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pages from the 2010 cactus yearbook pages designed using adobe indesign cs3 and cs4 while serving as editor-in-chief the following pages are from the academics section of cactus and cover studying on campus, getting to class, and an event hosted by the counseling and mental health center


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ome enjoy curling up on an overstuffed couch with a steaming cup of coffee to crack open a daunting biology textbook. Others sit in straight-backed chairs to force their eyelids open as they pour over pages of government policy. Whether you like studying in absolute silence or amid the bustle of conversation, outdoors or indoors, you are sure to find your place among the many study enclaves on UT’s sprawling campus. One of the most popular and largest study locations for students is the Perry-Castañeda Library, more commonly known as the PCL. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a student who hasn’t studied in this library at least once during their time at UT. No matter what your studying disposition may be, the PCL is big enough to suit your needs. An expansive collaborative-study room of tables, couches and enclosed areas for group meetings is located on the ground floor. Here students can freely converse with one another in an environment that is relaxed, yet still quiet enough to get work done. For those who prefer a study area with even less noise, the upper floors have rows of desks where students can bury themselves away. As time passes, many students wander beyond the realm of the PCL to discover more obscure study locations such as the Life Science Library, located at the heart of campus on the second floor of the Main Building of the Tower, or the Architecture and Planning Library in Battle Hall, across from the Flawn Academic Center. Finely furnished with long wooden tables and beautiful decorations, these libraries provide a more structured study environment. The atmosphere is distraction-free and almost deadly silent, a benefit for those who need the quiet to focus. However if hear-a-pin-drop silence does not appeal to you, the Union is another place many students cite as a favorite study location. The third floor has an incredibly relaxed atmosphere with an entire hallway of sofas. Walking through the area late at night it is rare not to see students curled up asleep in one of these oversized chairs with books slumped in their laps. The Union also has many individual rooms that can often be used for group meetings. So whether you like voicing ideas aloud to friends as you review notes or you enjoy gluing your eyes to the pages of mathematical problems in silence, there is a perfect study location for you on the Forty Acres. story by Andie Salazar

outside the quite zone of the PerryCastaneda Library is where sophomore Mary Grace Hebert enjoys reading, but many students enjoy the quite rooms in the PCL. photo by Ben Briones

the more comfortable the chair, the better the studying for many students in the Fine arts library, which makes a productive comfort zone for concentrating. photo by Monica Ek finding a new place on campus

helps senior Ivan Hendrata study for his Roman Empire Classical class for the first time outside on campus. photo by Ben Briones

the blanton provides sophomore Kaylea Box and freshman Britton Ware with inspiration as they relax on the lawn outside of the museum of art. photo by Corey Leamon

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Flashing a thumbs up, Scorcelletti

delivers a new friend to class right on time photo by Ben Briones

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n campus Spencer Scorcelletti is known as the “free rides guy” who offers rides to class in his tandem bicycle. At the beginning of August 2009 Spencer got the idea of “free rides” after he found a tandem bicycle in his backyard. “The bike was left behind and it was broken so I thought I would fix it and give it back to its owner,” Scorcelletti said. “He never came back for it so I decided to take it to school one day but didn’t want to ride a tandem bicycle by myself, so I got the idea to give free rides.” “The University of Texas is made up of beautiful, intelligent, and fun people,” Scorceletti said. But he also thinks that everyone is too caught up with their own livestalking on the phone, listening to music and isolating themselves from everyone around them. Scorceletti also explained how he wanted to break the frozen seed between people and at the same time meet new people around campus. People often get caught up in their own lives that they do not even

realize the barrier they construct when being approached by new people, staying within their own frozen pods, Scorceletti said. Once the seed cracks, these people learn new and innovative things. By breaking the frozen seed and becoming fearless, people become more comfortable with meeting new people, Scorceletti said. “I felt the need to make a difference,” Scorceletti said. “I also want seniors to do crazy things or else people will become more isolated.” Scorceletti advertised “free rides” by singing chants to students walking by. He created 10 chants and started attracting people, eventually becoming known as the “free rides guy”. In his newly found alter-ego, Spencer is a person who not only wants to get students to class but wants to inspire people to do something different daily. “I just want people to notice each other,” Scorceletti said. I just want people to think of what and who is around them.” story by Kelly Mancha

In order to skip the walk to class, Omar Haririlin and Jill Tremel ride the bus to class instead. photo by Corey Leamon The free rides guy, Spencer Scorcelletti, stands in front of the HOG (House of Guys) House on Wednesday. Scorcelletti offered free rides to students around campus on his tandem bicycle. photo by Peyton McGee

