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The Cougar PARTY LIKE IT’S 1983! Nearly four decades after Phi Slama Jama catapulted UH into the national spotlight, the Cougars are back on top. | PG. 2 the Daily Cougar Wednesday November 30, 2022 University of Houston Vol. 88, No. 8 | Retro Edition www.thedailycougar.com @thedailycougar

Cougars still climbing after claiming top spot

Kelvin Sampson has rarely paid any mind to his team’s ranking, but things were di erent on Monday when his daughter, basketball operations director Lauren Sampson, delivered him news that he had never heard in his 34 years as a college head coach.

“Lauren said, ‘We’re No. 1,’ and she came and gave me a high- ve,” Sampson said. “She said, ‘ at’s pretty cool, isn’t it?’ I said, ‘Yeah, that is pretty cool.’”

Knowing the potential to occupy the top ranking after Saturday’s win over Kent State, Sampson’s rst inclination was not to think about his current team, but rather the past.

oughts of the previous eight groups he coached at UH that helped build the program into a national brand came to the front of Sampson’s mind.

“I just remember where we were in 2014, 2015,” Sampson said. “I’m happy for all the guys that came before us.”

After it became o cial, his mind drifted to the UH fan base.

e old Hofheinz Pavillion was nearly empty when he rst arrived at UH, but the building has since

transformed into the oft-packed Fertitta Center.

“I’m really happy for our fan base,” Sampson said. “ ey’ve been through some tough decades with our basketball program.”

Sampson acknowledged the Cougar Brass, UH’s band that leads the charge at every home game, the cheerleaders and the Cougar Dolls for creating what he describes as one of the best home-court advantages in college basketball.

A connection between the team and its fans, severed after the Phi Slama Jama days faded, has been nally reestablished.

is was the goal all along.

“When we run out of that tunnel, there’s a great marriage going on now. ere’s a connection,” Sampson said. “Our fans appreciate our kids’ e ort.”

’Work in progress’

While Sampson acknowledges the signi cance of the Cougars reaching the top spot in the country for the rst time since the end of the 1982-83 season, having No. 1 in front of the program’s name doesn’t change anything about the way the Cougars move forward.

In fact, if it was up to Sampson

to determine the rankings then there would be multiple teams ahead of the Cougars.

“ ere’s other teams that are probably more worthy (of the No. 1 spot) because of the way they’re playing,” Sampson said. “I certainly don’t think we’re the best team in the nation because I think we’re a work in progress.”

Sampson won’t allow his team to dwell on the No. 1 ranking, knowing it could be taken away at any moment.

“Remember, it’s a rental,” Sampson said. “We don’t own it. We’re just renting it because somebody else is going to be No. 1.”

Instead of the poll results, the focus will be on UH’s 23 turnovers against Kent State and how it can correct the other aspects of the game that Sampson believes his team needs to improve.

“As far as we’re concerned, we’ve got so many things we got to x and get better at,” Sampson said. “ at will be our focus.”

Still climbing

Sampson has always used the metaphor of each season being like climbing a mountain, and even though UH is atop the college basketball landscape at the moment, it still applies.

Now is not the time to get complacent, Sampson believes.

e Cougars’ journey up the mountain has just begun, and there is a long way to go before they reach the peak.

As a veteran of the game, Sampson knows that each opponent brings a little something extra when playing the top-ranked team in the country.

“I’ve been in that other locker room playing Arizona when they were No. 1, UCLA when they were No. 1, Kansas when they were No. 1,” Sampson said. “Of the two, it’s much easier to be in that other locker room before the game. I’d

much rather be the team getting ready to play the one-seed.”

While the No. 1 will sit in front of UH’s name, at least through this week, the program’s identity characterized by e ort, rebounding and defense will not change.

Sampson knows that the Cougar culture — not how the outside views the program — will be what powers UH further up the mountain.

“ e No. 1 thing is not going change us because it’s not going to change me,” Sampson said. “ e coach sets the tone. Always.”

