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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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Latin word on UT Tower shooting memorial likely to be re-etched

Aaron Torres August 5, 2016

The Latin word “interfectum” sandblasted on the UT Tower shooting memorial will likely be changed to “interfecti,” according to Erica Saenz, the associate vice president of diversity...


Crowd gathers for ceremony remembering UT Tower shooting

Aaron Torres August 2, 2016

They stood in the Main Mall, looking up at the Tower, stretching 307 feet into the clear blue sky. The flags were lowered to half-staff. Fifty years earlier, they were avoiding the tower in every way...

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Former Texan reporters recall covering Whitman shooting

Aaron Torres August 1, 2016

John Economidy, editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan, gathered staff members at 9 a.m. on Aug. 1, 1966 for an impromptu meeting to plan the next day’s newspaper. Like many summer days, news was dull. “What...


New memorial honors victims of UT Tower shooting

Aaron Torres July 31, 2016

He scooted back carefully, dragging his feet across the black sand, focusing his Nikon camera on the polished face. Alfred McAlister studied the camera’s screen, making sure the entire 6-foot...


James Banks, Jarrett Allen get head start on relationship with Shaka Smart at Team USA training camp

Aaron Torres July 18, 2016

HOUSTON – James Banks and Jarrett Allen received a gift. NBA superstar Kevin Durant, who left his footprint at Texas during his freshman year in 2006-2007, gave Banks and Allen each a pair of...


Texas makes splash at Olympic swimming trials

Aaron Torres July 4, 2016

The Longhorns made a splash at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. Thirty-nine swimmers from the men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Omaha — 26 from the men’s side, 13...

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Karen Aston reflects on influence of women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt

Aaron Torres June 29, 2016

The year was 1988, and a former University of Arkansas–Little Rock women’s basketball player had just started as the women’s basketball coach at Vilonia High School in Arkansas. At...


Texas swimmers felt nerves ahead of Olympic trials

Aaron Torres June 27, 2016

A few nights ago, Eddie Reese lay in bed at 3 a.m., unable to sleep. This isn’t abnormal. Sometimes he wakes up in the middle of the night, and if he can’t doze off again, he’ll pick...


The soccer life of Abby Smith

Aaron Torres February 4, 2016

Abby Smith crumpled on a couch at the Richard Mithoff track and soccer field house the morning of Jan. 15, 2016. The National Women’s Soccer League draft was about to start.  “I literally...


Sports reporter leaves couch for real world

Aaron Torres December 4, 2015

I laid in bed Tuesday at 3 a.m., tossing and turning and thinking. I had to write this missive and turn it in 17 hours. But I didn’t know who to thank, to praise, to compliment. I didn’t...


Five thoughts from the game: Texas 45, Texas Tech 48

Aaron Torres November 27, 2015

Texas Tech defeated Texas, 48-45, on a rainy Thanksgiving evening at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. The loss drops Texas to 4-7, 3-5 in the Big 12. Here are five thoughts on the game: Injuries,...


Lee Perkins evolves into leader on pitch

Aaron Torres November 19, 2015

After the Eggo chocolate chip waffles in the morning and occasionally pasta with pesto in the afternoon, Lee Perkins jumps into his red Toyota Corolla and lets the metamorphosis unfold. His eclectic playlist...

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West Virginia quarterback leads Mountaineer offense despite doubters

Aaron Torres November 13, 2015

Skyler Howard’s drive is inspired by his mother’s work ethic.  Diedre Kelly worked multiple jobs while Howard grew up. She lost sleep so that both of them could have a better living. “That...


Five thoughts from the game: Texas 59, Kansas 20

Aaron Torres November 8, 2015

Texas annihilated Kansas, 59-20, Saturday night at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The offense exploded after it imploded against Iowa State last week and was shut out.   Heard again...


Texas looks to earn NCAA tournament bid

Aaron Torres November 4, 2015

Texas ended its regular season with a dominant 3-0 win against Montana on Friday. But its fate – and seed – was already determined a week earlier after consecutive losses to Baylor and Oklahoma....


Texas defeats Montana, 3-0, on Senior Night

Aaron Torres October 31, 2015

Of course Texas won. Everything the Longhorns went through this season — five losses, four ties, a tough Big 12 schedule and a more daunting nonconference schedule — built to a 3-0 win ...


Soccer seniors prepare for last regular-season game

Aaron Torres October 30, 2015

In August 2012, 10 freshmen took the field as head coach Angela Kelly’s first recruiting class. On Friday night, fans can see how far the 10 – now seniors — have come. The Longhorns...


