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“Love Letters to Balled Fists” packs a soft punch

February 28, 2013

A new book by Austin poet Ebony Stewart delves into the complexities of physical and sexual abuse, race, the love of mothers and cupcakes. Ebony Stewart conveys her own truths and universal ones in...

Poetry

Slam Poets Anis Mojgani and Andrea Gibson visit Joynes Room tonight at 7 p.m.

February 21, 2013

Andrea Gibson and Anis Mojgani are internationally acclaimed poets who publish books with Write Bloody Publishing, a poetry press based here in Austin. The pair will perform in the Joynes Reading Room...

My Bloody Valentine’s new album becomes internet sensation

February 4, 2013

The new My Bloody Valentine record, “m b v,” doesn’t sound like I expected it to. I couldn’t have dreamed up anything like this. It explodes with creative, noisy energy. With...

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Poetry store Write Bloody thrives in Austin

January 31, 2013

Derrick Brown found poetry in a foxhole at the Fort Bragg, N.C. Army base 20 years ago. He hopes you’ll follow suit at his new store, Write Bloody. The shop features the work of the poetry publishing...

Yo La Tengo’s new album Fade does not shy away from getting personal

January 15, 2013

Fade is a Yo La Tengo lover’s Yo La album. The tracks run together like satisfied breaths that sound at once muddy and precise. It is shoegazing but accessible, rejecting the cliches that dominate...

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In-Depth editor leaves behind home base

December 7, 2012

Editor's note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...

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Rising country music band gives up-and-comers shot at annual festival

October 26, 2012

The second annual Josh Abbott Band Festival hits Austin on Saturday with a lineup of established and up-and-coming country artists. Josh Abbott spoke to The Daily Texan about the festival and his band’s...

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Austin City Limits delivers music for country lovers

October 12, 2012

Many Texas twenty-somethings grew up on fiddle and banjo, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival has plenty to satisfy their love of twang. Country-flavored acts Asleep At The Wheel, Randy Rogers...

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The Shins advance with pop appeal

March 20, 2012

We waited half a decade for a new Shins album. With the delectable and engaging Port of Morrow, the anticipation paid off. Front man James Mercer has shaken around the line up, recruiting musicians both...

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Kweller produces own album, displays growth

February 7, 2012

Ben Kweller answered the phone when I called his record label, The Noise Company, to request an advance copy of his new album, Go Fly A Kite. Kweller said hello and directed me to someone who could send...

2011 Best Gift Cards

December 7, 2011

P. Terry’s WHERE: Any P. Terry’s location Appealing to vegetarians and carnivores and the Dublin Dr Pepper can’t be beat. Plus, just $10 goes a long way there, so it’s a good...

TLC series shows what it’s like to practice Islam in America

November 21, 2011

TLC’s “All-American Muslim” does its darndest to make Muslims seem normal. The network follows five Muslim families in Dearborn, Mich. The city is home to the largest mosque in North...

Mormons on campus share message behind religion

November 7, 2011

In his campaign for president, Mitt Romney has come under scrutiny for his religion, Mormonism, or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For UT Mormons, Romney’s running is an opportunity...

Austin residents celebrate nonreligious Halloween

October 31, 2011

I wanted to write an article about the religious aspects of Halloween in Austin. I set out expectantly, seeking pagan groups celebrating Samhain, an ancient tradition that celebrates the dead. I thought...

Christian Scientist discusses faith healing

October 24, 2011

Following Christ and seeking to experience man’s likeness to God can lead to peace and healing, said a Christian Science lecturer in a talk Sunday. About 100 people gathered to hear Christian Science...

Diverse group of worshippers congregate under highway overpass

October 10, 2011

Prayer and song rang out under Interstate-35 at 7th Street on Sunday morning as rain dripped through the cracks in the overpass. Church Under the Bridge, a project of Mission: Possible! Austin, is a worship...

Interfaith group encourages open religious dialogue

October 3, 2011

A Christian Scientist, a member of the Ethical Culture movement and a Methodist-Unitarian explained how certainty relates to their faith while a Buddhist moderated their conversation at the Interfaith...

UT students prepare for Jewish High Holy Days

September 26, 2011

A year after Plan II Honors senior Rachel Kutler adopted an orthodox Jewish lifestyle, she looks forward to two weeks of celebration, repentance and growth. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, starts...

Zen Buddhism Center offers study and meditation

September 19, 2011

Editor’s note: This column is the first in a weekly series exploring different religions and spirituality in Austin. The head teacher at the Austin Zen Center referenced Kurt Vonnegut and the Christian...

UT budget director answers questions about funding cuts

August 11, 2011

Budget director Mary Knight spoke with The Daily Texan to address administrative plans to deal with a reduction of state appropriations over the next two years. Total permanent cuts amount to $92 million...

University faculty to get raises despite little funds available

July 7, 2011

Faculty and staff members will receive merit-based pay increases despite the University’s budget crunch, according to an email President William Powers Jr. sent to employees Wednesday. The...

Education advocates form Higher Education Excellence Coalition

June 16, 2011

Texans dedicated to high standards in research and teaching at Texas public universities formed the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education. The group’s more than 200 founding members...

Smoke and Mirrors

June 2, 2011

The patios at local hookah bars are crowded on summer evenings when the trendy practice provides a nice way to relax after busy days, said Arab Cowboy co-owner Dawn Scheel. But according to a...

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President Obama stops in Austin to raise funds for reelection campaign

May 11, 2011

President Barack Obama descended on Austin on Tuesday, and the iconic bright blue of Air Force One lit up a stormy sky. He made two fundraising stops in Austin as part of the earliest stage of his...