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UH claimed the top spot in the AP Poll, giving Kelvin Sampson his first No. 1 ranking in his 34-year head coaching career. | Sean Thomas/The Cougar AP Preseason All-American guard Marcus Sasser says being ranked No. 1 gives the Cougars extra motivation to work hard each day. | Sean Thomas/The Cougar

VOLLEYBALL

UH redeemed after sting of last year’s tournament snub

e sting that UH volleyball coach David Rehr felt after the Cougars were snubbed from the NCAA Tournament in 2021 has stuck with him for the past year. While Houston’s name was called during the selection show, it was not in the group that Rehr had hoped: UH was one of the rst four teams to just miss out on a tournament berth.

“I have a picture still on my phone of our logo and being named (one of the) rst four out,” Rehr said. “ at’s not the consolation prize you want.”

e pain of that November night a year ago lit a re within the UH program.

e team vowed that its nal season in the American Athletic Conference would have a much di erent ending.

“Last year, being one of the rst four teams out of the tournament stung a lot,” said libero Kate Georgiades. “We took that. We used it as motivation this whole year (starting) in the spring and July and August when the work isn’t really noticed. We just used that as fuel to make sure we accomplished what we set out to do this year.”

Learning from the best

If anyone at UH knows how to win, it’s men’s basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson.

Prior to the start of the season, Rehr brought Sampson in to talk with his team.

Instead of giving some spiel wishing the Cougars good luck, Sampson sat down in front of the team and broke down each of UH’s matches in 2021.

“He was like, ‘So how did we lose to SMU twice?’” said outside hitter Abbie Jackson. “He was just dissecting our entire season last year.”

e bottom line was that UH lost the games it was supposed to win. at was why the Cougars were one of the rst four teams out instead of playing in the NCAA Tournament.

Sampson’s message resonated with the team, and it showed as they fully jumped into the culture Rehr was trying to build at UH.

“ is is a group that’s totally bought in,” Rehr said. “If I want them to do something, they’ll do it. at’s the culture pieces that we were missing.”

Turning point

Down 2-0 in a hostile environment against Mississippi State in early September, Rehr didn’t see the panic that would be

expected from a team on the verge of losing.

Instead, the Cougars displayed a calmness like it was just any other day.

Looking back, Rehr pinpointed this as the moment when things started to click.

“ e moment was at Mississippi State going down 0-2 and nding the team just relaxed,” Rehr said. “Once they start having fun, that’s when you stop having to pull teeth and you’re just pushing it down the hill and it will start going down the hill on its own. at’s the rst that I realized they could do.”

Once the third set began, everything changed. A match that was about to be penciled in as a loss turned into a ve-set win as the calm-mannered Cougars took three straight sets to complete the comeback.

Taylor McColskey, who joined the UH program as an assistant coach in the o season after spending three years at Mississippi State, saw the same thing Rehr did — UH was at its best when it just went out and had fun on the court.

“When we play with joy and we have fun, we’re a very, very tough group to beat, and our team does that more than any team I’ve been on,” McColskey said.

Unprecedented streak

While it may seem counterintuitive, a mid-September loss to No. 1 Texas gave UH another con dence boost heading into conference play.

e Cougars didn’t leave Austin dejected but rather encouraged.

UH took the rst set against the Longhorns, marking the second time in program history that the Cougars have won a set against the top team in the country. is sent a message that was loud and clear.

“When we walked in there and took that rst set from them, that was a huge con dence boost for all of us,” said middle blocker Kellen Morin. “I think that carried into our season like, ‘Hey, we hung with the No. 1 team in the nation. We can do this. We are really good.’”

Domination ensued from that point on.

Starting with a Sept. 18 victory over High Point, UH rode a program-record 20 straight wins, 11 of which were sweeps, to its rst conference championship since 1999.

In years past, a streak like this would have been unheard of because of how much the Cougars’ success depended on Jackson. Rehr knew that if Jackson didn’t

play well, UH would likely lose. is year, the Cougars’ weapons were abundant.

