June-The Best Month for Sports

With  the NBA Playoffs,the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the French OpenWimbledon, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Golf U.S. OpenNASCAR, the X Games (in our awesome city),  and the NCAA World Series (Go Longhorns!), June has proven to be an exciting and eventful month in the world of sports!  It’s amazing to witness such an incredible amount of talent from such a diverse group of athletes all in one month.  While some of these events have already concluded and some have yet to begin, there are two events in particular with huge fan bases, that are currently taking place at the same time!

While the 2014 NBA Playoffs between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat is nearing the last week of competition, the 2014 FIFA World Cup is just getting started!  The 2014 World Cup kicked off June 12th and will end July 13th, so there will be plenty of opportunities to witness this incredible international event!  With the Spurs leading the series over the Heat 3 to 1,  if they win their next game, which is tomorrow, Sunday June 15th on their home court in San Antonio, they win the championship!  If the NBA playoffs continue after Sunday, it will be an action packed week for those who love soccer and basketball.  Needless to say, tomorrow will be another exciting game day for basketball and soccer fans around the world!

Check out the ESPN Sports Calendar for a schedule of all of the sporting events happening this month!

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Summertime Blockbusters

June is just around the corner and it looks like we can expect another hot Texas summer!  As we all know, some days the heat is unbearable and you can’t even imagine leaving that one spot in your house where the air conditioner blows air directly onto your body, but you haven’t seen your friends in weeks!  So what do you do?  If it hasn’t hit 100 degrees yet, you’ll probably head down to the closest river, lake or beach and enjoy the refreshing feeling of cold water on your skin.  Let’s be honest, it’s Texas and some days it’s so hot and dry, being out side is pointless and NOTHING beats heading down to a local theater.  As you walk into the cool, dark theater, the smell of popcorn fills the air and your summertime blues disappear.  We’ve compiled a list of our favorite anticipated summer blockbusters and why we think you should check them out.

Maleficent-5/30 : Because your inner child who definitely wants to see Angelina Jolie playing the witch from sleeping beauty.

A million ways to Die in the West-5/30: For the laughs and the cowboys.

Edge of Tomorrow-6/6:Because it’s Tom Cruise fighting aliens.

The Fault in Our Stars-6/6: For the feels, and because everyone needs a good cry.

22 Jumpstreet-6/13: Because let’s be honest, you’ll probably laugh so hard it hurts.

How to Train Your Dragon 2-6/13: For the kids and the young at heart.

Third person-6/20:For the cast and the amazing locations where this film takes place.

Transformers 4-6/27: For the robot fights.

Tammy-7/2: FOR MELISSA MCARTHY, DUH.

Begin Again-7/4: Because you need a Mark Ruffalo rom-com in your life.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes-7/11: To see apes carrying firearms.

Boyhood-7/11-For your Texan soul.

Guardians of the Galaxy-8/1: For the action packed fun.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-8/7: Because its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Lucy-8/8: To see Scarlett Johansson use 100% of her brain to fight bad guys.

The Giver-8/15: Because it’s a film adaptation of a great book which you’ve probably read.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For-8/22: To support your fellow Texan filmmaker.

 

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Finals are here!

Dead week is finally here. After a semester of slacking off or trying to catch up, you realize that you need to do well on the final to get the grade you want in the class.

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You should have spent class time listening instead of Snapchatting.

2. When you enter the library, you realize that there are smelly college students studying EVERYWHERE. You decide to study in your dorm/apartment.

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Energy drinks and coffee cups for days.

3. You keep looking outside and see all these people enjoying the nice weather. Don’t these people have finals?

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You are the bane of my existence.

4. As you try to absorb all the study material, your friends keep complaining to you about stupid things.

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LET ME STUDY!

5. To make matters worse, your parents call you to tell you how proud of you they are. That means you cannot disappoint them.

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Thanks mom and dad for the added stress.

6. The day has finally arrived. While you sit around waiting for the tests to be distributed, you realize that you don’t remember anything.

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Where did everything go?

7. There’s always that one person who brags about how much they studied and how easy they think the test will be.

Seriously.

8. The tests are distributed and you start freaking out.

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You can do this.

9. Question after question and you realize that you know most of the answers.

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Hermione Granger has nothing on me.

10. Once you are done with your test, you walk confidently to your professor/TA. You give them that look to tell them that you won this battle.

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BYE FELICIA!

11. TIME TO ENJOY THE SUMMER!

Goodbye struggle bus.

12. And if you have another final…

Good luck!

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Rainy Day Music

Music can compliment an atmosphere like the way crunchy JIF compliments these two slices of jellied bread I have on my plate. Jellied bread is good on its own, but it generally tastes better with peanut butter.

So it’s been raining in Austin for the past several days. It actually rained so much over the weekend that they cancelled the last Sunday of ACL’s second weekend. It’s continuing to drizzle outside, and with the dour mistiness we felt like finding the perfect soundtrack - the ideal soundtrack for our gloomy weather.

