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Black civil rights leader advocates for political engagement By Estefania Rodriguez @estefania_rdz13

With the upcoming 2018 primary elections, Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, said getting involved in the electoral process is a powerful and often overlooked way to make change. During a lecture at the Bass Lecture Hall on Tuesday night, Seale focused his discussion on his life before the creation of the Black Panther Party in 1966, the Party’s use of guns and its origins. “I tell these young brothers, ‘You guys are going to get no black power until you get political power seats,’” Seale said, when differentiating the Black Panthers from the Black Power movement. The event was hosted by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, which was celebrating the acquisition of an archive from photojournalist Stephen Shames, including more than 400,000 photographic images of the Black Panther Party. “One of the things that’s unique about this collection is that I was allowed access to the Panthers, showing people as people,” Shames said. “You get to see not only the public face, but the private moments.”

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ashley ephraim | the daily texan staff Psychology senior Jasmine Bell protests in the ‘Rally to Run Off Morrisett’ outside the Pharmacy building on Tuesday afternoon.

STUDENTS ‘RALLY TO RUN OFF’ PROFESSOR Students assembled to protest the University’s retention of Morrisett. By Anna Lassmann @annalassmann


wo dozen students gathered near the College of Pharmacy buildings and marched to the Tower on Tuesday afternoon to protest against pharmacy professor Richard Morrisett,

two weeks after a report found that UT had allowed him to remain on staff after pleading guilty to domestic abuse charges. The protest was hosted by the Revolutionary Student Front and was declared a “Rally to Run Off Morrisett,” according to the Facebook event and fliers posted on campus. The protest comes one week after the College of Pharmacy was found tagged with red spray-painted messages, such as “UT harbors abusers” and “Watch your back Richard,” and two weeks

after the Austin American-Statesman released a report about his domestic abuse charges. Jasmine Bell, a protester, said at the very least, Morrisett should be fired because it seems as though UT is supporting abusers. “It seems like everywhere I go, abusers are being supported and there are no consequences for them,” said Bell, a psychology senior. “UT has shown that it doesn’t care about people. It doesn’t care about the people who experience abuse. UT doesn’t care about me. UT

doesn’t care about my friends who have experienced abuse. I don’t feel safe here anymore and neither do most of my friends.” Chants during the protest included “If violence brings UT profit, they won’t even care to stop it,” and “Morrisett, it’s time to leave, no abusers at UT.” Austin Smith, a protester, said it is hard to build trust with the University if they do not discipline actions such as Morrisett’s.



Voting system bill fails; faculty accountability bills pass By Katie Balevic @katelynbalevic

After tense debate, Student Government failed to pass a bill that would have changed the way votes are counted in campus-wide elections from checked boxes to a ranking system. The meeting saw extensive debate, a recess and a revote over the single transferable vote method, which would have eliminated runoffs in elections. “While it is good to eliminate runoffs and it can be frustrating for the student body, it gives students a chance to really educate themselves on both executive alliances that are running,” said speaker Madison Huerta. A recall vote, which normally impacts executive alliances the most, can give candidates the chance to reach more students, said Huerta, a business management senior. “A lot of times people will switch their vote, or the candidates will focus down and educate students on their true platforms,” said Huerta. “But a lot of people are really frustrated with Student Government for prolonging the campaign process.” The bill would have produced a more accurate portrayal of students’ voices, said Benjamin Solder, an author of Committee Substitute Bill 2. “It admittedly makes the ballot slightly more complicated just because it’s not checking boxes now — you have to add ordinal numbers,” said Solder, a neuroscience junior. “But I think the benefits

hannah yoes | the daily texan staff Raphael Jaquette, College of Liberal Arts representative and middle eastern studies sophomore, debates the fairness of the new voting bill. of the system greatly outweigh that cost, and I think UT students are obviously bright enough to figure out how to rank a list of people.” Solder said significantly less voters participate in runoffs, and so reallocating votes from candidates who didn’t make the minimum cutoff would yield a more representative SG assembly. “1400 fewer students participated in the runoff last year than in the initial election,” Solder said. “I think the cost of runoffs obviously outweighs

that potential benefit.” Social work representative Natalie Engel was concerned that a ranking system would give large coalitions of students, such as Greek life, an unfair advantage. “I’m a member of Greek life, and I know that a lot of Greek life voters tend to vote for Greek life members,” said Engel, a social work and communication studies senior. “I’m concerned that you’re going to end up disproportionately helping a group who might

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By Katie Balevic @katelynbalevic

It can be frustrating for the student body, (but) it gives students a chance to really educate themselves on both executive alliances that are running.” Madison Huerta, speaker

Student Government passed two key pieces of legislation addressing the University’s domestic abuse and sexual assault policies and actions against pharmacy professor Richard Morrisett, who remains on staff after pleading guilty to charges of domestic abuse. The authors of Assembly Resolution 23 and Joint Resolution 5 relied on a poll of pharmacy students to gauge their reactions to the proposed legislation. A.R. 23

is in support of firing Morrisett, while J.R. 5 calls for more stringent policies against professors convicted of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Both resolutions passed unanimously. “We wanted the legislation to be written, as we hoped that it would be passed,” said Natalie Engel, an author of both resolutions. “We wanted to get (pharmacy students’) perspective on the language that we used and the consequences that we asked for.” Pharmacy students were polled via Canvas about their reactions and suggestions to the resolutions. They overwhelmingly supported the points outlined in J.R. 5 and voted 88 percent in favor of the resolution, said Lubna Mazin, pharmacy representative and graduate student. Morrisett also failed to alert the University of his convictions within a timely manner, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The policies for J.R. 5 were written with the knowledge that the University may retroactively review Morrisett’s case, said Connor Vanden Hoek, transfer student representative. “If they retroactively review (Morrisett), these policies would technically warrant firing,” government sophomore Vanden Hoek said. Sixty-six percent were in favor of passing A.R. 23 as written as of noon on Tuesday, said Engel, a social work and communication studies senior. “We wrote the legislation in a way that allowed us to express the sentiments of the College of Pharmacy while also respecting the boundaries of Student Government and what we have the power to do as representatives,” Engel said.




