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Friday, May 6, 2011

UT System disseminates financial info about faculty

WEEKEND FRIDAY ‘Go bare because you care’

By Matthew Stottlemyre Daily Texan Staff

The annual Undie Run will begin at 7 p.m. at the University Co-op. Participants run in their underwear and donate their clothes to those in need. Prizes will be given for the the best undie costume.

Last day of publishing

The Texan is taking a hiatus, but will return June 6. Watch for the Year in Review edition next week and look for new content online during the break.

SATURDAY Happy Mother’s Day

Austin Symphonic Band is having its Mother’s Day Concert at 7 p.m. at Zilker Hillside Theatre.

On the Town

Indie rock band Oh No Oh My is playing Emo’s with supporting acts Generationals and The Boxing Lesson. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10.


Tamir Kalifa | Daily Texan Staff

Members of the Austin Fire Department test for chemicals and toxic gas levels in The Daily Texan office after being alerted of a suspicious odor. The smell was the result of industrial chemicals used to paint the former printing press room for University use.

Texas Student Media building evacuated

Daily Texan staff members sat on the plaza of the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center on Thursday evening after learning paint masks were not enough to protect them from potentially toxic fumes in their office. The William Randolph Hearst Building was evacuated for about

two hours because of painting in the room that formerly housed the Texan’s printing press. “I’m the dean of the school. I understand about journalism deadlines, but I can’t be sure you all will be safe if you stay down here,” said College of Communication Dean

Roderick Hart. Within minutes, Jesse H. Jones Communication Center - Building A also had to be evacuated after someone pulled a fire alarm, said building services supervisor Jason Shoumaker. Electrical engineering senior Tristan Jesse was in a photography

‘Through The Lens’

By Melissa Ayala Daily Texan Staff

Dubstep DJ Rusko is playing Stubb’s with supporting act Doorly. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $18.

Today in history In 1937 Hindenburg, a German zeppelin, catches fire and is destroyed while attempting to dock in New Jersey.

“[Cooking] is therapeutic; it’s the simple pleasure of creating something and people liking it, that joy for that one moment in time.” — Katrina O’Donell

Co-creator of Arancini trailer


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Impending end of session stresses deadline for bills



class in the building when the alarm went off. “I really just kind of laughed,” Jesse said. “I would guess someone was taking a final, and they didn’t want to finish it.” — By Audrey White and Matthew Stottlemyre

The UT System released 821 pages of information about each faculty member in the system’s nine academic institutions Thursday, including their salaries, number of semester hours taught and research expenditures. Former special adviser to the UT System Board of Regents, Rick O’Donnell, wrote to Regent Wallace Hall on April 18, the day before his time with the system ended. In the letter, he addressed his request for this information on behalf of the board. O’Donnell said he wanted to examine how UT universities spend tuition and tax dollars. “The release of such data was resisted at the highest levels of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas System,” O’Donnell wrote. The System has since received multiple public-information requests for the information it released Thursday. The system distributed the data along with a statement. “The attached data spreadsheet in its current draft form is incomplete and has not yet been fully verified or cross-referenced,” said System spokesman Anthony de


The Daily Texan photo staff presents this annual one-night photography show featuring work by their award-winning photographers at 912 S. Congress Ave. at 6 p.m.

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Mary Kang | Daily Texan Staff

Austinites wait for a band to begin at Fador Fort during the 2011 South By Southwest festival. South By brings in $113 million and 200,000 visitors to the city annually.

The end of the 82nd legislative session is drawing near, leaving lawmakers scrambling to hear, vote and amend a bevy of bills. The regular session ends on May 30, and after that, the governor has until June 19 to sign or veto bills passed during the regular session. As of Aug. 29, bills passed that have no specific effective date will become law 90 days after their passage. Aside from the May 30 deadline that looms over lawmakers heads, the only other chance they will have to get more time will be

if the governor calls them back to address unfinished business. At most, a special session can last 30 days and only tackle issues the governor declares. Lawmakers went into special session in 2009. According to the Legislative Reference Library, it is considered “remarkably common” to call a special session — occurring in seven out of 10 regular sessions. This session, the 2012-13 biennium budget has been one of the toughest challenges for lawmakers who inherited a $15-$27 billion state shortfall and faced the

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Lunch celebrates Austin’s tourism events Annual local media staples add millions to economy, bring thousands of visitors By Allie Kolechta Daily Texan Staff

Each year, five events boost Austin’s economy by about $357 million combined but cause the city to scramble to accommodate visitors and citizens who struggle to get from point A to point

B. Today, the annual Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau Luncheon will celebrate events such as South By Southwest, Austin City Limits, the Texas Relays, Rodeo Austin and UT football games, which bring hundreds of thousands of people to town and millions of dollars into the economy. The hospitality industry brings in most of the money, although some businesses such as copy shops and production companies also see added revenue,

said Beth Krauss, a spokeswoman for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. When Formula One racing debuts in the fall, Krauss said the event will bring in $300 million and attract 300,000 people to the city. As events grow in popularity, the city must increase hotel space and develop improved methods of transportation, Krauss said. “Austin could benefit from the

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Erika Rich | Daily Texan File Photo

Sens. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, left, and Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, speak intimately at a February committee hearing on the sonogram bill.




Friday, May 6, 2011


Andrew Torrey | Daily Texan Staff

A worker enters the space beneath the Littlefield fountain Thursday afternoon to conduct electrical work. The fountain, which has been turned off for maintenance, will be fully functional to allow for commencement photo opportunities.


task of balancing it. Public affairs and sociology professor Jacqueline Angel said the budget has been the “gorilla” of this session and will directly affect students. “Many UT students will be interested in [the budget bill],” Angel said. “It will determine the state budget and allocation for higher education, including potential cuts in financial aid.” On Wednesday, senators voted to pass a budget which would allocate $12 million more for UT and $106 million additional funding for financial aid programs. Proposed cuts to UT have ranged between $51-$63 million. UT CFO Kevin Hegarty said University administration has prepared for $50 million cuts so far. “Regarding the budget, we still do not have a good idea where the University might end up on funding,” Hegarty said. “Clearly, the Senate bill is more favorable to education, but it requires that the Legislature find the monies to fund it, and we do not have a sense of where those monies might come.” Earlier proposals included using a portion of the Rainy Day Fund, a $9.4 billion emergency fund lawmakers can use during financial crises, but senators have now voted to use other revenue sources. The budget will now be sent back to the House for a final vote before it gets to the governor’s desk. If lawmakers cannot pass a budget by the end of regular session, the governor will call them back for a special session. Invest in Texas co-director Yaman Desai said the student lobbying group will be “incredibly involved” in the event of a special session. Desai said the group plans to lobby legislators to prioritize higher education. “We understand that the University will see budget cuts, but we would like to see those cuts minimized and the Rainy Day Fund used,” he said. The group plans on meeting with legislators and hosting phone banks during the summer break while partnering with

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Reporters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joe Layton Copy Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Benjamin Miller, Patrick Yuen, Brenna Cleeland Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elizabeth Robinson, Allie Kolechta Sports Writers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexandra Carreno, Chris Medina, Alex Endress Life&Arts Writers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clayton Wickham, Aleksander Chan, Lindsey Cherner, Alex Williams Comics Artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gillian Rhodes, Sammy Martinez, Brianne Klitgaard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lin Zagorski, Betsy Cooper, Gabe Alvarez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rory Harman, Jeremy Johnson



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Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lauren Winchester Managing Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Claire Cardona Associate Managing Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bobby Cervantes Associate Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Viviana Aldous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doug Luippold, Dave Player News Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lena Price Associate News Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Will Alsdorf, Aziza Musa, Audrey White Senior Reporters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Melissa Ayala, Allie Kolechta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Stottlemyre, Ahsika Sanders Copy Desk Chief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sydney Fitzgerald Associate Copy Desk Chiefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ashley Morgan, Austin Myers, Reese Rackets Design Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Veronica Rosalez Senior Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jake Rector, Martina Geronimo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Daniel Nuncio, Simonetta Nieto Photo Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Heimsath Associate Photo Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lauren Gerson, Danielle Villasana Senior Photographers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew Torrey, Tamir Kalifa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shannon Kintner, Erika Rich Life&Arts Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Amber Genuske Associate Life&Arts Editors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, Gerald Rich Senior Life&Arts Writers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Katherine Anne Stroh, Francisco Marin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allistair Pinsof, Julie Rene Tran Sports Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will Anderson Associate Sports Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Hurwitz Senior Sports Writers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Hummer, Trey Scott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Parrett, Austin Laymance Comics Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carolynn Calabrese Associate Comics Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Victoria Elliott Multimedia Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joshua Barajas Associate Multimedia Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rafael Borges Senior Video Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patrick Zimmerman Senior Videographer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Janese Quitugua Editorial Adviser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Doug Warren Multimedia Adviser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jennifer Rubin

other large universities advocating for similar platform goals. “Though there won’t be as many students on campus, we think it is extremely important to keep our efforts going and make sure student concerns aren’t forgotten,” Desai said.


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Pakistan responds to US intervention after Osama killing By Chris Brummitt The Associated Press

Jim Weber | Associated Press

Floodwater water creeping up the Wolf and Loosahatchie Rivers threatened Memphis, Tenn., on Tuesday as the National Weather Service upped its crest forecast for the Mississippi River to 48 feet.

