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News desk editor says “maas-salaama,” goodbye to Texan family

May 4, 2018

During my sophomore year I was sitting in one of my journalism classes when my professor asked, “Which one of you is working at The Daily Texan or any other place?” Almost half of the class...

SafeHorns launches #Report4Harrison campaign

May 2, 2018

During the memorial in honor of Harrison Brown on Tuesday, Harrison’s mother Lori Brown wore a hat reading #Report4Harrison, a hashtag part of a larger campaign launched by SafeHorns the same day. SafeHorns...

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McRaven resigns from investment board

April 26, 2017

UT System Chancellor William McRaven decided last Wednesday to give up his seat on the board of the University of Texas Investment Management Co. in order to have the position filled by a Texas A&M...

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Secretary of Education removes consumer protections from student loans

April 25, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos retracted policy memos two weeks ago that protected students taking out loans, a decision which could impact students across the country. In a letter delivered...

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DHFS considers gender-inclusive housing option

April 12, 2017

The University of Texas at Dallas will provide students with the chance to live in gender-inclusive housing this upcoming fall semester, causing some UT Austin students to want the same option. “(The...

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Muslim-American discusses experiences working in the government

April 11, 2017

As a student who saw the impact of 9/11, Farooq Mitha’s perception of the involvement of Muslim-Americans changed and inspired him to encourage more Muslim-Americans to take a proactive role in...

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Jefferson Davis statue reaches Briscoe Center

April 10, 2017

At 8 feet, 6 inches tall, the refurbished and controversial Jefferson Davis statue reached its final destination at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, returning to university grounds.  After...

Trump’s proposed budget impacts higher education, research

April 6, 2017

Billions of dollars would be cut from various agencies under President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget plan, impacting numerous higher education programs and research opportunities, according...

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Update: Senate approves Muny Golf Course transfer

April 5, 2017

Update (6:27 p.m.): The Senate passed SB 822, which would transfer the ownership of the Lions Municipal Golf Course from the University to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, by a 21-10 vote...

UT System chief medical officer stresses importance of reform in mental health hospitals

March 31, 2017

Five of the 11 mental health hospitals in Texas need to be replaced because of improper infrastructure and need for repair, according to David Lakey, UT System chief medical officer. “You can...

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Proposed bill aims to raise purchasing age of tobacco and tobacco-related products

March 30, 2017

Approximately 28,000 adults die annually in Texas because of smoking-related illnesses, according to the website Texas Tobacco Law. This number is higher than the amount of people killed by alcohol, murder,...

UT Austin has highest percentage of rape among female undergraduates, study finds

March 27, 2017

UT Austin has the highest percentage of rape among female undergraduates across eight UT System academic institutions, according to a survey released Friday.   The Cultivating Learning and Safe...

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Proposed bill decreases veterans and families eligible for benefits

March 24, 2017

Since 1923, veterans in Texas have received educational benefits for themselves and later for their families through the Hazlewood Act, which is now the focus of a bill that would reduce the number of...

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Students for Fair Admissions seek to challenge UT admission policies

March 20, 2017

Students for Fair Admissions launched a new website two weeks ago in hopes of challenging the admissions policies of UT, nearly nine months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of UT in the Fisher...

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Professors at Dell Medical School bring new way of patient-to-physician communication

March 9, 2017

Patients are not as comfortable disclosing health disparities to their physicians as they are with other patients experiencing similar disparities, an issue two Dell Medical School professors hope to address.  The...

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UT institutions to become tobacco-free

March 9, 2017

The UT System is now the first public university system in Texas to be completely tobacco-free, according to a press release published Tuesday.  All 14 UT institutions will be a part of the Eliminate...

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Former Vice President Biden to speak at SXSW

March 6, 2017

Former Vice President Joe Biden will speak March 12 in Austin at the South by Southwest festival, according to the festival’s website. Biden will speak during the Connect to End Cancer series,...

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Recently confirmed regent focuses on higher education

February 15, 2017

UT System Regent Kevin Eltife, the youngest child of three, was raised by his mother on veteran administrative and social security benefits and has always been passionate about higher education.  “I...

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Recently confirmed regent debates System’s handle on debt

February 10, 2017

Just two days after his final confirmation in the state Senate, UT System Regent Kevin Eltife questioned the transparency of the System.  The Board of Regents had their first meeting of the semester...

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CEO of McCombs Partners prepares for newly appointed term as UT System regent

February 9, 2017

As a senior in high school, Rad Weaver was determined to become a professional baseball player, but he never expected in 20 years he would be the CEO of McCombs Partners and a new UT System regent. Last...

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Students show support against Trump’s travel ban

February 8, 2017

More than two weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, students continue to protest his travel ban. Approximately 50 students and community members rallied on East Mall Tuesday evening to show...

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UT System chairman clarifies statement regarding diversity of regents

February 2, 2017

UT System chairman Paul Foster said Thursday the Board of Regents should be a diverse representative of Texas, taking back comments he made on the UT System not requiring an African-American perspective...

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Teach for America CEO speaks about educational inequity

February 1, 2017

Teach For America CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard spoke to students on Tuesday on the importance of equal opportunity in education and how any student can become a teacher.  The Undergraduate Business...

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McRaven releases statement on Trump’s executive order

January 31, 2017

President Donald Trump’s executive order blocks people with unique backgrounds and expertise from entering the U.S., UT System Chancellor William McRaven said in a Monday statement. McRaven’s...

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UT System regent shares his experiences before the end of his term

January 30, 2017

With days left as a UT System regent, Alex Cranberg said his term was characterized by an effort to provide equal opportunities to all students. Cranberg was appointed as a regent for the UT System...

