Archive for: April 2015

The Capital of Cool’s “Tipping Point”

by Katie Arcos, Paige Atkinson, Sami Badgen, Selina Bonilla, and Olivia Leitch

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People know Austin as the Live Music Capital but is it the only thing attracting people to Austin?

Austin ranks at the top of multiple lists, some which include being one of the “Best Places to Visit,” “Vegan Friendly,” and “Best Place to Open a Small Business.”

Although the city is displayed as a positive, welcoming place,  it definitely has flaws. Austin has been named 4th in the U. S. for the worst traffic and has been titled the most economically segregated city.

Read about Austin’s issues with affordability, access to food, homelessness, education, and transportation and how Austinites are working to solve these problems at http://gentrificationinaustin.weebly.com/

 

Casa Brasil Coffees: From Seed to Cup

By: Brittanie Burke, Hannah Smothers, Savannah Williams and Corynn Wilson

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In 2005, Joel Shuler founded Casa Brasil, an Austin-based coffee importer and roaster that specializes in premium Brazilian coffee. The coffee is roasted fresh to order in small batches and sampled to ensure quality. Blending his love for Brazil and his passion for coffee, Shuler hopes infuse every cup with “sabor e progresso” (flavor and progress).

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UT students flaunt talent in annual fashion show

Every designer closes the show by walking the runway with their model. The stress is over, and it's time to celebrate. Photo by Natalia Fonseca

Every designer closes the show by walking the runway with their model. The stress is over, and it’s time to celebrate. Photo by Natalia Fonseca

The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Human Ecology Textiles and Apparel division and the University Fashion Group partnered together to put on the FUSION fashion show. The show featured 23 senior student designers, all eager to show off the pieces that they had been working on all year.

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Wheelchair Warriors

By Taylor Smith, Chrissy Dickerson, Tessa Meriwether & Jorge Guerra

Michael Williams going for a 3-point shot during a scrimmage game at Doris Miller Auditorium on April 15, 2015 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo/ Tessa Meriwether)

Michael Williams going for a 3-point shot during a scrimmage game at Doris Miller Auditorium on April 15, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo/ Tessa Meriwether)

In 1978 the wheelchair basketball team, the High Rollers, played at Anna Hiss and Gregory Gym at The University of Texas. Players snuck David Wear, a non-UT student, into the gyms to participate since the team was always looking for more players.

“We were good until they came in to get our IDs,” Wear said.

Wear was injured January 8, 1976 at 12:30 in the afternoon. A drunk driver traveling 75mph drifted eight feet into his lane and hit Wear head on. Wear ruptured his aorta and spleen, punctured his left lung and suffered three compound fractures.

Wear was 19 years old at the time of the accident. It forced him to start searching for a new identity.

“Kind of shocking when they tell you [that] you are going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life,” Wear said. “[I] cried a lot.”

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The Class of 2015: Then and Now

 

Masses of students stand at events, all clad in burnt orange, their pinky and index fingers standing straight up, with the other two fingers touching their thumbs. To an outsider, it can be a confusing sight. But for seniors at The University of Texas at Austin, it is a sight we will soon miss.

The class of 2015 is in a strange place. We are in the middle of a tumultuous decade that is half over, but still has a ways to go. However, we aren’t the only ones to have ever been in this situation.

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Looking back into a UT yearbook from 1945, it is curious to note that although the class of ’15 and the class of ’45 are sixty years apart, we do share a similarity.

In 1944, UT President Homer Price Rainey was fired after a dispute with the regents. Very reminiscent of the Stand with Bill Powers Facebook movement in 2012, the students of UT erupted. But instead of changing their profile pictures or hashtagging on Twitter, a boycott occurred where 8,000 students walked out of class and a parade, complete with a brass band, marched down Guadalupe with declaring their support for the removed UT president.

Sixty years later, Longhorns are still not afraid to take a stand. In four years, the class of 2015 has not only witnessed the power of social media movements, but has been part of the generation that created social media movements.

Only one of many movements, #NotOnMyCampus began this past semester, after a student learned his friend had been a victim of sexual assault. Students began writing the words Not On My Campus on their hands and posting pictures on 11044525_625699547560974_8420943607079962479_nFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram in an effort to protest sexual assault on college campuses.

They told us from the time we arrived at orientation that “what starts here changes the world,” but the class of 2015 decided we weren’t content to wait until we graduated to do it.

Letters to our Freshmen Selves from Claire Hogan on Vimeo.

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Here’s a look at UT through the middle of the decades.

1935:   The Plan II Honors major is offered

1955:   Harley Clark introduces the “Hook ‘Em Horns” sign

1965:   The Tower is severely damaged by a fire

1975:   Disch-Falk Field is opened

1995:   The first transmission is broadcast by Texas Student Television from a transmitter on the Tower

2005:   The Longhorn Football team wins the Big 12 Championship Game

2015:   The 132nd Class graduates        

 

 

 

 

Before & After You Graduate

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The temperature in Austin is heating up while the semester is winding down and the graduating class is becoming restless. Before graduation there are a few quintessential Austin things all graduating seniors need to do before they walk across the stage.

Exploring off campus landmarks, dining in five-star restaurants and spending all day on the lush Greenbelt are just some of the things students may or may not have done in their four years at The University of Texas.

To make sure you get everything out of Austin before graduation we compiled a list of things to do in and around Austin to get the most out of the off-campus college experience. Then after you’ve checked all of these places off your bucket list we have compiled a list of resources for you to use when starting the job search and perfecting the art of the dreaded job interview.

The Austin Spots

1. See the view from Mt. Bonnell

Mount Bonnell is a well-known point next to Lake Austin on a portion of the Colorado River. It has been a popular tourist destination since the 1850s and students have been making the hike to the top of Mt. Bonnell for the great views, romantic atmosphere and physical challenge.

Audrey Bounds is a senior in the school of music. She hopes to move to Nashville after graduation and get a job in music production. For now, she’s still on the job hunt but she has fond memories of Mt. Bonnell.

“I was really expecting a climb or a big hike to get there. I was a little bit disappointed that it wasn’t more of a workout, but the view definitely makes up for it,” said Bounds.

2. Take a picture at Castle Hill

Castle Hill graffiti park sits at the base of the historic Texas Military Institute castle which was built in the 1920s and now serves as an office for a local real estate developer. The structural ruins beneath the Victorian castle are concrete canvases for Austin graffiti artists and a special hang out for the you culture in Austin.

Jenna Rae Housson is a senior journalism major who has spend a great deal of time at Castle Hill.

“I’ve been to Castle Hill a few different times — each time to take pictures of specific photo subjects. That’s what the great thing about it is — the graffiti is different every single time, so photos will never be the same,” points out Housson. “My favorite art piece was right after Robin Williams died. There was a beautiful, huge mural of him as the genie with the “genie, you’re free” quote.”

After graduation, Jenna has a one-way ticket to Prague. She will do summer school then spend the rest of the summer traveling Europe and working on sustainable and organic farms.

3.Enjoy one last Kerbey Queso

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If you have made it through the first four years of college without every going to Kerbey Lane you better go now. The Austin staple is the go-to late night hangout serving up the greasiest, homey food every late night studier or party-goer dreams of.

Shelby Flowers is a senior history and RTF major. After graduation she is moving back home to Whittier, Calif. to take time off before finding a job. She hopes to be a historical consultant for production companies, but for now she reminisces about all of the time she has spent at Kirby Lane.

“Kerbey Queso is the best. It’s been my go-to for the past four years. Plus, it’s open late so literally anytime I have a craving, I can just walk down the Drag and get it,” said Flowers. “What makes it different is they put the guac in the queso. I’m definitely going to miss this when I graduate.”


Get The Job

Alright, fun’s over. Now that you have gotten your fill of Austin and crossed those last minute things off your bucket list it’s time to get down to business and that means job hunting.

Alexandra Heart, a graduating senior and journalism major, is taking the job hunting process one day at a time. “Anything past [graduation] isn’t even on my radar yet,” she says.

While many students are taking these last few weeks, day-by-day, the reality is time starts to fly by and before you know it everyone has a job but you. In order to avoid missing out of potential job opportunities we have compiled a list of resources, tips and tricks to help you get the job you want.

The Career Services office isn’t the only helpful resource when looking for future work and the university has an endless amount of resources for recent graduates. If you haven’t taken advantage of these yet, we suggest you flip through this slideshow to find out just post-graduation aid available to you.

Resources for Recent Grads

Now that you have done your homework and written the perfect cover letter, it is time to really get down to business. Perfecting the art of the interview is a lifelong endeavor but we took the liberty to break it down to make the process a little less nerve-wracking.

The most important thing we found when walking into a job interview is that you need to be prepared. Making sure you have done your research and have prepared a few questions for the end of the interview will make you a more memorable and shining applicant which will ultimately help you get the job. For the full list of tips watch this video to catch up on interview protocol.

Job Interview Tips

Last but not least it really comes down to how you look and act in person. You may have all of the t’s crossed and i’s dotted on your resume, but if the interviewer doesn’t feel a connection with you while you’re sitting across from him or her, than you’ve already lost.

Try to dress appropriately for the job you want. If the job is at an ultra-hip start up then come in looking that way. If it’s at a buttoned up professional firm, then come in your most tailored suit. Matching your personality with the appropriate dress and a layer of confidence will help you feel like you fit in and already have the job. “Fake it till you make it, right?”

If you are uncertain of what is and isn’t appropriate for your interview dress then check out the next two infographics for women and men to make sure you are looking sharp and are ready to tackle any question a clever interviewer might ask, because if you look good then you feel good and yes that’s a real thing.

Photography and Interviews by Colleen Nelson
Video and Resource Slider by Lazaro Hernandez
Apparel Graphic & Written by Katelyn Orlowski

Boxing Babes Hit Hard, Train Harder

Story by Bobby Blanchard, pictures by Bobby Blanchard, Lauren Lowe and Andie Rogers, sound-slides by Andie Rogers, graphics by Bobby Blanchard and Lauren Lowe

Julia Gschwind founded Austin Boxing Babes in 2007, with the hope of giving women a chance to train in an all-women environment. Now armed with eight years of teaching experience and a black belt, Gschwind is punching faster and training more than ever before.

“Most Boxing gyms just teach boxing — but they really don’t teach fitness,” Gschwind said. “You need to work on other things as well to get your body strong enough to withstand the boxing training.”

Located down South Congress and tucked between a mechanic shop and apartments, members of the Austin Boxing Babes practice multiple times a week. Here, visitors spend at least half of their hour-long workout training various fitness exercises, during which they work on cardio, abs and endurance. While working on boxing, Gschwind stresses technique before speed and power. She

On its website, Austin Boxing Babes warn visitors this is not the “traditional gym.” If that’s what viewers are looking for, the site says they “just might have what it takes to be an Austin Boxing Babe.” Whether or not the trainees are looking to become boxers, the gym promises to make everyone “a fighter.”

Before teaching boxing, Gschwind was a boxer herself. Since 1996, she has trained in Germany and the United States. She earned her black belt — the highest achievement a boxer can receive — in 2011.

“It was always for me the one place where you get to forget about everything else in your life,” Gschwind said. “It just kind of gives you such a high and you can be so in the moment where the rest doesn’t really matter as much…It makes you feel empowered, it makes you feel good.”

Gschwind said boxing is a “completely different skill.” She said she fell in love with the sport a long time ago, and hasn’t been able to stop.

“It just kind of gives you such a high and you can be so in the moment where the rest doesn’t really matter as much,” Gschwind said. “It makes you feel empowered, it makes you feel good…It becomes the one thing you understand — you can be truly in the moment like no other situation.”

In the eight years that she has run Austin Boxing Babes, Gschwind said she cannot pin down one favorite moment,

I have many favorite moments throughout the weeks and months —it usually happens when you see a client get it,” Gschwind said.

Bobby Blanchard tried a boxing class himself, and his heart beat above shows how he struggled and strained himself.

Most recently, Gschwind said her heart was warmed when she was working with a young girl with cerebral palsy — a movement disorder that often appears during childhood. The girl was jumping rope, but had struggled to master the technique of crossing arms in between jumps.

“She’s been here for three years and she didn’t even want to attempt that movement. But today we just kept working on it and working on it and all of a sudden she’s there — jumping jumping, crossing her hands, jumping, jumping, and doing it again,” Gschwind said. “And she’s like floating, like ten feet above the ground…It’s a little thing, but it’s just so awesome.”

She said people are sometimes scared of trying boxing — but she encourages everyone to give it a chance.

“Just jump in,” Gschwind said. “I lot of people think they have to get in shape first before they start boxing — I get that a lot. That’s why you should come, we can train you…People get hooked, they just gotta show up. It takes courage, but just show up.”

Beer Culture A-Brewin’ on Campus

Will Craven, a sophomore at the University of Texas, is a member of the Texas Brewing Society.

University of Texas sophomore Will Craven rises early on a drizzly Sunday morning to initiate the fermentation of his specialty home-brewed India pale ale. Even before achieving the two-to-four week fermentation process, the beer solution takes nearly half a day to prepare.

For folks like James Sutton, drinking a run-of-the-mill beer is simply not satisfying enough.

Sutton, president and founder of Future Brewers Club at the University of Texas at Austin, is a beer enthusiast who eschews the likes of Bud Lite and talks excitedly about lagers the names of which few have probably ever heard of, much less tasted.

“Both my parents are craft beer drinkers,” Sutton said. “I grew up with my dad drinking Saint Arnold, and that just being in the fridge all the time and not thinking anything of it.”

Saint Arnold is a craft brewery in Houston, just one of many that Sutton frequents on a regular basis. Many of the best craft breweries in the state are here in Austin, according to Sutton.

“We’re really lucky that we live in Austin and we live in 2015, because there’s a ton of craft beer everywhere,” Sutton said. “You can find good stuff anywhere. Try anything from Austin Beerworks, 512 or Real Ale.”

 

 

While brewing your own beer combines a bit of creativity and a bunch of complex chemistry, Sutton insists that the club is really just a vehicle to bring beer buffs together.

“You definitely don’t need any homebrew experience to come or to enjoy it,” Sutton said. “I, at least, try to stay away from the more technical side of beers. I just want people to come and learn some and not be overwhelmed.”

The crux of the club is simple, but Sutton himself knows the complexities of brewing and hopes to have a career in it someday.

“I’ve worked at a couple breweries in the past and it’s extremely rewarding to see a product out at a bar or a grocery store,” Sutton said. “You could see a bottle out on the floor at HEB and think, ‘Hey, I might have picked up that bottle at some point.’”

“This is what I want to do. I don’t know about the rest of my life, but after I graduate I definitely want to work in a brewery. It’s fun.”

Working at a craft brewery is not so much of an oddity anymore, either. According to the Washington Post, there are now over 4,500 of them in the United States, and sales from craft breweries constitute 14.3 percent of the $100 billion beer market.

Sutton, like many craft brewers, is a chemistry major, and attests to the importance that science plays in brewing.

“Brewing is a science,” Sutton said. “Brewing is an art. It’s a lot of complex chemistry that maybe we don’t understand. But a lot of it is understood and it’s helping everyone make better beer every day.”

But after some prodding, the process was revealed to be not so difficult.

“Really, there are only four ingredients: barley, water, yeast and hops,” Sutton said. “Boil the barley in the water, which breaks it down into simple sugars. Boil some hops in there for bitterness and aroma. Transfer it, cool it down. Add yeast, and it’s basically a chemical reaction in which simple sugars are converted into alcohol and CO2.”

 

 

Sutton’s club was started just last year, but the membership has already grown substantially.

“At orientation, they tell you all you need [to start a student organization] is three friends and 10 dollars,” Sutton said. “I was like, ‘Hey I totally have three friends.’ Twenty people showed up at the first meeting. It was hard to get it started, but rewarding.”

The members of the club have varying levels of interest in brewing their own beer, though seemingly none are as enthusiastic as Sutton.  He claims that you get out what you put into it.

“It’s kind of like any hobby,” Sutton said. “You can spend as little as you want and do as little as you want or you can spend as much as you want and do as much as you want. It’s not that hard if you want to do it. The hardest part is getting out and doing it.”

In the end, Sutton said, craft brewing is all about being the right mix.

“Brewing is 25 percent janitor, 25 percent chef, 25 percent chemist and 25 percent dude who drinks beer.”

Interested in brewing? Sutton tells us how.

 

Sutton, chemistry student and president of the University of Texas’ Future Brewers Club, shares some brewing basics and what his new student organization is all about (though that you could’ve guessed), all over a glass (or two) of his own home-brewed beer.

