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All content by Megan Hix

30: Associate managing editor, headline queen can’t write final headline

Megan Hix December 5, 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 basement office. The term comes from the typesetting mark (—30—)...


Students wait in longest lines in Travis County

Megan Hix November 9, 2016

Student voters in line at the Flawn Academic Center or University Co-Op polling locations on Election Day faced some of the longest lines in Travis County, according to the County Clerk’s website. Polls...


West Campus restaurants cater to students

Megan Hix August 22, 2016

Whether you’re living off-campus and looking for a bite between classes or need a break from J2, these eight nearby restaurants can satisfy just about any craving. Kerbey Lane Cafe Open 24...


‘A Sniper in the Tower’ author discusses Whitman’s motives, tragedy’s lasting impact

Megan Hix August 1, 2016

Gary Lavergne was 10 years old in August 1966, but he remembers watching the news reports of the Tower shooting from his home in Church Point, Louisiana with his father.  As they watched, his father,...

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Brackenridge Hospital: Locals come together in face of tragedy

Megan Hix August 1, 2016

On an uneventful Monday morning at Brackenridge Hospital, nurse Norma White sent her staff home early. They had already finished the day’s work, and with many of the doctors out of town, there was...

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Dave Franco talks ‘Nerve,’ his future acting career

Megan Hix July 25, 2016

In his latest film, “Nerve,” out Tuesday, Dave Franco’s character, Ian, rides a motorcycle while blindfolded, sings in the middle of a restaurant and runs through a department store in...

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World ‘Walker’: Grad student shares backpacking adventures

Megan Hix June 13, 2016

While studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, Devin Walker took a hike up Lion’s Head mountain. After making his way to the top, he was struck by the symbolism behind his journey.  Walker,...

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4 Songs to get ready for the X Games’ musical performances

Megan Hix June 3, 2016

The X Games bring with them fans from around the world and just about every extreme sport in existence, but it also happens to draw some big-name musical acts each year. This year’s stellar lineup...


Four albums for days at the beach

Megan Hix June 1, 2016

No beach trip is complete without the perfect playlist. As you make your way to beaches near or far, take these four albums with you as easy accompaniment for days spent soaking up the sun. Jack Johnson...

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What’s love got to do with it?

In this compilation of stories, the Life & Arts department explores the joys and challenges that come with love. Despite discrimination, distance and life's many responsibilities, these four student...


Married couple reflects on love story, balancing life as nontraditional students

Megan Hix May 4, 2016

Jennifer Smith proposed five times before Joshua Hilliard came around to the idea of marriage.  “He kept saying no — not like ‘No, I don’t want to marry you,’...


Gentrification: Erasing East Austin

James Rodriguez, Elena Mejia, and Megan Hix May 2, 2016

Each day this week, the Life & Arts department will focus on a different topic. Today's page covers gentrification in East Austin and some of the communities and businesses it has affected....


East Side’s musical history provides insight into roots of gentrification

Megan Hix May 2, 2016

To read more stories about the history of gentrification in East Austin, click here. As soldiers returned from World War II and young Austinites looked for nightly entertainment in the late ’40s...

The Lumineers take listeners on a journey with ‘Cleopatra’

Megan Hix April 12, 2016

On The Lumineers’ new album, Cleopatra, singer Wesley Schultz begins by telling his lover to “pack yourself a toothbrush, dear,” immediately setting the tone for the tracks that follow....

Monthly Playlist: Four albums for rainy April days

Megan Hix April 12, 2016

As April ushers in Texas wildflowers and the final stretch of the spring semester, it also brings the infamous rain showers (you know, the ones that bring May flowers). For the perfect day indoors, curl...

