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‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ is as polarizing as it is fun for UT students
July 8, 2019
Fans of the cult favorite Harry Potter series were gifted their own augmented reality mobile game on June 21. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite provokes strong reactions from both fans and former fans of the franchise due to the controversy surrounding author J.K. Rowling.
What incoming freshmen need to consider about orientation
June 10, 2019
Heading off to college is the subject of Hollywood films, Broadway musicals and even a song or two. This week, however, it’s real life for incoming UT freshmen at their orientation.
Chris Morris brings dark humor back to the big screen with 'The Day Shall Come'
March 15, 2019
“The Day Shall Come” is a fast-paced thriller with rapid-fire jokes.
‘Knock Down The House’ tells Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s story, other’s meteoric success
March 13, 2019
In 2016, after the Presidential election, many were looking for a story of hope and inspiration. Director Rachel Lears found that hope and inspiration in the insurgents who began campaigning for the next election as a response to the results of the previous one. “Knock Down The House” follows four such insurgents, running grassroots campaigns to represent the working class in House of Representatives and Senate.
HBO’s ‘Running With Beto’ is engaging documentary with unique access
March 11, 2019
In the 2018 midterm elections, one Texan gained supreme star power by campaigning in all of the state’s 254 counties and understanding social media.
Woody Harrelson, Kevin Costner make perfect pair in “The Highwaymen”
March 10, 2019
The shootout scene was filmed in the original location where Bonnie and Clyde met their grisly end.
Anna Akana and Lynn Chen manufacture joy in ‘Go Back to China’
March 10, 2019
Emily Ting’s semi-autobiographical film “Go Back to China” is a smart comedy that tackles, with a dry wit, real issues of factory labor in China and the difficulty of finding a job in America.
“I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter” shows Erin Lee Carr has serious documentary chops
March 9, 2019
The case of Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter could very well set a precedent for how laws can be interpreted in the smartphone era.
Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s “What We Do In The Shadows” is worth the five-year wait
March 9, 2019
Bite-sized comedy fans of the original film will want to sink their teeth into this.
Jordan Peele further cements himself as a master of horror with 'Us'
March 8, 2019
Those who thought “Get Out” was as dark as Jordan Peele’s rabbit hole could go are certainly mistaken.
Hulu ‘Fyre Fraud’ documentary demonstrates how easy it is to be scammed on social media
January 22, 2019
Although Billy McFarland has received most of the blame for the failure of Fyre Fest, his partner in crime Ja Rule has remained unimplicated.
Fyre Fest to fireball: Netflix documentary tackles festival creator’s wire fraud
January 21, 2019
The Fyre Fest debacle of 2017 is one of the most publicized cases of wire fraud in modern history. Marketed by influencers and models, the music festival promised a luxury private island experience with celebrities.
Austin Design Week to provide cost effective learning opportunities for students
October 28, 2018
Austin Design Week runs from Nov. 5 to Nov. 9 and includes 100 free talks, studio tours and workshops celebrating Austin’s creative community of designers and engineers. Danielle Barnes is one of Austin Design Week’s three founders and currently the CEO of Women Talk Design. The Daily Texan had an opportunity to chat with her in anticipation of the event.
Texas Book Festival 2018: Nonbinary author Sandy Allen talks about featured work
October 23, 2018
Allen's book, “A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story About Schizophrenia,” tells the story of their Uncle Bob’s being schizophrenic in America.
5 ways to prevent burning popcorn and getting buildings evacuated
October 18, 2018
Popcorn is a notoriously easy snack to make, but it can pose a certain challenge to some and may trigger a smoke detector or two. Here’s five helpful tips to prevent an entire facility evacuation.
Season 2 of ‘Big Mouth’ takes humorous approach to childhood mental development
October 9, 2018
Ever wondered what a monster with a permanently flaccid penis for a nose looks like? “Big Mouth” is here to satisfy that curiosity.
