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St. Edward's is 1 of 5 universities that will require students to get a COVID vaccine so far

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As access to the COVID vaccine widens, some colleges will mandate students to get vaccinated at the start of the fall semester, including Austin's own private institution, St. Edward's University.


St. Edward's is one of five universities in the U.S. that have announced a vaccine requirement, according to The Hill. The university announced last week that all employees and on-campus students 16 years or older will be required to get vaccinated by Sept. 1, after the start of fall classes on Aug. 23.

The other four universities requiring a vaccine this year include Cornell University, Rutgers University, Fort Lewis College and Nova Southeastern University.

Some universities are taking a different route, with looser requirements like a mask mandate; for others, showing proof of a vaccine card exempts students from a mask mandate.

University communities have previously been known for causing super-spreader events, or clusters of those infected with the virus both on and off-campus. Locally, University of Texas students were ridiculed for throwing fraternity and sorority parties in the midst of previous surges and for going on a Cabo spring break vacation at the start of the pandemic.

Other local colleges and universities have not yet announced new requirements for the fall. Most higher education institutions require other vaccinations upon enrollment such as the meningitis shot, which prevents the deadly meningococcal disease.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway