the seeds in a blender
and gently pulse six to seven times. Pour the blended mixture through a mesh strainer and into a container of your choice. Chill the strained juice or enjoy over ice. The last brain food we will discuss is peanut butter. According to Brain Training 101, a “brain friendly directory and community,” peanut butter is an excellent choice for keeping blood vessels healthy and is also a great source of protein. I suggest looking for an “all natural” or organic peanut butter. Keep an eye on the ingredients listed on your peanut butter jars and avoid extra ingredients. In my opinion, the only necessary ingredient in my nut butter is a peanut. Above all, try to avoid processed foods and extra additives to keep your student brain healthy. As always, check with your medical provider to ensure you are getting the best nutrients to keep your noggin top notch.
Thursday, october 18, 2012
Beware of bug bites: Texas mosquitoes pose threat of West Nile Virus By Sandra Efraimson Health Editor
Everything is great about warm weather. It is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, have a BBQ, hang out by the pool and go to the beach but there is always one thing we all hate, those pesky mosquitoes. They are not only annoying, but they are now responsible for the West Nile epidemic spreading all over the United States. West Nile Virus is a seasonal epidemic that is generally transmitted by infected mosquitoes, which contract the virus from biting infected birds and then spread it to humans. Infections were first reported in North America in 1999, in New York. Since then, it has spread throughout the United States in epidemic proportions. It begins to show up every year during the summer and continues to spread into the fall until it gets cold enough for mosquitoes to die off. According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 4,249 cases, which includes 162 deaths, have been reported from eight states this year alone. One third of these cases are reported in Texas, which has the highest number
of incidences recorded. The Texas Department of State Health Services reports 72 fatalities, with Dallas reporting the highest death toll of 18 deaths. Harris County has reported 54 cases with three deaths so far. According to Pub Med Health about 80% of people who are infected are asymptomatic, however the other 20% of infected persons may develop mild to severe symptoms. Persons who are at higher risk of developing symptoms are persons who have an immunodeficiency due to other conditions or recent chemotherapy, children, elderly and pregnant women. Infected people develop symptoms three to 14 days after an infected mosquito bites them. Mild forms of the infection may cause symptoms for three to six days and include a rash, abdominal pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes and vomiting among other symptoms. A more severe infection includes confusion or change in ability to think, stiff neck, muscle weakness and coma. Complications from this infection may cause brain damage, permanent muscles weakness and death. The symptoms are similar to any other virus, therefore it
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SMACK IT DEAD Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance in southeast Texas, they can bring a deadly West Nile Virus infection epidemic. Don’t give them a chance to bite you and take precautionary measures to protect yourself.
is not easily diagnosed but up to half of West Nile patients are diagnosed with a rash. This infection cannot be treated with antibiotics because a virus causes it not bacteria; therefore the infection is only treated for its symptoms and complications. The best defense against the West Nile Virus recommended by The Texas
Department of State Health Services is the “Four Ds.” Use insect repellent containing 1) DEET, or picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. 2) Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside. 3) Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. 4) Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Also, do not touch dead birds as they
may be infected with the virus. Although the incidence for infections is relatively low, it is not to be taken lightly in the state that we live in. Be aware of the symptoms, and protect yourself like it is recommended. As for mosquitoes, they are pests so do not give them a chance to breed and if you see one smack it dead.
International prevention week: avoid catching the flu or common cold By Sandra Efraimson Health Editor
Oct. 14 - 20 is a week dedicated to International Infection Prevention. With the Flu season approaching, one should be aware of the different ways to avoid the spreading of infections and how to be protected. Prevention of the spread of infectious diseases begins in the hospitals where one in 20 patients treated incur an infectious disease. Experts from APIC, a professional association for infection prevention, suggest three simple ways to avoid the spreading of these diseases. First and foremost, hand washing is the most important. One should wash hands, often, for at least 20 seconds by rubbing both hands vigorously with soap and warm water. Also, ask your health provider to wash their hands. Speak up if you have any questions about your health. As students at a university, coming across opportunities to be exposed to a virus, such as the flu or bacterial infections such as the common cold, is
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common. There are several things that can be done to protect yourself and others from infectious disease. The most important way to be protected from the flu is getting the flu vaccine. There are various types of flu virus strains, but the vaccine is made to protect us from the three most common viruses that research indicates will
affect us during this year’s flu season. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses and bacteria can enter easily through these orifices. Carry hand wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer around campus for a quick cleaning of the hands when water and soap is unavailable.
