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Bike to UT Day riders face police crackdown By Julia Broulliette @juliakbrou

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Year in Review

This school year was a year marked by change. Some of the University’s most recognizable faces — from the chancellor to the football coach — stepped down, while others, such as President William Powers Jr. and men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes, held onto their jobs despite signs indicating long odds. Most students dealt with icy weather, some students voted for a new Student Government administration and one student got stabbed in the face with a fork. From Abigail Fisher to ACL and from protesters to presidents, the 2013-2014 school year featured plenty worth writing about.

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Food truck ordinance could allow on-site recycling By Wynne Davis @wynneellyn

Customers at food trucks may soon be able to recycle on-site, after the Austin City Council voted Thursday to ask the city manager to create an ordinance enabling food trucks to provide recycling and composting receptacles. The council’s vote, which was in keeping with the Austin Resource Recovery Department’s Zero Waste Master Plan, asked

city manager Marc Ott to present a draft of the ordinance to the council on May 22. The current health code hinders food trucks from providing adequate recycling options for customers, according to Jessica King, division manager for the Austin Resources Recovery department. “Right now, the health code and the new building code do not allow [food

Students Henry Yoo and Philip Cho order food at the Korean Komfort food truck. The food trucks located at the Rio Rancheria currently do not recycle.


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During Parking and Transportation Services’ annual “Bike to UT Day” on Thursday morning, APD issued 47 tickets to cyclists heading to the University as part of a “special assignment bike initiative,” according to APD officer Will Harvey. Harvey said APD did not purposely schedule the initiative to coincide with the event. “I predetermined all of the dates back in January,” Harvey said. “We had no way of knowing. It just happened to fall that way.” APD officers wrote one of the tickets for going the wrong way on a one-way street and issued the rest for running stop signs, according to Harvey. “We get a large number of complaints on a regular basis,” Harvey said. “If you’re out in West Campus or North Campus, it’s just getting more and more populated and congested. When that happens, complaints go up, and we felt we needed to get out and do something.” Harvey said the initiative began in February and focuses not only on enforcing bike safety but also on pedestrian and driving violations in the West Campus and North Campus areas. “Thus far for this operation, from February till now, we have written a total of 175 warnings and 128 tickets to

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The Luci and Ian Family Garden will hold its grand opening Sunday, May 4. The garden provides multiple interactive educational areas for children, such as a maze made of shrubs.

Regent to runoff election: Ongoing news to watch for in the summer By Madlin Mekelburg @madlinbmek

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Family garden opens Sunday By Natalie Sullivan @natsullivan94

Visitors can dig in fake dinosaur tracks, build teepees out of bamboo and explore a spiral hedge maze at the opening of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s new family garden Sunday. The center has been constructing the $5

million Luci and Ian Family Garden since May 2013. According to Samantha Elkington, senior horticulturist at the center, the 4.5 acre garden added a dirt dig and nature build area this year. “The dirt dig will allow kids to get their hands dirty and dig around in the dirt and sand,” Elkington said. “At the


nature build area, we’ll have different materials like hay and bamboo sticks so kids can build things — teepees, buildings, gnome trails — whatever they want.” The garden’s other features also include a grotto with caves and a waterfall, 10-foot-wide bird nests and

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REGENT CONTROVERSY The almost year-long investigation of UT System Regent Wallace Hall will come to a close on May 12, when the house transparency committee investigating him will vote on whether to recommend his impeachment. Hall is under investigation for potentially overstepping his bounds as a regent and conducting what some legislators have referred to as a “witch-hunt” to oust President William Powers Jr. If the committee decides to recommend impeachment, Hall’s case will go to the full Texas House of Representatives. If a majority of the members of the House approve of the case’s merits, it will go to the Senate, where members will convene as a

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University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall prepares to leave after a UT System Board of Regents meeting Tuesday.

court to make a final decision. If the Senate concurs with the committee’s recommendation, Hall will be the first nonelected official to be impeached in Texas history. Hall is also facing the possibility of criminal charges. On April 25, the public integrity unit in the Travis

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continues from page 1 a wildlife blind. Elkington hopes the new garden will attract more visitors over the summer months. “We hope to attract more families, and since summer is the perfect time for kids to be outside, hopefully we’ll see an increase in visitors,” Elkington said. The garden will hold a special preview day only open to members of the center Saturday. Both the preview and the opening day will include live music, food carts and activities on the children’s play lawn from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Elkington expects between one-third and one-half of the center’s 10,000 members to attend. According to senior associate Ronnie Stafford, who worked with the architecture firm TBG to plan the garden, native plants were chosen specifically to

align with SITES standards, which are international parameters that promote sustainable land development. Emily Mixon, environmental science senior and campus environmental center director, who has partnered with the wildflower center, said the garden could be a good site for student learning and relaxation. “It’d be great for students to see the integrated approaches in the garden and think about what they’ve seen around campus in terms of our main campus irrigation innovations and energy efficiency,” Mixon said. “Plus, I think visiting the garden could be a really cool study break for students.” Elkington said feedback on the garden has been positive. “We had kids come in for a photo shoot, and they were all excited about the features,” Elkington said. “There was one girl who liked playing in the dirt dig so much that she wouldn’t get out of it.”


continues from page 1 one of many developments concerning the regents. Paul Foster, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, said the board plans to hire a new chancellor over the summer, to replace outgoing UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. In February, Cigarroa announced he will be stepping down to return to medicine full time as the director of pediatric transplant surgery at the UT Health Science Center–San Antonio. The board has hired an executive search firm, Wheless Partners, to assist in its search for a chancellor. AROUND CAMPUS On Monday, Faculty Council will vote on whether to extend the Thanksgiving break by one day. If the vote passes, classes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving will be formally canceled for the 2014-2015

school year. In June, Student Government members will launch a UTexas app specifically for Android phones. The free app, which was created by computer science students, will allow students to access handheld maps and University-related news. It is currently only available to iPhone users. LT. GOVERNOR RUNOFF On May 27, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will compete in a runoff election to determine the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. In March, Patrick won roughly 41 percent of the vote but did not get the 50 percent necessary to be confirmed as the nominee. Dewhurst, who has been in office 12 years, received 28 percent of the vote. The winner of the runoff will compete against state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San


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Antonio, in the general election in November. LAW AND ORDER Rashad Owens, the driver accused of crashing a car into a crowd during South By Southwest, will have a pre-trial hearing on June 3. Owens, who has been in Travis County Jail since March 13, has been charged with one count of capital murder and 24 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Gene Vela, the public affairs graduate student accused of engaging Austin police officers in an armed standoff last November, has two upcoming court dates on May 15 and June 30. Vela, who is currently being held at the Travis County Correctional Complex, faces eight charges, including two charges of unlawful carrying of a weapon, two charges of aggravated assault against a public servant and one charge of terroristic threat. Commission — which doesn’t have the power to require food trucks to provide these bins — focuses on making recommendations based on infrastructure, outreach prospects and implementation plans. In the Rancho Rio Eatery, a food trailer park in West Campus, vendors such as Korean Komfort can recycle because the park management provides recycling bins for the food trucks in that area. Korean Komfort owner Paul Cho said his employees do their best to recycle plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, glass and any other recyclable materials. Cho said although he supports recycling efforts, he is more concerned about finding a way to dispose of the wastewater each truck creates. “If there was a city ordinance in place or a service that provides for the collection of this wastewater it would benefit all truck and trailer operators,” Cho said. Mechanical engineering senior Robin Zou said he visits the West Campus trucks every month. He said more recycling options would be good, especially in a city like Austin. “Food trucks are very popular in this city since people come here for events like ACL and South By [Southwest], so it’s important for us to be environmentally conscious and show everyone how to recycle and that Austin recycles,” Zou said.

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Managing editor reflects on best days of his life Editor’s note: A -30- column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting mark (-30-) to denote the end of a line.

Shabab Siddiqui, pictured here on the “best day of his life,” served as managing editor in the spring and the fall. Previously, he worked as a news editor, associate editor, senior reporter, volleyball writer, and, most importantly, a women’s golf writer.

By Shabab Siddiqui @shabab_siddiqui

Whoever first had the idea that a bunch of kids should be running a full-fledged news organization was a complete moron. I was neither ready enough for nor qualified enough for every job I did at the Texan. But like every other notready-enough, not-qualifiedenough predecessor, I pretended I belonged. Here are eight things I learned through my years at the Texan: 1. For every success a person has, there are a dozen people who won’t ever get credit for helping make it happen. We usually save our high fives and hugs for the people who make the big gestures, sometimes forgetting the ones whose persistence, critique and unsolicited feedback make us better every day. 2. Find the perfect PITA. PITA in this case stands for “Pain in the A**.” The right PITA is respectful and cares deeply but tends to score radically differently on the Meyers-Briggs test. A PITA challenges the group during meetings, makes decisions more difficult and refuses to let anyone get complacent.


continues from page 1 bicyclists,” Harvey said. Kent Kasischke, a visiting psychology student researcher, received a ticket while biking to campus this morning near the intersection of 29th Street and Speedway.

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3. Don’t judge people by their words, actions or deeds but rather by the autocorrect function of their phones. We can meticulously measure every word we say, but in the end, it’s the autocorrect and the predictive-word functions of our phones that reveal the most about us. 4. The two most frequent errors in human judgment are overvaluing one’s IM Softball skills and overestimating how awesome a goatee looks.

5. Make good friends with “stand up” guys; make better friends with “stand-in-line” guys. A good part of life is just waiting for things — find people you would want to wait in line with. 6. The world is filled with bedwetters; learn to embrace them. Bedwetters are people who are easily shaken by the unanticipated. Bedwetters can come in the form of everyday stressors to GPA obsessors, but ultimately, they

mean well and keep the rest of us on track. 7. The more you expect out of people, the more you will need to care about them. In an environment in which we pay people so little, care and commitment are the only real currencies. 8. Act like you’re living in the most important moment in history — but know that it isn’t. No single issue of a daily newspaper ever changed the trajectory of

human history on its own. But I like to think that the reporter who wrote the Play 1 story stripped across the top of the paper on any given day thought she was. And that the photographer who shot the DOM photo right in the middle of the page thought he was too. So did the copy editor who caught the 12th dangling modifier of the night and the designer who fixed every last misaligned stroke right at midnight.

