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Two UT teams make it to finals in national Walt Disney design contest

Trent Thompson February 5, 2019

Two teams from The University of Texas at Austin fly out today to compete in the final round of this year’s Walt Disney’s Imagineering Imaginations Design Contest. This year, teams were required...

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Global film screening event highlights significance of Holocaust education

Trent Thompson January 29, 2019

Nearly 100 people of all ages gathered in somber remembrance at the Avaya Auditorium in the Peter O’Donnell Jr. building to watch “Who Will Write Our History,” a dramatized documentary...


Netflix brings serial killer Ted Bundy back to life in mediocre docuseries

Trent Thompson January 28, 2019

Not all heroes wear capes and not all murderers look like monsters — a theme beaten to death in “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” a Netflix docuseries released last...

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Netflix’s first Oscar-nominated film ‘Roma’ is cinematic masterpiece

Trent Thompson January 24, 2019

Oscar-winning director of “Gravity” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” Alfonso Cuarón could score 10 more awards with his latest film, the Netflix original “Roma.” “Roma”...

Ashley Huhn Q&A courtesy of NBC-Vivian Zink

Q&A: UT alumna discusses experience on NBC athletic game show ‘Titan Games’

Trent Thompson January 24, 2019

UT sociology alumna Ashley Huhn (‘12) takes the bull by the horns competing in NBC’s new show “Titan Games,” inspired and hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Everyday...


UT Theatre and Dance perform politically challenging dystopian play ‘Wellesley Girl’

Trent Thompson May 2, 2018

It’s an awful moment when you have to choose between two equally horrible solutions to resolve an even more horrible problem. In “Wellesley Girl,” this responsibility unhappily falls...


Senior design exhibition ‘Catalyst’ encourages conversations for change

Trent Thompson April 26, 2018

Senior design students hang up their projects on the walls in “Catalyst,” an exhibit at UT’s Visual Arts Center designed to evoke pause for thought and a greater understanding of the...


‘The Simpsons’ addresses a decade old controversy with Apu character

Trent Thompson April 19, 2018

The walls of white washing and stereotypes that TV and film built tower quite high. As the levels of accountability of misrepresenting ethnic groups in the media has increased, content creators have become...


Review: ‘6 Balloons’ tells a believable story of the chaotic consequences of heroin addiction

Trent Thompson April 12, 2018

Because stars Abbi Jacobson and Dave Franco usual work in comedy, you may expect “6 Balloons” to cause some laughs —  however, no one is laughing at this serious depiction of heroin...


Students reflect on complex racial experiences

Trent Thompson April 6, 2018

Theatre sophomore Savanna Cole said she was boarding the bus to go home when she noticed an antsy white woman shifting nervously at the sight of her. Cole and the woman took their seats, and the woman...

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‘Game Over, Man!’ is another flick swept into Netflix’s trash heap

Trent Thompson March 26, 2018

Instead of watching all 101 minutes of “Game Over, Man!,” just stick to the two-and-a-half-minute trailer. From the creators of “Workaholics,” “Game Over, Man!”...


Hook ‘em Arts promotes fine arts as an integral part of the college experience

Trent Thompson March 22, 2018

Every Monday in The Loft of Bass Concert Hall, a passionate group of students gather as Hook ‘em Arts to promote and connect students to Texas Performing Arts. Regardless of a student’s field...


Conference speakers you won’t want to miss at this years SXSW

Trent Thompson March 7, 2018

There is not one category of content at South by Southwest that doesn’t induce sensory overload. Like any other part of the festival, SXSW’s speaker conference is enough to make any attendee...


The Peterson Brothers take their soulful performances around the country

Trent Thompson March 7, 2018

From blues to rock, country and jazz, there is no genre that hasn’t made its home in Austin. As a part of the “Live Music Capital of the World,” brothers Glenn and Alex Peterson have...

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Drowning in midterm stress? Here are five shows that can ease the pain

Trent Thompson February 27, 2018

In two weeks, many will bask in springtime sun rays while many others will be swallowed up by their bed sheets, self-inducing into a week-long coma. With spring break right around the corner comes the...


UT Theatre and Dance challenges its audience with ‘Enron’ and its all-women and non-binary cast

Trent Thompson February 20, 2018

“Enron” tells a familiar story of one of the biggest financial scandals in history, but UT Theatre and Dance brings a unique twist to the tale with an inventive cast of all women and non-binary...

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‘Altered Carbon’ is powerful, unique science fiction thriller

Trent Thompson February 12, 2018

Unique storytelling is hard to come by in the 21st century as studios rely more on the same money-making tropes rather than sticking their necks out for original content. But the rich fictional universe...

Music education adapts to technology and a competitive job market

Trent Thompson February 5, 2018

It’s not hard to see that music education may be waning. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, music teaching jobs are growing at 6 percent with a median annual salary of $50,110. However,...

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