Texas falls to Baylor, 1-2

Aaron Torres October 26, 2015

Texas would have been a lock for the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 with a win Sunday. A win over Baylor would have given the Longhorns 16 points in conference play, and no team could have caught them. Even...


Longhorns prepare for conference play, potential shutout record for Abby Smith

Aaron Torres October 23, 2015

Angela Kelly said the same thing during Texas’ difficult nonconference schedule. Texas’ head coach constantly articulated that the Longhorns’ difficult schedule — they faced...


Hubener seeks to prove doubters wrong as quarterback

Aaron Torres October 23, 2015

Joe Hubener played quarterback in high school. But he really didn’t. Before he became Kansas State’s starting quarterback because starter Jesse Ertz suffered a season-ending injury, before...


Adams leads Longhorns to second win of weekend

Aaron Torres October 12, 2015

Entering Sunday’s match against TCU, Alexa Adams remained euphoric from her performance Friday night against Iowa State. The freshman forward scored two goals in Friday’s match. She fired...


Adams’ two goals lead Texas over Iowa State

Aaron Torres October 10, 2015

The time  hit 0:00 Friday night, and junior goalkeeper Cara Connatser jogged onto the pitch and made a beeline for freshman forward Alexa Adams. Connatser didn’t just hug the Adams —...


Midfielder Julia Dyche enlivens soccer team atmosphere

Aaron Torres October 9, 2015

The Longhorns’ season is consistently inconsistent through 11 games. They have a 4-3-4 record, they’ve had great wins — upsetting UCLA — and bad losses — a 2-0 defeat at...

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Austin’s Mayfield looks to lead Sooners to victory against Longhorns

Aaron Torres October 7, 2015

Baker Mayfield grew up 20 miles from The University of Texas. Mayfield blossomed into a quarterback phenom in the Longhorns’ backyard. Now, the lifelong Sooners fan and the one-time Texas Tech...


Longhorns tie in scoreless match against Oklahoma State

Aaron Torres October 5, 2015

The Longhorns ended another 110-minute competition in a tie. Texas and Oklahoma State battled Sunday afternoon at Cowgirl Soccer Complex. Each ended with a zero on the scoreboard, adding another tie...

Initially overlooked Doctson leads Horned Frogs in 2015

Aaron Torres October 2, 2015

Head coaches overlooked Josh Doctson. Now he overwhelms defensive coordinators. Doctson’s story is the tale of an athlete no one wanted, but is now the one everybody wishes they had. TCU’s...


Five thoughts from the game — Texas vs. Oklahoma State

Aaron Torres September 27, 2015

The Longhorns appeared to be back last week against California. Then they weren’t. Saturday was the same story. Texas was poised to upset Oklahoma State. Then it didn’t. The Longhorns...

Longhorns fall to West Virginia, 2-0

Aaron Torres September 26, 2015

The Mountaineers’ clinic opened at 6 p.m. Friday. Texas entered the clinic with confidence and in good spirits. The Longhorns felt sick to their stomachs and demoralized when the clinic closed...


Rudolph brings explosive Cowboys offense to Texas

Aaron Torres September 25, 2015

Comparisons to Brandon Weeden aren’t necessarily viewed as compliments. The former Oklahoma State quarterback is viewed as a bust since he entered the NFL as a first-round pick in 2012. Regardless,...


Texas needs to start scoring

Aaron Torres September 22, 2015

Angela Kelly talks about the Longhorns’ need to capitalize on missed opportunities ad nauseam. Texas’ head coach can’t say much else about her rather unproductive offense.   The...


Longhorns can’t capitalize in 0-0 tie against Trojans

Aaron Torres September 21, 2015

The gut punch came at the 110-minute mark. That’s when Texas finished its game with Arkansas-Little Rock 0-0 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The pain wasn’t caused by a...

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Cal running back returns home to Texas

Aaron Torres September 18, 2015

Before the Golden Bears suit up for practice, he’s there. After practice, when it’s time to read textbooks and solve math problems, he’s still there. He’s in the weight room before...


With two goals in two minutes, Longhorns defeat Wildcats 2-1

Aaron Torres September 14, 2015

Before Texas broke through, the game went scoreless for 70 minutes. But in less than a minute, the Longhorns scored the two goals that propelled them to a 2-1 win over the Wildcats at Mike A. Myers...

