Issue 7, Volume 88

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Election Hangover

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POLITICS

Students, faculty discuss 2022 midterm elections

As results from the 2022 midterm elections continue to roll in, many may wonder what the outcomes of these races mean for them.

ough nal tallies have yet to be determined in several races, most municipalities have already declared winners. is article will examine the potential impact the 2022 midterm elections will have on the future of our city, state and nation.

National

One of the biggest aspects of the 2022 midterm elections in terms of national races is control of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Many pundits predicted a “Red Wave” this November, but the results paint somewhat of a disappointing picture for the Republican Party.

Before the midterms, Democrats held majority control of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Republicans now appear poised to take the House while Democrats are projected to retain a slim majority in the Senate.

“Nationally, Republicans were licking their chops ready for a red wave,” said UH political science professor and co-host of Houston Public Media’s “Party Politics,” Brandon Rottinghaus. “Poor quality candidates and unexpected Democratic enthusiasm kept that red wave to a trickle.”

Not only did Democrats ride out the wave, but they also did so in de ance of historical norms, said Cyrus Hosseini, president of the College Democrats at UH.

“Historically speaking, the minority party tends to make huge gains in midterm elections —a phenomenon we’ve observed for virtually the entire modern political era. at didn’t happen on Tuesday,” Hosseini said. “What we instead witnessed was signi cant resilience by Democrats and a galvanized coalition of young voters.”

Despite Democrats’ fortitude, Republican control of the House means the Biden administration must preside over a divided government. While the President has already pledged to work with his opposition, House Republicans

are allegedly planning to launch multiple investigations into President Biden and his family, according to ABC News.

While this certainly poses a challenge to Biden, Rottinghause believes the president can overcome it.

“President Biden will have a tougher time with Congress now that it’s (likely) controlled by Republicans, but a slim Republican margin means negotiation is critical,” Rottinghaus said. “ e Biden Administration has shown some adeptness at navigating opposition in their rst two years.”

State

ough Democrats outperformed expectations on a national level, the same was not the case for the Texas Democratic Party. Republicans retained control of the Lone Star State, winning the vast majority of major races.

ough his campaign raised a recordbreaking $27.6 million, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke failed to unseat incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott. e Houston Chronicle attributed O’Rourke’s loss to low voter turnout among Democrats in Houston and other blue-leaning districts.

“Democrats struggled with both message and money, key elements to swing a state politically,” Rottinghaus said. “ e Democrats’ sour performance was expected given how incumbent parties fare in midterms, but Texas Democrats performed worse than Democrats in other states.”

Roughly 45 percent of registered voters cast ballots this year, 7.3 percent less

than in 2018. However, it’s worth noting that this is still higher than every other midterm election in Texas over the last 20 years, according to e Texas Tribune. Student Government Association President Joshua Martin said that while low voter turnout is frustrating, he still sees hope for the future.

“ ere are millions of people in the state of Texas who are eligible to vote but just didn’t,” Martin said. “I believe that outreach and voter education will be crucial in future elections, but I’m excited for what the future holds.”

ough ursday’s results come as a let-down to many who had hoped to see the historically red state ipped, Martin urged students not to give up.

“To students disappointed by Beto’s loss, keep ghting for what y’all believe in,” Martin said. “Continue to re ect and believe in your values, and we can travel down the road of progress together.”

Local

In local elections, most eyes were on the race between incumbent Democratic Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer.

Mealer hoped a tough-on-crime stance and backlash from a recent controversy concerning several of Hidalgo’s sta ers would be enough to unseat the Democratic incumbent. Yet despite quadrupling Hidalgo in terms of fundraising, Mealer was ultimately unsuccessful.

Hosseini said that Hidalgo’s victory and many other Democrats in smaller races across the county spells good news for UH

students and the city as a whole.

“We’re very fortunate to have retained some great leaders like Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo,” Hosseini said. “UH students and Houstonians at large have that to look forward to in terms of the kinds of investments we’ll be able to see in our campus and local communities.”

