by Tiffany Vaughner

Daily Cougar Staff

In a report to the Student Fees Advisory Board, the Athletic Department pledged itself to a "New Beginning" in renewing its campus image by having better relationships with students and student athletes.

During SFAC's unit presentation for intercollegiate athletics, the objectives of the Athletic Department as listed in the intercollegiate athletic student fee request form for fiscal year 1994 to 1995 are:

1) Assist student-athletes to attain levels of excellence in academics and athletics.

2) Reduce the level of various subsidies to athletics.

3) Maintain high-level of positive visibility for the university.

As listed in the request form, student attendance per game for football is 2,948 (the Astrodome seats 60,000), for men's basketball, 560; for women's basketball, 100; volleyball, 134 (Hofheinz Pavilion seats 10,060); baseball, 115.

The listing of objectives stated the development of a six-year plan based on, "the foundation of a strong sense of institutional mission, visionary leadership and emphasis on productivity." This plan encompasses the Cougar Athletic/Alumni Facility that the department says will elevate the reputation of the program.

Athletic Director Bill Carr,said he will, "do what ever works" to improve student participation in the Athletic Department. Carr said the department will employ marketing surveys to find out what students want and which of these plans will work.

Also in its listing of objectives the Athletic Department stated the additional expenses required as a consequence of the conference realignment, the general rebuilding of the program and the adding of women's soccer and softball to meet Title IX (NCAA mandate that requires there be equal scholarships for men and women athletes) requirements will be funded by the findings of the survey.

The department listed additional gate receipts through increased attendance, cultivation of major gifts, additional events in Hofheinz, South West Conference and others as sources of funds.

Adrianne Peck, Assistant Athletics Director-Business Services, was unavailable for comment.

Carr said UH will be a part of the SWC for two more years. He said the revenues that used to come from the SWC television and SWC bowl, will come from the new conference. Carr would not say which conferences were being looked at but said the department would make that decision when the time comes.

The new athletic budget will not be available until summer.






by Rivka Gewirtz

Daily Cougar Staff

After initial confusion over whether Students' Association presidential debates would be held at all, the event was scheduled for today between 12 and 1 p.m., in the World Affairs Lounge, a move that left candidates less than 24 hours to prepare.

Three days before elections, major players in the races were certain there would be no debates and did not know why the event was never sponsored or introduced on the Senate floor. Everyone from the election commissioner to senators to the speaker of the house and the director of public relations were not sure who was supposed to sponsor the event.

The event is being planned by SA President Jason Fuller, who said the debates did not have to be passed by the Senate floor or the election commission and only had to be sponsored by a non-partisan group. All candidates were informed late Monday afternoon.

Matthew Daly, Abolish SA's presidential candidate, said he will prepare for the debates, but the lack of organization either proves that SA is as "inept" as he thought or that they are "conniving." Daly said people in SA may have purposely ignored planning the debates so students would not have a chance to learn about new candidates who have not been previously involved in SA, such as himself.

Presidential write-in-candidate Kevin Berglund agrees with Daly and believes SA failed to plan the debates on purpose so they could keep the race "low key" and "in the family." Berglund can not make the debates because he has to go to work and says he needed at least a week's notice. However, he added, he is ready to answer any questions.

Speaker of the Senate and Initiative's presidential candidate Coy Wheeler said getting out and meeting people and informing them of the issues is more important than holding an actual debate. Wheeler said last year "nobody showed up for the debates" and "nobody voted."

"I don't care if they vote for me. I just want them to get out there and use their power and vote," said Wheeler.

Alliance's presidential candidate Dominic Lewinshon said he will be prepared for the debates, but the last minute attempt at organizing the event is a "load of rubbish."

He added that Wheeler and Uniting Students' presidential candidate Angie Milner did not want to have the debates and should not be called the "mainstream candidates."

Milner said the debates "slipped her mind," but said candidates should have their minds made up on the issues, have written their platforms and be ready to answer any questions on the spot.

SPEAK's presidential candidate Jessica Martin said "bureaucracy" is what caused the debates to be forgotten and made things happen "last minute." She said she is ready to be "honest about her opinions" at any time.

Vice-presidential candidates will also be participating in the debates. The event which has been held annually for the last three years is open to all students.






by Megan McVeigh

News Reporter

U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Andrews said the 1994 election will be a turning point for the Democratic Party.

Andrews, 50, made a campaign stop at Cafe Noche on Sunday, and told constituents he will move the party into the future.

The North American Free Trade Agreement will be a vehicle for change, Andrews said. Andrews, a U.S. Representative of the 25th District, supported the agreement.

He said NAFTA will provide more than 100,000 jobs in Texas. He said, "That's good for Houston. Houston will be the engine that drives NAFTA."

Andrews also said the trade agreement has focused attention on the environmental and health care situations along the Mexican border, one of the most polluted regions in the United States.

Health care and welfare reform are two issues Andrews plans to focus on if elected, he said. He supports the Cooper Bill, which is an alternative to the Clinton health plan. The bill proposes universal coverage and limits the tax incentives employers receive for providing health care.

Andrews said universal coverage will prevent people from seeking free emergency room treatment for minor health problems by giving them the resources they need to seek treatment elsewhere. "One of the biggest cost-drivers in health care today is basic health care being given in the emergency rooms," he said.

