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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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Semester in Review: looking back, looking forward

CRIME: Looking forward Meechaiel Criner’s trial is set to begin July 9. Criner was indicted by a grand jury for capital murder in connection with the 2016 death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser. Looking...


City approves new plan to end homelessness

Allyson Waller May 3, 2018

A new action plan could be bold enough to end homelessness in Austin, said Ann Howard, executive director of the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO).  On April 26, Austin City Council...


Friends and students honor Harrison Brown at evening vigil

Allyson Waller May 2, 2018

A rendition of  “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain was sung Tuesday night at the Tower by Sneha Kurada as she and many other Longhorns attended a vigil for the one-year anniversary of Harrison Brown’s...


UTPD officers recount their experiences at the scene

Allyson Waller May 1, 2018

UT police officer Eric Park was headed to the Main Mall in his patrol car when he heard screams from a scene that would change the trajectory of his day and several lives. “I was driving up 21st...


Court decision on sanctuary cities could have little effect on Texas, APD

Allyson Waller April 26, 2018

Last week, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a nationwide injunction, ruling it was unconstitutional for the federal government to withhold funds from local jurisdictions that do not comply...


Moving forward: UT professors continue legal battle against campus carry law

Allyson Waller April 20, 2018

With February’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, still fresh on her mind, Jennifer Glass said she sees her legal fight against the state’s campus carry law in a new light.  “It...

UT System police see 42 percent increase in 2017 use of force incidents

Allyson Waller April 17, 2018

Reports of use of force incidents among University of Texas System institutions rose 42 percent, with 111 incidents from January to December 2017, according to a recent report from UT System Police. “A...


Low number of students utilize UHS SAFE service

Allyson Waller April 13, 2018

Since 2015, University Health Services has facilitated only six sexual assault forensic exams, despite a recent UT survey showing approximately 4,600 students reported being raped since enrollment at the...

Attention brought back to APD’s gun trade-ins in the midst of March For Our Lives discussion

Allyson Waller April 6, 2018

Customers visiting Bailey’s House of Guns in Houston have the opportunity to purchase specialty made rifles, the newest pistols and, since 2016, old firearms once used by the Austin Police Department.  In...


Office of the Dean of Students launches antihazing initiative

Allyson Waller April 4, 2018

A new initiative from UT’s Office of the Dean of Students is working to dispel the notion that hazing occurs only in Greek life. Horns Against Hazing, the new event-based program, is set to tackle...


Parent safety group advocates for APD Chief Manley to become permanent police chief

Allyson Waller March 28, 2018

In the aftermath of the Austin bombings, SafeHorns, an organization which advocates for student safety, is pushing for Austin Police Department Interim Chief Brian Manley to be appointed as the permanent...


Local law enforcement clarify comments about Austin bomber

Eilish O'Sullivan and Allyson Waller March 27, 2018

Both the Austin and UT Police Departments have faced criticism for public comments on the Austin bomber’s attacks, sparking debate on whether or not the bomber can be classified as a terrorist. Brian...


Graduate Student Assembly receives feedback on proposed Title IX legislation

Allyson Waller March 21, 2018

Groups of students, faculty and staff discussed Title IX-related issues in UT’s graduate programs Tuesday evening in hopes of making the reporting process more cohesive and transparent across...

Immigrants in Texas commit fewer crimes, new report says

Allyson Waller March 8, 2018

Immigrants in Texas commit fewer crimes than native-born citizens, according to research from the Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank.  In recent years, political rhetoric has characterized...


Special Project: Examining Crime at UT-Austin

Allyson Waller March 7, 2018

The recent losses of Haruka Weiser and Harrison Brown have left a mark on campus and changed how UT-Austin students perceive their own safety. However, UT-Austin’s placement in one of Texas’...


Mother of the creator of ‘Dark Web’ site, The Silk Road, visits UT

Allyson Waller February 26, 2018

In 2015, Ross Ulbricht, an Austin native, was given two life sentences plus 40 years in federal prison for his role in creating the infamous website The Silk Road. Now his mother, Lyn Ulbricht, is speaking...

