REIGN OF KING'S X IS NO FLUKE
by Tony Lanman
One of the few great bands to ever make it out of Houston is back with the band's fifth album <I>Dogman<P> and new producer Brendan O'Brien.
I was fortunate enough to have been able to talk with bass player and lead singer Doug Pinnick about his band, local music and Houston.
<B>TL:<P> How did King's X get its name?
<B>DP:<P> How did we get our name? We were looking for names and that was one of them that came into the pile and it just didn't seem to fit, so we took it.
<B>TL:<P> Didn't seem to fit?
<B>DP:<P> Yeah. It's one of those names that didn't sound trendy. It was 1987 at the time so we had all these different names and we didn't want to just sound like a metal band, we didn't want to sound like an alternative band. All the names that we came up with, that was the one that we sort of kept. We didn't even like it at first, I'm used to it now.
<B>TL:<P> Yeah, I know what you mean. It says in your press pack that you've been together since 1980. What did you call yourselves then?
<B>DP:<P> We were called The Edge.
<B>TL:<P> On the new album, why did you decide to not have Sam Taylor produce?
<B>DP:<P> Well, he quit ... about a year and a half ago and we had to get a new manager and a new producer and a new guy that does the videos and the whole deal, which is a good thing. Five years ago we were in this one little box and now we're seeing a whole new side of this whole thing which has been really great. It's been a very eye opening thing for us.
<B>TL:<P> So, he just quit. I mean, what was the reason?
<B>DP:<P> There was probably ten million, and it just built up to a place where we just decided this is it, we need to move on he moved on and we moved on. I don't want to get into the dirty details. Like I always say, there's three sides to every story, our side, his side, and the truth.
<B>TL:<P> What made you pick Brendan?
<B>DP:<P> I've always loved Brendan's work and I've loved Rick Rubin's work and that sort of a big, dry, organic kind of sound. But, when we were looking for a producer, Brendan actually went to Atlantic and requested that he be able to produce us and this is right after he got done with Stone Temple Pilots. He wasn't really the big hot producer that everybody knows of now at that point, but the record company knew that he had the goods and they really pushed for him and we wanted him and it was like sort of a big, easy decision. He said that his wish list as a producer was to do King's X and Aerosmith, and he got to do both of them.
<B>TL:<P> It also seems that the new album is a lot heavier than in the past without any acoustic songs or Ty (Tabor) singing any lead.
<B>DP:<P> Ty just didn't want to sing and that's fine because I'm the lead singer (laughs). The truth of the matter is that we just didn't want to confuse anyone. We wanted to put out a record this time that could be a commercial success. You know, something that didn't have all the quirks in it, you know, we wanted to streamline the music and ... sort of like Metallica. What they did, they sort of stream-lined the music and defined themselves in a smaller package of who they are and it seems that people bought it and we're just sort of hoping that this would translate into record sales.
The other records, you know, they were true to who we were at the time but we never thought about selling records. We just thought about our art and making music and we were happy. Now we're at a point where we've got a taste of the business and we see that if we're going to be successful, if we're going to be around for awhile, we've got to take some new approaches. Uh, not just get out and play music and hope people buy it, but actually sell it. Not to compromise our integrity or change anything for sales purposes but to actually get our commodity to a place where we're happy with it and the public will want to buy it. Hopefully, this record, maybe people will buy it. It seems the response is pretty overwhelming right now and we've got to set the success by this record, I mean, how long can you do this? The record company's gonna say, "Hey, we're gonna drop you if you're not selling records, we like you but you know, we can't do that."
<B>TL:<P> On that note, Robert Fripp (of King Crimson) once said, "The opinion of most musicians I have met is that the music industry sucks. This is because the music industry sucks." Do you agree?
<B>DP:<P> Umm ... I can't completely agree. I would say that it is the worst and the best. I mean, they'll suck you dry, but on the other hand if they believe in you, they push you to the sky, you know. It's a necessary evil. At this point, you need 'em. They've ruined people's lives and they've given people a great life at the same time. For someone to make a statement like that is pretty bogus because, you know, the music industry's pretty big and you've gotta be behind closed doors all the time to really understand what's going on.
