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As the Longhorn Network enters its third football season, it has made its way into 5.5 million living rooms and dorms but is still not easily accessible to most students living off campus. Students can watch the exclusive games available on the Longhorn Network on campus or at nearby restaurants, but prominent cable service providers in the area — including Time Warner Cable
— have yet to pick up the programming since its launch in 2011. Longhorn Network officials say they do not anticipate expanding programming to large service providers in the near future. Grande Communications, which is carried in dorms and dining facilities on campus, was the first cable provider to make the Longhorn Network available to viewers. Hemlata Jhaveri, the Division of Housing and Food Services director of resident life, said the
Longhorn Network is available to the 7,300 students living on campus. At least one television is dedicated to the game in the dining halls on game days, Jhaveri said. Austin-area bars and restaurants also provide the Longhorn Network to customers. At least nine local venues near campus provide the Longhorn Network programming. Trudy’s Texas Star
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Texas welcomes students By Cyrus Huncharek @chuncharek
Thousands of incoming UT students flooded South Mall to participate in Gone To Texas on the eve of the start of a new school year. Gone To Texas, an event put on by the University since 1997, invites new students to participate in a welcoming ceremony capped off by lighting the Tower orange. Many of the University’s individual colleges put on their own events before the larger ceremony in front of the Tower. Rod Caspers, director of University Events, said the expected turnout was between 7,000 to 8,000 participants. To accommodate the large crowd, UT spent about $200,000 in organizing and executing the event this year. “[Gone to Texas] is a welcome to all new students, a welcome to a community of
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Gone To Texas is an annual tradition to welcome incoming freshman, transfers and new gradutate students. Many of the University’s individual colleges host their own events and then gather in front of the Tower for the ceremony.
A week after government senior Bryan Davis was reportedly bleach-bombed in West Campus, public officials report that, while the search for the culprits is narrowing, the balloon might not have been filled with bleach. In his most recent statement, Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, said early indications are that the balloon dropped last week was filled with water. Vincent added that the University has collected clothing and balloon remnants from the site and sent them to a lab for further forensic testing. Last Wednesday’s bleach bombing comes almost a year after similar attacks on minority students were reported in the same area by the University Towers, a private dormitory on 24th Street. The attacks caused an uproar among students and led to protests and marches against racially charged violence. Similarly, members of the Black Student Alliance will host a rally in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Statue on Wednesday afternoon to speak out against racial violence. According to Vincent, University investigations of the previous attacks showed no evidence that bleach was used, and the students responsible for that incident were held accountable under the University’s disciplinary system. Vincent said throwing balloons filled with any substance is considered an assault, which is
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New restaurants add bold flavor to local cuisine By Jourden Sander @Jourdensander
While everyone was away from Austin this summer, new restaurants and eateries opened left and right, offering students new culinary options to try. Some restaurants closed, such as the grungy but delicious Texadelphia on the Drag or the traditional South Congress burger joint Fran’s, but at least students can feast on these new eats between cramming for their first tests.
Co-op. The Co-op Food Court opened just two weeks before classes started and offers four new trucks of assorted food. George H. Mitchell, president and CEO of the UT Co-op, said the Co-op Food Court will continue to grow. He is hoping to have ten food trucks by the middle of September. In addition to good food, Mitchell said the food court will offer entertainment as well. “Eventually we’re going to show football games by the food court, and we’re going to show movies, once it gets a little darker.” The best way to start fall? Football and food trucks. Location: The parking lot behind the Co-op
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This Mexican food restaurant is now all over the country. Uncle Julio’s describes their food as “authentic border style.” Serving traditional favorites such as quesadillas and enchiladas while offering more refined dishes such as their honey chipotle salmon, Uncle Julio’s boasts a large menu with options to satisfy any appetite. Website: unclejulios.com/ Location: 301 Brazos St., Suite 150, corner of 3rd & San Jacinto 3. Umami Mia Pizzeria Conservative and romantic Romeo’s has closed on Barton Springs, and in its
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narrowed down to individuals from two specific rooms. Ronnie said the complex’s management is offering a reward to residents of Towers for any additional information. Ronnie, who has only worked at the complex for a week, said he is unfamiliar with the party culture associated with West Campus but said he is aware of a long history of individuals living at the Towers throwing liquidfilled balloons at pedestrians — mostly girls. In light of the attack, he said residents will receive a letter explaining the “proper way to live at Towers.” “We don’t want people getting the wrong impression,” Davis said. “This kind of behavior is not representative of the entire complex.” Cpl. David Boyd, a public information officer for APD, said the department is still waiting for the victim’s official statement but added that a detective has been assigned to the investigation. “It’s difficult to say whether this investigation will yield anything,” Boyd said. “Once the statement is made, then the investigation can proceed.”
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Vincent said the University is “anxious” to receive the results of the investigation. “The University of Texas at Austin has long been committed to promoting diversity and ensuring respect and inclusion throughout the campus community,” Vincent said. “Our University should be a haven and home to students of all backgrounds.” Student Government President Horacio Villarreal called last week’s alleged bleach bombing an “unfortunate” occurrence. Villarreal said making the campus “inclusive” for students of all backgrounds will continue to be a priority and occurrences such as these are “antithesis to the unity that normally defines this campus.” “I cannot speak to whether or not the individuals who are throwing the bleach bombs are acting out of racism,” Villarreal said in an email. “I can speak to the fact that our campus has become increasingly inclusive since I first stepped onto the 40 Acres … It is encouraging to see the campus efforts made by students across campus to bring light and attention to the incidents.”
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Pitonyak murder trial to be reviewed for appeal
The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will decide if former Longhorn Colton Pitonyak deserves a retrial for the brutal murder of Jennifer Cave in 2005. Pitonyak is currently serving a 55-year prison sentence for the 2005 murder and mutilation of then-21-yearold Cave, who was found shot and dismembered at Pitonyakâ€™s West Campus apartment. Former UT student Laura Ashley Hall, described as Pitonyakâ€™s jealous lover in court documents, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for tampering with evidence. Both fled to Mexico following the murder and were apprehended during their attempt to cross the border back into the U.S. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to review Pitonyakâ€™s case based on claims that the state withheld evidence containing Hallâ€™s confessions during the initial trial in 2007 â€” a federal constitutional violation of Brady v. Maryland. However, the evidence might not hold up in court. Andrew Oldham, deputy solicitor for the state, argued that prosecutors are not required to turn over notes made by a medical professional, and that the notes in question would be protected by federal medical privacy laws. Chris Perri, one member of Pitonyakâ€™s legal counsel, said Brady violations usually trump privacy laws in a court of law and cited a lack of consensus regarding a prisonerâ€™s privacy rights. â€œConfessing to a murder does not even constitute medical information,â€? Perri said. â€œThis is criminal evidence.â€? If the Brady precedent sticks, the prosecution will have the option to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. If the prosecutors fail to successfully appeal the case to the Supreme Court, Pitonyak will be granted a new trial at the 147th State District Court in Austin. â€”Alberto Long
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In a visit to Austin on Monday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi discussed her economic agenda for women, emphasizing equal pay, paid medical leave and affordable child care. Pelosi said she visited Austin Community Collegeâ€™s Eastview Campus because community colleges present opportunities for women by appreciating the balance between work, school and home. â€œI want to tell you about our true victory gardens,â€? Pelosi said. â€œThose are
these young people or people re-entering the educational arena. Some of them have families; some of them are working â€Ś Itâ€™s all different kinds of things that come to bear at a community college.â€? Pelosi said she supports strong public institutions because education is essential to reducing the deficit and raising the gross domestic product produced by women in the United States. Although President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 almost 50 years ago, pay discrimination is still a pressing issue for American women, Pelosi said.
