LOCAL JAZZMAN AS COOL AS FROSTBITE

by D. McAdams

Daily Cougar Staff

Houston has a jazz band? Houston has a jazz band! And a damn good one at that.

We have seen the face of jazz in Houston and it's name is Sebastian Whittaker and the Creators.

<I>One for Bu!<P> takes you on that jazz path so many wish to travel but very few ever do. In this CD, Whittaker gives props to one of his most cherished jazz inspirations, Art Blakey. Whittaker states, "One thing I got from Art was the feeling of family that all his bands had, and that is a characteristic I've borrowed in constructing my band. A lot of people put together a band of all-stars, but it doesn't sound like a family. Sometimes the true definition of a 'band' gets lost in the flash and pyrotechnics they are putting across." The Creators definitely live up to the standard Whittaker has set for them. They are just simply awesome, plain and simple.

The band is as tight as the skins on the drums Whittaker beats with his own cool, flipped style. The Creators are: Sebastian Whittaker on drums; Jesse Davis -- alto saxophone; Shelley Carroll -- tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute; James Lakey -- trombone; Jacky Terrasson - piano; Barrie Lee Hall - trumpet; David Craig - acoustic bass and G.T. Hogan -- drums.

Put your jacket on before you listen to <I>One for Bu!<P> because the music is so cool you get frostbite just listening to all the evil jazz licks which breed and fester like sores all throughout the work.

Of particular notice is "Camino Road," a song where the horns bleat and blare at each other in a menacing fashion only to reconcile and turn their glorious fury on the listener. "I Love You," a Cole Porter classic, works its magic and takes one back to an age when the jazz was as pure as the driven snow.

Whittaker gets the composition credits on "Why Must You Be That Way," a somber love jazz which seems to plead for a reconciliation between two estranged lovers. "Uncle Soonie," by Hall, brings back that 1950s samba-like jazz. Stand up bass man's "Eventide" rocks you with a steady diet of fat bass thumps and horns which seem to bend to their master's every whim.

Carroll's "Many Moods of Don" creeps on you and then envelopes you in some of the most wicked contemporary hornwork that's been heard in a while. And "Present state of Mine" is a brooding piece in which the brass tells the listeners of someone's longing for another.

This only scratches the surface of the brilliance found in <I>Bu!<P>. Jazz fiends, get this CD with quickness!

 

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HONORS COLLEGE CONTEMPLATES MOVE

by Tiffany Vaughner

Daily Cougar Staff

 

A new program set up by UH and the Exxon Education Foundation may move the Honors College into Oberholzter Hall, where some students say it is not welcome.

Elwyn Lee, vice president of Student Affairs meet with students in the Residence Halls Association in the Quad Tuesday to talk about the possible move. Lee said the administration proposed the move because it thought the basement of M. D. Anderson Library was the ideal place to house the program.If the Honors College is moved into the dorm rooms on the second and third floor, then rooms will have to be converted into offices, residential hall administrators will have to be relocated and a wall will be knocked down to make offices more accessible.

According to the university proposal the cost of relocating staff and converting rooms equals an estimated $150,000. This price could rise dramatically if asbestos is found in the walls. The final cost may be what the proposal can only describe as "expensive."

The university may also suffer a loss of revenues due to programs that will be cut out as a result of the move. According to the proposal the university will lose $575,000 because of summer guest losses. The university will lose $31600 from annual ballroom and sleeping quarter rentals.

Ahmad Kashani, assistant director of operations and interim director of residential life and housing, said some of the cost modifications, relocations and revenue loss may have to be absorbed by students in the form of higher rents. He said rents could rise as much as $300 the first year and decline steadily after that.

Some students felt that having the Honors College housed in the residence Halls was an idea that was long past due. One student called honors students "the best and the brightest" and said she felt they had a right to special treatment.

Other students said they throughout placing the college in a dorm shared by honors and other students would widen the rift between the two.

Lee suggested the program could be placed in empty office space in either the UC or the Satellite. Many students said they thought this was a better decision.

The program, named the Scholars Community, will be partially funded by Exxon and what the university calls, "other private partners".

Lee said the Exxon program will be a kind of experiment to help administration and faculty understand the special needs of commuter students to raise graduation rates through several components like learning support services, accelerated foreign language courses and forums for students to interact with faculty and students. The program will start out with 1200 students and gradually increase that number over the four-year period.

UH has already received $500,000 in the form of a challenge grant from Exxon and has committed more than $1 million in university resources.

 

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WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON RAPE

 

Expert provides prevention tips

by Jeff Lindsay

News Reporter

Every woman residing in the United States has a one in three chance of being sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and not just by a stranger.

Date rape and some of the myths that surround it was the topic of a workshop sponsored by the UH Counseling and Testing Center Thursday. The workshop was presented by Catherine Ford, an intern working for the UH Counseling and Testing Center, and Jennifer Gaines, a graduate student also affiliated with the CTS.

Ford began by defining sexual assault: It is classified as forced sexual relations against a person's will, in which any vaginal, anal, or oral penetration occurs by any object, whether the object penetrates deeply or simply touches. Any touching of a non-consenting person's genitalia, groin, breasts, or buttocks or forcing an unwilling person to touch another's intimate areas is also considered sexual assault.

According to the UH Date Rape Prevention Workbook, female college freshmen are the most likely target for sexual assault, as the average age of a rape victim is 18, and as many as one in six college women may be assaulted in a single year.

