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University announces fall COVID-19 testing plans for symptomatic, asymptomatic students, faculty, staff
August 4, 2020
UT announced plans for proactive and symptomatic COVID-19 testing for students, staff and faculty Tuesday morning, funded through its multimillion dollar commitment.
UT-Austin leads universities with most COVID-19 cases, New York Times survey finds
July 29, 2020
The University wrote on Twitter that the Times’ survey leaves out important data.
Travis County experiences first election with COVID-19
July 25, 2020
The election experienced significantly high voter turnout for a special election and runoff election, with 142,795 ballots cast by Democrats and Republicans in Travis County, according to Travis County Clerk reports. In 2018, the joint primary runoff brought in a total of 63,052 ballots.
Bar exam changes lead to uncertainty for graduates
July 19, 2020
The Texas Supreme Court ruled to cancel the in-person July bar exam on July 3, forcing recent law graduates to adapt. Graduates must pass the bar exam to be licensed to practice in Texas, according to the State Bar of Texas website.
Margaret Moore concedes in Travis County District Attorney race as José Garza leads with 68% of early vote
July 14, 2020
Moore released a statement congratulating Garza on his victory near 8 p.m. Garza will take office after Moore, who has served since her election in 2016.
Early voting for runoff elections begins amid coronavirus concerns
July 4, 2020
Early voting for the July 14 runoff elections in Texas began Monday after months of deliberation over voting safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
African and African Diaspora Studies professor gives virtual lecture on queerness in the Black Lives Matter movement
July 3, 2020
The live lecture, hosted by the UT Senate of College Councils, began with a 30-minute look at the intersections between the LGBTQ+ rights movements and the Black Lives Matter movement and how these movements have always been linked through Black queer figures.
Travis County district attorney race pivots to police officer accountability
June 26, 2020
Incumbent Democrat Margaret Moore has said she wants to hold police officers accountable and increase sexual assault prosecutions. Democrat José Garza said he would shift the focus of the criminal justice system away from working-class people and people of color to help restore trust in the district attorney’s office.
UT SG and Senate make $20,000 donation to Student Emergency Fund
June 25, 2020
SG donated $12,000 through rearranging their budget and from events and rollover from the spring semester. Senate also donated $8,000 from leftover spring semester funds.
Student petitions call for change from administration regarding police presence, racist history
June 19, 2020
Petitions created by individual students and student groups, including NAACP Unit 6888-B and the Association of Black Computer Scientists at UT, culminated in a community statement from UT Senate following the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Michael Ramos and nationwide protests.
UT organizations make statements, donations in support of Black Lives Matter movement
June 12, 2020
Student leaders are calling for change on the University campus following police killings of Black Americans such as George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky. and Mike Ramos in Austin. According to the UT Senate of College Councils, 117 student groups as of Sunday had released statements or made donations to organizations.
Austin City Council presses APD chief on tactics used against protesters
June 5, 2020
Manley said tear gas and “less lethal” weapons like pellet bags were used in response to protesters on Sunday who were throwing rocks and bottles at officers. The police chief said he is aware of eight injuries that occurred from pellet bags hitting protesters’ head or neck area last weekend.
Austinites protest after deaths of Michael Ramos, George Floyd
May 31, 2020
Nicky Cumberland’s parents sue Texas Cowboys for son’s death
May 20, 2020
The parents of Nicky Cumberland, the UT junior and Texas Cowboy who died in a 2018 car crash, are suing the Texas Cowboys spirit group for negligence and Nicky’s wrongful death, according to KXAN.
Texans continue debate on mail-in ballots before summer runoff elections
May 5, 2020
Multiple lawsuits were filed this spring in Texas to expand mail-in ballots and increase access for those feeling unsafe going to the polls during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses near UT-Austin decide whether to reopen under Abbott’s new order
May 3, 2020
Restaurants, museums and libraries around campus are facing the decision to reopen after Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order allowing businesses to reopen at 25% capacity starting May 1.