Mississippi River floods threaten surrounding areas By Adrian Sainz The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mud Island, which juts into the Mississippi, pays homage to the mighty river with an elaborate scale model of it, a museum about its history and a paddlewheel steamboat that looks like something straight out of “Huckleberry Finn.” But now Mud Island is getting too much of the Mississippi. Rising waters practically lapped at the back porches of some of the island’s expensive houses Thursday, and homeowners weighed whether to stay or go.

Up and down Ol’ Man River, from Illinois to Louisiana, thousands faced the same decision as high water kept on rolling down the Mississippi and its tributaries, threatening to swamp communities over the next week or two. The flooding is already breaking high-water records that have stood since the 1930s. “I’m going to sleep thinking, ‘I hope they don’t evacuate the island, and we wake up, and we’re the only ones here,’” said Emily Tabor, a firstyear student at the University of Tennessee’s College of Pharmacy in Memphis who lives on Mud Island. Mud Island, a three-mile-long strip of land that is part of Mem-

phis, has about 1,500 homes and businesses and 6,000 mostly welloff residents, many of them living in gleaming, 20-year-old houses with wide river views and traditional Southern touches. Tourists can take a tram or drive across a small bridge to visit Mud Island’s park, amphitheater and a museum devoted to life on the Mississippi. Emergency officials warned that residents may need to leave their homes as the river rises toward an expected crest next Wednesday of 48 feet — about 3 feet higher than on Thursday. The record in Memphis, 48.7 feet, was set in 1937.


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On Thursday, water pooled at the lowest end of Beale Street, the most famous thoroughfare in the history of the blues, but it was about a halfmile from the street’s popular restaurants, shops and bars and did not threaten any homes or businesses. In south Memphis, Maria Flores spent her fourth day in a church shelter with her husband and three children. They have no flood insurance, and sleeping in a room with 20 other people, including crying children, has proved difficult. “We don’t have money, we don’t have anything,” Flores said. “It’s like a bad dream we can’t wake up from. I just want this water to go away.”

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s army broke its silence Thursday about the U.S. commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, acknowledging its own “shortcomings” in efforts to find the al-Qaida leader but threatening to review cooperation with Washington if there is another similar violation of Pakistani sovereignty. The tough-sounding statement was a sign of the anger in the army. It also appeared aimed at appeasing politicians, the public and the media in the country over what’s viewed by many here as a national humiliation delivered by a deeply unpopular America. While international concerns are centered on suspicions that elements of the security forces sheltered bin Laden, most Pakistan-

is seem more upset that uninvited American soldiers flew into the country, landed on the ground and launched an attack on a house. That it happened in an army town, next door to a military academy and close to the capital has added to the embarrassment. Ties between the two countries were already strained before the raid because of American allegations that Islamabad was failing to crack down on Afghan Taliban factions sheltering on Pakistani soil. While U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Washington would continue engaging with Pakistan, the fallout from Monday’s raid has added a new layer of tensions to a relationship that is crucial to stabilizing Afghanistan and allowing American troops to begin withdrawing this year.

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Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir addresses the media with spokesperson Tehmina Janjua, left, in Islamabad, Pakistan.



Friday, May 6, 2011 | The Daily Texan | Lauren Winchester, Editor-in-Chief | (512) 232-2212 |

Editor’s note: The following are farewell columns from the graduating seniors on the Texan editorial board. And then there’s Dan.

Goodbye, Daily Texan Three-fourths of the Daily Texan editorial board. We look like zombies every day. Cartoon by Lauren Thomas.

What’s AP style for ‘asshattery’? By Lauren Winchester Daily Texan Editor-in-Chief

I’ve lured you here under false pretenses. This is not, as the headline implies, a cheeky column about Gov. Rick Perry. Instead, I’m here to dazzle you with the depth of my petty narcissism. In journalism, we call this writing a “30 column.” You can just call it indulgent. If I were a more honorable person, I would forgo this exercise entirely. Yet — as you may have assumed from the not insignificant bulk of text following this paragraph — I feel compelled to say a few things. As my vainglorious parting gesture, I would like to take these next few hundred words to thank my co-workers in the most obnoxious way I know how — by plastering our inside jokes in a public forum. To Viv: Only long, grueling hours at the Texan could have forged the bond we’ve made over the years. That, and our love of sushi. You’re going to be a fantastic editor, but try not to make me look too bad by comparison. Also, your Latin is impeccable. To Dave: Oh, David Dixon Francis Player. I will not miss your pranks, like the time you hacked into my Facebook account and made everyone think my favorite band was Maroon 5, but I will miss your mischievous nature and mildly disturbing sense of humor. Enjoy UT Law; I hope they teach you Latin there. To Doug: I think we first bonded over Clifbars in summer 2010, and our camaraderie has only deepened since our discussion of macadamia nut vs. oatmeal raisin. I’ve since graduated to Larabars, but let’s stay friends. To Sus: Fellow obsessive blog-reader, eggpoacher and trampoline ethusiast: Your quirkiness keeps everything interesting. But do con-

sider getting a Facebook. Heath: I’ll never forget reading your “gazelle” viewpoint out loud at our editorial board Passover seder and crying with laughter until my mascara made a river into my tear ducts and I had to excuse myself to the bathroom because it was really painful and sort of embarrassing. I guess what I’m saying is that I’ll really miss you. Dan: Daniel Isaac Treadway! Thanks for always reminding me that there’s room for levity in this job, whether it’s by Skyping with your Canadian grandma or playing terrifying games of Chatroulette. Or, my personal favorite: the time you dragged me out of the Texan basement and onto the communication plaza and forced me to bounce a giant rubber ball into the air for five minutes so I wouldn’t go crazy from stress (I think this was soon after Dave hid my stress ball). You’re one of the funniest feminists I know. Claire: I’m glad we could commiserate about the pain of budget cuts, the frustration of WHERE IS OUR DAMN WEBSITE?, the delicate touch of horror that is Texan orientation and the general asshattery we encounter on a daily basis. You’re not the David Cameron to my Queen Elizabeth because that analogy never quite worked, but to use another analogy that doesn’t actually work at all, I consider you the Woodward to my Bernstein (see, you get to be the cool one). Doug W: The Texan was very fortunate to snag such a dedicated adviser. I know we drive you crazy sometimes, but your experience and advice has helped nudge the Texan in the right direction. May you have many critiques in your future. And, lastly, to my readers: Forgive me for writing this. In my defense, I was under the influence of paint fumes. Winchester is an English senior.

I’m being paid for this? By Doug Luippold Daily Texan Associate Editor

As a graduating senior and Daily Texan associate editor, I’m given the unenviable task of composing a farewell column in which I’m expected to simultaneously reflect on my time at UT — a wholly uninteresting topic to people who aren’t me — and engage the vast plurality of Texan readers who have undoubtedly come to expect thoughtful and stimulating insights from work penned in my name. Faced with such a daunting balancing act, I went to the only natural source for help on how to make a goodbye column light-hearted — yet thought provoking — and entertaining, but something that still leaves the audience with a little glisten in their eyes. For help on my final column, I looked to the series finales of television’s finest shows. After meticulous and pain staking research, I identified some traits prevalent in nearly all great finales: characters say goodbye, tell each other how much they care and finally exit with a subtle poignancy. Hopefully this formula translates to print and makes my goodbye slightly more bearable and interesting. Much like Michael Scott or B.J. Hunnicutt of M*A*S*H, who had to spell out “goodbye” with stones because he couldn’t bring himself to say it, I’m not very good at goodbyes. Perhaps its because I’ve never felt the need to say a real, finite goodbye. Sure, I had to say farewell to friends in Carrollton when I moved to Austin for school, but it’s hard to really feel like you’re leaving home when 40 people from your high school class come to the same university. This, on the other hand, is a legit, big boy goodbye. Goodbye, UT community. Being paid to pontificate my generally arbitrary and ill-conceived opinions has been the best job in the world, and I’ve learned a lot. From my first column, published in the summer of 2009, about Gov. Rick Perry’s stupid and fat-headed politics, to my last column, published

Thursday, on the topic of Perry’s ignorant and stubborn approach to governance, I can honestly say my vocabulary grew tremendously in my time here. After a thematic goodbye, finales always allow characters to tell each other how important they are to one another. If you don’t want to read my shoutouts, proceed to the final paragraph. To my readers: Thank you. Both of you inspired me to produce quality content throughout my time here. My parents: I guess you’ll need to find something new to email Grandma on Thursday mornings. Thanks for always supporting me in every meaning of the word. If I’m half as good as the parents I have, I’ll consider my life a success. Ross: Thanks for introducing me to TSM and most other things on this planet. Congratulations on your new job. While I think we’d all prefer you to live in the same time zone, we’re all proud of you nonetheless. Kelsey: You’re the best buddy I could ever have hoped for. Finally, summer, fall and spring editorial boards: This time last year I didn’t know any of you, and now I consider each of you among my closest and dearest friends. We’ve been through a lot together, probably too much, and although we’re going our separate ways, I honestly think this is merely the end of the beginning of friendships that will last a very long time. As Mary Tyler Moore told her own motley crew of journalists as they parted ways, thank you for being my family. After characters say their goodbyes and tell each other how much they care, it is time for the subtle and poignant exit. Many finales could serve as a model for my departure. Seeing as how I’m in a comfortable place, surrounded by people I love and am absolutely terrified about the future, I will take my exit cues from Tony Soprano. Luippold is a government and journalism senior.

