The Daily Texan 2019-09-11

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Serving The University of Texas at Austin Community Since 1900 @thedailytexan | NEWS University Towers is being demolished and replaced with two student apartment complexes.

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Columnist Patrick Lee urges readers to change perspective on homelessness and take real action.

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UT revises free speech policies Compared to other Texas public universities, UT makes more adjustments to free speech policies after SB 18.

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nlike some Texas public universities, the University had to change more of its campuswide free speech policies after a new state law went into effect Sept. 1. The 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 18, which converted some parts of college campuses to traditional public forums instead of limited public forums. Public universities are now required to ensure that members of the public can speak freely, regardless of content. University spokesperson J.B. Bird said the University previously designated certain outdoor areas as limited public forums, meaning only students, staff, faculty and invited guests could demonstrate there. Under SB 18, anyone can now demonstrate in these areas. SB 18 also requires universities to create disciplinary policies for students, faculty and staff who infringe on others’ rights to free speech. “Those disciplinary processes are not new,” Bird said. “(But) the law has some language that wants universities to spell out some certain forms of discipline.” Some public Texas universities, such as Texas A&M and the Texas State System, said they did not make many changes to their free speech policies because they were already generally in compliance with the new law. Daniel Pugh, Texas A&M vice president for student affairs, said Texas A&M’s outdoor areas were already open to the public. “The actual bill change won’t impact us because we already had the traditional public forums,” Pugh said. Mike Wintemute, Texas State System spokesman, said the system made minimal changes to their outdoor free speech policy. The system’s free speech disciplinary policies

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they were already in line with SB 18 at least in spirit, Wintemute said, Other public universities, such as the University of North Texas, had to make more changes to the policies. Maureen McGuinness, UNT dean of students, said members of the public will no longer need a sponsoring student organization or sponsoring faculty to demonstrate on campus. In a campuswide email sent Aug. 30, UT President Gregory Fenves said the University has thrived because of its commitment to free speech and the open exchange of ideas for decades.

Student organization People for PMA discussed their grassroots effort to rename Robert Lee Moore Hall to the Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy building during a town hall Tuesday evening. Robert Lee Moore, a former UT mathematics professor, was an outspoken segregationist at UT during the 20th century. His well-documented racism and discrimination included refusing to allow African American students into his class once UT desegregated. People for PMA is a group of students who want students, faculty and staff to refer to the building as the PMA Building. During the meeting at the Engineering Teaching Center, panelists said the current name is a reminder of Moore’s racism and his legacy does not belong on campus. “Continuing to name this building after a man who is antithetical to what we value at the UT community … sends a message to us that we value his accomplishments more than we do inclusion in our community,” said Elizabeth Gutiérrez, a panelist and People for PMA member. “We find that unacceptable.” Gutiérrez, an astronomy senior, said the student movement found it difficult to have the University change the name so they decided to organize a grassroots renaming instead. “We ourselves are just not going to refer to it as RLM and instead use PMA,” Gutiérrez said.

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er and share different perspectives and experiences,” Fenves wrote in an email. “This freedom is a constitutional right that has always been the foundation upon which students learn and faculty members teach and conduct research.” According to the bill, universities may still restrict the times its outdoor spaces are available to the public and the types of actions the public can perform. Bird said the University can also still restrict actions which may affect the learning environment.





Moontower apartments to open in West Campus By Sara Johnson @skjohn1999

Moontower, a new student apartment complex, will open in West Campus in fall of 2020. General manager Nicole Portugal said the 18-story complex will add 567 housing units to the area. The building will be located at the intersection of San Antonio and West 22nd Streets, and the floor plans at the complex will range from studios to five-bedroom apartments, Portugal said. “Our prices vary depending on how high up you want to live and what kind of view you want,” Portugal said. “We do have the student lifestyle and desires in mind, and we want to offer something comfortable and affordable.” Portugal said individual units will include 55-inch televisions, in-unit washing equipment and utilities, such as cable and internet, included in rent. She said the building will provide access to a rooftop lounge, individual study rooms and ground f loor cafe. Sports management sophomore Merritt Moreau said these amenities appeal to students who are seeking to live in West Campus. Moreau said she likes when housing complexes have coffee shops in the lobby. “I do like having a community study space, just because you don’t always want to be studying in your room,” West Campus resident Moreau said. “Having something close to home is nice.”