UT researchers adapt their work despite closed laboratories
April 29, 2020
UT researchers have been adapting and continuing their research despite closed laboratories and inability to collect data as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Abbott releases phased plan to reopen Texas economy
April 27, 2020
During his press conference, Gov. Greg Abbott said he will let the stay-at-home order in Texas expire April 30, allowing stores to open at limited capacity Monday. Abbott said all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls will be allowed to reopen in the first phase starting May 1 at 25% occupancy.
Professors, services adapt amid COVID-19 pandemic
April 22, 2020
Professors and faculty have adapted their methods of teaching to accommodate students afflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to spread through Texas. Student Emergency Services, the provost and professors have made accommodations for infected students or students with infected family members by creating forms that alert the University.
Gov. Abbott opens retail stores for limited services, loosens surgery restrictions
April 17, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott announced executive orders to open retail stores for “retail to go” services, create a task force to reopen the Texas economy and increase the amount of surgeries allowed by hospitals at a press conference Friday.
UT researchers develop models for COVID-19 spread in Texas
April 14, 2020
UT researchers published their projections for 22 metro areas in Texas two weeks ago to determine when surges of COVID-19 will take place and how to mitigate the spread of the disease. The researchers are continually updating the data as projections change.
Austin, Travis County extend stay at home orders through May 8, require face coverings
April 13, 2020
Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and the city of Austin extended their stay at home orders until May 8 on Monday evening, adding a requirement to wear face masks in public.
Student campaign work continues amid coronavirus crisis
April 9, 2020
Students continue to work for political campaigns through phone banking and text message marketing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Austin provides surge plan, COVID-19 updates
April 8, 2020
The city of Austin presented a plan Wednesday to manage COVID-19 case surges in the city based on models created by UT
Counseling and Mental Health Center moves services online
April 7, 2020
The Counseling and Mental Health Center has transferred all of its services online amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Elections face uncertainty amid COVID-19 pandemic
March 31, 2020
The runoff primary election and the Texas State Senate District 14 special election will be held at the same time due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Abbott issues executive order to limit personal interactions, closes public schools through May 4
March 31, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday to limit personal interactions except for essential activities in the State of Texas.
UT officials answer questions on tuition, campus resources via Zoom
March 27, 2020
The University does not plan to give any tuition reimbursement for the spring semester and has paused the vast majority of campus research, UT officials said in a briefing on Friday.
Abbott issues executive order requiring daily reports from hospitals
March 24, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Tuesday for health care providers to submit daily reports of COVID-19 tests and hospitals to report the number of beds.
Gov. Abbott waives some regulations on hospitals to aid treatment of COVID-19
March 22, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott issued two executive orders from the State Capitol on Sunday to increase hospital capabilities to help manage the influx of coronavirus patients.
Abbott discusses closed schools, restaurants at virtual town hall
March 19, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott hosted a town hall Thursday to answer questions about the executive order made earlier that day, which will close restaurants and schools as well as prohibit gatherings larger than 10, effective Friday at midnight.
Mayor Adler orders Austin bars, restaurants to close
March 17, 2020
Mayor Steve Adler ordered bars and dine-in service at restaurants to close in Austin and prohibited gatherings of 10 or more people, effective at noon on Tuesday.
UT-Austin complies with Gov. Abbott’s work-study waiver
March 16, 2020
Social distancing mandates and canceled in-person classes in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak have created uncertainty for students who rely on work-study programs to pay their bills. On Sunday, Gov. Greg Abbott waived regulations that would have blocked universities from receiving state funding for work-study programs.
Large community gatherings prohibited in Austin to stop coronavirus spread
March 14, 2020
Gatherings of 250 or more people are prohibited in Travis County until May to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Steve Adler ordered on Saturday.
UT president’s wife tests positive for coronavirus
March 13, 2020
President Gregory Fenves’ wife tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. As a result of the test, which came back positive at 5:30 a.m., Fenves and his wife Carmel Fenves, who works in the Office of the President, are in self-isolation, according to a statement sent out by Fenves this afternoon.
