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You can now buy earrings designed by UT students at Kendra Scott
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Austin-based jewelry empire Kendra Scott is now selling earrings designed by University of Texas students in The Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute.



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Students in the Textiles and Apparel Design program teamed up to create potential Kendra Scott pieces aimed toward Gen Z, or younger, consumers. According to UT, more than 5,000 people voted online to pick the winning design.

The winning team, comprised of Anita Ghamarian, Tianjie Pei, Julia Sotelo, Sara Kopenec and Pinar Sarilar, named the earrings Ciarla in honor of the creator and instructor of the course, Jessica Ciarla.

In an interview with the UT College of Natural Sciences, recent Textiles and Apparel Design graduate Ghamarian said that the final designs included pastels, astrological symbols and other trendy elements seen on social media.

"We really wanted to get into the mindset of the Gen Z individual, so we went to where they spend the most time: social media," Ghamarian said.

The accessory design, development and merchandising course is offered as part of the Kendra Scott Women Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute. The course was first offered in the spring.

The earring set retails for $78 and is available online and in stores with 20% of the proceeds going back to The Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute, according to the Kendra Scott website.

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💰 A shocking report Friday from Sam Khan Jr. at The Athletic (paywall), based on Freedom of Information Act requests filed with the University of Texas at Austin, documented a $280,000 football recruiting weekend for nine players, including NFL quarterback royal family scion Arch Manning. Of the nine prized potential recruits, five, including Manning, have committed to the Longhorns.

The next weekend, The Athletic reports, UT spent another $350,00 on 14 more recruits, for a total of $630,000.

Here's where the money went for weekend one. This is a partial list of expenses, totaling $221,808. The Athletic reported that the entire weekend cost "nearly $280,000."

  • $21,000 airfare, car service, other travel expenses.
  • $1,814 candy, cookies, and other snacks for recruits and family members.
  • $46,696 34 rooms at the Four Season, for recruits, family members, and selected UT coaches and staff.
  • $17,320 Friday lunch buffet.
  • $3,359 rented audio system for afternoon Instagram photoshoots.
  • $29,129 Friday dinner buffet at DKR club area for 100+ people: recruits/families, coaches/spouses, recruiters.
  • $11,880 J.W. Marriott pool bar tab for Friday night parent social, while recruits "hit the town."
  • $10,226 Saturday breakfast at the UT Club.
  • $9,498 Saturday afternoon parent social while recruits were at Top Golf.
  • $36,900 Saturday dinner at III Forks steakhouse
  • $2,357 sunset cruise on Lady Bird Lake
  • $31,629 Saturday night parent social at the W Austin hotel.
  • ? Sunday breakfast at the Sarkisians' Rollingwood home.

The result? After what one recruit parent described as a "five-star visit," Texas sits with the nation's #2 recruiting class, according to 247Sports Composite, with Alabama at #1.

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