Andrews labelled the current welfare system a disaster, especially for young, single mothers who can't afford day care. He said the federal government needs to provide day care and job training programs for these women.

Andrews also said he supports strict punishment for those who fail to pay child support.

The son of a school teacher and watch repairman, Andrews used student loans to pay for school. He said the government must provide more financial aid for students.

Andrews said, "Today, there are thousands of middle-class and poor kids across the state that can't go to college, and we must change that. Every kid in this state who can get into college should be able to go to college, and that is worth going to the Senate for."

He said he approves of job training programs for those who decide against college to facilitate honing of marketable skills.

Andrews said he is a qualified candidate for the Senate. A former district attorney in Harris County, Andrews held a seat in the House of Representatives since 1983.

His experience as a prosecutor has convinced him Texas needs additional prisons so felons will remain behind bars longer, he said.

Andrews said, "The role I think the federal government should play is to provide grants to states that move away from early parole."

Andrews said his chances of winning the Democratic primary are good. Andrews said, "I'm going to be in that run-off, and then I'm going to beat the other guy in that run-off. Then I promise you, we are going to beat Kay Bailey Hutchinson in November."








<B>Record (overall):<P> 5-19

<B>Record (conf.):<P> 1-13

<B>Tournament seed:<P> eighth

<B>Coach: <P>Shell Robinson

<B>Probable starters:<P> F Donna Krueger, F Janelle Hunter, P Amy Bumstead, G Stephani Gray, G Nicole Perdue.

<B>Season review: <P>Offensive consistency has been a problem for the Horned Frogs, who have lost by 10 or more points in 15 of their 19 losses. Krueger is the leading scorer, averaging 12.1 points and Bumstead averages 10.8 points and 8.1 rebounds. TCU's lone conference win came against Houston, 78-72, but so did their biggest loss, 112-73.

<B>What Robinson is saying: <P>"(The team) needs to come out and play two halves to be successful. They haven't been doing that. We also have a problem executing on offense. We don't have depth."





<B>Record (overall): <P>24-3

<B>Record (conf.):<P> 12-2

<B>Tournament seed:<P> first

<B>Coach: <P>Marsha Sharp

<B>Probable starters:<P> F Michi Atkins, F Janice Farris, P Connie Robinson, G Jessica Garcia, G Noel Johnson.

<B>Season review:<P> Yes, Sheryl Swoopes <I>did<P>.graduate last year. The Lady Raiders have rallied around the loss of their best player to emerge as the favorites in the Dr. Pepper SWC Classic. They are coming off a crushing 109-75 defeat of #2 seed Texas A&M at Lubbock on Saturday.

<B>What Sharp is saying:<P> "Through all this time we have had a good showing and we need to finish it off. We have a lot riding on the tournament itself. It's a little more difficult because if we win we have to play two games within 24 hours."






<B>Record (overall): <P>20-6

<B>Record (conf.): <P>11-3

<B>Tournament seed:<P> second

<B>Coach:<P> Lynn Hickey

<B>Probable starters: <P>F Kelly Cerney, F Beth Burket, P Martha McClelland, G Lisa Branch, G Bambi Ferguson.

<B>Season review:<P> The Lady Aggies' best season since joining the SWC in '83. A&M is looking to make the NCAAs for the first time in team history. Point guard Branch (16 ppg, 6.5 apg) leads the team in scoring, while McClelland averages 13.4 points, 6.6 rebounds in only 20.9 minutes a game.

<B>What Hickey is saying: <P> "We have a lot of depth and a good outside game. We're shooting the ball real well right now and it's been a team effort all year. This is a very young group. Inexperience is a problem, but there's some advantage to that too. When you're young you have a lot of enthusiasm."






<B>Record (overall): <P>18-8

<B>Record (conf.):<P> 10-4

<B>Tournament seed: <P>third

<B>Coach:<P>Jody Conradt

<B>Probable starters:<P> F Nekeshia Henderson, F Erica Routt, P Amie Smith, G Angie Jo Ogletree, G Danielle Viglione.

<B>Season review:<P> A "down" year for the Lady Longhorns, who have dominated the conference and the tournament since its inception, although not so much recently. UT's two freshmen, Smith and Viglione have been the apples of Coach Conradt's eye. Viglione set an NCAA record for freshman 3-pointers this year with 98.

<B>What Conradt is saying: <P>"It's been an up-and-down season for us, but I've been impressed with the progress of the team. They're capable of shooting really well. We're not consistent with our defensive effort and we're not big. When you get to this time of year, the teams who shoot well have a better chance of winning."






<B>Record (overall):<P> 17-7

<B>Record (conf.): <P>8-6

<B>Tournament seed:<P> fourth

<B>Coach: <P>Rhonda Rompola

<B>Probable starters:<P> F Kerri Delaney, F Leslie Frazier, P Andrea Guziec, G Marsha Gleason, G Jennifer McLaughlin.

<B>Season review:<P> SMU opened the season 8-1, but once conference play started, they leveled off a bit. They have weapons in Delaney (.516 field goal percentage, 15.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg), and McLaughlin (16.9 ppg), but will have to prove they can beat the contenders. The Lady Mustangs are only 1-5 against the top three seeds Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

<B>What Rompola is saying: <P>"We are more aggressive. We're playing better on defense and staying in our zone. Basically, the team got their heads on straight."






