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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 967 into effect Sept. 28.
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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 967 into effect Sept. 28. The legislation, “Student Safety: Sexual Assault,” is the
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nation’s first of its kind to state that not only does “no mean no,” but “yes means yes.”
The legislation was written by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, and first introduced in February. After a seven-month-long
process, the bill was presented to the governor Sept. 4. SB967 is added as Section 67386 to the California Education Code.
“Yes means yes,” which means both parties have to agree either through verbal or non-verbal cues, overrides the absence of a no.
An affirmative agreement has to be reached in order to engage in sexual activity. The bill acts as a protection to victims who are not
only unable to give consent but also unable to definitively say no because of alcohol consumption, unconsciousness or other
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physical conditions.
The old ruling of “no means no” defined sexual consent as the absence of a “no,” and operated under the policy that if someone
did not speak out against an act then it would be OK to proceed.
Under “yes means yes,” individuals taking part in sexual activity must actively consent at each stage, and consent can be revoked at
any time.
The new legislation affects higher education institutions by changing the way colleges and universities investigate sexual assault
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Annette Burrhus-Clay, executive director for Texas Associaton Against Sexual Assault, agrees that sexual assault on college
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“We all agree that sexual assault on college campuses (and elsewhere) is a huge problem,” Burrhus-Clay said.
Opponents of the bill are concerned that sexual consent forms are rarely signed prior to a romantic encounter, leaving the burden
of proof on the students, usually male, accused of sexual offenses.
Gordon Finley, adviser for the National Coalition For Men, took a strong stance against the bill and even wrote Gov. Brown a letter
pleading him to not sign it. Finely opposes the bill, stating it takes away the idea of being innocent unless you are proven guilty.
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Instead of the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard, Finley points out the bill uses the standard of “preponderance of the
evidence;” essentially, if someone is accused of sexually assaulting another individual, he/she is convicted unless he/she can prove
that he/she had consent (i.e. legal document).
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“I am unaware of any foolproof way to prove affirmative consent – once a woman accuses you, the man is denied all due process
and the evidentiary standard by which he is judged essentially is a coin toss – preponderance of evidence,” Finley said.
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Joe Cohn, legislative and policy director for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, also has reservations regarding the
bill.
“Not everyone has documentation before and after sexual contact,” Cohn said.
Renee Gillespy, manager of violent prevention and community education of the Houston Area Women’s Center, says the bill is a
step in the right direction.
“Oppositions come from people afraid and saying we will have women running around accusing men of sexual assault, when that’s
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not what will happen,” Gillespy said. “This is in protection of victims.”
The University of California System reported 54 sexual offenses in 2012, a 15 percent increase from the previous year. These
statistics address the public school system in California, but sexual assaults on college campuses are not unique to that area alone.
Texas public schools have also seen a rise in sexual offenses.
In January, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum in response to sexual assault on college campuses. That calls for
the creation of a task force to aid in protecting students from sexual assault. In April, the task force released its first report titled
“Not Alone.” This title was chosen to let victims know they are not alone in their fight against sexual assault.
The “Not Alone” report states that 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted while in college and most often by someone the victim
knows. Although it happens less often, men are also victims of sexual assault. The report explains that public schools need a plan
in place for when a student is sexually assaulted to offer trained advocates to give support to victims, have a sexual misconduct
policy set in place, have training for officials within the school and have new investigative protocols.
UH System Chancellor Renu Khator issued an email Oct. 6 in response to the “Not Alone” report. The email informed UH System
employees that she had formed a Chancellor’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Advisory Committee to “identify and
promote System-wide opportunities for education, prevention efforts and community awareness, including student-led initiatives
in the area of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking.”
“As stated in UHS’ Sexual Misconduct policy, any form of sex discrimination, including harassment in the form of sexual assault,
domestic and dating violence, or stalking, is anithetical to the standards and ideals of our System, and we will take appropriate
action to eliminate these acts from happening, prevent their recurrence and address their effects,” Khator said in her email. “To
achieve these goals, I am reminding everyone that we must have absolutely no tolerance for any behavior that encourages or even
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passively accepts an environment in which such acts occur. Second, I want to be clear in stating that our responsibility is not
limited to refraining from such actions ourselves. We are also responsible for reporting such behavior.”