I really hate it when someone makes a big quote about something that they can't possibly know completely, because there's a lot of great people in this industry that are true and honest and want to make good music, and we've met some pretty shitty people, you know, that you can tell are only in it for the money. They don't care about you, you know, but they act like it, you know they kiss your ass and you can tell it, so it just all depends. That was kind of a long analogy of it but you know, I like Robert Fripp, you know, but Robert Fripp is who he is. He has his ideas and I have mine. Great guitar player.
<B>TL:<P> Yeah. How does the music industry view Houston? Do you think it's overlooked?
<B>DP:<P> It's completely overlooked, completely overlooked. Luckily, Galactic Cowboys and King's X have gotten record deals and Atomic Opera has too, I don't know if you've heard of them, their record will be out in March I think, but that's been through the, sort of, success of King's X. When it came out it was sort of the underground new thing and people were into it and so the industry sort of said, "well, what else is down there," but the problem is King's X hasn't sold lots of records yet so they're still not too interested. But Galactic Cowboys and Atomic Opera. Maybe if good things happen to them, and King's X maybe they'll start coming down here and it'll turn into a Seattle, but I don't care because I'd love to see a lot of bands down here get signed, you know, and it can turn into a Seattle thing and people will hate us and they'll say that everybody sounds the same and they're ripping each other off but we'd be selling records and normal kids out there would be having a good time.
You know, it's all the bullshit of the whole thing, but I'm not ashamed of it, I'm ready to ride that wave, you know.
<B>TL:<P> Do you listen to local music? How do you see the local scene here in Houston?
<B>DP:<P> I go out a lot and I get a chance to see a lot of bands and there's a lot of good bands out there. A lot of them don't write really good songs and I think that's one of the downfalls of that. You know, you can be a great band and you songs aren't really great, it's gonna be hard to get a record deal and I think a lot of bands down here are wondering why they're not getting signed and no one's paying attention.
<B>TL:<P> Such as?
<B>DP:<P> Um ... I'm not going to mention names but as far as I'm concerned, there's a weakness in songwriting and I think that people should focus on writing great songs rather than being good musicians, because, you know, you can be the shittiest musician in the world and if you write a great song, I mean, look at Nirvana, and I'm not saying they're shitty musicians, but ...
<B>TL:<P> Yeah I was about to say that. You're right, they're not, but they're not the greatest virtuosos of all time either.
<B>DP:<P> Yeah, and that's the whole point, it's the songs that sell, it's not the bands, it's not the music, it's the song.
<B>TL:<P> Well, do you think that there is any band in Houston that does have the talent to make it?
<B>DP:<P> Um ... I think that a lot of the bands I've seen in town, what they need is a producer from the outside to sit down and sort of help them strip away the things that make them weak and to help strengthen their strong points. I'm not saying that the bands are bad or that they're bad songwriters, I think that they've got the potential but they don't have the direction because this is just not the Mecca of music, you know. If this was L.A. or something where the drive is to make it and it's right there at your fingertips then people are really giving their life to it. Here in Houston, everybody's working and they come to practice that night and they do their weekend gigs and they go to work the next day and it's real hard down here. I'm not saying that people should move, but I think that, I hope that, if we're somewhat successful that other bands will get the opportunity and people will come down and say I like this band, let's work with them. Because that's what's needed, every band needs a producer, no band can do it on their own.
<B>TL:<P> What's your favorite King's X song ever recorded?
<B>DP:<P> I don't know how to answer that, I don't know if I could. Um ... there's so many aspects to it. Some songs that we've written I think sound like good music but I think the lyrics really said something, so I don't judge King's X songs as good or bad, I judge King's X songs if we presented what we felt musically and lyrically at the time, and hopefully all of our songs are like that.
<B>TL:<P> What does the song "Mr. Wilson" mean, I mean "Lay the pipe, the apple's ripe, I'm going to Japan"? What is that?