Despite Hosseini’s promise of a better future, the numbers tell a story of deep apathy among university-aged voters. According to the Houston Chronicle, roughly three percent of early votes were cast at the University ballot boxes located at UH, UHD, UHCL and TSU.

is news came out just days before Mayor Sylvester Turner announced in a Tweet on Nov. 9 that UH is this year’s recipient of the Mayor’s Early Vote Challenge Award. e challenge pitted TSU, UH and UHD against one another in competition to see which university could bring in the most voters during the early voting period.

According to SGA, a total of 4,813 ballots were cast at UH during the early voting period. While this was more than the other two universities, it represents about 10 percent of UH’s 47,000 students.

ough this election’s turnout was low for young voters, Martin said he’s proud of the e orts made by UH students who made their voices heard.

“ ousands of UH students came out to the polls to excersise their right to vote. Some students waited in lines longer than an hour,” Martin said. “I’m hopeful we can carry this enthusiasm into 2023 and 2024.”

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Campus resources on being an ally, educating each other

Being an ally can be de ned as rejecting oppression, creating inclusivity and fostering an environment where people are safe and welcomed as important in all moments.

At the University, resources like the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the LGBTQ Resource Center are available to help students better understand what it means to be an ally.

e Center for Diversity and Inclusion interim director, Michael Crook de ned an ally as someone who holds a dominant identity in society and advocates for a marginalized group by using their given privileges.

“A person who actively promotes and aspires to advance the culture of inclusion in society,” Crook said. “For example, white women can be actionable allies to people of color, men can be allies to women, ablebodied people can be allies to those with di erent abilities and so on”

LGBTQ Resource Center director, Kevin Nguyen, shared what the community can do to become better allies and ways to educate oneself and others.

“Don’t wait for someone else to confront inappropriate behavior,” Nguyen said. “Use inclusive language and respect pronouns.”

Another way to be a good ally is to determine your motives for being an ally within yourself. Asking yourself questions like ‘why do I care about being an ally for this community?’ or ‘why do I want to be an ally?’ then gure out if your motives center you or the community you are trying to be an ally for, Crook said.

He added that a good ally centers the marginalized communities’ and individuals’

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experiences and truth and work to ensure the betterment of that community.

“Listen to the needs and stories of your friends and family and people who have marginalized identities,” Crook said. “Own not just your intentions but also your impact.” ere are multiple opportunities on campus for students to educate themselves on becoming good allies such as attending events and workshops and engaging in classroom discussions. According to Crook and Nguyen, learning the appropriate language for the respective community and apologizing and correcting your mistakes are also bene cial approaches.

“Verbally express your support to marginalized groups and always address any negative statements/comments about others in regards to their identities,” Nguyen said. “Learn why certain terms and phrases are harmful and not acceptable.”

Nguyen details what someone should say or do if put in a situation where others are making derogatory comments. Ignore it, refuse to laugh, casually leave and use soft

confrontation while educating like saying ‘please don’t say things like that.’

“Language can be very powerful, taking actions to advocate for the community when no one is watching and working to be the best version of yourself are just a few things that can go a long way in most communities,” Crook said.

CDI o ers a “safe, non-judgemental space” to learn about themselves and deepen one’s understanding of others, according to Crook.

Nguyen shared that involving yourself in LGBTQ organizations inside and outside of UH, CAPS and the Montrose Center are ways to actively become a better ally and integrate into di erent communities.

“I think considering your relationship with someone is really important before you engage in allyship conversations,” Crook said. “Learn by doing, take actions, make mistakes, learn from those mistakes and keep going. Discomfort is our teacher and there is no better teacher than experience.” news@thedailycougar.com

New family clinic opens in Health 2 Building

A new clinic has opened in Health 2, providing health care access to those in and outside the UH community.

The UH Family Health Care Center is serviced by doctors at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine and allows students to further develop their clinical skills. The specialists range from licensed clinical psychologists to family medicine doctors.

The center accepts most major insurance plans and Medicare and has a discount program for those without health insurance.

Regardless of the patient’s status at UH, all patients must either fill out the web form if new or log in through the portal if they are established.

Dr. Brian Reed, practicing family physician and medical college’s chair of the clinical sciences department, hopes the clinic will become a used resource in and around the Third Ward.

