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Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

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Collins contributes early on in first season with Horns

September 25, 2013

Chloe Collins remembers her first time on a volleyball court. She was a child in Cypress, Texas, clad in a YMCA uniform. “I remember the exact place and time,” Collins said. “[With]...

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Looking ahead at Texas’ 2014 draft prospects

April 30, 2013

Former Texas players Kenny Vaccaro, Marquise Goodwin, Alex Okafor and Brandon Moore fulfilled their childhood dreams last week, earning spots on four different NFL rosters. As Texas heads into the fall...

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Longhorns’ Vaccaro, Goodwin, Okafor drafted to NFL

April 29, 2013

Three former Longhorns will boast new jerseys, new teams and new cities after being selected during the 2013 NFL Draft this past week. Safety Kenny Vaccaro was selected in the first round of the...

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Saints choose Kenny Vaccaro as 15th overall pick in 2013 NFL draft

April 26, 2013

All Kenny Vaccaro wanted out of the NFL draft was to be the first safety chosen. In a brightly lit Radio City Music Hall packed full of fans sporting jerseys of their favorite teams, he got his wish....

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Former Longhorns await this week’s NFL draft

April 25, 2013

At the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia in 1936, professional football teams selected their chosen players for the first-ever NFL draft. Seventy-seven years later, teams are still doing it, with...

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Vaccaro hopes to be first safety chosen at NFL draft

April 24, 2013

Ask Kenny Vaccaro what he hopes the outcome of this week’s NFL draft will be, and the answer is quick, confident and smoothly spoken. “I want to be the first safety taken,” Vaccaro...

Bob Shipley joins Texas staff

April 23, 2013

Texas is adding another Shipley to its team. Bob Shipley, who served as a high school head football coach and athletics director around the state of Texas, has been hired as a football analyst at UT,...

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Marquise Goodwin offers speed and more heading into draft

April 23, 2013

At last month’s Texas Pro Day, Marquise Goodwin darted down the turf to catch passes, a blazing streak on a busy practice field.   The wide receiver’s obvious knack for speed was impossible...

Volleyball to conclude spring schedule at Lone Star Showcase in Dallas

April 19, 2013

Texas volleyball will wrap up spring play at this weekend’s Lone Star Classic College Showcase in Dallas. After defeating Oregon in December to become national champions, the Longhorns played...

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Defense take on up-tempo attitude, works to improve next season’s peformance

April 18, 2013

The Texas offense may be garnering attention with its new tempo, but that doesn’t mean the defense is taking it easy in the spring. With nine returning starters, the defense is looking to regain...

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Texas’ Okafor looks to embark on NFL career

April 18, 2013

The path to Alex Okafor’s NFL career began with the sports dreams of a bumbling toddler.  “Alex started playing sports when he was four, so every season since age four he’s been...

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Current and former commissioners talk Big 12 rumors, changes at Tuesday panel discussion

April 17, 2013

Much like a closely followed celebrity, the Big 12 Conference basks in the sunlight of collegiate sports, marked by rumors of expansion and new additions.  Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, former...

Volleyball continues its spring reign with 5-0 sweep of New Mexico State

April 16, 2013

In 2012, she was named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player. In 2013, she hasn’t let it go to her head. Outside hitter Bailey Webster, a rising senior, lead the Longhorns in their victory...

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Clad with returners, Texas offense will strive to execute

April 16, 2013

Texas has in its burnt orange hands a new season, an up-tempo offense, a newly promoted co-offensive coordinator, a third-year starting quarterback and a bevy of receivers ready to step up. Head coach...

Undefeated in spring play, Texas Volleyball faces New Mexico State on Saturday

April 12, 2013

Spring doesn’t mean time spent relaxing under the sun for the members of the Texas Volleyball team.  Since returning from their trip to Louisville in December, during which they claimed a...

Volleyball pulls off a 3-2 win over Wichita State

April 8, 2013

While Wichita State’s basketball team aimed for a win in Atlanta, the school’s volleyball team pushed for its own Saturday in Austin. After five sets, Texas pulled off a 3-2 win over the...