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Texas Supreme Court rules against UT System Regent Wallace Hall

January 27, 2017

The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday against UT System Regent Wallace Hall, saying he cannot have access to student admission records and ruling in favor of UT System Chancellor William McRaven. The...

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Possible re-lease for Lions Municipal Golf Course

January 25, 2017

The University has offered to extend the lease of the Lions Municipal Golf Course, which the UT System originally decided to let expire in the next two years. The offer to re-lease the golf course...

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Abbott announces new UT System regent selections

January 24, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott announced his three appointees for the UT System Board of Regents Monday, which includes the recently retired state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler. Abbott’s announcement comes as...

New bill for undocumented students introduced

January 23, 2017

The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities released a statement in support ofa new bill this month that would continue work permits and legal rights to undocumented students who came to the...

Dell Medical School receives $1 million donation

January 20, 2017

The Dell Medical School received a $1 million gift from University Federal Credit Union Thursday in order to expand the health initiatives at the school. UFCU, a credit union focusing on higher education,...

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Dell Medical School’s Health Disparities Team co-hosts sexual abuse and domestic violence docu-series screening

January 19, 2017

The Dell Medical School’s Health Disparities Team partnered with Huston-Tillotson University to screen a pilot episode of a docu-series on surviving sexual abuse and domestic violence.  The...

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Texas Supreme Court hears oral arguments for Hall v. McRaven

January 18, 2017

Texas Supreme Court justices questioned UT Regent Wallace Hall’s case after hearing oral arguments Jan. 11 from a lawsuit filed by Hall against UT System Chancellor William McRaven. Four of the...

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Dell Medical School calls for grassroots ideas

January 18, 2017

The Dell Medical School has created a new program aimed at engaging the local community to pitch in ideas that will improve the health services and resources provided to Central Texas residents.  The...

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Voters delayed at FAC on Election Day

November 9, 2016

Students lined up to vote at 7 a.m. on Election Day, only to wait in line for more than one hour to cast their vote. The Peter T. Flawn Academic Center and the University Co-op opened their doors...

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Students receive false emergency texts, UTPD investigating

October 6, 2016

Approximately 30 students reported to the UT Police Department Wednesday night that they were receiving text messages claiming there was an emergency on campus and instructing them to evacuate all campus...

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Black Studies Conference addresses struggles of the black community

October 3, 2016

The narrative of hardships for people of color stretches back as far as the history of the nation itself, from slavery to modern-day racism, according to panelists this weekend at the first annual Black...

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Students train to become volunteer deputy registrars for upcoming election

September 26, 2016

Today is the final day for students to become volunteer deputy registrars, and training will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Wagner Student Workroom. Volunteer deputy registrars are students who register...

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Dell Medical School students show support for Black Lives Matter movement

August 2, 2016

Within two weeks of its first session, students at the Dell Medical School displayed their support for #BlackLivesMatter through open discussions among students and faculty about the importance of diversity...

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Play deprivation seen as one of the factors that led to UT tower shooting in 1966

August 1, 2016

After studying the life of UT Tower shooter Charles Whitman, one psychiatrist found that play deprivation as a child and an overbearing father may have driven him to carry out the attack.  After...

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Students create an app to help report crime on campus

July 19, 2016

Recent crimes on campus have prompted two UT students, four UT alumni and graduates from other universities, to create an app that helps students report crime on campus. CampusWatch was created two...

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UT is ranked among top 40 colleges internationally

July 13, 2016

UT is ranked as the 32nd best university in the world in the 2016 edition of the Center for World University Ranking, released July 11. The CWUR bases its rankings on eight indicators: quality...

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Shots heard at protest in downtown Dallas

July 11, 2016

A peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Dallas was interrupted Thursday night by the sound of gunshots.  Around 9 p.m., shots were fired after demonstrators ended their protest for the...

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Students and faculty question whether increased safety protocol are still in place during summer

July 10, 2016

The familiar buzz of students talking and their feet shuffling to class is absent on campus during summer months, causing some students and faculty to feel uncomfortable while on campus. While most...

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UT students present during terrorist attack at Istanbul airport

July 9, 2016

While waiting for his flight, Cade Edwards fell asleep at the Starbucks of the Istanbul Ataturk Airport. When he woke up, it was to the sound of people screaming. The radio-television-film junior and...

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APD announces policy changes following fatal shootings of officers in Dallas

July 8, 2016

The Austin Police Department held a press conference Friday in response to the killing of five police officers at a protest in Dallas the previous night. Police Chief Art Acevedo began by expressing...

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UT student leads philanthropy group, gives back to South Asian women

July 8, 2016

In Hindi, the word "roshani” means light or brilliance. That is what one UT student hopes to accomplish with South Asian millennial women including other UT students: shed light or brilliance...

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Students attempt to find on-campus housing

July 6, 2016

Students in search of on-campus housing at the University are having an exceptionally difficult time doing so due to the high demand of students applying and a shortage of spaces.  In the...

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Dell Medical School welcomes inaugural class

June 30, 2016

The new Dell Medical School welcomed its inaugural class of 50 students Sunday, 135 years after UT’s founding. In 1881, Texans voted to have the main university in Austin while building the medical...

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Supreme Court tie blocks executive action to protect undocumented immigrants

June 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court was split, 4-4, in United States v. Texas on June 23, affirming the injunction on President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration, which would have protected nearly...

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UT alumna petitions for safer reporting system for sexual assault victims

June 23, 2016

UT alumna Tara DeMarco launched a petition on change.org on June 8, calling on Chancellor William McRaven to implement an online reporting system for campus sexual assaults.   DeMarco, a sexual...