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Texas Student Media building evacuated

May 6, 2011

Daily Texan staff members sat on the plaza of the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center on Thursday evening after learning paint masks were not enough to protect them from potentially toxic fumes in their...

UT alumnus commanded unit that killed mastermind of 9/11

May 3, 2011

Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, a 1977 UT journalism alumnus, commands the unit that planned and executed the raid that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden on Sunday. McRaven took over leadership...

UTPD issues all clear after reported rifles found to be replicas

April 4, 2011

UTPD received reports of an Asian male armed with two tan guns outside the Recreational Sports building at 6 p.m. Monday night, but it was an ROTC student transporting his replica rifles, said UT spokesman...

SG restructures agencies, reinforces judicial branch

January 26, 2011

Student Government passed a set of broad reforms to its internal structure and external operations in its first meeting of the semester Tuesday. An SG Internal Reform Task Force began work over the summer...

Journey to Israel

January 18, 2011

Amid thousands of shoppers preparing for their Sabbath dinners, a few dozen UT students took in the sights, smells and sounds of the Machne Yehuda Shuk, Jerusalem’s largest open-air market. Thirty-eight...

Mentors keep positive to promote recovery

December 8, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the last installation in a three-part series about students involved in UT’s Center for Students in Recovery — their paths to addiction and how they achieved...

Departments work to reform benefits for GLBT partners

December 8, 2010

Advocates of equal benefits for GLBT faculty and staff won two victories this semester, as the UT Human Resource Services department and the Division of Housing and Food Service are each reviewing policies...

Drug fixations become destructive habits

December 7, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series about students involved in UT’s Center for Students in Recovery — their paths to addiction and how they achieved sobriety....

Students speak out about past addictions

December 6, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series about students involved in UT’s Center for Students in Recovery — their paths to addiction and how they achieved sobriety. Watch...

University colleges unite to talk about budget cuts

December 3, 2010

Under a cloud of controversy about recommended cuts to 15 University centers and institutes, the College of Liberal Arts had its first College Tuition and Budget Advisory Committee meeting Thursday...

Missionary takes Word to the street

December 3, 2010

Smerf looks at the ground while he speaks about his fractured family, his psychiatric disorders, his years as a drug user and dealer and his experiences seeing friends die. But when he starts talking...

SG finishes last meeting supporting gun control

December 1, 2010

In its last meeting of the semester, the Student Government assembly passed a resolution in support of in-state tuition for undocumented Texas residents — reflecting agreement with an existing...

Protestors stage walkout to fight proposed slashes to ethnic studies

December 1, 2010

One hundred and fifty students stormed the halls of the Gebauer liberal arts building on Wednesday and fired questions at Senior Associate Dean Richard Flores about $1 million in suggested cuts to 15...

Task force submits advice for SG revisions

November 28, 2010

The Student Government Reform Task Force’s completed list of recommended changes to SG’s constitution and bylaws includes an overhaul of the agency structure, the addition of a more permanent judiciary...

Budget cuts push students to speak for departments

November 23, 2010

Fewer than two weeks after the College of Liberal Arts recommended cuts to centers and institutions, more than 100 UT students, faculty and staff attended the second meeting of a new organization Monday...

DREAM allies join hunger strike

November 22, 2010

Eight UT students will join a statewide hunger strike in support of the DREAM Act. Their primary aim for the strike is to urge Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, to support the legislation, they said. The...

Methodists to vote on GLBT inclusion

November 22, 2010

This winter, the University United Methodist Church at 24th and Guadalupe streets may join a growing list of Methodist churches across the country that are officially open to GLBT Christians. The church’s...

Crew rows to raise equipment funds

November 18, 2010

Texas Crew members said passion for their sport gets them up each weekday at 5:15 a.m. for practice. They took that passion to the West Mall on Monday and Tuesday to raise awareness and funds for their...

Liberal Arts deficit jeopardizes ethnic studies

November 17, 2010

Ethnic studies centers and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies may fall under the swinging axe of University budget cuts, and members of a new student organization called The Students Speak said...

Confusion of roles spurs SG election board delays

November 14, 2010

The Election Supervisory Board is supposed to be formed by the third week of October, according to the Student Government constitution and election code, but the committee that will appoint the board...

Bill seeks concealed carry for college campuses

November 11, 2010

Concealed carry of handguns on college campuses has been a divisive issue in the Texas Legislature since 2007, and elected officials will go another round on the issue once the new session starts in...

Undocumented students support DREAM

November 10, 2010

Six students repeated a simple message: “I am undocumented, and I am unafraid.” Their voices rose above the hurried shuffle of the West Mall on Tuesday morning as they shared their stories...

Harry Ransom Center acquires playwright’s collection of work

November 9, 2010

The Harry Ransom Center announced Monday that it acquired the papers of playwright Spalding Gray, a Rhode Island native known for his knack for expressing universal themes through deeply personal...

Education prioritized for next legislative session

November 8, 2010

With cuts to higher education on the horizon and textbook costs rising, college affordability is on the minds of many students, Texas student government leads said at a conference to set lobbying...

Education prioritized for next legislative session

November 8, 2010

With cuts to higher education on the horizon and textbook costs rising, college affordability is on the minds of many students, Texas student government leads said at a conference to set lobbying...

City policies for recycling will not alter UT program

November 5, 2010

A city recycling ordinance won’t require UT to change its recycling program, but University officials said they hope to keep the their program in line with the city’s goals. The...