“We are able to develop treatment

plans that don’t just address the physical health but also address the mental health well-being of patients that access the UH Family Care Center,” Reed said.

The center aims for them to soon be a reliable resource for those at UH and throughout Third Ward, with students, staff and faculty able to come in for a quick checkup between classes.

Second-year medical student Carolina Venturi stresses the importance of community and connection with

patients, mentioning asking patients for their pronouns and being aware of places accepting food stamps.

“I feel that healthcare is a right, not a privilege,” Venturi said. “I feel that we should all have the ability to be as healthy as we can and really no other medical school focuses on those themes.”

Venturi’s love for healthcare came after her younger sister dealt with a health issue, later discovering that she aligned with UH’s mission.

“When I applied, the mission was compassionate care serving underserved populations,” Venturi said.

Once receiving approval from the patients, students can shadow the doctors and build their clinical skills.

The full FAQ sheet on the clinic’s website consists of information regarding bilingual services and how to schedule an appointment.

“I’m glad that we’re not just sort of talking the talk, but also walking the walk with action,” Reed said. news@thedailycougar.com

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After long wait, Sneed emerging as staple of UH backfield

Two years into his time at UH, Stacy Sneed hadn’t seen the eld. Coming into college at the height of the COVID19 pandemic was di cult enough for Sneed, but add on being academically ineligible throughout the 2021 season and nothing had gone right for the 5-foot-11-inch running back since stepping foot on the UH campus in 2020.

“I started o kind of rough,” he said.

In a day and age in which the transfer portal has completely changed the landscape of college football, many athletes in Sneed’s position would’ve packed up their bags and found a new home.

Not Sneed.

“I was really just being patient and waiting my turn,” Sneed said.

Just as Sneed did not give up on the Cougars, Dana Holgorsen kept his belief in the young running back even though it would have been easy for the

UH head coach to give up on an undersized back who had yet to prove anything.

Even with all the talent that stood in front of Sneed on the depth chart at running back, Holgorsen had a gut feeling that the Cougars’ o ense would bene t from having the Arlington native as an option in the back eld.

“ ere’s a reason why I didn’t get rid of him,” Holgorsen said.

“ ere were a lot of things that happened with Stacy his rst couple of years. I hung with him because I saw his ability to ash. In practice, you saw this stu .”

Sneed for speed

ere are some things you just can’t teach. Speed is one of them.

Sneed was given the nickname “Sneed for Speed,” a play on the popular racing video game “Need for Speed,” during his playing days at Mans eld Timberview High School because he possessed the kind of quickness and shiftiness that give defenses nightmares.

is was a big reason why

Sneed was still a part of Holgorsen’s plan for the UH o ense entering the 2022 season.

Despite not seeing the eld during his rst two years at UH, Sneed’s speed and elusiveness were on display during practices and his coaches and teammates knew it was just a matter of time before the running back got the opportunity to show what he could under the bright lights.

“He’s a really, really dynamic player,” said senior quarterback Clayton Tune. “He’s so elusive. Rarely does the rst guy ever make the tackle on him. He’s always making guys miss, breaking tackles.”

While the burst a coach looks for in a running back has always been there, the biggest question mark surrounding Sneed was if his body type would be able to withstand the wear and tear college football takes on the body.

Entering UH weighing just 165 pounds, Sneed knew he needed to add some muscle not only to be able to survive the big hits but also to e ectively pass block

out of the back eld when called upon.

“I had to get a little stronger,” Sneed said. “I need to protect the quarterback. at was the main job I needed to get done.”

Now listed at 185 pounds, Sneed plays with the toughness of a 230-pound back, doing everything that is asked of him. He refuses to go down on rst contact. He also sacri ces his body to protect Tune when needed.

“He’s tough” Holgorsen said.

Emergence

After playing sparingly over the rst half of the season, Sneed has become the bell cow in the Cougars’ back eld over the past month.

In UH’s Week 8 win over Navy, Sneed recorded his rst 100yard rushing performance. e following week, Sneed found the end zone twice against USF for his rst two touchdowns in a Cougars uniform.

