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Caroline Tsai 0

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 […]

Dila Sarikaya 0

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 […]

Brooke Quach 0

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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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 […]

Christina Lopez 0

It Wasn’t Just About the Fish

Written by Christina Lopez. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – Last October, I brought home a blue betta fish named Fitz. I flooded my social media accounts with pictures of him swimming and hiding in his aquarium plants. I was so proud that he was mine, and I was ready to take on the big responsibility of having his little life […]

Current Staff 0

Making Major Changes

Written by Grace Schrobilgen. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Originally published as part of the Spring 2018 “Rebirth” Issue. – In a school as large as the University of Texas, it’s easy to feel like you aren’t making a difference. These feelings are only exacerbated when you aren’t passionate about what you’re studying or can’t see yourself building a career based […]

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Leaders Are Made, Not Born

Written by Nathan Allen Pastrano. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss.  Originally published as part of the Spring 2018 “Rebirth” Issue. – Today marks one year since I applied to become an Orientation Advisor (OA).  The hesitation in hitting that submit button at the end of the application almost got the best of me, but I decided to go for it, and not […]

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A Signature Course

Written by Reese Grayson. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Originally published as part of the Spring 2018 “Rebirth” Issue. – I asked students to discuss a class they felt was important, memorable, or revolutionary – a signature part of their academic career. Class: Elizabethan Poetry and Prose Department: English Teacher: Dr. Jennifer Kate Barret “I have never had a professor like […]

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American Identity and Chinese Traditions

Written by Kevin Chen. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – “Kevin, zhù rén wéi lè.” Delight in helping others. “Kevin, you should always quán lì yǐ fù.” Always be fully committed. “Kevin, tòng gǎi qián fēi.” Seek to improve your character. My family taught me Chinese idioms at an early age. These phrases were conventional wisdoms passed on through Chinese history […]

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The Social Caterpillar

Written by Dila Sarikaya. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – College students love to talk to graduating high school seniors about how incredible college is. The instant freedom, the raging parties, the new worldly perspectives, the brilliant professors, the sense of accomplishment. They told me to expect it all, and they were right. I’ve experienced all of it, every bit of […]

Amina Amdeen 0

Our Water and the World’s

Written by Amina Amdeen.Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – On October 22nd, the city of Austin issued a boil water notice to its residents. At UT, the water fountains and bottle refilling stations were covered with plastic and taped up. Within hours, grocery stores around the city had empty shelves where bottled water used to be. According to a Forbes article, […]

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Out of the Box

Written by Sam Chavez. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. – I once lived in a box. I lived a life of routine, conformity, and simplicity. Small-town gossip was the world news and everyone knew each other’s names. My home in La Feria, a small town in the Valley or South Texas, holds my roots and will always have a special place […]