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Gray finds mentor in father, prepares for sophomore season

March 29, 2013

Down three points in the fourth quarter of the last game of the season, Johnathan Gray’s moment had come. After quarterback David Ash hit him with the ball, the freshman running back bolted 15...

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Diggs could continue at cornerback or jump in at safety

March 28, 2013

Quandre Diggs could catch a football about as soon as he could walk.  He didn’t grow up around an especially lenient sports crowd, either. Digg’s brother Quentin Jammer, a cornerback...

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Former Texas players impress at Texas Pro Day

March 27, 2013

Vince threw, Ricky donned a suit and Marquise danced. Athleticism marked Texas’ pro day as Texas graduates and NFL hopefuls strutted the skills they’d worked tirelessly to perfect for a...

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Pro Day offers Texas players chance to showcase skills before draft

March 26, 2013

For young NFL hopefuls, the Texas Pro Day will provide an opportunity to rub elbows with top coaches and other talented players.  For more seasoned prospects like Vince Young, Pro Day will...

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Reserved off the field but not on

March 25, 2013

Editor’s note: Junior linebacker Steve Edmond is the third of five “Players to Watch” who will be featured leading up to the Orange-White scrimmage Mar. 30. The fourth, Quandre Diggs,...

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Magic Mike preps for his final year as a Longhorn

March 21, 2013

Jan. 10 marked a bit of a mental tug-of-war for Mike Davis.  On one side pulled the NFL and the prospect of starting his professional career. Texas held fast on the other side of the rope,...

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Jackson Jeffcoat returns from injury, prepares for final season at Texas

March 19, 2013

Editor’s note: Senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat is the first of five “Players to Watch” who will be featured leading up to the Orange-White scrimmage Mar. 30. The second, senior...

Texas nabs Alabama’s Patrick Suddes as director of player personnel

March 8, 2013

The only thing that could tear Patrick Suddes away from his beloved Crimson Tide was a splash of burnt orange.  The former associate director of football operations at Alabama was hired as director...

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Burning question: Is 2013 the year Texas Football can return as a national championship contender?

March 7, 2013

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of five burning questions we will ask as spring practice kicks off: Can Texas put together a national title run in 2013?  It’s happened four times:...

Houston DE Riser could join Longhorns in 2013

March 6, 2013

Houston defensive end Zeke Riser will soon be packing up his bags and heading for Austin.  ESPN.com’s Max Olson reported that Riser, who graduated from Houston in December, plans to transfer...

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Burning question: what will changes in staff bring to Texas football?

March 6, 2013

It was Darrell K Royal who said a football coach is nothing more than a teacher. Lessons won’t be in short supply for Texas after a string of promotions, hires and new positions in its coaching...

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Burning question #3: Will Brown’s up-tempo offense help the Longhorns execute in the fall?

March 5, 2013

As Texas retreated to the locker room for halftime during the Alamo Bowl, it found itself down 20-10 and in dire need of some offensive productivity.  The offense came alive in the second half...

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Burning Question #2: Who will replace Kenny Vaccaro at safety?

February 28, 2013

As Kenny Vaccaro anxiously anticipates the NFL draft, Texas deals with the tough task of replacing him. Kenny Vaccaros, after all, don’t come along every day.  The quickness, consistency...

Texas offense struggles to produce in loss to Sam Houston State

February 27, 2013

Innings 1-3: Texas had a slow start with no hits and one walk by Ben Johnson. Sam Houston State’s Ryan O’Hearn’s RBI triple scored Hayden Simerly. O’Hearn scored on a groundout,...

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Burning question No. 1: Can David Ash take the reins this year and return Texas to quarterback greatness?

February 26, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the first of five burning questions we will ask as spring practice kicks off: Can David Ash return Texas to greatness? The second — How can the Longhorns replace...

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Spring football commences Thursday as Horns begin to work toward 2013 season

February 21, 2013

For most, springtime means bright flowers, warmer weather and the occasional rainy days.  For the Texas football team, spring means hours spent on the field running drills, assimilating with teammates...

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Texas signing day recap

February 7, 2013

Wednesday, national signing day, was a day high school football players and coaching staffs alike circled on their calendars, the end to the madness that is open recruiting season. When the dust finally...

