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After a suspenseful wait, the Texas Longhorns (19–14) avoided the First Four and drew a No. 10 seed in the South Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

Texas’ first-round opponent will be the No. 7 seed Nevada Wolf Pack (27–7) — the Mountain West regular season champions. The Longhorns will play Nevada on Friday in Nashville. The winner will face the team that advances out of the No. 2 seed Cincinnati-No. 15 seed Georgia State matchup.

Texas, which earned its first Tournament appearance since 2016, claimed one of seven Big 12 at-large bids in the field of 68 after advancing to the second round of the conference tournament. The Longhorns look to win their first NCAA Tournament game since 2014, when Cameron Ridley’s layup lifted then-head coach Rick Barnes’ team over Arizona State at the buzzer.

Editor’s Note: This year four candidates are running for three available voting seats on the Texas Student Media Board of Operating Trustees, which oversees The Daily Texan, the Cactus yearbook, the Texas Travesty humor publication, Texas Student Television and the KVRX 91.7 FM radio station. Three candidates are running for the two at-large seats and one student for the one open Moody College of Communication seat. Candidates were asked shortly after their certification to write two 500-word columns, the first on the following question: In recent years, the student board members have been accused of not investing enough effort in their positions. If elected, what would you do to play a more active role in TSM’s affairs, and what changes would you try to enact? Candidates who participated in this first round wrote their own headlines. Only light typographical corrections were made. Among the at-large candidates, the top two vote-getters will be seated. For more information on the candidates, please visit our candidate database here.

My name is McKay Proctor. I was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee.  I miss 91.1 WRVU. 

Throughout my childhood, Vanderbilt’s student-run radio station was an island of progressive taste in a sea of country. Sure, there were some Gregorian chants and Nicaraguan folk songs mixed in, but 91.1 WRVU was my window on the musical world. 

The summer of 2011, 91.1 WRVU died. Vanderbilt Student Communications sold the station’s broadcast license, upending the community of students, DJ’s and listeners that loved it. Losing WRVU felt like losing a friend. I’ll never forget it.

My dedication to the Texas Student Media Board comes from losing a piece of student-run media before I was even a student. I know how delicate, how precious these outlets are. When I begin my day with the Texan or listen to KVRX in my car, I remember the last time I heard WRVU. 

None of these outlets are guaranteed to stick around forever. We must defend them through consumption. We must treat them as the valuable pieces of student culture that they are. I want to take that attitude to the Texas Student Media Board to formalize my relationship with these wonderful cultural institutions on our campus. I will mirror the increase in responsibility with an upshot in accountability. 

As a member of the TSM Board, I would have a direct role in the direction of critical parts of our student culture. I could never take that responsibility lightly, but even less so when I felt the sting of mismanagement when 91.1 WRVU disappeared. We must appreciate them every moment we’re exposed to them, not just for their content, but for their very existence. We as a student body should feel blessed that these publications exist. If the board appointed to manage these outlets fails to appreciate that, can they expect consumers to do the same? 

As a member of the Board I would strive to change its reputation for under-achievement. Board members should be as engaged in their part of the process as the editors, staff writers, and DJs of the outlets are in theirs. 

I also wish to raise the profile of our media outlets to the level they deserve. KVRX is a phenomenal community-run radio station. The Daily Texan is a nationally regarded student publication. TSTV stands alone as a student-run FCC-listed television stations. The Cactus has been a part of student life since the days of old B-Hall. The Travesty is flat-out hilarious. Students need to know that, in part so distribution can reflect it, but also because they’ll attract students from a broader spectrum of campus to participate. Those people can then hold the TSM Board more accountable – a virtuous cycle where all flows from holding these publications in proper regard. 

I hope when you think about the kind of candidate I am and the sort of board member I will be, you see me tuning in to 91.1 on my radio dial in Nashville, and hearing the world through those airwaves. I felt the same amazement at those broad sonic horizons then that I do at the varied spectrum of Texas Student Media outlets now.  My name is McKay Proctor. I live in Austin, Texas. I love KVRX.

