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Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Sofia Treviño, Life & Arts Associate Editor

Sofia is a sophomore journalism major who is currently serving as a Life & Arts associate editor. She started at the Texan as a general reporter during Spring and Summer 2021 and then worked as a senior reporter during Fall 2021. Sofia loves reading and occasionally reviewing books. Her favorite author is Cassandra Clare.

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ brings nostalgia to Potterheads, disappoints with slow pacing, spotty CGI

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ brings nostalgia to Potterheads, disappoints with slow pacing, spotty CGI

April 5, 2022

The latest installment to the Wizarding World: “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” apparates onto Muggles’ screens worldwide April 15. Based on a fictional textbook from J.K. Rowling’s...

Meow Wolf, Spatial collaborate for Spatial Holodeck immersive art experience, allow SXSW attendees to escape into futuristic world

Meow Wolf, Spatial collaborate for Spatial Holodeck immersive art experience, allow SXSW attendees to escape into futuristic world

March 23, 2022

Visitors of the Meow Wolf pop-up experience at SXSW stepped into an eclectic world full of bright blue, purple and pink neons and whimsical background noises, immersing themselves in art brimming with...

Leon of Athens shares excitement about SXSW performance, future plans

Leon of Athens shares excitement about SXSW performance, future plans

March 21, 2022
The Daily Texan spoke with Leon of Athens before his performance Saturday about his SXSW plans, creating music and upcoming performances.
‘Swimming With Sharks’ showrunner, cast talk revealing truth of Hollywood, playing darker roles 

‘Swimming With Sharks’ showrunner, cast talk revealing truth of Hollywood, playing darker roles 

March 18, 2022

Roku’s new series adaptation of George Huang’s 1994 film “Swimming With Sharks” premiered its first two episodes March 14 at SXSW. The series reveals darker aspects of Hollywood from a female perspective....

Ariel + The Culture talks unique blend of influences, reconnecting with Spanish language, culture through music

Ariel + The Culture talks unique blend of influences, reconnecting with Spanish language, culture through music

March 18, 2022

Jason “Ariel” Bobadilla, professionally known as Ariel + The Culture, creates fresh sounds with a mix of hip-hop, indie and Latinx beats. Performing at South by Southwest for the first time, the Dallas-based...

‘(Hi)story of a Painting: The Light in the Shadow’ highlights 17th-century Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi’s journey as an artist

‘(Hi)story of a Painting: The Light in the Shadow’ highlights 17th-century Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi’s journey as an artist

March 16, 2022
On March 13, the production companies of Fat Red Bird and Monkey Frame held the world premiere of “(Hi)story of a Painting: The Light in the Shadow,” a VR experience at South by Southwest. 
Star-studded cast in “The Lost City” seamlessly fill their roles and incite laughter with amusing plotlines

Star-studded cast in “The Lost City” seamlessly fill their roles and incite laughter with amusing plotlines

March 15, 2022
At its SXSW debut, “The Lost City'' left the audience with new laugh lines around their smiles and anticipating the next twists and turns of the story.
Iliana Sosa’s ‘What We Leave Behind’ authentically captures grandfather Julián Moreno, steals audience’s heart at SXSW

Iliana Sosa’s ‘What We Leave Behind’ authentically captures grandfather Julián Moreno, steals audience’s heart at SXSW

March 14, 2022

Dressed in long-sleeved flannels with a sombrero perched atop his head, Julián Moreno shines in “What We Leave Behind.” Directed by Iliana Sosa, Julián’s granddaughter and a UT radio-television-film...

“El Carrito” Director Zahida Pirani shares themes of support in immigrant communities, draws inspiration from her upbringing

“El Carrito” Director Zahida Pirani shares themes of support in immigrant communities, draws inspiration from her upbringing

March 13, 2022

Premiering on March 12 at SXSW, “El Carrito,” a short film directed by Zahida Pirani, captures Nelly, a street vendor, after she makes a risky decision for her business. Battling with trusting her...

Local sister trio The Tiarras talk newest single, SXSW jitters

Local sister trio The Tiarras talk newest single, SXSW jitters

March 12, 2022

Mexican American sister trio, The Tiarras, released their new single, “They Don’t See Us,” a lyrical ode to invisibility and unrealistic beauty standards, on March 11. Composed of singer and guitarist...