<B>Record (overall):<P> 13-13

<B>Record (conf.):<P> 5-9

<B>Tournament seed:<P> sixth

<B>Coach: <P>Cristi McKinney

<B>Probable starters: <P>F Tammy McCallum, F Stephanie Mundschau, P Brenda Conaway, G Jessica Garcia, G Kim LaLonde.

<B>Season review:<P> After a 9-4 start, the Lady Owls plunged to below .500 and haven't been considered a threat since. Conaway (13.8 ppg, 8 rpg) is dangerous, and McCallum (9.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg) can bang the boards. The Owls will also have to face Texas, hardly a tournament pushover, in the first round.

<B>What McKinney is saying: <P> "We're close. We've played Texas close, we've played A&M close, we played Tech close for two halves. We've played Texas in two tight ballgames, so we've got to go up there thinking upset in the first round."






<B>Record (overall): <P>13-13

<B>Record (conf.):<P> 4-10

<B>Tournament seed:<P> seventh

<B>Coach: <P>Pam Bowers

<B>Possible starters: <P>G Mary Lowery, G Halley Bradley, G Kelli Donaldson, P Amber Seaton, P Paige DuBois.

<B>Season review:<P> Coach Pam Bowers firing, rehiring and Title IX lawsuit against Baylor has caused distractions on the team during the season, Bowers admitted. Beyond that, sophomore Mary Lowry has been the bright spot. She scored 54 points against No. 2 seed Texas. But the youth movement has been a negative for the Bears this year.

<B>What assistant coach Larry Tidwell is saying:<P> "We feel like we're a better team than last year. During the season, (the distractions) were at the back of the players minds and diverted our attention at times, but we don't make excuses for our play."







<B>Record (overall):<P> 22-7

<B>Record (conf.): <P>12-2

<B>Tournament seed: <P>first

<B>Coach:<P> Tom Penders

<B>Possible Starters: <P>F Albert Burditt, F Reggie Freeman, C Rich McIver, G Terrence Rencher, G B. J. Tyler.

<B>Season review: <P>The team was led by Tyler and Rencher, but forward Burditt provided valuable inside presence that opened up the outside game. Burditt was fourth in the SWC in rebounds (8.7) and second in blocks (2.2). Texas, the regular season champ, was a scoring machine, averaging 98.4 points a game.

<B>What Penders is saying:<P> "Burditt has been our steadiest performer. Tyler may be more spectacular, but Burditt is our go-to guy inside. He is a leader. Houston and Rice have the talent to win three games in three days, but Baylor may not have the depth to win the tournament."






<B>Record (overall): <P>20-6

<B>Record (conf.):<P> 10-4

<B>Tournament seed: <P>second

<B>Coach:<P> Tony Barone

<B>Possible Starters:<P> F Joe Wilbert, G David Edwards, G Chuck Henderson, F Brett Murray, G Tony McGinnis.

<B>Season review:<P> A&M has been the surprise of the conference. The Aggies ability to pull out the close games has been unmatched this year. The loss to Tech in the final game of the season could hurt tournament momentum, though. A&M has the best scoring defense in the league, holding opponents to 73.9 ppg. Edwards is leading the SWC in assists at 9.4.

<B>What Barone is saying: <P>"If someone had said we would have had this many wins at this point in the season, most people would have said, 'No way.' This year will be a reversal of the last three years. I'm more interested in establishing consistency."







<B>Record (overall): <P>16-10

<B>Record (conf.): <P>10-4

<B>Tournament seed: <P>third

<B><B>Coach: <P>James Dickey

Possible starters:<P> F Jason Sasser, F Darvin Ham, F Mark Davis, G Lance Hughes, G Koy Smith.

<B>Season review:<P> Tech has been on fire, winning all six of its final games, including a 128-125 2OT victory over No. 1 Texas. Sasser has been the key to the drive. He is the second leading scorer in the conference at 23.2 and fourth in rebounds at 9.1. The Red Raiders are second in scoring and lead in field goal percentage. They are the defending tournament champions.

<B>What Dickey is saying: <P>"Our guys do a good job of rebounding and getting to the free-throw line. We understand shot selection and play well together. I'm disappointed we didn't win more games. We turned the ball over too many times and we didn't play well in our non-conference games."






<B>Record (overall): <P>16-10

<B>Record (conf.):<P> 7-7

<B>Tournament seed:<P> fourth

<B>Coach:<P> Darrel Johnson

<B>Probable starters: <P>F Willie Sublett, F Doug Brandt, C Jerome Lambert, G Aundre Branch, G Nelson Haggerty.

<B>Season review:<P> Baylor shot out quickly at the start of the season, despite the loss of four junior college transfers to eligibility, but panned out toward the end, including a four-game losing streak. Lambert has dominated the boards, averaging 15 per game. He has led the nation at some points during the season.

<B>What Johnson is saying:<P> "Last year's team really formed a chemistry very quickly. They really embraced the new style of play. I think that this team especially overacheived more than any other team that I ever coached. We don't want to ever let ourselves get satisfied."







<B>Record (overall): <P>14-13

<B>Record (conf.):<P> 6-8

<B>Tournament seed:<P> fifth

<B>Coach: <P>Willis Wilson

<B>Possible starters: <P>F Torrey Andrews, F Scott Tynes, C Todd Schoettelkotte, G Adam Peakes, G Kevin Rabbitt.