RECYCLE Please recycle this copy of The Daily Texan. Place the paper in one of the recycling bins on campus or back in the burnt-orange newsstand where you found it.

I hate everyone By Dave Player Daily Texan Associate Editor

At the corner of Guadalupe and 31st streets, there is a crosswalk that is probably the only aspect of Austin I hate more than the people who hang out at Spider House. The “crosswalk” consists of a single stoplight that hangs between the east and west sides of Guadalupe Street. When a pedestrian presses the button to cross, the light begins flashing yellow, warning oncoming cars to begin slowing down. Apparently, said pedestrian is too lazy to walk down to the corner of 30th and Guadalupe, where there is a fully functioning stoplight and four-way crossing. The light then turns red, instructing cars to stop and allowing the pedestrian to cross the street. After a few seconds, it begins to flash red, telling drivers that they should stop and then proceed if the coast is clear. Essentially, the stoplight goes from yellow to red to stop sign in a few seconds. Aside from being incredibly annoying, the lights wouldn’t be too terrible if it were just the pedestrians causing delays. It only takes a few seconds for a pedestrian to cross and then both drivers and walkers are free to go about their days. Rather, it’s the other drivers that make 31st and Guadalupe so incredibly unbearable. Drivers will either soar through the crosswalk like the finger of God has just flicked them or, as more often happens, just sit dumbfounded when the light goes from red to flashing red. Once it starts flashing they’re allowed to go, but instead they just sit there, staring forward in confusion. Any reasonable and sane person should be able to take in the situation, see that any pedestrians are no longer present and process that they can now continue on their journey. But no, almost one in three drivers will just sit there, inevitably delaying every car behind them. And who are these people who can’t comprehend slightly confusing traffic signs? Perhaps Californians who come to Austin because it’s hip and then fasten like leeches to South Con-

gress condos. Or they’re the kind of people who move in to West Campus and then complain about the fraternity parties, as if they didn’t know what they were buying when they signed their lease. Or maybe they’re the faux-hip coop dwellers who peacock their indie-ness by drinking Ziegenbock, oblivious to the fact that it’s owned by Anheuser-Busch. Perhaps Austin needs more confusing traffic signs. While it may increase the number of accidents and make traffic more unpleasant in the short run, the city would eventually sort itself out in some Darwinian way. Then the city can slip back into the warmth of yesteryear, before the tech boom or SXSW, back when college students and state legislators had a monopoly on the all the jackasses in town. Instead, our generation was raised on YMCA fields by referees who kept no score and coaches who gave everyone a trophy simply for showing up. Then, years later, we were made to think that we were entitled to a college degree and that we needed the quintessential college experience to cap our maturation. After-school specials and our parenting-book-educated parents told us it would all be OK so long as we followed our dreams and stayed true to ourselves, even if that meant earning a degree in some obscure ethnic studies major that has no practical utility in the job market. And so, an entire generation of American college graduates are now sitting at stop lights, unable to comprehend what exactly is in front of them. For heaven’s sake: Go, damnit. Stop waiting for someone to tell you what to do. Honk. Honk. Also, did you know that UT owns the largest winery in the state? That’s right, Ste. Genevieve wine is made on University property out in West Texas. So next time you’re at the store, support your university and grab a bottle of St. G. Seriously, if you’re drinking Barefoot or Yellow Tail, you might as well be an Aggie. Player is a Plan II and history senior.

They let me write my headline By Dan Treadway Former Daily Texan Associate Editor

Helen, I feel like over the past four years, I’ve written opinion columns ranging on just about every topic, but I’ve never had the opportunity to express my opinion of you. In general, most people don’t have any sort of relationship with their step-aunt’s mother who is roughly 50 years their elder, and prior to coming to UT, I didn’t either. I knew that you and your husband used to work at UT, but beyond that, not much. Four years ago, after I had my first (and perhaps my worst) column published in The Daily Texan, you sent me a note that I held on to. You wrote: “I was reading the column while waiting for class to begin and exclaiming how good it was, so, of course, several of my exercise buddies (all retired UT staff and faculty) looked over my shoulder and we all agreed it was a very good column — very good writing about a very important subject. I look forward to reading your columns regularly from now on!” Reflecting on that note, two things stand out to me. Firstly, your kind words took me off-guard — we didn’t really know each other — and encouraged me to open up a blank Word document and try writing another column, which prior to receiving your

note, was something I didn’t really want to do. Secondly, I didn’t realize at the time that you were serious when you said you’d look forward to reading my columns regularly. In the past four years, I’ve written more than 50 opinion columns, numerous viewpoints and countless horns up/horns down in The Daily Texan, and, true to your word, you’ve read all of them and sent me an email with Your thoughts. Your feedback hasn’t always been positive, and but it was always consistent and concluded with the same sign off: “your #1 fan, Helen.” Now that I have a little space to reflect on my time with the Texan, I want to let you know how much I appreciated that you pushed me to improve as a writer. You gave me motivation to finish every column I’ve ever had trouble with, because I knew at least one person was looking forward to reading it. I’ve written columns referencing my parents, friends, acquaintances, and most recently, my little sister, but I’ve never had the chance to write a column for you. Writing for The Daily Texan has been one of the defining experiences of my life. Thank you for coming along for the ride. Yr #1 fan, Dan P.S. OU sucks.

LEgaLEsE Opinions expressed in The Daily Texan are those of the editor, the Editorial Board or the writer of the article. They are not necessarily those of the UT administration, the Board of Regents or the Texas Student Media Board of Operating Trustees.


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verything we need to say can be summed up in 30 words. Our time here ranges from six months to five years, with work ranging from music reviews to feature writing. Although our experiences could amount to a novel of inch counts, we believe what needs to be said can be done in less. Every word matters.

Amber Genuske I started as a reporter. Two-and-ahalf years later, I am leaving as a storyteller. Thank you for the lessons. Damn you for the under-eye circles. Every word matters. Texas forever. Amber Genuske started working at the Texan in spring 2009 as a Life and Arts Issue Staff Reporter. She has since been Associate DT Weekend Editor, Associate Life and Arts Editor and is currently the Life and Arts Editor.

Francisco Marin Working at the Texan the last few years has had an impact on my life that I’ll forever cherish, never forget. To everybody I met, interviewed, worked with: thank you. Francisco Marin started working for The Daily Texan in fall 2006 as a copy editor. Other positions included associate copy desk chief, DT Weekend editor, Erika Rich | Daily Texan Staff associate news editor, associate manag- The Life&Arts staff of The Daily Texan from left to right: Francisco Marin, Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, Amber Genuske, Julie Rene Tran and William James. ing editor and Life and Arts writer.

William James

Julie Rene Tran

Priscilla Totiyapungprasert

Having worked for The Daily Texan has given me experience to venture out as a journalist and write on diverse range of topics. I cannot wait to begin my career! William James worked at the Texan for spring 2011 as a Life and Arts Issue Staff Writer and General Reporter.

A thrill it is to chase stories and live in snippets of others’ lives. Sometimes, I’ve forgotten to live mine. But a dog-eared chapter to remember, one happy, lively time. Julie Rene Tran started working for The Daily Texan fall 2008 as a page designer. Other positions included Life and Arts writer and senior features writer.

Thank you, those who accompanied the journey and bequeathed their stories. The world is thrilling and elusive. To all you explorers, champions and storytellers — Let’s go. Pase lo que pase. Positions held: Associate Life and Arts Editor, Senior Features Writer, Senior Reporter, Life and Arts Writer and General Reporter.


Joshua Barajas

Once, I almost quit the Texan. I arrived at the 2010 Republican election night watch party at an exotic game ranch in South Austin as a pack mule, lugging a DV camera, tripod and reporter’s notebook. And before I could set the white balance on my camera, a fellow Texan reporter approached me with a wall of instructional notes: he wanted me to join the other television broadcasters on the bleachers to shoot what would become Rick Perry’s acceptance speech. I felt like a total lackey, an Igor to this reporter’s whims. For the longest time, I sat through classes and listened to guest speakers speak of multimedia storytelling as something supplemental to the text. Video is nothing new, but it was relegated to mirroring the print portion. Multimedia courses used traditional formats, such as broadcast, threw it online and called it a day. Things have changed since I first picked up a video camera six years ago, but I can’t help but feel that J-schools still reside in a perpetual state of transition. I’d rather not hear another journalism professor say we’re in a “transitional period.” We’re past that. I started this semester vowing to be a rabble-rouser for multimedia. Hiding out in our insular studio last semester, the team felt like the Island of Misfit Toys. Anyone that walked into the studio was there to refrigerate their Four Lokos or wash out their coffee cups. More than half of our staff did not return because they felt like afterthoughts. This semester, the multimedia team was not only visible, they regularly appeared at each department’s

door. We were consistent in our online output despite less-than-shining equipment. We proved that DV tape quality could still work wonders, and with’s facelift, the multimedia team’s role in the newsroom is even more crucial. As we barreled toward the end of the semester, I received texts, emails, messages and carrier pigeons that told me everything our multimedia team was not. Reporters came to me with their conceptions of what multimedia ought to be, and multimedia editors from past semesters emerged as specters with advice. I may have weathered a series of implosions and explosions reacting to this deluge of criticism, but one day, Rafael, my associate editor, reminded me this was a blessing in disguise: no one came to us like that before. So, to everyone who ever had anything to say about multimedia, good or bad: keep it comin’. We shall grow larger with every critique. I just hope that multimedia’s increased profile this semester reminds the newsroom that video, soundslides and audio projects are all complementary storytelling techniques, autonomous entities that ought to rub shoulders with the text. Working at the Texan was a chore, albeit a worthwhile one. What the Texan does, it does well, but that’s the exact definition of resting on your laurels. Staffers may not have always loved my presence, but the time to shake things up should have happened years ago. We’re done playing catch-up. Joshua Barajas is a journalism senior and multimedia editor for the Texan. -30-

Thomas Allison | Daily Texan Staff

Multimedia editor Joshua Barajas looks off the page to better days ahead.

