Headlines: Cristina Ramos

  1. Fire at Mallory College
    Two students at Malloy College were injured by a classroom fire. The damage caused by the fire is estimated at $1,500.
  2. Man Sentenced to Jail for Cross Burning
    Fred R. Thornton, 32 was sentences to nine months in jail for cross burning at a racially mixed couples house. There are two other men who were accomplice to Thornton who are waiting to be tried next month.
  3. Britton Pencil Co. Recalls Anti-Drug Message Pencils
    Forth-grade student, Arthur Metzler pointed out the flaw in the message Britton Pencil Co.put on their pencils. The Pencils will now read, “Too Cool to Do.”
  4. Plane Looses Power and Crash Lands
    A single-engine Beechcraft Sierra propeller plane lost power while Herbert Young, 25 was practicing how to take off and land. Passengers of the plane were the only ones to get injured.While three cars got damaged near a Little League baseball game.
  5. “Winter is Coming”
    After a mild winter, the weather is finally catching up with the season and it is making up for lost time. The weather will hit below-freezing temperatures. A weather alert put Freeport highway crews to work on salting down the highways and roads. Utility employees will be on standby in case of emergencies.

Midterm Story final CRISTINA RAMOS

There are many different ways to go about doing SXSW. Even if you are low on the money or don’t have a job that sends you to participate in SXSW, there are other ways around it. Such as, volunteering or attending the free events they offer. I scouted SXSW and found three different types of SXSW participants; Chelsea Williams who received a badge from work, Teresa Charnichart who volunteer at SXSW and Bella Santiago who had no badge.

Williams, a Tek Boost employee, was sent by her company to hand out business cards and network with SXSW participants. She was given a platinum badge, valued at $1,500, so she would be able to attend every event that required a badge. In addition to networking, Williams also made sure to attend some of the panels at the JW Marriott to see what new technology was coming out. Williams said, “If I wasn’t in my thirties and I didn’t have to go to work early in the morning, using my platinum badge would have been a lot more fun.”

Williams preferred the locations that required badges such as Speakeasy, which hosted the UK at SXSW event. She also noted that the closer you were to downtown the better the networking options were.

Charnichart, student at UT, decided to volunteer at SXSW so she could receive a film badge, valued at $1,300. “The volunteering was not bad at all”, Charnichart really enjoyed working with the film panel crew at the Austin Convention Center. Some of the movies that she went to go see at the Paramount Theatre and ZACH Theater included; The Disaster Artist, Mr. Roosevelt and Life. Charnichart does not regret her decision to volunteer and said she plans on doing it again next year.

Charnichart made sure to hit all of the movie premiers at The Paramount Theatre and the ZACH Theater, to see all of the celebrities.

Santiago, a recent Texas A&M graduate, did not have a badge, valued at $0.  Even though Santiago was badgeless she did not care too much. Santiago said, “It is my first time in and Austin and all I want to do is explore it and attend my friend’s show.” In her free time she decided to go view the graffiti at Graffiti Park. Also on her list was to go visit the ever so famous nightlife of Austin on Sixth Street. Overall Santiago had a priceless experience SXSW without a badge.

Since Badgeless Bella did not have to be restricted to only SXSW events she went all over Austin.

The festival brings in people who come from all over the world just to participate in all of the action.


If you are able to afford a SXSW badge, magically receive a free badge or go the free route there will be something for you!

Midterm Story Draft CRISTINA RAMOS

Please see my comments at the bottom.

Most Austinites were aware of the fact that their city was going to be invaded due to the ever so famous South By Southwest Festival, SXSW, that occurs during March. The festival has many people who come from all over the world just to participate in all of the action. I scouted SXSW and found three different types of SXSW participants; Chelsea Williams who received a badge from work, Teresa Charnichart who volunteer at SXSW and Bella Santiago who had no badge.

Chelsea Williams, a Tek Boost employee, was sent by her company to hand out business cards and network with SXSW participants. She was given a platinum badge so she would be able to attend every event that required a badge. In addition to networking for her company Williams also had to post on the company’s Snapchat so they could gain a better social media presence. Overall Williams really enjoyed her SXSW experience since she was able to get into more prestigious areas of SXSW. However since she is in her thirties and still had to go to work early in the morning she said that she did not think that she was able to fully enjoy SXSW as much as a younger participant who did not have to go to work the next day.

