AT-RISK KIDS GET UH SUPPORT

by Edward Duffin

Contributing Writer

The Metropolitan Volunteer Program is currently recruiting participants for its Austin Tutor Project. The goal of the tutor project is to keep at risk high school students in school.

The project was started a few years ago after the students at Austin High School walked out of class protesting out-dated textbooks and the lack of funding their school received.

The protest caught the attention of local and national media outlets.

UH students involved in the program will tutor at-risk students in math, English and basic study skills, said Darran Wells, director of the project.

These students do not necessarily have behavioral problems; many of the high school youths are returning to school after having dropped out.

In addition, students can request help in a certain subject if they are having difficulties or if they have fallen behind.

Volunteers will spend roughly one hour a week in the high school tutoring students. "(UH students) will act as positive role models which is sometimes lacking in the schools," said Wells.

The project, which is co-sponsored by Communities in Schools, has helped thousands of at-risk students.

"In years past there has not been a strong connection between students and teachers," Wells added. The program volunteers are hoping to change that.

Students interested in volunteering their time can attend a short orientation session in the Pacific Room in the UC Underground on Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. or Thursday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

If students are unable to attend an orientation session, they can call the MVP at 743-5200.

 

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SA NO LONGER A BOY'S CLUB

by Rivka Gewirtz

Daily Cougar Staff

The UH Students' Association's executive cabinet has undergone a face lift which reflects the year of the woman.

In a student government that has been historically controlled by men with very little cultural diversity, the new executive cabinet has been flavored with women who are not only rich in culture but also in educational and occupational background.

This is the first time in history that four women have infiltrated SA and taken every position in the executive cabinet.

Glynniece Herron, director of personnel, Quynh Thai,director of finance, Blanca Villarreal, director of external affairs and Angie Milner, director of public relations all have different jobs with similar goals: to get students involved with SA.

In charge of placing students on important university boards, such as the sexual harassment committee and teaching excellence committee, as well as getting students internships within SA, Herron said she feels she has a responsibility to provide fair representation in the university. Herron, who is African-American, and the first woman to ever hold her position, believes every student should have some part in campus politics.

"Allowing minorities the opportunity to get into office is important. When you have an all white cabinet, students feel excluded," said Herron.

"The faculty that are on these boards are asking for different kinds of students to participate," she said.

Milner, a Caucasian, who is in charge of all SA publicity, feels females can do these jobs better because they tend to be more creative.

"Men seem to be more analytical and they pay more attention to numbers. We are more people oriented," said Milner.

Milner started a new publicity campaign during fall orientation for SA, designed to involve new students in government and internships.

The struggle for power among males and females has gone on for a long time throughout the world. Thai said she agrees with Milner that women are better suited for her job. She believes that women are naturally more efficient and organized than men.

Thai who is in charge of making sure SA sticks to it's constitutional rules when it comes to the budget also believes SA should become more diverse.

"I plan to work with the Chinese Student Organization to get people more involved. Asians living on campus are looking for ways to get involved," said Thai.

Past SA directors of finance have been intensely criticized by senators for not reporting SA's finances on a regular basis and not making sure SA stuck to budget rules. Thai said she is not worried about being questioned.

"I am not afraid of that. Hilary (Harmon, the previous director of finance) has trained me really well. She never had that kind of training. I am going to report to the senate once a month and keep the budget in line with the constitution," said Thai.

As well as getting students involved and meeting the needs of campus life, SA feels a responsibility to help the university with their legislative problems in Austin. Partly due to SA's massive lobbying effort during the spring semester, UH lost less than half of what they expected to during the state's legislative session.

Villarreal, a Latina, who formerly worked as a legislative aide in Austin for Representative Debra Danburg, D-Houston, believes that she has the contacts to keep a good working relationship with state representatives. As director of external affairs she must keep SA abreast of the problems UH may face in the next legislative session.

"I want to have representatives come in and meet with the students. I am working on a legislative team that promotes legislative internships and I am going to hold a lobbying workshop," said Villarreal.

Villarreal, also the first woman to ever hold her position, said she believes a UH alumnus should be placed on the Texas Higher Education Board.

"The board makes important decisions. UT and A&M both have people on the board. We are going to make sure we have somebody ready to be on it," said Villarreal.

The four women will work on projects together that have not yet been discussed.

SA President Jason Fuller says he has full confidence in the new cabinet.

