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The Dallas Stars had a scrimmage in Cedar Park Center this weekend, which just happens to be where I have season tickets to see the Texas Stars this year. Jess and I snagged seats behind one of the benches and naturally my camera tagged along.

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The Texas Stars have made it to the Calder Cup Finals and I managed to get tickets behind the Stars’ bench to games 1 and 2. Game 1 was incredible, the Stars beating St. John’s 6-3 to claim the first win of the series. Game 2 wasn’t as great; the Stars fell to the Ice Caps 2-1 after a valiant effort to fight their way into the lead.

The next 3 games of the series will be in St. John’s, which seems a bit far for a road trip, so I guess I’ll be cheering the Stars on from home.

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I’m so glad I started going to Stars games this season. If there’s a local hockey team in your city you should check them out, it’s definitely a sport best experienced live. Also, we’re getting season tickets next season and I may have some guest seats for anyone who wants to come visit me in Austin. *hint hint*

Check out my photos from behind the bench below.

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This weekend I was in Dallas to see the Stars play the Pittsburgh Penguins, my favorite hockey team. Yes, I am into hockey now. Don’t question it.

I’ve been planning this trip with my roommate Jessica and our friend Lacye for months, and it was awesome (even if the outcome was less than desirable for the Penguins). Obviously this means we’re going to have to travel to see the Penguins much more often than the one time a year they come to Texas.

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Today Bryan Cranston was scheduled to talk at an event on UT’s campus (oh by the way, I work here now) and I was bummed because I hadn’t gotten a ticket. But lo and behold, a pop culture miracle occurred and less than an hour before it started my coworker Allen, who spent every Monday this summer geeking out with me about the most recent episode of Breaking Bad, asked me if I wanted to go because he had two tickets and basically I screamed “YES” in his face.

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Earlier this year I submitted a photojournalism portfolio to the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association for the 2012 awards and this month I found out I placed first. A pretty awesome end cap for my collegiate photojournalism career.

Below are the photos I included in my portfolio along with the judges’ score sheet and comments.

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The best part of the spring semester at OSU happened Thursday night; Dragonfly is OSU’s annual drag show whose proceeds (more than $2500 this year) go to The Equality Network, which advocates for LGBT rights in Oklahoma.

This is my third year shooting it for the O’Colly (see my 2011 and 2012 recaps), and it seems that it only gets better each year I attend.  Each show involves student contestants – the “amateurs” – as well as professional drag queens from Oklahoma City and a “special guest” – this year it was Chad Michaels, who placed third on season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and won All Stars Drag Race.

Check out my photos below. These are always my favorite photos of the year, and I’m going to miss getting a chance to shoot it every year.

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