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It’s still dark in the lush, mountainous jungles of Thailand when Tad Sresthaphunlarp wakes up to begin his morning meditation rituals. As the sun breaks, he and his fellow monks of the Wat Srisoda Temple will perform bin ta bat, making a barefoot descent into the low-lying villages to acquire their only meal of the...

Despite a sign and party lights, the gaping doorway to a creaky staircase next to Tacos A Go Go is a hard sell for any first-time visitors to “The Place Upstairs.” It’s hard to imagine how husband and wife owners Mike and Laura Levine say the shop, which is packed floor-to-ceiling with animal bones, surgical tools,...

After Former Student Government Association President Shaun Theriot-Smith put an end to  his three years of service with SGA and handed off the reigns to his successor, he is looking back on this bittersweet time in his life. He started his SGA career as a Cullen College of Engineering senator in 2014, and served as...

For most students at the University of Houston, it makes financial sense to commute to school rather than live on campus, but does it come at the cost of the college experience? First, it is important to identify what a commuter actually is. According to The Cougar, a commuter is defined as a college student who does...

Shocking numbers concerning the issue of human trafficking in Houston cover the walls. Books packed with information and stories about survivors are stacked on the tables and all proceeds go directly to funding anti-human trafficking activist groups. Photo by Karis Johnson|Cooglife The espresso is strong, and the...

To some, the word feminist is an obsolete title like suffragette or abolitionist, but Celestina Billington, the president of UH’s Student Feminist Organization, wants you to think differently. Students voted SFO as the Best Student Organization this year, the org prides itself on inclusivity and tolerance. Since its...

Professor Carson clicks through the slideshow of photographs that feature Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and many others from his collection on the Reuters website. “I still do a little bit of news photography for Reuters and AP,” Carson said. “I shot the Republican debate for Reuters. I shot the first 90 seconds of the...

In a remote village in West Africa, a family carries plastic jugs of clean water to their home for the first time, and somewhere in India a schoolgirl thirstily gulps fresh water from a newly installed pump. In a war-ravaged town, a teacher receives stacks of untouched books and learning material, making the dream of...

Signing leases is a part of life, whether it’s for your car, house or a mysterious multi-billionaire seeking a sexy contract. No matter the lease, it’s important to understand how they work. The two main types of leases are short-term and long-term. Long-term leases are the most popular when it comes to apartment...

Any student who lives in a campus residence hall is familiar with the “MAP-Works” survey — at the least, they have been reminded of it any number of times by their Resident Advisor. Many students ultimately participate, but without any readily apparent ramifications, many also wonder: to what end? Lin Crowson, the...