After months and months of preparation, it has come and gone. But those twelve hours of my life have forever changed my outlook on what it means to serve a greater community.
Texas THON is an event that is so near and dear to me, I find it hard to put into words how I felt after the big reveal on Saturday night. I was overwhelmed with happiness and pride in myself and my team, as we have worked tirelessly since last May planning an event that starts and ends in what feels like a mere matter of seconds after the fact.
Yes, you read that right. We raised $50,839.01 for the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. This more than doubles the amount of money we raised last year. I think you can see from the looks on our faces that it was a very emotional moment and a beyond special day.
Between the kids I met and the participants I interacted with throughout the day, I will be forever touched by what happened in Gregory Gym on February 25th, 2012. This is just one example of the good that can be done when people who sometimes virtually have nothing in common come together for a greater good.
It felt damn great to be a Longhorn on Saturday night.
FTK, forever and always.
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95 days until the end of my four years of college. Is this real?
I remember the last month of the summer after my senior year in high school. I had a countdown going then too — a countdown to the day I was going to move to Austin to start the next chapter of my life. It seems like yesterday!
I remember when I was merely 15 years old and all I wanted to do was turn 16, get my license and drive myself around. I vocalized it to my parents quite frequently, and they always told me the same thing — that time proceeds to pass faster and faster with every year that goes by. At the time, I’d roll my eyes, because geez, 9th grade seemed like it was never going to end!
Well, here I am! I have my first job interview next week (ahh!) with a Dallas agency, I’m heading to NYC again over spring break to (hopefully) do job interviews there, and I only have 3 more tests left… ever. Those are words I definitely thought I’d never say.
So over the next 95 days,
I want to enjoy the time I have with my friends, experience things around Austin that I have yet to do over the past few years, and soak up as much knowledge as the University of Texas will allow me to in my remaining time.
And a word to the younger ones out there (especially my sisters!) — don’t take a second of what’s given to you for granted… Experience everything you can and soak it up! And just because time flies doesn’t mean you don’t have the time to do every single thing that you want to!
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Yesterday a full page ad ran in the Sunday edition of the Austin American Statesman. The headline read:
“An Open Letter from Business Leaders Concerning the Big 12”
The headline was followed with copy that explained how the writers valued the tradition of the Big 12 and how we as a conference need to unite in order to keep our conference alive. It was signed by Red McCombs, Drayton McLane, Past Gov Mark White, and the Past Mayor of San Antonio Phil Hardberger. You can head here to download a PDF of the ad (not very good quality). If I can find a good quality image, I’ll post it later.
This ad was brought to class by a professor of mine today and sparked quite the discussion.
Who is this ad talking to? They are running it in a dying medium… It’s obviously not the students– we don’t really read newspapers — so possibly the alumni. Is it worth what they paid for? From the little information I’ve found online, this ad also ran in the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, and the Oklahoman. It could have even run on the West Coast to show the Pac-12 that we aren’t 100% sold just yet. And if they’re smart, they’ll run it again — because frequency is the key to a medium as cluttered with advertisements as the newspaper.
This sounds expensive, though. They can only hope that their ad with their letter creates enough buzz about the topic to be picked up by different publications to create enough sentiment about the issue to influence the real decision maker at UT… Bill Powers. As of right now, it’s gotten a few mentions, one on the Dallas Morning News website and one on ESPN. The only other place I’ve found it mentioned online is a few Aggie forums… needless to say, they are whining about “Texas whining” and ready to throw away a 100 year old rivalry in favor of the SEC. (Guess its time to change your fight song and the fact that you use the defaced version of our logo on A&M merchandise more than your own)
Personally, I’d love to see the Big 12 stay in tact with the addition of a few new teams. I love the rivalries we have with Oklahoma and A&M — it makes football season that much more fun. I love the tradition of it all. Here’s to hoping.
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The Longhorn Network kicks off today in front of the tower on the UT campus with ESPN’s college gameday.
And no one is going to be able to watch.
Not one cable provider in the UT Austin zipcode is showing TLN yet. Only one provider — Verizon — has it. And that is one company that I didn’t even know provided cable.
I guess right now my question is: how are they making money?? How are they going to secure advertisers for the first batch of programming when viewing is going to be so minimal? I can only hope that advertisers have enough faith in the network to place ads there, but it is inevitable that in the beginning, the ads aren’t going to lead to as many impressions as it would if Time Warner or Dish Network were signed on.
I can guarantee that Longhorns aren’t the only ones that are upset about this. The first game of the season, Texas vs. Rice, is available exclusively on THN. This was a cool thing at first, until we realized that no one is going to be able to watch us play — including the Rice fans back in Houston. This is bad. Bad. Bad. Bad.
I really hope by some miracle these deals between ESPN and the cable company can come together before September 3rd. I really wish these negotiations had started months ago.
They want people to “Put Your Eyes Upon Texas,” but they aren’t really making this easy, huh?
If you want an idea of what’s coming our way on the Longhorn Network (once the cable companies sign on of course), check out the opening sequence here.
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