• Rotnofsky and Mandalapu make executive board and PSAC selections

    Student Government President Xavier Rotnofsky and Vice President Rohit Mandalapu have selected candidates for executive board and members of the President's Student Advisory Council.

    According to Rotnofsky, he and Mandalapu received 105 applications and conducted over 30 hours of interviews before filling the jobs. The board and PSAC members will be appointed at an SG meeting Tuesday.

    • Their selections:
    • Chief of Staff: Taral Patel 
    • Communications Director: Thomas Mylott
    • Internal Finance Director: Nicole Chu
    • External Finance Director: Conner Patrick
    • Administrative Director: Amber Magee
    • PSAC: Zachary Stone and Christle Nwora  

    Patel and Patrick served as University-wide representatives last term, while Magee was the director of the Diversity and Inclusion Agency. Stone also currently serves on the Judicial Court.

    Patel and Magee were both workers on the Braydon Jones-Kimia Dargahi Executive Alliance campaign. Jones and Dargahi lost to Rotnofsky and Mandalapu in a runoff. Patrick was also an agent on the Jones-Dargahi campaign. 

  • Hillary Clinton announces presidential bid

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidates hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Fairmont Hotel, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in San Francisco. Eric Risberg | AP Photo
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidates hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Fairmont Hotel, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in San Francisco. Eric Risberg | AP Photo

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 presidential campaign today via email to her donors and supporters, and through a video posted on her new campaign website, hillaryclinton.com.

    "Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion," Clinton said in her campaign video.

    Clinton, who stepped down from her role in President Barack Obama's cabinet in 2013, is the first Democrat to formally announce their candidacy.

    Her support from the Democratic Party far outnumbers any potential opponent's, a CBS news poll from February showed. Eighty-one percent of respondents said they would put her as a potential vote.

    Clinton graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree and earned her J.D. from Yale Law School. She practiced law during her husband’s time as governor of Arkansas.

    Clinton’s political experience also includes her time as a U.S. senator for New York and her presidential run in 2008, when she was defeated by Obama in the Democratic primaries. She also was first lady of the U.S. and Arkansas when her husband, Bill Clinton, served as president and governor, respectively.

    Clinton is the third declared 2016 presidential candidate; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced March 23, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul declared April 7.

  • Police respond to suspicious substance found in building downtown

    Police responded to a call Friday morning after a report of a suspicious white, powdery substance found in a Travis County office building downtown.

    An initial investigation determined the substance to be benign, according to Austin Fire Department spokesman Palmer Buck. The substance will additionally be tested in a lab.

    Seven people were exposed to the unknown white powder substance, according to Buck. Those people were being monitored by the Travis County EMS, but had not exhibited any symptoms.

    The Austin Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s office, FBI and Fire department responded to the call that came in at 10:30 Friday morning at the building located at Lavaca and 7th Street downtown. Buck said once the fire at the DoubleTree Hotel was under control, some firefighters were immediately sent to respond to the substance call.

    Karina Roque, international relations and global studies junior, showed up to her internship to find the building sealed by the police. Roque said she was surprised to find the building surrounded by law enforcement.

    “You run the risk, but I didn’t expect [a bomb threat] to happen,” Roque said. “You don’t come expecting there to be a bomb threat.”

    Buck said the police and fire departments take bomb and substance threats seriously in an effort to protect the public.

    “We take these types of calls seriously,” Buck said. “We want to make sure the people inside the building are okay and we want to make sure we do our due diligence in the investigation to make sure that we can reassure the people in the building that everything is going to be okay.”

    The primary tenant in the building was the Travis County Auditor’s Office. It was unclear what floor of the building the substance was found.


  • Power restored in eight campus buildings after reported outages

    Eight buildings on campus experienced power outages this morning. UTPD received a call about the outages at approximately 9:55 a.m., according to spokeswoman Cindy Posey.

    The university's load controller, which ensures power stays on despite any major fluxations in usage, failed to adequately deal with the power being generated and contributed to the outage, Posey said. 

    Outages were reported in the Perry Castendena Library, the University Teaching Center, the Harry Ransom Center, the Speedway Garage, North Office Building A, the Charles E. Seay Building and both the McCombs School of Business and the Graduate School of Business buildings.

    The University sent out an alert email at 10:18 a.m. stating power has been restored in all buildings.

  • Fire extinguished at DoubleTree Hotel downtown

    The Austin Fire Department extinguished a fire at the DoubleTree Hotel on 15th St., between Lavaca and Guadalupe streets downtown Friday morning. 

    AFD officials said the fire started in the kitchen on the bottom floor, and smoke made its way up to the top floors through the hotel’s ventilation system.

    More than a dozen fire crews responded to the scene. There were no injuries reported.