Proctor is an English and business honors senior from Nashville. He is running for an at-large seat on the Texas Student Media Board of Operating Trustees.

For the first time in three years, No. 22 Texas women’s tennis will play in Nashville, Tennessee — this time, to face off against opponents in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. 

Texas has hosted the Kick-Off Weekend the past two years, but the Longhorns will not have the home-court advantage as they play No. 46 DePaul to start the spring season. 

Fifteen venues around the nation are hosting the four-team women’s tournament, and each venue will adhere to the standard dual match elimination system.

The Longhorns will play the Blue Demons on Saturday at 2 p.m. before facing off against either Harvard or Vanderbilt the next day.

The lineup for this weekend is led by a single upperclassman: junior Breaunna Addison, a two-time All-American and reigning Big 12 Player of the Year. Addison is in the singles lineup alongside three sophomores – Ratnika Batra, Pippa Horn and Neda Koprcina – and two freshmen – Ryann Foster and Danielle Wagland. 

Last week, the Longhorns debuted two new coaches in the Miami Spring Invite. Head coach Danielle McNamara took over the program last fall and hired former UCLA All-American Courtney Dolehide as assistant coach. On the last day of the Invite, Texas landed five wins, including singles victories from Wagland, Foster and Horn. 

The championship match between the two winning teams from Saturday will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. The winner of that game will qualify to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship next month at the University of Virginia.

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Andrew Belle returns to South By Southwest this year as part of his tour with Ten out of Tenn, a group of 10
singer-songwriters from Nashville, Tenn. Belle will perform on two separate days, beginning Mar. 14 at The Listening Room at Winflo and Rowdy’s Saloon. Belle said he hopes his presence at SXSW will allow him to reconnect with old friends, listen to some good music and have a great time.

Ever since his move to Nashville, Tenn., in 2009, Belle had secretly always wanted to be a part of Ten out of Tenn. His sister-in-law, a photographer familiar with local Nashville artists, helped him get plugged into the local music scene. He later joined the Ten out of Tenn troupe and was invited to perform with the group on its national tours.

“They really helped me launch my Nashville touring presence,” said Belle, who eventually moved back to Chicago in 2011. “All of a sudden, I went from no tour experience to performing on stage in front of hundreds of people, and playing in cities I’d never even been to before.”

With two albums behind him, The Ladder (2010) and Black Bear (2013), Belle is currently working on a stripped-down version of Black Bear.

“It’s going to have a similar feel,” Belle said. “But it’s going to be less ambitious. We will be reinterpreting the songs so that people who were fans of The Ladder and who weren’t fans of the Black Bear record will be able to listen to music that’s somewhere between the two albums.”

Belle said the Black Bear album title is derived from a personal experience he went through a couple of years ago.

“I had a very real, impactful experience with God and in my relationship with God,” Belle said. “I didn’t want to be confronted by the way I was living my life, and I felt like God was sort of pursuing me, much like an animal pursues its prey. So when I was writing lyrics for the song ‘Black Bear,’ the name just came to me.”

After discovering artists such as Radiohead and Washed Out between 2008 and 2012, Belle began dabbling in electronic musical instruments and found that alternative and electronic music presented him with more opportunities to experiment. During this time, he also continued to play in Chicago bars and restaurants, trying to make a living playing cover songs.

“I had a lot of new inspirations to draw from,” Belle said. “I discovered a singer-songwriter, Greg Laswell, who was a big influence on me and my writing at that time. I would go into work and I would be playing in bars for a couple of hours. I would use that time to work on new material and song ideas. I would strum these ideas, piece together the lyrics and would just play around.”

Belle’s interest in music developed in school when he first heard the band Counting Crows, but it wasn’t until college that he decided to do more songwriting and singing.

“One of my first stage performances was an open mic in college,” Belle said. “I didn’t perform very well because I got very nervous. I do wrestle with a mild case of nerves now and then since I’m not really a natural performer. I love songwriting, and performance is just a consequence of that.”