Looking for a Longhorn to support at SXSW? Heres a list of burnt orange connections

Looking for a Longhorn to support at SXSW? Here’s a list of burnt orange connections

March 12, 2022
The Daily Texan compiled a list of Longhorn SXSW participants to support.
“Anatomy: A Love Story” brings romance to graveyards, making for a thrilling, unique read

“Anatomy: A Love Story” brings romance to graveyards, making for a thrilling, unique read

January 27, 2022

In early 19th century Edinburgh, Scotland, 17-year-old Hazel Sinnett finds love in an unusual setting — a graveyard. “Anatomy: A Love Story” by Dana Schwartz, published on Jan. 18, puts a fresh...

Tips for transitioning back to virtual learning, managing mental health

Tips for transitioning back to virtual learning, managing mental health

January 21, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Jan. 18, 2022 flipbook. As Travis County returns to Stage 5 of the risk-based guideline and UT students take on a delayed in-person spring 2022 semester,...

First two episodes of Euphoria season 2 bring back fan-favorite plotlines and characters

First two episodes of Euphoria season 2 bring back fan-favorite plotlines and characters

January 20, 2022

CW:  violence, nudity, drug abuse  Editor’s note: This review contains Euphoria season 2 spoilers. After two and a half years, the long awaited “Euphoria” returned to screens this January,...

Campuswide ofrenda creates space to honor loved ones for Día de los Muertos

Campuswide ofrenda creates space to honor loved ones for Día de los Muertos

December 18, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the November 5 flipbook.  After setting down the finishing pieces on the ofrenda, or “offering” in English, she and her grandmother built together...

UT, A&M students, alumni discuss yearslong feud, fun in teasing each other

UT, A&M students, alumni discuss yearslong feud, fun in teasing each other

December 18, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the October 29 flipbook. Surrounded by his burnt orange and maroon-wearing family, UT alumnus Kyle Umlang watched in suspense as the two teams played their...

Longhorn Powerlifting’s Bench for Breasts fundraiser raises breast cancer awareness

Longhorn Powerlifting’s Bench for Breasts fundraiser raises breast cancer awareness

December 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the October 19 flipbook. On a Wednesday afternoon, grunts from bench pressing and cheers of support filled the air on Speedway — except the lifters...

Black, Hispanic women share feelings of “impostorism,” self-doubt

Black, Hispanic women share feelings of “impostorism,” self-doubt

December 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the October 19 flipbook. Attending Calculus I office hours for the first time her freshman year, Rebecca Cedillo remembers her professor saying civil...

UT students share their favorite book recommendations for National Book Month

UT students share their favorite book recommendations for National Book Month

December 14, 2021

Editor's Note: This first appeared in the October 11 flipbook.  Celebrated every October, National Book Month allows people to dive into stories and grow their passion for reading. To help those with...

UT students, staff reflect on experiences with racial passing

UT students, staff reflect on experiences with racial passing

December 5, 2021

Disliking her paler skin compared to other darker-complected Hispanics growing up, Rachel González-Martin spent hours lying under the sun willing herself to tan. Only burning and turning red, she grew...

Psychologists, people with OCD share experiences, harm caused by misinformation

Psychologists, people with OCD share experiences, harm caused by misinformation

December 4, 2021
Those who live with OCD experience repeated unwanted images and thoughts, known as obsessions, often leading to compulsions or repetitive behaviors that alleviate anxiety. 
UT students share thoughts on disability awareness around campus

UT students share thoughts on disability awareness around campus

December 1, 2021

Eager to start her first day of college in 2018, Naili Salehuddin headed out to the Physics, Math and Astronomy building to find her Chinese class. After two hours of navigating without Braille signs,...

UT students share book recommendations to relax during winter break

UT students share book recommendations to relax during winter break

November 23, 2021

After a long, stressful semester, The Daily Texan compiled a list of books students recommended to read to wind down during winter break. Grab some hot chocolate, put on your favorite Christmas pajamas...

UT students who attended Astroworld discuss traumatic experience, processing

UT students who attended Astroworld discuss traumatic experience, processing

November 12, 2021
On Nov. 5, a crowd of around 50,000 fans arrived at NRG Park in Houston for Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival. The exciting concert quickly turned into a struggle for air as bodies packed together like sardines — a crowd surge.
Students discuss term ‘starving artist,’ following their passions over pressure to make money

Students discuss term ‘starving artist,’ following their passions over pressure to make money

November 12, 2021

While auditioning for “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2012, Jarell Howard Rochelle felt everything click into place as his mother watched him from the judges’ table. After struggling through his...