<B>Season review: <P>Rice has an athletic team that could take them deep in the tournament. Andrews and Peakes have carried the team all season. Andrews is second in the SWC in scoring (21.4 ppg), and Peakes is a proven scorer who is a threat from beyond the 3-point line. Rice's inside game is suspect.

<B>What Wilson is saying:<P> "We can go as far as we want. We've already played teams outside the conference that are better than the ones we will play in the tournament. We played two tough games against Baylor and we were fortunate to have beaten them both times."






<B>Record (overall):<P> 6-20

<B>Record (conf.): <P>3-11

<B>Tournament seed: <P>seventh

<B>Coach: <P>John Shumate

<B>Possible Starters:<P> F Raymond Van Beveren, F James Gatewood, G Chris Boyd, G Troy Dorner, G Troy Matthews.

<B>Season review: <P>The Mustangs have fallen from the high place of SWC regular season champions of 1993. Dorner leads the conference in 3-point percentage hitting 50 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. SMU is third in scoring defense, but is last in scoring with only 69 points per game. The Ponies shoot only 40 percent.

<B>What Shumate is saying:<P> Turnovers have killed us. We keep giving other teams oppurtunities. We've played hard but down the stretch it hasn't happened.






<B>Record (overall): <P>7-19

<B>Record (conf.):<P> 3-11

<B>Tournament seed:<P> eighth

<B>Coach:<P> Moe Iba

<B>Possible starters: <P>F Myron Gordon, F Eric Dailey, C Kurt Thomas, G Jentry Moore, G Jeff Jacobs.

<B>Season review: <P>Thomas (21 ppg, 9.6 rpg) has been the exception in a thoroughly miserable season – one that could mean the end of Iba's TCU career. Two of the Frogs three conference wins came against Houston. TCU is no match for Texas in the first round after getting blown out twice during the regular season.

<B>What Iba is saying:<P> "We need to go back to the drawing board and see what we can do (in the tournament). Texas dictates the tempo of the game and we need to try and do that ourselves. Defensively, we couldn't stop them."






by Rosario Peña

Daily Cougar Staff

Free YOUR Mind on Thursday when MTV invades campus (via the UH Hilton's Grand Ballroom) on its last stop of the first ever Live Spoken Word tour.

As part of MTV's "Free Your Mind" campaign, the tour will focus on the issue of diversity and spotlight three of today's hottest poets, Reg. E. Gaines, Maggie Estep and John S. Hall. Each poet will express the truths and insights of their own private worlds to the audience.

Poet, lecturer and filmmaker Reg E. Gaines was a featured poet on MTV's "Fightin' Wordz," an on-air poetry campaign featuring 30-second video interpretation of nine poems given by different poets.

He has also performed on "Spoken Word Unplugged" and may be best known for "Please Don't Take My Air Jordans," a cacophony of searing sounds, sampled sound bytes and scathing screams to help, hurt and anger.

A "Spoken Word Unplugged" and 'Fightin Wordz" alumni as well, Maggie Estep was recently the cover girl of the February issue of <I>High Times<P> and is currently accompanied on tour by her band, I Love Everybody.

Estep's first one-woman show, "No More Mr Nice Girl," will be returning this spring, at the P.S. 122 in New York, and her debut album of the same name is set for an April release. She was a featured poet on the PBS poet-devoted television special, "Words In Your Face," and has also been touring with the Nuyorican Poets Live troupe.

Since 1985, John S. Hall has been a national spoken word artist and with his band, King Missile, has just completed a third album for Atlantic Records. The band combines raw, elemental rock with literate, outrageous lyrics sometimes sung, and other times spoken. The self-titled album is set for a spring release.

In recent years, Hall and his band have had radio success with such songs as "Take Stuff From Work" and "Martin Scorcese."

There have been special celebrity guest appearances on the tour, including Speech from Arrested Development, the Lemonheads' Evan Dando, MC Lyte, Gil Scott Heron and MTV's own, Kennedy. Want to find out the special guest for UH? Be there on Thursday.

"We found that our audience felt very passionate about this open and free form of expression," senior vice president of marketing, Howard Handler said. "Bringing the tour live nationwide with three artists from such diverse backgrounds and presenting it under MTV's 'Free Your Mind' umbrella opens up a forum for our audience to explore issues of diversity and creative expression through the spoken word."

MTV in conjunction with 104 KRBE radio will sponsor a contest giving one local poet a chance to be the opening act for the Spoken Word Show.






by Christian Messa

News Reporter

U.S. Rep. Craig Washington squared off in a debate with Houston City Council At-Large Member Sheila Jackson Lee amid a back and forth barrage of mudslinging Friday night.

During the pre-Democratic Primary debate, held at the Texas Southern University Hannah Hall Auditorium, U.S. Rep. Washington, D-Texas, the 18th Congressional District incumbent, referred to Lee as a "show horse" rather than a "work horse." Referring to his absences, Lee said Washington was "missing in action" in Congress.

Topics of the debate – run by a moderator, a panel of five journalists and the TSU student government president – ranged from possible demolition of the Allen Parkway Village housing project to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Washington was questioned about his his stance on the issue of the housing project because he had been an attorney for the Houston Housing Authority, an agency that supported the demolition of the housing project. He had received campaign contributions from American General, a corporation that wants the project torn down.

