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All content by Marisa Charpentier

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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

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


International students share struggle to make connections with peers

James Rodriguez and Marisa Charpentier 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

Danielle Lopez and Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Cat Cardenas and Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier and Cat Cardenas 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier and Cat Cardenas 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

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

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

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

Cat Cardenas and Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Danielle Lopez, Marisa Charpentier, and Cat Cardenas 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Cat Cardenas and Marisa Charpentier 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

Cat Cardenas, Marisa Charpentier, and Danielle Lopez 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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’

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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’

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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’

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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

Marisa Charpentier 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...


Austin takes precautions as more festival-goers flood SXSW

Katie Walsh and Marisa Charpentier March 12, 2015

Tens of thousands of people will flood the streets of Austin next week for South By Southwest. As more people make Austin their spring break destination, the City is taking new safety precautions. The...

TBT: SXSW ’94 featured Johnny Cash, Charles Manson arguments, an abundance of ‘schmoozing’

Marisa Charpentier March 5, 2015

The eighth annual South by Southwest conference featured Johnny Cash, a Charles Manson controversy and plenty of “schmoozing,” according to a March 1994 article in The Daily Texan,   In...


Five social media accounts to follow if you live in Austin

Marisa Charpentier March 4, 2015

Birthday shoutout posts and “Throwback Thursday” pictures often clutter social media newsfeeds. Separate yourself from the monotony with high-quality pictures of Austin landmarks and event...


Texas Skateboarding makes its mark on Austin

Marisa Charpentier March 2, 2015

When economics junior Trung Nguyen skateboards from West Campus to the music building every Monday, he weaves around hundreds of students on their way to class — but his mind is elsewhere. He pictures...


Student plans 5K, raises money to support Zambian school

Marisa Charpentier February 27, 2015

When government freshman Austin Rodriguez traveled to Africa over the summer for mission work, he spent four days in an impoverished Zambian compound eating nothing but cabbage, beans and rice. He noticed...


Five places to hammock, slackline on campus

Marisa Charpentier February 25, 2015

When winter in Texas brings about unseasonably warm afternoons, students often unfurl their hammocks and roll open their slacklines. With its abundance of trees, campus contains several ideal nooks where...


Preparing for flight: Women in Air Force ROTC demonstrate leadership, skill

Marisa Charpentier February 24, 2015

A 5-year-old girl stares up at a row of jets ascending toward the clouds. White exhaust fumes streak the sky as the Thunderbirds, the air demonstration squadrons of the U.S. Air Force, perform synchronized...


UT African studies courses expand over past 19 years

Marisa Charpentier February 19, 2015

Titles such as “Beyonce Feminism/Rihanna Womanism” and “Black Studies & Social Media” fill up the spring 2015 UT course schedule. Students can learn about diverse topics, from...


300: Texas Union technician shares background in music

Marisa Charpentier February 17, 2015

Since moving to Austin 35 years ago, Michael Robberson has performed with The Rolling Stones, met Spike Lee and set up the Dalai Lama’s mic.  Robberson, a UT media support technician, started...

Galentine’s Day Guide: How to celebrate like Leslie Knope would

Marisa Charpentier February 13, 2015

Valentine’s Day ushers forth single awareness, unnecessarily large teddy bears and way too many heart-shaped candies. But five years ago today, Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope altered the...


UHS stores clerk shares love for traveling

Marisa Charpentier February 10, 2015

The R&B sounds of Barry White and Marvin Gaye echo from a desk in the medical supply room of the Student Services Building. Doctors file in and out to grab their lab coats. Vendors walk through to...


UT teen’s post about social media garners 830,000 views

Marisa Charpentier February 9, 2015

Ever since his mom let him get a Facebook his freshman year of high school, management information systems sophomore Andrew Watts has been addicted to trying out new social media platforms. He swipes open...


300: Littlefield cashier shares history of helping people

Marisa Charpentier February 3, 2015

Carolyn Robinson, a cashier at Littlefield Patio Cafe, keeps a family portrait tucked safely inside her wallet at all times. The photo shows Robinson dressed in a pink blazer, sitting proudly next to her...