Bobby Cervantes

Claire Cardona The new Daily Texan site went live with a text saying it was time to flip the switch. After a year of work, most of it spent planning and searching for the right programmer, the final moment came down to tapping a few touch screen buttons. It was put to the test only a few hours later with the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death, reinforcing the old Texan mantra that something big happens every semester. As we move into a new era where the Texan will no longer be daily, I realized how much things have changed since 2009. In the two years I’ve been at the Texan, we’ve experienced the sale of its printing press, six different managing editors — all with very distinct expectations and ideas — three websites and a budget cut, which brought us down to two days of summer printing. We might not feel the smooth ink of newspapers rub off on our hands for much longer, but as our fingers glide across the keys and our eyes glaze over and redden from too much time looking at a screen, it’s clear this is only something one does only if they’re passionate. At the Texan I’ve met some of the most dedicated reporters, photographers, designers, edi-


tors and videographers that will shape the industry and keep it alive. Veronica, the summer managing editor and I, have watched almost all the staffers from our first semester leave, but outside of work, the cliques remain the same. Everyone shares the Texan as a common thread, and in conversation, it’s a topic we fall back on when we’ve run out of things to say. The most interesting experiences and friendships I’ve had in college grew out of time spent at here for eight hours a day. At one point or another I’ve wanted to kill every one of my coworkers, but at the end of the day we’re eating Ming’s and enjoying another Unproductive Thursday together on a balcony. After two years of Thirsty Thursday’s, working late nights and Sundays, more than $200 in parking fines, arguing in budget meetings, in hallways and in offices, when it’s all over, staying up until 4 a.m. away from the basement will seem much more anticlimactic. The end is bittersweet. I’m enjoyed spending my last night trying to find a room for the staff to put out the paper because of paint fumes, but it’s been quite a ride and I’m exhausted. Now it’s someone else’s turn. Good luck, Veronica and Lena. I couldn’t think of anyone better. Claire Cardona is a journalism junior and managing editor of the Texan. She joined in fall 2009. While there, she did a lot of editing.

There really are no constants in college. Let’s face it — in the course of four years, everything about you changes. You will dress and look differently. You will most certainly forge friendships with a new group of people. Your priorities and your outlook will change. Hopefully, you’ll find a professor or a textbook that will forever change your life, and you’ll realize the great fortune you’ve had to spend so many years here. All of that has happened to me. But to be honest, sometimes I can’t see the light at the end of the dark tunnel. That has happened many times in college. For whatever reason, it’s easy to become bogged down with school or work. At that moment, you wonder why you ever got out of bed in the morning. The only constant in that time has been The Daily Texan. Every semester when I came back to Austin, it was there waiting for me. I walked down those 25 steps to our basement offices to find my, for once, well-rested colleagues who were ready — dare I say eager? — to take on another semester. Of course, the hierarchy changes and there are a bevy of new faces. So

many people come and go. But the ones that stay through the long haul are the most passionate, loving and understanding people to every walk on this campus. Veronica — It’s your time to shine, my brown sister. You will take the reigns of a changing paper in the summer. But if you’re good at anything, it’s at taking scattered pieces and broken thoughts, and conceptualizing a coherent and powerful narrative. With your impossible desire and unrelenting passion for the visual, you’re one of the fiercest people I will ever know. I love you. Martina — Fun! You’re smile and laugh are infectious. You still have a lot of time at UT, and you better live it up. You’re someone who’s so nice, that the moment I see you, it’s hard to remember what’s wrong in the world. Hold on to that when times get tough. I will always be here for you. Aziza — I loved every minute playing with your hair. You were every bit my sister on this campus. And to think, I only met you last year. Our chats over Gmail and margaritas — and our pleasurable handshakes — literally dragged me through the past year. I am not really sure why or how we started talk-

ing. But at some point, we started laughing. And that changed everything. When we laughed, girl, we laughed. Those stomach ache-inducing chortles were the best medicine during those sleepless nights, and of course those two and a half minutes naps helped. Saying goodbye to you — well, I’m trying my hardest to put it off for as long as I can. I will love you forever. Lena — My God, do I love you. I met you my first semester at the Texan. We were both general reporters, and we tried so hard not make ourselves noticed. We were at the bottom of the ladder, and we climbed up together. I’m 22 years old, and I can say with complete assurance that getting to know you has been one of the best experiences of my life. When you lead this paper in the fall, you’re determination and wit will get your through those long nights. I’ve seen plenty of that in you. You’re a champion, and I love you. Claire — Thank you for this experience. This job has taught me a great deal about making tough decisions on deadline — nothing less than real journalism. Hook ‘em Cervantes has worked at The Texan since fall 2008.

tors shot down, or how many classes I skipped for the paper. But what I can tell you is how we came together to work together through the toughest times no matter how high tensions ran — and they were pretty damned high. On Sept. 28, our staff was as most stressed as I’ve ever seen. I covered cops and courts for the paper at the time. That same day, I woke up to a text message from the assigning editor, who asked me if I had heard about an armed man on campus. They say they only people who rush to the fire are doctors and journalists. Well, despite the warnings to stay away, my assigning editor picked me up and haphazardly drive in the opposite direction. In spite of the events that transpired — a former mathematics sophomore fired several rounds of his AK-47 into the air and ground before taking his

own life — we were able to put everything aside and put out some of the best papers. That semester, I learned more about myself, the staff and the paper than ever before. And after the blood, sweat and tears (“I think I cry at least once a week in this office”) for three long semesters, the Texan has been one of the most beneficial experiences during my college career — not just professionally, but also personally. All I know is when I walk out of the door and trudge up those 25 steps in a record minute (unlikely) Thursday night — just like our last Trudy’s run — I will already miss what I left behind. Hook ‘em. Aziza Musa is a journalism and psychology senior. She joined the Texan in spring 2010 and worked as an associate news editor in spring 2011.

Aziza Musa

Thomas Allison | Daily Texan Staff

The news staff from left to right, Aziza Musa, Bobby Cervantes and Claire Cardona, laugh after having inhaled paint fumes for several hours.

Something big happens every semester. At least, that’s what I have come to believe and remember. This spring, President Barack Obama announced Osama bin Laden died, and the United States had his body. Last semester, it was a public suicide, and during the summer, a continuing murder trial. And though it may be insensitive, these types of situations remind me — and sometimes, I really need it — of the true reason I got into journalism: to make a difference. When I tried out for the Texan one year ago, I really didn’t have a purpose. I liked learning new things and piecing together a story about it. As cheesy as it sounds, I really found my home and my passion at the Texan during the past two semesters. I couldn’t tell you how many stories I pitched, how many my edi-



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Quality is built in thimblefuls, and it can be spent in buckets.

TOURISM continues from PAGE 1 construction of a new convention-style hotel,” she said. “We aren’t able to accommodate some of the groups that have grown beyond our current inventory, and we have new customers that want to meet here but need more hotel rooms than we can offer.” Mayor Lee Leffingwell believes the city needs a new convention center hotel to accommodate visitors brought in by major events such as ACL and SXSW, and others have expressed interest in the project, said mayor’s spokesman Matt Curtis. The city also works with Capital Metro to improve methods of transportation and decrease roadway congestion during major events, Curtis said. “We do the best we can with what we have,” he said. “We try to ensure that people can easily access these events and have a good time and that they can access these events safely.” For big events such as ACL in locations with little or no access to public transit, such as Zilker Park, Cap Metro usually makes agreements with organizers of the event to provide shuttles or buses that would not normally go to the location, said Cap Metro spokeswoman Misty Whited. For smaller events, Cap Metro examines the areas of transit that are likely to be most uti-

Tamir Kalifa | Daily Texan File Photo

The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, held for three weeks in March, attracted thousands of Austin residents.

lized and provides supplemental buses, she said. This year, SXSW posed particularly nasty transportation difficulties, with 2.3 million riders in March, a 7-percent increase over last March, Whited said. Pedestrians, bicyclists and cars all had trouble because of the vast influx of people to the event, she said. “I don’t know if there was anything that could have been done better,” she said. “There were just so many people. I think maybe as the next one comes around, we’ll come to the table with the city

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Group lobbies to keep college affordable UT student regent By Melissa Ayala Daily Texan Staff

