Archive for the 'UT' Category

08
Dec
09

Study Break at “Canción del Cuerpo”

Graduation weekend, for a few of my friends, was a great way to kick off December. But since I don’t graduate until May 2010, I have to get back to reality—which consumes of test. With all of the studying I decided to take one last study break before I really concentrate on the books.  I attended the Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall Showing of Canción del Cuerpo (Song of the Body). The show was from December 4-5, 2009 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre in the F. Loren Winship Drama Building  on the UT campus.

Lyn Wilshire

The student dance company has award winning dancers and choreographers. The artistic director Lyn C. Wiltshire , performed all around the world. Wiltshire performed with dance troupes such as The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre  and The Dance Theatre of Harlem

Co-Artistic Director, Yacov Sharir studied in Paris, Jersalem, and the United  States. Sharir also choreographed for Hartford Ballet , the Kibbutz Dance  Company of Israel, and other places around Texas and received a few awards for his various works.

Yacov Sharir

Canción del Cuerpo had six acts that were choreographed by associate professors and students from campus. Each act was only half way complete. They will show the last part of the acts in March for the Spring Showcase.

Dancers from Columbia helped choreograph some of the performances. In the spring, five student dancers will travel to Columbia to finish each dance.

Click on the YouTube clip to see interviews with audience members and photos from the show.  

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07
Dec
09

Study Break at Shakespeare’s Pub

A little snow to kick off finals isn’t that bad! 

6th St.

Unfortunately Austin didn’t receive any snow. All of the meteorologists said there was a 60 percent chance it was going to snow on Friday, but Austin received about five flurries.  All the snow was either in the hill country or Houston. After being disappointed with the meteorologists’, my girlfriends and I decided to just go to 6th Street before Hell Week …I mean Finals Week, begins.

Inside the Pub

I was having fun!

Some Friends

 The last few days have been very cold, but it didn’t stop us from celebrating  Hunter Lawrence’s 46 yard kick Saturday night against Nebraska. It’s was freezing outside, but all of UT (who didn’t go to Dallas) were on 6th Street.

 My girlfriends and I went to  Shakespeare’s Pub on 6th Street and between San Jacinto and Trinity. The club was completely packed. Even to get in the bar, there was a 10 minute wait. Once we finally got inside, the atmosphere was pretty exciting. In the back room, there was a romantic setting aligning the stage. Candles were lit, lights draped from the ceiling, and a huge Christmas tree was in the corner. The DJ played great music. Everything was the latest music in Hip-Hop and R&B—which is hard to find in Central Texas.

 I have been there before, but it I’ve never stayed longer than 20 minutes. But on Saturday, we stayed the entire night. It was a nice late night study break especially after the big win against Nebraska.

30
Nov
09

Last Week of Classes is Dreadful

Austin is lacking personality this week. What is everyone doing? Studying! All professors conveniently assign final papers, projects, tests, quizzes, you name it this week. And FedEx Office on Medical Arts isn’t open after 11pm to support us… Bill Bowman? Do you have an answer for this?

Since none of my busy friends were able to come out with me for one school-related reason or another, I decided they needed a place to vent – my digital camera! Mostly my prompt was “so what kinds of assignments do you have due this week?” Some are drama queens, some are nerds, and some will make you feel happy you are not in their shoes. Most feigned happiness for the camera. I think all of us can agree… the last week of the semester brings out the stressed-out demon in us all.

25
Nov
09

Hex Rally 2009

Once it hit me that I wasn’t going to attend a college football game for a long time, I couldn’t resist not attending the Hex Rally! It was my first time to go, and I suggest that every UT student experience the Torchlight Parade and/or the Hex Rally at least once. It was only about an hour long (the players have to get up for their 6am workouts!), and it’s non-stop energy and pride!

The rivalry between UT and A&M is one of the longest university rivalries in the country. The Longhorn-Aggie football game usually takes place on Thanksgiving day, and this past Monday UT held its annual Hex Rally on the South Mall. The goal of the rally? To put a hex on A&M. How do we do that? By singing the Eyes of Texas three times in a row. Many different campus organization performed: Texas Cheer, Texas Pom, Ransom Notes, Longhorn Band, and more. Coach Mack Brown, Colt McCoy and Mad Dog pumped up the crowd!

