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@thedailycougar Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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Issue 2, Volume 88

‘Built for This’

After years of being doubted, UH quarterback Clayton Tune is finally meeting the moment. | PG. 4

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Financial Aid office breaks down Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan LISA EL-AMIN



In August, President Joe Biden announced a student loan forgiveness plan canceling up to $20,000 of student loan debt for many borrowers. In response, the executive director of Scholarships and Financial Aid Briget Jans has broken down details about the program and how eligible student borrowers are impacted. Most students impacted by the forgiveness program are borrowers of direct federal loans held by the government. Loans borrowed prior to June 30 are eligible for forgiveness. Other requirements include earning less than $125,000 annually to receive up to $10,000 in forgiveness and borrowers with a Pell Grant can receive up to $20,000. “It’s really helping people who are already in loan repayment more than it would impact like freshmen, for example,” Jans said. “Be mindful of what you’re borrowing and that’s something that we always try to stress. We will tell someone what their maximum eligibility is, but if you don’t need to borrow the maximum eligibility to get through the school year, then borrow exactly what you need and don’t borrow more.” According to Federal Student Aid, the public service loan program forgives the remaining balance on your direct loans after making 120 monthly repayments. Requirements also include being employed by any federal, state, tribal or local agency while working full time. Jans shared that the forgiveness plan helps burdened borrowers who are finding it difficult, between loan repayments and interests, to pursue the next phase of things such as buying a house or getting married. Since Biden’s announcement, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid have received higher call volumes about student loans and seen more students taking out loans with misunderstandings that loan forgiveness doesn’t apply for this academic year. Currently, the Department of Education is developing the student loan forgiveness application, but borrowers

In August, President Joe Biden announced a student loan forgiveness plan canceling up to $20,000 of student loan debt for many borrowers. | Dylan Burkett/The Cougar can be provided with updates about the application and programs. “There’s a website that they can go to subscribe for updates on any new information about the program,” Jans said. “The key piece of that is that is the website where if they sign up for the subscription, they will get notified as soon as the applications are available.” Jans said that when someone takes out a loan through the University, they’re actually borrowing from the federal government. Since there aren’t people to process the loans, they “contract with different companies” or service providers who handle the repayment process. Jans emphasizes that it’s critical for

anyone interested in the forgiveness program to make sure they know who their servicer is but also that their loan servicer has their correct contact information. On the student aid website, borrowers are able to look at their records, contact who their servicer is and see whether or not they have a Pell Grant. “If you’ve moved and your servicer is mailing something to your old address or you use a different email address, you’re not going to have the latest information,” Jans said. Some students, like public policy junior Angela Norris, feel optimistic about the program’s goals. “I think that the plan is a good step in

the right direction and will help alleviate the financial burden from many lowincome students,” Norris said. Individuals with student loan debt can focus on investing their income into what they want without the burden of the monthly payment, according to Jans. “Everything that people do once they hit adulthood pretty much gets driven by how much money they have available to use for those choices that would make,” Jans said. “And this will just give a whole lot of people a little more choice. A little more ability to do what they would really like to do with these resources.”


Voting 101: How to register as a college student JOHN LOMAX


As a college student, it’s all too easy to find yourself caught up in the social and academic demands of life at UH. It’s still important, however, to be aware of the world outside campus and the role you have to play in it. That being said, one of the most important responsibilities of being an adult in the U.S. is voting. This article will walk you through the process of registering to

vote step-by-step, so you’re fully prepared to make your voice heard come November.

Requirements Before we continue there are a few things you should be aware of, as well as some information you’ll need to have on hand before you register to vote. In order to register to vote in Harris County, you will need to meet a few requirements. First, you must be a U.S citizen as well as a resident of the county in which the

application for registration is made. Second, while you can register to vote two months before your 18th birthday, you must be 18 in order to actually vote. Third, you cannot register if you have been convicted of a felony or have been declared mentally incompetent in a court of law. A final caveat for out-of-state students is that they may either vote in their home


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Monkeypox threat is low, but some remain concerned EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR IN CHIEF

