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Part of me did not want to sit down and write this farewell, because it means that the chapter of my life spent on the hilltop is over. But another part of me is extremely grateful that I am even able to sit here in front of my computer and …
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Womack began learning sign language at a young age. She has continued to learn through ASL courses offered in high school as well as with Austin Community College. In response to the university’s diversity and inclusion commitments, freshman Hailey Womack is petitioning for an American Sign Language (ASL) course to …
East Austin neighbors express concerns over jet fuel facility for Austin-Bergstrom
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is planning for construction of a jet fuel facility that will be located west of U.S. 183, approximately 500 feet away from homes. The start date for construction has yet to be decided.
Archives and Special Collections Department receives $16,000 grant to digitize university newspapers
Walking into the Munday Library, past the chess boards and rows of desktops, sits a windowed room on the left. The lights gently illuminate the space, drawing eyes toward the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible and the cases of nostalgic Hilltopper memorabilia. This is the Tocker Reading Room. …
Celebrating 35 years of Hilltop Views: A letter from the editors
A letter from the editors from Hilltop Views Special Issue: Celebrating 35 Years of Hilltop Views. Vol. 51, Issue 6.
Night Vale haunts Paramount Theatre with good time, co-creator talks return to live shows
As the lights dimmed in the Paramount Theatre Tuesday night, a strange radio show host entered the stage to transport Austin to the small desert town of Night Vale.
Women leaders on campus host panel, brunch during Women’s History Month
During a panel on Wednesday, March 9, (left to right) Alison Mohr Boleware from the National Association of Social Workers, Austin City Councilwoman Vanessa Fuentes and IGNITE National’s Southeast Program Director Cydnei Drake answer panel questions as well as student questions from the audience.
Winter Storm Provides Icy Views on the Hilltop
Since the beginning of the week, the St. Edward’s community began preparing for a winter storm expected to hit early Thursday morning. On Feb. 2 the university notified students, faculty and staff that classes would shift online on Thursday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 4. Dining services were adjusted; with …
Water leaks in North St. André Apartments, affected residents relocate to Teresa Hall
Three rooms on each floor in the north wing of St. André Apartments were affected by a water leak caused by a burst coil on the roof. Students were relocated to Teresa Hall until further notice. “I woke up this morning to water coming out of the ceiling,” resident Kyle …
Head baseball coach Rob Penders leaves St. Edward’s University
Penders head-coached at St. Edward’s University for 15 years. The Hilltoppers began their 2021-22 season on Feb. 4 at home against Eastern New Mexico. On December 3 at 10:08 a.m., President Fuentes released a statement informing the St. Edward’s community of a change in leadership within the St. Edward’s Men’s …
It’s On Us holds open meeting, discusses campus safety after crime advisory issued
In response to a crime advisory on Nov. 10 regarding an on-campus aggravated sexual assault on Nov. 7, It’s On Us, an organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sexual assault on campuses, held an open meeting about stopping sexual violence on campus and providing services for St. Edward’s University students.
Student Amber Taylor discusses starting college in pandemic
A survey on the effects of COVID-19 on college students concluded that the pandemic brought negative impacts to higher education. student Amber Taylor struggled when taking in-person college courses for the first time as a sophomore. “Terrified” — that’s how sophomore Amber Taylor described jumping into in-person classes this fall …
Leander-based artist talks inspiration, healing power of art
The smell of paint and wood fills up the art studio of Donna Dugone, an Austin-based artist who works out of her at-home studio in Leander, Texas. Paint covers the walls, floors and ceiling—a portrait of a woman adorns the wall a record player leans against.
Astroworld concert in Houston results in 10 deaths because of inadequate security
Austin is a city of live music. Known as the live music capital of the world, all inhabitants of the city share this unique love for music. This mindset comes into question with the Houston Astroworld tragedy. Austinites might question how Astroworld will change live music, and what its effects …
10 confirmed deaths from Astroworld festival, Houston Police still investigating cause
Texas A&M University students Emma Tran and Carson Deering did not expect the crowds they saw when attending Astroworld in Houston, Texas a week ago.