"We went out looking for the best candidates. It just so happens they were all females with diverse cultural backgrounds. Ideally that's the way it should be," he said.

 

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DUCK BOOKS WITH FUN

by Frank San Miguel

Daily Cougar Staff

If you got a late start on the week or just need plenty of excuses to avoid studying, we’ve got you covered.

<B>Tuesday, Sept. 7<P>

<I>Joe "Guitar" Hughes' World Famous Blues Jam<P> <B>at 10 p.m. the Evening Shadows Club (3936 Old Spanish Trail)<P>

Unless you've been hiding under a boulder the past year, you've probably heard the name of Joe "Guitar" Hughes, who's deservedly getting the publicity that he deserves. Hughes has been a blues staple for years and, thanks to the Houston Blues Society, is getting acknowledgement. His World Famous Blues Jam at the Evening Shadows Club welcomes all musicians for an old-time house rocker as only Hughes can do it.

<B>Wednesday, Sept. 8<P>

<I>Austin Tutor Project Orientation<P>

<B>at 1 and 2 p.m. in the Pacific Room of the University Center Underground<P>

The Austin Tutor Project is one of the Metropolitan Volunteer Program's longest-running and most valuable projects. Started by UH student Laura Wigley back in 1990, the Austin Tutor Project takes students to Stephen F. Austin High School to tutor students in English, mathematics and other courses in which they might need help. ATP has been recognized as one of UH's – if not the city's – most valuable youth-helping-youth mobilization project.

If you can't make it on Wednesday, MVP will have another orientation at the same time and location on Thursday, so you have no excuses. For further information, call the Metropolitan Volunteer Program at 743-5200.

<B>Thursday, Sept. 9<P>

<I>Houston Jazz Trio<P> <B>at 8 p.m. at Ovations (Kirby at Times)<P> – The Houston Jazz Trio brings home some fine music at the premiere jazz club in Houston. Wasn't it Chuck D who said, "Bring the jazz"?

<B>Friday, Sept. 10

<I>Goebbels: Master of Propaganda<P> <B>and<P> <I>Bad Cops<P> <B>on the Arts and Entertainment Network<P>

If there was ever a time to forego a night of drunken debauchery even for two hours, A&E gives it to you in the most appropriately paired shows of the year. The evening starts with <I>Goebbels: Master of Propaganda<P>, which tells about the rise of the Nazi propaganda machine, the man who orchestrated it and how people were drawn into the lies.

<I>Bad Cops<P> is a documentary about how some of our favorite enforcers of the social order become corrupt, and features interviews with cops who are in jail or have served time for all manner of offenses. Many cite the broad powers given police as one of the first enticements to abuse that power.

<B>Saturday, Sept. 11<P>

<B>Conrad Seiler's<P> <I>The Clown Who Ran Away<P> <B>debuts at the Company on Stage<P>

Theater in this city is really picking up, but children’s theater is the most underappreciated discipline of the theater arts, even in our cosmopolitan mecca. <I>The Clown Who Ran Away<P> is a much needed addition to this field and features Shea Feeley and Kristi Jones, two of this town’s best undiscovered talents. Catch these two before they’re off to bigger things and support a great example of children’s theater in the process. The show runs through Oct. 30.

<B>Sunday, Sept. 12<P>

<I>Alexander Nevsky<P> <B>and<P> <I>Glumov's Diary<P> at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts

In an effort to boost patriotism during World War II, Russian director Sergei M. Eisenstein co-wrote and directed this film about 12th century Russian hero Alexander Nevsky, who led that nation's army to victory against Teutonic invaders. This film is gigantic in scale and is distinct for Eisenstein not using the experimental montage style that defined his work. It's all the better by Sergei Prokofiev's truly majestic score.

<I>Glumov's Diary<P> is a four-minute short film by Eisenstein that parodies newsreels of the 1920s.

 

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THE COUP TOSSES HIP-HOP BOMB

by Frank San Miguel

Daily Cougar Staff

The Coup is not a band of happy campers. Its debut, <I>Kill My Landlord<P>, more than proves that in what is likely one of the best hip-hop releases of the past year.

The Coup–MC E-Roc, Boots and DJ Pam the Funkstress–formed in Oakland in 1990. Boots, son of a Detroit community activist, and E-Roc met up while working through college at UPS and DJ Pam came along somewhere later. Regardless, the Coup rocks with a chemistry better than that of the most experienced rock band. What pelts you first, though, are the fiery lyrics.