Most of Belle’s inspiration to write is borrowed from his personal relationships.

“Romantic relationships have been an inspiration,” Belle said. “I got married last year, and my marriage holds endless amounts of inspiration for me. My family and relationships are the most meaningful to me. Those are things that constantly appear in my music.”

Belle said he always approaches songwriting from an emotional standpoint. “That’s kind of what attracts me to music in the first place,” Belle said. “I just love having an autobiographical approach to writing lyrics. I’m a typical guy who is not super dramatic, but when I write, I feel a little more dramatic and emotional than I normally am.”

Belle’s songs have been featured in the television dramas, “One Tree Hill,” “Castle” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“I didn’t really know how to handle that success,” Belle said. “I had decided to keep living the way I was living, but then I realized with success comes responsibility. I’ve learned that I need to find my identity, which can be possible only through my faith in God. I’m learning to not put my identity into what I do for a living, because the minute it starts to go away, you don’t have a self anymore. You don’t know who you are anymore.”

Katie Summers, Mark Nordby and Mitchell Peterson are three members of UT’s team competing in an urban design competition (Yishuen Lo and Tarek Salloum are not pictured). The interdisciplinary graduate student team was recently named a finalist alongside Georgia Tech, the University of Maryland and Harvard.

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Students from UT have been named as finalists in an urban design competition alongside groups from Georgia Tech, the University of Maryland and Harvard.

The Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition tasks graduate student teams with creating a design proposal that promotes healthy living for a designated city, with Nashville, Tenn., as this year’s location. The contest requires interdisciplinary cooperation between varied majors to assist with the financial aspect of land development.

UT’s team, led by landscape architecture graduate student Katie Summers, includes architecture graduate student Yishuen Lo, business administration graduate student Tarek Salloum, architecture graduate student Mitchell Peterson and architecture graduate student Mark Christopher Nordby. The faculty advisor for the group is architecture professor Simon Atkinson.

Summers said the collaboration between architecture and business helped to diversify the team’s final product.

“We pulled our individual strengths together. We all had a hand in each pieces’ development,” Summers said. “I think that’s what makes our team so strong, our ability to build upon one another.”

Salloum, a business graduate student, said becoming a finalist came as a surprise to him.

“Whenever I received the email from [Summers], I could not believe it at first,” Salloum said. “It was surreal for me. The first picture that came to mind was our first meeting back in November at Caffe Medici. Here we are, after four months, and a dream is coming true. We are definitely closer now.”

According to Lo, the team’s development plan, Greenheart Village, focuses on establishing a new model of urban living and rebranding Nashville as an active, healthy and engaged community.

“The design utilizes adaptive infrastructure, such as buildings, landscape and streets, to respond to ecological, social and economic changes,” Lo said. “Land use and programs inside buildings would change depending on market demands. So, instead of presenting buildings as static products, the design recognizes that buildings could adapt and change over time.”

The graduate student teams from all four universities will make their final presentations April 3. Summers said the team’s success could mean larger recognition for UT’s architecture program.

“I think we have a strong proposal that we can build off of for the final presentation in April,” Summers said. “We have a lot of work ahead, but I think it will pay off with a win — not only for ourselves but for the University.”

Live music defines Austin. In fact, you often hear that Austin has more live music venues per capita than any other city, although this claim is disputed. But despite the hype, Austin is missing something crucial when compared to music meccas like Los Angeles, Nashville or New York: high-end, professional recording studios. Though live music is everywhere, Austin just isn’t a destination for top recording artists to make big-budget records. That fact, however, could be changing with the reopening of Arlyn Studios, an icon from Austin’s musical past. 

Arlyn is a top-tier recording studio that has been running commercially since November. It will operate as a fully-functioning recording studio in future months and will compete with anything Los Angeles or Nashville offers. The reopening of Arlyn Studios puts Austin on the map as a recording destination for major-label artists, which will benefit not only Austin’s music culture, but anyone who lives here — UT students included.

