• Nineteen-year-old male dies after sustaining head injury in West Campus on Friday morning

    This article has been updated since its original publication.

    Update: KXAN has confirmed that the victim was named Stephen Sylvester, and the suspect in custody is Sylvester's boyfriend, Bryan Canchola. 

    According to the article, Sylvester and Canchola were in a physical altercation after a night of drinking downtown. Canchola is currently held in Travis County Jail on murder charges with a bail of $500,000.

    Original story: The Austin Police Department responded to a call at 5:49 a.m. and found a 19-year-old man unconscious with a head wound at the GrandMarc apartment complex. He was transported to the University Medical Center Brackenridge and later died.

    There is a suspect in custody, and the victim’s family has not yet been notified, police said. Until police can reach his next of kin, no other information will be released. Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

    UTPD did not notify students through email of the suspected homicide, sending out a single tweet at 2:33 p.m. Posey said that UTPD knew enough from the incident to decide it was not a danger to the campus.

    “When an incident occurs off campus, we are dependent upon APD for information,” Posey said. “UTPD knew enough information to determine the campus was never threatened and did not need a Safety Alert. UTPD publishes the previous day’s information in the crime reports called Campus Watch. UTPD posted information on social media when we had confirmed information from APD."

    UTPD did not respond to the call because the area is out of their jurisdiction, spokesperson Cindy Posey said.

    “APD is the primary law enforcement agency for off campus calls,” Posey said. “We assist as requested. If we are in the area and see a crime or one is reported to an officer on scene, we will respond, but APD is still considered primary.”

    Although no formal charges have been made, the suspect would most likely be charged with some form of homicide, according to APD homicide investigator Brett Bailey.

    “I think the range is too wide,” Bailey said. “The charges would likely be related to some form of homicide. That can range from criminal negligent homicide to murder. [Criminal negligent homicide is] the lowest classification of murder.”

    The suspect and victim knew each other, according to a letter residents received today from Neal Toddy, GrandMarc’s resident services manager.

    “An arrest has been made in the case and therefore should pose no risk to other residents,” Toddy wrote. “The management team here is currently working with local authorities while they continue the investigation and we will communicate additional information to you as necessary.”

    This is the 16th murder in Austin this year.

  • Recent UT graduate reportedly found dead in Acapulco, Mexico

    This article has been updated with our own translation of the Mexican news article.

    Recent UT radio-television-film graduate Marcelo Flores was found dead this morning in Acapulco, Mexico, according to Zocalo Saltillo.

    Twenty-three-year-old Flores went missing in Acapulco, Mexico, yesterday around 1 p.m. GMT. He was on vacation with family. Relatives reported seeing him last around the Hospital Farallón.

    Family and friends began the search on social media with the hashtag #encuentramars. A woman who identified herself as Flores’ sister on Facebook shared a photo of him yesterday afternoon.

    The hashtag #encuentramars is trending in Austin on Twitter, more than 50 tweets since yesterday. Flores’ friends from organizations such as Texas 4000 and Texas Blazers shared the hashtag, urging friends and followers to share the hashtag and help the search gain exposure.

    The article in Enlish is as follows:

    "Marcelo Flores, 23, of Eagle Pass, Texas was found dead this morning [July 15, 2015] in Acapulco, according to his family.

    "Flores disappeared yesterday [July 14, 2015] at about 1 p.m. according to a police report filed by the family and he was searched by the federal police, the Acapulco police and the state prosecution office.

    "The victim enjoyed vacations with his brothers Francisco and Robbie after having graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Due to work related issues, Marcelo’s brothers decided to return to the border of Coahuila and Texas, but he decided to stay in Acapulco with other family members.

    "It wasn’t detailed if Marcelo had injuries, but it was confirmed that his body was found near Farallon avenue where he had disappeared."

  • Fenves reportedly meets with Patterson to discuss issues in athletic department

    One month after UT President Gregory Fenves announced an internal review of Texas' athletic department, a high-ranking University source told the Austin American-Statesman on Tuesday that Athletic Director Steve Patterson is "in trouble."

    The source told the Statesman the Fenves and Patterson met to "discuss various issues within the athletic department."

    In early June, the Chronicle of Higher Education released a report detailing an incident where former Texas basketball player Martez Walker committed academic dishonesty by taking pictures of his test with his phone.

    A week later, Fenves announced an independent review of the entire athletic department. Gene Marsh will oversee the review and release his findings in a public report.

    In a conference call, Patterson said he "welcomed the review."

    The Statesman reported that Fenves and Patterson have met twice and that a third meeting is "tentatively" scheduled for Friday.

  • Texas Coffee Traders to lose three on-campus locations after summer

    This story has been updated since its original publication.

    Texas Coffee Traders will cease operations at three locations on campus after losing a bid to renew its contracts.

    Texas Coffee Traders, an international coffee roasting company based in East Austin, was outbid when its three-year contract with the University went up for renewal, according to the general manager of its campus locations.

    Cappy’s Place in the Belo Center for New Media, Pangea Cafe in the Jackson School of Geosciences building and Qualcomm Cafe in the Gates Dell Complex will close after the second summer school session ends.

    Information about the locations’ new contractors was not immediately available.

    Joao Pereira, general manager of Texas Coffee Traders on UT’s campus, said he is disappointed he will have to close the stores.

    “We love these places, we love our customers, and we would love to keep serving them,” Periera said.

    Barista Evan Butts, who has worked at Cappy’s Place since it opened in 2012, said he’ll miss the regular customers he sees every day.

    “You do develop relationships with people when you’re in the same building as somebody else every single day,” Butts said. “You see them every single day even if it’s just for five minutes.”

    Barista Evan Butts closes Cappy's Place in the Belo Center for New Media on Friday afternoon. The store is one of three Texas Coffee Traders locations closing after the second session. Jesús Nazario | Daily Texan Staff

    Classics graduate student Olga Koutseridi said she gets coffee from Qualcomm Cafe several times a week because she likes the shop’s coffee and quality of service.

    “I like to support anything local,” Wagner said. “It’s kind of sad to see them getting pushed out of campus.”

    Butts said his customers in the Belo Center have already expressed their disappointment about the closures.

    “People have already been walking up and saying ‘oh my gosh, what’s going to happen to the coffee?’” Butts said. “A lot of people are sad at the possibility that they might not be getting any coffee in this building.”

    Two Texas Coffee Traders locations, one at RLM and another on the corner of 23rd Street and San Jacinto, will remain open.

  • UT approves independent review of athletics department

    UT and Gene Marsh, a national expert on collegiate athletics and academic integrity, reached an agreement to review the Texas Athletics’ Student Services Division on Wednesday, according to a University press release.

    UT System Officials and the state Attorney General’s office approved the review that began June 15, and it will look at issues such as academic guidance for student athletes, advising, tutoring and ways to interact with faculty members. 

    President Gregory Fenves hopes Jackson Lewis PC, the company conducting the review under Marsh's counsel, will complete the review by the end of 2015, but the contract states the review will go on as long as it is needed.     

    The review process will cost the University $200,000, but could be more expensive once Marsh delves into the records. According to the press release, Marsh will also look at specific allegations regarding several student-athlete interactions.  

    The Houston Chronicle reported June 10 that an investigation was being launched on the men’s basketball program because of players cheating on tests and receiving improper assistance on homework assignments. The report stated three incidences since 2006 by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Players mentioned in the report included P.J. Tucker, J’Covan Brown and Martez Walker, according to the Houston Chronicle.

    Soon afterward, Fenves ordered an independent review of all programs within the athletics department.