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Kelly Rowland talks Destiny’s Child, creating a new generation of girl groups

Megan Hix March 19, 2016

Kelly Rowland opened up about her time in Destiny's Child, her new television show and even became "like Oprah," dishing out advice during her SXSW interview Saturday afternoon. On her...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Saturday, March 19

Tweets from Update (9:30 p.m.): During Flatstock 53 inside the Austin Convention Center this afternoon, The Daily Texan spoke to screenprinter Gary McGarvey...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Friday, March 18

Tweets from Update (10:20 p.m.): “Hush” is an exciting thriller from writer and director Mike Flanagan. Starring a deaf heroine who is stalked...


SXSW 2016: An Interactive Guide

Katie Walsh, Megan Hix, Cat Cardenas, and Sam Limerick March 18, 2016

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“A Song For You” tells the behind-the-scenes story of Austin City Limits

Megan Hix March 17, 2016

As out-of-towners pile in and out of ACL Live at the Moody Theater to see the music venue’s SXSW lineups each night, most know little about the institution’s storied history. After Thursday’s...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Thursday, March 17

Charles Liu, Megan Hix, Katie Walsh, and Cat Cardenas March 17, 2016

Tweets from Update (2:00 a.m.): Netflix’s “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” premiered to much excitement at SXSW. However, the long-awaited...


Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo discuss partnership in life, music

Megan Hix March 16, 2016

The anthemic chorus of the 1983 hit song “Love Is A Battlefield” has made it one of the most iconic tracks of the ’80s. But a discussion with the married couple behind the song —...


First lady Michelle Obama discusses Let Girls Learn initiative, sings Boyz II Men at SXSW keynote

Katie Walsh and Megan Hix March 16, 2016

When first lady Michelle Obama answered a question about her thoughts on leaving the White House, she decided to break into a Boyz II Men song. “It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday,”...


Ethan Hawke delivers impeccable performance in “Born to Be Blue”

Megan Hix March 16, 2016

The opening scene of “Born to Be Blue” is simple and quiet. Famed jazz musician Chet Baker (Ethan Hawke) stares down the bell of his trombone as he lies on the floor of a prison cell. In this...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Wednesday, March 16

Tweets from Update (12 a.m.): Check out our recap of the MTV Woodies, which included performances by The Chainsmokers, A$AP Ferg, BØRNS,...

Q&A: Chris Baio talks solo project, touring, life in London

Megan Hix March 16, 2016

Chris Baio is making the most of his SXSW. The Vampire Weekend bassist’s solo act, Baio, has a total of eight shows booked throughout the week. Baio took the time to talk to The Daily Texan about...


Radio journalist Ira Glass creates balloon poodle on SXSW stage

Megan Hix and Katie Walsh March 15, 2016

Fans of public radio personality Ira Glass will be surprised to learn that Glass, in addition to hosting the podcast “This American Life,” is also a talented balloon twister. During the...

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SXSW: Industry experts discuss music’s financial future

Megan Hix March 15, 2016

If there was one thing the experts at SXSW’s “Unlocking the Future of Music with Transparency” panel agreed on, it’s that the music industry is at a critical turning point. The...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Tuesday, March 15

Tweets from Update (8:30 p.m.): Kodak celebrated the launch of their new app, KODAK MOMENTS, this week with the Memory Observatory in the Austin Convention...


Anthony Atamanuik mocks Donald Trump at comedy show

Katie Walsh and Megan Hix March 15, 2016

It’s six months in the future. All of the Supreme Court Justices are in hiding. Minorities are “learning to concentrate” in confinement camps. A concrete wall lines the border between...


Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg premiere AMC’s dark comedy “Preacher”

Megan Hix and Katie Walsh March 14, 2016

For directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, “Preacher” has been a long time coming. The pair started developing AMC’s new dark comedy as early as the filming days of 2007’s “Superbad,”...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Monday, March 14

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Sunday, March 13

Charles Liu, Katie Walsh, Megan Hix, and Cat Cardenas March 13, 2016

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Saturday, March 12

Charles Liu, Katie Walsh, Megan Hix, and Cat Cardenas March 12, 2016

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President Obama speaks at SXSW, addresses role of technology in government

Cat Cardenas and Megan Hix March 12, 2016

President Barack Obama told South By Southwest Interactive attendees he was there to recruit them at his keynote address Friday afternoon, asking the crowd to play an active role in the developing relationship...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Friday, March 11

Katie Walsh, Megan Hix, and Cat Cardenas March 11, 2016

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Q&A: Jamestown Revival’s Jonathan Clay talks SXSW

Megan Hix March 11, 2016

Childhood best friends Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance formed country-tinged Americana band Jamestown Revival five years ago and have already scored a Republic Records deal and a couple million Spotify...

