Category Archives: Opinion

Gawker Blogger still confused by intricacies of feminism

By Molly Mollotova

Staff Writer

 

 

As a feminist, member of the LGBT community and woman, I pride myself on staying up-to-date on the topic of inequality. So, when I came across an article titled “Dallas Observer Editor Still Confused by Women Who Play Music,” I was intrigued. Continue reading

Proposed House bill raises concerns

TX Rep.’s attempt to limit documenting police activity prompts questions from media

By Kate Rhoads 

Managing Editor

Illustration by Phil Pastor | Meme Director

 

There is a distinct line between photography that impedes police activity and that which does not. That line is 15 feet away, according to Texas Representative Jason Villalba. On March 10, Villalba introduced House Bill 2918, which would make it a Class B misdemeanor for citizens to photograph or film police officers from within 15 feet, according to the amended version.

His reason? “We’re trying to keep agitators and people who are … disrupting [police officers’] ability to keep our community safe from that little zone,” Villalba said. Continue reading

Staffers detail trips to SXSW : Part 2

By Kaylee Rios

Staff Writer

Maddox Price | Chief Layout Editor A concertgoer catches a tossed drumstick at the Waterloo Records concert at South By Southwest in Austin March 21.

Photo by Maddox Price | Chief Layout Editor
A concertgoer catches a tossed drumstick at the Waterloo Records concert at South By Southwest in Austin March 21.

The first time I heard about South by Southwest was in a speech class. This year, I finally got to attend. I pictured a gathering of local bands jamming out on some place called 6th Street. It seemed kind of odd to make a four-hour drive to see bands who regularly play in Deep Ellum, but as I learned, there is something special about Austin. Continue reading

Staffers detail trips to SXSW : Part 1

By Evan Henry

Music Editor

Evan Henry | Music Editor Laena Geronimo of Feels performs at Lolipop Records’ Love at First Bite 2 at the Whip In in Austin.

Evan Henry | Music Editor
Laena Geronimo of Feels performs at Lolipop Records’ Love at First Bite 2 at the Whip In in Austin.

Every year, droves of people flee from their homes to Austin, Texas, for South By Southwest, a week of the hottest new music acts on the scene. For the third time in three years, I chose to make the journey.

By comparison, the 2015 installment was the most relaxed SXSW thus far. Crowds were minimal throughout Austin and downtown was deserted. House parties were abundant, with bands simply stoked to be away from home for a Continue reading

Streaming hubs outshine cable

By Diamond Victoria

Arts & Culture Editor 

High cable and satellite prices are the bane of couch potatoes around the world. Cable and satellite companies have been profiting from fine-print fees in contracts for years. Luckily, however, there has been a steady rise in web-based streaming platforms, which provide the same content at a lower price with clearer terms and conditions.

Companies such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime are among these web-based streaming providers. And each showcases a treasure trove of TV shows and films, all available at the click of a button. Continue reading

Music venue returns

By Evan Henry

Music Editor

Evan Henry | Music Editor The illuminated sign for The Bomb Factory hangs above the concert venue on opening night. The sold-out show featured Erykah Badu and Sarah Jaffe.

Photo by Evan Henry | Music Editor
The illuminated sign for The Bomb Factory hangs above the concert venue on opening night. The sold-out show featured Erykah Badu and Sarah Jaffe.

Dallas’ live music capital Deep Ellum is on the rise, and with it comes the return of the Bomb Factory.

Located on the 2700 block of Canton Avenue in Dallas, the venue was once a Ford automobile manufacturing plant, a literal bomb factory during World War II and, in the 1990s, a massive concert hall. After nearly 20 years, the 50,000 square foot space is the largest independently owned live music venue in Dallas-Fort Worth. Since the venue’s initial announcement in November 2013, Dallas has been abuzz with news of the Bomb Factory’s new and to-be-improved return. Continue reading

Sen. Cruz’s run reveals hypocrisy

By Carolyn Bossmann 

Opinion Editor 

Phil Pastor | Meme Director

Illustration by Phil Pastor | Meme Director

When President Barack Obama was presidential-hopeful Senator Obama, one of the biggest arguments against his candidacy was his nationality. To be specific, whether or not he lied about being born in the U.S. This question plagued Obama throughout his first term and his re-election and has followed him to the end of his final term.

The biggest proponents of this argument call themselves “Obama birthers.” They argue that Obama should not be able to hold the presidential office. Continue reading

Consumers determine fate of old electronics

By Megan Smith 

Copy Editor

Phil Pastor | Meme Director

Illustration by Phil Pastor | Meme Director

Mountains of computer parts and rivers of toxic ash cut through the otherwise green landscape of the southern Chinese town of Guiyu. Workers with burns on their hands and noxious air in their lungs pick precious metals from computer parts heated over coal fires.

In Guiyu, improper handling of electronic waste has resulted in the highest level of dioxins on the planet, according to a 60 Minutes report. Dioxins can cause “reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer,” according to the World Health Organization’s website. In Guiyu, 70 percent of children have unsafe levels of lead in their blood, and miscarriages are six times more common than normal. Continue reading

Austin music festival drums up spillover shows

Evan’s Distorted Dallas

By Evan Henry

Music Editor

If there is one week that features the best variety of independent musicians and artists, it’s the week of the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.

Last year, SXSW reported 2,371 music festival showcasing acts, 553 of which were international. The festival brought $315.3 million to the Austin economy, and 60,458 room nights were booked in 71 hotels last year. SXSW brings music lovers from all over the world and crams them into Austin and spinoff festivals crowd the surrounding areas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. 2015’s festival will span March 17-22 and will attract a large crowd. Continue reading

Social media cause stress

By Carmina Tiscareño

New Media & Fashion Editor

It feels as though the original purpose of social media was to keep people in touch. Families and friends who live miles away from each other share pictures and status updates on Facebook and Twitter.

In some cases, people have found their soulmates online. I once worked with a woman who met her significant other through Instagram, a photo sharing social media platform, and now she is engaged. Continue reading