And this is what working at the Texan has taught me: That we have to both live in the world as it is and act like it is the world it can be. To think and act like that, you need to be confident and critical, idealistic and insistent. Basically, you have to be a little bit of a moron. The most formative experience of my college career has been working with these staffers — these morons like me. -30-

“Five or six other cops were just south of the intersection, and they were just picking off people left and right,” Kasischke said. “They were hiding behind the bridge. It was very off.” Kasischke said although he did not disagree with the police’s decision to ticket him, he thought the

officers could have been more lenient. “Writing a ticket for running a stop sign, I totally understand,” Kasischke said. “I definitely didn’t come to a full stop. It was kind of the demeanor in which they did it: They kind of jumped up in the middle of the road and

forced you to stop, otherwise you would hit them. There was no dialogue, they were just writing tickets [and] then letting people go.” Kasischke thought police could have used the opportunity to educate bicyclists about the importance of following traffic laws.

“These police were just pulling people left and right and writing tickets and not educating anybody,” Kasischke said. “When he pulled me over, he asked me why I thought I was pulled over, and I’ve been riding a bike for years — I knew it was for going through the stop sign. But,

with the girl next to me, there was no effort to explain it to her.” Kasischke thought it was a “strange coincidence” that APD officers conducted the initiative on Bike to UT Day. UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey said campus police were not aware of the APD operation.



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Lessons on UT learned from The Daily Texan By Laura Wright @wrightlauras Editor-in-Chief

The pages of the Texan are proof that someone, somewhere cares and has cared about the day-to-day of University life for over a century. As former Daily Texan Editor Willie Morris wrote in 1955, “The Daily Texan is bigger than any one man. We will protect it and its traditions with our personal reputation. You will be jostled, cajoled, embarrassed. Yet, through our telescope of ideas, you will see your life here in much nobler focus.” Morris was speaking of the Texan, but he might well have been speaking of the University, which finds itself at the precipice of change much in the same way the paper does now. Heavily dependent on its print product for revenue, the Texan has struggled to adapt to a digital world without changing both its business model and its mission. Heavily dependent on tuition dollars and state funding, the University is floundering to figure out where online courses and antiquated degrees fit into the changing model of higher education. This year, after a series of tense Texas Student Media board meetings and more than a few fiery editorials, the Texan found a (temporary) answer to the question of its future when President William Powers Jr. secured transitional funding for the paper’s move to the Moody School of Communication and, presumably, a few years down the line, the Texan’s adoption of a new business plan. The promise of the money quelled quite a few concerns, but it should have raised more. If the solution to the paper’s inability to adapt was to find a generous benefactor in the tower, what will be UT’s solution to insufficient funds when tuition can’t be raised any higher? The folks at the Capitol may not be as generous to the University as Powers was with us, and given our state’s aversion to taxes, they

The Daily Texan is bigger than any one man. We will protect it and its traditions with our personal reputation. You will be jostled, cajoled, embarrassed. Yet, through our telescope of ideas, you will see your life here in much nobler focus. —Willie Morris, Daily Texan Editor, 1955-1956

Conversations about the future of UT are often raised in the context of “hows”: how we might get students to graduate in four years, how we might get them into the right class, how we might make their degree most valuable. But if the Texan’s history is any indication, now is the time for whys and whats: Why do we teach students in the classroom? may not have so much to give. I raise these questions here because I think what happened at the Texan bears remembering as the University charts its course in the decades to come. For instance, 10 years ago, questions began to enter the conversation about the Texan’s future — questions like how we might keep our print product in the face of fading revenue or how we might retain a staff as large as generous decades had accustomed us to. Those at the Texan then should have been asking why the paper existed in the first place. Had they, I’m sure the answer would have been that The Daily Texan exists “to educate and inform” — the model of delivery notwithstanding. And yet, 10 years later, we are just exiting a burdensome argument about print. So what does this have to do with higher education? Conversations about the future of UT are often raised in the context of “how’s”: how we might get students to graduate in four years, how we might get them into the right class, how we might make their degree most valuable. But if the Texan’s history is any indication, now is the time for why’s and what’s: Why do we teach students in the classroom? Why do we charge what we charge for tuition? Why are we here, learning and striving? What is the meaning of being a “University of the first class,” as the state constitution requires us to be? The answers may not be in line with what we think of as a University education. If that’s the case, its better we find out now, so that we can start working toward changing our ideas of what it means to attend UT. The University, like the Daily Texan, is bigger than anyone man, and it is our job as Longhorns to chart a course that serves not our own understanding of a University education but our belief in its higher purpose. -30Wright is the outgoing editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan. She started at the Texan in summer 2012 and previously served as a life & arts senior writer and an opinion columnist.

ISSUES TO WATCH: SHARED SERVICES On Jan. 29 last year, UT President William Powers Jr. gave a speech called “Smarter Systems for a Greater UT” in which he introduced the UT Shared Services plan — an initiative to help the University operate more efficiently. Based on the report, the University could improve its business practices and increase campus-wide efficiency by eliminating about 500 jobs and consolidating its non-faculty administrative services. Implementing the report’s recommendations could yield net savings of about $30 to $40 million in perpetuity and a gross total savings over 12 years of $280 to $320 million according to the Shared Services Steering Committee’s findings. Numerous administrators on campus, including Powers and Chief Financial Officer Kevin Hegarty, see the plan as a necessary consequence of the University’s declining general revenue, which has shrunk to about 13 percent of UT’s budget. Many students see the plan as furthering the corporatization of education, leading to student protests around campus, including a “sit in” outside Powers’ office last Wednesday afternoon. Shared Services not only has the potential to radically change the University’s operations, but it also has the potential to radicalize the students. Whichever one occurs, the issue is worth your attention.

Shared Services not only has the potential to radically change the University’s operations, but it also has the potential to radicalize the students. ISSUES TO WATCH: CHARLIE STRONG This fall, UT head football coach Charlie Strong will enter his first season at the helm of the Longhorns. Then, his strict new policies for student athletes will be put to the test on the field. Historically, incoming UT coaches haven’t performed well in their first seasons, but Strong has been proactive in setting a rhythm for the team since he took over for Mack Brown in January. A solid start would do a lot for fan morale, given that the Brown era went out with a whimper — a discontent, disgruntled whimper coming from the stands. Strong came to Texas ready to make his mark. He quickly set his own standard for the team, which included having athletes eat, sleep and study together, while serving up punishment for breaking his rules with extra time on the practice field. Of course, there’s another issue to consider as this story unfolds, which is that regardless of whether he’s made history on the field, Strong has made history at UT as the school’s first black head football coach. Given that Bev Kearney, the only other black head coach the school has ever had, is currently suing UT for discrimination on the basis of her race and gender, what the UT community makes of Strong’s race, and his performance on the field, is surely an issue to watch.

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With the May 12 meeting of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations quickly approaching, students would do well to watch what could be the final chapter in the saga of Wallace Hall. The embattled member of the UT System Board of Regents is being investigated by the committee for possible misconduct related to his making massive numbers of open records requests in an alleged attempt to oust UT-Austin President William Powers Jr., and articles of impeachment may soon be on the table. The matter has also been turned over to the Travis County District Attorney Office’s Public Integrity Unit for an investigation into potential criminal conduct. All of this drama has been distracting, damaging and expensive — his records requests may have cost the University upwards of $1 million — and with possible mounting pressure from both prosecutors and the legislative committee investigating him, the end may finally be near.

All of this drama [with Regent Hall] has been distracting, damaging and expensive ... and with possible mounting pressure from both prosecutors and the legislative committee investigating him, the end may finally be near. -30-

Arrests of young people deserve more attention By Eric Nikolaides @eric_KTurner Associate Editor

In February, the UT community was collectively outraged when Austin police arrested a young woman after she jaywalked near campus. Amanda Jo Stephen — a petite 24-year-old with blonde pigtails who fits the very “definition of non-threatening,” as Texas Monthly put it — was jogging with earphones in, and couldn’t hear the officers when they yelled at her to stop. An officer then startled Stephen by grabbing her arm, and before long she was pinned to the ground and in handcuffs. Four other officers quickly arrived on the scene, shoved the young woman into the back of a cop car and hauled her off to the Travis County Jail, where she was booked for “failure to identify” and “failure to obey a pedestrian control device.” The public outcry over Stephen’s arrest was swift and severe, and APD chief Art Acevedo’s response to the controversy was widely criticized. But while many people were surprised and shocked by what happened, I wasn’t. In many ways, I am Amanda Jo Stephen. I am a 22-year-old UT student with (hopefully) a bright future ahead of me and no criminal record behind me — that is, until I was arrested last September for “interference with public duties.” And, just as in Stephen’s case, I committed no arrestable offense until my interaction with the police. I was at an apartment party in a small Texas college town, celebrating my girlfriend’s 21st birthday, when the cops came knocking at the door to investigate a noise complaint. At the time, I had just finished a summer internship with the ACLU, so I had Fourth Amendment search-and-seizure rights fresh on my mind: I refused to let the cops in without a search warrant. And, as you might expect, the officers did not take too kindly to a smug lecture from a pain-in-the-ass wannabe law student. Things quickly escalated into a shouting match, and, before I knew it, I too found myself in the back of a cop car and on my way to jail. All that’s to say, this isn’t just about what happened to Stephen; her arrest for giving the cops a hard time was hardly an isolated incident. Admittedly, I was a jerk to those cops. I’m not trying to condone disrespecting the police, as it’s clear that Stephen was doing — the video of the Stephen incident showed her kicking, screaming and dropping f-bombs as the officers struggled to place her under arrest. Some people are even suggesting that Stephen deliberately jaywalked in front of the cops in protest of an APD “pedestrian enforcement” sting, and Acevedo claimed that she “did the limp routine” just to be difficult. But, while we need to treat police officers with respect — at least I learned a valuable lesson through the ordeal — we should be skeptical of these kinds of arrests. Her

In many ways, I am Amanda Jo Stephen. I am a 22-year-old UT student with (hopefully) a bright future ahead of me, and no criminal record behind me — that is, until I was arrested last September for ‘interference with public duties.’