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PCL makes changes for modern era PCL meets needs of students by adding more technology. By Meara Isenberg @ meraannee


f the more than 11 million books lining the shelves of the Perry-Castaneda Library, a growing number are going untouched. As a solution, the University now takes low-circulation books to multiple off-site holding locations. “Some things don’t get checked out over years and years and years so they get transferred out there,” said Travis Willmann, communications coordinator for UT Libraries. “It’s impossible to

not do something with the books, to move them off-site so we can have room on campus for students who want to study in the library and for computers that weren’t around (when the PCL opened) in 1977.” The sites are spread out with some on campus, another almost 100 miles away and one still under construction. The PCL tries to meet the needs of students by providing more space for technology, Willman said. “We’ve had the revolution of technology that’s happened since the PCL was built,” Willmann said. “We (had) to make room for power. We had to create computer labs. We had to create collaborative study spaces, things students in the

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The filing deadline to run for a UT Student Government position closed Tuesday at noon, but the possibility of a deadline extension remains on the table. Candidates for the 112th Session of the SG Assembly were able to start campaigning yesterday at midnight. However, due to some positions left empty, the filing deadline for positions may be extended. “(An extension) is totally under the jurisdiction of the Election Supervisory Board,” said Maddie Huerta, one of the current assembly’s speakers. “Each college is allotted a certain number of representative positions. For example, business — because of their population, they get three positions, but as of yesterday only one person had signed up to run. There are quite a few colleges and then the University-wide positions that not even the minimum number of people have signed up.” Huerta, a business senior, said there is typically a big rush of people filing last minute before the deadline, so some positions may have been filled since she previously checked. But she believes there are still quite a few unfilled positions. Huerta said SG has been trying to reach out to organizations and encourage students to run for positions. According to the most recent document on the ESB website, as of Tuesday evening, no students had filed to run for the at-large graduate position or the representative positions for schools of architecture, business, education, graduate school, geosciences, law, medical school, nursing, pharmacy, public affairs and social work. There were seven candidates running for president and vice president. This document did not yet reflect students who filed last minute right before the noon deadline. Filing

for campus-wide elections was open from Jan. 16 to Feb. 13. ESB Chair Jennifer Valdez said the board would meet Tuesday evening to determine if the filing deadline needed to be extended. It would also be decided if the voting dates would be extended as well to give candidates more time to campaign. “In the event that there is no one running for a specific college or a specific election, ESB will extend the deadline for those particular groups,” said Valdez, a government senior. “We’ll make the announcement by (Wednesday) morning before noon. The deadline would be extended for three days.” Valdez said some candidates who already filed may be disqualified if they didn’t show up to the mandatory candidate seminar yesterday evening, so that will also play a role in the decision of whether or not to extend the filing deadline and for what groups it will be extended. “We hope people go and file,” Valdez said. “If you’re not going to file, then at least go vote. We want as many people as possible to come out and vote and participate.” As of midnight on Tuesday, candidates were officially allowed to announce they’re running and begin their campaigns. Candidates have two weeks to campaign and then voting takes place from 8 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 28 to 5 p.m. March 1. “Typically, every candidate has their own kickoff party (at midnight),” said Cameron Maxwell, SG external financial director. “Last year, with Alejandrina and Micky, we did a kickoff party on campus at midnight to bring in the electricity. (Candidates will) also drop all of their fliers on social media.” Maxwell said SG was working to have a joint midnight campaign kickoff, but typically candidates, especially for the presidential race, hold their own.

juan figueroa | the daily texan staff Journalism graduate student Autumn Caviness, left, watches as Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, autographs a poster Tuesday night at the Briscoe Center for American History.


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When introducing Seale, Shames talked about differences between social movements in the 60s and the present. Shames discussed Seale’s ability to organize and mobilize the masses and how present-day protests were not enough to cause change. “It’s one thing to protest and say, ‘Yeah, black lives matter,’ but it’s another thing to adapt yourself or set yourselves up with a grassroots type of

program in all of these little communities in which you exist and get people united,” Seale said. “That’s what I did.” History graduate student Tiana Wilson said the talk was timely as it is Black History Month and the “Black Panther” movie will be released Friday. “I’m excited to hear (Seale) talk, to hear (his) experience and (his) take on how far America has really come in regards to freedom, the black freedom struggle and human rights issues,” Wilson said.

The audience consisted of invited guests such as Houston Black Panther leader John Crear, history professors and students. “To be able to have (Seale) here it will … get (people) more interested and think of the Panthers as something living and that it’s not just a paragraph in the history books,” assistant history professor Laurie Green said. “I really look forward to students having the opportunity to hear the lecture and to have it raise questions they want to look into more.”


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ashley ephraim | the daily texan staff Students marched from the Pharmacy Building to the Main Mall to advocate for the removal of professor Morrisett from campus on Tuesday afternoon.

