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What to check out if you’re going to SXSW

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 10 print edition.   The Daily Texan’s team of South by Southwest Online reporters have created a list of must-sees for students...

The Daily Texan SXSW newspaper March 10, 2021

Here’s what you need to know about SXSW Online

Lauren Castro and Aisling Ayers March 23, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 10 print edition. After the festival’s first cancellation in 34 years in March 2020, SXSW is returning March 16-20 2021...


What’s open, closed or free around UT campus

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be or up to date. Freezing temperatures, unsafe road conditions and low power...


Face coverings pose communication barriers for Deaf, hard of hearing students, professors

Aisling Ayers August 26, 2020

On a typical morning, Dr. Christopher Moreland, associate professor of internal medicine, is greeted in the hallways of Dell Medical School. Now with the widespread use of face masks, he suspects he’s...


Daily Texan staffers from the 1970s recall campuswide Vietnam War protests

Aisling Ayers July 18, 2020

On May 8, 1970, thousands of student protesters marched along Guadalupe Street toward the Texas State Capitol. Alongside them, reporters from The Daily Texan were identified by white bands around their...


‘I’m scared to death’: Custodians worry about safety, working during COVID-19 pandemic

Aisling Ayers July 18, 2020

As soon as she arrives for work, Sarah, a UT custodian, freezes. She said she’s afraid to touch the surfaces she has to clean, unsure of who cleaned it before her and whether they had COVID-19.  When...


Miscommunications mark virtual orientation, bring challenges for OAs, freshmen

Aisling Ayers June 27, 2020

After attending virtual orientation, theatre and dance freshman Ashley Diaz said she still doesn’t feel ready to step on campus in the fall. Typically, incoming students attend an in-person orientation...

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Brené Brown talks virtual commencement speech, choosing courage over comfort

Aisling Ayers May 20, 2020

On May 23, bestselling author and speaker Brené Brown will deliver UT’s universitywide commencement speech. When she first agreed to speak, she thought she’d stand in front of thousands...


College of Pharmacy Professor experienced bias, discrimination in former career, now advocates for education, women

Aisling Ayers May 5, 2020

When she started working at a top-tier company, Janet Walkow was the only woman in her department with a Ph.D. But as her colleagues began receiving raises, she said she was told she wouldn’t be...

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UT professors adapt to online teaching with resources, support from coworkers

Aisling Ayers April 16, 2020

Prior to the shift to online learning, anthropology sophomore Kylie Terry said one of her classes did not use Canvas at all.  “It was all paper-based,” Terry said. “We didn’t...


Professors implement Proctorio after shift to digital learning, students struggle with privacy concerns

Aisling Ayers April 6, 2020

As professors search for ways to remotely offer exams while still encouraging academic honesty, the digital software Proctorio has become widely implemented at UT. Proctorio was designed to be easily...

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‘More than four quarters’: Former Texas football player pushes for educational policy reform

Aisling Ayers March 11, 2020

As long as there was gas in her car, CeJai Taylor Moore would take her children to local parks and jazz festivals. Determined to show her children a world beyond their backyard, CeJai said she emphasized...


Students with service animals emphasize responsibility and training, perception of assistance

Aisling Ayers March 9, 2020

Navigating the Speedway bricks alongside their owners, service dogs are often working from 8 a.m. classes to late night study sessions at the Perry-Castañeda Library.  The work that service...


Mayor Adler cancels SXSW amid coronavirus concerns, declares local state of disaster

Trinady Joslin, Areeba Amer, and Aisling Ayers March 7, 2020

After declaring a state of local disaster, Austin Mayor Steve Adler canceled South by Southwest at a press conference Friday afternoon. According to an official statement from SXSW, this is the first time...

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Male cheerleaders in UT-Austin’s Orange Squad challenge stereotypes, prioritize trust, safety

Aisling Ayers March 2, 2020

From the high school football field straight to the cheer mat, male members of UT’s cheer team, Orange Squad, are often recruited without any prior experience.  Often discovered in a campus...