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The criminal justice system is entirely overburdened by low-level misdemeanor cases, so we need to be careful with what scarce resources we have; arresting young people for “contempt of cop” hardly constitutes a good use of those resources. story and mine are both poignant instances of young people thrown into the criminal justice system simply because they took an attitude when interacting with a police officer. And as both stories seem to illustrate, if you piss off a cop, you could likely find yourself in jail, facing misdemeanor charges that will follow you for the rest of your life. Although the media often reports on these types of arrests, there is seldom any coverage of the subsequent process of bonding out of jail, facing prosecution, plea-bargaining, paying fines, being on probation and then dealing with the consequences of having a criminal record — no matter how minor — for life. Local newspapers covered my incident, and, despite my case being disposed — and my record soon to be wiped clean — those articles will be online and freely available to any potential employers for all of google-able eternity. A low-level misdemeanor like “failure to identify” or “interference with public duties” can cost thousands of dollars and take a huge toll on a young person and her family through court costs, fines, attorney fees and lost job opportunities, among the many other disadvantages that come with having a criminal record. Is it right to do this to someone who hasn’t truly committed a crime other than disrespecting an officer? According to Acevedo, Stephen was arrested and charged not because she jaywalked, but because she refused to identify herself or cooperate with the officer who detained her for crossing the street against the light. And, while there is a statue on the books that makes it a crime to refuse to give your name to a cop if you’re under arrest, we need to think long and hard about spending resources on this type of policing. Officers should have — and indeed do have — discretion in making arrests, and they should exercise it to enforce more than just the strict “letter of the law.” Is it necessary to toss young people like Stephen or myself into an arguably broken judicial system that is already fraught with problems? The criminal justice system is entirely overburdened by low-level misdemeanor cases, so we need to be careful with what scarce resources we have; arresting young people for “contempt of cop” hardly constitutes a good use of those resources. Ultimately, controversies like these only hurt relations between police and the public whom officers are sworn to protect. And as Austin continues to grow — according to Forbes, it is the fastest-growing city in America — crime and safety will continue to be a pressing concern. APD needs to focus its efforts in the right places, not on protecting officers’ egos by arresting disrespectful jaywalkers. Police should learn from the public outcry over what happened in February and work to foster a better relationship with the public — which includes exercising the discretion to not arrest young people without due cause. -30Nikolaides started at the Texan in the spring of 2013. He spent two semesters working as an opinion columnist and served this semester as an associate editor.

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Associate news editor bids farewell to family By Pete Stroud @PeteStroud

The second best thing that happened to me in college was when my cheap, battered old laptop died on me last fall. For two months, while the campus computer guys tried and failed to save the thing, the Texan was basically my home. For two months, I wrote all my editorials, edited all the opinion pages, did all my homework and even relaxed with the occasional Netflix show after script set — all on the office computers. I thought it would be the worst inconvenience ever, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Because for those two months, I was the first one in and the last one out of the office every single day. I got to be around for all the jokes, all the late edits, all the last-minute scrambles and all the moments when you see your closest friends for who they really are and fall in love with them. Every day for two months

and most of the days that came after, I got to hear Jack’s laugh boom across the basement like a happy thunderclap. I got to share music with Chelsea, lampoon Russian politics with Brett, start fledgling punk bands with Josh and Albert and trade insult after good-natured insult with Charlie. I got to sit at the “cool end of the table” during budget meetings with Hannah, Sarah-Grace, Kelsey, Lauren and Alec, trying to silently make each other burst out laughing while we waited for Elisabeth and Shabab to ask what we had running the next day. I got to wile away long nights of editing with Drew, Kayla, Edgar, Susannah, Nile, Laura, Riley, Anthony, Amanda, Toni, Jacob and Jordan, trying to seem like a knowledgeable practitioner of the English language while wolfing down Pluckers wings like a basementdwelling caveman. And I got to take a million

smoke breaks with Pu, sharing a million jokes, a million grievances and a million dreams like a couple of old souls, despite never actually smoking a single cigarette. Because I started working here my first week after moving to Austin, my entire UT experience has been centered around the Texan. I’ve almost never had to leave the office to go hang out with friends when I finished working — everybody was here already. I’m proud of everything I’ve done in my two years here, but perhaps it’s appropriate that most of the things I wrote or edited never had my name on them. Because the things I really want to remember about the Texan aren’t, say, that one editorial I wrote or that one lead Charlie Pearce / Daily Texan Staff I helped that reporter with that one time. Over four semesters at the Texan, Pete Stroud has served as an associate opinion editor, an I want to remember the associate news editor and as that one guy who was always walking over to annoy the people. I want to remember photo department. the family. I want to remember the home. -30-


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Special ventures co-editor pays tribute to Texan mentors, friends By Bobby Blanchard @bobbycblanchard

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Former multimedia editor, senior photographer remembers Texan By Pu Ying Huang @puyinghuang

If I had known when I took those first steps down into the Texan that I would spend the next three years living in a poorly lit basement, often littered with discarded remnants of food and the constant blabbering of newspaper lingo, I would wish that maybe I had tripped and fallen down those stairs and took that as a sign to stay the hell away! I knew nothing about journalism, photography or design except that I maybe liked it. It is here where I learned to twiddle my way around InDesign and Photoshop. I learned to photograph strangers and manage a group of kids (and a 40-plus-yearold…), to scramble across campus and Austin, and to cover news assignments. To my mentors when I was starting — Andrew, Ryan, Mary, Tamir, Danielle, Fanny, Lawrence, Thomas — there was something in each of you I

admired and strived to be. Thank you for your guidance and letting a freshman hang with you guys. To my close friends (you know who you are) who accompanied me on smoke breaks late at night to keep me sane as we discussed the only certainty of the future — that there are no certainties, and we must simply keep propelling forward. Thank you for the encouragement and support. To the future staffers at the Texan, you will learn many things and you will mess up many things. Pass whatever you learn to the next generation because there is no better feeling than knowing you’ve impacted someone’s life — no matter how big or small. I’ll ramble about specific memories that come to mind. Sushi trash — delicious not really. Burnt softbox. Bill Cosby. Naked reporter dancing on table at staff party. SXSW badge thief. Heart racing during best of, worst of. You’re my Meredith and I’m

your Christina. Leaving for West at 11 p.m. That one night with seniors in the studio. Why won’t you look at me in the eyes? Office crush. SXSW madness. DCI love, what’s a tech? Pujon is beautiful. Ice luge coolness. Photo’s favorite naked senior. Maaarlaaa. Falling in love in Kansas. Rain sleeve suffocating my face. Mythical hard drives with photos for blackmail. Puma. My shampoo is still in the basement shower. It is in the basement that I found a community, my friends and a whole lot of my identity. There’s no doubt in my mind that, a couple years later, I will pass by this place and find that the photo kids are still the weirdest, comics staffers are the only ones with souls, and sports is still struggling to figure out why they work with such strange people. I did not trip down those stairs that day. I ventured on and never looked back. I will surely miss it. -30-

So here’s to Alexa Hart, who recruited me to join The Daily Texan. I may not have ended up here without her. Here’s to Nick Hadjigeorge, who taught me that it’s “more than” and never “over” — no matter what the AP Style Guide says now. Here’s to Lena Price, whom I still worship as the wise managing editor that guided me through my first semester. Here’s to Matthew Stottlemyre and Elyana Barrera, who kept coming back whenever the Texan called. Here’s to Susannah Jacob, Trey Scott, Laura Wright and Shabab Siddiqui, who fearlessly led the Texan during dark days and guided us toward the light. Here’s to Pu Ying Huang, Elisabeth Dillon and Riley Brands, who I know will fill those enormous shoes. Here’s to the Friends of The Daily Texan, who

organized swiftly when we needed them most. I hope I can join their ranks someday. Here’s to Dave Player, who fights for the Texan as hard as anyone I know and doesn’t get half the thanks he deserves. Here’s to Samantha Katsounas, who was a great friend even after she left the Texan. Here’s to Jordan Rudner, who went from skipping with me across the street to running a newsroom as good as the pros. Here’s to Chris Hummer and Jack Mitts, who made special ventures so special this last semester. Here’s to Natasha Smith and Nicole Collins, who told me that it was okay. Here’s to advisors Doug Warren, Michael Whitney and Michael Brick. We would all be lost without them. Here’s to Christine Ayala, for being my other half during the summer and keeping me sane. Here’s to Jacob Kerr, who always made me laugh.

Here’s to Megan Strickland, whom I miss the most. Here’s to Audrey White, who is kind, bold and the person we should all aspire to be. Here’s to Alexa Ura, who is the journalist we should all aspire to be. Here’s to the Texan’s future, Madlin Mekelburg, Nicole Cobler, Anthony Green, Amanda Voeller, Elly Dearman and the many others who have just started at the Texan but have already done great things. And here’s to everyone else who made my time at the Texan so memorable. I am dedicating my goodbye to the staff because they made the Texan what it was for me. They made it a home. It was a place where I slept, ate, cried and laughed. The Texan was where I lived. I will never be able to properly thank this newspaper for everything it’s been for me. So, in the meantime, here’s to you — The Daily Texan. -30-

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Videographer proud of making place for department in Texan By Jackie Kuenstler @jaquerose91

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Alec Wyman joined The Daily Texan as a staff videographer in fall 2012 and became the multimedia editor in fall 2013. In the photo above, he’s shown in his natural environment among the primitive tools of his craft.

