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

All content by Lisette Oler

30: Senior Life&Arts reporter departs with gratitude in her heart

Lisette Oler August 7, 2017

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

Unique courses to take before leaving the 40 Acres

Lisette Oler August 7, 2017

Goodbye, swimming pools and lazy mornings. Hello, coffee and lecture halls. As the fall semester kicks off, students will begin the biannual rush to fine-tune their schedules.  While considering what...


Informal class on chicken keeping helps UT’s sustainability efforts

Lisette Oler August 7, 2017

Theresa Zelasko’s five chickens spend their days doing the things chickens do best — picking at food scraps in the compost pile, laying eggs and squawking to their heart’s content. The...


Sailor Moon Day Austin offers opportunities to show love for series

Lisette Oler August 5, 2017

Sewing machine unplugged and fabric swatches everywhere, Sarah Blackman closed the door on her craft room as exhaustion rolled over her body. Her Super Sailor Moon cosplay, or character-based costume,...


Magic happens at the Zilker Botanical Garden’s Woodland Faerie Trail

Lisette Oler July 23, 2017

In an age of smartphones and televisions, spending time outdoors often takes a low priority. The Zilker Botanical Gardens gives residents the opportunity to connect with the outdoors at the Woodland Faerie...


Bao’d Up focuses on popular Chinese street food for Austin residents

Lisette Oler July 23, 2017

No matter what country, street food is quick, tasty and inexpensive. One Chinese restaurant is adding to the milieu of international street foods found in Austin with the baozi. Ting Lin, owner of Xian...


Attention to detail makes Pitchfork Pretty ripe for praise

Lisette Oler July 23, 2017

Using the grass all the way to the root, Seth Baas’ new restaurant Pitchfork Pretty offers a seamless dining experience with attention to detail in the kitchen and at the table. The restaurant...


Five relatives, influences of modern Tejano music

Lisette Oler July 10, 2017

Tejano music originated in South and Central Texas and mixes Eastern European folk music with traditional Mexican music. It has many popular forms, all with their own distinct sound, but they share and...

Despite language difference, Tejano music is for everyone

Lisette Oler July 9, 2017

The classic sound of the bajo sexto, accordion and drums customary in Tejano music bring memories of childhood back to its listeners. Many Texans grew up listening to Tejano musicians such as Flaco...


Fireworks director sparks enthusiasm

Lisette Oler July 3, 2017

Steven Sarnoski had been preparing for this all day. He crossed himself, his pre-show ritual,  and launched the first firework of the night. “No matter how many times I’ve shot a show,...


Flying high: LGBT Flags and their meanings

Lisette Oler June 26, 2017

June is LGBT Pride Month and the community has embraced a multitude of flags symbolizing the various subgroups which make up the whole. Gay Pride  The rainbow flag with its current colors of...


Juneteenth Celebrations serve as reminder of past, time to come together

Lisette Oler June 18, 2017

The summer sun shone on the outstretched hands of the children lining the street expecting parade candy, as the Juneteenth celebration began. The annual parade, which was held on Saturday, June 17,...

Juneteenth foods to eat to celebrate the historic day

Lisette Oler June 18, 2017

The meat starts cooking the night before, and slowly but surely, the chunk of raw beef will become tender, flavorful and moist brisket. It’s a flavor that has come to be associated with the holiday...


Alumnus foregoes finance career to farm tomatoes

Lisette Oler June 12, 2017

The soft sun peeks over the horizon line in the mild air as Jamey Gage picks ripe Damsel tomatoes. For eight years, Gage has been rising before sunrise, fulfilling his dream of being a farmer. Gage...

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Sweatt v. Painter case leaves lasting impact

Lisette Oler November 29, 2016

Editor's note: This is part of a compilation of stories highlighting the experiences of students struggling to achieve equal representation on campus. Heman Marion Sweatt sees $27,000 in cash...


Swing dancers to perform in Austin Lindy Exchange

Lisette Oler November 16, 2016

Spreading his arms as if he were flying, Cole Weaver executes a move he calls “the bird,” for the fifth time. It’s one of 100 sequences he learned in one month this summer.  Weaver,...


Former UT student creates online LGBT meetup site SanghaLink

Lisette Oler November 15, 2016

When Anna Weingart’s mom knocked on her bedroom door, she asked her to turn off the lights before she entered. Weingart had finally decided to come out to her mom, and she couldn’t look her...