Colors Paint Culture- Holi 2015

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By: Jessica Garcia, Erin Spencer, and Raisa Tillis

AUSTIN, TX – Colorful dust flooded the air while thousands gathered throwing colored powder as friends and strangers alike celebrated and danced to music on the lawn outside of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.

They were there to participate in Holi,a spiritual Hindu festival to welcome the coming of spring with vibrant colors honoring Lord Krishna, the supreme god worshiped across many traditions of Hinduism.

In Hinduism, Lord Krishna is the embodiment of divine joy and love that will destroy all of someone’s sin and pain. He was born to to establish the religion of love.

The tradition of throwing colored powder at Holi originates from the Hindu tale of Lord Krishna, who complained to his mother about the color of his dark skin. He believed it was unfair that he was so dark, so his mother then took color and put it on his and her face so they could look just a like.

Holi is  now celebrated as a festival of unit symbolically eliminating the differences that can drive us apart.

The colored powder that is used during Holi is from the flowers of trees that blossomed during the spring time.

On March 29, UT’s Hindu Students Association threw the biggest Holi festival since they started the event at the university. This year, approximately 8,000 UT students and people around the Austin area attended Holi.

The turnout was so successful that there were times throughout the festival that they would have to take 20 minute breaks just to get more colored powder.

Senior UT student, Crystal Nunez, has attended the Holi festival for the past two years. She says that every year she experiences an atmosphere filled with good people, good music, and good vibes.

“Music, dancing, and color,” Nunez said.

“Why wouldn’t you want to come out?”

However, it takes more than just colored powder packets and music to showcase the annual Holi festival.

Holi Co-Chair Aparna Datta, says that they start planning the event a year in advance, because they needed a lot of time to get all the materials in order for the big day.

At Holi, everyone comes together to have fun as they celebrate the traditional festival in the Hindu culture.

Holi celebrator Anshumala Gupta says that Holi isn’t just a time to get together and have fun, but a time to wash off all the hatred.

“You are meant to forget all of the past and and actually hug people with a pure heart again,” said Gupta.

The Hindu Students Association, the organization behind the event, meets weekly to discuss the concepts a practices of  their shared religion. Every week a different pair of officers lead a discussions based on Hinduism topics suggested by the members.

HSA President Aneesh Angirekula, says that being a part of the organization is all about the people he is surrounded with.

“No one is an expert, we can all learn from each other,” said Angirekula. “So I really enjoy that aspect of HSA, I feel like I learn a lot more from my peers around me oppose from the two people who did research.”

 

 



Students likely to be armed in Texas university classrooms

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By: Jonathan Garza, Mikhaela Locklear, Cooper Haynie and Melanie Price

The 2015 legislative session at the Texas State Capitol began with much anticipated campus carry legislation, which would loosen current regulations by allowing concealed carry of handguns in public university buildings.

In a vote along party lines the Texas Senate approved the bill, directing the legislation to the House and eventually to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

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Danielle Vabner, UT Austin junior, shares a picture of her 6-year-old brother Noah Pozner, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. Vabner is an activist working to keep guns off college campuses.

While the approval was a disappointment to many Texas college students, it didn’t come as a surprise from the GOP controlled state legislature. If passed, the bill will allow concealed handgun license (CHL) holders, 21 and older, to take their firearms on public campuses and inside classrooms.

In 2010 a 19-year-old UT student, Colton Tooley, fired rounds from an AK-47 and turned the gun on himself while in the Perry-Castaneda Library.

Danielle Vabner, a UT Austin Junior, transferred to Texas after her brother Noah Pozner was the youngest victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Vabner was hopeful a fresh start would aid in her recovery. However, now she fears she will be on a campus with armed classmates.

“I certainly wouldn’t feel safe sitting in a classroom with someone that has a gun on their hip,” Vabner said.

If passed and signed by Gov. Abbott, any individual with a CHL would be able to carry loaded guns on public college campuses. However, private schools could still prohibit students from doing so, according to The Guardian.

Many UT students are hoping to amend the bill, by asking our state senators and representatives to allow individual universities to opt out. Rohit Mandalupu, UT Austin Student Government Vice President-elect, testified to the House Homeland Security committee in an effort to save UT from potential guns on campus.

