by Deborah Hensel

Daily Cougar Staff

When the Sexual Assault Task Force began a five-hour marathon at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to complete recommendations for a policy dealing with sexual assault, another alleged incident was in progress on campus.

Every three minutes a woman is raped in this country, according to FBI crime statistics. One woman in four and one man in 12 can expect to be raped during their lifetimes.

Acquaintance or date rapes make up 60 percent of assaults in all age categories, 84 percent of assaults among college women.

Statistics like these, compiled by the task force in 14 intensive sessions between August and January, underscored the need for a campus-wide sexual assault policy.

The task force was appointed by UH President James Pickering in August in response to two incidents that occurred this summer: an alleged assault at the UH Hilton parking garage in May, followed by an attempted assault in the women's restroom of Agnes Arnold Hall two weeks later.

Furthermore, the Federal Higher Education Reauthorization Act passed this summer requires universities to have a sexual assault policy in place by fall 1993.

The 72-page document the task force will present to Pickering this week states, "Sexual assault is a violent disruption of a person's safety and trust that can seriously interfere with, and even altogether interrupt, the research and educational goals that comprise the central mission of the university."

One of the key recommendations in the document is the formulation and enforcement of a stringent, comprehensive alcohol policy.

Members of the task force discussed recommending the elimination of discounted alcohol, "happy hours" and other practices likely to encourage alcohol consumption on campus.

Another recommendation was exploration of the legal liability the university incurs when allowing alcohol to be served at campus events.

According to findings of Congress listed in the Campus Security Act, 95 percent of violent campus crimes are alcohol- or drug-related.

Additional recommendations in the document include:

* An addition to the Student Conduct Code covering sexual assault and a clear description of sanctions against perpetrators

* A list of procedures for victims and university personnel to follow in the event of an assault

* Procedures to secure confidentiality and accurate record-keeping

* Orientation programs for new students and education for high-risk groups

* Improvements in notification procedures, coordinating the efforts of UHPD, media relations and The Daily Cougar and circulation of a Campus Security Alert following assaults

* Improvements in lighting, landscaping and emergency call box placement

* Increased funding for the Cougar Patrol escort service

* Addition of a full-time, crime prevention specialist in the police department

* A campus-wide survey to enable the university to assess the extent of the problem of sexual assault at UH

* Hiring a gender-equity expert to work with the current affirmative action officer

A recurring discussion Thursday and in previous task force meetings has been the availability of funds to implement these recommendations.

"We are efficiently dealing with the (sexual assault) problem now," said UHPD Lt. Brad Wigtil about the efforts of campus police, "but if we have more effort, we need to have more resources."

The executive summary of the document concludes:

"While recognizing the pressing limitations on current resources, the task force urges that the university fulfill its legal and moral responsibilities by doing its utmost to ensure an atmosphere of equal opportunity and freedom from sexual assault for all members of the community."

After Pickering reviews the recommendations, the task force may be succeeded by a Sexual Assault Policy Committee, which would write and implement the actual policy.






by Michica N. Guillory

Daily Cougar Staff

Minutes before a five-hour session on policy recommendations by the Sexual Assault Task Force began Thursday, a Moody Towers female resident claims she was being sexually assaulted by someone she knew.

According to police reports, the incident occurred in the North Tower at 12:20 p.m. after the resident signed her alleged assailant into the dormitory.

The two are acquaintances but are not romantically involved, said Eric Miller, director of Media Relations, speaking for UHPD.

Houston police were first on the scene in response to a 911 call placed at 6 p.m. by the female. University police became involved shortly thereafter.

"We know who the suspect is, and he has been in touch with the police department this weekend," Miller said. "He wants to tell his side of the story."

The man has not been arrested because the assault has not been confirmed. The alleged victim said she will press charges if the district attorney will accept them.

"It has to do with the charges and whether they apply or not," Miler said. "Someone can't be arrested for a crime that may not have happened."

Currently, UHPD is negotiating with the suspect to come to the station and converse, Miller said.

"If it comes down to his word against hers, (the case) may be directed downtown to a grand jury," he said.

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In two unrelated incidents, two vehicles were burglarized last week, and stereos and other valuables were reported missing.

