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Adderall gives unfair advantage, causes side effects

April 9, 2013

Whether using Adderall as a study aid should be considered cheating is a question many students have trouble answering, but those with a prescription can feel like they are the ones being cheated. Plan...

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Candidate for UTPD chief calls for perception of safety, strong bond between APD, UTPD

April 8, 2013

Although the relationship between the Austin Police Department and UT Police Department is generally strong, a candidate vying to be UT’s next police chief believes it can be stronger. David Carter,...

December brings record-high temperatures after November brings record highs without rainfall

December 3, 2012

High temperatures in the Austin area have already broken records during December, after November also brought record high temperatures and, for the first time in decades, no rain in Austin for the entire...

DHFS closes J2 dining hall for “adjustments”

November 26, 2012

Jester Second Floor dining hall will close starting Monday while the Division of Housing and Food Services makes changes. According to a news release by the division, J2 will close for “adjustments”...

Early voting ends with less participation than in previous presidential elections

November 5, 2012

Early voting ended Friday, and a lower percentage of registered voters in Travis County turned out early than during the past two presidential elections. According to reports by the Travis County Clerk’s...

Former UT dean fired from president’s job at University of Oregon

December 2, 2011

[Corrected Dec. 5: Fixed attribution] A former UT dean was fired from his position of president at the University of Oregon after expressing clashing viewpoints with the state’s Board of Higher...

CTBAC holds forum, agrees on 2.6 percent tuition increase

November 30, 2011

Liberal arts students met for the last time this semester before voicing their opinions on tuition policy in front of peers, faculty and administration today. The College of Liberal Arts College Tuition...

University to emphasize graduate student recruitment, retention

November 29, 2011

Improving the allocations of money in the graduate school will continue to be a top priority in 2012, UT President William Powers Jr. said at a meeting Monday.  The Faculty Council held its last...

Film students create robbery scene in LA

November 28, 2011

Police helicopters circled overhead and several Longhorns spent some of the last moments of their semester in the UTLA program in handcuffs after a misunderstanding with police last week. The Los Angeles...

Students form novel writing support group

November 28, 2011

With November coming to an end, writers around the country are racing to finish novels they started writing at the beginning of the month. National Novel Writing Month — known to participants as...

Not all students returning home for Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011

While many students are skipping Wednesday classes to drive to their hometowns while dreaming of sweet potatoes and pumpkin pies, others will not be spending Thanksgiving athome. French senior Daniel...

Students create group for others not affiliated with religion

November 21, 2011

A new organization made up of secular students seeks to create — rather than burn — bridges with religious groups on campus. The Secular Student Alliance, co-founded by Erick Rodriguez and...

Student Government expands confirmation requirements for executive appointments

November 15, 2011

After a hearing and deliberation over discrepancy of official and unofficial appointments by the judicial branch of Student Government, a verdict has been reached. SG School of Law representative Austin...

SG searches for alternative bike path near Blanton

November 15, 2011

Parking and Transportation Services hosted a town hall this morning to discuss the dismount zone around the Blanton Museum. Under current restrictions, a dismount zone on Blanton Museum grounds does not...

Students who served given benefit center

November 11, 2011

Campus resources for student veterans are getting a home today in a new student center dedicated to students who have served in the military. Juan Gonzalez, vice president for Student Affairs, will host...

Engineering students gotta go fast

November 11, 2011

A student organization left most other schools in the dust after doing better than ever at an international car racing competition this year. The University’s student branch for the Society of Automotive...

Education initiative allows high school senior to shadow UT students

November 9, 2011

A group of University students has taken the initiative to show underprivileged, underrepresented and unique high school students what they have the ability to do. From Monday through today, the senior...

SG to vote on ambiguous appointment loophole

November 8, 2011

Long-standing ambiguity in Student Government committee appointment standards may be resolved tomorrow depending on the outcome of a hearing for a petition against the student body president. Student...

Student killed in hit and run

November 8, 2011

The Austin Police Department released the name of a UT student who was killed in a hit-and-run on Sunday night. Adam Conrad Grote, 22, was a student in the School of Architecture. He was due to graduate...

GLBT business association gets corporate supporters

November 4, 2011

More rainbow ties have been popping up around McCombs since an organization for GLBT business students was revived last semester. The original GLBTQA Business Student Association was founded in 2007 after...

Trail of Lights cancelled after lack of funding

November 3, 2011

This December, Zilker Park’s Trail of Lights will remain dark for the second year in a row because of a lack of funding. This year’s Trail of Lights was cancelled after organizers did not...

Advisory committees submit proposals for colleges budgets

November 2, 2011

Members of three student committees submitted recommendations to their deans to suggest ways to best spend their colleges’ budgets for this semester. The College of Liberal Arts’ and the Cockrell...

Philanthropist Ronya Kozmetsky dies at 90

October 28, 2011

[Corrected Oct. 1: Because of a reporting error, this story misidentified Kerri Battles, a public affairs specialist, as an LBJ School spokeswoman. The story also should have said the RGK Foundation donated...

Students eat together for a cause

October 28, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series looking at distinctive UT student organizations. Last semester, marketing senior Henry Zhao was eating with friends on campus when he noticed too many...

Neighborhood ordinance may stifle new frats, co-ops

October 26, 2011

An ordinance being considered by Austin City Council aims to place restrictions on the creation of cooperatives and Greek-style “group housing” in areas of North Campus. University Area Partners...