We came up with Nirvana, Elliott Smith, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists and Band of Horses. Being from the Northwest, these artists were and are surrounded by consistent rain for 9 months out of the year. As an ode to the gloominess, we prepared this little mix:

1. Head and the Heart – Rivers and Roads

2. Band of Horses – Factory

3. Elliott Smith – basically everything on the Goodwill Hunting soundtrack

4. Nirvana – the entire Nevermind album

5. Pearl Jam – Jeremy

6. The Decemberists – Crane Wife 3

 

 

 

 

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Red River Dubya

Last weekend was chalk full of surprises and fun. That, my friends, is a good combination. UT pounced OU in Dallas in the Red River Rivalry.

Nobody saw that coming. I could rephrase that to say no ‘rationally thinking spectators’ saw that coming. UT has had a very bad start to their season, to put it lightly. OU is top-ranked and was heavily favored to not only win, but to embarrass the Longhorns. The outcome of this game was most important to Mack Brown, the longterm coach of UT and recent recipient of a furvur of, criticism. Hostility. Hostility and criticism. This isn’t surprising, considering that his annual salary exceeds the median income of Texans by roughly $4,945,000, and the team, with the exception of last Saturday’s game, is pretty bad. Hopefully he keeps it up.

 

 

 

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Thoughts on college

College, for most of us is the time of extreme growth in many areas of our lives.  We are introduced to a very new environment, responsibilities and people. Environments challenge our conceptions of daily life. Responsibilities test our maturity levels, adaptability and endurance, with all of the distractions in Austin. People help us along the way, generally.

Since many of us our experiencing these same periods of growth simultaneously, we naturally heighten the importance of our relationships, leading to a great longevity in college friendships and relationships. This is evidenced by the number of college friends my parents, and my friends’ parents still keep up with, after so many years.

Embrace it. Embrace your friends. You only go to college once. Unless you’re a doctor.

 

 

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Views and Brews

There are so many opportunities for the public to learn at UT. One such opportunity is a program called “Views and Brews”. This program is set at the Cactus Cafe on UT Austin’s campus, and is a panel discussion exploring a huge array of topics. According to their website, they describe the show as ”…a free space where we invite the community in to explore a wide range of subjects and ideas. Already we’ve talked about Jazz and the Spiritual Journey through the music of John Coltrane, Drugs and the Olympics, Texas Politics, the History of Radio, Women in the Jazz Conversation, Texas high school football, and the life of Tennessee Williams.”

Pretty rad.

There’s a discussion coming up in the next couple of weeks. You can follow their schedule on KUT.org.

 

 

 

 

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Autumn

With school now in session and summer’s blanket of intolerable heat nearing its end, Austinite’s are bracing for the highly anticipated fall season. Several notable events take place between now and December: Austin City Limits music festival (including their after hour shows), UT Football (!!!), and so many formals.

 

 

 

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WELCOME BACK, Y’ALL

Dearest Resident(s),

I am writing to formally invite you to be a part of the Second Annual GrandMarc Welcome Week. ‘Tis nothing you must do to participant in said “week”, except to show up with your bright smiles and reap the benefits of free stuff.

That’s right– FREE!

On August 28th, we’ll have Whataburger bringing us free breakfast Taquitos before your first classes begin! These will be available in our lobby from 9-11 am. Come and get ‘em!

We’ll also have snacks and juice available in our lobby during the remainder of the week for you to enjoy.

Stay tuned for more!

 

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T-Minus 5 Days (until move-in)!

This is a crucial message, intended only for those willing to accept the fact that– in a mere five days– you will be consumed by a vast flurry of emotions in such a short time. Yes. I’m referring to move-in. Undoubtedly, the most trepidation you will ever experience in a single moment will be matched by an equally empowering sense of liberty and freshness. Escape your hesitation, anxieties, and turn a new page in the chapter known as college.

Creative writing will cease at this moment…

Okay. Really, Monday, August 12, is going to be a pretty stressful day for yourself, the (potential) movers, your family and your friends; so please, don’t panic. We will have everything pretty orderly and you should find the move-in to not be nearly as bad as anticipated. Keep in mind, we had the highest renewal rates in West Campus (46 percent) last year, effectively meaning half of the building won’t be moving.

Further, we’ll be providing water, but I highly suggest that you bring extra– 200 bottles don’t go very far when it’s 100+ degrees out. We are lucky enough to have Austin-based UMeTime providing cold treats, as well as Dust Cutter Beverage Co. selling (for cheap) the most delicious lemonade outside.

Basically, the gist of this all is to stay happy and hydrated come Monday. It’s a pain, we know, but if you renew your lease in the fall, you won’t have to deal with moving for a looooooong time.

Good luck and much love,

GMATX TEAM

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