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Moby’s newest album recaptures the glory that makes him an effective artist. PAGE 8
Texas takes on Iowa State in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday. PAGE 6
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The Daily Texan is focusing on how crime at other Texas universities in big cities compare to crime at UT-Austin by looking at the 2017 Annual Security Reports of nine colleges: Texas A&M University-College Station, University of North Texas, Baylor University, Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University, UT-Austin, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at San Antonio and University of Houston. The Texan compared crimes that occurred on and off of these nine campuses in 2016 and calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 students. The universities were chosen by their city population. College campuses which receive federal funds are required to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. This law requires campuses to be transparent about crimes in specific
he recent losses of Haruka Weiser and Harrison Brown have left a mark on campus and changed how UT-Austin students perceive their own safety. However, UT-Austin’s placement in one of Texas’ largest cities does not mean UT is not a safe campus, said David Carter, UT Police Department chief of police. “What happens for an urban campus is that all the complex issues that occur in an urban city are occurring all around us,” Carter said. “But by and large … despite the fact that we’ve had two tragic homicides over the past couple of years, (UT) is a relatively safe campus if you compare it to similar campuses in big cities around the nation.” Method and Research
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With more than 150 UT faculty, students and alumni participating in South by Southwest over the next few weeks, the University is making its mark on the world-renowned arts festival and conference. “‘South By,’ in particular, it’s just such an amazing gathering place for innovators from all over the world,” UT marketing coordinator Chad Schneider said. “Considering the research focus within the University and a lot of the innovation happening (on campus), it just makes sense for the University and South by Southwest to work hand in hand.” Two former UT students, Nick Barbaro and Louis Black, were members of the team that launched the first SXSW music festival in 1997. Today, Schneider said it is the festival’s prestige and proximity to campus that leads UT community members to take part in both SXSW and SXSWEDU, an educator-based learning expo happening this week. This year at the SXSW festival, which begins March 9,
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continues from page 1 geographies: on campus, public property and off campus, said Laura Egan, senior director of programs for the national nonprofit Clery Center. “It’s built and structured as a federal consumer protection law, so it’s designed to make sure that the services being rendered by the campus are transparent,” Egan said. The Clery Act requires college campuses to release an annual security report, detailing specific crimes such as sexual offenses, robbery and aggravated assault occurring within the geography of the campus specified. The Texan also compiled data using the FBI’s Uniform Crime Data for 2016 to compare violent crime among the nine Texas universities. Violent crime accounts for crimes such as murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Main Findings Compared to schools with the highest city populations, UT-Austin has a violent crime rate of 0.25 violent crimes per 1,000 students, which is lower than UH by 0.15 and UTSA by 0.08. UT-Austin has the highest aggravated assault rate per 1,000 students at 0.35, with the average assault rate across the universities at 0.15. The death of dance freshman Weiser accounts for the only murder and nonnegligent manslaughter among these Texas universities in 2016. The highest rate of arrests for drug violations come from schools such as UNT at 7.38, and Texas Tech at 6.84. These two universities are located in cities with considerably smaller populations than
Austin. UT-Austin’s rate is 1.98. University Policing On an ordinary day, more than 80,000 people are on campus, Carter said. This high population and the occurrence of incidents on and off campus have caused UTPD to evolve. “No single police department can tackle all of its issues by itself,” Carter said. “(We) pride ourselves in our partnerships that we do have with (the Austin Police Department) and (the Department of Public Safety).” The number of UTPD authorized officers increased from 67 to 104 since Carter’s arrival in 2013, Carter said, which has increased police visibility and the number of officers in on and off campus patrols. UTPD covers eight patrol districts, six on campus and two off campus, each consisting of a patrol officer at all times, Carter said. UTPD has been looking to improve its communication with the University community, Carter said. The 2017 on-campus fatal stabbing that resulted in the death of Brown, an undergraduate studies freshman, sparked concern from students about UTPD’s timeliness when sending out emergency notifications. According to the Clery Act, institutions are required to release an emergency notification whenever there is an “immediate” threat to campus. Due to student activity and the number of students who live off-campus, UTPD broadened its alert system earlier this semester to include incidents occurring off-campus. Similar to UT-Austin, UH Police Lt. Bret Collier said UH is like a city within itself. UH also works with the city police department to keep abreast
on incidents on and near campus. The department has about the same number of authorized police as UT-Austin, despite UH being located in a larger city. When it comes to police visibility, UH takes a look at UT-Austin as an example. “We’ve looked at what they’ve done and what other schools have done to try to form improvements in our own area,” Collier said. Student Perception of Safety UT-Austin’s location in one of Texas’ biggest cities is not lost on biology senior Rachel Mastin. Mastin said she appreciates UTPD for making notable changes such as increasing patrol and keeping students up to date on events. “I just think they need to (make sure to) continue those efforts because they’re on the right track,” Mastin said. Weiser’s death has heavily affected the Department of Fine Arts to the point where spaces near the location of her murder have become emotionally charged, said theater graduate student Jessica Lowerre. “We don’t stage works of art down there, we don’t generally lead classes down there,” Lowerre said. “It’s a really kind of emotionally heavy space.” Classical languages junior Rachel Prichett had a first-hand account of the 2017 on-campus stabbing. Prichett said she saw a man wielding a knife stab a student as she was running away from the chaos. “Hopefully nothing that scary will happen on our campus ever again, but I want students to remember that it could,” Prichett said in an email. “Don’t be fearful, but be aware of your surroundings and understand that bad situations can arise.”
