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The UTmost 2013 winners


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Today is the day you all have been waiting for: the results of the 2013 UTMost Best Of survey are in! Well, you may not have been wait-ing for it, but consider it the guide you never knew you needed until now. After all, your Fri-day just got exponen-tially better now that you know where to go for the best margarita in town (pg. 17) and who has the best happy hour (pg. 16). We would like to

thank you, the read-ers, for your responses to the survey. You have spoken – and now it’s time to reveal your fa-vorite businesses, res-taurants and organiza-tions around town. With SXSW becom-ing a distant memory, was it voted as Austin’s most beloved festival or did ACL come out on top? Find out on page 19. Which local favorite has the tastiest chips and salsa? Take a peek at page 18.

From the best co� ee-house to the best smoke shop, the best food truck to the best music venue, we surveyed the UT community to � nd out what your top picks were. Check out the full list of winners and run-ner’s up on pages 15 to 25. On another note, spring is � nally upon us, so we’ve � lled the rest of this edition with ways for you to make the most out of Austin’s most enjoyable season

of the year. As Katey Psencik put it, “blink during a Texas spring and it’s sum-mertime before you know it.” Check out how to take advantage of spring’s hottest colors on page 9 and tips to planning a successful camping trip with your friends on page 11. So take a break from the books and take some time to enjoy our beautiful city. We hope this edition inspires you to visit one of the UT-

Most winners, spend the weekend at Austin Psych Fest or discover a new food trailer spot (pg. 8).

Happy Easter and UTmost regards,

Alex VickerySpecial editions editor

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Feature SXSStudents

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Good EatsFood trucks exist outside of

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Style Notes Delicious spring colors

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ExploreOur guide to roughing it


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Showcasing students around campus


Lauren Westinternational relations and global studies senior

West would describe her style as a cross between Jackie O. and bohemian.“It’s classy and fun at the same time,” West said.

Style pet peeve: Wearing too much makeup

Wearing: Blue chi� on dress, light brown cardigan and sandals.

Krysia Garcia English senior

“ Sonic because they have a great happy hour with a variety of drinks. Especially with the weather getting hot-ter, all I can think about are cherry limeades! ”

Don Leaerospace engineering freshman

“ Whataburger. We could use another one that’s actu-ally on campus.”

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?Tieu keeps it simple with a small cross-body bag, carrying a Nintendo DS to keep busy during her breaks in between classes, a pair of Ray Bans to keep the sun out of her eyes as she plays and a small bottle of hand sanitizer to help stay germ-free.

Jenny Tieuinternational relations and global studies junior

SpotlightWhat fast food would you like to see on campus?

Jose Ortizhistory senior

“ McDonald’s. � e one on MLK is just not close enough. We need one in the SAC or the Union.”


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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

4/1 4/2 4/3 4/4 4/5 4/6

Tensnake10 p.m.@ Kingdom

The Black Angels5 p.m.@ Waterloo Records (free)

Obscured by Echoes9 p.m.@ Mohawk

Shivery Shakes9 p.m.@ Mohawk

Confusapalooza7 p.m. @ Antone’s

Kat Edmonson7 p.m. @ Paramount

4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/12 4/13

Brownout9 p.m. @ Holy Mountain

Grizzly Bear7 p.m. @ Stubb’s

Night Court9 p.m. @ Beerland

Sigur Ros7:30 p.m. @ Cedar Park Center

John Mellencamp9:30 p.m.@ ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Bleached9 p.m. @ Red 7

Ruthie Foster8 p.m. @ Cactus Cafe

4/14 4/15 4/16 4/17 4/18 4/19 4/20

Judy Collins6 & 8:30 p.m. @ One World Theater

Chicago8 p.m.@ ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Meat Puppets5 p.m. @ Waterloo Records (free)

Beach Fossils9 p.m. @ Red 7

The South Austin Moonlighters9:30 p.m. @ Lamberts

Austin Reggae Festival3 p.m. @Auditorium Shores

Austin Reggae Festival3 p.m. @Auditorium Shores

4/21 4/22 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/27

Austin Reggae Festival3 p.m. @Auditorium Shores

Danzig5:30 p.m.@ Stubb’s

Peter Murphy7 p.m.@ Belmont

Youth Lagoon6:30 p.m.@ Mohawk

Atlas Genius8 p.m. @ Emo’s

Muchos Backflips9 p.m. @ Frank

Foals9 p.m. @ Emo’s







04/01 UT Symphony Orchestra performs Rite of Spring, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., MRH, Bates Recital Hall 3.838

04/03 Spring 2013 Communication Job & Internship Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., DKR North Endzone, The Club

04/04 “Stuff UT Freshmen Say” talent show, 7 to 8:30 p.m., SAC Ballroom North

04/06 Volleyball National Champions Celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gregory Gym

03/31 Eco-friendly Easter Egg Hunt, noon to 2 p.m., In.gredients

04/03 Carnival ah! 2013, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., ACC Rio Grande Campus

04/06 Zilker Garden Festival, 10 a.m., Zilker Park Botanical Gardens

04/07 Statesman Capitol 10K, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Congress Avenue and Barton Springs Road

03/29 Rotaract/Iranian Students Academic and Cultural Organiza-tion food drive and pool party, 3 to 6 p.m., 2401 Longview St.




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South by Southwest caused a major commotion during spring break with around 49,000 attendees flocking to downtown Austin. From March 8 to 17, SXSW interactive, film and music inundated downtown Austin. Many students stayed in Austin during spring break to attend parts of the conference, like its multitude of music performances, official parties and award-winning film screenings. However, some students had the unique opportunity to be a part of South By itself. While the conference is oriented toward industry professionals, UT students represented a green crowd in a big way. A few student-made films were screened during the film portion of the event, other Longhorns performed with their bands at music venues, and some even represented companies at business panels. Student volunteers helped the conference managers organize events throughout the weeklong festival. Sam Houdek, a radio-television-film junior, played during the music portion with his two bands, Little Lo and Growl. Performing in a total of eight shows, Houdek played drums for Little Lo, a melodic indie-rock band, and guitar for Growl, a garage-pop group. He also had the chance to work at Holy Mountain, which hosted official SXSW parties all week long. Though an exciting experience for young artists, being a student participant at SXSW was not easy, Houdek reveals. “It’s different because you carry a weight with you

the whole week,” he said, “knowing that when you get back, you’re not only going to have a ton of work to do, but you’re going to be beyond exhausted and have zero desire to do any sort of work.” Regardless, Houdek feels that attending SXSW was a rewarding experience. He and his band were able to network with others in the music industry; they met bands and label representatives from the United Kingdom, including garage band Palma Violets. Houdek had the opportunity to meet the president of the apparel company Vans, who passed on Houdek’s band’s music to the head of the artist-booking company for Vans’ events. Houdek, who hopes to become involved in artist booking, management and event planning, believes that marketing with confidence is the best way to reach success. “It’s worth really putting yourself out there, in terms of performance or networking, because people recognize when you’re trying as hard as you can,” he said. Mohit Patel, a freshman business student, represented the company NinjaThat during SXSW Interactive. Patel serves as a brand ambassador for NinjaThat, which provides organizations with an on demand student task force to accomplish missions and tasks. Patel hopes that his involvement in SXSW educated people about ways to be proactive when finding a job. “It was my first SXSW, so I had a lot of high expectations,” Patel said. “I got to see various kinds of people, from entertainers to

tech executives, and it really gave me a great perspective on the culture of Austin. As a business student who aspires to start his own company, it was a great opportunity for me to see how my academic skills and networks would help me succeed. I could see the practical applications of concepts that I will learn in classes, and it was a fantastic window into what my future would look like.” International relations and global studies sophomore Geetika Jerath had the chance to aid in organization and management of SXSW from the inside. As a leader for her volunteer shift, Jerath helped manage the Convergence Venue, a part of the interactive panels, for four days at the Long Center. The venue hosted celebrities who have contributed to digital industries, including the creator of the television series “The Big Bang Theory,” Chuck Lorre, and founder of the music streaming service Spotify, Daniel Ek. Jerath worked with venue managers to coordinate volunteers and ensure a smooth transition from backstage to the front of the venue during panel sessions. For her volunteer work, Jerath received a platinum badge, which allowed her to attend all film, interactive and music events. “My experience as a shift leader and at SXSW in general was absolutely phenomenal,” Jerath said. “It gives you the chance to have a lot of responsibilities and feel like you are truly a part of making the festival happen. College students can still play a huge role by volunteering and making the festival happen.”

South by South StudentLonghorns represented at the conference in a big way

by Priyanka Deshpande

Sam Houdek and his bandmates of local five-piece Growl used this year’s music conference as a networking opporutnity, grabbing the attention of Vans executives.

International relations and global studies sophomore Geetika Jerath poses with actor Michael Cera. In ad-dition to taking selfies with George Michael Bluth, Jerath managed the Convergence for SXSW Interactive.