“We at least want some sort of opt-out clause that private institutions get, we want ourselves to be able to make the decision essentially for if weapons should be allowed on campus instead of people sitting in a Capitol building where they don’t have as much stake as we do,” Mandalupu said. 

The National Rifle Association has backed the bill to allow guns on Texas college campus, according to the Washington Post.

“I am proud of the fact that the Texas Senate is making history while defending life, liberty and our Second Amendment Right,” Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said in a statement praising the senate’s approval.

While students have come out in waves against the proposed legislation making its way through the Capitol, there are others on the UT campus who believe this is simply part of their right to bear arms and protect themselves.

College republicans, a UT campus organization has voiced their support throughout this year’s legislative session, even going as far as testifying in support to the Senate and House committees.

“College republicans definitely support concealed carry on campus, we believe it can provide students who have their CHL a way to protect themselves against any kind of crime,” said Bridget Guien, communications representative for college republicans.

The University of Texas Chancellor, retired U.S. Navy Admiral William McRaven has repeatedly expressed his view on the issue. In a letter to legislative leaders McRaven adamantly expressed his opposition, his apprehension is rooted in concern for the safety of students, faculty and staff.

“There is great concern that the presence of handguns, even if limited to licensed individuals age 21 or older, will lead to an increase in both accidental shootings and self-inflicted wounds,” McRaven wrote.

Danielle Vabner wrote a letter to McRaven praising him for putting students and faculty first. Her letter was then published in the Austin American Statesman.

“Noah was a big fan of super heroes — he was always running around in a Spiderman or Star Wars costume. Although you wear an entirely different uniform, I know you will be a champion for preserving the safety of Texas college students,” Vabner wrote.

Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Emmanuel Garcia released a statement after the bill’s passing calling campus carry a “fringe issue.”

“This bill is yet another example of where the reckless priorities of Lt. Gov. Patrick’s Senate lie,” Garcia said. “Allowing guns in classrooms is dangerous and ill-advised. Texas Democrats share the concerns of thousands of parents, students, professors and administrators for this bill.”

Many college professors have spoken out against the bill, expressing concern for their safety as educators.

“I cannot imagine a young person having to go visit with a professor about possible being on probation, upset over a grade, or to discuss some contentious issue related to an assignment and having a gun easily accessible,” said Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston.

Jeremi Suri, a UT professor in the LBJ school of public affairs and the Department of History, wrote in an editorial published in The Daily Texan:

“No one walks around our campus thinking: “I wish the students and faculty had more guns.” One of the characteristics that make our University grounds so pleasant is that violence, and the threat of violence, are almost nonexistent. Universities offer a free and open space where people can explore, interrogate and debate. They are designed to be places of scholarly interaction, free from all weapons. They should remain that way. We have witnessed college shootings in recent weeks and years, but more guns are only likely to create more fear and danger. I lecture to more than 300 undergraduates many mornings at 8 a.m. I count on the fact that they are not armed, and they count on the same from me. We are part of a special space for inquiry, removed from the violence and even the individual freedom of ordinary society.”

Several UT students and faculty members attended committee hearings at the state Capitol to express their opposition to the bill, many of which took place over the University spring break.

Concerned citizens watch a Senate committee hearing about SB11, the campus carry bill, on monitors from an overflow room in the Capitol annex.

Concerned citizens watch a Senate committee hearing about SB11, the campus carry bill, on monitors from an overflow room in the Capitol annex.

Grant Wilson, a UT engineering professor is adamantly against the the bill and testified in front of the House committee on homeland security.

“There are numerous examples of students who are emotionally charged as a result of [grades] that they get,” Willson said. “If I look out there and see that they are all sitting out there with holsters and guns, I’m not sure I will have the guts to give a grade below a  ‘B’ again. It’s just not a reasonable environment for teaching.”

Rohit Mandalupu also spent time at the Capitol, testifying on behalf of the UT student government, urging senators and representatives to allow universities to opt out of the bill.

Activists from both sides of the heated debate have voiced their opinions on social media under the hashtags #campuscarry and #txlege.

While the University has come out against the proposed legislation and the majority of Texans disapprove of firearms on college campuses, it’s safe to say the Texas Senate, House and Governor don’t seem to mind.

Photo courtesy of UT Rifle and Pistol Club