Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

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

Zoe Tzanis, Life & Arts Editor

Zoe is a sophomore studying journalism and government and currently serving as the Life and Arts Editor. She previously worked as a desk editor during Fall 2021 and a general reporter during Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Zoe loves doing crossword puzzles, making crossword puzzles, talking about crossword puzzles and eating chocolate croissants. 

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Simone Browne showcases conversation between Black studies, surveillance in SXSW featured art program ‘Not Only Will I Stare’

Simone Browne showcases conversation between Black studies, surveillance in SXSW featured art program ‘Not Only Will I Stare’

March 23, 2022
African and African diaspora studies professor Simone Browne will showcase her self-curated exhibit, “Not Only Will I Stare,” at SXSW.
Eurovision’s Katerine Duska brings Athens to Austin stage

Eurovision’s Katerine Duska brings Athens to Austin stage

March 21, 2022
The Daily Texan sat down with Duska to talk about her Eurovision experience, latest EP and longtime SXSW dreams. 
An all-new Mickey returns to screens, embracing his symbolism, faults, enduring magic

An all-new Mickey returns to screens, embracing his symbolism, faults, enduring magic

March 19, 2022

Mickey, the nearly 100-year-old mouse, marches triumphantly back on-screen March 19 in the biographical documentary “Mickey: The Story of a Mouse,” which premiered at South by Southwest. The Disney+...

David Siev talks evolution of ‘Bad Axe,’ capturing intimate family moments, family’s restaurant 

David Siev talks evolution of ‘Bad Axe,’ capturing intimate family moments, family’s restaurant 

March 19, 2022

When David Siev moved from New York back to his hometown of Bad Axe, Michigan, and began filming his family and their efforts to maintain their family business, he had no idea this casual footage would...

‘Bad Axe’ offers intimate view of Asian-American family, their restaurant during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Bad Axe’ offers intimate view of Asian-American family, their restaurant during COVID-19 pandemic

March 17, 2022

Director David Siev invites audiences into his living room for an immersive non-fiction family drama about life, loss, love and triumph during the COVID-19 pandemic in “Bad Axe.” This intimate documentary...

SXSW ‘Standup Downtown Comedy Showcase’ offers hearty laughs, night of fun

SXSW ‘Standup Downtown Comedy Showcase’ offers hearty laughs, night of fun

March 16, 2022

Laughter is nature's best medicine but only when done well. SXSW’s 2022 comedy festival endeavors to do just that — showcase comics whose hysterical jokes put audiences at ease, healing their age-old...

‘Mickey: The Story of a Mouse’ director Jeff Malmberg talks Mickey’s magic, telling story of American icon

‘Mickey: The Story of a Mouse’ director Jeff Malmberg talks Mickey’s magic, telling story of American icon

March 12, 2022

After nearly 100 years in the business, Mickey Mouse returns to screens with his age-old charm and an all-new biographical narrative in the Disney+ documentary “Mickey: The Story of a Mouse.” Director...

Tat-Tuesday: Student shares significance of film-inspired designs

Tat-Tuesday: Student shares significance of film-inspired designs

January 25, 2022

Overshadowed by a geometric 1950s jungle gym, the silhouette of a man on a chain swing set tilts backward on Roberto Almaraz’s forearm.  A single black-and-white shot from his favorite film, “Ikiru,”...

Longhorn Feature Twirler Aidyn Mentry bakes for a cause

Longhorn Feature Twirler Aidyn Mentry bakes for a cause

January 25, 2022
UT's 34th Feature Twirler, Aidyn Mentry, performs for thousands on the Forty Acres, while simultaneously baking to support breast cancer research. She has donated over $40,000 to Susan G. Komen in the last 12 years.
Q&A: Alumna Angel Flores shares personal experience on Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’

Q&A: Alumna Angel Flores shares personal experience on Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’

January 25, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Jan. 21, 2022 flipbook. Barbell athlete and transgender activist Angel Flores made her television debut on season six of Netflix original “Queer Eye,”...

