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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What NOT To Do

Just for the sake of comparison, here is a little look at some very unhelpful ways to save money. Some are crude, some are rude, but all definitely help make our blog look better. So read on for a few laughs…

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The Big Pink Building in the Middle of the Downtown

Photo by DGilder via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

Photo by DGilder via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

While South Congress has become the uber-trendy part of the street,  drive north a few blocks you can’t help but miss the huge Renaissance Revival building otherwise known as the Texas State Capitol, a downtown Austin landmark since 1888. While everyone knows it is the seat of the Texas’ government, legislature and politics, few know about what the Capitol has to offer citizens. There are daily free tours of the largest capitol building in the country. The tours include information about the architecture, building history and some state history as well (for those of us who are little rusty from that junior high class). The tours run seven days a week, with a very open schedule. The tours will allow you to experience several informational exhibits with information about the secret places in the Capitol and the architectural details of its famous dome. If you are lucky, a visit to the Capitol might even get you a meal. People looking to wine and dine legislatures give free incentive food that the even the interns take part in. So if you can pass for an intern (or a senator) step in line!

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Baskin Robbins 31 Cent Scoop Night

Chocolate or vanilla?  Cookies and Cream or Jamoca Almond Fudge?  Can’t decide?  Get both!!!  Baskin Robbins is one ice cream shop that is well known for its variety of flavors.  They offer well over their promised 31 flavors.  This week you can sample all the flavors of your choosing for a good cause.

This Wednesday, April 29th, Baskin Robbins is offering up small ice cream scoops for just 31 cents.  From 5:00 to 10:00 pm, Baskin Robbins is serving to raise money for the National Volunteer Fire Council.  Along with the money made in that hour, the chain is giving $100,000 to the organization.

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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

Motivate Yourself for Free!

Mother's inspiration. Photo by Gold41, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

Mother's inspiration. Photo by Gold41, Flickr. CC 2.0 Attribution.

I know that cheesy motivational speakers can work wonders in their own stead. But you don’t have chant a juvenile acronym to make you feel like you need to make some significant changes in your life. All you need is a little nudge and some good advice. Here is some free (and useful!) advice for certain specific topics.

  • BiGAUSTIN is a non-profit organization in Central Texas for promoting entrepreneurial education, providing business counseling specific to you as well as flexible loans. They micro-lend to small start-ups and have an annual business competition for people with a sustainable idea that could thrive in the region. Check out the winners of the 2009 BiG Idea Business Competition. BiGAUSTIN has free workshops and classes in Borrowing Basics and Start-Ups on a regular basis. Their next free session is on Friday, May 1. Details about the event are here. Directions from UT campus here.

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Luminous: UT Fashion At Its Finest

Luminous: University of Texas Fashion ShowWhen I think of fashion I usually next think of money.  These two items often go hand-in-hand.  However, this Friday you will have a great opportunity to have your fill of fashion for absolutely free.  The University of Texas Textiles and Apparel program will be hosting their annual end of year fashion show on April 24th at the Frank Erwin Center.

The show, titled “Luminous,” will feature the work of over 20 senior designers who have been working all semester.  They have spent lots of time preparing for the show, each designing four separate pieces.  The items will include daywear, casual wear, evening gowns and bridal gowns.

It is a community-wide event that everyone can enjoy.  Last year there were over 5,000 attendees to the show.   It’s a great way to spend your Friday evening.  There will be lots to see at this exciting show.

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