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by Priyanka Deshpande | Special editions staff Dear Longhorns, Congratulations on your acceptance to UT! I speak for the entire campus when I say we’re thrilled to have a fresh batch of bright students here on our beautiful Forty Acres. What you’re reading is The Daily Texan. We’ve been providing news for the UT and Austin communities since 1900. Our newsroom works around the clock seven days a week to ensure consistent publishing of substantial work on both our print issues and website. This is our Orientation Edition, which was collaboratively produced by Texan staff and our special editions staff. Stories in this issue are handpicked from the 2012-2013 archives. In this issue you’ll also find helpful tips that will serve well as you begin your journey at UT. Our dedicated team consists of more than 100 hard-working reporters, editors, photographers, videographers, designers and illustrators. At the beginning of every semester we offer opportunities for students across campus to join our team and contribute to a newspaper that finds itself on the desks of students, faculty and alumni alike. Working at The Daily Texan newsroom is a wonderful learning experience and a great way to get your work noticed. Keep your eyes peeled for tryout dates and feel free to visit our office in the basement of HSM!
Class registration at UT can be a confusing and frustrating time for everyone. For first-time freshman transitioning from high school it can be an especially daunting process. That is why, in order for freshmen to have a smooth transition to college, they should learn the ins and outs of registration before they are ready to sign up for classes. University class registration is very different
than high school. UT students must sign up for their own classes, without a counselor there to watch over the process directly. This is done through an online registration system by the student alone, so they must be responsible and timely in order to secure the classes that they need. Students must be aware of their major’s (or expected major’s) requirements so that they take classes that
help them complete their degree programs. Degree checklists are often found on departmental websites; often, a simple Google search can help you locate these important documents. Students must plan their course schedule beforehand, taking into account a wide variety of class times and professors for each class they may have to take. REGISTRATION The UT continues on page 2
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INSIDE THIS EDITION: There are tons of statues dotting the PAGE 05 Forty Acres, but what is the story behind them?
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by Tiffany Hinman The glow of red candles illuminated the steps of the UT Tower 71 years after UT’s first hex on Texas A&M, proving that Longhorn tradition remains even if the original opponent does not. The Texas Exes Student Chapter hosted its annual Hex Rally on Monday at the Main Mall, placing a curse
on the TCU football team in time for the Thanksgiving game. Although the Longhorns have hexed A&M for the past 26 years, the Aggies’ departure from the Big 12 Conference provided UT with the opportunity to hex the Horned Frogs. According to the Texas Exes, the Longhorn football
team ended an 18-year losing streak against A&M at Kyle Field in 1948 after a local fortune teller, Madam Agusta Hipple, suggested burning red candles a week before the game. Since then UT has used the hex against rivals o t h e r t h a n HEX RALLY A & M , continues on page 2
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Make the most of your student fees By Stuart Railey
At the University of Texas, dropping several thousand dollars on a college education entitles students access to some of the best academic, recreational and health-related resources in the country. Whether it’s the Austin Metrobus system or the Gregory gym hot tub, take advantage of these exclusive opportunities whenever possible. Here are five of the most valuable assets student tuition costs go towards:
1. Capital Metro Metrobus Navigating a big city is a challenge for those who have never experienced life in such a condensed area of population. But getting around doesn’t have to be more complicated than swiping a UTID card and hopping on the appropriate bus. In Austin, the Metrobus system helps transport residents and students alike in a region spreading over a dozen square miles. On the CapMetro website, use the “Plan Your Trip” tab to find the quickest bus route
to your destination. Cross streets and popular attractions around the city can be used as starting and stopping points. For first-year students living on campus, owning a car is not only expensive, but potentially unnecessary when public transportation is available. Metrobus is completely free with a UT student ID card, so use it often or before spending more money. 2. Libraries and Museums With the fifth-largest academic collection in the coun-
try and 17 library facilities on campus, there’s a reason why the University of Texas holds status as one of the best research institutions in the world. If you’re looking for the most obscure edition of Shakespeare’s plays, you’re going to find it somewhere at UT. Be sure to check the different libraries for class materials before purchasing them elsewhere, but be quick about it! Many of your classmates probably had the same idea. Museums are also a huge component of UT’s
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Registrar’s webpage publishes course schedules, or the section number and time of various sections of class. It is important to consult these before registration to ensure that classes don’t conflict. Many students also use MyEdu.com, which provides a nice visual representation of class times, to help plan out their semesters. Freshmen are often anxious about not getting the times and classes that they need. Here are tips that advisers have to avoid common registration pitfalls and to ensure a smooth transition into the first year of college. 1. Know the vocabulary. The process of signing up for classes can be complicated by long, procedural names and acronyms. Here’s a breakdown for vital information you need to know before you should start planning out your semester: •Registration Information Sheet (RIS): a page outlining your personal information; more importantly, though, it lists your registration times and any bars (financial or other) you must clear before you are able to sign up for classes. •Course Schedule: a list of class section timings. •Unique Number: a fivedigit code that specifies a section of a specific class; the unique number is what you
ers. Although many group classes are not free, there are occasional discounts and trial-periods that can help students determine if they would like to pay extra to become involved. Be on the lookout for these lowered prices and browsing periods towards the beginning of each semester. 4. Movies Buying movies are a thing of the past. All UT students have free access to On Demand Movies through the Department of Housing and Food Services, and renting is just as easy. The Audio/ Visual Library, which can be found in the Fine Arts Library on 23rd and Trinity Street, is open to students interested in checking out a copy of the latest blockbuster or music CD. On top of that, the Student Union and SAC frequently screen
new films. 5. UT Student Health Illness is one unfortunate downside to living in close proximity with other students. When one person becomes sick, others tend to follow suit. Thankfully, University Health Services is here to help. Appointments are reduced-cost for UT students and can be used to both diagnose and prescribe medication for a variety of ailments. Vaccines, mental health counseling, nutrition assistance and urgent care are similarly offered. If a student is too sick to leave their room, a 24/7 nurse advice line will offer assistance. Information regarding sexual health, first aid, travel and several other topics are outlined on the University Health Services website for educational purposes.
continues from page 1 use to register. 2. Know what happens during registration. Once you click “Register” on the registration page (under the Registrar’s UTexas website) during your allotted time, you will first be directed to a page that allows you to buy a sports package or yearbook, or pay additional charges for theatre productions and speaker series. These are optional fees, and you don’t need to make a decision about them until later. If you are worried about seats filling up in one of your classes, you can skip this section and proceed to the classes. To register, you will need to enter your class unique numbers one by one, and you will get a confirmation once you have successfully registered for each class. 3. Plan out your classes beforehand. Before signing up for classes, students must know what they need to take during the semester for which they are registering. It is also helpful to have a general idea of classes you might need to take for future years so that you are able to graduate on time with all of your degree core educational requirements. Having back up timings and classes, in case you don’t get into the sections you want, is also useful. 4. Take a reasonable load. Most freshmen take 12-15
hours (four or five classes) per semester during their first year. Twelve hours minimum are required to be completed per semester to be considered a fulltime student. A maximum of 17 hours can be taken each semester without prior approval. If you need help deciding how many hours you should take, consult your undergraduate adviser. 5. Don’t panic! Even if you are not able to secure a seat in a specific section of a class, there is still hope. During “add/drop period,” right before the start of the semester, students are able to alter their course registration and sign up for classes they were not able to during the normal registration period. In addition, seats open up because students forget to pay their tuition bills. With that being said, don’t forget to pay tuition! If you don’t pay on time, you will be dropped from your classes. And, when classes start, if you don’t like the classes you’ve signed up for, you can always drop the class without penalty before twelfth class day, or Q-drop later in the semester. 6. If you have any questions, talk to your adviser! They are here to help.
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including SMU in 1950, Baylor in 1953 and TCU in 1955. Kelsey Roberts, the Texas Exes’ student relations coordinator, said the organization considered replacing the hex rally as a result of A&M’s departure, but ultimately decided to keep the rally because it is a valuable piece of UT history and tradition. “If we got rid of the rally, it would be proving that this entire time it was all about A&M,” Roberts said. “We instead decided to keep up with this tradition by making it more about us.” Advertising senior Erica Flores, Texas Exes Spirit and Traditions Council chair, said the council worked to make the rally more UTfocused by introducing new
acts to the rally, including a skit by mascot Hook ‘Em and a speech by Harley Clark, creator of the “Hook ‘Em Horns” hand sign. “Students need to embody UT traditions as UT traditions,” Flores said. “We need to take the ownership back, and this year provides a great opportunity for that.” Flores said the organization successfully maintained student body spirit for the tradition. The Student Chapter sold more than 400 Hex Rally shirts Monday in addition to 400 shirts it sold Nov. 14, Flores said. She said this support reflects UT’s independence gained from A&M’s departure from the Big 12 Conference. “Of course there may be mixed opinions about the
rally, but there is a sense of such excitement because not all campuses do these types of things,” Flores said. Despite the changes made to the rally, one aspect remained the same. Coach Mack Brown initiated the hex by lighting the first candle. Brown emphasized UT’s 15-home game winning streak against TCU. Junior offensive guard Mason Walters said UT’s opponent is not what is important. Walters said what matters is the time-honored tradition of Longhorn football on Thanksgiving Day. “The thing about this game is it is about Texas,” Walters said. “It is not about the other team.”
