Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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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Balancing academics, artistic endeavors creates internal conflict for students

August 31, 2017

Many UT undergrads share a dual identity as students and artists, but the burning question is how to strike a balance without letting day-to-day challenges consume them and their art. Students who strive...


UPrep creates UT student mentors at local high school

August 7, 2017

For any high school student, the application process for college is a marathon, but for students at low-performing schools, it’s like running a marathon without shoes.  UPrep, a student organization...


Mayor’s office takes new action to reduce homelessness

August 7, 2017

As downtown Austin’s waistline expands beyond the belt of I-35 — a symptom of the city’s exponential growth — the issue of homelessness has been ever-growing. Pressure from all...


After-school unicycle program gains traction across Texas schools

July 24, 2017

After challenging himself to become a unicyclist, a local schoolteacher kept a one-track mind and used this skill to teach students to balance self-confidence and team building. In 2009, Jimmy Agnew...


Mosaic artist brings Austinites into the larger picture of her work

July 24, 2017

Mosaic artist Stefanie Distefano knows how important little pieces are to the big picture. As an Austinite, she invites locals to contribute to her work in order to better represent the community at-large.  In...


Aaron’s Rock and Roll keeps a steady beat going despite changing times

July 21, 2017

From the psychedelic era of the '60s to the craziness of today’s current bar scene on East Sixth, Aaron's Rock and Roll works hard to uphold its legacy as a landmark of Austin’s rock...


Red Yarn takes a hand at writing children’s music with puppets

July 17, 2017

Children’s music and animal puppets aren’t intimidating to most, but for Red Yarn, they pose a challenging task in modernizing traditional folk music while making shows the whole family can...


Rancho Alegre Radio puts unsung heroes of Tejano back into the limelight

July 9, 2017

The legacy of Tejano music is defined by two music styles — the Tejano that rose with Selena and then fizzled out, and then conjunto. While both styles have their differences, one Austin nonprofit...


The Exchange Artists pull their audiences into a new theatre experience

July 3, 2017

While most audiences walk into a large theatre and expect ushers to direct them to their row before a performance, The Exchange Artists move beyond the stage and literally sweep audiences off their feet...


Classic American cuisine gets an Austin twist for Fourth of July

July 3, 2017

Hot dogs and burgers are as traditional as fireworks on Fourth of July, but in Austin even these classics don’t get away without slight changes and adaptations. In this unconventional Texas city,...

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Austin Eastciders blends its unique brand with local music scene

June 21, 2017

Cider was once the most popular alcoholic beverage in America. Almost 90 years after Prohibition, a local cider company in East Austin uses ferments from Europe to preserve that original flavor while also...


Local charity gets in tune with foster kids on a musical level

June 11, 2017

Having to go in and out of the foster care system, there are many Austin youths who feel closed off. Kids In A New Groove teaches foster kids to grow past their insecurities through musical performance. Kids...

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Star Wars podcaster voices why diversity is our only hope

May 4, 2017

Even in a fictional galaxy, proper representation is a concept that is still far, far away. However, with the help of her podcast community, one Austinite is fighting for more diversity in the Star Wars...


UT students plot out the first ever Austin Bookstore Crawl

April 27, 2017

Austin’s eclectic variety of bookstores cater to the niche audiences they serve, but their limited exposure inspired two UT students to show Austinites what the local literary scene has to offer. English...

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Austin glass blowers go full blown with largest water pipe

April 20, 2017

When creating glass pipes and other smoking devices, GRAV Labs usually aims for practicality. But they took the plunge to step out of their comfort zone when they forged Goliath, the world’s largest...

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Doodle Dudes draw out Austinites who want to get creative

April 14, 2017

Every Saturday night, the Doodle Dudes sit down to tables cluttered with pencils and drawing pads at Dominican Joe’s. The meetings are more than just sketches or animated cartoons — its about...


UT students continue to play their hand at Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments

April 6, 2017

For some, the days of dueling with Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are stuck in the early 2000s, but for these UT students and Austinites, the game has not been lost in the shuffle. Yu-Gi-Oh! cards made their first...


UT student embraces cultural heritage and individuality

March 31, 2017

Growing up in Weslaco, Texas, in the Valley, biomedical engineering junior Gabby Tan thought she was just like all of her other Chicano friends. It wasn’t until she was eight years old that her parents...


Hawgfly’s practical effects bleed into the realm of digital film making

March 30, 2017

As computer-generated monsters and digital effects take over Hollywood, some may fear that old-school props and bloody gore are going out of fashion. But Austin-based Hawgfly Productions is defying the...

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Austin Community Steelband brings harmony to low-income youths

March 23, 2017

A steel drum orchestra relies on each musician’s ability to hit their notes, stay on tempo and put in the effort to create a spectacular experience for audiences. A small school in Austin today is...


Nasha spices up Austin with Its Indian-Mexican cuisine

March 22, 2017

Nasha’s Indian-Mexican is two scientists’ long-term experiment with cultural food fusion that has resulted in one of Austin’s most unique food spots. In 2014, husband and wife duo...

Sandra Adair creates a canvas for Lance Letscher’s life and art in a new doc

March 9, 2017

Portraying the life of an artist and his abstract world in a runtime of 90 minutes can be a challenging task, yet one Austin filmmaker pulls it off with her directorial debut, “The Secret Life of Lance...

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Blue Starlite drive-In projects its legacy onto a new location

March 9, 2017

One romantic evening at an alley in East Austin, a young man set up a projector in his car to watch Grease alongside his future wife when a burning question came to mind­: Why aren’t there anymore...


Mariachi Amor shares the love of Hispanic musical tradition

February 27, 2017

At a quinceañera, as the birthday girl sits centerstage surrounded by her friends, the cheering crowd shouts for their favorite songs to be played. Head mariachi Alex Ramirez and his band is always...


‘Double Toasted’ offers an unconventional and raunchy take on movie reviews

February 16, 2017

“Better than Sex” isn’t a rating most critics tend to give out to movies, but when it comes to their reviews, the “Double Toasted” crew has a style all of their own. In...