In parking lot 1A, next to the UH Hilton, a radar detector and a stereo were stolen from a student's car, which was parked in the lot last week when the burglary was discovered, according to UHPD reports.

Stereo equipment and compact disks were taken from the second vehicle, which was parked in outlying lot 9C. The car was parked in the lot overnight from Wednesday to Thursday.






by Karla S. Mishak Lee

News Reporter

Jim Finger, the self-proclaimed, fire-eating fool, will be on campus this week along with a variety of musical talent for the Student Program Board's Awareness Week.

SPB is searching for new members and increased recognition on campus by hosting a variety of events and handing out free T-shirts and notebook folders.

Jazz musicians Queeni & The Freedom Band will play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the UC-Satellite.

The Jim Finger Show, hosted by a juggling, fire-eating magician, will be performed at noon Wednesday at the Satellite. Richard Kasschau, a UH psychology professor, will give a lecture on study skills at the same time in the UC Arbor. DeSchmog, a quirky pop band, will play at 2 p.m. Wednesday on the UC North Patio.

Green Apple Quick Step, described by SPB Executive Director Benny Mathews as "loud," will play at noon Thursday at the Satellite. <i>Slacker<p>, a big screen movie, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in the UC Houston Room.

The scavenger hunt, which is planned as an ongoing event during the week, will be advertised in the Daily Cougar today. By locating all the items on the list and turning them into the SPB office, located in room 59 of the UC Underground, students are eligible to win a variety of prizes.

The participant with the first completed entry will win the grand prize, and subsequent participants will draw from a variety of prizes. Additional entry forms are available in the SPB office.

On televisions around campus, students can tune in to the Student Video Network (SVN), Channel 6, any time this week to see original student productions or to watch any of these movies: <i>Incident at Ogalala, Thunderheart, Time Out<p> and <i>Night on Earth<p>.

SPB is the largest student organization on campus and is supported by student service fees. They work to bring various movies, speakers, musical performances and art productions to campus.

They also organize Homecoming each year and host various trips for students, including ski trips and trips to see athletic events at other universities.

The SPB newsletter will be available Tuesday and can be picked up in boxes near the Daily Cougar stands. The newsletter contains a complete listing of events planned for the week.






by Julie Johnson

Contributing Writer

The new director of admissions plans to work on his doctorate degree in his spare time while striving to simplify the university's admissions process.

This semester, Rob Sheinkopf replaces Wayne Sigler, former UH dean of admissions. Sigler left UH after 10 years of service and accepted a position as admissions director at the University of Minnesota.

Sheinkopf said he plans to support the faculty and serve the student, whom he refers to as "the customer." Although Sheinkopf did not note any new specific policies, he said he hopes to give disadvantaged students a better opportunity to attend the university. He also hopes to make UH the institution of choice for top students nationwide.

The recruitment of minorities is also important to Sheinkopf, who said it is the right thing to do for UH and does not see it as being only politically correct.

Sheinkopf referred to himself as the "chief recruiter" and said the key to helping students is "talking to them as if their problem is the only thing you are concerned about."

"I don't make change for the sake of change, but for improvement," he said, adding that consulting with his staff is important in making the appropriate changes.

Sheinkopf described his staff as "outstanding and energetic." The staff wears UH sweatshirts on Fridays to promote school spirit. Sheinkopf proposed this "spirit day" to encourage his staff to get involved in more than the 9:00-5:00 work days. "UH has so much more to offer."

Sheinkopf purchased season tickets for UH basketball, baseball and football games and will continue to do so until he leaves UH, which he hopes won't happen until his retirement some three decades from now.

Sheinkopf is a true believer in athletics as a recruiting tool for the university, but he does not dismiss the academic programs at UH. "We have academic programs every bit as good as Yale, Harvard and Princeton," he said.






by Sally Pouncy

Daily Cougar Staff

Students in UH's newly-formed Weather Information course predict a bright future for a campus weather service.

Professor Jim Lawrence, from the Geosciences department, teaches the fledgling course in a unique way that allows students to get one-on-one with the professor and current weather maps from the National Weather Service.

Students do not have a regularly scheduled class time, and they make their own hours. This is so the class can become a weather service for the campus.

"Eventually, I would like to act as an advisor for the service, but until then, I will work with the students one person at a time," Lawrence said.

