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UT students break into food industry with new, innovative app FrenchFry

UT students break into food industry with new, innovative app FrenchFry

March 30, 2021

If they weren’t eating at Chick-fil-A, Zaheer Pirani and his three roommates inevitably started their daily quarrel about where to eat. Tired of arguing with his friends, Pirani chose to solve the problem. “At...

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What to check out if you’re going to SXSW

March 23, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 10 print edition.   The Daily Texan’s team of South by Southwest Online reporters have created a list of must-sees for students...

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Creatives talk redeeming 2020 SXSW cancellation, more

March 23, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 10 print edition.   There are 52 weeks in a year, but for rapper Mama Duke, only one really mattered: South by Southwest.   Bouncing...

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The Island Stage SXSW showcase presented magical experience

March 20, 2021

Performed near the warm shores of Kingston, Jamaica, The Island Stage showcase at South by Southwest Online presented by Therapy created an experience so magical it was as if the rhythms floated through...

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Rob Markman’s journey from esteemed music journalist to rapper

March 20, 2021

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Rob Markman has always been engulfed in the music scene. Even graduating with a bachelor’s degree in media studies, Markman struggled to find his place in both...

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Finneas talks scoring his first film at SXSW

March 18, 2021

Even while working on a documentary exploring life on tour with his sister (“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry”), Finneas O'Connell still made time for his future and lifelong...

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Country musician Willie Nelson talks pandemic, activism at SXSW 2021

March 17, 2021

After missing his 10:30 a.m. speech at South by Southwest in 1992 due to performing at a concert the night before, Willie Nelson made his first keynote debut at the 2021 online festival Wednesday.   In...

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Performances at the Legendary SOBs were nothing less than legendary

March 17, 2021

Wednesday, March 17 Live from New York, it’s The Legendary SOBs, Sounds of Brazil, Latinx Night 1. The second installment in the SOBs South by Southwest virtual 2021 festival, Latinx Night...

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Austin presents 30 musical acts for SXSW 2021

March 15, 2021

From hip-hop to psychedelic rock, this year’s online South by Southwest festival will include 30 musical acts hailing from Austin, Texas. The Daily Texan talked to 12 artists about their sound, inspiration,...

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Food trucks provide place for students to make memories

February 25, 2021

As they slurped their freshly made pasta underneath twinkling string lights, Amy Deaton and her freshman year roommates knew they had found their favorite eatery in a new city they now called home.  “We...

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6 safe Valentine’s Day ideas for couples, friends

February 22, 2021

Whether you’re head over heels in love or just vibing to the beat of your own drum, everyone deserves to treat themselves this Valentine’s Day.  It can be stressful trying to plan a...

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Here’s who is offering water near and around UT campus

February 18, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to date. As inclement weather continues, individuals on campus,...

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What’s open, closed or free around UT campus

February 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be or up to date. Freezing temperatures, unsafe road conditions and low power...

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COVID-19 pandemic affects mental health coping mechanisms

February 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 5 online edition. TW: This story contains mentions of mental health. If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis,...

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The Sound of UT: Riya Mahesh

February 8, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 2 print edition. Four-year-old Riya Mahesh didn’t have much choice in attending her first piano lesson, her mother...

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Kerbey Lane Cafe waitress spreads joy, draws personalized caricatures

February 3, 2021

With a stack of pancakes and design sketches sitting on the restaurant table, Harri Horsley was suddenly interrupted by the arrival of their receipt. On the back, their waitress had drawn a smiling caricature...

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Students use nails to express individuality

January 22, 2021

Kendyl Clayton’s text message alert chimes. Glancing at the screen, she sees her nail technician has responded to her latest bright-colored polish design idea in preparation for her biweekly appointment.  “Everyone’s...

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Cosplayers find creative outlet on social media after convention cancellations

January 22, 2021

As she ran through the crowd, taking pictures with life-size versions of her favorite fictional characters, wide-eyed, 12-year-old Dali Morales knew she had found a home within the cosplay community. “It...

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Students strengthen relationships with matching tattoos

December 2, 2020

After walking in and out of the tattoo shop multiple times trying to decide if their impulsive idea was worth it, Jimena De la Mora and her two best friends sat down in the parlor chairs and watched as...

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UT-Austin students celebrate Thanksgiving with their favorite meals from their cultures

November 24, 2020

Although he may have some turkey or buttery mashed potatoes, Oscar Armando Lopez III said he looks forward to his family’s dishes, such as pozole and empanadas de cajeta, during Thanksgiving. Some...

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The Sound of UT: student finds new sound through exploring her sexuality

November 17, 2020

With a bunch of silver and gold chain necklaces around her neck, Susannah Joffe applied blush to her face as she got ready for a night out. Peering into the mirror, she said her journey to music started...

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Experimenting with hair color brings life to coronavirus quarantine

November 4, 2020

From flashy color streaks to mohawks, expressive hair is not uncommon to see while walking around campus. Some students have dyed or cut their hair in unique ways since quarantine began. As they continue...

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Nursing students receive PPE from school, say masks are ill-fitting

November 2, 2020

School of Nursing clinical students received a package of personal protective equipment at the beginning of the semester, said Leigh Goldstein, a clinical assistant professor of nursing. Some nursing students...

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The Sound of UT: Christian Coffey

October 28, 2020

Christian Coffey is a lyricist producing music in the rap and R&B genres, but he said he doesn’t want to confine himself to a single genre. Coffey’s love for music started in middle school,...

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The Sound of UT: Abhi Velaga

October 23, 2020

Abhi Velaga is a one-man-band: The computer science senior plays instruments, contributes vocals and produces all of his own songs.  Velaga has been releasing rock music since 2015 under the name...

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UT-Austin service organizations hold virtual community service opportunities

October 23, 2020

Student organizations are adapting to COVID-19 regulations by participating in virtual community service, which some students say is limiting possible connections. Amulya Cherian, the internal service...

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Moody equipment checkout restrictions impact student work

October 19, 2020

Students say their ability to produce media content with high-quality equipment has been limited because of restrictions on University resources. Kathleen Mabley, director of marketing and communication...

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Pumpkins, haunted houses, ghosts, oh my!: The Daily Texan’s favorite fall attractions

October 15, 2020

It’s that time of year again where we all pretend it’s cooler than 80 degrees, put on our best fall outfits and watch spooky movies with friends.  Some of us like to relax and enjoy...

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UT students adopt 4-legged friends to keep them company, improve mental health

October 13, 2020

Even when the world feels upside down, some students can count on their four-legged friends to make them feel better. Sustainability studies junior Vincent Dominguez said his 4-month-old kitten Mitski...

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Texas Tour Guides start online-only tour option for first time

October 13, 2020

Texas Tour Guides will incorporate a completely online campus tour option for prospective students for the first time because of the pandemic. Instead of roaming campus to get a feel for life at UT,...

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Austin music community adapts to COVID-19 with drive-in concerts, social distancing measures

September 30, 2020

Crowd-surfing, headbanging and masses of sweaty bodies jumping up and down used to be the essence of attending a concert. Now, fans must stay in their own space away from fellow audience members. “The...

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Textiles and apparel students navigate socially distanced in-person labs

September 22, 2020

Students used to eat pizza and pull all-nighters in the textiles and apparel draping lab as they worked on their class projects with “Jersey Shore” playing in the background. Now, the white-walled...