Students express delight, frustration with portrayal of Austin in Queer Eye

Students express delight, frustration with portrayal of Austin in ‘Queer Eye’

January 18, 2022

Rocking off the new year with life-changing makeovers, liberating haircuts and elaborate home renovations, the sixth season of “Queer Eye” premiered on Netflix on Dec. 31, offering fans a window into...

5 college-proof recipes for casual Friendsgiving get-togethers

5 college-proof recipes for casual Friendsgiving get-togethers

November 21, 2021

While for many, Thanksgiving elicits feelings of hunger, comfort and warmth, for others, the seemingly delicious holiday can serve as another opportunity for discomfort and family drama. Thankfully, Friendsgiving...

Ultimate Drag pizza review

Ultimate Drag pizza review

November 3, 2021

Hear that? While growls emanate from the baron bellies of hungry longhorns, The Daily Texan wishes to remind the masses: No one should deny themselves the most potent antidote, pizza.  Only steps off...

Hindered by humor, ‘Cinderella’ breaks ground with music focus and dismantled

Hindered by humor, ‘Cinderella’ breaks ground with music focus and dismantled

September 6, 2021

Pop artist Camila Cabello stars in the newest remake of “Cinderella,” which hit select theaters and Amazon Prime on Sept. 3. Directed by Kay Cannon, the film takes a jukebox musical approach to the...

The ultimate Austin doughnut review

The ultimate Austin doughnut review

August 31, 2021
The Daily Texan reviewed three of Austin’s go-to shops to help students with all of their doughnut endeavors. 
A student’s guide to avoiding COVID-19 infection and impact

A student’s guide to avoiding COVID-19 infection and impact

August 29, 2021

As UT eases back into in-person learning, campus floods with returning students causing many to fear a resurgence of COVID-19 cases within the UT community throughout the semester. With the help of...

Six spots for new Austin foodies

Six spots for new Austin foodies

August 25, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the August 23 flipbook. Despite our differences, three truths unite UT students, staff and alumni: We need food, we like food and when it comes...

Guide to study breaks, making most out of last weeks in Austin

Guide to study breaks, making most out of last weeks in Austin

May 5, 2021

Raking through old notes, rereading passages, doing math problems — studying for finals is tiring. But, there are still activities students can do to relax and enjoy themselves during these busy times.  When...

Q&A: Food reviewer, UT-Austin alumnus Anthony Matthews talks running @thehungrylonghorn account

Q&A: Food reviewer, UT-Austin alumnus Anthony Matthews talks running @thehungrylonghorn account

May 2, 2021
The Daily Texan spoke with UT alumnus Anthony Matthews, creator of @thehungrylonghorn Instagram account, about the art of restaurant critique and growing a food Instagram.
Students discuss increases in social anxiety, decreases in pandemic restrictions

Students discuss increases in social anxiety, decreases in pandemic restrictions

April 29, 2021

TW: Discussions of anxiety Kalisha Jones plans out her day strategically: She goes to lunch and dinner as late as possible to avoid the noise and crowded lines. She aims to get in and out as fast as...

Orange Bike Project offers students cheap alternatives to renting, fixing bikes

Orange Bike Project offers students cheap alternatives to renting, fixing bikes

April 14, 2021

While on her routine ride around Lady Bird Lake, Amelia Baumhart Leveille said her rental bike came to a grinding halt. It was a cyclist’s worst nightmare — a flat tire. When she got back to campus,...

UT-Austin students avoid social media, experience college life from atypical lense

UT-Austin students avoid social media, experience college life from atypical lense

April 8, 2021
Some UT students choose to stay off social media platforms for their mental wellbeing and to avoid misinformation.
Nonprofit Red Beans & Ricely Yours provides homemade food, comfort to those in need

Nonprofit Red Beans & Ricely Yours provides homemade food, comfort to those in need

March 31, 2021

It’s Saturday afternoon. The kitchen smells strongly of southern spices and sautéed onions. In stained aprons and bulky safety goggles, Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg spend hours prepping vegetables, cutting...

