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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

All content by Laura Wright

The Texan needs to figure out what students care about

Laura Wright April 29, 2015

The growth of the Texan’s digital product in the two and a half years I spent at the paper was amazing to see. We went from having a neglected twitter to having lively accounts not just for the paper...


Lessons for the University in The Daily Texan’s history

Laura Wright May 2, 2014

The pages of the Texan are proof that someone, somewhere cares and has cared about the day-to-day of University life for over a century. As former Daily Texan Editor Willie Morris wrote in 1955, “The...


No easy solution for the future of the Texan

Laura Wright March 20, 2014

It’s been nearly a year since I assumed the editorship of the Texan, but in many ways, it feels like I’m right where I was when I first took the job. On Friday, the Texas Student Media Board...


The man who really needs to call out Young Conservatives of Texas on their racist antics? Ted Cruz

Laura Wright November 19, 2013

In light of Young Conservatives of Texas' recent decision to host a "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" event this Wednesday on the UT-Austin campus, the conservative front-runner...


11 Things I learned from former SG President Thor Lund’s “What I’ve learned about Women”

Laura Wright August 15, 2013

Eleven things I learned from former student government president and current UT student Thor Lund’s recent blog post, “What I've learned about Women.” 1. Though...

Put up your horns, pick up the Texan

Laura Wright August 5, 2013

Why should you read The Daily Texan during your time on the 40 Acres? In part, for the same reason you put your horns up at a football game: It’s a Texas tradition, and it’s a simple way of...

Brands, Bevo and bikini briefs

Laura Wright April 26, 2013

Last week, in the culmination of a days-old face-off, UT lost to the University of Central Florida in a National Collegiate Showdown. What exactly was said showdown over? It’s hard to say —...


Women’s Health Clinic serves UT students well despite recent controversies

Laura Wright April 26, 2013

Though funding for women’s health in Texas has declined dramatically in recent years, the Women’s Health Clinic at UT-Austin, funded entirely by tuition dollars and clinic fees, has remained...


Tackles won’t keep the UT women’s rugby team down

Laura Wright April 19, 2013

In a back corner of the University of Texas intramural fields, a group of women jogged back and forth between tiny colored cones to the rhythm of a loud beep last Monday. The beep sounded with increasing...

Build with care

Laura Wright April 19, 2013

Last Wednesday, Michael O’Donnell, associate vice chancellor of the UT System, testified before the Senate Higher Education Committee on SB 496, a bill by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo. SB 496 would...


Laura Wright reviews the best snow-cone stands in Austin

Laura Wright April 17, 2013

Put simply, I am a snow cone connoisseur. When I was a kid, a snow cone stand painted with a picture of Winnie the Pooh sat around the corner from my house, and buying a snow cone there signaled both the...

“The Eye of the Mammoth” reveals ancient Texas

Laura Wright April 16, 2013

Editor’s note: Laura Wright is currently working for Texas Monthly, the magazine where Stephen Harrigan was a long-time contributor. “My grandmother made two kinds of kolaches. They were...

Another semester, another bomb threat

Laura Wright April 12, 2013

Wednesday night, I reacted to a safety alert email sent out by the UT administration about a “non-specific” bomb threat with the same nonchalance the students sitting around me in The Daily...


Recreating Austin classic dishes in your kitchen

Laura Wright April 11, 2013

My traditional method of treating myself is to drop money at one of Austin’s many amazing restaurants. But, it’s the end of the semester. The line on my budget for dining out needs some downsizing....

New book details the Juarez cartel-wars

Laura Wright April 10, 2013

“The Fight to Save Juarez” is not a book to read before bed. In the first 100 pages alone, educational psychology professor Ricardo C. Ainslie’s non-fiction account of the drug war in...

Why Aggies matter, in College Station and the Capitol

Laura Wright April 4, 2013

We stopped playing A&M in football more than a year ago, but we are apparently still beating them to a pulp when it comes to not embarrassing our student body with student-led efforts to demean and...


Watch out for bats on campus, but don’t hit them with a tennis racket

Laura Wright April 2, 2013

What’s the problem with bats on campus? Is there a problem?  There’s not one (exactly), but that wasn’t the impression given by an informational e-mail sent out to students last...