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Good EatsEmbrace your inner foodie

Drop that (donut)! Get low (calorie)! photos and story by Jackie Ruth

EGG WHITE OMELETIngredients:Liquid egg whites1/2 of one red pepper, diced1/2 of one green bell pepper, diced1/2 of a tomato, dicedGreen onions, choppedSalt and pepper

Directions:1. Pour two servings of egg whites into a skillet on medium heat. 2. Sprinkle the vegetables and seasonings onto one half of the egg. Cook for three to five minutes. 3. Flip the empty half of the omelet onto the half with ingredients and cook for another 30 seconds. Serve and enjoy!

It’s getting warmer again, and eating right is a great way to start achieving the swimsuit look that you want. Here are options for breakfast, lunch and dinner to widen your culinary horizon while keeping your nutrition balanced. Not only are they healthy, but flavorful, too. All of these meals are vegetarian, and both the lunch and dinner options can be made vegan by omitting one ingredient.

STUFFED, ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASHAdapted from cheapandsimplevegetarian.comYou can decide whether to keep the tough outer skin of the squash on or to remove it after roasting. Ingredients: 1/2 of a butternut squash (one serving)1/2 of a red onion, diced1/2 of a red bell pepper, dicedGreen onions, chopped1/2 of one can of black beans3 cloves garlic, mincedSeasonings (for example, paprika, curry powder, cumin)Cheese, salsa (optional toppings) Olive oil

Directions: 1. Preheat the oven to 375. 2. Cut the ends off of the squash, and then cut it in half. 3. Scoop the seeds out with a spoon, and cut a shallow area in the squash so that you can fill it later. 4. Spread olive oil on the baking sheet and both sides of the squash. Put it in the oven flesh (inside) down and roast for 30 to 40 minutes. 5. When it’s close to being finished, sauté the onions and garlic for about three minutes, then add the bell peppers and spices and saute for another five minutes. 6. Stir in the black beans and saute for a couple more minutes. Remove from heat. 7. Take the squash out of the oven. 8. Fill the squash with the sauteed vegetables and add cheese.9. Heat in oven for five to 10 minutes.

MEDITERRANEAN VEGGIE SANDWICHInspired by Panera Bread’s Mediterranean sandwichIngredients:2 slices of bread 2 teaspoons olive oilSundried tomato & basil hummus1/4 of a cucumber, sliced1/4 of a red onion, sliced1/2 of a tomato, slicedLettuceCrumbled tomato & basil feta cheese (can be omit-ted for vegan recipe)

Directions:1. Preheat oven to 300. 2. Spread olive oil and hummus onto both slices of bread, and then place on a baking sheet and bake for five minutes. 3. After removing the bread from the oven, sprinkle the feta cheese on one slice of bread, and then add the vegetables. Put the other slice of bread on top, and you’ve made a refreshing lunch.

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The one thing customers won’t find at this eatery is mo-rality. A new and adventurous American restaurant and wine bar, Flour and Vine transports Austinites back to the pre-pro-hibition era with flapper dresses, comfort foods and live jazz music. Say goodbye to the beloved Hugo’s Restaurant Y Tequila Bar and hello to Flour and Vine. A revamp of Hugo’s from the same owner and chef, Tony Clevenger, Flour and Vine is located on South Lamar. Clevenger has reinvented the res-

taurant’s image by creating a rustic and modern feel through wooden tables, theater style décor and chic artwork provided by the Zach Theater. The restaurant opened its doors in early March and features live perfor-mances a few times a week by employees that will ser-enade while serving. Clevenger has developed a radically different menu than Hugo’s Tex-Mex, that is full of comfort foods with a twist, said co-owner Alexander Wu. The menu reflects influences from soul and southern foods, Europe and Africa. Almost every dish on the menu is comprised of locally grown ingredients. “From our black drum fish to our homemade pastas and produce, currently almost our entire menu is local,” Wu said. “Our goal is simple and our food is simple: de-liver food that works harmoniously with our commit-ment to local and sustainable practices.” The use of fresh and local ingredients reflects the name of the restaurant. “Our dedication to providing Austin with the best of both wine and food created the concept for our restau-

rant,” said Melanie Thompson, a Flour and Vine employee. “We wanted the name to reflect the ingredients we use in our dishes. Once we had established that concept, the rest was history.” Eating and buying locally grown foods promotes sustain-ability, the local community and, most importantly, better-tasting and fresher foods. Unlike mass-produced foods, local-ly grown produce travel fewer miles and use less fossil fuels in

transport, minimizing the carbon footprint of the buyer. “As we continue to find our way in Austin, we are prepared to become a significant part of the community by promoting awareness for local and sustainable foods,” Wu said. Servers, waiters and the bar staff don eye-catching period costumes while serenading a hungry crowd with lounge sing-ing. The overall aesthetic during the dinner service transports customers back to the 1920s prohibition era of moonshine, gangsters, lipstick and “The Great Gatsby.” Everything from the drink selection to the servers exudes Hollywood glam. Even celebrities are getting in on the elegance at Flour and Vine. During the week-long South By South West conference, “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker dined at the new venue with 50 of his friends and guests. Patrons may also partake in wine-tasting classes on select weekends and evenings. The hour-long classes are $49 each and cover everything from the basics of wine to more focused classes on wine and food pairings. The wines have been care-fully selected to showcase organic and sustainable growing practices. In addition to wine tasting, Flour and Vine offers free retail parking for customers. “We hope that Flour and Vine will become an impactful member of the community, and help Austinites experience the many amazing things this city has to offer,” Thompson said. “Mostly, we aim to be a place for the community to come together and enjoy the richness of our beautiful city.” The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the bar staying open until midnight Thursday through Saturday.

The prohibition returns with new restaurant by Bianca Moragnephoto by Flour and Vine

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The food truck rolls on photos and story by Kaci Borowski

Despite being one of the most popular attractions in town, the food trucks stationed on South Congress Avenue will soon be forced to relocate due to the pending construction of a new hotel. Some of the trailers have already moved, but for many, the lot is too good of a location to give up. Several food truck owners and employees expressed their plan to wait until they have to leave to make new plans. Justin Burrow, owner of the newly opened Burro, a gourmet grilled cheese stand, is one of them. “It’s really uncertain,” Burrow said. “We’re just going to try and stay as long as we can.” Bobbi Jo Rice co-owns three trucks in the lot with her mother and sister: Fry Baby, Taco Baby and Waffle Baby. Despite the uncertainty she and her family face with the lot’s unforeseen future, Rice remains optimistic. “Hopefully we can find our own lot,” Rice said. “We could have an entire ‘Baby’ lot!” Although many will be sad to say goodbye to the South Con-gress lot, several food trailer parks have popped up across Austin, each one reflective of the neighborhood they reside in and the clientele they serve. Here are some local lots poised to take over the title of “Austin’s favorite.”



2EAST SIDEEast Sixth Fillin’ Station (East Sixth and Waller streets)

Food trucks: Gonzo Juice, 5th and Chips, Spartan Pizza, Fire Soul, Wholly Kabob, Way South Philly Just a little beyond the bars that populate “Dirty Sixth,” there is an oasis of food trucks open well into the night. For many truck owners on East Sixth, it’s not those seek-ing breakfast tacos or stopping by on their lunch breaks that pay the bills. “There’s a young crowd in this area,” said Virginia Pharr, co-owner of Gonzo Juice. “It’s a bar scene, so there are people out late at night who need something to eat.” Pharr likes the eclectic neighborhood — it gives her and her partners an opportunity to be creative with their menu, testing milk-shake flavors and sandwich combinations on an eager audience. “They’re typically more adventuresome, so we can have more fun with our specials,” Pharr said. Another perk of making their home on the East Side is a healthy sense of camara-derie and creativity within the food truck community. “It’s a certain-minded kind of person to take on a project like this,” Pharr explained. “It’s not an easy way to make money. Most of the people who have these things are kind of badasses.”

CAMPUS Rio Rancho Eatery (26th and Rio Grande streets)

Food trucks: Wunder Waffle, Short Bus Subs, Firefly Pies, Mighty Cone, Wurst Tex, Thai of the Town, Cow Tipping Creamery Wunder Waffle owner Ashley Wearing was originally hoping to set up shop on the South Congress lot before she came across the Rio Rancho eatery near campus. With heavy stu-dent traffic passing by the lot every day, Wear-ing saw a great opportunity. “It was a no brainer,” she said. “From 6 a.m. to 3 a.m., there’s always going to be somebody here.” Featuring a wide variety of carts, the eatery has a truck for every appetite, making it an ide-al spot for hungry college students who can’t agree on where to eat. Although the students and staff of UT offer a large amount of willing and hungry customers, times may get tough for the residents of Rio Rancho during school breaks. “We’re looking to somehow reach the broad-er audience in Austin,” Wearing said. “The students know, but outside of campus, it’s like we’re nonexistent.” Wearing hopes the word will spread about the park. “This area is like a best-kept secret for UT students, but we don’t want it to be,” she said. “We want everybody to know about it!”

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shades ofSpring

by Katey Psencik

Our balmy Texas winter has morphed into an uncharacteristically warm spring. Ready to rock spring’s hottest colors? Pantone’s Fashion Color Report reveals the ten colors that are sure to turn heads this season. You better hurry, though — blink during a Texas spring and it’s summertime before you know it.

