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Diversity and Inclusion Director promises to sleep on time, after finishing this at 5 a.m.

Diversity and Inclusion Director promises to sleep on time, after finishing this at 5 a.m.

Areeba Amer May 4, 2021

As part of my character, this was over word count. Three years of friendships, hugs, blood, sweat and tears cannot possibly fit in 540 words and, frankly, three departments and a global pandemic later,...


UT, where do Black student demands stand now?

Areeba Amer, Abhirupa Dasgupta, and Sanika Nayak March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan.   In the wake of summer protests against police brutality led by the Black Lives Matter movement, students...


Chip Roy wins seat for TX-21, maintains seat’s 40-year Republican legacy

Areeba Amer November 4, 2020

Republican incumbent Chip Roy won his bid for reelection for United States House District TX-21 against his primary opponent Democratic nominee Wendy Davis, maintaining Republican’s 40-year legacy...


UT System board discusses repercussions of coronavirus on UT institutions, hears concerned UT-Austin students, faculty

Areeba Amer August 20, 2020

Thirteen University students and faculty called into the Thursday UT System Board of Regents meeting to express concerns about UT-Austin’s fall reopening plan.  UT-Austin, like the other...


Black people make up 37% of use of force subjects in 2019 UT System police incidents

Areeba Amer August 5, 2020

The UT System law enforcement used force in 124 incidents in 2019, 37% of which were against Black people, according to the 2019 Use of Force report.  However, according to 2018 population estimates...


Increasing tuition, eligible students statewide outpaced TEXAS Grant program’s ability to cover recipients’ tuition, fees

Areeba Amer August 4, 2020

Tuition and fees at public universities and the increasing number of eligible students have outgrown the TEXAS Grant program’s ability to cover recipients’ tuition and fees, according to the...


Texas invests $118 million to fund new student aid, other higher education programs

Areeba Amer August 2, 2020

Texas will invest an additional $118 million in federal funding in support of higher education initiatives, including new student aid, according to a July 22 press release from Gov. Greg Abbott. “By...


Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board discusses increase in summer enrollment, impact of coronavirus on higher education

Areeba Amer July 28, 2020

Summer enrollment at Texas universities increased 16.4% from summer 2019 to summer 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a preliminary data report by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating...


Students for Fair Admissions sues UT-Austin for second time for use of race in admissions

Areeba Amer July 22, 2020

Students for Fair Admissions, a nonprofit membership group that believes using race in college admissions is “unfair, unnecessary, and unconstitutional,” filed a lawsuit against UT on Wednesday...


ICE rescinds July update for international student visa guidelines during federal lawsuit

Areeba Amer and Andrew Zhang July 6, 2020

Update 7/14 The federal government has decided to allow international students to take all classes online and remain in the United States, rescinding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidance...


Contact tracing helped control outbreak for UT students on Cabo spring break trip, CDC report finds

Areeba Amer June 24, 2020

Rapid contact tracing and testing of all exposed people by UT Health Austin helped control the COVID-19 outbreak among a group of UT students who traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, during spring break,...


UT removes SAT and ACT requirement for fall 2021 undergraduate admissions

Areeba Amer June 23, 2020

Students applying to the University for fall 2021 undergraduate admission will not be required to submit an SAT or ACT score as part of their application, according to a Tuesday UT News release. The...


Permanent University Fund’s assets under UTIMCO management lose 5% in market value since January due to COVID-19

Areeba Amer June 23, 2020

From January to May, the Permanent University Fund’s assets under management, which help support the UT System, have lost 5% in market value due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the May...


UT National Society of Black Engineers releases list of demands to Cockrell administration

Areeba Amer June 17, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include a response from the Cockrell School of Engineering. The UT National Society of Black Engineers released a statement with eight demands to...


How are UT System academic institutions planning for fall 2020?

Areeba Amer June 16, 2020

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout to reflect the most recent fall plans for each institution. All eight UT System academic institutions have released their plans for fall...


