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Movement

Written by Kate DillerGraphic by Emma Robinson – “Suddenly, or perhaps imperceptibly slowly, my lungs are empty. I cannot find air, even as my chest heaves, trying to draw it in.” – The desk beneath me is shockingly cold, distracting me momentarily from the scene before me. My attention doesn’t stray for long though, the sharp scent of blood drawing […]

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Trash Makeover Challenge Inspires Local Artists to Create Sustainable Fashion

Written by Alyssa Hiarker. Graphic by Quynhmai Tran. – Dressed in superhero tights and capes, fashionmongers and environmentalists alike traveled to the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs on Sept. 14 for Texas Campaign for the Environment’s ninth annual Trash Makeover Challenge.   The Trash Makeover Challenge, a fashion show and silent auction, used local artists’ sustainable fashion designs to showcase the […]

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In Defense of Taylor Swift’s Lover: Side B

Written by Jennifer DongGraphic by Emma Robinson – “With lyrics of cutting specificity and breathy vocals, Swift reminds the listener that love is just as precarious and torturous as it is reassuring, singing, “I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends. I’d never walk Cornelia Street again.” ” – “I Forgot That You Existed” & “ME!” Taylor Swift’s […]

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In Defense of Taylor Swift’s Lover: Side A

Written by Jennifer Dong. Graphic by Quynhmai Tran. – “Swift’s greatest strength is her rare ability to expertly pinpoint sacred emotions through a combination of tenderly crafted lyrics and music in the same way that the prisms of crystals are able to catch the fleeting gaze of light at just the right time, place, and angle.” – More than a […]

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The Power of Weakness, Womanhood, and Empathy in Midsommar

Written by Michaela Lavelle. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – After three hours of processing and a phone call to my mom, Midsommar became one of my favorite movies, maybe ever. The plot follows Dani, a young woman grieving the loss of her parents and sister, Christian, Dani’s terrible boyfriend, and Christian’s friends as they embark on a trip to the […]

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Train of Thought: Laowai Reflections on the Railway

Written by Varun Hukeri. Graphic by Emma Robinson.  – The hustle of Beijing West Railway Station is a common sight no matter the day or the hour. Serving almost two hundred thousand passengers everyday, it’s a rather unglamorous scene of crowded walkways, confused passengers yelling and pushing through, and of course, a McDonald’s — a staple of every train station […]

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The Brown, Wooden Box

Written by Jadyn Simental. Graphic by Quynhmai Tran. – Not many people know about the brown, wooden box. The box is small, but the wooden figures that live in the brown, wooden box aren’t fragile to the large territories surrounding. I imagine the little people in the box as pieces of treasure, untouchable. The figures belong to me, as I […]

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Sanctuary of Snakes

Written by Sophie Schott. Graphic by Quynhmai Tran. – “God smites people who smuggle snakes into Mass.” As we crouch in the dapple of discolored fall leaves and plunge our chubby fingers into the writhing nest of baby garden snakes on a misty Sunday morning, my oldest cousin, Charlie, hailing from the wise, ripe age of eight, whistles this sincere […]

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Hot Takes from the Hot Shop

Written by Peyton Cabaniss. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss.  – As ten glass blowers don their safety goggles and sweat bands to enter a dark industrial warehouse, Blown Away introduces the Netflix peruser to the fine art of glass blowing. Unlike some forms of art that can be undertaken with a quick trip to Michael’s, glass blowing isn’t accessible to the […]

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Ramona

Written by Luisana Cortez. Graphic by Emma Robinson.  – I cannot detach my cousin Ramona from the memories of my flesh. Through the darkness, she surfaces, baring the sun-lit mesh of my childhood: crooked teeth, feral eyes, my lumping chest, the curvature of a rib cage. I blink, and just as the familiar strain of the desert heat hits my […]

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Peanut Butter and Jelly

Written by Caroline Tsai. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – I am seven years old when I decide to be white.   I pester my parents over and over again with the possibility that I might have been adopted – as if I might be able to sever the source of my non-whiteness that way. Upon finally realizing that I am irrevocably, […]