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professors will be featured on panels covering everything from implicit bias to balancing multiple jobs. René Salazar, assistant dean for diversity at Dell Medical School, will add his voice to the panel “Wait, What?! Bias is Killing Me?” “What we are going to talk about is the unconscious, internalized biases that we are completely unaware of and (that) may have an impact on the things that we do,” Salazar said. “It isn’t a topic without its challenges … people sometimes embrace it, and sometimes push away and push away hard, but I’m really excited to (go to SXSW) and let folks know that this is an issue.” Psychology professor Art Markman, who also works in blogging, company consulting and music, is lending his experience to the panel, “How to Get What You Want Out of Side Gigs.” He said SXSW has become an important part of Austin’s intellectual life. “I think faculty sees a lot of value in spreading the research that they work on,” Markman said. “It’s a natural way for people to do it, and that’s why I think so many of our faculty end up engaging
continues from page 1 garnered over 30 percent of the vote last week, said she feels validated by the decision to hold a new election. Ibrahim said none of it matters if students do not take this chance to make their voices heard by voting. In the past, SG elections have typically experienced a drop in voter turnout when a secondary election or runoff occurs. “If you’ve ever felt ignored, or if you’ve ever felt unheard or silenced on this campus, this is the second chance,” said Ibrahim, sociology and design senior. “If you’ve been
with ‘South By’ in different ways.” The festival is also showcasing work from UT students such as Kenya Gillespie, radio-television-film graduate student. His documentary-style film, “The Crystal City,” about a World War II internment camp was selected to be screened alongside 11 other films at the festival’s 2018 “RTF Longhorn Denius Student Film Showcase.” “My film is about … the internment camp that was in Crystal City, Texas,” Gillespie said. “It’s a really tiny town, and there aren’t many remains from the camp except for a few things, so I sort of wanted to understand the history more and connect it to the present day and the memories the internees had.” Gillespie said he visited the internment camp — which is unique for having had Japanese, German and Italian internees — and felt connected to the tiny town. He said although his accomplishment has not sunk in yet, he is excited to sit down and watch his film at the SXSW screening. “I think it’s good that this festival supports younger talents that are coming in because it’s hard for a lot of us students to get our names and our films and our art out there,” Gillespie said.
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STATE PRIMARY RESULTS Sen. Cruz and Rep. O’Rourke sweep their respective primary results
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke are projected to win by wide margins in the Republican and Democratic primaries, respectively, according to initial voting precinct reports. Cruz, the Republican incumbent for the seat, had four challengers, while O’Rourke, D-El Paso, only faced two. Both candidates were expected to easily win their primaries and have raised millions of dollars in recent months to prepare for their midterm campaigns after Tuesday’s election. At press time, O’Rourke, who waited on the results of the primary at a watch party in El Paso, had garnered 61 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary while Cruz had 85 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. Most of Cruz’s challengers got less than 5 percent of the total vote each at press time, with Mary Miller getting the most at 6.2 percent
of the total vote. O’Rourke’s opponents, however, took a much higher proportion of the votes in the Democratic primary, with Sema Hernandez and Edward Kimbrough taking 23 and 15 percent of the vote, respectively. In a Facebook livestream following the announcement of the results, O’Rourke said he appreciated the high number of Democrats that had both turned out to vote and decided to run for office this year. “I’m so looking forward to the days and the weeks and the months ahead, we’re going to do something really special in Texas,” said O’Rourke, a three-term congressman and former El Paso City Council member. “Hats off to every single person who competed, who entered one of these races. Even if you did not come out the victor tonight, the fact that you got into the arena and you were willing to put yourself out there means the world to us.” After the polls closed Tuesday evening, Cruz thanked his supporters in
LEFT: Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, is projected to win the Democratic primary vote by a wide margin, according to initial voting precinct reports. carlos garcia| the daily texan staff RIGHT: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz had four challengers in the primary elections Tuesday night. juan figueroa | the daily texan staff
a Facebook post but focused the majority of his message on the next eight months, which he will spend defending his seat against O’Rourke. “The voters of Texas will have a clear choice in November,” Cruz said. “Congressman O’Rourke is a left-wing, liberal Democrat, and is running as a vocal proponent of amnesty and open borders. Those are not the values of Texas. … At the end of the day, this election is about the people of Texas. And when it comes to the values of Texas, the choice for the U.S. Senate is clear, straightforward and direct.”