The UH System already has a Sexual Misconduct Policy in place similar to that of SB967. This policy addresses that “consent is
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active, not passive, and cannot be inferred from the absence of a ‘no.’”
Every campus police department is required to post an annual report consisting of crime statistics from the past three years.
UHCL’s report does not include any reported incidences of sexual assault.
“The police department has no record of a sexual assault ever having been reported at UHCL,” said Paul Willingham, chief of UHCL
Police Department.
Darlene Biggers, associate vice president of Student Services, encourages any UHCL student victimized or anyone who wants to
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report an incident to call campus police, Counseling Services, the Dean of Students, and/or the coordinator for Women and LGBT
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With the possibility of on-campus housing in the future, Biggers is aware the opportunity for sexual misconduct could rise. In
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addition to including sexual assault awareness sessions for incoming students, Biggers also hopes for a future alcohol education
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Statistics of Sexual Assault reports from Texas higher education institutions. Statistics pulled from individual university police websites.
Graphic by The Signal reporter KeeLynn Hutchison.
Statistics of Sexual Assault reports from the University of California System. Statistics pulled
from individual university police websites.
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Are you kidding me, Keig?
Everyone has the right to say “no” at whatever point during intercourse. If I’m in the middle of sex and my
partner decides they want some butt action or want to lick my armpit (or both), I’m going to say no and stop
what is going on.
It’s not a matter of exploitation just because she says no. It’s a matter of knowledge and capability that she
can say no and will if she gets uncomfortable. That’s the whole point of this. It’s exploitation to you because it
doesn’t fit your horndog agenda.
Learn to have more empathy and respect. Girls don’t like guys like you.
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I can not imagine how many girls will take advantage of this.
“Well I said yes and..I TOTALLY said no mid-way.Really quietly, hardly audible due to moans..but it was
there!!!1″
Now, it’s a GOOD thing to be able to stop sex if you stop feeling like having it,but I just hope they don’t let girls
exploit this.
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These are the old Antioch Rules that are brought to life like Frankenstein’s monster. It pathologizes and
criminalizes sex. Dare to sleep with anyone and you’ll be a rapist.
A person would have to constantly monitor their actions all during the time they are alone with another. No
one will ever reach arousal.
This is a law that can never be enforced without an assumption of guilt.
This places the state inside personal relationships mandated moment by moment micromanagement of sex
between persons no matter their relationship status. It’s an abomination of law and reason.
“The “Not Alone” report states that 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted ..” This is a blatant lie.
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When four undocumented students from Carl Hayden Community High School entered the Marine Advanced Technology
Education Center’s underwater robotics competition in 2004, they would have been thrilled by just not placing last. Winning meant
college scholarships and a way out of the poverty and hopelessness of Phoenix’s inner city.
UHCL’s Bayou Theater attendees alternated between exploding with laughter and falling into silence as the boys recounted their
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story in the documentary “Underwater Dreams,” which was shown Oct. 3 as part of the UHCL Film and Speaker Series.
High school students Lorenzo Santillan, Oscar Vazquez, Luis Aranda and Cristian Arcega competed at the collegiate level against
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other prestigious colleges and universities even though their resources were
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significantly less that that of their competitors.
MIT’s robot, which was sponsored by Exxon Mobile, cost thousands of dollars. By comparison, Carl Hayden Falcon Robotics Team’s
robot was made of PVC and cost about $800. The team named their robot “Stinky” because of the smell of the glue used to hold
the PVC piping together.
When they first arrived at the competition, held in Santa Barbara, Calif., they were surprised to see they were the only Hispanic
team at the competition.
“Nobody was Mexican or Hispanic or Latino,” said Santillan, one of the featured guest speakers for the film and speaker evening. “I
had never seen that much white people.”
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Against all odds – including solving a competition-ending leak by using imaginative
methods – the Falcon Team won.