Multimedia editor remembers couch, friends, time in office By Alec Wyman @alecwyman

The Daily Texan was given to me. I applied to be a staff videographer on a whim per the recommendation of longtime friend Demi Adejuyigbe. He had explained the incredible festival access, notable work experience and warm office environment. He hadn’t explained how to find a story, collaborate with reporters or how exactly a video department fits into a newspaper — a question I still cannot answer. The Daily Texan also gave back. It gave me a truly talented, hard-working group of videographers and the opportunity to facilitate their growth as filmmakers and journalists. Instead of thinking back on how I failed to get more than one person to cover the state primaries, my mind will drift first to how quickly Dan and Carlo jumped at the

opportunity to drive to Fort Hood. Before I remember the time I threw my back out in the photo pit at Childish Gambino’s concert, I’ll remember the undying love that Brenda showered on me at every available moment. Finally, I don’t think I’ll ever forget Bryce’s unprecedented ability to make any type of video in an insane amount of time or Jackie’s instinctive drive to work on stories that truly matter. To Shabab Siddiqui and Elisabeth Dillon, thank you for your constant support and for dealing with my obnoxious outbursts at budget. To John Massingill, it is impossible to quantify the joy you have brought into my life. To all department heads, fall and spring, thanks for putting up with how frequently I pestered you and your reporters. To Michael Brick, you have been an invaluable source of wisdom and guidance during my tenure as multimedia editor.

To Charlie, Sam, Pu and Chelsea, I appreciate your immense dedication to the multimedia department over the years and that you always encouraged photo staff to shoot beautifully composed videos for me. To all of my videographers, it is difficult for me to express how proud you have all made me over the past year. I am a better person for having known and worked with you all. To the multimedia couch, you are a beacon of hope; may your light shine on and provide blissful naps for multimedia staff into the distant future. I don’t have any more words. My writing skills have never matched up to those of the absurdly talented staff of this newspaper. So I will be leaving this beloved, sunlightstealing basement with this: The Daily Texan was given to me. I’ll be taking it with me for the rest of my life. -30-

The Daily Texan and I have had a tumultuous relationship. I had ups and downs between being giddy with pride at a beautiful video I had produced to being irrationally angry and frustrated when it felt like no one else on staff appreciated that video. I often felt like video was considered by everyone but me to be the ugly stepchild of The Daily Texan. Like we were doing some things that weren’t half bad, but we were everyone’s last priority. So I took it upon myself and my staff to prove them wrong. Being the department head over the video staff was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. Managing people is hard, and it’s not something I enjoyed doing, but I strove to improve the department and make our presence known. My favorite parts of working at the Texan were when I was making my own videos, not

I’ve been able to create great content in which I’m interested, I’ve made solid friends and built a solid little family. —Jackie Kuenstler Journalism senior

overseeing everyone elses’. Looking back, I don’t know why some of the things I made freshman year were published, but it sure made me good at my job now. There isn’t a class in this entire college that gave me that opportunity. After I took time off from the Texan to study abroad, I came back to a transformed paper. Before I left, there were walls everywhere, and the video department was cooped up in a separate room from the rest of the staff. When I returned, there was almost an entirely new video and photo staff, the walls were torn down, both physically and metaphorically, and I began to truly feel comfortable in my position. The work at the Texan was both hard and inspiring, but the people there really

made it home. My senior year at UT and my last year at the Texan has been what I wished my early years were. I’ve been able to create great content in which I’m interested, I’ve made solid friends and built a solid little family. I’ve watched other people do my old job better than I ever could, and I’m very grateful to be here and witness that. The video department has grown tremendously in size, quality and recognition since I was in charge, and I’m happy to be leaving it in its current state. I know it will only go up from here. We’ve come so far from our roots of being cooped in a tiny, dark room in the corner, separated from everyone else. I’m proud to call The Daily Texan my job — and my home. -30-

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Jackie Kuenstler joined The Daily Texan her freshman year and has since held positions of department head and senior videographer.


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Attorneys for the University and rejected UT applicant Abigail Fisher argued over the University’s race-conscious admissions policy in front of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Fisher originally sued the University in 2008, claiming she was discriminated against during the admissions process because she was white. The Fifth Circuit has not yet issued its decision in the case. Illustration by Mike Todd / Daily Texan Staff


Texas was blown out by BYU, 4021, giving up 550 yards rushing in the game. One day later, Mack Brown fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and replaced him with Greg Robinson.



Chenxi Deng, a student from China, flew to Austin to stalk his former girlfriend, UT graduate student Li You. Deng confronted You in the Engineering Science Building, and, when You threatened to call the police, Deng stabbed her in the nose with a metal fork. Deng, who was charged with aggravated assault, did not show up for his court date after spending five days in jail, and Travis County attorneys said they suspect he may be in China.


The top-ranked Texas volleyball team was defeated by No. 12 Wisconsin in the semifinals of the NCAA Championships. The 2013 Longhorns finished the season at 27-3 with a perfect 16-0 record in the Big 12, the first time in the history of the program that the team went undefeated in conference play.

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In August, government senior Bryan Davis claimed he was the victim of a “bleach bomb” thrown from a University Towers apartment balcony. Though a UTPD investigation of the balloon fragments and Davis’ clothing concluded that the balloon was likely filled with water and found no evidence of bleach, the incident still sparked debate and prompted one rally in Davis’ support.

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Since it began in 2006, Fun Fun Fun Fest has grown from a small festival made up mostly of underground metal and hip-hop acts to an ACL competitor. 2013 was the festival's biggest year yet, bringing in headliners such as MGMT, M.I.A. and Snoop Dogg.

DeLoss Dodds announces he will retire as athletic director in 2014. The Longhorns won 14 national championships in Dodds’ 32 years as athletic director.

Oct. 3-5 and 10-12 AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

The 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival marked several firsts for the annual event. This the fest expanded from one to two weekends, both of which sold out, and welcomed thousands of guests to see headliners such as The Cure, Kings of Leon and Atoms for Peace. It was also the first year ACL has ever had to call off a day of the festival. Heavy rain on the second Saturday night flooded Zilker Park, leaving it underwater and unusable for the final day of the fest.


Texas hired Steve Patterson to replace DeLoss Dodds as its seventh athletic director. Patterson had previously served as the athletic director at Arizona State.


The Daily Texan reported the Texas Memorial Museum would lose nearly $400,000 out of a $600,000 budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The on-campus museum, which will celebrate its 75th birthday next year, will also experience a staff reduction from 11 employees to three: one security guard, one gift shop operator and one other employee.

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Undeclared freshman Rodney Bravo studies outside of the LBJ building.

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Over the first three months of the spring semester, classes were canceled or delayed six times beacsue of of “winter weather.” On Jan. 28, the University released three separate decisions regarding closures in fewer than eight hours — a mishap for which administrators later apologized. Pu Ying Huang / Daily Texan file photo

March 13 — SXSW CRASH

More than 20 people were injured and four people were killed after 21-year-old Rashad Owens drove his car into a crowded area downtown during South By Southwest festivities. Police charged Owens, whose court date is June 3, with one count of capital murder and 24 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Crash fatalities included 18-year-old DeAndre Tatum, 26-year-old Sandy Le, 27-yearold Jamie West and 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr.

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stepped down as Texas’ head football had 158 wins at Texas, the second most ed the Longhorns to two national title nces, winning one in 2005.


UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced he would step down as chancellor to return to medicine fulltime. Once his successor is named, Cigarroa will become head of the pediatric transplant surgery at the UT Health Science Center-San Antonio. In a press conference the day of the announcement, Cigarroa said his resignation was unrelated to the current tension surrounding the Board of Regents. According to board chairman Paul Foster, the new chancellor will be selected over the summer.


sions between President William Powers Jr. of the UT System Board of Regents contine the news cycle this year. 3, the House Select Committee on Transte Agency Operations began investigating e Hall, who was accused of conducting a o oust Powers. On May 12, they will meet hether to recommend Hall's impeachment. eeting in December, Chancellor Francisco mmended Powers remain president of UT hours of discussion in executive session ome people speculated would end in Pown. Notes taken during an executive session r in the year indicated Cigarroa had previwers to resign.


Freshman Isaiah Taylor and junior Jonathan Holmes led the Longhorns with 23 and 22 points, respectively.



On Feb. 20, Austin police arrested 24-year-old Amanda Jo Stephen after she crossed an intersection at 24th and San Antonio streets during a red light. Stephen, whose arrest caught national attention, was charged with “failure to identify” and “failure to obey a pedestrian control device” and was released later the same day.

After two hours of voting and two hours of technical delays, Kori Rady and Taylor Strickland were elected Student Government president and vice president, respectively. Rady, government and corporate communications senior, and corporate communications junior Strickland defeated government senior Kenton Wilson and Caroline Carter, marketing and international relations and global studies senior, with 51.9 percent of the vote. Rady and Strickland were sworn in April 1.


Texas hired Charlie Strong to replace Mack Brown as head football coach. Strong had previously served as the head coach at Louisville.

March 25 GARRIDO IS WINNINGEST COACH Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido won his 1,894th game, making him the all-time winningest coach in NCAA baseball history.

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the LBJ Library hosted a three-day Civil Rights Summit, which addressed modern issues of equality and the role civil rights activists have played throughout history. President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush all spoke at the event alongside other civil rights leaders.


The Longhorn basketball season comes to an end as Texas is defeated by the Michigan Wolverines in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament.

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Eighteen students were arrested after protesting the University’s Shared Services program outside President William Powers Jr.’s office. Shared Services is a plan to centralize University human resources, finance, procurement and information technology services. The plan calls for the elimination of 500 positions through attrition and retirement, though, some faculty members claim it will lead to widespread layoffs. The Shared Services Steering Committee began hearing recommendations for a pilot program in January, and University administrators will start implementing the program in the College of Education and the Office of the Provost over the summer, according to UT spokesman Kevin Almasy.

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Mountaineers next up for Longhorns By Matt Warden



Coming off a resilient victory on Tuesday night, the Longhorns’ main concern is moving up the conference standings this weekend. No. 19 Texas (33-13, 10-8 Big 12) will head to Morgantown, West Virginia, for a three-game slate with West Virginia (24-16, 7-7 Big 12) this weekend. The Longhorns dropped two of three games in their last conference series against Oklahoma State, dropping them to fourth place in the conference. Texas has had a hard time scoring runs in its last six Big 12 matchups, totaling just eight compared to a combined 18 for its opponents. West Virginia sits two spots below the Longhorns with a .500 conference record and will likely be hungry to move up with the Big 12 tournament looming. On paper, the Mountaineers have a solid offensive attack that could challenge the Texas pitching staff, which has done the best it could in the last few conference series. West Virginia batters are hitting a combined .290 at the plate while averaging just over five runs per game. Despite five losses in their last six conference games, the Texas pitching staff still holds a Big 12 leading 2.22






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Sophomore outfielder Ben Johnson has carried the Texas offense in the last few series and is currently second on the team with a .294 batting average and first on the team with five home runs this season.