After rain delay, Texas ties Oregon State 1-1

Aaron Torres September 11, 2015

There was a lightning delay while Brad Paisley played at UFCU Disch-Falk Field  across Interstate 35. Maybe that’s why a crowd of less than 100 sat at Mike A. Myers Stadium and watched the...

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Walter leads Rice’s dynamic running game into Austin

Aaron Torres September 11, 2015

Rice running back Austin Walter went two years without playing in a game. In Rice’s 56­-16 drubbing of Wagner on Saturday, the redshirt freshman rushed for 107 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown....


Freshman forward Alexa Adams makes immediate impact for Longhorns

Aaron Torres September 10, 2015

When freshman forward Alexa Adams strolls onto the soccer field, the lean freshman forward comes off as quiet. “But she’s not,” senior goalkeeper Abby Smith said. Around her teammates,...


Longhorns upset No. 8 UCLA

Aaron Torres September 8, 2015

It took a little more than 48 hours and 111 miles for Texas to feel like a winner again. Friday night, the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos put a lasso on the Longhorns with a 2-0 upset. Angela Kelly called...

Longhorns upset No. 8 UCLA, 2–1

Aaron Torres September 7, 2015

In the first 383 minutes of the season, Texas could muster only one goal. That lone goal came from their goalkeeper Abby Smith in the first game of the season. The player notorious for stopping goals...

Longhorns lose second game of season to UCSB

Aaron Torres September 5, 2015

The Gauchos put a lasso on the Longhorns on Friday night. Under the bright lights of Harder Stadium, Texas head coach Angela Kelly's Longhorns lost 2–0 to the University of California-Santa...

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Swoopes, Zaire to face off in South Bend

Aaron Torres September 4, 2015

Malik Zaire had the ball in his hands. In his first collegiate start, the Notre Dame quarterback held it when kicker Kyle Brindza’s 32-yard field goal cleared the uprights and won the Music City...


Longhorns heads west to face UC-Santa Barbara, UC-Los Angeles

Aaron Torres September 4, 2015

Texas heads west this weekend, in hopes that its winning percentage goes north. The Longhorns travel to California to face the University of California-Santa Barbara on Friday at 9 p.m. CDT. Next, they...

Mikayla Flores’ road back

Aaron Torres September 3, 2015

Life can be ironic. Redshirt freshman forward Mikayla Flores wants to go to medical school. She wants to be an orthopedic surgeon. She wants to be one who fixes ACL tears. But this past year, she spent...


Scoreless Longhorns tie Buckeyes in sudden-death overtime

Aaron Torres August 31, 2015

The only Texas player who has scored this season is goalie Abby Smith. Her teammates remained scoreless this weekend, as Texas lost to No. 5 North Carolina on Friday night and tied with Ohio State on...


Texas feeling blue after 2-0 loss to Carolina Blue

Aaron Torres August 30, 2015

Mia Hamm was at Mike A. Meyers stadium Friday night, along with 2,200 other fans. She was there to watch her alma mater play and her former teammate, Texas head coach Angela Kelly. Kelly attended North...


Texas soccer looks forward to season opener versus coach’s alma mater

Aaron Torres August 28, 2015

It’s been nearly four years since Texas head coach Angela Kelly came to Austin, about 14 years since North Carolina played in Austin and more than two decades since Kelly donned Carolina blue. “It’s...


Abby Smith scores goals from a position that normally stops them

Aaron Torres August 27, 2015

Head soccer coach Angela Kelly had seen it before. The ball 45 yards or more from the goal, a player gives it a moonbeam of a kick. The fans eye the floating ball, the players run to where it might land,...


Veteran goalkeeper, new freshman class keys to upcoming season

Aaron Torres August 26, 2015

Texas head coach Angela Kelly and her team walked off a damp Ellis Field in College Station in November. Texas had just lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Notre Dame, who rallied...


Linebacker Cecil Cherry and running back Duke Catalon transfer from Texas

Aaron Torres August 12, 2015

When the sun rose Tuesday morning, Texas had 114 players on its football roster. When the sun set — as the Longhorns were finishing up their fifth practice at Frank Denius fields — they were...


Texas holds annual Fan Day at DKR

Aaron Torres August 10, 2015

Fans scattered throughout Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sunday morning. From the silver metal bleachers, they watched the Longhorns' third practice of the season. A chorus of 2,000...


Swoopes, Heard continue quarterback battle in opening practice

Aaron Torres August 8, 2015

Junior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and redshirt freshman quarterback Jerrod Heard began the next chapter in their quarterback competition Friday at the Longhorn’s opening practice for the 2015 season. “I...