Top 5 Austin City Limits food vendors to satisfy your festival munchies
October 4, 2018
Austin City Limits may be known as a showcase of good musicians, but the vendors featured in the festival are some of the best local eateries. Ranging from ice cream and popsicles to two different pizza sellers, the variety of food vendors can be overwhelming and even confusing.
‘Lessons From Dunblane: Notes from a School Shooting’ teaches a teary lesson in gun violence
October 2, 2018
“Lessons From Dunblane: Notes from a School Shooting” premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and earned the title of Best Short Film.
Netflix welcomes comedy pro with ‘Norm MacDonald Has a Show’
September 25, 2018
Although this is not MacDonald’s first venture into the talk show genre, “Norm MacDonald Has a Show” is distinctly different from his most recent projects.
UT alumni share tips for starting student-run businesses
September 25, 2018
Joshua and Luke Gall are the co-founders of Ultimate Drill Book, which began when they saw a need for updated methods of creating marching drill.
Moody College of Communication opens extra section of closed course at students’ urging
September 20, 2018
Radio-television-film senior Rajinee Buquing needed to take the introductory cinematography course before graduating. There was just a small problem — there was only one section of the class. It was full.
BoJack Horseman maintains relevancy with #MeToo and asexuality
September 16, 2018
The legacy of intelligent, socially conscious comedy lives on in the fifth season of Netflix Original “BoJack Horseman.”
‘Atypical’ captures autistic experience but lacks diverse perspectives
September 10, 2018
As a person with autism, “Atypical” struck a chord with me, although not in a totally good way.
Living through the gap: When scholarships are not enough
September 6, 2018
Christina Lopez, an English and international relations and global studies junior, received a scholarship from the Liberal Arts Honors Program to help cover tuition costs. She will not receive the funds until over a month after tuition was due in August. Lopez said she has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship to be split between two semesters this school year. Without a timely tuition payment, students can’t be sure their classes are secured for the semester.
Dupes will keep you from being Naked as discontinuation leaves store shelves bare
September 3, 2018
Urban Decay shook the makeup world with the release of their original Naked 12-pan eyeshadow palette in 2010. After releasing nine more, Urban Decay rocked the makeup industry once again, announcing on Aug. 23 that the monolithic Naked palette would be discontinued.
5 simple dorm meals for when you’re too lazy to walk to J2
August 30, 2018
Each year, college students across the nation leave the luxury of home-cooked meals behind and venture into a life of finding sustenance in the cafeteria or dorm microwave. After leaving the nest, a first foray into self-sufficiency for many young adults is cooking, a seemingly daunting process when living in a dorm room where hot plates are not allowed. Here are five simple five-minute meals to make when the dining hall is just too far away.
Netflix original ‘The Innocents’ is a not-so-innocent look at love from the edge of a cliff
August 29, 2018
Despite performance issues by Sorcha Groundsell and Percelle Ascott, the series isn’t a complete waste of your time.
How the zodiac signs will handle their first day of classes
August 28, 2018
It is the first day of a new semester, and depending on your birthday, you may be ready to take the day head-on or forego academic pursuits in favor of a good Netflix binge.
To all the teen films I’ve watched before, you’ve met your match
August 26, 2018
In the digital era, the handwritten letter is a dying breed of communication. However, in the Netflix original movie, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” the handwritten letter is the accidental catalyst to one of the best love stories told on screen this decade.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations stray from holiday’s original roots
May 4, 2018
To provide some clarity for those who are not clear on the intricacies of Cinco de Mayo, The Daily Texan spoke with faculty experts and students who personally celebrate the holiday.
'Candy Jar' is a sweet treat during sour times
April 30, 2018
Ben Shelton’s Netflix Original “Candy Jar” is a sweet addition to the teen film genre, a fanciful examination of the modern education system and its effect on the social adjustment of its students.
4 tips to survive finals and kick your fears to the curb
April 29, 2018
Students can avoid last minute cramming and anxiety by meeting with a Sanger learning specialist to discuss their study habits, or their professor to discuss their performance on past exams.
