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Supreme Court sends Fisher v. Texas case back to lower court

June 24, 2013

Updated at 3:00 p.m. Original Story  After a lengthy period of deliberation, the United States Supreme Court has avoided a sweeping ruling on the Fisher v. University of Texas case...

UT’s Center for Mexican American Studies misses out on $1.5 million following Perry’s veto

June 17, 2013

Updated Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. After sustaining substantial budget tightening during the past four years, the Center for Mexican American Studies took another cut Friday when Gov. Rick Perry line-item...


Rick Perry vetoes more than two dozen bills

June 15, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a key bill that would have restricted the responsbilities and power of the UT System Board of Regents in a slew of bill killings Friday.  Perry vetoed more than 20 bills,...


Perry vetoes $1.5 million in funding for UT Center for Mexican-American Studies

June 14, 2013

Updated at 7:30 p.m. Gov. Rick Perry vetoed part of a bill Friday that would have provided $1.5 million in additional funding for the UT Center for Mexican-American Studies.  HB...

UT awaits Fisher v. University of Texas decision from Supreme Court

June 10, 2013

Back home in Lubbock, Dane Stull said he is usually surrounded by people who look like him, who are white. But when he stepped foot in Austin for freshman orientation, one of the first things he noticed...


Committees drafting reports on raising rates, other proposals

June 7, 2013

Committees established by the University are set to deliver efficiency reports five months from now in response to proposals to restructure non-academic functions at UT. In January, President William...

The University of Texas Foundation acts as go-between for donors and UT System

May 1, 2013

While other external foundations at the University raise money for individual academic units, The University of Texas Foundation supports internal fundraising efforts and provides a go-between for donors...

New investigations of UT Law School Foundation and forgivable loans begin

April 26, 2013

As the attorney general investigates the University of Texas Law School Foundation, legislators and former Foundation trustees are continuing to hammer out the fine line between the University and the...


Community members organize to free Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz

April 17, 2013

Theresa Shoatz’s father has been in solitary confinement seven days a week, 23 hours a day, under continuous fluorescent light for 22 years.  An incarcerated Black Panther from Philadelphia...


Students invest in Bitcoins while digital currency becomes popular

April 17, 2013

While some economists doubt the long-term persistence of the Bitcoin gold rush, the Internet’s darling anarchic currency is attracting investment from students and Austinites. Developed in 2009...

Research on hydraulic fracturing continues as UT adapts new disclosure guidelines

April 12, 2013

Research on hydraulic fracturing continues at UT as researchers adapt their policies to meet new University-wide conflict of interest guidelines. A two-year study completed in February on hydraulic...


Regents revisit Commission of 125

April 11, 2013

The Commission of 125 set the tone for the last nine years of progress at the University and UT has recently drawn attention from UT System regents and former commission members on its progress toward...

Tenure denial of interdisciplinary faculty sparks concern from liberal arts professors

February 28, 2013

As the University ponders cost-saving measures in its non-academic services, a number of faculty are concerned the University’s priorities are omitting important areas of interdisciplinary studies...


Staff Council asks University employees to share concerns about Business Committee proposals

February 22, 2013

To prepare questions for UT administrators, the Staff Council asked University employees to share concerns about coming employment changes affecting the 40 Acres at the council’s monthly meeting...


University may accept proposals regarding outsourcing, following long history since 1990s

February 21, 2013

If the University accepts proposals to outsource on-campus dining, parking and housing services, it would be the latest step in a long history of outsourcing at UT stretching back through the early 1990s. President...


UT graduate programs attempt to offset decreases in funding for fellowships, TAs, AIs

February 14, 2013

While members of the Texas Legislature continue to butt heads over undergraduate graduation priorities and the role of research, graduate students are seeing shifts in their enrollment, employment and...


Valve founder Gabe Newell speaks at UT’s LBJ School on changing nature of business

January 31, 2013

Corporations are rarely known for being democratic in their structure, but at Valve Software, employees are given free reign over almost every step of their day-to-day regimens, according to Valve founder...

Policies hinder sexual assault survivors

December 6, 2012

Student survivors of sexual assault may find themselves wrapped in red tape if they choose to seek justice by reporting their assault to the University. Because of UT’s interpretation of state and...

Drug testing required at nursing school

November 29, 2012

Before nursing students can begin their clinical classes in the spring, the UT School of Nursing will require them to pass a drug screening next month as part of new compliance standards. Clinical programs...


West Campus parking modifications may decrease choices for service workers

October 26, 2012

Thomas King searches West Campus for parking before every shift at Caffé Medici on Guadalupe Street, where he is a manager and barista. Like several businesses on the Drag, Caffé Medici...

Supreme Court appears skeptical of UT admissions policy

October 12, 2012

As the Supreme Court examines the University’s race-conscious admissions process in Fisher v. Texas, the future remains uncertain for students who don’t qualify for automatic admission. If...


Controversial affirmative action court case makes its way to Supreme Court

October 11, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court pressured UT to justify its use of race in admissions Wednesday as the justices picked apart the meaning of racial diversity in court. Arguments in Fisher v. Texas...

High court set to hear Fisher

October 9, 2012

The University’s race-conscious admissions process will enter the center of a national debate over affirmative action Wednesday as the Supreme Court prepares to hear the case Fisher v. Texas. The...


