• Second student diagnosed with mumps

    A second student was diagnosed with mumps and is believed to be the potential source of last week’s on-campus diagnosis, according to a University Health Services notification.

    Mumps is a highly contagious disease by which those infected usually experience fevers, body aches, and tiredness before noticing a severe swelling of their salivary glands. UHS announced the first diagnosis May 6.  

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mumps outbreaks rarely occur because the mumps vaccine started being heavily administered in the late 1960s.

    The students are no longer contagious, according to the UHS notification. The University will work with the Austin Travis County Health and Human Services Department to notify close contacts of the second student, including students and instructors in classes with the student.

  • UT student diagnosed with mumps

    Students were notified Wednesday night after one student was diagnosed with mumps.

    Mumps is a highly contagious disease by which those infected usually experience fevers, body aches, and tiredness before noticing a severe swelling of their salivary glands.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mumps outbreaks rarely occur because the mumps vaccine started being heavily administered in the late 1960s.

    Because of the disease's highly contagious factor, University Health Services officials are notifying all students and faculty who have a class with the student. Additionally, the leadership of Sigma Phi Epsilon is working with Austin County Health and Human Services Department to notify guests of their party on May 2, which the student attended.

  • McRaven appoints UT System deputy, vice chancellor

    Former UT vice president and provost Steven Leslie and UT Dallas president David Daniel will join the UT System as administrators, Chancellor William McRaven announced Wednesday.

    Beginning May 11, Leslie will serve as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, and Daniel will join the System July 1 as deputy chancellor and chief operating officer, according to a statement released Wednesday.

    Leslie, currently a professor and researcher in UT Austin’s College of Pharmacy, served as provost and executive vice president from 2007 until 2013.

    “There are many ambitious initiatives already underway that are bound to have national and even international impact, and I am thrilled to join Chancellor McRaven as we work to position The University of Texas System as the undisputed finest public university system in the world,” Leslie said in the statement.

    Leslie will succeed executive vice chancellor Pedro Reyes, who announced in April that he planned to leave the System and return to teaching.

    Daniel, a UT alumnus, has served as president of UT Dallas since 2005. During his presidency, UT Dallas has seen increased enrollment and graduation rates, according to the statement.

    “David Daniel possesses skills that are transferable across the system in managing and leading people, operations, new construction and technology,” McRaven said in the statement. “Everything he has done as president of UT Dallas prepares him for this new role, and now the entire UT System will be a beneficiary of his leadership.”

    The System will immidiately begin a national search for the next UT Dallas president, according to the statement.

  • UTPD: Student assaulted near campus

    A University of Texas student was assaulted Tuesday evening close to campus. 

     
    The assault occurred in West Campus around 6:10 p.m., according to an alert sent out to students from the University of Texas Police Department. 
     
    A female student said another woman punched her in the face. The assaulter is said to have short black hair, wearing a yellow shirt and blue shorts while toting a black backpack and burnt orange rolling suitcase. 
     
    The case is still under investigation, according to UTPD spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon. 
     
    UTPD has asked anyone who sees a woman matching this description to call them or 911 with her whereabouts.
     
  • Carly Fiorina announces presidential bid

    Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and John McCain advisor Carly Fiorina announced her presidential bid on Good Morning America on Monday morning.

    Fiorina is most well known for her tenure at HP from 1999 to 2005, during which she merged the company with Compaq and laid off 30,000 employees. Fiorina unsuccessful run for the California Senate seat in 2010. She has never been an elected public official.

    She is the first female Republican to declare candidacy. She cited her business experience as one of her strongest traits as a presidential candidate.

    “I think I’m the best person for the job because I understand how the economy actually works,” Fiorina said on Good Morning America. “I understand executive decision-making, which is making a tough call in a tough time with high stakes.”

    Though her time at HP was controversial, she said she believes it is an example of crucial business experience that is necessary for a president.

    Fiorina, as the only Republican woman in the race, is one of the few women who have ever sought a presidential nomination from the GOP. 

    Fiorina is the sixth candidate to enter the race, after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who announced his candidacy last Thursday and is running as Democratic challenger against Clinton.

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