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Portugal said Moontower management will also provide programming for students through Campus Advantage’s Students First Experience. This program provides students with events, community engagement opportunities and referrals to campus resources, according to the official website. “Students First focuses on living, learning and careers,” Portugal said. “The staff are working really hard to prepare things like events and workshops so residents feel integrated into a student community beyond classes.” While Moreau said she thought more apartment buildings would create more places for students to live, she does have concerns about losing nonapartment space in West Campus. “There’ll be less parking for sure, especially for people who are trying to have people in town and want to walk around the area,” Moreau said. Portgual said Moontower would have five stories of underground parking space for residents. Moreau said more housing would create a wider variety of places for people to live. “I’m sure when (the buildings) go up, it’ll be a nice place to live, but it feels kind of cluttered,” Moreau said. “They’re packing so much in such a small space.” Mathematics junior Caroline Latta said students will now have more options to live in an area they might prefer over one that is more affordable M O O N PAGE 3

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Pharmacy representative Emily Allen, from left, talks with speaker Jakob Lucas, administrative director Connor Alexander and advocacy director Nikita Telang.

For second year in a row, SG introduces no new legislation By Neelam Bohra @_neelam_b

For the second consecutive year, Student Government has not introduced new legislation at its second assembly meeting. SG introduced seven pieces of legislation in their first two meetings in 2016 and five pieces of legislation in 2017. During the past two years,

SG has focused on member appointments and their budget, which they introduced at their first meeting of the year. Jakob Lucas, speaker of the assembly, said this is part of a new mindset SG has adopted to fuel more substantial changes instead of writing smaller legislation with intangible changes. “Some of the most important aspects, activism and progress do not

require a drop of ink or a single pencil in terms of legislation,” government senior Lucas said. “For example, legislation that says we support undocumented students is great, but it’s better if we can get undocumented students a scholarship. I don’t like empty words.” Instead of passing legislation, Lucas said members can meet with S G PAGE 2

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University Towers’ building is being demolished to prepare for two student housing complexes: The Mark at Austin and The Standard at Austin. Landmark Properties Inc. is building the complexes to occupy the space where the 50-year-old building and garage were located. Construction began on The Standard after the demolition of University Towers’ parking garage on Jan. 6. While the University Towers building is largely intact, Landmark closed the complex before this semester in preparation for the demolition beginning this year. Landmark media representative Cody Nichelson, said construction on The Mark and The Standard would not be complete until 2023 and 2021, respectively. The properties will be the first ones in Austin by Landmark, which manages eight other student housing complexes in Texas.

“We’ve seen continued demand for high-quality off-campus housing options that are close to UT, and we plan to provide it,” Nichelson said. Nichelson said The Mark at Austin will be a 15-story building with 281 apartment units and 975 beds, and The Standard will be a 17-story building with 287 apartment units and 974 beds. The complexes will include space for 2,000 residents and 8,000 square feet of retail space, Nichelson said. “We’re committed to being good neighbors in the West Campus community and providing students and other residents with quality housing,” Nichelson said. In 2010, the city of Austin reported data that showed 78705, the zip code of UT and West Campus, as one of the most densely-populated areas in Austin, with projected growth between 10,000 and 40,000 people in the next 30 years. Allie Runas, chair of the West Campus Neighborhood

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Association, said property development agencies are redeveloping lots of older buildings. She said projects such as The Mark and The Standard address a larger need for more

student housing in the West Campus area. “Students have to live further away to even be able to afford going to UT,” Runas said. “More student housing would

bring down the price and make it more of a financial reality, especially at a school like UT where not all freshmen can live on campus.”

