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Gloria Steinem discusses upcoming presidential election during annual Liz Carpenter Lecture Series

September 15, 2016

Gloria Steinem spent over 30 years organizing and supporting feminist movements throughout the nation. Even though her traveling years are now detailed and packed away in her recently published memoir,...


Writer gains confidence, finds friendships at the Texan

May 6, 2016

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


Ring Before Spring: Undergraduates discuss experiences tying the knot before turning the tassel

May 2, 2016

Civil engineering senior Vincent Geracci and his wife Zoe, an Austin Community College student, only dated in person for two and a half weeks before getting engaged. The couple began seeing each other...


Nontraditionally aged students balance class, work, fitting in among younger peers

March 1, 2016

Photos by Jesús Nazario, Interactives by Sam Limerick After a brief stint as an au pair in France, over a decade of exploring the stand-up comedy scene in New York City and seven years working as a word...


RTF professor says Star Wars has never been just for boys

January 21, 2016

When radio-television-film assistant professor Suzanne Scott got married, she cut her Battle of Hoth-themed wedding cake with a knife shaped like a lightsaber. One year at Comic-Con, she dressed up as...


Student discusses social experiences in relation to potential sexual assault, related pressures of being in Greek life

December 4, 2015

The name in this story has been changed to protect the source’s identity. Go out, have fun, be cute, meet a lot of boys. When UT junior Sarah joined a sorority her freshman year, she found these...


Student speaks out against negative reputation of Greek life in regards to sexual assault

December 4, 2015

The name in this story has been changed to protect the source’s identity. UT sophomore Michael has seen the news articles denouncing fraternities across the nation for sexual assault allegations....


Voices of Diversity

December 3, 2015

Click here to read about the complicated relationship between race and genetics.


International students share struggle to make connections with peers

December 3, 2015

Editor's note: This article is part of a package about diversity on campus. Click here to read the other stories. When mechanical engineering senior Emeka Ugwu first stepped foot on campus in 2011,...


Delta Lambda Phi offers community for LGBT students, allies

December 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: This article appears in a package focused on LGBT issues on campus. Click here to read about issues  transgender students face and LGBT professors' perspectives on the...


Alumni, professionals share perspective on guns at UT nearly 50 years after Tower shooting

November 30, 2015

A 1966 copy of The Daily Texan hangs on the wall of UT alumnus John Economidy’s San Antonio law office. The headline reads: “Sniper’s terror reign ends with 15 dead, 34 wounded.”  Nearly...

Monthly Playlist: Four bands to appease your inner introvert this November

November 2, 2015

As temperatures cool off and you retreat to coffeehouses and libraries this November, feed your inner introvert with music from these four artists. Wild Child An indie pop band from Austin, Wild...


ACL Live Blog: Sunday, October 11

October 11, 2015

Update (9:45 p.m.): While most artists at Austin City Limits spent the weekend sharing music on stage, Austin local Jon Mckenzie spread art through a different medium — spray paint. An...


ACL Live Blog: Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 10, 2015

Stephanie Tacy | Daily Texan Staff Update (12:00 a.m.): After arriving to his show twenty minutes late last week, A$AP Rocky made a point to be on time at the Samsung stage tonight. The...


Q&A: Rhiannon Giddens shares experience with The New Basement Tapes

October 9, 2015

Throughout her career, American singer Rhiannon Giddens has formed Grammy Award-winning folk band Carolina Chocolate Drops and collaborated with musicians such as Marcus Mumford and Elvis Costello on “Lost...


ACL Live Blog: Friday, October 9 2015

October 9, 2015

Update 1:00 a.m.): Foo Fighters, Run the Jewels and Billy Idol were festival favorites again this Friday, and attendees got to see some Weekend Two exclusives including The Nightowls and Future, who...


ACL Live Blog: Sunday, October 4, 2015

October 4, 2015

Update (12:32  a.m.): Right before the Strokes ended their set, lead singer Julian Casablancas turned to guitarist Nick Valensi and asked a question. “You got anything to say to the...


