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UT student doubles as pilot, perseveres to fly planes
May 7, 2019
Since he was 13, Jack Bane has flown planes and continued to overcome any obstacle to pursue his passion, aiming to earn his commercial pilot license before summer 2019.
Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride examines state of the world, religion
May 5, 2019
Vampire Weekend released their new album Father of the Bride on May 3, which examines the world’s imperfections by means of religion and musical exploration.
Catfish and the Bottlemen’s 'The Balance' sacrifices creativity for formula
April 28, 2019
Catfish and the Bottlemen's April 26 release, The Balance, follows their alternative rock formula portrayed in previous albums, but doesn’t extend beyond creative boundaries.
Live music falls short in accommodating for height
April 24, 2019
When Samantha Diwa attended her first indie rock concert in Austin, she was excited until, standing at 5 feet, 2 inches tall, her head barely met the shoulders of the person in front of her.
Students share picnic experiences for National Picnic Day
April 21, 2019
In honor of National Picnic Day on April 23, students share their picnic experiences in Austin.
Q&A: ROC Nation CEO Jay Brown discusses experience in music industry
April 18, 2019
Jay Brown, CEO of ROC Nation, shared insight into his career and company success.
UT professors, filmmakers discuss how film soundtracks affect perception
April 17, 2019
People watch films such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” or “Baby Driver,” but few understand how the music impacted their perception of the film.
Former drug addict helps others using his experience, yerba mate company
April 16, 2019
Five years ago, Wes Hurt struggled with addictions to cocaine, opiates and alcohol. Today, he runs a company that helps others recovering from addiction.
Purposeless walking supports mind, body
April 11, 2019
There’s a science to walking for leisure. Aside from the satisfaction UT students earn from walking, they also experience physical and mental health benefits.
Austin Ninjas provides ninja training for adults, children
April 9, 2019
Since its opening in January 2018, Austin Ninjas, an American Ninja Warrior gym in Austin, continues to provide an open space for ninja training.
Couple shares bagel-based, missed connection love story
April 3, 2019
Brianna McKinney and Israel Uballe didn’t know bagels and a Facebook post could lead to love until last spring.
Hozier harnesses passion in Austin performance
April 2, 2019
Hozier delivered a soulful performance March 31 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater.
YouTuber Adam Neely explores language as universal music
March 16, 2019
Adam Neely, a bassist and YouTuber, explores how people perceive rhythm in language and music, illustrating how artists can draw musical inspiration from improbable places.
Rop Pope explores cryptocrime, sharing techniques for prevention
March 15, 2019
If cryptocurrency claims to be the most secure currency, why does cryptocurrency theft continue to occur? At SXSW this afternoon, Rob Pope, co-founder of the mobile app development company Dogtown Media, spoke at the Hilton Austin hotel to discuss why cryptocurrency theft occurs. He also shared a live demonstration on the process behind stealing cryptocurrency.
Songwriter and artist Ross Golan explores pop music components, history
March 15, 2019
From the Gregorian chants of monks in 800 A.D. to Lil Dicky’s rapping in 2019, the history of music has shaped what society calls pop music today. Ross Golan, a songwriter, artist and podcast host, discusses the history and components of pop music and the future of songwriting.
Pandora Radio’s product manager explores challenges in music recommendations, classifying music
March 15, 2019
Evan Paul, Pandora Radio’s product manager on the music recommendation team, explored this question today in the Austin Convention Center at SXSW. By introducing the challenges humans and machines often encounter when classifying music, he set the stage for the future of personalized music recommendations.
Library empowerers bring up new frontier of music collections across nation
March 15, 2019
A panel of representatives from libraries across North America discussed how digital spaces in public libraries bridge the gap between communities and libraries within the music industry.
Music video producer for A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator discusses music video revolution
March 14, 2019
Tara Razavi discusses how technology shifts the way artists create music videos, specifically highlighting videos from A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator.
TESS mission team talks discoveries of planets outside solar system
March 14, 2019
A panel comprised of team members on the NASA mission Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) discussed discoveries of exoplanets.
Psychology professor from Stanford speaks on how empathy can mend our broken society
March 12, 2019
Jamil Zaki, a psychology professor from Stanford University, spoke at SXSW on March 12 at the Hilton. Highlighting his upcoming book “The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World,” Zaki discussed empathy and how society can use it to mend gaps within cultures.
BeBop Sensors give a hands-on experience for users at SXSW
March 10, 2019
California-based company BeBop Sensors uses customized fabric sensors to enhance the interactive experience for users.
Art directors share a look inside Pixar
March 10, 2019
Pixar Animation Studios art directors explain their process behind creating animated films — real life often shapes film.
UT alumna tries 'Idol' a second time, turns humbling experiences into motivation
March 5, 2019
The crowd booed her off stage in elementary school when she performed The Cheetah Girls’ songs at a lip-syncing show. “American Idol” dismissed her after the group round at 17 years old. Every UT a cappella group she auditioned for denied her, yet none of that stopped Courtney Penry.
Hozier returns with new album expressing ideas of love, darkness
March 3, 2019
Five years since his last album, Hozier released his second album Wasteland, Baby! on Friday, Mar. 1. The album displays the singer’s maturity as he portrays themes of life, love and darkness in the world.
Brain injury survivor turns experience, passion into reality
February 28, 2019
On July 6, 2014, neuroscience senior Morgan had a motocross accident, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury. Today, he serves on their social committee for the nonprofit Austin Neuro Connections, which facilitates community among brain injury survivors.