If you missed out on the rally, check out the videos below!

22
Nov
09

Lasts

UT vs. Kansas this weekend was my last home football game and tailgate of my college career.

Sad senior

I may not have attended every home game or even close to every. In fact, this year was my fist time to sit/stand through an entire game from beginning to end. Who knew they light the tower on the big screen after every win?

But I sure attended my last home game because I’m a sucker for “lasts;” I have a hard time letting go of my past.

This year I’m forced to say goodbye every step of the way. Last college game day, Eyes of Texas, week-long celebration of Halloween, 4-day weekend, Thanksgiving/summer/holiday breaks, 8 am class (yay!), and the last class perhaps for the rest of my  life.

Hook 'em

When did college change from a destination to a fleeting moment in the past?

Pasadena in January and graduate school down the road… here I come.

22
Nov
09

Put a Hex on the Aggies

Monday night marks the annual UT tradition of the Hex Rally. Each year, the university comes together to root on their football team against Texas A&M.  This pep rally dates back to 1941 when a local fortune teller advised university students to burn red candles the week leading up to their game in order to break the “jinx” A&M had put on the UT football team. Of course, the Longhorns won the match-up and the tradition has stuck ever since.

This year’s rally will feature speeches from head football coach, Mack Brown, strength and conditioning coach, Jeff “Mad Dog” Madden and players from the team. Tthe Longhorn Band, Texas Cheer and Pom, Redefined Dance Company, and the Ransom Notes will perform before the ritual of lighting those red candles. Why should you attend this year’s Hex Rally? Besides the fact that our football team is awesome this year and has a shot at going to the National Championship, Emmily Attyah, UT sophomore and the co-director of special events and rallies for Texas Exes Student Chapter gave me various reasons why she loves the rally and thinks everyone should attend.

“It is a way we can all come to together in a fun atmosphere to root against our enemy,” said Attyah, “It makes you definitely feel proud you can say you are a Longhorn.”

As co-director of special events and rallies, Attyah plans both of the main pep rallies at UT (against Oklahoma and Texas A&M). Her job involves designing a t-shirt for the event, booking an emcee, notifying student organizations, planning with the football team, designating the space, leading her committee, finding the candles, and creating a playlist for the preshow.

“There is a lot of work, communicating and planning that goes along with this job,” she said.

Attending the Hex Rally should be on the list of things every Longhorn should do at least once. Head over to the Main Mall tomorrow night at 8 pm and put a Hex on A&M. Texas Exes Student Chapter will be hosting an after party at Austin’s Pizza on the drag immediately following the rally.

“I suggest everyone to come to at least one rally because even though we are one of the largest universities,” said Attyah, “the rallies really show how united we are.”

13
Nov
09

Late Night Soul Food

With all of our pastry posts, I thought it would be nice to help you expand your waistline with something different. Soul Food, the tasty artery-clogging treat for your soul!

Outside of Hoovers

Hoover’s Cooking located at 2002 Manor Road (walking distance from The University of Texas campus  ) has the “crème de la crème” in southern cooking.  The owner, Hoover Alexander credits his success to his mother’s East Texas Cajun cooking. The menu has everything from fried chicken and mashed potatoes to muffuletas for vegetarians.

Each plates cost between $10-13, but it’s worth it. They serve HUGE portion sizes, so you can take some of your leftovers home. My dad, whose 6’3 and 200+ pounds, had to take home a doggy bag because he was stuffed. 

Catfish Plate

Catfish Plate

Chicken Fried Steak

 Interview with Jessica, an employee at Hoover’s.

What are your hours?

“We’re opened Monday through Friday 11am-10pm and 8am-10pm on weekends.”

What do u recommend for a vegetarian?

“Ummmm, we have a veggie plate. You could order a lot of sides. You could do okra, salad, macaroni and cheese, mash potato and gravy. We have a lot to choose from. We even have a smoked sandwich called The Bella Muffuleta.”

What’s the most popular dish?

“It’s definitely the fried catfish or the chicken fried chicken. The pork ribs are the most popular too.”

What’s the price range?

“Maybe about 10-13 per plate. We have happy hour from 3pm-6pm. Margaritas and min sandwiches are cheap. Or you could get four wings for $3.”

This is definitely one of my favorite places to go, when I want to cheat on my diet.  Bon Appetite!