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Black and Orange: The Black Experience at a PWI

Written by Jacob Hood. During my time filling out college applications, not once did “historically black college or university” seriously cross my mind. I was familiar with the likes of Howard, had heard passing notions of Morehouse, and knew vaguely of Prairie View. All institutions on my shortlist bore the titles of predominantly white institutions, or PWIs. Not a single […]

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The Power of Language: Just Bearing Around

Written by McKenzie Hohenberger. We all bear. I don’t mean that we all behave like bears, or even that we know much about bears (aside from the occasional Dwight Schrute reference). I am talking about the multitude of words in the English that are rooted in the idea of bearing or carrying. In Latin—that infamous and ancient language—the verb ferre […]

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Idea-ology: Musings on Belief Systems

Written by Elizabeth Teare. Originally published as part of the Spring 2016 “Narrative” Issue. Ideology. From Greek idea, a form or pattern. From Greek logos, discourse or compilation. Merriam Webster defines ideology as a “visionary theorizing; a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture”. Slavoj Zizek, author of The Sublime Object of Ideology, associates ideologies with metanarratives, […]

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Annihilation: A Book Review

Written by Samantha Bolf. Originally published in the Spring 2016 “Narrative” Issue. We were neither what we had been nor what we would become.” –Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer The narrative of Annihilation, novel one in the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, is difficult to summarize in an article or less. It would be difficult to summarize in multiple articles: the harder you […]

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A Culture of Silence

Written by Rebekah Edwards. Originally published as part of the Spring 2016 “Narrative” Issue. Slut shaming, victim blaming, and blatant dismissal have created a culture of silence and shame regarding sexual violence on college campuses. Recently, schools across the country have been called out on rampant sexual violence, including UT where a reported 18.5% of female undergraduates experience sexual assault. The rising awareness around sexual […]

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White Resumes

Written by Julian Munoz Villarreal. Originally published as part of the Spring 2016 “Narrative” Issue. Applying for jobs is a delicate process. Who we are as potential employees is carefully compiled from class experience, internships, and the people around us. This compilation becomes the narrative we project out into the job market. A lot hinges on that personal portrait. We conflate […]

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Student Economics: The Obstacles of Divestiture

Written by William Moessinger. Originally published as part of the Spring 2016 “Narrative” Issue. In 1977, student protestors at Hampshire College made history when they successfully protested for the divestment of companies headquartered in apartheid South Africa. For decades, economic forms of protest such as boycotting and legal sanctioning had been effective political tools, but at the height of the apartheid […]

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On Faith

Written by Nooshin Ghanbari. This piece was selected as the first prize winner of our Nonfiction Writing Competition, Spring 2016. On Faith A collection of questions people have asked me, and answers I wish I had given. To Paula. Why are you friends with that Muslim girl?  My first experience with Islamophobia was in the seventh grade. At that point […]

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For a Moment

  Written by Sarah Chen (Po-Yun Chen). This piece was selected as a finalist for our Nonfiction Writing Competition, Spring 2016.   It was after almost an entire week of holding my breath every time I stepped into that classroom, after I had convinced myself that my teacher was only kidding, of course she was, who would actually seriously suggest […]

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Testing the Limitless

Written by Barry Maxwell. This piece was selected as a finalist for our Nonfiction Writing Competition, Spring 2016. There’s no limit to my appetite for waking in the morning sweat, coming to on damp gravel and glass, slouching from the Red-Eyed alley and patting myself down like a cop, checking from scalp to soles that no one pissed on me […]

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Letter from the Staff

In light of the recent reports concerning the untimely loss of UT freshman Haruka Weiser, we at The Liberator express our deepest condolences to Haruka’s family and friends. When tragedy hits one corner of campus, all of campus grieves. We also thank The Daily Texan writers for providing consistent updates of the investigation. Their work provides some consolation to students, professors, and […]

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The Poet is a Man, The Woman is a Mob

Written by Samantha Bolf. America is now wholly given over to a damned mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public is occupied with their trash.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne In 1983, Joanna Russ published a book through the University of Texas press titled “How to Suppress Women’s Writing.” The cover is reminiscent of […]

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Austin and the Future of Celluloid

Written by William Moessinger. The history of cinema is marked with countless examples of new technologies that started off as “temporary” trends and ended up as permanent industrial standards. Inventions like sound and technicolor were initially met with reluctance and skepticism by producers and artists alike. (Charlie Chaplin complained that sound “has spoiled the most ancient of the world’s arts…and […]

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The New Americans

Written by Elizabeth Teare. I was born and raised in a nation obsessed with itself. A pledge each morning, and flags that littered the skies and streets, and still, I had no idea what exactly it meant to be an American. After living in this constant bombardment of patriotism that claims to be built on equality and opportunity, and yet […]

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Snapchat and Yik Yak Might Actually Be Legitimate

Written by Rebekah Edwards. As the use of technology and social media continues to expand, the intensity of the debate over its capacity to alienate one from engaging in personal interaction has grown with it. Naturally, colleges and universities are social media hubs since they contain a high concentration of teens and twenty-somethings, the primary users of social media sites […]