<B>DP:<P> "Mr. Wilson" is about a man, that's not his name, but we went to court over this person and he claimed that he owned part interest of Sam Taylor's interest in King's X, and "Mr. Wilson" was a song that Ty wrote about that from the frustration of it, and "Lay the pipe, the apple's ripe, I'm going to Japan" basically states that you can stick it to us, but we're still gonna move on. And, we sell very well in Japan, so you can stick it up our ass but we're still going to go on and be King's X and do what we do.
<B>TL:<P> In what part of the world have you found the biggest response to your music?
<B>DP:<P> Well in the beginning it was England. They just treated us like we were the up-and-comers of rock over there. In fact we were on the cover of <I>Kerrang<P> before our record ever came out. They just made a big deal out of the big thing that was ushering a new wave of metal from like '88 and we laughed at it. We thought what in the world is this? We didn't understand it, but I look back now and I see that seven years later that we were part of that, ushering in a new wave of rock n roll.
<B>TL:<P> Do you think that the Europeans are, kinda, more receptive to new music?
<B>DP:<P> Oh yeah, definitely. It's smaller, it's more concentrated, and there's more word of mouth. You know it has to be MTV and big ratings here in the states pumping things all the time and there you have people handing records to each other, and it's more underground, and it's really huge. We went over there when the first record came out and sold the places out and we came back to the states and there were 250 people there, maybe. You know, they just jump on the bandwagon real quick. And they'll drop you like a hot potato too (laughs).
<B>TL:<P> What does that mean?
<B>DP:<P> It means that if someone else comes along, they'll just get on the bandwagon. It's not a trendy thing as much as they get burned out real quick. I mean, they'll go on about a band and after a couple records they'll say, 'okay, let's find the next one.' You know, the Bon Jovis and the bands like that aren't real big in England. It's not like in the United States. The big bands here are pretty much ignored over there, well ... except for AC/DC. But ... well, I'm sorry, that is a bogus statement a lot of the huge bands here aren't just ignored in Europe, but on the other hand Queen was huge in Europe and America just forgot about 'em, so I don't know what I'm saying, It's all pretty simple, okay? (laughs)
<B>TL:<P> (I laugh) Okay. Just out of curiosity, how much does a 12-string bass cost?
<B>DP:<P> I don't know, they give them to me.
<B>TL:<P> Oh! You ...
<B>DP:<P> (laughs) Don't hate me. Lots of people say, "Oh I can't believe you", but I've got three 12-strings, one eight-string, and four four-strings and they gave them to me.
<B>TL:<P> Is there one question that you've always wanted to be asked, but have never been asked in an interview?
<B>DP:<P> Uh ... well ... Not really, no.
<B>TL:<P> Oh, well, I thought that would be a great question, but. Well, thanks a lot and good luck and all that.
Lanman is a sophomore RTV major.
DEBATES DOMINATE SENATE MEETING
by Tanya Eiserer
Daily Cougar Staff
SA senator Justin McMurtry introduced a resolution at Monday nights Students' Association meeting calling for a formal audit of SA finances in response to allegations of fiscal mismanagement.
The Student Fees Advisory Committee recently completed their own preliminary probe of SA finances.
Rodger Peters, SFAC chairman, wants an independent and thorough accounting of SA expenditures.
With only $12,000 left of SA's $96,000 budget after all salaries are paid, McMurtry's resolution calls for the UH Office of Accounting Services to conduct an audit. Accounting Services would conduct the audit as a university service without cost to SA.
"We want an investigation by an independent third party so there is no question of political interest," said McMurtry.
SA President Jason Fuller, who has been the center of controversy over "logogate" and his alleged mismanagement of SA funds, said he welcomes the audit.
"We have always had a policy of full financial disclosure. This piece of legislation is basically moot, but we do welcome it," said Fuller.
Greg Propes, internal affairs chairman, said some senators want a "dollar for dollar accounting" of any funds the administration has spent.