UT students work flexible hours through virtual internships

Marisa Charpentier January 30, 2015

Corporate communications senior Stephanie Robalino walks out of class and heads to a nearby coffee shop. She has a few hours to kill, so she sits down and flips open her laptop. Instead of turning on Netflix...


South Asian A cappella group fuses American pop with Bollywood hits

Marisa Charpentier January 26, 2015

A pitch pipe echoes through an auditorium. Eleven students dressed in black and gold salwars and kurtas — loose clothing worn in South Asia — sway across the stage as a beatboxer emerges for...


Freshman, alumna with disabilities share on-campus experiences

Marisa Charpentier December 4, 2014

For architecture freshman Emma Johnston, childhood consisted largely of broken bones and hospital visits. Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a disease that causes bone weakness, Johnston has broken more...


Environmental Brigade fundraises for trip to aid communities in Panama

Marisa Charpentier November 24, 2014

Since its addition to campus in 2013, UT’s chapter of Global Environmental Brigades, or GEB, has had one goal in mind each year: Panama. The organization plans an annual week-long trip to Panama,...


Throwback Thursday: In 1942, UT waged a football war on TCU

Marisa Charpentier November 20, 2014

About 72 years ago, UT students paraded down the Drag for a particularly lively pep rally. Students gathered a few days before the upcoming football game with one purpose in mind: to rally against TCU.  With...


Service society gives helping hand to low-income elementary school

Marisa Charpentier November 11, 2014

When strangers Tiffany Chan and Carolyn Ellis roomed together their freshman year, they learned three things the first night: They both wore the same shoes to prom, they both bruise easily, and they both...


Formula One brings racing, education to Austin

Marisa Charpentier November 3, 2014

Exhaust fumes masked the view of the Capitol. Crowds lined the street to watch the red and blue metallic blur rip through the city. The 750-horsepower Formula One race car came to a halt, revealing the...


Austin celebrates week of All Hallow’s Eve with a variety of events

Marisa Charpentier October 29, 2014

Austin offers a variety of ways for city-dwellers to dive into the Halloween spirit this week, giving the UT community the opportunity to add a little comedy, roller skating and live music to its Halloween...

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300: Reaching outside the box

Marisa Charpentier October 21, 2014

Michael Shaw spends five days a week in a box. He arrives at the 100 W. 21st St. kiosk at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, sets up his equipment and waits for the cars and students to roll in. But Shaw,...

Jarrod Gorbel of Night Terrors of 1927 discusses new band and ACL performances

Marisa Charpentier October 8, 2014

When Jarrod Gorbel finished touring for his solo album in 2011, he thought music was over for him. It wasn’t making him happy anymore. But, after moving to Los Angeles in 2011, he started writing...

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Scottish artist Paolo Nutini discusses new album and ACL performances

Marisa Charpentier October 6, 2014

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini’s music career began after he dropped out of school at 16. Instead of going into his family’s fish-and-chips business, he worked for the band Speedway,...


Student organization connects UT with Austin music scene

Marisa Charpentier September 30, 2014

Paul Trinidad and Natalie Lopez see concerts as more than just music — they are opportunities to connect with people in the music industry. This past year, Trinidad and Lopez, both marketing juniors,...


Design student builds his own sustainable home

Marisa Charpentier September 23, 2014

Wood paneling surrounds the fewer than 150-square-foot home. The unfinished structure sits atop an 18-by-7.5-foot trailer with no roof and no air conditioning. This is just the start of Joel Weber’s...


Organization connects students with Austin’s refugee population

Marisa Charpentier September 5, 2014

Batman’s black cape flies through the air. A young Iranian boy holding an action figure laughs, rolling on the grass. He does not speak any English, but that doesn’t stop him from playing superheroes...


Students should use their time on campus to explore their interests

Marisa Charpentier September 3, 2014

I can’t help but agree with author William Deresiewicz when he claimed in a July article in The New Republic: “Don’t send your kid to the Ivy League.” And as we stuff our backpacks...

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