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Campus to phase out temporary smoking areas by Christine Ayala The University will remove temporary smoking locations in March to become a fully tobacco-free campus but will continue to enforce the policy without fining violators. Starting March 1, smoking tobacco will no longer be allowed at the 15 temporary locations, including two at the Pickle Research Center. University spokeswoman Adrienne Howarth-Moore said the tobacco-free policy applies to UT property and areas under the University’s control, excluding neighboring streets. She said the University will monitor areas on campus where tobacco use is reported. “Although there is not currently a fines structure in place, if someone repeatedly is advised to not use tobacco products and they continue to use those products, that is a violation of campus policy,” Howarth-Moore said. “It will be treated like any other violation of policy.” Current violations of campus policy are dealt with by various organizations. For example, students who breach University policy must deal with it through Student Judicial Services at the Dean of Students. In February 2012, the
Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT, required the University to make all facilities tobacco-free by March of that year to continue to recieve research funding. The University allowed select temporary smoking areas on its facilities for one year, as well as allowing smoking for academic research. According to the University Health Services’ college health assessment survey, 2.7 percent of UT students reported smoking at least one cigarrette every day of the month. The American Cancer Association reports that 19 percent of the United States adult population smokes. Psychology junior Ticiane Silva said she smokes about 10 cigarettes a day, often near Littlefield Patio Cafe, and is not planning on quitting because of the campus-wide ban. She said students who regularly meet there will likely just walk to neighboring streets to smoke between class. “Last semester this area was pretty famous. We call it ‘The Lounge,’” Silva said. “We’ll just go to Dean Keaton now.” University Health Services offers a mobile app and informative classes to help smokers who want to quit
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Biology senior Muhammad Alsaedi smokes a cigarette at the Littlefield temporary smoking area Thursday evening. Starting March 1, smoking tobacco was banned at the 15 temporary locations to make the University fully tobacco-free.
make the transition easier. Resources to help individuals minimize tobacco use increased through the semester. “Although they’re offering those classes to help you quit smoking, it’s not that I want to quit and can’t,” Silva said. “I don’t want to quit. I like it.” Marketing senior Alejandra Garcia said she’s glad
the temporary location near the Red McCombs School of Business will be smokefree because it impacts everyone passing by, not just those smoking. “I hate passing by there,” Garcia said. “If they were somewhere else I wouldn’t even be concerned about it, but because it’s so close to where I go basically all day it
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does bother me. I don’t think that I should have to be succumb to secondhand smoke when I don’t even smoke.” Howarth-Moore said although CPRIT’s requirement allowed the University to implement the policy quickly, UT had been concerned with minimizing tobacco use, including making the Darrell K
Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium smoke-free. “Because of the CPRIT requirement, what could’ve taken three to five years to accomplish, we had to accomplish it in months,” she said. “Looking at the future, we’re going to be a healthier institution.” This article was originally published on Jan. 25, 2013.
Computer science complex opening kicks off with arrival of Bill Gates by Hannah Jane DeCiutiis
Bill Gates touted UT’s position as one of the top computer science institutions in the world during festivities for the grand opening of the University’s brand new computer science complex, which the Microsoft co-founder and chairman helped fund. The Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex became a new home for the computer science department. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated a $30 million challenge grant to help fund
the $120 million complex. The complex also includes the Dell Computer Science Hall, which was funded by a $10 million donation from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. Before the building’s ribboncutting ceremony, Gates said the diversity in the computer science field is a driving force in making UT a top-notch computer science school. “This University is one of the best in the world because it combines many things,” Gates said in his speech. “It combines scale; it combines
a spirit of public service. So not only is it a top-ranked computer science institution, but also is one of the best or the very best at reaching out to get kids into the field.” President William Powers Jr. said the new complex represented a step forward both for UT and for science as a whole. “The history of civilization can be written in a series of advances in the tools that humans use,” Powers said in his speech at the ceremony. “Computation, of course, is
the latest step in that long history. Today’s dedication of this magnificent complex is a very significant step in the life of the University of Texas and in the realm of computer science.” Gates gave a closed lecture to computer science students, where he spoke about his experiences starting Microsoft and the possibilities for computer science to aid in such endeavors as curing malaria. Gates said the new computer science complex is much more sophisticated than what he experienced while learn-
Bill Gates speaks to computer science students and various special guests at the ribbon cutting ceremony of The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Debby Garcia | Daily Texan Staff Science Hall.
ing computer science growing up. “When I was fascinated by computers, they were very big, very expensive and very hard to get to,” Gates said. “My local university, the University of Washington, only had a few dozen, and they were locked up because they were so precious, and so I had to find ways to sneak in at night, get tied into some project [and] convince people I could help improve these computers just to get a little computer time.” The computer science department hosted >goto_
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GDC, the title of which is a play on the “goto” command found in several programming languages. The event included tours of the new complex, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the closed lecture by Gates and a party that featured games and free barbecue as well as ice cream Amy’s Ice Creams. This article was originally published on March 7, 2013.
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If statues could talk
The history behind the famous statues on campus by Bianca Moragne | Special editions staff
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If you take a walk through the Forty Acres, you’ll notice bronze statues peppered throughout. Each statue holds historic weight and tells a story that relates to the construction, vision, values and overall appearance of campus. Here’s a guide to learning the historical context behind some of UT’s most well-known statues and Texas’ most influential leaders. Main Mall The Littlefield Fountain is one of the most popular landmarks on campus but very few know its story. George Washington Littlefield was a major in the Confederate Army. Littlefield lived across the street from the Forty Areas (his house now resides at the corner of 24th and Whitis Street) and set out to keep the University where it was. Littlefield asked an Italian-born sculptor and friend, Pompeo Coppini, about building a grand arch at the entrance of campus dedicated to the men of the South. Coppini convinced Littlefield to settle for a fountain instead with statues adorned at its head.
The idea behind the fountain and the statues surrounding the green of the Main Mall was to symbolize the reunification of the United States. After it had been ripped apart by the Civil War, Coppini wanted to construct pylons along the fountain to represent the North and the South. As part of his vision, the president of the confederacy, Jefferson Davis, was sculpted as a pylon to represent the South. For the north, Coppini chose US president Woodrow Wilson, who was in office during WWI. According to Jim Nicar, former Texas Exes director of history and traditions, Dr. William Battle, the chair of the faculty building committee, wrote a letter to UT president Robert Vinson in 1921 noting, “The conception is noble and defensible in itself, but a fatal objection is the fact that every single statue represents a southern man. How can a group composed of men only from one section stand for a united nation?” When Paul Cret was hired as the consulting architect for the university in 1930, he took
a look at Coppini’s initial plan and decided there were too many statues clustered together. He spread the statues out along the South Mall to where they are today. Nicar notes the irony that the original design was built to represent the reunification of the United States, that the dispersal of the statues on the South Mall has instead masked the intended symbolism and created polarized opinions on race relations within the university. After years of redesign and controversy, the fountain was turned on for the first time on March 26, 1933. Gene Burd, a journalist and longtime associate professor at UT, notes that instead of having only confederate figures throughout the South Mall to mix in 20th century civil rights leaders to fight the controversy of race. “If it’s past history, regardless of whether it is good or bad, it did happen, so why not put the MLK statue right up there among the past? Don’t dominate an area of campus with just one certain group, philoso-
phy or person,” Burd said. East Mall The statue of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was completed and unveiled in September 1999. Created by husband-and-wife team, Jeffrey Varilla and Anna Koh-Varilla of Chicago, the sculpture portrays King in his doctoral robes, which suits the academia on campus. The efforts to erect the statue began in 1987 when a group of students formed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Sculpture Foundation. The students were awarded $150,000 from the Board of Regents to construct the pedestal and the remaining funds came from a four-year student referendum that required $1 fee from all students. Now, it is the second statue of the civil rights leader to ever be built on a college campus, with his likeness also at King’s alma mater, Atlanta’s Morehouse College. West Mall A statue honoring Cesar Chavez, the late civil rights activist and labor leaders, was unveiled outside of Battle Hall on October 9, 2007. Chavez,
who fought for the rights of farm laborers and minorities, was chosen for the honor by the We Are Texas, Too student organization, which later formed the Cesar Chavez Statue Committee. The committee for the project selected artist Pablo Eduardo to design and create the statue. The project began in 2002 by several student organizations that obtained funding for the project primarily through increasing student fees. North Campus Barbara Jordan: In the fall of 2002 the Orange Jackets, an all-female honors and service organization, noted that women were not represented in campus statues, and set out to change it. Barbara Jordan quickly emerged as the woman who symbolized the values of the institution. She was a politician, civil rights leader and was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate and the first African American woman elected to the House of Representatives. Jordan spent 17 years as a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
The Orange Jackets began the Barbara Jordan campaign and with approval from the Board of Regents and increased student fees to help fund the statue. Commissioned by sculptor Bruce Wolfe, this is the second statue of Barbara Jordan by the sculptor. The first is located in the Barbara Jordan Terminal at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Stadium Former Longhorn Ricky Williams was honored with a statue at DKR Texas Memorial Stadium last April before the annual Orange and White Spring Football Jamboree. From 1995 to 1998, the Heisman winner was the most dominating college running back in the country, finishing his college football career as an all-time leader in rushing yards. In his career at Texas, Williams rushed for a thenNCAA record of 6,279 yards. He is the only Longhorn other than Earl Campbell to win the Heisman Trophy. The university commissioned David Deming, former dean of the College of Fine Arts, to build the sculpture in November 2010.
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PCL to be 24/5 indefinitely by Klarissa Fitzpatrick
The Perry-Castañeda Library’s 24/5 schedule will continue indefinitely, cementing its status as a homeaway-from-home for students. Keeping the PCL open 24 hours, five days per week, will cost $40,000 more per year. Last semester, the PCL received funds from the Student Services Budget Committee, Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs and Texas Exes, but those organizations had only committed to funding the extended hours for the 2012-2013 academic year. UT Athletics has historically given funds to the library system and decided to increase its planned donation this year to enable the extended hours, Natalie England, intercollegiate athletic commu-
nications manager, said. Student government president Thor Lund and vice president Wills Brown, whose terms finish at the end of the month, campaigned on increasing the PCL’s hours. Lund, who presided with Brown at a celebration event launching PCL 24/5 for the rest of the spring Monday night, said he and Brown are happy to obtain the financial commitment from UT Athletics and have their main campaign promise realized. “It was just last year that Wills and I were standing outside the PCL with cardboard signs that said ‘24-hour PCL,’” Lund said. Brown said the donation has a deeper significance than simply fulfilling a goal he and Lund had set for themselves. “It’s exciting, but it’s not
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about me or Thor,” Brown said. “It’s about the students and what makes them happy.” Patrick Marsh, petroleum engineering senior and baseball player, attended the event on behalf of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to show his support of the extended hours. “With practices and games, having a library open at odd hours can only benefit
us,” Marsh said. Electrical engineering freshman Abhi Kallur said he has already logged plenty of hours in the PCL — “as much as a freshman can” — and is happy to learn the hours had been extended indefinitely. “Usually I can say most people study past 2 a.m.,” Kallur said. “It kind of gives you that extra motivation to keep going.”
Pre-pharmacy freshman Johana Campos said she is happy the extended hours mean she no longer has to walk home at 2 a.m. “I live really far, and I’m always scared,” Campos said. “I would probably take a nap and keep studying.” This article was originally published on March 19, 2013 as: PCL to be 24/5 indefinitely.
