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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Alexa Ura and Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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...

Reformed lobbyist tries to enact change

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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”

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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

Andrew Messamore 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...

FCC to auction bandwidth ownership

Andrew Messamore February 29, 2012

Bandwidth ownership will soon change hands from some television broadcasters to cellphone and wireless networks in order to sustain the expanding use of mobile devices. The Federal Communications Commission...


Students reinvent classical music

Andrew Messamore February 23, 2012

Jazz covers of Radiohead and a performance of total silence greeted audience members Wednesday night at the debut concert for Classical Reinvention, a student creation attempting to bring classical music...

Limits necessary to universities’ internet bandwidth usage

Andrew Messamore February 21, 2012

The limit set on weekly internet bandwidth usage can be a hassle when living on campus, but it may be the only way UT can manage Internet usage for a large student body. UT uses an internet system that...


Texas Hockey, Panhellenic Council partner to raise money for Komen Foundation

Andrew Messamore February 20, 2012

Although Texas Ice Hockey was defeated Saturday by Texas A&M, the real victors of the game were survivors and families of those suffering with breast cancer. Texas Hockey and the University Panhellenic...


Local Democratic organizations announce 2012 endorsements

Andrew Messamore February 20, 2012

University Democrats and members of the Central Austin Democrats met Saturday to co-endorse candidates for the 2012 election season. The two groups awarded their Austin Progressive Coalition endorsement,...


Competition invites student ideas

Andrew Messamore February 16, 2012

Entrepreneurs proposed plans for businesses ranging from pharmaceutical companies to investment advising firms as part of the final round of the Texas Venture Lab Competition on Wednesday. In the competition,...


Beloved Wendy’s guy goes home to New York

Andrew Messamore February 16, 2012

After more than 13 years at the Texas Union, Junior, “The Wendy’s Guy,” has gone home. In January he transferred to the Wendy’s at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Guadalupe...

Engineers build race cars for use in Formula SAE

Andrew Messamore February 13, 2012

The championship competition for one of the largest intercollegiate sport in the world may be returning to UT next year. In Formula SAE, 450 teams of engineers from around the world design, build, test...

Social networks support UT Democrat discussions

Andrew Messamore February 9, 2012

Social media and politics combined Wednesday when the University Democrats hosted a Twitter town hall meeting with Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell. The audience was able to field questions to Leffingwell...


Google strikes controversy over policy consolidation

Andrew Messamore February 7, 2012

Google Inc. is facing controversy and criticism after the company announced plans to consolidate privacy policies for its 60 products, services and websites into one set of rules next month. The new policy...


Spirited locals participate in annual Color Run

Andrew Messamore February 6, 2012

More than a thousand Austinites brought their white shirts and barreled through explosions of multicolored paint as they traversed hills and mud as part of the annual Austin Color Run on Saturday. The...


Post-presidential campaign, Perry’s approval ratings drop

Andrew Messamore February 2, 2012

Following his failed presidential bid, Governor Rick Perry’s approval ratings have fallen below President Obama’s among Texans, according to a new phone survey. The Austin American-Statesman,...

Budget cuts distress College of Liberal Arts

Andrew Messamore January 31, 2012

Cooperation between three centers within the College of Liberal Arts has grown since last year’s budget cuts, an unintended benefit from a challenging financial situation, said the centers’...


Cornyn talks national debt

Andrew Messamore January 30, 2012

On Friday, Sen. John Cornyn R-Texas spoke with UT law students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs about the problems the growing public debt poses for the U.S. The Daily Texan sat down with Senator Cornyn...

Power outage disturbs area downtown

Andrew Messamore January 30, 2012

Power was restored to downtown by 8:15 a.m. Sunday after a cascading transformer failure caused Sixth Street and the surrounding area to lose power for 12 hours Saturday night. The blackout started when...

Conservative group campaigns for party, does not endorse specific candidate

Andrew Messamore January 26, 2012

Members of the UT chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas are still driving local politics in Austin and around the state, despite the ongoing deadlock in the national Republican primary race. The...

University libertarians endorse candidates but focus on non-traditional issues

Andrew Messamore January 26, 2012

Ron Paul supporters within the Libertarian Longhorns are endorsing and supporting local candidates, but they do not identify themselves as traditional conservatives and their issues focus more on ending...

University Democrats aid vote with guest speakers, drives

Andrew Messamore January 26, 2012

While the nation is fixated on the Republican primaries, University Democrats are busy preparing for November 2012 as they support their candidates in local elections, said Huey Fischer, University Democrats...


Online information shrinks campus bookstores

Andrew Messamore January 24, 2012

Campus bookstores are fighting textbook wars as e-readers, online supplements and digital copies of textbooks, increase competition and shrink bookstores at UT. BookHolders has the lowest listed prices...

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Popular websites show opposition of SOPA and PIPA with blackouts

Andrew Messamore January 18, 2012

While some UT students may be confused to find Wikipedia and other social media sites offline today, others stand with the sites in their opposition to recent anti-piracy bills facing the House of Representatives. Wikipedia,...


MLK march reflects values of Austin, UT

Andrew Messamore January 17, 2012

Although progress has been made in the 43 years since his death, activists still pursue Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equality as Austin residents celebrated his life and work Monday...

Wells Fargo gives funds to competition for green technology

Andrew Messamore December 7, 2011

As part of a national effort to support green technology, Wells Fargo has announced that it will grant $125,000 to UT’s Venture Labs to support a green category in a business startup competition...

