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Beto O’Rourke to teach seminar at UT-Austin this spring

December 23, 2020

Former congressman and El Paso city councilman Beto O’Rourke will teach a class at the LBJ School of Public Affairs about voting rights in Texas, titled “Texas Democracy and the Fight for Representation.” The...

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UT System workers testify on demands for support during COVID-19

December 10, 2020

The Texas State Employees Union and Underpaid at UT, a graduate student worker organization, hosted a town hall Wednesday where UT System staff, faculty and students voiced support for demands related...

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Fall 2020: Looking Forward

December 7, 2020

Campus UT will offer almost 60% of spring classes online with a similar number of courses having online, hybrid and in-person modality as in the fall semester. Students living in residence halls may...

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Fall 2020: Looking Back

December 7, 2020

University The UT System Board of Regents unanimously approved Jay Hartzell as permanent president of the University on Sept. 21 after he served as interim president since June 1.  Campus Due...

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‘A lack of respect for our profession:’ Advisers express frustration over lack of voice in grading policy changes

December 3, 2020

UT advisers are struggling to implement recent grading policy changes, which they say are a sign of the University’s continued disregard for their contributions on campus. “The recent and...

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History professor sues UT-Austin, claims retaliation against sharing report on race-based pay disparities

December 1, 2020

A history professor filed a lawsuit against the University accusing a supervisor of retaliating against him after he distributed a report highlighting pay disparities faced by Black and Hispanic employees...

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Austin-Travis County moves into Stage 4 risk category after surpassing 30 new hospitalizations Sunday

November 20, 2020

Austin is moving into the Stage 4 risk category for COVID-19, meaning businesses should reduce operations to 25% capacity and residents should end all nonessential travel and gatherings, Austin Public...

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It is impossible to transfer student football tickets this year, Texas Athletics says

November 17, 2020

This year, it is not possible to transfer The Big Ticket to another student online or in person, according to Texas Athletics. In past years, students would use group chats to buy and sell tickets for...

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Fire at empty West Campus apartment displaces some students, Austin Fire officials say

November 17, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story is developing and will be updated. The Austin Fire Department responded to a fire and evacuated residents at a West Campus condominium complex, Monday evening. AFD...

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UT-Austin administrators discuss pass/fail policies, COVID-19 safety at UT Senate town hall

November 13, 2020

UT’s Senate of College Councils hosted a virtual COVID-19 town hall Monday with the University administration to answer questions about testing mandates, pass/fail policies and COVID-19 safety. The...

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Court revives free speech lawsuit against UT-Austin

October 28, 2020

The 5th United States Circuit Court of Appeals revived a lawsuit against the University by a group of students who said the University’s free speech policies on verbal harassment, intimidation and...

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Student organizations work to increase student access to voting

October 22, 2020

With early voting available at two locations on campus, political student organizations have worked to reduce the obstacles students face when voting to ensure their voices are heard.  Before early...

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Photographer sues Bevo’s caretakers for permanent injuries, gross negligence

October 22, 2020

A former Austin-American Statesman photographer filed a lawsuit Oct. 16 against Bevo XV’s owners and handlers for gross negligence after sustaining permanent injuries photographing the 2019 Sugar...

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Texas Senate Committee on Higher Education discusses education for nontraditional students

October 16, 2020

Reworking programs to assist nontraditional students is an urgent issue in Texas, with millions of Texans out of work, the Commissioner of Higher Education said during a committee meeting Monday. The...

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Bars cannot safely reopen with current hospitalization trends, Austin Public Health officials say

October 14, 2020

Bars in Austin cannot safely open to 50% capacity with the current COVID-19 infection and hospitalization trends in Travis County, Austin Public Health officials said at a Wednesday press conference. Last...

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UT-Austin students say knowing active case numbers on new COVID-19 dashboard helps gauge situation

October 13, 2020

The University updated its COVID-19 dashboard Sept. 30 to include active cases and positivity rates for both proactive community testing and clinical testing. As of Thursday evening, the dashboard shows...

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UT-Austin students experience delayed messages, results after COVID-19 tests

October 9, 2020

Some students are receiving their COVID-19 test results and contact tracing notifications days later than the University promised, leaving students to figure out their own plans for action. University...

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Second UT-Austin staff member dies from COVID-19

October 8, 2020

A University staff member died after contracting COVID-19, University President Jay Hartzell said in an email to the community Thursday. The University is not yet naming the staff member out of respect...