With the technology the class is working with, Lawrence will not have to wait long. The students use computers networked with a supercomputer at the University of Illinois.

That computer receives hourly maps from the National Weather Service. However, the class has a limited capacity for receiving signals from satellites stationed over the United States.

The maps used by students are comparable to maps used by local television forecasters, but television stations have to go through expensive vendors to receive their maps, and the university gets its information free.

"The television stations may want more information faster and more frequently than we do, and they have forecasting capabilities," Lawrence explained.

Students are not discouraged by not being able to forecast the weather. Sondra Pierson, a junior history and psychology major, said she has been interested in the weather and wants to have a working knowledge of how to read a weather map.

Pierson admitted she would not have known about the class if a small story had not appeared in the Jan. 19 issue of The Daily Cougar.

Lawrence has high hopes for the class, and when asked if the course would be offered in the fall, he said, "If I can live through this one."






by Kelechi Osuji

News Reporter

Lifting the image and spreading the knowledge of the Latin American culture will be the main objectives of the Third Annual Art Monsanto Latin American Folk Festival.

The festival is held to benefit the Art Monsanto Memorial Scholarship, which was started by Hispanic Languages Associate Professor Carlos Monsanto in memory of his son, Art, who died in 1989.

"The scholarship was a result of my family's decision to devote the money that would have been given for my son's (funeral) flowers to provide a scholarship to help students," he said.

Monsanto wanted to do something that would relate to Art and how he loved to help people. "Art believed people could and should better themselves through hard work and education," he said.

The $500 scholarship will help an outstanding student in the School of Hispanic and Cultural Languages or in the School of Communication. "There is a need for scholarship money; a lot of the money is drying up," Monsanto said.

Monsanto also wants this festival to enlighten the Houston community of the Latin-American culture. "I hope to spread a badly needed knowledge of Latin America and its culture in Houston," he said.

"There seems to be a downright meanness and cruelty toward Latin Americans in the U.S.A. today because of the immigration issue," he said.

Monsanto wants people to know that Latin Americans are not just aliens and drug traffickers.

He wants people to know they have a rich and artistic culture that he is proud of. "I want to enable Latin Americans to be proud of their heritage and not betray it. There is more to Latin Americans than drugs and killings," he said.

Monsanto also wants this festival to be in memory not only of his son, but of all UH students who have recently died and to people who have tried to help the Latin American community progress. The students include Carlos Aragon and Wally Roberts.

The festival features singers, dancers and musicians from Mexico, Central America and South America.

This year's festival will be different from past ones in that there will be booths where donated products will be sold and Continental Airlines tickets raffled.

In an effort to start a Spanish-speaking support group, there will also be a booth for Spanish parents whose children have died.

RC Cola will have a booth, selling donated products, and Gleenbrook Enterprises will promote their services at the festival.

The festival is on Feb. 7 in the Houston Room of the UC.

Monsanto said volunteers are needed at the festival. If interested, call Monsanto at 743-3061.






by Adam King

Daily Cougar Staff

When a team goes from barbecue-chicken-hot to potato salad-cold in the span of a week, one begins to wonder where they might end up, come season's end.

Houston's basketball squad stomped on Southern Methodist 85-75 at home on Jan. 23 for their sixth win in a row and 11th in a row at Hofheinz, dating back to last season.

Then came the road trip.

The Cougars, 11-2 and unbeaten in four conference games, travelled to Municipal Coliseum in Lubbock to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Jan. 26.

Houston coach Pat Foster had warned his players and the media that a road trip in the SWC was no skip through the woods. Then again, the Cougars had been to the land of maroon and white and drubbed the Aggies 81-69 in front of the always-hostile A&M crowd. Why shouldn't they win in Lubbock, too?

Besides, Houston was picked to finish second in the conference behind Texas. Well, maybe I shouldn't have brought that up since the Longhorns own a 1-5 conference record and are near the basement, held by winless Texas Christian.

Who pays attention to those preseason picks anyway?

The Red Raiders obviously didn't, edging the Cougars 78-74. Both teams played sloppily, but the Cougars more so. They shot a miserable 26.7 percent from three-point range (4-of-15) while Tech nailed 53.5 percent of their shots (8-of-15). Houston was also out-rebounded 39-31, with center Charles "Bo" Outlaw collecting a season-low seven.

