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Apr 12, 2024

NASA Experts Launch Preparations for Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse

AUSTIN, Texas – In celebrating the moon crossing paths with the sun, NASA experts crossed paths with Central Texans at the Austin Nature and Science Center’s Total Eclipse at the Park on April 6-7. “We have subject matter experts, we have some planetary scientists to give talks. And then we are explaining some of the […]

Apr 12, 2024

Texas Softball Has a Red River Rivalry to Remember

AUSTIN, Texas – The fourth-ranked University of Texas softball team handed the three-time defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners their first Big 12 Conference series loss since 2011. “I think we probably did what most people thought was impossible, and that’s to beat Oklahoma two days in a row,” Texas head coach Mike White said. A […]

Apr 11, 2024

Total Solar Eclipse Passes Over UT Campus

AUSTIN, Texas — Thousands of students celebrated the total solar eclipse Monday at the University of Texas Main Mall. Longhorn Band member Christina Lopez said she was excited about the opportunity to perform for her fellow students. “There are not a lot of places in Austin or in the path of totality having a big […]

Apr 11, 2024

Country Music Stars Come to Campus for the CMT Awards

AUSTIN, Texas – The Country Music Television Awards took the University of Texas campus by storm on Sunday. The music video awards began in Nashville in the 1960s and moved to Austin in 2023. Singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini hosted the show at the Moody Center. Ballerini introduced country singers including Cody Johnson, who opened with the […]

Apr 11, 2024

Selena Tribute Band Honors the Life of the Late Tejana Legend

AUSTIN, Texas – Selena Quintanilla tribute band Las Chicas en 512 celebrated the singer’s life with a tribute performance on April 6 at Vinyl Beauty Bar for Selena Day. The band performed songs such as “La Carcacha” and “Qué Creías” for fans to enjoy. Band member Laura Olvera organized the event ahead of Selena’s birthday […]

Apr 11, 2024

Posthumous Art Exhibition Shares Hidden Work from Mexican Artist

AUSTIN, Texas – The Blanton Museum of Art has a new exhibit in its Paper Vault gallery. Latin American art curator Vanessa Davidson said “Meet Melecio Galván: The Secret Artist & His Mexican Contemporaries” is the first museum exhibition in the United States for the late Mexican artist. “It’s important to note that Galván had […]

Apr 11, 2024

Giant Troll Highlights Recycled Art in Austin

The piles of Douglas Fir and cedar sat in Pease Park, waiting to be repurposed into Austin’s newest public artwork. The Douglas Fir had once been a research test tank at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus of the University of Texas. Now it was destined to be an 18-foot troll — and a testament to recycling.
While the trend of making art from recycled materials is not new, Dambo’s troll artwork proved to be a good match for environmentally conscious Austin benefactors. 

Apr 07, 2024

Reporting Texas TV – April 4, 2024

Journalism students at the University of Texas at Austin produced their third newscast of the Spring 2024 semester on April 4. This week reporters covered Opening Day for the Round Rock Express, the crowning of a queen in the Miss Black UT pageant, a celebration of Women’s History Month, and an April Fools’ Day burlesque […]

Apr 07, 2024

UT Celebrates Women’s History Month

AUSTIN, Texas – To celebrate Women’s History Month, UT put on a campus wide event called “She Starts Here, then Changes the World.” The Division of Campus and Community Engagement hosted a university-wide event to celebrate students, faculty and staff at the UT Tower on March 27. There were books, crafts and even Austin’s famous […]

Apr 05, 2024

Miss Black UT Pageant Crowns a Queen

AUSTIN, Texas – Eight UT students competed to be crowned Miss Black UT on March 28 at the Student Activity Center. The Miss Black UT Pageant is a yearly scholarship pageant hosted by the Black Student Alliance (BSA). Participants must be a young black woman at UT,  hold a leadership position on campus, be actively […]

Apr 05, 2024

Not a Prank! Burlesque Performers Put Feet to the Test on April Fools

AUSTIN, Texas — Some people plan elaborate pranks for April 1, but others spent April Fools’ Day bringing out their quirkiest talents. Monday Night Jammie Jam puts on a burlesque show the first Monday of each month. Organizers decided April Fools’ Day was the perfect excuse to be extremely out there. This month’s theme was […]

Apr 04, 2024

Express Fans and Players Celebrate Opening Day as Baseball is Back

ROUND ROCK, Texas — America’s pastime was in full swing last weekend and Round Rock Express fans filled the Dell Diamond with excitement for the start of the season. The Express opened the season March 29 against the Sugar Land Space Cowboys. “I just wanted to get out, you know, have some fun,” Express fan […]

Apr 02, 2024

Understanding the Incredibly Rare Total Solar Eclipse in Central Texas

With excitement over the eclipse reaching a fever pitch, Reporting Texas asked Anita Cochran, a senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin and assistant director of the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis to share her insight into this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Mar 31, 2024

Leaders Focus on Legislative Challenges During César Chávez Day Celebration

Chanting “sí se puede” and holding small Mexican flags, several dozen people marched through East Austin on Saturday to celebrate the legacy of Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez and to highlight present-day challenges for Latino civil rights. 
“To me, honoring that and not forgetting that struggle is so important,” said PODER director and march organizer Susana Almanza, “especially for the next generation that never got to meet César Chávez.”

Mar 29, 2024

Reporting Texas TV – March 28, 2024

Journalism students at the University of Texas produced their second newscast of the Spring 2024 semester on March 28. Student journalists reported this week on accessibility concerns related to the use and misuse of e-scooters, the construction of a greenhouse to provide jobs for people transitioning out of homelessness, March Madness games played on the […]

Mar 28, 2024

Community Greenhouse Offers Employment Opportunities for Formerly Homeless Individuals

AUSTIN, Texas —  Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF), a non-profit organization that serves people experiencing homelessness, gained a new greenhouse Friday to bring jobs for residents of the community. MLF also provides affordable housing. Annie Powers, MLF’s assistant communications manager, said nearly 400 previously homeless individuals currently live in the Community First! Village. “Whether you’re […]

Mar 28, 2024

UT Students Create Buzz with Shaved Heads for Cancer Research

AUSTIN, Texas  – Students with UT SMILE shaved heads Friday for pediatric cancer research. The organization’s Brave the Shave event on March 22 at Gregory Gymnasium raised more than $5,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which prioritizes engaging with child cancer survivors and youth who want to help. Brave the Shave coordinator Miya Walker said […]

Mar 28, 2024

Bastrop County Renaissance Festival Draws Thousands of Attendees

MCDADE, Texas – The 15th annual Sherwood Forest Faire is open for the season. Robin Hood’s Spring Faire opened March 2 and runs through April 21 with more than 150 live shows, food and games. The festival is a locally owned medieval-style village 35 miles east of Austin, between McDade and Paige. Opened in 2010, […]

Mar 28, 2024

E-Scooters Raise Accessibility Concerns for Disabled Students on UT Campus

AUSTIN, Texas – The growing use of rentable electric scooters across the city can be seen by anyone who’s walked downtown in recent years, often roughly parked along sidewalks or splayed across pedestrian walkways. But what may be a nuisance for residents out for a daily stroll can be actively harmful for those living with […]

Mar 28, 2024

Women’s Basketball Fans Rally as March Madness Comes to Austin

AUSTIN, Texas – A crowded sea of burnt orange lined up outside of the Moody Center Sunday as the Longhorns hosted Alabama for the second round of the March Madness tournament. “Hopefully they get to the third round. We’ve been coming to every game this whole season and it’s very exciting every time we come,” […]