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From Chemical Bonds to Shakespeare

Written by Nathan Pastrano. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. For most students, switching career paths can be a very difficult decision to make. I know this, because I was one of them. I began my first-year studies as a chemistry major with a genuine interest in healthcare and pharmaceutical innovation. However, as my first year of undergrad came to an end, […]

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Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts

Written by Yulissa Chavez. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Students in the College of Liberal Arts generally do not have immediate access to start becoming entrepreneurs. The lack of access and encouragement to pursue outlying goals that the College of Liberal Arts does not often promote can give students in the College of Liberal Arts the misconception that an innovative career […]

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The Two Ahmeds

Written by Tarek Zaher. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. In 2007, six years after the horrific 9/11 attacks and the resultant cultural backlash against Muslims in America, just about the worst thing possible that can happen to a nine-year-old Muslim boy trying to survive socially in rural East Texas happens. Jeff Dunham, a famous ventriloquist and comedian, introduces his viral new […]

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The Mythical Latina

Written by Ariane Stier. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss.   We have all met her, in some form or fashion: the media’s mythical Latina. She has a bombshell hourglass figure, light tan skin, long dark hair, and a thick accent from an unspecified foreign country. She might be a maid, and most likely she is an immigrant. Whether she is portrayed […]

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A Presentation of Truths

Written by Nathan Pastrano. Last spring, I found myself doing what I considered to be daring. No, not daring as in eating an entire pint of ice cream in one serving, going downtown the night before an exam, or even skydiving. Instead, I was completing my last five undergraduate English courses in one semester. Yup, you read that right: all […]

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The Journey

Written by Niti Majethia. The dark in you will say what it wants.. never listen to the darkness listen to the art the art that lights up all your insides when you talk about what you love.. compassion that flows within you when you release the longings of your soul. And when you look at the scars in your heart, […]

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The Power of Alternative Breaks

Written by Yulissa Chavez. Photo by Yulissa Chavez. The Alternative Breaks Program (AB) within the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement aims to help students become more aware of the social problems that occur outside of the UT Austin community.  This year, the coordinators of the Alternative Breaks Program decided to bring their team of seven students to the very south of […]

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LAC’s Inaugural Undergraduate Research Competition

Written by Christina Lopez. Photos by Christina Lopez.  Liberal Arts Council’s Academic Affairs Committee hosted their first Undergraduate Research Competition on Saturday, April 28th. Ten undergraduate students presented their research to a faculty panel composed of a variety of liberal arts professors. The presenters had ten minutes to explain their research, followed by five minutes of question and answer. The top […]

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Got Grit?

Written by Nathan Pastrano. Scholars have spent the last four decades debating about what, exactly, makes students “successful.” Angela Lee Duckworth, researcher and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has spent nearly twenty years researching students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, and whether or not they consider themselves happy and successful. According to Duckworth’s Ted […]

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Redefining Computing: How Supercomputers are Changing Research

Written by Varun Hukeri. For the past sixteen years, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin has pioneered technological innovation and leadership, setting itself up as the gold standard among colleges and universities nationwide. That’s why it was fitting when, in 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a $30 million award to the […]

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A Brief Survey of the Modernist Canon

Written by Nathan Allen Pastrano. “Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” – Richard Wright Writing is more than just for entertainment purposes. It is a way to speak truth. The early 20th century marked a turning point in literary history for marginalized groups, particularly in the United States, […]

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Obtaining the Best: The Acquisitions Process of the Harry Ransom Center

Written by Shae Carey. On the corner of 21st and Guadalupe Street lies a building that houses the collections of some of the greatest authors in the world. One might wonder how the University of Texas is able to obtain the materials of such prestigious figures, including John Steinbeck, Gabriel García Márquez, Jack Kerouac, Lewis Carroll, David Foster Wallace, and […]

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The Value of a Liberal Arts Degree

Written by Hira Vayani Unemployment, easy, useless––these are some common words people use to describe a liberal arts degree. These ignorant statements, however, are only possible through language, which has been developed through culture––the core of liberal arts. The reason this ignorance persists is that many people do not know what liberal arts means. Some people think those who pursue […]