Paul Quinn College Bans Pork in On-Campus Eateries

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Morning food service in the dining halls of Paul Quinn College in Dallas this fall will likely offer most typical breakfast foods—eggs, toast, orange juice—but bacon will be noticeably absent.

According to an email sent to Paul Quinn students by college president Michael J. Sorrell the campus’ public eateries will no longer serve pork.

“Eating pork can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, sodium retention and heart problems, not to mention weight gain and obesity,” Sorrell said, according to Inside Higher Ed. “That applause you hear in the background is the blood pressure of our students, faculty and staff.”

Sorrell championed the change as part of a larger move towards a health-focused campus in an interview with the Dallas Observer, saying, “The reality is that our student population comes from demographic that struggles with the type of health concerns that you see in underresourced community.”

While Sorrell said that most students are taking the change well, similar policies at other schools have been less successful. When Bowdoin College attempted to introduce Meatless Mondays this past spring, students protested the decision as too absolute and not accounting for students who choose to eat meat in moderation.

“I think taking away the option to moderately eat meat from those who are aware of the issues — it upset me, that they decided I shouldn’t have access to meat on Monday, denying the option to eat meat even moderately,” student protestor Doug Johnston told Inside Higher Ed at the time.

Sorrell has a counter-argument prepared should anyone at Paul Quinn take the same stand. “We told our students that we’re going to promote healthy living. We told them that we wanted them to have long, productive and healthy lives,” Sorrell said. “Now, if one or two people don’t like that … then they aren’t being true to the institutional ethos.”

This lofty institutional ethos manifested in another effort this past April, when Paul Quinn replaced their football field with a community garden. The introduction of the garden, as well as use of a grill on campus, has kept the healthy eating spirit flowing across campus long before this decision.

Jesus Taco

Beeville Man Sees Jesus in Breakfast Taco

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Earlier this week at La Amistad Adult Daycare in Beeville, eighty-year-old Ernesto Garza was enjoying a bacon-and-egg breakfast taco when, to his amazement, he discovered the face of Jesus Christ in his tortilla.

“I ate more than half of my taco, then a fly was flying around,” Garza told the Beeville Bee-Picayune. “So I grabbed the flyswatter, and I hit it, and when I looked down, I saw it.”

In a brown spot on the tortilla was what Garza and several of his friends at La Amistad believe is “the eyes, nose, mouth, mustache” of Jesus. Garza called the sighting “a blessing from God,” something the daycare’s director Angie Rodriguez agreed with.

“I consider it a blessing because it’s unique,” Rodriguez said. “We believe God works in mysterious ways.” Rodriguez claimed that the night before Garza saw the face, she had prayed for a miracle during a time of personal crisis. The face, she said, was that miracle.

Are we approaching a moment when seeing Jesus in objects or foodstuffs is a common occurence? There have been five religious sightings in just the last three years. In 2009, a Dallas couple claimed to have found ‘Cheesus’ — an image of Jesus in Cheeto form. That same year, a Welsh family saw the face in the cap of a container of Marmite. This past June, a woman in Splendora saw Jesus’ face in the mold in her shower. There have also been multiple sightings of Jesus in a tortilla before — including just this past May in New Mexico. But Jesus Christ isn’t the only religious icon to be spoted—the residents of Garden Oaks in Houston saw the Virgin Mary’s face in a tree this past February.

For the moment, Garza is choosing to keep the taco as-is, wrapped in his refrigerator. “I’m just going to wait and see what happens,” he said.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey’s Renaissance Continues

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Matthew McConaughey is having a moment. The Longview native ranked in at number 40 onNew York’s Vulture 100, a list of the most valuable stars, because “after years of rom-com purgatory, he’s suddenly interesting again, with five offbeat roles this year.”

When asked at a July 23 screening of Killer Joe about the colorful parts he’s played of late, McConaughey replied, “Yeah, it’s a McConaugh-aissance. I like that phrase. It’s got a good ring to it,” he said at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, according to New York’s Intelligencer.

And now comes news that the Austin resident and newlywed has been cast in Martin Scorcese’s Wolf of Wall Street, which begins filming later this month in New York. The Hollywood Reporter’s Pamela McClintock reported that Matthew McConaughey has joined an all-star cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, this year’s Academy Award-winning Best Actor Jean Dujardin, and fellow Texan Kyle Chandler.

McConaughey is set to play Mark Hanna, a mentor figure for DiCaprio’s main character, broker Jordan Belfort. The movie is based on Belfort’s memoir, which describes various addictions and the play-hard philosophy of his early life.

Wolf is just the latest in a line of professional successes for McConaughey, who is more well known for his hard partying and quirky lifestyle than for his dramatic heft. After early promise displayed in his portrayal of a sweaty southern lawyer in A Time to Kill, a John Grisham adaptation, McConaughey fell into something of a romantic comedy rut, appearing in films including How to Lose a Guy in Ten DaysFailure to Launch, and The Wedding Planner.