Student Government President Thor Lund, University Library Director Fred Heath and Vice President Wills Brown announce the indefinite continuation of the PCL’s 24/5.
Parking and Transportation Services utilizes available space on 40 Acres by Megan Strickland Fewer than 16,000 parking spots serve the 75,000 students, faculty and staff who make up the UT community, creating challenges for drivers and Parking and Transportation Services officials. Every time a new building goes up on top of a parking lot, it leaves fewer spaces to accommodate needs and makes it harder for PTS to cover more than $14.5 million in expenses. “If 75,000 people decided to come to campus today and said, ‘I’m going to hop in my car and no one’s going to ride in the car with me,’ we would have a big problem,” said Jeri Baker, assistant director of PTS. Baker said UT does have enough parking spaces, despite the fact that it sold 15,869 more permits than total spaces during fiscal year 2010-2011. UT sold 31,744 parking permits during the year, and the campus has 15,875 spaces. “Last year there wasn’t a day when people who had a C permit didn’t have a place to park,” Baker said. “Not everyone comes to campus every day.” Because commuters are on campus for such short times on different days of the week, PTS Services is able to sell more permits than spaces but regulates sales to make sure there isn’t a parking shortage, Baker said. “I don’t look strictly at the number of spaces we have,”
Baker said. “I look at what the utilization of those spaces are. The worst thing you can do is walk past a space and wonder why you can’t buy a permit for that space.” Michelle Hodge, a Spanish and UTeach junior, said as long as she arrives early she has plenty of spots to choose from in the C lots, where she parks Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She said she would automatically go to the Longhorn Lots if the C lots were regularly full when she arrives, although she sees many people who don’t do this. “I think a lot of people don’t want to go to the Longhorn Lots because of having to take the shuttle or make the long walk over to campus,” Hodge said. “I think a lot of people, if there is not parking in the C parking, will opt for street parking or drive around forever waiting for someone to come to their car and leave.” The more parking passes PTS sells, the lower prices are, Baker said. The entity is self-funded from the revenue it generates selling passes and issuing citations. Each year it estimates its expenses and prices parking fees just high enough to break even, Baker said. In the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the organization’s total revenue was almost $16.9 million. Garage parking revenue accounted for $9,763,119. Students, faculty and staff purchased 9,163
regular permits to park cars in garages during normal operating hours of the University. The University has 8,159 garage parking places available in its nine garages. Surface parking accounted for $3,628,466 in total revenue during the same year. Students, faculty and staff purchased 13,139 permits that granted them daytime access to University regular car parking spaces. UT has 7,716 surface parking spaces. Many permits are already priced in the hundreds of dollars. The least expensive daytime car permit for students is the C permit, costing $110 per academic year. It was the most popular permit in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. PTS sold 5,361 C permits that year. The R permit, which allows students who live on campus to park in garages, costs $743 per year. In the same year, 1,739 students purchased R permits. The least expensive daytime regular faculty/staff permit was the $138 A permit. PTS sold 4,555 A permits in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The most expensive daytime permit was the F surface lot permit, which cost $464 per year. Faculty and staffed purchased 1,780 F surface lot permits during the year. Administrators and operators of the University paid the highest for parking in the fiscal year at $775. Deans
and athletics staff also paid $775 for F99 and F21 permits. These highest-priced permits were purchased by 191 staff. Currently 30 percent of student fees, or $55 per student each academic year, goes to PTS to pay for faculty and student ridership on UT shuttle buses, according to the department’s documents. With 7.5 million student, faculty and staff boardings annually, Baker said free Capital Metro service cost the department more than $6,160,000 last year. The shuttle, carpool, bicycling and other methods of transporting people to campus are critical to maintaining the transportation situation at UT, Baker said. Because other buildings surround the UT campus and limit places to build new facilities, parking lots are prime targets for demolition. Baker said every new building constructed in recent years except the Almetris Duren Residence Hall has been built on a former parking lot. “Every time we lose spaces to construction, I’ve got to convince more people to take Cap Metro,” Baker said. “I’ve got to convince more people that riding on their bike is a good idea. I’ve got to convince more people to join the carpool.” Currently 35 percent of students come to campus in a single-occupancy vehicle,
and in Austin, 75 percent of people who answered the latest census said they commute via single-occupancy vehicle, Baker said. Building garages to accommodate more parking is not a viable option because it is cost-prohibitive, Baker said. Prices to construct a garage on the UT campus can be as much as $25,000 to $30,000 per space, she said. “Building a garage is expensive,” Baker said. “I don’t want that to be the first thing people think of. If I build a garage, I have to pay for it.” The San Jacinto Garage, opened in 1986, is the only garage of nine on campus for which PTS has fully paid back the loan, Baker said. The University is going to open a 525-space garage in the area Players restaurant and other non-campus buildings currently occupy. The garage will have 525 spaces, and PTS does not yet know how much it will cost. In 2010-2011, debt service accounted for $6,358,098 of the total $8,199,046 in operating expenses for PTS. It also had $542,154 in capital expenses, which pays for maintenance on vehicles, buildings and equipment. Salary and wage expense for the year totaled $5,810,160. “I think there’s this big misconception of enforcement hiding behind the bushes, just waiting until you leave to jump out and start writing a ticket,” Baker said. “That’s not what we do.
We’re protecting the space you paid for.” Baker encourages students to appeal tickets. She said she reads every citation issued, whether or not the recipient appeals. Sometimes appellants not only have a valid excuse but also provide information on how to improve parking. “Through the appeal process I make changes to signs so they are worded more clearly,” Baker said. “I find out there are signs covered by branches. I find out the paint on the ground is getting faded. Through this process I get to make changes that benefit everybody in the long run.” Baker also said it’s important to give PTS feedback to improve the campus transit system. PTS changed the flow of traffic in lot 80, next to Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium, because of a user suggestion, Baker said. PTS often adds motorcycle parking in places users suggest, Baker said. PTS will do everything it can to make the parking situation better, Baker said. Whether people view PTS as the villain or not, the department has the monumental task of making sure everyone is able to make it to campus each day. The current situation is far from ideal, but it’s something UT and PTS have to manage, Baker said.
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• 8 ORIENTATION EDITION
July 8-10, 2013
1924 - 2012
Associated Press Former Texas head football coach Darrell K Royal is hoisted on his players’ shoulders following the Longhorns’ 42-7 win over No. 4 Arkansas in 1970. UT won three national titles under Royal, who died of complications from cardiovascular disease in Austin.
A ROYAL LEGACY
Legendary coach, admired leader Darrell K Royal dead at age 88 By Christian Corona & Trey Scott The UT community paid tribute to legendary football coach Darrell K Royal, who died from complications of cardiovascular disease early on the morning of Nov. 7, 2012 at an assisted living facility in Austin. Royal was 88. Visitors began gathering at Royal’s statue around noon, laying bouquets of flowers. The southeast gates to the stadium near the statue remained open until 11 p.m. Nov. 8. To further remember Royal, the Tower was lit burnt orange on the night of Nov. 7. Royal is survived by his wife, Edith, and son, Mack. His two children, Marian and David, preceded him in death. A memorial service was held at noon Nov. 13 at the Frank Erwin Center, and was open to the public. Royal’s burial was private. “Today is a very sad day,” head football coach Mack Brown said in a statement. “I lost a wonderful friend, a mentor, a confidant and my hero. College football lost maybe its best ever and the world lost a great man. I can hardly put in words how much Coach Royal means to me and all that he has
done for me and my family. I wouldn’t even be at Texas without Coach.” Royal came to Texas in December of 1956 at age 32 and immediately began to turn around what was a downtrodden football team. In his first season, Royal led the Longhorns to a No. 11 national ranking and a berth in the Sugar Bowl. The rest of his coaching career (195676) at Texas brought much of the same, with the Longhorns going 167-47-5 with Royal as head coach, including three national championships and 11 Southwest Conference titles. Royal, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, remains the alltime winningest coach in program history. “He built the foundation we’re working off of today,” athletic director DeLoss Dodds said in a press conference. “He absolutely got us started in the right direction. He took a program that was struggling and took it to new heights. He gave us confidence to help build and brand the University. This is a tough time for all of us.” Royal was responsible for the integration of the football
team, which had its first African-American member, Julius Whittier, in 1970. Integration had already been mandated at that point, but many of Royal’s bosses thought the football field should be a place without color. “He took a lot of criticism that Texas wasn’t integrated “He built the foundation we’re working off of today,” -DeLoss Dodds by then, but that wasn’t his call,” Bill Little, a close friend and special assistant to football coach for communications, said. Whittier told The Daily Texan in 2010 that he “owed everything” to Royal. Born in Hollis, Okla., on July 6, 1924, Royal grew up a child of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. He starred at quarterback, defensive back and punter at the University of Oklahoma, where he still holds the career record for interceptions. After three consecutive four-loss seasons, Royal hired Emory Bellard in 1968 to be his offensive coordina-
Daily Texan file photo Mack Brown, left, said Darrell Royal was instrumental in bringing him from North Carolina to Texas before the 1998 season.
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ORIENTATION EDITION 9 â€˘
July 8-10, 2013
Royal through the years 1944
Darrell K Royal, born in 1924 in Hollis, Okla., played for the University of Oklahoma from 1946 to 1949, starring at quarterback, defensive back and punter. In his final season he was named an All-American. His 17 career interceptions are still tied for the school record. â€œCoach Royal will always have a special place in the hearts of Soonersâ€™ fans as an unbelievably talented player,â€? current OU coach Bob Stoops said in a statement Wednesday.
YEAR BY YEAR RECORD 1954 6-4 1955 6-4
(At Mississippi State)
Royal, hired in 1956, guided the Texas Longhorns to a No. 11 national ranking in his first season on the job. Royal won the programâ€™s first national championship in 1963 with an upset over Roger Staubach and Navy in the Cotton Bowl Classic.
1957 First year at Texas 1957 6-4-1 1958 7-3 1959 9-2 1960 7-3-1 1961 10-1 1962 9-1-1 1963 11-0* 1964 10-1 1965 6-4 1966 7-4 1967 6-4 1968 9-1-1 1969 11-0* 1970 10-1^ 1971 8-3 1972 10-1 1973 8-3 1974 8-4 1975 10-2 1976 5-5-1
Royal, shown here announcing the integration of the UT athletic department, served as athletic director from 1962-80. Seven seasons passed until Julius Whittier became the first AfricanAmerican on the varsity roster. â€œI wish I had about six Julius Whittiers,â€? Royal told The Daily Texan in 2010.
