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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 Mae Hamilton
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30: Scientists discover cave creature that can survive without sunlight: Life & Arts Editor

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...

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Student bridges three religions

March 31, 2017

On some weekends, Taylor Kwon finds herself speeding between a Buddhist temple, a Korean Presbyterian church and a Catholic church.  Exercise science senior Kwon boasts both Mexican and Korean...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2017 | Saturday, March 18

March 18, 2017

South by Southwest is drawing to a close, but we're not done yet. Here's what we're checking out today! Follow the blog for updates.  (Update, 2 p.m.): Snoop Dogg, Weldon Angelos,...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2017 | Friday, March 17

March 17, 2017

Update (12 a.m.): Debuting songs from their new LP Feels Like Summer, Weezer performed at Brazos Hall to a packed crowd. Update (11 a.m.): If even Pharrell Williams was brought to tears by Maggie...

SXSW: Documentary sheds light on murder of Michael Brown

March 16, 2017

Nearly three years ago in Ferguson, Missouri, Michael Brown Jr.’s death at the hands of former police officer Darren Wilson shocked the nation and sparked massive protests, speculation and media...

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SXSW: Buzz Aldrin lifts off discussion about future of man in space

March 15, 2017

Dressed in a NASA t-shirt and a denim jacket embroidered with space-themed patches, the second man of Apollo 11 to walk on the moon seemed very grounded on Earth on Tuesday afternoon at SXSW. Buzz Aldrin,...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2017 | Tuesday, March 14

March 14, 2017

(Update: 3:30 p.m.): Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, and Editor at Large, Jeff Kluger, sat down today for a conversation about everything from the future of human space exploration to holographs. –Mae...

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SXSW: Former Vice President Biden pleads with entrepreneurs to support cancer research

March 13, 2017

Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, former Second Lady Jill Biden, spoke to a packed auditorium of people today about the Biden Foundation and their personal brush with cancer. “All...

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SXSW: Seth Rogen, Garth Ennis and Sam Catlin discuss Preacher

March 12, 2017

Saturday afternoon, the masterminds behind the AMC series Preacher came together at the Austin convention center to discuss season two of the hit series. The TV show is based off of the graphic novel series...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2017 | Sunday, March 12

March 12, 2017

(Update 4:40 p.m.): Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were joined on their panel by cast Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner. The panel discussed the show’s writing process, what’s...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2017 | Saturday, March 11

March 11, 2017

Update (3:30 p.m.): Rainn Wilson and Justin Baldoni discussed the importance and power of empathy in entertainment media and their respective side projects, the SoulPancake and the Wayfarer. -Mae Hamilton Update...

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Stroke by stroke, UT calligraphy organization preserves Chinese culture

January 27, 2017

When Bill Wang was first introduced to calligraphy as a child, he quickly lost interest because there was only one color – black. But six years ago, Wang felt compelled to pick up his brush again...

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Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

January 17, 2017

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Kristen Moser American studies sophomore Kristen Moser was always proud of her grandfather....

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Buddha’s Brew ferments good bacteria and good vibes

January 17, 2017

After he decided to quit Austin’s drinking scene, UT alumnus and Buddha’s Brew co-owner JP Gremillion was at a loss of what to do with his Friday nights. Gremillion always had a love for making...

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Sexual assault victim comes to terms with abusive relationship

November 30, 2016

At first, psychology senior Alice Smith thought she was in love, but soon she began to realize she and her boyfriend had different ideas of what their relationship should look like. Smith found herself...

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Familial abuse victim seeks financial independence through sex work

November 28, 2016

While some independent students age out of foster care, others can be emancipated minors or classified as homeless. Most are financially responsible for themselves and do not receive the family support...

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Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

November 22, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Samantha Brewer Although psychology sophomore Samantha Brewer’s collarbone tattoo is...

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Longhorns in Love: Professors find love between the pages

November 16, 2016

English professor Patricia Garcia wasn’t expecting to be introduced to the love of her life at a book release party. As the night progressed, she began to realize this was the kind of person she...

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Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

November 15, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Julie Kantor Though American studies Ph.D. student Julie Kantor’s body is covered in...

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Informal classes create opportunities for students with intellectual, developmental disabilities

November 10, 2016

When Jon Pierce-Shimomura’s son was born in 2001, like most parents, he was already worrying about what to do when it came time for his son to go college. But for him, it was different; his son was...

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Q&A: Pamela Tom discusses documentary “Tyrus”

November 8, 2016

Although his works “Bambi” and “Rebel Without a Cause” are cultural staples, few people know of animator and artist Tyrus Wong. After immigrating to the United States at the age...

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Austin Asian American Film Festival brings new perspective to Austin film scene

November 3, 2016

Growing up Taiwanese-Chinese-American in Sugar Land, Plan II senior Valerie Chang struggled to come to terms with her racial identity and would frequently make self-deprecating jokes. But when she watched...