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Assail

Written by Keesilla Chan. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – There was a knock on the front door. Three taps, quick, quiet, and somewhat familiar. I moved to the front door and opened it. I couldn’t hide the surprise in my greeting, but you didn’t say anything. You walked in before I had even stepped back, already taking off your shoes.  […]

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Bliss

Written by London Furr. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – Mother Why can’t you teach me to read? Cravings The water I drink is never clean It’s not fair Modern slave, will I ever be freed? Life is hard My hourglass is ticking Mother Can I sleep in and go to school late? Cravings To be thin, I toss the trash […]

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Classed Debate

Written by Luke Hernandez. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – I see my life in class As a debate People tearing me in apart in different directions,  They are “rational” When I upset them I am “emotional” Playing with the idea of power within a powerful institution Yet when I, just a voice, defend myself My life I am scorned, broke […]

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Man in the Rain

Written by Jake Costello. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – Rain falls with the ticking of a distant clock: the hour hand with the winds, the minute hand with the claps of thunder, the second hand with each droplet that falls. Ominous clouds raise from beyond the horizon, with them a million and million more of their little fellows, ready for […]

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Challenges (Life)

Written by Ryan Mata. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – So far I have done       a simple service           to my memories, and that is to remember them. But I haven’t remembered          so much as              I have “just managed”                  to not forget.  When I look in my own eyes  I think, “I am a passenger in this journey, but a driver in […]

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The Challenge

Written by Mary Jo Gould. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – Challenge.  It seems to always be the topic of discussion Almost to the point it gives me a concussion. I have never climbed a mountain,  Never been skinny dipping in a fountain. There are no obstacles for me to overcome.  Unless you consider where I have come. The challenge that […]

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Letter to a Friend

Written by Toni Bonvillain. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – My therapist once told me “success is in the baby-steps,” so on those days when you feel too numb to move, just get out of bed. That would be enough. The start of something is still something even if you never see the end, so remember that you are alive, and […]

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Sufferance

Written by Caroline Tsai. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – My father sleeps on a bench every night. He uses a thin blanket and a flat pillow. He wakes up and puts them in a closet before the early-morning janitor arrives at 6am. He’s not supposed to be sleeping there. I grew up in a well-off family. Not incredibly so, but […]

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Analysis of Golconde

Written by Shini Meyer Wang. Graphic by René Magritte, Golconde (1953). – their separations exact a rising or falling echelon  plotted on a triple axis world their expressions placid faces emptied like the people on subway trains who carry a sacred anonymity mornings I crack open my kitchen window  to breathe or to be greeted by  the rows of windows […]

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The Almost-Christmas Spirit

Written by Dila Sarikaya. Graphic by Emma Robinson. Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.–  As my Mom and I did some casual window shopping, I looked over my shoulder and saw a big Christmas tree– one of the extravagant ones shopping plazas put up during the holiday season. Its lights, sparkle, and sheer size caught my […]

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American Refugee

Written by Brooke Quach. Graphic by Emma Robinson. Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.–  The volleyball struck him in the head so hard that he only recognized the impact after his scrawny body fell on the floor. His ears rang, but he could still hear the big white boy with the red face yell “GOOK” with […]

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The Good, the Bad, and Ethical Cultivation

Written by Hector Osegueda. Graphic by Emma Robinson. Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.–  Since time immemorial, humans have struggled with the concept of good and trying to understand what makes a good person. Conversations about the relativity and subjectivity of goodness go back thousands of years to the earliest civilizations and carries onto the floors […]

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An Open Letter to my Mother

Written by Yulissa Chavez. Graphic by Emma Robinson. Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.–  Growing up in a Latina household, forced me to comply with the idea that my body was the property of God. This mentality may suggest that I learned to appreciate my body, but instead, I grew up learning to be afraid of […]