President Lyndon B. Johnson congratulates quarterback James Street and Royal after Texas won its second national title on New Yearâ€™s Day .
Flowers were laid at Royalâ€™s statue at the football stadium that bears his name. Royal died of complications from cardiovascular disease at age 88. Photo credit: Daily Texan file (1944, â€˜57, â€˜63), AP (â€˜70), Pu Ying Huang | Daily Texan Staff (2012)
tor. Together, they invented the wishbone formation â€” an offensive alignment that put the quarterback under center, a fullback directly behind him and two running backs lined up, offset, behind the fullback. The formation, perfected by quarterback James Street, helped Texas win two more national titles under Royal,
the next coming in 1969. In the top-ranked Longhornsâ€™ regular season finale that year against No. 2 Arkansas â€” dubbed â€œThe Game of the Centuryâ€? â€” they faced a 14-0 deficit after three quarters. Street engineered a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives that gave Texas a 1514 victory, leading President
Richard Nixon to proclaim the Longhorns the best college football team in the country in the locker room after the game. Beloved for his folksy quips, Royal believed that â€œonly three things can happen when you throw the football and two of them are bad,â€? that you â€œshould dance with the one who brung yaâ€?
*Denotes national title ^Denotes shared national title and once called an opposing quarterback â€œas quick as a hiccup.â€? Dodds saw Royal before Texasâ€™ game against Wyoming on Sept. 1, when Royal and his wife were honorary captains for the pregame coin toss. A victim of Alzheimerâ€™s disease, Royal had to be helped to midfield. â€œI watched that and
knew thatâ€™d be the last time heâ€™d be at [the stadium],â€? Dodds said. The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimerâ€™s Disease was launched in February to â€œexpand the paradigms of care and access for Texans enabling exposure to preventative and treatment strategies aimed at combatting the epidemic.â€?
UT President William Powers Jr. is hopeful the new medical school will adequately serve those with Alzheimerâ€™s disease. This article was originally published Nov. 7, 2012 asâ€? A Royal Legacy: Legendary coach, admired leader Darrel K Royal dead at age 88
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• 10 ORIENTATION EDITION
July 8-10, 2013
Rice has no regrets
Former Secretary of State reaffirms Iraq War support on anniversary
by Joshua Fechter Two days before the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, a conflict that resulted in the deaths of 4,488 U.S. soldiers and thousands of civilians, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reaffirmed her support for the war and the ouster of former President Saddam Hussein. “I would have overthrown Saddam Hussein again,” Rice said to a packed house at the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium on Monday. The war began March 20, 2003, following the United States’ and United Kingdom’s allegations that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and posed a threat to international security. A survey conducted later by the Iraq Survey Group found Iraq did not possess WMDs at the time of invasion, but intended to resume its weap-
ons programs if the United Nations lifted its sanctions. As National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush and later Secretary of State, Rice oversaw the war effort with other Cabinet officials including her predecessor Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Part of her task included engaging in a media campaign to advocate the need for war with Iraq. “The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But, we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud,” Rice told CNN in a 2003 interview.
But, nothing of value ever comes without sacrifice and I believe that Iraq has a chance. It may not make it, but it has a chance to be a state that will not seek weapons of mass destruction, — Condoleeza Rice, Former Secretary of State
Jorge Corona | Daily Texan Staff
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gives a lecture at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. In a Q & A session after the lecture Rice reaffirmed her support of the Iraq invasion leading to the oust of Saddam Hussein but mentioned
The conflict formally ended on Dec. 15, 2011, and remaining U.S. troops left the country three days later. Rice said Monday that Hussein was a “cancer in the Middle East” that needed to be removed from the region, despite the lack of discovered WMDs and the deaths that resulted from the conflict. “It is absolutely the case that the loss of lives will never be brought back and any of us who had a part in that decision will have to live with the lost and maimed lives,” Rice said. “But, nothing of value ever comes without sacrifice and I believe that Iraq has a chance. It may not
make it, but it has a chance to be a state that will not seek weapons of mass destruction, will not invade its neighbors, will be a friend of the United States and will have democratic institutions that may, over time, mature.” Rice said if given the opportunity, the administration would have sought to understand tribal relations more thoroughly earlier and would have begun reconstruction from the country’s borders and worked inward toward Baghdad, not vice versa. Bobby Inman, Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs,
said that history would view the conflict as “one of the great fiascos.” “Unlike its approach toward Germany and Japan after World War II, the United States did not properly plan for how it would reconstruct Iraq’s government and economy after toppling Hussein’s government in a way that would transform the country into a successful democracy,” Inman said, adding, “when you do not look at the historical record and understand it, you are destined to make big mistakes.” This article was originally published March 19, 2013 as: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reaffirms Iraq War support on eve of 10th anniversary.
All that’s fit to print, show, listen by Jackie Ruth | Special editions staff
When you live in a city like Austin, it can be hard to keep up with everything that’s going on all the time. Luckily, there is no shortage of media outlets to discover when your favorite band is in town next, what’s going on in the Capitol or how the Longhorn football team is doing this season. Whether you prefer to read, watch or listen to your news, Austin’s got you covered. READ •The Daily Texan: This is the go-to news source for UT students, since it covers campus and local news as well as important world news. The student-run paper has news boxes all over campus and parts of West Campus, and it’s free! Support student journalism! • Austin Chronicle: A great weekly publication, es-
pecially for those who love reading about life and arts. Not that they don’t cover politics, the environment and other non-entertainment stories, but the Chronicle is known as the bastion of local culture. As a bonus, it’s also free and available on campus. • The Horn: The website offers lifestyle, sports and news to its readers, but per-
haps its best features are its blogs and Twitter account (@TweetTheHorn). The blogs are interesting pieces by UT students and the Twitter account is super interactive with followers, so make sure you keep up with both. • Texas Tribune: For students who want political news without any other distractions, the Austin-based
Tribune could be your onestop shop. Though the news isn’t necessarily limited to the city of Austin, it is often centered here in the capital of Texas. It’s a nonpartisan, nonprofit source of news online. • Texas Travesty: Not everyone enjoys the gravity of news, which is why the Texas Travesty is perfect for anyone who loves reading The Onion or watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Satire is sometimes just what you need, and the Travesty does not disappoint, with “news” about UT students and campus events, as well as a snarky Twitter account (@TexasTravesty). WATCH • KVUE: This station is
Austin’s ABC affiliate, and its reporters often have the latest in breaking news, whether on the air or online. There is also a page on the website allowing viewers to upload newsworthy videos and photos to share with the community. • KXAN: Austin’s local NBC affiliate, KXAN acts as the community’s investigative broadcast news team. It covers the same topics as other news stations – weather, sports, crime – but also takes a deeper look into the issues of the moment. • KTBC: Perhaps better known as “My FOX Austin,” KTBC is a channel whose team has a lot of personality. Meteorologist Scott Fisher runs an active Twitter account (@scottfisherFOX7), with almost 2,500 followers.
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Like KVUE, the news team at My FOX Austin wants the audience to get involved, so they ask people to text in votes on which of two stories they’d rather see during the broadcast, a segment called “It’s Your Call.” • Longhorn Network: The relatively newly-minted Longhorn Network covers all 20 sports at the university, as well as pregame and postgame shows. There is other UT-related content, too, like campus news, commencement ceremonies and even coverage of lectures or guest speakers. LISTEN • KUT (90.5 FM): This radio station is located in the Belo Center for New Media on campus. After recently expanding to sister-station 98.9 FM KUTX, which is all music, KUT now exclusively brings information about politics, community and culture in Austin and breaking news. The KUT team also collaborates with the Texas Tribune on some reporting. You can also listen online. • KAZI (88.7 FM): This radio station calls itself “The Voice of Austin” and plays hip-hop, reggae, gospel and jazz. If you’re wondering why it’s on this list, it’s because it also provides community information, independent local news and educational programs for its listeners. • The Zone (AM 1300): This is another news source for those sports fans, but this radio station is more convenient if you’re stuck in Austin’s traffic and you want to catch up on the sports news of the day or hear a play-by-play of the game. It’s also great because, unlike the Longhorn Network, The Zone is free and everyone can listen. • KLBJ (AM 590 and 99.7 FM): Not to be confused with KLBJ 93.7, this is Austin’s non-sports news radio station that doesn’t play music. It offers news from the local area, the state, the U.S. and internationally. It has a user-friendly website, with links to stories listed all the way down and split into categories. The website also provides podcasts for listeners who might have missed the morning show or another daily segment.
ORIENTATION EDITION 11 •
July 8-10, 2013
Longhorns’ Vaccaro, Goodwin, Okafor drafted to NFL by Rachel Thompson Three former Longhorns will boast new jerseys, new teams and new cities after being selected during the 2013 NFL Draft this past week. Safety Kenny Vaccaro was selected in the first round of the draft as the 15th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was picked 78th overall by the Buffalo Bills in the third round while defensive end Alex Okafor was chosen as the 103rd overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals. First off the board for the Longhorns was Vaccaro, who had made it his goal to be the first safety chosen. Without waiting too long on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall, his wish was granted. “This is just the beginning,” Vaccaro said. “Now I have to keep working hard
Longhorns in tackles in 2012. “I have been grinding my whole life, literally since I was four years old, for this opportunity,” Vaccaro said. “The Saints were my last visit, and I had a good feeling about it.” Goodwin, well aware of the other talented players still up for grabs, didn’t pay much attention to the draft Friday night, during which he got the call from the Buffalo Bills. “I was just sitting out there throwing the football with my brothers and sitting on the
It’s just a blessing,” Okafor said. “No matter what team you go to, when you get that call on draft day you’re already in love with the team. Really, that is all you can — Alex Okafor ask for to get to New Orleans and make an impact.” Vaccaro was a strong prospect heading into the draft after leading the
back of the truck talking,” Goodwin said. “I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t even think I’m going to go today. There are still receivers
Elisabeth Dillon | Daily Texan Staff
Former Longhorns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin runs after the catch during the Alamo Bowl against Oregon State. Goodwin was drafted to the Buffalo Bills with the 78th pick.
ranked ahead of me on the board.’ I got the call while I was on the back of the truck.” Being chosen as a new member of an NFL team came after a whirlwind eight months for Goodwin, during which he competed at the Olympics in London and finished out his senior year of football, forgoing his last season of track to prepare for the draft. “[My time at Texas] really taught me patience and how to persevere
through thick and thin,” Goodwin said. “I went off the board before guys that had a lot more catches and yards than I did. But I’ve got a wonderful opportunity in front of me, and I’m just going to make the most of it.” For Goodwin, Buffalo comes with some familiar ties. Former Longhorn and current Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams is a close friend while men’s head track coach Bubba Thornton also played as a wide
receiver for the Bills. Okafor said he couldn’t stop smiling after the call he received from the Arizona Cardinals. “It’s just a blessing,” Okafor said. “No matter what team you go to, when you get that call on draft day you’re already in love with the team. Really, that is all you can ask for.” Two other former Longhorns, defensive end Sam Acho and center Lyle Sendlein, are already on the Cardinals roster.
