Students that are looking for a cool new place to study, drink, and attend free events, Buzz Mill is the place to go.
Located on East Riverside and open 24/7, Buzzmill has a unique atmosphere with its cozy cabin-style interior, where you can either grab a beer, a cup of coffee, or try their specialty infused liquor. The outside seating area is equipped with wooden benches, and a fire pit for cozy conversation on those rare, cold Austin nights. Buzz Mill does not have a food menu, but have no fear – there are two food.
trucks stationed right there in their backyard! The Blue Ox truck serves up some savory Bar-B-Que, and Golden Spike Rail Cart specializes in vegan comfort food.
Buzzmill has events every night, such as stand-up comedy and live music. Comedy shows are free every Wednesday at 9pm, and are filled with local and commuting comics.
Katy Pengra opens every comedy night with some bittersweet anecdotes for the simple joy of making strangers laugh.
Pengra, who has been working at Buzzmill for a year, said “I love this place, it has a really unique vibe to it, and it’s fun running a show here.”
Buzz Mill’s lumberjack themed setting is a comfort for students looking for a place to hide while they cram for midterms. The little nook behind the bar has a strict “no talking” rule for anyone wishing to study in peace.
Buzz Mill is a quaint hangout full of people from all walks of life, truly representing the Austin spirit. The next time you’re around East Riverside stop by – it will be worth it!
Austin is home to runners and dog lovers alike. Combine the two and you get RuffTail Runners— a program that inspires Austinites to take shelter dogs out of their kennels and onto the trails for exercise and exposure.
“There were a lot more benefits than we realized,” Rob Hill co-founder of RuffTail Runners said.
The runners act as extra trainers, and the vast majority of the dogs are well behaved as a result.
Each month, Ruff-Tail Runners holds training sessions to teach volunteers how to properly handle the dogs. Group sessions are fairly small, and include both classroom and hands-on training.
“What we try to do is keep the runners, dogs, and public [on the trails] safe”, Hill said. “We average about 300 runs a month. All these runs, we’ve had virtually no dog fights”.
Running with the dogs is not a requirement. Many participants walk the dogs.
Hill has no statistics on the program’s effects on dog adoption rates, however he said that getting the dogs away from the stressful shelter environment results in happier, healthier, pets.
The program also allows people to spend time with the dogs without the full-time commitment of ownership.
Before each run, dogs are fitted with bright vests that read, “Adopt Me!” Hill, a native Austinite, has two adopted pets of his own— adogandacat.
“I’m a magnet for strays!” he said.
RuffTail Runners is open to the public at the Austin Pets Alive! Town Lake facility at 1156 W Cesar Chavez.
For more information, visit www. meetup.com/rufftail- runnersaustin.
On the cover: ACC student Devon Foster is the winner of Accent’s Spring 2015 Cover Art Contest. The painting titled “Illusion” is acrylic on canvas. The dimensions of the original are 22 inches by 28 inches.
Last fall, debate surrounded the topic of electronic cigarettes and whether or not vaping was subject to the same regulations as cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Last year on Nov. 17, the ACC board of trustees voted to expand the college’s smoke-free policy to prohibit nicotine vapor products. This ban, which also includes smoke-free tobacco products, went into effect Jan. 5 of this year.
“We want to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our students and employees,” Dr. Mary Hensley, ACC Executive Vice President of Operations, said.
This new restriction has sparked controversy, and many students argue that school officials lack any real supporting evidence that vapor smoke is harmful. Collin Hayes, a student at the Northridge campus, believes the ban is too harsh.
“[Tobacco smoke and vapor smoke] are two completely different substances,” Hayes said. “I feel it’s more of a moral attack”.
In the ACC online Newsroom, students criticize the ban as being imposed without any sort of consensus or representation.
Accent sought to capture differing viewpoints on this topic, but the few students who seemed to be in favor of the ban chose not to go on record with their opinions.
There is not enough data to determine whether there is any risk associated with secondhand nicotine exposure, but scientists have confirmed there are no combustion related toxins present in vapor. Electronic cigarettes are most often used as smoking-cessation tools, and can help reduce the risk of relapse and tobacco related death. Vaping is, however, a relatively new trend; the long term effects remain unknown.