Despite its rebirth, Arlyn is hardly a newcomer to the Austin music scene. The studio, which first opened in 1984, was the premiere recording spot in town before becoming an audio engineering school in the early ‘90s. An impressive list of musical legends have recorded there, including Frank Sinatra, Sublime, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Willie Nelson. But Arlyn hasn’t operated commercially for more than 10 years since becoming a school. However, original owners Freddy and Lisa Fletcher, along with new partners Will Bridges and Thomas Murphey, have decided to reopen the studio commercially. And with all new, world-class equipment, Arlyn is set to put Austin on the map as a destination for top artists to make records.  

I recently checked out the studios and spoke with Lisa Fletcher, who was very confident about what Arlyn has to offer. She told me that the studio has been upgraded “to a degree that we can absolutely play ball with the New York and Nashville and LA studios.” But, she added, perhaps more importantly, “We can do it for a such a lesser cost.” She explained that recording in Austin is inherently cheaper than making a record in those other cities like LA and New York where the cost of living is higher. Since Arlyn has the equipment, space and amenities to compete with Nashville or New York, she “absolutely” sees Austin becoming a destination for cutting important, big-budget albums.

But if the best artists start making records in Austin, the presence of the big business music industry will inevitably follow. Will this enrage members of the Austin old guard who already adorn their bumpers with slogans like, “Austin Sucks, Don’t Move Here,” bemoaning our city’s rapid growth over the last 20 years? The aging hippies will likely lament the arrival of major label artists and record companies who threaten to marginalize local artists who have built Austin’s legendary, accessible and local live music scene. 

But Fletcher thinks those fears are unfounded. Arlyn “will draw more attention to the fact that Austin really and truly is a music city.” She contends that it “is nothing but good for Austin; it’s the best of both worlds.” Austin can continue to exist with its flourishing local music culture, but big names can “come here and bring [Austin] the credibility that I think it truly deserves.” She also added that the studio will be able to support directly local music by offering recording space to local artists at lower rates. The studio is split up into three different spaces — Studios A, B and C — and while a big name might rent out the whole building to cut an album, a local artist could just as well rent out Studio B for less money. Fletcher was adamant that Arlyn would only benefit the city’s music culture and could do no harm. While Fletcher is clearly supportive of her own venture, the presence of a world-class recording studio is an undeniable boon to Austin’s music scene. Arlyn’s arrival may draw outsiders but it will also give a big advantage to local artists who suddenly find themselves among world class recording artists.

Many students — myself included — chose to come to school here largely because of Austin’s reputation as a music lover’s city. If the city gains a reputation as a recording destination, that will only serve to attract more music-loving students like myself.

Nikolaides is a government and Spanish junior from Cincinnati.

In The Works band members take a quick break from rehearsal at Austin Music Lab Monday evening. In The Work is an Austin alternative and soul band made up of five Austinites, Josh Delgado on drums (left); Austin Alexander as vocalist (center); Cameron Pessarra on piano (right); Hayden Thomas on electric guitar (left) and Augie Gmitter on bass (right).

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Last fall, while trying to book gigs for his nameless band and juggle hours of practice at the Butler School of Music, music business sophomore Josh Delgado gave what seemed to be a harmless answer to the man recording their demo, who asked what the band’s name was.

“Oh, it’s in the works,” Delgado said. At his answer, the man immediately declared, “That’s it,” and In The Works was born.

With more than 700 likes on Facebook and a South By Southwest performance under their belt, it seems the man might have been on to something. This month, In The Works released their second single titled “Lately, Maybe” and announced summer plans to travel to Nashville to meet music industry executives and sell their music.

The alternative pop and soul band is made up of five men, three of whom attend UT, and includes Delgado on drums; former UT student Austin Alexander as front man and vocalist; music business junior Cameron Pessarra on piano; microbiology sophomore Hayden Thomas on electric guitar and Hay High School student Augie Gmitter on bass.

“Setting ourselves apart will be the biggest challenge this next few months,” Alexander said. “Everyone wants to be the next Justin Bieber. We’re saying, ‘Hey look at us, we’re different.’ None of us are looking for fame or wealth.”

