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Ultimate Frisbee

Step 1: Get  a Frisbee. Step 2: Play with Frisbee.

So from watching the boys in the courtyard play Ultimate every week, it has kinda made me realize all the different aspects of it. It isn’t just throwing a Frisbee, hoping someone on your team will catch it. There is a lot skill involved. The best part about it, is that it is a cheap way to have a good time with friends. Besides the courtyard in the Honors residence halls, I have seen people play on Main Mall/South Mall. There is even Intramural Ultimate Frisbee.

Here is  a look at what goes on in the courtyard, every Thursday night!

by Meera Rajagopalan


To Write Love on Her Arms Event

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope andTo Write Love on Her Arms finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire  and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.”

On Thursday, April, 30, 2009, on Main Mall, at 8-10:30 pm, UT’s young chapter of TWLOHA will host founder Jamie Tworkowski, and Aaron Moore, MA, a licensed mental health counselor. They will be motivating the community and pointing to local resources to help those in need. So come out and show your support for anyone you know or may not know yet who could use your help!

This event will begin with Zach Williams performing an acoustic set. photo courtesy of jtrandall’s flikr.

For more information about the cause, keep reading.

by Meera Rajagopalan

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Monday Night Bowling Madness!!!

Texas Union Underground bowling, courtesy of will.tungs flickr

Texas Union Underground, photo courtesy of will.tung's flickr

I know, one too many exclamation points, but the Union has a wonderful deal on Monday nights. If you already feel like you need an escape from the week, the Union might just have what you are looking for.

Students can bowl for $1 per game. No shoes? Shoes are $1 as well. Normal games range from $2-$3 along, without shoe rental. (valid student ID required)

When: Monday nights from now until May 11. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Only three Mondays left)

Where: Texas Union Underground: The Underground is located at the corner of 24th and Guadalupe, directly beneath the theater. For additional information, please contact the Underground during business hours (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 a.m., Sunday, noon-3 a.m.) at 512-475-6670.

Besides bowling, the Union also has pool tables.

post by Meera Rajagopalan

More discounted books for students/faculty/staff!

Attention all UT faculty, staff, and students: Please join University of Texas Press in our 1st  UT APPRECIATION BOOK SALE! 50% off the list price of all titles in stock in our warehouse! Order online by April 26, that is this Sunday and pick up your books April 29-30!

photo courtesy of davidrobertbooks

photo courtesy of davidrobertbooks

Available new and classic books in many subject areas:

  • Texas history
  • gardening
  • cooking
  • bird watching
  • art
  • architecture 
  • film 
  • multicultural studies  
  • and more

How to Order

Place your order here on the Web site between Thursday, April 16, and Sunday, April 26. Start with our search page, find the books you want, and add them to the shopping cart. When the cart asks for a shipping method, just leave it as the default, Domestic Books.

To get the sale price, enter the code UTAP09 in the coupon code field after you’ve added a book to your cart. Don’t be surprised at the weird discount percentage; that discount added to our regular Web site discount gives the 50% discount. On checkout, when it asks “Is this order shipping within Texas?”, select “yes”; that’ll give you an accurate total with sales tax. 

How to Pick Up Your Order

Order pickup

  • Flawn Academic Center patio on Wednesday, April 29, and Thursday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Orders will be ready rain or shine, so if you order, come out either way.

Extreme Sports!-For Free

Come experience the excitement of extreme sports for free, in front of the UT Tower. No pre-registration or tickets are required.

The event includes: Four-Way Bungee

  • a four-way euro bungee- Four participants at a time get strapped into harnesses then jump up and down on the trampolines. Hydraulic motors attached to the bungee cords enable the participants to jump very high and do flips. Euro Bungee is popular with children and teen parties, carnivals and company picnics
  • 75-foot-long zip-line- According to Wikipedia,  a zip-line consists of a pulley suspended on a cable, mounted on an incline. They are designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to traverse from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable.
  • mechanical bull- a must-have at any Texas sized event. 
  • obstacle course
  •  pedestal joust, 
  • and other fun activities. 

  Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: UT Main Mall (area in front of the Tower facing the Capitol)

For More information

Here is a taste of what the world fastest zip-line looks like

Seems like a great way to get your pre-week stress out of the way.

posted by Meera Rajagopalan

Master Pancake: The Lord of the Rings

Alamo Drafthouse, photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo Drafthouse, photo courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse

As a way to celebrate being one week closer to the end of the semester, go to Alamo Drafthouse’s Master Pancake: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. The Drafthouse will give its take on the movie. Here’s what they say:

…Will these brave LOTR-men be able to bring soothing relief to the Crack of Doom? You won’t find out in this installment of the Trilogy. But you can bet your 12-sided die that we’ll all have a blast as we rip on the overstuffed plot …

This may not be the best place to go for LOTR purists, but it is still a great way to kick back and relax with friends. 

Tickets are about $6.50 with your student ID. The one thing I love about this idea is that you get Kerbey Lane pancakes, while you watch the movie. (Too bad pumpkin is a little out of season.)

Alamo Drafthouse – Downtown at the Ritz

320 E 6th St., Austin  TX  78701, Map (512) 476-1320

Show Times: Friday, April 17, 2009 o 7:45p o 10:45p, Saturday, April 18, 2009 o 7:45p o 10:45p

Also showing at the Alamo Ritz:

Sell, Sell, Sell!

So with about four more weeks left in the semester, it’s time to start thinking about those textbooks again. Not necessarily to study from, but where is the best place to sell them, while trying to lose as little money as possible. 

Here’s what I found:

University Co-op, photo courtesy of University Co-op

University Co-op, photo courtesy of University Co-op

  • Plan Z: The University Co-op is always there. You can check the prices of your books online,  before making the trek down Guadalupe to sell them back. There are also several locations you can visit to buy and sell your textbooks. Down Dean Keeton/26th you can visit the other Co-op. 

  • Beat the Bookstore: Located in Dobie Mall’s basement, just outside of “campus.” Beat the bookstore buys books back (whoa, too much alliteration there), and it tries to give you more for your book than the above location. 
  • Ecampus/Amazon/ Name you price. You sell books to other students through the lovely internet. List your book on the site, punch in your asking price, and designate how much for shipping. People will contact you, and you only have to walk to the post office. This is also a great way to buy books.