Despite student activist marches, rallies at the Capitol and sitdown meetings with legislators, students have had mixed results with some of their top initiatives. Invest in Texas, a committee made up of the Senate of College Councils, Student Government and the Graduate Student Assembly, laid out a plan to lobby the legislature to keep UT affordable, academically competitive and gun-free. Student Government President Natalie Butler said she feels good about the progress of S.B. 29 which passed unanimously in April and will extend university health care plans to include graduate students awarded fellowship. “I feel really good about its passage, and now there’s really not any controversy around it,” Butler said. “We just have to make sure that it gets through.” She said the effectiveness of the groups push for a gun-free campus

has yet to be determined because legislators still have not made a final decision. The bill stalled in the Senate last month because Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, could not garner enough support. Last week, he tried to add it as an amendment to a general higher education bill, but Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, killed it. “I really do think student efforts had a lot to do with that bill not passing, but right now, we’re just waiting,” she said. “Some of the legislators are just trying to attach it to bill after bill, but we just have to hope that doesn’t happen.” When the Invest in Texas campaign began, students asked legislators to not cut the higher education budget at all. However, Butler said they are now hoping for smaller cuts than those currently on the table. The most recent version of the Senate budget proposed $51 million in cuts to UT. “Some of the versions have no funding for financial aid at all, and so now, we know that they are going to be cut, but we hope that

they are as minimal as possible,” she said. “It sucks that we won’t be able to extend much financial aid, but I really hope it at least provides for TEXAS grant recipients and other state programs.” Similar to the House’s budget proposal, the Senate budget proposed significant cuts to education, initially reducing financial aid programs by more than $380 million and cutting about $87 million from state and federal money allotted to UT, according to the Senate state budget released in early February. The financial aid office is now telling students they won’t know what shape their financial aid packages are in until July. “We cannot provide you a fallspring financial aid package at this time, as we are in the midst of significant changes at both the federal and state levels,” the office said in a University-wide email. “Congress and the Texas Legislature are responding to calls for significant cuts in government programs and therefore, have not

yet made decisions about funding levels for several financial aid programs — most importantly Pell Grants, TEXAS Grants, Top 10 Percent Scholarships and Bon-Time Loans.” Although students were told they would still be receiving financial aid for the summer because summer aid comes from funds allocated for the current academic year, human development and family sciences junior Simone Collier said she received “practically” no summer funds for the first time in three years. Collier said her family estimated lower than it has ever previously been, yet her TEXAS Grant that she has received every year at UT was completely cut. She said she was only offered a Parent PLUS Loan, but her parents cannot accept it. “This is pressing on me because, as somebody who pays their own way though college already, it makes it much harder,” she said. “I have to go out and get another job now just so I can make it work this summer.”

Blanton exhibit provides multiple perspectives on art based on lines “Line”, the new exhibit at the Blanton Museum of Art, explores the ability to express ideas in an abstract fashion while only using one of the simplest artistic elements: the line. The exhibit as a whole displays the translation of various themes through one limited element. The mediums ranged from a copper wire tangled into a ball, entitled “Autumn Cumulus” by Alan Saret, to Disney coloring-book pages used in “Night Before Last” by Arturo Herrera. The coloring-book pages analyzed the relationship between efficiency and expressiveness. The exhibit contains pieces made by artists of different backgrounds and nationalities. “We decided to look at how a group of artists [...] each used a basic element in a profoundly different way,” said the show’s curator Risa Puleo, an art and art history lecturer.

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speaks on position, capability for role By Joe Layton Daily Texan Staff

Gov. Rick Perry appointed John Davis Rutkauskas, a Plan II, business honors, finance and French junior, as the next UT System student regent on April 20. His term will begin June 1, 2011 and end May 31, 2012. The student regent has all the same responsibilities as a full board member but cannot cast a vote. Students from any system institution are eligible to apply. Rutkauskas will act as a liaison between the students and the Board of Regents, representing student opinion to the board. The Daily Texan: How did you get the position? John Davis Rutkauskas: It’s a multi-step process. Each campus seeks applications from its student body. All students can apply, and you submit a simultaneous application to the governor’s office. The Student Government selects about five students to move on. Those students are then sent to the UT System, and the system selects about two to send to the governor’s office, which conducts interviews. The governor’s office then makes a selection based on that interview. DT: What qualifies you for this position? JDR: I was on [UT President] Bill Power’s President Student Advisory Council. There, I got exposure to how the administration looks at issues. I was also on the faculty council. [Student Government appointed Rutkauskas to serve as the non-voting student member last year.] I’m in the Plan II honors program, and I think a good liberal arts and business foundation lead to a well-rounded education.

DT: How will you determine what the student opinion is? JDR: Talking to students. I plan on visiting the campuses in the UT System soon and meeting with their leaders and presidents. I read the campus newspapers from each school. I want to establish a LISTSERV where the student body presidents of the system institutions can have a channel for effective communication. I don’t want to limit my connections to only the student body presidents. I want to hold an open forum at those campuses. I will distribute my email so any student can contact me directly. DT: How will you represent the views of students to the board? JDR: I am an advocate but not an activist. Being an activist is to demand change where an advocate is someone who rationally supports change. I want to make it clear that I have an interest in the well-being of every student in the UT System and will work to my greatest ability to ensure that students are represented at the highest level of administration. It’s about making informed, rational decisions, and information is the greatest tool in making any decision. You have to obtain credibility somehow — I think you attain credibility by being rational and well informed. DT: How will you represent the student voice during the tuition-setting year? JDR: At the board meeting, the student body presidents come and make their own presentations. On our campus, students and administrators alike run the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee.

DT: What will you do as a regent DT: What do you think the role that will be different from the last? of research is in higher education? JDR: I don’t want to comment JDR: I don’t want to comment on that. on that.


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Longhorns not overlooking last place Nebraska


By Jon Parrett Daily Texan Staff

If there is such a thing as a trap game in college baseball, Texas’ series against Nebraska this weekend would be the perfect example of one. The Longhorns are tied with Texas A&M for first place in the Big 12, while the Cornhuskers sit in a tie with Missouri for last in the conference. Still, the Longhorns understand the importance of every conference game for the rest of the season and know they can’t afford to slip up even once to give the Aggies the edge. “Any series in the Big 12 is going to be tough for us,” said junior shortstop Brandon Loy. “We know we’re going to go in and have our hands full.” Texas’ offense has slowly progressed throughout the season, and the Longhorns are now ranked fifth in in-conference batting, with a .258 average. Loy is hitting .333 in Big 12 play and is tied for the conference lead in doubles, with nine. Freshman third baseman Erich Weiss continues to lead the Longhorns in most offensive categories and leads the Big 12 in walks, with 18 in 21 games, and in on-base percentage, with .510. Nebraska is last in the conference in batting, with a .229 average, but junior infielder Cody Asche has 12 home runs and 26 RBIs in Big 12 play, which lead the conference. Taylor Jungmann takes the mound tonight for Texas, so the junior will have first honors at stopping Asche. Jungmann has fared well against the Big 12’s best hitters this season, holding Oklahoma’s Garrett Buechele to an 0-for-4 mark last Friday. “I don’t look at any batter differently,” Jungmann said. “I just go out there and play my game.”





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Freshman third baseman Erich Weiss, left, runs the basepaths over the weekend against Oklahoma. Weiss leads the conference in on-base percentage and has paced the Longhorns in about every offensive statistic.

Cole Green will start for Texas on Saturday for the third consecutive week, but Texas head coach Augie Garrido isn’t sure who will pitch Sunday’s game. It will be one of two left handers, Sam Stafford or Hoby Milner, but Stafford struggled last Sunday against the Sooners, making it difficult for Texas to complete the three-game sweep. Texas A&M doesn’t play a conference series this weekend, so it’s important for the Longhorns to gain as much ground on the Aggies before their showdown in two weeks.

“It’s one of those deals where we’re going into a hostile environment and a great atmosphere in Lincoln,” Loy said. “We’ve got some momentum right now, so hopefully, we can come out with a sweep because that would be huge for us.”

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A LOOK AHEAD The Longhorns are nearly done with their regular season schedule. After this weekend’s series at Nebraska, Texas will host Texas Southern for a Saturday doubleheader May 14, then have one final series against Texas A&M. With the Longhorns and Aggies tied atop the Big 12 standings, whichever team comes out on top should claim the regular season crown. Postseason play begins May 25 at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City. Last season, Texas bowed out of the tournament early, losing all three of its games. This year, the Longhorns will certainly look to avoid that.

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Team looks to bounce back with win over surging Tigers By Chris Hummer Daily Texan Staff

The conference championship is what defines every team’s season, and that defining moment for Texas is essentially on the line this weekend in Missouri. These two softball powerhouses sit even atop the Big 12 standing going into this series, and since no other team is within striking distance of these two, this pair of games will decide it. “I think it’s definitely going to be a big weekend for both teams,” said sophomore Blaire Luna. “I think we’re really pumped up to be in this situation. We’ll be practicing hard all week for it because this is what we’ve worked for and talked about.” Coming into the series, Missouri might have the edge in momentum because they are coming off five straight wins, and Tex-

as is coming off a tough loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday. That loss could be indicating a little slippage for Texas after it started off hot in Big 12 play at 11-0. However, the Longhorns are still the defending Big 12 champions and have no interest in relinquishing the crown. “Last year, we got to light the Tower orange for the Big 12 championship, and that was awesome to be there with our family and friends, and that’s something were looking to do this year for — Blaire Luna, Pitcher sure,” said senior Raygan Feight. Texas won the title last year based on its tournament mettle, earning the title after a strong run. But this year, the championship will not be decided in that way, as this year’s Big 12 season will not have a

We’ll be practicing hard all week for it because this is what we’ve worked for and talked about.