The notion that rapes are usually perpetrated by strangers has also been refuted: About 60 percent of rape survivors in the general population knew their attacker. Among college students, however, the statistic climbs to 84 percent of rape survivors (who report the sexual assault) recognizing their attacker.

The workshop conductor offered tips on possible preventive measures audience members can take. The most effective method of prevention is to use common sense. When going out at night, arrange to have an escort. Carrying one's self assertively is also a possible deterrent.

If an assault actually takes place, the best method Ford suggested was to fight back and scream. Ford said, "Let the attacker know that they can't do this to you. Use all the weapons at your disposal -- knees, elbows, fingers, fingernails. But don't give them the sense of power they are looking for. If you deny them that, then you've won a big battle."

 

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HONORS SEAT MAY OPEN

by Rivka Gewirtz

Daily Cougar Staff

Students will be able to vote on a referendum which will determine whether the Honors College will have a representative senator on the Students' Association floor.

The honors program became a college in 1993, but has not yet received representation in the senate.

A petition with signatures from Honors College students was submitted last semester to SA asking that the constitution be revised to make room for another senator.

According to the constitution, SA was to make the decision through a student referendum. The Honors College question will be included in the runoff election ballots. Students can vote for presidential and vice presidential candidates and the answer the question at the same time. Students can also vote on the referendum without voting for a candidate.

Senators who opposed the inclusion of a new senator said students who are in the Honors College have majors in other colleges and therefore have representation from senators who represent those schools.

SA President Jason Fuller disagrees and said students who are in the Honors College have separate needs and concerns. While Honors College students have majors in other schools, they must also deal with university policies that specifically effect them.

Presently the university is examining the possibility of the Honors College moving into Oberholtzer Hall. While many residents in the dorms are against the move and the debate is a fiery one, SA does not have a representative to voice student concern from the college. If the bill was passed, Fuller believes, SA would have more input in the issue.

If the referendum passes students will be able to vote for an Honors College representative in next year's SA elections.

 

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STUDENTS DON'T CARE ABOUT SA ELECTIONS

by Tanya Eiserer

Daily Cougar Staff

While the runoff elections for Students' Association president and vice president are today, student apathy is high.

Only 1100 out of 33,000 participated in the SA general election and the turnout for the runoffs is expected to be even lower.

Student Regent Jeff Fuller said he expects the turnout for the runoff elections to be between 400 and 600 people.

Last year 900 people voted in the general election.

Many students expressed that they did not care and did not vote in SA elections.

Angie Milner of the Uniting Students party will face Dominic Lewinshon of the Alliance party for the presidency.

"I thought that the Uniting Students basically seemed to dominate all kinds of advertising," said Maya Waldman, a psychology sophomore.

She said when she found out about the Initiative party, she thought they really had a lot of good ideas.

"I saw a lot of the same people that are incumbents in Uniting Students," said Waldman.

Fuller disagreed saying it is not that students don't care but that most students work and do not have the time to get informed about the issues and vote.

He said students generally do not see a connection between themselves and student government.

Micheal Reynos, an engineering graduate student, said he did not vote nor does he care about SA.

Fuller said UH is a non-traditional campus where many students work and are between 25 and 27 years of age.

"I just have other things to do and I don't know the people," said Lisa Montemayor, a senior education major, who did not vote.

She said she would have voted but she was already walking the wrong way and did not want to go back.

Some students expressed that student government is ineffective and unable to get reform itself.

Sean Laidelmayor, political science junior, said he did not vote and he sees SA as an ineffective institution.

Part of SA's bad image, stems form the ethical controversies that have plagued the Fuller administration.

The inability of the senate to make quorum on two occasions also has contributed to SA's image problems.

One of the main campaign issues was reform. Some senators want to write an ethics code to ensure ethical problems do not come up again.

"They need to get one-on-one with the students and see what students want," said Waldman.

Waldman was one of the few students who followed the election closely, talked to the candidates, and bothered to vote.

Catrina Tollemache, a senior math major, said she did not vote but she would like to know where SA is spending the $96,000 the organization receives in student fees.

"It never seems to make much difference who is in or out. I read how much money they have and I'd like to know where it really goes," she said.

Almost half the money goes to pay the salaries for the president, the vice president, the student regent, cabinet members, the speaker and the executive secretary.

 

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STUDENT SINGS PRAISES OF OPERA ON CAMPUS

CAMPUS CELEBS

Valerie Fouche

I'm sure all of you at one point in time have passed by someone on campus singing in a foreign language at the top of their lungs. They're not crazy, I promise you. Believe it or not, UH has a school for Vocal Performance, where you can get a degree for singing!

I met up with Celeste Martin on campus and learned from her that she was a vocal performance major. I was shocked that UH had an Opera Department, so she invited me to attend her solo performance last Friday to hear her sing with the UH Women's Choral. I was greatly impressed with both the choir and her solo. She has a beautiful, very high range soprano voice and is training to sing opera.

