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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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Value of Thanksgiving is personal, not historical

Olivia Berkeley November 26, 2014

Before we roll out the welcome wagon that is Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and pies, a word must be said on November’s best holiday. It’s a wondrous time.  It’s...

‘No-Shave November’ participants often miss the point behind the cause

Olivia Berkeley November 12, 2014

Why exactly are people forgoing shaving this month, again? With the first week of November gone, participants of “No-Shave November” are already touting “Movember” as the reason...


Wildness of Halloween should be experienced while still in college

Olivia Berkeley October 31, 2014

This weekend, West Campus will get a little scarier. The most wonderful time of the year is here. Skimpy cats, superheroes, half-assed celebrity impersonators and other last minute costumed people will...

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Take care: Ebola will get you

Olivia Berkeley October 28, 2014

You’ve heard the news. Ebola is happening, and it’s happening everywhere. It seems that a new case of Ebola pops up every day, and if you are anything like I am, you are wondering why on earth...


ACL has lost focus on music, shifted to festivalgoers

Olivia Berkeley October 13, 2014

ACL didn’t use to be like this.  As a native Austinite, I had the privilege of attending ACL before it turned into one of the biggest musical festivals in the country. My first ACL experience...


Embrace tradition, craziness of OU weekend

Olivia Berkeley October 1, 2014

UT’s paramount social event of the year is quickly approaching — and no, I’m not talking about ACL. In a little over a week, swarms of UT students will be boarding buses en route to Dallas...


Pardon the sweat, I blame it on the stiflingly hot temperatures

Olivia Berkeley September 16, 2014

To the general UT populace: I am sorry for my physical appearance these past three weeks. I have, without fail, shown up to every class since the start of school drenched in my own sweat. ‘Tis...

Daily Texan piece on UT in 2083 shows that work remains to be done

Olivia Berkeley September 3, 2014

Last week, I made the trek to the Briscoe Center, located next to the LBJ Presidential Library, in search of a Daily Texan article from the 1970s. I was unsuccessful in my pursuit, but I didn’t leave...

Students should stop judging each other on their majors

Olivia Berkeley July 24, 2014

We’ve all heard that one joke about liberal art majors: “Would you like fries with that degree?” Most times, the punchline includes the takeaway message that having a liberal arts degree...


Time limits on a liberal arts degree have obvious implications

Olivia Berkeley July 8, 2014

The recent announcement of the College of Liberal Arts to stop funding for graduate students after their sixth year has — if you haven’t noticed — caused some controversy. Graduate students...


How the albino squirrel might keep the good luck coming

Olivia Berkeley June 25, 2014

Roughly a year ago, UT’s beloved albino squirrel was rumored to be deceased. A tweet from @FakeUTexas made waves throughout the Twitterverse, prompting many to mourn the loss of the campus’...


Orientation falls short of goals

Olivia Berkeley June 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: A shorter version of this column ran in the June 9 edition. Freshman orientation is in full swing on the UT campus. Hordes of fresh-faced students flock to Austin to, among other...

In-state or out-of-state, Longhorns should celebrate one another all the same

Olivia Berkeley May 6, 2014

The University of Texas at Austin was not my first choice for college. It was, however, the cheapest option out of the college offers I received. As a Texas resident, I am eligible for in-state tuition...

Students shouldn’t be pressured to keep up the grind in the summer

Olivia Berkeley April 17, 2014

Recently, a particularly annoying question has been swirling around campus. “What are your summer plans?” my friends ask. Unfortunately, my answer is often met with judgment. When asked how...


Roundup offers culinary heaven, and all for a good cause

Olivia Berkeley March 28, 2014

At any given point during the day last Friday and Saturday, I could walk into a sorority house and find myself surrounded by food. From pizza to waffles to hamburgers, the once mysterious sorority houses...


For UT students, t-shirts offer comfort, ease and a sense of self

Olivia Berkeley March 4, 2014

Of all the objects that have invaded my life since entering college — promotional flyers, on-the-go-meals, and heavy textbooks, for example — T-shirts have been the most invasive and the most...


When piano playing encroaches on your study space

Olivia Berkeley February 14, 2014

The lobbies at Carothers Dormitory, Andrews Residence Hall and Blanton Residence Hall are places where residents can congregate to work. But the appeal of these lobbies is not strictly academic; there...

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