Dianne Morphew, of the American Association of University Womenâ€™s Abilene branch, said she experienced pay discrimination twice, once in 1989 and once in 2002. At one point, a man whom she had trained for the job was going to replace her and earn 150 percent more than she had earned, Morphew said. â€œWe know that pay discrimination is wrong, and it hurts Americaâ€™s women, families and economy as a whole,â€? Morphew said. The association sponsored the discussion and scheduled it on Womenâ€™s
Equality Day. Womenâ€™s Equality Day recognizes the ratification of the 19th amendment which occurred 93 years ago, said Jeannie Best, the Texas branch president for the association. The most costly part of Pelosiâ€™s plan is subsidies for child care, she said. Pelosi, who has five children, said seeing a lack of paid sick-leave preventing women from taking time off work to care for their sick children is part of what motivated her to work in politics. â€œThe missing link in all of that has been affordable
child care,â€? Pelosi said. Pelosi said she also wants to reduce the role of money in politics and increase the role of civility. â€œMoney suffocates the air out of the system, and if you use money to confuse the debate â€Ś people walk away,â€? Pelosi said. She said one of her priorities â€” raising the minimum wage to a living wage â€” will mostly affect the private sector. â€œWe just do not want women to be well-paid employees,â€? Pelosi said. â€œWe want women to be entrepreneurial, to be employers.â€?
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Editor’s note: This column by former University President Harry Ransom offers advice to freshmen as they embark upon their college careers. Though originally published in the August 9, 1957, issue of The Daily Texan, we believe the advice offered still rings true today. Presumably the pursuit of ideas is one of the major undertakings of a university freshman. It is a highly personal undertaking, as unpredictable in its opportunities as it is in its rewards. A canny freshman will begin by finding out what his university provides him in regular course and what he will have to get on his own. The measure of his educability the first years will be the amount of sense he makes out of the university’s provision and the amount of intellectual responsibility he is willing to shoulder independently. No other period in life provides so much time for the free pursuit of ideas as the hours and days and weeks and years of undergraduate study. In no other context of life is so much machinery manned to assist the individual or so many experts engaged on his behalf. Nor will ideas presented to him ever again be quite so new, so accessible, so varied — not even if he goes into one of the
“creative” occupations or learned professions. Against these advantages certain disadvantages of the university should be counted. By sheer abundance of fare the college experience can sicken. Overstuffed geese are starvelings compared with undergraduates who must take five or six disciplines at a clip, week in and week out. Heaven help those who diet uncritically. A snippet of Plato, a dash of quantum mechanics, a sonnet from one class, a battle from another, a political theory (for which the sonnetwriter went to jail), a philosophy lecture (reverting to Plato or the bit of physics) — all this may produce a straight-A average but no abiding sense. Very early in his first year, an alert student finds means to relate and judge those ideas which his university experience brings him. To each of its free citizens, however differently constituted and however variously motivated, the university presents certain opportunities in common. First in potential importance are the library and the laboratory. To the freshman who is appalled by the number of its holdings (“One million books are too many for one
person to read”), the library still remains the likeliest source of ideas. Some students storm whole bookstacks as if they were a towered city. Others take reading assignments like carefully prescribed finger-exercises. In either case, to put books to use (from picture books to mathematical tables) is the surest way to turn the university into a field of ideas. To learn something about the method of laboratories is to provide at least a partial assurance against mere gullibility about ideas — including, of course, those in books. Nor should listening be neglected. Because some lecturers have turned the arts into an unendurable bore, some listeners damn all lecturing. Yet lecturers in classes (and “visiting lecturers” at the university) are often the source of the critical student’s most usable ideas. Discriminating freshmen will keep their ears open — however often those ears may be dulled or disappointed by mere classroom routines or academic cock-crowing. Good listening will also come, of course, outside large educational assemblies. It will come in the small class, in private conference, in highly impromptu (and sometimes imprudent) tack upon big problems by a seminar,
in coffee conversation, in the idle hour. Every great university trusts its competent students to wide search, knowing that each student is educated, in part, by accident. Thus the briefest glance will assure the freshman that in the matter of mere supply the university will not fail him. Yet in the midst of loud noises made by old ideas like the dignity of man and newer ones like negative matter, we often avoid the conditions most fertile for the growth of ideas — aloneness and silence. A student may choose his courses, pore over his texts, listen to his teachers, exchange opinions with his contemporaries, and fill in the sands of library cards to good effect but still miss the main chance for developing ideas significant to him. If he is to complete the pursuit of ideas, he will get off by himself, shut up, and think. Too much higher education today neglects that lowly exercise. — Dr. Harry Huntt Ransom, (1908-1976) Between 1935 and 1971, Ransom served as a UT professor, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the University president and the chancellor of the UT System.
UT works for veterans By Benjamin Armstrong & Shelby Stanfield Guest Columnists
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No syllabi in real world By Michael Domjan Guest Columnist
‘Tis the season for new classes, new professors and new academic adventures. A major part of the first-day-of-class ritual is the course syllabus, and providing a course syllabus is one of the few aspects of college instruction that is mandated by Texas state law. Professors take great pride in preparing their syllabi. Instructions from department heads, deans and the UT Center for Teaching and Learning encourage professors to provide lots of details about the course schedule, the structure of assignments and the basis for grading in the class. Students are eager to have these details in the syllabus so they can know clearly what they have to do to get a good grade. But is that the best approach? Students who are fortunate enough to attend UT have gotten here because they have learned to follow the instructions provided by their teachers. Course requirements are very well spelled out in high school and the best students are the ones who are most expert in following those instructions. Should higher education follow the same strategy? There is no question that detailed specification of course requirements helps students earn better grades. But will this provide the kinds of skills students need once they graduate? Why do students go to college? Because they (or their parents) want them to get a good job and assume leadership roles in society once they graduate. What skills are required for the best paying and most important jobs in society? Expertise in following instructions is not one of those skills. Menial minimum-wage jobs require following a lot of instructions. Before someone is allowed to make French fries at McDonald’s, they receive
detailed instructions on how long to leave the fries in the oil, what temperature the oil has to be, where to put the fries when they come out of fryer, etc. They are also told precisely when to report to work, how long they have to stay and when they are allowed to take a break. College graduates do not aspire to cook French fries for minimum wage. They aspire to become the president of a company or to invent the next fast food that consumers will find hard to resist. Unfortunately, there are no instructions for doing those jobs. High-level positions and leadership roles in business, industry, health care or the arts do not come with instructions. Steve Jobs had no instructions to follow in building Apple into one of the most successful companies in the world. Mack Brown was not told how to improve UT’s winning percentage when he started preparations for the 2013 football season. Important high-paying jobs cannot be performed by following instructions. Success in such positions requires learning to navigate in an ambiguous environment. The president of a company or the head coach of a football team has to identify what the problems are, set goals and figure out how to meet those goals. He or she does not have to do these things alone. But even deciding how to get help with these tasks is unspecified. The higher one goes in an organization, the fewer are the instructions for the work that one has to do. Students demand detailed instructions in their classes because they have learned that academic success comes from following those instructions. The most frequently asked question I have encountered in my classes is “Will this be on the test?” A desire for such clarity is understandable, but it is counterproductive in the long run. It fails to prepare students for what is really important in life, which is how to succeed in an ambiguous environment where there are no instructions. Michael Domjan is a professor in the UT Department of Psychology.