Donna Keeya



Sean Thomas Armando Yanez


Cindy Rivas Alfaro


James Schillinger

Lisa El-Amin

Dylan Burkett

Jhair Romero

Denise Miller John Lomax






James Mueller


While the threat of monkeypox is low, the outbreak has caused concern for some at the University. | Dylan Burkette/The Cougar



While the threat of monkeypox is low, the outbreak caused concern for some at the University. An email previously sent out by the University reassured students that the situation is being constantly monitored and the threat of monkeypox is seen as low. The vice president for medical affairs Dr. Stephen Spann stated that education is the top priority and noted a newly created website to spread information regarding the disease and the stigma surrounding it. “The University is preparing response plans and University-specific guidance, should there be any cases on campus,” Spann said. “Just as we have seen with other communicable diseases, infection rates on campus are likely to mirror cases in the community.” The disease is spread mainly through

skin-to-skin contact, unlike COVID-19 which is spread through droplets and airborne transmission. While monkeypox is being seen largely in men who have sex with men, the spread of it is not limited to one community. “Monkeypox is mostly transmitted through intimate, skin-to-skin contact, including sexual contact; however, it is not isolated to certain communities,” Spann said. “As an inclusive and caring university community, we have a shared responsibility to refrain from using stigmatizing words or actions related to monkeypox virus.” The University is continuously monitoring the situation and even has testing available for the UH community. Students are able to be tested at the Student Health Center, with faculty and staff testing at the Family Care Center. Some students, however, don’t think the University is doing enough. Exploratory studies junior Aud Hieronymus suggested


Step 1: Find the form The first step in dealing with anything involving government bureaucracy is finding and filling out the correct paperwork. Luckily, as a UH student this step has been made easier for you thanks to the 1998 Higher Education Act. This law mandates that all post-secondary institutions make a “good-faith effort” to distribute voter registration forms to students. According to the UH website, forms are available to students at the Student Center

away at the ballot box) and locate a nearby elections office to return it to. According to the Harris County voter registration site, the closest elections office to the University is at Palm Center, located at 5300 Griggs Road. Another important thing to note here is that you have until Oct. 8 to submit your form if you wish to vote in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

Continued from page 2 precinct via an absentee ballot or they can update their registration to vote in Harris County. It is important to note, however, that registering in two states at the same time is illegal. Additionally, ensure you have access to documents such as your Social Security card and birth certificate as you may need information from them.

putting a form of plastic protection over the numerous sitting areas in the student centers. A concern of theirs, however, is the possibility of members in the queer community being outed if they contract the disease. “I wear pins with my sexuality and gender identity— because I want any other queer folx out and about to notice me, as I know I get very excited when I see other queer people,” Hieronymus said. “It’s a different thing in medicine since doctors are in a very powerful position” The biggest symptom of monkeypox is a rash, along with bumps, blisters and ulcers. When working to prevent transmission, avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone diagnosed or showing symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a live tracker on their website, with Texas having one of the highest case counts in the country.

One of the most important civic responsibilities of being an adult in the U.S. is voting. | Gerald Sastra/The Cougar

South Information Center, the Student Center North commons desk, the Dean of Students Office and the management office of every on-campus residence.

Step 2: Fill out, turn in the form OK, so you meet the requirements, you have the form, now what? From here on out all you really need to do is ensure you fill out the form correctly ( failure to do so can result in being turned

The Staff Editorial reflects the opinions of The Cougar Editorial Board (the members of which are listed above the editorial). All other opinions, commentaries and cartoons reflect only the opinion of the author. Opinions expressed in The Cougar do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Houston or the students as a whole.

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That’s it! Congratulations, you are now a registered voter! While this process may seem relatively simple, if you are unable to make it to an elections office due to lack of transportation or scheduling conflicts, just keep an eye out for voter registration events on campus! There are a wide array of organizations that host events designed solely to get students registered to vote such as the Student Government Association’s “2000 Voters 2022” registration event on Sept. 19-22.