<B>You're a senior vocal performance major and Italian minor. How long have you been studying Italian?<P>

<I>Well, I lived in Italy, which made me pick it up real fast. <P>

<B>Where did you live in Italy and why did you decide to live there?<P>

<I>In Perugia, it's a small university town. I went there specifically to learn the language. They have a university for foreigners there and you are taught only by Italians so you learn by rote. They only speak to you in Italian.<P>

<B>When did you live there?<P>

<I>1990 through 1991, for nine months.<P>

<B>What is a Vocal Performance Major?<P>

<I>It depends on the individual. Some center it on musical theater performance, whereas I want to center it on opera. A lot of people don't know it, but we have an Opera Department here at UH, the UH Opera Theater. We perform three different operas a year and if you get a role in one, it can be a lot of good experience. <P>

<B>What Operas have you been involved in here at UH?<P>

<I>I've done chorus for about every production since I got here. I had a lead role in Marriage of Figaro , which had the first sell out performance in UH history! I played Barbarina, a small part, but a great role for an undergraduate to have. In February '93 I was in l'enfant et Les Sortileges (The Bewitched Child). Last semester we did A Room With a View , which was a world premier. The opera is by our famous Dr. Nelson, a faculty member here at UH. I was just in the first two scenes. It was a good character role because I played an old woman, I had to wear a wig and lots of make-up ... I looked like my mother. <P>

<B>You are currently enrolled in quite a few classes. What are you taking?<P>

<I>This semester I'm taking 20 hours, and my classes are: private voice with master classes, music history II, political science, world history, women's chorus, pre-algebra, and English comp. II (at H.C.C.).<P>

<B>How do you handle 20 hours?<P>

<I>I basically time manage. It has really made me prioritize. <P>

<B>What has been your favorite course and Professor at UH?<P>

<I>That would have to be my Private Voice lesson with W. Stephen Smith. When I went to St. Louis Conservatory of Music in St. Louis for two years, he was my professor. When that school folded, he secured a position at UH. At that time, I decide to take a year off from school and go to Italy to sing. So then when I came back to the states, I enrolled at UH. He is just the best, he has done marvels with some of his students. Some of his prior students have gone on to have brilliant careers in Italy, Germany, and America. Mr. Smith is also a voice teacher on the Houston Grand Opera faculty.<P>

<B>What other activities are you involved with at UH?<P>

<B>I'm on the UH Opera Theater Publicity Committee. I help with the advertising and ticket sales.<P>

<B>How would you change UH if you could?<P>

<I>I'd like to see the new music facility completed. They've had this plan, since I got here, to build this building. And it is suppose to go in the middle of a parking lot! The haven't broken ground yet, as we all know, because we are still parking there. <P>

<B>What parking lot is this?<P>

<I>The large lot that is across from the Theater and Fine Arts Buildings, by Entrance 6. It is suppose to take up half the lot. The thing is, this facility would give us a much better place to work in because it would be acoustically sound and it would have practice rooms that are sound proof. Currently, we don't have enough practice rooms and they are not sound proof. You can hear somebody practicing clear across from one end to the other. It's really hard to practice because you have not only voice in that building but musical instruments as well. The facility would also have all new equipment ,an auditorium, a special place for rehearsals, an orchestra pit, and all kinds of appropriate facilities for music.<P>

<B>So what has stopped them from building this facility?<P>

<I>Red tape? Or at least that's what they say.<P>

<B>Do you work outside of your involvement on campus?<P>

<I>Yes, I own my own business in interactive distribution as a business consultant. It encompasses all kind of net-working, and has 5000 products and services. It is basically anything you want it to be, because you set your own hours and are your own boss. <P>

<B>What hobbies do you enjoy?<P>

<I>I do funk dancing aerobics and I enjoy reading my Bible.<P>

<B>Have you finished the whole thing yet?<P>

<I>(She laughs) Oh, Lord no! Not too many people ever do! By the time you finish it, you've forgotten what all you've read. And no matter how many times you read the same phrase, you go back and you learn something new.<P>

<B>What do you want to be when you grow up?<P>

<I>A rich and famous Opera singer.<P>

<B>Who would you most like to sing with?<P>

<I>I would like to sing with Placido Domingo. He is more of an actor, I enjoy his dramatic side.<P>

<B>What roll do you see yourself in someday?<P>

<I>There are so many! Lucia di Lamermoor , which is sometimes referred to as just Lucia.

I would like to sing the title roll in that, she is a crazy woman! She goes crazy, she is in love with Edgardo, but her brother is forcing her into a marriage with someone else. She literally goes mad because of this and murders her suitor on her wedding day!<P>

<B>Whoa! I 'd say that's a pretty bad case of PMS!<P>

<I>Then ... she comes down the hall into the wedding in front of all the guest with blood all over her, and sings this incredible aria. She is hallucinating and thinks her real love, Edgardo, is there to marry her. The plot thickens from there. It is a true tragedy!<P>

<B>What has been your favorite roll as an Opera singer?<P>

<I>Last summer I was Valencienne, in The Married Widow. That was a lot of fun because it was multi-faceted, I sang, acted and danced. It was really a great experience to play her, because I found out something's about myself. She is this virtuous wife that doesn't want to stray, but there is this French man that is trying to woo her into his bed and she's like "No, no, yes, yes, no, no, yes, yes ..." She keeps leading him on without any intentions. I learned that there is some of that in me, I have my virtuous side, but then I can also be a flirt.<P>

<B>Why do you use a different last name (Celeste Martino) for your stage name?<P>

<I>Because, my father is Italian and changed the name when he got married from Martino to Martin. It was after World War II when people didn't respect Italians where they lived in Chicago. Therefore, I use it for a stage name. My father loves it! <P>

<B>Are there any current issues of interest on your mind lately?<P>

<I>Yeah, the F.D.A. should not get it's way with the health food industry. All natural food supplements are not drugs! In political science class, last semester, I wrote a paper to a congressman in Illinois about this issue. I'm a singer, so my body is my instrument, and I have to take care of my body. Medical doctors and the drug industry can't always help me. They have failed me so many times, that I finally just learned my lesson. So by trial and error I've learned that supplements do help me. What the F.D.A. is doing is trying to take control because they know it is a growing industry and its lucrative. It's hurting the drug industry, so what do they do? Their answer is to make it where you have to get a prescription for vitamin C! And if you want information , you won't be able to get it because it will be restricted. This is a free country, we have freedom of speech, religion, press, and all kinds of other freedoms that we should be allowed to keep.<P>

