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Undocumented students, families encounter challenges due to COVID-19
June 28, 2020
Like many undocumented workers, Gerardo Ruiz-Tenorio, a management information systems junior, said his parents have been laid off, lack insurance and are hesitant in seeking medical care due to fear of questions about citizenship status.
UT-Austin classes will start as scheduled, end after Thanksgiving
May 20, 2020
Fall classes will be held on-campus beginning August 26 as planned, but will end at the start of Thanksgiving break, according to a message from President Gregory Fenves.
UT seniors share thoughts on first virtual graduation ceremony
May 8, 2020
For senior Moises Gomez-Cortez, graduation was supposed to celebrate the sacrifices his family made when immigrating from Mexico to the United States. Now, Gomez-Cortez will graduate virtually from his home after hearing his name called from a computer.
UT students create fundraiser for health care workers during COVID-19 pandemic
April 21, 2020
Straight from their laptops at home, a group of UT students is running a fundraiser to support the medical community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizations, businesses provide services for essential workers during COVID-19 pandemic
April 2, 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, organizations are providing essential workers with free or discounted services for their dedication to their communities.
UT-Austin tightens online security after Black males encounter racist ‘Zoom-bombing’ of virtual community meeting
April 1, 2020
A virtual meeting with Black male students and faculty was hijacked by unidentified individuals using racial slurs and derogatory aliases Monday. As a result of the racist harassment, the University will now require students to be authenticated by the UT Austin Zoom system and use a Zoom application to join classes and meetings, Vice Provost David Platt announced in a campuswide email Wednesday
Gov. Abbott closes schools, dine-in services due to COVID-19
March 19, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott ordered a closure of Texas schools and dine-in services at restaurants and bars due to COVID-19 concerns, effective Friday at midnight. The order will continue until April 3, Abbott said.
First UT student, undergraduate dean test positive for COVID-19
March 18, 2020
Two additional members of the University community, including the first student, have tested positive for COVID-19, UT President Gregory Fenves announced in a Wednesday letter.
Texas, national blood banks experience donation shortages due to coronavirus outbreak
March 17, 2020
As thousands of donors cancel their appointments and blood drives shut down due to coronavirus concerns, health officials are worried about blood donation shortages.
Gov. Abbott activates Texas National Guard due to coronavirus
March 17, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott activated the Texas National Guard to assist with the state’s response to COVID-19, the governor announced at a press conference today.
Gov. Abbott declares state of disaster for all Texas counties
March 13, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott has made a declaration of state disaster at a conference today for all counties in Texas due to the novel coronavirus.
Students at UT colleges wait up to two hours to vote on Super Tuesday
March 9, 2020
Students at UT-Austin and UT-San Antonio said they waited up to two hours on March 3 to vote in the primary election. Meanwhile, UT-Arlington did not have any on-campus voting locations on March 3.
Wall Street Journal names Austin ‘hottest US job market’ for the second year
March 5, 2020
While the weather in Austin is pretty hot, The Wall Street Journal said the city’s job market is even hotter.
City of Austin begins new citation process for failure to yield, enforces court appearances
March 5, 2020
With drivers often failing to yield while turning at busy roadways, Noah Vaughan said they were hit by cars various times while bicycling. Vaughan, a UT alumni, said while bicycling around the crowded spaces of Austin is convenient, it is unsafe.
Joe Biden wins Texas Democratic presidential primary
March 4, 2020
“We'll see if this actually becomes a two-candidate race,” Blank said. “What you're seeing is the Democratic electorate mobilizing behind defeating (President) Donald Trump.”
Sean and Suseth want students to ‘Do You For Others’
February 28, 2020
Student Government executive alliance candidates Sean Tucker and Suseth Muñoz encourage students to “Do You For Others” and aim to promote representation for students of all backgrounds.
Adam and James want to build ‘Texas Better Together’
February 27, 2020
With the motto “Texas Better Together,” Adam Bergman and James Comerford’s student body president and vice president platform emphasizes community, engagement and transparency.
Texas 2020 Primary Elections: What you need to know to vote
February 26, 2020
Texas Primary Election Day, March 3, is right around the corner. Early voting for the election started Feb. 18 and will continue until Friday.
Travis County sets record with 95% of eligible voters registered
February 19, 2020
Voter registration in Travis County hit an all-time high with 95% of eligible voters being registered, said Bruce Elfant, Travis County tax assessor-collector and voter registrar.
US Senate Democratic candidates debate healthcare, marijuana in Texas
February 18, 2020
U.S. Senate Democratic candidates faced off at a debate Tuesday night on subjects including healthcare, marijuana and immigration.
