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Early Austin voters approve most constitutional amendments, reject local propositions
November 5, 2019
Early voting totals showed Travis County voters are for nearly all the constitutional amendments on the ballot but against the two local propositions.
Beto O’Rourke announces end of his presidential campaign
November 4, 2019
Hours before the Iowa Democratic Party’s Liberty and Justice Celebration Friday, Beto O’Rourke announced he would be dropping out of the presidential race. According to an email sent to his supporters, O'Rourke will not run for office in the Senate either.
Texas opens new Census Bureau offices with hopes to increase participation
October 29, 2019
Inaccuracy in the upcoming census count could potentially cost the state millions of dollars, so Travis County is increasing outreach efforts, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said.
House Democrats propose higher education bill with free community college, more grant funding
October 24, 2019
U.S. House Democrats proposed a bill offering free community college and greater funding for Pell Grants last week.
Sexually transmitted diseases become ‘alarming threat,’ CDC report says
October 18, 2019
Sexually transmitted diseases have become an “alarming threat” across the nation as the rate of yearly infection cases increases, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Climate change experts tackle political polarization
September 27, 2019
Climate expert Katherine Hayhoe said partisan attitudes toward climate change have increased dramatically over the past 10 years.
Civic engagement groups promote voter turnout on National Voter Registration Day
September 25, 2019
On National Voter Registration Day, campus voter education groups took part in registering hundreds of students to vote in a few hours.
Voter turnout doubles across nation, triples at UT
September 24, 2019
After voter turnout more than tripled at UT during last year’s midterm elections, experts said they expect the trend to continue throughout the 2020 election season.
Central Texas counties, including Travis County, introduce new voting machines
September 19, 2019
Many counties throughout Central Texas are implementing a new voting system just in time for the upcoming November elections.
Texas leads nation in polling location closures
September 18, 2019
With over 750 polling locations shuttered throughout the state, Texas has closed the most polling places in the nation since 2012, according to a new report released by The Leadership Conference Education Fund on Sept. 10.
Gov. Abbott releases Texas Safety Action outlining plans to mitigate gun violence
September 18, 2019
In wake of the two recent mass shootings in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Safety Commission released the Texas Safety Action report, which emphasizes the role of the community in preventing gun violence.
Betsy DeVos announces new loan forgiveness plan for eligible students
September 17, 2019
United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced a new loan forgiveness policy, increasing the rules for filing a loan forgiveness claim.
2020 Democratic presidential candidates debate health care, gun violence in Houston
September 13, 2019
Ten Democratic presidential candidates took the debate stage Thursday evening to discuss issues such as gun control, immigration and health care.
Precollege programs do not guarantee admission to University
September 11, 2019
With many programs costing thousands of dollars to attend, the University and other schools across the nation offer prospective students the opportunity to enroll in precollege programs during the summer to strengthen their college application.
Legislation changing the way developmental courses are offered shows early signs of success
September 5, 2019
Two years ago, Texas lawmakers reconfigured the way colleges across the state offer remedial education. Now they are saying the changes are showing early signs of success.
College Board eliminates ‘adversity score’ after receiving criticism
September 4, 2019
After pushback from parents and students, the College Board is now getting rid of its plan to assign students taking the SAT a single score that captures their level of economic hardship.
University of Texas Permian Basin students held on lockdown during Midland and Odessa shootings
September 2, 2019
A gunman killed seven and injured 22 in multiple locations spanning Odessa and Midland, making this Texas’ second mass shooting in August.
Safety improvements made in West Campus ahead of fall semester
August 9, 2019
Many community groups have taken advantage of the summer break to improve safety in West Campus.
Austin City Council approves redevelopment of student apartments in Riverside
August 9, 2019
The Austin City Council tentatively approved Thursday the redevelopment of student apartment complexes in Riverside.
Texas’ Top 10% Rule makes little difference in diversity on campus, study says
July 30, 2019
The Top 10% Rule has done little to increase diversity in universities across Texas, according to new research.
New legislation could ensure food stamp eligibility for college students
July 30, 2019
One in 4 students at UT experience food insecurity, according to research from the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center. A new bill proposed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Al Lawson aims to improve college students’ access to affordable food.
Misdemeanor marijuana possession cases won’t be prosecuted because of new Texas law
July 15, 2019
Because of a new Texas law legalizing hemp and CBD products, possession of small amounts of marijuana has now become nearly impossible to prosecute in Travis County and across the state.
Local officials praise SCOTUS ruling against including citizenship question in 2020 Census
July 8, 2019
Both Travis County and Austin officials praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to not include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, citing the financial security the ruling offers Texans.
Trump approves $4.6 billion aid package to improve conditions in detention centers along southern border
July 8, 2019
Following national protests and reports of unsanitary conditions at detention centers along the southern border, President Donald Trump signed a $4.6 billion aid package into law on July 1. However, some Texas activists and members of Congress said they doubt the funding will adequately improve living conditions.
O’Rourke and Castro host competing events following first round of debates
July 1, 2019
Julián Castro spoke at a state party fundraiser Friday in downtown Austin. The former San Antonio mayor commended voters for their increased support after last week’s debate and talked about his campaign policies, touching on immigration, women’s rights and free public tuition for public universities.
Austin Strategic Mobility Plan works toward easier commute around campus for students
June 25, 2019
The Austin Transportation Department is working alongside CapMetro to provide students with easier off-campus transportation through the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan.
City Council loosens homelessness rules, drawing criticism from some UT students, parents
June 24, 2019
City Council members voted on June 20 to loosen Austin’s homelessness ordinances, prompting safety concerns from UT students and their parents.
New laws range from saving Chick-fil-A to reforming school finance: Here are the highlights from the governor’s desk
June 17, 2019
After the Texas Legislature’s 86th session ended May 27, Gov. Greg Abbott had until midnight Sunday to decide which bills remaining on his desk would become law. By the end of the session, lawmakers sent 1,429 bills to Abbott’s desk — 1,323 of which became law.
Austin City Council proposes changes to homelessness policies
June 10, 2019
At the Austin City Council meeting last Thursday, council member Greg Casar proposed Item 45 — an ordinance that would amend the City’s current policies on homelessness.
Fairmont Austin displays Longhorn logo to announce sponsorship with UT athletics
April 28, 2019
Last Sunday, the Fairmont Austin announced its sponsorship of the UT Athletics department for the 2019 football season.
Barney Swan challenges students to clean up 360 million tons of CO2
April 18, 2019
Students gathered Thursday night to hear about climate change from Barney Swan, the international director of the nonprofit organization ClimateForce.
'Amplify: UT Women’s Voices' showcases uniqueness of being a woman
April 14, 2019
Hundreds of students, faculty and parents gathered last Friday to view the production “Amplify: UT Women’s Voices,” at an event that demonstrated the uniqueness of being a woman.
Students come together to hear from tennis player Andy Roddick at Tejas Coffee
March 10, 2019
Dozens of students gathered Friday at the Tejas House to grab coffee and have a discussion with professional tennis player Andy Roddick.
Thousands of young girls gather for Girl Day at UT
February 24, 2019
More than 8,000 elementary and middle school students gathered on campus Saturday to participate in Girl Day, an event that promotes women’s engagement in the STEM field.
Humanities Department holds alumni panel for those considering graduate school
February 12, 2019
Juniors and seniors gathered Monday at the Humanities Alumni Panel to hear anecdotal accounts from current graduate students explaining how UT’s Humanities Program prepared them for postgraduate education