ACL Live Blog: Saturday, October 3, 2015

October 3, 2015

Update (12:35): When Drake closed out Day Two, he made sure audience members knew that Texas is his second home. The Canadian-born rapper continuously told the audience it was the best he’d...


ACL Live Blog: Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2, 2015

Update (12:20 p.m.):  The Foo Fighters concluded Day 1 of ACL’s first weekend with an invigorating set. The band’s two hour performance began with an energetic rendition of “Everlong,”...


Style, fashion of festivalgoers to be showcased at ACL

October 2, 2015

Die-hard Austin City Limits Music Festival attendees know ACL isn’t just a live music showcase — it’s a fashion show. If you didn’t start planning your outfits for the festival...

Monthly Playlist: Four bands to listen to before ACL

October 1, 2015

More than 150 bands will take over Zilker Park at Austin City Limits Mucsic Festival this year. While not every band will make it on your personal schedule, here are four highlights to keep on your...


UT public art program hosts art dog walk

September 8, 2015

Families, students and their panting pups strolled through campus Sunday morning for the first Landmarks Dog Walk, a free tour hosted by the University’s public art program. Landmarks partnered with...

Monthly Playlist: Four bands to kick off fall

September 2, 2015

As students shuffle back into the routine of lectures, assignments and club activities, relieve some stress this fall semester by jamming out to the upbeat sounds of these four artists. Alessia Cara Canadian...


New Orleans native, UT chef reflects on Hurricane Katrina experience 10 years after disaster

August 28, 2015

Ten years have passed since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, forcing Littlefield Patio Cafe chef Ernest Owney to relocate from New Orleans to Austin. But to Owney, Texas still doesn’t...


What you really need to know about freshman year at UT

August 24, 2015

After loading up your car for move-in day, your parents probably flooded you with college advice between the goodbye tears. While they might be able offer advice about laundry and money management, it’s...


Life&Arts Editors preview the fall semester

August 24, 2015

As students soak in their last days of freedom at Barton Springs and Zilker Park, the Life&Arts staff has made The Texan’s dark, scurvy-inducing basement its home. Although we incessantly inhabit...

Monthly playlist: Four bands to listen to on summer road trips

August 1, 2015

If you’re planning a last-minute road trip before summer ends or have a long drive back to school, channel your inner vagabond with these four bands. The Staves Three sisters from England,...


Four documentaries on Netflix to watch this July

July 14, 2015

Sometimes, truth is more entertaining than fiction. If you’re browsing for new films to watch on Netflix this month, check out these four documentaries. “Austin to Boston” After...


Monthly playlist: Four movie soundtracks to score your life this July

July 1, 2015

Regardless of whether you’re in a restaurant or driving down the road, when “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” rings through the speakers, an image of Judd Nelson throwing his fist into...


Art guide: Four creative landmarks to visit around UT

June 22, 2015

With more than 35 works of art scattered across the 40 Acres, UT is basically a campus-wide art gallery. The University’s public art program, Landmarks, has brought works of modern and contemporary...


Five secret menus that will appeal to your adventurous side

June 19, 2015

If you’re a food snob, you probably order the most complex thing on the menu because, face it, “normal” just doesn’t appease your meticulous palette. Impress your friends even more...


Summer reading list: five books to read this summer

June 12, 2015

From 1950s racism to biological nightmares, here are five captivating reads to keep you occupied during long road trips or sunny days by the sea this summer. Mark Your Calendars: “Go Set a Watchman”...

Monthly playlist: Four artists to help ring in summer

June 1, 2015

Whether you’re spending the summer poolside or driving down the coast, here are four artists to help you ring in summer this June. Houndmouth From the farmlands of Indiana, Houndmouth is a...


UT alumni, Austin improvisers create podcast Now You Know A Little Bit More About Us

May 7, 2015

Space exploration and high seas adventures are common topics of conversation between UT alumni Patrick Creamer and Quinn Buckner. Once a week, they set up their microphones and record random stories for...