This year’s spring colors combine what Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, calls “novel neu-trals” with brighter, lighter colors to create a sense of balance.Use Pantone’s dusk blue, grayed jade and linen as neutral colors and as a base for the season’s brighter colors like nectarine.

Emerald, a lush, vibrant green, was named Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year. Rock emer-ald this season to add a little bit of sparkle to your spring wardrobe.

Spring’s anchor color is this season’s bright-er, cheerier alternative to classic navy — Monaco blue. Pair it with Pantone’s tender shoots, the attention-grabbing yellow-green, to really turn heads.

Spring fashion is about exuberance and bright colors. Lemon zest and poppy red serve as the fun, cheery shades of the season. Balance these two with one of the novel neutrals to make them pop.

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For the past five years, passionate psychedelic rock music fans from around the world have looked to Austin for an event attracting the best names in the genre: Austin Psych Fest. From April 26 to 28, it will celebrate its sixth year even bigger and better than before. At its first completely outdoor venue, the sprawling Carson Creek Ranch, fans will be able to camp onsite; completely emerging themselves in the weekend ex-perience. “We really want to build up more of that festival community,” said Erica Shamaly, director of business development and marketing. The new venue will host three music stages for attendees to enjoy both day and night, as well as showcase a variety of local Austin vendors and artists. “It has really been a truly homegrown Austin festival,” Shamaly said. Austin Psych Fest began as a small word-of-mouth show founded by four friends, including Alex Maas and Christian Bland of The Black Angels. With a lineup curated by some of the genre’s best, the festival has grown into an internationally acclaimed, sold-out event. This year’s stellar lineup spans the gamut of psychedelic rock, including the legend-ary The Moving Sidewalks and Os Mutantes alongside more contemporary bands like Deerhunter and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. What sets Psych Fest apart from other Austin music festivals is the camaraderie built around a single genre of music. Bands, as well as loyal fans, are eager to return each year for a completely unique festival experience. “It’s a really tight-knit, cool community of people that come together to create good music and art,” Shamaly said. Weekend and day passes, as well as camping passes, are still available. For layaway options, the full lineup and more details visit austinpsychfest.com.

San Francisco five-piece Thee Oh Sees melt faces at 2012’s Psych Fest. In its sixth year, the festival will move from indoor venues to Carson Creek Ranch. Photo credit to Psych Fest and Pooneh Ghana.

New venue, same spirit; Psych Fest moves to the great outdoors

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Into the wild

Shorts weather has arrived. We’re starting to see more joggers along The Drag and more kayaks on Lady Bird Lake. Talk of swimming and — dare we say it — summer vacation is among us. There may be two months of school left, but who says you can’t start your outdoorsy adventure sooner? Before the Texas nights become unbearable, take a weekend camping trip using Longhorn Life’s handy tips and tricks. Spending time in the outdoors can either be a blissful, post-card vacation or a scene from a camping trip gone wrong, complete with wild animals raiding your food stash. To save you from the mishaps of a bad experience, here are some help-ful tips to make your trip to the good ol’ outdoors a memorable one.

Longhorn Life’s guide to roughing it

What to pack- Long pants Shorts would seem like the ideal camping attire, but try pants to reduce the chance of cuts and poison ivy from rub-bing against you. There’s no such thing as too many clothes when camping, so layer up. Besides, with the Texas weather so up and down, you never know whether your tent will be a sauna or an igloo at night.- Sleeping bag If you’re not the type to lay just a few blankets down, a sleeping bag is a necessity. If it doesn’t have a built-in pillow, be sure to bring one to avoid resorting to a pile of leaves as a headrest.- Water-resistant tent Unless you’re staying in a campsite with a cabin, you’ll need to bring your own shelter. A water-resistant tent will keep you dry and happy in case of a surprise rainstorm. Set-

ting up a tent can be a little difficult, though, so practice put-ting it up with your friends in your backyard before you leave.- First-aid kit A lot can go wrong while camping, so bandages are a must. Some other helpful things to include are sterile gauze pads, antiseptic wipes, Neosporin, adhesive tape, tweezers, dispos-able gloves, a snakebite kit, alcohol pads and basic first-aid instructions. These will help you clean and take care of cuts, splinters and open wounds.- Sunscreen Even under the shade of the trees, you’ll need sunscreen to avoid getting burnt. Remember to apply it as often as the bottle instructs you to, or else you’ll need to stop for some aloe on the way home.- Food and water When it comes to cooking at a campsite, some say the easiest things to make are hot dogs. You put them on a stick, place them over the fire until they are done and “voila”! Other foods that cook easily over a fire are beans, chili and fish. If you bring a skillet, you can also make burgers. And of course, don’t forget ingredients for s’mores; they’re a camping clas-sic. Bring a cooler to put all these things in to keep them cold and refreshing. You wouldn’t want any meat to go bad or to drink lukewarm water. Be eco-friendly! Bring trash bags to put your waste in.Some other practical things to consider bringing along: a flashlight, batteries, a lighter, music, waterproof matches, a pocketknife, map and a compass. These will keep you well-prepared during your outdoor excursion.

Buddy system We’ve all been taught during summer camps and at school to never go anywhere by yourself and the same goes for camp-ing. Always have one of your friends come with you whenever you have to leave your campsite. This will come in handy if one of you gets hurt or if you get lost. Using the buddy system is an easy way to keep track of all your friends when traveling around the site, too.

Location Make sure to know your surroundings while camping; it will help decrease the chances of you getting lost. Try to be familiar as possible with your campsite and the surrounding areas. So where should you go camping? Lucky for you and your friends, Austin has a few sites that are considered regulars for campers. Choose one of these close-by locations for your out-door adventure. - McKinney Falls State Park – 13 miles outside of Austin, rang-ing from $15 to $24. - Krause Springs – 30 miles west of Austin, $12 for adults and $6 for kids. - Lake Travis – Pace Bend Park and Mansfield Dam Park are just two of the many of campgrounds found around Lake Tra-vis. Some final tipsHelp each other out, have a good attitude about every situ-ation, explore, discover, relax and take lots of pictures. This kind of experience will bring you and your friends closer to-gether, and will create unforgettable memories.

by Mira Millaillustrations by Sara Gonzalez

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Runnin’ on empty by Katey Psencik

Our guide to starting (and finishing!) 10K training

April 7 marks Austin’s 36th annual Capitol 10,000 race. While it’s probably too late to start training for this year’s Cap10K, check out these tips and tricks to get in shape for your next big race.

1. Visit your doctor to get cleared. It’s important that your body is in top shape before doing any strenuous physical activity. Before any warm-ups or stretches, have a full physi-cal to ensure your body is in prime condition to take on a 6.2-mile run.

2. Buy new shoes. Medical experts say you should replace your running shoes every 300 to 400 miles, as shoes lose shock absorption, cushioning and stability over time.3. Warm up and stretch before running, and cool down af-terward. Warming up promotes circulation and will help you get in a longer, tougher workout without any pain or fatigue. Cooling down by gradually slowing the level of activity helps your heart rate return to normal, and prevents cramping and dizziness.4. Run at your goal race pace two days per week. If you’re allowing yourself around six weeks of training, set a logical pace at which you intend to run the actual race, then start out by running three miles at that pace in your first week. Increase this by about a mile each week, and soon you’ll be breezing through 6.2 miles at your goal race pace without even losing your breath.5. Run below your goal race pace twice per week, as well. It’s important not to overwork yourself. Tack on a few extra minutes to your goal race pace and run for a longer time than you do on your goal pace days. As with your goal pace running, increase distance with each week to increase your stamina.6. Attend yoga classes or participate in flexibility training. Running causes tightening and shortening of muscles, while yoga’s main goal is to elongate muscles and loosen them up. Yoga will help you gain both physical and mental strength.

7. Lift weights. Weight exercises focusing on your calves, hamstrings, quadriceps and core will help strengthen your muscles and decrease fatigue and pain while running. Your hamstrings and back are particularly important, because these are the muscles that propel you forward while running.8. Take at least one rest day per week. Rest is vital to build-ing muscle and not overworking yourself. Taking at least one rest day a week, two at the most, will allow your muscles to build and repair themselves.9. Do cross-training at least one day per week. Swimming, biking or using the elliptical at your local gym will help you balance out muscle groups and improve your cardiovascular fitness.10. If you’re a beginner, try the walk/run method. Alternate short run segments with short walks. The key to getting this right is to start your walk portion before your run muscles tire. This helps your muscles recover instantly, increasing the distance and time your body will allow you to run without tiring.