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Big moments no longer faze UH’s Clayton Tune JAMES MUELLER


SAN ANTONIO — Two years ago, being down 14 entering the fourth quarter would have been an insurmountable deficit for UH to overcome. But the 2022 Cougars are a different football team and it was on full display on Saturday afternoon. “They had that look in their eye like this game ain’t over,” said UH head coach Dana Holgorsen. Even when the game seemed out of reach, the moment never got too big for UH. Doubt was nonexistent on the UH sideline because the Cougars never felt like they were out of the game. “If we’re down, we don’t panic,” said junior receiver Nathaniel Dell. “One stop and one touchdown and we’re back in it. We kept that mindset and we just kept fighting.” This belief started with the UH quarterback. Clayton Tune’s message was to clear to his offense, despite their struggles through three quarters. “Look, don’t panic,” Tune said he told his teammates when the Cougars found themselves down double-digits against UTSA. “If we go three-and-out or if we don’t score for two or three possessions in a row, don’t worry about it. Just keep hammering away. The floodgates are going to open at some point.” The Cougars’ offense listened to their quarterback. Soon enough, things started to click. 17 unanswered fourth quarter points later, a game that seemed out of reach for UH was headed to overtime. “It’s just if there’s a will, there’s a way,” Tune said. “I just wanted to win more than they did. I was going to do anything possible to make it happen.” After both teams kicked field goals in the first overtime possession, UH set up from

UH quarterback Clayton Tune goes airborne to convert what proved to be the game-winning two-point conversion in triple overtime of the Cougars’ victory over UTSA. | Courtesy of UH athletics

the UTSA 25 to begin double overtime. It was all about Tune from there. There was no scenario in which Tune was going to let his team lose. On third-and-4, Tune took off towards the sticks on the UH sideline. UH athletic director Chris Pezman came as a casualty of that run, as Tune took him out on the sidelines, but the first down was picked up and that was all that mattered. Plays later on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Tune used his legs once again, waltzing into the end zone for the touchdown. Having to go for two under the rules of double overtime, a busted play didn’t stop Tune from putting the ball right on the

money for Tank Dell to pick up the twopoint conversion. Tune refused to let a false start in triple overtime, where each team has one attempt at a two-point conversion, to derail him. Flushed from the pocket, Tune scrambled to his left. At the 3-yard line, he noticed a UTSA defender standing at the goal line waiting for him. He knew he couldn’t go through the UTSA defender so only one option remained — taking a leap of faith, literally. Tune went airborne, jumping over the UTSA defender and flipping into the end zone for what proved to be the gamewinning score. “I knew he was going to hurdle,”

Holgorsen said. “If he’s put in a situation where the game’s on the line, he’ll do whatever he’s got to do … At the end of the day, when it comes down to what do you got to do win, he’s going to do it.” Tune, who has had plenty of doubters ever since he took over the starting quarterback position in 2019, showed that the big moments that fazed him a couple years back or even early last season are now an afterthought. In fact, Tune lives for the ball to be in his hands when the game is on the line. “He’s built for it,” Dell said of his quarterback.


Dana Holgorsen: Analytics say take ball first in overtime JAMES MUELLER


It has been widely accepted across college football that if a team wins the overtime coin toss that choosing to begin on defense is the smart decision. Well, until now. On Saturday afternoon, when UH won the toss Dana Holgorsen chose to put the ball in the hands of his offense to begin overtime in the Cougars’ season opener against UTSA. This decision turned many heads but the unconventional choice was an easy one for Holgorsen to make. “Our overtime strategy was always going to be to take the ball,” Holgorsen told the media on Monday morning. Why? Analytics.

Holgorsen said that over the past few seasons he has started to really pay attention to analytics to find ways that he can increase the Cougars’ odds of winning. Under college football’s new overtime rules, which went into effect in 2021, teams must go for two after scoring a touchdown in double overtime. If the game goes into triple overtime, then both teams will alternate two-point attempts until a winner is decided. Once these rules were put into play, Holgorsen and his staff did a deep dive on overtime. The results went against the traditional wisdom that going on defense to begin overtime, because it allows that team’s offense to know what they have to do to tie or win the game once they get the ball, gave a team the best chance to win the game. “We went back and ( found that) over

the last six years 54 percent of teams that had the ball first (in overtime) won. Over the last three years, 56 percent of teams that had the ball first won,” Holgorsen said. “I think that’s enough to move the needle.” Choosing to put the ball in the hands of Clayton Tune and the UH offense to begin overtime against UTSA proved to be the right choice as the Cougars came out on top after Tune’s heroics followed by a defensive stop in triple overtime. “I’m not worried about the perception of not doing what you’re supposed to do,” Holgorsen said. “If unconventional ways of doing things give you better odds of being able to be successful, I’m going to do it. And if there’s criticism involved in it, then I don’t care.”