<B>Do you have any helpful hints on surviving college life?<P>

<I>College is the training ground for running the real race. Like right now I'm taking 20 hours, running my own business and trying to have a life outside school ... so I've learned that if you can push yourself, you realize how much you can really accomplish. I just think that people can push themselves much harder than they think.<P>

<B>How about on surviving UH?<P>

<I>Well, I would say that it has been my experience that it is very hard getting from class to class when it rains. I hate wading through ankle deep water holding my shoes, socks, books and umbrella. They should put some kind of stepping stones in the areas where it tends to flood. It's actually a pretty funny predicament to be in.<P>

<B>Do you have any famous last words of wisdom to leave us with?<P>

<I>Onward and upward by God whom I trust.<P>

 

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STAY IN A HOSTEL ENVIRONMENT DURING BREAK

by Jenalia Moreno

Daily Cougar Staff

Spring break does not have to leave you broke. There is an inexpensive option to traveling. Hostelling International-American Youth Hostels (HI-AYH).

There are hostels around the country, and around the world. Spring break trips can be planned either skiing down the slopes of the Rocky Mountains or taking in the sun on Waikiki beach.

The two hostels in Hawaii sponsors hiking trips, video nights, barbecues and excursions to attractions on the islands. There are also tours and activities planned throughout the year. Special discounts are also available.

There are almost 50 hostels located near skiing areas and many hostels offer programs and special amenities such as hot tubs or ski instructions.

Hostels cost an average of $7 to $15 per night. Hostel memberships are available, although not necessary for a person to be able to stay overnight. HI-AYH can be purchased at any of the hostel locations or at the national office in Washington D.C.

Reservations can be made as far in advance as six months. In order to make a reservation, one can be fax, mail it in or telephone.

"We do try to maintain rooms for people who walk in because we realize that many do not have a set itinerary," said Toby Pyle, public relations manager of the hostelling national headquarters.

Pyle said 75 percent of the people who stay overnight in hostels are from foreign countries.

"Major urban hostels such as in New York and Boston are a gateway to the country," said Pyle.

Hostels are dormitory-style accommodations. There are separate rooms for males and females and couple rooms are also available. Most of the rooms have fully-equipped kitchens, dining rooms, T.V. lounges and living rooms. Some have libraries and laundry facilities.

Although it has been popularized that guests must observe curfews and do chores, that has become a thing of the past in most hostels.

Many hostels have travel stores where travel guides, outdoor equipment and Eurail passes can be purchased.

There are about 5,000 hostels in 70 countries. HI-AYH tries to promote understanding of the world through its hostels and travel programs.

For more information contact HI-AYH in Washington D.C. at (202)783-6161.

 

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RAIN, GOUGAR PITCHING WASHES OUT LUMBERJACKS

by Ryan Carssow

Daily Cougar Staff

The Houston Cougars used two dominant pitching performances to sweep a doubleheader from the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 5-3 and 3-0 between rainstorms at Cougar Field Tuesday.

Whether the games would be played or not was questionable up until the the first pitch was thrown at 2:30 p.m., 1 1/2 hours later than originally scheduled.

The doubleheader was Houston's last chance to tune-up before it opens the Southwest Conference season against Rice at Cougar Field this weekend.

"I'm ready," said Houston head coach Bragg Stockton, who recorded win No. 1,000 and 1,001 of his coaching career Tuesday. His team played like it was pumped up and ready as well.

Houston (18-11) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning of the first game. Ray Trevino and Ricky Freeman drew back-to-back walks and Shane Buteaux singled off Lumberjack starter John Box to load the bases.

Carlos Perez then singled to drive home Trevino and Freeman.

SFA (3-18) cut the lead in half in the second inning when Shawn Mixon hit a monstrous home run off a curveball by Cougar starter David Hamilton. The solo shot cleared the 22-foot high center field fence that is 390 feet from home plate.

Things got a little wild after that. Hamilton's next pitch sailed over the head of Chris Crawford. Hamilton then hit Mixon in the ribs with a pitch during his next at-bat. Mixon started toward the mound but home plate umpire Scott Stabler cut him off.

Both benches emptied but no fighting broke out. Stabler ejected Hamilton, however.

"I thought he did it intentionally," Stabler said of Hamilton's pitch.

Personnel from both teams agreed with Stabler's decision, but Hamilton said he was not trying to hit Mixon.

Hamilton's ejection gave freshman left-hander Ryan Walter a chance to show his stuff. Walter pitched the next three innings in relief and allowed one earned run to collect his first collegiate win. He struck out one and forced five ground balls.

"I threw sinkers away because they were backed off the plate," Walter said. "And I was getting my curve over for strikes."

Catcher Mike Hatch was impressed.

"He did great," Hatch said, "He had the sinker working and the hook."

Perez was at work driving in runs again in the sixth inning. His double scored Buteaux, who reached base on a double. Perez finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Houston added two more insurance runs in the sixth on a Hatch sacrifice fly and shortstop Kyle Rigsby's RBI single.

Box pitched all six innings and received the loss.

The Cougars' other Hamilton, Brian (no relation), started the second game and dominated SFA. The strong performance was a breakthrough of sorts for Hamilton, a senior who has struggled at times this season.