Eight local acts to watch

Megan Hix March 11, 2016

South By Southwest is known for bringing in bands from around the world, but for an experience that’s a little more local, check out these eight Austin bands.   Jamestown Revival Americana...


Q&A: Ra Ra Riot’s Wes Miles discusses new album, performing live

Megan Hix March 11, 2016

One of the breakout indie bands of the 2000s, Ra Ra Riot first gained popularity with their 2008 debut The Rhumb Line, featuring baroque hit “Can You Tell.” Last month, the New York band released...


Professors reflect on changes, similarities between ‘90s politics, today

Megan Hix March 4, 2016

As Republican and Democratic presidential candidates move further away from center, it’s easy to look back on the more bipartisan politics of the ‘90s as part of a “golden decade.” Brendan...


’90s alternative music set tone for decade

Megan Hix March 4, 2016

While modern charts are dominated by pop anthems and rap mixtapes, the alternative sounds of the ‘90s still have a firm hold on today’s youth, even though many weren’t born early enough...


Live Blog: #Oscars2016

Sebastian Sada, Megan Hix, and Cat Cardenas February 29, 2016

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Community groups fight to end modern slavery

Megan Hix February 26, 2016

It took a journey of over 5,000 miles for Jordan Ring to realize human trafficking was much closer to home than she could imagine.  Ring first learned about human trafficking while visiting Bosnia...


Sounds of the City: How Austin artists record, release, perform music

Megan Hix and Chris Duncan February 19, 2016

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300: Horticulturist recalls life in Himalayas, love of gardening

Megan Hix February 16, 2016

Editor's note: In 300 words or fewer, this series spotlights people in our community whose stories typically go untold. In his home garden, Elias Guerrero keeps a 150-year-old miniature rose bush...

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Live Blog: Grammy Awards 2016

Chris Duncan, Katie Walsh, Megan Hix, and Cat Cardenas February 15, 2016

Follow along as Life & Arts editor Cat Cardenas, associate editors Megan Hix and Katie Walsh, and music writer Chris Duncan live tweet the 2016 Grammy Awards. Scroll down to see who they think should...


Tat-tuesday: Students share stories behind the ink

Megan Hix February 2, 2016

Photos by Josh Guerra J.D. Harris Journalism senior J.D. Harris first inked a cross on his upper arm in 2011. He said the symbol, one of Harris’s five tattoos, is meant to be a memorial...


Monthly playlist: Four movie soundtracks for Valentine’s Day

Megan Hix February 2, 2016

Nothing says romance like the movies. Whether it’s John Cusack holding a boom box over his head or Noah and Allie’s rain-soaked kiss, these iconic movie moments invariably feature a swelling...

Vanessa Carlton talks life after “A Thousand Miles”

Megan Hix January 29, 2016

Singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton, who catapulted to fame in 2001 with “A Thousand Miles” and “Ordinary Day,” will perform at the Parish on Saturday. Carlton caught up with The...

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Tilt app hosts crowdfunded The Chainsmokers concert at Emo’s

Megan Hix January 26, 2016

DJ duo The Chainsmokers will play a sold-out, crowdfounded show at Emo’s tonight. The students-only show was made possible by partnering with fundraising app Tilt, which launched a contest among...