Whether it was veterans like Isabel eut, Kennedy Warren and Rachel Tullos elevating their games to the next level or the key additions of Morin and setter Morgan Janda lling the team’s gaps, a weight was taken o of Jackson’s shoulders.

Wins followed.

“One thing that’s really dangerous about us is every night it can be somebody di erent,” McColskey said. “We’ve got the ability to spread the oor. Wherever you’re going to block us or you’re going to send a trap, we’re going to go the other way and we can score there too.”

Not settling

Days after winning a share of the conference title, UH clinched the AAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning two sets in its regular-season nale loss to UCF.

A year and a day after the night that caused him to lose sleep, Rehr — knowing that his team was in — calmly watched this year’s selection show inside TDECU Stadium’s Cougar Club

“It doesn’t make you as mad

because you knew that our name was going to get called,” Rehr said. “We didn’t have to hold our breath and pray. It just gave that stamp of approval, and I think that’s the biggest thing.”

Applause erupted from everyone at the team’s watch party as UH’s name popped up as a fth seed.

But making the NCAA Tournament isn’t enough. UH has bigger goals in mind.

“We’re not going there hoping we win the rst round,” Rehr said. “We’re going into this trying to get to the Sweet 16.”

Georgiades reiterated this point.

“It’s great being a part of the tournament but that’s a box checked,” Georgiades said. “We want to do more.”

ere is no holding back.

Fresher than most teams due to the recent string of sweeps, Rehr knows now is the time for the Cougars to empty the tank.

“I still think we have another gear,” Rehr said. “I still think there’s another part where we know it’s do-or-die. You keep something in the reserve tank (during the regular season) if you needed it.

ere’s no reserve tank anymore.”

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Ending its final season in the AAC as conference co-champions, UH volleyball is headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. | Sean Thomas/The Cougar

Guide to overcoming symptoms of seasonal depression

As finals season ramps up and the holidays looming just around the corner,

it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Adding to this burden is the extremely high possibility of suffering from seasonal affective disorder, more commonly known as seasonal depression.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, seasonal affective disorder is characterized by having low energy, feeling hopeless and having difficulty concentrating. It’s commonly felt in the winter months and affects millions of Americans every year.

While seasonal depression can seem overwhelming, experts say it can be overcome in multiple ways. So as days get shorter and the nights grow cold, make sure to take care of yourself and consider trying several of these simple steps toward fighting depression.

“There are several ways students can deal with seasonal affective disorder during the winter months,” said CAPS assistant director for outreach Marti Trummer- Cabrera. “If they’re in Houston, getting outside when it’s sunny is a great start. Making and keeping plans with friends and family during these times can also be another way to fend off symptoms.”

Get some light in your life

As the hours of sunlight available in a day decrease going into the winter

months, depression is likely to worsen, since your mood is heavily impacted by how much light you get regularly. Experts suggest spending as much time outside as possible.

“As someone who very much experiences it throughout the colder months one of my experiences is just to be out in the sunlight for a while,” said English sophomore Davis Brooks.

Something is better than nothing, so even if it’s just studying next to the fountains for an hour, it can go a long way. And if you can’t get outside for whatever reason, consider purchasing a light box. They provide many of the same positive effects, and the Yale school of medicine has compiled a convenient list of options.

Sleep well

While this may be hard to do, especially during finals week, experts say that establishing a good “sleep-wake cycle” is crucial to maintaining your mental health.

Studies have shown that sleeping over eight hours doesn’t do much to give you more energy, but actually makes depression worse.

Even if you have to stay up well into the night, consider doing it consistently, and shooting for at least seven hours of

sleep if possible.

Talk it out

It might sound cliché, but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been shown to dramatically reduce the effects brought on by seasonal depression. While this is best achieved by speaking with a mental health professional, sometimes just taking a break from studies and spending time around people can do wonders.

Consider visiting one of the many student organizations on Get Involved, or seeking community support through the AD Bruce Religion center.

You’re not alone

At the end of the day, we’re all in this together, and you matter to someone.