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UT-Austin freshman sells greeting cards for a cause

March 25, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 23 issue of The Daily Texan. Standing in the corner of an operating room in India in 2018, Anusha Dabak watched as her aunt administered anesthesia...

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Class of 2020 graduates move on after losing in-person commencement, say it’s too late now to celebrate

March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan.   After four years of hard work, UT 2020 alumna Brianna Rodriguez said she saw graduation as “the mountain...

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Professors share firsthand experience of winter storm

March 5, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 2 print edition. First, the power went out. Then the heat. Then the water. Wearing layers of clothes and huddled together...

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Students encourage sustainability with fun, celebratory angle

February 24, 2021

Standing in line at Kinsolving Dining, Michael Kobrosky and Isabel Carey watched with dismay as students piled one single-use container on another and then grabbed plastic water bottles, bags and utensils. “We...

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Rebecca Ugo: Writing the unwritten narrative

February 15, 2021

TW: sexual violence, child abuse Growing up in Scotland as a Nigerian immigrant, Rebecca Ugo always found solace in watching movies, but she never saw herself represented in the characters on screen.  Ugo...

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How to experience art, culture in a COVID-19 safe way on campus

February 12, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 9 print edition. COVID-19 regulations have largely kept students out of museums and art installations, leaving some without...

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Flying under the radar, night security coordinator oversees, protects, mentors UT students

February 10, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 5 online edition. In the middle of the night, Leo Filyk walks laps around the common spaces in Andrews dormitory. Hunched...

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MatchUT reunites old friends and fosters new connections

February 3, 2021

When the email from MatchUT arrived in her inbox, Abigail Castro felt hesitant.  The name inside could be anyone, she said. This could end up being incredibly embarrassing or it could change her...

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Stories of Austin highlight local business, push community engagement

November 30, 2020

At 3 a.m. one morning in late March, inspiration struck Rashu Jain. The math and finance junior rushed to her computer to email her hero, Brandon Stanton, creator of the well-known social media project,...

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UT-Austin students recall their memorable encounters with campus raccoons

November 18, 2020

A raccoon leaped from a nearby tree, landing on the third-floor terrace of Blanton Residence Hall. It paused momentarily, snarled and then quickly advanced to Katie McGhee and their group of friends, who...

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On-campus UT-Austin students debate whether exam prep at home will be productive

November 6, 2020

When Fariha Irfan arrived on campus a month after the first day of school, she felt no first-day jitters or excitement. She was full of regret.  After spending more than a month taking her classes...

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Virtual Free Speech Week explores new challenges of modern discourse

October 30, 2020

Every year, during the third week of October, institutions across the country celebrate Free Speech Week to raise awareness about the power of free speech and its role in American democracy.  With...

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FRI stream gives students new research opportunities despite online semester

October 21, 2020

Before social distancing and compulsive hand sanitizer use became a part of her daily routine, Lauren Breach spent her time walking around campus pushing a rickety cart of scientific equipment.  As...

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UT-Austin students face distractions, loud environments during online midterms

October 8, 2020

Before sitting down to take her exam, Emily Pearson taped a note on the outside of her door that read “I’m taking a midterm” with a frowning face, hoping her neighbors would notice.  Only...

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Resident assistants create sense of community virtually in era of social distancing

September 29, 2020

As Amerika Torres wakes up in her Jester East Residence Hall room and prepares for her online classes, she sends her residents a happy Monday text. “I hope you have an amazing week,” she types.  Behind...

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Coronavirus sets back UHD sustainability efforts

September 11, 2020

On her first day on campus, environmental advocate Zosia Sandweiss approached Kinsolving Dining and was met with trash cans filled with plastic foam boxes, piled on top of one another like Jenga blocks. Due...

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