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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UT student makes advances involving autonomous vehicles, traffic stimulation

Jourden Sander September 11, 2013

Dustin Carlino takes the term smart car to a whole new level. Carlino, a computer science senior, currently works on “Approximately Orchestrated Routing and Transportation Analyzer” or AORTA,...


UT alumni create prints using dead animals in collection “Inked Animal”

Jourden Sander September 9, 2013

Dead animals may decorate a rustic fireplace mantle, but it isn’t common to find them displayed as works of fine art. Japanese artists created Gyotaku, a traditional art form that dates back from...


Eight retired art and art history faculty members inspire art exhibit, “Compound Interests”

Jourden Sander September 4, 2013

A studio art exhibition spanning a variety of mediums is currently under way, but one common thread ties it all together: All eight of the artists are former professors from UT’s Department of Art...


Check out nine new restaurants that opened in Austin this summer

Jourden Sander August 28, 2013

While everyone was away from Austin this summer, new restaurants and eateries opened left and right, offering students new culinary options to try. Some restaurants closed, such as the grungy but delicious...


El Patio serves tacos with a long history in Austin

Jourden Sander April 30, 2013

Torchy’s Tacos may be students’ go-to taco eatery, but another taco option is just down the road. El Patio is a tex-mex dive that’s been feeding locals since 1954 and cooking some of...


Toy Joy’s big move

Jourden Sander April 29, 2013

After years of supplying college students with concentrated unicorn farts, plastic mustaches and Hello Kitty merchandise, Toy Joy will be moving downtown.  On June 1, the store will move from its...


Independent Austin Psych Fest offers psychedelic rock experience

Jourden Sander April 26, 2013

Austin Psych Fest, an independent festival devoted to psychedelic rock, will host its sixth annual festival Saturday, encouraging the exploration of life at its fullest. Dan Brinner, member of The Reverberation...


Students compete in the Kerrville Singer-Songwriter Contest

Jourden Sander April 23, 2013

Talent manifests itself in many corners of the Forty Acres, but eight singer-songwriters at UT have been chosen to compete for the chance to perform at this year’s Kerrville Folk Festival.  The...


The Vagina Monologues empowers women

Jourden Sander April 18, 2013

The shock value of saying “vagina” out loud in public is not lost on the cast members of “The Vagina Monologues,” whose purpose is to encourage women to be more comfortable with...


Instructor improves lives through free karate classes

Jourden Sander April 16, 2013

In a room smelling of sweat and hand sanitizer, locals are kicking and fighting to defeat their opponent in American Soryu karate.  The Metz Recreation Center, located in East Austin, offers free...


Hat collection reveals secret side to Dr. Seuss

Jourden Sander April 11, 2013

Theodore Seuss Geisel, known to the world as Dr. Seuss, is a cherished children’s book author and illustrator. What the world doesn’t know is that Dr. Seuss kept 158 hats hidden in his estate...


Austin Restaurant Week offers tasty food while supporting local charities

Jourden Sander April 8, 2013

During Austin Restaurant Week, budget-bound locals can eat some of the best food in Austin while contributing to the community. Spanning a two-week feast, locals can enjoy a cheaper menu from 45...


The world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band performs in Austin

Jourden Sander April 3, 2013

With a communal love for sombreros, Spanish, chi-chis and Black Sabbath, Metalachi was born under the marriage of mariachi and metal to become the world’s first and only heavy metal mariachi band. El...

Austin goes blue for World Autism Awareness Day

Jourden Sander April 1, 2013

In 2006, one in 110 children was diagnosed with autism. The number of children diagnosed with autism, though, is growing, and this year one in 88 children will be diagnosed.  World Autism Awareness...

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Follow a vegan priest into the world of “Cult of Color: Call to Color”

Jourden Sander March 27, 2013

In a black and white underworld, a vegan priest named Sesom will be leading seven disciples on a voyage to bring color to their lives in the ballet, “Cult of Color: Call to Color.”  A...


Earth Hour 2013 raises climate change awareness

Jourden Sander March 21, 2013

For the global event Earth Hour 2013, businesses and households all over the world will turn off their lights for one hour to aid in the fight against climate change.  According to,...


Compete, or just eat, in the Austin Smoke Experiment SXSW food extravaganza

Jourden Sander March 11, 2013

In the South By Southwest food smoking competition, The Austin Smoke Experiment, hosted by the Brooklyn Brewery, Austinites are encouraged to test their cooking chops by exploring the limits of smoking.  “Contestants...

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Electrical engineer builds robot that delivers comedy

Jourden Sander March 11, 2013

Heather Knight spent her college years building robots. An electrical engineer and robot scientist, Knight first became infatuated with robots while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  “Robotics...


Blanton kicks off SXSW with SoundSpace

Jourden Sander March 7, 2013

The halls of The Blanton Museum of Art are normally filled with silent spectators; but on March 10, local musicians will perform live with the art as their backdrop. In the audience interactive show, “SoundSpace,”...


Students prove juggling to be both sport and art

Jourden Sander February 28, 2013

Tossing clubs in the air and catching them in a rhythmic manner may not seem artistic, but the students of the Texas Juggling Society at UT beg to differ.  A sport that is both mentally stimulating...


Local comedians do stand-up at Austin Java’s open mic night

Jourden Sander February 19, 2013

In the basement of Austin Java Parkway there lies a mini culture of comedians throwing their best jokes about weed, religion, porn and social norms at their audience.  Every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.,...

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UT alumna speaks to Women’s History and Women’s Rights

Jourden Sander February 13, 2013

Despite the third wave of feminism, the role of women in history continues to be overlooked. The “Women Shaping Texas in the 20th Century” exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum...


Austin improvisers entertain audience in Fan Fiction Fandom

Jourden Sander February 7, 2013

The cast of “Fandom” at the Hideout Theatre has been shape shifting into diverse, fictional worlds for the past five Saturdays. By becoming characters of popular culture, the Fandom cast performs...


UT alumna infuses science, poetry in new exhibit

Jourden Sander January 28, 2013

In the hills of Austin at the Austin Museum of Art’s Laguna Gloria location lies a new method of drawing by local artist Bethany Johnson. Several plates of glass, splattered and misted with black,...

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