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Miscommunications mark virtual orientation, bring challenges for OAs, freshmen
June 27, 2020
Typically, incoming students attend an in-person orientation where they stay in dorms, participate in information sessions, attend social events and register for classes. Because of the pandemic, this year’s orientation is occurring virtually, and the price was cut in half.
Brené Brown talks virtual commencement speech, choosing courage over comfort
May 19, 2020
On May 23, bestselling author and speaker Brené Brown will deliver UT’s universitywide commencement speech. When she first agreed to speak, she thought she’d stand in front of thousands of students inside of the Frank Erwin Center. Now, she’ll be speaking to her laptop camera from her office in Houston.
College of Pharmacy Professor experienced bias, discrimination in former career, now advocates for education, women
May 4, 2020
When she started working at a top-tier company, Janet Walkow was the only woman in her department with a Ph.D. But as her colleagues began receiving raises, she said she was told she wouldn’t be getting one because her husband had a job.
UT professors adapt to online teaching with resources, support from coworkers
April 15, 2020
Prior to the shift to online learning, anthropology sophomore Kylie Terry said one of her classes did not use Canvas at all. For professors like Terry’s, the transition to online learning has been met with a variety of resources. From online training to receiving help from coworkers, professors are finding unique ways to adapt.
Professors implement Proctorio after shift to digital learning, students struggle with privacy concerns
April 6, 2020
Proctorio was designed to be easily installed through a Google Chrome extension, but some students and faculty have concerns about their privacy.
'More than four quarters': Former Texas football player pushes for educational policy reform
March 11, 2020
From the stadium to State Capitol, Chase Moore pursues his dream of creating change.
Students with service animals emphasize responsibility and training, perception of assistance
March 9, 2020
Navigating the Speedway bricks alongside their owners, service dogs are often working from 8 a.m. classes to late night study sessions at the Perry-Castañeda Library. The work that service animals do is an important part of their owners’ everyday lives.
Mayor Adler cancels SXSW amid coronavirus concerns, declares local state of disaster
March 6, 2020
After declaring a state of local disaster, Austin Mayor Steve Adler canceled South by Southwest at a press conference Friday afternoon. According to an official statement from SXSW, this is the first time in 34 years the event has not taken place.
Male cheerleaders in UT-Austin’s Orange Squad challenge stereotypes, prioritize trust, safety
March 1, 2020
From the high school football field straight to the cheer mat, male members of UT’s cheer team, Orange Squad, are often recruited without any prior experience.
Q&A: Ordinary Elephant discusses thoughtful lyrics, origin story
February 18, 2020
Ordinary Elephant, a husband-wife folk band, sat down with The Texan to discuss how they strive to connect to their audience through thoughtful lyrics and acoustic folk melodies ahead of their Wednesday performance at The Cactus Cafe.
Austin photographers face social media pressures
February 10, 2020
Competing in a city full of creatives, millennial photographers have to find ways to set themselves apart or get lost in an endless Instagram feed.
Students, UT work towards zero waste goals
February 4, 2020
Vivi Shu is one of many students striving to maintain a zero waste lifestyle, meaning they divert 90% of waste from the landfill to instead be composted, recycled, reused or repurposed.
Australian UT students cope with bushfires back home while in Austin
January 28, 2020
When Liv Kohan and Liam Wilson waved goodbye to their families in August and each hopped on a plane to Austin, they saw blue and cheery Sydney skies. During their return to Australia over winter break, they were met with an entirely different sight.
Alum discovers planets before graduating, dubbed ‘planet hunter’
January 23, 2020
Months before graduating from UT, Anne Dattilo discovered two new planets. They call her the “planet hunter.”
Student runs braiding business, offers cheaper alternative
January 22, 2020
Like most 7-year-old girls, Brandy Branham grew up playing with her two sisters’ hair. Now a 17-year-old government freshman, Brandy recognized the need for haircare in the UT community and wanted to offer African American students prices they could afford.
PETA gives UT dining A+ for vegan options
November 25, 2019
UT Dining received an A+ for their vegan options from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for the first time since it started grading schools.
Five winning teams receive President’s Award for Global Learning
November 15, 2019
Five University teams will receive up to $25,000 before they leave to implement international research projects this coming summer.
Graduate school implements new name pronunciation software for faculty
November 6, 2019
A new software allows graduate students to upload recordings of their correct name pronunciation onto Canvas to help faculty pronounce their names.
Austin activists introduce $4.4 billion transportation project to influence 2020 transportation bond
October 30, 2019
Three Austin transit activists introduced a nearly $4.4 billion transportation project last week that proposes changes to reduce congestion around campus and the Austin area.
US Army delivers new military robot for UT engineers to develop
October 22, 2019
Future wars could be fought with infantry and robots working together. With a new robot delivery, UT researchers will be developing ways to help the two communicate.
When students are distressed, UT professors sometimes intervene
October 17, 2019
As the Counseling and Mental Health Center says the number of students seeking care for mental health crises continues to rise, professors are sometimes faced with handling students in distress.
New 18-story student housing development begins construction on Nueces
October 9, 2019
Parallel Company, an Austin-based development firm, started construction in September on an 18-story, 558-bedroom student housing community on Nueces and 21st streets that will begin leasing in late spring 2020.
New institute provides veteran family support
October 3, 2019
The Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness has officially opened its doors to offer research-based support for student veterans and veteran families.
Women’s boutique Miss Behavin to replace Moojo location on The Drag
September 27, 2019
Women’s boutique Miss Behavin is scheduled to open on The Drag during the first weekend of October. It will be located at the former storefront of ice cream sandwich store Moojo.
Advertising company president and CEO speaks to students on leading positive change
September 19, 2019
Authenticity in advertising and breaking from societal conventions are among the values used by an award-winning advertising agency, the company president and CEO told hundreds of students Thursday.