Depression isn’t easy by any measure, and it can be easy to let the negative thoughts spiral as the weather outside gets gloomier. But coogs are a family, and we look out for each other.

“If a student is feeling down for multiple days at a time and can’t get motivated to do activities they normally enjoy, they should visit CAPS at the Health 2 Building or call (713-743-5454) for a brief assessment,” TrummerCabrera said.

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Self-doubt could cost you your finals grade

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EDITORIAL BOARD

EDITOR IN CHIEF

Donna Keeya

MANAGING EDITOR

Jhair Romero

WEB EDITOR Denise Miller

NEWS EDITORS

John Lomax Lisa El-Amin

SPORTS EDITOR James Mueller

OPINION EDITOR Cindy Rivas Alfaro

STAFF EDITORIAL

PHOTO EDITOR Sean Thomas

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jose GonzalezCampelo

ASSISTANT EDITORS Anh Le Armando Yanez Logan Linder

With Thanksgiving behind us, many students are now finding themselves left with nothing but the looming threat of finals between them and the end of the semester. This, combined with holidayrelated stress, can make for a tense time.

Yet managing said stress is often the deciding factor when it comes to academic success. A study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry linked self-doubt and stress to poor academic performance and more severe outcomes such as anxiety and depression.

Bill Elder is a professor and chair of the behavioral and social sciences department at the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. Elder said that a big part of overcoming stress is maintaining a positive outlook and minimizing self-doubt.

“So many of us spend time secondguessing ourselves. We put ourselves down constantly for not being prepared or not studying enough,” Elder said. “In reality, the more competence you allow yourself, the better you will generally tend to do.”

While some students might think of self-criticism as an effective tool for motivation, research has shown that it can have the opposite effect. One study found that excessive self-doubt can lead

individuals to pursue goals on the basis of avoiding failure rather than personal enrichment.

“Being positive about yourself can only really help during times of stress,” Elder said. “I think if you visualize yourself being successful, presenting that class presentation, submitting that final project or sitting down and taking that test, that will reduce your stress and result in a better outcome.”

College can be difficult, however; while practicing positivity can help in a battle against stress, it won’t win the war. To do that, the best place to start is by making a list, Elder said.

“Write down everything that needs to get done between now and the last day of the year. Write it down and then break it down into a series of tasks,” Elder said. “Just doing that one step alone can greatly reduce stress.”

Elder said this process helps restore one’s sense of control over their future and can ultimately be a stepping-stone to greater self-confidence.

Though many students can be found on campus or social media in various states of academic distress, some see it as a learning opportunity. Developing techniques to manage pressure effectively is an important part of the college experience, said journalism junior Darian Ellis.

“I think stress is a normal part of

college,” Ellis said. “College is preparing us for our professional careers in which we will experience stress. The major lesson we all need to learn is how to manage that stress individually.”

For Ellis, it’s all about maintaining balance through structure and discipline. That, combined with healthy habits and a touch of self-care, is her approach to a successful finals season.

“I have a very strict midnight sleep curfew. Pulling all-nighters isn’t beneficial to me because it doesn’t make me feel very productive the next day,” Ellis said. “I also have made Sunday my self-care day. I only do activities that make me feel relaxed or are fun.”

Even with rigorous scheduling and meticulous sleep schedules, fall semester finals can be especially challenging for students. With the holiday season on the horizon, the added burden of familial obligations and winter festivities can be difficult to shoulder.

In times like these, Elder said, it’s important to reach out to your family and friends for support.

“Call your friends and family, call the ones that you know are supportive of you and just talk to them,” Elder said. “Ask them to point out a couple of strengths they know you have. They are there to help you.”

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Be mindful of overspending as you shop for the holidays

As the year comes to an end, people are rushing to buy the best deals for Black Friday and get their Christmas presents in before the large crowds start to form at the malls.

e holiday season is all about giving for many people but this can become an issue as the givers end up maxing out their credit cards and the receivers end up never using their gifts.

Because of the pandemic, around half of Americans feel like they have to spend more on gifts to make up for the lost time.