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University Towers will be replaced by two new Landmark Properties complexes, The Mark and The Standard by 2023 and 2021, respectively.



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Lily Bonin, Young Conservatives of Texas chairwoman, said she was disappointed in the University’s changes. “ U T j a d m i n i s t ra t o r s have chosen to do the bare minimum required by the state,” Bonin said in an email. “They may have hit the action points of SB 18 but ignored the spirit of the legislation and its goals and intentions for campus free speech and student rights.” UT students who feel threatened by someone’s speech or action on the


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administrators to provide student feedback, and the executive board can create funding campaigns to better help students. He said this allows SG to respond to events as they affect the student body. “There will be some weeks where there will be three bills and some when there will be nothing,” Lucas said. “Just being the voice of the student body allows us to sit through appointments and attend meetings where, without us, there wouldn’t be a single student in the room.” Lucas said he trusts administrators to respond to student feedback, and this can make meetings more effective than writing legislation. “I can’t imagine a world in which students did not have an effect on administrators,” Lucas said. “It is an expectation and obligation that we can take for granted. I can assume we’ll be listened to, and I’m not unsure of it.” Amie Jean, student body vice president, said a mix of representatives not knowing how to write legislation and members using other methods such as meeting with administrators both contribute to less legislation. “I don’t think students don’t have passion or concern; it’s more the know-

public forums may still call 911 or UTPD if they fear “violence or bodily harm.” University Democrats president Joe Cascino said he fears the bill could be used to protect speech that is offensive to minorities. “This legislation is flawed, unnecessary and could cause serious safety concerns,” Cascino said. Public universities have until Aug. 1, 2020 to finalize their new free speech policies. UT will bring interim policies to the Board of Regents next year. UNT is following a similar course of action, and they will recommend permanent policies next year.

how,” finance senior Jean said. “Legislation is Student Government’s way of moving things, but as for what conversations can do, what meetings can do, certain things can go beyond legislation.” Advocacy director Nikita Telang said she is currently working on her own legislation. “We have to research and compile legislation together, and people are just now getting into the swing of things,” psychology junior Telang said. “People have to learn how to write legislation, and once they’re confident, I’m sure we’ll see a ton of new things popping up. It just takes a few weeks.” Nursing school representative Holly Ainsworth said students writing legislation face more obstacles at the beginning of the year. “A lot of us are trying to get the ball rolling, and we’re still trying to see what the students’ interests are,” nursing junior Ainsworth said. “It’s kind of difficult in the beginning setting up meetings and everything else because of peoples’ schedules.” Lucas said less legislation means meetings can spend more time on open forum, in where students outside of SG can voice their opinions. “Meetings are not where the work will get done,” Lucas said. “(Meetings will be) where the work gets started.”


“Since (we began referring to the building as the PMA), we have seen students across campus, faculty and staff shift from using RLM to PMA in their formal communications, in their class syllabi and just in conversation.” Physics graduate student Suzanne Jacobs, a panelist and People for PMA member, said the initial discussions about changing the name of the RLM building began in October 2017 with widespread student support, but the University did not rename the building, “We can let the name stand as a symbol of where the politics of the University

are, and if as a student body we collectively rename it, that sends a powerful message in and of itself,” Jacobs said. Caitlin Casey, a panelist and assistant astronomy professor, teaches in RLM and is a member of the CNS Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She said she supports the student-led movement by addressing the issue in class on the first day and putting “PMA (RLM)” on her syllabi, as well as encouraging other faculty members to do the same. “I just treat it as a factual manner on that first day of class,” Casey said. “(I say) ‘I support (People for PMA) … the building was named after a well-known, renowned UT professor who was clearly racist, sexist and antisemitic.’”