Review: Disney+’s “Home Sweet Home Alone” is a remake nobody needed nor asked for
Two minutes into Disney+’s modern continuation of the 1990 Christmas classic “Home Alone,” aptly titled “Home Sweet Home Alone,” Generation Z slang is poorly used, introducing the audience to an hour and a half of product placement, terrible one-liners and an awkward push of modern technology on the classic story.
#VanLife: How one hashtag created a flock to a nomadic lifestyle
After becoming trapped indoors during quarantine for most of 2020, the idea of being free to roam each and every day is insatiable for some. Living and traveling in a vehicle was the solution many found — a lifestyle dubbed “van life,” popularized on social media by Foster Hunting who …
Review: “Dune” is star-studded, visually-compelling cinematic masterpiece
Based upon the novel of the same name, “Dune” follows Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) as he travels to the most dangerous planet in the universe. “Dune” is streaming now on HBO Max. Denis Villeneuve’s retelling of Frank Herbert’s Sci-Fi classic “Dune” is a cinematic masterpiece. With stunning imagery and sound …
Tommy Wiseau on why cult favorite, “The Room,” has stood the test of time
Tommy Wiseau wants first time viewers of “The Room” to know one thing: “Don’t expect too much.”
Student-athlete files discrimination complaint against head baseball coach Rob Penders
Rob Penders joined the Hilltop in 2006 as the head coach of the men’s baseball team. The petition, made in an effort to terminate him from his role, is growing steadily. On Tuesday, Oct. 5, President Montserrat Fuentes sent out a community-wide email addressing the university’s commitment to diversity, equity …
Mitski’s cut-throat new single, “Working for the Knife,” surprises fans alongside tour announcement
Surprising fans after almost three long years without new music and a total social media blackout, singer-songwriter Mitski dropped single, “Working for the Knife,” on Oct. 5.
“Squid Game” stuns viewers with elaborate plot; offers opportunity for societal reflection
“Squid Game” is a Korean drama series aired by Netflix that tackles the theme of financial inequality through brutal versions of children’s games. The original series is the highest rated Korean drama on Netflix, with a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The first episode sets up the tone for the …
FEMA Announces National Preparedness Month soon after Hurricane Ida
“Sea ice reflects 50% to 70% of incoming solar radiation while the dark ocean surface only reflects 6%, so melting sea ice is a self-reinforcing feedback.” On Sept. 1, FEMA announced September as National Preparedness Month, “an annual observance to remind all Americans how important it is for individuals, families …
Students return to campus, RecWell implements new safe guards, pandemic-friendly workouts
To enter RecWell, students and faculty must scan their St. Edward’s ID and show a yellow Topper Safe Badge. These requirements allow students to feel safe when using the facilities. After a year and a half of fully remote classes, the student body has finally returned to campus. In Jan. …
Students plan to return to campus in Fall 2021, await new classroom, campus changes as COVID-19 cases drop
St. Edward’s University students have a lot to look forward to on campus for the Fall 2021 semester.
Armed intruder spotted on main campus, shelter in place until further notice
AUSTIN, TX- On April 10 at 9:49 a.m., an armed intruder was spotted on the main campus at St. Edward’s University. University Police Department (UPD) and Austin Police Department (APD) have identified the intruder as a dark-skinned male, possibly Hispanic, with shaggy hair. The intruder is thin and was spotted …
OPINION: Substantial progress for women’s equality begins by removing machismo in the classroom
It’s Women’s History Month, and I think every month we should raise a glass to the women and women-supporters who helped us get to where we are today. Thank you for giving us a voice through our votes at the ballot boxes and for being the leaders we truly need …
Q&A with SGA student body president, vice president candidates
(Right to left) Michelle Flores is running for the role of president with Bri Boughter who is running for vice president. Also on the ballot is Jae DeLeon for president, who is running with her counterpart Jay Perez, pictured in the laptop. It’s been a year of adaptations and adjustments …
Fashion undergoes metamorphosis during pandemic
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the general public has experienced a difficult transition away from social gatherings and public outings. On top of limited time spent with loved ones, many people dealt with financial burdens among the millions of jobs lost since the beginning of the pandemic. A specific industry that …
OPINION: Catcalling and street harassment remains a problem for many women
The first time I ever experienced street harassment I was 11 years old. I didn’t even know there was a term for it at the time, but it was a scary and strange experience altogether that gave me quite a frightening message: you’re not safe outside.