“He’s de nitely got that ability to make something out of nothing, make people miss and

get crafty for big gains,” Tune said following UH’s win over USF.

While UH did not run the ball much the ensuing week against SMU, Sneed made the most of his opportunities, turning four carries into 72 yards including a 52-yard scoring burst.

Most recently, Sneed tore apart the Temple defense with big run after big run on his way to a career-high 143 yards on the ground to go along with two touchdowns.

After beginning the season third on the depth chart, Sneed leads UH in rushing with 489 yards, averaging seven yards per carry.

ough his career began as a rocky one during his rst two seasons as a Cougar, Sneed’s play in 2022 has validated both his decision to stick things out at UH and Holgorsen’s choice to keep the redshirt running back around.

“I’m glad I didn’t get rid of him,” Holgorsen said.

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Inside the UH swimming and diving team’s dominance, culture

Competing in its nal season as members of the American Athletic Conference, the UH swimming and diving team will exit the conference as one of the most dominant programs in 10 years of the AAC’s existence.

Having won six consecutive AAC swimming and diving titles, the Cougars have made a journey in its ascension to the top of the conference, as well as its reign to remain at the top for the better part of the last decade.

e culture that has been built within this UH swimming and diving program was not developed overnight, but rather through a continuation of hard work and dedication to reach the levels it has thus far.

“Being a head coach and coaching this team is really an honor because we have the majority if not every single one of our athletes buying into just that,” said coach Jamison about the team’s hard-working culture. “ ey not only want to be successful in the pool and on the boards, but they also want to be successful academically. at’s the type of student-athlete that you want for your program.”

Jamison, who arrived to the program in 2021, stepped into a role left by former head coach Ryan Wochomurka, who spent seven seasons at UH.

With big shoes to ll, Jamison t right into the culture and maintained the level of competition and dominance that was established heading into 2021. e UH swimming and dive team capped the season with a 7-2 record and a sixth consecutive AAC title, a rst for Jamison in her rst season with the team.

“I de nitely think that taking over a program that has had much success de nitely has those expectations to continue, but the way that we approach each season is doing our very best day in and day out,” said Jamison. “When we get to the meet, if we do our best, we should be able to have some great success, whether that means winning a conference title or not. It’s all about getting our athletes to perform to their very best each season. e rewards, or award, will come with that.”

From an athlete’s perspective, the Cougars have proved over the better part of the last decade that true leadership bleeds through from class to class. e cycle of upperclassmen

becoming leaders and helping guide their underclassmen teammates and preparing them to lead when their time comes has been a catalyst in the success the UH swimming and dive has experienced.

“I would say ever since I came into the program as a freshman, you really see where the team leaders are,” senior diving captain Jolie Blodgett said. “ e upperclassmen are the leaders. Going through that process and seeing them lead us was a great opportunity for me now as a senior to take that role and put my spin on it.”

Student-athletes live and maintain a physically, emotionally, and mentallydemanding lifestyle that comes with being a part of collegiate athletics. For the UH swimming and dive team, having the ability to bond with teammates and building a close-knit team

helped get the chemistry going, an element crucial to translating relationships and enhancing performances in and out of the pool.

“We’re all really comfortable with being ourselves,” said Blodgett. “Everybody has their own personality as their own individual person, and we’re all just really comfortable with being ourselves. When we’re all together, there’s never a moment that we’re not laughing or cheering each other on. I would say being able to be comfortable as you are with each other is probably the biggest part of our culture here.”

e remainder of this season will be the last for UH in the AAC, with a move to the Big 12 con rmed for the start of the 2023 season. A transition that will tremendously impact every UH athletic program, the Cougars see the new conference

not only as a new challenge but an opportunity to continue the growth that has occurred within the program in recent years.

“I think it’s a big pull,” senior swim captain Elizabeth Richardson said. “I know a big pull for getting recruited here was you get to be in a big conference and you get to score points. Going into the Big 12, you’re getting into another situation where you have a lot more bene ts being in a bigger conference, and so it’s going to pull a lot more with recruiting as well.”