During the event, math professor Mike Starbird said the accusations of sexism against Moore were questionable and people should note Moore was not successful in promoting racism among his students. Physics graduate student Madisen Holbrook said she supports the renaming of RLM because regardless of Moore’s contributions as a mathematician, the name of the building is damaging to students of color. “If you’re a new student in PMA, and you come into the building, and you look him up on Wikipedia, in the intro paragraph … it talks about the fact that he was a racist,” Holbrook said. “How is that going to make you feel if you’re a student of color?”



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National security panel held to discuss counterterrorism By Graysen Golter @graysen_golter

United States foreign policy needs to include a greater focus on partnering with countries known to have issues with terrorist groups and stopping young people from joining them in the first place, former national security officials said during an on-campus panel Tuesday. The panel, hosted by the UT Intelligence Studies Project the day before the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City, featured former CIA director John Brennan, former U.S. Special Operations Commander Adm. William McRaven and other national security officials. The panelists spoke to a packed house at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center to discuss how counterterrorism has changed since 9/11, how it can be improved and how extremism has evolved in the last few years. Brennan, a UT alumnus, said the U.S. must do a better job of addressing the ffactors that contribute to terrorism. He said one of these factors is how people in Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and African countries see extremist ideology as an outlet when dealing with economic deprivation and government repression. “It’s not just a question of being able to address the violent manifestations of this phenomenon,” Brennan said. “It is trying to understand and to address 3

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Former CIA Director John Brennan, from left, former UT Chancellor William McRaven, former NSC and State Department Official Farah Pandith, and former National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen discuss America’s future challenges in national security at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. those … factors and conditions that reMcRaven, a former UT chancellor and to exploit countries with terrorist groups ally contribute to that violent expression current national security professor at the simply for its own interest. He said the that comes out of those terrorist and LBJ School of Public Affairs, said he disU.S. has a responsibility on behalf of the extremist organizations.” agrees with the notion that the U.S. wants world with its counterterrorism efforts,


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Moontower, a new student apartment complex, will open in fall 2020. It will add 567 housing units to West Campus.


but less convenient. “Pricing can sometimes be an issue,” Latta said. “We obviously live in Central Austin, and housing is really expensive here, and that might drive students away from living closer to campus.” Latta said increased housing in West Campus might balance out the cost of housing for students and keep students closer to the Forty Acres. “West Campus is a really safe neighborhood,” Latta said. “The pricing isn’t always within student budget, but with more competition, things will probably be a little bit better.”

but it should not dictate a country’s solutions. Instead, he said America needs to work with a country’s local institutions to give them the tools and training to fight extremism on its own. “We have to take that sovereign aspect out of some of this and try to do things that are going to be … not just viewed as a benefit to society, but truly are,” McRaven said. “It has to have more of an independent, unbiased approach to some of these issues.” Farah Pandith, a former official with the National Security Council and U.S. State Department, said the U.S. has failed to tackle how influential the ideology of extremist groups can be for younger people because it does not spend enough money fighting terrorist organization recruitment. She said one of the issues attracting young people in Muslim-majority countries to terrorist groups is the need for an identity and a sense of belonging. This allows extremist groups to use a narrow, monolithic version of Islam to recruit those young people, when in reality it is a 1,400-yearold religion with hundreds of ways to worship, Pandith said. “How do you get young kids to own their identity in such a way that the bad guys can’t come in and suck you in?” Pandith said. “That’s the job we have to fight. We need to understand that the issue of identity and belonging is not the responsibility of just government. It’s the responsibility of all of us.”


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Design senior Maya Coplin said she is concerned about the amount of new apartments in the area. “I don’t think there needs to be any more (student housing),” said Coplin, who lives in West Campus. “There might end up being more housing than there are students.” Runas, however, said she was confident in the need for more student housing in the area. “Housing costs are one of the factors displacing students all across the city,” Runas said. “This is going to help people live

where they want to, so they can go to the schools they want and have the future they want.” Runas said the complexes contribute to the seemingly never-ending construction in West Campus that blocks off roads, stirs up dust and generates noise, but she believes it is a “necessary growing pain” for expanding student housing in West Campus. “It’s an annoyance we all have to put up with,” Runas said. “We might lose sidewalk space and bicycle lanes while construction is going on, but this is construction we need since there are more people moving to West Campus.”