To add on, 56 percent of people are planning to use the increasingly popular “buy now, pay later” plans o ered by companies like A rm to cover the costs of their gifts.

Gift-giving is a thoughtful way to make the other person feel loved and cared for, however, it shouldn’t become a stressful process.

People should be mindful of holiday overspending not only to keep them from accumulating unnecessary debt but to make sure that their gifts are not ending up

in land lls.

e pandemic has caused a lot of people to lose touch and many feel like they no longer know the people close to them as much as they would want. Because of this, some gifts might be returned or not

even used.

In 2020, over six billion pounds of waste ended up in land lls as people returned gifts that were never able to be resold.

Retailers face a challenge as well as the price to process

and complete returns are only increasing each year.

All of this is to say that gift-giving needs to be something that is more planned out rather than guessing what the other person would like or need.

Instead of feeling like you have to buy the most expensive gift for someone, give yourself a budget. is is extremely helpful for those with large families or a big friend group.

Spending $100 on each family member will only cause you to pull out a credit card when spending $30 could have been enough.

If you don’t know what to get someone, ask for a wishlist. ere are several websites online aimed toward making it easier for you to buy something for someone that you know will not get returned because they explicitly asked for it on their wishlist.

It might take the element of surprise out of the exchange but it is worth it to prevent any unnecessary returns.

As for wanting to add a personal touch to gifts when you feel like they’re too generic, a simple handwritten note goes a long way.

In the end, you want holiday shopping and gift-giving to make both parties — and your wallet — happy while minimizing the damage to the environment.

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The male gaze harms the perception of women

Women in lms are rarely viewed as their own person. A majority of the time, they are objecti ed, sexualized or used as a tool for the male protagonist to get ahead.

is is called the male gaze in which women are portrayed through a masculine, sexualized lens that adheres to a male standard of what it means to be a woman.

Oftentimes, women portrayed through the male gaze are belittled as their body means more to the audience than their actions and goals.

is is harmful as it provides an outlet for men to justify their misogynistic actions as well as negatively impacts women’s selfesteem and self-perception.

e e ects of the male gaze continue to be studied but the most resounding e ect would be how women feel forced to t into the standards brought forth by the male gaze in real life.

Whether they feel inclined to follow the standard or rush to reject it, it still creates a divide of what it means to be a woman

as femininity is pushed to be the main determining factor.

A common idea that arises would be the “I’m not like other girls” phenomenon where young girls reject femininity by choosing hyper-masculine traits. Although the idea is to ght the patriarchy, it only serves to further abide by it as the “other girls” who present feminine traits and hobbies are viewed as villains rather than the misogyny that is born within the patriarchy.

Femininity is not the villain nor are the women who feel happy to follow traditional feminine roles.

e female gaze, which can vary by person but still carry the same message, is an emerging term used to describe the way lms portray women as well as men to be intimate, multi-dimensional people.

A recent example would be Greta Gerwig’s adaption of “Little Women” which follows the lives of four sisters in America. Amy March, portrayed by Florence Pugh, adds a progressive aura to the lm as she claims to not be ashamed to have to marry rich but that she views marriage as an “economic proposition” where it’s the only way women can

showcase their success.

To add on, the cinematography in the lm focuses heavily on the faces of the characters, their hands and their words rather than the groundless sexualization found in other movies.

e female gaze aims to humanize women to be more than their relationships with men which is a rarity in lm. What is so great about “Little Women” is that it still keeps the element of marriage, love and traditional

female roles but it allows the women in the lm to explore those aspects and how it pertains to their goals, motivations and self-perception.

All in all, the male gaze continues to pester society as it uncomfortably paints women to be sexual objects when in reality, that is far from the truth.

ere should be more room for lms that utilize the female gaze to humanize women, celebrate femininity and provide a space

that allows women to question their roles in society without being painted as a villain.

If what is shown on the big screen re ects how women think and feel about themselves, it would be a big step toward shifting the negative perspective people have on femininity and women.

What it means to be a woman is di erent for everybody and that should be allowed to be explored.