Popular Austin running trails:— Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail— Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park— Barton Creek Greenbelt— Great Hills Park Trail— Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park

SOUTH1503 S. 1st St. (South First and Elizabeth streets)Food trucks: Mellizoz Tacos, Dock and Roll Diner, Gourdough’s

Starting up a trailer on South First was an easy decision for Mellizoz Tacos owner Jessica Winters. Having grown up in the area, Winters was attracted to the friendly atmosphere and heavy pedestrian traffic for which the area is known. In addition to families and South Austin residents, Winters sees an influx of customers during the many festivals and concerts that grace the city throughout the year. “During SXSW and Austin City Limits, we see a lot of foot traffic,” she said. Stationed under large shady trees with plenty of tables and space to relax, the park offers an alternative to some of the heavily populated lots. Although the park is currently home to only three trailers, Winters finds it to be an advantage since there’s ample room for parking and less competition for customers among the trucks. “We definitely compliment each other,” Winters said. “We have people who will try every-thing.”

TRUCK continued from p. 8


photo by Monica Zhang

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Beautiful Interior Upgrades

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Pet Park

Business Center

Basketball Courts

Tennis Courts

Covered Parking

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Visit Our Booth at the UT Housing Fair

on February 20th from 11 - 3

Forty Acres Fest is an annual free event that celebrates UT and its students with games like giant chess and Twister, food, drinks and activities like bounce-house obstacle courses or inflatable rock wall climbing. This year, the festi-val will be held on Saturday, April 6, and it may just be the biggest one yet. Although the festival has run from noon to 5 p.m. in the past, the 2013 Forty Acres Fest will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Junior MIS Plan II major Nicole Ferraro is the head chair of Forty Acres Fest, so she coordinates the daytime activities and other important parts of the event. Ferraro is excited about some of the changes coming to the event this year, such as the Office of Sustainability providing recycling and compost bins for the festival. She also said that the East Mall won’t be used this year, as it has in the past, and that six bands will be playing live music during the day. The showcase includes local artists Akina Adderley & the Vintage Playboys, The Ben Baxter Band, Blue Bear, Suite 709, Jona-thas of the show “The Voice” and The Followthrough. Aside from music, students can expect to see a lot of or-ganizations tabling at Forty Acres Fest this year. Undeclared sophomore Vicky Nguyen, the Forty Acres Fest organiza-tions officer, said that about 80 organizations signed up for priority deadline, and expects there to be more by the time the regular deadline for sign-up ends on March 29. Priority sign-up allows the organizations to have the first picks for lo-cations, rather than being assigned a spot somewhere within the vicinity of the event. This year’s Forty Acres Fest is already expected to be big-

ger than previous years; priority sign-up averages about 60 organizations, and they have already surpassed that number. Forty Acres Fest is a chance for student organizations to raise money by selling food, drinks and other items, due to the large number of people in one space. Activities offered by organization booths include henna and face painting, and the Campus Environmental Center will have a bubble maker as part of their setup. If you get hungry, there will be funnel cakes, and the Chinese Student Association plans on having cotton candy. You can wash it all down with some butterbeer from the Austin Harry Potter Alliance, or play beaker pong — beer pong played with beakers instead of cups, and water instead of alcohol. To reduce environmental impact, as part of the Office of Sustainability’s move to make the campus more eco-friend-ly, organizations will be using recyclable and biodegradable products whenever possible. Much of the festival is run by volunteers. Forty Acres Fest provides an opportunity for students to get involved on cam-pus and to gain volunteer hours that they may need. At night, there is a concert held in front of the Tower, and past headliners have included Girl Talk and Big Boi. The headliner for this year’s festival will be pop-rap group Chiddy Bang. “If you haven’t come out before, it’s something you need to experience,” Ferraro said. “There’s something for every-one.”

Forty Acres Fest offers free food and fun by Jackie Ruth

photo courtesy of Forty Acres Fest

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We asked the University of Texas student body, staff and faculty, where can we find a great margarita? Where can I get a new ‘do? Where do I want to live? Basically, who is the best and brightest in Austin?

...you answered.

Food & drink page 15 — 18

Entertainment/ page19 — 22shopping/living Services page 23 — 24

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Featured by the Food Network, the Cooking Channel and The New York Times, Chi’Lantro has been making a big name for itself outside of Austin. It’s also celebrated here at home, and with its unique menu of Korean and Mexican fusion dishes, it’s not hard to see why. Serving up flavorful Bulgogi tacos topped with Korean salad and fries smothered with caramelized Kim chi, Korean barbeque and sriracha, you’ll manage to satisfy both your appe-tite and your foodie tendencies without burning a hole in your wallet. Track them down on twitter (@ChiLantroBBQ) to get your fix. Kaci Borowski


photo by Leanne Chia


Home Slice Pizza is the place to go if you want authentic New York-style pies. You can buy a whole pizza to share, or just get yourself a slice if you’re feeling self-indulgent. The SoCo restaurant is dine-in or take-out, and if you choose to stay, you can eat inside or out on the patio. Despite the pizza be-ing New York-style, Home Slice’s atmosphere is truly Austin-style. The main Home Slice building is closed on Tuesdays, but if you simply have to have it, More Home Slice next door will be open to satisfy your craving. Jackie Ruth

1415 S. Congress Ave.

photo by Trisha Seelig

Milto’s Mediterranean Cafe specializes in both Italian and Greek entrees, as well as pizza, pasta and sub sandwiches. It’s conveniently located close to campus and accepts Bevo Bucks. Milto’s is also an official UT vendor, as manager Joe Rodriguez participates in many on-campus activities, includ-ing organization fundraisers. It has recently extended its hours until mid-night on Friday and Saturday, so you can get a late-night Mediterranean fix. Make sure to follow Milto’s on Twitter and “like” its Facebook page for Bevo Bucks deals, as well. Jackie Ruth


photo by Taylor Prewitt

Named after the color of the fruit at its peak ripeness, Red Mango is dedicat-ed to using only the best all-natural ingredients. The yogurt is infused with Red Mango’s exclusive super biotics, and comes in a variety of flavors rang-ing from Irish Cream to Green Tea to Spicy Aztec Chocolate. But, they’re not limited to typical frozen yogurt; Red Mango also makes fruit smoothies, artisan hot chocolate and frozen coffee chillers. Katie Dickerson

photo by Monica Zhang

2909 Guadalupe St.

2222 Rio Grande St.

(512) 476-1496 | Hours: Sun - Thu, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 11 a.m. - midnight(512) 476-1021 | Hours: Mon - Thu, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 11 a.m. - midnight; Sun, noon - 10:30 p.m.

Check the website for hours, location: www.chilantrobbq.com (512) 444-7437 | Hours: Mon - Thu, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Fri - Sat 11 a.m. - midnight; Sun, noon - 11 p.m.


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If you’re looking for cheap, delicious, strong drinks any day of the week, Trudy’s is the place to be. They boast the “world famous Mexican Martini,” on special for $6 every Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. — a steal for the sheer amount of alcohol that’s in the “MexMart.” Be sure to arrange for a designated driver if you’re going to either of the two locations further from campus. Try the different daily special margaritas, because every option is deli-cious: house margaritas, top shelf, sangria, strawberry and more. A little known secret: visit for Sunday brunch to enjoy $2.50 Bloody Marys, Greyhounds, Salty Dogs, Mimosas, Ruby Red margaritas and Screwdrivers until noon. Katey Psencik

409 W. 30th St.

happy hour

photo by Rachel Lau


Madam Mam’s serves authentic, family-style Thai cuisine. It is dedicated to using only the freshest of ingredients while providing fast, efficient service. Chatfuang, or “Mam” as her friends called her, worked as a restaurateur in Bangkok and served as a Thai food critic before opening Madam Mam’s in Austin. With generous portions and affordable prices, even on a student budget, it’s clear why the restaurant has won Best Asian Food for the second year in a row. Shantanu Banerjee

2514 Guadalupe St.

asian food

photo by Leanne Chia

If you close your eyes and walk 100 yards in any direction in Austin, chances are you’ll run into a barbeque restaurant of some sort — good barbeque around here is as easy to find as hipsters and reusable shopping bags. It takes something special to be the best, and Rudy’s has it. From “Sause so good that it deserves a distinction from all other barbeque sauces” to gal-lons of cream corn, Rudy’s is Texas barbeque done right. Order brisket, sausage, turkey, ribs, chicken or pork loin. They’ll serve it to you on plastic, with however many bread slices you desire, along with potato salad, spicy beans, cream corn, coleslaw and new potatoes you can eat until your pants don’t fit anymore. Slather it all with some “Sause” (or “Sissy sause,” if you can’t handle the flavor) and enjoy. Watch out, though — if you admit you’re a first-timer at the cash register, you’re in for a little recognition. Katey Psencik


photo by Taylor Prewitt

Tex-Mex may be abundant in Austin, but it’s hard to find that one restaurant that has absolutely everything you could ever want. Well, Trudy’s is it. From an appetizer menu boasting giant nachos and tortilla soup, to a specialized migas menu and an entire page of enchiladas, Trudy’s is heaven for the Tex-Mex lover. The menu can be overwhelming, but if you choose one of their top ten specialties, you can’t go wrong. Try the Cholula Honey Chicken for something unique, or fall back on old favorites like fajitas or flautas. Order two glasses of water, though — everything’s spicy, just as it should be. Katey Psencik

mexican food

photo by Larry Miller

2451 S. Capital of Texas Highway

409 W. 30th St.

(512) 329-5554 | Hours: Mon - Thu, 6 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun, 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

