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    Campus & Community

    Faces of the West Mall

    By Marsha Miller
    Published: Feb. 22, 2010

    The West Mall is the heart of campus — a vibrant crossroads for the university and an intersection of people who represent cultures from all parts of the world. Symbolic expressions of individuality, interests, politics and beliefs are everywhere: on T-shirts, buttons and backpacks; as piercings and tattoos; as uniforms, kafias and skull caps; as brand-name fashions and recycled threads; on library books and underground magazines.

    These photographs were taken on five afternoons during the past four years. The students, faculty and staff in the photos were stopped without prior arrangement on the West Mall as they were passing through, capturing their personalities exactly as they are. They are a sample of the richness and variety of the people who create a community at The University of Texas at Austin.

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      LesleyMaxine said on Feb. 15, 2011 at 5:36 p.m.
      I really like the faces on the wall. I usually look at people eyes but here their teeth seem almost perfect. Thanks for the lovely phot.
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      isee said on April 14, 2010 at 11:34 p.m.
      I have some great student photos taken at downtown Austin. Where should i upload them?
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      Isabel said on March 13, 2010 at 10:24 p.m.
      Well done! So proud to know that the beauty of diversity has grown since my time, over 30 years ago, at this marvelous university.
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      Trish said on March 12, 2010 at 4:03 p.m.
      This is fabulous. It's great to know some things never change. Wonderful job!
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      Megan said on March 6, 2010 at 3:31 p.m.
      Beautiful, beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing. This brought back some wonderful memories of why I loved being at Texas.
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      Renee Stairs said on March 6, 2010 at 12:40 p.m.
      I always wondered what happened to that photo. Ha, ha. Anyway, could I get a copy of the one of me? It's a goodie.
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      KRS1 said on March 5, 2010 at 4:46 a.m.
      Absolutely beautiful photos that depict what really makes Texas special - the people.
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      Rebecca Johnson said on March 4, 2010 at 4:45 p.m.
      Gorgeous photos. Thank you for posting!
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      David Ochsner said on March 4, 2010 at 4:15 p.m.
      Marsha this is beautiful work. These are the faces of the university everyone should see.
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      Richard Gannett said on March 4, 2010 at 11:55 a.m.
      Links will not open to show pictures of West Mall. Please correct & advise.
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      David McLaughlin said on March 4, 2010 at 11:20 a.m.
      Ah, yes...the West Mall. It was the best people-watching place I've ever seen. I also attended the University in 1978-82. I remember the folks from the People's Mujahedin table debating the guys at the Chabad House table, probably 1979 or 1980, after the Iranian Revolution. Lyndon Larouche fanatics, Scientologists...the list goes on and on. Thanks for the memories.
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      Carlos Ross said on March 4, 2010 at 10:46 a.m.
      Great pictures! Make me want to return to campus to enjoy the richness and variety of the academic culture around the Student Union.
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      Beth Duval said on March 4, 2010 at 10:38 a.m.
      Fantastic! You have a real gift for taking photos.
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      Kristi said on March 4, 2010 at 10:23 a.m.
      You captured what I LOVE about our university!!
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      Laura Jiménez said on March 4, 2010 at 9:38 a.m.
      I love these pictures! The subjects seem to have been told ahead of time "Today you are getting your portrait done." Impressive!
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      Michelle said on March 4, 2010 at 8:03 a.m.
      These lovely pictures would be even better with a good representation of the staff that help keep this campus running.
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      Barbara McGlothlin said on March 4, 2010 at 7:41 a.m.
      Had alot of fun looking at these pictures. Been a long time since I was at school (1978-1982)!!! I miss the place! Remeber the diversity of students way back then and it has not changed, of course. I enjoyd being around such a huge variety of people and cultures. However, where are the photos of people like me? I was part of the diversity as well...you're not gonna like this, I was part of the Greek system. I found it interesting that there were no photos of these people.
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      Roberta Roush said on March 4, 2010 at 7:25 a.m.
      Marsha, These are great photos except you missed my handsome "cowboy boot-wearing frat guy" son.
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      Terry Newman said on March 3, 2010 at 7:18 p.m.
      Marsha, these are amazing pictures! They make me smile. Thanks.
