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Free August events to end the summer

August 3, 2016

The Austin Flea Saturday, Aug.  6, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. 4th Tap Brewing Co-Op, 10615 Metric Blvd. Shop the quirkiest parts of Austin by coming out to the summertime Mini Austin Flea....

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Media coverage of shootings evolves over past 50 years

August 1, 2016

The morning after the 1966 UT Tower shooting — what is known today as one of the worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history — an Austin American front-page headline read, “Everyone...

Wendy Davis launches nonprofit encouraging gender equality

July 18, 2016

Former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis is bringing the fight for gender equality off of the senate floor and directly to women with the launch of her nonprofit, Deeds Not Words. Taking its inspiration from the...

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Five free classes to take in Austin this month

July 16, 2016

While your class workload has died down for the summer, break a sweat that’s not about your grades. Take advantage of your newfound free time and learn a new skill or hobby with one of these free...

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Professors share their favorite summer spots in Austin

July 9, 2016

Believe it or not, even professors need breaks sometimes. Here are three professors’ takes on the  Austin summer scene. Education psychology Professor Mary Claire Gerwels Gerwels said...

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UT alumna aspires to empower women through Austin-based fashion blog

July 6, 2016

In 2014, fashion blogger Jessi Afshin was on track to graduate from UT with a degree in fashion merchandising and planned to launch her career in New York. But four months before she walked the stage,...

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July events provide free fun in Austin

July 1, 2016

Celebrate the summer without breaking the bank by checking out The Daily Texan’s picks for 10 free events this July.   in.gredients First Friday Independence Block Party July 1, 5–8...

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“The Girls” tells gripping fictional account of Manson-like cult

June 25, 2016

Evie Boyd’s parents are divorcing and she’s had a fight with her best friend Connie. She’s 14 and it’s the start of summer vacation, so she does what any teenager with too much...

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Four events to celebrate LGBT pride this month

June 20, 2016

Austin’s LGBT celebration continues in full swing as the end of Pride month draws near. Though Austin’s official Pride week isn’t until August, you can still take part in the national...

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Television faces challenges in representing the LGBT community

June 20, 2016

Following this past television season, audiences seem to be clear on one thing: LGBT representation is important — and lacking — in the industry. Outrage following the deaths of LGBT characters...

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Four weekend adventures outside Austin

June 13, 2016

If you’ve found yourself stuck in Austin this summer, don’t waste the weeks hiding from the unbearable heat. Get your keys and grab a friend — The Daily Texan has four suggestions for...

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Five road trip reads

June 8, 2016

During the school year, reading time can seem impossible to come by. When you have the time to spare this summer, whether it’s while riding shotgun on a road trip, waiting for your flight or  lying...

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Television producer reflects on life in showbiz

June 6, 2016

Kevin Falls, co-executive producer of the Emmy-winning drama “The West Wing,” will screen his new Fox drama, “Pitch,” and speak on panels such as “Short N’ Sweet: The...

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ATX Television Festival brings TV classics, pilots, cancelled shows to fans

June 6, 2016

Before bringing in 2,500 attendees and some of the biggest names in the industry, the ATX Television Festival started with a casual lunch between two former assistants.  Emily Gipson and Caitlin...

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Students fundraise to aid reconstruction of Ecuador after earthquake

May 6, 2016

After receiving news of the earthquake in Ecuador on April 16, business sophomore Bernardo Vallarino’s first instinct was to call his family. Despite his immense relief in discovering they were fine,...

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Female engineer reflects on underrepresenation of women in major

May 3, 2016

Like many new college students, biomedical engineering freshman Somya Agarwal was terrified entering her first class. But it wasn’t because she was afraid of the coursework — it was because...

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Student-made documentary tells stories of students without limbs

April 28, 2016

Ty Wilson said he’d always heard losing a limb was like losing a loved one.  In his upcoming documentary, Wilson, a radio-television-film senior, follows the lives of four UT students who,...

LGBT gaming convention opens up conversation about minority representation, inclusion

April 22, 2016

Shane Brown was sitting in a cubicle, working a nine-to-five tech job after he was diagnosed with cancer. With what felt like finite time remaining, Brown abandoned his cubicle in pursuit of something...

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Students seek to define youth through art at Young Bloods exhibition

April 18, 2016

Juan Pablo Rivera was 13 when the first shooting he remembers occurred in his hometown of Tampico, Mexico.  Now, the studio art sophomore reflects through his artwork on the way growing up...

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Family dysfunction novel “The Nest” lives up to hype

April 5, 2016

One car crash, and Leo Plumb’s family’s entire fortune is at risk — not that he necessarily cares. Hyped up for months by celebrities such as Amy Poehler and Ellie Kemper, Cynthia D’Aprix...

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‘The Association of Small Bombs’ challenges typical tragedy sensationalism

April 1, 2016

Austin-based author Karan Mahajan disengages with the typical tale of terrorism and its aftermath in “The Association of Small Bombs,” reflecting on the lifelong trauma of tragedy, something...

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“Blackass” presents transformative commentary on race, privilege

March 24, 2016

A. Igoni Barrett’s satirical novel “Blackass” is a clear attempt at creating a profound social commentary about the realities of race and privilege. While his writing certainly leaves...

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Four events near Austin to escape SXSW

March 11, 2016

While South By Southwest may be an Austin staple, it certainly isn’t all the city has to offer during spring break. If overcrowded music venues and drunken shenanigans aren’t your thing, and...

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Students fundraise for orphans in China

March 9, 2016

Groups of students line up along the street with signs over their heads that read, “BABY ZHONG NEEDS YOUR HELP.”  From their homes in Austin, Texas, China Care members work to promote...

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Professors, students weigh in on young adult fiction

March 1, 2016

Nearly a decade after the height of the “Twilight” frenzy, the presence of the still-volatile Team Edward/Team Jacob argument demonstrates the young adult fiction franchise’s lasting...

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Tutoring program aims to reduce high dropout rates

February 23, 2016

When Dan Sifuentes met 9-year-old Juan, he was what Sifuentes considered a “double whammy,” a non-native English speaker with a learning disability. Juan was in danger of repeating the second...

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Professors discuss national obsession with crime dramas

February 17, 2016

Over winter break, the documentary series “Making A Murderer” captured millions of viewers, with audiences turning to social media and online forums to discuss their theories and debate the...

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Campus organization works to start conversation about neurodiversity

February 10, 2016

Manuel Diaz always knew he was different. Diagnosed with autism at 16, Diaz’s transition into college was marked by depression as he searched for a place where he could belong.  Last September,...