Propes said senators who just found out about the expenditures for the executive retreat at the Hotel Galvez and the money spent to put logos on Sigma Phi Epsilon's T-shirts think Fuller's administration has not been keeping the senate properly informed about SA finances.
McMurtry said he wants to know where the money has gone and how SA finances can be handled in the future to avoid similar problems.
Peters said SFAC is also investigating the possible misuse of state phone lines for personal use by SA members.
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's legal problems stemmed from a similar problem where she and staffers allegedly used state lines to make personal phone calls and then tried to destroy the evidence.
Peters said SFAC's probe is looking into possible allegations that Fuller made personal phone calls to Corpus Christi.
The phone calls amount to $13 or $14, Peters said.
"It's not a whole lot but according to state law that would be fraud. I am not accusing Jason of fraud," he said.
Peters said $800 of phone calls are being checked to make sure that all calls are for SA business only.
Fuller said he made calls to Corpus Christi to contact his brother, Jeff Fuller, the student regent, about SA matters and to consult with legislative officials.
Peters said SFAC plans to ask SA to come up with a code of ethics and to form an ethics committee.
Speaker Coy Wheeler, a presidential candidate in the March 9 and 10 elections, has made the drawing up of a ethics code a central part of his campaign to restructure SA.
"Outside of taking him (Fuller) to court there is not a whole lot SA can do about (the way Fuller managed SA finances)," said Propes.
Tensions also flared as Wheeler and Jeff Fuller sparred over a motion by Senator Kay To to bypass the Internal Affairs Committee on Jennifer Zuber's nomination to the vacant College of Law position. When Wheeler refused to entertain the motion, Fuller rose to a point of information.
Wheeler told Fuller he was out of order. After the confrontation, Wheeler consented to a second and debate over the nomination.
Senators argued over the ethics of appointing Zuber to a position she is running for when the election is so near.
"The appropriate ethical thing to do is to wait until after the election to appoint (winner of that election) to the College of Law position," said McMurtry.
Hunter Jackson, a College of Business senator, rose to defend Zuber's nomination to the Senate.
After debate, the motion to bypass failed.
To and Jackson also introduced separate resolutions dealing with the controversy over the Southwest Conference.
Four schools have pulled out to join the Big Eight leaving UH's athletic standing in doubt.
The resolutions were sent to committee and will come up for discussion at a later date.
The only legislation passed by senators was a resolution proclaiming March 10 Technology Career Day.
CLINTON PROPOSES GRANT INCREASES
by Jesse W. Coleman
President Bill Clinton requested Congress increase the Department of Education budget for fiscal years 1994 and 1995 and allocate more money for grants, loans and work-study opportunities by $1.2 billion in post-secondary institutions.
The budget passed by Congress should generate 42.8 billion in those areas that will assist 5.3 million students in 1994 and an additional 800,000 in 1995.
The proposal asks for increases in the Pell Grant maximum award to $2,400 from $2,300, in the funding for Work-Study programs to $717 million -- a 16 percent increase -- increases in funding of the Innovative Project for Community Service program by $1 million and increases in funding for the states' Post-Secondary Review Programs to $35 million -- 65 percent over fiscal year 1994.
The Innovative Project for Community Service Programs will require institutions to use at least 10 percent of their Work-Study allocation to support students working in community service jobs.
It offers income-contingent student loan repayment options that allow borrowers to take lower paying community service jobs without fear of defaulting on their student loans.
The State Post-Secondary Review Program will expand the number of institutions reviewed to protect the taxpayers' investment in student aid and to prevent abuse of the department's programs by unscrupulous school officials.
The budget would also provide $118 million to eliminate Pell Grant funding shortfalls for fiscal year 1993.
Robert Sheridan, the director of Scholarship and Financial Aid, said he thinks the Pell Grant portion of the request should pass.
"It should happen, because it was $2,400 before it was reduced by $100 to $2,300," Sheridan said. He said the Pell Grant request does not affect the university in terms of numbers of students receiving the grant or the number of students who need the money.