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Finding Myself in College

Written by Taylar Henderson. Graphic by Emma Robinson. Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.–  I don’t know who I am. For my entire life, I’ve relied solely on what other people defined me as. In elementary school, I was creative, loud, and outgoing. In middle school, I was weird, nerdy, and edgy. In high school, I […]

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Piecing Me Together

Written by Anonymous. Graphic by Emma Robinson.  Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.–  **Content Warning: Sexual Assault** I don’t like to be figured out. I wasn’t one to easily confide my personal life in others. I would occasionally share a secret with a friend but never the same one twice. I would give one friend one puzzle […]

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Procrastination

Written by Allison McCarty. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss.  Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.–  Months. Weeks. Days. Hours. Minutes. It usually comes down to minutes. Assignments, papers, tests, they’re all posted months in advance. The dates on the syllabus are distant, almost inconceivable. No need to think about it, there’s plenty of time. Write it on the […]

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In Love and In Academia

Written by Peyton Cabaniss. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.– When Dr. Keely Finkelstein came to the University of Texas, she brought her research in astrophysics and a fascination with all things extragalactic. Her partner, Dr. Steven Finkelstein, brought his interest in galaxies big and small as well as his obsession with […]

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OV-99

Written by Shini Meyer Wang. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.– threads of smoke from the ether unravel down the sky it is that tin-can shuttle rubble hurtling across America’s TV boxes the space voyager “Challenger” a reverie turned fireball our frontier is beyond the fishbowl beyond the scorch of atmosphere that […]

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You Can’t Hide Elephants

Written by Gabriela Camarena. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.– **Content Warning: Sexual Assault** I saw a woman on the news, Her stance was bold and strong. She spoke the words we know are true, But still they say she’s wrong. I saw a woman on the news, Different than she before, […]

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Remnants from a Psychiatric Hospital

Written by Caroline Tsai. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue. – I remember what the hallways smell like – “Like where dreams come to die,” my ex-boyfriend said when he came to visit me the first time I was in there. I remember that the walls are white, but not a clean […]

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Today

Written by Monica Hand. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Honorable Mention in the Spring 2019 Creative Competition, “Challenge.” – The hardest thing you will ever do is love her. Though you pine to love her the way she needs, With an unconditional, forgiving fury. It’s not easy- you know that. She knows that. You tell her it’s her fault you can’t […]

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I Only Remembered After I Left That You Didn’t Ask Me to Stay

Written by Michaela Lavelle. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Honorable Mention in the Spring 2019 Creative Competition, “Challenge.”– Every exhale is a knickknack I put on your shelves Coat on the rack and shoes at your door I make myself at home moving in my favorite memories, my greatest fears, mugs, goals, dreams, plates and picture frames My fingers touch the […]

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The Excellence of the Everyday: A Celebration of The Great British Baking Show

Written by Ethan Russo.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. At this late day, The Great British Baking Show should need no introduction. It has conquered Britain, America, and indeed the world. And it’s no wonder, either; the show– known as the GBBO to its more devoted acolytes, due to its name in the UK, The Great British Bake Off– is impossibly charming. […]

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Why People of Color Could Be Hurt Most By The College Admissions Scandal

Written by Pilar Padilla. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Pilar Padilla is currently a junior at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas. – Over the past few weeks, Austinites were hit with the shocking news of the University of Texas at Austin’s ties to the academic cheating scandal that swept prestigious colleges across the nation. The school is being sued by […]

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I Should’ve Worshipped Her Sooner: How Hozier has Connected with the Lesbian Community

Written by Frida Silva.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – There’s an ongoing joke in the lesbian community that Hozier is actually possessed by an ancient lesbian spirit, and that’s why his songs sound the way that they do. I, for one, strongly agree. I’m not saying a straight man isn’t capable of expressing such a profound, almost sacred, love and admiration […]

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Trains and Stations

Written by Praveena Javvadi. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – You. You are the train. You will go. And you will fill. And you will come bustling apart at the sides with all kinds of Joy and despair and laughter and tears and anger. And love. And you will go. And you will fill. But I am the stop. And as […]

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Civility in Academia

Written by Patrick Lee.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – My perception of academia coming into college was that of an exuberant idea factory, pumping out world-changing publications and smart people capable of ethically advancing the human base of knowledge. But, as in many cases, the appearance of things has the effect of masking its truer form. To this day I still […]

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Polaroids: A Blast From the Past, Or…?