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after a free acupuncture treatment, sociology junior Raul Figueroa has a new appreciation for the phrase “on pins and needles.” The Counseling and Mental Health Center provided students with access to several stress reducing techniques during StressFest April 7. photo by Vincent Nguyen

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a student takes a break between her classes to pet a trained therapy dog. Therapy Pet Pals of Texas is a non-profit organization that has been providing therapy dogs since 1984. photo by Vincent Nguyen ut recsports massage therapists Paula Smith gives free massages to students and faculty Wednesday on the FAC porch. Therapists provided stress relief to people as part of Stressfest which had multiple other activities as well. photo by Bobby Longoria

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he Counseling and Mental Health Center hosted StressFest, a free campus event on April 7 to help students, faculty and staff de-stress during one of the toughest times of the semester. Visitors from across the campus converged on the FAC for a few moments of escape from their everyday duties and take part in stress reducing activities and exercises. The event, in part funded by the Texas Parents Association and University Federal Credit Union, offered students chair massages, acupuncture, pet therapy dogs and many other hands on activities for people looking to take a break from their busy schedules. StressFest was just one part of a campus-wide effort by the Counseling and Mental Health Center to offer students and staff access to information about healthy and productive methods of stress management. The center also provided students with individual counseling, group counseling and access to resources like the MindBody Lab, an environment where students can put stress management techniques they’ve learned from the center into practice. story by Brennan Lawler

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page from the 2009 cactus yearbook page designed using adobe indesign cs3 while serving as assistant editor this page covers a range of events in honor of the 75th anniversary of the texas union. the 2009 cactus yearbook won a silver crown from the columbia scholastic press association and is a finalist for the 2009 pacemaker


Comedian MargareT Cho performs her routine “Beautiful” in the Texas Union Ballroom on Monday. | photo by Debbie Finley

Amalia Ortiz is one of three female students who perform pieces during Diva Diction: An Evening of Slam Poetry on Wednesday. | photo by Paul Chouy

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he Texas Union celebrated its 75th anniversary in October with a week full of famous faces and fun festivities. Students anxiously waited in lines curling long and away from the Texas Union building to see Margaret Cho, Maya Angelou and Diva Diction. On Thursday, students began gathering in front the UT Tower, to stake a claim on the best spots hours before the Gavin DeGraw concert. The group of students who initially began planning the 75th anniversary slated the week for one grand event story | PRISCILLA TOTIYAPUNGPRASERT before breaking it down to five large

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events, said Lorenzo Sierra, Student Events Center executive vice president. “Although the events were planned by specific committees, event staffing was organization-wide,” Sierra said. “Some dedicated members even worked all five events. We had a total of 5,000 students attend all five events for the week.” Comedian Margaret Cho kicked the week off on Oct. 20 with a brash and unapologetic stand-up act. About 800 watched Cho bemoan the existence of Sarah Palin, comment delightfully on the differences between gay men and straight men and poke fun at everything

Prizes worth thousands of dollars were awarded during Casino Night on Friday, which featured performances by a magician and a hypnotist. | photo by Liz Munson

Gavin Degraw opened by the South Carolinian band Needtobreathe, performs songs from his debut and sophomore CD on Thursday. | photo by Debbie Finley

from Asian-American stereotypes to anal bleaching. “The show was miraculous,” sophomore Michael Sandhu, said. “Cho is my hero and it was absolutely amazing to see someone of her caliber live.” Maya Angelou, poet and author, spoke on Tuesday to a max-capacity crowd of 1,070 people. She introduced a concept called “rainbow in the cloud,” saying a person should always smile and be positive because one never knows when he or she might be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. The writer also donated a poem

in honor of the anniversary, titled “A Brave and Startling Truth.” The poem can be read on the Texas Union Web site. On Wednesday, three immigrant women hailing from Nigeria, Mexico and Korea came to the Texas Union Ballroom for an evening of powerful slam poetry. The poets, collectively called Diva Diction, passionately strung together words to create stories about race and womanhood. An estimated 2,000 people swayed to the music of Gavin DeGraw on the last performance of the week, Thursday night. Some lucky students managed

Pulitzer Prize nominated author Maya Angelou speaks to more than 1,000 students about her upbringing and her poetry on Tuesday. | photo by Debbie Finley

to snag photos with the artist after the show. “I went with the girls on my floor and it was nice that it was free,” freshman Christine Nguyen, said. “[DeGraw] had a sparkly piano and the concert was a lot of fun.” To cap off the celebration week, the Union hosted Casino Night, complete with slot machines, roulette and blackjack. “It was a good balance, well promoted and brought everyone together,” Sandhu said, “not just the people who attended the acts, but also the people who volunteered.”