"I just got tired of being sorry," he said.

His performance Tuesday was anything but sorry. In 5 1/3 innings, he struck out four and gave up two hits and no runs to earn his third win of the season.

"I think Brian Hamilton found himself," Stockton said. "He came to me before the game and said, 'coach, I'm ready.'"

He needed to be ready because the Cougars had to scratch and claw for the few runs they could manufacture against Lumberjack starter Jason Farrow.

Farrow gave up no earned runs but received the tough luck loss.

"Our hitters took a semi-day off," Stockton said.

Breeding singled to open the Houston half of the first inning. Perez then reached on an error by Mixon and Freeman walked to load the bases.

Buteaux hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but Breeding scored to give Houston a 1-0 lead.

While Hamilton (3-1) and Farrow dueled on the mound, the hitters on both sides swung like wounded soldiers.

In the bottom of the fifth, Rigsby reached on an error by SFA shortstop Shane Tatum.

Breeding doubled to drive Rigsby home. He then scored his second run of the game on Freeman's RBI single.

Breeding finished the game 3-for-3 with two doubles and a single. He scored two of Houston's three runs and drove in the other run.

"This is a team that's getting better," Stockton said. "We're as good a team as you'll see when we get our game faces on."

 

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RIB PITCH INSTIGATES NEAR FIGHT, EJECTION

by Ryan Carssow

Daily Cougar Staff

It is often said the problem with college pitchers is they don't throw inside and back hitters off the plate.

Don't tell that to David Hamilton.

The Houston Cougars' junior right-hander threw a little too far inside to Stephen F. Austin first baseman Shawn Mixon in the fourth inning of the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. He hit Mixon in the ribs and home plate umpire Scott Stabler ejected Hamilton from the game.

Mixon had hit a towering home run off Hamilton in the second inning.

As usual, there were two distinctly different sides to the story.

"I was just keeping him off the plate," Hamilton said.

Mixon disagreed.

"I had just got a home run. The next pitch I see is at my head," Mixon said. "It's pretty obvious."

Stabler's opinion was the only one that counted, however, and he agreed with Mixon.

"He was throwing over the plate all day," Stabler said of Hamilton. "The guy hits a home run off him. The next time, the first pitch comes right into his ribs. He did it intentionally."

After he was hit, Mixon started toward the mound and shouted at Hamilton.

"He said, 'I'm gonna kill you' and I said, 'Come on'," Hamilton said.

Both teams trotted from their benches and onto the field. Stabler stopped Mixon before he reached the mound and led him toward first base. No fights broke out and the umpires restored order.

Stabler then walked toward Hamilton and motioned that he was ejected. Hamilton objected.

"He was right over the plate," Hamilton told Stabler.

"(Stabler) just came up to me and told me I needed to leave," Hamilton later said. "I explained my story to him and he just said he didn't want any fights."

Houston catcher Mike Hatch said Stabler should have warned Hamilton before ejecting him, but Hatch agreed the situation could have become violent.

"I think the umpire did a good job," Hatch said. "It could have gotten pretty ugly out here.

"That's part of baseball. If a hitter shows up a pitcher, he's gonna get put down."

Mixon said he understands the reason why Hamilton threw inside.

"He did what he had to do, so that's fine," Mixon said. "It's just part of the game."

SFA head coach Tres Womack said he doesn't condone throwing at batters and he doesn't believe Houston head coach Bragg Stockton does either.

"We don't want to see kids get hurt," Womack said.

 

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NO. 1,000 A MILESTONE

STOCKTON CAN BRAGG ABOUT MILLENIUM MARK

by Daniel Scholl

Daily Cougar Staff

What a long, strange trip it has been for Cougar baseball head coach Bragg Stockton.

He earned the 1,000th win of his coaching career Tuesday, both as a head coach and an assistant, with a 5-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Stephen F. Austin.

Stockton, who is in his eighth season as Houston's head coach, has coached for 33 years at three different levels, encompassing high school, junior college and NCAA Division I-A. He has won everywhere he has been.

His career started as a head coach for Jones High School in 1965. In his four years there, he earned a 97-37 record and claimed the district title every year.

It was there he became a Cougar fan.

"I dreamed of coaching the Cougars while I was at Jones. I used to dream about it everyday," he said.

From there his journey to UH included a stop at San Jacinto Junior College. He coached the Ravens from 1970-80 and never posted a losing season.

He led his teams to the NJCAA World Series three times, all without the use of scholarships.

After his tenure at San Jac, his dream was almost actualized when he was named as an assistant coach for the Cougars. He spent three seasons with them and coached such players as Doug Drabek and Rayner Noble.

In 1984, Stockton was given his first crack at Division I-A as head coach. He headed Texas Christian for three seasons and his 1985 team tied the school record for wins in a season with 35.

Then in 1987, his journey was complete. He became skipper for the Cougars.

"After all these years, we've moved just down Martin Luther King (the street Jones is on)," he said of the trip that brought him to UH.

Through Tuesday's games, Stockton has accumulated a record of 271-167-4. Despite his success he remains focused on the season at hand.

"I really wasn't aware of it," he said. "I'm really happy about our 18th win."

When Stockton was asked what his most memorable experience was, he spoke about the longevity of his career. "If you stay in it for 25 years, you're going to pick up the wins," he said. "I'm proud of that (the 1,000 mark) because it's great to coach at three different levels."

But coaching is not the only place where Stockton has achieved greatness.