Written by Emma Robinson.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – My vintage camera collection spans across different eras, types, and models. From the 35mm film variety to digital cameras, and most recently, I added an authentic Polaroid 600 Square from the 1980s. My Polaroid camera is the product of a four-year long search for first, a vintage Polaroid camera that works, and […]

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The Evolution of Lady Gaga’s Music

Written by Jennifer Dong.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – From her sugary, upbeat synth-pop tracks that dominated the radio in 2008 to the somber ballads featured on the soundtrack of last year’s A Star is Born, Lady Gaga has undoubtedly taken the music world by storm. While Gaga is mostly known for her operatic vocals and bold lyrics, her impressive, wide-ranging discography […]

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Questions for Inanimate Objects

Written by Sophie Corless.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. I. What happens on an infomercial,When the late-night viewer falls asleep?When the commercial,Has no viewers, do the glimmering products weep? II. Where does the flash go,After blinding an unsuspecting star?Does the camera hold the photo,And treasure it as a new piece in his repertoire? III. Does a magazine feel remorse,For printing less than […]

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Escaping The Cult of Personality: How Documentaries Give Us the Heroes We Need

Written by Luna Malloy.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – Leaving Neverland. Surviving R. Kelly. The Inventor. Abducted in Plain Sight. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. The Bundy Tapes. Evil Genius. Perhaps you’ve watched any number of these recent documentaries. Maybe you’ve seen them referenced in the media, or in the case of Fyre, lampooned by some tragic Evian water […]

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The Joy of Little Trees

Written by Hector Osegueda.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss Little trees, for whatever reason, tend to make people happy. Plants, in general, are known to have mentally therapeutic properties — green spaces in homes and offices can increase happiness, decrease stress, and boost productivity. Plants have also been extensively used to help veterans and hospital patients who suffer from PTSD. However, even […]

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Making Africa: An Attempt to Complete the Single Story

Written by Brooke Quach. Photos by Brooke Quach. – When you walk into the entrance of the Blanton’s “Making Africa” exhibit, one of the first things you may encounter is Chimamanda Adichie’s most popular TED Talk: “The danger of a single story.” Adichie dissects how “the single story” can “flatten” another group’s experiences by constantly exposing the public to negative […]

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Taking a Break at Book Club

Written by Christina Lopez. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – The Liberator held its first Book Club on Monday, October 15th. Sitting in a circle, munching on pastries and sipping coffee, attendees discussed how they use humor as a stress reducing tactic. The discussion was centered around three satirical or humorous articles, meant to convey the message that at such a […]

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The Unloved Specialty

Written by Sarah Low. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – There are many reasons as to why psychiatry may be one of medicine’s most unloved specialties; after all, in the eyes of many, psychiatry may as well be the practice of psychological “voodoo magic” meant to warp and control patients’ minds. Even the term “shrink” (slang oftentimes used to refer to […]

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Nia Wilson

Written by Bevyn Howard. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – **Content Warning: Violence** Late one Sunday night on July 22, 2018 a black woman was mercilessly murdered. Nia Wilson and her two sisters Letifah and Tashiya were transferring at the McCarthur BART station in Oakland, California when a man attacked them, unprovoked, stabbing Nia and Letifah. Nia eventually died and as […]

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The Itch

Written by Caroline Rock. Graphic by Emma Robinson. – On a night when you can’t seem to think straight Tears wash away a layer of your face Revealing someone you thought you’d outgrown To show you for, maybe, the person you really are A girl Trying to grow up Crawling in your own skin each day  Until finally you can’t […]