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Austin City Council approves city’s annual budget, cutting $150 million from Austin Police Department
August 13, 2020
The council decreased APD’s $434 million budget by nearly 35%, according to the Immediate Community Investments and Reimagining Plan.
UT student commuters may be challenged to find study space on campus due to new protocols to reopen campus for fall semester
July 26, 2020
Many student commuters are uncertain where to go on campus to take her online courses as blocked online and in person classes won’t allow enough time to get to and from campus . In an initial letter from Interim President Jay Hartzell outlining the reopening of campus for the fall semester, there was no mention of a plan to open popular study spaces, such as the undergraduate libraries, student activity centers and Texas Union.
University Panhellenic sorority recruitment to take place virtually due to COVID-19 concerns
July 25, 2020
Recruitment will take place from Aug. 17-24 as originally planned with a new virtual format for the entire process, according to the University Panhellenic Council website. Bid Day will be a hybrid event with small in-person meetups, which are subject to change in compliance with city COVID-19 restrictions, according to the website.
UT students bridge generational gap during COVID-19 pandemic through online matchmaking platform
June 29, 2020
Although Lisa Griffis, a senior citizen, and Alanis Ymbernon, a junior exchange student from Barcelona, have never seen each other in-person, they regularly chat via Zoom about art and travel. They met through the website Big & Mini, a platform created by UT students meant to bring senior citizens and young adults together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UT doctoral student creates viral hashtag uncovering stories of discrimination in higher-ed institutions
June 24, 2020
Joy Melody Woods woke up early June 7 to realize that the hashtag she and her friend Shardé Davis created the night before was trending on social media. The hashtag, #BlackInTheIvory, sparked what Woods said was an overwhelming response as Black scholars shared personal stories of discrimination at higher-ed, predominantly white institutions.
UT Libraries talks about LGBTQ+ immigration and intersectionality activism
March 11, 2020
The UT Libraries Diversity Action Committee hosted a discussion about LGBTQ+ immigration and intersectionality at the Perry-Castañeda Library Wednesday.
Glickman Lectureship speaker, screenwriter talks about power of human experience in stories
March 5, 2020
A screenwriter and journalist spoke about his inspirations for screenplays during his keynote speech for the 2020 Julius and Suzan Glickman Centennial Lectureship, an annual Plan II event with significant speakers, at Blanton Auditorium Wednesday.
‘The time is now’: Drag queens perform to Drag Out The Vote for 2020 primary elections
February 23, 2020
Giving an opening, high-kicking performance, local drag queen Robin RoseQuartz introduced Drag Out the Vote’s civic engagement drag show Saturday night.
UT-Austin students make personal strides towards goals at Austin Marathon
February 16, 2020
UT students were among the 17,000 runners taking part in the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K, which carved a course through campus on Sunday.
Hindu festivities raise mental health awareness to achieve “fresh start” this semester
February 2, 2020
The Hindu Students Association hosted their annual Sankranti festival Saturday at the Main Mall, focusing this year on mental health awareness with their theme, “Always Forward.”