angela wang | the daily texan staff Derrick Crowe, Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative to TexWhile watching the Congresas District 21, watches live results for the primary elections Tuesday sional District 21 election results night, which resulted in a runoff to take place in May 2018. Tuesday night, tentative looks were shared by those at DemoR-San Antonio. Smith held the changing society that we have in cratic candidate Derrick Crowe’s spot for 32 years and announced Texas and how we can adapt to campaign watch party at Toss in November he would not run the government correctly.” Pizzeria & Pub in Austin. for re-election. The University Democrats enThe race has boiled down to With the Republican primary dorsed Crowe and campaigned Joseph Kopser and Mary Street vote split between 18 candidates, for him on the West Mall on Wilson on the Democratic bala runoff election — which occurs Tuesday. UDems president Allot, and Republicans Chip Roy and Matt McCall. At press time, when one candidate does not re- lie Runas said the decision was ceive more than 50 percent of the made after Crowe got the organiKopser held 30.4 percent of the vote – is nearly certain. zation involved in his campaign. vote and Wilson held 30 perCollege Republicans President “We picked Derrick Crowe becent. Republicans Roy and McAlec Lucas said although the cause he came a lot to our meetCall held 27.0 percent and 17.4 group is not allowed to endorse ings and he really showed an percent of votes, respectively. candidates in the primaries as an interest in getting to know us as Crowe held 22.8 percent of the auxiliary to the Republican party, students and what our problems Democratic votes at press time he thinks representatives such as were,” said electrical engineering Tuesday night. Roy and McCall will bring a fresh junior Runas. “His campaign “What’s very clear is there perspective to the party. Accordhas been awesome, showing us will be a runoff,” said Crowe. ing to their respective platforms how campaigns work and getting “I think what you’re seeing is a on their websites, Roy supports us involved .” very strong performance from a border wall and is anti-aborHowever, Runas said any progressive candidates … It tion rights, and McCall is also Democratic candidate has a good shows you that you can’t buy a pro-border wall and wants to chance of pulling out a win for Democratic primary. ” replace the Affordable Care Act. the party. The 21st District covers a sub“We kind of hope there is a “At the end of the day, we are stantial part of South Austin and new Republican that comes in really all on the same team, so I most of West Campus, and the with not exactly the same policies think that really any Democrat winner in the general election that we see all the time,” chemisis strong enough to go against a on Nov. 6 will replace incumtry senior Lucas said. “Someone who’s more willing to look at the Republican,” Runas said. bent U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith,
anthony mireles | the daily texan staff Travis County Democrats celebrate Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s victory in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senator on Tuesday night. O’Rourke will go up against Sen. Ted Cruz for his seat in November.
Abbott and Patrick hold majority in GOP primaries, Democrats undaunted By Raga Justin @ragajus
More than 100 Democrats gathered at Austin eatery Scholz Garten on Tuesday night to wait for the Texas Democratic primary results, huddling around large TV screens and cheering on the party’s contenders. Incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott easily swept the Republican primary while nine Democrats battled for the gubernatorial nomination, with Lupe Valdez and Andrew White likely heading to a runoff in May. In the lieutenant governor race, Republican incumbent Dan Patrick had more than 75 percent of the vote, while Mike Collier stood 6 points ahead of his only opponent, Michael Cooper, at press time Tuesday night. Justin Nelson, the only
Democratic candidate for state attorney general, hosted the event. Notable Texas Democrats, including Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, spoke to the crowd. Nelson and his Republican contender, incumbent Ken Paxton, are both unopposed on their respective ballots. Nelson called the watch party a “victory party” and said he was “feeling good” about his campaign and the fate of Democrats statewide. No Democrat has won statewide in 24 years, Nelson said. “You have seen this tremendous surge of energy, and I think it’s recognition that the people of Texas just want common sense,” said Nelson, an adjunct professor at UT School of Law. “People want a check on power.” Nelson was vocal about the contrast between his campaign and Paxton’s.
“I’m a private citizen, not a politician,” Nelson said. “I’m here because we need someone who’s gonna stand up for fairness and honesty and decency and ethics.” Kim Olson, the uncontested Democratic contender for state agricultural commissioner, urged women in the crowd to vote. “It is a good night to be a Democrat in Texas,” Olson said. “This isn’t going to be a blue wave, this is going to be a damn tsunami. This is why we’re going to win — because we’re mad as hell, and we’re not going to take it anymore.” Senate contender and Democrat Beto O’Rourke made an appearance via livestream, in which he congratulated Democrats for their “historic” turnout in running for office. “It is the best feeling ever to be part of this right now,” O’Rourke said. “We’re in this together.” According to Hinojosa, voter demographics indicate rising levels of participation by Democrats in Texas. Sixty percent of early voters in Texas were women, and 50 percent of primary voters were voting for the first time, he said. “This is a good year,” Hinojosa said. “It is a good night for us, but for Ken Paxton and Greg Abbott, and especially Ted Cruz — they’ve got diarrhea tonight. Our candidates are smarter, more honest, they know the issues better.” Nelson ended with a nod to younger voters, calling them the future. “I think its time for a new generation of leaders here,” Nelson said. “Just look what’s going on, we’ve seen the power of people under 30 — you’ve seen it in Florida. You’ve seen this huge rise of political activism and I love it.”
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Let’s follow AISD’s example, rename RLM By Emily Severe @emilysevere
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” As AISD addresses controversy following its decision to rename five district buildings, I’m reminded of this line from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” I can’t help but reconsider Juliet’s ill-fated question. To understand what is in a name, we need to understand the cultural context and significance of both the name and that which bears the name. Times are changing. The University is no exception to the national movement to redefine spaces and alter names, as indicated by the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue and the growing number of cries to rename Robert Lee Moore Hall. We choose names to honor and align ourselves with an individual and to represent the ideals of our community. In this respect, AISD sets an example for constructive change that UT should follow. As UT continues to evolve, I urge both students and administrators to reflect on lacking representation at UT by looking past counterarguments which undermine inclusivity.
