UT issues checklist to help students avoid offensive costumes, parties on Halloween

“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.

(6/22/2010) – James Brosher/AMERICAN-STATESMAN – The University of Texas Tower is seen on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. The 307-foot tall tower's observation deck will be closed for several months starting Sunday to allow construction crews to install a new air condition system for the building.
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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.”

You can read the full list of guidelines here.

Still costume-less? Check out these 5 Texas-themed Halloween getups

It might be a little late to scrape together a costume that doesn’t involve animal ears and a T-shirt, but these Texas-themed getups are good for future planning.

1. Whata-woman:

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Most clever costume: Whata Woman 🙌🏼

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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:

2. Selena:

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#selenaquintanilla 🎤🙏🏼

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SELENA!

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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.

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3. H-E-B and a grackle.

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.

4. Willie Nelson:

Don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys — but this one’s different. All you need for this costume is a good pair of braids, a bandana and some of that Willie-attitude.

READ: Your first Willie Nelson show, according to an Austin native

5. Blue Bell ice cream:

You are what you love to eat. This Blue Bell ice cream costume takes sweet-tooth to another level — all while addressing the company’s recent safety concerns.

Live coverage: Sex abuse trial of former state psychiatrist Charles Fischer, Day 5

Dr. Charles Fischer in court on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.   Fischer, 64, was charged in 2012 with having sex with five teenage boys who were under his care at the Austin State Hospital from 2001 to 2005. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN
Dr. Charles Fischer in court on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Fischer, 64, was charged in 2012 with having sex with five teenage boys who were under his care at the Austin State Hospital from 2001 to 2005. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

The sex abuse trial of former Austin State Hospital psychiatrist Charles Fischer continues Monday in Austin. Follow live coverage from American-Statesman reporters Andrea Ball and Ryan Autullo below.

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Live coverage: Sex abuse trial of former state psychiatrist Charles Fischer, Day 4

7/12/2012 - Jay Janner/American-Statesman - Charles Fischer, left, and his attorney Chris Gunter leave after appearing in court at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on Thursday July 12, 2012.
7/12/2012 – Jay Janner/American-Statesman – Charles Fischer, left, and his attorney Chris Gunter leave after appearing in court at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on Thursday July 12, 2012.

The sex abuse trial of former Austin State Hospital psychiatrist Charles Fischer continues Friday in Austin. Follow live coverage from American-Statesman reporters Andrea Ball and Ryan Autullo below.

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New Yorker cartoon comments on Texas’ possible new look

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.”

A sign points votes to an early voting location at the mega center at ACC-Highland Mall on Monday, October 24, 2016. Early voting continues through November 4. Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. In Travis County there will be 4 Mega Sites with 30 permanent early voting sites and 91 mobile locations. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN
A sign points votes to an early voting location at the mega center at ACC-Highland Mall on Monday, October 24, 2016. Early voting continues through November 4. Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. In Travis County there will be 4 Mega Sites with 30 permanent early voting sites and 91 mobile locations. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

The New Yorker posted a cartoon today that gives a peek into what a blue Texas would look like — literally.

READ: Is Texas really a battleground? New Washington Post poll says yes

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.

Don’t forget to vote, guys!

READ: New Yorker cartoon pokes fun at Texas slogan after SCOTUS abortion ruling

Live coverage: Sex abuse trial of former state psychiatrist Charles Fischer, Day 3

7/12/2012 - Jay Janner/American-Statesman - Charles Fischer, left, and his attorney Chris Gunter leave after appearing in court at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on Thursday July 12, 2012.
7/12/2012 – Jay Janner/American-Statesman – Charles Fischer, left, and his attorney Chris Gunter leave after appearing in court at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on Thursday July 12, 2012.

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.

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People lost it for the Austin Mac ‘n’ Cheese Fest and now it’s sold out

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.

Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Macaroni and cheese from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. Tara Trower story.
Deborah Cannon/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Macaroni and cheese from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. Tara Trower story.

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:

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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.”

MAKE: Homemade macaroni and cheese mix

10 Central Texans whose ‘I Voted’ selfies are on point

Early voting is underway in Texas, and some of the Lone Star State’s biggest counties shattered voter turnout records on the first day of early voting Monday, despite long lines at some polling places.

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.

A sign points votes to an early voting location at the mega center at ACC-Highland Mall on Monday, October 24, 2016.  Early voting continues through November 4. Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. In Travis County there will be  4 Mega Sites with 30 permanent early voting sites and 91 mobile locations.  DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN
A sign points votes to an early voting location at the mega center at ACC-Highland Mall on Monday, October 24, 2016. Early voting continues through November 4. Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. In Travis County there will be 4 Mega Sites with 30 permanent early voting sites and 91 mobile locations. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

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.

Early voting in Austin: How to save time at the ballot box

Elections 2016: Voter Guide and Results

 

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Voting + Blue Bell = a winning combination.

 

 

Austin Mac ‘n’ Cheese Festival set to make your cheesy dreams come true

It doesn’t get much better than plain old mac and cheese. But, yes, “unlimited mac and cheese tastings” is better.

USE LEDE WITH FOOD MATTERS J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's take on mac and cheese involved a can of evaporated milk. Photo by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s take on mac and cheese involved a can of evaporated milk. Photo by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.

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.

If you don’t make it out to the festival you can always celebrate noodles at home with our make-your-own macaroni and cheese mix.

In case you didn’t already know, Taco Cabana sauce is available at H-E-B

This news may not come as a shock to the Taco Cabana fanatics out there, but it pleasantly surprised us.

Brace yourselves, because it will change your life.

Taco Cabana's hot sauce. Photo from Twitter
Taco Cabana’s hot sauce. Photo from Twitter.

You can buy Taco Cabana’s Mexican Hot Sauce at H-E-B.

No longer confined to salsa bars at Taco Cabana locations, now you, too, can enjoy Taco Cabana sauce at home.

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.

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

The news caught some of Taco Cabana’s customers by surprise, as well.

 

Taco Cabana says the hot sauce is currently being sold at H-E-Bs all across Texas. Spots in Austin include:

  • Research Boulevard
  • South Congress
  • West Slaughter
  • East Riverside
  • 51st St.

Now, excuse us. We’ve got some taco sauce to find.