10 concerts to catch this semester

Katie Walsh and Megan Hix January 25, 2016

The “Live Music Capital of the World” will welcome an array of big-name musicians this semester from Kid Cudi to Florence and the Machine. The Daily Texan compiled a list of 10 shows to catch...

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UT resources provide stress relief, aid productivity

Megan Hix January 19, 2016

While most students are familiar with the cramming and stress of finals or midterms, few capitalize on the fresh start offered each time a new semester rolls around. This spring, ditch the bad habits by...

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Five novels-turned-movies to read in 2016

Megan Hix January 17, 2016

If the Academy Award nominations of adapted novels “The Revenant,” “Brooklyn” and “The Martian” are any indication, books often serve as inspiration for the year’s...


UT transgender students face campus, social challenges

Megan Hix December 2, 2015

Editor’s Note: This article appears in a package focused on LGBT issues on campus. Click here to read about the Delta Lambda Phi fraternity and LGBT professors' perspectives on the campus climate...


Minds Over Matter: Students discuss mental health struggles, recoveries

Check out our video recap of the Texan Talks: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone about mental health concerns, contact the UT Counseling...

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Mind Over Matter: Students overcome eating disorders, social stigma

Megan Hix December 1, 2015

Editor's Note: This is one part in a series about students and mental health. To check out the other stories, click here.   When nutrition and neurobiology senior Lauren Caton was a...


300: Texas Performing Arts wig, makeup specialist brings theatre to life

Megan Hix November 24, 2015

Tucked behind the racks of sequined dresses and boxes of buttons that clutter UT’s costume shop, wig and makeup specialist Allison Lowery weaves hair-like thread into her latest Shakespearian headpiece. Lowery,...

No Zayn, no gain: One Direction’s latest album is easily forgettable, lackluster effort

Megan Hix November 17, 2015

With an impending two-year hiatus, British boy band One Direction’s latest LP, Made in the A.M., leaves the foursome with a lot to prove. A.M., their first release since Zayn Malik’s departure...


Hype Squad brings school spirit to Texas sports

Megan Hix November 13, 2015

On Texas gamedays, Lexie Dolan and a group of 24 other boisterous, spirited students charge through a packed Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium and onto the field. Clad in matching burnt orange shorts and...


Student illusionist mixes magic with social life

Megan Hix November 4, 2015

In between classes, radio-television-film freshman Giancarlo Bernini  hangs out with his pledge brothers, studies in his dorm room and occasionally, reads minds. Bernini is a magician and illusionist...


UT Wind Ensemble’s live score brings ‘Frankenstein’ to life

Megan Hix October 28, 2015

Just as Dr. Frankenstein brings his infamous monster to life, the UT Wind Ensemble plans to energize the story’s movie adaptation by accompanying it with a live score. The 1931 version of “Frankenstein”...


In wake of recent club closures, new music venue Tellers opens downtown

Megan Hix October 21, 2015

As financial troubles cause music venues such as Holy Mountain and Red7 to shut their doors, maintaining a hub for live music downtown seems increasingly difficult. But local entrepreneur Chad Goldwasser...

Revival allows Selena Gomez to shed Disney image, find own voice

Megan Hix October 13, 2015

Selena Gomez is all grown up — at least, that’s what she’s trying to prove on her latest album, Revival, released Friday. For Gomez, the transition from Disney Channel actress...


Holy Mountain bids farewell, hosts final shows

Megan Hix September 29, 2015

To passersby, Sunday night looked like any other at Holy Mountain as audience members wafted in and out of the bustling bar. But as staff members and patrons embraced in familiar, welcoming hugs, the venue’s...


ACL sale to offer students last-minute tickets

Megan Hix September 23, 2015

After a quick sell-out of this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival wristbands, many students find themselves in a last-minute — and often expensive — scramble for tickets. In...


City Council responds to music census with increased funding in new budget

Megan Hix September 8, 2015

Nothing says Austin like live music — and City Council is taking steps to make sure it stays that way. When the City of Austin released its first-ever music census in June, findings showed over...

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