“I heard about (the protest), and I try to stay involved in a lot of advocacy work, so supporting survivors of this type of violence or trying to prevent it through education (is important),” said Smith, a government and economics junior. “It’s been a really frustrating few weeks hearing that this man is being protected by the University, while simultaneously the University is trying to promote resources (to help survivors).” The UT Police Department remained near the protest and arrested one woman who was not affiliated with the University that had violated a previous trespassing warning, UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey said. In May 2016, Morrisett was charged with strangling his girlfriend until “she saw stars.” Morrisett was later accused of another violent incident in July 2016 that sent his girlfriend to the hospital and violated a restraining order, according to multiple arrest affidavits. Morrisett pleaded guilty to

the first incident in February 2017, which resulted in an agreement with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office that resolved his cases and sentenced Morrisett to four years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a required class on family violence. “We respect the rights of our students to voice their opinions,” UT spokesman J.B. Bird said in an email. “The University took Dr. Morrisett’s actions very seriously, investigating them in 2016. The University is monitoring him during probation to make sure he meets all the conditions and is not accused of other criminal behavior.” Protester Joshua Rosenthal said the University has not done enough following the incidents of Morrisett’s domestic abuse charges. “(Abuse) should not happen on any campus, especially UT,” said Rosenthal, a biology and Russian senior. “I will not allow this to happen at a campus that I attend. I feel that it really hasn’t been enough, and it has mostly been symbolic until now.”



continues from page 1 not have gotten the votes on their own to start with.” As a result, Engel said, the ranking system would decrease the diversity of SG representatives. “We already don’t have a lot of diversity on Student Government,” Engel said. “We’re advocating for more diversity, but I’m concerned that you’re going to limit that for the future.” There are already loopholes allowing coalitions of voters

to strategize their vote, Solder said, and the STV method would actually scatter those votes instead of giving them more power. “The Greek folk would have to split their vote against all these different candidates, whereas the people who are actually in favor of … a minority candidate all get to rank that person first,” Solder said. Other representatives were concerned with the mathematics of the STV method and whether it would skew the votes in

favor of a candidate that was not the majority’s first preference. “You cannot argue with how representative a mathematical system is,” Solder said in response. “There is no subjectivity involved with this process. Mathematically, every time … people’s preferences are expressed better through this system.” With 13 votes in favor and nine against, C.S.B. 2 failed to obtain the supermajority it needed to pass.

Longhorns tell their stories of love, urge students to make connections By Megan Menchaca


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While getting dinner at J2 almost 11 years ago, Cecilia Lopez Cardenas met her husband in line. “I had never met him before, and I was just chatting with him,” said Cardenas, assistant director of communication and outreach for UT RecSports. “I was just expecting to go and meet my friend for dinner … When I get to the table, he’s at that same table.” Cardena’s story was one of many shared on social media through the hashtag #LonghornLoveStory on Facebook and Twitter. Many students, faculty and alumni used the hashtag to tell their own love stories. With all of the responses, the University invited 15 of the couples who replied to their request to share their stories in a video for Valentine’s Day.

After hearing about the idea from members of the communications staff at McCombs, Desere Cross, media relations and social media coordinator for the Office of the President, said she was inspired to ask for people’s love stories on the University’s social media accounts. “People started sharing their stories with us, and I thought to myself, ‘Wow, these are cuter than I thought they were gonna be,’” Cross said. “I didn’t realize that there were so many things on this campus that were connecting people together.” Biology freshman Gaspar Pina Jr., one of the students interviewed, said he posted his story on social media because he wanted people to see the unique relationship he has with his boyfriend, architectural engineering freshman Guadalupe Flores. “A lot of people think that people like us, homosexual men, can’t have a fun

relationship or good relationship,” Pina Jr. said. “But I just wanted to showcase to everyone that it is possible, regardless of your sexuality.“ Pina Jr. met Flores before they even arrived on campus, while scrolling though the #UT21 hashtag on Twitter. The two made their relationship official during a kayak trip around Austin last April. “The word that highlights my relationship is probably ‘amazing,’” Pina Jr. said. “Because there aren’t many relationships like this at UT or anywhere.” Cardenas said she hoped to use her relationship to inspire other people to find their place at UT. “The University has been such a huge part of many milestones in my life, so I really wanted to share that with others,” Cardenas said. “My hope was just to inspire others to create their own sense of belonging on campus.”






Want to figure out your future career? Here’s how. By Gillian Foster @texanopinion columnist

It’s no secret that it’s tough to get a job after college, but what can underclassmen do to better their chances? The University of Washington, DePaul University and Northwestern University all agree that starting early is one of the best things any college student can do in their career search. Freshmen and sophomores need to start working on professional development by attending campus events and taking advantage of the many resources available at UT. The most recent statistics from UT’s College of Liberal Arts say that 17 percent of 2016 graduates were still unemployed and seeking jobs when they walked the stage. Cockrell Engineering reports a 9 percent unemployment rate. Students come to UT to invest in themselves, and they need to be proactive about their own opportunities and advancement to make this time worthwhile. Scoring an internship early can be crucial since 60 percent of paid internships end with full-time offers. This internship statistic supports the famous estimate that at least 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking, never making it to public posting. The two largest undergraduate colleges at UT are Natural Sciences and Liberal Arts. They both offer their own types of professional advice and career aid to students. Both career services offices provide sections on their websites about resumes, cover

