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Billie Eilish releases poetic third studio album HIT ME HARD AND SOFT

Billie Eilish releases poetic third studio album HIT ME HARD AND SOFT

Tyler Pullum, Life and Arts Reporter June 9, 2024

For the better part of a decade, Billie Eilish worked to become one of the most recognizable forces in pop music. Through her collaborations with her brother and producer FINNEAS, the singer sold has more...

Tona Southards Naranjo, the mother of a former TDCJ inmate who passed away in prison due to heat, stands in front of the 85 to Stay Alive prison cell simulation outside the Harry Ransom Center on April 17, 2024.

‘85 to Stay Alive’ exhibit demonstrates importance of humane prison conditions

Tyler Pullum and Paisley Garza April 18, 2024

Content warning: This story contains mentions of death and inhumane treatment in prisons. When Tona Southards Naranjo’s son, Jon Southards, first went to prison, she didn’t understand the conditions...

A member of the Texas Immersive Institute acts as part of the interactive experience Elysian Heights on April 13, 2024.

La exposición ‘Elysian Heights’ de Texas Immersive aborda lo que significa ser miembro de la sociedad

Tyler Pullum and Hannel Suarez April 17, 2024

Nota del editor: este artículo se publicó por primera vez el 15 de abril por Tyler Pullum y fue traducido al español por Hannel Suarez. Del 11 al 13 de abril, Texas Immersive mostró los esfuerzos...

Madonna performs “This little light of mine” at the Moody Center on April 14, 2024.

Madonna stuns at first night of Moody Center double-header

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 16, 2024

“I'm about to share the story of my life with you,” Madonna said to her Moody Center audience on Sunday night. When Madonna last visited the Forty Acres nearly 40 years ago, the singer had only released...

A member of the Texas Immersive Institute acts as part of the interactive experience Elysian Heights on Saturday.

Texas Immersive ‘Elysian Heights’ Exhibition touches on what it means to be a member of society

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 15, 2024

From April 11-13, Texas Immersive showcased the collaborative efforts of over 30 students that came after a year of planning and development. The event was held at the dadaLab in East Austin and lasted...

President Jay Hartzell and songwriting Texas Ex Darden Smith laugh during a presidential song writing performance on April 10, 2024. The first-of its-kind event was held in the Cactus Cafe.

Hartzell hosts first-ever ‘Songwriting Party’ at Cactus Cafe

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 15, 2024

On April 10, UT President Jay Hartzell and in-residence songwriter Darden Smith hosted a Songwriting Party in the Cactus Cafe. UT officials and professors, community members and students enjoyed drinks...

J. Cole surprise drops album amidst ongoing rap beef with Kendrick Lamar

J. Cole surprise drops album amidst ongoing rap beef with Kendrick Lamar

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 8, 2024

Content warning: This article includes mention of transphobic language. Nearly three years after his last solo project dropped, rapper J. Cole released Might Delete Later through Cole World, Inc., and...

Student experiences working at CMT Awards

Student experiences working at CMT Awards

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 8, 2024

Last year, the Country Music Television Awards came to the live music capital of the world for the first time in its history. Due to the award show’s close relationship with the University, many students...

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Travis Scott y Michael Rubin hablan de fracaso y espíritu empresarial en el Auditorio Hogg

Tyler Pullum and Desiree Marquez April 6, 2024

Nota del editor: este artículo se publicó por primera vez el 5 de abril del 2024 por Tyler Pullum y fue traducido al español por Desiree Marquez. El rapero y empresario Travis Scott visitó la...

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Travis Scott, Michael Rubin talk failure, entrepreneurship at Hogg Auditorium

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 5, 2024

Rapper and entrepreneur Travis Scott visited the University on Thursday as a part of a three-stop college tour promoting his brand Cactus Jack’s new collaboration with multi-billion dollar merchandise...

Abbott Elementary showrunner Patrick Schumaker and UT professor Alisa Perren laugh Monday during an interview panel at the Moody College of Communication.

Q&A: RTF alum on creation of show ‘Abbott Elementary’

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 3, 2024

As one of the biggest shows on television, “Abbott Elementary” has racked up endless critical acclaim and millions of fans. Following a conversation with RTF professor Dr. Alisa Perren, executive producer...

“COWBOY CARTER” further extends Beyonce’s legacy of musical greatness

“COWBOY CARTER” further extends Beyonce’s legacy of musical greatness

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter April 1, 2024

With over 200 million records sold as a soloist, nine Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers and more than two dozen Grammy’s under her belt, Beyoncé’s musical legacy extends to country music with Cowboy...