In The Works first gained recognition in March after they won the “My Band Rocks Fox” contest, a competition between local bands with members 21 and under put on by Fox 7. The prize: a chance to play at SXSW and have a single produced by renowned label Broadcast Music, Inc.

Alexander said he, Delgado and Pessarra came together their first semester at UT in fall 2010. After six months of knowing each other, the group decided to form “The Austin Yount Band,” featuring Alexander. A few months later, the trio added Thomas and Gmitter to the mix and rethought their name to reflect all the band’s members.

Pessarra said when the band first began playing together, they were scared to tell people they were in a band without a classical focus since he, Delgado and Alexander were all in the music school. Alexander has since decided to take a semester off to focus on the band. When they finally told their professors, Pessarra and Delgado said many were supportive of their endeavors. Alexander said it has depended on the professor.

“For every person that’s said, ‘You need to stop and doing that and focus on your studies,’ there’s been 10 people to say, ‘Focus on your dreams for the future,” Alexander said.

Clint Tuttle, a risk and operations management professor, said Delgado is one of his 700 students and has reached out to him about how to apply concepts learned in class to music. Tuttle said Delgado approached him the first week of class to tell him about the band and told him they were entering the Fox competition.

“I have a lot of different kinds of musicians in my class,” Tuttle said. “Josh is really eager. He’s interested in class because he wants to work together and [learn] how he can make [those concepts] work for his band.”

Pessarra said balancing school and the band can be a nightmare at times for everyone involved, especially because of the demands that come with being a music student, like practicing multiple pieces to achieve perfect proficiency. While Alexander is not currently a student, the rest of In The Works is still in school.

“It’s a different kind of hard,” Pessarra said. “Sitting in a practice room for three hours practicing the same piece over and over can wear on you. At times, you have to take a choice between one or the other.”

Environmental sciences junior Lauren Tien lived on the same floor as Alexander in 2010 and said she remembered the band got really serious after they changed their name. Tien said it’s difficult for members to schedule time to practice because some they have other priorities in addition to the band.

“Their biggest challenge is the next step and how to preserve all the people in the band,” Tien said. “It’s going to be a big step because it’s going to match up with a lot of their timeline. Austin is the only one not held down by school so if someone asked him to move to Nashville, he’s available.”

Brenda Yount, Alexander’s mother, said the members get along really well and support one another in any way they can, from stepping back for a member’s solo in a show to offering comfort during rough times. For instance, Yount said Delgado’s mother has cancer and Alexander and Pessarra shaved their head to support the family.

“It’s nothing about the music, but it shows how close they are and what character they all have,” Yount said.

Until they hit Nashville in June, In The Works will continue to sharpen their skills in the practice rooms of the Butler School of Music. Regarding what they would tell people about In The Works if given the chance, Alexander said they just want a chance.

“We’re a group of guys who are driven and passionate about music and we are willing to do anything and everything to bring our music to everyone,” Alexander said.

Printed on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 as: Good things are 'in the works' for local, ambitious band

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Randy Travis was resting at home Monday after passing out on stage during a benefit concert in front of a roomful of doctors.

The 52-year-old fainted mid-song during The Crystal Heart Gala, an annual benefit for the Huguley Memorial Medical Center in Fort Worth. Drs. Jeff Beeson and Steve Davis rushed to his aid.

They said in a statement to The Associated Press on Monday that Travis was struggling with laryngitis because of chronic allergies and had taken several over-the-counter medications.

“Mr. Travis was overcome by a combination of dehydration, over-the-counter allergy medications, and caffeine use,” the statement said. “This, combined with the heat of the stage lights, caused him to pass out.”

Travis walked off stage under his own power and was examined on his tour bus, the doctors said.

“Mr. Travis went home to recover. Today he is taking our advice and resting,” the statement said.

Warner Music Nashville spokeswoman Tree Paine says Travis expects to resume his 25th-anniversary tour without interruption. His next show will be Saturday in Bristol, Tenn.