We can’t separate that which makes a figure racially controversial from any positive contributions they made to the University.” The University’s black student population is only about 5 percent of total enrollment. As the University works to increase the enrollment of underrepresented populations, it is important to approach conflicts surrounding the physical representation of history on campus with consideration for the gravity of the context names evoke. We can’t separate that which makes a figure racially controversial from any positive contributions they made to the University. The work of the institution to enhance representation by altering the campus environment should be completed not to appease but to recognize those who deserve recognition. Look past tired counterarguments to the perceived erasure of history and listen to the voices of students when creating progressive reform. Set an example for other universities by making it known that the names emblazoned on buildings housing a generation of young leaders also represent the ideals and true identities of this university. Those who oppose renaming feel that changing a name or removing a monument will do more to erase history than alter the present. But changing a name won’t rewrite a past fraught with hideous injustice, and it is a necessary step toward accurate representation. This should not be viewed simply as an overindulgence of political correctness. A name change doesn’t diminish the contributions of those initially honored — it sets a new precedent for inclusivity by involving UT as a leader in the movement for accurate representation. The most convincing counterargument for school districts and universities across the nation centers around the labor and economic resources involved in renaming a building or institution. In Austin, the estimated cost of changing a high school’s name is $77,000, which some feel would better serve students if redirected toward academic needs. It’s clear that in the long run, making the effort to move forward with changing a building’s name puts an institution at an advantage. The recent trend in name changes, such as Yale changing the name of Calhoun College, and the rise in prevalence of the argument for the removal of statues, indicates that universities will continue to be called upon to make similar changes in the future. By getting ahead of the curve, the University also creates a campus climate that is supportive of students from all backgrounds, in turn enhancing the caliber of the academic environment here at UT. That which we call RLM by any other name would smell even sweeter. Severe is a Business Honors and Finance junior from Round Rock.
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Redistricting courts can make Texas elections more fair, representative By Alex Rigney @texanopinion
A federal court case argues minority rights are violated by the current statewide elections of the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals. To fix it, they say that the courts should be elected by district. Switching to a district system would ensure better representation of different groups within the state, while also keeping the courts responsive to the people. The case, Lopez v. Abbott, was filed in Corpus Christi in 2016 and could radically alter the highest courts of Texas. For the past 150 or so years, the highest justices of Texas have been directly elected by the entire state, serving staggered terms. This system was designed to keep the courts directly accountable to the will of the people, and statewide elections accomplish this goal. However, there are trade-offs. Under this system, our highest judges are far whiter than the state’s population. A Hispanic judge has never been elected to either of the high courts who wasn’t first appointed by a governor to fill a vacant seat. Currently, out of the 18 judges on the two highest courts of Texas, only two are Hispanic. That’s roughly 11 percent of the seats in a state with nearly 40 percent of people identifying as Hispanic or Latino. One of those judges is not running for re-election, which could make that percentage even lower.
Lopez’s case relies on Section 2 and Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits voting practices or procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, color, or language. According to the Department of Justice’s website, the Voting Rights Act applies here because federal courts take into account “the extent to which members of the minority group have been elected to public office in the jurisdiction” when deciding cases related to the Voting Rights Act. Statewide elections dilute the power of Hispanic voters. Although each vote has the same weight, when a minority group is packed into a district that elects multiple representatives with an overwhelming majority, their votes have less impact on election results. This ultimately blocks that community from having meaningful representation on the highest courts. The court should see the lack of Hispanic representation as indicative of an unfair voting system. The state isn’t sitting idly by and letting this significant constitutional change happen. Texas is using the same defense it has claimed in cases of gerrymandering: Race has nothing to do with the disparity — it’s just a partisan thing. Republicans choose whichever candidate they want to win in the primary, and that candidate has, for the past few decades, gone on to win the election. This defense avoids answering the challenge against the voting system. In Judge Elsa Alcala’s own words, her last name is “a liability” in both primaries and elections. A
highly qualified judge who has served Texas for seven years should never be discouraged from running because of her ethnicity. A district-based election system would work similarly to our process for electing representatives to the state senate or house. Voters in different districts would select their judge to represent them at the state level. The prosecution argues this would create districts with a majority Hispanic electorate, leading to a greater possibility of equal representation on the courts.
If justices are going to be elected by voters, those elections should follow the same rules applied to all other elections.”
If justices are going to be elected by voters, those elections should follow the same rules applied to all other elections. Districting would help bring the elections for the state’s highest courts into line with the rest of the electoral process. Rigney is a government senior from Austin.