"Presto/ Read <I>The Communist Manifesto<P>/ Guerillas in the mist/ Che Guevara and Ernesto," fires off Boots on the record's opening lyrics, for the song "Dig It." He somehow manages to mention dialectal analysis, jailed black revolutionaries like Geronimo Ji-jaga Pratt, the FBI's counterintelligence program (labeled COINTELPRO) of the 1960s against domestic dissent organizations and even Mao Tsetung in this rhyme. So many references, names and complex political theories rise up from the rap that it's at times overwhelming.

"The Coup" is this band's version of last year's uprising in Los Angeles. Such is not especially original, as everyone from Billy Idol to Ice Cube has done some bit or another portraying it as the distant din for a crumbling empire. Still, the song is far more expansive in thought and sound than any other version before it.

Retrieving a reporter's telephone call in the song's opening skit, Boots corrects the scribe: "It's not a riot, it's a rebellion."

"Can I get you to, um, comment on the tragic <I>rebellion<P>?" the writer asks.

"Tragic for who?" Boots replies.

Just as radical as the thought, the rhythms on <I>Kill My Landlord<P> are among hip-hop's most adventurous. The Coup employs a hard jazz/experimental blues-funk mix with live instrumentation, hard-to-find drum samples and, unfortunately, unoriginal vocal samples to create a denseness that precious few rap artists are able to achieve. DJ Pam's spinning is creative enough to catch you off-guard at points while still staying familiar and not losing you in the forest.

The center of this powderkeg is the Coup's leader Boots, who also lends a hand in production. It will likely take at least two listens to catch every thought he postulates on the release. Having the power to weave all of those thoughts in a 3-6 minute record is alone noteworthy.

With morons like Dr. Dre and Luther Campbell doing that guns, women, pot and beer crap, it's gratifying to find a rapper who can intelligently articulate lyrics that seem obviously the fruit of much thought. Check out the chorus of "Not Yet Free": "Capitalism is like a spider/ the web is getting tighter/ This web is made of money, made of greed, made of me/ Or what I have become in a parasite economy."

The Coup scattershots on so many issues. "The Liberation of Lonzo Williams" is a funked-up, deep-groove tale of a gangster's radical conversion ("You never worked for the mob/ Ya had a government job," Boots raps in his laid-back style to a hardened Williams).

"Last Blunt" is an insurrectionary anti-marijuana song that tags pot as the coddler of apathy. Reasons Boots: "If I didn't take that toke/ I'd be leading a street revolt." "I Ain't the Nigga" is the Coup's response to hip-hop's debate on use of the epithet by rappers.

The closing is the title track, shearing away any mixup between the Coup's title selection and the famed Eddie Murphy prison poets skit from <I>Saturday Night Live<P>. Using the landlord is an analogy to Uncle Sam and imperialism, the Coup's chorus makes clear exactly what Boots has in mind.

<I>Kill My Landlord<P> is full of hard grooves on a totally different flavor and enough rage to smash a nation.

 

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DIDJITS POSE SONIC THREAT

by Andrew Nicolaou

Contributing Writer

At first glance, the Didjits are simply befuddling–and then things get scary.

The drummer and bassist look like two dazed headbanging casualties who might have just come from a drag strip (and there's more than a chance that's where they came from). The frontman often performs in a southern gentleman's suit (adorned with a feather boa) and does things with his tongue that haven't been seen since Gene Simmons' heyday.

The scary part comes when you realize that they've got their image right where they want it.

The Didjits -- touring in support of <I>Que Sirhan Sirhan<P> and an upcoming Sub Pop 7-inch -- will be in Houston tonight at Emo's, located at 2700 Albany. The enchanting Los Angeles band The Muffs will be opening up, nearly assuring it will be one of the finest live shows this year.

Rick Sims and his bandmates have no problem with the "fringe benefits" sometimes associated with rock 'n' roll. When Didjits' members cite influences like Kiss and AC/DC, you can be sure they're not talking about the two bands on purely a musical level.

The Didjits like to drink, they like to smoke pot and they like women ("I'm hung over," Sims said to open the interview. "Last night we had a pool party. There were girls running around in their underwear"), and fondness for all three can be heard in their music which may be described as raging, full-on, white trash punk rawk.

The Chicago-bred band shows no sign of slowing down on its soon-to-be-released <I>Que Sirhan Sirhan<P>. The recording finds the sinister trio cruising through such frenzied anthems as "Sister Sin," "Agent 99," and the wickedly delicious "Judge Hot Fudge," featuring a blisteringly distorted lead guitar track.