For Okafor, who many analysts predicted would be chosen in the second round, the phone call that came upon his selection was a welcomed end to the waiting game. “I expected to be called yesterday,” Okafor said on Saturday. “It was a long wait yesterday. But God has a plan for me. Today I couldn’t be any happier.” This article was originally published April 29, 2013.
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• 14 ORIENTATION EDITION
July 8-10, 2013
Proposition 1 for UT-Austin medical school passes
by Jordan Rudner
Emily Watson | Daily Texan Staff
State Sen. Kirk Watson delivers a speech at Driskill Hotel. According to Watson, Prop. 1will improve health care in Travis County,
UT moved one step closer to establishing a medical school after voters approved a ballot initiative Nov. 6 that will increase property taxes to partially fund a proposed UT medical school and teaching hospital. Fifty-five percent of Travis County voters approved
How do you say “Austin”? by Katie Dickerson | Special editions staff
Austin has seen many cultures that are reflected in the naming of its streets, buildings and surrounding areas. However, in true Austin fashion, the pronunciation of these names can be weird. Here we have your guide to pronouncing these places like a true Austinite. Guadalupe Street (gwahduh-loop) Commonly known as the Drag, this is the first main street west of campus. Here you will find the University Co-Op, and a variety of shopping and good eats only steps from campus. Need a new outfit? Tyler’s, Urban Outfitters and several boutiques dot the street. You can find practically whatever you’re craving along this street, from Chipotle and Mellow Mushroom, to Kerbey Lane and Amy’s Ice Cream a bit further north. Manor Road (MAY-ner) West of Interstate 35, and winding all the way to Interstate 183, this is the main feeder route to East Campus. The UT Facilities Services Complex is located along this route, as well as the Child Development Center and UT Micro Farm. Don’t forget to check out famed coffee spot Thunderbird Coffee, and eatery Eastside Café where they grow their own veggies! Koenig Lane (KAY-nig) You can find another Thunderbird Coffee or try out Checko’s Mexican Restaurant
and Bar on this street north of the Intramural Fields. Manchaca Road (MANshack) Nerd out at Tribe Comics and Games, or check out some fresh foods at Sprouts Farmers Market on Manchaca in south Austin. Nueces Street (New-aces) Located in West Campus south of Guadalupe and continuing south into the city, this street has a lot of Greek and residential housing. Try out the burgers at Dirty Martin’s on the corner of Nueces and Guadalupe. Whitis (Wit-is or White-is, both used) Whitis Ave runs from MLK through campus and up to 27th street. Whitis Court is a Residence Hall area located between Dean Keaton St. and 27th Street. Perry Castañeda Library (Perry Cast-an-yeda) Abbreviate to PCL in everyday use The main library on campus, open 24-hours and the perfect place to study whether you prefer working solo or in a group.
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increasing property taxes collected by Central Health, Travis County’s hospital district, from 7.89 cents to 12.9 cents per $100 of assessed property value. 45 percent voted against the tax increase. 176,755 voted in favor of the increase and 148,375 voted against.
The increase will contribute an estimated $35 million annually toward operations at the teaching hospital and purchase medical services there. State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, said the proposed medical school would improve health care services in Travis County and provide a growing base of resident physicians who graduate from the school. “People understood that this would benefit them and their families and their neighbors,” Watson said. For the past six years, Watson has coordinated with the University and other local governmental bodies to bring the medical school and teaching hospital to Austin.
Establishing the school and hospital are two components of Watson’s “10 Goals in 10 Years” plan. In a statement, UT President William Powers Jr. said the University aims to complete the medical school and teaching hospital by 2015. Powers said he and Steven Leslie, UT executive vice president and provost, will now appoint a committee of faculty members and health care officials to help recruit a dean and choose a location for the school. “Now that the vote is over, the hard work of building a medical school begins,” Powers said. Travis County Taxpayers Union, a political action committee that opposes Proposi-
tion 1, sued Central Health, alleging that the proposition’s ballot language violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965 by misleading voters and expressing advocacy for the proposition. In May 2012 the UT System Board of Regents pledged $30 million a year for eight years and $25 million per year after that for the medical school. The Seton Healthcare Family pledged $250 million toward the teaching hospital in April 2012. The proposed medical school would join six UT health institutions located in Dallas, Houston, Tyler, San Antonio and Galveston, some of which partner with local hospitals funded partially by property taxes in their areas.
Texas Parents aid transitioning students by Christine Imperatore | Special editions staff It’s no secret that parents often have trouble when it comes time for their “babies” to flee the nest and enter the grownup world of college. Luckily for the moms and dads of Longhorns, there’s Texas Parents, an organization that helps UT parents with that transition their children make into adulthood. Texas Parents works with parents to find a happy medium for them to stay in touch with and help their student without hindering his or her college experience. The resources the group provides ultimately help to establish a healthy communication between Longhorns and their parents. In 1948, a group of UT dads got together and formed an organization to help UT students and their parents. In the past 64 years, the Dads Association has become Texas Parents and continues to follow their mission to “help parents help their
students.” The goal of Texas Parents is not to insert themselves into the daily lives of each student and report back to students’ parents, but rather to help parents stay in their students’ lives while keeping boundaries and allowing them to act like the adults they now are. The group serves parents and students on multiple levels. Through the money they raise by parents joining as members, ,Texas Parents is able to award grants to registered student organizations for campus activities and community service projects such as Hope Week and Forty Acres Fest. Grants have also helped areas within the Division of Student Affairs such as Student Emergency Services, University Health Services and the Counseling and Mental Health Center. Additionally, Texas Parents provides valuable information and advice to its members.
Texas Parents Director Susie Smith offers helpful hints like, “when your student is having trouble in a class or with a professor, please, please DON’T call or email the professor on your student’s behalf.” The organization emphasizes the importance of letting students be responsible for themselves and their academics, but also letting them know that their parents are still there when they need them. Texas Parents even provides a monthly enewsletter highlighting important news, dates, deadlines and event information. This is a great alternative to parents having to hound their students for up-to-theminute coverage or relevant details. Sometimes it helps to have your parents be notified of important deadlines (i.e. tuition payment), so you can be sure they’re not missed. Texas Parents also helps parents learn about
the various resources available to students when they need academic, physical, social or emotional support. By being aware of these resources, parents can be better equipped to help their students when they can’t physically be there themselves. Joining Texas Parents is just as beneficial to the students as it is to the parents. Parents will have the tools and tips to let their students be adults and learn for themselves what it means to be responsible; and students will have even stronger support from their parents when they need it. Every May, Texas Parents produces and mails out the New Parent Guide that includes information to help students and their families get off to a good start on the next four years as Longhorns. Look for yours in the mail! For more information about Texas Parents, visit texasparents.org.
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July 8-10, 2013
The best places to gain the freshman 15 by Katey Psencik| Special editions staff
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You’ve heard about it. Your parents and older friends have told you about it. And now, unfortunately, you’re about to live it – the Freshman 15. Now, you could hit Gregory Gym once a day and eat healthy in the dining halls on campus…or you could embrace the only time of your life you’re allowed to get fat and your family won’t make fun of you, because it’s “what college kids do.” If you’re going to gain the Freshman 15 (or 20, or 40), here’s how to do it in the best way possible, all within walking distance of campus – and trust me, you’ll want to walk it off. 1. Milto’s Mediterranean Café on Guadalupe and 29th is near-campus eating’s best-kept secret. From delicious classic Greek gyros to Sicilian pizza slices more than an inch thick and oh, so doughy, you’ll be ingesting more carbs and grease than your body can handle. Can’t decide between pasta, pizza or a gyro? Order them all. And some cheesy bread. 2. Okay, it’s not like Chick-Fil-A is a uniquely Austin food joint, but there are two of them on campus (in the Union and the Student Activity Center) and a
third opening on MLK June 6. There’s no better meal in between classes than a spicy chicken sandwich, waffle fries and Chick-Fil-A’s legendary lemonade. 3. Thai Spice has had many different names, but the food has stayed consistently delicious. If you’re not a sushi fan, get the pineapple fried rice with some chicken tossed in. It’s relatively cheap and a large enough portion to eat for two meals. However, if you’re a sushi fan, they’ve got the cheapest around during happy hour. 4. There are a few trailers
dangerously placed around campus and an actual restaurant just north of Dean Keeton, but no matter where you get it from, Double Dave’s always delivers (pun intended). In between classes grab a few pizza rolls from the kiosks on campus for a meal less than $5, or if you’ve got time on your hands order a full barbecue chicken pizza for the most delicious pie that has ever crossed your lips. 5. Chipotle is expensive, but with huge portion sizes you definitely get your money’s worth. With all-natural ingredients and really fabulous queso, it’s pretty easy to eat here once…or twice…or three times a week. 6. The Wendy’s in Jester is the highest-grossing in the United States, and for good reason – it’s somehow magically more delicious than
any other Wendy’s in the world, and it’s open until 4 a.m. Their dollar menu allows you to get a full meal for just a few dollars, and sometimes you’ll get lucky and swing by when they’re giving out free Frostys. There’s no better study fuel, either – there’s a reason it’s right next to the PCL. 7. West Campus just opened its very own food truck park, Rancho Rio Eatery, on the corner of Rio Grande and 26th streets. It offers food from 10 different trucks, ranging from Thai food to ice cream to anything you want served up in an ice cream cone. If you’re looking for a real Austin experience within blocks of campus, check out The Mighty Cone or Wurst Tex in this cozy little parking lot. 8. If you’re a soccer fan or just a sports fan in general, Cuatros is the place for you.