Houston met SMU for the second time Saturday, and it was obvious their heads were not in the game.

Their shooting went cold turkey. Their rebounding belonged in a "How-not-to" manual. Let's not even mention the clutch defense.

Second loss in a week, 70-60.

Rafael Carrasco did produce some quality minutes, with eight points and 10 boards, but the Cougars' outside shooting just wasn't there.

With one more game to go before the halfway mark in conference play, Houston needs to do some soul-searching. It is time to look at the big picture.

Where do we go from here? What do we want to accomplish this season? How can we, as a team, reach our goal?

The talent is there, but the focus is not.

C'mon Cougars, let's do a little meditating.






While there is little doubt that no rational relationship can be drawn between a person's homosexuality and their ability to perform a given task, nobody ever said humans are entirely rational beings -- let alone people who have decided that the military (a jingoistic, nationalist engine of war) is their way of life.

This and other realities are what President Clinton is facing. While he is finding out daily that he over promised during the campaign, he is taking the best course possible -- a slow one to understanding.

The military has historically been a slow-changing branch of the government. The integration of blacks into the service started during the Civil War and wasn't fully realized until World War II -- a span of about 75 years. Almost exactly the same arguments for denying gays entry into the service were made against blacks before them.

Once gays' innate right to serve is re-enforced by policy, no one should doubt those who choose to exercise it will be chastised. This is not right. It simply is.

It takes years to change human prejudice and even then it can never be entirely erased -- despite whatever legislation is passed.

However, it must always start with a few storm troopers who brave assaulting a barren beachhead alone. Those few will probably endure much ridicule and hardship. But once they, and the ones who follow them, prove they can contribute to the greater purpose as well as the next person, the prejudice will slowly begin to erode away.

It's not that they should have to prove anything. They shouldn't. It's just that that is the way humans are -- they don't trust things that are different or that they don't understand. Humans often try to destroy such things.

It will be a hard road -- for Clinton and for the men and women who come forward with their sexuality as a result of what the president does -- but it is the right one.






by Manuel Esparza

Daily Cougar Staff

What is a musical instrument? Must it be in traditional form such as a cello or a saxaphone? Or can it be as common as a jug, some spoons and a washboard?

For Jesus Jones, an instrument is whatever it takes to produce a sound, and the group's main choice is the microchip.

On its third album, <i>Perverse<p>, Jesus Jones has taken a large step in the same direction as 1991's <i>Doubt<p>. It's still danceable, but <i>Perverse<p> is bolder and has better-constructed songs.

It seems they've found the right program for the drum machine, with plenty of great dance hooks. However, the song placement doesn't have a smooth flow.

As usual, Mike Edwards' vocals are very good. Though limited in range, his sandy voice carries over all the keyboards. Just by singing a few notes, Edwards can dominate an entire song. His is the only song on <i>Perverse<p> that can be made without the aid of a wall socket.

Jesus Jones has set out to be a band that makes the molds, as opposed to being set by them. But in <i>Perverse<p> , they really don't break any new ground.

To the untrained ear, it sounds like techno-dance music. In fact, it sounds like techno-dance music to the trained ear, too. While this disc is more bold than <i>Doubt<p>, it is still a ship hugging the coastline of conformity.

While not adventurous, there are at least a couple of major U.S. hits lurking on this disc.

"The Devil You Know" reminds one of their last hit, "Right Here Right Now." It's here that Edwards' voice comes close to sounding great. What makes this a potential hit are the midi guitars that fuzz in and out and the shimmery keyboards.

"Zeroes and Ones" is the other possible hit. Faster in tempo, it features an obnoxious sampler riff that's guaranteed to stick in your mind like peanut butter to the roof of your mouth. This song is about digital technology, without which this album would not have been possible.

The question is, "Is this a good album or not?" The good outshines the bad. There are fun songs ("Magazine," "Idiot Stare") and interesting ones ("Spiral"). Then there are the ones that are excess baggage ("From Love to War").

Is it worth hard-earned money? Buy it and support a starving musician.






by Rebecca McPhail

Daily Cougar Staff

The age-old saying, "It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all," may not hold true for Moe Berg, lead singer and lone songwriter of the Pursuit of Happiness.