Brown confident with 15 Texas commits on signing day

February 7, 2013

Wednesday, national signing day, was a day high school football players and coaching staffs alike circled on their calendars, the end to the madness that is open recruiting season. When the dust finally...

Despite decommits, Texas boasts solid batch of defensive recruits

February 6, 2013

When it comes to recruiting a batch of defenders for the 2013 season, Mack Brown has had his share of disappointments.  First there was A’Shawn Robinson, a five-star lineman who recently...

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Texas begins to build 2014 recruiting class

February 5, 2013

While the Texas coaching staff eagerly anticipates this week’s national signing day, the wheels are already rolling for next year’s recruiting class.  With seven commitments, Texas...

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Four Longhorns make their Super Bowl debut in New Orleans

January 29, 2013

Not too long ago they meandered through the 40 Acres, bulked up in the weight room and left their sweat on the field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Now former Longhorns Chykie Brown and...

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Five Longhorns count down to the 2013 NFL draft

January 29, 2013

As Texas football hits the field for spring practices, five former Longhorns begin a new chapter of their own. The waiting game for the NFL Draft.  Pflugerville native Alex Okafor’s power...

Volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott, staff rewarded for national championship win

January 22, 2013

Jerritt Elliott’s Texas volleyball team achieved what he, and his players, had long coveted: a national championship. And with that accomplishment comes a burnt orange check. According to documents...

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Davis stays, Moore leaves as Texas enters offseason

January 16, 2013

The end of an autumn football season brings a flurry of career prospects for NCAA players as they grapple with the decision to remain in school or pursue an NFL career.  Wide receiver Mike Davis’...

Alamo Bowl Applewhite’s first shot at play-calling, coaching quarterbacks

January 15, 2013

In the midst of the third quarter of the 2001 Holiday Bowl, the odds weren’t looking too good for the freckle-faced redhead to lead his team to a win. Down 36-20 going into the fourth quarter, senior...

Texas volleyball to play Oregon for national championship tonight

December 15, 2012

In 1984, Texas swept Oregon in Berkeley, California, to continue on and win the AIAW Championship.  Four years later, the Longhorns would become national champions. Now, both teams are pitted against...

Longhorn volleyball travels to Louisville for NCAA Final Four

December 13, 2012

All season long, dreams of a trip to the final four lay in the distance, a goal the team worked strenuously to achieve. Now, the Longhorns have made their way up to Louisville to take on the tournament...

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Texas volleyball sweeps USC, advances to Final Four

December 9, 2012

Hung upon a wall inside Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium is a glass case filled with volleyball paraphernalia. Photos, flyers and a burnt orange “Point Texas” sign flashes the pride of...

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Freshman first-timers experience postseason

December 6, 2012

One year ago, they were stealing courtside attention on high school volleyball teams. Now, five UT freshmen are lighting up Gregory Gym, proving their talent week after week and encountering their first...

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Texas Longhorns defeat rival Texas A&M Aggies 3-1 in NCAA round 2

December 3, 2012

A rivalry at its finest, complete with the fanfare and invigoration of passionate fans split by conference realignment set the scene Friday night as Texas defeated Texas A&M 3-1 in the second round...

Longhorn volleyball defeats Aggies

December 1, 2012

A rivalry at its finest set the scene Friday night in Gregory Gym as Texas defeated Texas A&M in the NCAA tournament. The consistent Longhorns completed a solid first set with Bailey Webster’s...

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Longhorns sweep Colgate, to play A&M in second round playoffs

November 30, 2012

Why Texas won: Swiftly and easily, Texas dominated its first NCAA tournament game against Colgate on Thursday night, swallowing the Raiders and starting the postseason on a strong note. By the numbers: 4:...

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The lone senior, Sha’Dare McNeal leads the Longhorns into her final NCAA Tournament

November 29, 2012

Division I volleyball means tough practices, nerve-wracking games and ever-present pressure to perform. In the whirlwind that is volleyball season, Texas team members have found a calm leader in senior Sha’Dare...

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Texas sweeps West Virginia on Senior Night, one win away from sweeping conference

November 19, 2012

Amidst a crowd on its feet for set point, senior utility Sha’Dare McNeal hopped up and slapped the ball across the net, concluding Texas’ 3-0 sweep of West Virginia Saturday afternoon. McNeal’s...