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Dear Denise: How to land internships while in college

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

How do I get an internship?

It’s so hard applying to so many and getting constantly rejected.

is is such a good question. Finding and securing internships is a di cult and unique journey for everyone. As usual, I can only speak about my experiences, so I will let you know what’s worked for me.

In my college career, I have had about four or ve internships. Two were on campus with the athletics department, and two were o campus. I say four or ve because some things I label as internships may not be considered an internship in a traditional sense. I tell you this just to show my credentials!

As a senior, when I search for internships, I use LinkedIn and the Experience Valenti website. I’m a loud and proud LinkedIn supporter. ere are so many jobs on that platform and a good selection of ways to narrow down speci c details until it works best for you.

e key with LinkedIn is to have email noti cations set up so that new postings are sent

to you. Experience Valenti is a website designed for Valenti School students. If you aren’t in the communications school, I’m sorry.

When it comes to rejections, I am de nitely a pro at that! It’s so disheartening to constantly receive rejections when you put so much e ort into the application. When I receive a no, I try to look at it as a blessing. In my mind, if they didn’t want me, then good for me. Maybe I wasn’t meant to be there

because the workplace sucks or the coworkers are evil. I come up with scenarios to try and feel better, to be honest.

On a more helpful note, I know Career Services o ers programs such as résumé critiques and interview practice. at is helpful when learning about your strengths and weaknesses in the interview process.

Keep applying! e only way to get a yes is if you complete an

application, so don’t lose hope.

What’s your ideal office aesthetic?

I like a clean, minimalist look in an o ce. at sterile look is comforting because it doesn’t allow me to get distracted. I think having a few pictures or personal touches is acceptable, but I don’t want to crowd my space too much.

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Give yourself plenty of time to assess situations before you judge others or decide to make a move that will a ect your lifestyle and relationships with friends, relatives and peers. Be aware of how others feel, and communicate openly and honestly to avoid misunderstandings. Intervene if anyone tries to manipulate or force you into a compromising position. Call the shots.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Rein in emotions and use common sense to ensure you avoid a path paved with good intentions but little substance. Get the facts before you agree to something that can hurt your reputation.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

-- Look at the possibilities, and you’ll gure out a new way to use the skills and services you have

honed over the years. Explore something you enjoy doing.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)

-- Expect to face opposition. Keep your thoughts and plans to yourself until you have everything ready to launch. e element of surprise will be to your advantage.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Choose to remain calm and avoid conversations with opinionated individuals looking for a ght. Put your energy where it counts and spend your time doing what you do best.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

-- You may want change, but if someone has a legitimate reason

to sit tight and wait for a better opportunity, listen to them. Put your energy into something that will improve your skills.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Don’t share too much information with your colleagues or superiors. By gathering facts and familiarizing yourself with who is doing what, you will control what transpires. Protect your position.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Keep your money and important documents in a safe place. Keep a watchful eye over what others choose to do, and it will give you some valuable insight. Don’t

overspend on entertainment.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Take it easy. If you disrupt your home or relationships to bring about an unwanted change, you will miss out on the chance to implement a worthwhile plan. Step outside your comfort zone.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -You’ll have plenty to contribute, so don’t hold back. It’s up to you to ne-tune whatever you oversee if you want things to run smoothly. Do whatever it takes to reach your destination on time.

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The Center for Student Media provides comprehensive advisory and financial support to the university’s student-run media: The Cougar newspaper, CoogTV and COOG Radio.

Part of the Student Life portfolio in the Division of Student Affairs, the CSM is concerned with the development of students, focusing on critical thinking, leadership, ethics, collaboration, intercultural competence, goal-setting and ultimately, degree attainment. ultimately, degree attainment. While our students are engaged in producing and promoting media channels and content, our goal is to ensure they are learning to become better thinkers and leaders in the process.

CENTER FOR STUDENT MEDIA

(713) 743-5350 csm@uh.edu www.uh.edu/csm N221 University Center University of Houston Houston, TX 77204-4015

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