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Associate Life&Arts editor says final goodbye

August 7, 2018

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staffers to say farewell and reflect on their time spent at the The Daily Texan. The term comes from the old typesetting mark (-30-)...

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Death cafes aims to remove fear surrounding death

May 4, 2018

The first Sunday of every month, a group of strangers gather at their local coffee shop, hang a warning and welcoming sign, and begin a two-hour-long conversation about everyone’s favorite tea-time...

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UT alumna Amy Chozick tracks Hillary Clinton’s “death march to victory” in “Chasing Hillary”

April 30, 2018

When Amy Chozick paid a visit to UT in spring 2017, she described former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s second presidential run as “a death march to victory.” Chozick, UT alumna...

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300: Meet the UT student behind your favorite Snapchat geofilters

April 25, 2018

If you’ve ever opened Snapchat on UT’s campus, you’ve probably shared one of Jordan Villarreal’s geofilter designs with your friends hundreds of times, but unless you know Jordan,...

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‘A Higher Loyalty’ is loyal only to Comey himself

April 23, 2018

If you were expecting a dramatic look into Comey’s relationship with Trump, don’t hold your breath. “A Higher Loyalty” isn’t it. James Comey, the now famously fired former...

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Five off-campus study spots to combat your finals fear

April 20, 2018

With the end of the semester quickly coming to a close and finals anxiety starting to rise, the desire to get away from campus can become overwhelming. Check out these five phenomenal study spots that...

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Review: “And Now We Have Everything” is the best form of birth control

April 18, 2018

If every woman read Meaghan O’Connell’s “And Now We Have Everything,” they would think twice before getting pregnant. O’Connell, a former writer for New York Magazine’s...

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‘Circe’ stuns as the retelling of an old classic

April 13, 2018

Between its beautiful bronze covers, “Circe” contains Madeline Miller’s ode to powerful and resilient women.  “Circe” is Madeline Miller’s second novel and the...

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Austin Poetry Slam brings the smackdown to the national stage

April 13, 2018

The lights are dimmed, focused only on the straight-backed poet preparing for his performance. The audience fills the room with sound: snaps, shouts of encouragement, whistles and the rare boo of discontent...

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‘The Female Persuasion’ falls flat on the feminist front

April 6, 2018

With faulty feminism and stunningly real characters, Meg Wolitzer’s extraordinarily mediocre “The Female Persuasion” inadvertently makes a perfect case for everything wrong about outdated...

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Drag class helps grow drag scene in Austin

April 5, 2018

For a Tuesday night, Rain on 4th is unusually packed. Eager onlookers crowd around the glowing stage as drag queen Tammi Gachi, dressed as little orphan Annie, switches effortlessly between the ballad...

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Five of the freakiest podcasts you’ve probably never heard of

March 30, 2018

Anybody with a microphone and access to the internet can make a podcast, meaning that the platform is brimming with weird people discussing weird things on just about every single topic imaginable. In...

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‘Merry Spinster’ puts a wicked twist into old classics

March 29, 2018

The velveteen rabbit is a vampire, the angel that fights Jacob gives his tell-all, and the little mermaid just really wants to go home — these are just a few of the twisted tales found in Daniel...

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‘Patriot Number One’ provides a lacking look at realities of immigration

March 21, 2018

Overfilled with factual information, “Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown” lacks a cohesive story. In “Patriot Number One,” journalist Lauren Hilgers tracks the...

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‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ leaves out set and director for raw performances

March 21, 2018

Unlike others, this play has no set and no director, and a new actor takes on the only role every night, cracking open the script for the first time in front of the audience. “White Rabbit Red Rabbit”...

Check out these five lesser known Austin landmarks

March 20, 2018

Landmarks tell us where we are, remind us of the passing of time and stand true throughout the change around them. In its nearly 200 years of existence, Austin has seen change and growth, but its landmarks...

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Eight artists to look out for at this year’s Flatstock exhibit

March 9, 2018

If you’re looking for a South by Southwest souvenir, check out Flatstock, the country’s biggest poster exhibit. Flatstock 65 is a poster exhibit brought to SXSW by the American Poster Institute....

The top five restaurants to check out during SXSW

March 6, 2018

South by Southwest is quickly approaching, and although most attendees’ focuses are on the events and speakers, it would be a disservice to Austin to not explore some of Austin’s quick food...

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Texas authors write zombie anthology to benefit Hurricane Harvey victimes

March 5, 2018

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, an unlikely group of heroes have come to lend a hand — zombies.  Texas authors Katherine Evans, Michelle Rene, Ray Morris, Sarah Bale and Jessica Capelle...

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‘Her Own Hero’ brings a history of self defense into the present

March 2, 2018

Come Saturday evening, Austin bookstore BookWoman will be transformed from a female-centered book store to a self-defense dojo. This dojo is the main attraction of Her Own Hero, an event inspired by...

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Crime loving librarians start true crime book club

March 1, 2018

Every month on the top floor of the Austin Central Library, you will find a group of nearly 20 people passing around buttons, toting around books and, of course, discussing their all time favorite murder...

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UT alumnus Steve Perlow brings business into novel writing

February 26, 2018

Before sinking his teeth into the world of vampire novels, Steve Perlow was just a regular business student. Perlow is a UT alumnus and the author of the “Vampires and the Life of Erin Rose”...

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Q&A: André Aciman discusses writing ‘Call Me By Your Name’

February 19, 2018

André Aciman is a brilliant man of many things, all of which seem to work their way into his hauntingly beautiful writing style. The Daily Texan had the opportunity to sit down with Aciman and discuss...