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UT volleyball team wins against Texas Tech and is crowned Big 12 champion

November 15, 2012

Wednesday’s win at Gregory Gym wasn’t just commemorated with “The Eyes of Texas.”  This time a glass trophy was held as the team members chatted excitedly and fans cheered...

Texas looking to continue unbeaten streak

November 14, 2012

After clinging onto a win Saturday against Kansas, the Longhorns have 15 straight wins, the best conference start since Jerritt Elliott began his coaching tenure. They have clinched a share of the Big...

Texas goes for lucky number 13 against against Kansas

November 9, 2012

Thirteen, a number commonly associated with bad luck and general dread, could be the Longhorns’ lucky break Saturday. Texas will make its way to Lawrence, Kan., to face the second-ranked team in...

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Allison finds new home in Austin

November 7, 2012

In rare moments of spare time, Hannah Allison likes to pull out the pots and pans and bake desserts.  But don’t mistake her sweet tooth for a lack of vigor on the court. “I just want...

Texas ties record, sweeps No. 16 Kansas State

November 5, 2012

Facing the third-ranked team in the Big 12, Texas blocked, killed and dug its way to a close victory over Kansas State in front of an energetic and enthusiastic crowd of Longhorn supporters Friday. The...

Texas face Wildcats in tough conference test

November 2, 2012

As November begins, Texas sits in a covetable spot. The No. 7 Longhorns have 13 straight wins under their burnt orange belts and need one more victory to tie head coach Jerritt Elliott’s...

Texas dismantles Oklahoma

October 29, 2012

On Nov. 1, 1982, the Longhorns powered a .590 hitting percentage as they defeated Rice University. On Sunday against Oklahoma, they came as close to that hitting percentage as any team since. In its twelfth...

Texas fights for win against Baylor despite second set loss

October 25, 2012

Freshman Kat Brooks calmly bounced the ball a few times, then swiftly smacked it over the net, allowing Texas to come back from a 21-22 deficit in the fourth set against Baylor. Brooks’ collected...

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Horns take on Baylor with conference lead

October 24, 2012

Two months into the season, head coach Jerritt Elliott already has the team with the best record in the Big 12, a school record for consecutive conference wins at home and a 10-game winning streak. That...

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Texas regains footing to top Iowa State in five-set win

October 18, 2012

Texas was kept on its toes against Iowa State Wednesday night, claiming a burnt orange-tainted victory despite two initial strong sets for the Cyclones. The Longhorns crawled out of an early rut to win...

Tough schedule continues for Longhorns this weekend

October 17, 2012

Big 12 play continues Wednesday night as No. 8 Texas faces No. 22 Iowa State in Gregory Gym. The Longhorns are no strangers to ranked opponents, completing nine matches against Top 25 teams this season....

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Sixth conference sweep gives Texas separation in Big 12

October 15, 2012

Continuing its Big 12 reign, No. 9 Texas swept No. 21 Kansas in Gregory Gym on Friday, dealing Kansas its only conference loss this season. Sweeps are swiftly becoming a pattern for the Longhorns, eight...

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Eckerman embraces role as mother, team leader

October 12, 2012

For most high school seniors, leaving home is a time filled with jitters, excitement and the prospect of a new chapter of life in college. For Haley Eckerman, departing for college meant leaving something...

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Longhorns achieve eighth straight win

October 9, 2012

In December, the top two volleyball teams in the nation will dig, block and set for a national title in The KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. The Longhorns defeated the Louisville Cardinals in that same...

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Horns topple Texas Christian

October 4, 2012

Despite a skittish second set, Texas relied on powerful performances and team unity to sweep TCU 3-0 at Gregory Gym on Wednesday.  The Longhorns’ defeat of the Horned Frogs marked the fourth...

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Longhorns look to trod over TCU

October 3, 2012

After diving into Big 12 play with victories against Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas Tech, the Longhorns’ next challenge will be to trample a team of Horned Frogs on Wednesday in Gregory Gym. Texas,...

