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Students campaign for increased access to accommodations
June 20, 2020
Disability advocates on campus have asked for an easier accommodations process for years. With the transition to online classes, they finally got it.
Recent graduates are ‘let down’ by virtual ceremonies
June 12, 2020
After in-person graduation ceremonies were canceled in March, spring 2020 graduates said they hoped their virtual celebration would be memorable. For Nicole Pownall, the prerecorded “celebration” only lasted 4 minutes and 50 seconds.
SSD hosts first Disability Graduation online
May 7, 2020
After the cancellation of in-person graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19, Services for Students with Disabilities considered postponing the first-ever Disability Graduation. Then, they asked the students who were helping plan the ceremony, SSD assistant director Emily Shryock said.
RAs lost their homes, jobs due to the coronavirus. Some felt helpless when UHD didn’t inform them about pay cancellations.
May 5, 2020
The morning of payday, Ethan applied for unemployment. He wasn’t sure if he’d end the day empty-handed or with a check.
Students required to study abroad face cancellations, uncertainty about degree plans amid coronavirus
April 9, 2020
After applying months in advance and spending the semester preparing for their trip, many students were left disappointed when all study abroad trips were canceled for the summer due to COVID-19 concerns.
Students use online platforms to socialize amid coronavirus social distancing orders
April 5, 2020
In the middle of March in Texas, Andres Aguilar went sled racing with a group of friends, while Andrea Luna and Jan Carlos Rubio spent six hours building the Tower. They all did it without leaving the house. Aguilar, Luna and Rubio say they are logging onto childhood favorites, Club Penguin and Minecraft, to pass the time and connect with friends while away from UT through the online platforms.
UT-Austin canceling classes, closing operations March 13
March 13, 2020
All UT-Austin operations and classes will be closed on Friday, March 13, according to an official tweet from the University early Friday morning.
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.
‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon hosts live taping at UT-Austin
November 7, 2019
Adorned in orange and overflowing with references to UT and Austin culture, students said “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was a nonstop, high-energy experience.
Q&A: Before his show at UT, Jimmy Fallon talks Matthew McConaughey, partying in Austin
November 6, 2019
A few months ago, Jimmy Fallon didn’t know what “hook ‘em” was. Now, he’s on campus and ready to party.
Disabled professors fear discrimination, showing “weakness” when requesting accommodations
October 14, 2019
In The Daily Texan's latest Special Project, disabled professors discuss their fears of being discriminated against if they share having a disability or seek out accommodations to make doing their work at UT easier.
PTS adds D+ permit to preserve ‘non-compliant’ spaces for disabled students
September 16, 2019
Disabled students now have the option to buy a $300 parking permit to access newly labeled D+ spaces, along with D spaces from last year .
Students share underrepresented, uncensored narratives and perspectives in ‘Black Yearbook’
August 29, 2019
Adraint Bereal was discouraged by the absence of students who looked like him around campus. But as a freshman walking through the Student Activity Center, a door finally opened.
Forbes scholarship offers three students the chance to attend summit for free
August 28, 2019
Although each one defines entrepreneurship differently, Elvin Galarza, Hamza Abdallah and Amerison Shrestha all have something in common: they were recently selected to be a Forbes 30 Under 30 scholar.
Haus of Texas provides space for students to participate, learn about drag
August 27, 2019
Surrounded by students interested in performing in drag, performer Celia Light formed a family within Dobie Twenty21 Student Spaces. After months of giving makeup tutorials and attending each queen’s debut performance, the group has expanded outside of Dobie and is now called Haus of Texas, an official UT organization.
Q&A: Alumnus Giancarlo Bernini discusses performance on ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’
June 17, 2019
As a magician, religious studies alumnus Giancarlo Bernini, who graduated in 2019, takes pride in using magic to bring joy to others. He has been practicing since he saw a card trick in fifth grade and learned magic can be not only an illusion but a gift.
Austin business owner opens clothing store, Kindred Spirits
May 6, 2019
After a 15-year career in social work, Nina Gordon said she needed a change to brighten her life and began searching for ways to exercise her creative side. Now, Gordon owns Take Heart, a curated gift shop, and Kindred Spirits, a clothing shop, both located on East 11th Street.
The story behind inside East Austin’s little blue truck
May 2, 2019
Parked in East Austin is a 1980 Chevy Grumman. Painted in black, the words “Gadabout Goods” contrast against the bright blue truck.
Student combats food insecurity while providing help to others
April 29, 2019
History freshman Elise Randall visits food banks once a week to gather ingredients and cook in the Jester basement kitchen. Rather than keeping the food to herself, Randall invites students to join her at no cost.
$500 emergency loan provides aid to students
April 24, 2019
When her source of income suddenly vanished her junior year, alumna Raegan Holland, who graduated in 2017, feared she would soon lose her apartment. After talking with a friend, Holland discovered the emergency loan that would be her saving grac
ADA forum addresses funding, other student concerns
April 23, 2019
Tuesday’s forum was led by executive director of Services for Students with Disabilities, Kelli Bradley, associate director within construction services, CJ Miles, ADA coordinator, Jennifer Maedgen and deputy ADA coordinator, Stephanie Myers.
Cohen New Works Festival encourages students to create, produce original work Trinady Joslin
April 17, 2019
As one of the largest student-produced festivals in the country, Cohen New Works Festival features over 30 original student projects ranging from plays, operas and technical theater showcases to visual and interactive art and dance performances.