Expectations from within the program expect to remain high after the move to the Big 12, as the team has its sights set on continuing to polish the elements of success that it has donned for the last several years.

“We’re focusing on developing that team culture, ”Richardson said. “We have to make people

want to be a part of this hardworking team that strives for seven consecutive conference titles.

“Hopefully we can continue that heading into the Big 12 and have a new goal when we get there.”

Until then, the Cougars will keep striving for their seventh consecutive AAC title. While there is still preparation to be made, Jamison believes that the team has well-represented the culture that has been built and contributed to the success that has been attained.

“ is season we had a lot of high expectations with where our team was going based on the success that we’ve had in the past six, seven seasons,” Jamison said. “We just keep getting better every practice and every meet. We’re right on track.”

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Senior dive captain Jolie Blodgett performs a dive off the board for the UH swimming and diving team. | Courtesy of UH athletics

SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter Blue is spreading disinformation, concerns over safety

Twitter Blue has created more problems for the social media app as users take advantage of the veri ed check and Elon Musk continues to implement changes.

One of the main perks of Twitter Blue is the veri ed blue check mark known to be a symbol of reliability and trust in the app.

Before Twitter Blue, the veri ed blue check mark required a rigorous series of quali cations to verify a user.

Now, however, anyone with $8 to spare could become veri ed on Twitter.

e issue with Twitter Blue is that people already do not factcheck their sources nor do they take the time to double-check the media they’re consuming. To elaborate, during the pandemic, only three out of 10 Americans felt con dent in their ability to fact-check news about COVID-19.

To add on, Twitter Blue becoming available during a very competitive election season arises questions about

Elon Musk’s intention with the new feature. With a third of tweets from American adults mentioning politics, there is no doubt that Twitter plays a major role in spreading political messages and campaigns.

With that in mind, Twitter Blue was suspended a few days later after its launch as people began impersonating big-name companies and individuals

to spread disinformation at lightning speed.

One of the notable companies a ected by this impersonation crisis is the pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly. An impersonator account tweeted a simple “we are excited to announce insulin is free now” which led to chaos.

From this simple tweet, the company managed to lose

billions in stock overnight.

Aside from company losses, users are now starting to become worried about Twitter’s security risks.

Several executives of Twitter whose job was to protect users’ safety and personal information have resigned after Elon Musk implemented layo s at Twitter.

Yoel Roth, who resigned from his position of head of trust and

safety, attempted to provide reassurances to the public that hateful content will stay o the app, however, the Federal Trade Commission has already expressed their concern of Elon Musk’s executive decisions.

Twitter is rapidly changing and as one of the world’s biggest social media app, this is concerning to the public.

ere have already been concerns about Elon Musk taking over Twitter as he has constantly praised free speech which has just become a code name for him and his followers to spread hate speech without consequences.

It is clear that the consequences of Elon Musk’s control over Twitter have already begun to show and the billionaire should take a step back and realize the damage he has caused to not only the social media app but the public as a whole.

Twitter Blue was a disaster and any following implementations made by Elon Musk will only cause more chaos to the already crumbling social media app.

White feminism uproots progress, hinders movement

e solutions brought forth to solve the issues of feminism only bene t white, able-bodied women as they strive to rise above the systems of oppression rather than dismantle them.

e experiences women face are all so inherently di erent as race, gender, class, religion and economic circumstances deny a homogeneous culture within feminism.

is is why feminism cannot be viewed through a single lens.

After four waves of feminism and three emerging feminist ideologies, there is not a world where everyone can be appeased with the solution to ending the patriarchal society that harms women.

However, white feminism is causing more harm than good.

White feminism is used to describe the way in which white women strive in a patriarchal system while minorities continue to struggle with the same issues that plague their everyday lives.

One of the more troubling instances of white feminism touch into the white savior complex where white women travel to other

countries to spread their western view of feminism without taking into account cultural di erences.

e U.S. Aid and International Development Agency implemented a program called Promote in 2001 which aimed to help 75,000 Afghan women earn jobs and internships.

However, two decades later, only 55 Afghan women were said to have bene ted from this program.

e main problem with programs like these is that the people in charge want to change the mindset of these women to t Western standards.

is only invalidates women’s experiences and causes more strain in their journey to reach equality and justice in their countries.