Berg, perhaps, has loved and lost just one time too many.

Consequently, TPOH's first two albums nearly burst at the seams with "love" songs so cynical that they're apt to depress even the happiest newlyweds.

The band's latest, <i>The Downward Road<p>, (to be released in mid-March) promises to be no different.

"I've never been the kind of person who could take a walk in the woods, see a butterfly and write a beautiful song about it," Berg said.

"I'm more fascinated by the dark side of things. I guess that's why I'm not good at traditional love songs."

Born in the mid-'80s out of Berg's desire to find a creative outlet for his songwriting, the burgeoning band's trump card was its ace producer -- Todd Rundgren.

Best known for his intelligently-crafted pop songs and unconventional production methods, Rundgren was the perfect complement to Berg's straightforward musical approach.

Berg, for his part, was pleased with the pairing. "Todd's my hero; I think he's great," he said.

The union yielded 1988's <i>Love Junk<p>, featuring the minor hit-single, "I'm An Adult Now" -- an anthem for th newly-disenfranchised twentysomethings.

Although <i>Junk<p> didn't top the charts, many critics took notice of the band's strange juxtaposition of heavy rock guitars, sugary-sweet female back-up singers and deeply ironic lyrics, landing the record on several "10 best" lists for the year.

The acclaim forced TPOH onto the road in support of their album, where they opened for the likes of Duran Duran and the Eurythmics.

The band's sophomore record, <i>One-Sided Story<p>, released in 1990, followed the same pattern of minor chart success yet received wide, critical acclaim.

<i>Story<p> contains the ode to sex, "Food," which has Berg expounding on the virtues of his lover with the touching lines, "Your love is like greasy, fried noodles / Instantly gratifying -- makes me want to come back for more." Berg's fiercely deadpan delivery is backed by the female singers' angelic intonations of "Ring the dinner bell, I'm starving to death."

TPOH's sonic melding of bubble-gum pop and hard rock is Berg's own brainchild.

"Long before I started the band, I pre-conceived the whole sound," he said. "Most of my influences are pop bands from the '60s and rock from the '70s. I never thought I'd have to pick between hard rock and pop."

After the release of <i>Story<p>, things got a little rocky for TPOH. Not only did the band change members and producers, they also jumped ship at Chrysalis Records and headed to Polygram. Berg called the label switch a "mutual decision."

"The music Industry is essentially nomadic," Berg said. "When it came time to do our third album, the people who had been at Chrysalis when we first signed were no longer there, and the new people were somewhat less than enamored of us."

TPOH picked Ed Stasium (who has worked with the Smithereens and Living Colour) to assume Rundgren's production duties. The new combo finished <i>the Downward Road<p> last summer.

"We've just been waiting for a release date for it," Berg said.

The record has the distinction of containing the first TPOH song written by someone other than just Berg. The ironically melodic "A Villa In Portugal" features Jules Shear as co-writer.

The song was born from a week Berg spent in New York, with Polygram footing the bill.

The label, apparently fearful the trip would be spent in pursuit of hedonistic pleasures, stipulated Berg must spend at least one evening writing with Shear.

"That shows you how well the record company knows me," Berg said. "I spent the whole trip in my hotel room writing songs."

Most likely, the reason Berg doesn't live the rock lifestyle is because he's had, up to this point, a fairly average life.

"I've had a million jobs, everything from working in factories to shoveling paper cups and vomit from a race track," he said.

And Berg was content to give up all that for his new life?

"Yeah," he said. "Go figure."






by Kristine Fahrenholz

Daily Cougar Staff

A Houston women's group has recently formed to promote academic freedom and diverse viewpoints.

Wellesley alumna Larisa Vanov founded Women For Freedom last week to provide a forum for those wishing to fight against oppression in the business and academic communities.

"The only way we can accomplish these tasks is if we bond together as a group," she said.

Vanov's goal is to involve more local colleges in her grass-roots movement.

Another of Women for Freedom's prime objectives is to promote viewpoints smothered by outcries from prevailing minority and radical groups, Vanov said.

Colleges, known for their radical, militant views, don't have good reputations, Vanov said. A degree from a college with a stained reputation will make it difficult for its students to obtain jobs, she added.