Texas Spirits endowment builds lasting legacy for Abigail ‘Abz’ Zeitler
April 14, 2019
After speaking with University officials, Berno decided to create an endowment in Abigail "Abz" Zeitler’s name for Texas Real Beauty, an organization that aims to tackle detrimental beauty standards and promote self-love.
No Man’s Land Film Festival promotes women in outdoors, redefines gender norms
April 9, 2019
Two Nepalese women, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita (left), leading female mountain guide, and punk-rock icon, Sareena Rai (right), are pictured in a still from “Mothered by Mountains,” which will be shown on Thursday.
It's hard getting to class when you have a chronic illness. UT’s limited accommodations don’t help.
April 8, 2019
The pain Samantha Miles experiences on daily basis is often rated worse than childbirth. From sleeping to digestion, no part of her day is free from pain.
Christian Sparks and the Beatnik Bandits play in Austin for fan exposure
March 31, 2019
Folking around on Speedway, Christian Sparks and the Beatnik Bandits handed out flyers to promote their upcoming show.
iarabFM provides representation to the Arab community
March 26, 2019
Dede Mahrouq created iarabFM after seeing a need for Arab representation in her community.
Students affected by loss turn to new path, leaning on others
March 24, 2019
At age 21, chemistry junior Jordan Clements has lost two close friends. As a result of his grief, he considered changing his major to communication and leadership in order to found a nonprofit that provides help to parents who have lost children.
‘We want to be a part of the solution’: bthere app promotes bystander intervention to prevent sexual assault
March 5, 2019
UT alumnus creates bthere in order to help increase bystander intervention in situations that could otherwise result in sexual assault.
Spanish program director explains course difficulty, students choose to embrace or opt out
February 26, 2019
Spanish department director, Melissa Murphy, said six-hour spanish introduction classes pose a challenge for UT students who expect the increased class time but not the doubled workload.
Catherine Michelle turns to music as an outlet for depression, releases EP
February 24, 2019
After releasing her first EP and going on tour, Catherine Michelle describes her journey of finding inspiration in music and what's coming next in her career plans.
Limbo store promotes local artists among rising rents on South Congress
February 21, 2019
Edson Enriquez created Limbo as a college student in Guadalajara, Mexico, and has grown it into a four storefront brand.
UT students create app to bring out the goddess in everyone
February 20, 2019
For English senior Bridgette Bilson, traveling to Houston used to be more than just a trip home.
UT student earns citizenship through investing in business, creating jobs
February 6, 2019
Growing up in Vietnam, economics senior Jonah described himself as a “bad kid.” His dad provided a solution: a better education and environment. He sent his son to America, who moved to Tyler several years later, and embarked on the road to citizenship last November.
Students affected by shutdown say ‘We want to get our pay’
January 30, 2019
After 800,000 federal employees weren’t paid for over a month, students began to fear for the financial stability of their families and speak out on the issue.
Austin-based band Klyntar creates ‘alien’ music based on ‘Venom’ comics
December 3, 2018
Klyntar uses improvisation to transform ordinary noises into out-of-this-world tracks inspired by the “Venom” comic series, which features a symbiotic alien in the Marvel universe. The Daily Texan spoke with band member JD about Klyntar’s extraterrestrial approach to music.
Supplemental housing serves as temporary solution, most students choose to make it permanent
November 18, 2018
At the beginning of the semester, students hauled boxes and shouldered suitcases into their new homes. The majority were setting up their living spaces for the next year, but for students assigned a supplemental contract, the rooms’ permanence remained to be seen.
Environmentalist team demonstrates plastic usage on campus to prompt change in waste habits
November 14, 2018
Plastic water bottles overflow shopping carts and spill onto the ground in front of Jester Plaza. For three hours on Wednesday, Nov. 14, over 2,000 plastic water bottles were haphazardly thrown into a pile.
Dyed hair impacts student employment opportunities
November 8, 2018
Unnaturally dyed hair can be a barrier for students seeking jobs or internships in the professional field.
Homeless activist finds peace at Graffiti Park, says “this is what I created”
October 30, 2018
For most, the announcement of HOPE Outdoor Gallery’s impending relocation meant added travel time to the new gallery. For Jesse David Greiner, it meant discontinuing the work he has loved for almost 10 years.
Moody Hacks encourages digital innovation, does not require coding experience
October 23, 2018
On Nov. 3, the first Moody Hackathon will take over the Belo Center for New Media, the lives of over 250 students and numerous volunteers. The Hackathon provides students with the opportunity to form teams, brainstorm and attend workshops throughout the day in order to decide on the direction they want to take their project.
Get Kinetic encourages Kinsolving residents to move it, move it
October 19, 2018
Get Kinetic was piloted last semester and provides Kinsolving residents with a chance to attend a class led by a RecSports instructor once a week without having to step outside.
Nationwide service dog organization overcomes ‘ruff’ start, makes mark on UT campus
October 9, 2018
Each service dog is bred to be one part Golden Retriever and three parts Labrador to ensure a calm temperament and good health.
Crêpe Crazy offers an unique community, perspective
October 3, 2018
Crêpe Crazy, a restaurant located on South Lamar, has a history as unique as its flavors. The restaurant was founded in 2014 by Vladimir and Inna Giterman, deaf immigrants from Russia and Ukraine respectively, who believe that good food transcends all communication barriers.
Female sports journalists discuss sexism, male bias in media
September 24, 2018
In a male-dominated industry, female sports journalists often face discrimination and underrepresentation regardless of their knowledge or experience; they often have to work much harder to receive less respect than their male counterparts.