(512) 477-2935 | Hours: Mon - Thu, 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Fri - Sun, 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. (512) 472-8306 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(512) 477-2935 | Hours: Mon - Thu, 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Fri - Sun, 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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Fricano’s Deli has become West Campus’ hub for fine sandwiches. Paul Fricano started this Austin-based shop in 2006, aiming to provide fresh food and excellent customer service with a neighborhood feel. The deli serves authentic and delicious sandwiches made from quality meats and cheeses on rustic breads. Customers have the chance to create their own sandwiches and salads, too, instead of ordering one of their specials, like the Paul’s Spicy Ruben or Fricano’s Ham and Cheese. What’s more, the warm atmosphere of Fricano’s dining room and patio makes the sandwich-eating experience worthwhile. Priyanka Deshpande

2405 Nueces St.



photo by Sneha Joshi


Kerbey Lane Café has five restaurants around the city, and UT students have a hankering for the Austin-founded diner’s university location. Kerbey prides itself on supporting Austin’s small business community by using fresh, locally grown ingredients. Open 24 hours a day, it is the perfect desti-nation for late-night snackers. Kerbey offers breakfast food all day long, with a specialty menu featuring delicious combinations of eggs, chicken, steak, bacon, English muffins, beans and potatoes. To veteran Kerbey-goers, it will come as no surprise that the most popular dishes are its homemade pan-cakes in a variety of creative flavors and Kerbey Queso. Priyanka Deshpande

2606 Guadalupe


photo by Sneha Joshi

Veggie Heaven is a favorite among students for its vegan and vegetarian-on-ly cuisine as well as its close proximity to campus. From spring rolls to fried rice and curries, this restaurant cooks up unique dishes that make students want to eat their vegetables. It prides itself on serving fresh, healthy food with an oriental twist, but its menu also has a Tex-Mex touch with quesadilla options. Veggie Heaven boasts tasty blends of tofu and crispy vegetables sauteed in spices and sauces that could make your mouth burn, but you can cool down with its variety of bubble and green teas. Priyanka Deshpande

photo by Sneha Joshi The margarita is a Southwest tradition, and in Texas, we know how to weed out the weak. Tried and true by UT students, the Trudy’s margarita stands with the best of them. Whether you want it on the rocks with salt or a sweet sangria refresher, Trudy’s has a margarita for you. Walk over after class on Mondays and Wednesdays to enjoy $4 house ‘ritas, or check out special days for strawberry and sangria flavors. If you’re feeling particularly adven-turous, you can add a floater to take the edge off of the day. Abby Johnston

photo by Zagat

1914 Guadalupe St.409 W 30th St.

(512) 457-1013 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 11 a.m. - 8:45 p.m.; Sat - Sun, noon - 8:45 p.m.

(512) 482-3322 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat - Sun, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (512) 477-5717 | Hours: Daily 24 hours

Fricano’s Deli

veggie heaven

(512) 477-2935 | Hours: Mon - Thu, 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Fri - Sun, 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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Already known as a UT staple for breakfast and late-night eats, Kerbey Lane Café can add Best Chips and Salsa to their trophy case. The serving is just the right size to share with a few friends, and it’s the perfect snack for be-tween classes or to fuel your walk home after the bars close. Be sure to pair it with the Kerbey Queso, which is layered over guacamole and topped with fresh pico de gallo. Kaci Borowski

chips & salsa

photo by Alejandro Silveyra


Not only is The Local a well-stocked, low key hangout with good prices and even better people, it also happens to be within shouting distance of campus. With majorly comfortable couches and quirky specials like “happy minutes” that allow you to score $1 drafts for 15-minute intervals, The Local is the perfect spot to unwind with friends. The spacious patio out back gives you a prime spot to soak up some of the Austin sun, while still keeping an eye on the Longhorns’ score. If you want to get in on the action, too, there are foosball and pool tables to satisfy your own competitive edge. Kaci Borowski

2610 Guadalupe St.



photo by Alex Vickery

America’s most famous coffee shop is a favorite among Longhorns, too. Starbucks is well known for its smooth, hot or chilled coffee beverages, as well as for its teas, hot chocolate, pastries and snacks. The Starbucks on the corner of 24th and Nueces streets offers a cozy lounge in which students often study. Popular drinks, including frappuccinos and espressos, have just the right amount of caffeine to help students stay awake to study throughout the night. Priyanka Deshpande

photo by Monica Zhang “Hopdoddy was created to express the perfect union of burgers and beer,” says the Hopdoddy website, and they do both well: fresh, all-natural burgers and handcrafted beer from local breweries. Hopdoddy’s burgers range from the basic to the bizarre. Patrons can request anything from lettuce to mush-rooms to corn fritos, or even enjoy a burger made of bison, lamb, sushi-grade tuna or black bean-corn patties. Having a hard time choosing? You can’t go wrong with The Goodnight, which features everything that’s good about a Texas burger bar: angus beef, Tillamook cheddar cheese, hickory barbeque sauce, caramelized onions, sliced jalapenos and “sassy sauce.” Add a side of Kennebec fries and a big bottle of ketchup, and you’re good to go. Is your stomach growling yet? Katey Psencik

photo by Monica Zhang

inside the Union & the Student Activities Center1400 S.

Congress Ave.

(512) 243-7505 | Hours: Sun - Thu, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

(512) 478-2337 | Hours: Daily noon - 2 a.m.

2606 Guadalupe


(512) 477-2935 | Hours: Daily 24 hours

(512) 475-6500 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - midnight; Sat, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun, noon - midnight


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It’s little wonder as to why South By Southwest trumped all other festivals in Austin this year. SXSW is a star-studded week overlapping with UT’s spring break, celebrating the best in upcoming film, technology, comedy and mu-sic. The behemoth offers volunteer opportunities for students to earn passes and discounted music wristbands for locals, giving everyone a chance to join in the fun. Celebrating its 26th year this past spring break, SXSW rolled out surprise guests like Justin Timberlake, Usher and Prince. Shantanu Banerjee

photo by Leanne Chia


Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is more than just brisket and sauce; it’s about the music, too. Stubb’s combines a Texan’s love of tasty barbeque with great music. It all began when Christopher B. Stubblefield, or “Stubb,” moved to Lubbock, Texas and opened a restaurant serving up delicious barbeque. In the 1970s, Stubb’s was at the center of a thriving music scene. Fast-forward to today, and the popular music venue still stays true to its tradition of good food, cold beer and live music in Austin. From rock to rap music, Stubb’s outdoor concerts never disappoint. With a wide variety of concert listings, it’s easy to find something to suit your musical tastes. Elysse Alvarado

801 Red River St.

photo by Sneha Joshi

Buffalo Exchange brings you higher-end clothing and shoe brands for less. The thrift store isn’t selling your grandma’s sweater vest, but more along the lines of last season’s fashion. Manager Cat West said that mall labels are the store’s bread and butter — offering clothing options from Hot Topic, Chico’s, Urban Outfitters and many other places at reduced prices. Tired of your current wardrobe? Earn extra cash by taking your clothes into Buf-falo Exchange and peruse the racks for some new additions. Regardless of design or season, Buffalo Exchange has something for everyone. Jackie Ruth

photo by Mika Locklear

Whether you’re gifting for a fashionable 20-something (i.e. yourself) or your mom, Kendra Scott has a selection that guarantees you leave the store satisfied. Her patented Color Bar lets you to pick from 26 stones and 23 earring, necklace and ring silhouettes for a truly customized piece. Visit the sleek South Congress store for cupcakes and champagne, and walk out with your new accessory in minutes; or you can order online with her interactive design system and wait for that cheery yellow box to come in the mail. Kendra Scott is all about customer service and making sure your jewelry makes you feel unique. Mira Milla

photo by Mika Locklear

2904 Guadalupe St.

1400 S. Congress Ave.

(512) 354-4737 | Hours: Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (512) 480-9922 | Hours: Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

(512) 480-8314 | Hours: Varies on show time

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Hardworking students need a way to let off some steam every once and awhile. BC Smoke Shop is the go-to for those looking to add some shiny new glass to their collection. This tiny store features a wide selection of quality glass, better suited for an art museum than a smoke shop. Many pipes are designed by local artists, and the store’s knowledgeable and attentive staff can help find the right one for you. Alex Vickery


