The internet ripped on this UT sorority recruitment video that went viral

A viral video of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority at the University of Texas has recently been referred to as “the gates of hell,” “terrifying,” “haunting” and more.

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Why? After sorority recruitment kicked off last week at UT, Alpha Delta Pi released a recruitment video on the University Co-op Twitter account. But the video quickly went viral, receiving major flak from people all over the internet.

Related: University apologizes for sorority’s racist T-shirt

The video shows three sorority members welcoming potential recruits to the house then opening the doors to reveal at least 50 more girls chanting their house-specific cheer. Not to mention everyone in the video is wearing the same white shorts, sea-foam green shirts and are all moving up and down in unison.

Anyone who’s lived near the sororities at UT is familiar with the cheers and this one is pretty standard among all the houses. But much of the reactions from people on social media ranged from mocking the members’ “cultish” cheers to criticizing the group for its lack of diversity.

Read: Sigma Chi fraternity’s longtime UT ‘house father’ remembered

The video’s attention seems to have taken off from this tweet that was posted more than 40,000 times, though the link no longer works.

Buzzfeed News reached out to UT and received a statement from Sara Kennedy, manager of communications. She said diversity was a major focus for the school.

“All our staff are directly and actively engaged in promoting and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, working with our students through development and leadership programming, advising, and organizational support” she said.

Houston Chronicle reports that the post on the University Co-op account and the sorority’s has been taken down. Too bad it’s too late. For a pretty common sorority tradition, this video sure made a stink around the web. Here’s just a little of what people had to say:

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What’s the best hippie town in Texas? According to this list, it’s not Austin

When you first hear about a list of the best hippie towns in each state, you probably think “Austin” without a second’s hesitation — but don’t be fooled. Apparently Thrillist thinks “the REAL hippie vibe” belongs to our neighbor just a little down south: San Marcos.

Eeyore's Birthday celebration is in its 52rd year at Pease Park in Austin, Texas. People sit on a hillside in the shade. LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Eeyore’s Birthday celebration is in its 52rd year at Pease Park in Austin, Texas. People sit on a hillside in the shade. LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

A few days ago, Thrillist posted a piece that named the most hippie town in each of the 50 states. Though the article says hippies are a bit hard to define nowadays, it describes them as ranging “from free spirits on college campuses to mountain-dwelling stoners, boomers still living in the ’60s, and boomers-turned-yuppies who buy expensive art.”

Read: Austin in the 1970s set the stage for Austin in the 2010s

So why wasn’t Austin chosen as the top contender for the list? We’ve got the live music, rich history, and art around every corner. Heck, we’ve even got Hippie Hollow. But really, it seems like Thrillist didn’t choose Austin as the most hippie Texas town because it was the obvious choice.

Related: The skinny on Hippie Hollow, Austin’s one and only nude park

“Austin is an easy pick here,” the article says. “As the inherent weirdness of the place has still been preserved despite the influx of tech money and millenials.”

But San Marcos has the river of the same name “known as much for lazy float trips as for its pervasive hippie culture.” Thrillist mentions San Marcos in the ’60s and ’70s, when hippies moved there and stayed. Apparently, the town was also at the forefront of the movement to legalize marijuana.

Related: Texas River Tracing: San Marcos

“Like much of Texas, it’s seen an influx of younger people in the past decade and the character here isn’t as zany as it might have been 20 years ago,” Thrillist says. “But San Marcos’ hippie community is still alive and well, and far more concentrated than anywhere else in Texas.”

We’re not sure we agree. But it’s OK, man. Peace and love.

Texas waiter receives $500 tip for his act of kindness

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Little Elm’s Kasey Simmons was working his usual shift at Applebee’s when he had a customer order the cheapest thing on the menu: flavored water worth just $0.37.

And yet, she left him a $500 tip — with a note on a napkin explaining why.

According to CNN, Simmons had been shopping at the local grocery store just the day before where he noticed an older woman who was clearly upset. He spoke with her and though he still didn’t know why she was sad, he paid for her groceries.