Another issue Vanov's group will address is academic freedom, which has been threatened by minority groups trying to inject multiculturalism into schools' core curriculums, she said. Students should not be required to take multiculturalism courses, Vanov emphasized.

UH Associate Director of African-American Studies Morris Graves said multiculturalism should play a role in universities because the increasing number of minorities and women in the work force demands more cultural awareness.

Poor U.S. foreign relations exist today because of our illiteracy about other cultures, especially the Arabic culture, Graves added.

Vanov said women should be respected for any career they choose, not just the economically sound positions. People should choose careers they like instead of basing career choices on economic reasons, she added.

Graves agrees with Vanov on that point, saying workers won't stay in a career long if they base it only on the amount of money they earn.

Vanov formed the organization because of her concern for many Wellesley College Alumnae who felt their voices were not only unheard, but disrespected and unwelcome.

The organization is not associated with the Wellesley Alumnae Association.

Women For Freedom hopes to become a national organization with its base in Houston. The group plans to have guest speakers, seminars and newsletters in the future. Male and female students are welcome to join. The membership fee is $5 for two years.

For more information, write to: Women For Freedom, P.O. Box 130624, Houston, Texas 77219.







by David Sikes

Daily Cougar Staff

A UH law graduate is vying for the senatorial seat vacated by U.S. Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen. Alumna Jose Angel Gutierrez, 48, spent Thursday garnering votes on campus.

Gutierrez, who practices law in Dallas, will be in Harris County for a week as part of his grass roots campaign.

Gutierrez is among the eight candidates who wasted little time tossing their hats into the ring for the May 1 election. Republicans include congressman Jack Fields, State Treasurer Kay Bailey-Hutchinson, and Congressmen Joe Barton and Clymer Wright of Houston.

Democrats include former U.S. representative and current interim Texas U.S. Senator Bob Krueger, former Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox and Gutierrez.

Rose Floyd is the Socialist Workers Party candidate.

To avoid payment of the $4,000 filing fee, Gutierrez opted for the rarely-used petition method of getting on the ballot by attempting to obtain 5,000 registered voters' signatures.

Gutierrez has traveled 10,000 miles in three weeks to get in touch with Texas voters. This method is much better than simply raising the money from a few friends or paying the fee himself, Gutierrez said.

Thursday, Gutierrez spoke with UH law students and got an endorsement from Roberto Soto, director of Clinical Studies. He then spoke to students in the Mexican-American Studies Program, followed by a press conference sponsored by the Young Democrats.

Gutierrez's number-one aim is to gain support for the president, he said.

"The American people voted right in the last election, and Texas voted wrong. In order for us to get in the good graces with the Democrats in the White House, the Senate and House, one needs to be a good, vocal, strong Democrat. I intend to support fully the president when he is right for Texas," Gutierrez said.

The three cornerstones of the Dallas lawyer's platform are the national debt, defense and drugs, he said.

Other issues Gutierrez endorses are pro-choice, gays in the military, term limits, civil rights, drug-testing of legislators, giving resident aliens the right to vote and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Among things the candidate opposes are more military spending, English-only language requirements, limiting immigration and the gasoline tax.

"I don't want to see the American public having to pay more to get to work or to enjoy the few recreational privileges that are left to them," he said.

"We have a border patrol that is paid to hunt Mexicans, and I'm opposed to that. We cannot have 'pull factors' that attract people of such caliber as Zoe Baird who would hire a domestic and a driver in knowing violation of the law. This is a crime of the rich and of the upper, middle class," he said.

Higher education is low on Gutierrez's list of priorities, he said. This is because it comprises only 10 percent of the federal budget.

However, he insists that he supports financial aid for students and Clinton's National Service Trust Fund, which allows loans to be paid off by community service.

He added he is a recipient of many student loans. He currently owes $4,000 in loans and $3,000 because his son defaulted on a student loan.

The way Ann Richards replaced Bentsen is an extension of the good 'ol boy network, Gutierrez said, adding he resents this. He said he or even Mattox is the better choice. This is what prompted Gutierrez to enter the race on Jan. 15, he said.

Gutierrez refers to Krueger's wife and the super team put together by the Krueger campaign as the "seven elements of grime," and they are formidable, he said.