Review: Stoners and students alike will love 'Dude'
April 26, 2018
In the Netflix Original film, “Dude,” writer and director Olivia Milch explores life after high school through a haze of pot smoke.
Alchemy displays magic of musical performance for longhorns
April 23, 2018
Longhorns joined one another this past Friday in the dark comfort of the Texas Union Theater to share in a bright, colorful experience which shed light on the magic of music in the lives of their peers.
Buzz on Austin bees, how UT students can do their part in conservation
April 18, 2018
The buzz on Austin bees suggests the city is better able to serve local populations due to prevalent beekeeping culture and awareness.
Thinkery21’s ‘Sounds and Sips’ is an out-of-the-box approach to exploration for adults
April 10, 2018
The Austin Children’s Museum is giving adults an opportunity to explore the physicality of sound, with a little booze thrown in for kicks.
Anyone would be fortunate to watch 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'
April 10, 2018
In the second season of Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” showrunner Barry Sonnenfeld continues to expertly adapt Lemony Snicket’s convoluted tale of the Baudelaire children.
Revival Coffee serves beverages with a side of community benefit
April 8, 2018
Now under new ownership, the former Vintage Heart Cafe has found life as Revival Coffee.
Food fight: Austin's food trucks trail behind Houston’s
April 3, 2018
Despite the fervor surrounding the food trucks and trailers lining city streets and filling lots, Austin’s food trucks rank behind Houston’s, according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
'Santa Clarita Diet' season 2 is a literal bloodbath
March 27, 2018
The latest season of Victor Fresco’s Netflix Original, “Santa Clarita Diet,” is a gory exploration of sitcoms, zombie cinema and a family holding together through difficult circumstances — and is bloodier than the last.
Austin residents look back at Aqua Fest with fondness, suggest new outlook for future festivals
March 27, 2018
On the shores of what is now Lady Bird Lake, the Austin Aqua Festival ushered in a tradition of large Austin festivals which lives on today.
A love letter to its genre, “Blood Fest” lives up to its name
March 18, 2018
The film is as bloody as its name suggests, with over 40 gallons of fake blood used to create massive carnage.
“1985” a black and white AIDS crisis story told in shades of gray
March 18, 2018
Yen Tan’s film “1985” bends the rules of modern filmmaking with no color and long stationary shots.
“More Human Than Human” misses the mark of its premise, presenting a harsh future with AI
March 16, 2018
“More Human Than Human” spends too much time reiterating what people have already said about AI, and offers little new information to its viewers.
“Most Likely to Murder” takes a chance with an unlikeable protagonist and unthinkable plot
March 16, 2018
Former king of Valley Spring high school is solving a small town murder… or is he?
“The Unicorn” brings zest and humor back to discussions of sex and consent
March 16, 2018
So a couple walks into a bar… and walks out with a mystical alchemist, who drives them to a male stripper and an escort.
Netflix documentary begs thought before ADHD sufferers “Take Your Pills”
March 16, 2018
The documentary narrative is aided by animation to describe the feeling of being high on adderall.
“You Can Choose Your Family” leaves Gaffigan reaching for jokes
March 16, 2018
While Gaffigan’s performance leaves something to be desired, Lakin and Bailey have not exactly given him the best material to work with.
“Vaudeville: Immigrants Get the Job Done” brings 20th-century art to 21st-century space
March 7, 2018
“Vaudeville: Immigrants Get the Job Done” will feature a magician, singers, dancers and comedy sketches.
SXSW directorial debuts to watch out for
March 7, 2018
While there are many South by Southwest alumni returning to share their latest films, the festival presents an opportunity for new and unknown directors to make their debuts to large audiences.
First three episodes of 'The Looming Tower' explores American intelligence actions leading up to 9/11
March 6, 2018
In their latest Hulu Original, “The Looming Tower,” creators Dan Futterman, Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright portray the impact of a late 90s rivalry between the CIA and FBI on United States national security, 9/11 and the war in Iraq in the early 2000s.