Dana Holgorsen made the unconventional decision to put his offense on the field to begin overtime in the UH football’s season opener against UTSA. | James Schillinger/The Cougar

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One last ride for UH soccer defender Emma Clarke ARMANDO YANEZ


In the last four years, senior defender Emma Clarke has grown tremendously into a cornerstone player of the UH soccer team. The Christchurch, New Zealand native, entering her fifth year with the program, has donned the scarlet and white with pride on and off the field. Her significant role on the Cougars’ backline paralleled her outstanding leadership on a Houston team coming off its best season in program history, earning her a spot on the preseason American Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team, the only Cougar to be honored on the list this season. “It’s a little different for me because I’m not really used to getting recognition,” Clarke said. “It’s just really nice. I’m a fifthyear (player) so I’ve put in a lot of work over the years, so to be recognized is really special and I’m really happy to represent our team.” Entering her last collegiate season, Clarke has supplied four years of exceptional play, leadership and a large pair of shoes to fill, setting an example for her teammates and defenders who will have come after her and will attempt to become the next backbone of the Cougars’ defense. “This season is my fifth year so I’m really just going all in,” Clarke said. “There’s nothing to lose and I’m putting everything on the line and I’m trying to have the biggest season possible. I love that now as a fifthyear (player), I can kind of just try and set an example for the freshman coming in and the classes below me. Just really enjoying my last year.” Clarke, who has seen countless teammates come and go both in her half-decade with the Cougars, her playing days at St. Margaret College and previous experiences representing New Zealand with the U19s and U20s, has always been a team player. Possessing the caps and experience she holds in her back pocket, Clarke has a clear idea of what approach she and this team want to take heading into the season. “This year we are really focusing on having an all-in mentality,” Clarke said. That goes for players who play 90 minutes, those who don’t get any minutes. We’re all a family and we are in this together. Having an all-in mentality and becoming mentally tough is something that we’re really working on as a team. That’s exciting to see.” This Cougars team is coming off one of the best seasons in program history with an overall record of 13-5-2 and a dominant home record of 9-1-1. Starting in 19 of 20 games last season, the Cougars posted 10 clean sheets with Emma Clarke heavily involved in leading the backline. Setting the bar high in 2021, the Cougars welcomed first-year head coach Jaime Frias to the program after former head coach Diego Bocanegra announced his retirement at the conclusion of last season. With the appointment of Frias as head coach announced in February, this team got

Senior defender Emma Clarke plays a ball in the Cougars’ regular season home game against Rice. | Courtesy UH athletics

the chance to work with him, adding ease to the start of a new era for Houston soccer. “Jaime came in the spring, which is our offseason, and he really fit right in,” Clarke said. “He got to know every player on a really personal level, he worked really hard to understand the girls, to start implementing his specific style and how he likes to play a team in the spring. It just gave us a huge head start for our actual season this fall so at this point it has felt like he has been here for years. It doesn’t feel like he’s a new coach at all.” Five games into the season and sitting at 2-2-1, UH are coming fresh off a 3-1 victory against Rice, where Clarke recorded her second career goal for the Cougars as they prepare for a two-match road trip before opening up conference play at home on Sept. 15 against South Florida. During Clarke’s last ride, she is prepared to empty the tank this season as her collegiate career nears an end. Despite the wins and losses, Clarke values what it means to be a team and everything that encapsulates being a team player. The memories, the relationships, the accolades and the love for the game that will always stick around once the true final whistle has been blown on an exceptional career. “For me, being a part of a team is really special,” Clarke said. “I know that a lot of people take that for granted and this might be my last year that I’m playing on such a close-knit team. I think this year, I really want to be there for my teammates and support them as they support me. I want to create those friendships and those bonds that last way beyond playing college soccer.”