The Didjits' present lineup originated in Mattoon, Ill. in 1985 with Sims, drummer Brad Sims (his brother), and bassist Doug Evans. While there was, in fact, a previous incarnation of the band which featured a synthesizer and a trumpet player, the boys don't like to talk about it too much and consider the 1986 Touch and Go release <I>Fizzjob<P> the first documentation of their sound.

<I>Fizzjob<P> was followed by <I>Hey Judester<P>, <I>Full Nelson Reilly<P> and <I>Hornet Pinata<P>, all on Touch and Go.

1992 was an eventful year for the band, as Brad Sims got divorced, got married to a different woman a scant three weeks later and quit the band for a job in a factory. It all seems to confuse Rick Sims to this day.

"He was sick of not making hundreds of thousands of dollars -- it's very strange," said Rick Sims, interviewing from Philadelphia. "I don't really think he's making much more now than he was when he was a Didjit."

Brad's departure came at an inopportune time, as the Didjits had just released the hilarious and powerful long form video <I>Knocked Up<P> and had been preparing to record.

Quickly scrambling for a new drummer, the band came up with buddy Rey Washam, formerly of Rapeman and a host of other fine bands, whose help was enlisted expressly for the recording of last year's <I>Little Miss Carriage<P> EP. The trio then toured the country with Todd Cole filling Brad's shoes. Cole, who had put in time with the Chicago speed metal outfit Sceptre, was hastily made a regular member.

The Didjits are seen by some in much the same way as The Ramones -- a band continuously churning out album after album full of the same three-chord ditties that appeared on their last release. That's something Rick Sims very much likes to take issue with.

"Our sound has changed a lot with time," Sims said angrily. "The people that say we just play three chords and all that shit are just totally wrong and don't know what they're talking about."

On <I>Que Sirhan Sirhan<P>, scheduled for release on Sept. 20, Sims said new guitar sounds will set <I>Sirhan<P> apart. "I really tried to put it (his guitar playing) over the top a little bit more and really know what I was doing, instead of just throwing it down," Sims said. "That along with the natural evolution of the songs makes for a good album".

The Didjits have a reputation as a band who thinks -- no, <I>knows<P> -- that, every time a new release comes out, it's better than anything else ever put before their fans. It certainly holds true for <I>Que Sirhan Sirhan<P>.

"We've all got a strong feeling over about this one," Sims said of the new release. With such confidence, it seems the Didjits could solidify its place in rock 'n' roll. With the band's previous appearances at Emo's were the loudest shows in recent memory, so next time you get a chance to see them, earplugs may well be appropriate. The Didjits, though, would definitely disapprove.

 

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DRESS BEST FOR LESS AT OUTLET STORES

by Gram Gemoets

Contributing Writer

Students shopping for the latest school fashions might have troubles.

For the numerous students who are stretching their budgets because of books and tuition, the hottest clothing styles can become costly.

Because comparing prices can take too much time, the student often ends up looking more vagabond than vogue.

So when it's time to shop, take some store managers' advice: Stay away from the mall.

The latest clothing market trend is the outlet warehouse where the slogan is "never pay retail again," said Mark Helprin, manager of the 50 Percent Off Store on Bellaire Boulevard.

"It's easy to find cheap clothes at cheap prices," said Hannah Hosom, press representative of the Marshall's outlet stores. "The trick is to find good clothes at cheap prices."

Initiating the Houston off-retail pricing game at the end of 1979, Marshall's leads the pack of local outlet chains.

Outlet stores rely on a simple pricing strategy, Hosom said. They pass the savings on to the consumer by purchasing current fashions in bulk.

Discount stores such as Wal Mart are different because they depend on products they produce, Hosom said.

Instead of buying directly from established designers, Wal Mart owns its own factories.

"Many of our customers complain that Wal Mart clothes aren't up to the same quality standards as items from established designers,'' Hosom said.

Recently, a new off-retail store and a new discount pricing warehouse opened in Houston.

Marshall's market shares might be threatened because both new stores provide a boon for fashion connoisseurs searching for bargains.

The Burrlington Coat Factory on Bellaire Boulevard offers Ralph Lauren, Liz Wear, Calvin Klien and Bugle Boy at 20 percent to 60 percent off the regular retail price.