SXSW presents opportunities for women-led startups to learn and grow
March 5, 2018
Here are The Daily Texan’s top SXSW speaking and networking events for women-led startups.
'Ugly Delicious' tells a beautiful story about culture through food and friendship
February 26, 2018
Taking common foods and tracing them through their popular and traditional culture, David Chang’s Netflix Original “Ugly Delicious” serves up an introspective, visual conversation that focuses on the role of food as a force for change.
Q&A: Animation sensation Ron Campbell discusses his work on “Yellow Submarine,” inspirations and future endeavors
February 22, 2018
Ron Campbell spoke with the Texan in preview of an exhibition of his art Feb. 23-25 in Austin, where he will be demonstrating his skills and selling his work to benefit charity.
“Everything Sucks!” fails to live up to its name, delivers on laughs
February 19, 2018
"Everything Sucks!" provides a worthwhile watch for its comedy and character development.
‘Wazir of Oz’ enchants and ensnares with a new twist on a classic tale
February 18, 2018
Alumna Susan Gayle Todd is bringing the bedtime stories her husband told their children to life on stage. Written by Todd, “The Wazir of Oz” takes the classic narrative of “The Wizard of Oz,” and gives the production a Bollywood spin.
Coach Snoop takes to the gridiron in new Netflix Original
February 14, 2018
Directed by William J. Saunders and Rory Kaupf and written by Kaupf, Netflix Original “Coach Snoop” offers a rare picture of iconic rapper Snoop Dogg in a drug and alcohol-free environment where he uses his wealth and influence to improve the lives of members in his youth football league in an engaging and realistic manner.
Rhino horns won’t make you horny this Valentine’s, but a nice box of chocolates might
February 13, 2018
Foods such as strawberries and chocolate might be innocent separately, but together on a Valentine’s night, they might evolve from more a tasty treat to a potential aphrodisiac.
'On Body and Soul' by Ildiko Enyedi captures human hunt for companionship
February 8, 2018
“On Body and Soul” is the kind of mystical romance drama you won’t find in American theaters, mostly because it is of Hungarian origin.
UT Austin art students roll in the dough for new exhibition
February 5, 2018
With softly milled flour sifting through their fingers, two art students spread the white powder across the concrete floor of UT’s Visual Arts Center.
Students see more inclusive future in new LGBTQ studies minor program
January 31, 2018
Many students were not actually aware of the LGBTQ Studies Program until days after its launch. In fact, many more students weren’t even aware of its predecessor, a certificate-only program established in the fall of 2017.
'Wanders of the Night' traces path to inspiration
January 31, 2018
“Wanders of the Night” is a 136-page collection of poetry, written by sociology sophomore Keilah Granados and inspired by her own experiences. The book is published under her pseudonym, Keilah Belen, and features an ironic image of the night sky on its cover.
'The End of the F***ing World' sheds a dark light on teenage strife
January 26, 2018
A bloody coming-of-age story for the next generation of moody, intolerable psychopaths, “The End of the F***ing World” is funny, honest and graphic.
Third Thursdays open window into world of Blanton
January 21, 2018
Despite the association of Austinites with art culture, art museums remain inaccessible to disadvantaged residents. To preserve the city’s artsy reputation, the Blanton Museum of Art maintains free admission every Thursday and extends its hours to 9 p.m. every third Thursday of the month.
Review: 'Bright' turns dull in attempt to discuss race politics
January 17, 2018
Director David Ayer’s Netflix Original “Bright” presents racism in a magical world where mythical creatures and humans coexist.
Days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Carver Museum celebrates Civil Rights leader’s legacy
January 15, 2018
Last Friday, Movetia Salter watched “Selma” for the first time in the theater of the George Washington Carver Museum and Genealogical Center.