Their Pica burger with their famous “ubiquitous sauce” (I still don’t know what it is… maybe some kind of chipotle ranch mayonnaise?) and fries is fantastic, and they’ve got the biggest-screen TV near campus. If you’re not buying Texas football tickets for this fall, I’d suggest you watch the game here and eat any kind of tacos while you do it. 9. While Austin has plenty of “authentic” Tex-Mex restaurants, if you’re craving some tacos or queso close to home, the Student Activity Center is home to Taco Cabana. Sure, you’ll regret eating all those quesadillas and tortilla chips, but there’s nothing more intensely satisfying after a three-hour final than greasy Tex-Mex. 10. Also in the Student Activity Center, Zen has delicious and fairly cheap make-your-own bowls of
Japanese food and relatively cheap, shockingly delicious grab-and-go sushi. It’s relatively expensive, but they take Bevo Bucks, so who cares? 11. No list of deliciously unhealthy restaurants near campus would be complete without Pluckers. Pluckers is the Holy Grail. Pluckers is heaven. Pluckers is Mecca. Pluckers is everything you have been waiting for the past two decades of your life, and now it’s only a few blocks away. Order anything here – hot wings, boneless wings, waffle fries…even the sandwiches and the salads are good. Join the Pluckers club for a free appetizer or dessert every time you visit, and don’t forget – when the horns win, you win! After every sporting event where UT teams are victors, circle around the venue for handfuls of “five free wing” cards.
East Side King opens new location by Laura Wright
Jave Del Rosario and AJ Elumn, senior neurobiology majors, eat at the newly opened East Side King. This is Chef Paul Qui’s first non-food truck location.
Yesterday, local chef Paul Qui opened the fourth location of his East Side King food trailer in the back room of the Hole in the Wall, the long-loved bar and music venue on Guadalupe Street. In the back room, East Side King has re-decorated by painting bright murals, installing Japanese beers on tap, and rearranging the furniture they inherited from the Hole in the Wall. Still, a line of vintage pinball machines stands at attention
along one wall, harkening back to the bar’s beginning as an “arcade restaurant.” The division in the new space between the front room, where live music is played, and the back room, where East Side King serves food, is noticeable, but Hole in the Wall owner Will Tanner says he’s not concerned about the venues being perceived as separate. “People kind of seem to flow out and spill,” Tanner said, gesturing toward the back room.
authenticity of the bar. This reporter, like many UT students, can’t speak to that dingy authenticity: prior to Qui’s venture, minors weren’t allowed inside the Hole in the Wall. Now all ages are welcome in the back room. In that room, ramen is served hot and unceremoniously in disposable paper bowls, and the food is the better for its lack of pretension. The menu at the Hole in Marisa Vasquez | Daily Texan Staff the Wall is intended to be a collection of Of course, there are those “greatest hits” from who remain concerned the three other East Side about the integrity of the King trailers. From the Hole in the Wall after the Liberty Bar location, for addition of East Side King. example, come beet home Since winning the 2012 fries and a season of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” Brussels sprout salad. Qui has gained popularity The latter is a favorite of in the foodie world, while Hole in the Wall general the Hole in the Wall has manager Alex Livingston, remained, well, that holewho sounded only a in-the-wall on the Drag. little out of place when he Unhappy fans of the Hole in exclaimed,“I’m psyched the Wall feel that bringing about the Brussels sprouts. the likes of Qui, a former ex- I’ve recently fallen in love ecutive chef at Uchiko, into with that vegetable, and it the back will ruin the dingy makes me really happy to
think I’ll be able to eat it every day.” His ardor for the dish isn’t unearned. The salad is a hearty and refreshing mix of fried Brussels sprouts and shredded cabbage, with three dainty slivers of deepfried bun for garnish. The beet fries are memorable for their bar-food-grease-meetsfresh-vegetables taste. Tiny chunks of deep-fried beet are accompanied by thick Japanese Kewpie mayo. The first taste is of spice, grease and all the good things a dark bar like the Hole in the Wall should offer, but the second bite gets you nothing but the fiber of fresh vegetables. The combination may not be for everyone, but it makes for enjoyable innovative dining. After the appetizers, order the Gekkeikan Sake to wash it down (provided, of course, you’re of age). A friend put it best when she said that Gekkikan is what you imagine children’s mixed drinks must taste like: refreshing, smooth, magical. But the real standouts of the menu are the three ramen options (which, incidentally, are the only ones
that don’t come in vegan or gluten-free options). Sapporo beer bacon miso ramen may seem a little heavy, especially when you read that it’s made with two different forms of bacon, beer, butter and pork belly, but you didn’t come to a dark bar to behave healthfully, did you? The beer foam that tops the ramen is the answer to every time you tried to slurp the foam off the top of your cup, and the option to add an extra egg — a softboiled, soy sauce-cured egg — shouldn’t be missed. The pork belly is as tender and tasty as Thanksgiving turkey. Now, the real question: do the dishes still taste good the morning after, in the cold hard light of your refrigerator? Well, results are mixed. Some leftover-samplers wrinkled their noses and said only “tastes like fish,” while others, like this reporter, ate the gelled ramen in all its salty, fishy glory till her spoon scraped the bottom of the paper bowl. This article originally published Dec. 4, 2012 as: East Side King opens new location at Hole in the Wall.
• 16 ORIENTATION EDITION
July 8-10, 2013
So long, Mr. Postman
Pu Ying Huang | Daily Texan Staff
Tom Bowser, who has been working for the United States Post Office in Austin for 36 years, is retiring from his post at the UT station. Bowser briefly attended UT.
After 36 years in the postal industry, UT favorite Tom Bowser says goodbye by Laura Wright
“What do you call an Austin musician whose girlfriend just dumped him?” Tom Bowser joked as he stood outside a post office. “Homeless,” Bowser said with a laugh. Bowser, who has worked for the United States Post Office in Austin for 36 years, doesn’t immediately show his age. He moves quickly, talks fast and peppers his conversation with jokes like the one above. But when Bowser remembers seeing artists like B.B. King and the Kinks in long-gone Austin music venues like Liberty Lunch and Armadillo World Headquarters, it becomes clear that he’s seen more of Austin than most UT students can imagine. At one time, Bowser was a UT student. “I didn’t get very far,” Bowser said when asked what he studied at UT. “My
daughter was born and they put me on the midnight shift at [the post office] and I just couldn’t do it all.” Bowser began working for the post office in October 1976 at the Main station downtown at 300 E. 9th, because he needed a job. At that time, Austin was a city of 308,952 people, and the post office was very different. “There was a lot of manual work and there wasn’t so much sorting,” Bowser said. “We would sort mail by hand and key it in a machine, whereas now it goes by a machine that sorts letters.” When he started there, the downtown post office had three or four letter sorting machines that the employees would key the mail on. Now, nobody keys mail according to Bowser. Back then, the post office saw more personal correspondence than it does
today. It wasn’t unusual for Bowser to notice the backand-forth between two people who frequently wrote each other. Now, he and his coworkers see more parcels, with floods of correspondence on major holidays (Mother’s Day in particular). Most of the P.O. boxes lining the walls of the post office’s back room now have thin pieces of white tape crossed over them, indicating that they are no longer rented out by the people or businesses who used to pay for them. In 2007, Bowser transferred to the station on the UT campus. The move was good for him. Downtown, Bowser said, customers were “busy, busy, busy, and a lot of people were just all business. Here? It’s so different. Everybody’s so easy-going.” Bowser noted, almost proudly, that at the UT station people display a
generous “no-you-go-ahead” behavior in line, something he said would never happen downtown. If somebody looked down, somebody would go ahead of them.”
“I mean, students, faculty, staff, everybody is so nice,” Bowser said. “I think people [here] are really nice and have a good attitude. I love working down here too.”
Bowser is a friendly man; partially because of his own gregariousness and partially because of the faculty and staff who frequent the post office, Bowser has made a lot of friends in the five years he has been there. He remembers having a paleontology professor come into the post office and identify a fossil for him that he had found in his free time. Bowser also spoke enthusiastically about an English professor with whom he exchanges books, and he remembered the stories of the Iranian Revolution told to him by a former faculty member in the Middle Eastern Studies department.
When closing up the post office last Monday, Bowser noticed a frequent customer and made sure to ask him about his roommate, family and Thanksgiving break, all of which Bowser knows about from chatting with the man while he gets his mail. There are several customers of the post office who will miss Bowser come January when he will take the severance package offered to post office employees who meet the age requirement. “I’m not real comfortable [with leaving the job], but that’s what I’m going to be doing,” Bowser said. When
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working at the UT station, there were eight employees. Now, there are two and a half. Bowser has had to take on extra duties, as has everyone in the post office. “We don’t have eight people anymore. And that’s mainly because of the budget, not because of the mail,” Bowser said. In 2006, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which requires the postal service to prefund the retirement health benefits of all its employees, passed and plunged the postal service into debt. “It’s going to be interesting to see what happens down here next,” Bowser said. Come January, he will be looking for a job, and the regular customers at the post office will no doubt be looking for him. This article was originally published on Nov. 29, 2012.