"These aren't fashions that have been hanging around for years that we just marked down,'' said Gary Ingrham, Burrlington's men's department manager.

"These are the same things hanging in the malls."

Burrlington is currently advertising Girbaud jeans for $37.95.

A Foley's spokesperson confirmed that their price on the same product ranges between $62 and $72.

On the other hand, the new Gap Warehouse on Fondren is a discount warehouse similar to Wal Mart.

"By creating our own new discount brands, we provide quality at a low price," said Carolyn Lane, spokesperson for the Gap.

Gap Warehouse jeans sell for $19 while regular Gap jeans sell for $34.

Perhaps the most visible outlet involved in the trend of moving away from the malls is Famous Footwear with 30 Houston locations.

"We have Nike, L.A. Gear and Reebok all marked 60 percent off regular mall prices," said Steve Pirkey, a Famous Footwear employee.

While shopping for back to school ensembles, keep in mind the discount and off-retail outlet stores.

"One thing about the malls, if you paid too much, take those clothes back and go off-retail all the way," Hosom said. "Always be an educated shopper.

 

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FORGET THE OLD CARD CATALOG

by Tamara Maze

Contributing Writer

The times they are a changing.

UH now boasts improvements in the M.D. Anderson Library.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer new services," said Kathleen Gunning, assistant director for public services.

"We opened up (the new services) in the middle of June and we've had only positive feedback from faculty and students alike.''

New services include a long planned expansion of the library's Electronic Publication Center (EPC).

The EPC, which connects readers to citations of literature in numerous subjects, has tripled to 36 workstations.

More workstations means less time for students to wait to begin research, Gunning said.

Now the EPC can access several area library catalogues such as the Texas Southern University, Prairie View A&M University, Rice and Texas A&M University.

The EPC also has CARL, a new service that indexes 14,000 journals and allows the researcher to conduct a search on any subject, Gunning said.

CARL allows students to acquire an article even if the library doesn't have it, she said.

Students can use their Visa or Mastercard to order an article and have it faxed to them.

M.D. Anderson is also looking ahead to the future.

In a few weeks the library will add four different systems that carry the full text of journal articles, Gunning said.

These systems will collectively carry the full text of over 1300 journals, she said.

Looks like M.D. Anderson is off to a great start.

 

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PRIEST TRANSCENDS STEREOTYPE

by Kristine A. Fahrenholz

Daily Cougar Staff

He's funny and laid back, an artist and willing to talk to anyone.

Father Paul Gallagher, 43, new to UH and the Catholic Newman Association, envisions God as a George Burns figure sitting in a wheelchair with a plaid blanket draped over his legs. With one eye he looks out a window watching creation and through the other eye he looks down the corridor waiting for his family.

Gallagher is taking correspondence courses with Texas Tech in hopes of obtaining a B.F.A in studio art.

He painted a self portrait being careful not to leave out his red and white polka dot baseball cap and thumbs up sign.

"I'm creative and insightful as a person and willing to let people grow and foster a sense of God's presence," he said.

"Being a priest can be very lonely, " he said.

But Bowser, Gallagher's dog, keeps him company.

A number of Catholic priests have drinking problems due to the loneliness, he said.

"My favorite album of all time is <I>Toto IV<P>, " and he also enjoyed the movie, <I>Pretty Woman<P>.

For fun, Gallagher sculpts, makes mobiles, spends time with friends and goes to Astroworld.

"He's quite interesting and very warm, " said Toan Nguyen, a senior in management information systems.

"He makes us feel welcome," he added.

"God speaks to me through other people," Gallagher said.

He sees a problem with people getting lost in the structure of the church.

And the structure of the Catholic Church is what sometimes hurts people, he said.

Gallagher, 43, has been a priest for 11 years.

"I came to UH because of the community of people here, " he said.

"Remaining celibate was a real sacrifice at times, but now it's not being a father," he said.

Gallagher is organizing a T-shirt design contest for the Catholic Newman Association.

The winner will receive $100.

The winning design will be sold on shirts representing the Catholic Newman Association.

"We're hoping to get a number of good entries, " he said.

Designs should be turned in at the Catholic Newman Center (across from Entrance 1) by Sept.27. Judging will be during the first week of October.

 

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UNITY INTERRUPTED BY FIGHTING

by Thomas Hewett

Contributing Writer

The celebration at the otherwise calm "Park Jam" Friday was briefly disrupted when a scuffle between two students broke out toward the end of the event.

