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Volunteer lifeguards band together to tackle refugee crisis

November 9, 2017

In 2015, photos of three-year-old Syrian Alan Kurdi, face down and drowned on a Turkish beach, became a symbol of the refugee crisis.  After seeing the photo, activist and former soccer player...

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Spanish Civil War archaeology uncovers years of conflict, pain

November 9, 2017

MADRID — Pockmarks from German Mauser rifles and graffitied fascist symbols in Spain’s capital city quietly tell the story of the country’s painful past.  Graffiti can be painted...

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30: It’s the end of an era for L&A editor

December 5, 2016

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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Activist, alumna pushes for LGBT rights

December 2, 2016

In the late ’80s, much of the LGBT community was cloaked in fear and sadness. President Ronald Reagan continued to ignore the mounting AIDS crisis while the Supreme Court upheld sodomy laws, referring...

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Roe v. Wade lawyer, UT alumna reflects on landmark women’s rights case

December 1, 2016

Dr. Jane Hodgson’s medical license was on the line. As she drove to Florida in the pouring rain, she listened as Walter Cronkite’s voice came on the radio.  “In a landmark ruling,...

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Survivor turns to advocacy groups after multiple rapes

November 30, 2016

She knew she had been raped when she saw the condom wrapper on the nightstand.  When Hailey, a UT sophomore, went to his apartment the night before, she didn’t think anything of it when...

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First class of black students at UT recall challenges, discrimination

November 29, 2016

Editor's note: This compilation of stories highlights the experiences of students struggling to achieve equal representation on campus. When Maudie Ates Fogle arrived on UT’s campus, some...

Grouplove frontman Christian Zucconi discusses latest album, ‘Big Mess’

November 18, 2016

It was love at first sight when Hannah Hooper met Christian Zucconi at a gig in Manhattan seven years ago. The duo left everything behind for an artist’s residency on the Greek island of Crete, where...

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‘Orange is the New Black’ actress Diane Guerrero discusses memoir, parents’ deportation

November 5, 2016

At 14, actress Diane Guerrero came home to an empty house. Uncooked food sat on the stove, coffee cooled in a cup on the table — everything stood perfectly suspended in time. This is the scene Guerrero...

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Tat-Tuesday: ACL festivalgoers share stories behind ink

October 4, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Adriana Smith When Adriana Smith visits her tattoo artist, she gives her complete control...

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ACL Weekend One: Headliners, small acts entertain festival goers

October 3, 2016

While this year's ACL was extremely headliner-heavy, it allowed smaller acts, including Jack Garratt and St. Paul and the Broken Bones, to shine. But as small acts had breakthrough moments, the festival's...

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ACL Day Two builds on Day One, adding variety and energy

October 2, 2016

Day two of the ACL festival provided a well-rounded experience, showing off acts from multiple genres. Best: Cage the Elephant put on a fantastic show, not only performing their discography to a T but...

The Naked and Famous discuss upcoming album ‘Simple Forms,’ past influences

September 30, 2016

Five years ago, The Naked and Famous was sneaking into their music school studio to record bits and pieces of their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You. Since then, the alternative pop band has found...

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Singer keeps Selena’s memory alive by performing

September 23, 2016

In Stephanie Bergara’s stacks of worn out tapes and CDs, tubes of Sephora’s Always Red lip stain and a wireless mic decorated with carefully placed rhinestones, the memory of Selena Quintanilla...

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Alumna embraces inner conflict, Mexican-American heritage through her artwork

September 16, 2016

Ripped from the headlines, brutal stories of drugs, war and murder on the border became the subjects of alumna Natalia Anciso’s series “Flora and Fauna.” One of the pieces, “Madre...

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Joseph Schooling conquers his idol, wins Olympic gold

August 15, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO – When junior swimmer Joseph Schooling finished his 100-meter butterfly race at the Rio Olympics, he looked back to see his time of 50.39 seconds — three-quarters of a second...

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Michelle Carter makes history in shot put, empowers young girls to do the same

August 14, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO – Michelle Carter had one shot left to make history. The former Longhorn was already an underdog —no American had ever won gold in women’s shot put. And New Zealand’s...

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Austin Police officer Ramiro Martinez remembers feeling sense of duty to stop Whitman

August 1, 2016

In the elevator ride up to the UT Tower's observation deck, APD Officer Ramiro Martinez could still hear gunshots rattling the sky outside like thunder. It took less than a minute to reach the top...

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Matthew McConaughey slated to teach advanced film class in the fall

July 1, 2016

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is returning to the 40 Acres this fall to teach an upper-division filmmaking class. McConaughey, a 1993 graduate of the Moody College of Communication,...

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Storify: Nation reacts to Fisher v. UT

June 23, 2016

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Student recalls memories of Venezuela before worsening conditions

May 6, 2016

When Marianna Garcia thinks of Venezuela, she thinks of her family’s toy store — the oldest in Caracas — the beaches of Puerto la Cruz her family drove to on Christmas day and the mango...

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Local immigrant shelter notes increase in African refugees

May 6, 2016

When Japhet left Nigeria, he was running for his life. “After I ran, I was just moving from place to place,” Japhet said. “I was miserable. I didn’t know what to do, the only...