Related: Waitress gets 7,000 percent tip, plans to ‘pay it forward’

“It was only $17, but it’s not about the money,” he said to CNN. “It’s about showing someone you care.”

Turns out, the customer was the woman’s daughter. She explained that it was the third anniversary of her father’s death and her mother had been trying to go about her normal activities when she crossed Simmons’ path.

Read: Waitress moved by 350 percent tip, heartfelt note from grieving patron

“On one of the most depressing days of the year … you made my mother’s day wonderful,” the note said. “You insisted on paying. Told her she is a very beautiful woman. I have not seen this woman smile this much since dad died.”

UT students ready for #MooovIn Day

If you’ve noticed any more traffic near the University of Texas campus Friday, it’s because it’s time for #MooovIn Day. According to the university’s official Instagram account, UT will welcome 7,400 new Longhorns to campus this week for the class of 2020.

Nobody’s happier for this day than the resident assistants and hall directors of UT (on social media, anyway…). Here are some of the highlights of #MooovIn Day we could find on Twitter and Instagram.

RAs were ready to help incoming freshmen…

CBS Austin reporter and UT alumna Melanie Torre got nostalgic…

And Red Mango was just happy to have more business in town…

One Twitter user threw it back to 1994, four years before many of these freshmen were even alive…

While the staff at the Jester East residence hall were jumping for joy for new residents…

And the Quad Squad was ready to roll.

Did you have a great #MooovIn Day experience? Let us know in the comments!

Dead gorilla Harambe ties with Green Party’s Jill Stein in Texas poll

Harambe the dead gorilla for president? Sure, why not? It’s not like the 2016 presidential race hasn’t been the weirdest of them all already.

FILE - This June 20, 2015 file photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden shows Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, who was fatally shot Saturday, May 28, 2016, to protect a 3-year-old boy who had entered its exhibit. In some parts of Africa, tourists and researchers routinely trek into the undergrowth to see gorillas in their natural habitat where there are no barriers or enclosures. (Jeff McCurry/Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden via The Cincinatti Enquirer via AP, File)
FILE – This June 20, 2015 file photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden shows Harambe, a western lowland gorilla, who was fatally shot Saturday, May 28, 2016, to protect a 3-year-old boy who had entered its exhibit. (Jeff McCurry/Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden via The Cincinatti Enquirer via AP, File)

According to a recent poll from Public Policy Polling, which released its Texas data on Tuesday, 2 percent of people who took the survey said they would vote for Harambe, the gorilla that was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this year, in hypothetical ballot match-ups with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. That’s the same percentage Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein received.

RELATED: Poll: Texas Republicans prefer Donald Trump and Rick Perry to Ted Cruz

On top of all that? Both Stein and Harambe were beat out by fictional candidate “Deez Nuts.” The American-Statesman reported earlier this week that Trump received 44 percent of the survey votes and Clinton got 38 percent. And where Texas secession is concerned, 26 percent of the voters surveyed supported leaving the U.S.

Bear in mind, this poll is not one of the five surveys that will be used to determine whether Stein qualifies to participate in the major party debates to come. Looks like those of us in Texas just have a bunch of jokers in our midst.

Alamo Drafthouse found a hole in the timestream on Google Maps

It’s astounding. Time is fleeting. Madness takes its toll. Y’all. Let’s do the Time Warp again … into Austin’s past.

The view from Lamar Boulevard to Alamo Drafthouse, from Google Maps' street view.
The view from Lamar Boulevard to Alamo Drafthouse, from Google Maps’ street view.

On Monday, Alamo Drafthouse posted a neat Google Maps trick that’s not quite time travel, but it’s as close as you’ll get this side of Marty McFly. “We just found a wormhole in Google Maps,” the theater announced on its Facebook page, linking to a street view of their South Lamar location.

Once a user clicks on the screen to take a step forward, they’re transported from an image captured of the theater in June to the Lamar Plaza shopping center’s April 2009 look. The theater temporarily closed in 2013 for renovations as the entire shopping center was revamped by new owners.

The parking lot of Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, back when it was Lamar Plaza.
The parking lot of Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, back when it was Lamar Plaza.