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UT-Austin says privacy laws prevent disclosure of COVID-19 case details

October 6, 2020

The University will not release information on the location of individual COVID-19 cases due to privacy laws, a University spokesperson said. But experts say the laws wouldn’t prevent UT from doing...

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Austin Public Health says COVID-19 clusters could be associated with UTEP football game

October 5, 2020

Austin Public Health has seen indications that some COVID-19 case clusters are associated with the football game against UT-El Paso on Sept. 12, said APH Chief Epidemiologist Janet Pichette. The University’s...

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UT-Austin adds active cases, positivity rates to COVID-19 dashboard

September 30, 2020

The University updated its COVID-19 dashboard Wednesday to include information about active cases and positive test rates for certain tests. There are 58 estimated active cases on campus as of Tuesday,...

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UT-Austin students make plans to vote in person safely

September 30, 2020

As the presidential election approaches, students are making plans to vote in person while staying safe during the pandemic. Gov. Greg Abbott announced in July that early voting in person will begin...

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UT System Board of Regents appoints Jay Hartzell as UT-Austin permanent president

September 23, 2020

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information from a Wednesday afternoon press briefing.  The UT Board of Regents unanimously approved Jay Hartzell as the permanent president...

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UT-Austin graduation rates top 70%, highlighted by gains among Black, Hispanic, first-generation students

September 22, 2020

UT graduation rates for 2020 hit record highs, with the four-year graduation rate at 72.2% and the six-year graduation rate at 87.6%, according to a Tuesday press release. These metrics increased from...

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How will UT students quarantining in dorms get their meals?

September 22, 2020

Students who are self-quarantining and are secondary contacts are still allowed into UT dining halls to pick up food, sources from University Housing and Dining and University Health Services said. Students...

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Austin Public Health warns against large groups as governor raises capacity restriction to 75%

September 18, 2020

Austin Public Health experts encouraged people not to gather in large groups and warned that  criminal charges will be taken against hosts of large gatherings at a media Q&A Friday morning. Gov....

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UT-Austin student spends 2 nights in city of Austin isolation facility despite negative coronavirus results

September 18, 2020

When Kate Parks started coughing, she wasn’t sure if she had COVID-19 or another illness related to her history of respiratory issues. She scheduled her telehealth appointment for symptomatic testing...

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Austin Fire Marshal shuts down West Campus party before football game

September 17, 2020

Dozens of students gathered at the Texas Rho fraternity house in West Campus before the Longhorns’ opening football game Saturday, prompting the Austin Fire Marshal to shut the party down. The...

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UT-Austin to continue admitting top 6% of Texas high school students

September 16, 2020

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include a comment from a UT spokesperson.  The University announced Wednesday it will continue to automatically admit the top 6% of eligible high...

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Some UT-Austin students opt to leave Austin housing early because of COVID-19 fears

September 11, 2020

Some students are choosing to leave their Austin housing and return home, fearing the University will send students home as coronavirus case numbers rise within the UT community.  Students living...

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Transfer students at UT-Austin miss out on in-person experiences this fall

September 9, 2020

Transfer students at UT would normally experience in-person transfer orientation and social events to find their place at campus, but this fall they are being forced to adapt to an unusual semester.   Jeff...

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Unlike other universities, UT-Austin will not have COVID-19 case threshold to trigger shutdown

August 26, 2020

UT has not declared a set number of confirmed COVID-19 cases that would cause a campus shutdown but has declared student death as a potential shutdown trigger.  University spokesperson J.B. Bird...

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UT-Austin course materials, library resources to be available largely online

August 25, 2020

The Perry-Castañeda Library opened Thursday with limited capacity and safety measures in place to enforce social distancing and will continue to provide resources largely online. All other libraries...

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Student Government to focus on COVID-19 accommodations, tuition transparency this fall

August 25, 2020

Student Government will focus on student safety and work with the University to listen to and accommodate a wide range of students this fall while operating remotely, student body president Anagha Kikkeri...

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Despite guidelines, UT-Austin students fear COVID-19 outbreaks on campus

August 24, 2020

After other universities have reopened and closed down weeks later due to coronavirus outbreaks, some UT students said they are not confident in the University’s policies to prevent the spread of...

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Students discuss concerns, benefits of using Protect Texas Together app to combat COVID-19 spread

August 11, 2020

Many students say they plan to use the Protect Texas Together app this fall to track their symptoms and location on campus and seek medical help if needed but are concerned their peers might not. The...