Teresa Charnichart, student at UT, decided to volunteer at SXSW so she could receive a film badge. Charnichart heard about all of the great things that were going to be happening at SXSW this year, especially the films, that she did not want to miss out. Since she did not have the extra cash just laying around she decided to do what any thrifty college student dying to go to SXSW would do, she volunteered. The volunteering was not bad at all, Charnichart really enjoyed working with the film panel crew at the Austin Convention Center. Charnichart was able to sit in on some of the panels with celebrities such as Nick Offerman and Lee Daniels. As for the SXSW, Charnichart was able to have priority access to the films that were premiering at SXSW. Some of the movies that she went to go see included; The Disaster Artist, Mr. Roosevelt and Life. Charnichart does not regret her decision to volunteer and said she plans on doing it again next year.

Bella Santiago, a recent Texas A&M graduate, did not have a badge and was visiting Austin for the first time to support her friend’s indie band. Since Santiago did not have a badge she told me that she honestly just came to Austin so she could attend her friend’s unofficial SXSW performance at a UT Frat Party. If she did have time she wanted to explore Austin since she has never been before. Also on her list was to go visit the ever so famous nightlife of Austin on Sixth Street. However due to SXSW it was uncomfortably crowded and at some points she did not feel safe being down there. Santiago ended up having a more calm night on West Sixth with a couple of friends. Overall Santiago had a great experience SXSW without a badge. 

There are many different ways to go about doing SXSW. Even if you are low on the money or don’t have a job that sends you to participate in SXSW, there are other ways around it. Such as, volunteering or just attending the free events they offer. As SXSW continues to grow more and more people continue to want to be included in on the fun!

(For the multimedia aspect I am waiting to receive pictures from the interviewees from their experiences at SXSW so I can create a photo slideshow.) This won’t work, Christina. You must produce the interactive content yourself, not post photos that sources send you. I would make time to interview these three or find some other way to tell this story….I really like the overall idea of the story, too. Ideally, you would have gone with them as they were having the SXSW experiences so you could show, rather than tell. You might want to think about another story idea….Let’s talk.

Audio Assignment: Cristina Ramos

Here on the hilltop many are aware of the fact that lent is going on. Many catholics are utilizing the time to give something up for their catholic faith. However some students like Nathan Nunez [NOON-yez] don’t give anything up during lent

Nathan: Well every year I decided wether or not I want to participate as I was taught as a young kid that it is not mandatory so if i feel the need that i need to cleanse myself of an impurity i guess then i will try my best to go forty day without indulging or giving into that indulgence or whatever it is that i feel is a negative impact on my life.

Instead of giving something up some catholics go a different route such as thinking more about their mental health and trying to be the best person they can be. Another option is praying like Nathan suggests.

Nathan: This year I am not giving anything up for lent. but i am praying every night during lent because i use to pray every night then i got out of that habit and now i want to get back in that habit. I think praying is a good way to, i guess it’s kind of like therapy it just helps cleans your mind

During lent it is not all about the materialistic things that you give up. Father Welsh made sure to stress this during the Ash Wednesday service. Instead Father Welsh suggested for us to think about how we can make ourselves a better person during this forty day period. he suggested thinking about not being as self concerned with ourselves and thinking about others around us. There are many ways for catholics to express their faith during this forty day period. Go out and discover what other catholic Hilltoppers are doing during this lent period.

Midterm Story Pitch CRISTINA RAMOS

For my story I want to explore how gentrification is affecting the surrounding school districts Austin ISD and Round Rock ISD. What changes are schools noticing such as an influx of lower class students moving further North due to lower housing costs and how East Austin schools are hanging in with prime real estate locations near downtown. my goal is to ultimately find out if the community is open or against gentrification.

Great idea. Now, how, specifically, are you going to do this? Getting access to students in school during the school day requires permission/clearance from the district press offices. Do you have specific students and teachers in mind to talk to? Specific neighborhoods and schools? Narrow your idea and focus on people. You have an interesting statement of an issue. How does this become a story?