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SPORTS BRIEFLY Longhorns’ guard Fussell to try out for national under-19 team

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Freshman outfielder Brejae Washington (20) celebrates a home run with her teammates. The Longhorns are in the thick of the conference championship race.


The Longhorns have had a historic season thus far, breaking multiple school records, but there is one thing they would still like to accomplish that no other team has done in the history of the program: win a national championship. The team will most likely have a favorable road to Oklahoma City. Due to their stellar regular season play, the third-ranked Longhorns, most likely have assured themselves a favorable regional matchup in Austin, and a possible Super Regional match-up here as well. If Texas can get through those two rounds they would be headed to Oklahoma City for a spot in the World Series that takes place from June 2nd-8th.

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Students get back on saddle with Texas’ equestrian club By Alexandra Carreno Daily Texan Staff

For neurobiology junior Ethan Galis, the prospect of giving up his passion for riding horses upon attending college was difficult to imagine. Instead, Galis found a way to fill that void: the University of Texas polo club. “I was really missing that horseback riding aspect in my life,” said Galis, who is also the club’s vice president. “Starting to play polo opened

so many opportunities. I wouldn’t be here today without polo.” The state of Texas has always had a love affair with American sports. Baseball, basketball and football stars are born and bred every day in the Lone Star State. A game of prestige, Europeans and Latin Americans usually make up the competitive polo circuit. But UT polo team members are out to prove otherwise.

F re s h m a n g u a rd C h a s s i d y Fussell and incoming recruit Cassie Peoples will try out for the national under-19 development team in Colorado Springs, Colo., later this month. USA Basketball made the announcement on Thursday. Peoples and Fussell join 33 other young women attempting to fill 24 roster spots for the team, which will travel to the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships, which begin July 21 in Chile. Other Big 12 athletes invited to the tryout are Karla Gilbert of Texas A&M and Odyssey Sims of Baylor. — Will Anderson

Women’s tennis begins march towards NCAA Championship Texas is scheduled to battle South Florida in its first round of the NCAA Championships on Friday, May 13, in Coral Gables, Miami, Fla. The Longhorns earned a No. 2 seed in the Miami region of the tournament, as they advanced to the finals of the Big 12 tournament on Sunday. Texas looks to be in good shape against the Bulls. The Longhorns beat South Florida 5-2 in their last meeting at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center in Austin. If Texas advances past SFU, the most likely opponent would be No. 5 Miami. The Hurricanes are the No. 1 seed in the Miami region and will face Florida International in their first match. —Alex Endress

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Senior sports writer enjoyed wild ride during time with Texan By Dan Hurwitz Daily Texan Staff

Flashback to September 2009: Texas football had just beaten Texas Tech in the revenge game of the 2008 [Michael] Crabtree disaster. In my burnt orange buttondown “gameday shirt,” (which of course was paired with some white gym shorts to complete my infamous “dressy casual” style) I was among 100,000 others, including a handful of Red Raider fans. During the game, it came as a disappointment to me when I saw how some of the Tech fans were being treated in the stands. The first thing I did about it was exchanged a few words with these fellow Longhorns who were flat out being classless jerks. The second thing I did was write a column about it. The next morning, upon going online to reread what I had written, I ended up reading what other people had written in response to my column. Already, a couple dozen comments were made — much more than the usual lone comment that I would receive from my mother using an alias to not embarrass me too much (more on this later). People were disgusted with my column. I received the typical “you suck at writing” comments. I had some people who demanded I be fired. Some readers wanted me to transfer schools. Then there were the people who chose to make jabs at me personally. First of all, some people made jokes about my mother ... seriously. Others gave me some new nicknames, including “Dan Hur-bitch,” which I still think is pretty funny. And of course, some people were so upset, they chose to list my email address, phone number and, in case anyone wanted to come by my apartment and kill me, my address ... seriously! All in all, there were about 80 comments made on this column, 75 of which were negative and pretty harsh. This didn’t even include the emails and Facebook messages that I received, one of which wanted me

to go on the field before the next home game and apologize to the University for what I had said. Obviously, I didn’t. Today, I don’t regret writing that column at all, and it was an interesting experience for me. Had I done it again, 18 months later, it would have been much better and much fairer because I will admit it wasn’t the best-written piece. But I definitely got my point across. I learned a lot from that week, when for the first time in my life, my writing became a hot topic throughout the 40 Acres. First of all, I learned that “controversy sells,” as my brother Seth puts it. Secondly, I learned not to say bad things about Texas fans. I realized that people do actually read the Texan. But most importantly, I learned what it’s like to be a journalist. I understood that people aren’t always going to love what I write, and I learned how to deal with that. Since that column, I probably haven’t gotten 80 comments combined on the remainder of my probably 200 stories that I have done at the Texan. If I have, that would be because the majority of responses come from my biggest fan: my mother. And unlike most of the comments from my Tech column, my mother’s comments are nice and sweet and supportive. It was always nice to see those comments. At first, she would try not to embarrass me too much by using a fake name to disguise herself. Once she got a Facebook page, her name would start automatically coming up on her comments for the world to see. Though some people think it would bother me — A few of my coworkers around the office have recently tried giving me a hard time by hanging up some comments on the door of the sports office — I like it. I’m so proud and grateful for the support from my mom and the rest of my family, who in a way are trying just as hard to make me a success as I am. It feels like yesterday that I went down to the Texan office for the first time. I have to thank all my sports ed-

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Dan Hurwitz eats a Big Bite sandwich. The Houston native was sports editor at the Texan in fall of 2010.

itors — Anup who hired me, David who didn’t fire me, Blake, who didn’t tell me how much work sports editors do and Will, who I didn’t tell how much work sports editors do. Big thanks to the copy desk who, for the most part, always corrected my mistakes and made my work look better and make sense. Thanks to Claire, who let us fly to Kansas City. I guess I’m going to miss my Life and Arts ladies who still haven’t brought me any food. Big ups to the design team, including the “triple threat” of Vero, Simo and Martina, who got me

through countless late nights at the office. You three are so underappreciated and are probably the best three designers at any college paper in the country. And how could I forget Doug? You’re the man. Last but not least, thanks to my best bud James. You made college for me. I don’t want to graduate, but it looks like it’s going to happen. I hope I haven’t reached the peak of my journalism career. But if I have, it’s been a hell of a ride. Poop and money, screw Flanders and Texas Forever. I really can get whatever I want printed.

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Recent commit Johnathan Gray should bring help to Longhorns’ rushing attack By alex endress Daily Texan Staff

The Longhorns just inked a great 2011 recruiting class in February, but their most vital commitment of the year might be that of junior Johnathan Gray, a fivestar running back in the 2012 class from Aledo High School. Gray is coming off his most productive season yet, rushing for 3,223 yards and 59 touchdowns, breaking the previous record of 57 set in 1953 by Ken Hall of Sugar Land High School. He also averaged 9.2

yards a carry last fall. Gray is quite a workhorse for the Aledo Bearcats, according to Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan. “The kid just works so hard,” Buchanan said. “The thing about John is that he has fun every day, not just in games but in practices. He’s a huge leader for this football team.” Gray was the integral ingredient for the Bearcats’ back-to-back state championships in 2009 and 2010. In the 2010 championship games, he scored eight touchdowns on the ground, accounting for all but one of the nine scores that day. He also

scampered for 325 yards. “He doesn’t crumble under pressure,” Buchanan said. “The bigger the game, the better he plays.” The 5’11”, 190 lb. back is one of the fastest high school running backs in the state, recording a 4.40 40-yard dash, according to His talents even earned him an active role on the varsity squad as a freshman, during which he gained 969 yards and 15 touchdowns. His speed could prove to be a killer combination with the bruising, 6’0”, 215 lb. Malcolm Brown, a 2011 five-star signee.

The duo would ideally produce somewhat of a “thunder-and-lightning” tandem when Gray arrives on campus, similar to the LenDale White and Reggie Bush combo for Southern California in 2005. “He’ll have to adjust his style a little bit,” Buchanan said. “In high school, he has a chance to score a touchdown on every play, but that won’t be the case in college. He’s going from one of the fastest guys on the football field to just one of the fast guys.” The Bearcats are glad they get to keep him for the 2011 season. They hope his

legs can tote them to one more championship before he bolts off to college. “It would have been hard without him,” Buchanan said. “He [basically] was our offense during his sophomore year. We were a lot more balanced this year, though.” After rushing for a low of 1,806 yards in 2010, ranking No. 66 in the country, the Longhorns could use some help. “He’s the total package,” Buchanan said, “He has great speed, size and as good of vision as anyone I’ve ever coached. He’ll fit well, especially with Bryan Harsin’s offense.”


Horns out for first Big 12 championship since 2006

Sophomore Marquise Goodwin competes in the long jump at the Texas Relays.