But Krueger is an endangered species in this campaign, Gutierrez added.

"Krueger is the last of the good 'ol boys," he said.

However, Republican and UH African-American Studies Professor Morris Graves sees things differently. "I foresee an interesting run-off between Bailey-Hutchinson and Krueger. I think Krueger will win," he said.

Gutierrez calls himself Mr. Education and says he has more degrees than a thermometer. Besides a UH law degree, he has a Ph.D. from UT-Austin, an M.A. from St. Mary's in San Antonio and a B.A. from Texas A & I at Kingsville.

"I am actively pursuing the young people and am trying to take my campaign to them, Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez has been to three universities and plans to take his campaign to other campuses in Texas, he said. He is in the process of organizing groups on several Texas campuses to help his campaign and to gather signatures for his petition to be on the ballot.






by Patti Warner

Daily Cougar Staff

"Shake, rattle and roll" is the theme of the season as 1993's version of Cougar baseball makes its debut today.

Houston hosts Texas-San Antonio at Cougar Field for a double-header at noon.

Coach Bragg Stockton is optimistic about his club, even though the team finished 25-28 last year.

"We have a lot of new players," Stockton said. "They all have good work habits and good attitudes."

All-everything center-fielder Phil Lewis is expected to lead the Cougars in 1993 as he did in 1992.

"I hope he has the year he should have," said Stockton of the senior who led the team in batting average and runs batted in last year.

Lewis also placed in the top 10 in four offensive categories in the Southwest Conference.

Stockton's biggest headache could come in trying to replace all-conference pitcher Jeff Haas, who gave up his final year of eligibility when the Kansas City Royals drafted him last June.

The most obvious contenders to take over as staff ace are seniors Wade Williams and Jeff Wright.

Williams, a right-hander out of Texarkana Junior College, posted a 3-6 record last year. Despite his sub-.500 record, Wiliams still managed a stellar 2.56 earned-run average that put him fifth in the SWC.

Wiliams' 69 strikeouts ranked seventh. With one full year of the SWC under Williams' belt, Stockton expects him to anchor this young staff.

"We have some veteran pitchers in Wade Williams and Jeff Wright," Stockton said. "The biggest problem there is that they both had elbow surgery last year, and it will all depend on how they come back from that."

Wright, another Texarkana product, put up impressive numbers for the 1992 Cougars as well. His four victories ranked second on the team (behind Haas), and his 2.80 ERA earned him a seventh-place conference finish.

Stockton said other pitching prospects to watch include junior college transfers Matt Beech and Brian Hamilton.

Junior Brett Jones will be back to assume the role of closer in the bullpen.

With a defense behind them that committed 94 errors resulting in 61 unearned runs in 1992, the pitching staff is looking forward to the additions of the new kids in the infield.

Two starters are returning to the Cougar infield, but gone are all-conference first baseman Greyson Liles and shortstop R.D. Long.

Junior college transfer Pat Cauley and freshman J.J. Matzke were brought in to fill a gaping hole at shortstop that resulted in 25 errors alone.

"We are much better at shortstop," Stockton said. "We are much better in all-around defense, too."

Liles, whose glove and bat will be sorely missed, left big shoes to fill. Stockton has put the job to junior college transfers Kirk Taylor and Bobby O'Brien.

The major league draft caused a vacancy at catcher. Starter Chris Tremie chose the Chicago White Sox over the Cougars.

Junior college transfers Mike Hatch and Jeff Lackie are among four contenders vying for Tremie's spot.

"That is going to be the biggest question mark on the team," Stockton said. "No one stepped forward in the fall to take over the position."

The outfield looks to be solid with Lewis and junior Brian Blair returning. The additions of junior college transfers Shane Buteaux and Billy Waid will add big bats to the middle of the line-up.

Stockton said he also expects utility man David Galvin and football crossover Jason McDonald to compete for the designated hitter role.

The Cougars begin their 1993 conference play March 12. Until then, Stockton said they will use their non-conference games to work on basics. The Cougars finished 13-21 in the SWC last year.

"The limited conference schedule will help us and hurt us," he said. "Getting into the top four teams for the tournament at the end of the season will be tough."

"Shake, rattle and roll; here we go," Stockton said.

Play ball!



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