"The bottom line is it does nothing in terms of loans to the students," Sheridan said. He said he wasn't sure how congress would respond to the other parts of the president's request.
A $1 billion increase to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 is also included in Clinton's budget request.
The request makes provisions for increased money to subsidize disadvantaged students under Title I, Safe and Drug-Free school program and an expanded and comprehensive professional development program that will highlight teaching in core subject areas over the combined 1994 appropriation for Chapter 2 block grants, the Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education program and for a new education technology initiative to accelerate the use of advanced information technologies to help all pupils reach high standards.
Dist. 147 State Rep. Garnet Coleman, who is helping Craig Washington run for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, said he welcomes the prospect of more money in the educational system, especially if such an increase would benefit schools in the State of Texas and if it betters peoples' chances for a good education.
"(Clinton) may ask for $100 million and get only five million," Coleman said of congress' possible reaction to the requests.
ABORTION FOE'S MOVE TO TEXAS SPARKS CONCERN
by Jenifer Smith
The recent move of Operation Rescue to Dallas has spurred concern in some, and certainly interest in most organizations that have a pro-life or pro-choice stance in and around campus.
According to information provided by the National Abortion Federation, there have been 33 acts of extreme violence against abortion providers as of November 1993.
Though these acts include arson, bombing, vandalism and assaults, the ultimate violent criminal act against abortion providers was the murder of Dr. David Gunn by an abortion protester, Michael Griffin.
In addition to violent acts, the damage to abortion-providing facilities has been prohibitively expensive. The NAF's estimate is $3,731,529.50. These facts have necessarily led to concerns about the move of Operation Rescue, an activist pro-life group, from South Carolina to Dallas, a location so much nearer to the University of Houston.
Maria Gonzalez, vice-president of the UH chapter of NOW, fears the move "may lead to "greater anti-choice sentiments."
"Many of us are a little worried, especially those in the Dallas-Houston-San Antonio area," she said.
"They are basically now in our back yard wanting to close down abortion clinics," she said.
Elizabeth Lee, president of GLOBAL, shares some of Gonzalez's concerns. She said that with the attempt of the pro-life movement to politically advance, there may be an upsurge of political conservatism that will swing against the gay, lesbian and bisexual community.
She believes the gay, lesbian and bisexual community is relaxing too much, feeling secure in the Democratic presidency. This is "a mistake," she said, because appearance of a larger conservative force may enable them to gain the "upper hand."
Susan Nenney of the Fannin Clinic of Planned Parenthood said the impact of the move remains to be seen. She added that the days of clinic blockades are dwindling. Though the organization "has certainly felt the attentions of Operation Rescue," they will not change their methods.
Don Treshman, national director of Rescue America, an activist pro-life group, said that Rescue America has no specific plans to work with Operation Rescue. However, he added, "All activist pro-life groups support each other."
A UH professor of political science, Dr. Kathleen Knight, seems to think that the recent move will have little effect.
She pointed to the Jan. 24 announcement of the Supreme Court case, NOW vs. Scheidler, which was the unanimous decision of the Court that clinic-blocking activities by pro-life groups like Operation Rescue are covered in the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Because of this decision, which allows abortion clinics to sue violent anti-abortion protest groups for up to triple damages, the move of Operation Rescue "probably won't do much good" according to Dr. Knight.
Flip Benham, head of the organization Operation Rescue, said that the reason for the move was non-political. Since leadership of Operation Rescue has recently fallen to him, it was felt wise to move the headquarters to Dallas, where he resides. However, Benham did say that he hopes that the proximity of Operation Rescue will assist in "softening the hearts" of Texans.
When asked about the NOW vs. Scheidler decision, he indicated that it will make no difference in the tactics of the organization. "We will use all non-violent types of rescue," he said, including the"laying down of their lives at clinic doors."
ILLNESS, SUCCESS CHASES TRACK MEMBERS FROM WEEKEND RELAYS
by Daniel Scholl
Daily Cougar Staff
The Houston track team had a scare Monday when 1/4 miler George King collapsed during practice.