“My idea was a tampon,” Santillan said.
It was this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that won them the competition and catapulted
this unlikely group of high school robotics students into the elite company of students
from the top engineering universities in the country. In fact, one of the MIT students they
defeated went on to design Apple’s EarPods.
It’s the American dream, right? The team went on to secure full scholarships to attend
those prestigious universities they competed against and are now successful engineers
doing great things in our communities, right? Wrong.
Proposition 300 prevents undocumented students from receiving financial aid that is
funded by the state and from receiving in-state tuition rates. Passed in November 2006,
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the proposition directly affected the bright future of the 2004 Carl Hayden Falcon
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Santillan had to pay out-of-state tuition in order to attend culinary school.
“I have my own catering business, and I work at a local restaurant,” Santillan said.
Aranda is currently working as a janitorial supervisor while helping Santillan with his catering business.
Arcega received a full scholarship to Arizona State University until Proposition 300 passed. He later went on to study precision and
computer-aided manufacturing at a community college. He worked for a time at Home Depot but now is building his own
consumer electronics business.
Vazquez wasn’t content to live under the shroud of secrecy that surrounds undocumented status. After receiving a degree in
mechanical engineering from Arizona State University, Vazquez self-deported in order to re-enter the U.S. legally. He left his wife
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Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois heard Vazquez’s story from local leaders and persuaded Homeland Security to review
Vazquez’s application again. This time Vazquez was granted a green card. He then joined the Army, serving five years, which
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Dulce Matuz, one of Time Magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012” and a member of the Carl Hayden Falcon
Robotics 2003 team, was also a featured guest speaker for the evening. Matuz serves as the president of the Arizona Dream Act
Coalition, an immigrants’ rights organization. Like the 2004 team members, Matuz is undocumented. After earning an engineering
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degree from Arizona State University, she started her own real estate business.
“When you’re undocumented, you have to find solutions on how to get income,” Matuz said. “We can open our own businesses, an
LLC. Even though we cannot be hired, our company can be contracted, and in some cases we can create jobs for American
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About 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school every year in the U.S. The Dream Act Coalition that Matuz
represents is un-passed legislation that would permit undocumented students who grew up in the U.S. to apply for temporary
legal status and become eligible for citizenship if they attend college. It would also allow undocumented students to qualify for instate tuition.
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“Not just on the issue of DREAMers, but in any other issue that you care about, I think the first step is educating, then mobilizing
and acting,” Matuz said.
A new feature movie based on “Underwater Dreams” will be released in 2015. The movie is titled “Spare Parts” and stars George
Lopez, Marisa Tomei and Alexa PenaVega.
“Of course, we have people that are looking at us now, like the CEO of iRobot and Dean Kamen, the co-founder of FIRST robotics
competition,” Santillan said. “These guys are the movers and shakers of the STEM field. So, if these guys are the ones that are going
to create the jobs – if these guys are supporting us, I think that they’ll see and it will be a humanizing story.”
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Every year on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is celebrated within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally
(LGBTQA) community. To honor the event, UHCL’s Unity Club gathered in Atrium I Oct. 8 to host coming out stories and a panel on
LGBTQA issues with this year’s theme, “Coming Out Still Matters.”
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The event started around 11 a.m. with an introduction by Linda Contreras Bullock, assistant dean of student diversity, and one of
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the founding members of Unity Jennifer Clark, assistant director of student life, then shared her coming out story as an ally. Both
speakers expressed satisfaction in working at an institution that embraced diversity.
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Once the introductions for the event concluded, Ashley Connelly, president of Unity Club, invited attendees to the podium to share
their coming out stories.
“I knew when I was in junior high,” said Andy, a UHCL undergraduate, “Well, I knew way before then, but it started more in eighth
grade. So by the time I got to high school everyone knew I was the gay kid and was bullied. I am who I am, and I won’t apologize for
that.”
When Shelby, a UHCL undergraduate, came out to her mom, her mom cried because she feared not having grandchildren.