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Humanizing Homelessness

May 5, 2016

In this compilation of stories, the Life & Arts department explores homelessness. Click on our interactive to learn about two initiatives to change negative perceptions about the homeless community, or...

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UT alumna’s project gives Austin’s homeless community a voice

May 5, 2016

From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Casey Cork put names and faces to one of the city’s most misunderstood populations. She spent her nights at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless getting to know...

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The Lonely Island gives the pop world a “Pulitzer-y pooning”

May 3, 2016

With the upcoming release of their mockumentary Popstar, comedy trio The Lonely Island embarked on a college tour to promote the film. Set to premiere June 3, the film is centered around fictional rapper...

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Alumna’s film career focuses on border stories

April 15, 2016

It wasn’t until she returned to her childhood home that filmmaker and UT alumna Marcela Morán found the focus of her first six films.   Growing up, Morán and her sisters crossed...

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UT Professor documents Latin American youth, gang life

April 15, 2016

At 15, Tomas had run away from his family, become a child soldier and was living in a home for former combatants in Colombia. His life would’ve been almost unbelievable to anyone who heard his story...

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SXSW: “Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Words” keeps audience uneasy, but not much else

March 21, 2016

On a Halloween night in Amarillo, Texas in 1982, 76-year-old nun Sister Tadea Benz was found raped and murdered in her bedroom. In the hyper-religious community, it’s local troublemaker Johnny...

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South By Southwest Film announces Audience Award winners

March 19, 2016

Out of the tens of thousands of films submitted, 12 films received recognition in this year’s Audience Awards. The winning films are given additional screenings for festival-goers who may have missed...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Saturday, March 19

March 19, 2016

Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/sxsw-2016 Update (9:30 p.m.): During Flatstock 53 inside the Austin Convention Center this afternoon, The Daily Texan spoke to screenprinter Gary McGarvey...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Friday, March 18

March 18, 2016

Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/sxsw-2016 Update (10:20 p.m.): “Hush” is an exciting thriller from writer and director Mike Flanagan. Starring a deaf heroine who is stalked...

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SXSW 2016: An Interactive Guide

March 18, 2016

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Lucha Underground wrestlers battle at Austin Music Hall at SXSW

March 18, 2016

For the first time in their history, the professional wrestlers of Lucha Underground went to battle outside of their televised arena, The Temple. The luchadores, from Rey Mysterio to Ivelisse, fought...

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Austin Music Awards mourns community losses, celebrates local talent

March 17, 2016

At this year's 34th Annual Austin Music Awards, the celebration of local talent was tinged with the losses the community felt this year, from KUT and KUTX radio host Paul Ray to South By Southwest...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Thursday, March 17

March 17, 2016

Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/sxsw-2016 Update (2:00 a.m.): Netflix’s “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” premiered to much excitement at SXSW. However, the long-awaited...

Country band The Flatlanders inducted into Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame

March 17, 2016

Texas country band The Flatlanders was practically a myth for the better part of 30 years. Friends Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock came together to form The Flatlanders in 1972. In the...

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America Ferrera discusses Latino voters

March 16, 2016

On Tuesday, actress and activist America Ferrera spoke to a half-empty room to discuss the Latino vote. “I think we can address the elephant in the room and say it’s not a packed house,...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Wednesday, March 16

March 16, 2016

Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/sxsw-2016 Update (12 a.m.): Check out our recap of the MTV Woodies, which included performances by The Chainsmokers, A$AP Ferg, BØRNS,...

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Tat-Tuesday: SXSW Festival-goers share stories behind ink

March 16, 2016

For four days, Affinity Tattoo on Sixth Street transformed into the tattoo parlor of Suicide Squad character Harley Quinn. Fans who lined up outside the shop from March 11–14 could answer trivia...

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Kodak celebrates new app with “sensorial exploration of memories”

March 16, 2016

Inside Kodak’s Memory Observatory, a group of South By Southwest attendees lie on the floor gazing at an image of a man projected out of a kaleidoscope. The man in the image sits at the crowd’s...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Tuesday, March 15

March 15, 2016

Tweets from https://twitter.com/amyyyzhang/lists/sxsw-2016 Update (8:30 p.m.): Kodak celebrated the launch of their new app, KODAK MOMENTS, this week with the Memory Observatory in the Austin Convention...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Monday, March 14

March 14, 2016

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Alia Shawkat shares memories at Upright Citizens Brigade improv show

March 14, 2016

Sunday night Arrested Development actress Alia Shawkat took the stage at Esther’s Follies and confessed that in high school, she filled a condom with her best friend’s dad’s pee to pass...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Sunday, March 13

March 13, 2016

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Saturday, March 12

March 12, 2016

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President Obama speaks at SXSW, addresses role of technology in government

March 12, 2016

President Barack Obama told South By Southwest Interactive attendees he was there to recruit them at his keynote address Friday afternoon, asking the crowd to play an active role in the developing relationship...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Friday, March 11

March 11, 2016

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Austin community supports local filmmakers

March 11, 2016

For South By Southwest co-founder Louis Black, everything that’s happened in Austin’s film scene began the moment filmmaker Richard Linklater decided to stay in Austin.  “[Linklater]...