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Have you ever wondered why, thousands of years ago, we decided to split the winter season into two separate years? Dividing the cold months to create an entirely new year in the latter half is one of the enigmas best left to history, I suppose, but I think we college students have as good a guess as any as to why our...

Priscilla Yng, a Taiwanese immigrant, has pushed through the language barrier and illiteracy to open and maintain her restaurant, Chinese Star, since 1990. In her 26 years on Calhoun Road, Yng has experienced the struggles that come with running a restaurant, like working to win regular customers and being short...

“Spaghetti Monster” illustration by Erin Davis Spaghetti Warehouse resides in the heart of downtown, serving patrons for over 40 years now. Not only is it known for it’s delightful spaghetti, but there is something spooky about the place as well, and I determined to figure out what exactly that was. I went midday on...

On a winding backstreet only feet away from an I-10 exit ramp, the Last Concert Café rests obscurely at 1403 Nance—solely identifiable by an unmarked, crimson door. Considered by longtime Houstonians to be the premiere concert venue since it’s establishment in 1949, the café remains a place of intrigue. Under...

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...