We’re all familiar with the co-op, but few know just how many options it provides to students to make textbook affordable. With their rental, buy-back and rebate programs, few stores can give students the same low prices. The co-op has also partnered with an eBook provider to make online textbooks a more competitive option to renting. Being a university affiliate, the co-op almost always has what you need for class. With online textbooks and a multitude of payment options, next time you’re at the co-op check out more than just the clothes. Shantanu Banerjee

photo by Leanne Chia


Every Texan’s favorite supermarket, H-E-B, has more than 315 stores through-out Texas and Mexico, including 10 in Austin. Famished Longhorns frequent the 41st Street location, which has fresh produce and tons of organic options. The knowledgeable staff is eager to help customers when it comes to track-ing down specific products. From food to medications to UT paraphernalia, H-E-B has everything your healthy heart desires and proves its slogan, “Here everything’s better,” to be true. Bianca Moragne

photo by Chelsea Jackson

Twin Liquors is a tradition that began in downtown Austin in the 1800s, and has spread throughout the city and Central Texas. The stores tend to cater to their individual neighborhoods, while also carrying a variety of liquors and wines. You can find Twin Liquors stores in close vicinity to campus, includ-ing Centennial Liquors, which is owned by the Twin Liquors family. Twin Liquors regularly offers deals, too, which is helpful for students on a budget. Jackie Ruth

photo by Taylor Prewitt photo by Sneha Joshi

(512) 476-7211 | Hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (512) 459-6513 | Hours: Daily 24 hours

2246 Guadalupe St.




(512) 482-0630 | Hours: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - midnight; Sun noon - midnight


617 W. 29th St.

(512) 451-7400 | Hours: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun closed

1000 E. 41st St.

1000 E. 41st St. BC’s

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Langford Market offers a collection of classy, casual clothing and accessories, with a bright, whimsical inventory. The ladies at the downtown location are always ready with a smile and fashion advice, and, if you come in on Sunday, maybe even a mimosa. Prima Dora’s specialty gifts has just about everything you can think of, from accessories to hand-blown glass. Its unique selection of locally made gifts will ensure you find the perfect present. Katie Dickerson

photo by Leanne Chia


Started by famed biker Lance Armstrong, Mellow Johnny’s sell bicycles for “racers, commuters, fixies and fitness,” according to its Web site. It also offers professional tune-up services, parts, gear, performance apparel and showers, lockers and storage for commuters. Tied for first with Mellow Johnny’s, Clown Dog Bikes sells new and used bikes, and features both on their website so you can scope out what you need before stepping foot in the store. It offers 10 percent off additional purchases when you buy a bike, too, which comes in handy for buying helmets and bike locks — necessities for cyclists in Austin. Katey Psencik

photo by Alejandro Silveyra

photo by Sneha Joshi

4700 W. Guadalupe St.

(512) 482-8500 | Hours: Mon - Thu, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 10 a.m.-9p.m.; Sun, 11a.m.-7 p.m.


(512) 919-8600 | Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun, noon - 5 p.m. (512) 450-1500 | Hours: Mon, Wed, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Longhorns love North Campus living so much that they couldn’t choose just one place. Close to campus, the Avalon Co-Op is as convenient but less pricey than West Campus apartments. House members are required to perform four to five hours of household labor per week in exchange for discounted rent. A little farther up Guadalupe, living in The Triangle means never having to leave; the apartments are stacked above some of Austin’s best retail, service and restaurant establish-ments. It’s just a short walk across the street to the Intramural Fields bus stop, too, which means saving money on gas and parking. Katey Psencik



1300 Crossing Place


(512) 447-4736 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 10a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat - Sun, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

3000 University Ave.

249 W. 2nd St.1912 S. Congress Ave.

400 Nueces St. 2821 San Jacinto Blvd.

A quick bus ride south of campus lands you in Austin’s burgeoning student-housing spot — Riverside. University Estates offers a cheaper alternative to apartments immediately surrounding campus. To add to financial peace of mind, the per-bed leases include all bills paid options, and free cable with HBO. When you’re not hanging out in your new, furnished apartment (al-though unfurnished options are available), go lounge out by the resort-style pool. Abby Johnston

photo by Monica Zhang

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photo courtesy of Axis West Campus


201 Speedway

photo by Leanne Chia

photo by Channing Holman

2414 Guadalupe St.

2505 Longview St.

(512) 588-2969 | Hours: Daily 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.



(512) 582-7281 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. (512) 232-1926 | Hours: varied for restaurants

Jester, the biggest residence hall on campus, has it all. Hungry? Go to J2 dining hall or Jester City Limits. Sick? Jester Market will meet all your needs, from chicken soup to Nyquil. Late-night craving? Wendy’s is open until 3 a.m., and yes, they take Bevo Bucks. With a coffee shop, pizza kitchen, smoothie store and Longhorn gift store, it’s a wonder that you ever need to leave. With so many popular features, it’s hard for any other dorm on campus to compare. Shantanu Banerjee

Opened in August 2012, Axis West Campus features state-of-the-art amenities and luxury interior finishes. The complex boasts a resort-style pool, innovated fitness studio and two tanning beds as courtesies to residents. It is also one of the few pet-friendly communities in West Campus. Don’t worry about wrangling rent, it is on a per-bed basis, so you won’t be penalized if your beloved roomie doesn’t pay rent on time. The best part? It’s just a hop and a skip away from campus. Katie Dickerson

West Campus Living offers a unique realty experience for students in a variety of areas and price ranges. Because it represents properties rather than peddling its own, West Campus Living can provide unbiased, expert realty advice. Appointments fill up fast with the staff, some of which are Texas Exes, so plan ahead in your apartment search. With West Campus Living, you can find a place that will fit your needs. Channing Holman

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photo by Trisha Seelig

2007 Guadalupe St.

photo by Channing Holman

(512) 445-0500 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.Check the website for more locations: www.birdsbarbershop.com (512) 499-8266 | Hours: Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Birds Barbershop provides both affordable and stylish haircuts to men and women. Founded in 2006 by two childhood friends, Birds has expanded to five locations around Austin. While you’re waiting for your makeover, grab a free beer and play some arcade games like Crystal Castles and Pacman. Haircuts range in price from the men’s buzzcut at $15 to $50 or more for color and styling. Walk-ins are welcome but bike-ins are desired — ride your bike to Bird’s and get a free hair wash! Elysse Alvarado

Spring has sprung, and if you’ve been spending too much time in the PCL preparing for midterms, your legs are probably looking pretty pasty in shorts if they haven’t seen the light of day since November. Head on over to Darque Tan, and they’ll set you up with a cheap, quality tanning package that en-sures complete satisfaction. With a number of tanning beds with varying heat levels, they tailor each package toward your current skin tone and your de-sired tan intensity. Packages start at $30 per month, a relatively affordable fee for students. They also offer sunless tanning packages if you’re cancer-wary. Katey Psencik


1902 S. Congress Ave.

(512) 478-4621 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 7 a.m - 7 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun closed

2911 S. 1st St.615 W. MLK Blvd.

(512) 804-5228 | Hours: Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Jack Brown is a family-owned business that has been washing and ironing clothes since 1935. They’re known for their Wednesday specials, which fea-ture $2.90 laundered stripe shirts, $5.35 women’s blouses, pants and skirts, and $9.99 two-piece suit and plaid dresses. Jack Brown’s March Monthly Spe-cial is 25 percent off of shoe repair, so print out a coupon and pull out your old, faithful shoes for a spring spruce up! Check online for daily specials at jackbrowncleaners.com. Channing Holman

Great Nails & Spa is known for its Deluxe Pedicure. Despite the ho-hum sign and lackluster strip mall location, the cozy nail salon has become a haven for those looking for an affordable and invigorating manicure and pedicure experience. This magical place, where both chatty women and men go to get hour-long foot massages accompanied by upbeat music, is always crowded, so an appointment is advisable. But even the longest of lines don’t seem so bad when you can bring your own beer or wine! The staff is friendly and at-tentive, and they will knead out the toughest of knots with patience during this popular pedicure. Bianca Moragne

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3511 Guadalupe St.

photo by Taylor Prewitt

photo by Taylor Prewitt

photo by Channing Holman

3120 Guadalupe St. 700 S. Lamar Blvd.

(512) 732-2231| Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; closed Sun

905 E. 41st St.

(512) 451-2696 | Hours: Daily 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


(512) 492-8400 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


(512) 275-0535 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; closed Sun

Bird’s Barbershop specializes in a variety of cuts at low prices. The close-to-campus shop accepts walk-ins and Bevo Bucks, in case your cash flow is a slightly limited. The shop has multiple locations for off-campus residents, too, including Burnet, South Lamar, East Sixth and South Congress. If you bike to the shop, stylists will give you a free cut just for being environmentally friendly. Stop in to see what cuts suit you the best, like the shortcut or buzz cut. Channing Holman

Only in Austin could a business called Groovy Lube be a premier mechanic shop, but hey, we like to keep it weird. Don’t let the name fool you, the me-chanics at Groovy Lube take pride in their fair prices and quality work. Start-ed in 1993, the business has grown to four locations in the Austin area, which all act as full service automotive repair shops. Whether you need a simple oil change or a complicated brake fix, the Groovy Lube team has you covered. Abby Johnston

During Round-up weekend or a downtown outing, there’s always that one friend who has too much to drink and gets sick in the car. Maybe one of the reasons why UT students picked Arbor Car Wash as the best is because the staff will clean that up, whether it’s on the inside or out. Not only will they save you from tossing your own cookies, but if you show them your UT ID, they’ll give you a $3 to $5 discount on the wash. Keep your eyes peeled, be-cause Arbor runs specials and coupons tailored to UT students in various campus booklets. Ali Killian

Home of express alterations, Ace Tailor offers experienced tailors of over 20 years for low prices. Stop in to Ace Tailor before graduation, the next job fair or anytime you need a piece of ill-fitting clothing from the past or present fit, altered and cut. Ace Tailor offers 15 percent off for customers during the month of April. Sign up for the coupon in-store or grab one from the sur-rounding boutiques. Channing Holman

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Honorable mentionHere are other noteworthy businesses that you told us you loved.