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The student veteran and eligible dependent population at the University of Texas at Austin is one of many important groups on campus that the University serves. We recognize this group has faced many challenges prior to enrolling at UT, and that navigating access to state and federal education benefits should not be one of them. Since the inception of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and changes to the Hazlewood Act, a law that provides tuition exemptions to eligible veterans and their dependents, were made in 2009, there has been a significant increase in the number of eligible students seeking to use their benefits. UT-Austin has seen the effect of this increase; since 2009 the University has experienced an increase of more than 275 percent in Hazlewood exemption requests and a 22.5 percent increase in students requesting benefits provided by the GI Bill. According to the National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics, the Central Texas area has the fastest-growing population of veterans in the nation. In spring 2013 alone, the University had 1,494 individuals requesting benefits. The increased number of eligible students has extended the time it takes for students to gain access to these benefits nationwide, as well as here on our campus. Recognizing this, we have launched efforts to improve the experience for our student veterans and dependents by bringing together all offices assisting this population on campus — the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Admissions, the Office of Accounting and Student Veteran Services — to review how other institutions are serving their student veterans and to implement a unified approach to address the realities facing such students on our campus. Additionally, we engaged students by
collaborating with the Student Veteran Association, the official student veteran group on campus. Over the past year, through this collaboration with students and various offices on campus, the University has worked hard to expedite students’ access to the GI Bill and the Hazlewood exemption. The Office of the Registrar sought input from Student Veteran Services and the Student Veteran Association and developed strategies to improve the experience of student veterans and eligible dependents seeking to use their benefits. As a result of these collaborations, we enhanced the benefit sessions during orientations to assist students as soon as they arrive on campus. The Office of the Registrar also made a number of improvements to its internal processes and developed informational websites to better explain the benefits and how to access them. The university created a tuition coverage program that allowed for 79 percent of the students using federal education benefits used to secure their enrollment before they had paid their tuition. In doing so, the program kept qualified students from having to take action on their tuition costs before they had received their federal funding. The Office of the Registrar and Student Veteran Services have additionally worked together to ensure comprehensive office hours at locations across campus to provide easy access to expert guidance regarding benefits. The cooperation among various offices on campus and the Student Veteran Association has resulted in a student veteran experience far different from this time last year. We will continue to work together as a University to serve students in the most efficient way possible, evaluate our processes and seek strategic and innovative solutions to the challenges we may face. Benjamin Armstrong is the Director of Student Veteran Services at the University. Shelby Stanfield is a Vice Provost and the University Registrar.
HORNS UP: THE TRAIL OF LIGHTS RETURNS The Trail of Lights is coming back. After a few years of unreliable illumination, the Austin tradition will now include better parking and multiple paths through the display to ease congestion. Although the trail suffered a hiccup last year when running gear store Runtex, its main sponsor, declared bankruptcy, we hope the light display will fare better under the leadership of a private entity—the newly formed Trail of Lights Foundation—than it did under the city’s control.
HORNS DOWN: JUMPING ON AN ANTI-LGBTQ BANDWAGON Several prominent state politicians have joined the now-openly homophobic San Antonio City Councilwoman Elisa Chan in opposition to a proposed anti-discrimination city ordinance as it approaches a Sept. 5 vote. They include Texas Attorney General and likely gubernatorial frontrunner Greg Abbot, as well as the three men seeking to replace him as AG: State Rep. Dan Branch, Sen. Ken Paxton and Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman. Austin, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth all have similar anti-discrimination laws on the books that protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination, but railing against existing laws does not present as attractive an opportunity for a candidate to boost his or her bona fides with those who oppose giving LGBTQ Texans equal rights.
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continues from page 1 scholars,” Caspers said. “Our goal is to provide a wonderful welcome to all new students as they begin this new venture in their lives.” Traditionally, the UT president leads the event, but President William Powers Jr. was not available this year. Instead, Greg Fenves, incoming provost and former dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering, presided over the event. This year’s audience watched a dance performance, the famous Longhorn Band and multiple videos about the University’s history and reputation. In his remarks, Fenves emphasized the Freshman Research Initiative, a program intended to help freshmen involved in academic research. Addie Block, a Middle Eastern studies freshman, said Gone to Texas reaffirmed her choice to attend UT. “I feel like I have a home here,” Block said. Freshman Hannah Hinton said it was exciting to see all the freshmen together in front of the Tower. “I’m now very excited for classes to start and to get involved on campus,” Hinton said.
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Dancers perform at Gone To Texas on Tuesday night. This year’s ceremony also included informational speeches about the University and other performances by UT organizations.
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continues from page 1 restaurant manager John Henson said all Trudy’s locations switched cable service providers to Grande Communications to air Longhorn Network programming to customers, specifically exclusive game coverage. “Obviously a lot of people don’t have it around here,” Henson said. “All of our locations get people coming to see the Longhorn Network games.” Henson said Longhorn games are in high demand and help out business with gameday crowds who don’t have access to the network at home and are looking for a place to watch the game. “We encourage people to come, stay and watch the game,” Henson said. “It’s on all the televisions we have. We have the audio on, and on home game day we have a barbecue smoker outside.” UT and ESPN formed the Longhorn Network in 2011, agreeing to a 20year commitment in which ESPN would own and operate the network’s 24-hour Longhorn coverage. The network will air a few home football games exclusively, including UT games against New Mexico State, Mississippi and Kansas, with analysis by former Longhorn running back Ricky
Williams and former University of Georgia quarterback David Greene. The network’s coverage includes 175 events, broadcasting 20 sports along with studio shows, historical programming and original series. UT football head coach Mack Brown has said he spends six hours per week on the three shows on which he appears. Last year, Grande Communications President Matthew Murphy said the cable provider covers almost 25 percent of the city and provides service to the UT area. Since reaching a deal with UT Athletics in July, Grande Trudy's Texas Star is also the service provider 409 W 30th St. for the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Pluckers “Now we not only deliver 2222 Rio Grande St. value to students but enable Texas Athletics to finally Posse East have access to LHN and all 2900 Duval St. other channels within their facilities,” Murphy said. Photos by Zachary Strain / Daily Texan Staff Crown & Anchor Last September, AT&T U- (Top) A Longhorn Network banner hangs on a parking garage outside of its studios. Since the network launched in 2011, it 2911 San Jacinto Blvd. verse picked up the network has been negotiating with cable providers. Time Warner Cable, a major provider in the Austin area, has yet to pick it up. following months of nego- (Above) Crown & Anchor Pub is one of the venues near campus that offers the Longhorn Network to its patrons. Austin Players tiation between other cable 300 W MLK Jr. St. providers and ESPN. Other Warner Cable and Comcast beyond sports coverage and Obviously a lot of people don’t have it service providers offer the are major service providers intends to broadcast events Double Daves around here. All of our locations get network as part of its pro- in the Austin and Houston and speakers on campus. 3000 Duval St. gramming in the Houston areas, respectively. Ozmun said students livpeople coming to see the Longhorn area, Kansas City and IlliMary Knight, associate ing on campus or in West Cain & Abels Network games. nois among other areas. vice president of UT’s Bud- Campus should have little 2313 Rio Grande St. Justin Connolly, Long- get Office, said the network trouble getting access to the —John Henson, horn Network program- brings in $10 million ev- network’s sports coverage. Cuatros Trudy’s Texas Star restaurant manager ming vice president, recently ery year for the University, West Campus apartment 1004 24th St. said Time Warner Cable and half of which is allocated complexes are also work- to students, according to Longhorn Network to fill Comcast will not be carrying to academics and has led to ing to cater to students who Melanie Carlson, apartment its rooms, but it is a draw Dirty Martin’s the network’s programming the creation of half a dozen want to access Longhorn leasing and marketing man- for students. 2808 Guadalupe St. SDT-UTStudentMedia_SDT-UTStudentMedia 7/25/13 8:02 PM Page 1 in the near future. Time endowed chair positions for Network programming in ager for 2400 Nueces. “We wanted to provide it faculty. The other half is al- their homes. Some large Carlson said the 304- for our residents because it’s located to UT Athletics. apartment complexes, like room apartment complex, a major incentive for stuLonghorn Network 2400 Nueces, pay extra to ca- which opened in July, offers dents,” Carlson said. “And spokeswoman Kristy Oz- ble providers that don’t carry the network free for tenants. a lot of places do not offer mun said the network has the Longhorn Network to Carlson said the apartment Longhorn Network, espeexpanded its programming make the network available complex doesn’t rely on the cially in West Campus.”
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UT mourns loss of former President Livingston By Sarah White @SarahLizabethW
With classes beginning Wednesday, the UT campus will continue to mourn the death of former University President William Livingston. Livingston died Aug. 15 at the age of 93. He began his career at UT as a government professor in 1949 and worked in various teaching and administrative roles in the following 60 years. His positions included chair of the government department, vice chancellor of academic programs and vice president and dean of graduate studies. He held the position of acting president of the University in 1992. More anecdotally, he is known as the voice of TEX — the 1990s telephone registration system. Livingston’s memorial service will be held Sept. 4. Steve Livingston, Bill’s son, said the University offered the use of the LBJ Auditorium for which the family was grateful. President William Powers Jr. is one of the scheduled speakers
He was always trying to get on the same wavelength as his students. He could be a little goofy, a little funny and even a little outrageous.