UTPD’s new Victim Advocate Network caters to faculty and staff

Allyson Waller February 22, 2018

The UT Police Department is creating a volunteer advocate network to increase support for faculty and staff who are victims of crime or affected by tragic events. The UT HealthPoint Employee Assistance...


UT System’s 2017 racial profiling report sheds light on motor-vehicle contact based on race

Allyson Waller February 21, 2018

Hispanics make up a majority of motor vehicle stops among UT institutions, according to the UT System’s 2017 Racial Profiling Report. “A lot of (the numbers) depend on the (campuses) that...


UT International Office releases risk and safety update for South Korea during Olympics

Allyson Waller February 13, 2018

As the festivities of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games begin, the UT International Office is warning students studying abroad in South Korea of the “amplified security measures” during...


APD unlikely to open Guadalupe Street substation despite suggestions from students

Allyson Waller February 8, 2018

Online comments posted on UT Police Department’s social media last month urged the Austin Police Department to consider creating a substation on Guadalupe Street in response to recent crimes. However,...


UTPD includes UT community voices in Be Safe campaign videos

Allyson Waller February 6, 2018

The UT Police Department’s Be Safe campaign is utilizing the voices of students and faculty in a series of videos now being released to promote safety on campus. As a public relations major, UT...

UTPD: Race not intentionally included in safety alerts

Allyson Waller February 2, 2018

Despite concern from students, the UT Police Department does not intentionally include or exclude the races of suspects in their safety alerts, said UTPD public information officer Cindy Posey.  Posey,...

UT included in discrimination database released by US Department of Education

Allyson Waller February 2, 2018

UT has at least five complaints of sex discrimination or disability discrimination pending investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, according to online data the...

UTPD: Terroristic threats in December, January did not present danger to campus community

Allyson Waller January 26, 2018

The UT Police Department responded to three terroristic threats in December and one so far this month, according to UTPD’s daily crime log.  “When we look at (terroristic threat) cases...


Students and faculty encounter issues with Brazos Garage equipment conversion

Allyson Waller January 25, 2018

A new year is bringing new changes to University parking garages. This semester, UT Parking and Transportation Services is installing new parking machines in campus garages. However, the change is causing...

UTPD changing frequency of Campus Watch reports

Allyson Waller January 22, 2018

For the past year, the UT Police Department’s detailed crime rundown has made a weekly, instead of daily, appearance in the inbox of its subscribers. “We switched to a weekly format last...


UTPD sees increase in DWIs, drug crimes over winter break

Allyson Waller January 18, 2018

Even with fewer students around, the UT Police Department frequently encountered alcohol and drug crimes when responding to off-campus activity this winter break. “What we’ve asked the officers...


UT graduate students work to make education data easier to navigate

Allyson Waller December 7, 2017

UT graduate students are changing what K-12 public education data in Texas looks like through their new nonprofit project, the Texas School Directory. Five UT graduate students from UT’s Education...


Community archivist shares stories of Austin’s black community

Allyson Waller December 6, 2017

Through pictures, film and storytelling, LaToya Devezin engrossed a full house of students and community members Tuesday evening, as she told the stories of West Austin’s African-American communities. Devezin,...


Dell Medical School’s Class of 2021 contains almost 60 percent women

Allyson Waller November 30, 2017

As a mother of three and a Southern Methodist University advertising and French alumna, Mary Beth Bennett isn’t the typical first-year medical student. However, as a member of Dell’s Class...


Professor who served on Clinton administration discusses politics of health care

Allyson Waller November 29, 2017

William Sage, a UT law and Dell Medical School professor who served on former President Bill Clinton’s health care task force, explained fiscal policy’s influence on health care at a discussion...


Former Sen. Wendy Davis hands students the mic to discuss sexual assault

Allyson Waller November 16, 2017

Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis is known as one of the most progressive voices in Texas, but on Wednesday evening, Davis let the voices of students join hers as student leaders discussed the impact of...