Q&A with UT spokesperson on spring break, Friday closure
March 13, 2020
UT spokesperson J.B. Bird provided clarification on the Friday campus closure and how campus will operate over the extended spring break this morning in an email. The University announced Friday morning it would be closing operations and canceling classes for Friday, March 13.
US Democratic senatorial runoff candidates to face off in May
March 9, 2020
United States senatorial candidates Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar and Royce West entered a Democratic primary runoff following Super Tuesday, narrowing a field of 12 candidates to two.
UT student diagnosed with mumps by University Health Services
March 8, 2020
University Health Services diagnosed a UT student with mumps on March 2, after a visit to the clinic in late February, according to Terrance Hines, executive director and chief medical officer of University Health Services.
Voter turnout in Travis County breaks primary election records
March 5, 2020
The primary elections brought record turnouts in Travis County as a majority of people voted on Super Tuesday rather than during the early voting period.
Which candidates won the 2020 Congressional primaries in Central Texas?
March 4, 2020
The United States Senate Democratic primary race is heading to a runoff election after inconclusive results came in Tuesday.
Democratic presidential primary candidates put forth final effort in Texas
March 2, 2020
Democratic presidential primary candidates visited Texas to make their final case to voters ahead of Super Tuesday.
Jalesha and Jerri campaign for affordable, accessible campus
February 28, 2020
Executive alliance candidates Jalesha Bass and Jerri Garcia are running for student body president and vice president as first-generation students looking to make UT economically accessible.
Anagha and Winston say they have ‘What it takes’
February 27, 2020
Executive alliance candidates Anagha Kikkeri and Winston Hung are emphasizing student engagement in their run for student body president and vice president.
Counter Cafe opens new location in West Campus
February 25, 2020
Counter Cafe quietly opened its third location in Austin at the beginning of the year near Guadalupe Street, replacing Conan’s Pizza Central in West Campus.
Dell Medical School receives full accreditation
February 23, 2020
Dell Medical School earned its full accreditation Wednesday, Feb. 12, meeting the requirements to be considered a full medical school before its first class graduates in May.
Draper Startup House for entrepreneurs gets ready for spring 2020 opening on 6th Street
February 19, 2020
The Draper Startup House, a hostel which caters to new entrepreneurs and students, will open this March in Austin, marking its first location in the United States.
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.
Early voting kicks off in Travis County, voters begin choosing candidates
February 17, 2020
Voters who registered 30 days before election day, March 3, can vote on campus from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Perry-Castañeda Library and the Flawn Academic Center, according to the Travis County Clerk website.
UT-Austin Catholic community comments on last year’s offender database following ProPublica database release
February 12, 2020
Twenty-two clergy members from the Diocese of Austin were named in a ProPublica database of credibly accused Catholic clergy members in late January, after the original list was published last year.
UT-Austin names first cohort of Distinguished Service Academy
February 9, 2020
Five faculty members were chosen to be a part of the first cohort of UT’s new Distinguished Service Academy, according to a Feb. 4 press release from the College of Education.
'Kate the Chemist' leads experiment for CBS ‘Mission Unstoppable’ show taping on campus
February 9, 2020
Associate chemistry professor Kate Biberdorf and over 60 students set off a chemical explosion on the UT Tower steps for the taping of the CBS morning TV show “Mission Unstoppable” on Saturday.
Elizabeth Warren endorses Travis County DA candidate José Garza
February 7, 2020
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren endorsed a candidate for the Travis County district attorney race last week.
Human Rights Commission in Austin recommends cashless business ban
February 5, 2020
The Human Rights Commission of the city of Austin passed a recommendation Jan. 27 to ban businesses from going cashless.
Dell Medical launches initiative to reduce preadolescent obesity among girls
February 2, 2020
Dell Medical School launched an initiative last week to prove short-term intervention can lead to healthier eating habits and prevent obesity-related illnesses in preadolescent girls.
Trapping group helps reunite locals with pets, remove strays from street
January 31, 2020
A local pet rescue group helps residents recover lost pets and capture stray animals off the streets.