Best Happy Hour:Chuy’s1728 Barton Springs(512) 474-4452Try the house margarita

Hole in the Wall2538 Guadalupeholeinthewallaustin.comLocation, location, location!

Best Mexican Food:Chuy’s1728 Barton Springs(512) 474-4452Creamy ranch dip is to die for.

Torchy’s2801 Guadalupe(512) 494-8226Mix it up with the monthly taco

Best Asian Food:8882400 E. Oltorf(512) 448-4722Un-pho-gettable

Thai Spice2100 Guadalupe(512)482-8919You thought Trudy’s was spicy...

Best BBQFranklin900 E. 11th St.(512)653-1187World famous brisket.

Salt Lick3600 Presidential Blvd.(512)530-2959Bring a cooler - it’s BYOB!

Best Italian Food:Mandola’s4700 W. Guadalupe(512) 419-9700Do a bit of light grocery shop-ping after you eat!

Olive Garden3940 S. Lamar(512) 440-0131 Soup, salad, breadsticks, oh my!

Best Food Truck:Gourdough’s1503 S. 1st St. (512) 707- 1050Now a brick and mortar, too!

Hey Cupcake!1511 S. Congress Ave.(512) 476-2253How do you make a cupcake better? Fill it with creme.

Best Yogurt:Juicy Tart504 W. 24th St. (512) 468-4473Try its tart flavors!

Swirll2310 Guadalupe(512) 482-8668Try all of its candy toppings!

Best Pizza: Austin’s Pizza2324 Guadalupe(512) 795-8888Don’t miss the upstairs bar!

Mellow Mushroom2426 Guadalupe(512) 472-3656Slice specials make for a great, quick lunch after class.

Best Sandwich Shop:Which Wich2348 Guadalupe(512) 478-9424Customized sandwiches.

Jimmy John’s601 W. MLK Blvd.(512) 478-3111Freaky fast delivery.

Best Breakfast:Juan in a Million2300 E. Cesar Chavez(512) 472-3872Try the gigantic Don Juan

Magnolia Cafe1920 S. Congress Ave.(512) 445-0000Tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner, 24/7

Best Vegetarian:Mother’s4215 Duval St. (512) 451-3994Have a seat in the tranquil garden room

Kismet411 W. 24th St. (512)236-1811Try the fresh Greek salad

Best Margaritas:Chuy’s1728 Barton Springs(512) 474-4452Try it with the delicous queso.

Baby A’s1628 Barton Springs(512) 474-8774The purple ‘rita will put you in a haze

Best Chips & Salsa:Chuy’s1728 Barton Springs(512) 474-4452Scoop your own while you wait

Trudy’s409 W. 30th St. (512) 477-2935Keep the red sauce comin’!

Best Beer/Games Bar:Pluckers2222 Rio Grande St. (512) 469-9464Welcoming all trivia buffs.

Kung Fu Saloon510 Rio Grande St. (512) 469-0901Arcade games while you drink? Yes, please.

Best Coffeehouse:Epoch211 W. North Loop Blvd.(512) 454-3762Lots of coveted power outlets

Mozart’s3825 Lake Austin Blvd.(512) 477-2900Home of the bottomless coffee

Best Burger: P. Terry’s3303 N. Lamar(512) 371-9975Delicious veggie burger, too!

Five Guys3208 Guadalupe St. (512) 452-4300Served up by the pound

Best Festival: Austin City Limits Zilker ParkNow expanding to two weekends

Kite FestivalZilker ParkThe open field is perfect for snag-free flying

Best Music Venue: Mohawk912 Red River(512) 587-2369New upper decks make for a great view.

Emo’s East2015 E. Riverside(512) 800-4628Reincarnation of a classic

Best Vintage Clothing:Cream2532 Guadalupe St.(512) 474-8787Now Leighelena

Goodwill836 Airport Blvd.(512) 389-3277You know what they say: trash to treasure.

Best Jewelry:James Avery2900 W. Anderson(512)452-4237Sterling charms by the dozen

Tiffany11601 Century Oaks(512) 835-7300Nothing like that little blue box

Best Grocery Store:Whole Foods550 Bowie St. (512) 477-4455Dine-in or shop for home

Wheatsville Co-op3101 Guadalupe(512) 478-2667Organic, natural and locally owned

Best Liquor Store:Spec’s5775 Airport Blvd. (512) 366-8300Stop by for a nice cheese selec-tion, too

Best Textbook Store:ATX Textbooks2116 Guadalupe(512) 499-1559Buy used, rent - save money.

Bookholders2025 Guadalupe(512) 377-9543Buy, sell and rent close to campus.

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Best Boutique:Manju’s2424 Guadalupe St. (512) 474-0637More than just game-day attire

Best Bikeshop: Peddler Bike Shop5015 Duval St. (512) 220-6766Attentive, helpful, cozy.

University Cyclery2901 N. Lamar Blvd. (512) 474-6696Large selection of road, moun-tain and trick bikes.

Best Living - Riverside:The Village1500 Crossing Place(512) 386-5200

The Heights4404 E. Oltorf(512) 912-7661

Best Living - West Campus:ICC Co-operative2305 Nueces St. (512) 476-1957

26 West600 W. 26th St. (512) 477-3400Towering over West Campus

Best Apartment Locator:Uptown Realty2309 Rio Grande St.(512) 651-0505By alumni, for Longhorns

Best Dry Cleaning:Ecoclean2915 Guadalupe(512) 236-8645Clean and green

Four Sons3001 Guadalupe(512) 477-2969Down on the corner

Best Hair Salon:The Hair Clinic3016 Guadalupe(512) 608-4016Hair products also available

Iclips2512 Guadalupe(512) 499-0225Great value and super convenientBest Tanning:Aruba Tan2707 Rio Grande St.(512) 477-3202Pricing plans for every budget

Palm Beach Tan1000 E. 41st St.(512) 533-9913Sunless tanning and skin care products

Best Car Mechanic:Arbor Auto Works5422 Burnet Rd.(512) 346-0152Make an appointment online or call ahead for wait times

Best Smokeshop:Planet K3700 Guadalupe(512) 371-1920No, that isn’t really bug spray.

Oat Willie’s617 W. 29th St.(512) 482-0630Onward, thru the fog!

Best Living - On CampusSan Jacinto309 E. 21st St. (512) 232-9050Try Cypress Bend.

Duren2801 Guadalupe(512) 494-8226

Best Nail Salon:Embellish4615 N. Lamar Blvd.(512) 452-7465Founded by two alumni

West Campus Nails2222 Rio Grande St.(512) 391-6250Good prices, convenient location

Best Men’s Haircut:Wooten Barber Shop2106 Guadalupe(512) 477-0109Shave and a hair cut

Sport Clips2525 W. Anderson Ln.(512) 374-0578Watch ESPN while you get your hair cut


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LONGHORN RUN8am / 10K • 8:20am / 2 Mile Start/Finish at 21st and Speedway

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Expert Q&A: Austin’s “bag ban” with Alexandria Brutonby Priyanka Deshpande

On March 1, the City of Austin passed the Single-Use Car-ryout Bag Ordinance. Better known by locals as the “bag ban,” the ordinance prohibits most businesses from distributing disposable plastic bags to its customers. Shoppers must now carry their own reusable bags, or stores must provide thicker, reusable bags. The first legislation of its kind in Texas, the bag ban is an effort to make Austin more environmentally friendly and sustainable. However, the statute is not without contro-versy. On March 20, state representatives held an Urban Af-fairs Committee hearing to review the decision made by the city council. Many legislators declared that the bag ban im-posed on citizens’ freedom. Alexandria Bruton of Austin Re-source Recovery, which manages the initiative, offers insight into the progress made in the ordinance’s first month.

Longhorn Life: Reflecting upon its progress three weeks after it began, has the bag ban had its desired effects so far?Alexandria Bruton: It’s still a little early to tell, but many businesses and shoppers have made a smooth transition into the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance. Austin is known for supporting a sustainable lifestyle and its residents, including business owners, are often regarded as having a great con-cern and care for the environment.

LL: What seems to be the general opinion of the bag ban?AB: The opinion varies, but as a department we do our best to make sure the public has accurate information about the ordinance. We also have a lot of education and outreach sur-rounding this initiative.

LL: Some citizens are very outspoken about their opposition to the ban. What has the city and the Austin Resource Recov-ery done to increase support for the initiative?AB: If a resident or business has a concern about the ordi-nance, we do our best to answer any questions and resolve any issues they may have. We have launched our Bring It Austin campaign and the accompanying website. We also launched a number of education and outreach efforts, which include helping businesses create proper signage, host-ing educational workshops and engaging the community through events and reusable bag giveaways. Many Austinites are already in the habit of bringing bags with them when going to the grocery store. For those who don’t, remembering to bring them wherever they shop may take some adjusting. To make this transition easier, the city has held training sessions for retailers, and is engaging in a broad education and outreach effort to let the community know about the new standards.

