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Oct 26, 2023

UT Austin Launches Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin officially opened its Alienware Longhorn Esports Arena in the Texas Union Underground this month. Built in association with Dell Technologies, the new facility provides a space for the Longhorn Gaming Teams to compete and allows students to play video games in their spare time. The esports […]

Oct 26, 2023

Georgetown Promotes Water Conservation with Artistic Rain Barrels

GEORGETOWN, Texas – The second annual South Main Arts Festival on Oct. 12 meshed art and water together to raise awareness on water conservation. The City of Georgetown’s Water Conservation Team asked local artists to submit proposals for participation in its Painted Rain Barrel Project. The city’s regulatory and conservation manager, Tiffany Diaz, said the […]

Oct 26, 2023

Moody College of Communication Receives High International Ranking

AUSTIN, Texas — The 2022 QS World University Rankings placed the Moody College of Communication second in the nation and fourth in the world for communication and media studies programs. More than 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students currently work toward one of the many degrees the college offers. Interim dean Rachel Davis Mersey joined Moody […]

Oct 20, 2023

Reporting Texas TV – Oct. 19, 2023

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas produced their first newscast of the fall semester on Oct. 19, 2023. Student journalists reported this week on Preservation Austin’s efforts to recognize and reward local legacy businesses, the Austin Animal Shelter’s activities for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, a showcase for vendors who produce […]

Oct 20, 2023

Texas Football Reshapes Its Focus During Bye Week

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas football team’s unbeaten season ended Oct. 7 when the Longhorns lost to rival University of Oklahoma, 34-30.  The loss complicates Texas’ race for both the Big 12 Conference Championship and the College Football Playoff National Championship. The Longhorns traded first place with OU in the conference standings following […]

Oct 20, 2023

Austin Animal Center Offers Cost-Free Adoptions for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

AUSTIN, Texas – The Austin Animal Center (AAC) partnered with Adopt A Pet to waive adoption fees for the month of October to boost dog adoptions.  AAC kicked off Adopt a Shelter Dog Month month with a partnership with the online platform Adopt a Pet. The initiative encourages the public to adopt large dogs and […]

Oct 20, 2023

Legacy Austin Businesses Shine in October Celebration

AUSTIN, Texas – Preservation Austin celebrated 13 longstanding Austin businesses during its first Legacy Business Month. The businesses range from skateparks to libraries, and include local staples Peter Pan Mini-Golf and the Green & White Grocery. All the establishments met the Preservation Austin criteria of being locally owned, open at least 20 years, and having […]

Oct 20, 2023

Students Share Art at the Cactus Café

AUSTIN, Texas – The UT Creative Arts and Theater Committee hosted its student art “Gala-ry” on Oct. 11 at the university’s Cactus Café. Students displayed their work and talked about art with visitors. The gallery featured more than thirty multimedia pieces from students of a variety majors. Some guests dressed in 1920s attire. Faculty, students […]

Oct 19, 2023

Sustainable Vendor Showcase Teaches UT Students Healthy Habits

AUSTIN, Texas – UT Housing and Dining hosted a sustainable vendor showcase on Oct. 12 at the Texas Union patio to educate students about sustainable food brands. Mr. Greens, Teatulia and Lonestar Farm’s Local Salad were among the 13 vendors that participated in the event. Students gained insight on eco-friendly practices by visiting the booths. […]

Oct 15, 2023

UT Surplus Store Repurposes Items While Diverting Waste From Landfills

AUSTIN, Texas – An off-campus warehouse filled with trinkets and treasures offers the Austin community the opportunity to buy University of Texas assets. The Surplus REuse Store is nestled in north Austin at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, and is open to the public on Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.- 12 […]

Oct 15, 2023

COVID-19 Continues to Take a Toll on Food Industry

AUSTIN, Texas — A chef for several sororities in West Campus encountered a challenge shortly after beginning his job a few months ago. Chef Tyler Henderson had an issue with food stocking, recipes, and menus due to the lasting effects the pandemic had on the food industry. The pandemic affected the food production process from […]

Oct 15, 2023

Austin’s Second Annual Coffee Festival Provides Variety of Diverse Blends

AUSTIN, Texas – Coffee lovers attended Austin’s second annual coffee festival at Fair Market on East Fifth St. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Two dozen vendors participated, including Austin coffee shop staples Merit Coffee Co. and Medici Roasting. Local roasters source their beans from around the world, offering alternatives to corporate coffee brands. “We […]

Oct 14, 2023

Hailstorm Leaves Significant Damage in Williamson and Travis Counties

ROUND ROCK, Texas – A large hailstorm damaged many homes and vehicles in Georgetown, Round Rock and Austin on Sept. 24. The hailstorm began in northwestern Williamson County and increased in severity as it moved southeast through Georgetown and into Round Rock, where homeowners dealt with extensive property damage. Round Rock homeowner Onur, who asked […]

Oct 13, 2023

Peter Pan Aims for Historic Landmark Status Amid Property Ownership Change

AUSTIN, Texas – The owners of a 75-year-old miniature golf course hope a historic landmark status designation will save them from closure. Margaret Dismukes Massad’s family has owned Peter Pan Mini-Golf since it opened in 1948. Her father, Glenn Dismukes, was one of the original founders along with his brothers and was the artist of […]

Oct 13, 2023

Students Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an Orisha Dance Workshop

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin hosted an Afro-Cuban Orisha dance workshop at the Recreational Sports Center, on Sept. 29. The event was one of several activities associated with Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 that recognizes the significant contributions of Hispanic/Latinx Americans. The Orisha workshop represented […]

Oct 13, 2023

Small Businesses Face Challenges of Rising Costs of Rent

WESTLAKE, Texas – Austin continues to grow with the addition of large companies like Google and Tesla, and as a result, new residents create more competition for existing small businesses. For some older, local businesses, this means trouble with rising rent. Some successful ones, however, have something in common: community. Perriberri, a clothing boutique, has been […]

Oct 13, 2023

UT Students Practice Mindfulness at Poetry on the Pond

AUSTIN, Texas – Hundreds of students listened to poets read their work outside near the University of Texas at Austin’s turtle pond. Poetry on the Pond is a collaboration between the Wellness Ambassadors Program and Humanitas Student Well-Being Collective at the university, to provide students a break from their studies and time to be present with their […]

Oct 13, 2023

The Orange Bike Project Seeks Funding for Continued Growth

AUSTIN, Texas – Biking on campus just got easier through a program to help students rent and learn to work on their bikes. The Orange Bike Project is a nonprofit organization based in the ground floor of UT’s 27th Street Garage. The group provides bike rental and maintenance services to students. UT’s Green Fund – […]

Oct 13, 2023

Cricket-Infested Homes Keep Pest Control Companies Busy

AUSTIN, Texas – Crickets are a nuisance across Travis County as they infest thousands of homes and buildings. The large amount of rainfall in the spring created ideal conditions for the insects to lay their eggs. Their presence increases around late September and early October when they hatch. Pest control companies have been busy, sending […]

Oct 13, 2023

Black UT Austin Students Create Wellness Week for Mental Health Awareness

AUSTIN, Texas – Dozens of women came together at Pease Park Conservancy on Oct. 1 to celebrate self-love. The students are part of the Black Women’s Wellness Organization (BWWO), which strives to create a positive environment to support Black women’s wellness and academic and professional success. BWWO hosts a week of events once a year […]