King lost mobility in his legs and torso and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. Fortunately, it was all precautionary and King was released when it was discovered that he was only suffering from a back spasm.
"This morning they told us he was just fine," head coach Tom Tellez said after calling the hospital.
Medical problems seem to be running rampant on the team -- problems that will keep many of the members absent from the Carl Lewis Relays at Robertson Stadium March 4-5.
Sprinter Sam Jefferson, one of the stars of the team, came down with hepatitis. He will not be able to exercise for at least one month.
Also, sophomore Christy Bench came down with mononucleosis at the SWC Indoor Championships Feb. 18-19.
The team will be without Ubeja Anderson but not because of any illness. He will be competing in the USA/Mobil Indoors in Atlanta.
Ken Biggers, Kristina Harris and Dawn Burrell will also be absent. They will be at Louisiana State for a last chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Junior Paul Lupi will be trying to do the same at Florida.
UH diving soars but UT wins
When was the last time someone other than Texas won the women's swimming title in the Southwest Conference? Never.
The Lady Longhorns won their 12th title in the 12th SWC Championships in Austin Saturday.
The Cougars finished last in the meet after completing the regular season 0-8. Houston compiled a total of 329.5 points, UT finished with 968.
The swimmers were led by Alexandra Heyns whose time of 1:50.31 in the 200-yard freestyle earned her first place in the consolation final (ninth overall). This also qualified her for consideration time in the NCAA Championships.
The brightest spot of the weekend was the diving team competition, and both Cougar divers performed exceptionally well.
Junior Olivia Clark is a three-time honorable mention All-American. In Austin she finished second in the 1-meter springboard with 430.10 points and fifth in the 3-meter (462.25) and platform (527.70).
Teammate Donnelle Dubois finished sixth in the 1-meter (398.85) and seventh in the 3-meter (446.70) and platform (437.30).
On March 11-13 they will be in Oklahoma City for the sectional qualifying meet. This is a prequalifying meet for the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.
The qualifying meet is comprised of schools in the SWC and Big Eight. Each diver must choose two of the three events in which to compete. The divers then have one dive in each event. They will be awarded points for their finishing place. The seven highest point totals advance to the NCAA's.
"Both Olivia and Donnelle should be in the top seven," diving coach Jane Figueiredo said. "Olivia has qualified every year."
Barring any unforeseen accidents, Figueiredo said that they should qualify and do well in the NCAA's.
"We're looking forward to it," she said.
Tennis streak alive and well
The UH tennis team won their fourth and fifth straight matches last weekend when they hosted Southwest Texas State and Texas-San Antonio.
The Cougars swept SWTS 8-0 on Friday and handed UTSA a 7-2 loss on Saturday.
They next host Texas Tech March 4, their first SWC match. The Cougars are now 5-3 on the season.
SWC TEAMS NO CONTEST FOR ROADRUNNERS
by Chris Pena
After being swept by national champion Louisiana State last weekend, the Houston Cougars will head west to play a two-game series today and Thursday against Texas-San Antonio.
The Cougars (10-6) split a doubleheader with the Road-runners (13-1) on Feb. 16 at Cougar Field.
As in the first meeting, Bo Hernandez will pitch for the Cougars in the first game.
Although Hernandez (0-0) has pitched strong in his last two outings, giving up only one run in 12 innings, he has no victories to show for it.
The Roadrunners will counter with Jeff Hutzler (3-0) who pitched five scoreless innings against the Cougars.
Hutzler received a no decision as the Cougars came back to win 3-2 thanks to Ryan Elizondo's hitting and Shane Buteaux's pitching.
On Thursday, Brian Hamilton (1-1) will start for the Cougars. Jamey Morton (4-0) will be his counterpart on the mound.
Houston second baseman Pat Cauley respects the Roadrunners.
"So far, they've beaten Baylor and Texas Christian, and they've already beaten us once here," Cauley said. "They're a tough team, and we need to play well to win."
The Cougars' .244 batting average has coach Bragg Stockton concerned.