Student organizations co-host online vigil to honor Black Lives lost to bigotry, racism

Areeba Amer and Neelam Bohra June 11, 2020

Students and faculty honored George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other victims of police brutality and racism at a virtual vigil Wednesday evening.  The African American Culture Committee, a subcommittee...


UT-Austin to hold as many as 19% of classes online this fall

Areeba Amer June 3, 2020

Up to 2,100 of the 11,000 classes offered this fall will be held online, Interim UT President Jay Hartzell said in a University-wide email Wednesday.  Students can take all their classes online...


First two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Austin-Travis County

Areeba Amer 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. The city of Austin confirmed...


How are UT System academic institutions reacting to coronavirus?

Areeba Amer 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. Update 3/13 5:35 p.m.: All eight...


Mayor Adler cancels SXSW amid coronavirus concerns, declares local state of disaster

Trinady Joslin, Areeba Amer, and Aisling Ayers March 7, 2020

After declaring a state of local disaster, Austin Mayor Steve Adler canceled South by Southwest at a press conference Friday afternoon. According to an official statement from SXSW, this is the first time...

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New UT System Health Biobank allows researchers to access ‘ for specimens’

Areeba Amer February 11, 2020

The UT System is consolidating research samples and data from different institutions so that researchers across the UT System can access them in one single biobank instead of several. The UT System...


UT Libraries introduces new library service platform

Areeba Amer January 23, 2020

For the first time in about ten years, UT Libraries updated its service platform this month, said Travis Willmann, communications officer for UT Libraries.  Willmann said the new platform has all...


UT System raises undergraduate tuition by 2.6% per year for next 2 academic years

Areeba Amer November 14, 2019

UT System academic institutions, including UT-Austin, will increase their undergraduate tuition by 2.6% per year for the next two academic years. The UT System Board of Regents announced the systemwide...


About 60% of first-time Texas college students considered college-ready last year, according to state standards

Areeba Amer October 28, 2019

Only 58% of first-time Texas college students were considered college-ready in fall 2018, according to a report presented at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board meeting Thursday. According...


UT System searches for UT Medical Branch president candidates

Areeba Amer October 25, 2019

The UT System established a search advisory committee to find potential candidates for the next UT Medical Branch president, according to a Wednesday press release.  David Callender, former president...


Planned changes to staff tuition assistance may decrease use of program

Areeba Amer October 24, 2019

The University is planning to implement restrictions on tuition assistance for University staff to comply with an updated state law passed in 2015, said Steven Blackwell, Human Resources benefits manager. The...


Austin’s rising housing costs raise UT’s concerns over faculty retention

Areeba Amer October 16, 2019

Every morning, associate professor of instruction Amanda Hager leaves her home in Seguin, Texas at 7 a.m. to drive a two-hour commute to her 9 a.m. class.  Hager, who teaches in the department...


UT System does not collect data on efficacy of tobacco-free policy

Areeba Amer October 11, 2019

While UT System institutions have had a 100% tobacco-free policy since 2017, the system does not currently collect data about tobacco use on campuses to see if the policy led to a decrease systemwide,...

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Q&A: New UT System executive vice chancellor discusses future plans for system health institutions

Areeba Amer October 8, 2019

Former Texas state representative John Zerwas assumed his new position as executive vice chancellor for health affairs for the UT System Oct. 1.  As part of his new position, he oversees and provides...


Enrollment in summer classes decreasing since 2015

Areeba Amer October 3, 2019

Total summer enrollment at UT decreased about 12% from 2015 to 2019, according to data provided by the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. All colleges, except for three, saw decreases...


Overall enrollment at UT-Austin decreases slightly

Areeba Amer October 2, 2019

Overall University enrollment decreased by 1.4% since last year — from 51,832 to 51,090 students, according to a press release published last week. “Overall student population is always...

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Panelists discuss Latino voter mobilization, immigration at Texas Tribune Festival

Graysen Golter and Areeba Amer September 29, 2019

The Latinx community is becoming more politically involved during Donald Trump’s presidency, said Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. Reflecting on the...