LL: Has the city seen any problems with the implementation of the bag ban yet?AB: We’ve had no problems with the implementation. As with any new ordinance, there is a period of transition where

businesses and residents adjust to the new rules. In the first year of implementation, our goal will be to educate business-es and serve as a resource for them to help with compliance.

LL: What improvements or modifications to the present ordi-nance might the city make to make it more effective?AB: Currently there are no plans to modify the ordinance.

LL: How has this bag ban contributed to Austin’s goal to be a Zero Waste City?AB: The City of Austin is committed to reaching zero waste by 2040, which means reducing the amount of waste sent to area landfills by 90 percent. The Single-Use Carryout Bag Or-dinance replaces bags that can be used only a limited num-ber of times with durable, reusable bags. The goal is to reduce the number of single-use bags distributed over time. This shift not only helps reduce waste and litter, but it also helps residents transition to more reusable, sustainable options. As a zero waste community, the city supports reducing and reus-ing first, and then recycling and composting.

LL: What other resource recovery initiatives do you hope to see in Austin’s future?AB: The city has many resource recovery initiatives planned for the future. Details on our Master Plan, which sets the stage for the Department’s programs and services for the next 30 years and beyond, can be found [online]. Some initiatives include adding additional materials to the Single Stream Re-cycling program, and our Curbside Organics Collection Pilot.

For more information on the Master Plan, go to http://www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-resource-recovery-mas-ter-plan-documents

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Dr. Regina Wilson HughesBusiness At UT [21 years]

1. I teach a signature class called Grey is Good for UT freshman. I absolutely love the whole freshman experience, and I get to relive it every fall. Fresh-men are just that — fresh brains and minds, ready to tackle the world. They teach me as much as I teach them.2. Since I did not graduate from UT, I don’t automati-cally bleed orange. Many times I respond, “Go pay-check!” in hopes of maintaining and not betraying my own alma mater school spirit, while endorsing the unlimited potential of the UT campus.3. I also teach graduating seniors in finance at the McCombs School. Each semester, I help to hone another group of educated, polished and thoughtful new entrants into the world of work. A few each year will keep in touch; that is one of the best reasons to be a teacher. When I hear how something they learned in my class helped them out on the job, I smile from the inside out. 4. The Business Foundations Program is the best-kept secret on campus. Everybody needs a little bit of business. I mean really, where will you end up with any degree? At a B-U-S-I-N-E-S-S! 5. I like 8 a.m. classes, football games, great friends and colleagues. As Guy Clark says, “Always trust your cape.”

Dr. Peter M. WardSociology and public affairsAt UT [22 years]

1. A full appreciation of student diversity and how to teach to that diversity.2. The terrific opportunities to build graduate training and student participation as RAs into my own research.3. The amazing breadth and depth of faculty research across most disciplines.4. An affinity for Longhorn football, and I’m a Brit.5. That it is better to work with the horrendous bureau-cracy and red tape that exists at UT-A, rather than to confront it! Full compliance (albeit tedious) is the better part of valor.

Dr. Noel Bridget Busch-ArmendarizSocial work At UT [13 years]

1. We have the brightest students in the world!2. I love watching and supporting our student athletes, and as a very pregnant woman attending events, I was eligible for priority seating! Congratulations to the NCAA national champions in women’s volleyball; you had a fantastic end to this season! We’ve had reserved seats for about a decade!3. Matthew McConaughey really does love the Long-horns.4. A three-year-old can learn the words to “The Eyes of Texas”: my son, Daniel is the example.5. It’s true — what starts here changes the world!

5things I’ve learned…

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Meet the...Vice president and Chief Financial Offi cer at UTby Shantanu Banerjee | photo by Alejandro Silveyra

Kevin HegartyKevin Hegarty is responsible for the university’s � nancial a� airs. He serves as

� nancial controller, certi� es sources of revenue as well as expenditures, and

manages UT’s reserves and balances. Recently, President Powers has given a

group of 13 leaders the responsibility of providing recommendations to UT for

bringing better business practices to the university. � e Committee on Business

Productivity, submits their recommendations for the CFO’s approval.

Longhorn Life: What are your responsibilities?

Kevin Hegarty: Functionally, I am responsible for university accounting, budgets, procurement, treasury, real estate, business contracts, historically underutilized business initiatives, information security, information quest data warehouse initiative and information technology services. But as a vice president, I am also responsible for advising and assisting the president in all university matters.

LL: What is a typical day on the job?

NM: KH: My workday begins at 6:30 a.m., and I try to head home around 5:30 p.m., but often times there are after-hour university events that run into the night. I do not like routine, so I try to mix it up to avoid it as much as I can. I purposefully get involved in a wide variety of campus matters, which adds to my daily diversity of job activities.

KH: I work with many of the brightest minds on the planet, whether faculty, sta� or students. I love the energy of working in a young environ-ment. � e best part of my job is when I have the opportunity to work side-by-side with these folks, because it keeps me in touch with what this place is all about.

KH: I work with many of the brightest minds on the planet, whether

LL: What do you consider the best part of your job and why?

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LL: What is the significance of the recommendations made by the president’s Committee on Business Productivity?

KH: At its core, the recommendations are about changing the model for delivering administrative and business services to the campus to free up money to reinvest in the university’s core mission of teaching and research, which also helps keep a UT Austin education affordable. Regardless of the economic circumstances, the public, students and their parents expect the university to run its administrative and business operations as efficiently as any best-in-class private company.

LL: What recommendations by the committee do you see being implemented?

KH: As the president has stated, the implementation of a high-quality, shared services approach to finance, procurement, information technol-ogy and human resource processing is a “no-brainer.” This can and should happen at UT Austin, but doing so will require thoughtful collaboration with many across campus. All of the other recommendations require much study and consideration by a wide range of experts and interested campus constituents. It is difficult to say at this time what will ultimately be done regarding each recommendation, but I can tell you that there is no proposal from the campus at this time to increase parking and food rates or out-source jobs to the commercial markets.

LL: How do potentially unpopular proposed changes play a role in your decision-making? For example, the recommendation to increase food prices every year by 7.5 percent for the next decade.

KH: Students are very important constituents on our campus, so involve-ment of student leadership is vital. But, I accept that it is not possible to please everyone when it comes to change. I find that most people who disagree with something will accept it, as long as they feel they have a voice in the decision and are truly given the opportunity to influence it.

LL: Why or how did you choose this career?

KH: I have two degrees in accounting from UT Austin. I began my career in public accounting, even though I knew I ultimately wanted to be involved in business in some way. I spent my first 22 years in corporate America; the last five were at Dell. I was the CFO of Dell financial services with no plans to leave when I received a call from a friend to tell me that UT was recruiting a new CFO. My first thought was “Why would I do that?” After discussing it with my wife, also a UT alumna, we decided I was ready for a new and dif-ferent career adventure. I have now been at the university for 11 years, and they’ve been the best years of my career.

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Do you ever want to get away from the hustle and bustle of campus life? Located just seconds away from the Perry Casteñeda Library on the edge of campus, the Blanton Museum of Art is the perfect escape from lec-ture halls and study groups. This renowned gem is one of the foremost university art museums in the nation, and possesses the largest public collection in Central Texas. “We are recog-nized for our modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, Italian Renaissance and baroque paintings, and encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings,” said Collette Crossman, curator of exhibitions at the museum. Crossman oversees all aspects of exhibition planning and production. One of the most recent exhibitions she helped create, Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections, is currently on display until

May 19. Samantha Youngblood, a UT alumnus and the public relations and marketing manager of the Blanton, said the exhibit offers museumgoers an amazing opportuni-ty to see rare and beautiful works by major artists such as Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keefe and Picasso. A surprising detail about this exhibition is that the art

pieces on display come directly from the personal col-lections of UT alumni from across the country. Developing an exhibition is a collaborative process from start to finish, involving input and hard work from a wide cross-section of museum staff, Crossman said. “We also frequently consult with professors at UT, and take into consideration how potential exhibitions might serve the university curriculum,” she said. “[The

Blanton’s] goal is always to create thought-provoking, visually arresting, and personally moving encounters with art for our university and Central Texas audiences.” Admission is free for UT students, faculty and staff with their UT ID. In order to analyze art like a profes-sional, Crossman suggests spending some time looking closely at a single work of art.

“Don’t be in a hurry,” she said. “Think deeply about what intrigues you or what you find challenging. If it’s a portrait or figurative work, imagine what the person pictured

might be thinking or feeling.” Whether you are new to the art world or a seasoned visitor, the Blanton is the perfect place to unwind from a hectic campus lifestyle.

“Think deeply about what intrigues you or what you find challenging. If it’s a portrait or figurative work, imagine what the person pictured might be thinking or feeling.”


by Elysse Alvaradophotos by Chelsea Jackson

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