The overuse of these products is not recommended, and it is not to replace regular hand washing. When washing your hands in the restroom, avoid touching the faucet knobs with your bare clean hands. Use a paper towel as a barrier. The same goes for the doorknobs as you exit the restroom.
Public restroom doorknobs are the most common surface people contract infectious diseases from. If you do acquire the flu or the common cold, avoid spreading it to others. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue. If a tissue is not available, you may cover your mouth with the side of your elbow. Avoid contact with others, and if possible stay home to avoid further spreading the infectious disease. Once again, hand hygiene is the most important factor to avoid spreading illness. Infectious diseases are a great concern all over the world. Certain virus strains have been evolving and gaining strength and can cause serious pandemic situations. The overuse of antibiotics has allowed the harboring of super bugs, which are bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. The only way that we can protect ourselves from these concerning infectious diseases is by increasing awareness and following these preventative guidelines.
The Sports & Clubs
COC awards Int’l Studies Society, Muslim Student Association ‘Club of the Month’ titles
Thursday, october 18, 2012
Upcoming Events Thursday, Oct. 18 - Sunday, Oct. 21 Doherty Library Annual Book Sale All Day Doherty Library Atrium
Friday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 21 Family Weekend 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. UST Campus
Saturday, Oct. 20
Campus Ministry Pig Roast 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Student Life Patio Photo by Batool Hosain
By Claire Logue Sports & Clubs Editor
The Council of Clubs (COC) awarded The Muslim Student Association and the International Studies Society (ISS) the title of “Club of the Month” for September and October, respectively. The COC has routinely awarded outstanding student clubs at the University of St. Thomas, by titling them the “Club of the Month.” “The International Studies Society is a student based organization that represents the Center for International Studies,” Seth Romo said. “ISS is open to the UST community and strives to educate students on international issues.”
ISS is dedicated to enriching the community through academic, cultural and social events. The group recently held events such as lectures on international law, and international journalism. ISS promotes cultural diversity by hosting events on-campus, such as, Diversity Week and I-Fest (International Festival) that is held on-campus every spring. ISS will host a showing of the new Invisible Children film “Move” on Oct. 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Scanlan Room of the Jerabeck Athletic Center. The Muslim Student Association works primarily to promote unity for the Muslim student community at the University of St. Thomas.
By providing opportunities for students with varied interests and backgrounds, the Council of Clubs proves to be more than just an asset to the UST community. The Council of Clubs is dedicated to serving campus organizations by providing aid and encouraging club development and interaction. The COC also promotes student participation in social and academic activities. With a continuation to promote campus well being, enrich the lives of the students at St. Thomas and increase various club awareness, the Council of Clubs creates and encourages a better extracurricular environment on-campus at St. Thomas.
SIDELINE HTX: Upcoming games Get out and support your favorite home teams at upcoming October home games around town in Houston professional sports.
Houston Dynamo (MLS)
BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas Avenue
Oct. 20 | Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union Oct. 23 | Dynamo vs. Olimpia
Houston Texans (NFL)
Reliant Stadium, 8400 Kirby Drive
Oct. 21 | Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens Nov. 4 | Texans vs. Buffalo Bills
Houston Aeros (AHL)
Toyota Center, 1510 Polk Street
Oct. 21 | Aeros vs. Milwaukee Admirals Oct. 19 | Aeros vs. Texas Stars Oct. 27 | Aeros vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Saturday, Oct. 20
Lady Celts vs. University of the Southwest 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Jerabeck Gym
Wednesday, Oct. 24
UST Women’s Basketball vs. San Jacinto College 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jerabeck Gym
Thursday, Oct. 25
Gustavo Wensjoe Memorial Fund Inaugural Banquet 6:00-9:00 p.m. Courtyard on St. James Place
Friday, Oct. 26
Neewollah 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Crooker Patio
Oct. 18-20, 25-27
The Fine Arts & Drama Department Presents “Enchanted April” 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. Jones Theater (Upstairs)