Campus from your computer screen

Laura Wright March 29, 2013

In her visit to the Senate of College Councils last Thursday, Student Regent Ashley Purgason was quick to say that online courses “are here to stay.” More grim than enthusiastic, she assured...


“The Women of Juarez” avoids Lifetime movie-esque tropes

Laura Wright March 28, 2013

A small audience hung back after the second performance of the play “The Women of Juarez” at the Payne theater on Tuesday. “The Women of Juarez” is one of over 40 productions showing...

Bioshock Infinite is the next blockbuster videogame

Laura Wright March 25, 2013

Monday at 11:59 p.m., fans of the video game series “Bioshock” will be closer than ever to getting their hands on a copy of the series’ much-anticipated third installment, “Bioshock...

Joint degrees add options

Laura Wright March 21, 2013

On March 17, Sacha Kopp, an associate dean in the College of Natural Sciences, sent out an email to all CNS students asking them to give their opinion on the creation of a new degree a Bachelor of Science...


Internship alternatives for your summer

Laura Wright March 20, 2013

In the past month, high school seniors got the good — or bad — news that comes with college acceptance letters. In that same period, many college students, who no doubt enjoyed putting the...

@SXSWPartyzzzzz is the mock SXSW account of your dreams

Laura Wright March 11, 2013

Dan Treadway has only been to South By Southwest once, and that was two years ago, when he was a senior studying political communications and was writing for both The Daily Texan and the Texas Travesty....

The candidates’ columns: Voting for a voice

Laura Wright February 26, 2013

Editor’s note: Per the TSM election code Section 7.45B, Daily Texan editor-in-chief candidates have the opportunity to publish two columns during their campaigns. The candidates were asked to write...

This is not a test

Laura Wright February 22, 2013

Editor’s note: Per the TSM election code Section 7.45B, Daily Texan editor-in-chief candidates have the opportunity to publish two columns during their campaigns. The candidates were asked to write...

Taking a tour of UT’s landmarks

Laura Wright January 28, 2013

Between Batts and Mezes Halls sits a tiny metal sculpture by the artist Willard Boepple. On loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the steel sculpture anchors the tiny courtyard, its curving metal pieces...


UT alumnus movie “Love Land” to highlight struggles of disabled, feature disabled actors

Laura Wright January 24, 2013

Joshua Tate and his collaborators are about to have a big few months, or at least they hope. Next month, Tate, who graduated from UT in 2008 with degrees in psychology and in radio, television and film,...


Michi Ramen does not quite measure up to its other ramen rivals

Laura Wright January 22, 2013

Michi Ramen, a new restaurant specializing in the Japanese dish of the same name, held its “soft opening” last Friday night, where it served up gobs of noodles submerged in gelatinous broth...


Central Market offers an exotic selection of fruit at Citrus Fest

Laura Wright January 18, 2013

Until Thursday, the two Austin-area locations of Central Market will be running what is essentially a jazzed-up supermarket promotion scheme: the Central Market Citrus Fest. For the event, the stores have...


English as a Second Language program helps create learning community

Laura Wright December 6, 2012

For Rundong Du, a first year mathematics graduate student, the two “happiest times of the week” are 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, when he joins 10 other graduate students in a small...

Alter your reality for the better

Laura Wright December 6, 2012

Madeline Tuckfield has always lamented her hometown’s lack of urban legends. “I love Austin so much, it’s such a cool vibrant city, but we don’t have any monsters or ghosts,”...

Top 10 ways to avoid studying for finals

Laura Wright December 5, 2012

Listen, folks: The PCL being open 24 hours, 7 days a week could be taken as a license to increase your productivity — imagine all the extra books you can digest with 24 whole hours in those fluorescent-lit...


East Side King opens new location at Hole in the Wall

Laura Wright December 5, 2012

Yesterday, local chef Paul Qui opened the fourth location of his East Side King food trailer in the back room of the Hole in the Wall, the long-loved bar and music venue on Guadalupe Street. In the back...