A UHPD officer arrested Robert Charles Levert, a Texas Southern University student. He was charged with Class C assault against William A. Ross, an undeclared sophomore at UH. Ross was released from St. Joseph Hospital Friday night.

About 400 students from UH and neighboring universities gathered at Lynn Eusan Park for the annual event to promote unity and cultural diversity.

The fight was an isolated incident that didn't halt the festivities.

"I saw this big muscular guy hit this other guy in the face," said Cesar Alvarez, a UH freshman. "Then they started separating and the cops pulled up."

Besides the altercation, Henry Bell, president of the Black Student Organization, said he felt the event was overall successful.

The "Park Jam," sponsored by the brothers of the Eta Mu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, featured several black Greek organizations performing dance and "stepping" routines to music.

Bade Lawal, a member of Kappa Alpha Si, said "stepping" is a way of paying tribute to African heritage.

"All of these dances and steps have a background in Africa," said Lawal, who is from Lagos, Nigeria.

Shaun Meeks, a member of Alpha Pi Alpha, said the "Park Jam" is also aimed at encouraging African-American students to participate in the fraternities' activities.

"It's for student unity, along with black unity," he said. "The idea of the fraternal organizations began in Africa."

 

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ATHLETIC SURVEY RAISES GENDER ISSUES

by Yonca Poyraz-Dogan

Daily Cougar Staff

Men's basketball head coach Alvin Brooks' salary was raised $50,000 Aug. 25 after the UH administration conducted a national market survey. However, UH's women's basketball head coach has not received a salary hike even though she earns not only less than her male colleagues but also less than the national average.

An NCAA's gender-equity study, conducted in response to a request by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, revealed that Division I head coaches for all women's sports make an average of approximately $140,000 while male coaches for all men's sports make an average of more than $270,000 a year. Women's basketball head coach Jessie Kenlaw brings in $50,000 -- the amount of Brooks' raise.

The NCAA study, which was published in March 1992, also revealed that 69.5 percent of the participants in intercollegiate athletics were men. Athletics funding strongly favored men's programs in key areas such as financial aid and recruiting, according to the study.

"In basketball, men and women do exactly the same thing. I work as hard as any male coach does," said Kenlaw.

Kenlaw said she has confidence in the university administration that they will make sure coaches of women's teams will be treated fairly.

Before the administration's survey, the original offer to Brooks was $75,000. Kenlaw, who has been a head coach for three years at the university, makes $75,000 less than the offer Brooks received after the survey.

The women's basketball head coach at UT-Austin, Jody Conradt, earns $78,000, which is $28,000 more than Kenlaw earns.

UH women's assistant tennis coach Stina Mosvold said men's sports are more attractive to the public and bring more revenue. However, women's sports don't get as much exposure as men's sports in the media, she added.

Because women's teams don't bring as much revenue as men's teams, women's team coaches, who are usually women, are not paid as much as men's teams coaches, some of the female coaches said.

Several female coaches said they believe, nevertheless, women's athletics would be able to support itself if it received the money and the opportunity to set up a self-supporting program.

Kenlaw also said guidelines should be set to determine what is fair for both genders.

UH's women's basketball's revenue is $4,000 while men's basketball's was $921,000 in 1992-93. Expenditures for women's basketball totalled more than $300,000, but were approximately $630,000 for men's basketball in 1992-93.

"From an administrative point of view, (administrators) look at revenue and non-revenue sports. From a coach's point of view, (coaches) do the same job, so both genders should be treated fairly," said Robert Kirby, UH's men's assistant basketball coach.

Kirby also said men's sports scholarships are hurt by attempts made to provide equal numbers of scholarships for men's and women's sports in the interest of gender equity.

Since football programs usually provide a high number of scholarships and women don't have a football team, football draws scholarship away from other men's sports, Kirby added. As a result "the women's basketball team has 15 scholarships. We have 13," he said.

The assistant coaches for women's teams also make less money than their colleagues who assist coaches of men's teams.

Women's basketball assistant coach Fred Applin said he would earn more if he were an assistant coach for a men's team. Applin, who was recently hired, makes $30,000, which is approximately $10,000 less than assistant coaches for men's teams at UH.

The NCAA's definition of gender equity in intercollegiate athletics describes a fair and equitable environment where the athletics opportunities, benefits and resources are available to women and men. It also prohibits gender-based discrimination against student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators.