He has written three books on baseball fundamentals and earned a doctorate in education from the University of Houston.

Now there is only one thing left for Stockton to accomplish.

"I'd like to win another 1,000 myself," he said.

With the Cougars' 1,001st victory in the second game, he is well on his way.

 

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SLOWDIVE MAKE YOU CRY, DIG YOUR GRAVE ON NEW CD

by D. McAdams

Daily Cougar Staff

Kiss my arse! Those damn Brits are at it again, exporting yet another one of those ethereal bands.

It all began with gloomy old Robert Smith and his Cure. And in more recent times; the Sundays, Cocteau Twins, Ride, Lush et al. And now the Irish are getting into it (the god-awful Cranberries).

But all isn't as it appears because those all rock in their own special, (say with an English accent and contrived Eurotrash angst) "We're miserable Englishmen who know how to play guitars and are determined to pull you into the miserable sub-reality in which we reside."

Slowdive is no exception.

Hailing from Reading, England, Neil Halstead--guitar/vox, Rachael Goswell--vox/guitar, Christian Savill--guitar, Nick Chaplin--bass, and Simon Scott make up the ultra brooding Slowdive. The band could not have more aptly named themselves. Listening to their music is akin to slitting one's wrists and watching oneself slowly fade out of existence not really caring one way or the other about what is happening.

Pretty dark, huh?

Slowdive's press release states the band features, "...three guitars knelling endlessly and loudly," and knell they do. "Alison" has a dreamy, Drop 19s feel to it. In fact, all the songs have that, "sitting on a beach in a miserable little English town feeling the sludgy sand swish between my toes" style.

"40 Days" features Halstead harmonizing with Goswell and floating on a patented Slowdive guitar riff (the aforementioned being akin to a wave of guitar vibrations sweeping over one's ears, lifting one into a cloudy, dazed state).

"Sing" has Chaplin plucking his bass in somber tones, laying the foundation for the swishy guitar sound and Goswell's voice which seems to be pleading for an absolution which will never occur.

Without a doubt "Souvlaki Space Station" is the best cut on the work. Slowdive seems determined to drag us along on their journey through hollow introspection on this one. The guitars chunk and reverberate endlessly and Goswell appears to harness the vibrations and channel them into a harmonious quasi-chant. All the while, the bass work makes sure that you don't get too happy, reminding you that you wouldn't be listening to this CD if you were.

Slowdive attempts to cheer you up on "When The Sun Hits" but by the time you hear the song, you're well into your next box of Kleenex. This is followed by "Altogether" which has a sort of John Lennon/Beatles feel to it. Halstead reminds you yet again that you aren't with the person you love and the slushy guitars accentuate the point.

"Is there any respite from this somber plane?" you scream to yourself in agony. "No way," "Melon Yellow" yells back. Halstead goes for the knock out punch in this one. Those darn guitars and that darn bass claw at your clothing, pulling you closer to those white cliffs of Dover, begging you to jump.

There are four extra songs on the stateside version of <I>Souvlaki<P>, all of which are in keeping with the general theme of profound solemnity, "Some Veluct Morning" being a good example. "Good Day Sunshine" and "Missing You" delve into dark, Gothic techno. And in "Country Rain" Goswell shovels the remaining clumps of dirt on your freshly dug grave, singing a song of want and longing.

If you enjoy wallowing in pain and agony, Slowdive tapped into the collective unconscious, read your thoughts and manifested them in their music on this, its sophomoric effort (the first being <I>Just For Day<P>).

Wanna know more about them? Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: SBK Records, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10104, ATTN: Slowdive.

Robert Smith, you'd be proud.

 

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TRAVEL TO BACKSTREET

THIS PLACE HAS GOT IT ALL: FOOD DECOR AND STYLE

RESTAURANTS

Shannon Bishop

March in Houston , when the weather is mild and Spring fever unbearable, these midterm days filled with anticipation for the break -- perfect days for dining al fresco at Backstreet Cafe.

Located in a two story house, nestled between River Oaks and Allen Parkway, a visit to Backstreet is like a journey to another land, a land where food and ambiance are equally important.

Backstreet boasts one of the most beautiful patios in town, lush with azaleas and always breezy. Thanks to the giant fans. The recent addition of a parking lot makes visiting Backstreet easier than ever.

Inside, the restaurant is homey, with a small upstairs dining room, assorted antiques and Impressionist prints. The wait staff is well versed and knowledgeable of cooking techniques, menu ingredients, and daily specials. The menu, created by my favorite chef, Prego's John Watt, is an eclectic blend of Southwestern, Mediterranean, Eastern and Southern regional flavors.

No lengthy and pretentious descriptions on this menu. Watt's philosophy is to keep menu wording simple and deliver more than promised on the plate -- never a disappointment.

Chef Hugo Ortega expertly crafts each dish into a work of art, both on the plate and on the palate. Backstreet is a family owned business. Tracy Vaught left the geology field in 1993 to open this business with her uncle, Jack Blalock. Over the last decade, they have transformed this older home into one of Houston's most exciting dining spots. For a perfect beginning, try the Roasted Corn Crab Cakes ($5.95), loaded with fresh crab meat and corn, served with a poblano cream sauce and crispy curls of tortilla chips.

The Portabello Mushroom Quesadillas ($6.95) are an assertive combination of meaty, grilled mushrooms, creamy jack cheese, crisp flour tortillas, with a fresh pico de galllo on the side. The Black Bean Tamales ($4.95) filled with smoked chicken and served with red pepper and poblano sauces, would make an excellent light supper if combined with a salad.

