The Daily Texan

All content by Mary Cantrell
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STEEL Dance Company prepares for diverse spring showcase

May 8, 2015

Members of the STEEL Dance Company aren’t sure how the group got its name — but they have a team Facebook page now, and they’re ready to put that name on the map. The club members, who...

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Photojournalism professor releases retrospective photo book

May 4, 2015

Photojournalism professor Eli Reed’s sharp eye and natural curiosity keep him behind the lens and on the move. From violence in war-torn Lebanon to portraits of Hollywood movie stars, he has captured...

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Students for Sensible Drug Policy support decriminalization with letter-writing campaign

April 27, 2015

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) are contacting their state representatives through a letter campaign in support of four bills up for debate during this legislative session. The students are focusing...

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Austin Fashion Week keeps local designers at the forefront

April 15, 2015

Fashion designer and UT alumna Dina Chavez thinks women shouldn’t have to choose between sexy and modest or professional and sporty. They should have it all. Chavez’s Austin-based brand,...

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Local band Comforter doesn’t want to get too comfortable

April 13, 2015

Tucked away in Kismet Cafe’s loft, The Daily Texan talked to local band Comforter about hot tubs, average middle-agers and the process of releasing their first full-length album. Ryan Curtis,...

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Sound artist Christine Sun Kim to discuss Calibration Room project

April 2, 2015

You are in what looks like a storage room, and you are entirely alone. You hear a collection of sounds — scissors slicing through the air, people sucking their thumbs. You see numbers being projected...

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Not On My Campus prompts dialogue about sexual assault

March 30, 2015

Over the course of the last week, Not On My Campus, a student-led sexual assault prevention movement, garnered national attention and earned 1,400 signatures on a petition to stop sexual violence on UT’s...

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Q&A: Austin-based pop band Shivery Shakes discusses upcoming SXSW performances

March 13, 2015

Editor’s note: Some answers were edited for length and clarity. Austin-based band Shivery Shakes’ infectious, glitzy, surf pop entertains Austinites throughout the year. During South By...

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International SXSW: A multimedia exhibition of Azeri art hosted by La Peña Gallery

March 13, 2015

Glen Dolfi, the curator of La Peña’s latest art exhibit, is bringing Azerbaijan to Texas.  The multimedia exhibition is a combination of photographs by Azeri photographer Rena Effendi,...

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Need a break from South By Southwest? Take a day trip to iconic Texas towns

March 13, 2015

Enjoying all that Texas has to offer, but sick of pretentious hipsters drinking endless cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and blowing American Spirit smoke in your face? Get in your car — and get out of...

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Austin photographer takes rare pictures of Texas Petawatt Laser facility

March 12, 2015

As popularized in the science fiction novel “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the answer to the universe is 42. That’s also the number of photographs in Austin photographer...

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Three thousand volunteers will clean up hundreds of Austin parks on “It’s My Park Day”

March 6, 2015

Three thousand volunteers will work to clean up hundreds of Austin parks Saturday for Austin’s “It’s My Park Day.” Volunteers will put in over 10,000 hours of work — the equivalent...

Texas Union Film Festival screens 11 student-made films

February 26, 2015

This year’s Texas Union Film Festival submissions include a thriller about a Minotaur, a documentary following the UT Quidditch team, and a comedy about a troublesome cat. The festival, now in...

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‘One by One’ show brings famous Instagrammers to Austin

February 20, 2015

A double tap means more than just a “like” to 100 of Instagram’s insta-famous photographers — because each “like” fuels motivation to keep creating.  Those photographers...

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Dos Lunas hand-crafted cheese sticks locally sourced, sold on-campus

February 11, 2015

The road to success didn’t come cheesey for Joaquin Avellan.  Avellan specializes in making hand-crafted artisan cheese sold at Central Market and Austin-area restaurants. His latest venture...

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“5 Dollar Stories” bridges social gap between homeless community and students

February 4, 2015

Armed with his camera, his social media accounts and a stack of $5 bills, graduate student Kyle Miller spreads a simple message: respect others.  This year, Miller launched a charitable photo campaign...

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PrintAustin brings opportunities for student printmakers to learn, make money

January 28, 2015

From the Topo Chico bottle sitting on the kitchen counter to the Rolling Stones T-shirt at the bottom of a laundry basket, familiar prints-turned-brands are easy to overlook. UT alumna Elvia Perrin and...

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Throwback Thursday: Enigmatic ‘cat man’ protected campus felines

January 22, 2015

In 1997, more than 100 nameless felines roamed UT’s campus in search of food scraps and companionship — and shelter from UT’s former policy of euthanizing strays. One UT employee, whom...

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UT student folk band emphasizes the importance of tradition

November 24, 2014

Inspired by the tradition of the typical Americana band, Dallas-based folk band Light Horse Harry hopes to bring down-home roots and Texas twang to the UT campus, co-ops and bars across Austin. Made...

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Thirteenth Annual WaffleFest will host UT improv troupe Gigglepants

November 19, 2014

Stacks of fresh waffles, unlimited toppings and hours of comedy will take the center stage at The Hideout Theatre for this year’s WaffleFest improv festival.   The Hideout Theatre will...

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Waller Creek Light Show will intertwine nature and design

November 13, 2014

Dazzling light installations will illuminate walkways along Waller Creek on Thursday in an effort to remind the public of a creek they may have forgotten.  In an effort to spread awareness about...

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Wanderlust yoga festival to offer unconventional classes for second year

November 6, 2014

Avid yogis, hula-hoopers and yoga novices will be learning alongside each other on a shared mission of wellness and health this weekend. The heart of downtown Austin will serve as the backdrop of Wanderlust...

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Interactive Book Fest events encourage modern literary culture

October 30, 2014

The Texas State Cemetery was teeming with storytellers and frightened guests Saturday night. Crowd members passed out devil horn headbands, and lightning bugs lit up the eerie darkness among the head stones...

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Two Austin students run new video production company

October 20, 2014

Illyana Bocanegra and Breanna Granzow want to focus on the concept that gives people individuality: their temperament.  As a result, they created the video production company TEMPER to document...

Students find acceptance through ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

October 17, 2014

Dancing in front of a live audience while belting out “Sweet Transvestite” may sound ridiculous and terrifying, but to the Queerios, it sounds like a typical Saturday night. “The Rocky...

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Roller Derby team Putas Del Fuego will advance to Calvello Cup

October 14, 2014

The Texas Roller Derby girls whip, block and jam around the track. Photographers’ flashes go off constantly, not wanting to miss a moment of the hard-core action. Tattoos and bruises decorate the...

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New street style blog represents the myriad of fashions in Austin

October 8, 2014

With so many quirky and unorthodox fashions trends in Austin, street fashion blog Saint Citizen hopes to chronicle the various styles and personalities on the streets. UT alumnus Adam Brandenburg...

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Miniature Tigers will return to ACL to perform new album

October 3, 2014

For Charlie Brand, the frontman of Brooklyn indie rock/pop band Miniature Tigers, music is an escape. There was never a backup plan — it was the only thing he felt he could do. This year, Miniature...

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UT Theater’s ‘Esperanza Rising’ adapted from best-selling novel

October 2, 2014

Since day one of rehearsals, the cast and crew of UT’s latest production, “Esperanza Rising,” have been focused on accuracy. Their collective desire for historical authenticity came in...

New documentary series follows the lives of six Austin singer-songwriters

September 22, 2014

Project ATX6 began on a whim. Six singer-songwriters and Chris Brecht, an Austin-based documentary filmmaker and Project ATX6 producer, set off from Austin to perform music and share their stories in Toronto...