Former UT President William Livingston died Aug. 15 at the age of 93.
—Gary Freeman, government professor
at the service. “Bill Livingston embodied all the best qualities of a university leader: erudition, eloquence, sweeping vision, warmth and good humor,” Powers said in a statement. “The University of Texas is a better place for his lifetime of service. He was an inspiration to generations of Longhorns, and we all will miss him.” Livingston served in World War II in the U.S. Artillery and was injured in the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944. He earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service, according to Steve. Government professor Gary Freeman said he had known Livingston as a colleague and a friend since 1976 when Freeman first joined the department at UT. In his first interactions with Livingston, Freeman said
he noticed his colleague’s friendliness, frankness and plainspoken manner. “He was always trying to get on the same wavelength as his students,” Freeman said. “He could be a little goofy, a little funny and even a little outrageous.” Freeman said Livingston had a remarkable mastery of the English language and would often impress his students with his broad vocabulary. Encouraging his students to be better writers proved to be a central part of Livingston’s teaching philosophy, and he would give many writing assignments to his students. He enjoyed reading his students’ works and would write detailed and thoughtful notes on their essays. “[Livingston] had beautiful handwriting,” Freeman said. “He would write these
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exquisite comments on his students papers.” In a 2009 article written to graduates of the government department, Freeman spoke of Livingston’s legacy. “Livingston has been an exemplar of loyalty and an unwavering proponent of research and education,
while insisting that all involved in higher education strive for and attain excellence,” Freeman wrote. “He lived these principles, instilling them in this department and this University, and we like to think that you, graduates of this department, are the better for it.”
Austin school district fights to improve graduation rates The Austin school district has graduated its lowincome students at a lower rate for the past two years than any other large urban district in Texas, according to a newspaper analysis. The Austin AmericanStatesman reported that the city’s district places at the bottom of the so-called “Big 8” urban Texas school districts when it comes to graduating students who qualify for free or reduced lunch in spite of improvements in recent years. Just less than 79 percent of the district’s 2,400 low-income students in the class of
2012 graduated. Austin also ranked second-to-last in the graduation rates of Hispanic students and in the middle for black students. “It is totally unacceptable to me and to this city that our most vulnerable students would perform lower than the state average, much less at the bottom of the other Big 8 districts,” said Austin Trustee Gina Hinojosa. But Superintendent Meria Carstarphen emphasizes the strides the district has made. The district’s overall graduation rate peaked in 2012 at 82.5 percent and the rates have increased in all
categories in recent years. Credit-recovery and drop-out prevention programs have contributed to the gains. Lanier High School graduated nearly 80 percent of its students in 2012, up from 56 percent in 2008. Travis High School has improved to nearly 78 percent in 2012 from 55.5 percent in 2008. “When you cut through all the numbers, one simple fact remains: More Austin Independent School District students are graduating, especially our most vulnerable students,” Carstarphen said. “Our schools have achieved
dramatic gains over the last four years. “For example, our economically disadvantaged students have achieved 17.7 percentage point gains,” Carstarphen said. “While we always have more work to do, it is wrong to simply focus on the negative instead of the tremendous progress our students, teachers and administrators have made.” UT education researcher Julian Vasquez Heilig said there are a number of reasons for Austin’s low ranking. “You would expect because it’s a progressive city that we’d perform better than other
urban districts, but hidden beneath the veneer, there are deep patterns of segregation and inequality spread across pockets of the city,” Vasquez Heilig said. The Austin school board had set a goal to graduate 90 percent of all students by 2015. “We have a lot of work to do,” said Edmund Oropez, Austin’s associate superintendent for high schools. “Graduation rates are a work in progress. We’re not satisfied until we’re moving toward that 100 percent graduation rate.” —Associated Press
NEWS BRIEFLY Austin’s transportation system votes to change
Leaders of Austin’s regional public transportation provider have voted to tighten board policies amid concerns about how travel money was spent. The Austin AmericanStatesman reports Capital Metro board members voted Monday to bar themselves from getting reimbursed for hotel stays within 50 miles of their homes. Board members also decided to prohibit the transferring of budgeted travel money among themselves. Previous policy let board members use unspent funds from other members if they depleted their annual allowances. Chairman Mike Martinez said Monday that the board must lead by example after asking the agency to tighten its belt. Capital Metro offers bus, rail and cycling partnership programs in the Austin area.
Texas Legislature hears updates on driver safety
The Texas House Public Safety Committee will hear updates on law enforcement in the state, including the Driver’s Responsibility Surcharge Program. The Department of Public Safety will update lawmakers Monday on the program that assesses points on drivers for moving violations and charges extra fees for driving while intoxicated. The state started the program in 2003. The committee will also hear from the Department of Insurance, the State Fire Marshall and other agencies within its purview. The Legislature is no longer in session so no new laws will be discussed. Committees hold public meetings to oversee the government agencies for which they are responsible in order to determine what new laws may be needed when lawmakers return to Austin in 2015. —Compiled from Associated Press reports
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Medical school faces religious controversy By Christine Ayala
hospital,” Smith said. “People seem to find more issue with that [than] when it is Although UT’s Dell Medi- Catholic dogma.” Smith said although there cal School is years from being up and running, its is no agreement between the policies and procedures with medical school and Seton to potential partners are already review, the organization is anticipating violations. It is under scrutiny. Because of Seton Health- likely Dell Medical School care Family’s religious affili- faculty would be required to ation, its partners, including have admitting privileges or the Dell Medical School, be employees at Seton, which are expected to abide by the would place these governEthical and Religious Direc- ment employees under Cathtives for Catholic Health Care olic ethical guidelines. “Seton is not going to alServices. These directives impact medical procedures low the University of Texas to that relate to family planning, come in there without agreewomen’s health and end-of- ing to abide by the religious life care. Central Health, a directives,” Smith said. Seton spokeswoman AdriSeton partner, is also subject Scott Gaulin / Associated Press to these religious directives. enne Lallo said because medIn this Nov. 10, 2009, file photo, Sgt. Erica Shubrick with the Fort Hood Police Department delivers flowers to the Marvin Critics of Seton have voiced ical students only observe, Leath Visitors Center at the Bernie Beck Main Gate at Fort Hood. concerns that in the future the they wouldn’t be performing Dell Medical School might any act that would hold them operate under a similar agree- to the Catholic guidelines. ment, but no concrete agree- Similarly, medical residents, can provide prescriptions but ment has been made yet. The medical school has do not perform procedures. He questioned only three of FORT HOOD — The decision,” he said. “It is free lives since Nov. 5, 2009. Smith said this would a memorandum of underArmy psychiatrist who fa- and voluntary.” Joleen Cahill told jurors the prosecutors’ nearly 90 standing with Seton indicat- not eliminate the violation tally shot 13 people at Fort The judge, Col. Tara Os- that she misses hearing her witnesses, and although he ing that the Catholic hospi- of church and state caused Hood decided not to pres- born, then read aloud sev- husband’s footsteps in their gave a brief opening statetal will be the main training by Seton. For Seton’s agreeent any evidence during eral court opinions to back Texas home, which she said ment — during which he hospital. The official contract ment to be lawful, governacknowledged that the evihis trial’s penalty phase on up her decision not to in- now feels empty. between the two has not been ment entities working with Tuesday even though jurors troduce evidence in Hasan’s The 62-year-old physi- dence would show he was set, and Seton will not be the Seton could agree to secular are deciding whether to sen- favor on her own. cian’s assistant was the only the shooter — he gave no only partner the Dell Medi- services without an agreeclosing argument before he tence him to death. Closing arguments are civilian killed in the attack. cal School will use in Austin. ment to religious practices, Maj. Nidal Hasan rested his scheduled for Wednesday, “One of the hardest things was convicted. The advocacy group Smith said. The military attorneys case without calling witnesses but whether jurors will hear was being alone for first time Dell Medical School Americans United for the or testifying to counter the from Hasan remains unclear. in 60 years of my life. No one ordered to advise him durSeparation of Church and spokesman Robert Cullick emotional testimony from He has been acting as his to come home to at night. No ing the trial have repeatState wrote to Seton in July, said UT System medical resiedly asked to take over his victims’ relatives, who talked own attorney but has put up conversation,” she said. opposing Seton’s influence dents from the University of of eerily quiet homes, lost nearly no defense since his Philip Warman said the case. They made a similar on government agencies Texas Southwestern Medical futures, alcoholism and the trial began three weeks ago. slaying of his wife, Lt. Col. request Tuesday, saying such as Central Health. The Center and the University of unmatched fear of hearing a The trial’s penalty phase, Juanita Warman, “was like Hasan hadn’t presented evinonprofit organization re- Texas MD Anderson Cancer knock on their front door. however, is Hasan’s last [he] had something ripped dence that could persuade sponds to citizen complaints Center are already using Sejurors to sentence him to life Prosecutors hope the chance to tell jurors what out of [him].” regarding violations of sepa- ton facilities for training. testimony helps convince he’s spent the last four years “I pretty much drank until in prison. The policies that would be ration of church and state. The lawyers asked to presjurors to hand down a rare telling the military, judges the following June,” he said. 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Trio of backs ground Texas attack By Peter Sblendorio @petersblendorio
Though most of the hype surrounding the Longhorns’ offense is focused on junior quarterback
David Ash, the most promising aspect of the 2013 team is likely to be its trifecta of running backs. Juniors Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron and sophomore Johnathan
Gray come together to create a stable team of running backs poised to propel Texas’ offense. Head coach Mack Brown emphasized the importance of a prominent running game and said
he plans to employ a consistent and effective backfield each week to remain balanced offensively. “My goal, personally, for the offense, was to be able to line up the offense and run
it against anybody,” Brown said. “You’ve got to be good enough at running it too, when maybe your quarterback is having a bad day, and he’s off or the weather is bad. You can run it every
week, and we didn’t do that last year. That’s got to be something that we have to be able to do this year.” Gray earned the starting
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Senior safety Phillps leads by example By Garrett Callahan @callahangarrett
Adrian Phillips came to Texas four years ago with one goal in mind: to win a national championship. Now the 5-foot-11-inch safety is a member of the only Texas recruiting class in a decade not to have appeared in a BCS game.