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pages from the 2008 cactus yearbook pages designed using adobe indesign cs2 and cs3 while serving as design editor the following pages are from the student life section of cactus and I was responsible for all aspects of their design


Students participate in fire twirling at a 21st Street Co-op party. Photo by Jeff McWhorter.


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Co-op Residents Create Bonds Students live, work and study together While many students in dorms or apartments came and left without ever meeting neighbors, residents of co-ops near campus ate, cooked, cleaned, studied and socialized together. Residents of Taos co-op on the corner of Guadalupe and 26th streets baked cookies, made paper snowflakes and exchanged gifts around a lit Christmas tree. They also held monthly parties and played against other co-ops on a baseball team called the Corndogs. Anthropology freshman Ben Taylor said he liked living in Taos co-op because everyone was friendly. The co-op housed over 100 people and Taylor said he knew most of them. “There’s a sense of camaraderie,” Taylor said. “If you need help with homework there’s always someone who can help you.” The Taos co-op only employed one maintenance worker. The rest of the work was done by the residents, who signed up for certain shifts at the beginning of the year. “We have to do four hours of labor a week. 80 to 90 percent of labor takes place in the kitchen with cooking and cleaning,” journalism sophomore Zane Scheible said. “You get to live

“Everyone brings their own thing to the table.” Asha Ramkumar

Government senior Phillippe Swartz, engineering junior Jon Neal, government senior Allegra Brace and human biology senior Carmen Ulrich converse over the meal they cooked earlier in the Helios kitchen. Photo by Eliot Meyer.

with the people you work with and bond in that way, and it’s very affordable and close to everything.” Scheible said the rent was very low for its location and included 17 meals per week. Middle Eastern studies sophomore Katy Burk planned all the menus for Taos meals and acted as an officer, much like a resident assistant in a dorm. “Everyone has a different labor here. Last year I was the ‘cookie monster’ and I cooked cookies four hours a week,” Burk said. Though co-op life seemed like a lot of work for students, Burk said she appreciated socializing with others even while cooking and cleaning. “Sometimes people might think the labor is inconvenient but then you’ll see other people working for you,” Burk said. “I’ve never felt alone and I didn’t even have a roommate. When I go over to my friends’ dorms I want to meet their neighbors, but they don’t even know their neighbors.”

After supper, co-op residents are also responsible for cleaning their house mates’ dishes for labor hours or points. Photo by Eliot Meyer.

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“There’s a good balance between working, homework, and having fun.” Katy Burk

“We’re so friendly that we can barely study if there’s two of us in a room.” Zane Scheible Music performance freshman Chris Ruiz and astronomy senior Nic May share a meal at the Helios Co-op. Photo by Eliot Meyer.


bicycle alphabet project developed for an advanced graphic design class and designed in indesign cs4 the assignment was to capture a “real-world� alphabet using everyday objects


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campaign logo a logo for lieutentant governor candidate ronnie earle inspired by the dada art movement this logo was designed using indesign cs4 and photoshop cs4


campaign poster a poster for lieutenant governor candidate ronnie earle inspired by the dada art movement this poster was designed using indesign cs4, photoshop cs4 and illustrator cs4


ice cream packaging packaging for a children’s ice cream flavor, “reindeer games,” inspired by a childhood christmas memory packaging designed using indesign cs4, photoshop cs4 and illustrator cs4


SOAP magazine three covers for SOAP magazine, and opinion mag covering hot political topics in american society. all covers are hand constructed and then photographed designed using indesign cs4, photoshop cs4, chalk and soap carving tools


january 2010 • what’s your issue? • www.soapmag.com

a new magazine for the wildly opinionated

what’s your issue?


february 2010 • the education issue • www.soapmag.com


march 2010 • the healthcare issue • www.soapmag.com

socialists! senators!

and death panels! oh my! canada wins gold in health care? insurance reform: a band-aid fix? + 10 simple steps to fix health care


SOAP magazine a feature spread from SOAP magazine about charter schools designed using indesign cs4, photoshop cs4 and illustrator cs4


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SOAP magazine BUBBLE department a closing department of SOAP magazine where a commentator provides a short persuasive essay about a given topic designed using indesign cs4, photoshop cs4 and illustrator cs4


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allow me to burst your ABORTION bubble

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