"We got to get off .250," he said. "I'm looking for people up and down the lineup that can hit the ball consistently."
RUSH CHAIRMAN JUGGLES BUSY SCHEDULE
No one can accuse Scott Coffee of poor time management. He attends class, works at the Daily Cougar as an Advertising Representative, and is rush chairman for Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. He somehow still finds time to help care for his grandparents three times a week.
Is it just "Scott Coffee?"
<I>No, actually it's David Scott Coffee.<P>
What classes are you currently enrolled in and what is your major?
<I>I'm taking Marketing, Astronomy, Accounting, Speech, and Management. My major is Business & Marketing.<P>
You picked Management with Dr. James Phillips as your favorite course, why?
<I>I just really dig the teacher. He's exceptional at lecturing, I like what he has to say. I think he has a lot of insight into the current state of management and the future of management, where it's going.<P>
You're involved as a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity?
<I>Yes, I'm their Rush Chairman. I've also been the Treasurer and Social Chairman.<P>
How long have you been with Phi Kappa Theta?
<I>We founded the fraternity three semesters ago. I got involved with some other business majors who knew some of the alumni of Phi Kappa Theta from when there was previously a chapter at UH. They liked what they saw in us, so we agreed to re-found the Phi Kappa Theta chapter here. They already owned a house near campus, all we had to do was build the chapter. So that's what we did. We started with three guys and now our chapter has forty.<P>
What are your goals for the fraternity?
<I>I would like to see the fraternity remain in existence here at UH, at least as long as I'm alive (he laughs). I plan on being involved until I graduate, then take an alumni status, and if I can, keep a hand in management of the chapter. <P>
You moved into the original fraternity house, what did that involve?
<I>When PKT didn't have a chapter on campus, the house was leased out to another fraternity, and the upkeep of the house was not really that good, in fact we almost tore it down and started over, but structurally the house was in good shape, and we liked the floor plan. So it involved tearing out all the walls, all the plumbing, all the electricity, and renovating the house from the ground up. It has a new roof, floors; pretty much everything, you name it, we did it.<P>
How much money did this cost?
<I>It cost us $60,000. Now the house is in the best shape it has ever been in.<P>
How many members live in the house?
<I>The house sleeps twelve. I absolutely love it! There is nothing quite like it. It has been an experience I will never forget.<P>
How is your private time, do you have any?
<I>I don't really have much private time at all, but my time is well spent. Living in the house you really learn on a different level the meaning of cooperation. These aren't just guys you're living with; you're managing a project with them. Running a fraternity is dynamically very similar to running a business. So you learn cooperation in a business sense and also on a personal level. This is a whole separate education.<P>
Is there a chore list or do you guys just pitch in?
<I>There's a house manager who assigns duties every week and he checks to make sure they're done.<P>
How do you handle conflicts within the fraternity, between brothers?
<I>It's a little bit different inside a fraternity, because you have dedicated yourself to certain principles, so you know that about the person you're in conflict with. It's not as if that person is going anywhere, so you have a motivation to work things out. It's like a family.<P>
If you could change something about UH what would it be?
<I>I would like to see more involvement from the students, so we could have a more traditional campus life.<P>
Would you have any helpful hints for surviving college life?
<I>I would say that everyone should make friends with other college students. Getting through college in the nineties is not easy, it helps to have friends to share the good and bad times with. In addition, those relationships can be useful later on in life.<P>
What do you plan on doing with your degree when you graduate?
<I>Hopefully get a job. I've Completed an internship with Merrill Lynch, I will probably go to work for them, it is the best offer I have so far.<P>
You enjoy rock climbing and sky diving as hobbies. What got you interested in sky diving?
<I>When I was much younger my grandfather would take me flying quite a bit and I would look out the window and dream of sky diving. It is something he always wanted to do, but never got around to. I did not want to get to his age and say that, so I went for it. It is one of the most exhilarating things I have ever done, and I don't care how bad your mood is when you leave the airplane, after a 60 second freefall you feel great!<P>
LUCKEY'S 26 PLUCKS CARDS
by Adam King
Daily Cougar Staff
The Lady Cougars received a much-needed win Tuesday, defeating the Lamar Cardinals 86-70 at the Montagne Center in Beaumont.
