“You don’t have bad intentions, but your costume idea could have a negative impact,” two pages of guidelines issued to students by UT’s Office of the Dean of Students begin.
The guidelines are meant to serve as an “introduction” to cultural appropriation and were posted to the university’s website ahead of the Halloween festivities, according to the Houston Chronicle. They include questions that students might ask themselves about their costume or party idea to help determine whether or not it could have a negative effect on others, including, “If someone laughed at our theme, who would they be laughing at?” and “Have we consulted with “experts”?”
As the Washington Post reports, several colleges have offered students similar guidance, including Tulane University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, while others, like the California Institute of Technology, strictly avoid instructing students on the matter.
In an email to the Washington Post, UT spokesman J.B. Bird said, “The University of Texas Austin does not place limits on students’ freedom of expression,” but aims “to educate students and remind them that they are accountable.”
Included in UT’s guidelines is a list of specific “harmful themes or costumes,” like “south of the border/fiesta,” “cowboys and Indians” and “ghetto fabulous,” which students are advised to avoid. Also provided is a list “themes to consider,” or themes that might seem harmless at first but can be carried “incorrectly.”
Remember when Whataburger and DC Comics engaged in a “friendly beef” (presumably hamburger) over the similarity between the chain’s logo and the Wonder Woman “W”? Well a couple of trick-or-treaters have settled the dispute with a simple, “Why not both?” fix. Creative, and a lot cuter than this Whata-zombie:
Do we even have to clarify which Selena we’re talking about? No, because this is Texas — the same state where our girl was born and rose to fame. While paying sufficient tribute to the Tejano Queen might take a little more work than hot-gluing sequins to a bra, we’d do anything for her.
The movie “The Birds” happens for real everyday at your local H-E-B. So why not go as the frightening real-life duo: H-E-B and a grackle. If you’re running short on time, or feathers, you can always put a paper bag over your head and go as H-E-B Buddy. Spooky.
If you’re keeping up with recent polls attempting to gauge Texas’ standing in this year’s presidential race, you’re probably (and understandably) not sure what to think. A recent Crosswind/American-Statesman poll shows Donald Trump with a small, albeit comfortable lead over Hillary Clinton. A similarly timed UT/Texas Tribune poll, however, shows Trump with a smaller lead and characterizes Texas as “tossup status.”
The New Yorker posted a cartoon today that gives a peek into what a blue Texas would look like — literally.
The cartoon shows the state of New York offering an uncharacteristically blue-clad Texas (not without a staple pair of boots) a few words of encouragement on the new look, while a red Oklahoma flees in the background.
The sex abuse trial of former Austin State Hospital psychiatrist Charles Fischer continues Thursday in Austin. Follow live coverage from American-Statesman reporters Andrea Ball and Ryan Autullo below.
Better stock up on boxes of instant mac and cheese. If you haven’t already bought your $30 ticket for the Austin Mac ‘n’ Cheese Fest, you’ll be left to your own devices (a pot, water) if you want to enjoy “unlimited mac and cheese tastings” come Nov. 13.
The first ever festival to celebrate cheesy noodles in Austin is officially sold out. A blog post yesterday on the event drew a large, presumably hungry, response from our readers, including one accusation of attempted world domination:
It turns out mac and cheese lovers are more than just talk. While there were reportedly more than 200 cheesy tickets available yesterday afternoon, the event sold out during the time it took me to write this. But turn that macaroni noodle upside down. If this year’s any indicator, this event is sure to be more than a one-off.
For future promotion, may we suggest the tagline, “It’s just like ACL but without music and a lot of mac and cheese.”
Travis County saw the most dramatic increase, as 35,066 voters cast ballots on Monday — more than double the first day of early voting in 2012, when 16,378 Texans voted. The county’s previous record of 24,207 was set on the first day of early voting in 2008. Neighboring Williamson County also broke its previous record for the first day of early voting.
But if you didn’t snap a selfie or a photo of your “I Voted” sticker after doing your civic duty, did you really vote at all? Here are photos of 10 Central Texans who shared their post-vote photos with the hashtag #TexasVotes2016.
Haven’t hit the polls yet? Early voting runs through Nov. 4 and Election Day is Nov. 8.
It doesn’t get much better than plain old mac and cheese. But, yes, “unlimited mac and cheese tastings” is better.
The first ever Austin Mac ‘n’ Cheese Festival is only a couple of weeks away, and it’s set to be all the mac, and even more cheese, than you could ever want. The event, hosted by Austin Food Magazine, will be held at Historic Scoot Inn Nov. 13, and will attempt to distinguish between good mac and cheese (all of them) and the best mac and cheese.
Attendees, who can either pay $30 for unlimited tastings or $65 for that and cocktails and merchandise, will have the chance to vote in an “ultimate mac ‘n’ cheese showdown,” which sounds very high in carbs and comforting. $30 is probably the most you’ll ever pay for mac and cheese, but it’s cheaper than a 3-day ACL wristband and significantly more filling.
Local restaurants participating in the festival include Chi’lantro, Frank and Foreign & Domestic.
Apparently this has been a thing since June, according to social media. And it looks like a match made in Texan heaven. A Texas supermarket exclusively selling a Texas taco restaurant’s hot sauce? This reminds us H-E-B’s exclusive deal with Whataburger spicy ketchup.