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letters and job listings for students. Both offices also offer sporadic events as well, often clustered around career fairs. Career coaches, however, are the greatest resource in these offices. These coaches are there specifically to guide students in exploring their passions and scoring jobs they care about. Career services offices may seem overwhelming for some, though, as students

often need to come prepared with questions and goals in mind. For bite-sized guidance on campus, 216 preprofessional organizations offer their own brand of advice to those entering the job market. Many of these clubs offer a tantalizing competition to career services, feeling like a safety net for any flailing freshmen. Each organization provides their own


mix of peer mentoring, alumni engagement, career exploration, networking and professional development. One of these large organizations is the Hispanic Business Student Association, a McCombs-sponsored group where five of the nine current officers are from outside McCombs. Business students are more than familiar with how to court recruiters, but accessing this information in other colleges can make a real difference in a student’s time after leaving UT. “All of our events are open to anyone,” said Valarie Cardenas, president of the Hispanic Business Student Association and a supply chain management senior. HBSA offers resume workshops, interview game shows, mentorship programs and more. In an average week, HBSA holds four or more events, with at least two focused on career prep. “No matter what major you are, you still need that professional development. Those are skills that are going to go with you no matter what,” Cardenas said. Anyone can benefit from knowing how to write a resume or run a LinkedIn account. Attending one of these events will sharpen the skills of underclassmen clawing for internships, giving them a leg up against the competition. Being proactive about your career can be the difference between a dream job and a day job. No matter what source they turn to on campus, underclassmen need to start now in preparing for life after college. Foster is an accounting junior from Dallas.


LGBTQ candidates offer welcome change for Texas By Jeff Rose columnist @jeffroses

The LGBTQ community is rising up to fight back against their attackers. A record number of openly LGBTQ candidates are running for public office in Texas, according to Outsmart, a Houston LGBTQ magazine. Students and young voters should consider these candidates over the 49 others in the upcoming primaries for their ability to bring positive, progressive change in Texas. These candidates, all of whom are Democrats except for five, express a frustration with the current administration and recent Texas politics. Many politicians have continuously struck back at LGBTQ victories, such as gay marriage legalization, and have attempted to belittle basic human rights, such as with the Texas bathroom bill. It’s a time for change from the conservative, white-male politics that have reigned true in the past 23 years since the last Democratic Texas governor left office. “More and more, people are beginning to understand that being out and being in politics is not something that is mutually exclusive. As a young gay Latino, it is inspiring to see candidates take a stand for what they believe in,” said government senior Luis Veloz. Voters can only hope to create change by showing up to the booths. These candidates want to create and push much-needed

legislation to protect the rights of those currently under attack. As young voters, we all have a responsibility to show up March 6 and cast our vote. The current Texas governance does not have the best interest of its people at heart. If there were any question of this, one need only look at Gov. Greg Abbott’s bathroom bill. The legislation attempted to strip away the rights of transgender people by taking away the simple function of using the bathroom of their gender. This session cost more than $700,000. It was a wasted effort, as Abbott’s much-desired bill did not pass. Politicians are spending time and taxpayer money attacking the rights of its constituents — the LGBTQ community — rather than working on important issues. A disproportionate amount of hours were spent arguing over a bathroom bill rather than working on our child welfare system. “Students should vote for candidates that are able get things done,” Veloz said. “It is of little use if we have a LGBTQ candidate in office, but they can’t pass a bill to help the community. Experience in a candidate matters.” In the deep red heart of Texas, LGBTQ candidates seem unlikely to win positions. However, even among intolerant constituents, there are currently 18 elected officials who openly identify as LGBTQ, meaning that there’s hope. Come vote on March 6. I hope to see you all there. Rose is an English and rhetoric and writing sophomore from The Woodlands.


Teaching assistances deserve more consideration By Adriana Lara @texanopinion columnist

With all the assignments, exams and homework that come our way, we often forget to think of those who grade them. But last week’s graduate student protest highlights why we should give our teacher assistants a second thought. Last Thursday, graduate students protested in West Mall, screaming at the top of their lungs for better wages. Their paycheck is not enough to meet their basic needs. Rent in Austin ranges from $800 to more than $1200 for a one bedroom apartment. Most students have roommates, which is one way to save some money. But even then, with a monthly salary of $1,250, things get rough. Some schools pay graduate students just slightly above poverty line, so they are unable to file for benefits such as food stamps. This problem has existed for a while. Not only do teaching assistants put an immense amount of hours into their own research, but they also fulfill certain tasks such as grading papers, proposing questions for exams and quizzes, coming up with activities for discussion section and offering office hours.

Mike Everdell, a graduate student instructor for Linguistics 306, explains that “grad students are in this position in which they are getting paid for 20 hours of work per week,” even though they are working almost full time. Twenty hours might not sound like a lot, but if you top it with the amount of time they have to put into classes and research, time is limited. When the proposed bill was announced, Everdell said that “anything that makes higher education post college less accessible is harmful for any student, and it’s a step backward too when only rich people had access to it.” Graduate students acknowledge that undergraduates cannot really speak for or advocate for them with the university who is in charge to pay them. In class, we can make their lives easier by approaching them as soon as there is a situation that needs to be addressed, asking them any questions that we have about certain topics and participating if we are in a discussion section. Basically, treat them like the human beings they are. Remember that graduate student workers are just that — students. They have complicated work issues that have led to protests, but as undergraduates, we can help them out in class by being prepared and reaching out to them. Lara is an Arts and Entertainment Technologies sophomore from Mexico City.

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Students should put thought into the news they consume By William Kosinksi columnist @willkosinski

In an age where every second is valuable, today’s news is a constant stream of sensational stories and short headlines written to grab attention. Surveys show that as of 2017, two-thirds of adults consume some news via social media. At the same time, the press is under scrutiny for producing “fake” content, so it is increasingly important for students to become smart consumers of news. While news on Facebook and Twitter may be widely accessible and convenient, inadequate vetting and the inability to hold producers accountable allow people to spread false information like wildfire. In recent memory are the lies spread after Las Vegas: there were multiple shooters; the single shooter was both a member of Antifa and an Islamic terrorist; and famous porn stars were rumored to be missing “fathers.” This misinformation had heavy consequences for people wrongly accused of murder and also helped groups inappropriately push their agendas. Although we are unlikely to face situations this extreme, students will not be exposed to misinformation to begin with if they get news from organizations that have standards and a responsibility to be accurate. Receiving information from a handful of trusted sources is not enough, however. While the contents of a story could be true, different organizations may omit some key information, so students must search through a variety of sources. A study of Fox, CNN and MSNBC shows that each outlet covers stories in varying frequencies with different angles. Over the past few months, MSNBC overwhelmingly covered Michael Flynn pleading guilty compared to Fox,

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and Fox discussed the NFL anthem protests more than both CNN and MSNBC. A limited number of news organizations do not give readers the information necessary to a complete picture, but diversifying sources can adequately fill in the gaps.