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Embrace your future with a four year plan. By Abhirupa Dasgupta Columnist

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Stop humanizing homelessness By Patrick Lee Columnist

Homelessness represents a moral horror of the highest order. Homelessness lays bare the cruelties of capitalism, a tyrannical system that subjugates basic human needs to the economic interests of the rich. As recently as 2015, there were six times as many vacant homes as there were homeless people. Homeless people are criminalized by fear-mongering campaigns and exclusionary city ordinances while simultaneously ignored on the streets as if they were invisible. Homelessness tugs at our moral heartstrings not only because it’s painful to witness a suffering human being blatantly deprived of basic human needs, but also because their presence is an enduring reminder that under capitalism, our right to live is not a birthright but a temporary privilege based on our productivity as economic subjects. Homelessness is our emperor’s new clothes. We see it all around us. Yet, when we come into contact with the homeless, we push them out of our minds because acknowledging their presence would result in a moral crisis. We remind ourselves they found themselves in their position for lack of trying, for being lazy or for dabbling with drugs, not realizing we too are sometimes lazy and have done lots of drugs. In psychology, it’s called fundamental attribution error. Really, it’s learned acquiescence. In June, CNN broke a story about how David Carter, a homeless man from the Drag, is returning to finish his UT degree thanks to an

anonymous patron who paid his tuition. David, who dropped out of UT in the ‘70s, was subsequently diagnosed with schizophrenia and fell into substance abuse. He now wants to spend his life researching and writing books. This story was posted on Twitter and Facebook and met with comments from students expressing praise and cheerful words of encouragement. They felt good after reading it. It’s hard not to share their sentiment. David’s doing better, and that’s invariably good.

We push [the homeless] out of our minds because acknowledging their presence would result in moral crisis.” But this story serves a purpose: It’s to seduce the reader to feel good. There is no substance past this fleeting moment of heartwarming catharsis. The story does not incentivize readers to question their relationships to the homeless. It does not politicize homelessness as a product of policy. It does not portray homelessness for the visceral nightmare it is. In fact, the story produces the opposite effect. It humanizes homelessness by laundering it through a feel-good narrative that makes homelessness palatable. It presents

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the homeless in such a way that does not fundamentally confront the material reality of homelessness. It is a performance in self-gratification, not an authentic expression of care. Feel-good stories are worthless if they are not tethered to broader efforts at social change. “It’s tough,” said Robert, a homeless man living on Guad. “What can I do? I don’t have anything to go do, I don’t have a job, so I just try to keep living, I guess. I just try to go on, live. It’s suffering, being homeless. It’s not fun. There’s nothing important about it, it’s just — I don’t do drugs, I don’t even drink beer, just soda or whatever I get to eat if it’s possible.” In focusing on one man’s lucky encounter with a rich patron, we omit systemic questions such as: Why is the fate of a human being dictated by the whims of anonymous rich people? What lack of public support system forced David to drop out and become homeless in the first place? What about the other 2,200 homeless Austin residents? How will David afford books, groceries or medicine? Feeling for David doesn’t make you a bad person. Quite the opposite actually — it means you have the capacity for basic human empathy. The problem isn’t that you feel good; it’s that good is all you feel. By substituting fundamental change with shortlived emotional highs, we sustain homelessness as a system. It is only in a deeply troubled society where systemic poverty is so normalized that so many would interpret this as a feel good story and not a condemnation of our society’s inability to care for the vulnerable. Lee is a sociology senior from Houston.