Women started to feel ostracized and overlooked from these programs as they don’t really aim to help their circumstances, only attempt to blindly uproot them from their systematic oppression that takes more than a pep talk to make a di erence.

White women contribute to this, whether intentionally or unintentionally, by dismissing the magnitude of women going against their violent patriarchal societies.

Women of color face violence

at a more disproportionate rate compared to white women.

Without an understanding of how culture, religion and other factors play a part in how inequality and misogyny build onto a women’s experience, no

improvements can be made to improve their experiences.

In order to help women of color, people need to listen to their experiences rather than talk over them and invalidate their many struggles.

e feminist movement can only become successful once it helps and listens to all women, not just the chosen few at the top of the pyramid.

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Dear Denise: How to navigate the Metro rail, on-campus jobs

In e Cougar’s bi-weekly anonymous advice column, I talk about the Metro rail and on-campus jobs. To submit your questions for future issues, click the Dear Denise button on our home page.

Do you have any advice on riding the Metro rail? Is it safe? Reliable? How much does it cost?

I capital L love the Metro rail. It gets the job done in terms of moving around Houston at an a ordable price. If you have never ridden before, you should ride with someone already familiar with the system. If you don’t know anyone who has used the rail before, go during the day to test it.

I use Google Maps to plan my Metro trips. Let’s say I want to go to Brass Tacks, a cute little co ee shop in the East Downtown area. I would type in Brass Tacks on Google maps and click the train icon to the right of the car icon. It gives instructions on all public transportation, but since I only want to use the Metro rail, I can personalize my view by clicking the options button. From there, it tells me which train stop to get on and how many stops I have until I need to get o . rough your journey, Google Maps will track where you are, so you can visualize how far you have left.

e Metro rail is like an Uber, Lyft, or a friend’s car in terms of safety. You never know what will happen, so staying alert is essential. I would refrain from having two headphones in just for general safety. When I ride alone, I always alert a friend and ask them to watch my location until I reach my destination.

Visit the UH parking and transportation website to learn more about pricing for the rail!

It’s so cheap with our UH

student discount.

e Metro sometimes gets a bad rap, but I think it’s due to people not understanding how it works. If this is you, I challenge you to ask yourself why you are so afraid of a train.

Stay safe, and enjoy using the Metro rail! It’s always a good time.

Should I get an on-campus job? Is it worth it?

e semester is almost over, so I don’t know if it’s worth it

now, but I think you should apply next semester if you are interested. On-campus jobs are perfect for someone who doesn’t have a car but wants to work. I’ve tried to apply for on-campus employment, and even though I have never had any luck, you might.

Any job is worth it, so I empower you to apply! If you hate it, just quit.

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-- Opportunity knocks. Keep moving, regardless of what others do or say. Know your course of action and plant your feet rmly on the ground. Be prompt and precise in your e orts.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20)

-- ink matters through, then proceed. Look for a way to make your money stretch. Share your opinions, and you will attract someone willing to support your actions. Love is in the stars.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

-- Don’t stop until you feel good about what you’ve accomplished.

Set high standards and do the work yourself to ensure you get things done your way. Selfimprovement projects will turn out well.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -You may crave change, but you’ll face opposition if you push others to participate. Use a gentler strategy if you want to get others to tag along. Provide an incentive for best results.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Get your facts straight before voicing your opinion. Someone will be eager to see you head down the wrong path. Say no to temptation and anyone trying to talk you into doing something risky.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Pay attention to detail, and ensure your documents are in order before you begin something new. Don’t leave anything important in someone else’s hands. A last-

minute change will work well.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Push forward and don’t stop until you are happy with the results. Look at every angle of a situation before you decide to make a move. Take the path that interests you, not the one of least resistance.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Don’t take on too much. Look at the logistics of what you want to do, and you’ll nd a way to cut corners and make your plans feasible. Don’t waste time arguing.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Try your hand at something new and get involved in a cause you care about.

Change what is no longer working for you. Stop dreaming; start turning your thoughts into reality.

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