ORIENTATION EDITION 17 •
July 8-10, 2013
Painting a YouTube masterpiece by Bobby Blanchard While his name is not nearly as well-known as his most famous video with 10 million views, Jon Cozart has made a splash into the world of fandom with his YouTube channel, Paint. In July 2011, Cozart released the video “Harry Potter in 99 Seconds.” It is what it sounds like: a musical video that sums up the sevenbook and eight-movie plot of Harry Potter in a mere 99 seconds. The video went viral online instantly and launched him into the world of online fame. Cozart, an RTF sophomore, transferred to UT-Austin this year from UTSA through the CAP program. He said since transferring to UT-Austin, he has already made more friends than in the two semesters he was in San Antonio. “San Antonio was not kind to me, you could say,” Cozart said. “I prefer it here. The classes are just a higher level. It’s more challenging, but it’s more rewarding.” Cozart said he has already been recognized three times since transferring to UT. “It always shocks me that people recognize me from the Internet,” Cozart said. “They just approach me and say, ‘Are you Jon Cozart?’ and I say, ‘Yeah,’ and we have a conversation. It’s really cool.” But often, fans may be surprised to find Cozart’s personality in real life is not as wacky as his YouTube channel’s character. He is more mellow and calm outside of his videos. “It’s more difficult to
be sporadic and spontaneous when I don’t have a script,” Cozart said. “I’m a theater kid at heart — I have to act. Of course, there is some level of my personality that is like that.” Cozart’s YouTube RTF sophomore Jon channel Paint has Cozart, the creator more than 220,000 of “Harry Potter in subscribers. Paint 99 Seconds” said had around 7,000 he while he is not subscribers the as crazy as his morning “Harry character on his Potter in 99 YouTube channel, Seconds” launched. he does bear some resemblance. By the evening, it had more than how to edit music and how 12,000. “I had been producing to record myself, to make it YouTube videos for six years, easier.” But Cozart does not and I had always tried to see if I could make a viral video, just include multiple layers if I could tap into that market,” of audio — he often also Cozart said. “I thought, ‘I’m a includes multiple layers of Harry Potter fan, so I might as video. Cozart often doubles in his productions, appearing well try to dive in.’” It took more than two as multiple characters. In one months to create the concept, video he plays twins who are record and edit “Harry Potter fighting over a current/exin 99 Seconds.” In all of his girlfriend. In his Harry Potter musical videos, Cozart makes video, he plays both the singer the beat and sings the words and the a cappella musician. to his songs and then mashes While Cozart is certainly the audio recordings together. not the only YouTuber or Because he is a one-man filmmaker to do this, his split band, Cozart’s videos often personality technique is one of have many levels of audio. His his trademarks. “It’s not a very complicated most recent video, “Lord of the Rings in 99 Seconds,” has technique,” Cozart said. “Basically you just film half of 20 layers of audio. “I don’t know anything it, split it in half and then film about recording – I record the other half. It is difficult it and that’s it,” Cozart said. when you have music, because “That’s what I’m doing in it’s just really hard to lipcollege, I’m hoping to learn synch.”
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Cozart said it became more difficult for him to keep the channel updated once he started college. “I had a tough time juggling work, school and a social life,” Cozart said. Another barrier for Cozart has been the realization that his YouTube channel is his job. Ever since the Harry Potter video went viral, making videos is the way Cozart makes money to help pay for his education and living expenses. He sells his songs on iTunes, where they have been featured as the most sold comedy song. “I’ve had a harder time coming up with an idea and making videos because now I have an audience to maintain,” Cozart said. “There is a lot of pressure. Because it’s my job, I have to keep that audience. It hinders the creative process for me.”
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Cozart released his Lord of the Rings video this past July. It currently stands at almost 700,000 views. Cozart said he knew the video would not be as popular as the Harry Potter video was, which hit one million views soon after its release, but as a Lord of the Rings fan, he had to pay tribute to one of his favorite stories. Part of Cozart’s success and another one of his trademarked techniques is his ability to ride on the waves of the Internet’s fandom. For example, he released his Harry Potter video the day the final film came out. “Fandom is a huge thing on the Internet,” Cozart said. “Fan fiction and things like that have huge followings. Any way I can throw myself onto the wave is good for me.” Which brings Cozart to his next project: “Twilight
in 99 Seconds.” While he cannot guarantee that he can make the video while he is a full-time college student, Cozart said he would like to release a video summing up Twilight’s plot when the movie premieres in November. “With the multiple personality thing, I think I want to make a Twilight in 99 seconds, and have one of me like Twilight and the other me not like Twilight,” Cozart said. Cozart is not a fan of the popular vampire series by Stephenie Meyer. He said he went to see the first movie and has had nothing to do with the series since then. “There are lot of people passionate about it, so I think it will get me views,” Cozart said. “It will appeal both to the people who hate it and the people who love it.” This article was originally published on Sept. 20, 2012.
Freedmen’s restaurant opens doors, brings touch of class to West Campus by Alexandra Hart
Chelsea Purgahn | Daily Texan Staff
Diners enjoy the restaurant and bar at Freedmen’s on a Thursday evening. Freedmen’s is a new upscale barbecue restaurant and bar in West Campus that operates in a historic landmark dating back to 1869.
An establishment must have a certain amount of self-respect to set up shop in a historic landmark, particularly the Franzetti Store, a piece of real estate dating back to 1869. Newly opened barbecue restaurant and bar Freedmen’s has that self-respect, and a name paying tribute to the building’s history as a centerpiece of Wheatville, a community many of the University area’s freed slaves called home. Perhaps it is easier to
start off with what Freedmen’s is not. It is not your Rudy’s or Bill Miller sort of barbecue joint. It is not part of the culturally bland restaurant/bar scene that prevails among its neighbors in West Campus (I’m looking at you, Cain & Abel’s), which specifically caters to that “college experience” ideology. In fact, as a more upscale dining experience, Freedmen’s seems out of place in the middle of a neighborhood of frat houses, high-density apartment
complexes and loud college students. What Freedman’s is, is an oasis in the midst of West Campus. The restaurant itself is tiny. The few tables indoors have rich, black leather cushions and candles as centerpieces. A large fixture over the bar area provides most of the light in the dining area, bathing the tables in a warm golden glow. The cocktail menu includes selections created by Freedmen’s mixologists.
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for a while. The slightly dry brisket finds redemption in the addition of house barbecue sauce. The plates are served with sweet, yet slightly spicy pickled vegetables, all presented unpretentiously on tin trays lined with brown parchment and a roll of paper towels on the table to wipe up with: a charming recognition of how barbecue is supposed to be served. Side dish offerings are upgraded from standard barbecue joint fare. Delicious German potatoes with bacon and caramelized onions stand in for potato salad, and offal beans, cooked with sausage and beef heart, take the place of standard baked beans. Vegetarians needn’t feel left out: The smoked beets are enough to turn even a devout carnivore into a veggie lover. The herbed chevre pairs nicely with the earthy beets, and is topped with a tart balsamic glaze, creating an intense combination of flavors. The smoked banana pudding is served in an almost
offensively small mason jar, but one bite proves that a little goes a long way. Exceptionally sweet and rich, it is almost too heavy to top off the hearty barbecue dinner. Splitting it with someone is a must. Only time will tell if Freedmen’s can carve out a niche in a neighborhood densely populated by college students who likely don’t have a lot of disposable income. However, for those looking to experience finer tastes without venturing too far from home, Freedmen’s provides an opportunity to try new flavors in a relatively casual setting. This article was originally published on Feb. 1, 2013 as: Barbecue joint brings touch of class to West Campus.
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July 8-10, 2013
Horns clinch second title by Sara Beth Purdy
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Longhorns looked like champions as they defeated No. 5 Oregon in three straight sets December 15, 2012 at the KFC YUM! Center (2511, 26-24, 25-19). The Longhorns were crowned the 2012 NCAA Division I National Champions with the victory over the Ducks. This was the second NCAA national title for the Longhorns, the first coming in 1988. “This has been a long time coming. And I’m so happy for the University of Texas,” said Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott. “But to see these girls’ faces … We’re just so excited and proud of these ladies.” The Longhorns finished their season 29-4 with a Big 12 conference record of 151. As a team, the Longhorns hit .428 in three sets and turned in 43 kills with only four errors. The .428 hitting percentage was a record for three-set matches in the NCAA finals. In addition, Texas hit a combined .360 against both Michigan and Oregon, another NCAA record, with 108 kills and only 19 errors. “They played very, very well,” Oregon head coach Jim Moore said. “Blocked great, passed great, and they deserve it, a well-earned victory for them.” In set one, the Longhorns
got out to a fast start. They cruised to an easy 12-4 lead which quickly extended as the Ducks were never able to keep up. The Longhorns posted a powerful offensive attack which was helped along by numerous Oregon errors. Texas picked up the first set easily, 25-11. The Longhorns turned in 11 kills and only one error while posting a .400 hitting clip. The Texas defense produced seven blocks in the first set alone and held the Oregon offense to only nine kills with a staggering 12 errors. The Ducks were also held to a -.083 hitting clip in the opening set. The second set was typical for the Longhorns. The Ducks got off to a quick start, maintaining a slight lead throughout the set. A kill by junior Bailey Webster tied the set at 23-23 and a service ace by sophomore Haley Eckerman pushed it to a set point. Oregon tied it up again, before back-toback kills by Webster, with assists from junior Hannah Allison, ended the set 26-24 in favor of the Longhorns. “We were like, ‘Guys, like we need this win. Act like we’re about to get eliminated. We need this win,’” Webster said about bouncing back after a difficult second set. “We literally took it one point at a time. I think that’s what worked for us.” Oregon’s offense was much more productive in
the second set, posting a hitting clip of .462 with 21 kills and three errors. Texas hit .515 in the second set with 19 kills and two errors. The Texas defense was not as efficient in the second set, only producing one block. With the 2-0 match advantage after the break, the Longhorns were looking to end the match after three sets. Oregon kept the set close with a score of 9-6 in favor of the Longhorns, but Texas extended the lead and pushed it to 23-19. A kill by senior Sha’Dare McNeal brought Garry Jones | Associated Press up the match point at 24-19. A block by Allison and sophomore The Longhorns turned Khat Bell ended the set, and in a .438 hitting clip for the the match, at 25-19. match, holding Oregon to In the third set, the .202 in three sets. Texas had Longhorns hit .387 with 43 kills and four errors while 13 kills and one error. Oregon had 46 kills and The Texas defense turned 23 errors. The Longhorns in seven blocks and held turned in 15 blocks for the the Oregon offense to match to Oregon’s one. a hitting percentage of Webster was named .205 with 16 kills and the tournament’s most eight errors. outstanding player. Webster,
Sarah Palmer and her teammates hoist up the national championship trophy after sweeping Oregon in the finals. The Longhorns finished their 2012 season with a 29-4 overall record.
Allison, Eckerman and McNeal were named to the all-tournament team. Webster had 14 kills in the final match with a hitting clip of .500. Eckerman hit .400 with 12 kills. Freshman Molly McCage had an outstanding night on defense, turning in eight blocks. Texas has the fourthbest winning percentage in
history at .724. “All I remember and all I know about this match is that I just felt like we did the whole thing together,” Webster said. “I think we really won this because we were such a team out there.” This article was originally published Dec. 15, 2012 as: Horns clinch second title
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Austin’s breakfast tacos: a guide by Shantanu Banerjee A religion for some, a strange combination to others, breakfast tacos inevitably become a part of your diet at UT. While this largely Texas tradition baffles some, anyone who has tasted warm eggs, cheese and crispy bacon rolled into a fluffy tortilla can’t deny the appeal. Whether you are from out-of-state or a native Austinite, here are some top places to check out.
