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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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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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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 […]

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Misconceptions About English Majors

Written by Nathan Allen Pastrano. “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” – William Shakespeare There is a common misconception that majoring in English is completely useless when it comes time to step foot in the job market. While it is true that there is an abundance of jobs waiting […]

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Children’s Series: Building a Generation of Book Junkies

Written by McKenzie Hohenberger. Childhood literacy, like most childhood hobbies and skills, bears an invaluable developmental responsibility. What starts as flipping through a picture book quickly transforms into the liminal body of literature called children’s series. This specific area of literature streamlines every last bit of its utility toward building a reader. Children’s series cater to a need for stability, a […]

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Policy, IUPRA, and a New Political Climate

Written by Jacob Hood. On November 8th, 2016, America saw a shift in the political atmosphere. On January 20th, 2017, a new national reality was ushered in, leading to an uproar of protest and political tension. Central to the overwhelming anxiety surrounding this new administration is a concern about policy. The changes being made to policies already in place– and the […]

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The Power of Language #2: Do You Even Lift? The Strong vs. Weak Verb Dilemma

Written by McKenzie Hohenberger. As we saw in the previous Power of Language article, “Just Bearing Around,” the ancestors of English are Latin and an early form of German called Proto-Germanic. Since our language came into its own in the fifth century, it has transformed dramatically. The first manuscripts written in English would be indecipherable to a native speaker. Think […]