"When you represent somebody as a client, you don't necessarily agree with their position that they take," Washington said. "Your job is to advocate for them."

As for the campaign contribution, Washington said he received $500 from American General while Lee received $5000 from the corporation. He said Lee should therefore take a bigger interest in the future of Allen Parkway Village.

Washington said he did offer a plan for redevelopment.

Lee said she voted against tearing down the housing project without a plan. She said she wanted to know why Washington was not in Houston to bring a resolution to the situation.

Washington said earlier the housing project was the city's responsibility and not a congressional matter.

Washington said he would offer educational seminars to help the small minority businesses of the 18th District learn how to start and maintain businesses.

Lee said the congressional district has yet to see any results from Washington's five years in Congress. There really had not been any minority entrepreneurs at Intercontinental and Hobby airports before she arrived at city council, she said. Now there are, Lee said.

Lee then blasted Washington for calling her a show horse.

"I take issue as a woman to being called a show horse because I am a work horse," she said, which brought applause from her supporters, who numbered roughly half the audience.

On the subject of possible trade wars, Lee said, "We can't at this stage of the game close our borders." She said, "This is not the time to close your doors to trade opportunities."

Lee said she wants to renew trade interest in the Caribbean region and Africa.

Alluding to human rights violations, Washington said China's Most Favored Nation status for trade should be revoked.

"We need to come down hard on Japan," he said.

Washington said he believes Houston will lose 10,000 jobs with the implementation of NAFTA, and the 18th District would lose 3,000 jobs. NAFTA will send the semi-skilled and unskilled jobs to Mexico, he said, because the Mexican workers would work for $8 a day versus American workers making $8 an hour to make the same product.

NAFTA kills the chance to improve trade in the Caribbean because the United States will devote its energy to trade with Mexico instead, Washington said.

Lee, however, said NAFTA will actually create 202,000 jobs.

Washington later addressed his poor voting record in Congress saying he knew which votes he was missing, and that he does research on every vote before it arrives on the U.S. House of Representatives' floor. He then determines if it is a vote he can miss if he has to chair a meeting or attend a funeral. This brought some heckling from the crowd.

When someone on the panel asked for Washington to proceed, he said, "I couldn't hear through the ignorance."

When the candidates were asked what they have done for constituents lately, Washington, to a rousing applause, replied by citing allocations to programs benefitting his constituency.

An audience member posed the question of whether the candidates would agree to take a drug test.

Washington said he would not submit because if he did not stand up for his constitutional rights, he did not expect his constituents to believe he would stand up for theirs.

Lee said she would take a drug test. She also said believes in the Constitution. But she said, "If I'm a public servant ... it's up to me to prove myself worthy."

The candidates will find out if one of them is worthy enough to represent the 18th Congressional District in today's Democratic Primary.






Christy's Campus


What's going on this week? Oh, not too much, just a baseball game, a spring break kickoff party, Sigma Nu bike races, Students' Association elections, MTV, and Mayor Bob Lanier. Nothing much, just another typical week at the University of Houston

<B>Tuesday, March 8<P>

•Our Cougars take on Creighton University in hot baseball action today. Come out and support our Coogs at 2 pm. They could use a good rowdy crowd.

•UH College of Optometry presents Save Your Vision Week 1994. UH students, faculty and staff can get get their vision screened for free from 9:30 a.m. till noon in the UC Satellite.

<B>Wednesday, March 9<P>

•Today is the beginning of the Student Association Elections. You can vote anytime during the day. Elections sites are in the UC, the Satellite, PGH, Pharmacy, Architecture, Optometry and Melcher. Many students don't think these elections pertain to them and just blow off voting. It takes 2 MINUTES of your time. Why not help decide how YOUR student service fees are spent?

•Are you feeling that itch of spring fever? Well take a break today and get outside. Stop by Lynn Eusan Park today for the Spring Break kickoff. Pi Sigma Epsilon and Saturn of Houston—Gulf Freeway bring you FREE FOOD and prizes! There will be lots of games and fun. Come by and check it out!

•There is a campus job recruitment workshop today in the Career Planning and Placement Center. Bring your student ID at 3 pm.

<B>Thursday, March 10<P>

•MTV invades UH today. That's right, MTV makes the last stop of its Spoken Word Tour. "Free Your Mind" focuses on the issue of diversity. Poets Maggie Estep, Reg E. Gaines, and John S. Hall will speak and share their work, today at the UH Hilton Ballroom.

•This evening the UH Honors College presents The Elkins Leadership Forum, a public address by Mayor Bob Lanier. (Yeah, the mayor will be on our campus). The forum begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Architecture Auditorium in the College of Architecture.

<B>Friday, March 11<P>

•Why are the streets in front of the UC closed? Check out the Bike Races today at the UC. Sigma Nu presents the 29th annual bike race. This is always lots of fun

<B>Saturday, March 12<P>

•Come spend an evening in old San Francisco and have fun gambling your life savings away. You could win some great prizes! Casino Night is brought to you by The Residence Halls Association. Advance tickets are $5 and $7 at the door. This annual event is a blast, and the best thing is that you can't lose your life savings! The proceeds from Casino Night benefit Camp Cougar, a camp for mentally- and physically-challenged people. You'll have so much fun, you won't even realize you're helping your community.








by Jason Paul Ramirez

Daily Cougar Staff

The Houston Cougars like their chances.