ERA while also giving up just under two runs a game. Opposing hitters are batting just .222 combined against the Longhorns’ staff. Sophomore left fielder Ben Johnson is coming off of a 2-for-4 performance against Prairie View A&M and has posted a combined five hits in his last three games. His .294

average is second best on the team, which is hitting a combined .257. The Mountaineers will enter the game with momentum in the Big 12, as they have won five of their last six conference games. During that span, they scored 41 runs and allowed just 17 runs. As always, Texas will


need a big showing from senior center fielder Mark Payton, who still leads the team with a .335 batting average and leads the Big 12 in on-base percentage (.474) and walks (40), and ranks third in triples (5). Payton was recently named one of 10 finalists for the Senior Class Award. After this weekend’s series,

Texas will face off against Texas State on May 13 before playing in its final conference series May 16-18 against Kansas State. The Longhorns have plenty of work to do to improve their spot in the Big 12, but a solid series at West Virginia could give them momentum before the Big 12 tournament on May 21.


Washington’s speed, bunting Texas athletes primed ability have made her a star for tough competition By Jacob Martella @ViewFromTheBox

When Brejae Washington stepped to the plate Sunday against Oklahoma State, everyone knew what was coming next. The corners came in and the pitcher tried to pinpoint her pitches to make it difficult for Washington. But in spite of these moves, the senior center fielder, as she has done her entire career, laid down the perfect bunt and used her

quick speed to reach first base safely for her 246th career hit, pushing her past Lexy Bennett for the most hits in a Texas career. “I’m really honored to come out and be able to do that,” Washington said. Bunting and speed are two of the things Washington has become known for during her time at Texas. Even when she was being recruited, head coach Connie Clark said they saw that great speed. “We just felt like she was

going to be a differencemaker and do that immediately,” Clark said. When Washington arrived in Austin, however, she tried to get away from the speed game and be a power hitter. But as much as she wanted to hit for power, she and the coaches agreed that she would be better off using her speed to the fullest advantage. “We all had a game plan

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Senior outfielder Brejae Washington recently became the all-time Texas leader in hits, notching her 246th to pass former Longhorn Lexy Bennett. Washington leads the team with 66 hits.

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Track and field The Longhorns stay in Austin this weekend for Saturday’s Longhorn Invitational at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The meet serves as the final regular season stepping stone before postseason meets begin in two weeks with the Big 12 Championships in Lubbock. The Texas men suddenly find themselves in the thick of the competition for a national championship, vaulting up eight spots in the national rankings to number seven after last week’s performances at the Penn Relays. They will find some solid competition this Saturday, with 15th ranked Baylor and number No. 21 Kentucky making the trip to Austin. Strong performances this week from young sprinters such as freshman Senoj-Jay Givans and sophomore Zack Bilderback could propel the Longhorns even higher in the rankings. Givans is currently ranked 45th nationally in the 100-meter and may need a better performance

than his current time of 10.36 seconds to secure a top-48 spot to advance to Regionals. Bilderback is currently ranked 10th in the 400-meter and 29th in the 200, and he will also have a chance to improve those marks this weekend. Stellar performances at last weekend’s Penn Relays vaulted the women’s side to a No. 1 national ranking, and earned the 4x400meter relay team of senior Briana Nelson, sophomore Courtney Okolo, freshman Kendall Baisden and junior Ashley Spencer the Big 12 Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week Award. The team looks to use this weekend’s Longhorn Invitational to close out the regular season on a good note, and make minor corrections that will translate at this month’s Big 12 Championships. For seniors like Christy Udoh, this weekend marks the last time competing on the home track.

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SPORTS BRIEFLY Cleveland Browns sign Vince Young

The Browns have signed free agent quarterback Vince Young, who hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011. Young was given a tryout this week at Browns’ three-day minicamp and showed enough to earn a deal. The team also signed quarterback Tyler Thigpen. The 30-year-old Young made two Pro Bowls during his five seasons with Tennessee, which drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2006. Young last played for Philadelphia and is 3119 as an NFL starter. He spent parts of the past two preseasons with Buffalo and Green Bay. The 6-foot-5, 229-pounder will move into a backup role behind Brian Hoyer, who is expected to begin next season as Cleveland’s starter. The Browns are likely to use a high draft pick on a quarterback next week. Thigpen started 11 games for Kansas City in 2008. —Associated Press

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Chris Hummer spent seven semesters at the Texan. He has served as a sports reporter, senior sports reporter, sports editor and special ventures co-editor.

“This is exciting, but also sad because it’s my last home meet at the University of Texas,” Udoh said. “When the day comes, I’m just going to cherish it, embrace it and remember it.” —Daniel Clay & Grant Gordon Women’s tennis After missing out on a third-straight Big 12 Championship, the Longhorns will squeeze into the NCAA tournament. Despite its record, Texas (12-12) enters the tournament as an at-large bid and battle-tested, having endured one of the toughest nonconference schedules in the nation. This included a nine-match stretch where the team lost eight contests to top-17 teams. The Longhorns recovered with a six-match winning streak in Big 12 play, but they ended the regular season with two 4-3 losses — against Baylor and Oklahoma State, who also eliminated Texas in the Big 12 Championships. Sophomore Breaunna Addison brings an 18-4 dual match singles record into the tournament. Those four losses came against top-10 opponents, including No. 1 Robin Anderson of UCLA and No. 6 Kristie Ahn of Stanford. With an 8-0 conference record and a No. 21 ranking, Addison will also represent Texas in the 64-player singles draw portion

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Sports editor majored in Daily Texan By Chris Hummer @chris_hummer

I didn’t deserve to be hired at the Texan. Freshman year, I couldn’t string a sentence together, let alone craft a story, but Dan, my first editor, took a chance on me. I didn’t know it at the time, but that began the most important education experience of my life. OK, maybe that’s the kind of hyperbole I was quickly taught to suppress. But, really, I cannot express how thankful I am for my time at the Texan. It’s where I’ve learned to ask thoughtful questions, write compelling leads and to attack a story. It’s also where I figured out working until 2 a.m. isn’t always bad; the best days are the busiest, and even the bliss of tryout pizza can

wear thin by the second week. I’ve also been incredibly lucky in my time here. In the sports department, I was allowed to grow, fail, try new things and, after I messed up, try again. I started with women’s golf and then moved to softball. There, I was lucky enough to work with Sara Beth, who was nice enough to show a rookie the ropes. Volleyball came next — Lauren, I think we still don’t know quite enough about that sport. Baseball followed, perhaps my favorite beat. Those players and Augie Garrido are among the nicest you’ll meet, and, Christian, thanks for keeping the laughs flowing at the Disch. Fall 2013 meant football — the biggest challenge of my college career and the

most enjoyable. Four stories a week, late nights and some insightful press box observations with Lauren. I took the next semester off for a venture in New York, but it was right back to the Texan in the fall. It was then I blinked and realized I was no longer the baby in the basement — someone crazy had hired me as sports editor. Luckily, I had the best staff anyone could ask for. I’m proud to have worked with each of y’all. This semester has been quite different for me, but Bobby, thanks for helping a sports guy navigate the special ventures world. The Texan has opened more doors for me than I ever could have imagined. But what I’ll always remember about my time are the incredible, talented and

dedicated people I’ve crossed paths with in the basement. There are too many to list here, but I want to take a quick moment to say thanks. To all my editors who gave me a chance. To the advisors and managing editors that stayed patient and let me push inch counts — sometimes a lot. And to all the designers, copy editors and photographers who make my stories look amazing each day. There are many people more I could, and should mention, but just know our time chatting or tossing a foam ball meant a lot. Walking away from this place is one of the toughest things I’ll have to do in my life. It may not say it on my degree, but it should. I majored in The Daily Texan at The University of Texas. -30-

of the NCAA Championships. As a team, Texas still has to get past Houston (21-5), whom the Longhorns defeated 5-0 in February. The Longhorns and Cougars will begin the first round May 9 in College Station. —Chris Caraveo Men’s golf After winning their second consecutive Big 12 title, the Longhorns are not looking back. Texas will head to the NCAA Regional Championships to face the qualifiers for the South Central Regionals May 15-17. Texas qualified for the NCAA Championships with ease at the Fayetteville Regional in Fayetteville, Arkansas, placing third behind Illinois and Arkansas. Senior Toni Hakula and junior Kramer Hickok are the only two Longhorns who have playoff experience with the team, having finished the Regionals last year tied with each other for 18th place. The location for the Regional Championship will be announced on The Golf Channel at 9 a.m. Monday. Texas looks to gain its eighth-straight qualification for the NCAA Championships, taking the team one step closer to gaining a repeat of Tuesday’s tower lighting in honor of their Big 12 Conference Championship, only this time for a much bigger prize: another national championship for Texas. —James Grandberry

The basement’s quietest dweller says goodbye By Matt Warden

Matt Warden was a sports writer for the Texan for six semesters. He wrote everything from swimming previews to baseball features and served as a senior sports writer for three semesters.


