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The Hightower Lowdown
Our friends look a lot like our enemies; the Charleston Five; and burning your feet for Burger King!
"...country, party, and team, corporations increasingly are holding employee pep rallies and otherwise trying to fire up their worker..."

Oct. 26, 2001 News Column by Jim Hightower

Blow Up Your Video
MTV forces American youth to sell their souls, but has Joan Jett in a bikini!
"...After the obligatory makeovers, dance rehearsals, and a video pep talk from the stars themselves, fans shoot look-a-like videos..."

Aug. 3, 2001 Music Feature by Greg Beets

The Graduates
Once They Were My Students Now They Are
"...required freshman reading, keeping high school and all its pep at arm's length ("I think I get that from..."

May 25, 2001 Features Feature by Sarah Hepola

Dot-bombers
Despite the clouds of layoffs, a virtual silver lining shines for some caught in Austin's online bust.
"...was either about to give the troops a pre-holiday pep talk or tell everyone game over. Another round of..."

March 2, 2001 Features Feature by Carol Brorsen

Naked City
Organized through Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish congregations, the Industrial Areas Foundation's Saturday gathering was not unlike a secular church service.
"...Despite a crowd whose enthusiasm at times reached pep-rally levels, the standard accountability session is a no-nonsense event...."

Sept. 29, 2000 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Songs of Innocence and Experience
From poetry scrawled on walls to poetry inscribed on CD: the saga of the Gourds.
"...us to Denny's after that and gave us a pep talk, 'Don't give up, don't give up.'..."

Sept. 22, 2000 Music Feature by Christopher Hess

Naked City
Gary Bradley presented his latest land-swap deal to the Save Barton Creek Association this week and received mixed reviews from environmentalists, many of whom are wary of trusting the megadeveloper.
"..."I didn't think of coming in here for a pep rally," he says...."

Aug. 18, 2000 News Feature

Violent Femmes, Austin Music Hall, June 10
"...... after day ... ." The crowd went positively pep rally as Gano's hip-hoppy rants about kissing, screwing, and..."

June 23, 2000 Music Review by Christopher Gray

Bucky: A Spiritual Sales Pitch
In the new solo show Bucky, playwright / director Alice Wilson and actor Brad Armstrong celebrate the life and work of Buckminster Fuller with energy and fervor, but their show is not for everyone : certainly not for anyone who dislikes audience participation.
"...sentimental stories (Bucky's dead daughter is invoked), or feel-good pep talks, and certainly anyone who believes in the blessed..."

April 14, 2000 Arts Review by Ada Calhoun

Postmarks
Readers respond to Zero Tolerance, the Longhorn Pipeline, and Being John Malkovich.
"...we think God shouldn't be left out of the pep squad's yells either -- so we submit the following:..."

Nov. 19, 1999 Column

Just Call Him "Coach"
Westlake senior Eli Kooris profiles the Westlake Chaparral football's legendary head coach, Ron Schroeder.
"...of football games," he smiles. "You have your little pep talk in the locker room, and then the kids..."

Nov. 19, 1999 Sports Feature by Eli Kooris

Go, Girl! Go!
A father beams as her records his daughter's first season as a middle school football player.
"...through my 40-page lease to review by Monday, Dani peppers me with questions. What happens if the ball goes..."

Nov. 19, 1999 Features Feature by Phillip Schmandt

Our Lying Eyes
A New Revelation, like its predecessor, Waco: Rules of Engagement, will face an uphill climb with the intellectual and political establishment.
"...socially maladapted nerds who, like me, wouldn't join in pep squad cheers. Both the Davidian and government executives, like..."

Nov. 12, 1999 News Feature by Dick J. Reavis

Drug Warriors
Hays County drug war is costing lives and money.
"...job as a short-order cook, and then drove a Pepsi truck for several years before becoming an electrician's apprentice..."

Nov. 5, 1999 News Feature by Nate Blakeslee

Blame Star Search
"...girls themselves, who worship Brit like she were the pep squad, student council president, and prom queen all rolled..."

June 11, 1999 Music Feature

Further Reflections
"...about the same speed as the tractor that aging, pep Hotis (Ernest Borgnine) uses to visit his dying, estranged,..."

March 26, 1999 Screens Feature

1999 SXSW Music Festival
"...can resist bopping along to songs like "Friday Afternoon Pep Rally." The Houston trio even brought a guy named..."

March 19, 1999 Music Feature

Dancing About Architecture
Night Clubbing
"...in Mexico. Killed in the crash were Jose Angel "Pepe" Farias, Silvestre Rodriguez Jr., and manager Jose Angel Gonzalez......"

Feb. 5, 1999 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Austin Top Nines
Greg Beets
"...5. Junior Varsity, "Pep Rally Rock" 7-inch (Twist Like This)..."

Jan. 8, 1999 Music Feature

Dancing About Architecture
The Outer Limits
"...in detail every faux pas, flap, and fistfight that peppered the weekend, here's a few notable notes: Guest appearances..."

Dec. 11, 1998 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Dancing About Architecture
Every Dog Has His Day
"...Varsity have made the college charts with their new Pep Rally Rock single, and are recording new material for..."

May 22, 1998 Music Column by Ken Lieck

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...Cross a political convention, a religious revival, and a pep rally, and you have Austin Interfaith's first-ever convention last..."

April 24, 1998 News Feature

The Winter Classic
South by Southwest 1998
"...even if they are chiefly humorous in nature; they're peppered with infantile cries, sexual boasts, faked orgasms (from the..."

March 27, 1998 Music Feature

Postmarks
Slusher Kicks Ass!
"...which will be part question-and-answer session and part neighborhood pep rally...."

March 13, 1998 Column

Crossing Paths
The Black Cat Clan
"...gyrating seductresses who back up the Flametrick Subs wearing pep outfits emblazoned with the big, bad triple-six. This is..."

Dec. 26, 1997 Music Feature by Ken Lieck

Tackling Texas Truisms
Filmmaker Don Howard and the Texas Documentary Tour
"...-- the Lord's Prayer before the game, the way pep rallies work, the whole thing. He ended up picking..."

Dec. 5, 1997 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Post Marks
Muddying the Waters
"...advertisement, that's all. (I guess it was for Dr. Pepper since that's what Sean Penn gulps down not once..."

Nov. 7, 1997 Column

Football Behind Bars
Field of Dreams Offers Young Offenders Second Chance
"...out. photograph by Robert Bryce There were no cheerleaders, pep squads, marching bands, or letter jackets. The teenagers in..."

Nov. 7, 1997 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Postmarks
Rider Replies
"...advertisement, that's all. (I guess it was for Dr. Pepper since that's what Sean Penn gulps down not once..."

Oct. 24, 1997 Column

Dancing About Architecture
"...5pm (I hear their sidekicks, Satan's Cheerleaders, beat UT's pep squad 66-6). Screwtape have a video release party this..."

Sept. 19, 1997 Music Column by Ken Lieck

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