Proper news literacy will deter students from falling for clickbait and founding their beliefs on superficial information.”

The digital focus of mainstream media can sensationalize news by prioritizing headlines to attract page views and generate revenue. Proper news literacy will deter students from falling for clickbait and founding their beliefs on superficial information. Widespread literacy is a huge feat, but students in college are capable of fostering communities that will grow into a more news-literate electorate which bases policy on better informed ideas. The last and most important way for students to do this is by focusing on the last of the five Ws of journalism: why. Identifying why the causes and impacts of stories are important will discern sensationalism from the true weight of events. A common understanding of what is fact, what is fiction, what is important and what is pushing a narrative to drive people apart will help students develop more informed attitudes and beliefs. Kosinski is a journalism freshman from San Rafael, California.

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originated has to do with Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem, “The Parliament of Fowls,” in which different species of birds gather to choose their romantic mates on the holiday. “His is the first reference to it in circa 1381,” Scala said. “There’s subsequent poetry (which) talks about love and Valentine’s in the next hundred years after Chaucer.” With Valentine’s Day approaching, English professor Marjorie Woods said the conversation about love and women throughout history is an important one. Woods holds a research seminar that looks at Sappho, Heloise and Dido, who were interpreted purely through the values of love, as all of them made enormous sacrifices for love. “I’m someone who feels strongly,” Woods said. “So, I do think about how much am I willing to give up for love.” Woods said she frequently encourages students to think about love and their own relationship to love in her class. She said she thinks Valentine’s Day is a chance to pause and really acknowledge your own thoughts and feelings in a good way. “I don’t think your life has to directly coincide with Valentine’s Day,” Woods said. “Thinking about Valentine’s gives you the

chance to think ‘well I do care about this person’ and if it gives you a chance to be thoughtful and recognize emotions, it’s good.” International relations junior Mollie Becker agreed with Woods’ sentiment. Becker said she celebrates Valentine’s Day whether she’s committed or single, and she thinks many of her friends feel the same way, but she knows that may not be the feelings of the general student population. “I think most people think you have to be in a relationship or have someone you’re talking to, otherwise you’re lame,” Becker said. “But I think it can be whatever you want to make of it.” For singles out there who may be feeling lonesome this Valentine’s Day, Scala said there’s always hope for next year. Chaucer’s poem ends with the queenly female eagle on her own because she cannot decide between the suitors who compete for her heart, so she is given another year to discover who she truly loves in her heart. However, singles don’t just have to wait until next year to find love. Becker said Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love, but also for celebrating love for yourself and for your friends, which makes the holiday all the more exciting. “Love is fun,” Becker said. “And there’s always cheap chocolate the day after.”

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Rhino horns won’t make you horny but chocolates might By Brooke Sjoberg @ Sj0b3rg

Foods such as strawberries and chocolate might be innocent separately, but together on a Valentine’s night, they might evolve from more a tasty treat to a potential aphrodisiac. According to Human sexuality professor Nancy Daley, aphrodisiacs work not only because of what is being consumed, but how it is being consumed and with whom it is being consumed. “If it’s foods that you’re consuming as a couple, there’s something erotic about it,” Daley said. “It makes your mouth water, about making all those sexy gestures with mouths and fingers, strawberries and melted chocolate. There’s a kind of foreplay aspect to those types of aphrodisiacs.” The most commonly referenced aphrodisiacs in pop culture and old myth include green M&M’s, oysters, chocolate and even ground rhino horn. Daley said while

some of these are indeed aphrodisiacs in the ways they are often consumed, they may not truly be biological aphrodisiacs in practice. “Aphrodisiacs are substances that can produce or maintain levels of sexual arousal,” Daley said. “There’s always the question of whether they actually exist, since sexual arousal involves blood flow. Anything that would be a real aphrodisiac would be something that increases blood flow.” Daley also said there are historical precedents for ancient people consuming strange things, such as rhino horn, as aphrodisiacs. “You can see from cave drawings that there was a belief that if you wanted to have the attributes of a certain creature, you ate that creature,” Daley said. “They didn’t know anything about RNA or protein synthesis, so if you wanted to be as strong as a mastodon, you would eat mastodon, and that would convey its strength to you.” Given Daley’s description of aphrodisiacs, they may

seem difficult to find and strange to use. However, according to Amy Myers, Austin herbalist and owner of Amy’s Apothecary, this simply isn’t so. She said most people have a few aphrodisiacs in their own spice cabinets. Myers has previously taught classes concerning homemade aphrodisiacs in her shop. “We did a combination of culinary-type herb-like things you can find in your own kitchen,” Myers said. “Cardamom and cinnamon, ginger, we did some goji berries and pine nuts, blueberries. These are all aphrodisiacs, and some less common herbs.” Martha Hopkins, an Austin resident and co-author of “Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook,” is no stranger to aphrodisiacs in the kitchen. She said they don’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time or effort to make, and that overeating is an enemy to those seeking a happy ending to their aphrodisiac meal. “I’m a foodie, and when we go out, we tend to eat way

too much,” Hopkins said. “That is not conducive to having sex. But when you’re eating pure protein and a little bit of bread and one glass of wine, you’ve just sort of taken care of your body while eating something that looks like you do. For example, asparagus is a phallic symbol, albeit slender.” While aphrodisiacs may enhance libido or turn on a willing partner, Daley said they are not a fix-all and, as such, should only be used between consenting partners. Otherwise, they are ineffective. “Historically, one of the ways aphrodisiacs have been used has been in nonconsensual situations,” Daley said. “We’ve got to come down very hard against that sort of thing. You shouldn’t think that feeding somebody with strawberries and chocolate is going to make them fall all over you sexually, either. My recommendation would be have fun with somebody that you know and like and don’t expect too much. Also, stay within your budget.”