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“It’s not always going to be easy, but it will always will be worth it,” said Shelby, a UHCL graduate.
Not all of the people who shared their coming out stories have come
out to their own families yet.
“I dated a lot of guys, but she was the first one I fell in love with,” said
Stephanie, a UHCL undergraduate. “There’s no way I can tell my family
I’m bisexual though.”
Christian ally Coretta Duplessis, president of Health and Wellness Club,
was at first taken aback and confused by the LGBTQA community.
“And then I fell in love with Colden Snow [secretary for Student
Orientation],” Coretta said. “When you group people, you follow the
stigma, and that stigma isn’t right.”
Coretta said that her ignorance of the LGBTQA community led her to a
misunderstanding of the people who identified themselves as LGBTQA.
In addition to sharing their stories, attendees were encouraged to use
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paint to imprint their hand on the Coming Out Closet. Attendees were
also roused to post their secrets inside the closet, eat snacks and play charades.
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Panelists included: Shaun Simon, coordinator of women’s and LGBTQA
student services; Jennifer McAdams, Counseling Services doctoral
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ask the person who identifies themself as that label,” McAdams said.
“What one might consider pansexual might be the definition of how
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“Coming out means different things for people and the process looks different depending on age, culture, religion, among other
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A six-day raid of a gay bar called Stonewall Inn in 1969 spurred the first great march in San Francisco, 1970. This
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A six-day raid of a gay bar called Stonewall Inn in 1969 spurred the first great march in San Francisco, 1970. This “Gay In” march
inspired future Gay Pride parades, and marked the beginning of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Ally (LGBTQA)
community being out in the open.
Fifty thousand people gathered for the second great march, this time on Washington D.C., Oct. 11, 1987, demanding President
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Ronald Regan to address equal rights and the AIDS crisis. The march, which included celebrities and activists such as Whoopi
Goldberg and Cesar Chavez, enabled Ron Eichberg, founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O’Leary,
head of National Gay Rights Advocates, to create National Coming Out Day (NCOD).
Since 1987, legislation has been implemented to allow gays to serve in the military and 25 states have legalized gay marriage.
Although some laws have been actualized, not all of the states allow for gay marriage and most couples are discriminated against
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for adoption. Cultural and religious discrimination remains prominent.
Sally Huffer, community project specialist at the Montrose Center in Houston, acknowledged that even though gay marriage
equality has become more prominent, there are still missing pieces to the equality puzzle.
“Marriage equality is only one piece of the equality pie, and as allies, we need to stand up for the ones who are beaten down so
much that they can’t stand up,” Huffer said.
Those who get beaten down also include minors who are rejected from their families or guardians who are unable to accept them.
Sarah Fernandez, 15-year member of Parents, Families, and Friends of Gay and Lesbian (PFLAG) sees that LGBTQA issues are
becoming more common in the media, but stated that one in four children will be homeless before they reach age 18 because of
their sexual preferences and/or gender identity.
“In some families, churches and cultures, [coming out] is not accepted. Coming out still matters because there is still a lot of
ignorance,” Fernandez said.
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The first thing you should do for an aspiring writer is shoot them while they’re still happy, and the second is give
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“Elements of Style,” which is grammar, advised Susan Muller, president of the Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America.
Miller was referencing Dorothy Parker, an American poet and short story writer, while at the annual NWHRWA Lone Star Writer’s
Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “The New Frontiers in Publishing.”
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Keynote speaker Bob Mayer, CEO of Cool Gus Publishing and New York
Times best-selling author, has published more than 50 novels, selling
more than 4 million copies. His recent novel, “Write it Forward: From
Writer to Successful Author,” teaching writers how to be authors was
the basis for his speech at the Oct. 4 conference.
Mayer discussed the changing market in the publishing industry since
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“It is a great time to be a writer,” Mayer said. “Due to the uprising of the
RWA members register for the annual Lone Star Writer’s
digital market, like Nooks and Kindles, getting published and getting
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Mayer addressed the fact that many writers often get discouraged by the publishing process on the way to becoming a traditional
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“It can be really discouraging if you let it,” Mayer said. “But that’s the point you shouldn’t let it. The people who succeed are the
ones that are a little bit crazy and don’t care about the odds against them.”
