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Capoeira helps female students, alumni find self-empowerment

Raised in a conservative Christian household, Amanda Caroline was out of touch with her Afro-Brazilian roots. But after studying abroad in Salvador Bahia, Brazil, Caroline found her passion in martial arts. Caroline, a Ph.D. student in African and African diaspora studies, practices capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art “played” by two capoeiristas who are surrounded by…

UT United Muslim Relief officers celebrate Ramadan

During the Islamic holy month, Nida Madni wakes up before dawn for a morning prayer and meal with her Pakistani family to prepare for their 15-hour fast. While the sun shines, they will abstain from food and drink. Madni, a biochemistry sophomore and officer at UT’s United Muslim Relief, is celebrating Ramadan, one of the Five…

Homeless man encourages openmindedness

When he wakes up in his sleeping bag on a side walk between 21st and 26th Streets on Guadalupe, Bobby’s first thought is where he’ll get coffee. While he waits for outreach programs to open their doors, he visits the PCL, admiring the collection of books about religious studies. “I’ve never really seen the students read…