Tamale House The two locations, one off of Airport Boulevard and another on East Sixth Street, may not look too upscale from the outside. But remember, don’t judge a breakfast taco by its cover (unless you’re talking about a tortilla). Tamale House keepings things affordable without sacrificing taste, perfect for a student budget. At under $1 per taco, and nine filling choices from plain potato and egg to chorizo, Tamale House gives any options at a small price tag. It may be difficult to believe that such simple ingredients could be so good, but once people taste a taco from Tamale House, they reconsider how they have cooked scrambled eggs their whole life. The only way Tamale House could get any better is if they, you know, sold actual tamales! Leave the debit card at home, since Tamale House is still cash only.
Torchy’s Tacos Though famous for its delicious lunch and dinner offerings, Torchy’s rarely receives acclaim for breakfast items. After March’s Taco of the Month, the Roscoe, the Austin chain may have finally made it on the A.M. map. The friedegg-waffle-bacon-fried chicken extravaganza is now gone, but Torchy’s is still serving tasty breakfast items (try the meaty Ranch Hand) and traditional breakfast tacos.
Rudy’s Always hot-and-ready for students on the go, Rudy’s keep prices reasonable and the selection vast. The chopped taco remains one of the most popular options as it combines BBQ and breakfast – two Texas staples! Depending on the location, students might find different or even more options, as no Rudy’s is exactly identical.
Salt Lick For those of you flying in or out of Austin’s airport, the terminal Salt Lick offers access to a unique take on breakfast tacos. Customers can choose between pulled pork or fresh moist brisket to have in their taco, and add on toppings ranging from potato to bacon. Afterwards you douse on some of Salt Lick’s signature BBQ sauce. Sometimes it can end up being too much for one taco to hold, so a word
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of caution. Salt Lick truly mastered bringing BBQ together with the breakfast taco in Austin. However, as a result the tacos can also end up being on the pricier side.
Juan in a Million Juan Meza, owner of the East side’s Juan in a Million, knows about customer service. On any given day, you can find him out in the restaurant meeting customers, keeping with the family-style tradition. In the same tradition is the fabled Don Juan. The exact combina-
tion of potato, egg, bacon and cheese is a wellguarded secret, known to stump even the most avid of eaters. The 13 breakfast taco options give tons of variety and rarities. Nopalitos, barbacoa, machacado all count themselves on the breakfast menu. Basically what you get here you will not find else where, hence the name of the restaurant. Do not be afraid to add on items, whether it’s extra bacon or tacos, the tiny bill makes you think you never did.
Tacodeli You know all the ingredients at Tacodeli. Not only will you know they used organic eggs, but they could tell you where they source the eggs from, meaning you never have to think twice here about what might be in your tortilla. Students can build organically sourced tacos here, including items like sirloin, queso fresco, Mexican mashed potatoes, poblano and onion rajas. The breakfast taco menu itself is far from traditional as
well, as a simple egg and potato cannot be found. Each selection is unique in name and ingredients and will be new experience. Consider the Taco Blanco, which uses only egg whites, for the more health conscious customers. For those who want a catch-all plate sure to fill your stomach, there’s always the Migas Royale Plate, which combines everything from Tacodeli’s queso to avocado and Monterrey Jack cheese.
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Ten UT-related twitter accounts you should be following by Bobby Blanchard Texan is writing if you do not visit the website every day.
In an effort to improve transparency, Student Government President Thor Lund and Vice President Wills Brown have kept an active Twitter presence by sending Twitter messages about every meeting they had and every accomplishment they met. It remains to be seen if Student Government President-elect Horacio Villarreal and Vice President-elect Ugeo Williams will duplicate this feat. But, Villarreal and Williams are the student body’s new representatives. Students should follow them — they will be involved in a variety of things impacting the campus.
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UT is more popular than Beyonce. At least maybe on Twitter. Among Texas’ universities and colleges, UT-Austin has the highest Klout score. Klout is a company that analyzes a person’s or company’s social media influence and engagement by providing a ranking between one and 100. UTAustin’s Klout score may be higher than that of any Texas institution, business or celebrity — at least I can’t find anyone higher. Even Beyonce is two points below UT. Klout may not be the best way to rank social media popularity and influence — Beyonce has 7 million more followers than UT-Austin, and her Klout score is based solely on her Twitter account while UT-Austin’s is based on several of its social media accounts. But it’s hard to argue the UT-Austin Twittersphere and social media landscape isn’t a buzzing, fun and interactive place to be. After all, the University has won awards for its social media work. With that said, here are 10
UT-related Twitter accounts every UT student should be following:
@UTAustin is the mother ship. It is the main, official account of the University. With more than 46,000 followers, this Twitter account has a lot of reach. Drew Carls, UT’s digital content coordinator, manages and runs the @UTAustin twitter account. “The purpose of this account is to share the news of the University as a whole,” Carls said. “Everything from research to athletics, and just shed light on all the great things going on.
H. W. Brands has authored more than 25 books. On Twitter, he has authored more than 200 haiku. The UT history professor uses Twitter to write haiku about history. But if you are studying for a history test, it is probably better to actually go to class than just read Brands’ Twitter feed.
In March, radio-television-
film sophomore Jon Cozart’s “After Ever After” video quickly went viral. Cozart was already famous on YouTube for several of his other videos, including “Harry Potter in 99 Seconds.” But in just two weeks his newest video parodying Disney princesses got half the number of hits his most popular video took more than a year to get. Cozart promotes his videos, and also provides the occasional funny quip.
A majority of the University of Texas Police Department’s Twitter messages have to do with Campus Watch, the daily crime report sprinkled with sarcastic jokes. But this Twitter account also sends out breaking news updates when something big happens.
I would be amiss (fired?) if I didn’t recommend The Daily Texan’s Twitter account. The Texan’s Twitter was active during both the bomb threat and presidential debates last fall. Following the Texan’s Twitter is a way to follow breaking news and to keep up with what the
fairs, is an exception. Student affairs is focused on engaging students and getting them involved with programs at UT. Paine said while learning the best ways to use social media takes time, Twitter has worked
for her. “I get a picture of things students care about … and I follow all sorts of offices and other folks on campus,” Paine said. “So it helps me pay attention to what is going on.”
Bob Metcalfe is a UT-Austin professor who co-invented the Ethernet cable and has an encyclopedic knowledge of startups and entrepreneurship opportunities. Anyone who enjoys tech news would enjoy reading Metcalfe’s updates.
UT’s Division of Student Affairs oversees many student resources on campus, including the Division of Housing and Food Service, University Health Services and the Student Events Center. Assistant Director of Student Affairs Joshua Cook, who runs the Twitter account, said he makes sure students are aware of all the services UT has to offer students. “It’s a way to work with students and show that we’re listening to what they’re saying and what they’re doing,” Cook said. “It’s a way to let them know that they’re important and part of this family.”
It’s hard to find administrators on Twitter, but Gage Paine, the vice president for student af-
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MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE AT THE UNIVERSITY
By Christian Corona, Kelsey McKinney, Trey Scott and Shabab Siddiqui
1. William Powers Jr. UT PRESIDENT
While the top pick here is obvious, it is easy to forget the breadth of responsibility and influence of the man at the top. Since stepping into office in February 2006 after a stint as dean of the School of Law, Powers has helped the University’s budget grow from about $1.6 billion to about $2.2 billion last year, kicked off a $3 billion fundraising campaign and opened 20 new buildings. Additionally, with seven years under his belt, Powers has set the vision he wants of the University, as every high-level administrator — from deans to vice presidents — has either been hired or re-hired by Powers.
2. DeLoss Dodds
MEN’S ATHLETICS DIRECTOR
But as is the case of all public figures, one’s grasp of power is not simply measured by his or her ability to do a job, but rather an ability to keep a job — and in that regard, Powers’ reign may be the most impressive. A man who took the job hoping to guide UT to become the top public university in the country found himself having to defend the value of a university to society, all in the face of declining revenue, hostile regents and health problems, including a pulmonary embolism in 2011. And so while it may not come as a surprise, it does come with certainty that Powers heads the powers that are at UT.
3. Kevin Hegarty
VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
During Dodds’ 31-year tenure as Texas’ men’s athletics director, the Longhorns have won 14 national titles, 106 conference championships and have become the most profitable athletics program in the country. The Longhorns’ football program alone generated $103.8 million during the 2011-12 fiscal year, according to USA Today, the first time a college football program brought in $100 million of revenue. Since the launch of the Longhorn Network, which Dodds says is one of his five best accomplishments at UT, Texas has struggled. The football team is 22-16 over the last three years, while the men’s basketball and baseball squads failed to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the late ‘90s. Can Dodds push the right buttons and pull all the strings to rebuild the juggernaut he created?
Some understand budgets, while others understand people. And then there are people like Hegarty, who understand both well enough that they can toe the line and serve as a translator for both worlds. The former Dell executive and current vice president and chief financial officer not only oversees the University’s $2.2 billion operating budget, but is UT’s go-to guy for dealing with messy situations. Hegarty sits on the influential University Budget Council and the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee and has headed reorganizations in information technology and development offices. Most recently, Powers named him the point person to implement the $490 million worth of cost savings recommended by the Committee on Business Productivity in its report — a process that will take a healthy understanding of budgets and of people.
4. Mack Brown
5. Gage Paine
It’s easy to retain power when you’re the highest paid public employee in the state. If the athletics department wanted to part ways with Brown, they’d have to swallow a $2.75 million pill for the buyout. Brown remains the face of not only Texas Athletics but also the entire school. The perennial success of Brown’s program, along with his ascension to national recognition, is the chief reason Texas is one of eight not requiring university financial assistance and also the main bait for ESPN in the groundbreaking deal to form the Longhorn Network. Brown might not make the decisions, but if it weren’t for him, Dodds wouldn’t be making them, either. Now, if only he could beat Oklahoma.
VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
Paine joined the University in August as the first woman appointed as Vice President of Student Affairs. At first glance, the role may not seem particularly powerful, but Paine oversees 14 of the University’s largest non-academic units, including the University Health Services, the Office of the Dean of Students and the residence halls. With extracurriculars making up so much of the overall college experience, from recreational sports leagues to dining hall pizza to student organizations, Paine has the ability to greatly enhance or hurt the UT vibe that is so appealing to incoming freshmen.
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