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30: Life&Arts editor peaces out
December 5, 2016
During my first day as the Life&Arts editor, a sinking feeling settled in the pit of my stomach.
Sexual assault survivor shares experience of betrayal, lost trust
November 30, 2016
Raised by a policeman and a rape crisis counselor, Eva never walked alone at night or left home without her Mace. But she could never have prepared for her closest friends to be the largest threat she faced.
Self-supporting student finds hope at UT
November 27, 2016
“My senior year, I was so worried about tomorrow and not really where I would be in a year. It was really exciting getting onto campus.”
Family, friends host memorial service to honor Abz Zeitler
November 20, 2016
To some, she was a mentor, to others a teammate. Some called her their “ghoulfriend,” others knew her as a co-worker, an employee, a daughter, a best friend, a sister.
Tat-Tuesday: Sound On Sound festivalgoers share stories behind their ink
November 8, 2016
Sound On Sound attendees reveal individuality and friendship through their tattoos.
Sound on Sound Fest: Day Three proves worth the wait
November 7, 2016
Rain or shine, the show must go on.
SOS Fest: Day Two brings ultimate dream pop experience
November 6, 2016
Day Two of Sound On Sound Festival kicked off to a muddy start after a round of heavy morning showers early Saturday, but that didn’t stop festivalgoers clad in rain boots and jackets from lining up early.
Electric hip-hop performances dominate Day One of inaugural Sound On Sound Music Festival
November 5, 2016
Slowly but surely, attendees trickled into the Sherwood Forest grounds Friday afternoon for the inaugural Sound On Sound Festival.
Q&A: Phantogram's Sarah Barthel talks new album, finding light in darkness
November 4, 2016
"In a way, we knew we were doing something different, but we were also just making music that we wanted to hear."
Q&A: Small Black shares loss reflected in latest album
October 27, 2016
When Small Black’s lead singer Josh Kolenik started writing music, he performed a song about hating his elementary school teachers with his then band, Crayola Crew.
Tat-Tuesday: ACL Weekend 2 attendees share personal stories behind tattoos
October 11, 2016
When asked about his tattoos, Jeremie Saunders tells people they don’t want to know the meaning behind them — usually.
ACL Day Three Recap: LCD knocks it out of the park, Willie Nelson satisfies crowds
October 10, 2016
It’s not easy to follow headlining acts such as Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Mumford and Sons. But on Sunday, LCD Soundsystem concluded the festival with the most passionate performance of the weekend.
15th annual ACL closes out with a bang
October 10, 2016
Another successful ACL weekend has come and gone.
ACL Day Two Recap: Kendrick captivates audiences, concluding a hip hop-heavy Saturday
October 9, 2016
Friday’s highlights were alternative rock bands, but Saturday’s were the kings of hip hop.
ACL Day One recap: Radiohead tops last weekend’s performance, M83 dazzles crowd
October 8, 2016
The first day of ACL Weekend 2 lives up to expectations.
Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell talks making music as father, favorite festival
October 7, 2016
The Daily Texan spoke with Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell about writing music as a father, maturing in the music industry and his favorite music festival experience.
The Daily Texan staff members share advice, what to expect at ACL
September 30, 2016
Daily Texan staff discusses favorite ACL acts and previous experiences.
Father-son duo recall rise, fall of Tejano music in Austin
September 23, 2016
To the majority of radio broadcasters in the 1960s, Tejano music was the “ugly stepchild” of the industry. But to people like Marcelo Tafoya and his son, Tony, it was Cinderella.
Longhorns in Love: Geography professors share love story
September 7, 2016
They met in the flat planes of Botswana, sleeping in tents, cooking over a fire pit and living out of their suitcases.
UT Tower carillon player leaves lasting legacy on campus
September 6, 2016
For six decades, Tom Anderson went up 30 floors to the top of the Tower.