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Texas rides four-match win streak into Lubbock as Red Raiders struggle

September 28, 2012

After a 3-0 sweep of Baylor this week, the Longhorns will pack their bags and head to Lubbock to face Texas Tech Saturday. The No. 9 Longhorns are now 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12 Conference...

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Eckerman helps Texas remain undefeated in Big 12 play

September 26, 2012

In its second Big 12 match, No. 9 Texas swept Baylor 3-0 Tuesday in Waco, holding the Bears to a .050 hitting percentage. “We’re trying to formulate something where we can win the conference...

Career night for McNeal

September 24, 2012

Senior utility Sha’Dare McNeal made her presence known with a career-high nine blocks, surpassing her previous record of seven blocks in 2010. McNeal also posted a season-high 13 digs and nine kills,...

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Webster overcomes injury to meet expectations

September 20, 2012

At 18 years old, Bailey Webster walked into Gregory Gym as the top volleyball recruit in the nation, leaving her high school in Maryland a semester early to begin her collegiate career at Texas. Despite...

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Volleyball Longhorns soon to meet against Sooners

September 18, 2012

On Saturday, the Oklahoma volleyball team will roll into Gregory Gym, likely prepared to roll its eyes at the inevitable chants of “OU sucks.”  But just how ready is Texas for Big 12...

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Texas rebounds after loss

September 17, 2012

Texas faced defeat at the hands of a lower-ranked opponent Friday, then bounced back to sweep two other opponents Saturday at this weekend’s Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational at Gregory Gym. The...

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After a two-match skid, Longhorns beat Gophers 3-1

September 10, 2012

Twenty-four hours after having their 33-match home win streak snapped by No. 14 Minnesota, No 4. Texas returned to defeat Minnesota in a 3-1 victory and gave the Golden Gophers their first loss of the...

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Minnesota breaks UT volleyball’s 33-game winning streak

September 7, 2012

Despite a loud Longhorn crowd and a 33-game home-win streak, Texas lost to No. 14 Minnesota in four sets Thursday night. Junior outside/opposite hitter Bailey Webster led the Longhorns, tying her...

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Hawaii is a breeding ground for Texas liberos

September 6, 2012

People often ask Kat Brooks if she can “hang ten.” The freshman libero, who hails from Honolulu, Hawaii, is quick to dismiss the surfer stereotype. “I get asked if I surf all the time,...

Texas volleyball wraps up roller-coaster weekend with win and loss

September 4, 2012

In a weekend of highs and lows, Texas beat an opponent with a higher hitting percentage and succumbed to a lower-ranked opponent at last weekend’s Nike Big Four Tournament, marking the team’s...

Horns look to take two in conference opener

August 29, 2012

Two hundred is the number of yards in two football fields, the number of pennies in two dollars. It’s also the number of conference wins UT head volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott will have under...

Writer encourages women to decrease technology use

May 3, 2012

For professional women, mothers and college students, putting down that BlackBerry, ditching the cellphone and distancing from a laptop for a few hours can be a challenge. Dean Lofton, an Austin writer...

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Whittier led the integration of Texas football team

May 2, 2012

Texas fans rejoiced euphorically on Dec. 6, 1969, as the Longhorns defeated Arkansas, 15-14, in the national championship game. It was a game that would long be celebrated for what the Longhorns had accomplished...

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Grammy-nominated cowboy Joel Nelson recites poetry at Blanton

April 30, 2012

While serving in the Vietnam War, native Texan Joel Nelson began his poetry writing career by sending letters to friends and family back home. Today, Nelson is considered one of the most celebrated cowboy...

Former Sports Illustrated writer draws lessons from beginnings

April 26, 2012

Frank Deford realized early on that he had a gift that allowed him to write eloquently and creatively. He also realized he wanted to use that gift to tell sports stories. Using that ability, Deford became...

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Texas Rock Climbing club wins first national championship

April 25, 2012

The UT Tower has glowed orange to commemorate rivalry football victories, academic achievements and Texas Independence Day. For the first time, the Tower will light up to celebrate the rock climbing team’s...

Austin Fitness Magazine launches physical competition to find the 10 fittest Austinites

April 20, 2012

On any given day in Austin, joggers circle Town Lake and countless students zip through Gregory Gym to complete daily workouts. Soon we will find out which one of them are the fittest of the fit. This...