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College of Pharmacy announces next dean

August 5, 2020

Interim Provost Daniel Jaffe announced Wednesday that Samuel Poloyac will serve as the next dean of the College of Pharmacy, effective Oct. 15, in an email to the community.  Poloyac currently...

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UT-Austin asks students to self-quarantine for 2 weeks before returning to campus, will enforce mask requirements on campus

July 29, 2020

The University is asking students to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus in the fall, according to a message to the community from Interim President Jay Hartzell on Wednesday.  Hartzell...

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What does ‘defunding the police’ actually mean?

July 14, 2020

As protests continue around the country against police brutality and systemic racism, students and activists are increasingly calling for cities to defund the police. On June 26, the Minneapolis City...

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Thousands of students sign petition for UT to lower tuition prices

July 14, 2020

Over 6,500 students have signed a petition calling for the University to lower tuition for the fall 2020 semester as of Monday. After the University’s fall plans were released June 29, UT Interim...

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UT-Austin to rename RLM, allocate funds to support Black students

July 13, 2020

The University will rename the Robert Lee Moore Hall as the Physics, Math and Astronomy Building and acknowledge the origins of “The Eyes of Texas” while continuing to sing it as a University...

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University staff member dies of COVID-19 complications

July 7, 2020

Interim President Jay Hartzell announced via universitywide email Tuesday that a University custodial staff member died Monday night due to COVID-19 related complications.  This is the University’s...

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ACL cancels 2020 festival citing health, safety concerns

July 1, 2020

Austin City Limits Music Festival announced Wednesday that it will not be taking place in fall 2020 due to health and safety concerns from the coronavirus outbreak.  The statement, released on...

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Student COVID-19 cases climb despite social distancing, mask guidelines

June 25, 2020

As coronavirus case numbers in Texas reach an all-time high, cases are also on the rise among many college students in Austin. University Health Services has seen a surge in cases among students due...

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3,500 classes to move online this fall

June 23, 2020

Interim President Jay Hartzell said in an email Tuesday that about 3,500 of 11,000 courses will now be online this coming fall.  Last month, University officials said about 2,100 fall classes would...

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Enrollment surges as students and professors prepare for online summer classes

June 15, 2020

With decreased tuition rates and online classes, the summer semester started on Thursday with higher enrollment than previous summers. Tuition for summer courses is usually reduced to 85% of the regular...

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Q&A: Interim President Hartzell on his new job and returning to campus in the fall

June 15, 2020

Jay Hartzell, dean of the McCombs School of Business, started his role as interim president of The University of Texas at Austin on June 1. The UT System Board of Regents appointed Hartzell as interim...

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City Council unanimously votes to reallocate Austin Police funds

June 12, 2020

Austin City Council members on Thursday unanimously passed five items in response to police violence and systemic racism. The items, which are co-sponsored by all 11 council members, include reallocating...

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Masks required in UT-Austin buildings this fall, planning official says

June 5, 2020

Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks in campus buildings this fall, head of academic planning Art Markman said in an interview with The Daily Texan on Friday. Masks will be encouraged...

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UT plans to move 400 biggest classes online this fall

June 1, 2020

The University is aiming to hold most fall classes in-person, with the 400 biggest classes moving to an online-only format, Interim President Jay Hartzell told The Daily Texan in an interview Monday. More...

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‘This is nothing new’: Austinites protest after deaths of Michael Ramos, George Floyd

June 1, 2020

Editor’s Note: All sources gave permission to use their full names in this article. Thousands of people marched through downtown Austin on Sunday to protest police killings after the deaths of...

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Senate passes resolution to hold student organizations accountable in cases of sexual misconduct

May 8, 2020

UT Senate members regathered for a virtual assembly Thursday to discuss a resolution in support of standardizing accountability regarding sexual misconduct in student organizations. The resolution passed...

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Remote advising poses challenge to UT students

May 6, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Students are trying to register for...

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SG and Senate push to modify internal transfer process

May 6, 2020

Student Government and the Senate of College Councils passed a joint resolution to make the internal transfer process, used to switch to a different college within the University, easier for students. The...

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UT-Austin Student Government advocates for student participation in appointing new University president

April 29, 2020

Student leaders unanimously passed a joint resolution urging the UT System Board of Regents to give students a voice in appointing a new University president following the announcement that President Gregory...

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UT Senate of College Councils appoints 2020-21 executive board

April 24, 2020

The UT Senate of College Councils voted to confirm next year’s executive board appointments at their final virtual assembly meeting of the semester Thursday. The executive board members were nominated...