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Golden opportunity awaits sophomore Joyner Holmes prior to Texas Tech game Caron-Goudreau’s injury causes Texas to turn to Holmes. By Justin Martinez @jthesportsdude


ou could hear the impact from the upper deck. Fans at the Frank Erwin Center held their breaths Saturday night during No. 6 Texas’ game against Kansas State. Senior forward Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau had just hit the floor hard while diving for a loose ball with 35 seconds remaining before halftime. Minutes passed by, as the heart and soul of Texas’ defense lay motionless on the floor, surrounded by Texas medical staff. Caron-Goudreau eventually managed to walk off the court on her own, and Texas head coach Karen Aston began to survey her bench. With the Longhorns clinging to a 37-29 lead, Aston called on sophomore forward Joyner Holmes, desperate to find a spark. It paid off. Holmes dominated and imposed her will in the paint, as Caron-Goudreau cheered from the sideline, her left wrist held up to her chest in a brace for the remainder of

the game. Holmes finished the night with 11 points and seven rebounds. The Longhorns trashed Kansas State for a 76-44 victory. “I think (the key was) just realizing the matchups,” Holmes said, “Like the mismatches in the paint and realizing that, if you have somebody smaller on you, then I think you can score more with somebody smaller on you inside rather than being outside.” But the win was dampened by the injury to Caron-Goudreau, who was diagnosed with a left hand/wrist bone contusion. She is currently listed as out for Wednesday night’s home game against Texas Tech. The senior’s absence will be especially felt on the defensive end should she miss an extended amount of time. Caron-Goudreau is the team’s best lockdown defender, totaling 37 blocks this season — more than the team’s next three block leaders combined. It’s a difficult role to fill, but Holmes is ready to step up if needed. “I think I can contribute in any way possible, whatever my props to Audrey — she’s been doing very well this season on the offensive side and the defensive side. So, just picking up her slack, it’ll be

tough. But, I think I can fit her role as best as I can.” For a team that likes to enforce its will in the paint, Holmes’ ability to establish a presence among the Red Raiders’ bigs could prove key. It’s a challenge that her teammates know she can handle. “I’m very confident in anything that Joyner can do,” senior guard Brooke McCarty said. “I think, like we all say, it comes from yourself. So, when she says she’s confident, we’re all even more confident in her. And she can bring a lot to the team.” Consistency has been the nagging issue all season for Holmes. The Cedar Hill, Texas, native put the country on notice in her freshman season, averaging 12.1 points per game and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game en route to becoming the 2017 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year. Holmes’ production and minutes have since gone down during her second season with Texas, after missing the 2017 fall semester because of an undisclosed rule violation. But the talented forward has shown flashes of her old self in the past three games, as she is averaging 9.3 points and seven rebounds in just 16 minutes per game during that stretch. Wednesday’s matchup against a vulnerable Texas



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Tech squad could be the final stepping stone to Holmes’ return. “I think that, the last few games, Joyner has started to assert herself and do some of the little things that we need her to do,” Aston said. “But again, Joyner’s just starting to feel comfortable.”

juan figueroa | the daily texan file Sophomore Joyner Holmes goes up for a left-handed layup.


Papp leads Texas to top-10 finish in California By Hicks Layton @hicks_layton

Freshman Kaitlyn Papp picked up the first win of her Texas career on Tuesday at the Northrop Grumman Intercollegiate in Palos Verdes, California. Papp finished in a tie for first place individually. There was no playoff to determine a champion, so Papp, along with Olivia Mehaffey of Arizona State and Lilia Vu of UCLA, were declared co-champions. For Papp, it’s a continuation of her solid tournament performance from the fall season, when she finished in the top 10 twice.

“I do have a desire for each person to be able to win individually,” Texas head coach Ryan Murphy said of his team last week. “In my mind, I’m always trying to help them develop their game to get to that point, where if they play well, they can win.” As a team, Texas finished sixth overall in the Northrop Grumman Intercollegiate to start off the spring season, with a total score of 885 over three rounds at the tough Palos Verdes Country Club. Texas improved its position each day of the tournament, moving from 11th to 10th to sixth. Papp started off round one hot, with two birdies

and an eagle on the front side. She cooled off on the back with a 2-over par 38, ending the day with a 2-under par 69. She followed her roundone performance with an even par 71 and 1-over par 72 in rounds two and three, respectively. Heading into the final round, Papp stood one shot off the lead. Mehaffey, an eventual co-champion, led the pack at 3-under par and shot a 2-over par 73 to slip back to 1-under — the winning score. Papp had a chance to win the tournament outright at 2-under, but a bogey on her 14th hole dropped her back to 1-under overall. Sophomore Emilee

Hoffman struggled during the first two rounds of the tournament, following up her opening-round 76 with an 81 on Monday. Tuesday was a different story, as Hoffman fired a redeeming 3-under par 68 to finish tied for 38th. Freshman Agathe Laisne shot 75 in all three rounds and also finished in a tie for 38th. Sophomore Greta Voelker finished in a tie for 60th, and junior Maddie Luitwieler came in 84th. The Longhorns get a bit of a break before their next tournament, The Wildcat, which takes place at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona, on March 5 and 6.

copyright bethany walter, and reproduced with permission | the dailytexan Freshman Kaitlyn Papp tied for first place at the Northrop Grumman Intercollegiate in California. Papp shot 1-under in a three-way tie.