Texas alum goes Hollywood with ‘The Girls on the Bus’

Texas alum goes Hollywood with ‘The Girls on the Bus’

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 28, 2024

When Amy Chozick started her career, she left for New York City with no money — only a stack of newspaper clippings. Fast forward several decades, Chozick achieved a respected career in journalism as...

Muslim students on ways UT, community can support them during, after Ramadan

Muslim students on ways UT, community can support them during, after Ramadan

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 21, 2024

As the holiest month of the year, participation in Ramadan serves as one of the key pillars of Islam. From sunrise to sunset, Muslims abstain from consuming food and water in order to build self-discipline...

People gather at the Nueces Mosque, preparing to break their fast on Monday. Their fast is broken with dates and water, a common practice among Muslims.

Muslim students share perspectives on Ramadan

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 21, 2024

Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, marks a time of year when over 1 billion Muslims worldwide practice fasting from sunrise to sunset to strengthen their self-discipline and relationship...

From left to right, Executive Producer Jeremy O. Harris, Director Olmo Schnabel and Lead Darío Yazeb Bernal pose for a portrait on 2nd Street in downtown Austin on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. “Pet Shop Days” is Schnabel’s directorial debut and Yazeb Bernal’s first American movie.

‘Pet Shop Days’ cast, crew on importance of community

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 17, 2024

Olmo Schnabel’s directorial feature “Pet Shop Days,” a film recently obtained by Utopia for distribution, had its Texas premiere at SXSW this week. What started as an idea penned during an School...

From Bulgaria to Brooklyn, ‘The Black Sea’ navigates treacherous waters of experimental filmmaking

From Bulgaria to Brooklyn, ‘The Black Sea’ navigates treacherous waters of experimental filmmaking

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life & Arts Reporter March 12, 2024

From the opening sequence of Crystal Moselle and Derrick B. Harden’s “The Black Sea,” the film introduces the audience to Harden’s character Khalid, a charismatic man from New York who quits his...

Luvella, represented by UTs record label UTalent Records, performs at Antones Nightclub for the UT Student Showcase on Friday. She performed her soon to be released single, Forevers in a Moment,  for the first time live.

Student Artists take on SXSW at UT’s Hook ‘Em House

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 11, 2024

Austin is known for its incredibly diverse and lively music scene, and students at UT remain essential to the local music economy. Because of the city’s fantastic music scene, many former students have...

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‘The Black Sea’ navigates ‘cinematic freestyling’ through experimental film set in Bulgaria

Tyler Pullum, SeniorLife &Arts Reporter March 11, 2024

When Derrick B. Harden first traveled to Bulgaria, he didn’t set out to make a movie about his experience. But, over the course of his time in the eastern European country, he got together with co-director...

The Longhorn Band marches down Decatur St. in New Orleans on Dec. 31, 2023.

Freshmen band members look forward to UT SXSW Parade

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 8, 2024

The Longhorn Band stands as one of the most recognizable organizations on campus. Their triumphant presence at football games and other local events led some to call them the soundtrack of the University,...

Camp Texas Counselors (from left to right) Mateen Lindsay, Nina Alvarez and Saúl Compean stand for a portrait in front of a bronze Bevo statue at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on Friday, March 1, 2024.

El campamento Texas cierra la brecha entre la escuela secundaria y UT

Tyler Pullum and Maria Fernanda Castro March 6, 2024

Nota del editor: este artículo se publicó por primera vez el 3 de marzo por Tyler Pullum y fue traducido al español por Maria Fernanda Castro. Para los estudiantes de primer año entrantes, la...

Faye Webster shares new record, ‘Underdressed at the Symphony’

Faye Webster shares new record, ‘Underdressed at the Symphony’

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 6, 2024

Three years after her previous record, I Know I'm Funny Haha, Faye Webster reintroduces herself to a growing fanbase with her fifth album, Underdressed at the Symphony, which was released on Friday. Known...

Camp Texas Counselors (from left to right) Mateen Lindsay, Nina Alvarez and Saúl Compean stand for a portrait in front of a bronze Bevo statue at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on Friday, March 1, 2024.

Camp Texas bridges gap between high school, UT

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter March 3, 2024

For incoming freshmen, the experience of being on the Forty Acres for the first time marks a memory most will never forget. For many, finding community proves difficult, but one Texas Exes-sponsored program...

UT Scholarships with spring 2024 application deadlines

UT Scholarships with spring 2024 application deadlines

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter February 28, 2024

For many students, finding scholarships proves to be a daunting task. Most scholarships include strict requirements that narrow an ever-growing pool of applicants. Luckily, the UT community provides countless...