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      Martha-Gail Moore said on March 1, 2010 at 12:11 p.m.
      Marsha, these are beautiful photographs--all of them. Naturally, I particularly like the one of our chair caught in his skipper's cap. You know I gotta ask, can I have a copy of that one? You are an inspiration! Fantastic photos! MG
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      Sharon Justice said on Feb. 28, 2010 at 11:39 a.m.
      Marsha, you have captured the west mall! My favorite spot on campus. Thank you.
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      Nicolás Aquino said on Feb. 27, 2010 at 9:42 p.m.
      Beautiful pictures, I disagree with Alex that you did not get the sorority girls and "cowboy boot-wearing frat guys." You did get a broad spectrum of the University except for one... not a single uniformed cadet or service member is represented even though all branches of the military are represented on campus... whether or not you believe in what they do... these men and women have pledged their futures to this country without bias of ideology, creed, national origin and ARE apart - perhaps a very small part - of the University. Sorry about the tirade, but I was a cadet at the University and had been mistreated on the West Mall whilst in uniform. People who would condemn prejustice...prejudged me by what I was wearing. Anyway I loved the pics but please get 1 cadet or other uniformed service member added to your collection.
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      Adam said on Feb. 27, 2010 at 12:47 p.m.
      What diversity? It feels like there are so many asians. Other than whites, a few African Americans, and Vietnamese, I dont see much diversity.
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      Julien Carter said on Feb. 26, 2010 at 11:34 p.m.
      Marsha-- I loved these photographs and concept of this piece. Great job!
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      Martha Hilley said on Feb. 26, 2010 at 5:06 p.m.
      marsha, you are the best! these photos are really wonderful - love the b/w look and you have captured the west mall. come on over the east campus sometime. martha
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      Tracy Mueller said on Feb. 26, 2010 at 2:25 p.m.
      Lovely photos, Marsha! Simple yet full of heart and personality.
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      Dorothy said on Feb. 26, 2010 at 2:19 p.m.
      I love seeing the diversity among these UT students and faculty, as well as their sense of style. Very cool slice of life piece. Thanks!
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      Saheb Sabharwal said on Feb. 25, 2010 at 10:36 p.m.
      Great job Marsha! Feels great to see so many cultures under one roof.
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      Alex said on Feb. 25, 2010 at 4:23 p.m.
      Yeah! Where are all the Nike short sorority girls and the cowboy boot-wearing frat guys? I see them around more than these people. These photos look awesome, though. Props.
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      Maggie said on Feb. 25, 2010 at 2:28 p.m.
      This is a lovely tapestry of UT life. Thanks!
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      Blake Justice said on Feb. 25, 2010 at 11:20 a.m.
      Oh, look at all the lovely people... Well done Marsha. I have seen you out there taking these a couple of times and I am thrilled to see the result. Woody Allen and Federico Fellini would also be fascinated and pleased. And of course, I love the black and white.
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      Victoria said on Feb. 25, 2010 at 6:13 a.m.
      This is really cool. I can't believe I also know a handful of this small sample. Small world indeed.
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      Jessica said on Feb. 25, 2010 at 1:39 a.m.
      Surprising that not a single one of these people is wearing Nike running shorts! Otherwise, beautiful photos. Really enjoyed this.
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      Matt Valentine said on Feb. 24, 2010 at 6:59 p.m.
      Nice work, Marsha Miller. Richard Avedon would be flattered.
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      David Von Hatten said on Feb. 24, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
      Beautiful photography. It really captures the diversity on our campus.
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      Lee said on Feb. 24, 2010 at 4:56 p.m.
      Wonderful photos Marsha. Thanks.
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      Robert said on Feb. 24, 2010 at 3:48 p.m.
      I was referring to Pic # 21 by the way
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      Robert said on Feb. 24, 2010 at 3:46 p.m.
      Oh my! What a gorgeous outfit this lady has on.
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      Christa said on Feb. 24, 2010 at 2:36 p.m.
      Great piece. Wonderful idea - well done.
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      Milli said on Feb. 24, 2010 at 1:26 p.m.
      oh, all the beautiful people...and great photographs!
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      Jose Lozano said on Feb. 24, 2010 at 1:23 p.m.
      This is a great photo project! It's funny that with over 60,000 students and faculty at UT, I know 5 out of the 58 people photographed in this series... small world!
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