300: Foraging helps campus executive chef mix passions

Lisette Oler November 7, 2016

Editor’s note: In 300 words or fewer, this series spotlights people in our community whose stories typically go untold. Every summer in the ’60s, Robert Mayberry and his five siblings would...

Hip hop dance group #iGotSole encourages performance through videos

Lisette Oler October 26, 2016

The smooth chords of “Walah” echo through the Black Box Theater as dancers dressed in dark colors strike their first pose. Their slow, deliberate sequence is interrupted by the abrupt, sweeping...


A little bit of everything for the non-ACL goers

Lisette Oler October 1, 2016

If you’re not interested in loud music, sweating crowds or high ticket prices, there are plenty of events you can attend instead of going to the Austin City Limits Music Festival this year. For those...


Technology industry still faces uphill battle with diversity

Lisette Oler September 28, 2016

In the Spredfast office, employees work diligently at their desks, coding for their clients. At his desk, UT alumnus Al Hughes looks around — he is the only black person in the office. This is the...

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New market opens for Eastern Europeans in Austin

Lisette Oler September 23, 2016

Flags from Russia, Ukraine and Poland flap in the wind outside the Borderless European Market. When Sasha’s Gourmet Russian Market and Cafe left North Austin several years ago, they left...

“Operation Avalanche” filmmakers talk directing without script in 16mm

Lisette Oler September 22, 2016

In the film “Operation Avalanche,” two young CIA agents go undercover as documentarians at NASA. What they discover could hurt the U.S. space race and endanger their lives.  Before...


Filmmakers Julio and Marla Quintanas discuss their bilingual release, “The Vessel”

Lisette Oler September 16, 2016

Producer Marla Quintana and her husband Julio Quintana, a UT alumnus and director, will release their first feature-length film, “The Vessel,” on Friday to select theaters. The film was shot...


Hispanic artist celebrates her heritage in all aspects of life

Lisette Oler September 16, 2016

She used to stand on a chair with corn husks in her hand and maza on a spoon, spreading the mixture around messily as her grandmother reassured her that she was doing well. Now, radio-television-film...


300: UT arborist helps campus orchard blossom

Lisette Oler September 12, 2016

Editor’s note: In 300 words or fewer, this series spotlights people in our community whose stories typically go untold. Clad in dirty pants and sturdy work boots, Jennifer Hrobar picks a green...


The Foundry, a new makerspace, opens in the Fine Arts Library

Lisette Oler September 8, 2016

Students and professors peer down to get a closer look at the miniature 3-D-printed version of the Tower being made. Around the corner, a woman is trying virtual reality games and sewing machines are whirring....


Gone To Texas video winner ready for next adventure

Lisette Oler September 7, 2016

At age 12, Alexandra Goodwin started acting classes, but she was told being an actress was unrealistic. Despite her protests, when her mom signed her up for a filmmaking class, Goodwin fell in love with...

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Labor Day activities offer options for weekend fun

Lisette Oler September 2, 2016

Labor Day weekend is the first holiday after the start of the school year when students can take their first breath of fresh air and relax. Whether you choose live music shows or one of the 19 state parks...


Finding her family again, veteran transitions to civilian life

Lisette Oler September 1, 2016

Jillian Shrader no longer sets her alarm to 21:00 on a work day. “[I love] waking up later [now],” Shrader said. “I get regular civilian hours. I don’t have to wake up at 9 p.m....

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UT Votes, Civic Engagement Alliance grow in election season

Lisette Oler August 29, 2016

While a handful of students register their classmates to vote, the rest of their group, with red and blue-stained hands, tie dye white T-shirts that say UT Votes. Sponsored by the Annette Strauss Institute...

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UT student submits film to Capital City Black Film Festival

Lisette Oler August 26, 2016

Benita Ozoude met the executive director of the Capital City Black Film Festival in a Cajun soul food restaurant this summer while shooting a film. A few months later, Ozoude would be able to cross “film...

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West Mall remains social hub through the ages

Lisette Oler August 25, 2016

In the early 1970s, the West Mall was bustling with students chatting with friends, marketing their organizations and leading protest. When students protested the campus carry law yesterday, the scene...

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Freshman tips ease transition to college life

Lisette Oler August 22, 2016

It’s that time again. The summer sun is fading and the lecture hall lights are flickering to life. Classes begin Aug. 24 and that can be a bit daunting for incoming freshman. The University...

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