In 2011, McConaughey took on the lead role in The Lincoln Lawyer as Mickey Haller, a Southern lawyer reminiscent of his A Time to Kill character Jake Brigance. He received some of the best reviews of his career (“It’s a treat watching his Haller slither through backroom deals and elevator-ride negotiations,” Newsday said), and just like that, the actor’s career seems to have been reborn.

This year, he’s earned critical plaudits for his closeted reporter in the upcoming Paperboy (TheHollywood Reporter: he “seem[s] stimulated to be playing such [a] flawed character”), for his larger-than-life district attorney in Austin director Richard Linklater’s Bernie (The Washington Post: he “does a struttin’, drawlin’ good job”), and for his menacing murderer in the festival favorite Killer Joe (The Los Angeles Times: “Never has the actor’s molasses drawl been more lethal”). He even earned Oscar buzz for his role as slimy strip club owner Dallas Austin in Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike.

Wolf looks to continue McConaughey’s trend of working with top-flight directors in prestigious projects—a trend that doesn’t look to be wrapping up any time soon. Next up is Mud, a Jeff Nichols film co-starring Reese Witherspoon, followed by Dallas Buyer’s Club about a man withAIDS. At this rate, McConaughey will soon shed his mid-2000s image as being a mere surfer man-boy and complete his metamorphsis into a critcal darling.

Judge Blocks Provisions of Voter Registration Laws

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Galveston district court judge Gregg Costa ruled against new voter registration laws in Texas on Thursday, effectively blocking five provisions from being enforced.

The lawsuit was originally filed by the nonpartisan group Voting for America, which argued that the provisions preventing voter registration rallies were unconstitutional. Costa agreed, and wrote in his 94-page decision that the state did not provide sufficient evidence that the new laws were designed to combat voter fraud.

“If these practices did contribute to fraud, concrete examples of such fraud would likely exist from decades of experience,” Costa wrote. “But no such evidence was introduced for the Court to weigh against the harm to Plaintiffs.”

Plaintiff’s attorney Chad Dunn celebrated Costa’s decision, telling the Houston Chronicle that groups like Voting for America and Project Vote would benefit greatly.

“These drives are important to reaching the millions of Texans, including three-quarters of a million African-Americans and 2 million Latinos, who are eligible but still not registered to vote,” Dunn said.

Other provisions of the laws were similarly blocked, according to the Texas Tribune, including provisions preventing voter registrars from being paid in any way other than hourly, as well as preventing photocopies of registration certificates.

A similar set of laws were blocked in Florida this past May. According to CBS News, federal judge Robert Hinkle referred to portions of the laws as “onerous” and that a deadline the laws put in place did more harm than good.

“If the goal is to discourage voter-registration drives and thus also to make it harder for new voters to register, the 48-hour deadline may succeed,” Hinkle said in his 27-page decision.

Costa, who has been serving on the court since May after being nominated by President Barack Obama last September, agreed in his own decision, writing, “The result is that Texas now imposes more burdensome regulations on those engaging in third-party voter registration than the vast majority of, if not all, other states.”

Rich Parsons, communications director for Texas’ Secretary of State, told the Associated Press that no decision has yet been made about appeal, but the plaintiff’s attorney, Dunn, told the Chronicle he expects the attorney general could appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“This Legislature will do anything to prevent Texans from voting,” Dunn told the Chronicle.

If there is an appeal, the new voter registration laws will remain unenforceable until a final judgment is rendered.

Norah Jones

Norah Jones Releases New Video

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On her new album …Little Broken Hearts, folk singer and Texas sweetheart Norah Jones strikes a significantly darker tone than on her previous work. On the murder ballad “Miriam,” perhaps the darkest of all the tracks, she describes killing her lover’s mistress. As of this Wednesday, “Miriam” has an equally eerie video to match.

Jones’ new video, directed by Philip Andelman (and available exclusively at SPIN.com), is onelong shot across Lake Bastrop. The singer sits alone in the center of the lake in a boat, wearing a bright red dress, with a bloody oar by her side. The camera lingers on her as she sings, “I know he said it’s not your fault/But I don’t believe that’s true/I’ve punished him from ear to ear/Now I’ve saved the best for you.”

…Little Broken Hearts was written by Jones and her writing partner, Brian Burton, in the wake of a bad breakup. “Miriam” is the second-to-last track on the album and was praised by outlets like SPIN (“Jones has given her NPR-goody-goody image a bruising”) and the New York Daily News (“she sings with chilling relish”) as a highlight.

To promote …Little Broken Hearts and the video, Jones will be appearing on Conan next Monday to perform “Miriam,” as well as on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 13 to perform “Say Goodbye,” another cut from the album. She is also preparing to embark on the second part of her U.S. tour starting next Tuesday. She’ll be appearing in Austin on October 19 at the ACL Moody Theatre, as well as in Houston at the Bayou Music Center on October 20 and the McFarlin Auditorium in Dallas on October 22.