UT Tower carillon player dies at 93
September 2, 2016
The sound of 56 bells has rang through campus daily from the top of the Tower. For the past 64 years, Tom Anderson was the man behind the music
Common talks following his passions, remembering roots
August 31, 2016
Hip-hop artist Common talked with The Daily Texan about his recent projects, his Chicago roots and his basketball prowess.
Texas Exes Pride Alumni Network to march in 26th annual Gay Pride Parade
August 25, 2016
Usually, the back-and-forth “Texas! Fight!” chant can be heard echoing the stadium during a football game. But this weekend, it will ring across Congress Avenue.
Students leave University to pursue social app
August 25, 2016
Prinz, a management informations systems sophomore, along with his friend Carey Janecka, a computer science sophomore, withdrew from the University last spring to create Tether, an iPhone application that pairs students with organizations on their college campuses that match their interests.
First day of school through the years
August 24, 2016
The Daily Texan dug in its archives for three stories from three previous decades, all published on the first day of the fall semester.
Austin hosts events to celebrate national Pride Week
August 24, 2016
It’s Pride Week in Austin, a city with one of the largest LGBT communities in the country. Here are eight events to celebrate and show pride for the rest of the week.
Fall semester features interesting class options
August 22, 2016
The Daily Texan compiled five interesting classes to spice up your schedule.
UT sophomore runs for Pflugerville City Council
July 10, 2016
Some students spend their summers at the beach or on vacation. Some study abroad or return to their home towns. Government sophomore Victor To is running for city council.
Texas Rock Climbing conquers new heights
June 26, 2016
Texas Rock Climbing competes in six competitions per year, as well as regional and national championships.
Free Austin events in June
June 3, 2016
Start summer right with these 10 free events
What's love got to do with it?
May 4, 2016
In this compilation of stories, the Life & Arts department explores the joys and challenges that come with love.
UT couple shares experience of introducing same-sex partner to family
May 4, 2016
They met in the campus library, pouring over the same stack of 50 children’s books they procrastinated reading for the semester.
Men in Black male basketball squad demonstrates gender equality in sport
May 3, 2016
When the UT women’s basketball team played Baylor, they drew enough fans to open the top level of the stadium for the first time at a women’s basketball game. But every game this season, a group of their most dedicated supporters could be found front and center — fans who call themselves the Men in Black.
UT alumnus documents music scene as journalist and filmmaker
April 29, 2016
When UT alumnus Sama’an Ashrawi hears hip-hop, he thinks back to the first Dr. Dre CD his cousin played him, hunched over the stereo in his room.
CMHC staffer helps students organize and navigate UT system
April 25, 2016
Over the past 15 years, Michelle Rivera helps hundreds of students passing through UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center keep their appointments, prescriptions and paperwork straight — honing her skills as an organizational queen.
UT student showcases black student diversity through Four Point Five blog
April 19, 2016
On a campus of more than 53,334 students, it can be easy for the voices of the 2,000 black students to be silenced by the majority.
UT locksmith shares key to happiness
April 18, 2016
Behind campus’s closed doors rest the Gutenberg Bible, artifacts from space and millions of dollars of research materials. Each of these doors has its own unique lock — and Lee Hart holds their keys.
All-female GLORY wrestlers fight for gender diversity in sport
April 12, 2016
Screams and grunts echo from within the wrestling rink’s rope walls.
300: UT piano tuner keeps instruments sharp
April 11, 2016
When Charles Ball reflects on the hundreds of pianos he’s come across in the past 50 years, he sees a nine-foot Steinway UT acquired in 1938.
West Campus Block Party returns to bring residents live, local music
April 7, 2016
More than a thousand students line the streets of West Campus, with art vendors, vintage shops and live music, surrounding them in every direction. It’s a scaled-down version of Austin City Limits Music Festival, right in UT’s backyard.
Austin aerial photography scene brings new perspective to city
April 4, 2016
The UT Tower, the Pennybacker Bridge and Lady Bird Lake each have been photographed thousands of times and from nearly every angle.