The 1994 Dr Pepper Southwest Conference Classic begins in Dallas Wednesday as Houston (8-18 overall, 5-9 in the SWC) will take its recent success and play for an automatic invitation to the 64-team NCAA Tournament.

With the exception of Texas and Texas Tech, no other team in the conference played better basketball over the second half of the league season than the Cougars.

All this was after a 2-15 start that included a 13-game losing streak and an 0-6 beginning in conference play.

"We've accomplished everything we set out to accomplish," said Houston coach Alvin Brooks. "Now we got a major shot at winning this thing."

In winning four of their last five games, the Cougars have not only convinced themselves of possibly winning the Classic, but they have others believing as well.

Dark horse? It looks that way.

"Houston has the type of team that has the talent to win three games (in the tournament)," said Texas head coach Tom Penders, whose team won the regular season championship. "Texas Tech has been playing so well that it might be overconfident."

The Cougars, the No. 6 seed will face third-seeded Texas Tech at 12 noon in Reunion Arena.

Tech (16-10, 10-4) comes into the Classic having won six games in a row and a 6-1 record over the conference season's second half.

The only blemish in that stretch was a 76-64 loss to the Cougars on Feb. 12 in Hofheinz Pavilion.

But since that time, the Red Raiders have defeated No. 1 seed Texas (128-125 in double overtime) and No. 2 Texas A&M (89-80).

Despite Tech's recent success, the Cougars can't be happier about drawing them in the first round.

"We wanted to play Tech in the first round," said center Rafael Carrasco. "We wanted to play someone in the tournament that we've already beaten so that we could feel confident about beating them again."

With the exception of Houston freshman guard Willie Byrd, Carrasco is probably the most-improved player in the Cougar lineup and has been key to their strong finish.

His improved free-throw shooting has been vital in keeping Houston ahead late in games, especially since he draws a lot of attention in the middle at his position.

"I have found a stroke that works for me (at the line)," Carrasco said. "I knew that I just needed to take more time there and it has really improved my shooting."

Carrasco has jumped his free-throw shooting from the upper 50-percent range to 63.2 in his last five games alone.

But Byrd has been the biggest late-season surprise. Since being plugged into the starting lineup for good on Feb. 19 against Baylor, Byrd has responded by averaging 14.2 points per game for Houston.

"Willie steps up and makes plays when we really need them," Brooks said. "He has a scorer's mentality and never gets down on himself whenever he misses a shot."

But for Houston to have any shot at coming out victorious this weekend, senior guard Anthony Goldwire must come out of his recent tailspin and sophomore forward Tim Moore must stay out of one.

Goldwire has made just three of his last 20 shots from the field and has scored only 18 points in games against Texas, Lamar and Rice.

Moore finished the season leading the team in scoring at 17.8 points and 19.3 in league play. Moore also has a string going of 15 consecutive games in which he has scored in double figures.






by William German

Daily Cougar Staff

Though the numbers might appear to cloud the Lady Cougars' chances against first-round opponent SMU in the Dr Pepper Southwest Conference Classic, a closer look reveals a silver lining.

The Cougars (11-14 regular season, 5-9 SWC) have lost to SMU (17-7, 9-4) both times they have played this year by deficits of 81-77 and 81-63.

In both games, however, the Cougars played well. In the loss at SMU, Houston had a 35-28 halftime lead but were the victims of a 25-6 run to end the game that marred its overall effort.

The loss at Hofheinz Pavilion was similar. The Cougars held a 10-point lead at the half and blew it, being outscored 13-0 at one point in the second half on their way to a four-point loss.

The Lady Mustangs will have the advantage of an additional home game against the Cougars when they play in Moody Coliseum on Wednesday.

"We have nothing to lose," head coach Jessie Kenlaw said of her team's chances. "It's a new season, and it's do-or-die for us."

It will be hard for Mustang fans to avoid noticing freshman Pat Luckey, who has been the highlight of the Cougars' season. Luckey has pushed her season stats up to 19.1 points a game, 8.7 rebounds a game and is shooting .497 from the floor.

Of course, the Cougars' strategy will have to be more than feeding the ball to Luckey if they wish to succeed in the tournament.

"We have to work on attacking the gaps in their zone with our penetration," Kenlaw said. "Last time, we just stood around and passed on the perimeter. All they did was play zone the whole game."

Houston is coming off a loss to Rice that left a bad taste in Kenlaw's mouth.

"Mainly, we were just flat,"

she said. "We played hard today (in practice) with the kind of intensity we'll need to win.

"I feel good about our chances against SMU after today's practice."

Kerri Delaney has been a force inside for the Mustangs, averaging 15.6 ppg and 7.9 rpg while shooting .516 from the floor. Delaney had 29 points and 10 rebounds in the game at Hofheinz.

At SMU, she was held to only 14 points and four rebounds, indicating the Cougars have the potential to improve on defense.

The Cougars will also have to stop guard Jennifer McLaughlin, who lit them up for 25 points at SMU. McLaughlin (16.9 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 assists a game) is not a 3-point threat (5-for-26) but can get hot from inside the arc as she did against Houston, going 9-of-14.

"We can't allow her to beat us on the dribble penetration," Kenlaw said. "Last time, all she did was penetrate and take that little jumpshot. We have to take that away from her."

The biggest factor Houston has had to contend with this season has been injuries. Houston still has only eight players healthy going into the tournament.