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Former professor turns trash into sculptures

April 19, 2012

More than 1,000 sculptures made out of credit cards, brochures, tops of Bluebell Ice Cream containers and paper towel rolls are displayed on a table in Goldsmith Hall. Architecture professor emeritus...

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Screenwriter pitches success story

April 19, 2012

Screenwriter Rob Thomas knew early in life he wanted to be a writer and toyed with the idea of novel writing before finally settling on writing for television. Thomas, who graduated from UT with a history...

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Regional Haze Rule hopes to improve smoky park views

April 18, 2012

Smoky haze mars the otherwise picturesque views for national park visitors around Texas’ Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks. A new plan to reduce the haze, titled the Regional Haze...

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Students evaluate RecSports’ facilities

April 12, 2012

UT RecSports sponsors intramural athletics, exercise classes and fitness activities for students throughout the year, and the RecSports staff now seeks feedback from the students who utilize these services. This...

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Invasive bastard cabbage threatens growth of native Texas wildflowers

April 11, 2012

Beloved Texas bluebonnets and other wildflowers may be threatened this season by an appropriately named pest: bastard cabbage. Bastard cabbage, an invasive weed that originated from the Mediterranean...

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Seniors reminisce about their time on the 40 Acres

April 10, 2012

As senior swimmer Karlee Bispo mounted the platform for her last race at the NCAA Championships, she was struck with the realization that her days as a Longhorn were coming to a close. “It was kind...

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UT to participate in the National Association for the Deaf’s College Bowl this summer

April 6, 2012

Students walking the 40 Acres are often accustomed to the ring of morning alarm clocks, the chimes of the tower and the trumpeted tune of “Texas Fight.” However, the 62 students who make up...

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Blogger, government professor exemplifies foreign policy savvy

April 5, 2012

Associate government professor Terri Givens teaches two government classes, updates two weekly blogs, runs marathons and insists on holding a family dinner every night. For Givens, interest in foreign...

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UT honors Walter Cronkite with memorial

April 4, 2012

In the 1930s, famed journalist Walter Cronkite walked the 40 Acres as a college student, fraternity member and Daily Texan writer . Cronkite went on to have an extraordinary career in journalism, serving...

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UT alumnus teaches students math through music

April 2, 2012

When Mark Rogers’s math students struggled to memorize the quadratic formula, he knew it was time to get creative, so he turned to his personal passion: music. “It’s so difficult for...

Professor researches how gender roles shape professional settings

March 29, 2012

Assertive professional women often face social consequences for their boldness, said business assistant professor Emily Amanatullah. Amanatullah researched the role of gender in the workplace and said...

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Austin Restaurant Week brings culinary delight at good price

March 28, 2012

Midmorning diners sipped hot beverages and munched on breakfast selections at 1866 Cafe & Bakery on Brazos Street Tuesday morning, taking in the tasty selections of Austin Restaurant Week. The...

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Sororities benefit philanthropic organizations with food sales during Roundup

March 23, 2012

Throughout Roundup weekend, UT students can flock to West Campus sorority houses for cheap food supporting philanthropic organizations associated with the Greek community. Free wristbands for Roundup can...

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Edelman addresses School of Social Work about closing the achievement gap

March 22, 2012

Young children spend their days in early education like sponges, soaking up the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed later in life, said lecturer Jonah Edelman. Edelman, the CEO and founder...

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UT boots raise money for student scholarships

March 22, 2012

Displayed atop a University Co-op shelf is a pair of burnt orange and white cowboy boots complete with an official University seal and a signature Longhorn emblem. UT’s official cowboy boots, ticketed...

Batsheva Dance Company performs with unique artistic style

March 21, 2012

Watching a Batsheva dance performance is as much of an experience for the audience as it is for the dancers taking the stage, professor Yacov Sharir said. Hailing from Israel, the Batsheva Dance Company...

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Texas comes up short in final meet

March 19, 2012

Texas finished in ninth place at this year’s NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala., as California won its second title in a row. Texas has finished in the top 10 in 11 of its past 13 seasons and...

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