Texas sports fall preview

Aaron Torres August 3, 2015

As summer ends and fall begins, another round of Texas sports will start. Here are a couple of things to look forward to this fall: Texas Football: Head coach Charlie Strong sat dapper at Big 12...

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Round Rock Express beats Nashville Sounds 6–3

Aaron Torres July 7, 2015

Designated hitter Joey Gallo waltzed into the batter’s box in the bottom of the fourth inning. The five-tool phenom had the bases loaded with one out, and the Round Rock Express was in need of...


Colt McCoy comes back to Austin to host his camp for a fifth straight year

Aaron Torres July 2, 2015

On the artificial turf of West Ridge Middle School, more than 250 kids partake in football drills that teaches fundamentals. One group learns the correct way to pitch the ball to a running back. Another...


Beer and wine will be sold at football games beginning September

Aaron Torres June 17, 2015

Beginning September 12, beer and wine will be sold at football games at Darrell K Royal Texas-Memorial Stadium in all public and private areas. “Fan safety and enjoyment remains our number...


Following cheating allegations, Fenves launches independent review of athletics department

Aaron Torres June 16, 2015

UT President Greg Fenves launched an independent review to look into academic allegations against UT’s athletic program, according to an article in the Austin American-Statesman on Monday. The...

Texas men finish seventh in NCAA Championships

Aaron Torres June 13, 2015

Texas men's track and field team ended its season with a seventh-place finish in the NCAA Championships. Junior thrower Ryan Crouser and senior thrower Clint Harris ended their indoor tenures at...

Texas athletes set personal records in day one of NCAA Championships

Aaron Torres June 11, 2015

When the first rounds of competition ended Wednesday, Texas athletes set several personal records, one school record and had two All-American performances at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Senior...


University launches internal investigation after cheating allegations

Aaron Torres June 11, 2015

A story from The Chronicle of Higher Education has prompted the University to launch an internal investigation into the claims that former Texas basketball player Martez Walker cheated on a math test yet...


Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel performs at X Games

Aaron Torres June 8, 2015

Throughout each day at X Games Austin, people walked past a kiddie pool, curious as to what would take place. Fifteen minutes before the start time of the X Games event, a crowd formed around the...


X Games Austin comes to close after four days of high-flying action

Aaron Torres June 8, 2015

After four days of sweat-inducing heat, countless tricks and hundreds of fans a day, X Games Austin came to an end.  Thursday kicked off the first day of competition with Harley-Davidson Flat-Track...


BMX Big Air caps off Day 3 of the X Games

Aaron Torres June 7, 2015

Kickflips, high flying tricks on motorcycles and one BMX Big Air competition for the ages. The third day of X Games was filled with thrills. The day started with the Toyota Skateboard Park. Curren...


Competition heats up at Day Two of the X Games

Aaron Torres June 6, 2015

The blistering sun glared off the unprotected skin of thousands of fans, as they marveled at events that were on display on Day Two of the X Games. Friday got underway with Jamie Bestwick vying for...


X Games return to Austin for second-straight year

Aaron Torres June 5, 2015

For the second time in history, X Games has come to Austin. For the first time ever, though, there was a winner in the Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing event, a new event premiering this year....


Glasspool and Hess-Olesen win Doubles title

Aaron Torres May 26, 2015

It’s been 71 years in the making — the Longhorns are NCAA Doubles champions for the first time since 1944, when John Hickman and Felix Kelley won. Senior All-Americans Lloyd Glasspool...


After roller coaster year, here are Texas athletics’ top five moments

Aaron Torres, Jacob Martella, and Nick Castillo May 8, 2015

The 2014–2015 school year was a roller coaster year for Texas athletics. Fans saw shake-up at the top in men’s basketball, another national championship for men’s swimming and diving...


Nine Texas players headed to NFL teams

Aaron Torres May 4, 2015

After seven rounds and 256 selections in the 2014 NFL draft, Texas had no names on the selection board. But by the time Mr. Irrelevant — the name given to the last player drafted — was picked...


Former Longhorn Malcom Brown drafted No. 32 overall to New England Patriots

Aaron Torres May 1, 2015

It took every ounce of patience Malcom Brown had — but by the end of the night, the former Texas defensive tackle had finally been drafted. “It was just a great feeling,” said Brown,...


Former collegiate athletes speak about concussions at panel

Aaron Torres April 29, 2015

It isn’t easy for an athlete to stop competing, but that’s exactly what the former student-athletes who were members of a panel on concussions did out of concern for their health.  “There...