After three years as a secret basement dweller in The Daily Texan, I can say one thing for certain: I actually kind of enjoyed it. For my fellow staffers who don’t know me, and I’m sure there are a lot of you, I’m the big, sometimes angry-looking quiet kid around the office every Thursday night. As a senior sports staffer for two years now, I spent the majority of my basement time listening to music and checking stats, seemingly disengaged from everyone around me. But, the truth is, I was never really disengaged, nor was I unwilling to engage any fellow Texan workers. I just preferred to quietly observe the weirdness. Comics always said the funniest things and photo always did the weirdest things. Life & arts always left the earliest, and news was by far the loudest, especially during their hourlong meetings every night. While I could count on nobody really noticing me unless something needed to be done for the sports page,

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there are a few things that never failed to happen during my shifts: 1. Copy editors WILL ask me at least one silly question, like “What does 3-for-4 performance at the plate mean?” or “You said so-and-so had 10 boards. What does that mean?” But they always asked so nicely that I didn’t mind at all. 2. If Shabab is working that night, he WILL ask me to rewrite at least one headline. “Try a prepositional phrase,” was my favorite line. 3. From 4-12, I might see my sports editor’s face once. This is not an indictment of

any of the editors I have had, as all of them have seemingly run a solid ship, but, if it was my night to work desk, they WILL have other stuff to do. In addition to the interesting people around the Texan office during my work days, there were also a few sports to keep me busy. From swimming and diving meets with the SIDwho-shall-not-be-named, to baseball with the always entertaining Augie Garrido, there were plenty of things to keep me occupied after classes. Although I didn’t really

form as many relationships as I probably should have, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have wanted to be involved with any other group on this campus. The Daily Texan introduced me to the world of a sports writer and much of what I accomplish in the field of journalism from here on out will be because of the experience I gained with the best newspaper in the country (according to one of those national polls). So to end this with a bang, I will say so long 40 Acres, because I know our adviser loves the phrase. -30-

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Senior distance runner Marielle Hall is expected to be a key contributor for Texas in the Big 12 Championships.


continues from page 10 this year and that was to use my speed and I can only use that if I put the ball in the dirt,” Washington said. That move, along with the decision to make Washington the leadoff batter, has paid off big time for her. Through 49 games this season, Washington has 66 hits, four shy of her career-high of 70 from last year. Since becoming the permanent leadoff batter on March 22, Washington has reached base 10 times to start the game for the Longhorns, with half of those coming on bunt base hits. “It’s more like a privilege knowing that they trust me to put the ball in play and kind of get the game started,” Washington said. “I know when I get on base it gets [the team] pumped up.” But once Washington gets on base, she becomes even more of a threat. Washington already holds the Texas

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career record with 128 stolen bases and she set the Texas single season stolen bases record her freshman year with 38 swiped bags — a record she cherishes more than the hit record. “It’s always something that I had my eyes on,” Washington said. “That was always something that I wanted to own.” Washington also has the chance to break the NCAA all-time triples record, needing only one hit to tie the record. And with five games remaining in the regular season, including three games at home against Kansas this weekend, there’s a good shot she can break that record as well. But Washington’s main focus for now is getting back to the College World Series and getting the opportunity to play in the pros. “I really hope to continue playing professional softball as long as I can,” Washington said.

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Film views UT Tower shooting from ground By Vanessa Sliva @VanessaSliva

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After 22 years, psychadelic rock band Loop decided to reunite and go on a brief tour. The band will headline Austin Psych Fest on Sunday night.

Rockers reunite, headline at Psych Fest By David Sackllah @dsackllah

When musician Robert Hampson finally made the decision to reunite his former psychedelic rock band after 22 years, it was because he had run out of reasons to say “no.” People had been hassling Hampson for years to reform Loop, the British band that put out three critically acclaimed records from 1987-1990, and he always refused. About a year ago, the group had the offer to headline the All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival in England. Hampson decided to finally give a reunion a shot. “I thought if we’re going to do it, we best do it now,” Hampson said. “I think the overwhelming feeling was just that we can only try it, see how it goes and take it

from there.” Loop’s first show since 1991 took place in England last November, and the band is currently in the middle of a short U.S. tour that includes an appearance at Austin Psych Fest this weekend. Hampson has described the response at shows as genuinely surprising, noting that the crowd is split between older fans and people who couldn’t be old enough to have seen them the first time around. Hampson said many people don’t like seeing classic bands reunite, but he’s not trying to force anyone to come out to his shows. “It’s not too much involved in nostalgia I think,” Hampson said. “For us, it’s just a way to perform our music to a newer audience.” Hampson spent the last 15 years working on solo

projects involving sound composition, so this reunion forced him to pick up his guitar for the first time in years. He hadn’t forgotten any of the songs, though. “I think when you’ve written a song, even 24 years down the line, you always remember it,” Hampson said. “As much as you might be a little rusty playing it, it’s always there. It never leaves you.” Loop will close out Austin Psych Fest on Sunday night, serving as one of the headliners. Within hours of making the reunion announcement, the band was asked to play the festival. “For them, it was a coup to get us so quickly, and we’re in good territory there,” Hampson said. “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great festival.” While the tour is going

well, Hampson said he still doesn’t have an answer for fans who have asked if the reunion will last past the tour dates. “Everybody’s been asking us if we’re going to make a new record, and I honestly can’t answer that because I just don’t know,” Hampson said. “At the moment, we just have to focus on our priority to play these shows and put on good performances.” Ultimately, Hampson said he has enjoyed his time playing with the band again and picking up the guitar for the first time in years. “At the end of our current commitment, I’ll decide whether we have a possibility at continuing or whether it’s best to leave it and walk away from it,” Hampson said. “I’m not really sure what the future holds yet.”

Most films about the 1966 UT Tower shooting focus on Charles Whitman, but “Tower” shifts the perspective to the people on the ground. “Tower” is a documentary directed by Keith Maitland. Maitland has been working on the film for the past year and a half, and the finished product is expected to be released in 2016 for the 50th anniversary of the shooting. “I’m inspired by the courageous actions of the students,” Maitland said. “There were dozens of students that took great risks to save people’s lives, and many of those individuals haven’t been honored. The film is about the strength and ability to overcome that’s in all of us. These young individuals are just the carriers of that message.” Maitland read Pamela Colloff ’s Texas Monthly article, 96 Minutes, when it was published in 2006. After reading it, Maitland wanted to look deeper into the stories of the witnesses, so he met with Colloff for lunch and proposed his movie idea to her. “What strikes me is the sheer humanity on display that day,” Maitland said. “There were so many people feeling such a range of emotions, and I think there’s a simplified version of the history that focused on the shooter, the officers and the people most directly impacted — either wounded or killed. But an event like this affects the entire community.” Since then, Maitland has interviewed more than 100 witnesses, ranging from faculty and students to police and media that were present during the time of the



Oscorp employee overwhelmed with excitement after being saved by SpiderMan. Foxx has played meek well before, but here he never moves beyond an impression of Stephen Root’s character in “Office Space.” After a workplace accident turns him into supervillain Electro, Foxx takes on a jellyfish-esque CGI varnish, and it’s tough for his performance to register when he looks like the side of a kiddie pool. All in all, Foxx’s character is utterly inconsequential to the film’s plot, but without him, the number of showy action scenes would be sliced in half. The film’s soundtrack shamelessly panders, adding wholly inappropriate, but popular, songs from Kid Cudi or Phillip Phillips over scenes of Peter investigating his parents’ deaths or doing science experiments. But the single most embarrassing moment in the entire

the sense of community that’s always present in the basement, the driving sentiment that we were reporters for a publication that’s not just a learning exercise for fledgling journalists but an essential, thriving component of the University. I’ll also miss geeking out about “Breaking Bad” with Bobby Blanchard and getting a small ego boost when I read Doug Warren’s critiques. If The Daily Texan was hitting theaters this weekend, I’d give it a glowing review. It’s been an essential part of my college experience and an organization I’m proud to have worked for. Like any great movie, I wish my time at The Daily Texan could last forever, and, now that the credits are about to roll, I just want to rewind to that excellent night on my freshman year and watch the whole thing again. -30-

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Friday, May 2, 2014 An annual day of remembrance honoring members of The University of Texas at Austin community who died in the previous year.

8:45- 9:30 a.m. Lowering of the Flags Ceremony, Main Mall 2- 3 p.m. UT Remembers Service, Tower Garden Dusk to Dawn The “darkened Tower” lighting configuration will be revealed as the sun sets and be visible through out the night until sunrise on Saturday morning.

................................................................... Michael F. Adams Edwin B. “Ed” Allaire Luis Alvarado Dusty William Apple George Michael Barczak Gayle H. Barrington Samuel E. Barshop Morland Odae Benningfield, Sr. Tommie Nell Bernal Patrick William Bigelow Cristi Biggs Lloyd W. Birdwell, Jr. Rebecca E. “Becky” Bishop Jack S. Blanton Dorothy K. Blore James E. “Jim” Boggs Christina Bonci Frederick William Botts III Carol Anne Branton Joe W. Bratcher, Jr. David Braybrooke Herman George Bunn, Jr. Janis Lee Carelock Shannon L. Cartmell Carol Louise Chimera Matthew C. Colby Sam Coronado Earl Crawford, Jr. Albert D. Davies Rodolfo G. Davila Raymond E. Davis Natalie de Blois Lorraine L. Dell William “Skip” Doppmann Willie Grace Meuth Duff Raynor L. Duncombe Kyle Patrick Dupuis Lester M. Dyke III Nellie Mae Eichler Beverly Ann Ervin Charles Evans Bob Fannin Herbert Ewald “Happy” Fenske Mary Beth Fleischer James Walter “Jim” Foster Mary Chapman Friou Ruth LaVerne Gallman Shama Gamkhar

Clifford Speer Gardner Frank Garvel Mike Gayton Mildred Fromme “Mimi” Gerding Mary Virginia Gielstra Alona Helen Gilbert Neil James Gilligan, Jr. Betty Jo Godfrey Alpha Prince Gonzalez Edward F. Guerra Richard A. “Porky” Haberman Kara Kelley Hallmark John Gary Hansen Dolly D. Harrell Curtis L. Hennig Harvey R. Herbst Olen L. Hudson Timothy David Hurta Janina Hurtado Robert Lee “Bob” Hyde Vera Vivian Foster Irby Tayneshia LaChelle Jefferson Edward C. “Ed” Jonas Don W. Jones James L. “Lan” Jones Robert James “Bob” Kasper Ralph J. “R.J.” Kaufmann James Edward “Jim” Key James Alton Kieke Paul Knox Earl Koile Melodie Elizabeth Krane Gregory B. Krause Anne Langford Wann Langston, Jr. Curtis D. Laughlin Al Rockne Leissner Thomas Leonard Mary Jo Paske Liesmann Billy Joe Lindley, Sr. William Samuel “Bill” Livingston Catherine Belt Jacob MacLaughlin Jennifer Jean Malin Sergio Martinez Ola Marie Maul