I'm crazy about the Fried Green Tomato Salad ($5.50), romano lettuce and wild field greens paired with crispy, cornmeal fried tomatoes, gorgonzola, grilled mushrooms and pecans in a garlicy vinaigrette. The Mediterranean Couscous Salad ($8.95) with grilled shrimp, spinach, lentils and feta cheese is another great light entree choice.

Backstreet features some unusual sandwich offerings like the Grilled Eggplant ($6.95) with roasted peppers, pesto and provolone, or the Tandoori Chicken($6.95) with cilantro chutney and cucumber relish. The pastas uniquely combine the Italian mainstay with fresh, regional ingredients.

The Ravioli Provence ($8.95) are stuffed with field greens and served with a sauce of warm ratatouille, white beans and goat cheese. The Smoked Salmon Pillows ($11.95) are filled with salmon, smoked on the premises, swimming in a rich lemon dill beurre blanc.

Backstreet offers daily fish and entree selections, but with dishes as exotic and delicious as the Moroccan Chicken ($10.95), who needs specials? This chicken, marinated in lemon, wrapped in grape leaves, grilled and served with orzo pasta and baby eggplants is as special as it gets as far as I'm concerned.

Another thrill is the Spectacular Vegetarian Platter ($10.95), a monument to meatless with ratatouille, a couscous and vegetable timbale, fresh baby asparagus, ravioli stuffed with greens, grilled red peppers, baby eggplant stuffed with feta and tomatoes, corn pudding, and deliciously firm, smoky, grilled polenta rounds -- these treats give new meaning to cornmeal porridge.

The evening that I last visited, the veggie plate also featured a vegetable tart, a five layer timbale of breadcrumbs, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes and zucchini. The Red Corn Enchiladas ($9.95) are stuffed with rich, smoked chicken, potatoes, green onions, cheese and topped with creamy queso blanco and tomatillo sauces. Served with a side of sublime corn pudding and steamed green beans, this dish makes me swoon.

All the pastas and entrees are generous, so do not clean your plate. You must save room for dessert.

Pastry chef Ruben Ortega, creates perfect endings to the meal, such as the hazelnut creme brulee, really an embarrassingly rich flan, deeply flavored with hazelnut puree. The assorted sorbets in a cookie shell are a light surprise with the variety of homemade sorbets -- tiny scoops of coconut, honeydew, raspberry, cantaloupe and blueberry.

The chocolate mousse orange cake is almost too beautiful to eat, but go ahead, dive into the spongy shell filled with a chocolate mousse, delicately flavored with Grand Marnier. If you're too full for dessert, do have the giant cup of caffe latte ($3.75) with a biscotti for your dunking pleasure. You'll be glad you did.

Backstreet's strength is in the painstaking attention given to every detail of the dining experience. Tomatoes are oven dried on the premises. The focaccia and French bread are homemade. The plants are impeccably tended. Each object of decor is as carefully chosen as the jazz that wafts throughout.

If you're looking for a spot to catch a light lunch in the gorgeous Houston March, or a patio on which to pass an afternoon, Backstreet is the place to go.

Bishop is a senior majoring in creative writing.

Backstreet Cafe

1103 Shepherd

521-2239

Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11:30-2 a.m., Sunday Brunch 11:30-3

Accept: Visa, MC, Amex

 

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SCOTT'S GOT MORE TALES OF THE SONIC SCENE

Scott Sparks

<B>Jimi Hendrix<P> may be gone but he's far from forgotten. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone, dead or alive, that has been marketed as well as Mr. Hendrix. <B>Elvis Presley<P> comes to mind but Hendrix has a few up on him. A new movie is in the works, <I>Jimi<P>, which will be based loosely on his life. The rumor is that <B>L.L. Cool J.<P> has secured the lead role. Also, Seattle may be on the verge of finally putting together a museum dedicated to the short life and extensive work of Hendrix. Jimi's father Al is said to be involved in the planning stage as well as Paul Allen, Hendrix fan and founder of Microsoft.

Miscellaneous: The producer for such noted acts as <B>David Bowie, Crash Test Dummies, and U2<P> will have his own CD box set out by the end of March. <B>Brian Eno<P> has been credited by many as the producer who has kept rock music vibrant over the past several years ... Sure, they only had two full CDs and a couple of EPs, but Atlantic Records will release <I>The Best Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood<P> within weeks ... The tour rumblings from <B>R.E.M.<P> keep getting louder. Until that day happens check out <I>The Automatic Box.<P> This is a box set of B-sides that every R.E.M. fan should have ... <B>INXS<P> said they would and it now looks like they will deliver on a summer tour of Texas. Houston, Dallas, and maybe San Antonio will get the boys from down under ... Can <B>Depeche Mode<P> be far behind on their return visit to the Lone Star State? .... Interesting to hear <B>Garth Brooks<P> being concerned about playing Country music in Europe. All of Brooks' concert dates have been sold out for weeks. Will this reception open the door for the likes of <B>Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn<P>, and <B>George Strait<P> to conquer Europe as well? ... Late spring looks to be the time for the <B>ZZ Top<P> tour ... Volkswagon is designing a special <B>Pink Floyd<P> car. Yeah. You read that right ... <I>No Religion Live<P> is the name of the home-video <B>Billy Idol<P> shot in London last year. The show includes all of his solo hits and some of the best of <B>Generation X<P>. It should be available in the coming weeks ... Not that you have been hanging by tooth and nail but don't expect a <B>Daryl Hall<P> and <B>John Oates<P> reunion tour this summer. Hall is over in England on a sold out tour ... The name of the new <B>Pink Floyd<P> CD is <I>Division Bell<P> ... Ah, Spring Break! Evian and a hot volleyball game. Life is good. KRBE will be on the beach in Galveston. So, if you get a chance, stop by. Have a safe break!