Mayer graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, served in the infantry and later became a Green Beret
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experiences.
“Two things: one, study story and the other, experience a lot of things,” Mayer said. “Mark Twain said ‘write what you know.’ Even
though you’re venting your emotions, you write from your own life experiences.”
Muller and the board of directors organize several writer events during the year, including: monthly chapter meetings, a Lone Star
Writing Contest and the Lone Star Writer’s Conference.
“The conference is a chance for chapter members to hear someone who is well known in the business that will have ideas to offer
our chapter members in publishing and writing,” Muller said. “RWA is about teaching the craft of writing. We want to teach specific
writing techniques or research topics. Sometimes we bring in speakers on hypnotism or sword fighting, while others focus on
dialogue or deep point of view. All of our events are designed to help writers become not only published but also successfully
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RWA members consist of published authors or writers aspiring to become published authors. J.D. Faver, NWHRWA member and
published author, writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and romantic thrillers. Her most recent novel,“The Reluctant
Rancher,” is the second book in her Badlands series.
“Everyone’s writing process is different,” Faver said. “I write my entire novel from start to finish first without stopping to edit. When
I finish the book, I edit, and then send it out to my beta readers for feedback.”
Muller admits that writers are a different class of people and all have their own creative process that works for them.
“All writers are strange in their own way,” Muller said. “They have characters in their heads that speak to them. And they write not
because they want to but because they have to. But I’d tell aspiring writers to never give up; develop a thick skin, and write what
you love and love what you write.”
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Years pass by in the blink of an eye. One day a freshman, the next day
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Creating a bucket list is the perfect way to make sure students balance
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“I absolutely think that students should have a UHCL bucket list before
they graduate,” said Carla Bradley, digital media studies major and
former Student Government Association president. “Although UHCL
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to discover and embrace.”
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Bradley, and fellow student Yvonne Martinez, business major, agree
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“I definitely think that students should have a bucket list of things that they would like to accomplish so they can set goals for
themselves to get things done,” Martinez said. “I feel that if a goal is set in place, then a student is more likely to work for it.”
Bucket lists vary between students so each list can be as creative as the individuals constructing them. Students don’t like being
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“Students are exposed to a lot of information during their orientation that they unintentionally let go through one ear and out the
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regardless of when they were admitted to UHCL, getting involved on campus does not mean ‘join a student organization.’ To me,
students can get involved by asking questions in their classes, visiting an on-campus office geared to inclusion and involvement, or
just stopping to see events that are happening or contributing to a student organization’s fundraiser.”
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The following is a list of recommended “bucket list” items to fill while a student at UHCL. The list is not limited to 40 items;
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1. Wear blue and green on Wednesdays to show UHCL pride.
2. Look for Hunter the Hawk’s real-life cousins flying over the campus next to the nature trail.
3. Hug and take a photo with Mr. Pappu, the Student Government Association giant teddy bear.
4. Attend an SGA meeting/Town Hall Meeting when President Staples is presenting tuition and fees.
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5. Celebrate I Heart UHCL Day, held every October.
6. Attend the annual ISS Cultural Extravaganza and/or the Vagina Monologues.
7. Eat outside the Patio Café on a nice day.
8. Meet the Dean of Students (He’s not scary, I promise!)
9. Visit the NASA archives in the Neumann Library.
10. Look at the paintings of every UHCL President (second floor of the Bayou Building).
11. Order food from a food truck.
12. Read The Signal newspaper by downloading the app off its webpage: www.uhclthesignal.com.
13. Get free coffee and learn about different cultures from the ISS Office in the SSCB.
14. Look for the giant blob monster in the trees behind the Arbor Building (hopefully it’s still there).
15. Take a photo with Susie Queue in the Writing Center.
16. Attend ANY of the student organization on-campus cultural events including:
Diwali – Indian Students Association
Tet – Vietnamese Students Association
Black History Month – Black Students Association
Cinco de Mayo – Hispanics Advancing Culture, Education, and Rights
17. Stop by and check out the amazing art in the Bayou Art Gallery or on the white panels in front of the library.
18. Check out the collection of frog plushies in the Bayou Copy Center.
19. Find “Hope” on campus.
20. Take a selfie with the Liberty Bell, UHCL and Hawk Hollywood sign, and Spiritus Mundi (aka “Kissing Stones”) statues.