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Q&A: Ordinary Elephant discusses thoughtful lyrics, origin story

Aisling Ayers February 19, 2020

Whether they are performing in an open-air folk festival or simply feeding their dogs, the singer-songwriting duo balance one another’s unique talents. Ordinary Elephant, a husband-wife folk band,...


Austin photographers face social media pressures

Aisling Ayers February 11, 2020

Competing in a city full of creatives, millennial photographers have to find ways to set themselves apart or get lost in an endless Instagram feed. Ultimately, photographers said balancing the pressure...

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Students, UT work towards zero waste goals

Aisling Ayers February 4, 2020

Bombarded with offers of cups, T-shirts and other merchandise from various campus organizations, some students who are walking down Speedway jump at the opportunity for a free gift. Others are determined...


Australian UT students cope with bushfires back home while in Austin

Aisling Ayers January 28, 2020

When Liv Kohan and Liam Wilson waved goodbye to their families in August and each hopped on a plane to Austin, they saw blue and cheery Sydney skies. During their return to Australia over winter break,...

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Alum discovers planets before graduating, dubbed ‘planet hunter’

Aisling Ayers January 24, 2020

Months before graduating from UT, Anne Dattilo discovered two new planets.  They call her the “planet hunter.”  “I find the term ‘planet hunter’ so incredibly...


Student runs braiding business, offers cheaper alternative

Aisling Ayers January 23, 2020

Like most 7-year-old girls, Brandy Branham grew up playing with her two sisters’ hair. From a young age, Brandy began to learn how to braid and twist, even practicing on her sisters’ Bratz...


PETA gives UT dining A+ for vegan options

Aisling Ayers November 26, 2019

UT Dining received an A+ for their vegan options from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for the first time since it started grading schools. Lindsay Wilson, registered dietitian for University...


Five winning teams receive President’s Award for Global Learning

Aisling Ayers November 15, 2019

Five University teams will receive up to $25,000 before they leave to implement international research projects this coming summer. According to a press release, 24 teams submitted solutions to global...


Graduate school implements new name pronunciation software for faculty

Aisling Ayers November 7, 2019

A new software allows graduate students to upload recordings of their correct name pronunciation onto Canvas to help faculty pronounce their names.   In a recent email to graduate school faculty,...


Austin activists introduce $4.4 billion transportation project to influence 2020 transportation bond

Aisling Ayers October 30, 2019

Three Austin transit activists introduced a nearly $4.4 billion transportation project last week that proposes changes to reduce congestion around campus and the Austin area.  Co-author Susan...


US Army delivers new military robot for UT engineers to develop

Aisling Ayers October 23, 2019

Future wars could be fought with infantry and robots working together. With a new robot delivery, UT researchers will be developing ways to help the two communicate. The United States Army delivered...


When students are distressed, UT professors sometimes intervene

Aisling Ayers October 18, 2019

As the Counseling and Mental Health Center says the number of students seeking care for mental health crises continues to rise, professors are sometimes faced with handling students in distress. Marla...


New 18-story student housing development begins construction on Nueces

Aisling Ayers October 10, 2019

Parallel Company, an Austin-based development firm, started construction in September on an 18-story, 558-bedroom student housing community on Nueces and 21st streets that will begin leasing in late spring...


New institute provides veteran family support

Aisling Ayers October 3, 2019

The Institute for Military and Veteran Family Wellness has officially opened its doors to offer research-based support for student veterans and veteran families. The institute, which opened this fall,...


Women’s boutique Miss Behavin to replace Moojo location on The Drag

Aisling Ayers September 27, 2019

Women’s boutique Miss Behavin is scheduled to open on The Drag during the first weekend of October. It will be located at the former storefront of ice cream sandwich store Moojo. The boutique,...


Advertising company president and CEO speaks to students on leading positive change

Aisling Ayers September 20, 2019

Authenticity in advertising and breaking from societal conventions are among the values used by an award-winning advertising agency, the company president and CEO told hundreds of students Thursday. Troy...

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