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Q&A: UT tower bells answers everything from its origins, gender to campus fame

February 16, 2018

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of the UT Tower? How did it get access to Twitter? Why is it always dinging? We asked, and we got all the answers. For the past year the anonymous Twitter...

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The Daily Texan’s guide to Galentine’s Day

February 13, 2018

Feeling bummed and bae-less as Valentine’s Day approaches? Celebrate female friendship with Galentine’s Day instead! Created by “Parks and Recreation” character Leslie Knope,...

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‘How to Stop Time’ makes readers wish they could speed up time

February 8, 2018

At 439 years old, Tom Hazard is older than America, and just like everyone else, he’s trying to figure out what it means to be alive. Hazard is the hero of Matt Haig’s “How to Stop...

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UMLAUF sculpture garden gives a close and personal look at art with “After Dark” series

February 8, 2018

You won’t find any red ropes or leering security personnel at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, where unlike in traditional museums, guests receive a warm welcome into the forge and are even...

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Leni Zumas’ ‘Red Clocks’ portrays women in American dystopia

January 31, 2018

Leni Zumas’ “Red Clocks” follows the lives of four women in a small Oregon town in a version of America where abortion is murder, in vitro fertilization is a thing of the past and single-parent...

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Texas activism group dresses as characters from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ as form of protest

January 30, 2018

Dozens of women stand silent in front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, heads bowed, dressed in blood-red robes and stark white bonnets that shield most of their faces. The women do not carry any signs or explain...

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Upcoming books mark 2018 as ‘literary year of the woman’

January 25, 2018

While the year has only just begun, it already seems it’ll be a great one for books, especially those written by female authors and those that focus on female narratives. 2018, it seems, will be...

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Marchers share how 2017 changed the movement

January 23, 2018

A year ago, hopeful marchers filled the streets of Austin donning pink “pussy hats,” determined to show the newly elected president they wouldn’t be so easily subdued. This year, marchers...

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‘Fire and Fury’ has trouble discerning fact from fiction

January 18, 2018

There can really be only one word to describe “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House:” interesting. “Fire and Fury,” released Jan. 5, is USA Today columnist Michael Wolff’s...

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Will the new Dunkin’ reign supreme in a battle for breakfast?

January 16, 2018

What was once a littered alcove filled with everything from spray painted portraits of Johnny Cash to dead pigeons has been transformed into a neon oasis of reasonably priced coffee, ice cream and breakfast...

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German Christmas markets help Texans connect to heritage

December 6, 2017

It’s December, but visitors at this German market are wearing neither coats nor mittens. Visitors at Austin’s annual German Christmas market don T-shirts and flip-flops as they wander through...

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Five books you won’t be able to put down this winter break

December 1, 2017

After a stressful finals season, there is nothing better than  sitting down to slip into a good book over winter break. Whether you’re looking for expertly written social commentary or immersive...

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Student filmmaker aims to amplify black voices

November 29, 2017

Ukairo Ukairo strives to be cinema’s next major black talent, but he isn’t like Steve McQueen, Spike Lee or Sidney Poitier. His main focus isn’t the attention his skills can get him,...

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‘The Price is Right’ brings football rivalries to Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is a time for two things: family and football. With the fall holiday just around the corner, the classic game show “The Price is Right” is combining the two with its college rivalries...

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Student takes over Twitter with “edgy” Arthur reimagining

November 14, 2017

In 2017, a viral tweet is like gold. Now, after over 61,000 retweets and nearly 200,000 likes, Daniel Nkoola’s got one. Radio-television-film sophomore Nkoola’s viral tweet idea came to...

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A capella group prepares for Acapalooza and competition

November 10, 2017

While movies like “Pitch Perfect” portray a capella as a cut-throat world, UT-Austin’s a capella groups are working to prove that their rivalries can be far more friendly than their on-screen...

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UT senior cooks up fame with popular baking Instagram account

November 1, 2017

Most college students find themselves struggling to cook basic meals, but Hailey Shuster spends her time turning out mouthwatering desserts. Shuster, a marketing senior, has been baking and decorating...

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Five Texas terrors to tell this Halloween

October 31, 2017

Ghost stories and scary movies are often filled with enough jump scares to make your heart stop. But getting caught up in the Halloween spirit may cause one to forget that truth is sometimes stranger than...

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Dinner in the Dark shines a light on visual impairment

October 25, 2017

Hands fumble against the dark walls of the Student Activity Center ballroom as each student searches for their place at the table and the secret meal that awaits. Welcome to Dinner in the Dark.  Dinner...

Students drum up UT’s first record label

October 19, 2017

Outside a Grand Union suite, a group of restless students strum away at guitars, heads ducked down into their chests as they quietly sing to themselves. The anxiety in the air is high as each individual...

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How to survive ACL Weekend Two

October 11, 2017

Whether you’re an Austin City Limits newbie or a festival veteran, a few extra tips and tricks can make sure you stay safe, comfortable and prepared. Luckily, The Daily Texan has compiled the following...

Social media affects personal politics, students say

October 10, 2017

With countless tweets constantly streaming through the Twitterverse, it can be easy for one to think their opinions don’t matter. But according to one student group, social media may have serious...

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A love for Austin inspires film directed by UT alumnus

October 6, 2017

The city of Austin’s character is undoubtedly distinct. Filmmaker and UT alumnus David N. Reyes knows this as much as the next Austinite and decided to cast it as a main character in his latest film,...