21. Meditate in the Meditation Room, Bayou Building rooms 1218 and 1219.
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23. Stand outside and watch the raccoons go digging inside the trashcans (within a safe distance).
24. Eat chili during the annual Chili Cook Off.
25. Decorate your graduation cap.
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26. Take a picture of the deer that roam throughout the campus.
27. Visit all of the campus buildings even if you don’t have a class in it.
28. Take a picture with Hunter the Hawk.
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29. Ride on the UHCL courtesy shuttle.
30. Pull an all nighter studying or doing homework.
31. Be on a team for the annual Chili Cook-Off.
32. Take a break to walk on the nature trail or walk from the SSCB down to the Delta recreational fields (look for the
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33. Attend a community service fair.
34. Go work out at the gym in SSCB or at least act like it.
35. Take a Signal selfie outside the newsroom, B1239.
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36. Join one of the many school organizations.
37. Get at least one ticket from the campus police; it’s almost inevitable.
38. Take graduation pictures on campus.
39. Hang out in the student life lounge.
40. ENJOY THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE.
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close quarters. The Romans adopted it mainly because it was an effective weapon for organized combat against the Gaels, a Celtic
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army that incorporated large swords, which often needed both hands for combat.
A good debate is akin to a sword fight. Like the gladius, a nimble debater is able to thrust with precision whenever a point is made.
A debater wins when the opponent is unable to react and counterattack quickly. If the counterpoint is broad and simplistic then,
much like the Gaelic sword requiring both hands, the debate is over.
Such is the case with modern debate, except that now, the heavier sword wins. There is no more respect for the rules. Opponents
in modern debate get shouted down, interrupted, or accused of bigotry and ignorance.
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One case in point is the 51st anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, which will take place Nov. 22. This particular debate
concerns whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman and has involved more years, more documentation and more
impassioned arguments than any other watershed moment in American history, with the possible exception of the Lincoln
assassination.
In a time when a vast amount of people under 30 gets their news from Jon Stewart, most Americans believe there was a
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that Kennedy was killed by Oswald acting alone.” Consequently, between 20 and 40 percent of Americans do not agree with a
conspiracy theory, yet their arguments are rarely, if ever, heard.
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In 2007, Bugliosi wrote “Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President Kennedy,” a brilliantly assembled, exhaustive, 1,612page case for Oswald acting alone.
The kernel of Bugliosi’s thesis began as a BBC-produced 1986 film that documented a mock trial with Bugliosi as Oswald’s
prosecutor. Bugliosi then spent the next couple of decades coming to the same conclusion Gerald Posner had reached in his 1993
book “Case Closed,” which was also the same conclusion reached by the Warren Commission in 1964, that Oswald had acted alone.
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What made the book worth reading and considering is Bugliosi’s comprehension of a common thread in American society’s post1963 psyche. He knew how badly many Americans needed for there to be a conspiracy, and also understood that the monumental
rock of offense that positioned itself in the way of reasoning for most American citizens − that the iconic, ethereal flame of John
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Kennedy’s legacy could simply not have been extinguished by one nondescript individual, and a misfit at that.
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HBO, impressed with the popularity of Bugliosi’s book, picked it up for a mini-series in 2007.
The slew of conspiracy theorists who believed that either the CIA, FBI,
KGB, L.B.J., Mafia, Bay of Pigs refugees or the military industrial complex
had killed Kennedy, for once banded together and mounted a campaign
to get Bugliosi’s side of the debate quashed. Tom Hanks then stepped in
and bought the rights to the book and Bugliosi’s side of the debate will
now, after seven years, finally be produced later this year.