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Misogyny, hate have no place on social media platforms CINDY RIVAS ALFARO


Social media platforms must do more to prevent offensive, misogynistic and harmful rhetoric, especially when it’s geared toward young audiences. Recently, Andrew Tate has become infamously popular for his misogynistic beliefs that have been given traction by younger men. In his comments, he has invalidated sexual assault victims, claimed women as property and even supported the grooming of 18-year-old teens. Freedom of speech is the main argument when it comes to defending his rhetoric. Despite his backward ideology, his followers believe he has the right to speak his mind. However, his way of thinking is giving several young men a misguided sense of confidence that places a threat on women. Many of these young men dangerously believe that women are below men and will stop at nothing to prove this. Online harassment is where it starts before it ends up transferring to real life. Social media has provided a

Users like Andrew Tate regularly spread misogyny and hate on social media platforms. | Jose Gonzalez-Campelo/The Cougar

community for these dangerous ideas which should not be allowed on any platform. Meta has currently banned Andrew Tate from Instagram and Facebook, but things should not end there. Because of his increased popularity, his rhetoric has spread to other sites like Reddit and Twitter. Around 45 percent of teens

use social media constantly which means the lives of these teens are based on the views of strangers online, not the ones they see in person. Social media has a responsibility to make sure harmful ideologies do not continue spreading to a younger generation that is vulnerable to lies and misinformation. The concept of freedom of

speech has been warped to protect dangerous ideologies and give power to the wrong people. A recent example would be former President Donald Trump, whose social media rampages incited the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, after he lost the election. He has been known to use social media to spread

misinformation, attack anyone who does not share his beliefs and take advantage of his large following. To this day, he is still banned on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for his actions. Despite this, Trump has continued to find ways to work around his ban through different social media sites, including his own Truth Social. It did not take long before the social media app became a hub for violence. A man who attempted to break into a Cincinnati FBI office had made an account on Truth Social where he made threats against the agency. Several other users were commenting on violent posts as well. All of this is to say that allowing people with violent, offensive and harmful content on social media is not freedom of speech but an infringement of social safety. To create a safe environment, there should be limits to what a person can say and do online. If their actions can hurt someone in person, then they should not be allowed on the internet.


Liberal arts education should be valued more CINDY RIVAS ALFARO


A liberal arts education provides multi-dimensional knowledge that is vital in today’s world. There has been a push for STEM-focused education in recent years that has shoved the liberal arts to the sidelines. Society needs engineers, doctors and scientists but these roles are not created from just pure science-focused courses. Engineers need to learn how to collaborate with others, doctors need to learn how to be empathetic toward their patients and scientists need to ponder moral and ethical decisions. All of these skills are taught through a liberal arts education. Aside from strengthening a student’s critical thinking and communication, it offers transferable knowledge that provides a broader set of skills that can be used in any field. Microsoft president Brad Smith has emphasized the importance of liberal arts degrees in the world of STEM.

When it comes to creating artificial intelligence technology, it requires more things than just code. Developers of self-driving cars are already struggling with ethical dilemmas regarding accidents. Whether to save the driver, passenger or pedestrian is not easily solved with a math equation. It requires a humanistic approach that take morals, empathy and other human characterstics into account. Another concern regarding a liberal arts education is the return on investment. The 10-year salary for most liberal arts careers is $62,000 which is 40 percent lower than the average median of a 10-year salary for a STEM degree. However, the 40-year salary from a liberal arts education rises close to one million which is 25 percent higher than that of a STEM degree. Concern over monetary compensation is valid since it arises the question of whether liberal arts graduates are adequately paid for their work.

Teachers are one of the many occupations that are underpaid despite carrying one of the most essential jobs of teaching children who are the next generation. Gov. Greg Abbott has pushed for voucher programs that take money away from public schools to private ones. Money is leaving the public education system which affects not only students but teachers as well. More than half of teachers are planning to quit their jobs because of burnout and lack of support in their field. They are too many job openings available which leave the remaining teachers forced to pick up the slack from the empty spots. It is safe to say that these teachers are not being paid for the extra work they are pushed to do. Black and Hispanic teachers also have higher turnover rates, which raises a concern about racial disparities in education and the type of schools that are struggling the most.