Austin needs safe injection locations By Elizabeth Braaten @texanopinion
More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016. Opioids — a class of drugs that includes heroin and pain relievers such as Vicodin, codeine and morphine that are legally available with a prescription — were involved in an estimated 42,249 of these deaths. In October 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. Since then, the federal government has taken no significant action to combat these drugs that cause more than 115 Americans to overdose each day. Thankfully, with their endorsement of safe injection sites, cities across the United States are beginning to take matters into their own hands. Austin should join them. Safe injection sites are defined as facilities that provide a safe space for people to inject drugs they have acquired previously under the supervision of a staff trained to respond in the event of an overdose. The staff can provide clean needles and direct visitors to resources informing them of available treatment options. A facility in Austin could become the first of its kind in Texas. With rates of opioid overdose deaths currently five times higher than they were in 1999, this is not just an option — It’s a necessity if we want to mitigate the effects of the opioid epidemic. Although these facilities are still not legal in the United States as the Trump administration threatens to prosecute cities that implement them, many cities are taking the initiative to open sites regardless. Seattle, Philadelphia and San Francisco have already approved openings of safe injection sites. This is for good reason, too — these sites have experienced overwhelmingly positive results in places like Vancouver. The city of Vancouver opened its safe injection site in 2003, and studies since have
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melanie westfall | the daily texan staff shown that the implementation of this facility has been extremely effective. It is estimated that the site decreased the fatal overdose rate in its immediate vicinity by 35 percent since its opening and that it prevents 35 new cases of HIV each year. Furthermore, 75 percent of individuals surveyed reported changing their injection practices because of the use of the facility, and another 56 percent said that they were practicing less unsafe syringe disposal. Not only do these facilities help to combat drug abuse in surrounding areas, they save lives by providing users with clean needles, which lower rates of HIV infection, as well
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as a supervised area where they can receive medical attention and communal assistance if they so choose. Drug use has long been treated in the United States as a criminal offense rather than a public health issue. With overdose rates skyrocketing across a country run by a federal government resolved to doing nothing, local and state governments must take action. By implementing a safe injection facility within its boundaries, Austin could become one of the first U.S. cities to make a substantial effort in combating the opioid epidemic. Braaten is an international relations and global studies junior from Conroe.
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UT adds new programs addressing student wellness, mental health
The Peterson Brothers talk start of career, inspirations
By Noelle Henry @noellee_h
Waves of change are happening on the UT campus as the school has begun implementing more programs to address student wellness and mental health, from the addition of the Interpersonal Violence Peer Support (IVPS), to the subsidization of mental health appointments. Kelly Soucy, director of Student Emergency Services, said UT added two new programs to support students in the wake of trauma or emergencies this year. She said IVPS provides confidential peers to act as a support to students who have been through a traumatic experience, while additional support from the food pantry and career closet will help students deal with food insecurities and interview necessities they might not be able to afford on their own. “Students on campus told us this is what they needed,” Soucy said. “Surveys told us that after a traumatic event, most of the time students are going to peers.” Sara Kennedy is the director of strategic and executive communications and provides information on many of the programs that UT’s Student Emergency Services offers to help its students across campus, so students can be aware of the help they can receive. “Student Emergency Services exists to fill a hole,” Kennedy said. “To make sure that our students are able to succeed academically and to not be hindered by some of the things life throws at us.” Kennedy said she works to make students all across campus know about the options they
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rachel efruss | the daily texan staff have in dealing with a situation. Along with new additions to UT’s Student Emergency Services, President Gregory Fenves announced in January that mental health appointments are now going to be subsidized by the school, dropping a price barrier that may have previously existed for some students. Public relations junior Halley South has used UT’s mental health services before, and she believes that subsidizing the cost of mental health appointments has had a positive impact on campus. “Before (the subsidy), many people were limited from the healthcare they needed,” South said. Dr. Marla Craig, associate director for clinical services at UT, said that since the appointments have been subsidized, mental health services have seen a 45 percent increase in students reaching out to access services. Dr. Craig also said that students’ wellbeing is always on the forefront of the mental health services’ mind and that she
thinks the subsidization is great as it gets rid of previous barriers that may have existed. “When a student’s coming on campus for the very first time and throughout their career here and after that,” Craig said. “I don’t look at academics separate from wellbeing, or wellness.” Craig said the high influx of demand for mental health services has forced the office to think outside of the box for innovative ways to make sure all students have access to the help they need. Student Emergency Services is also always looking for ways to expand, or make their current programs better. Soucy said they send out surveys to students to determine what needs to be amended or added in order to provide as much help as possible to students in need. “There are a lot of accommodations that can be made to those who are struggling,” South said. “But I definitely think their efforts should continue, there’s always room for improvement.”
continues from page 8 instance, the use of blackface. Instead of recreating exactly what a vaudeville experience might be, what we want to do is have some of the different acts be recreations, but then also call attention to the ways we have moved beyond certain depictions of race
and gender.” The event, “Vaudeville: Immigrants Get the Job Done,” will be held as part of the “Vaudeville!” exhibit of the Harry Ransom Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7.
anthony mireles | the daily texan staff As Austin as their base, The Peterson Borthers are taking their passionate and soulful performances around the country.