“There’s a sense of urgency among this senior class,” defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. “They were recruited during the 2009 title game period. That was part of their reason for coming here.” Phillips has matured tremendously since 2010. Phillips did not start a game his freshman season,
recording seven tackles mostly in special team’s situations. In his sophomore season, he more than quadrupled his tackles while appearing in all 12 games. Last year, things soured for Phillips and the team as Texas featured the worst defense in the school’s history finishing 74th in the nation in points allowed per game and surrendering 29.2 points per contest. Phillips ended the season third on the team in tackles (72) behind Kenny Vaccaro and Quandre Diggs, but missed a number of prominent, open field tackles and even lost his starting job for a while midway through the season. “The defense [has] a higher standard,” Phillips said. “When you turn on the tape from last year, you aren’t happy about what you saw. You just really looked at yourself and really made it up in your mind that you don’t want to be that type of player again.” Now that Vaccaro, the leader in the secondary, is in the NFL, it is Phillips’ responsibility to carry the load as safety next to junior
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Mykkele Thompson. There is depth behind the pair, but the senior must pave the way. “The secondary can be really good,” Phillips said. “[Coach] wants us to get back to the level [of] Michael Huff, Mike Griffin, the standard they walked around with. The fact [that] we have the ability to play eight people, it makes the defense that much better.” Phillips believes the
defense is ready to make a statement but acknowledges that there is no room for complacency. “It’s really week-to-week,” Phillips said. “Say we do well against New Mexico State, we want to raise the bar the next week and the next week. It’s never really a set game that the defense will know we arrived or not.” Phillips and the defense are eager to see a differ-
ent color other than burnt orange on the other side of the scrimmage line Saturday. “There’s new blood on the field,” Phillips said. “You’ve been playing against the same people for three, four months, if you count the spring. Game week is exciting. Everyone has that feeling that we’re about to take off and now it’s time to show the world this Saturday.”
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Texas off to hot start after opening weekend By Stefan Scrafield @stefanscrafield
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Running backs Joe Bergeron, Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown form Texas’ main trio of running backs, and each should see an increased workload with the team’s shift to an up-tempo offense.
continues from page 12 nod for the season opener against New Mexico State. The sophomore running back led the team with 701 rushing yards on 149 carries as a freshman in 2012. He is the most explosive member of the Texas backfield and boasts an elusiveness and an ability to find holes in the opponent’s defense. Bergeron, a 6-foot-1inch, 230-pound bruiser, expects to receive the majority of the Longhorns’ goal-line snaps. The junior
led Texas with 16 touchdowns last season, and has scored 21 times on the ground in his career. The player with the most to prove and gain is Brown. The junior running back missed nine games because of injury in his first two seasons, including six games in 2012, which limited him to just 324 rushing yards on 61 carries and four touchdowns. Now, Brown hopes to remain healthy by taking steps to change his eating habits and to do more focused muscle training.
Despite Brown’s brush with injuries, co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite is impressed by his focus and devotion to return to the field. “He’s still maintained his passion and hunger for the game of football,” Applewhite said. “It’d be easy with a sprained ankle and Johnathan taking over as a freshman to just come back and be not all into it. He’s still got a passion for football. He’s [worked] his tail off. He’s had some unfortunate breaks with injuries; it’s just part of football. He’s tough and he’s
going to fight through it, and he’s going to play.” Brown is eager to get back in the lineup on Saturday. He believes in the potential of the Longhorn rushing unit and feels there will be enough carries to go around. “It can be very good,” Brown said. “We do have some good backs in the running back room. I believe just whoever is in the game is really not losing a step. Just continuing with effort and hard work, we can do a lot of great things in the backfield.“
Texas couldn’t have asked for much more from its first two home games of the season. Coming off a 6-1 blowout of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in its only preseason contest, the Longhorns kicked off the 2013 season in impressive fashion, earning a win and a draw in its first pair of regular-season games this weekend. Texas opened its 2013 campaign Friday night with a 2-0 victory over Georgia at Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium. The Longhorns got off to a quick start after a Georgia foul put Texas in a great position to score. Junior midfielder Sharis Lachappelle took the free kick from just left of the box, propelling it toward the box. From there, sophomore Lindsey Meyer headed the ball toward junior defender Brooke Gilbert, who finished the set piece with a tap in for the third goal of her career. Meyer, who recorded an assist on the first goal, was just getting started. The midfielder from Coppell added to the Longhorns’ lead early in the second half. Meyer headed the ball following a corner kick from forward Kelsey Shimmick. The Bulldog’s goalkeeper blocked it right back to Meyer, who tapped in for an
easy score and a 2-0 Texas lead. Texas outshot Georgia 17-7 and sophomore goalkeeper Abby Smith posted her eighth career shutout for the Longhorns. Sunday marked the second game of the weekend and ended in a 1-1 draw against the University of South Florida at Myers Stadium. After a slow first half, Texas scored in spectacular fashion early in the second half. A USF foul in the 64th minute gave the Longhorns a free kick from 50 yards out. With the ball being so far from the goal, Texas called on Smith, the goaltender, to take the kick. With everyone expecting her to simply move the ball up, Smith took a shot and scored her first career goal, giving the Longhorns a 1-0 lead. Texas’ lead did not last long as USF’s Sarah Miller slipped one past Smith five minutes later, evening the score at 1-1. The game would then go into double overtime before ending in a draw. The physical, defensive-minded match featured 26 fouls. The team will now head northwest to Oregon for its first road trip of the season. The Longhorns will take on Oregon State in Corvallis on Friday before heading to Eugene to take on the Oregon Ducks on Sunday. Both games are scheduled to start at 2 p.m.