Greenbelt Kombucha promises accessibility, honesty to kombucha lovers
February 25, 2019
“We wanted to break down those barriers and deliver a world-class product that’s affordable. From a business perspective, there’s no reason not to.”
Growing up in bilingual households speaks volumes of hardships coming to UT
February 20, 2019
When accounting sophomore Marie Yamamoto was applying to UT, her parents were unable to help her because they lacked one thing — the ability to speak English fluently.
Student helps create trailers for headlining artists at ACL, Lollapalooza, Voodoo
February 18, 2019
Famous artists such as Bruno Mars and Paul McCartney wait in their specially designed trailer before performing onstage. Little do they know, architecture junior Amber Pufal is one of the brains behind it.
Tinder serves as ultimate dating detector
February 12, 2019
Tinder, the famous dating application that matches people by location, transformed dating culture to better distinguish the one-nighters from the long-termers.
UT student keeps collection of vinyl records worth $12,600
February 12, 2019
Over a year’s worth of tuition in the form of records lies in Michael West’s home. For the past 10 years, architecture junior West has collected over 400 vinyl records ranging from Aerosmith to Manchester Orchestra.
‘You have to stand out’: Austin attorney David Komie ‘rocks’ — literally
February 5, 2019
David Komie wears many hats — two including an attorney and a rockstar.
Student finds common ground between Bevo, Indian bull: Pride
February 4, 2019
For the past year, Plan II pre-med senior Jana Dsouza has researched the famous bullfight called Jallikattu in India’s Tamil culture, which unfolds at the annual harvest festival. Through her research, she has drawn connections between Tamil Nadu’s bull and UT’s mascot, Bevo, and discovered more about her own familial link to the culture.
Backstreet’s back with experimental album 'DNA'
January 30, 2019
Six years of silence can’t stop the Backstreet Boys. Friday’s release of their tenth studio album DNA resurrected hints of their pop-ish edge that ushered in their fame in the 1990s.
Quadriplegic artist paints from the heart with his mouth
January 27, 2019
After injuring his spinal cord during a camping trip in 2000, Jared Dunten became quadriplegic. Now he paints masterpieces with his mouth.
Psychology explains difficulty behind keeping New Year’s resolutions
January 24, 2019
"New year, new me,” can be seen among Instagram captions and heard from café discussions in the midst of the new year, yet the phrase rarely rings true.
‘Waitress’ musical brings new understanding of feminism
January 21, 2019
A story filled with pie, friendship and motherhood will penetrate the hearts of musical lovers this week in Austin.
Ceramic gnome named Taquito brings community, creativity to UT sports clubs
December 7, 2018
To this day, a ceramic gnome named Taquito sits on the sports club desk in Gregory Gymnasium, waiting for clubs to check him out along with their travel binder for away games.
Sonja Kever’s oil portraits paint fresh perspective on homelessness in Austin
November 28, 2018
In 2015, Sonja Kever spent a year painting oil portraits of the homeless. Today, her portraits remain displayed in Austin to raise awareness of community homelessness.
Animatronic residing at UT brings President LBJ beyond the grave
November 18, 2018
In the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, also known as the LBJ Presidential Library, visitors expect to see artifacts, letters and even photos of the 36th president himself. However, few expect to see him practically in the flesh.
Remaining moonlight towers shed light on Austin’s history
November 15, 2018
Beginning in the late 1800s, moonlight towers lit up cities worldwide. Now, after cities have dismantled most of them, only 17 remain standing. They are all located in Austin.
Spirit group Texas Blazers to cultivate learning, diverse meals for Eastside
November 8, 2018
The new members of Texas Blazers plan to build a garden for Eastside students to learn about healthy eating and sustainability, and a fund for those on the free/reduced lunch program.
Interactive pop-up art exhibit connects art to social media
October 30, 2018
The Art of Ice Cream Experience, an interactive pop-up art exhibit in South Austin that opened Oct. 12, showcases immersive art. This exhibit was created to be seen, photographed and even touched.
Austin Detours brings immersive murder mystery experience to Sixth Street
October 25, 2018
Every Saturday, Austin Detours partners with a Manhattan theatre company to host a murder mystery tour on Sixth Street, with an aim to bring unique entertainment to Austin.
Local micro-home business aims to make smart houses intelligent
October 16, 2018
With the tiny house movement under way, local micro-home business Kasita transforms the idea of a smart house to one with intelligence.
Architecture sophomore shares how Egyptian Orthodoxy influences her life, work
October 9, 2018
Judy Labib, an Egyptian Orthodox architecture student, shares how her heritage has influenced her life and the way she approaches architecture.
South Austin’s beloved dance hall closes, community reflects
September 30, 2018
This past weekend, Rosemary Follis officially closed the doors of Dance Across Texas, a dance hall in South Austin, which will eventually be converted into a brewery.
Local artists to connect, convene at Asian Pacific American Artist Meet Up
September 25, 2018
This Saturday, Color Arc Productions — a nonprofit arts organization supporting diversity — will be hosting an Asian Pacific American Artist Meet Up for local Asian Pacific American artists to come and support one another as they navigate the waters of the Austin artist scene.
With ‘Vibrant’ app, the mood ring goes digital
September 18, 2018
Last semester, UT students created Vibrant — a color-based mood-tracking app that encourages users to routinely check up on their mental wellness — and plan to continue working on the app this year. The app’s logo is meant to resemble a mood ring.
Representation for Asians in media expands, Austin responds
September 9, 2018
With the recent release of films putting Asians in the spotlight, the Asian community in Austin speaks up on what this means for the culture here at UT and in Austin.