So, yeah, that’s cool! But as Drafthouse pointed out in the comments, tears in the time-space continuum aren’t impossible to come by.

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Longhorn Band dances through Austin in latest hype video

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There’s something familiar about the UT Longhorn Band’s latest hype video. It’s like a play off of those sorority videos everyone’s always buzzing about — the difference being that this one’s full of burnt orange cowboy outfits, an irresistible dog and many of Austin’s most iconic spots.

Related: Jimmie Vaughan, Longhorn Band team up on orange-and-white rhythm & blues

The video, which was posted just a few days ago, has been circulating the university community, garnering more than 3,000 views. It comes in anticipation of Longhorn Band’s “Band Week” and the prospective 250 members expected this fall.

Read: Horns, Aggie bands recall the day music trumped rivalry, tragedy

Hook ’em, y’all.

For the local farmer on a budget, there is now a hen rental service

If you want to enjoy fresh eggs from your own backyard but don’t want to actually raise the chickens yourself, fear not. A service tailor-made for you is coming to Austin.

From Flickr user liz west.
From Flickr user liz west.

Rent-A-Chicken is now offering seasonal hen rentals in Austin, according to a news release.

What do you get with your hen rental? Each rental includes a coop, enclosed run with all accessories and two laying hens, which have already been raised by Rent-A-Chicken, so you get all the benefit of fresh eggs with little farming effort.

“Since the hens are delivered already laying you don’t have to wait to appreciate the freshest, most delicious eggs you’ve ever had and Rent-A-Chicken offers full time on-call support,” the news release reads.

Rent-A-Chicken began in Michigan eight years ago with the goal of “bring[ing] clients the joy of owning chickens without the hassle of winter or year round maintenance,” according to the news release. Including Austin, the service is now available in 29 cities.

Austin is no stranger to urban farming, but this is certainly a new step in the rental economy. But, for any detractors out there, it could be worse. To borrow a quote from “Lonesome Dove,” that most Texan of texts, at least it’s not a pig rental service: “A man that does like to rent pigs is… he’s hard to stop.”

H-E-B names three Austin brands the best in Texas

Three of the best Texas brands in your local grocery store just so happen to be from Austin — at least, that’s what H-E-B says.

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AMERICAN-STATESMAN/Rodolfo Gonzalez: Customers, Candace Rodriguez and Laura Holt of Houston, sit down for a lunch at the Texas Pie Company in Kyle, Texas on Tuesday, April 13, 2010.

According to Culture Map Austin, H-E-B’s third annual Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best contest named three Austin-area groups — out of 500 entries — as its collective winners this week. The contest not only awards a cash prize to winners but also a prime spot in grocery store shelves across the state.

Read: Two Austin food makers win big in H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best competition

The grand-prize winner, which is $25,000, was Texas Pie Company with its Pie Dough Puck. Last year’s winner was Austin’s TEO Gelato.

In a tie for first place, Austin’s Kitchun won $20,000 for its allergy-conscious products. Last on the list of Austin brands we can be proud of is Culinary Cowgirls, which earned second place and $15,000 for Lone Star Queso.

And heads up Austin, the contest will take place in the city next year.

300-pound gator found in Texas man’s garage

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Between all the boxes and old sports equipment, what’s really in your garage?

Doug Dallmer stumbled upon something a little more frightening than a deflated volleyball in his Fulshear garage recently: a 300-pound, nearly 9-foot long alligator.

LOOK: Texas gators pop up in unlikely spots following recent flooding

“I took two steps in and his head was literally right there,” Dallmer told KSAT. Dallmer called the police after discovering the reptile, who in turn called someone familiar with wrangling the creatures and were reportedly surprised by the animal’s size.

You can watch a video of what happened when the alligator removal service attempted to wrangle the animal on the Fulshear Police Department’s Facebook page.

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Via Fulshear Police Department Facebook

According to KSAT, alligator sightings are reportedly common in Fulshear, although not usually in homeowner’s garages.

After a bout of thrashing and hissing, the alligator was successfully removed from the garage and will be taken to an alligator farm in El Campo where, hopefully, he has a garage of his own.