Cowboys look for winning record in ‘13, playoff appearance ARLINGTON, Texas — Tony Romo slammed his helmet on a cart and screamed at nobody in particular during an embarrassing flurry of turnovers in a preseason game. Dez Bryant sprinted 50 yards to the end zone after a catch with no one pursuing him during practice in training camp. Jason Garrett chastised his rookies for not being ready for the speed of the NFL and benched running back DeMarco Murray after a fumble that wasn’t even a turnover because a teammate recovered it. The Dallas Cowboys are talking urgency and accountability. Three of the leading voices are a quarterback trying to prove he’s worth the richest contract in franchise history, a receiver emerging as one of the league’s best and a coach whose job might depend on getting out of an
8-8 rut and ending the team’s three-year playoff drought. “There’s just a way to play winning football and there’s a way not to,” Romo said. “And we’re going to make sure we play winning football, that’s everybody included. When we’re not, it needs to be extremely important and I think it is.” Starting with Romo, here are five things to know about the Cowboys coming off consecutive seasons that ended with losses to NFC East rivals with a playoff berth on the line. Entering his seventh full season as the starter, Romo still battles the perception that he cares more about golf and other things than winning a Super Bowl. Not only did Jerry Jones give him a six-year, $108 million contract, the owner created the biggest talking point of the offseason by saying Romo would be
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more involved in everything about the offense. Jones called it “Peyton Manningtype time.” After missing all the offseason workouts to have a cyst removed from his back, he’s been steadily building toward the Sept. 8 opener against the New York Giants. He finished the preseason with a 123.3 passer rating and wasn’t responsible for any of the ghastly five first-half turnovers in a preseason game against Arizona. The Cowboys forced nine turnovers in the first four preseason games. They had 16 the entire regular season last year. The talk has been turnovers since the day defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin replaced the fired Rob Ryan and brought a new scheme that emphasizes takeaways. Defenders do drills where they chase bouncing balls around the field and have to pick them
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Texas fans with a deep belief in the powers of statistical trends could logically have three words in mind: national championship game. Since 2005, when the Longhorns won the national championship with Vince Young’s last-second touchdown against USC, Texas has appeared in one other championship game, four years later in 2009. Now it’s 2013, and Texas is primed for its best season since the Colt McCoy era. Is it that crazy to think the Longhorns will continue this four-year pattern and make it to the big game this year? To get a better feel for this pattern, let’s compare Texas’ seasons from 2004 and 2008 with 2012, since those are the years prior to the Longhorns’ national
championship appearances. As expected, last year’s defense, which was among the worst in school history in several categories, does not stack up to the stout units in 2004 and 2008. While those squads yielded 18 and 19.5 points per game, respectively, the 2012 team gave up a staggering 29. But this year, Texas will field its most experienced defense in four years featuring nine returning starters and will not face an elite quarterback in Big 12 play. If these factors contribute to a decrease in points allowed per game, then it would align with the four-year pattern as both the 2005 and 2009 squads surrendered fewer points than their predecessors. Things are more promising when comparing those teams on the offensive side of the ball. The 2012 team put up nearly 36 points a
game. Considering quarterback David Ash’s maturation and the team’s talented skill-position players, Texas could average more than 45 points a game this season — a feat only three FBS teams achieved in 2012. The 2013 squad finds itself in a similar position as the 2005 and 2009 teams in three additional areas. First, the Longhorns will play only three ranked opponents this year. Secondly, only one of those games will be played away from Darrell K RoyalTexas Memorial Stadium. And finally, Oklahoma is not ranked in the top 10, weakening a major roadblock in Texas’ schedule. For the statistically minded, these comparisons send a subtle but important message: a national championship appearance is not merely a whisper in Austin, but a real possibility.
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The Daily Texan compiled lists of albums, TV shows, movies, concerts and Austin events you can’t miss this semester. With our help, you’ll be able to hold your own in any pop culture conversation through December.
ALBUMS By Sarah Grace Sweeney @sarahgrace317
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Arcade Fire, Untitled, Oct. 29 The Canadian collective revealed to an adoring fan via Twitter that its follow up to The Suburbs would be released Oct. 29. Now, an Instagram account documenting a series of street art depicting the word “Reflektor” have fans thinking this could be the title of the album. If this is a campaign to up the hype before October, it is working. We can’t wait for Arcade Fire’s return. Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, Sept. 30 Justin Timberlake took a seven-year hiatus from pop music, which was almost a crime. He’s making up for lost time, though, releasing The 20/20 Experience earlier this year and releasing
MOVIES By Alex Williams @AlexWilliamsdt
“12 Years a Slave” Steve McQueen is one of the most measured, compelling young directors working today, and his strong sense of restrained style should be interesting when applied to the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free AfricanAmerican man who’s abducted and sold into slavery in the South. Frequent McQueen collaborator Michael Fassbender (who gave his best performance in “Shame,” McQueen’s last film) returns as Northup’s brutal owner. The rest of the ensemble includes Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti and Paul Dano, and the film should be one of the most shattering works of the year. Director: Steve McQueen Genre: Drama Release Date: Oct. 18 “The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese’s collaborations with Leonardo DiCaprio are consistently interesting efforts, and the timeliness, style and cast of this film are intriguing. While the film’s propulsive, Kanyescored trailer showcases performances from DiCaprio (starring as reallife Wall Street criminal Jordan Belfort), Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey, supporting turns from Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner and Spike Jonze promise to be fascinating additions. Director: Martin Scorsese Genre: Crime Drama Release Date: Nov. 15 “Inside Llewyn Davis” No filmmaker has such a finely tuned sense of time and place as the Coen brothers, and this exploration of the New York music scene in the 1960s earned rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. The Coens’ last musically inclined film, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” was one of their most strange but endearing works, and
a full-length part two in only a month. Fans can look forward to more eight-minute pop songs with Timberlake’s smooth falsetto in the background. HAIM, Days Are Gone, Sept. 30 All of a sudden, we are all dying to hear an entire HAIM album. The trio of sisters from Los Angeles have garnered comparisons to Wilson Phillips and Fleetwood Mac, with songs like “Don’t Save Me” and “The Wire” getting endless radio play. Fans are eager, but the ladies are taking their time to put together their first full-length album. Luckily it debuts just in time for their Austin City Limits Music Festival spot. Elvis Costello and The Roots, Wise Up Ghost, Sept. 17 It’s likely you and your dad are both excited for this album. Costello’s telltale croon backed by funky hip-hop band The Roots
should make for a flawless album. The single, “Walk Us Uptown,” is a good omen for what’s to come, with drummer Questlove’s groovy beats backing Costello’s genius melody and lyrics. Brag about knowing this album to the cute guy or girl in film history class who you want to ask out.
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“How I Met Your Mother” To be a fan of “How I Met Your Mother” means being perpetually fed up with waiting to hear how Ted eventually meets the mother. But series creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are finally bringing things to a close in the ninth season. The entire season is rumored to span the length of one weekend, as Robin (Cobie Smulders) and Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) prepare to get married and Ted (Josh Radnor) meets the love of his life (series newcomer Cristin Milioti). While it’s unclear if the show can pay off years of dangling story threads and keep things interesting, the cast of “How I Met Your Mother” is one of the most reliably funny groups on TV. Channel: CBS Premieres: Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
Beyonce, Untitled, No release date There is no real promise that a new Beyonce album is coming this fall, but we are hoping, wishing and dreaming about its potential release. Make no mistake, we could listen to 4 on repeat for the rest of our lives, but when Beyonce told fans in Norway the album would be out in November, our hearts stopped briefly in excitement. With the number of songs leaked and her current worldwide Mrs. Carter tour, it seems certain a full-length masterpiece is on its way, right?