Assistant coach Thompson receives Hall of Fame selection By Justin Martinez @jthesportsdude

Texas head coach Karen Aston rarely places a team film session on hold for a phone call, but she made an exception on Monday night. “Someone needs to talk to you,” Aston said, handing the phone over to associate head coach Tina Thompson. Thompson cautiously took the phone, unsure what to do next. “Want me to stay in here?” Thompson asked Aston. “Yeah. She just said she had something real quick.” Thompson put the phone on speaker and gave a hesitant “hello.” Carol Stiff of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors replied with a straightforward statement: Thompson had just been inducted. Applause from the players filled the room as Thompson sat in her seat, a smile spreading across her face. For Thompson, Monday’s induction signified the highest honor for a person whose life has revolved around basketball. “I am extremely honored to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” Thompson said in a

statement. “It is a true privilege to have my name reside in the home where so many of the greats of our game are housed. As a young girl, little did I know how good old-fashioned hard work and passion would affect my life in such a grand way. Fabulous indeed.” Thompson fell in love with the game of basketball on the streets of Inglewood, California, spending most of her childhood playing at Robertson Park in West Los Angeles. The future phenom grew up with a passion to be great, thanks in part to a friendly sibling rivalry with her older brother, Tommy Thompson Jr. “We were very competitive as kids,” Thompson said. “We would even compete at handwriting to see who had the best penmanship. It was that serious. I would, for sure, say the kind of competitive nature that my brother had then became a part of my personality.” That competitiveness molded Thompson into an unstoppable force on the court. The 6-foot-2inch small forward recorded more than 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds during her time at Morningside High School before committing to the

USC, where she graduated in 1997. Thompson launched her illustrious 17-year professional career the following summer, going No. 1 overall in the inaugural WNBA Draft and spending her first 12 seasons with the Houston Comets. Thompson had an immediate impact, helping lead her team to four straight championships in her first four seasons. Thompson’s ability to score from all spots on the court quickly elevated her to elite status, becoming a nine-time All-Star and three-time All-WNBA First-Team member. The emerging star reached a milestone in 2004, representing Team USA in the Olympics in Athens, Greece, and then in 2008 in Beijing, China. Thompson shined on the world’s biggest stage, helping win two Olympic gold medals in her two appearances. After playing for the Los Angeles Sparks from 2009–11, Thompson finished her WNBA career with the Seattle Storm in 2013 at the age of 38. Thompson left behind a legacy when she walked away from the league, standing as the only WNBA player at the time to have 7,000 points and 3,000 rebounds in

juan figueroa | the daily texan file Texas associate head coach Tina Thompson watches from the sideline. She is a nine-time WNBA All-Star and four-time WNBA champion, ranks second in points scored in league history. The USC alumna will enter the Hall of Fame in June. her career. With a laundry list of accomplishments during her player career, Thompson has since turned her focus to coaching. The WNBA legend walked onto the 40 Acres on May 18, 2015, joining the Texas staff as an assistant coach. Thompson has thrived on the sideline since then, becoming the associate head coach for the Longhorns on Sept. 18, 2017. “I think we all feel blessed to have Tina be a part

of the Longhorn family,” Aston said. “I say this all of the time, head coaches are only really as good as their assistant coaches, and Tina does a great job.” But perhaps Thompson’s biggest contribution to the Longhorns comes off the court. The former WNBA champ has built a number of strong relationships with her players, helping them improve not only as athletes but as people. “(Thompson) is like my mom away from home,” ju-

nior forward Jordan Hosey said. “She’ll tell me every day, ‘Jordy, do you.’ When she tells me something, I know it’s coming from a good place, so she’ll never lead me down the wrong path.” Now 43 years old, the final chapter for Thompson is still far from sight. Thompson plans to continue climbing the coaching ranks in hopes of one day becoming a head coach. It’ll be a whole new challenge in itself, but she’s ready to attack it with the

same drive that’s gotten her this far. “I’m a leader by nature,” Thompson said. “Anything that I go into, I wanted to ultimately reach the pinnacle of that, so head coaching is something that for sure is in my future. Where, I don’t know exactly, but it’s definitely something that I strive for.” The 2018 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend is scheduled for June 8–10 in Knoxville, Tennessee.





“personality,” it might be time to shoot for a 6 or below. A fuckable appearance and actually good sex are inversely correlated anyway.

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Editor’s Note: Rosie’s Red Room is a weekly column about sex. Reader discretion advised. By Rosie Richardson @thedailytexan

If you’re like past me, you’re preparing to spend another V-Day alone with your #CocksNotGlocks dildo and some barely-smutenough “Supernatural” fanfiction. But this year, things will be different for me —

and I’m going to do everything in my power to make things different for you, too. With no preparation whatsoever and the know-how I acquired through 30 minutes of intense online research, let’s get you V-Day laid.

Step 1

Psych yourself up. Pretend that, deep down, you want emotional love and physical connection with one person. Now pretend that person is the girl you swiped right on

Tinder. That’ll help you get into the holiday mindset, meaning you’re basically halfway there.

Harness the power of your daddy’s money. If you actually buy them pizza, keep in mind where each brand will get you: Little Caesar’s: An extremely offended slap in the face. Domino’s: A passionate make-out session before they let you know they’re waiting till marriage. Pizza Hut: A slightly fulfilling hand job in the back of your Honda Civic. DiGiorno: A reason to go back to your apartment.

