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Spring 2024

It’s cool to be a Coug couple

At the Coug. In the CUB. On the mall.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Coug couples share the stories of where and how they met at Washington State University.

WSU, it appears, is quite the matchmaker.

Want to add your love story to the mix? Email your anecdote along with then-and-now photos to associate editor Adriana Janovich at

Meantime, enjoy these Coug love stories.


From Syria to Pullman

Munir Abdel-Massih Daud (’67 Civ. Eng., ’72 Arch.) came to the United States to get a degree. He planned to return home to Syria after that. He didn’t plan on falling in love, … » More …

Summer 2007

Happy—and healthy—ever after

“In sickness or in health. . .”

That noble sentiment of the traditional marriage vow says your spouse promises to stick with you if you get sick. What it doesn’t say, and what a study by Washington State University psychologist John Ruiz (photo) and researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University now shows, is that your spouse’s personality can help you heal–or speed your demise.

And, in the happiest of endings, being satisfied with your partner, no matter what his or her personality, is like an inoculation against all the bad things wrought by depression and anxiety.

Drawing on a subject group … » More …