Still, it took seven years. The need for the vocal majority to silence
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Bugliosi’s dissenting voice is why Voltaire’s saying from 1906, “I may not
agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it,”
is on its way out the back door. Debate’s future may not be far behind.
The nation’s appreciation of a good debate has dwindled with precise
proportion to the erosion of its attention span. More American television viewers care about “reality” personalities like the
Kardashians than know the names of the Justices who serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. People lack patience to hear both sides to
a story, especially when most media stories last about as long as a sound bite.
In a media-saturated vortex where talking heads constantly interrupt each other rather than hear each other out and radio
personalities shout down opposing viewpoints or even hang up on them rather than give them equal airtime, it is no surprise to
hear words like “hater” and “racist” tossed into the fray.
After a while, this strategy prevails. Opposing viewpoints get lost in complacency. Battle-weary opponents tire of such labels, and
single viewpoints prevail. The issues of debate lay silent, and the majority consequently rules.
When decisions made by a majority are above those of an individual or minority group, active oppression comparable to tyranny
can erode and eventually silence the opposition.
In “Mein Kampf,” Adolf Hitler wrote, “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental
principle is borne in mind…It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.” In short, if you repeat something
enough times, it becomes true.
The viewpoint of the individual will eventually be silenced without the process of debate being practiced. The vocal majority is not
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infallible. One only need recall the nightmare of U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy’s Communist Red Scare of the 1950s and how CBS news
commentator Edward R. Murrow’s fearless opposition to a tyrannical witch-hunt brought that giant down.
Along with the recognition of history possibly repeating itself comes trepidation for the future of the individual voice…it should be
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The memory hurts and it’s still fresh. It is game six in the 2014 first-round playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and
Houston Rockets. Portland leads the series 3-2 and has the ball down by two points with .9 seconds remaining.
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If you’re a Rockets fan, you regrettably know what happens next. The Trail Blazers run a sideline out-of-bounds play that creates
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Fortunately for Rockets fans, the NBA season begins Oct. 28 and, after enduring that heartbreaking loss, it can’t come fast enough.
Following the early exit from the playoffs, the summer produced a disappointing off-season for the Rockets as the franchise’s plan
to acquire a third superstar backfired, leaving the team without a big name free agent signing and a drastically overhauled roster.
The ambitious general manager for the Rockets, Daryl Morey, had back-to-back productive offseasons by signing superstars James
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The Rockets hoped to sign Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh, offering each player close to $90 million for a four-year max contract,
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only to have them both decline.
In an effort to create the needed cap space to sign a max contract player, Morey completed two trades that sent valuable bench
players to competing Western Conference teams. Omer Asik was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and Jeremy Lin was dealt to
the Los Angeles Lakers without receiving any notable players in return.
Making matters worse, the Rockets lost their talented small forward Chandler Parsons to
the Dallas Mavericks while awaiting an answer form Chris Bosh, who in the end rejected
them.
Eventually, the Rockets signed veteran forward Trevor Ariza to a reasonable offer of $32
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million for a four-year contract. Ariza is a slight downgrade from Parsons but at a much
better price and value.
In all, the Rockets have eight new players on the team including Ariza, Jeff Adrien, Clint
Capela, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Ish Smith and Jason Terry.
The chemistry between Harden and Howard should improve as the All-Star duo will be
playing their second season together. The pair form one of the best two-man combos in
the NBA and are arguably the best at their own positions.
Ultimately, the Rockets’ success or failure will depend on its superstars’ ability to shoulder
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the load and lead a group of unproven players.
While I don’t expect the Rockets to reach last year’s 54 wins, I do believe by the end of the season the team will have improved
considerably as the result of a mid-season trade made by the always-aggressive Morey. I see the Rockets winning 51 games and
making the playoffs as the sixth seed in West.
Unfortunately, I have the Rockets losing in the first-round of the playoffs again, which will no doubt be a letdown for Rockets fans.
However, the season is going to be interesting as this collection of two superstars and cluster of role-players should have
something to prove.
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