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SXS-Digits: A look at the stats and facts of South by Southwest

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“The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.” –via Today marks SXSW’s 31st year in the business and overtime SXSW has grown in popularity locally, nationally and globally. Here are some…

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We are the champions: How Austin’s recent rank effects a growing metropolitan

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In the beginning of February, the U.S. News and World Report ranked Austin, Texas the #1 best place to live in the United States. Some of the factors taken into consideration for this rank were weather, job market, desirability, quality of life, and net migration. Austin is in the heart of Texas, as the state’s…

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Political demonstrations in Austin, TX

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Remembering the dream: How Austin celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

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The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration has been an Austin Tradition since 1983, when it was started by the Texas Union African American Cultural Committee. Since then it has grown to encompass the entire city, including sponsorship from City of Austin, the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at the University of Texas, and…

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Out running: races to try this season

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Austin Marathon participants wait for the race to start in front of the Capitol building. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. It might be tempting to stay in some nice warm pajamas this season, but it’s always good to get outside and move around, despite the unforgiving weather. Here are some local races that are coming up…

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Art from the Streets: A look at the annual homeless art show and sale

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This past weekend, Nov 19th and 20th 2016, the Austin Convention Center hosted Art from the Streets, a local nonprofit organization supporting homeless artists. Art from the Streets provides the homeless in Austin with a place to make art, and then display and sell it at an annual show and sale Art from the Streets…

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Season Festivities: 10 Things do in Austin this Fall

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As the temperature cools and the leaves change color, Austin fall festivities begin. From festivals to haunted houses, here are 10 things to do this fall season in, or near, the Austin area. 1.Austin Celtic Festival The Austin Celtic Festival is back November 5th and 6th. The festival is full of Celtic culture such as…

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The Blanton Museum of Art exhibits Latin American design

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In English, ‘modern’, is a word synonymous with sleek, stylish, new. But, in Central and South America of the 1940s, the word ‘moderno’ was about more than looks– it symbolized the promise and freedom of the future. Spared from the ravages of the Second World War, many Latin American countries thrived in the 1940s after…

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DRIB Takes Flight: Mysterious Bird Graffiti Migrates Across Austin

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For many artists, graffiti is a chance to say what they want and for their work to be seen. However, graffiti straddles a fine line between “street art” and “vandalism,” and has plagued the US with debates and legislation for decades. Many cities have designated walls for artists to graffiti on; in Austin, we have…

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Counting down the days: Students and librarian eagerly await the Texas Teen Book Festival

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Students are preparing for the Texas Teen Book Festival (TTBF), a one-day event celebrating the teen reading experience, to take place on Saturday, September 26th. “I’m really excited to see all the books and know what the authors look like,” Frida Capitan (7) said. Capitan will be attending the festival this Saturday at St. Edward’s…

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College counselor plays hooky for student equality

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On Thursday March 12th, Mr. Heineman was not seated in his office with the door wide open. Rather, he was representing an organization called TACAC (Texas Association for College Admission Counseling) in the act of protesting the repeal of the Texas Dream Act. “We are an organization of both high school counselors and college advisers who…

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Block Walking: Waste of Time or Important?

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Don’t you just hate it when random strangers knock on your door? I mean, who wants to be bothered in their home? When a stranger comes to your door, most people just want them to go away and fast, myself included. However, this weekend I was one of those people who knock on your door. I…

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