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Step 4

Lower your standards. You probably have an inflated self-esteem, and it’s probably for a reason. But your straight As and charity work won’t land you in someone else’s bed tomorrow morning — it might not even get you to first base. So if you, like me, have a great

Feel free to lie your ass off, but only about the important things. Guys, pull a Ted Mosby and talk about how sad you are that you haven’t found “the one” yet. Girls, pull a me and say your daddy never loved you. A pity fuck, while it sounds like a bad thing, is still a fuck.

Step 5

Don’t bring friends to the bar unless they’re uglier than you. The reason? There’s a chance your more attractive friend will score 10 times over and leave you in the dust. Also, you don’t want to focus on someone you actually like because it’ll distract you from focusing on the completely average guy or gal you’ll end up with tonight.

Step 6

Talk to people. Yeah, it’s disgusting and kind of scary, but if you approach someone in the real world instead of on your phone, they’ll most likely be so shocked that they will, like rabid dogs, immediately latch onto your genitals. If this fails for you, redownload Tinder.

Step 7

Wear clothes you didn’t buy at Tyler’s. Like, actually put on that suit or dress you wore for high school debate or graduation or your grandpa’s funeral. A

well-dressed person has a chance. A person in khaki cargo shorts or a T-shirt with a whale on it does not.

Step 8

Be cheesy and romantic. A great thing about Valentine’s Day is you can use all the shitty pick-up lines from the cards your mom made you hand out in elementary school. Say something really stupid about V-Day or cupid or chocolate-covered strawberries, then make fun of V-Day or cupid or chocolate-covered strawberries, then buy them pizza and ask if they want to get it on. If they haven’t walked away from you yet, they’re interested. Foolproof.

Step 9

You’re probably good by now, so here’s a reminder: Come prepared. Drug stores can only keep a finite number of Plan B boxes on the shelves, so make sure you’re bagging it. If not, please name your child Cupid as a reminder of your poor decision-making.


By Danielle Ortiz @danielleAortiz

Whether you’re single, in a relationship or somewhere in between, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to wear a cute outfit no matter what you have planned. Luckily, 2018 is the time to wear the iconic Valentine’s colors pink and red, while also looking on-trend. According to the world-renowned authority on color, Pantone’s Fashion Color Trend Report, red and shades of pink are the hot colors this upcoming spring season. So go ahead and splurge on a Valentine’s outfit, because chances are, you can wear it after all the boxes of chocolate are eaten. Inspired by the romantic hues, these last-minute Valentine’s Day outfit ideas will help for whatever your night may hold. Hopefully,

it will save you time spent standing in front of your closet deciding what to wear.

traditional dress as a style statement. The head-to-toe, all-in-one garment creates a striking look that moves beyond a simple dress or pantsand-top combo, into more fashionable territories. If you are planning a casual dinner with friends, choose a more loose and flowy jumpsuit. For a more dressed-up night, try a more structured jumpsuit with accessories, such as a necklace. Adding a blazer will break up the look, and with the winter weather, it’s sure to keep you warm.

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Red is known to be one of the sexiest colors. Researchers at the University of Rochester found men were more attracted to women who wore red. So whether it’s on a dress or on accessories, red is perfect for a date night. Step away from the famous black dress and trade it out for a red one to guarantee all eyes will be on you. Some crimson shades could be a bit jarring when paired with cowboy boots and a hat that says “Gig ’Em,” but the ruby pieces actually look very romantic when paired correctly. It’s all about balance. If wearing a red dress pair it with gold or pink accessories for an unexpected and romantic look. If you don’t have a red dress, trying red heels or jewelry in the color will go a long way.

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There is something powerful and glamorous about a jumpsuit. During the

ongoing red carpet season, celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Saoirse Ronan opted with a jumpsuit rather than a

Comfort should be your first priority! Thankfully, it’s easy to style jeans. A nice blouse is a timeless, versatile wardrobe staple. Lace and floral prints are perfect to find last minute and can be downplayed with jeans. For a more soft and subtle look, think light

floral and lace on flowy tops — black lace and darker patterns with red accents will send an edgier look, but one that’s still perfect for Valentine’s nonetheless. Pair your blouse with your favorite booties to tie the outfit together.

Movie night at home

It’s still possible to look festive while watching a movie with your bae. Coordinated pajamas are perfect for when you want to slip into something comfy but still look pulled together. These are an easy and inexpensive find at Target and even the mall. With so many options, it’s easy to find a PJ set that is full of personality. Some Valentine’s Day-themed pajama sets range from punny sayings, such as “I love you a latte,” to classic silk button downs with hearts, and of course, lingerie.


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History of Valentine’s Day can shed insight into what love is By Noelle Henry @noellee_h

Tender love and care are on the minds of most students as Valentine’s Day slowly approaches like a brewing hurricane. Everyone knows it, and no matter how hard some may try to ignore the holiday, it’s pretty impossible to avoid the love paraphernalia and cheer thrown in people’s

faces as the day looms closer and closer. While everyone feels the spirit of Valentine’s Day, little is known about the actual origins of the much-loved holiday. Medieval literature professor Elizabeth Scala, who has conducted research into romantic literature, said she knows some of the popular legends that cloud the origins of the holiday. Scala said love initially became associated

with Saint Valentine because he was a Roman bishop who somehow gave a dispensation to Roman soldiers who wanted to get married. On the other hand, she said there’s no actual historical basis for this legend, and most of the customs that we associate with the holiday came around in the 18th century. Scala’s theory on how Valentine’s Day

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