In addition, Chontel Reynolds suffered a blow to the nose during the Rice game, which may force her to wear a protective faceguard against SMU.

"Chontel's biggest problem is that it (the injury) has made her timid around the basket," Kenlaw said.

The season has been an up-and-down one for the Cougars, who started out 5-2, then went 1-8 in their next nine. They improved to win four of five, then finished the season 1-3. If the seesaw pattern continues, Houston may be able to make a run to the finals.

"We've been down lately, so hopefully we'll be up by Wednesday," Kenlaw said.






Cougar Sports Services

The Houston Cougar baseball team once again rolled over for a nationally-ranked opponent.

The Cougars (12-10) let another game get away from them as they lost 7-3 to 14th-ranked Oklahoma Monday at Cougar Field.

The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead after four innings, but as has been the case lately, the pitching staff squandered the early lead.

The Sooners (10-2) erupted in the top of the fifth against Houston starter Dave Hamilton and changed the flow of the game, as five of their players crossed home plate.

The inning was capped by a three-run homer by Sooner shortstop Rich Hill.

Mike Murphy hit a pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the seventh, scoring the Cougars' third and final run of the game.

Hamilton took the loss for the Cougars, and relief pitcher Steve Gajewski picked up the win, even though he only pitched two-thirds of an inning.

Russell Ortiz collected the save for Oklahoma.

Oklahoma swept a cross-team doubleheader on the day.

In the morning match-up, the Sooners took care of Sam Houston State with a 13-7 romp.

Oklahoma will stay in town and play Creighton tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Creighton in turn will be part of another cross-team doubleheader, taking on the Cougars at 2 p.m. at Cougar Field.






by Daniel Scholl

Daily Cougar Staff

The Houston tennis team may be the hottest team in Houston. They have just completed a six-game home stand and are in the midst of a six-game win streak.

Friday, the Cougars (6-3) defeated Texas Tech 6-3 in their Southwest Conference opener. The victory was the first conference win for the Cougars since April 15, 1991.

Head coach Stina Mosvold remains cautious entering the SWC schedule. Asked if the team is where she wants it to be, she said, "No, but it's already better than last year."

Senior Catherine Bromfield started the Cougars off with a winning pace. In the first match, she defeated Jennifer Brennan 7-6, 6-2. Then in doubles, Bromfield teamed with freshman Kristen Paris to defeat Christy Davis and Renna Rhodes 6-1, 6-4 in the second doubles match.

Bromfield is one of two seniors on the team.

Cecilia Piedrahita is the other senior and the No. 2 player on the team. Friday she beat Lynne Jackson 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

The Cougars next match is Wednesday against Southern Methodist in Dallas and then top-ranked Texas on Thursday.

"There are no easy matches from now on," Mosvold said.

<B>Carl Lewis, run for the future<P>

The Cougar men's and women's track team hosted and competed in the Carl Lewis Relays this weekend. While the relays are a collegiate meet, much of the emphasis is placed on the high school portion of the meet.

Carl Lewis was on hand throughout the day to sign autographs, award medals and talk to prospective college runners.

"Track and field in America, as a whole, is declining," said the three-time Olympian. "They have to create an incentive to run."

That is exactly what Houston is doing.

The high school students said they enjoyed the opportunity to compete at the same venue as college students.

"In a way it seems that it puts pressure to perform well," said Stratford High School senior Alexis Smith, who was on two second-place relay teams.

"It was neat (meeting Lewis). It's like a little incentive," she said.

<B>The 19th hole<P>

The golf team will be at The Woodlands for the Golf Digest Invitational March 11—13. The team came in second in the Monterrey Invitational in Monterrey, Mexico Feb. 10—12.






by Jenalia Moreno

Daily Cougar Staff

Despite the fact that Endora, Iowa, with a population of 1,091, seems to be the typical all-American small town, there is nothing ordinary about the life of one of its citizens, Gilbert Grape.

Gilbert works for a grocery store in a town where a new Burger Barn is seen as the key to economic prosperity. Like the town, the young man is struggling with so many things, his family wonders what the fuss is about.

In <I>What's Eating Gilbert Grape<P>, Johnny Depp plays Gilbert, who is responsible for his family because his father committed suicide when Gilbert was a small child. Gnawing at Gilbert is his dysfunctional family.

Weighing Gilbert down the most is his 500-pound mother, played by Darlene Cates, who makes her acting debut in this film. Cates was discovered on an episode of <I>Sally Jesse Raphael<P> about overweight women who had not left their homes in years. Cates plays the same type of character in this film, an individual too embarrassed by her appearance to leave her home. Throughout the film she defensively tells people, "I haven't always been like this."

Momma sits in front of her television all day and her children bring the dining room table to her for meals. Gilbert, although embarrassed by Momma's weight tries to make a joke of it by referring to her as a 'beached whale' and allowing the town's children to sneak a peak at Momma. However, Gilbert is always trying to spare her feelings. He has his carpenter friend secretly fix the framework of the house because Momma's weight threatens the structure.

Gilbert is also responsible for the welfare of his autistic brother, Arnie, who was not supposed to survive childhood yet his 18th birthday is approaching and the family is planning a party. Arnie climbs the town's water tower as often as possible and the authorities finally put Arnie in jail, threatening to send him to an institution. In order to rescue her son, Momma finally leaves her home, ordering the release of Arnie.