FDA approves Palforzia, the first drug to treat children with peanut allergy
February 12, 2020
The United States Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug to treat children with peanut allergies on Jan. 31.
Travis County appoints its first chief public defender
February 12, 2020
Travis County hired its first chief public defender to represent adults accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses in the county, according to a Travis County press release on Feb. 5.
Fine arts student organization connects with memory-care residents through music, crafts
February 9, 2020
Epiphany, a fine arts student organization, performs music and creates arts and crafts to connect with residents dealing with memory loss at care homes.
Marijuana-themed sandwich shop Cheba Hut coming to Austin
February 7, 2020
When the munchies hit, students will have a new option on Guadalupe Street starting this spring: Cheba Hut, a marijuana-themed sandwich shop.
Atari plans video game-themed hotel opening in Austin
February 5, 2020
Atari, an arcade game and home video game console company, announced it will begin building video game-themed hotels in eight United States cities, including Austin, according to an Atari press release this week.
Austin Planning Commission proposes replacing Graffiti Park with condos
February 3, 2020
Austin Planning Commission voted last week to propose replacing Graffiti Park, a popular tourist destination that closed in January 2019, with two separate properties where 22 residential condos will be developed. Austin City Council will vote on the proposal at their Feb. 20 meeting.
Austin community pays tribute to Kobe, Gigi Bryant with local mural
February 2, 2020
To honor the lives of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, local graffiti artists designed a mural featuring the father and daughter to provide the Austin community a place to pay their respects.
Texas candidates speak about criminal justice system issues
January 31, 2020
Progressive Texas candidates for the 2020 election spoke to students Thursday at the 21st Street Co-op about their plans for criminal justice reform.
TxDOT adds safety measures to intersection where UT football player, UT grad died
January 30, 2020
The Texas Department of Transportation added a median and “no left turn” sign to a West Austin intersection in response to the community’s safety concerns, TxDOT spokesperson Bradley Wheelis said.
College graduates impacting gentrification in Texas metros, Fed report says
January 29, 2020
Texas cities are seeing a surge in college graduates living in their urban centers and a possible increase in gentrification as a result, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
University Health Services will require fall 2020 students to show proof of measles vaccination
January 28, 2020
The University will require all students entering school in fall 2020 to show proof of measles immunity, according to the University Health Services website.
Austin City Council ends enforcement of low-level marijuana offenses
January 23, 2020
Austin City Council passed a resolution 9-0 to end arrests and citations for most low-level marijuana offenses Thursday.
Student guide to 2020 Texas elections
January 23, 2020
Here is a timeline of this year’s election dates to keep up with and share.
Latino studies celebrates winter holidays with tamales, storytelling at Merry Merienda
December 5, 2019
In the middle of final exam season, students released stress with homemade tamales Thursday evening.
University internship program brings students back to rural, remote regions of Texas
November 20, 2019
The best way to get to know the small town of McAllen, Texas is by visiting local taco shops, the best of which are in gas stations, said Greg Pogue, IC² Institute’s deputy executive director. Pogue said students will discover innovative and successful businesses in small towns like these through a new paid University internship program.
Diwali festival celebrates ‘The Hero in You’
November 14, 2019
Students found the hero in themselves as they gathered for Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights, on Main Mall Wednesday night.
Austin Police Department, UT System Police see rise in female recruits
October 31, 2019
The Austin Police Department and UT System Police are seeing more women apply and being sworn in as police officers.
Virgin Hyperloop One proposes Texas routes for high-speed transportation
October 24, 2019
Virgin Hyperloop One has identified Texas as a possible location for its high-speed transportation system.
Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Festival celebrates Hispanic culture within Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences
October 21, 2019
The aroma of Hispanic foods consumed the air as student mariachi musicians and Mexican folk dancers performed on campus Friday evening.
UT, Baylor College of Medicine develop new thyroid cancer test
October 17, 2019
After her biopsy for thyroid cancer came back with inconclusive results, chemistry graduate student Amanda Helms, was recommended to undergo surgery. Months of recovery and many medical bills later, Helms said she was told her surgery wasn’t necessary.
Human Resources program promotes faculty use of on-campus health resources
October 10, 2019
University faculty and staff have access to flu shots, mammogram screenings, therapy dogs and walking tours on campus through the Passport to Health program.
President Fenves, UT officials break ground on new Engineering Building
October 3, 2019
UT officials celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building Thursday evening.
UT professors, students discuss first moon landing
September 25, 2019
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the world’s first moon landing in July, UT aerospace engineering and astronomy professors discussed the past and future voyages of space exploration at Bass Concert Hall on Tuesday.