Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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UT students look to ASMR for relaxation, entertainment

May 7, 2019

From tingle-inducing taps on sound boxes to “mouth sounds,” autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) content has become a prominent part of many students’ lives. ASMR is characterized...


Student-created app encourages students to pop social bubbles, make new friends

April 23, 2019

Over 50,000 students walk over the bricks of Speedway, whisper under the lights of the PCL and pack lecture halls, but a study conducted by the Foundation of Arts and Healing found that, regardless of...

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UT student entrepreneurs found EnAIRgy to replace nicotine highs with higher energy levels

April 16, 2019

With the popularity of Juul e-cigarettes, UT students have bought into an addicting trend marking its presence on college campuses. Two students have set out to curtail nicotine addiction by creating and...

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Astrology is pseudoscience for some students, super science for others

April 9, 2019

While some students reach for the stars, others read them. Astrology-related apps and zodiac-based memes now frequent the phones of college students, but not everyone at UT finds it practical.  Astrology...


UT students, professor talk value of the v-card

April 3, 2019

As a population immersed in hookup, body count and flat-out sex culture, most college students see sex as a big deal. But despite the hype around sex in college, part of the student population continues...


Students revive Design for America chapter to design, innovate, make change on campus

March 29, 2019

What starts here changes the world, and UT students drive that change. This semester, two students set out to do just that by reviving the on-campus chapter of Design for America. Brooke Reaves, business...


UT student Jonathan Wong develops web app to prevent food costs from eating up student budgets

March 28, 2019

Off-campus students generally have the option of cooking for themselves or paying full price for on-campus dining halls, but one student decided to find his own economical option. After seven months and...

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New SXSW track recognizes budding opportunities in cannabis industry

March 8, 2019

As state laws about marijuana progress in the Unites States, investors, businesses and cannabis-savvy individuals have high hopes for a cannabis industry movement deemed the “Green Rush.” South...


Hopscotch: Light and Sound art exhibit brings light, playfulness to Austin community

March 1, 2019

An interactive art exhibit featuring bright colors, flashing lights, an adult-sized ball pit and an indoor thunderstorm has taken over Airport Boulevard. Open from Feb. 13 to March 31, Hopscotch: Light...


UT students, professor discuss ups, downs of friends with benefits

February 22, 2019

UT students juggle difficult coursework and time-consuming organizations, often while working to maintain a social life. However, busy students still have time to be horny. To manage personal relationships,...

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21 Savage’s detainment, release sparks student discussion

February 15, 2019

In 2018, ICE removed, on average, 700 undocumented immigrants from the U.S. every day. 21 Savage, a 26-year-old British-born rapper who calls Atlanta home, currently faces the same fate as the 256,000...

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Swayy: The one-stop, curated shop for college women, made by college women

December 6, 2018

For those struggling to find the perfect music festival garb, interview ensemble or game day outfit, Swayy has come to the rescue. In October 2017, then-sophomores Rajya Atluri and Clio Harralson founded...

UT alumni use UT entrepreneurial resources, create mobile platform to improve group travel experience

November 28, 2018

Exploring, studying or vacationing abroad is often unforgettable. For those traveling in large groups, however, the stress of coordinating during trips often clouds the beauty of experiencing another country. In...

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Blue Genie Art Bazaar continues to grant holiday shoppers’ wishes

November 20, 2018

For those looking for unique, locally made gifts this holiday season, a warehouse in North Austin with a giant blue genie on the roof may be the ideal shopping destination. The Blue Genie Art Bazaar,...


UT graduate Mark Floreani: Former student-athlete, current entrepreneur and COO

November 14, 2018

A van, $10,000 and a stellar attitude. For Mark Floreani, that’s all it took to start his own company fresh out of college. Floreani (‘06), UT economics alumnus and former track and field...


Woode Wood brings music, love, positivity to trail around Town Lake

November 8, 2018

On an average walk, run or bike ride on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike-Trail, outdoor enthusiasts can not only expect to hear birds chirping and dogs barking, but also music playing. In 2004,...


Marathoners use UT experience to lead Olympic Trial hopefuls through 26.2 mile run

October 29, 2018

For 2016 Olympic Trial qualifiers and UT alumni Rory Tunningley and Will Nation, running 26.2 miles at 6:17 minutes per mile is not only a method of improving their own fitness, but also a way to help...


Honey Fest 2018 celebrates ‘elixir of the gods’

October 25, 2018

Honey: natural, sweet, versatile, long-lasting and packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Three years ago, Tara Chapman and Lindsey Peebles, founders of Two Hives Honey and Texas Keeper Cider, decided...


ACL Festival stays rockin,’ rollin,’ greenin’

October 12, 2018

It’s not hard to picture the aftermath of a music festival. “There were water bottles and beer cans and whatever else all over the ground,” sustainability studies sophomore Shelby...


Black Star Co-op: A brewpub owned by the community for the community

October 4, 2018

Few businesses can sincerely claim to be community first, but Austin’s own Black Star Co-op does just that. Located at the intersection of Lamar and Airport Blvd., Black Star Co-op is the world’s...

Student musician Eric Loop may bring a refreshingly positive tone to your Spotify profile

September 27, 2018

Eric Loop, business honors and finance sophomore, has quite an impressive résumé. Between being an active member of a Christian fraternity, a Young Life leader, a founder of a service organization...


Graffiti Gala uses creativity to raise funds for the relocation of HOPE Outdoor Gallery

September 20, 2018

For years, artists, tourists and Austinites have visited HOPE Outdoor Gallery, commonly known as Graffiti Park, to express themselves artistically. The park is set to close in October but the upcoming...


The Pecan Street Festival gives Austinites a different historical view of Sixth Street

September 17, 2018

We all know about Dirty Sixth, W 6th St., and E 6th St., but what about Pecan? Before Dirty, East and West, there was only Pecan. The Pecan Street Festival is a nod to what Sixth Street was before it...


We run Austin: Three trails that are worth the sweat

September 5, 2018

Everything is bigger and better in Texas, and the Austin running scene is no exception. Thanks to the variety of trails found around the city, Austinites can hit the ground running from nearly anywhere...

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