After losing two straight games to Southern Methodist and Texas, the victory will give the Cougars momentum going into the final game of the regular season Saturday at Rice.
Pat Luckey exploded for 26 points and Sharon Bennett scored a career-high 14 while playing ill to lead the Cougars (11-13) out of a close match at halftime.
Lamar (8-17) was only down 35-34 at the half due in large part to Sondra Ancelot's 12 points and Travesa Gant, who was 4-of-8 from the field for eight points.
But Houston romped on a 20-5 run seven minutes into the second half and took a 55-39 lead.
Freshman Traci Bell sank two of her season-high four 3-pointers during the run, and the Cardinals' Lori Hurl and Ancelot couldn't find their range from beyond the arc, going 0-for-5.
"Our halfcourt defense was effective in the second half and that was important after we got off to a slow start," said Houston head coach Jessie Kenlaw.
Houston stretched its lead to as much as 22, leading 70-48 with 7:09 remaining before the Cardinals began a run of their own.
Gant and Kenyatta Johnson brought Lamar to within 12 with 3:54 left. But the Cougars made 9-of-10 free throws in the closing minutes to secure the victory.
Gant finished with 28 points, 20 coming in the second half, and 15 rebounds. Luckey offset that with her 10-of-16 shooting performance, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range.
"Pat Luckey was Pat Luckey. She was sensational," Kenlaw said. "We had some players step up when we needed to raise our level of play."
Antoinette Isaac was one of those. She dished out 10 assists to go with nine points, seven rebounds and four steals.
"We needed the momentum to go to Rice, a tough place to play," Kenlaw said.
NEWCOMERS LEAD CHARGE
MOORE, BYRD, WAFER, TRIUMVIRATE STOMP CARDS 95-81
by Jason Paul Ramirez
Daily Cougar Staff
When they needed it most, the Cougars got it -- and won.
Houston cherished every bit of a decisive 31-15 run that helped shake loose the Lamar Cardinals (10-16) and let it come away with a 95-81 victory Tuesday night in Hofheinz Pavilion.
With the score knotted at 58 with 9:54 remaining, newcomers Tim Moore, Willie Byrd and Hershel Wafer led the charge scoring 19 points collectively.
Moore finished the game with 31 points, his third 30-point game of the season. Byrd and Wafer chipped in with 16 and 14, respectively.
"Houston is really talented and playing very well," said Lamar head coach Grey Giovanine. "Byrd came in and did a terrific job."
Not only did Houston (7-18) need the crucial run, but it also needed someone to come in and pick up the slack for senior guard Anthony Goldwire.
Goldwire suffered his second consecutive sub-par outing as he scored only four points and was 0-for-6 from the floor.
"Six weeks ago, if Anthony had a rough night there is no way we would have won," said Houston coach Alvin Brooks. "But the fact that we could play that ugly really says a lot for how far we've come as a team."
Indeed, a sloppy first half put both teams in a 39-39 tie at the break.
And after the Cougars went on a 16-4 run to take a 56-45 lead, they got sloppy again as Lamar answered with a 13-2 run to tie up the score at 58.
But it was all Houston from there.
The Cardinals got into foul trouble as B.J. McClendon and Tim Boxie both fouled out.
Hot shooting guard Atiim Browne tried to keep to keep Lamar in it, pouring in 23 points on the night.
But UH's personnel and depth was too much in the end.
"We couldn't stay with them when we got into foul trouble," Giovanine said.
There were also instances when Giovanine couldn't stay with it either.
All night long referees were warning Giovanine to keep calm on his side of the court after several of his outbursts protesting the officiating.
Giovanine was slapped with a tecnical foul towards the end of the first half and came within an eyelash of getting tossed from the game.
It was that kind of night -- for the Cougars and Cardinals alike.