By Trent Thompson @trentthompsonut
From blues to rock, country and jazz, there is no genre that hasn’t made its home in Austin. As a part of the “Live Music Capital of the World,” brothers Glenn and Alex Peterson have been bringing their own style as The Peterson Brothers to Austin and around the country since 2009. With their passion in soul, old-school blues and funk, The Peterson Brothers’ live jam improvisational style has a clear mission: to help the blues survive. The Daily Texan spoke with The Peterson Brothers to learn more about the heart of their music career and what drives them forward. The Daily Texan: How did your music career start? Glenn Peterson: Both our mother and father were just really supportive as far as anything that we did. When we were growing up, we did youth basketball, youth soccer and anything else we wanted to try. The next thing we ended up wanting to try was music. Me and Alex, we do a lot of stuff together because we’ve grown up
so close in age. I started off on guitar and Alex started off on violin but switched to bass a year later, and ever since then, it’s been a fun journey. DT: You guys have been doing this for so long, what drives you both in your music careers? Alex Peterson: I would say our passion for always wanting to get better and loving what we do and knowing that it’s a blessing. It’s a lot of fun to be able to experience this with your family. GP: Definitely. The musical experiences you have with people around town, the state, the U.S. and the world really is across all languages and all races. No matter how much money you have or what religion, everybody loves music, and music is something that really unifies, not only with the musicians but (with) people in the audience as well. DT: Who have you both looked up to, musically? GP: In this point in our career, I’d say it’s a little bit of anything and everything. Of course, a lot of our background is a lot of old-school funk, blues, jazz and gospel. With us, you can hear the
influencfrom all across the border in many different decades and styles of music. DT: Why do you guys choose to play soul, blues, rock ’n’ roll and jazz? AP: It’s because soul, funk, blues, jazz and gospel is all stuff that we grew up on. We’ve always had a strong passion for it. GP: We weren’t pushed on it, but we were really exposed to it growing up in our household. But those specific genres really spoke to us in a different way, and we definitely wanted to take that direction when we decided to play music. DT: When you play for your audience, what do you want them to get out of your performance? AP: I would say what we would want the audience to take away is the joy that we get from the music that we play. I just want to convey positivity and making great music. GP: Yeah, we get up there and really just want to have a good time with all the musicians on stage, so it’s awesome when that translates into the audience. It’s really just about smiling and laughter and just having a good time.
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Texas aims to clinch tourney bid vs. Cyclones By Steve Helwick @ s_helwick
After a thrilling upset win over then-No. 20 West Virginia in overtime Saturday, the Texas Longhorns let some air out of the NCAA Tournament bubble and are now close to securing a spot in the 68-team bracket. All that’s left to do to seal that reservation is win a Big 12 tournament game. “Last year, we weren’t even in the conversation, but this year we’re on the bubble,” junior guard Kerwin Roach II said. “Not making it would hurt, so we just gotta go out there and play every game like it’s our last. And once we do that, we’ll ball out and just hope for the best.” Texas checks into the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City as the conference’s No. 7 seed, paired up against No. 10 seed Iowa State. The favored Longhorns have already downed the Cyclones twice this year, but no team is better at making surprise runs in the conference tournament than the squad from Ames. Iowa State is the defending Big 12 champion and has emerged victorious from three of the last four conference tournaments. Despite riding a six-game losing skid and finishing dead last in the league, the Cyclones recorded three ranked Big 12 wins, including an 18-point win over Texas Tech and a 16-point win over West Virginia. After the shorthanded Longhorns stunned the Mountaineers on Saturday without injured freshman center Mo Bamba (toe sprain), Texas’ odds of qualifying for its second tournament under head coach Shaka
angela wang | the daily texan staff Shooting guard Kerwin Roach II drives on No. 20 West Virginia during the Longhorns’ 87-79 upset overtime victory Saturday. The junior tied his career-high with 22 points in the regular season finale.
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a brutal conference schedule. But the work is not done yet, as ESPN chief bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Texas slated in for a play-in game in Dayton, Ohio, prior to the
opening Round of 64. “We really want to get in the tournament,” Smart said after the West Virginia win. “You can’t build up this mindset in your head that
if a certain game doesn’t go your way, you want to jump off the top of a building. You just don’t want guys thinking that way.” With Bamba’s status still in
question, the Longhorns must deliver a performance similar to Saturday’s 3-point shooting barrage to continue to win in Kansas City. Texas played just seven members of the roster against West Virginia. But shooting 56.9 percent from the floor and 57.9 percent from three springboarded the Longhorns to a near-NCAA Tournament-clinching win. “This was the best with the most on the line,” Smart said of the team’s performance against West Virginia. “I told the guys the other day, the only chance we have to win is if winning can be bigger than any of your individual agendas. We have no chance to win if winning’s not bigger than them.” To avoid a potential playin game in Dayton and land a spot in the Round of 64, the Longhorns will have to rely on several emerging contributors, including freshman power forward Jericho Sims. The Minneapolis, Minnesota, native dunked all over the Mountaineers en route to a career-high 17 points and eight rebounds. After stepping up for Texas with the season on the line, Smart can already see Sims’ progress. “Obviously with Mo being down the last two-and-a-half games, that adds to the urgency of what we need from (Sims),” Smart said. “He’s got unbelievable athleticism and a great upside. But the thing that he’s done lately is he’s actually played. He’s actually gone and made plays. I thought he was huge grabbing the ball for us and obviously finishing around the basket.” Sims and the rest of the young Longhorns squad will take the court against the Cyclones at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Clark, Longhorns hope to get back on track in San Antonio By Robert Larkin @r_larkintexas