Kelly R. McAdams Matthew J. McGahee Virginia Ann Alsup Mecredy Petra “Betty” Medina Beryl Buckley Milburn Agnes Lillian Milek Larry Lee Monroe Margaret Elizabeth Morgan Javier Munoz Torres Robert “Bob” Murff Sanford Allen Musgrove William Roland Newton Peter Vuong Ngo, Jr. Kay Dorr Novello Clarence Edward Nygrin Sheila B. Ochner Paul Olefsky Robert Lee Olm Alex Taylor Olmsted Frank R. Ortega Laura K. Padilla Frances Eleanor Page Erin Hailey Park Markert Claude Billy “Bill” Parrott Kenneth G. “Kenny” Payne Phyllis J. “PJ” Payne Gary Pendleton John Henry “Jack” Petesch Joseph Phillips Valerie Louise Phillips Natalie Rachel Preuss Edith Price Wallace J. “Wally” Pryor Josue V. Quintanilla George Rainosek Donna Lee Reber James Lee Reese John R. Respess Magdaleno Cordova Reyes Birl Rhodes Byron Keith Richardson Salina Ann Rios John L. Rishling Marlyn A. Robinson James Gabriel Rodriguez Kathryn T. “Kathy” Rogers William H. “Bill” Rumsey, Jr. John Francis Ryder

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Oveida Fredric “Fred” Rye, Jr. Louise Sanchez Francis Rudolph Sandberg Billy E. Scenters James Robert “J.R.” Schlesinger James Lee Seago Werner J. Severin David Lewis Shafer Maurice Michael “Mike” Sharlot David L. Sikes Harold C. Simmons Rosalie Ermine Smith Alicia J. Snyder Charles Arthur “Chuck” Sorber Abel Soriano Werner Albert Stauffer Barbara June Stockley Robert S. “Bob” Strauss James L. Street Brian M. Stross Harriet Sullivan Rose Audrey Taylor Florence Etta Temple Blanca G. Tucar Catherine Tull David A. Von Hatten Cecilia Louise Vrana James Virgil Waggoner William H. Wall Morgan Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wallace Reuben Henry Wallace Margaret Louise Warren Sidney Weintraub James C. Werchan Madeline Marie Wermuth K. Carter Wheelock Raymond M. White Catherine Whitworth Beverly E. Williams J Hubert Wilson Philip Richard Wood William A. Worsham Larry Farish York Mario Yzaguirre Alex Qi Zhou Stanislav “Stan” Zimic

shooting. Susan Thomson, a producer of “Tower,” conducted many of these interviews. “It really helps you see that the shooting had really affected people,” Thompson said. “It impacted people across the divisions that day. The thing that I’m so moved by is how heroically people acted ... There were so many people running through the cross fire, and that’s really powerful.” Thomson runs the film’s Indiegogo campaign. Like Kickstarter, Indiegogo is a website used for raising money and awareness for various projects. Thomson said the project had more than 330 contributors and almost $70,000 was raised in six weeks. For the past few months, “Tower” has been using UT students as interns for the project as a way to research, promote and edit the film. Jessica Griffin, radio-television-film sophomore, is one of the interns working with the editors of the film. “I really like Keith’s approach to the film,” Griffin said. “In tragedies like these, people tend to focus on the shooter rather than the people that get to experience it. This documentary gives the audience the opportunity to understand what the civilians and officers went through.” Griffin said she was surprised when she realized how little she knew about the shooting. Reactions like these are what the film is trying to fix. “Most filmmakers try to tell the story from the top of the Tower down, focusing on the shooter,” Maitland said. “But we’re trying the opposite. We want to tell the story from the ground up.”

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Director: Marc Webb Genre: Action Runtime: 142 minutes

film — or maybe in film history — is the climactic battle in which Electro uses his powers to compose a dubstep version of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” while he dodges Spider-Man’s attacks. This film shouldn’t be avoided because it’s bad, but because it’s nothing more than a product – glossy and inoffensively engaging. In its desperation to be Marvel, Sony forgot to engage its audience, reducing the “Spider-Man” franchise to a, soulless trailer for films to come. The solution is simple: Don’t go see this movie.




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Photo editor graduates from the clubhouse By Charlie Pearce

After two semesters as a photographer for the Daily Texan, Charlie Pearce became the photo editor spring 2014.


Journalism is not dead. Just ask the group of baggy-eyed misfits who consider a basement office more of a clubhouse than a newsroom. Ask the kids who understand that the experience of chasing a lead is far more valuable than any professor’s lecture and that seeing your work published and occasionally picked up nationally carries far more weight than any grade on an assignment. The experiences we’ve had have provided much more than sleepless nights and mediocre grades. My friends at The Daily Texan have taught me that, while platforms will evolve, basic journalistic principles, tenacity and commitment still apply. -30-

Sam Ortega Daily Texan Staff

Photog: ‘Texan gave me a home’ By Shweta Gulati @shwgul

Pu Ying Huang / Daily Texan Staff

Sam Ortega worked as an associate photo-editor for The Daily Texan this spring. She started with the Texan as a staff photographer in spring 2013 and was a senior photographer in fall 2013.

Photo associate editor develops friendships, memories at Texan By Sam Ortega @incubusisstella

A wise man recently said to me, “If you try enough doors, one will open.” The basement was that door for me and for three long semesters, it remained open, allowing me, to come and go as I pleased, but always reminding me that I did in fact have to come back. I’m in a relationship with the Texan and like with most relationships, there was an initial spark. “If you join the Texan, you’ll probably be staying there until 3 a.m. routinely and you will definitely sleep in the office at least once.” Excellent. That was all I needed. For months, I knew of nothing more than my apparent obsession with my job and the less obvious fact that, despite things falling apart all around me, I would always have this place. The basement drew me in; I admired the dedication. For years, I’d slowly become nothing short of an apathetic fool. I walked into the Texan, and, for the first time in my life,

I was surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals who day in and day out returned to this dungeon of creativity, giving their blood, toil, tears and sweat to this publication. People actually cared — they did. Despite what our readership was or how physically drained we were, we returned every day and against all odds, we kept going. Why? Because that’s what we do. We were digging for stories, finding a voice, persevering because we genuinely cared about the society around us. There was good out there, and this team of absolutely crazy misfits showed me a home — a niche where I would do most of my growing through these strange years. This goes out to Charlie, the photo dad and my rock throughout this whole semester. For all those times we told ourselves “no photos today,” while both knowing we cared about this publication too much to throw it under the bus like that. To Pu, oh, my Pu “puma”

Huang. Those days when life refused to stop throwing obstacles our way — the “pod” was a vessel for our escape and for those perfect moments when the light strikes just right, and conversation is more than just a casual encounter between two friends. And of course, to my seniors, you warriors. Shelby, Shweta, Jon and Lauren, I have seen each one of you grow in your own quirky little ways, and I couldn’t be prouder. For as little as I felt I’ve taught you all, you gave back to me more than you’ll ever know, and my heart is overflowing with love for each one of you wickedly talented kids. Relationships can take one of two courses: They either work, or they don’t. For all the time I’ve gladly devoted to the Texan, I had to know when to walk away. I leave here physically exhausted and visibly sick from the stress and work this relationship brought with it. But ask me if I would do it again, and, with no hesitation I will say: in a heartbeat. -30-



In spring 2013, while taking my usual 40 Acres, I saw an ad for tryouts in The Daily Texan. I then found myself leaving the bus to find the obscure Texan office for an application for a staff photographer. The next day, at 9 a.m., I sat intimidated with other tryouts waiting for assignments. Wild art seemed like a vague concept to me and no wonder, because it still is. After a failed first tryout attempt, Pu gave me a strong critique and was a great mentor to begin my photojournalism career. Nevertheless, she did scare me, but, then again, I am not the only one in the Texan to feel that way. Every assignment for the Texan is a memory in itself. Be it laughing behind the lens shooting the MoonTower Comedy Fest, sneaking to shoot behind the stage

at the music festivals, toiling around with the heavy 300 mm lens to shoot sports, couchsurfing at a stranger’s place in Oklahoma after shooting the basketball game or going to Houston to shoot the primaries, only to later see the photo published in New York Times! Yes, this list is endless. I have met amazing people and heard so many stories shooting all of these. Texan gave me a home even though mine was miles away. I remember taking some of The Daily Texan papers that had my photos published to India last summer to show it to my family. They were proud but still wondered when I would start talking in the same enthusiastic manner about my computer science courses. It goes without saying that I will miss my fellow peers and friends who had made fun of my accent, taught me so much about the “American culture”,

gave me life lessons, made me hear those awful rap songs or with whom I have made unusual travelling plans. I know life ahead will never be the same, but I am sure these basement memories will help me sail through my difficult times. The collaboration between writers, photographers, design, copy, comics etc. to deliver a final product still amazes me, and I feel so proud to have been a part of this hardworking organization in my college life. It is hard to bid goodbye to a place where you have so many memories — where you have learned and grown so much. I don’t know what the future has in store for me, but I know for sure Texan made me discover what I love to do. The basement evolved me from an intimidated tryout to a confident individual. I hope it continues to do so for students yet to work here. -30-

Pu Ying Huang / Daily Texan Staff

Shweta Gulati was a senior photographer at The Daily Texan this semester. She worked as a staff photographer in spring and fall 2013.

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Copy lioness leaves pride behind for new plains By Sara Reinsch @sreinsch91

I’ll always remember everything about working at the Texan. As an issue staffer, I became familiar with working long nights, navigating the Texas Sports website and fitting big words into tiny spaces. I discovered my love for fixing broken sentences and found my niche at UT. As an associate copy desk chief, I learned where each department was located, became accustomed to being one of the last three people in the office and attended my first Daily Texan party. I learned that managing was uncomfortable and that Riley was Superman. When I became copy desk chief, I learned that comfort zones are limiting and that people who are nothing like you are the best kinds of people. I learned that there are times to fight for clarity and style, but that those times aren’t an hour after deadline.

