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All content by Ariana Arredondo

7 Black student-owned businesses to support

Ariana Arredondo September 2, 2020

Almost half of small Black-owned businesses in the United States have shut down because of COVID-19, a report from the New York Fed found. Forbes reported that from February to April, 41% of Black-owned...


LHBlacks fosters community for Black students in Longhorn Band

Ariana Arredondo August 24, 2020

Editor’s note: This story references a derogatory racial slur. After transferring to UT in fall 2017, Longhorn Band member Kyanna Richard said she had a hard time finding a community on campus....


Recent grads enter medical field eager to help fight COVID-19

Ariana Arredondo July 26, 2020

Sitting in his kitchen, Juan Resendez cried tears of joy. He shifted his eyes toward the Zoom call, where 48 of his classmates were shouting with excitement.  In lieu of receiving letters with...


‘What am I going to do ?’: Amid coronavirus pandemic, undocumented, DACA graduates face additional challenges entering job market

Ariana Arredondo July 4, 2020

In May, Juan Valles, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient, walked the virtual stage to receive his degree in biology.  Valles said as a DACA recipient, he faced financial and political...


First-generation seniors, families mourn loss of in-person commencement

Ariana Arredondo May 8, 2020

At first, Alessandria Garza said she was unfazed. “I was like, ‘It's fine,’ but it’s when I called my mom and had to tell her that graduation was canceled (that) I just started...

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Netflix’s ‘The Half of It’ tackles issues of sexuality, racism in newest coming of age film

Ariana Arredondo May 4, 2020

Netflix’s “The Half of It” tackles what it looks like to question your sexuality, racism and sausage tacos, without falling back on stereotypes. Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) is a senior...


Student-formed Mutual Aid Collective raises funds, hosts policy talks

Ariana Arredondo April 29, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. After UT closed campus operations on...


Students in service industry face unemployment in midst of pandemic

Ariana Arredondo April 1, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. In response to an announcement from...


SXSW cancellation impacts small businesses, service workers

Ariana Arredondo March 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Various businesses, freelancers...

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Lara Jean gives audiences cheesy, relatable moments in ‘To All the Boys’ sequel

Ariana Arredondo February 14, 2020

A middle school crush, an old letter and readily available stationary leave Lara Jean Covey unprepared for this Valentine’s Day.  “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is the...


5 last-minute Valentine’s Day date ideas around campus

Ariana Arredondo February 13, 2020

With due dates coming up left and right, planning the perfect Valentine’s Day date may have slipped your mind. But don’t fret, The Daily Texan has compiled a list of last-minute destinations...

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Artist talks new piece in the Visual Arts Center, abstraction, insects as material

Ariana Arredondo January 31, 2020

Cochineal insects and lemon juice dripped down the wall as artist Carmen Argote worked on her piece in the Visual Arts Center. Argote’s work, titled “Me at Market” is an abstract piece...


UT students combat native language loss

Ariana Arredondo December 4, 2019

When Giselle Nevarez was in middle school, her family moved from Juárez, Mexico, to El Paso. Through attending classes and learning English, she began to adapt to a new culture. Years later, Nevarez...

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Students shed light on exploring gender identity, expression in college

Ariana Arredondo November 22, 2019

Angel wings and skirt in hand, Angel Flores gets ready to go out to a Halloween party. She takes some pictures with friends and enough compliments give her the courage to post them to Twitter. She then...

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Couple teaches Latin American music in low resource areas

Ariana Arredondo November 19, 2019

As young students, Luz Elena Sarmiento and Ivan Valbuena benefited from programs that brought music education to their homes in Colombia for free. As a result, they were able to pursue careers in music....


Siblings start tamale business, aim to pay bills and save money

Ariana Arredondo November 12, 2019

The smell of flour dough and chicken wafts around Lesly Reza Olguin’s apartment as she helps her brother Hector make dozens of tamales to deliver to students in the upcoming week.   After...


The Latinx community looks to East Austin for authentic food

Ariana Arredondo October 29, 2019

Images of tacos, tamales and chiles rellenos float across Ramiro De Los Santos’ mind, as he daydreams about the food he’ll eat when he returns home to Laredo. After spending almost an entire...

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‘Looking for Alaska’ leaves audiences cringing, crying and confused

Ariana Arredondo October 21, 2019

“Looking for Alaska” romanticizes toxic friendships and leaves audiences looking for a deeper meaning. John Green, author of “The Fault in Our Stars” (2012), returns with more...


Muslim women express themselves through their hijabs

Ariana Arredondo October 21, 2019

A light green button up catches undeclared freshman Nadia Syed’s eye as she gets ready for her day. She grabs her signature green hijab to match, wraps it around her head and walks out the door. Throughout...


Language barriers, cultural unfamiliarity leave female students vulnerable abroad

Ariana Arredondo October 18, 2019

Lights flash and the bass of the music vibrates throughout an Italian club as Sara Packard suddenly feels her hair being pulled from behind. When she turns around, she’s face to face with an agitated...

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Maleficent’s story lost in mess of uninteresting characters, abandoned plot lines

Ariana Arredondo October 18, 2019

Maleficent’s powerful presence is the only thing keeping audiences out of an Aurora-like slumber as characters return for Disney’s second installment of the series. Directed by Joachim Rønning...


ACL puts emphasis on sustainable practices

Ariana Arredondo October 11, 2019

A crowd of vibrantly dressed festival attendees stand in line at a hydration station at Austin City Limits Music Festival. They clutch their hydroflasks as they anxiously wait to fill their...

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Don’t let price tags scare you off this Halloween season

Ariana Arredondo October 2, 2019

Don’t break the bank this spooky season on a single Halloween costume. To have the scariest fit of the year without being terrified of the cost, The Daily Texan has compiled a list of affordable...

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Students turn to off campus housing for financial stability, independence

Ariana Arredondo September 17, 2019

Groggy eyes focus on the red traffic light as Adriana Quintanilla, a fifth year sociology major, drives into Austin. The car radio flashes 4:36 a.m. as Quintanilla puts her foot back on the gas, hoping...


Social media rise helps tattoo collectors, hurts small parlors

Ariana Arredondo September 9, 2019

Tattoo guns buzz as people mill around the Palmer Events Center eyeing the many booths. Some look to add to their existing collection of tattoos while others plan their future sleeve with an experienced...

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