All-girl vinyl DJ group, Chulita Vinyl Club, empowers women through music
April 1, 2016
In Spanish, “chulita” means beautiful or sweet. But when girls refer to themselves as “chulitas,” the word becomes empowering and confident — like Beyoncé calling herself “flawless.”
Director of public programming brings art to UT and Austin community
March 29, 2016
After earning her studio art degree, UT alumna Xochi Solis didn’t immediately find her place in the art world.
UT students to release full-length horror film, “Who We Were Before”
March 23, 2016
“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” “The Strangers” and the developing film “Who We Were Before” have two things in common — they’re all directed by UT students or alumni, and they all redefine the horror film genre.
300: Fire life safety technician John Abroms gives 27 years of service to UT
March 22, 2016
When most people walk into a building on campus, they notice the decorations on the walls or the door they walk through.
Free shows to attend this week at SXSW
March 11, 2016
Check out the Daily Texan's recommendations for free shows to attend this upcoming week at SXSW.
UT students serve as mentors for refugee high school students
March 9, 2016
Refugees from all over the world flee their home countries, seeking reprieve in the United States.
SSD associate director brings opportunity to DHH students
March 8, 2016
More than 50 percent of the deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) students at UT live unaware of the extent of the captioning and interpreter services the University offers.
Ph.D. student improves therapeutic theater performances for refugees
March 2, 2016
80,000 people in Jordan’s Zaatari Refugee Camp sleep in temporary trailers, surrounded by crime, gangs and sexual violence.
300: UT astronomer provides scientific, historical knowledge
March 1, 2016
While most 5-year-olds prefer picture books or cartoons, UT alumna Lara Eakins was fascinated by the newly discovered images of Mars, the rings of Saturn and Neptune’s moons that lined the pages of her National Geographic issues.
Austin flow scene brings fire art, community to campus
February 23, 2016
When international relations senior Gwam Puerta notices a dip in the party’s energy, he wets his hair, lathers his beard in Vaseline and sets a torch on fire — ready to bring the crowd to life.
300: J2 chef Ivory Mobley brings food, company to students
February 22, 2016
Hungry students shuffle through the packed lines of the J2 buffet, overwhelmed with lunch options. Grilled cheese sandwiches, stir-fried veggies and an extensive salad bar await them, and it is all prepared by a team run by Ivory Mobley.
UT alumna’s company Noonday Collection helps relieve global poverty by creating artisan markets
February 17, 2016
UT alumna Jessica Honegger has seen some of the poorest countries in the world, and after witnessing the effect of poverty on families, she found the solution was something present in everyone — a powerful, entrepreneurial spirit.
Ballet Afrique dance studio promotes African diaspora, community through dance
February 17, 2016
Homeless and hungry, China Smith prayed for something — anything — that could end her three-day starvation.
UT Immigration Clinic lawyers represent detained immigrant women, children
February 11, 2016
UT clinical professor Elissa Steglich has seen the despair and fear that resides in Texas detention centers firsthand.
Local artist reflects on 40 years of life as a jeweler at 23rd Street Artists’ Market
February 9, 2016
After falling asleep at the wheel, slamming his car into a bridge and having his body peeled out in critical condition, local artist Randy Eckels was lucky to be alive.
UT alumnus' new book links Austin history with current city landmarks, profiles
February 3, 2016
Within a collective 50 years, father and son Buster and Jack Robinson avoided disastrous floods, disposed of an abandoned truckful of snakes and used the incessant train horn of the Zilker Zephyr as their morning alarm clock each day.
UT alumna’s Wyatt Brand debuts anti-gun signs
February 1, 2016
UT alumna Rachel Wyatt was scrolling through her news feed last December when she came across another report of a school shooting. She thought of those lost, those in danger, and her husband and eight-year-old son. Moved to tears, she realized she had to do her part to help.
UT alumni’s Meditation Bar brings mindfulness practice to students
January 28, 2016
Imagine a thin string attached to the ceiling. It enters the top of your scalp, runs taut through your body and connects the balls of your feet to the ground. Focus on your breath.
Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind ink
January 25, 2016
The white ink letters on design sophomore Fernanda Rodriguez’s left forearm spell the word “illusions” in Spanish.
UT alumna Andree Bober publishes book detailing UT’s art collections
January 25, 2016
Resting on a dusty shelf in the dark recesses of a UT laboratory lie jars of preserved brains, canned frogs and animal skulls. To most, encountering the collection would be disturbing or grotesque, but for UT alumna and art curator Andree Bober, finding these objects is like striking gold.
300: UT alumna Carin Peterson handles campus wildlife
January 19, 2016
When UT alumna Carin Peterson gets a phone call reporting a raccoon on campus, she begrudgingly suits up in safety gear, complete with heavy-duty, crush-proof gloves, and begins the battle of capturing the animal.
Voices of Diversity
December 3, 2015
Editor's Note: This week, the Life&Arts department will cover prevalent issues on campus — today's package addresses diversity of campus.
UT students share experiences with undocumented citizenship
December 3, 2015
During bilingual education sophomore Pamela Morales Castro’s seventh Christmas, her mother mysteriously left for a trip, remaining absent for over a year.
Minds Over Matter: Students discuss mental health struggles, recoveries
December 1, 2015
Editor's Note: This week, the Life&Arts department will cover prevalent issues on campus — today's package addresses students' mental health.
Mind Over Matter: UT student faces adversity, stigmas with bipolar disorder
December 1, 2015
At age 22, Alexis recalled nothing but a life of regret and disappointment and couldn’t understand how she had gone from being a 17-year-old, engaged high school graduate to a divorced, recovering meth addict.
Storytellers share personal tales at (un)Spoken
November 18, 2015
Storytellers will share their stories Wednesday night at the Spider House Ballroom during (un)Spoken, a new series from the producers of BedPost Confessions — an Austin-based group that hosts live shows aimed to increase dialogues around sex.
UT alumna opens first Arabic Immersion Magnet School
November 16, 2015
While most American students may come home from preschool singing the “Alphabet Song” or “Wheels on the Bus,” Mia Jamal’s son, Khalid, comes home singing ancient Arabic melodies.
Alumnus hosts satirical talk show "ATX Uncensored(ish)"
November 3, 2015
For the past decade, UT alumnus Brian Gaar has been a news reporter by day and a “Twitter-famous” stand-up comedian by night.
UT alumna opens Texas’ first cat cafe
October 18, 2015
Blue Cat Cafe customers may arrive for a morning cup of coffee, but — after being greeted by over a dozen furry companions and their melodic meows — they may leave with a new household pet.
UT alumni launch The Outfitting Project, help homeless sock it to poverty
October 14, 2015
After realizing a company dedicated to providing socks to the homeless didn’t exist, Tim and UT alumna Agata Scott decided to create their own.
UT alumna’s journey to all 30 MLB parks ends with opening pitch at Cubs game
October 5, 2015
When UT alumna Katie Russell took the mound at Wrigley Field in Chicago last week, she looked up to find herself surrounded by 41,160 fans. With the release of her single pitch, she started the nine-inning game, but also concluded a five-month journey.
Public relations freshman named Mayor of ACL
October 2, 2015
For public relations freshman Lainey Gonzales, the secret to a successful mayoral campaign wasn’t shaking hands and kissing babies — it was dressing up as a Teletubby and handing out flowers.
Strange Pilgrims exhibit to come to The Contemporary Austin
September 25, 2015
Strange Pilgrims, an exhibit hosted by The Contemporary Austin, will open to the public Sept. 27.
Researchers find clues to early human-inflicted environmental changes
September 8, 2015
UT researchers discovered new data indicating ancient Mayan infrastructure initiated human-inflicted change on the environment, according to a UT study.
Gender symposium kicks off semester with discussion of subjectivity in research
September 8, 2015
UT faculty and students gathered Friday to discuss methods of decreasing subjectivity in gender-based research through theory.