Taylor Swift’s Red album songs as book recommendations in anticipation of Red (Taylor’s Version)

Taylor Swift’s Red album songs as book recommendations in anticipation of Red (Taylor’s Version)

November 7, 2021

Taylor Swift’s ability to tell convincing, moving stories connects her to her fans on an intimate level. Awaiting the highly anticipated release of Swift’s Red (Taylor’s Version) on Nov. 12, The...

Austin candy, costume businesses share eagerness towards Halloween season

Austin candy, costume businesses share eagerness towards Halloween season

October 27, 2021

Even without a steady stream of sweet-toothed customers, Big Top Candy Shop’s shelves stayed stocked, full of candies ranging from swirling lollipops to Harry Potter chocolate frogs. Within the yellow...

Alex Michaelides’ ‘The Maidens’ promises suspense, underdelivers

Alex Michaelides’ ‘The Maidens’ promises suspense, underdelivers

October 15, 2021

Gruesome murders, secret societies and mystery brew at Cambridge University, enticing a group therapist to uncover ugly truths in the beautiful and elite campus. Though promising an interesting psychological...

UT students share scary campus stories for Halloween season

UT students share ‘scary’ campus stories for Halloween season

October 12, 2021
From escaping ginormous cockroaches to encountering nude bicyclists on Guadalupe Street, The Daily Texan gathered alarming UT experiences to set the mood for the Halloween season.
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First 3 episodes of “One of Us Is Lying” brings promising series adaptation consistent with Karen McManus’ 2017 debut novel

October 8, 2021

After only four out of five students walk out of detention alive, fingers quickly point to the others. Which one of them is lying to protect their secret? Adapted from Karen McManus’ 2017 debut novel,...

Hispanic students connect to culture in ways other than language

Hispanic students connect to culture in ways other than language

October 6, 2021
Lack of Spanish forces Hispanic Students to feel disconnected from community, family
Austin Vida publisher Nancy Flores fosters community within Hispanic communities, highlights events through Cultura Guides

Austin Vida publisher Nancy Flores fosters community within Hispanic communities, highlights events through Cultura Guides

October 6, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the September 17 flipbook. In step with accented notes of salsa music, Angie Town danced freely with her teenage daughter and older sister. Surrounded...

UT students share opinions toward UT’s full capacity policy at football games

UT students share opinions toward UT’s full capacity policy at football games

October 6, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the September 17 flipbook. A swarm of burnt orange and white rushed Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium as 91,113 Longhorn fans filed in. Soaking...

Catherine Ryan Howard’s ‘56 Days’ offers gripping page-turner set in a COVID-19 world

Catherine Ryan Howard’s ‘56 Days’ offers gripping page-turner set in a COVID-19 world

September 26, 2021

A new couple quarantines together to build their relationship. Except, their love story ends with one of the two decomposing on the bathroom floor. Crime writer Catherine Ryan Howard’s latest release,...

Ali Hazelwood’s debut novel, ‘The Love Hypothesis’, brings easy reading, and fun characters

Ali Hazelwood’s debut novel, ‘The Love Hypothesis’, brings easy reading, and fun characters

September 20, 2021

A fake dating trope never ends with both characters in love with each other. Right? Published on Sept. 14, “The Love Hypothesis” by Ali Hazelwood brings a fresh spin to the generic fake dating arc....

Matt Haig’s ‘The Midnight Library’ offers comfort, creates safe space for conversations

Matt Haig’s ‘The Midnight Library’ offers comfort, creates safe space for conversations

September 15, 2021

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, from Sept. 6-12, The Daily Texan reviewed “The Midnight Library,” a tale of embracing life, by English author Matt Haig. Haig, who has struggled with depression,...

UT students share experiences on unbearable heat

UT students share experiences on unbearable heat

September 13, 2021

As Brianna Rodriquez escaped the heat at the concession stand, she found herself as one among a crowd of overheated Longhorn fans. With temperatures well above 98 degrees and no available cold water, she...

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UT students, staff discuss ways to participate in the sustainable fashion industry

September 11, 2021

Standing in a warehouse littered with clothes, fabric mountains reaching towards the ceiling, Karla Villegas started to dig through layers upon layers. Unwanted items turned into hidden treasures in her...