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UT Student Government unanimously appoints executive board for 2020-21

April 22, 2020

Student Government voted to approve this year’s executive board at the assembly meeting Tuesday. The executive board members were appointed by student body president Anagha Kikkeri and student...

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Student Government appoints COVID-19 response committee

April 15, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Student Government created a COVID-19...

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Senate suspends legislation for remainder of semester

April 13, 2020

UT Senate of College Councils will not introduce any new legislation or hold general assembly meetings after April 23 for the remainder of the semester. Senate is also still actively working on initiatives...

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Returning study abroad students face time zone ‘curve’ in online classes

April 8, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Students are waking up in the middle...

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Upcoming SG executive alliance prepares for remote transition

April 5, 2020

Next year’s student body president Anagha Kikkeri and vice president Winston Hung will be sworn in over Zoom next Tuesday.  Kikkeri and Hung were elected last month, and Student Government...

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Dan Jaffe named interim vice president and provost

April 2, 2020

Dan Jaffe, vice president for research, will serve as interim vice president and provost starting May 18, UT President Gregory Fenves announced in a campuswide email Thursday. Jaffe will be taking over...

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Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis leaving UT-Austin

March 26, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Executive Vice President and Provost...

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Co-op provides free online course materials

March 16, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. The University Co-op is providing...

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President Fenves tests negative for COVID-19

March 15, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. UT President Gregory Fenves tested...

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Annual UT fraternity fundraiser Roundup canceled due to coronavirus concerns

March 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Roundup, the largest annual...

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Texas Global suspends all study abroad programs through Aug. 18

March 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Texas Global has suspended all...

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How is UT-Austin policy changing because of coronavirus?

March 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. President Gregory Fenves, Executive...

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Texas Global suspends study abroad

March 12, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Texas Global has suspended all education...

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Professors prepare to move UT-Austin classes online

March 12, 2020

University administration sent an email to all faculty on Sunday to prepare them for the possibility of switching to online classes after spring break due to the coronavirus pandemic, UT President Gregory...

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Q&A: President Fenves on UT’s plans for classes, graduation amid coronavirus concerns

March 9, 2020

Rice University has canceled in-person classes for a week to prevent the spread of coronavirus after an employee tested positive. We sat down with President Gregory Fenves to see what UT’s plan would...

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Anagha and Winston executive alliance elected student body president and vice president

March 6, 2020

Anagha Kikkeri and Winston Hung will serve as next year’s student body president and vice president. The executive alliance won by 111 votes out of 7,609 ballots cast through a single transferable...

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Tayler and Alex campaign on mental health, first-generation students

February 28, 2020

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of Student Government executive alliance candidate profiles before the election on March 2 and 3. Read the rest of the profiles and submitted columns from...

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Simona and Lynn aim to ‘Mess with Texas’

February 28, 2020

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of Student Government executive alliance candidate profiles before the election on March 2 and 3. Read the rest of the profiles and submitted columns from...

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Shay and Wade campaign aims to give back to UT community

February 28, 2020

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of Student Government executive alliance candidate profiles before the election on March 2 and 3. Read the rest of the profiles and submitted columns from...

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Student government assembly discusses bringing smart lockers to campus

February 26, 2020

Student leaders discussed a resolution to install smart lockers — lockers that can be rented and accessed through an app to store or pick up items — on campus at the assembly meeting Tuesday.  These...

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Student government debate covers mental health, student representation

February 25, 2020

Candidates for student body president and vice president proclaimed their opinions on student safety, mental health and student representation at the Student Government debate Monday evening. Eight...

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Connor and Camille SG campaign disqualified for overspending

February 25, 2020

The campaign for student body president and vice president candidates Connor Alexander and Camille Johnson was disqualified from running Monday night after being issued two fines exceeding the amount...

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Preliminary UT Senate survey results find students unhappy with tuition increase

February 20, 2020

An anonymous biennial Senate survey on tuition allocation suggests students oppose the recently announced 2.6% tuition increase. The final results have not yet been processed for the survey sent last...

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Student government proposes excluding outside political ideologies, discusses attendance requirements

February 19, 2020

Assembly members introduced new legislation establishing the scope of Student Government at the assembly meeting Tuesday.  Student leaders discussed a bill establishing the scope of SG to only...

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UT-Austin scientists develop fossil board game for university classrooms

February 18, 2020

Two UT scientists developed a game of chance to help students understand taphonomy, or how fossils are formed, in a classroom setting. UT alumna Anna Weiss and Rowan Martindale, an assistant professor...

