You can talk
not afraid to be
As you race into the parking lot five ~ no, wait - eight minutes late
for class, your pulse quickens. Being late to class has become your
undergraduate reputation at the University of Houston.
So you hustle and bustle to class with sleep in your eyes, unaware of
construction workers pounding away at a new building or physical plant
employees wading through water to fix a broken pipe.
If you are awake enough to notice something is different, you grab
The Daily Cougar and read it on the way to class (Of course you would
never neglect your education and read it in class).
Reading the stories, you occasionally look at the names on the
byline. Perhaps you wonder, what about the writer? Who is the
person behind the name?
Well, to set the record straight, reporters are anatomically the
same as other humans.
Al Greenwood, investigative desk chief for The Daily Cougar,
said journalists are an oxymoron. "We're all shy, yet we're always
talking to people!'
But Student Advertising Manager Sobana Varghese disagreed,
saying, "I think they're much more inquisitive than other people.
You can talk about almost anything with reporters. They're not
afraid to be different!'
However, Cougar columnists set the precedence in the
newsroom for speaking their minds.
"I think they have good self-esteem," said Laura Koontz, chief
copy editor. She added that it would be difficult to say some of the
things columnists do. "I couldn't put myself on the chopping block like
that!' she said.
No matter what they have to say, every member of the Cougar staff
has quickly found that its easy to become part of the family.
Managing Editor Scott Williams said he thinks it is important for the
members of a paper to stick together. "There are so many forces out there
against us, we kind of have to be nice to each other!'
Sometimes columnists argue with cartoonists, cartoonists with
editors, editors with reporters (and any combination of the three), but
when push comes to shove (deadline), everyone comes together to create
the best paper they can. This togetherness can lead to some strange
friendships. After all, if you had to spend eight to 16 hours a day with
anyone, they would start to grow on you after a while.
Spring Daily Cougar
staff: (back) Adam
Burns, Shane William
row) Aaron Neathery.
Laura Koontz, Heather
Scott, Liz Carter, Lisa
Chmiola, Amy Davis,
Chris Stelmak. Camilla
Astorga, Tera Roberson,
Andrew Ferraro, (front)
Ed De La Garza.
Veronica Murillo, Joey
Guerra, Jim Parsons, Al
Williams Photo by
Fall Daily Cougar staff:
(back) Stephen Stelmak,
Chris Stelmak. Don
LeGrand, Joey Guerra,
(front) Cheryl Luedke,
Lisa Chmiola, Leonard
Cachola. Photo by