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‘It’s not a risk I want to take’: 30% of University Extension students face testing uncertainty
April 2, 2020
While all enrolled undergraduate and graduate students will complete their classes and exams online, almost one-third of students enrolled in University Extension do not yet have the option to finish their self-paced courses online.
Students adjust to campus scooter rules during fall semester
August 26, 2019
Besides being fun to zoom around on, dockless electric scooters help students like Cassidy Pena get to class on time. Unable to bike because of her asthma, Pena said she criss-crosses the Forty Acres several times in a single day with her backpack and trumpet in tow.
Looking back on first full year with scooters on campus, how the money will be spent
May 9, 2019
More scooters on campus means more money for the Department of Parking and Transportation Services.
New buildings in West Campus to double in height, add more affordable housing
May 7, 2019
The Central Austin Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee unanimously approved a plan to nearly double the allowed building height in inner West Campus Tuesday night.
Rape kit backlog forcing city to look outward, victims notified years later
May 2, 2019
Austin Police Department’s thousands of backlogged rape kits have been tested, but still need to be reviewed and entered into the Combined DNA Index Systems, the FBI’s national DNA database. While the Austin-area DNA lab is indexing DNA kits from the backlog, APD needs other labs to index the new cases that arrive each month.
Students displaced for months after Avon @22nd hit construction delays
April 24, 2019
Avon @22nd, which is managed by Central and Campus Properties, was scheduled to open last August.
Overlapping plans delay improvement along Guadalupe and North Lamar streets
April 18, 2019
Parts of the City’s Corridor Mobility Project have hit a stand still due to Capital Metro’s Project Connect.
State senate passes anti-hazing bill following deaths of three Texas students in past two years
April 14, 2019
Texas’ laws defining hazing have not been changed in over a decade, but now, state lawmakers say they are facing pressure following deaths of three Texas college students — including former UT student Nicky Cumberland — which have sparked conversations about hazing.
UT swimmer receives deferred adjudication for trespassing charge
April 10, 2019
Finishing fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, economics senior Ryan Harty helped his team take second place at the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship. Less than one week later, he was on probation.
President Greg Fenves approves changes to athletics council that critics said would damage student representation
April 10, 2019
Current and former members of the Council described it as one of the most powerful advisory bodies on campus and said student voices on the committee are essential. It has influence over ticket prices, student attendance at sporting events and hiring coaches.
Homeless population in Austin reaches largest since 2011
April 3, 2019
The number of people experiencing homelessness in Austin increased by 108 individuals since last year to a total of 2,255 people, according to an Ending Community Homelessness Coalition report.
Center for Sustainable Development presents year-long Austin Convention Center report
April 3, 2019
The Center for Sustainable Development, a department of the School of Architecture, presented several different ways to develop the Austin Convention Center to City Council at the Austin Central Library Tuesday morning.
West Campus dorms enhance security ahead of Roundup
March 27, 2019
Several private student housing in West Campus, such as The Castilian, The Callaway House and University Towers, will require residents to wear wristbands at all times from Thursday through Sunday. The policy is meant to help security distinguish between residents and non-residents during Roundup.
UT announces 8 mph speed limit for dockless e-scooters in campus areas with heavy pedestrian traffic
March 24, 2019
Dockless electric scooters from companies such as Lime, Bird, Jump and Lyft will be limited to 8 mph in campus areas with heavy pedestrian traffic starting Tuesday, according to a campus-wide email sent by Parking and Transportation Services.
Educators and families rally for increased pay for all school staff
March 11, 2019
On Monday, thousands of demonstrators from cities as far as El Paso to stand in solidarity at the Texas Capitol with school staff and lobby for more funding for public schools.
‘This home … has built who I am as a person today:’ North Campus Avalon Co-op to close after 24 years
March 6, 2019
The Avalon Co-op, home to 22 upper-division and graduate students, will close at the end of the semester. The North Campus cooperative living space was leased to Inter-Cooperative Council Austin, a non-profit cooperative housing association, for 24 years.
Texas court eliminates portion of Texas Open Meetings Act
March 4, 2019
In a 7-2 ruling Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals erased a significant provision in the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Austin ISD approves revision to sexual education curriculum
February 26, 2019
Luke, an electrical engineering sophomore, realized he was gay his freshman year of high school.
Bicycle Advisory Council recommends University make immediate changes to San Jac corridor, establish timeline
February 20, 2019
Reading off the eight names of the cyclists killed on Austin roads since their last meeting, James Lentz said the mood at the Bicycle Advisory Council meeting felt noticeably more frustrated than normal on Tuesday evening.
West, North campus, downtown receive fewer affordable housing units
February 20, 2019
Austin City Council District 9, which encompasses West Campus, North Campus, downtown and a portion of the Riverside neighborhoods, will receive 3,635 new affordable housing units, according to the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint presentation last Tuesday.
College Student Commission struggling to retain members, hold meetings
February 10, 2019
International relations junior Pablo Pratt used to commute 40 minutes to campus each day for class. Now, with his license suspended, Pratt is enrolled in all online classes because he has no reliable means of getting to campus.