Student-based literacy organization seeks to transform Austin schools

Student-based literacy organization seeks to transform Austin schools

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter February 23, 2024

From queer literacy events at the Austin Public Library to organizing relief funds for families experiencing homelessness due to a fire, UT’s Students Expanding Austin Literacy helps young kids throughout...

UT New Theatre Festival highlights collaboration between graduate, undergraduate programs

UT New Theatre Festival highlights collaboration between graduate, undergraduate programs

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter February 22, 2024

Participating in a theater production requires an “all hands on deck” approach, and UT Theatre and Dance takes this concept to a new level. Every year, the department hosts the UT New Theatre (UTNT)...

Theatre and Dance junior Jacob Zamarripa stands for a portrait outside of F. Loren Winship Drama Building on Tuesday.

Texas sophomore wins BroadwayWorld Houston Award for best lighting

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter February 9, 2024

The theater community offers a chance to develop young artists’ skills and talents while building a sense of belonging. Often, when people think about theatrical productions, the actors tend to come...

Usher Albums, Ranked

Usher Albums, Ranked

Tyler Pullum, General Life&Arts Reporter February 8, 2024

As one of the defining artists of the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Usher’s catalog spans eight studio albums and over 80 singles, cultivating the R&B sound dominating the Y2K era. As Usher prepares...

Coming of age films with Mexican heritage

Coming of age films with Mexican heritage

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter January 21, 2024

The journey from adolescence to adulthood serves as one of the most complex and challenging periods of one’s life. For many, looking to media representations of stories that reflect their lives and experiences...

How to have an ‘academic comeback’ this semester

How to have an ‘academic comeback’ this semester

Tyler Pullum, Senior Life&Arts Reporter January 16, 2024

As students head back to campus, some may wonder how they can improve their grades and work ethic this semester. Some might suggest new study spaces or music to improve their focus. To help students seeking...

The Texan Recap: Texas NPHC’s Hump Night

Jack Lewellyn and Tyler Pullum November 22, 2023

Editor's note: This podcast was originally uploaded on November 20, 2023.  In this episode of The Texan Recap, Audio Producer Jack Lewellyn chats about Texas National Pan-Hellenic Council's biannual...

Two members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority stroll at Hump Night on Nov. 15.

Black Greek Letter organizations foster connection at biannual Hump Night

Tyler Pullum, General Life&Arts Reporter November 16, 2023

For many Black students, the college experience involves the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and, at UT, the story remains no different. With such a small population of Black students on campus, Texas NPHC...

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On-campus observatories connect students, Austin to the stars, each other

Tyler Pullum, General Life&Arts Reporter November 9, 2023

When people think of UT’s observatories and telescopes, they generally think of the McDonald Observatory in West Texas. However, UT boasts two on-campus facilities as well, each dedicated to weekly public...

Best study spots around campus

Best study spots around campus

Tyler Pullum, General Life&Arts Reporter October 19, 2023

As students settle into midterm season, many find themselves needing new study spaces to keep focused and out of their dorm or apartment. The recent addition of new buildings and renovations to old ones...

The Sassy Man Apocalypse is in Full Swing on Drake’s For All the Dogs

The Sassy Man Apocalypse is in Full Swing on Drake’s For All the Dogs

Tyler Pullum, General Life&Arts Reporter October 8, 2023

Ever since Drake released Her Loss with collaborator 21 Savage in November of last year, fans speculated when he would release his next solo record. Several hints about the project dropped throughout the...

ACL 2023 headliners playlist

ACL 2023 headliners playlist

Minza Mirza and Tyler Pullum October 3, 2023

This year’s ACL lineup consists of a wide-ranging group of artists from genres such as alternative folk to electronic R&B. The eclectic nature of ACL can seem exciting yet daunting. Which stage deserves...

Students with UTalent Records share their hopes for the new year

Students with UTalent Records share their hopes for the new year

Tyler Pullum, General Life&Arts Reporter October 1, 2023

In a city like Austin, with endless creative avenues, college offers fresh experiences and opportunities. For freshmen Luis Hernandez and Sanni Sari, pursuing music with UTalent Records, a student-run...

Every Beyoncé album ranked

Every Beyoncé album ranked

Tyler Pullum, General Life&Arts Reporter September 24, 2023

Beyoncé reigns as one of the most respected artists in the music industry after nearly 30 years of performing, cultivating some of the era’s biggest hits, from sultry R&B to house and disco. As...

Doja Cat aims for new sound with “Scarlet”

Doja Cat aims for new sound with “Scarlet”

Tyler Pullum, General Life&Arts Reporter September 24, 2023

In her much-anticipated fourth studio album, "Scarlet," released Friday, Doja Cat, versatile as ever, ventures into uncharted musical territory, marking a departure from her previous works. Following a...

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