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The Longhorns, for the next few weeks, only have championships to worry about. At No. 6 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings, the Longhorns have a good chance at both the Big 12 and NCAA outdoor championships. In the running events, Keiron Stewart ran the sixth-fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles this season at 13.43 seconds. In the relays, the 400-meter relay team of Alex Williams, Trevante Rhodes, Marquise Goodwin and D.J.

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Monroe hold the seventh-fastest time in the country of 39.29 while the 1,600-meter relay squad of Danzell Fortson, Andre Thomas, Stewart and Isaac Murphy currently rank 11th nationally with a time of 3:06.93. In the field events, sophomore Hayden Baillio ranks second nationally in the shot put with a mark of 64-0 1/4 inches. In the triple jump, senior Jamal Wilson and freshman Mark Jackson are two of the best in the nation — Wilson is fifth (53-3) while Jackson is in 11th (52-6). Texas heads to Norman, Okla., for the Big 12 Outdoor Championships beginning May 13.


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Following a second-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championship meet and strong showings at both the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and the Penn Relays, the Longhorns are looking to continue their success as the outdoor season ends. The team will be competing in the Big 12 Outdoor Championships May 13-15 in Norman, Okla., and the NCAA Regional Championships May 27-28 in Eugene, Ore., but much of the women’s focus will be on the 2011 outdoor championships in June. The Big 12 meet takes place at the University of Oklahoma’s John Jacobs Track Complex. Texas has previously won six Big

12 titles, the most recent was in 2006. The Longhorns will then compete in the western region of the NCAAs, hosted by the University of Oregon. The Longhorns finished 42nd at the 2010 Indoor Championships and 51st at the 2010 Outdoor Championships. The women last won an outdoor championship title in 2005. The 1,600-meter relay may be able to continue a strong streak from earlier in the season. This season, the relay has seen success, complete with a first-place finish at the Penn Relays at 3 minutes, 30.08 seconds. Last year, the same event placed seventh at the outdoor championships at 3:34.22. “With the 4x400-meter relay, it’s exciting to win,” said head coach Beverly Kearney.

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This season has been one to remember for the Longhorns, and a strong finish could land Texas in a position it has never been in since going Division I in 1998. Since Texas sent its top varsity boat to the NCAA Championships in back-to-back seasons in 2003-2004, the qualifications for the championships have changed to allow only complete teams, and not at-large individual boats, to be sent to the annual May event. “As a team, it’s been our most successful season,” said head coach Carie Graves. “They’re doing extremely well and really owning it. That’s absolutely what you want as a coach.” The changed rules have al-

The Longhorns haven’t won the outdoor title since 2006. Then, the Longhorns head to Eugene, Ore., to participate in the NCAA West Regions Championships before venturing to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships June 8-11. Texas, which has never won an NCAA outdoor title, hopes to prevent the two-time defending champs, Texas A&M, from becoming the third team in a row to win three straight outdoor championships. Arkansas three-peated from ’03-’05 while Florida State did so from ’06-’08.

lowed for the very best and deepest programs to compete on a yearly basis but has also required teams to compete in all three events: first varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four, events that require different rowers in each event. Since the rule change in 2009, Texas has never sent a team to the spring championships, but this year could be its first. “The whole team is full of very competitive women who are really taking responsibility for what they’re doing on and off the water,” Graves said. After winning their third straight Big 12 Championship in dominant fashion, the Longhorns have one very crucial regatta remaining, the inaugural Conference USA Championships.

Corrie, Damico want to make up for last year’s early exit By Wes maulsby Daily Texan Staff

Texas will try to make another run at its first national championship beginning on May 13. It has earned the No. 13 national seed and is one of only two top-16 seeds not to host a first round, or the round of 32. Instead, Oklahoma will host the matches in Norman. Texas will open up the NCAA team tournament against Missouri-Kansas City, and Oklahoma will play Tulsa. The winners of those matches will meet to decide who gets to advance to the round of 16, which will be played at Stanford University. Stanford also hosts the remainder of the tournament. Texas has already played both Tulsa and Oklaho-

ma, having beaten the Golden Hurricanes 6-1, but losing to the Sooners 4-3. Along with the team, Texas also placed three players in the individual NCAA championships. Seniors Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico have both earned spots to compete in the 64-player singles draw. Corrie will also team up with junior Jean Andersen to compete in the 32-team doubles portion of the tournament. Corrie will be making his third run at an NCAA championship, and Damico will be making his second. Neither Corrie or Damico have advanced past the first round individually, and this will be the first NCAA tournament for Andersen, as well as the first time for Corrie and Andersen as a duo.



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tournament. The coaches decided the tournament hurt the athletes academically, being so close to finals, so they got rid of it. But the team doesn’t mind, and they should benefit from the extra rest that comes with the lack of a tournament. One of the main reasons the Longhorns fell in the regional round last year was that the team was just worn down at the end of the year, especially in the pitching staff. “It is something different we’re not going to have to go through,“ Feight said. “I feel it’s kind of a good thing because our bodies are going to get to rest, and we’ll have time before regionals to recuperate before we get ready to go again.” The games in Missouri will be tough this weekend with so much on the line and will most likely come down to pitching with two of the best hurlers in the country in the circle. Chelsea Thomas for Missouri and Luna for Texas, who are neck-and-neck at the top of the Big 12 statistically in all of the pitching key categories, including wins, strikeouts and ERA. Even if Luna does struggle in this pitching matchup of Titans as she did against A&M on Wednesday, the team knows that the defense will be there to pick her up and make plays to save runs like they have all year. “I think the defense really adds to Blaire’s success. You see a lot of numbers that she puts up, but you don’t realize the catches that were made for those numbers,” said senior Amy Hooks. “I think that confidence shows in our record and when we go on the field. If they do have Blaire, we have nine other players to back her up.”

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“It’s hard to start playing and means everything. not get addicted to the sport,” “It’s been a huge part of my colGalis said. “After picking up lege experience,” Tennant said. that mallet for the first time “These people are like family, and and hitting it, the rush I felt ... the horses are like our children.” It was awesome.” The team features female and The sport of kings, polo is a male junior varsity and varsity worldwide phenomenon, com- squads that compete against othmonly associated with exclusivity, er clubs and collegiate teams. Texextravagance and privilege. as Tech’s team won regionals this The sport is played outdoors spring, while Texas A&M’s squad with teams made up of four play- won the national title last year. ers. Home to the biggest field in But because the sport is so unorganized sports, a polo field is der the radar in the United States, 300 yards long and 160 yards getting the club’s name known wide. Matches usually last around across a campus of thousands of two and a half hours, divided into people has been tough. six periods known as chukkers. “It’s just hard because it’s so “The game is extremely popular small to get the exposure out on the East Coast,” Galis said. “A there,” Tennant said. “We wellot of those kids come anyone, are kind of being horse experiborn with a malence or not.” let in their hand. Polo is They get into the played yearcompetition and round with just kill.” the most comSimilar to golf, petitive seaplayers are res on c om i n g quired to have a in spring. In handicap indi- —Ethan Galis, Polo Club Vice President what will be cating their valt h e s q u a d ’s ue to the team. A biggest match two-goal handof the season, icap or hig her the polo club usually indicates is hosting its professional status; a 10 handi- spring benefit Saturday to incap is perfect. clude two matches, the traditionFounded in 1997, what makes al divot stomp during halftime the UT polo club unique is that and a floppy hat contest. many of its members have nevIn conjunction with the Kener picked up a mallet before en- tucky Derby, Tennant hopes it tering college. Daunting as it may will draw anyone who has even a seem, Galis assured that alternat- remote interest in equestrianism ing between keeping balance and or the game of polo. swinging a mallet is an experience “The match is going to be realeveryone is bound to get over. ly upscale, like most polo match“I’d say 95 percent of the game es,” Tennant said. “But contrary to is balance on a horse,” he said. “If thought, it’s also laid-back and fun.” you can ride a horse, in majority, The combination of competiyou can play polo. The smarts will tion and social gatherings leaves eventually come.” Galis and Tennant encouraging For Amer ican p olo play- anyone to get involved. Galis, who ers, the collegiate level tends to hasn’t ruled out a professional caserve as the stepping stone be- reer after college, lives and plays tween amateur and professional by this short phrase: play. For junior polo club social “A polo handicap is your ticket chair Morgan Tennant, the team around the world.”

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ensure that students with disparate levels of acrobatic experience would not be clumped together in one class. Both said they knew from their own careers that training with more experienced artists can be discouraging at times. “You might have zero core strength, you might never work out, but you can still do this,” Hsia said. “We’ll give you an environment that’s more welcoming as opposed to intimidating for your first experience.” Unlike lifting weights in the gym, the aerial arts develop functional muscle and build body awareness. “Knowing you can lift a weight this many times is not the same as knowing you can actually lift your body in the air,” Hsia said. Another perk of using the aerial arts to get fit is that the hard work students put in produces a beautiful product, Laumen added. “It’s something different, something you can share,” Laumen said. “You have some sort of tangible product at the end of it that you can offer up as art to the world.”