BizNetwork creates new opportunity for international business
December 11, 2017
The McCombs School of Business hopes to connect current students and alumni from across the world with their newest project, Longhorn Global BizNetwork.
Students seek guidance to make campus inhospitable for white supremacy
December 6, 2017
A diverse room of students discussed on Wednesday afternoon how to make college campuses inhospitable to white supremacy with George Ciccariello-Maher, associate professor of global studies and modern languages at Drexel University.
McCombs relaunches Center for Enterprise Policy and Analytics, entertains economic revolution
December 4, 2017
The Center for Enterprise Policy and Analytics, previously housed by the Office of the President and acquired by the McCombs School of Business, hosted its inaugural event and relaunch of the center on Friday.
UT researchers talk equity and social justice in STEM education
November 19, 2017
STEM education is not truly fair for young black children, said Fikile Nxumalo, an assistant professor in the department of curriculum and instruction, during a Friday presentation about findings of institutional bias against black children in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
UT panel discusses freedom of speech on campuses
November 16, 2017
A contentious debate on the difference between protected and unprotected speech brought over 100 students and faculty to discuss and hear arguments from all sides of an ongoing national conversation.
Indoor pollution is greater concern than initially thought
November 12, 2017
Even in their daycares, children are not safe from the detrimental health effects of indoor pollution, said Jules Elkins, a College of Liberal Arts lecturer, on Friday.
Budd Innocence Center celebrates opening after receiving endowment
November 9, 2017
Students, faculty and members of the public met on Wednesday evening in the UT School of Law to celebrate the opening of the Budd Innocence Center, a program within the school dedicated to overturning wrongful convictions.
Lululemon executives talk work experience and opportunities in panel
November 5, 2017
Lululemon executives discussed career advice and the apparel industry on Friday during a panel facilitated by the Division of Textiles and Apparel.
Venture firm founder Eric Tarczynski shares experience with students
November 1, 2017
Students with an entrepreneurial streak found themselves sitting around a coffee table on Wednesday evening in the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency Co-Lab for an intimate discussion with Eric Tarczynski, founder of venture fund Contrary Capital.
UT professor talks nightmare peacocks and human mating behavior in new book
October 30, 2017
The mating habits of the animal kingdom really aren’t so different than what we see at UT, said evolutionary psychologist David Buss during a Friday lecture.
Jefferson Davis statue to stand alone in Briscoe Center
October 26, 2017
Confederate statues removed from South Mall over the summer will not join the Jefferson Davis statue in the Briscoe Center for American History said Ben Wright, associate director for communications, in a panel discussion on Wednesday evening.
Free speech panel explores reach on college campuses
October 22, 2017
The line between hate speech and protected speech often gets blurred, said professors, students and alumni in a panel concerning the reach of free speech on campus.
Rutgers University professor speaks about North Korea
October 15, 2017
Not everything is as it seems when it comes to North Korea, said Suzy Kim, an associate professor of Korean history at Rutgers University.
Dan Rather returns to UT in second lecture of the year
October 12, 2017
The second-floor auditorium of the Belo Center for New Media fell silent as former CBS anchor Dan Rather took the stage to discuss his journalistic career Wednesday night.
Performance and citizenship intersect in Shakespeare and Za'atari
October 5, 2017
In the Syrian refugee camp Za’atari, children were performing Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and painting murals as an escape from the Syrian Civil War, said Bart Pitchford, theatre and dance graduate student, during a Wednesday lecture for the Life Science Library’s “Research + Pizza” series.
Public health workers concerned about efficacy, impacting disaster response and relief
October 2, 2017
Health care workers are reluctant to come to work during a disaster because they doubt their effectiveness in recovery and response efforts, said Johns Hopkins University professor Daniel J. Barnett in a lecture on Friday.
Award-winning poet gives students something to write home about
September 10, 2017
Alumnus Roger Reeves has returned to campus as an associate poetry writing professor. His poetry has appeared in publications such as the Boston Review, Poetry and Tin House.