Student privacy not dramatically affected by changes to FERPA law, director says

Brianna Pelayo and Andrew Messamore December 7, 2011

Recent changes to the 1974 law that outlines privacy regulations for students’ personal and academic information may not be as dramatic as initially thought, said Tom Melecki, director of Student...

Students shocked by rising tuition costs

Andrew Messamore November 30, 2011

Students are shocked by the quickly rising cost of tuition, said government junior Adrian Reyna. On Monday, the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee proposed the largest tuition increase allowed over the...

Professor’s book discusses energy crisis, gulf oil spill

Andrew Messamore November 23, 2011

  The Daily Texan spoke with professor Tadeusz Patzek, chair of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, about the new book he co-authored with Utah State University professor Joseph...

After DADT repeal, LGBT soldiers still face obstacles

Andrew Messamore November 23, 2011

The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell almost a year ago has been a huge civil rights victory for the LGBT community, but legal issues still challenge LGBT soldiers and veterans, said Danny Hernandez,...

UT students get involved through Project Reach Out

Andrew Messamore November 14, 2011

UT students mulched, cleaned and planted seeds of goodwill across Austin on Saturday as part of Project Reach Out, a volunteering event designed to connect UT students with nonprofit organizations in ways...

Battle Hall celebrates centennial with lecture, guided tour

Andrew Messamore November 14, 2011

During the celebration of Battle Hall’s centennial anniversary, architecture professor Lawrence Speck said architecture has become too reliant on imagery, forgetting its roots in the visceral and...

Spreading truth of Bahrain

Andrew Messamore November 4, 2011

[Updated at 5:06 p.m., monetary value error] Footage of executions, beatings and police brutality flooded projection screens at Mezes Hall Thursday evening during a showing of Al Jazeera’s documentary...

Commemorative day celebrated with food, dance

Andrew Messamore November 2, 2011

Dia de los Muertos, the ancient Mesoamerican holiday honoring the dead, has become more commercialized over time by European influence, but its traditions can be revitalized and brought back to modern...

Poll shows Perry, Cain neck and neck in Texas

Andrew Messamore November 2, 2011

If the 2012 Republican primary were held today, Herman Cain and Gov. Rick Perry would be statistically tied among Republican primary voters in the state of Texas, according to an online survey conducted...

John Malkovich plays loose with fourth wall in ‘The Infernal Comedy’

Andrew Messamore October 26, 2011

Actor and director John Malkovich surprised audiences Tuesday night by waltzing through the aisles and mocking his accompanying orchestra, blurring the line between actor and character while commenting...

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center promotes local plants amidst drought

Andrew Messamore October 21, 2011

With local ecosystems facing difficulty surviving the ongoing drought, many are interested in increasing the use of native, drought-resistant Texan plants. The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center marked...

Fans cheer Acappellooza for reviving choral music

Andrew Messamore October 19, 2011

To the cheers and screams of an audience of more than a hundred, “Acappellooza” kicked off Tuesday night with performances from One Note Stand, Hum A Cappella and The Ransom Notes as part of...

Occupy Austin members expand goals

Andrew Messamore October 12, 2011

Though their united anger against political and financial institutions created Occupy Austin, their love for the cause is what’s keeping them together, said occupation member James Staton. Occupy...

Parasite found in Texas bugs, no human cases reported

Andrew Messamore October 12, 2011

Chagas disease, a tropical parasite commonly found in Latin America, may be more prevalent in Texas than previously thought, according to research done by Sahotra Sarkar, professor of integrative biology...

Longhorn Network teaches students reality of industry

Andrew Messamore October 5, 2011

Broadcast journalism is a difficult business to get into, but once you’ve gotten the first bite it’s an awesome thing to be a part of, Longhorn Network anchor Lowell Galindo said. As part...

Benefit day supports health insurance for Austin musicians

Andrew Messamore October 5, 2011

Without health insurance, many Austin musicians would be without work or the ability to support their busy schedules, said Nakia Reynoso of Nakia and the Blues Grifters. He said that without the Health...

Center opens in El Paso to encourage admissions

Andrew Messamore September 28, 2011

President William Powers Jr., director of admissions Kedra Ishop and other members of the Office of Admissions will be traveling to El Paso today to celebrate the grand opening of the El Paso Admissions...

Forum on graduation rates encourages student input

Andrew Messamore September 28, 2011

[Updated on Sep. 28 at 12:58 a.m., corrected graduation percentages] In order to obtain student input for the task force working to increase the four-year graduation rate, the Liberal Arts Council and...

Lecture teaches faculty new teaching methods

Andrew Messamore September 21, 2011

In hopes of encouraging faculty to apply student-centered teaching techniques to their classrooms, educational psychology professor Marilla D. Svinicki lectured on how professors could apply recent discoveries...

Low taxes, wages bring business to Texas

Andrew Messamore September 21, 2011

Texas was rated the best climate for business in the U.S., according to a survey of 322 corporate executives by the New York-based marketing company Development Counsellors International, where it was...

Distinguished faculty, students present world-changing research

Andrew Messamore September 14, 2011

As part of an initiative to increase undergraduate interest in research, the School of Undergraduate Studies hosted a lecture series called Research That Changes The World on Tuesday evening. The lectures...

Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Association opposes prejudice with blood drive

Andrew Messamore September 7, 2011

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association joined a national effort to improve the image of Muslims in America by sponsoring a blood drive on campus...

Public services collaborate for chemical spill demonstration

Andrew Messamore August 31, 2011

Police tape, fire trucks and people in hazmat suits lined San Jacinto Boulevard on Tuesday morning. The University partnered with the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals to test how responders...

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