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Several other careers that come from a liberal arts education are struggling to make ends meet. With that in mind, a liberal arts education is not valued the same as a STEM education despite them sharing the same goal of creating a better society. Both are equally important to innovate future projects and advancements. The only difference between the two are their approaches. While one is more systematic and tech-heavy, the other combines several soft skills

together to make sure the idea comes to life smoothly. Instead of putting these two fields against each other, academia should focus on combining their strengths to build a more inclusive future. The government should also put effort into making sure people who study liwberal arts are adequately paid for the work they do. Uniting these two fields is vital for society’s advancements.

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Dear Denise: When roomates disagree DENISE MILLER

In The Cougar’s weekly anonymous advice column, I talk about music, relationships and serious disagreements with roommates. To submit your questions for future issues, click the Dear Denise button on our home page.

Hi friend! And wow, you are in a predicament. I wish I was sitting next to you because I need some context. Why did you stop talking to him? Did you think you liked him too much? Did he

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Have a plan in place. High energy coupled with intuition will get you where you want to go. Don’t let anger or frustration stand between you and your dreams. Face situations head-on and play to win. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -Speak passionately and pursue your goals. Share your thoughts with someone you look up to, and the input you receive will enrich your vision. Don’t let disappointment set in. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Do what you must, then move on to something more pleasurable. Rewarding yourself will give you the boost you need. A partnership will provide you with the leverage


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Heyyyyyyy. I have a sneaking suspicion that I know who wrote this. Only a few people use my full government name when addressing me, but to answer your question … I am a serial music repeater. My Spotify ‘On Repeat’ is truly all I stream, but I have been listening to Giveon more than normal lately. I am going to see him perform at 713 Music Hall soon, and I am too excited. If you have never listened to Giveon, I’m going to give you a list of my favorite songs and I highly urge you to give them a listen. • “World We Created” • “Tryna Be” • “Unholy Matrimony”



Jhair Romero Donna Keeya COVER

Senator James Schillinger

Dylan Burkett/The Cougar have some serious red flags that you were scared of ? So many questions, but I know I’m not going to get an answer right now. If you keep seeing him around campus, maybe it’s meant to be. The campus is huge, but it can feel small when you constantly run into the same people. The odds of running into people you know all the time are low, so if you keep crossing paths, it has to be a sign. If you want, reach back out and send him a text. If you don’t, invest in a good pair of sunglasses to hide in.

to explore possibilities. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Support a cause and do your best to make a difference. Consider what’s possible and apply your skills. Enthusiasm and high energy will help you set the pace and inspire others. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Don’t give up. If you are a good listener, you will gain insight into what’s possible. Play around with the facts and figures, and you’ll find a workable solution. Live within your means. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Put your energy into something that will make you feel good about who you are and how you live. Fixing up your surroundings will give you a boost, but don’t go into debt doing so.

My roommates really hate each other. It’s gotten to the point where one of them put our address online because the other wouldn’t stop leaving the door unlocked. What do you recommend I do? Oh wow. I’m going to be honest. If this were me, I would move out. I don’t care if I need to pay for breaking the contract or if my roommates will get mad at me, but it’s time to go. You do not want to be around if something escalates. Leaving the door

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Sort through your thoughts and feelings before you share them with others. It’s essential to understand what’s possible before you make promises. Personal improvements require patience. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Your hard work will pay off. The support of influential people will lead to better days ahead, but you may have to work hard to earn such confidence. Progress and rewards are heading your way. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Indecisiveness will be your downfall. Your decisions will help determine how much respect you receive from others. Don’t let your emotions interfere with doing what’s right and best for you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) --

unlocked is so unsafe for a variety of reasons, so I understand the frustrations. From a student leader perspective, I would say y’all need to sit down together and talk about where everything went wrong. Preferably with a third party in the room who could mediate, but that just doesn’t sound realistic. Why is sis leaking y’all’s address? What happened to stranger danger? What happened to common sense? You need to get out of there with a quickness.

You’ve got momentum; don’t look back or slow down. Keep your eye on the target, and you’ll reach your destination on time and with a healthy attitude. Don’t be shy; recognize your strengths. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Handle domestic and financial matters carefully. Be ready to turn down anyone looking for a handout. Offer suggestions and physical assistance, but don’t pay for someone else’s mistake. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Put more emphasis on finding the truth and taking care of anything that may stand between you and whatever you want to pursue. Listen to what’s being said and offered. - Eugenia Last


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