Students attend college for different reasons, but the desire for success is a common trait.
Whether they are using community college as a way to familiarize themselves with the nuances of college life, or as a way to re-acclimate to an academic lifestyle, community colleges around the country offer opportunities and hope for individuals looking to achieve their goals.
For some, like UT graduate and former student at Northlake Community College in Dallas, Texas, Reihaneh Haijibeigi, community college served as a segue from high school academia to college-critical curriculum.
“I took my first community college courses while I was still a high school student,” said Haijibeigi.
“The handful of courses I took allowed me to juggle many different passions without falling behind in rigorous coursework.”
Community college is known for its diversity; it is very common to find people of different ages, ethnicities and financial backgrounds.
Community college provides an avenue for students who may be facing financial difficulties, hectic schedules and apprehensions about embarking on their education.
ACC currently enrolls more than 43,000 credit students and serves an additional 15,000 students each year through non-credit programs.
Community college has been the beginning of many success stories for students who are eager to get their foot in the door of knowledge. It continues to help students, young and old, connect the bridge between just starting out in college, and preparing them for the leap to a university.
It is vital that there are adequate resources extended to people who have the desire and drive to gain an education, and the tools needed to gain success in higher education can be found within community college.
Story and Photo by Kimber Lee Falkinburg,Contributor
Waste deep in a cool-water pool, I waded the waters of Chinati Hot Springs nestled among the Chihuahuan Mountains just inside the Texas border. Chinati proved to be the surprise highlight of my 1,300 mile Texas adventure that began in Austin.
The springs are near to Marfa, a city known for its art scene. Marfa rose up as an art destination due to artist Donald Clarence Judd’s interest in the area. Hosting regular events in Marfa, Judd brought the New York and international art communities to area businesses. Today, the Chinati Foundation in Marfa pre-serves and presents permanent, large-scale, art installations to the public.
Economical accommodations can be found in Marfa at the Tumble-In RV Park. Travelers can park recreational vehicles, pitch tents or sleep in their cars. Wi-Fi, shower, laundry and kitchen facilities are provided. However, water and electricity are not included. Pets are allowed if kept on a leash.
Comida Future is a cafeteria located less than a mile from the RV park. It was bustling with locals on the day I visited.
“I created the cafeteria style presentation as a way to expose people to fresh, local ingredients,” owner Krista Steinhauer said. Menu items include kale Caesar salad, roasted autumn vegetables with quinoa and beets and shrimp in coconut tomatillo sauce, all of which I enjoyed immensely.
The Wrong Store is a must-see for Marfa visitors as it represents the juxtaposition of the culture and surroundings of Marfa. Buck Bosworth is the owner and curator of the store, and her husband Camp Bosworth is an artist whose works are on display there.
In Big Bend State Park, my mid-size sport utility vehicle rose to the occasion of an afternoon of explorer’s delight through Fort Leaton, up San Piedra Road, on to the Sauceda Ranger Station and a picnic at Fresno Vista overlooking the Solitario, a geological formation that covers 52 square miles. From my viewpoint, it was all spectacular.
Flora and fauna of West Texas are abundant in the hills of Big Bend State Park. With informative and courteous rangers, I would highly recommend the Saucedo Ranger Station and over-night accommodations for families seeking educational and wildlife experiences.
West Texas is a vast and beautiful landscape with many opportunities to explore and admire, and is perfect for a relaxing break from everyday life.
Important Trip Tips:
West Texas is vast and expansive. Take these seriously…
Travel with a spare tire and gas can. Road- side assistance may not be available.
Fill up in Junction, Marfa and Presidio. Gas stations are often few and far between.
Take extra water. You should plan on consuming twice as much water as normal.
Chinati Hot Springs and Big Bend State Park offer limited resources. Buy groceries in Presidio.
Wear sunblock, take hiking shoes and be aware of wildlife. Mountain lions and javelinas roam the area.
Radio stations are limited. Take extra equipment and CD’s unless you want total silence.
To shoot pictures of stars, you need a special camera lens. Ask your local camera store.
Water. Hydration is very important.
Be flexible when planning. Adjustments may be necessary.
Enjoy. Stay away from electronic devices and soak in the majesty around you!