Almost half of Austin hate crimes last year were anti-black
February 7, 2019
Recalling an event from his freshman year, when champagne bottles were hurled from a balcony at a black student while white students shouted racial slurs, Joshua Ellis described a hate crime data set released by Austin Police Department in late January as “sobering.”
Austin City Council unanimously approves independent evaluation of APD’s handling of rape cases
February 3, 2019
The bright yellow bandannas from the #WeBelieve campaign that were wrapped around Austin City Council members’ mic stands stood out as an uncommon gesture of support Thursday as the Council listened to the emotional pleas of rape survivors to make their stories of injustice heard.
Facing decreased B-Cycle ridership, Bike Share of Austin deploys sit-down electric scooters
January 29, 2019
Alap Davé was waiting for a green light while on a Lime scooter at the intersection of Guadalupe and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. when he swapped his scooter with another rider to try out an OjO electric scooter for the next couple blocks.
Lower speed limits, impoundings in the future for dockless scooters on campus
January 24, 2019
Getting to class on a dockless electric scooter could soon take almost twice as long due to new policies outlined in a campus-wide email.
Austin B-Cycle ends free student membership after University refuses funding operating costs
January 22, 2019
Students who signed up for the formerly free Austin B-Cycle student membership will be out $1 when they wake up Wednesday.
Student company ‘Clean ‘Em’ advances to semifinal of national competition
January 22, 2019
Earlier this month, Clean ‘Em, along with 31 other student tech companies, qualified for the semifinal round of Student Startup Madness, a nationwide competition, where student entrepreneurs compete for the chance to pitch their digital media business to tech investors.
A ‘Transformative Gift’: business honors alumnus gives back with 20 million donation to program
December 2, 2018
More than 400 people attended a ceremony at the McCombs School of Business on Friday afternoon to recognize a $20 million donation from Philip Canfield, Business Honors Program alumnus, and his wife Mary Beth Canfield, to the program.
Total scooter injuries likely underreported by city healthcare providers
November 26, 2018
According to a report released by University Health Services, scooter accidents that result in an injured rider occur almost daily.
UT community celebrates coming home during Diwali
November 14, 2018
For Hindus, Diwali is an annual celebration of good conquering evil in the epic “Ramayana.” In the epic’s climax, Rama defeats the demon king Ravana and returns home. The story can be interpreted as light’s victory over darkness, said Ganesh Chittari, biology and French sophomore.
‘We can see your racist side’: Students protest self-proclaimed British nationalist Katie Hopkins
November 14, 2018
Around 30 students rallied outside the classroom where around 30 more heard Hopkins speak.
Delays, lane closures on the Drag due to surveying
November 6, 2018
Roadwork is planned to continue until Sunday, but PTS was advised the work may extend into next week.
Student cleaning service ‘Clean ‘Em’ aims to provide affordable rates, transparency while empowering cleaners
November 4, 2018
After a pregame in his apartment, finance senior Juan C Merlo’s place was trashed, but the most affordable cleaning service he and his roommate could find was between $110 and $115.
Jewish UT students organize candlelit vigil, mourn those killed in Saturday synagogue shooting
October 31, 2018
As the UT tower bell tolled Monday night, students and faculty gathered at the banks of the Turtle Pond to read the names of the 11 Jewish lives lost on Saturday and light a corresponding candle for each.
2-year-old Sustainability Master Plan makes strides in athletics, energy
October 23, 2018
The University successfully reduced energy use per square foot by 20 percent two years ahead of schedule.
UT Union’s vendor voluntarily complies with food waste goals
October 19, 2018
UT has set its own waste diversion goals, which the University Union’s contracted third party vendor Aramark voluntarily complies with.
Resident peregrine falcon “Tower Girl” hosts two other falcons sparking speculation in future of local population
October 18, 2018
Perched atop the 307-foot UT Tower, “Tower Girl,” the University’s resident peregrine falcon, captivated bird enthusiasts with her first appearance in two weeks on Oct. 3, notably with two other peregrine falcons. Audience members witnessed the social event up close through the Biodiversity Center’s “Falcon Cam.”
Parking and Transportation Services impounds 39 scooters, fines companies
October 12, 2018
Parking and Transportation Services impounded 39 Bird and Lime commercial scooters that were parked past checkpoints on Sept. 22 during the Texas home football game. PTS charged Bird and Lime $150 for each scooter impounded.
Food vendors required to keep food out of trash in new city ordinance
October 7, 2018
As part of their plan to reduce waste sent to landfills by 90 percent by 2040, Austin Resource Recovery wants every food serving establishment to eliminate food waste from the trash.
Alumnus receives Nobel Prize for revolutionary cancer treatment
October 2, 2018
James Allison, who is the executive director of the Immunotherapy Platform at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and a UT alumnus, received the Nobel Prize for his discoveries in immunotherapy and cancer research.
Tenth Annual Suicide Prevention Week kicks off with meditation, resource fairs
September 26, 2018
The Counseling and Mental Health Center is hosting their 10th annual Suicide Prevention Week in the form of guest lecturers, support groups and social bond building workshops.
Parking and Transportation Services to impound, charge fines for Bird, Lime scooters past gameday checkpoints
September 20, 2018
Walking past Garrison Hall on her way to class, philosophy senior Daniela Caso stopped to take a picture of a dockless Lime scooter hung in a tree.