Students share thoughts on rising popularity of crystals

Students share thoughts on rising popularity of crystals

September 11, 2021

When Fatima Vega lost her uncle, she said she felt like she lost herself. Only eight years old, too young to understand the gravity of the situation, her mother placed a transparent quartz crystal in her...

Having to resort to making friends through social media, UT students share their experiences with meeting and how platforms facilitated in being social.

UT students talk making friends online during pandemic

August 25, 2021

Editor's Note: The article first appeared as part of the August 23 flipbook. Stuck at home for last year’s virtual fall semester, Karla Garduño eagerly followed fellow UT students who popped up on...

How to practice mindfulness while balancing productivity levels

How to practice mindfulness while balancing productivity levels

August 24, 2021

In a time when society seems to equate your productivity to your worth, many students struggle to practice mindful productivity. The Daily Texan compiled tips on balancing school and mental health without...

Free COVID-19 testing sites in Austin

Free COVID-19 testing sites in Austin

August 23, 2021
The Daily Texan compiled a list of free COVID-19 testing sites in Austin to simplify the testing process for students seeking to meet UT's testing requirement.
UT musicians share growth during the pandemic and experiences with the Butler Summer Series

UT musicians share growth during the pandemic and experiences with the Butler Summer Series

July 26, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the July 20 flipbook. With eager neighbors sitting on lawn chairs in a cul de sac, nine musicians played Kristin Jensen’s bassoon ensemble six...

LGBTQ+ students describe feelings on labels in community

LGBTQ+ students describe feelings on labels in community

July 5, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the June 28 flipbook. Away from the nitpicking lens of those in his small town, Sam Aguilar was better able to explore their identity in their first...

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UT student, alumnus share feelings about Juneteenth’s history, recent federal holiday status

June 28, 2021

Morgan Flowers celebrated Juneteenth for the first time by watching TV and receiving gifts from his friends.  “Until recently, it was more of an acknowledgment within my family,” UT alumnus Flowers...

Students share thoughts on in person transition, how it will bring community

Students share thoughts on in person transition, how it will bring community

June 17, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the June 14 flipbook. Walking down Speedway amid clumps of incoming freshmen in the summer heat, Katilyn Carr’s 2019 orientation was full of meeting...

LGBTQ+ students reflect on Pride Month, experiences

LGBTQ+ students reflect on Pride Month, experiences

June 6, 2021

Running up and down the route of Austin’s Pride Parade surrounded by high school friends and high-fiving passersby, Lauren Breach said her first pride event filled her with support and community. “I...

How to balance staying informed with current events while practicing self-care

How to balance staying informed with current events while practicing self-care

May 8, 2021
To honor May as Mental Health Awareness Month, The Daily Texan has compiled tips on balancing news consumption while maintaining a healthy state of mind.
Q&A: UT-Austin freshman Marcos Flores shares tips on how to gain confidence through his Motivational Monday series

Q&A: UT-Austin freshman Marcos Flores shares tips on how to gain confidence through his Motivational Monday series

May 2, 2021
The Daily Texan spoke with Marcos Flores about his Instagram TV Motivational Monday series, where he shares tips on gaining confidence and managing social anxiety.
Dance students address struggle, trauma, discrimination in Cohen New Works Festival

Dance students address struggle, trauma, discrimination in Cohen New Works Festival

April 23, 2021
The 2021 Cohen New Works Festival occurred April 12-16 and included works addressing discrimination, racial trauma and white supremacy, while also challenging dance traditions.
UT barista Stanley Sutton spreads positivity with acts of kindness

UT barista Stanley Sutton spreads positivity with acts of kindness

April 6, 2021

After a trip to the Union Coffee House, a student immediately alerts the Kinsolving GroupMe. She finally found the person a devoted group of residents had been on the lookout for — Stanley the barista. No,...

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UT-Austin students, staff reflect on their Mexican-American heritage with Charro Days holiday

March 5, 2021

With her braids swinging behind her, Vivian Gonzalez danced down the street in Brownsville, Texas, wearing her Charro Days outfit – a long red skirt decorated with lace ribbons.  “I...

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Latinx UT-Austin students share experiences with their small businesses

February 25, 2021

On Monday mornings, Desiree Morales stocks up on the products she needs to make her favorite candy treat for her customers. Her dulces enchilados are covered in as much chili powder as possible, giving...

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