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Austin news feed: Professor Dumpster moves out, landmark lands Super Bowl appearance and more

Austin news feed: Local professor moves out of his dumpster and more

Professor Dumpster Dr. Jeff Wilson
Professor Dumpster, back when he moved in to his new digs. Photo by Dr. Jeff Wilson/ Professor Dumpster Blog
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A UT alum constructed a Lego model of the Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. Courtesy of University of Texas at Austin
Professor Dumpster Dr. Jeff Wilson
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Editor's note: Over the course of a week, we come across dozens of newsy tidbits and interesting links that we want to share with you. For this weekly roundup, we gather all the news we found athletic, constructive and rent-worthy.

1. Professor Dumpster moves out of his ... well, dumpster. Jeff Wilson, a professor at Huston-Tillotson University, finished his one-year term living in a dumpster on campus to promote sustainable living.

2. Austin renters might see some relief as thousands of new units come on to the market. With tons of new apartment complexes opening last year and more scheduled for 2015, the rental market might experience a much needed dip in prices.

3. That MLK billboard was not attacked by vandals. Concerns over vandalism arose when a long-standing Martin Luther King, Jr. billboard was taken down on MLK Day. However, it turns out that it was removed because of code violation.

4. Travis County has one of the highest percentages of school kids exempted from mandatory vaccination rules. Texas Tribune discovers at exactly how many children in Texas schools are exempt from immunization laws based on nonmedical reasons.

5. A University of Texas alum has made a model of the football stadium using 60,000 Legos. Chicago dweller Drew Finkel shipped his original Lego reconstruction of the famous Longhorn monument down to Austin so that it can be put on display inside the actual stadium.

6. R.I.P. Monty Oum. Fans throughout the video game community are mourning the death of Oum, an animator at Austin-based Rooster Teeth, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 33.

7. Did you see the Nissan commercial during the Super Bowl? Watch it again and keep an eye out for the Circuit of the Americas. The renowned track was featured during the race scenes.