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Volume 71, Issue 59, Friday, November 18, 2005


SPC elects Lee editor

Senior wants to improve 'behind the scenes' of the Cougar

Cougar News Staff

The Student Publications Committee on Thursday elected Zach Lee editor in chief of The Daily Cougar for the spring semester.

Lee, an English and Spanish senior, said he believes his experience at the newspaper will help him to lead.

"I do everything I can to make (the paper) better," Lee told committee members.

The Student Publications Committee elected English and Spanish senior Zach Lee as the Spring 2006 editor in chief of The Daily Cougar. Lee said his experience as section editor, copy editor and staff writer will help him lead the newspaper.
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Lee has worked for the Cougar for more than two years as an entertainment writer, opinion columnist, Arts & Entertainment editor -- the predecessor of Life & Arts -- and copy editor. That experience, he said, has let him see the process of producing the newspaper in ways many staff members do not.

As editor in chief, Lee said he will work on improving the "behind-the-scenes" operation of the paper, from graphics to page makeup to copy editing. He will have to work with a largely new editorial board because many editors do not plan to return to their posts in the spring, he said.

Applications for the Spring 2006 Cougar staff are available from the Student Publications Business Office, Room 151, Communication Building.

The other candidate for editor was Barrett Goldsmith, who is pursuing a master's degree in political science and is a member of the newspaper's senior staff.

In other business, the Houstonian yearbook Editor Jenna McManus told the committee the yearbook's Photo Week, which is now under way, promises to be more successful than that of last year. McManus said 115 students had had their yearbook photos taken as of Thursday afternoon and more planned to come in late Thursday and Friday.

"That number should jump up a lot more from 115," she said.

The yearbook will hold a second Photo Week in the spring, during which all students may have their photos taken for the annual.

The Daily Cougar Editor in Chief Matt Dulin also told the committee the newspaper didn't win a Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press, recognizing general excellence, but it was one of several finalists for the honor.

"We didn't win, but to be among the finalists is an honor, and it speaks highly of all the efforts of the staff from last year," Dulin said.

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