Hey, Mr. Postman

Laura Wright November 29, 2012

“What do you call an Austin musician whose girlfriend just dumped him?” Tom Bowser joked as he stood outside a post office. “Homeless,” Bowser said with a laugh. Bowser, who...


San Antonio has more to offer than the River Walk

Laura Wright November 27, 2012

It’s hard to deny that “going to the San Antonio River Walk to look at Christmas lights” sounds like an activity one does with one’s grandparents. But in the holiday season, a day...

Bullying exists on college campuses

Laura Wright November 20, 2012

I was bullied during middle school. For a short period during my seventh-grade year, a gang of my classmates bullied me so fiercely and frequently that their attacks fundamentally changed the person I...


Texas Polo Team increases membership, thanks to generosity of Zubair Hamir

Laura Wright November 20, 2012

On a cold, bright afternoon in Dripping Springs on Saturday, Zubair Hamir called out from atop his horse to the Texas polo team. “What did you guys see?” Hamir asked the watching players. They...


Tiny art finds its place in equally tiny Callicarpa gallery

Laura Wright November 14, 2012

A small group of students gather in a large, industrial-looking classroom in the Art Building and Museum last Monday night that holds both a sculpture studio and the tiny Callicarpa gallery. The students...

Trouble looms for the Teacher Retirement System

Laura Wright November 9, 2012

On the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) website, a pastel background sets off  black and white images of smiling teachers, young and old.  But the retirement system — in which UT...

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Mike Feinberg discusses the Knowledge Is Power Program and importance of character

Laura Wright November 7, 2012

On Wednesday the Texas Chapter of Students for Education Reform will co-host Mike Feinberg, a founder of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) network of charter schools, with the recruiters for the KIPP...

The top 10 reasons to vote, today

Laura Wright November 6, 2012

1.) The lines: Normally, when you find yourself spending more than 45 minutes standing next to complete strangers with strong opinions in a long, winding line, you are either waiting to buy an iPhone or...

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Campus cultural committees host election watch party at SAC

Laura Wright November 6, 2012

Public relations and political communication senior Antonio Guevara first approached Carissa Kelley, the current president of the Student Events Center, with the idea for Decision 2012 last year. The Student...

Second-guessing Livestrong’s lure

Laura Wright November 1, 2012

I had already written “complete Livestrong internship application” on my to-do list when I spotted the bright yellow type on the cover of Outside magazine last January. It read,  “Lance...


UT Language Creation Society invites students to learn origins of newer languages

Laura Wright November 1, 2012

“It’s like asking, what if you combined Korean and French?” business freshman Alex Sands said. Sands wasn’t talking about combining culinary styles, an obvious guess for this rare...

I was a seventh-grade bunny

Laura Wright October 25, 2012

In seventh grade, the popular girls in my class convinced us to vote for a class Halloween theme: “Bunnies.” Not woodland creatures, not Peter Rabbit, but “Bunnies,” full stop,...


Moonlight Tour of the Texas State Cemetery

Laura Wright October 25, 2012

This Saturday, authors Jason Walker and Will Erwin will be hosting a tour through what Walker believes is “the most unique historic site in the state.” It’s not a museum, a battlefield,...


Twins celebrate their 90th birthdays together

Laura Wright October 24, 2012

Last Saturday, in the clubroom of the French Quarter apartment complex off of Burnet Road, twins Ernestine and Earleen Lott celebrated their 90th birthdays. Born in 1922, the twins have lived in Austin...

Don’t let TCEQ make Texas toxic

Laura Wright October 19, 2012

Every day, labs in the University of Texas System produce low-level radioactive waste in the course of medical procedures and scientific research. Despite what the comic books would have you believe, this...


An open letter to the Longhorn Football Team from an attendee of this Saturday’s game

Laura Wright October 16, 2012

I know nothing about football. Zip, nada, zilch. I think yard lines are picket fences, the ol’ pigskin is a single stale pork rind and tackling is something you do when initiating a tickle fight....


Cheese vendors dish out grilled cheese advice

Laura Wright October 10, 2012

Crunchy, gooey, savory, sweet — everyone loves the multidimensional grilled cheese. In recent years this simple American sandwich has moved past the realm of sticky, pale-orange “cheddar”...