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President Fenves addresses UT Senate, student leaders discuss Girl Day partnership

February 14, 2020

President Gregory Fenves spoke to students about sexual misconduct policy and affordability at the Senate of College Councils meeting Thursday. Senate members also discussed legislation codifying a partnership...

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Student government assembly discusses establishing space for nontraditional students

February 12, 2020

Student leaders unanimously passed legislation in support of establishing a student center on campus for nontraditional students during the Student Government assembly meeting Tuesday.  Nontraditional...

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UT-Austin researchers aid new coronavirus data collection

February 11, 2020

Two UT researchers helped discover that the new coronavirus likely spread beyond Wuhan into other cities before Chinese officials could initiate a quarantine, according to the UT News website. Coronavirus...

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McCombs ranks in top 6 in U.S. for social responsibility, according to Positive Impact

February 10, 2020

UT’s Red McCombs School of Business was ranked among the top six business schools in the United States for positive social responsibility and impact, according to the 2020 Positive Impact Rating...

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Student government introduces guided caucus, puts pause on international representative bill

February 5, 2020

Student leaders gathered to discuss bills covering international student representatives and spring budget appropriations during the Student Government assembly meeting Tuesday.   The bill...

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UT professor says impostor syndrome burdens students on campus, affects mental health

February 4, 2020

College students from underrepresented communities often feel burdened with feelings of not belonging, said the director of UT’s Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis on the Jan. 27 episode...

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Senate legislation advocates for professors’ pronouns on syllabi

January 31, 2020

The first Senate of College Councils general assembly meeting of the semester focused on introducing new legislation, including requesting professors to include their pronouns on syllabi and surveying...

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UT alums receive grant for entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan communities

January 30, 2020

Three UT alumnae were part of the group awarded a $400,000 grant last Thursday for their work developing businesses in sub-Saharan African communities.  The UT alumnae from the Mandela Washington...

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First legislative assembly meeting calls for change within assembly environment

January 29, 2020

In this semester’s first legislative assembly meeting for Student Government, student leaders gathered to discuss the climate of the assembly. Kerry Mackenzie, chair of the ethics and oversight...

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Letter addressing students covers UTxYou, SGConnect

January 27, 2020

Student body president Camron Goodman and vice president Amie Jean plan to emphasize their UTxYou platform while continuing the work of previous student body leaders this semester, according to a letter...

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As filing begins for campuswide elections, Student Government focuses on student safety, continuing legislation to tie up

January 22, 2020

Filing for Student Government positions, including president, vice president and University representatives, began Tuesday.  Campaigning begins Feb. 17 and runs through elections on March 2–3,...

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University provides fee waivers to help students pay for graduate school

December 2, 2019

When William Hutson decided to apply for a dual masters program after already being admitted to the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, he said he was met with repetitive transcript fees and additional...

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New student organization aims to connect students with publishers

November 11, 2019

Over the summer, English junior Lindsey Ferris realized there were no organized resources to connect students with a career in the publishing industry. So, she decided to start her own student organization....

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Students concerned about key fob safety for apartments in West Campus

November 8, 2019

As some West Campus apartment buildings switch from traditional keys to electronic key fobs, students expressed concerns about the new technology as well as their safety and reliability. Robby Goldman,...

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Survivor speak-out provides support, community to students

October 31, 2019

Over a dozen students shared art and spoke about their experiences with interpersonal violence to heal and connect with others in a safe environment Wednesday night. Breaking the Silence, an annual...

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Hundreds of students begin on-campus Diwali celebration with songs, meditation

October 23, 2019

Hundreds of students sang and meditated Tuesday evening during an on-campus celebration of Diwali, an annual four to five day Hindu festival of lights.  “We want to be able to live a...

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UT’s Landmarks joins Austin Pets Alive!, Blue Dog Rescue for annual dog walk

October 7, 2019

During the annual Landmarks Dog Walk, students and their dogs gathered on campus Sunday to explore public art and introduce dogs in need of adoption to the community. The dog walk guides dog...

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“What Starts Up Here Changes the World:” McCombs Hosts Annual Startup Ecosystem

September 24, 2019

Students and community leaders gathered to discuss entrepreneurship and promote student innovation at the annual Intro to the UT and Austin Startup Ecosystem presentation on Monday. The presentation,...

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Visiting artist Erin Johnson gives talk, shares sociopolitical artwork

September 20, 2019

Art installations featuring raw, unedited videos of people in nuclear shelters and of wild dog breeds were on display at a lecture led by artist Erin Johnson on Thursday. The New York-based artist discussed...