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Thursday, September 28, 2023


Daily Cougar seeks community involvement

A new semester has commenced, and for thousands of students this will be the first taste of "college life" – the dynamic, if not slightly over-emphasized, transition that will be the source of countless joys and headaches for so many new faces.

The experience can be unparalleled, and without a little guidance, overwhelming. With it the familiarities and intimacies of the past are abruptly discarded, and new opportunities – and confusions – seem to be approaching from all angles.

That’s why The Daily Cougar is here for you. We offer more than just campus news and job opportunities for budding journalists, photographers, advertising representatives and graphic designers.

We’re also a part of your university experience, serving as a public forum for students, faculty and staff on a wide array of hot-button issues.

Our new and improved Web site offers room for reader commentary and debate, and a letter to the editor is never farther than the click of a mouse.

We appreciate input from all ends of all spectrums, political or otherwise, and seek to foster a continuing dialogue within the UH community.

New polls on the Web site will also offer valuable insight into the perceptions of the community, allowing readers to publicly display their opinions.

If there’s something you feel hasn’t been handled properly at the University, tell us about it.

If you don’t agree with the way a story was written, the comment sections are always open and we’d love to hear what you have to say. If you see something unusual on campus, we can investigate.

Our reporters, editors and I are all here to serve you. We are, after all, financed in part by student fees, and we want you to get your money’s worth.

This semester one of our top concerns is keeping you informed. Not only will you know the latest developments coming from organizations such as the Student Government Association and the UH System Board of Regents, but we’ll also keep you posted on dates vital to your attendance at the University as well as times and locations of important public meetings.

We also know that you have questions, and we can help you find answers. This semester we will be implementing a question-and-answer forum to periodically run in lieu of the "Five Minutes of Fame," so that if there’s a University issue you want to know the answer to, we can assist.

Whether you need to know where to renew your parking permit, how many students study accounting or simply what made Stephen Power Farish worthy of a building, we’ll be at your service.

Never hesitate to give us a ring, shoot us an e-mail or drop by our office in Room 151 in the School of Communication. Our doors are open.

This newspaper is about you, and it’s through your feedback and ideas that we can improve ourselves while keeping you in the know.

Arterbury, editor in chief of The Daily Cougar, can be reached via [email protected].

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