Texas head coach Connie Clark has consistently preached patience with her young team, saying the Longhorns will experience their fair share of ups and downs. But 18 games into the 2018 season, most of Texas’ early season hasn’t been defined by its great strides or peaks, but rather by its growing pains. “There’s ups and downs through a season, but we have to stay positive with this young group,” Clark said. “We’ve got some things to continue to learn and continue to grow in some areas.” Texas is coming off a threegame series this past weekend against No. 9 Arizona. The Longhorns pulled off an upset against the Wildcats with a 2-0 win on Saturday but dropped their two other games by a combined margin of 10 runs. Now, the Longhorns (8–10) will have to refocus Wednesday night in San Antonio
against UTSA (10–8). Clark’s main point of emphasis for adjustment is at the plate. In three games against Arizona this past weekend, Texas’ offense mustered just five runs
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and 12 hits — a fact not lost on the head coach. “We’ve got to figure out just how to scratch and claw and find a way to put a couple runs up,” Clark said. “That’s something we gotta to do so we can get some (positive) outcomes.” But it doesn’t get much
easier for the Texas hitters Wednesday night. The Roadrunners’ two featured pitchers, senior Lizzy Fox and freshman Madison Nelson, have combined to pitch a stout 2.83 ERA in their early season and will undoubtedly challenge the Texas hitters. “We need to continue to work hard, and it’s early in the season,” sophomore catcher Taylor Ellsworth said. “We need to take things from each game and build on top of that.” The Longhorns will also continue to mix and match players in the pitcher’s circle in a search for more reliable options. All six pitchers on the Texas staff have appeared in a game, but few have performed at an elite level other than senior Paige von Sprecken. The remainder of the pitching staff is averaging a 6.422 ERA. UTSA’s offense certainly won’t be the hardest test this season for the Longhorns, but it won’t be the easiest. The top of the Roadrunners’ lineup features three hitters who hit over .360, while the Long-
anthony mireles | the daily texan staff Texas head coach Connie Clark, sophomore catcher Taylor Ellsworth and freshman pitcher Chloe Romero converse during a doubleheader at McCombs Field on Feb. 23. Texas faces UTSA on Wednesday night. horns’ lineup features none. It hasn’t been an easy early going, but the Longhorns continue to believe the outcomes will begin to swing their way,
which they hope will start Wednesday night. “I think we have great chemistry on our team, and we’re proud of the way we’ve
been playing,” von Sprecken said. “Eventually, we’re going to get those outcomes, and we just need to keep our morale up.”
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ALBUM REVIEW | ‘EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL AND NOTHING HURT’
Moby’s new album will make you cry “Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt” explores loss and sorrow effectively. By: Ruben Paquian @rubenpaq
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fter a series of mediocre releases, Moby’s Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt delivers a sound reminiscent of his early ’90s electro vibes, creating an album that is guaranteed to have listeners crying in the bathtub. Regarded as a pioneer of electronic pop, Richard Melville Hall, better known as Moby, has been producing music since the early ’90s, ruling the New York club scene though the 2000s. After a number of disappointing albums, Moby goes back to basics with his 15th studio album, Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt. With the signature slowed electronic beats and iconic, uncomplicated repetitive lyrics of earlier work, Moby’s latest project features depressing, woeful themes of loss and sorrow, diverse instrumentals, cohesive climactic pieces and powerful lyrics that, despite suffering from occasional repetitiveness, make for a compelling listening experience. The first three songs on the album establish a dreary mood. The album’s opener, “Mere Anarchy,” boasts ominous electronic samples accompanied by repetitive spoken lyrics, making the song feel like the theme for a movie villain. The following song, “Waste of Suns,” employs a more dance-y beat, but its echoed crashing and vocal “ohhs” laced in the background create a grim tone. “Like a Motherless Child” follows this trend by using a more driven, attitude-heavy beat for the same effect. Moby’s strength as an
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copyright court of little idiot, and reproduced with permission Moby throws listeners into a spiraling depression with his 15th studio album, Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt. artist is his ability to create immersive soundscapes through the way he blends the different elements of each song. The song “This Wild Darkness” contrasts mournful lyrics such as “I can’t stand on my own anymore” with a choir-esque chorus to paint the image of a man in distress, reaching for an escape from his sorrows. Similarly, the ballad “The Ceremony of Innocence” gains momentum and intensity as it progresses. Beginning with a pensive piano loop and woeful lyrics delivered by Moby, drums and eventually a symphonic background are added with every verse, building to create a complete composition that accurately communicates the pain of realizing loss. While songs with simple, repetitive lyrics are found throughout Moby’s works, Everything Was Beauti-
ful and Nothing Hurt features a handful of pieces full of lyrics, making them the most emotionally impactful. A prime example of this is the somber “The Middle Is Gone.” Lyrics such as “I’ll never be free. Always plagued by what I’ll never be” are accompanied by pensive piano-driven instrumentals and embody Moby’s hopeless sentiments on not being enough. As effective as Moby is in creating a sound that so accurately communicates depressing, hopeless sentiments, the lack of diversity in the themes make listeners feel as if they’ve listened to the same song multiple times. The similarities of the songs “The Sorrow Tree” and “Welcome to Hard Times” perfectly convey this notion. Both are built around somber instruments that rely on
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high-pitched female vocals for relief. While this may work once, this exact structure is used throughout the album and the overall effect is diminished. One must really be in the mood for a downer to want to sit down and listen to all of Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt. With his 15th studio album, Moby effectively portrays deep sorrow and hopelessness with justice despite suffering slightly from occasional repetitiveness. While it may not be an appropriate album for everyday listening, it does what it sets out to do effectively and beautifully.