Rick Santorum attracts crowd with campus visit

Allyson Waller November 15, 2017

With his orange checkered tie and black cowboy boots, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum dressed in the Texas spirit as he talked about morality across the political spectrum Tuesday evening. Santorum,...


Construction poses some issues for physically disabled students

Allyson Waller November 9, 2017

Navigating Speedway construction is not easy for government junior Archer Hadley. Hadley, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, is reassessing how he gets around UT in a time when some accessibility...


Research paper considers climate change in context of population ethics

Allyson Waller November 8, 2017

A new research paper co-authored by assistant economic professor Dean Spears looks at climate change policy through the lens of population ethics. On Oct. 30, Spears and a research team from Princeton...


University Democrats host State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez

Allyson Waller November 2, 2017

Some students put watching the World Series on hold Wednesday night to hear State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez talk about the new front lines of Texas politics. At the University Democrats weekly meeting, Rodriguez...


Natural Sciences Council releases grade distribution program, just in time for registration

Allyson Waller November 1, 2017

Registration starts this week for the 2018 spring semester, and a program offered by UT’s Natural Sciences Council, NSC, serves as a comprehensive tool to help ease the registration process for UT...


LBJ School hosts panel discussing historical context of Black Lives Matter

Allyson Waller October 25, 2017

Black Lives Matter is still trying to address issues created by 19th-century American slavery, according to an academic panel at day-long event “Black Lives Mattered Then and Now” on Tuesday. The...

UT report finds low-income students suffer most from $5.3 billion education cut

Allyson Waller October 20, 2017

Low-income students and students in need of additional support have suffered most from an over $5 billion funding hole, according to a recent report by UTeach and the Center for Public Policy Priorities. The...


Scholars debate the economics of US immigration

Allyson Waller October 19, 2017

Immigrants have fueled economic growth and prosperity throughout the history of the United States, clinical professor Ruth Wasem said during the debate “The Economics of Immigration: Cost or Benefit?” The...


Lieutenant governor candidate Mike Collier builds momentum in Austin

Allyson Waller October 12, 2017

When Mike Collier arrived in Austin on Wednesday to campaign for lieutenant governor, he said he felt eager to interact with Austin voters. “This is where the fun begins,” Collier said. The...

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Moody relaunches Engaging News Project as Center for Media Engagement

Allyson Waller October 11, 2017

The relaunched Center for Media Engagement hopes to learn how audiences interact with media in fields outside journalism, center director Talia Stroud said.   The Moody College of Communication...


CapMetro changes set to alter students’ commute

Allyson Waller October 5, 2017

Capital Metro’s Connections 2025 transit plan will affect the daily commute of some UT students, starting June 2018. Over half of CapMetro’s 82 routes are subject to change under the plan,...


Students reflect on Puerto Rico relief

Allyson Waller October 4, 2017

Ana Sobrino’s family has endured broken sheds, falling roofs and no access to water as they readjust to life in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.  Sobrino, a speech and language...


Experts weigh in on Rex Tillerson’s tenure as Secretary of State

Allyson Waller October 2, 2017

Greg Engle, a former U.S. Department of State official, said four things in Rex Tillerson’s orbit are affecting the UT alumnus’ tenure as Secretary of State: President Trump, U.S. foreign affairs,...

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UT alumna is inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

Allyson Waller September 28, 2017

UT alumna Tracy LaQuey Parker was inducted into the Internet Society’s Internet Hall of Fame this month for her work as the author of some of the first best-selling books about the internet. Parker’s...


SURE Walk addresses complaints under new leadership

Allyson Waller September 22, 2017

In order to meet the growing demand of their service, SURE Walk has restructured their leadership for this semester to address complaints about wait times and quality of service.  A more comprehensive...


UT student organizations kicks off annual Pride Week

Allyson Waller September 5, 2017

Monday marked the kickoff of UT’s Queer & Trans Student Alliance’s Pride Week.  QTSA began the week with an event that consisted of various organizations coming together to inform...

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