Mumford & Sons trade banjo for electric guitars, rock sound on new album, ‘Wilder Mind’

May 5, 2015

When Mumford & Sons replaced their suspenders and banjos with leather jackets and electric guitars during the Saturday Night Live show on April 11, the “gentlemen of the road” gave fans...


New musical, ‘How To Be Super,’ allows students to don capes and take to the stage

April 30, 2015

Hot Sauce Guy and Mr. Butter-Side-Up may not have super strength or super speed, but these underdogs will attempt to save the city of Brighton from darkness in the SAC Black Box Theatre for the next four...


Untouched Poetry provides Austin with on-demand poems

April 28, 2015

When Ryan Knowles isn’t waiting tables at Barley Swine, he straps on his suspenders, grabs his folding card table and unloads a 1950s Olympia typewriter. The farmers’ markets and streets of...


Self-taught student musician prepares to release full-length album

April 22, 2015

The sounds of cars rushing down the street and students shuffling into class aren’t just noise to public relations senior Daniel Sahad — they’re melodies. “I just hear music...


Bollywood-fusion dance team Saaya places at national competition

April 21, 2015

A group of dancers huddle backstage, preparing for the third and final round of the competition. Danielle D’Aguilar, Plan II and international relations and global studies freshman, listens as a...


TBT: 1970s students use ‘rider boards’ to find convenient transportation home

April 16, 2015

As students without cars prepare to head home for the weekends or holiday breaks, many turn to UT Facebook groups, asking to tag along with people on their journeys home. Posts such as “Is anyone...


Division of Housing and Food Service’s Homegrown Local promotes use of organic, local, sustainable food

April 15, 2015

Heaps of brisket, chicken-fried portobello mushrooms, cowboy beans, cornbread, and macaroni and cheese filled Kinsolving and J2 dining halls Thursday for Homegrown Local.  The Division of Housing...


MBA student and father land deal on Food Network’s ‘Food Fortunes’ with ‘The Grillmobile’

April 7, 2015

Second-year MBA student Courtney Leffall didn’t meet his father until he was 24 years old. After rekindling their relationship four years ago, the father and son are making up for lost time by building...


Chalk it up to boredom: Grad student creates art on RLM blackboards

April 6, 2015

Most of the blackboards in Robert Lee Moore Hall are covered in complex formulas — but the boards commandeered by physics graduate student Frank Lee are covered in an entirely different kind of...


300: IT manager discovers interest in performing arts

March 31, 2015

“I thought, ‘I am about to die,’” Cassidy Santaguida tells the audience during the monthly live-storytelling show Testify Austin. She grips the microphone and continues to...


Mobile barbershop keeps Austin ‘sheared’

March 25, 2015

Bearded festivalgoers and Austinites in need of a quick trim found what they needed on the corner of Seventh and Trinity during South By Southwest. They congregated in what appeared to be a food truck,...


300: Administrative associate shares history with breast cancer

March 24, 2015

Joanna Pope has only one son, but, to everyone who works in the Student Activities offices, she’s “Mama Pope.” Pope, an administrative associate of UT Student Activities, spends her...


New organization encourages students to share their stories

March 23, 2015

Hava Kane, Plan II and psychology sophomore, loves hearing stories. When she came to college, she spent hours having late-night conversations with new friends and quickly got addicted to listening to storytelling...


Laura Burhenn from The Mynabirds prepares for new album, SXSW performances

March 13, 2015

Singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn began her music career by singing and playing keyboard for various bands in Washington, D.C. She started her own record label, Laboratory Records, at age 21 and is now the...

Former UT student Max Frost returns to SXSW, prepares to release first full-length album

March 13, 2015

Editor’s note: Some answers were edited for length and clarity. Two years ago, at South By Southwest 2013, someone stole Austin singer-songwriter Max Frost’s backpack. The backpack contained...

Gabe Simon of Kopecky shares stories behind new album, prepares for SXSW show

March 13, 2015

Editor’s note: Some answers were edited for length and clarity. The indie rock group Kopecky, formerly known as the Kopecky Family Band, will perform at a South By Southwest showcase Wednesday...