I loved my high school, but I didn’t love the abstinence-only sex ed. When you’re told by your school that your parents are supposed to give you the details and vice versa, there’s a good chance your first attempt at sex will climax in a hospital visit. I would have much preferred an awkward condom presentation from a gym teacher over a teen pregnancy — don’t worry, I got neither — but it seems the school system is more concerned with saving souls than with saving futures. Here’s a tidbit of what I learned in high school about Satan’s favorite calorie-burner: You have to get married first. It’s a feeling like no other — spending a day with friends, family and a priest before returning to the honeymoon suite of your local Holiday Inn for your first time, the whole time nervously sweating all over each other. In this case, the phrase “practice makes perfect” does not apply. We were taught that marriage is the only way to be sure that the decision to have sex is a good one because of its permanence. The truth is, marriage isn’t for everyone, and that’s not a bad thing. You are forever bound to the first person you sleep with. Maybe you’ve heard this one because I certainly have: When you’re a virgin, you’re a fresh, untouched and beautiful stick of gum. Once you get chewed, you become equal to trash. The first person you have sex with is your spouse — the person you’re with
for life — so pray long and hard that you chose correctly, since there are no second chances. The only thing this lesson accomplishes is bringing intense guilt to nonvirgins and tying people together in unhealthy high school relationships. Contraception is the devil. Wearing a condom is like putting a wall between you and the one you love, so if you don’t go in raw, you’re not getting the full spiritual benefit. Even worse is the pill, which causes cancer at a higher rate than cigarettes! Can you believe that? Don’t. We have to stick to “natural family planning” because even if it goes wrong, it just means that a higher power intended for you to get pregnant. This means most of the STD rumors at my school weren’t just rumors, and that pregnancy was a welcome alternative to disappointing our families by preventing a life. In fact, 1 in 7 of the girls I went to school with got pregnant within two years of graduation. Porn melts your brain. Just to add the unpopped cherry on top, my school kept us from learning the truth by teaching us about the dangers of porn addiction. We were taught that we shouldn’t have to resort to porn to learn the basics of sex while being denied information on the basics of sex. While porn may yield unrealistic expectations about sex, it provided some education for all of us southern kids in need of a tutorial. To prevent the next generation from thinking that coitus involves swinging like you’re in Cirque du Soleil, schools should educate students about the inaccuracy of porn instead of openly rejecting it.
New vaudeville event shows how ‘Immigrants Get the Job Done’
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taylor chia| the daily texan staff “Vaudeville: Immigrants Get the Job Done” will feature a magician, singers, dancers and comedy sketches.
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Exploring vaudeville as a mirror for self-examination in a time of great debate surrounding immigration, “Vaudeville: Immigrants Get the Job Done” is sure to be provocative and compelling. The event, created and planned by College of Fine Arts professors Charlotte Canning and Andrew Carlson, among others, will feature vaudevillian acts and entertainment in the “Vaudeville!” exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center. Canning said the aim of the event is to discuss the history of vaudeville in an engaging way while having an important conversation about immigration. “We were very excited about the possibilities a vaudeville exhibition offered,” Canning said. “It allows us to think through some of the ideas and histories vaudeville was dealing with, but to do it in a fun way. We’re going to have a magician, singers and dancers, some comedy sketches, as well as talk about the historical context in which
all this is going on.” Eric Colleary, curator of the exhibit, said vaudeville’s history as a style of entertainment includes performances that perpetuated racial stereotypes and appealed to nationalism. Canning also addressed the current social climate surrounding the issue of immigration, saying it was a large inspiration for the project leading to the event. She hopes the event sparks recognition of the similarities between the period of history when vaudeville was popular and now, as immigrants in the era of vaudeville were blamed for a shortage of available jobs, among other problems. “One of the reasons we also thought it would be a good idea to look at how vaudeville struggled with immigration was precisely because of our current historical moment,” Canning said. “We thought this is a really good time for us to remember the ways in which we talked about immigration in this country in the past and to urge ourselves to remember we’re largely just rehearsing past scripts about immigration.”
For the purpose of facilitating dialogue around immigration and the role of vaudeville as a defining mechanism for various immigrant groups to be included in mainstream American culture, Carlson said the concept of vaudeville had to be adapted for the modern day. “If we present some ideas about vaudeville, we’re also giving the audience a sense of what it felt like,“ Carlson said. “We’re taking a couple of the performance traditions or structures which would be there at the turn of the century, and doing them in a kind of 21st-century way,” Carlson said the adaptation of a vaudeville experience rather than a total recreation was incredibly important, because some vaudevillian practices would be unacceptable by today’s standards. “Some of the practices of vaudeville are things we would find pretty ethically wrong today,” Carlson said. “For
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