Republican candidate wins special election for House District 28
January 29, 2020
Republican candidate Gary Gates won the 2020 special runoff election for Texas House District 28 on Tuesday.
Capital Metro introduces electric buses to routes
January 28, 2020
Capital Metro introduced its first electric buses into its routes Sunday.
Spring College Student Commission focuses on improving bus stops, adding food pantries
January 26, 2020
Austin City Council’s College Student Commission discussed possible recommendations to improve transportation and food accessiblity near Austin college campuses Friday.
APD renews funding for stings of tobacco sales in Austin
January 23, 2020
The Austin Police Department will continue to conduct sting operations monitoring the sale of tobacco and vape products to minors.
3M Half Marathon shows off Austin, UT campus to 7,000 runners
January 20, 2020
Students and faculty took part in the annual 3M Half Marathon on Sunday, where participants ran through Austin and the UT campus as people cheered them on from the sidelines, playing instruments and holding up signs.
Student startup reduces meal delivery fees using lockers
December 3, 2019
Four UT students set up a meal delivery system on campus that cuts down on fees seen from competitors such as UberEats and Favor.
Report deems UT “not affordable” for low and middle income students
November 25, 2019
UT-Austin is among the majority of flagship universities in the nation that are “not affordable” for low and middle-income students, according to a recent Institute for Higher Education Policy report.
Entrepreneurship pitch competition DisrupTexas awards student competitors funds to help with startup
November 18, 2019
he Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the competition, called DisrupTexas, in the AT&T Education and Executive Conference Center.
Jesta’ Pizza holds taste testing to prepare for spring 2020 reopening
November 14, 2019
Students taste tested crusts and sauces in Jester City Limits Wednesday during an event for Jesta’ Pizza, a restaurant that will be reopening next semester.
Austin’s It’s My Park Day brings volunteers to clean up parks near campus
November 4, 2019
Volunteers spruced up parks across Austin Saturday for It’s My Park Day, a semiannual event that improves parks through trash cleanup, planting and mulching.
Alumna continues support of College of Natural Sciences after death with new legacy endowment
November 4, 2019
Lorraine Stengl, who died last year at the age of 99, started giving money and donating land to the College of Natural Sciences in 1991. According to CNS communications director Christine Sinatra, Stengl's donations neared $45 million, which includes the new legacy endowment announced on Oct. 21.
Volunteers plant trees around Waller Creek to celebrate Texas Arbor Day
November 4, 2019
Around 30 volunteers worked alongside University Landscape Services to plant native shrubs, wildflowers and trees to keep out invasive species and prevent erosion in celebration of Texas Arbor Day on Friday.
Campus Events + Entertainment brings black community together with Culture Shock talent show
October 27, 2019
Students rapped, stepped and delivered spoken word pieces Friday night for Culture Shock, a talent show that celebrates the black community.
UT startup Colanse designed to help students find work
October 23, 2019
A student-led startup will help students network with employers and create online portfolios, allowing them to gain work experience while in school.
University Health Services gives more than 12,000 flu shots during annual campaign
October 17, 2019
University Health Services concluded its month-long flu shot campaign Thursday, giving 12,655 shots to students, faculty and staff.
Diabetes research grant awarded to study Type 2 diabetes in minority communities
October 15, 2019
A national diabetes research organization awarded University of Texas professor Mary Steinhardt a $3.3 million grant in October to conduct a study on Type 2 diabetes in Austin’s African American community.
Business professor educates students on keys to productive work environment during culture summit
October 3, 2019
Attendees of a business culture summit began their workshop Thursday by designing a cult.
Office of Sustainability communicates information through art
September 25, 2019
Art prints of grackles and turtles on poster paper serve not only as decor for dorm rooms, but encourage environmentally friendly practices in a new initiative led by the Office of Sustainability.
Center for Students in Recovery hosts seminar about storytelling in addiction
September 19, 2019
Sharing addiction stories and hearing others’ stories can help students feel more accepted and assist in their recovery, an addiction researcher told students Thursday.