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House of Pies|Courtesy of Jenae Sitzes/Cooglife Scientist, scholars and clergy alike have for centuries agreed on one fundamental principle of existence: Pie is essential to happiness. That’s not mere hypothesis. ‘Tis truth—and historically evident. When George Washington chopped down the cherry tree, you know damn...

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...

Some people say the world is cyclical, and no, I’m not talking about how the earth is round. Fashion, the television and movie industries and the world of music seem to be on a repeating pattern often. It’s the same for the resurgence of the vinyl record in the music industry. And one of the biggest demographics buying...

“Amor Prohibido” by Selena Has there ever been any doubt about who the real queen of Houston is? Selena was a trailblazer in pop music and her legacy, much like the Astrodome, is far too big to ever be destroyed. “Killing Time” by Destiny’s Child Her self titled album clearly showed, Beyonce reps Houston hard, and as this...

Nobody likes Houston. It’s an oil-crazed, sweaty city with more cars than people; ugly and chaotic; crime-ridden and polluted; just too damn big and always, always, always under construction. But Houston doesn’t hide its flaws coated in shiny paint or behind gated communities (except you, River Oaks). We’re all aware...

There was a moment when, like it or not, I became a Houstonian. It began with a friend from high school. She was visiting from North Texas, and I was to show around the city. It felt like Judgment Day, the way she asked it, her eyes wide and scrutinizing and her brown hair wavy and curling over. We were no longer...

On the second-most diverse campus that’s filled with 40,000 students, one thing is clear: it’s not enough to just be a student. To stick out and really develop a sustainable university and culture, it takes leaders who, beyond classes, are working to create discussion, make change and vouch for each other. The following...

“Coming from a marketing background, one of my obsessions is studying user behavior—how do people interact with something,” Nguyen said. | Courtesy of Tri Nguyen If you lure them, they will come. Besides concerts and New Year’s Eve, Pokemon Go can prompt the masses (of customers and Pokemon) to gather at certain...

In order to achieve maximum Houston literacy, you’ve got to have a steady handle on the basics of Houston’s biggest sports franchises. Thankfully, Houston’s got a myriad of entertainment offerings in the athletic world, whether you fancy a cheap night out in east downtown or are willing to cough up more cash for a...

While fluttering from class to class in the haze of what’s called college, you’ll need something to keep you busy while you’re not in class or studying. That’s where Cat’s Back comes in. An organizational fair held every school year in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, it’s a chance for new and old Cougars to...