I met three of my favorite friends and almost died with them at 4 a.m. on a snow day on a quest for Kerbey queso. I’m eternally grateful for Shabab and Omar’s endless patience and Elisabeth’s yummy desserts. Although it drove me crazy, I’m going to miss hearing “What went wrong and what did we do well?” and occasionally just “What HAPPENED?” at the end of every work night. I’ll miss the talented, inquisitive kittens and the delirium that is tryouts. Brett, Reeana and Kevin: The best part of my job has been watching y’all grow into the copy editors you are today, and I have no doubt that the copy desk will be the best it’s ever been in the coming semesters. I’ll always remember the people I met at the Texan, the memories we made together and the lessons they taught me. Once a copy cat, always a copy cat. -30-

Shweta Gulati / Daily Texan Staff

Sara Reinsch joined The Daily Texan in fall 2012. Since then, she has worked as a copy editor, associate copy desk chief and copy desk chief.

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Music reporter meets heroes, lives the dream By David Sackllah @dsackllah

Photo courtesy of Brinkhoff/Mogenburg

“War Horse” will come to Bass Concert Hall and run next Tuesday through Sunday.

Performance shows less is more By Eleanor Dearman @ellydearman

Instead of the usual highly designed Broadway stage, “War Horse” will only rely on lighting, actors, a few key props and puppets to depict its story. The theatrical adaptation of “War Horse” will run from May 6-11 at Bass Concert Hall. The play follows a boy, Albert, and his horse, Joey. After raising Joey from a foal, Albert is distraught when his father sells the horse to the cavalry during World War I. The plot follows both Albert and Joey’s experiences during the war. “I think a lot of what the play is about is investigating the effects war has on both sides,” said Caden Douglas, who plays cavalry member Captain Charles Stewart. “Coming to the show is a very good lesson on the first World War, a time

period that is fading from our memory because there aren’t any veterans left.” Gene Bartholomew, assistant director of communications and Broadway operations for Texas Performing Arts, said he saw the show in New York and decided to bring it to UT. “I saw the show at Lincoln Center when it was there a few years back,” Bartholomew said. “When I saw the show, I knew it had to come here. For one, it’s a play. It’s nice to have a play in between all of the musicals. They challenge audiences.” “War Horse”’s success can be attributed to the movie version’s release and to the show’s theatricality. The show incorporates lifelike puppets, ranging from swallows and geese, to life-size horses that can be ridden by the actors. “There is no attempt to hide the puppeteers in the show,” Douglas said. “They

are very present. But I think once the show starts you forget they are there. The nuances, subtlety and specificity the puppeteers use to bring these animals to life is incredible.” The puppets are made of intricate wood frames that can be manipulated easily by pulleys and pedals, with pieces of sheer fabric covering the frames. The horses require three puppeteers — one at the head, middle and rear of the horse. With practice, the movements appear almost identical to those of a real horse. The puppeteers rely on horse noises, like whinnies and snorts, to communicate with the actors, audience and each other. “We learn how to blend our voices together to make that work,” said James Duncan, head puppeteer for Joey. “The lung capacity of a horse is about [the] size of three people and they have the ability to clash their


WAR HORSE When: May 6-11 Where: Bass Concert Hall Tickets: Available online or at Bass Concert Hall

vocal chords together, so it does take all three of us doing it together.” Douglas said the puppets, acting and plot combine to create a story that touches audiences night after night. “At the beginning of the play I’m always touched that I get to share this story with this group of people,” Douglas said. “By the end of the play when we look out at the audience to see what they have experienced, most nights there are a lot of people who are very deeply moved, whether they’re crying or reflective. It’s hugely rewarding to make that kind of connection with a large group of people.”

The only way to begin this properly is by thanking the three women who gave me the outlet to write about music here for the past year. First, I have to thank SarahGrace Sweeney, who hired me and provided me with the opportunity in the first place. She took a chance on me and introduced me to this world of wonderful people, and then she took the time to edit my, at times, illegible writing and make it coherent. Secondly, I need to thank Hannah Smothers, who pushed me outside of my comfort zone by encouraging me to write reported stories instead of just reviews and interviews. I was able to learn so much about Austin by seeking out and talking to people, and I also was able to get real experience being a journalist. She helped me through my edits and taught me so much that, I would like to think, my writing became stronger from when I started. Lastly, I would like to thank Lauren L’aime, who helped edit my pieces and assisted me with questions over the past semester. She, along with the others, is one of the nicest and most helpful individuals I’ve ever met, and she is going to do an incredible job editing the section in the fall.

If I have any good advice worth listening to, it’s to find a way to do what you love. I made the mistake of waiting until my last year in school to start writing for the paper. In the past year alone, I’ve met so many people at The Daily Texan and KVRX, and I wish I had been able to start that earlier. I hope you enjoyed the pieces I wrote over the year and, hopefully, discovered some new music you liked. I know the person who will be covering music for The Daily Texan next year, and I can guarantee he will do a much better job at this than I ever did. If writing is something you enjoy, I highly encourage you to try out for The Daily Texan. In the past year, I got to have so many amazing experiences meet many of my musical heroes through this. I got to talk to members of Phoenix, Savages, Superchunk, Bikini Kill, Future Islands, Fucked Up, Perfect Pussy, The Range, Sleigh Bells, Parquet Courts, Loop, Angel Olsen, Mutual Benefit, Mikal Cronin, Potty Mouth, White Lung, Bleached and many more. I even had an email conversation with Lil B in which he gave me his number. It’s been a dream come true, and I’m really grateful for everyone that gave me the chance to do this job. -30-

Jonathan Garza / Daily Texan Staff

David Sackllah has worked at The Daily Texan since fall 2013 as a music reporter for the life & arts section.


Spider-Man sequel is flimsy Film writer scripts closing credits I’ve gone from lowly issue staff to life copy of Marvel’s past success & arts associate editor; from a freshBy Alex Williams @alexwilliamsdt

By Alex Williams @alexwilliamsdt

Two years after “The Avengers” made over $600 million dollars, audiences are starting to feel the repercussions. As every studio in Hollywood scrambles to replicate Marvel’s success, superhero films can no longer tell their own stories. The films must set up sequels and spin-off franchises. But, while Marvel’s weakest film, “Iron Man 2,” devoted a small chunk of its runtime to setting up future installments, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” devotes a small chunk of its runtime to telling a coherent story. Everyone involved with this film is capable of doing better work, but they’re hamstrung by a palpable, franchise-minded cynicism. Now that the origin story is out of the way, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) reconnecting with childhood pal Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), who has just inherited Oscorp, the shadowy corporation that may have killed Peter’s father. Meanwhile, Peter’s alter-ego, Spider-Man, must contend with a menagerie of new villains and keep love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) out of the line of fire. Before listing the many things this film does wrong, it’s essential to mention the things it gets right. Sony basically wrote director Marc Webb a blank check for this

Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

Andrew Garfield and Dane DeHaan star in Columbia Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

film, and he does a great job capturing the exhilaration of being Spider-Man, showing the web-slinging hero swinging through New York City with seamless, fluid visual effects. The film’s strongest element is the crackling chemistry between the real-life couple of Garfield and Stone, but even that is bogged down by the script by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. “The Amazing SpiderMan 2”’s biggest problem is that the script, which has nothing resembling a central arc. Garfield makes for a great Peter Parker, affable and snarky, but the film saddles him with a dull investigation into his past that bogs the film down and fundamentally alters the nature of Peter’s character for no particular reason. The film is full of useless plot digressions like this, and there’s no driving force to the narrative, which

propels its overflowing cast into confrontations with the grace and subtlety of a 6-year-old banging action figures together. Among the sprawling supporting cast, Paul Giamatti is totally wasted as a disposable baddie in a handful of scenes. Sally Field does her best with mere minutes of screen time, coming out of nowhere to score the film’s strongest emotional beat with a simple, perfectly delivered monologue. DeHaan is impressive in the rare moments when the film allows him to cut loose and be a villain, but he struggles to make an impression when the script demands he play dour and angsty. Jamie Foxx, on the other hand, is far more heavily featured and all the more unlucky for it. Foxx has never been more miscast than as Max Dillon, a meek

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I remember the exact moment I realized how great it was to work for The Daily Texan. I had been in college for roughly a month and had been assigned to cover Fantastic Fest. For its closing night party, the festival bussed attendees to a ghost town outside of Austin, and, as I waited in line for knife throwing lessons while talking to a fellow critic about samurai movies, it came to me: Sublimely awesome moments like this were why I wanted to write for The Daily Texan. Four years later, I’m saying goodbye to the Texan. I’ve gone from lowly issue staff to life & arts associate editor; from a freshman looking to write about movies to a certified critic teetering on the edge of adulthood. I’ve

man looking to write about movies to a certified critic teetering on the edge of adulthood.

worked with a dozen different editors, and every single one of them has made me a better writer in one way or another. Amber Genuske gave me my first byline, my first press badge and was the first to teach me what constructive criticism really means. Gerald Rich showed me how to nurture a beard to its full glory and taught me that film festivals are not a time for sleep. Katie Stroh and Aleks Chan pushed me to unleash my inner snark, and SarahGrace Sweeney put up with me when I bit off more than I could chew. I also have to thank Hannah Smothers and

Lauren L’Amie for giving me more encouragement and support than I could ask for in my last semester. And last, but certainly not least, Kelsey McKinney, for always pushing me to be a better, more adventurous writer. I’ve also had the privilege of watching Alex Pelham, Colin McLaughlin and Lee Henry grow into strongly opinionated film reviewers over the last year, and I hope, someday, they’ll be mentioning me in their own farewell columns. More than the free movies and swanky parties, I’ll miss

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Charlie Pearce / Daily Texan Staff

Alex Williams has worked at The Daily Texan since fall 2010 and has been a life & arts writer, senior film writer, associate life & arts editor and film editor.

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