Rising rents in East Riverside threaten affordability of student housing

September 21, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series of stories examining the demographics of two neighborhoods where students live ­— West Campus and East Riverside. The last installment...

A Tale of Two Neighborhoods

September 14, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series of stories examining the demographics of two neighborhoods where students live ­— West Campus and East Riverside. The next installment,...


Ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave Ethics Talk at McComb’s School of Business

May 3, 2012

Wednesday evening, an audience at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center was confronted with a rare dilemma. If the speaker is an ex-convict, do you clap when they take the stage? Ex-lobbyist...

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Reformed lobbyist tries to enact change

May 2, 2012

When George W. Bush was president and Tom DeLay the house majority leader, super lobbyist Jack Abramoff was one of the most powerful men in Washington, D.C. Then, in 2006, he was convicted for mail fraud,...

Facilities services at Pickle Research Campus to be restructured

May 1, 2012

The Facilities Services division of the J.J. Pickle Research Campus is undergoing restructuring affecting 52 employees. This restructuring will allow the department to “improve efficiency”...


Ron Paul makes a visit to 40 acres during his campaign trail

April 27, 2012

Ron Paul is continuing to fight for the GOP nomination, and with a reputation of support from college students, the libertarian-leaning Republican still seeks to win Texas. Paul spoke to a lively audience...

House Republicans may cut food stamp benefits

April 26, 2012

Almost 3 million Americans, some of them students, may no longer be eligible for food stamps as the result of higher restrictions proposed by Republicans in the House of Representatives. The proposed...

UT selects private legal team for Fisher case

April 23, 2012

At the request of President William Powers Jr., UT has chosen a private legal team with noted experience defending affirmative action to represent the University in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. UT...

Blackwater offshoot elects McCombs

April 19, 2012

Academi, the private military company formerly known as Blackwater USA that was contracted to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, has acquired a new director with close ties to UT. Billionaire entrepreneur...

Expiration of bill may up loan interest rates

April 10, 2012

Major changes to the structure of subsidized student federal loans may make paying them off significantly more burdensome. On July 1, the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act will expire. This act...

A&M University-San Antonio releases plans for $10,000 degree

April 9, 2012

For a select group of San Antonio students, one of the cheapest four-year degrees in America is now available at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The “Affordable Degree,” a $10,000 bachelors...

Rising labor market good news for grads

April 5, 2012

A steadily recovering Central Texas labor market may mean improved job opportunities for this year’s graduating class. According to a report issued last week by the Texas Workforce Commission, more...


UT student forms local chapter of Colbert’s super PAC

April 4, 2012

Following the lead of television host Stephen Colbert, chemical engineering sophomore Paul Benefiel is creating a UT chapter of the comedian’s half-serious super political action committee, Americans...

Motorcycle/Vehicle accident leaves one injured

April 3, 2012

One man has been injured after colliding on a motorcycle with an automobile at the intersection of Rio Grande and 24th streets at about 6:40 p.m. Monday. Austin Police Department officer Dale Lambert,...


Protesters: racism still affects this campus

March 29, 2012

The Daily Texan editorial board apologized for a cartoon published in Tuesday’s Daily Texan at a Wednesday protest by students and Austinities who said the illustration reflected ignorance and racism. The...


Austin approves Apple operations center

March 28, 2012

Apple Inc. has announced it will create a $304 million operations center in Austin after being attracted by the “new Silicon Valley” of Central Texas and acquiring funding from the city and...


Austinites rally at the Texas Capitol to shed light on racism, death of Trayvon Martin

March 28, 2012

Echoing national outcry surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin, more than 1,000 Austinites of different races and creeds marched down Congress Avenue to protest what they described as continuing institutional...

UT workshop helps student politicians gain expert advice

March 26, 2012

Political careers can be a roller coaster ride of victory and defeat, but students willing to choose this path found veteran advice at the 2012 Careers in Politics Conference on Saturday. Students were...


Carnaval music takes the stage with frevo

March 22, 2012

Brazilian Spok Frevo Orquestra is opening UT’s doors to Latin American culture and rhythmic frevo music in the days leading up to this Saturday’s concert. The group will be preforming big...


Arcade Fire speaks to students on combination of music and philanthropy

March 20, 2012

Undaunted by the complexities of outreach to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, Grammy award winning band Arcade Fire hopes to help forge bonds with Haiti by combining indie rock and philanthropy. Arcade...

Campus organizations hope to increase student voter turnout despite obstacles

March 19, 2012

Campus organizations hoping to improve low student voter turnout may be short on time to get voters registered for Texas’ presidential primary and city elections in May. The Texas primary is scheduled...

Colbert’s super PAC surprises with popularity

March 8, 2012

Unhappy with the influence of super political action committees in the 2012 election season, Texans — and especially young people — have turned to satire for political expression. By January,...


Campaigns work to end casual use of the “R-word”

March 5, 2012

After prominent usage of the word “retarded” in the popular movie “Tropic Thunder,” the disabled community has strongly increased its efforts to end use of the word, Jim Patton,...


U. S. Postal Service to consolidate local offices

March 1, 2012

Mail to administrators, staff and students living on campus may be delayed as a result of the closing of mail processing centers around Central Texas. The U.S. Postal Service will be consolidating its...


Group desires to create three-person presidential race

March 1, 2012

Due to a reporting error in a March 1 article about a forum discussing the two-party election system, the name Koch was mispelled as “Coke”. Tapping into voter frustration about special interests...