The NCAA sets guidelines to achieve gender equity and requires individual colleges and universities to comply by the rules.

 

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FORGIVENESS IS POWER

by James Williams

In the relations between blacks and whites the only enduring witness of a peace that is more than a mere cessation of open hostilities comes from the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

That is to say the Christian gospel has provided the only peace between ethnic groups that has reigned in the hearts, souls and spirits of people.

The Haitian Revolution of 1791-1802 is one of the best examples of this.

Haiti, under the government of Toussaint L'Ouverture, was a theocratic Christian republic.

L'Ouverture was a devout Catholic general who led an army of ex-slaves and destroyed many French, Spanish and British colonial settler armies.

L'Ouverture also demolished the armies of those black commanders who enslaved other blacks.

L'Ouverture applied the principles of the Christian gospel to government and spiritual life.

The Roman Catholic Church was Haiti's official state church.

Three catholic priests served as cabinet ministers in L'Ouverture's government and greatly influenced his cultural outlook.

Another catholic priest, Father Moliere, was one of the men who worked with L'Ouverture on the Haitian Constitution of July 7, 1801. This constitution made Haiti a theocracy.

But there is a paradox to L'Ouverture's career. L'Ouverture carried out a policy of forgiving the former slave owning planters and allowing them to keep most of their land.

L'Ouverture had been a slave himself. Once when he struck his plantation manager, his manager forgave him instead of acting out his right to execute L'Ouverture.

This made a strong impression on L'Ouverture, who would later forgive even racist generals of war crimes involving sadistic torture. They received imprisonment, instead of the death sentence. He also put an end to all political executions.

L'Ouverture was after souls, not a mere reduction in the number of enemy soldiers.

L'Ouverture helped in many other ways.

He distributed land to the ex-slaves, and the agricultural productivity far exceeded what the planters had done during slavery.

L'Ouverture personally inspected the building of military and civilian infrastructure. He visited hospitals, churches, barracks and schools, often sleeping only two hours a night.

Yet, all of L'Ouverture's labors might have gone in vain, if he had to waste time controlling ethnic civil wars.

Haiti's civil wars did not exist at this time.

According to Ralph Korngold's book, <I>Citizen Toussaint<P>, L'Ouverture was motivated more by the desire to basically bring people the Christian religion than he was by military pragmatism.

One sees this easily in the scolding letters that he wrote to his enemies.

His letters reveal a soul in some ways as devoid of guile as Mister Rogers.

L'Ouverture seems astounded that his foes would not fight in accord with expressly Christian norms. He calls his enemies to repent, right there in military correspondence.

"Races melt beneath his hand!" a French general once wrote to Napoleon Bonaparte.

This same general, who went from L'Ouverture's military foe to aide, happily went to jail rather than betray L'Ouverture to Napoleon's army.

Surely it was the Franco-Haitians' and Afro-Haitians' faith that brought them such trophies of grace.

The wicked white gold-worshippers and wicked black voodoo worshippers (L'Ouverture outlawed Voodoo) all killed each other off after making a brief common cause against Christian people who loved one another.

However, the faithful prevailed.

 

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YOUTH CORP TO IMPROVE LOCAL COMMUNITIES

by Edward Duffin

Contributing Writer

The Metropolitan Volunteer Program Youth Service Corp is concerned with health, housing and human service.

The service corp is the first of it's kind in Houston and hopes to hit the streets next fall.

The goal of the project is to give youths ages 16 to 25 the opportunity to improve local communities.

"We are inventing the wheel," said Shannon Bishop, director of the MVP about the corp. It is still in the planning stage but is being modeled after a similar program in Boston.

The corp will be involved in several service projects throughout a one year period, most of which will be inside the loop.

Initially, they hope to make housing available to those who can not afford it.

"We want there to be opportunities for people who don't have opportunities," said Bishop.

In addition, the program will help restore dilapidated buildings into livable conditions for the homeless.

The corp will be composed of one-third high school dropouts, one-third high school graduates and one-third college graduates.

Once the project forms, participants will be placed in rotation fulfilling different community needs.

During the one year service, volunteers will earn minimum wage and be eligible for health and child care.

At the program's conclusion, corp volunteers will receive a $5,000 bonus that will be used toward furthering each participant's education.

The corp is fueled in part by private donations and governmental funding. Funding from the government is a result of President Clinton's National Community Service Act.

Interested students can contact MVP director Shannon Bishop at 743-5200.

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