2014-2015 Cactus Yearbook staff
Tess Cagle is a sophomore journalism student at UT from the Rio Grande Valley. She specializes mainly in music and culture and has a strong interest in photojournalism. Apart from Cactus, she is also associate news editor at The Horn and a writer and photographer for ORANGE Magazine. She pays the bills as a student assistant for the Dining and Housing Food Services of UT. Aside from journalism, international relations and anthropology are two other areas of study that she’s currently really interested in. In high school, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Spur yearbook. When she graduates, she plans to pursue a career in magazine writing or photojournalism. Her dream job would be one that involves a lot of exploration and travel.
Christy Zhang is a freshman this year at UT, majoring in mechanical engineering. She enjoys photography and design as well as cooking and pinteresting in her spare time. Christy has learned traditional Chinese dance, along with ballet and contemporary, since she was four and competes in regional and national competitions in the Houston area. She was design editor of the Stratford High School Mnemosyne yearbook staff her senior year and served as assistant ads editor the year before. Christy has been involved in yearbook since 8th grade where she was editor-in-chief of her middle school publication. She loves yearbook because of the comforting feeling of being immersed in a project and working through different ideas until she’s satisfied with the design.
Student Life Editor
Academics & Organizations Editor
Gustavo Molinar is a second-year, Psychology major from Houston, TX. He is very excited to be part of the editorial staff for the 2014-2015 Cactus Yearbook! He has been involved in yearbook since his first year of high school and he is more than glad to be able to continue on. He loves photography and if there’s ever an opportunity, he likes capturing the moment. He was an Orientation Advisor for the 2014 Summer and Class of 2018 students, and he will be a Resident Assistant as well as a Foundation Scholars Program Mentor for the year. He is part of the University Leadership Network and a member of the Counseling and Mental Health Center Student Organization. In the future, he hopes to be able to attend graduate school to continue his studies in psychology. However, for now, he hopes to be able to capture all the thrilling moments that will be sure to occur at the University of Texas at Austin.
Austin Ferguson is a senior in the College of Fine Arts, majoring in music theory with a minor in government. Austin is beginning his third term as the Fine Arts Representative in UT’s Student Government, where he serves on the Rules and Regulations committee. He is an active member of Mu Phi Epsilon, an international, professional music fraternity. Most importantly in his eyes, Austin is the Student Director of the University of Texas Guild of Carillonneurs; as such, he is the primary performer and instructor on the university’s Kniker Carillon, known as the “Tower Bells”. Austin has traveled across the country and is a sought-after recitalist, noted for his interpretation of both Baroque and Contemporary carillon literature. In high school, Austin took on editorial roles for two of his three years in yearbook – one year as assistant editor, and one year as editor-in-chief. His goals for the future are to attend law school, become a partner in a successful firm, and take on a job as a carillonneur, continuing to perform and educate others on the most wonderful instrument in the world. When asked about what his favorite thing is about yearbook, his response was, “Hmm… Probably that people are just as weird as I am so I don’t get funny looks!”
Assistant Copy Editors
Kylie Holt is a sophomore majoring in Marine and Freshwater Biology from Argyle, Texas. Before coming to UT, newspaper, UIL journalism and yearbook were a large part of her academic life. She is thrilled to be on the Cactus staff this year and get back into editing! She says contributing to a beautiful memento that alumni and relatives can keep long after graduation is an extremely rewarding and proud experience. Other than Cactus, she is also involved in Longhorn Pets Alive and the Marine Science Club.
Anahita Pardiwalla is a second year journalist studying the craft at The University of Texas at Austin with a Bridging Disciplines Program Certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice. She is an opinion columnist for The Horn, and has written numerous articles for her local paper, The Paris News. Communicating emotion through the arts such as theater and dance have also been a childhood interest of hers. She is a member of Jazba Dance Team, a fusion dance team on the UT campus. She says that to be a part of the team from it’s first season has been a privilege and wonderful experience because they represent cultural unity by performing various dance styles. Cultural exposure is an outlet to worldly perceptions that guides her journalism career. Her future aspirations include a career in broadcast journalism, as well as documenting international human rights affairs. She wants to change perspectives on ever-present social issues which are shrouded by incessant entertainment fallacies.
Social Media & Marketing Editor
Elizabeth Hoang is a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public relations at the University of Texas at Austin. On campus she is a member of the University of Texas’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter where she assisted in planning the PRSSA Regional Conference in Dallas. She was assistant editor for her high school newspaper and from 2013 to 2014 she worked as the social media and communications contact for student run organization BlendATX, helping them put on creative projects like coffee houses and jam sessions. Her interests have always landed on the creative side. After graduation she would love to do PR and event planning for the arts or creative publications.