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his mother was already strained afUnlike most nonprofits, the orter his cousin revealed that Savells ganization, or Court, is run similarwas gay. Although, nowadays, he ly to a traditional monarchy, with still keeps in touch with his moth- an emperor and empress crowned er on a weekly basis, they avoid each year. Savells, under the stage talking about his sexuality or fe- name Bianca Fairchild, currentmale impersonation. ly reigns as the twice-elected 17th “My mom empress along c o u l d n’t a c w i t h e mp e rcept it, and my or Bobby Barg r andp a d i s nett. Although o w n e d m e ,” anyone devoted Savells said. “I to the Court’s was always the cause can be black sheep crowned, the growing up.” emperor historAfter movically has been ing to Dallas a man or lesand then Ausbian and emtin in 2004, press has been Savells — alone a female imperand new to the — Chad Savells, Drag performer sonator, Savells city — decidsaid. ed to go social“I’m lucky I ize at the nowcan take care of closed Rainbow myself on my Cattle Compaown and have a ny, a Westernsteady job, but themed bar. The United Court of not everyone is blessed enough to Austin was throwing a drag show support themselves,” Savells said. and, after meeting new people, “This is my way of giving back to Savells decided to return to drag those who can’t.” and join the organization. When not performing his duties “I’m such a shy and quiet person for the Court, Savells spends most 1 normally,” Savells said, describing of his day-to-day life as a man at himself as antisocial at times. “Be- his office job downtown, taking ing in drag is my way of breaking ACC classes or doing homework. out of who I am.” Opening his fridge, he pulls out a

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‘Thor’ forgoes story Tips allow summer travel on budget for exciting action, likable protagonist By Aleksander Chan Daily Texan Staff

With a typical shoestring student budget culled together by a part-time job, parental subsidies, financial aid and student loans, an exotic international summer vacation seems far beyond reach. Finding affordable accommodations across the globe has become easier than ever with youth hostels and clever websites such as, a network of international participants willing to let you stay in their homes for free while traveling. Getting there, however, is the greater challenge. Here are some tips for bringing a dream vacation closer to reality:

Even more troubling are the bizarre comedic elements the film wallows in as Thor begins to learn the customs of Earth. While Hemsworth’s winning delivery saves a few of these moments, Branagh’s distorted sense of comedic timing makes most of them fall flat. Large chunks of the film work thanks to Hemsworth, who made huge waves in the opening sequence of 2009’s “Star Trek” and is perhaps the most purely likable Marvel hero thus far. Much of the Asgard cast is equally strong, notably Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s nefarious brother. The Earth cast is markedly weaker. As Thor’s love interest, Portman never lets the audience forget she’s acting, while the always adorable Kat Dennings only seems to be in the film to serve as a series of “kids-these-days” punchlines about Facebook. The film’s story is also pretty weak. Thor’s inevitable redemption never quite feels earned, rather happening because the film needed to get Thor’s hammer back before its big final battle. Thankfully, the film’s final act is its best. A lengthy sequence when one of Loki’s minions wreaks havoc on a small town is visceral and exciting, while the final confrontation in Asgard is appropriately epic. In the end, the wildly uneven “Thor” may be nothing more than a place-setter for

By Alex Williams Daily Texan Staff

In the run-up to next summer’s “The Avengers,” Marvel Studios has overcome the obstacles of building audiences for a range of superheroes and casting actors entertaining enough to sustain those audiences. However, the biggest challenge lay in adapting “Thor,” a comic book somehow less realistic than the likes of “Iron Man.” And shockingly, they’ve done a halfway decent job. We meet Thor in the mystical realm of Asgard, ruled by Odin (Anthony Hopkins). As Thor (Chris Hemsworth) prepares to ascend to his father’s throne, an ill-advised military move causes Thor to be cast out of Asgard until he learns humility. Banished to Earth, Thor meets a scientist (Natalie Portman) and, unsurprisingly, learns to be a true hero. Director Kenneth Branagh has usually worked in stuffy period pieces and does his best with his first foray into the superhero genre, packing the scenes set in Asgard with vibrant colors and contrasting the film’s multiple worlds with distinct visual styles. Unfortunately, Branagh also leans entirely too heavily on irritating Dutch angles, filmed at an odd slant, and weighs things down with superfluous 3-D, making the action scenes hard to decipher and adding nothing to the slower moments of the film.

Take advantage of student discounts. Travel agencies like STA Travel and StudentUniverse are tailored specifically to student budgets. While they deal mostly in cheap airfare (with flights usually less than $1,000), it’s the restrictions like cumbersome maximum-stay limits that these sites are able to negotiate out of that are most attractive.

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Students are taking advantage of sites such as Orbitz and Kayak because it is cheaper and more efficient for them to plan their own trips.

where; it’s about to be winter in Australia. Luckily, wintertime down under is also the cheapest time to travTravel during the offseason. el. Currently, you can find tickets to For students, this is going to Australia on STA Travel for $200 be May and June, where most ev- less than if you were to fly later in erything from flights to hotels are the year. cheaper than they will be the further into summer. Remember that trav- Fly via no-frills airlines. Airlines such as Ryanair and Easy eling during summertime months in the U.S. doesn’t necessarily mean Jet are the European equivalents to you’re in for beach weather else- Southwest, offering bare bones trav-

el arrangements (your seats will be in a permanent upright position, and your life vest will likely be dangling above you) for as little as $20, depending on where you want to go. has a comprehensive list of international budget airlines.

destinations, hotel bookings and car rental — in seconds. But some time, research and careful planning could yield you an even better deal than those sites might offer. For example, to fly from Austin to Paris, you could try to find a direct flight — at press time, Kayak offered a direct flight for Be your own travel agent. about $1,200. Instead, you could fly Sites like Orbitz and Kayak will do to Chicago for $289 through STA. all the heavy lifting for you, calculating your trip — down to layover TRAVEL continues on pAGE 11

Trailer serves Italian comfort food for Austin crowd

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By Lindsey Cherner Daily Texan Staff

On the corner of South First and West Live Oak streets stands an orange trailer complete with a mustache painted on the back and fresh flowers in pots on the windowsill. The Arancini trailer, reading “Italian comfort food,” is a welcoming sight for those craving a little taste of Italy. “It’s comforting because it stems from family recipes, creating a sense of nostalgia,” said Katrina O’Donell,


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chef and co-creator of the Arancini trailer. “It has classic European influence, but we do modernize with some American influence.” Going against their original intentions of having a retro-modern design and complementary menu, the couple of 17 years, Katrina and Daniel O’Donell, went with a more lighthearted approach and played off the name Arancini, or a risotto dish which means “little oranges” in Italian because of its color. Their style of arancini is the Sicilian version that Katrina grew up

eating and cooking with her Italian family. Arancini is a classic risotto dish lightly covered in bread crumbs and shaped into a ball before being fried, while the inside of the ball remains al dente in texture. The Romano cheese in combination with the rice creates a creamy saltiness with a bit of a pungent flavor. Katrina also adds bacon for a smoky appeal and the peas as the stand-alone vegetable. Katrina had difficulty describing the way it tastes, only able to call arancini “cheesy goodness.”

Although arancini is one of the more classic dishes on the menu, the O’Donells have put a more modern twist on classic Italian cuisine. Originally, they began trying out new flavors on classics to bring in a more diverse crowd, but in its brief opening, the trailer has created dishes some locals have never tried. The meatball sliders come as the classic beef, vegetarian or even turkey basil with a choice of side sauce, whereas the manicotti, a crepe dish,

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Friday, May 6, 2011 | The Daily Texan | Amber Genuske, Life&Arts Editor | (512) 232-2209 |

Aerial arts company offers classes, show to Austin residents By Clayton Wickham Daily Texan Staff

During rehearsal, Celeste Myhre wraps her legs around two lengths of blue silk suspended from the roof of the practice warehouse used by the Sky Candy aerial arts collective. After carefully looping the silk around her waists and legs, she releases her hands and plunges downward through billowing fabric until the silk strands tighten around her and gracefully cradle her fall. Myhre, 14 with a background in ballet, is one of the collective’s advanced students in Sky Candy’s aerial arts classes. Aerial art is a dance form common in circus performance in which artists dance while suspended in the air by a number of different apparatuses, such as ropes, trapezes and silks.

Sky Candy is a performance and teaching collective that was co-founded by Winnie Hsia, Chelsea Laumen, Andy Ange and Jessica Ryan in 2010 to foster interest in the aerial arts in Austin. Sky Candy teaches classes to advanced students and beginners of all backgrounds six days a week at their practice space in East Austin. Hsia said circus performances often highlight the aerial act, an aspect that draws people to the aerial arts. “It’s the most dangerous, the most beautiful and one of the most difficult of the circus arts,” Hsia said. The collective’s debut fulllength production, “The Red Shoes,” opens tonight. Myhre will be playing an important role in the group’s airborne adaptation of

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Celeste Myhre, 14, practices choreography on a silk rope in preparation for an aerial dance show for Sky Candy, an arts collective.

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The lone, voluptuous figure of Bianca Fairchild saunters onto the dance floor wearing a tight, red, kneelength dress. Her blonde-brown hair is teased high and the silver ring on her finger scintillates in the softly lit room. It’s performance time, and as Pink’s “Sober” begins to play, she perches a hand on her hip and opens her mouth to lip-synch. It’s Saturday night at Charlie’s, a gay bar a block west of the Capitol. Fairchild hosts Drag Idol, a charity lipsynching contest held by the United Court of Austin, a nonprofit that raises money for organizations related but not limited to the health of people in the GLBTQ com-

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