CONCERTS T-Bone Burnett has returned to do the music for “Inside Llewyn Davis,” along with cast member John Goodman. Goodman is joined by Oscar Issac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, several performers whose sensibilities should pair nicely with the Coens’ sense of humor and melancholy. Director: The Coen brothers Genre: Drama Release Date: Dec. 20 “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” Ours is a generation that grew up loving “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” and the fact that we’re finally getting a sequel, nine years later, couldn’t be more exciting. Even if director Adam McKay can’t manage to capture lightning in a bottle twice, it’s exciting to see the entire cast returning for what promises to be the movie everybody sees on Christmas with their folks. Judging from his last few films, Will Ferrell has been saving all of his funny for this one, so let’s hope it lives up to the glorious heights of the first “Anchorman.” Director: Adam McKay Genre: Comedy Release Date: Dec. 20
By Sarah Grace Sweeney minus his full band and & Hannah Smothers usual antics. James Blake James Blake began his career as a dubstep producer but has since released two full-length albums featuring his crystalline falsetto voice, piano and an echo of the electronic producing of his past. This show won’t have much in common with the bump and grind of dubstep music from artists like Skrillex, but you can still sway along to Blake’s refined bass lines and sultry piano. Where: Emo’s East, 2015 E. Riverside Drive When: Oct. 28 Cost: $30-35 Father John Misty Father John Misty’s dark Americana rock might be a far cry from Elvis Presley’s classic tunes, but frontman Josh Tillman has just as many ladies swooning at his concerts. The ex-member of folk band Fleet Foxes has created a new identity for himself that includes a seemingly endless tour and highly energetic dance moves. This concert offers a chance to see a softer side of Tillman
Daughter Take the new classmate you’re slightly interested in to this moody lo-fi show by trio Daughter. For fans of Cat Power or The xx, this show offers a similar sound and experience at a much cheaper cost. It is also a great chance to check out one of Austin’s best venues. Where: Mohawk, 912 Red River St. When: Sept. 17 Cost: $13 advance, $15 day of show
The Series Finale of “Breaking Bad” “Breaking Bad” is such an unpredictably, viscerally intense show that watching new episodes actually stresses me out, especially as the show’s final season ramps up to what all clues indicate will be a suitably insane series finale. Bryan Cranston is giving hands down, the best performance on TV, with Dean Norris and Aaron Paul not far behind him. Channel: AMC Premieres: Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Emo’s East, 2015 E. Riverside Drive When: Oct. 12 Cost: $33.50 Father John Misty Sup Pop Recordss
“Homeland” Conveniently overlapping with the “Breaking Bad” finale is one of the only shows that can match it in terms of audacity and intensity, Showtime’s “Homeland.” Last season gave us a lovely series of duets from Claire Danes as a CIA analyst and Damian Lewis as the war vet/ congressman she suspects of being a terrorist, and shook up the status quo in some bold ways. Season three promises a toned-down scale and an increased amount of Mandy Patinkin’s Saul Berenson, which can only be a good thing. Channel: Showtime Premieres: Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand will be in Austin for an Austin City Limits Music Festival appearance. Luckily, for those of us not willing to shell out $225 for a weekend at Zilker Park, the
EVENTS By Hannah Smothers @hannahsmothers_
Pecan Street Festival Every final weekend in September, Sixth Street closes to traffic and opens to an array of art vendors, musicians and food stands for the biannual Pecan Street Festival. Held once in the fall and once in the spring, the Pecan Street Festival is a tribute to the Austin that existed before the city’s population reached the 1 million mark. When: Sept. 28-29 Where: Sixth Street, downtown Austin Cost: Free
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Where: Emo’s East, 2015 E. Riverside Drive When: Oct. 29 Cost: $17
Glasgow-based band will play an official aftershow at Emo’s. The set will likely include songs from the band’s new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, as well as old favorites.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Whether you’ve seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show a million times on TV or you’re a total Rocky virgin, nothing bonds newly
formed friend groups like sitting through 100 minutes of Transylvanian burlesque. Tickets to see Alamo Drafthouse’s cast of Queerios perform the cult classic are cheap enough to justify the extra $3 spent on the much needed prop bag so you can fully engage in the phenomenon. Pro tip: In order to fit in with the strange crowd that the weekly performance attracts, come dressed as one of the characters from the movie. When: Every Saturday at 11:55 p.m. Where: Alamo Drafthouse Village Cost: $5 per ticket, $3 per prop bag Austin Poetry Slam Every Tuesday night, one of the campusarea’s coolest hangout spots hosts a fleet of
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Zippy is Silly entertains families with balloon animals at the Pecan Street Festival. In its 30th year, the festival showcases artisans from all over the country.
smooth-speaking slam poets in its adjacent ballroom. If you’ve never been to a slam poetry event, this one is a good introduction into the scene. There are fresh faces every week mixed in with veteran poets who have earned
a certain celebrity status among the group. Recommended for English majors or anyone with a lot of feelings. When: Every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Where: Spider House Ballroom Cost: $5
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Pop music flourishes during summer 2013 By Elizabeth Williams @bellzabeth
The summer of 2013 was a great time for pop music, especially if youâ€™re into anthemic break-up tunes and â€™70s-inspired musical pleas to get it on. Here are the seven songs we couldnâ€™t escape. â€œBlurred Linesâ€? â€“ Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams All right, letâ€™s get this one out of the way. Who knew a funky sampled beat accompanied by a breastladen video would take over the airwaves this summer? â€œBlurred Linesâ€? was, and still is, everywhere we turn. Whether or not itâ€™s really about feminism and respect for women (hint: itâ€™s probably not), this song exhibits the inexplicable power to make everyone move. â€œDiane Youngâ€? â€“ Vampire Weekend On first listen, Vampire Weekendâ€™s first single from Modern Vampires of the City is rather obnoxious. But you hear it again. And again. And again. And eventually one morning, the highs and lows of Ezra Koenigâ€™s modulated voice sweetly rouse you from a deep slumber, and you realize you canâ€™t live without hearing â€œDiane Youngâ€? at least four times a day.
â€œWe Canâ€™t Stopâ€? â€“ Miley Cyrus Say what you will about her bizarre MTV Video Music Awards performance, the music video for this song or Miley Cyrus in general, but â€œWe Canâ€™t Stopâ€? is a seriously infectious slow-jam. Compared to the crop of recent hits about men looking to get sexy with the ladies, Cyrus has awkwardly faux-twerked a refreshing message into hearts everywhere: â€œYou do youâ€? and forget about the judgmental Judys. Except for the drug references. We could have done without the drug references. â€œGet Luckyâ€? â€“ Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers The legendary French house music duo seemed destined to rule the summertime airwaves long before school was out. â€œGet Luckyâ€? was one of the highest anticipated songs in recent music history, so it makes perfect sense that Daft Punk would hijack the charts like the weird robots they are. Combining the disco grooves of Nile Rodgers and the simplistic lyrical message of â€œletâ€™s do itâ€? resulted in a massive hit. And is Pharrell Williams killing it lately, or what? â€œI Love Itâ€? â€“ Icona Pop ft.
Charli XCX Want to know what I love? This song. â€œI Love Itâ€? is the pulsating goto theme song for anyone who just got dumped or who frankly doesnâ€™t give a flying fig. Not caring about some loser has never felt better, or caused so many spontaneous dance parties. â€œThe Wireâ€? â€“ HAIM HAIM is the grown-up lady equivalent to Hanson: three mega-talented siblings with uncanny melodic sensibility. â€œThe Wireâ€? is a sassy marriage of Fleetwood Mac-esque rocking and California chick toughness. The sisters HAIM layer their sunny harmonies over bright guitar licks that make this â€œyouâ€™ll get over me eventuallyâ€? kiss-off sound like a carefree ride with the top down. Taylor Swift, eat your heart out. â€œCome & Get Itâ€? â€“ Selena Gomez â€œCome & Get Itâ€? has to be the guiltiest auditory pleasure on this list. Maybe itâ€™s the seductive Bollywood influence. Perhaps itâ€™s the fact that there are no lyrics easier to remember than â€œNa na na na.â€? Whatever it is, admit that as soon as that over-produced beat drops, weâ€™re all ready to come and get. Na na na na.