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Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

November 2, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Harrison Root Chemistry graduate student Harrison Root’s upper arm is covered...

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Austin Seance wants to believe

October 31, 2016

In an inconspicuous shed at the Vortex playhouse rests a homemade Davenport spirit cabinet — an apparatus used to contact spirits. Years ago, UT alumnus Jake Cordero would close his daughter inside...

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Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind their ink

October 25, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Chris Skoog  Chris Skoog, an arts and entertainment technology junior, fosters an...

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Longhorns in Love: From roommates to best friends and girlfriends

October 21, 2016

Editor’s Note: The names in this story have been changed to protect the sources’ identities  When they were roommates, Prity Kahn and Lisa Bei were so close they would often joke about...

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Center Space Project fosters individuality and friendship

October 19, 2016

Brooke Johnson felt as if the people of her hometown only understood three things: God, football and cattle. What they didn’t understand was her passion for art. After discovering the Center Space...

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Tat-Tuesday: Students’ tattoos express family, ties personal stories

October 18, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Yasmeen Dahiya  Public relations junior Yasmeen Dahiya always knew she would get tattoos,...

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Students with disabilities discuss difficulties studying abroad

October 18, 2016

Out of all the sights in Europe, history senior Mandi Faulkner looked forward to seeing the Eiffel Tower the most. But when she arrived at its base, she was turned away because of her cerebral palsy and...

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Longhorns in Love: International students’ love endures transpacific crossing

October 12, 2016

Wei-Hsiang Huang always dreamed of coming to the U.S., but the thought of leaving everything he knew scared him. There was only one person with whom he could think of beginning this new chapter of his...

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300: Security guard is PCL’s keeper of the shelves

October 11, 2016

Editor’s note: In 300 words or fewer, this series spotlights people in our community whose stories typically go untold. Every day, Allen Corley wakes at dawn, puts on his uniform and heads to...

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Students caution against cultural appropriation

October 7, 2016

It’s not uncommon to see things such as cornrows, kimonos and bindis at Austin City Limits Music Festival. But for some students, seeing these fashion accessories is deeply unsettling.  Cultural...

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Tattuesday: Students share stories behind ink

September 27, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Ian McEntee  Stopping and smelling the roses has a special significance for humanities...

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Chinese dance organization keeps culture alive, fosters friendship

September 27, 2016

Trained in ballet and classical Chinese dance since the age of four, Christy Zhang has a gift for movement. Now the co-founder and sole choreographer of Austin Chinese Dance Company, she teaches others...

Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind ink

September 20, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Annie Patton When a tattoo apprentice approached journalism senior Annie Patton...

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Planned student protest hopes to spark conversation

September 19, 2016

When a major river on Kristian Byrd’s home reservation was accidentally contaminated with toxic mine runoff by the EPA earlier this year, she was devastated. After learning about the proposed Dakota...

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UT students form artistic collective

September 14, 2016

Two years into his economics degree, alumunus and Human Influence cofounder Chris Omenihu didn’t feel satisfied with the direction his artistic life was going. So he decided to do something about...

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Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind ink

September 13, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Brianna Dorado  When radio-television-film freshman Brianna Dorado was 16 years old,...

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UT drag queens express identity through gender-fluid personas

September 7, 2016

Urban studies senior and performer Tatiana Cholula used to be shy and anxious before discovering the world of drag. Today, when she steps into the spotlight, she comes into her self-described “alien...

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Tat-Tuesday: Students share stories behind ink

September 6, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. Star Longoria Star Longoria, an education administration graduate student, wanted a way to...

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Community organization Mama Sana helps pregnant mothers of color

September 1, 2016

Recently graduated, working part-time jobs and unexpectedly pregnant, former Longhorn Michelle Mejia had no idea how to prepare for the birth of a baby. So she turned to Austin’s Mama Sana/Vibrant...

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University organization builds community through sports

August 26, 2016

Although UT is well-known for dominating college sports, it offers little representation of gay and non-cisgendered athletes. For LGBT students yearning to find a place and let loose, a new organization...

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Local food truck Song La dedicated to authentic Taiwanese flavors

August 24, 2016

After returning to the United States following a trip to Taiwan, Alex Karpets and Shirley Yang scoured Austin for authentic Taiwanese food. When they couldn’t find any, they decided to fill the void...

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UT student org educates community about Buddhism

August 12, 2016

Before converting to Buddhism, Jue Ji was raised Catholic and graduated from a Catholic college, but felt an emptiness in her life. Now that Ji is a Venerable, or Buddhist nun, she feels that not only...

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Casa de Resistencia bookstore serves as refuge for UT Students

June 25, 2016

When she was a freshman, UT alumna Bianca Flores frequented poetry nights at Resistencia Bookstore to hear local poets of color and share her own work. New in town, Flores found comfort and community among...