John Silber died this morning of kidney failure at the age of 86. He worked at the University of Texas from 1957 to 1970, as first a philosophy professor, then as the chair in the department of philosophy and then as the dean of College of Arts and Sciences.
Silber became the president of Boston University after Frank Erwin fired Silber from UT in 1970. According to The Daily Texan archives, on July 24, 1970, Erwin said to Silber: “John, you are very intelligent, articulate and hard working. Because of these qualities you make some people in higher education nervous. That is why you must be resigned or removed.”
Silber refused to resign and was fired. The Texan went on to draft a petition in support of Silber, but he was never reinstated.
Silber served as BU’s president from 1971 to 1996, after which he worked as the BU’s chancellor from 1996 to 2003. He unsuccessful ran as Massachusetts’ Governor in 1990.
The first 100 people to arrive will receive a complementary breakfast taco and free coffee will be provided throughout the broadcast.
Nearly a dozen artists will stop by on Friday and Saturday for live performances and interviews. Asleep at the Wheel, an American country music group that has worked with Willie Nelson, will be present at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. They will be followed by First Aid Kit, a Swedish folk duo composed of two sisters, at 9:00 a.m. Friday. Four more bands will play, including the Wheeler Brothers, Patterson Hood, Ben Howard and LP.
Another five bands will perform on Saturday — The Dunwells, The Eastern Sea, Patrick Watson, The Whigs and Michael Kiwanuka.
The broadcast will be from 8:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. on both Friday Oct. 12 and Saturday Oct. 13 at Threadgill’s on Barton Springs.
The national office of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority has released an apology in response to criticism from the UT community over a “fiesta” themed party thrown by their UT chapter Thursday night. The UT chapter of the Delta Delta Delta sorority co-hosted the party, but has not released a comment at this time. The apology was given to The Daily Texan by the chapter’s president.
The apology reads: “Kappa Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha apologizes for offending members of the UT and Austin communities with a fiesta-themed event held Thursday, Sept. 20. We understand now what seemed to be an appropriate, celebratory theme could be perceived as mocking and insensitive. In our 160 ZTA chapters across the country, we embrace members of multiple races and ethnicities and every member learns that our standards include respect for all mankind. We regret that this event did not show that respect. As chapter leaders, we will work with our advisors and members to provide cultural sensitivity education and ensure that our members and guests represent our Fraternity’s values at all future chapter functions.”
Thursday night's party was filled with guests wearing attire associated with Hispanic stereotypes, including ponchos, sombreros and fake mustaches. Two guests wore shirts that read “illegal” and “border patrol.”
The party was held at Recess Arcade Bar, located at the corner of East Sixth Street and San Jacinto Street. The sororities reserved the bar until 12:30 a.m. After that time, some party guests ventured into downtown still wearing their “fiesta-themed” apparel. Since the night of the party, word of the event spread to members of the UT community, who have expressed various concerns about the party’s intent and message.
The Daily Texan printed an article about the party Monday. Despite requests for comment received by Zeta Tau Alpha’s president, vice-president and national chapter, no response had been issued in time for Monday’s article. Efforts to contact Delta Delta Delta’s national office, president, vice-president and more than 20 other members of the sorority have been made, but no request for comment has been returned.
Texas Governor Rick Perry endorsed a four-year freeze on tuition across Texas universities at The Texas Tribune Festival’s opening session Friday night.
Perry said he felt the freeze would be popular.
“I think there is going to be a very positive response to the idea of freezing tuition for four years,” Perry said.
Perry said this freeze would function to guarantee students that their tuition would stay the same during their four years at the University. However, Perry said if students did not graduate in four years, they could expect to see their tuition rate increase during their fifth year.
UT’s four-year graduation rates are 52.2 percent, which is about a 1.3 percent increase from previously. But not all undergraduate degrees at UT can be obtained in four years. For example, a bachelor’s degree in architecture is a five-year program.
The University’s five-year graduation rates have recently increased by about .8 percent to 75 percent. The University’s six-year graduation rates dropped to 78.7 percent from 80.8 percent.
Perry did not say anything regarding UT students in five-year programs at the opening session.
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge received a bomb threat that was called into 911 around 10:30 this morning, a spokesperson said. The university sent an emergency text alert ordering the campus to be evacuated.
“Everybody has been asked to evacuate campus,” spokesperson Holly Cullen said.
LSU mass communications junior Kevin Thibodeaux said he was on campus when the text alert reached his inbox at 11:32 a.m. He walked into a building and someone told him the campus was being evacuated.
“Most people are taking it not too seriously,” Thibodeaux said. “The traffic over here is probably the craziest part.”
Thibodeaux said many people are stuck in traffic by Tiger Stadium.