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“What are you going to take next semester, Abby?” “Are you still doing that minor?” “Dude, do you think this certificate is worth it?” With these types of questions swirling around me, the tail end of my first and second semesters at UT rushed by in a blur. The confusion of registration season is only rendered more stressful by the anxiety of choosing the next semester’s classes. Degree plans provide students with a rudimentary map of all the credits they have to complete to get their degree, but besides adhering to timelines for classes that require prerequisites, students can pretty much decide what classes they want to take when they want to take them. I looked forward to this freedom of choosing what my schedule would look like when I got to college, but since then, I’ve found that contemplating my academic future almost immediately induces a stomachache. There’s so much going on and sometimes it seems like there’s no way I’ll be able to finish everything I need to get my degree. Four-year planning really helped me alleviate these concerns and this practice can benefit almost all undergraduates who are confused about their futures.

I’ve found that contemplating my academic future almost immediately induces a stomachache.”

“[The four-year plan] definitely made me aware of all the classes I need to take to graduate on time ... and helped me visualize all my tasks,” said Kimmi Manilal, a neuroscience and allied health professions sophomore. She periodically revisits this plan she made with her academic advisor during the first semester of her freshman year. “I still have it and I look at it every now and then to make sure I’m on the right track,” Manilal said. An academic advisor will help you fill out a form that delineates all the classes you’ll have to take each semester, but you can make your own in Excel or Google Sheets with the help of an upperclassman or a friend. For some students who haven’t decided on their major or their specific plans for their four years on campus, four-year planning may seem counterintuitive. Why box yourself into a plan you feel you have to follow when you’re not sure about what you actually want to do? However, making a plan of action with an in-depth analysis of all their choices can help uncertain students find their footing. “Since I’m in between pre-med and prePA, it was helpful to break down those differences onscreen and then put it on paper,” Manilal said. Additionally, this is a tangible resource that students can refer back to which means that it will help them budget their time over their semesters. “I definitely recommend having some sort of four-year plan ... especially if you’re a little unsure about your major because it’ll keep you on track to graduate on time,” biology sophomore Julia Wasson said. It can be daunting to sit down to map out the next four years of your life. And maybe what you decide on now could be completely obsolete within the next few months. But having a framework in place ensures you’re not walking through your time at college blindly. Consult your academic advisor or even an upperclassman in your major to make sure you’re making the right choices and you’re on track to graduate when you want to. Get your four-year plan ready so the next time someone asks you what you’re going to do next semester, you’re not afraid to answer. Dasgupta is a neuroscience sophomore from Frisco, Texas. RECYCLE | Please recycle this copy of The Daily Texan. Place the paper in one of the recycling bins on campus or back in the burnt-orange newsstand where you found it. EDITORIAL TWITTER | Follow The Daily Texan Editorial Board on Twitter (@TexanOpinion) and receive updates on our latest editorials and columns.


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make plays. It wasn’t a bad team that we played. But I mean, it is something you can work on, missing tackles. But, I think we did a decent job.” Texas’ secondary was blamed following the game, especially after responsibility fell on the corners and safeties in the aftermath of LSU’s final scoring drive. Though Sterns said he was hard on himself following the play, he still isn’t listening to the outside noise. “Honestly, what other people’s thoughts I guess about how bad or secondary how

We reviewed (3rd and 17) once during film, and that was it. We’re over it, moving onto Rice and watching a lot of film on that.” JOSEPH OSSAI


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bad we play, whatever, I really don’t care,” Sterns said. “Do we need to improve? Yeah, but are we bad? No, or not at all. So, (I’m) not really concerned with other people’s opinions on how we are. We firmly know who we are and how well we can play. So at the end of the day, that’s what matters.” Now, Texas will travel to Houston to play against the Rice Owls. And just as they are leaving Austin behind for the weekend, they are leaving 3rd and 17 there too. “We reviewed (3rd and 17) once during film, and that was it,” Ossai said. “We’re over it, moving onto Rice and watching a lot of film on that.”