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Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform â€œBlurred Linesâ€? at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 25 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
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continues from page 1 place a bold eatery has taken over. As playful and vibrant as the name suggests, Umami Mia Pizzeria has brightened the building with its colorful walls and bold flavors, offering pizza as well as sandwiches, pastas, a large drink menu and an entirely separate gluten-free menu. In addition, pizza can also be ordered by the slice for less than $5. Cheap and delicious. Website: umamimiapizzeria.com Location: 1500 Barton Springs Road 4. P.O.D. Express If you enjoy the P.O.D. Express, be sure to thank the Student Government for making it happen. The P.O.D. Express, or “provisions on demand,” was pitched by former UT student government members Kenton Wilson and Ugeo Williams to give the student body an on-campus eatery that stayed opened late in the night. Nick Parras, assistant director with the University Unions, said the P.O.D. Express is a standing kiosk that allows a quick option for students to buy healthy foods. Located in the Student Activity Center, the P.O.D Express will be open on weekdays until midnight, serving fresh fruit, salads, sandwiches and everyday items. And thanks to this new addition, there will be new seating in the SAC, which, let’s face it, there could always be more of. Don’t miss the grand opening of P.O.D Express on the first day of classes, Wednesday at 2 p.m. Location: SAC, first floor, west wall, near the auditorium 5. Mettle Mettle’s cold yet posh interior looks like a metal box upon entering. The polished atmosphere of the East Austin bistro and upscale restaurant plays off the surprisingly casual menu, which offers southern charms as well as “kid
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at heart” favorites. Feeling daring? Order the beef tongue tacos or the duck liver mousse. For the more traditional, a grilled cheese, fried chicken or a French dip sandwich awaits. Website: mettleaustin.com Location: 507 Calles St. 6. Eden East Sometimes the hustle and bustle of living in a city can get overwhelming, so instead of eating fast food in the dorm again, Eden East is a reservation only, outdoor eating concept you can treat yourself to. Boasting the slogan, “Austin farm to table,” Eden East’s menu changes weekly in order to keep courses fresh and local. Despite being higher on the price range, the fresh food, beautiful outdoor eating and “cooked at home” feeling, make the
eating experience well worth the splurge. Website: edeneastaustin.com Location: 755 Springdale Road 7. Benji’s Cantina If you’re planning a night on Sixth Street, Benji’s Cantina is a new eatery on the bustling street that you can hit before or after the night’s activities. Available only for dinner, the twostory restaurant opens at 4 p.m. and closes at 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on the weekend. The price range is a little higher, but if you want to go in for a quick bite to satisfy your hunger, the menu offers delicious appetizers such as the queso flamedo or the shrimp diablo — gulf shrimp stuffed with goat cheese and chilies wrapped
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you can possibly imagine, chocolate, everything.” With a simple menu, and cheap breakfast tacos, Quickie Pickie can be a good destination for comfort food, whether eating in or taking out. Website: quickiepickieaustin.com Location: 1208 E. 11th St. 9. Say laV Not everyone can afford to travel abroad, but if the wanderlust for exotic food strikes, Say laV offers a short menu of French and Mediterranean dishes, all in the small space of a food truck. The Say laV food truck is a temporary workspace for its restaurant, laV, which is being built in East Austin. Say LaV’s menu offers locally sourced ingredients and changes with the seasons. Order sweet potato
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Hedgehogs named in honor of royal baby’s birth Albino hedgehog babies sit on a red carpet in front of their new home in a private zoo in Moscow on Thursday. Three rare albino hedgehog babies, born on the same day as Britain’s new prince, have moved into a miniature castle at a Moscow petting zoo.
MOSCOW — Three rare albino hedgehog babies, born on the same day as Britain’s new prince, have moved into a miniature castle at a Moscow petting zoo. George, Alexander and Louis are named after the Prince of Cambridge, who has those three names. On Thursday, when the hedgehogs turned one month old, they were shown into their new home at the AllRussia Exhibition Center. It’s a wooden castle with carefully carved windows, dark velvet curtains and a plush bed. A red carpet was rolled out to welcome the hedgehog family into the new home. Zoo spokeswoman Yevgeniya Polonskaya said she hopes the Prince of Cambridge himself would one day visit the hedgehogs and said they “have a couple of invitations set aside for him.” —Associated Press
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South American art stolen from churches
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In this Aug. 9 photo, the vault containing the secret recipe for Coca-Cola is unveiled to viewers taking a tour at the World of Coca-Cola museum, in Atlanta.
Coca-Cola protects formula, boasts original recipe’s purity ATLANTA — CocaCola keeps the recipe for its 127-year-old soda inside an imposing steel vault that’s bathed in red security lights. Several cameras monitor the area to make sure the fizzy formula stays a secret. The ability to push a quaint narrative about a product’s origins and fuel a sense of nostalgia can help drive billions of dollars in sales. That’s invaluable at a time when food makers face greater competition from smaller players and cheaper supermarket store brands that appeal to cashstrapped Americans. It’s why companies such as Coca-Cola and Twinkies’ owner Hostess play up the notion that their recipes are sacred, unchanging documents that need to be closely guarded. As it turns out, some recipes have changed over time, while others may not have. Either way, they all stick to the same script that their formulas have remained the same. This summer, Twinkies made a comeback after being off shelves for about nine
months following the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands. At the time, the new owners promised the spongy yellow cakes would taste just like people remember. A representative for Hostess, Hannah Arnold, said in an email that Twinkies today are “remarkably close to the original recipe,” noting that the first three ingredients are still enriched flour, water and sugar. Yet a box of Twinkies now lists more than 25 ingredients and has a shelflife of 45 days, almost three weeks longer than the 26 days from just a year ago. That suggests the ingredients have been tinkered with, to say the least, since they were created in 1930. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, the nation’s No. 1 and 2 soda makers, respectively, also are known for touting the roots of their recipes. In the book “Secret Formula,” which was published in 1994 and drew from interviews with former executives and access to Coca-Cola’s corporate archives, reporter Frederick Allen noted that multiple
changes were made to the formula over the years. For instance, Allen noted that the soda once contained trace amounts of cocaine as a result of the coca leaves in the ingredients. In an emailed statement, Coca-Cola said its secret formula has remained the same since it was invented in 1886 and that cocaine has “never been an added ingredient” in its soda. In the 1980s, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo both switched from sugar to high-fructose corn syrup, a cheaper sweetener. The companies last year also said they’d change the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas to avoid having to put a cancer warning label on their drinks in California, where a new law required such labels for foods containing a certain level of carcinogens. Both Coca-Cola and PepsiCo say the sweetener and caramel sources do not alter the basic formulas or taste for their sodas. And they continue to hype up the enduring quality of their recipes. —Associated Press
LA PAZ, Bolivia — The thieves, who tunneled under the thick walls of the colonial-era Roman Catholic church in the tiny southern Bolivian town of San Miguel de Tomave, made off with five 18thcentury oil paintings of inestimable value. It was the third time the highlands church had been plundered of sacred art since 2007. Most of the finely-etched silver that once graced its altar was already gone. Increasingly bold thefts plague colonial churches in remote Andean towns in Bolivia and Peru, where authorities say cultural treasures are disappearing at an alarming rate. At least 10 churches have been hit so far this year in the two culturally rich but economically poor countries. “We think the thefts are being done on behalf of collectors,” said the Rev. Salvador Piniero, archbishop of Peru’s highlands Ayacucho province. Bolivian churches have been robbed 38 times of 447 objects since 2009. In Peru, at least 30 thefts from churches and chapels have
been reported since January 2012, including two this month. Cultural officials in the Andes have long struggled to protect Incan and pre-Columbian cultural treasures. Now, colonial sacred art has become a similar worry. Where possible, churches are being fortified. But poor, rural parishes are on their own, particularly along the highlands plateau where Spanish colonial missionaries built isolated settlements. Most targets are like the Tomave church, unprotected by anything more than a lock and chain on the door when last burgled in December. Most are built above 13,100 feet and at least 60 miles from the nearest police station. As for burglar alarms, electricity is unreliable where it exists at all. Authorities have had little luck recovering colonial art. Officials at Bolivia’s Culture Ministry were reluctant to share the details of stolen items, fearing it could boost their black-market value. —Associated Press
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In this Aug. 6 file photo, police patrol near the San Francisco Basilica in La Paz, Bolivia.
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