Gilbert sees an escape from his burdens when a stranger named Becky gets stranded in Endora, which is probably the only reason an outsider would spend the night in the town. Becky is a well-traveled soul, knowledgeable about the ways of the world outside of Endora. Juliette Lewis plays Becky and once again Lewis brings to the big screen her flat, whiny character which she has made famous in other films such as <I>Cape Fear<P>. However, Lewis makes her look insecure and confused by the words that are coming out of her own mouth.

Competing for a place in Gilbert's heart is his lover, Betty, played by Mary Steenburgen. Betty is unsatisfied with her life as an insurance salesman's wife and takes the grocery delivery boy, Gilbert, as her lover.

Gilbert has reached the point in his life when he needs to escape from his responsibilities. He seems to be waiting for the death of either his mother or his brother in order to set him free. However, he is not willing to escape from these responsibilities because he cares for his family and accepts their flaws, as enormous as they may be.

Depp brings to the role the pain of entrapment that he did in <I>Edward Scissorhands<P> and is convincing as a young man who accepts his dead-end life with bitter resolve. He portrays a burning despair and rage thinly veiled underneath his detached demeanor – despair that his family is so utterly damaged and anger toward his burdens.

Arnie is played by Leonardo DiCaprio who well deserves his nomination for an Academy Award as best supporting actor. He believably portrays an autistic character who is happily oblivious to the world and the confusion he inadvertently causes.

<I>Gilbert Grape<P> is a solid film and, once you get past the slightly exaggerated folksiness of it all, will be enjoyed by many.







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Tom Turner

Has anyone ever taken just a few minutes to consider what makes up your typical music video? How many videos have at least a handful of scantily clad, beautiful women, in, we'll let's just say, revealing or degrading positions? Most likely more than you and I can could count together.

Now this isn't just another argument to say that women should not be exploited. This issue deals with the whole purpose of the music video. This then generates one of many questions: Are bands using women in this way simply to try and cover up some really weak music by the use of distraction? Have several bands and their video creators forgotten the general purpose of the video and turned them into flesh shows?

Let's consider a typical scenario from many of the videos that have appeared on MTV. Picture a group of women, dressed in as little as possible, falling all over a bunch of glam-rockers. Okay, so this idea takes up about half of the videos that are presented to the viewing audience. Now, obviously not too many guys watching these videos are going to jump up and create a big scuffle over this.

I'm not trying to change the way things work, but this concept is getting old and it deserves to be addressed.

Over 12 years ago, music and television combined to create MTV. With this creation, music was elevated to a whole new level. It became a prime route for advertising and promotional uses, besides just being another one of the hundred channels to surf through. Along with these advancements came, in general, another way of exploiting females, in order to catch the eye of the viewing public. Mainly this view was directed at catching the eyes of the male audience through images of women in compromising or revealing positions. Oh yeah, behind these images are the reason why the videos are supposed to be done in the first place ... the music.

Anyone can come up with a list a mile long with the names of bands who are guilty of basically using women to try and sell their music. The glamour boys from Warrant don't cover up this concept at all in support of the song "Cherry Pie." Guns n' Roses is guilty of using this concept in a majority of their videos. Prince, has used women in many of his works, such as "Gett Off." The list goes on and on, so I'm not going to even attempt to list them all, due to the fact that it would take up this entire paper.

Now before too many people get bent out of shape, this doesn't necessarily mean that bands that do this are bad musicians, this is not the case at all.

Now the question that comes back into play is why do these bands find it necessary to use women as mere physical objects of desire? Last time I checked, a band's purpose is to enjoy playing their music and presenting it before an audience in hopes that they will enjoy it as well. However, it seems that many groups find it necessary to use women as a distracting backdrop for their music. Are they doing so to cover up music that isn't really so wonderful?

Granted, the bands, in general, are not the ones who come up with the video concepts, because other people are paid to do that, but they do have a say in the matter. Some bands don't even seem to care about the image that they present to the general viewing audience.

Take Axl Rose for example, here's a guy who thinks he's so cool he can wear a Charles Manson T-shirt in many different videos. That does not seem like a very good advertisement for all of the little kiddos out there who look up to bands like this for who knows what reason. Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

Does anyone remember back when MTV was first getting off the ground? Most of the videos consisted of straight forward ideas. They showed the band and maybe a little skit to accompany the song. Bands like the Police, Peter Gabriel, early U2, and Dire Straits filled the tube with fairly basic images that stayed away from displaying women in a demeaning manner. Granted, some of these videos that were pretty plain back then tended to become pretty boring, but that's straying from the point.

I'm not saying that all of these videos are worthless just because they display women in a somewhat degrading fashion. I enjoy admiring beautiful women just as must as the next guy. However, a majority of music videos are turning away from focusing on their music to a basic female flesh show. So, here's the question that must be asked: is this concept truly necessary in music videos?

So, next time you see one of these videos, ask yourself what the focus is and what message the band is really giving off. Are they displaying the group in an honest manner, with the main focus on the music? Or are the bands trying to live up to the idea that all those big rock'n'roll stars get the beautiful women, even though some couldn't carry an original tune if you gave them a basket?

The fundamental idea behind the music video is to promote a band and their music. Does anyone else remember this?

Turner is a sophomore majoring in psychology.

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