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Ingram looks to bounce back With Texas down to only two healthy running backs, Keaontay Ingram leads ground attack. By Marcus Krum @marcuskrum

here may not be many more oftdiscussed position groups in college football than that of running back at Texas. In the Longhorns’ Week Two shootout loss to LSU, the room that was struggling with depth got even more interesting. In his first start against a premier team, sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram’s Saturday night began with disaster. Standing wide open in the end zone on fourth and goal, Ingram dropped a pass from junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger. After the early blunder, Ingram never truly got going as a ball carrier, finishing with 10 carries for just 29 yards. “That’s (about) maturity and continuing to keep his head up when things go bad,” Ehlinger said. “That was kind of his first taste of big adversity. Just learning from mistakes and

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Sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram makes progress on the ground in Texas’ 45-38 loss against LSU on Saturday night. Ingram, who is one of the Longhorns’ two healthy backs, only rushed for 29 yards Saturday.

understanding that ultimately you can’t do anything to change the past.” While Ingram’s mistake was crucial in what ended up as a seven-point loss for the Longhorns, it wasn’t the be-all, end-all. Texas had plenty of chances to win the football game, That was kind of his first taste and that was made of big adversity. ..learning clear to Ingram by his teammates. from mistakes and realizing... veteran “What’s different about you can’t ...change the past. this team is Keaontay was like, ‘Man, that SAM EHLINGER game was my fault. I Texas QuarTerback let y’all down,’ just on

that simple mistake, the drop in the end zone that we all saw,” senior receiver Collin Johnson said. “But I was like, ‘Bro, it’s not your fault. One play, it’s not why we lost the game.’ I personally felt like, ‘Man, it’s my fault, I left a couple plays out there.’ Sam says man, it’s his fault, he didn’t start fast enough. If we all have that mindset and that accountability, that’s special.” While Ingram struggled against the Tigers, freshman running back-convert Roschon Johnson looked more than solid. In his second week at the position,

Roschon ran for 32 yards on seven carries and caught three passes for 17 yards. More importantly, he looked comfortable making plays that even more established backs sometimes miss. He caught the ball well out of the backfield, picked up blitzing linebackers and, simply put, looked like a running back when carrying the ball. “I just like his attitude towards the whole transition,” senior offensive lineman Zach Shackelford said. “Obviously everyone knows he’s a very good athlete, but just

his commitment to the team, to be able to switch positions on a whim, take it in stride and just do really well with it just speaks high volumes to his character.” As Texas prepares for a matchup with Rice on Saturday, Roschon will continue to play a large role in this offense. Freshman Jordan Whittington, junior Daniel Young and senior Kirk Johnson won’t return to the running back room for weeks, so as the season wears on, it will be up to Ingram to rebound and Roschon to steamroll ahead as the Longhorns’ only two backs.


Sterns, Longhorn defense move on from defining 3rd and 17 play By Daniela Perez @danielap3erez

It was 3rd and 17 with only 2:38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The Longhorns were only one touchdown away from finally catching the LSU Tigers after trailing most of the game, and a sack from senior safety Brandon Jones earlier in the drive kick-started a building momentum on the Texas defense. Once the ball was snapped, linebacker Joseph Ossai attempted to blitz quarterback Joe Burrow, but Burrow found a hole and completed a 21-yard pass to wide receiver Justin Jefferson. All that stood between Jefferson and the end zone was sophomore safety

Caden Sterns. Sterns ended up on the ground and Jefferson in the end zone, seemingly ending the game. “I probably watched it more than anybody has in the building,” Sterns said to the media on Wednesday. “But again, I was very hard on myself, but just the simple fact is I got to perfect my technique. I think with other issues that I haven’t been able to really perfect my craft as much as I have so again, it just comes back to practice and just doing it, not giving up leverage, trusting myself, and this is all what it comes down to.” It seems to be the question on all Longhorn fans’ minds: What happened? Why did it happen? The play had many

moving parts. Ossai and senior linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch rushed toward Burrow, but they were unsuccessful in tackling him. “I could’ve done a better job of getting to the quarterback and taking some pressure off the corners and the defensive backs,” Ossai said. Texas’ defense took down Burrow earlier in the game, with four total sacks for a loss of 25 yards. Sterns himself had seven total tackles and two assists. He thinks the defense did well in terms of tackling but can always improve. “I think we tackled pretty well,” Sterns said. “Again, understand that they have playmakers too, they’re going to