Longhorns help wildfire victims not reached by FEMA

October 24, 2011

[Corrected Oct. 24: An earlier version of this story misstated the role of AmeriCorps in the Bastrop project. AmeriCorps helped coordinate the volunteer effort.] Longhorns trekked to Bastrop by the busload...

New organization aims to promote modesty, chastity, marriage and charity

October 21, 2011

Editor's note: This is the first in a series looking at distinctive UT student organizations. A new student organization aims to educate the student body on the ideas of modesty, chastity, marriage...

Water usage regulations may become stricter, UT unaffected

October 19, 2011

The city may have to resort to water conservation measures intended for catastrophes if Central Texas’ drought continues, but UT will still be responsible for managing its own water usage. City...

Research certificate to be available for undergraduates

October 18, 2011

Undergraduate researchers from across the 40 Acres will be able to earn a certificate in research for the first time, after the Senate of College Councils unanimously passed a resolution. The Senate and...

Committee suggests Liberal Arts College upgrade

October 13, 2011

A newly formed student committee submitted recommendations to decrease tuition and increase the quality of UT’s liberal arts education to the college’s dean on Wednesday. The College Tuition...

Hook the Vote rally postponed because of lack of interest, funding

October 12, 2011

The Hook the Vote registration rally for voters, originally scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, has been postponed until next semester. The rally is tentatively scheduled for March, the same month as...

Co-op boots reward in Student Government website scavenger hunt

October 11, 2011

 Student Government has created an online scavenger hunt of questions and answers about their website for “Win Week,” a social media blitz in celebration of SG’s revamped website,...

City Council approves plans for 400 parking meters in West Campus

October 7, 2011

A West Campus neighborhood association could try and install up to 400 new parking meters in the area after City Council approved an ordinance Thursday. City Council passed a resolution that sets up a...

West campus to expand student housing opportunities for fall 2013 semester

October 6, 2011

A total of 622 new beds will be available to students in West Campus for the fall 2013 semester, according to an official from the University’s realty group. The site, located where the 120-year-old...

CANPAC pushes for height, pricing restrictions in West Campus

October 5, 2011

The Central Austin Neighborhoods Planning Area Committee reached an agreement on a plan that could potentially leave some rooms in major West Campus apartment complexes priced for rent at 55 percent of...

Campus Safety Week bringing awareness to students

October 3, 2011

Training 80 percent of the student body to conduct CPR chest compressions is one of the many safety goals of John Suffredini, Longhorn Emergency Medical Services director. He demonstrated proper CPR execution...

Supercomputer will enhance undergraduate research at UT

September 30, 2011

Biology senior Jeevitha Patil has conducted award-winning research on what happens to fluids — specifically grapefruit juice — after it travels through the body. She has also studied cancer...

Construction makes way for biker-friendly roads

September 29, 2011

The construction on Rio Grande Street will make way for a two-way bike lane, more parking on the east side of the street and a 12-foot renovated streetscape, according to a University Area Partners official. The...

Witnesses at UT recall shooting, sense of community

September 28, 2011

One year ago today, mathematics sophomore Colton Tooley arrived on campus with an AK-47. After firing multiple shots, he died by a self-inflicted gunshot on the sixth floor of the Perry-Castañeda...

Real UT fans embarrass themselves on YouTube

September 23, 2011

UT tailgaters will have their chance at 15 minutes of YouTube fame because of a new channel hosted by the University Co-op. The Burnt Orange Tailgating Channel began streaming on YouTube after the UT...

First-year SG representatives announced

September 22, 2011

After Wednesday’s election, two freshmen with the same number of votes will step into the Student Government office as UT’s first first-year representatives. Economics freshman Kornel Rady...

Ana Sisnett honored posthumously

September 22, 2011

One of UT’s many libraries now bears the name of a recently deceased UT alumna, after a dedication ceremony Wednesday evening. The ceremony officially named the Gender and Sexuality Library in the...

SG first-year candidates running for new position

September 21, 2011

An official list of the more than a dozen first-year student government representative candidates was released last night. Elections will be held today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the winner will be announced...

Debate arises over West Campus height restrictions

September 20, 2011

Students may butt heads with developers, realtors and owners of single family residences on height restrictions in West Campus following the meeting of a committee that aims to improve the area. The Central...

UT organizations rally to rename Student Activity Center

September 16, 2011

While many students have affectionately dubbed the new UT Student Activity Center “the NUTSAC,” one group is fighting to rename it for a UT alumna. Members of Student Government, spirit organizations,...

UT commemorates 128 years of progress

September 15, 2011

The University of Texas is celebrating its birthday today, 128 years after the original opening in Old Main, where the Tower and Main Building now stand. When the University first opened to eight professors...

Student government propose changes around campus

September 15, 2011

After a welcome week with record attendance to promotional events,       Student  Government has been checking things off of its to-do list, said SG president Natalie ...

Burn ban enforcement extends to smoking at ACL

September 13, 2011

Smokers with ACL tickets may have to make their way outside of Zilker Park for a smoke break because of a Travis County burn ban put in effect this April. The burn ban was put in place because of drought...

UT community leaders share 9/11 memories

September 9, 2011

Editor's Note: This Sunday, people across campus and the country will remember exactly what they were doing ten years ago when two planes hit the Twin Towers and killed approximately 3,000 Americans...

Austin living boasts third best for single women

August 26, 2011

Austin has all the single ladies flocking to its Sixth Street nightlife, its single men and its creative, quirky atmosphere, according to data released last week by CBS. Based on data collected by Rent.com,...