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4 things to do at ut before the fall semester ends

With so many new adventures and opportunities available at the beginning of the semester, deciding how to spend your free time can be an incredibly overwhelming decision. From balancing midterms, extracurriculars and a part-time job, you may not have gotten the chance to experience everything else UT has to offer. But it’s not too late. Here are four of the things you should do this semester while you’re at student at UT:

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1) Visit a Campus Museum

Not only does the University offer a great experience for sports fans, but it also has a huge collection of on-campus artwork and exhibits available for all students to enjoy for free. Some of the many museums on campus include the Harry Ransom Center, the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum, the Blanton Museum and the Texas Memorial Museum; all of which have curated an incredible collection for you to admire for hours.

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2) See a Movie at the Texan Union

If you’re feeling like sitting down and just taking a breather before your next exam or big project, University of Texas Campus Events + Entertainment hosts a different popular movie at the Texas Union Theater every week for free. With movies such as “Mission Impossible: Fallout” and “The Incredibles,” they’ve probably got a movie playing that’s perfect for you, whether you’re a fan of horror, action, or any other genre of film.

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3) Spend an all-nighter at the PCL

While it may not be as fun as screaming your heart out at DKR or chomping down on some popcorn with all of your friends, spending long nights at the PCL is basically a rite of passage among UT students. Even if you don’t have a big test to study for or hours of homework on your plate, you’ll definitely bond with the hundreds of the other students as you all try to stay awake (especially if you’re not on a quiet floor).

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4) Attend Other Longhorn Sports Games

It’s definitely tempting to think that football is the only sport at UT. But along with visiting Bevo Boulevard and Longhorn City Limits on Saturdays, watching one of the many other sports teams at UT is also an incredible experience. Head to Gregory Gym to see the volleyball team win another game on their quest for another Big 12 championship, to Mike A. Myers Stadium to see the soccer team, or to any of the other sports arenas to observe any of the other great sports team at UT.

ut a cappella groups rock hogg auditorium

Nobody could contain their smiles or stop their toes from tapping along to the beats of UT’s best student a cappella groups on  Nov. 2nd at Acapalooza. Each group performed about three songs and left the audience completely enthralled by their choreography, contagious energy, and crazy vocal range. As someone with no previous exposure to a cappella (except for the Pitch Perfect series of course) I can say that I was left shook to my core. Below are some highlights of each of the seven premier groups of the night.

Beauties and the Beat

Established in 2013, Beauties is the only all-female competitive a cappella group on campus and strives to promote female empowerment through their music. After watching their performance, I can only say that these beauties really know how to rock the beat.

The Texas Songhorns

Boasting an extensive list of competitive awards, the Songhorns confidently stepped onto the stage in matching khakis, looking like the chillest bunch of frat boys about to lay down some sick beats. The group started as a purely social organization in 2011, but quickly transitioned to a competitive a cappella team after competing in the 2014 International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). Since then, the all-male group has been competing in various national competitions, often placing in the top three, and are recognized as one of UT’s leading a cappella groups.

Hum A Cappella

Hum A Cappella was the only group performing known to fuse Western music styles with South Asian style. The group came on stage wearing matching traditional garb and opened their performance with a powerful rendition of Christina Aguilera’s Fall in Line. Their last song brought down the house with the South Asian style they are so well known for. Their performance was exciting and energetic and was definitely one to remember.

One Note Stand

First of all, whoever came up with this name is acca-mazing. One Note Stand is a nationally recognized a cappella group that was originally founded as a service organization, often singing for free at fundraising events. The group seemed very close-knit on stage and opened with an upbeat rendition of What You Don’t Do by Lianne La Havas.

The Ransom Notes

Not much is said about Ransom Notes on Hornslink, but this group left a strong impression on the audience with spirited renditions of Death of a Bachelor by Panic! At the Disco, S&M by Rihanna, and a moving performance of Blessed by Daniel Caesar.

Fuse A Cappella

Fuse A Cappella is another of UT’s premier competitive a cappella groups and performs off and around campus at fundraisers and charity events. The group boasted some impressive vocalists and brought down the house with their version of God is a Woman by Ariana Grande.

Noteworthy A Cappella 

Noteworthy is another one of the leading competitive a cappella groups at UT Austin. The group lived up to their name at the showcase and delivered a stunning performance. Both Noteworthy A Cappella and Fuse A Cappella will be performing again for the holidays on December 9th, 7:00-8:30 pm at their Winter Concert in the Student Activities Center.