Student veterans unite over football

Laura Wright October 9, 2012

This past Saturday, a group of student veterans enjoyed an afternoon at the Student Veterans Association tailgate. In the burnt orange blur of pre-game festivities, these Longhorns blended in with the...

The Valley needs residencies

Laura Wright September 28, 2012

On Sept. 22 the chancellors of the six public university systems in Texas took the stage at the Texas Tribune Ideas Festival for a panel discussion called “Chancellor Confedential.” The chancellors...


Jenn’s copies enjoys 30 years of success, memories

Laura Wright September 26, 2012

Jenn’s Copies will celebrate 30 years of business on the Drag this October with little fanfare but many requests for color copies. Jenn herself, full name Jennifer Hillhouse, couldn’t be prouder,...

Attempt at spicing up dining hall fare lacks authenticity and flavor

Laura Wright September 21, 2012

On Wednesday night, the Division of Housing and Food Service hosted a “Mexican American Cultural Dinner,” publicized as a “chance to get acquainted with authentic Mexican cuisine as we...


Ju-don’t kick or punch, judo grapples attention

Laura Wright September 14, 2012

“You here for Judo?” Peter Hoang asks chipperly. I am, in fact, here for judo — partly because I am interested in the sport and partly because my editors liked the idea of forcing me...


I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

Laura Wright September 13, 2012

Norman Bel Geddes, a self-trained polymath turned architect, industrial designer and futurist is the subject of the Harry Ransom Center’s newest exhibition “I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel...

I knew I was special

Laura Wright September 10, 2012

I’m always looking for the next opportunity to sit on my laurels. That’s why, when a casual glance at the ol’ iPhone revealed that I had received an e-mail from the Delta Psi Chapter...


Art group fundraises with innovative Bike Sale

Laura Wright September 10, 2012

Last year, when the student art group Center Space Project needed to fundraise, it came up with an innovative twist on the traditional bake sale. Instead of peddling brownies in the West Mall, it asked...


Herb-gardening accessible for students in dorms and dim apartments

Laura Wright September 5, 2012

Herb-gardening may seem like the exclusive hobby of bored retirees and self-described “culinary-type” yuppies, but a pot of herbs in an otherwise gloomy college apartment is deceptively useful....

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Chasing the Blue Frog

Laura Wright August 31, 2012

Chad Stinson has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 11 years and has a master’s in aquatic biology. When I ask him if he has ever heard of such a thing as a giant, fluorescent blue...


Upperclassman reflects on UT experience at Gone to Texas

Laura Wright August 30, 2012

I expected attending Gone to Texas in the middle of my college career would feel different from attending it as a freshman. After all, the past two years of college have changed my view of this massive...

Wear a @%$# helmet

Laura Wright August 27, 2012

I’m not going to deny it: Bike helmets are lame. They look lame, they feel lame, if you don’t bombard them with Febreeze on a regular basis their smell surpasses lame and goes straight to repellant....

Forgo Facebook

Laura Wright August 6, 2012

Three weeks into your first year of college, several things seem to happen all at once: That first test forces you to realize that your college classes are, in fact, harder than the ones you took in high...


Top ten mistakes you’ll make your freshman year of college (and how to recover from them)

Laura Wright August 6, 2012

  1. Misunderstanding the phrase “YOLO” as it relates to your partying schedule It’s true: you only live once. However, there are two lines of argument that follow: YOLO, so go...


Racing turtles draw big crowds to Sixth Street

Laura Wright July 23, 2012

When I asked long-time bar manager Jonathan Richards, the mastermind behind the turtle races at Little Woodrow’s bar who has organized “everything from banana pudding wrestling to mechanical...


Pic(nic) a park

Laura Wright July 16, 2012

As 13-year-olds, my best friend and I would often picnic in the elementary school playground nearest my house. By “picnic,” I mean we would sit in the abandoned-for-the-summer playground and...


Kerbey Lane keeps appeal after renovation

Laura Wright July 2, 2012

Walking into the newly remodeled Kerbey Lane Cafe feels a little bit like walking into the waiting room of a hip pediatric dentist’s office — that bright and that sterile. Gone is the reassuring...

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