Happy Birthdays This Week: <B>David Gilmour<P> (Pink Floyd), 50; <B>Taylor Dayne<P>, 32; <B>Peter Wolf<P> (J. Geils Band), 48; <B>Gary Numan<P>, 36; <B>Mickey Dolenz<P> (Monkees), 49; <B>Martin Fry<P> (ABC), 36; <B>Tom Scholz<P> (Boston), 47; <B>Neneh Cherry<P>, 30; <B>James Taylor<P>, 46; and <B>Al Jarreau<P>, 54.

 

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GLORY A GREAT, BIG PANTHER TALE

by Frank San Miguel

Daily Cougar Staff

Perhaps no other group in the 1960s captured America's attention, anger and fear more than the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. Spiritually led by Huey P. Newton, the organization's black leather, berets, shotguns and Red Books are forever a part of history, yet it's a history that never quite made the books – until now.

David Hilliard was Chief of Staff for the Panthers, and during Newton's lockup virtually held together the party. He worked and became comrades with some of the most remembered black revolutionaries of this century – Eldridge Cleaver, Stokley Carmichael, Fred Hampton, Newton and others. Hilliard's knowledge and credentials are impeccable and it's that realism that makes his simultaneous autobiography and bio of the Panthers, <I>This Side of Glory<P>, a truly amazing work.

Now in paperback, <I>This Side of Glory<P> is at once storytelling and confession, painful and triumphant. It is Hilliard's story – what shaped him; his need for the party; his activism; imprisonment; expulsion from the party and, most difficult, his slide into alcohol and drug abuse and that of his boyhood friend Newton. It is also the story of the Panthers – the formation, organizing, power struggles, alliances and, finally, dealing with the resentment and rage of a failed utopia and the failings of its leaders.

This autobiography is wrought from the still-unsolved murder of Newton in 1987 and its opening deals with it with a sense of pain but also a touch of ambivalence. The friends-turned-enemies-turned-friends had ben through so many ups and downs that you can't help but lose count. Hilliard had even lost contact with Newton for a time. At once, his comrade is dead.

<I>Glory<P> opens with Hilliard's childhood and marriage, a life of a poor kid who got by with his wits and his strength. As he progresses, it's obvious to Hilliard that something is missing. He's fed up with the bad jobs and racism. Angry, he resorts to the bottle. Then he finds Malcolm.

<I>The white man's heaven is the Black man's hell<P> rings again and again for Hilliard. He is disgusted by the marchers in Selma taking a beating: "The passivity of the civil rights demonstrators contradicts my family's most fundamental belief: you don't stand idly by and be kicked: you fight for yourself."

He is invigorated by Newton's proposition of a party that will advance "the lumpen," as Newton puts it, and stop the infamous Oakland cops' harassment of Blacks. Even though Malcolm has been killed, the Panthers aspire to be his dream. "'We're going to organize the brothers,'" Hilliard recalls Newton telling him. "'All these other organizations deal with students or the churches. We're going to get the brothers and sisters off the block, like you and me.'"

The Panthers go on patrols of cops, proselytize on campus and the street corners and sell the paper. While Hilliard is shy, he ascends to a leadership position in the party – Chief of Staff, to be precise, getting the name "Chief" with it.

The party struggles, as does Hilliard with new thoughts, new ideas and the ideological specter of Fanon surrounding him. All these well-thought men – Newton, Cleaver and others – intimidate him with their political sophistication and wisdom, and he's not so sure he knows what he's talking about. Everybody's looking for the big event, the one that will mobilize the party. Newton's confrontation with a cop and jailing is what puts the party on the map.

In relatively quick time, the Panthers are drawing ex-prisoners, progressives and reformed gangsters, among others. The BPP is <I>the<P> thing to join, and Newton is the symbol of the revolutionary brother. If your man isn't like him, a woman may as well kick him out of the bed, Hilliard recalls.

Just as quickly, the BPP is dumped by anti-war liberals and scorned for its revolutionary rubric. The left likes our ideas, Hilliard surmises, but when it comes to Blacks as theoretical architects, the attitude changes. The infighting between them and rivals, often instigated by agents provocateurs, those in it to shoot cops ("jackanapes") and the FBI, as well as intraparty conflicts also drives some people away.

Particularly difficult is Hilliard's imprisonment (the result of false charges and a bad lawyer) and virtual abandonment by the party. While in prison, Hilliard hears stories of the Panthers becoming petty gangsters, strong-arming shop owners and bullying drug dealers for their dope. Later, in a jealous rage, Newton expels the still-jailed Hilliard from the Panthers, pulling from him his only protection and security.

Once out of prison, Hilliard's life turns into a disjointed roller coaster – a fact he is able to show in <I>Glory<P> through his narrative style. His glory days as "Chief" are gone and the party as just about disintegrated. He turns to drugs And the alcohol he has always loved and hated. He could only take recovery one day at a time.

<I>This Side of Glory<P> is a truly amazing chronicle of a history that has never completely been told. The FBI attacks are not so much the focus as the tensions that build among groups and the personalities that take on lives outside of their bodies. Hilliard is an author who knows the story and how to tell it. <I>Glory<P> is a remarkable work indeed.

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