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‘Joker’ sparks debate

New ‘Joker’ film starring Joaquin Phoenix divides critics, fans over portrayal of radicalization. By Noah Levine @ZProductionz

nlike the character, this film is no joke. On Aug. 31, Todd Phillips’ “Joker” film premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival where it won the “Golden Lion” award. Critics were quick to release their first impressions and reviews, most of which were overwhelmingly positive. Despite the initial high praise, a much deeper discussion shortly surfaced. Critics and industry professionals voiced their concerns on how the film’s focus on a malevolent and violent individual might affect the modern political climate. Others fired back in defense of the film, claiming the statements and speculations were overexaggerated. Despite the violent past of the character, fans on Twitter have still expressed concern over Joaquin Phoenix’s new and menacing interpretation of the clown prince of crime. Ileana Meléndez, head of marketing at Full Circle, said exploring the Joker’s history as a comic book villain is essential to understanding the kind of character that he is. “You have to remember who this character is and where this character is from,” Meléndez said. “There is an entire library of source material that you can refer to before judging this movie before it comes out.” Many fans and critics have considered the potential impact of featuring villainous characters as heroes and protagonists on screen. Natalie Lee, radio-television-film sophomore, said people shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss these interpretations as “edgy entertainment” that come without societal consequences. “People try to pass off this kind of crazy, psychopath hero or mythical figure,” Lee

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said. “They say, ‘Oh, it’s edgy. It’s a scenario that needs to be told.’ But there’s already so many stories like this, we don’t need another one.” Lee said they hope Phoenix’s Joker is condemned for his actions throughout the film, although they do not want the character to be given a redemption arch. This storyline, they said, would feed into the heroic aspect that they are concerned about. After rumors about the script began floating around online, many film enthusiasts and fans were alarmed by reports of a misogynistic and violent scene between Joker and a female character named Sophie, played by Zazie Beetz. Alex Billington, a film critic who saw “Joker” at the Venice Film Festival, said this speculation is false. “(Joker) is just a loner, just a sad guy who doesn’t connect with anyone,” Billington said. “(He’s) just trying to figure out if anyone even cares about him. But there’s really no

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misogyny in that sense, especially with Zazie Beetz. There isn’t much of a plotline that involves him hating on women at all, so I don’t think that’s a fair assessment.” Many of the initial reactions from fans were based off of the film’s first couple of trailers. Billington said that the trailer is only a taste of the film, and the film is trying to appeal to the masses while also catering to the comic book audience. “A two minute trailer doesn’t really give (people) a sense to really grasp what (the film) actually may be,” Billington said. “I feel like Warner Bros. is having a hard time marketing it to the comic book movie crowd. It is an R-rated dark drama, which is something that they have to handle sensitively.” “Joker” will land in theaters this October, giving critics and fans the chance to experience the film for themselves as well as join the discussion surrounding its themes and statements.

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The emergence of new age podcasting with on-theclock political reporting and expedited production gives listeners a flexible way to consume news throughout the election. Podcasts are particularly helpful for onthe-go students, enabling them to keep up with fastpaced debates and breaking news in between classes and homework. “NPR News Now” offers hour-byhour updates of all current events, while other podcasts such as “The Daily” from The New York Times or “Pod Save America” produced by Crooked Media offer less frequent but more in-depth updates on political and current events alike. Most podcasts are accessible through streaming services such as Spotify and Google, which offer student subscriptions at a discounted price. 2. Social Media

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