Column: Isaiah Taylor should stay at Texas, delay entering NBA draft

Aaron Torres April 22, 2015

Isaiah Taylor has got until Sunday to figure out if he’s as ready for the NBA as Johnny Manziel was for the NFL. There’s no question in my mind: Taylor should stay for his junior year, further...


Texas’ spring game fails to shed new light on quarterback question

Aaron Torres April 18, 2015

Coca-Cola versus Pepsi. Chocolate versus vanilla. And now: Swoopes versus Heard.  Whether junior Tyrone Swoopes or redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard should start at quarterback for Texas is a polarizing...


Longhorns win third-straight Quidditch championship

Aaron Torres April 13, 2015

The Longhorns are Quidditch World Cup champions for the third-straight year. Texas defeated Lone Star Quidditch club 120–90 to finish off a comeback and leave Quidditch World Cup 8 victorious. The...


Big 12 notebook: TCU is dominating in baseball

Aaron Torres and Claire Cruz April 9, 2015

The Big 12 was something of a powerhouse in 2014.  The conference saw two teams reach the semifinals of the College World Series, three play in the quarterfinals and four ranked in the top 10 of...


What to look for in spring practice

Aaron Torres March 26, 2015

It’s that time of year when the flowers begin to blossom, the temperature outside  warms up, and spring practice commences for the Longhorns. Head coach Charlie Strong’s first season...


Column: Rick Barnes doesn’t merit being head coach anymore

Aaron Torres March 23, 2015

Rick Barnes is fading fast. Barnes has been Texas’ head coach for 17 seasons and, in that time, he has done very little to merit staying here longer. It’s time for there to be a new head...


Malik Jefferson among Texas’ biggest signees on National Signing Day

Aaron Torres February 5, 2015

Biggest signees for Texas:  Malik Jefferson was Texas’ most highlighted recruit as the nation’s top linebacker. But Jefferson wasn’t the only monumental recruit for head coach...


Live Blog: National Signing Day 2015

Aaron Torres and Ezra Siegel February 4, 2015

After a busy inaugural season, Charlie Strong will officially assemble his first recruiting class as Texas head coach Wednesday during the 2015 National Signing Day. His 2015 class already...

Texas track and field puts together strong weekend showing

Aaron Torres February 2, 2015

In their second weekend of the season, the Longhorns had impressive outings at the UW Invitational in Seattle and the Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston. At the UW invitational, Texas produced...


Weekend previews for swimming and diving, tennis and track and field

Men's swimming and diving Each year, the Texas men’s swimming and diving team quietly climbs their way to the top — and this year should be no different. The Longhorns have comfortably...

Weekend recaps

Men's tennis The men’s tennis team concluded fall individual competition with nine singles wins and four doubles wins at the Florida Invitational. The Longhorns started off hot, finishing...

Weekend Previews

Samantha Halbach, Daniel Clay, and Aaron Torres November 7, 2014

Softball Texas softball will finish off its fall season Friday when it travels to San Marcos to take on Texas State. The Longhorns will look to continue their dominant play, as they have outscored opponents...

Texas romps St. Edward’s to win fourth-straight scrimmage

Aaron Torres October 31, 2014

Texas softball played its final fall home scrimmage at McCombs field Thursday evening. What took place in the game was nothing short of a blowout, as Texas destroyed St. Edward’s, 17-2. The game...

Weekend recaps

Men's swimming and diving In a quad meet characterized by electric times and tight finishes — including one touch separated by one one-hundredth of a second — the men’s swimming...

Weekend previews

Women’s swimming and diving preview This weekend, the women’s swimming and diving team will fly to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to swim at the Canham Natatorium in its first intercollegiate competition...

Texas rocks Incarnate Word

Aaron Torres October 21, 2014

Texas softball beat down the Incarnate Word Cardinals, 11-0, in its second fall game Sunday. The Longhorns jumped on the Cardinals early, as the Longhorns scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning...


Softball looks to bounce back

Aaron Torres October 3, 2014

Texas’ softball campaign came to an end last season at the hands of Louisiana-Lafayette in a 10-1 routing during Regionals. This season, the Longhorns are looking to bounce back. “Losing...


Baseball team looks to use last season’s bitter end as motivation for 2015 run

Aaron Torres September 29, 2014

Last season, Texas came within one game of advancing to the College World Series final, and it hasn’t been easy to forget.  “It took a little bit of time,” senior pitcher Parker...

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