UT and Texas A&M System chancellors discuss free tuition, population growth

Areeba Amer September 27, 2019

As the Texas population continues to grow, the UT System is working with other institutions to ensure all Texans have access to higher education, UT System chancellor James Milliken said. Milliken and...

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UT athletics director discusses bringing more fans to stadium, UT vs. A&M rivalry

Areeba Amer September 27, 2019

As more people watch sports on TV, the University is working to keep its fans in the stands, UT athletics director Chris Del Conte said.  “You got your honey next to you, your remote control...


UT Austin works with UT System to ensure potential tuition increases are necessary

Areeba Amer September 27, 2019

The UT System will now be working with its eight academic institutions, including UT-Austin, to develop potential tuition and fee increases and ensure any increases are absolutely necessary for the...


University’s 4-year graduation remains stable

Areeba Amer September 26, 2019

Editor's Note: This story has been updated since it was originally published.  The University’s four-year graduation rate didn’t change since last year, according to a UT press...


Student Activity Center officially renamed in honor of Bill Powers

Areeba Amer September 23, 2019

The William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center, formerly called the Student Activity Center, was officially renamed during a ceremony on Friday after former UT President Bill Powers.  The UT...


Q&A: President Fenves discusses initiatives introduced during State of the University

Areeba Amer September 20, 2019

UT President Gregory Fenves spoke about plans for new University housing, his goals for the 150th anniversary in 2033 and UT’s free speech policy at the State of the University on Wednesday.  During...


Fenves announces new housing initiatives, graduate student funding at State of the University address

Areeba Amer September 19, 2019

UT President Gregory Fenves announced plans to have enough housing for all undergraduate freshmen in the State of the University address on Wednesday. He also announced initiatives for graduate students...

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UT’s Harrison Keller selected to lead Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Areeba Amer September 16, 2019

Harrison Keller, UT’s deputy to the president for strategy and policy, was selected as the next Commissioner of Higher Education of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Wednesday.  Keller...


SB 12 increases UT, Texas employee contributions to Teacher Retirement System program

Areeba Amer September 13, 2019

Senate Bill 12 has increased employer, employee and state future contributions to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.  SB 12, which adds a onetime supplemental payment to eligible members...


UT System family leave policy causes employees to adapt

Areeba Amer September 12, 2019

When Dr. Gurur Biliciler-Denktas was planning to have her second child while working in the UT System, she didn’t opt to use the 12 weeks of unpaid family leave provided by the system. Instead, she...


UT System mobilizes additional police to assist in Odessa

Areeba Amer September 9, 2019

For active shootings near UT System schools, the 625 sworn UT System police officers are available to be deployed at the discretion of the UT System and the affected university’s police department. After...


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering names first female chair

Areeba Amer September 3, 2019

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering named their first female chair, Diana Marculescu, on Aug. 26. Marculescu will begin on Dec. 1, succeeding the current chair, Ahmed Tewfik. Marculescu...


UT System Board of Regents approves $21.1 billion systemwide budget

Areeba Amer August 30, 2019

The UT System budget has increased nearly 7.4% since the last fiscal year due to an increase in projected budgeted revenue, according to the recently approved budget report.  The UT System Board...


Students have opportunities to gain UT class credit through different institutions

Areeba Amer August 29, 2019

Students do not have to take classes on the Forty Acres to fulfill core requirements or get class credit. Local community colleges and the University Extension program also allow students to fulfill their...


SAC to be renamed after former UT President Bill Powers

Areeba Amer August 28, 2019

The Student Activity Center, one of the most popular student spots on campus, will be renamed after former UT President Bill Powers.  The UT System Board of Regents approved renaming the building...

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SAC to be renamed after former UT President Bill Powers

Areeba Amer August 15, 2019

The Student Activity Center, one of the most popular student spots on campus, will be renamed after former UT President Bill Powers. The UT System Board of Regents approved renaming the building as...


UT adds new traditions to class ring ceremony

Areeba Amer April 29, 2019

UT stored the graduating class of 2019 and 2020’s class rings in the Tower for the first time ever on Thursday night. The following day, the ring ceremony was held in front of the Tower, which was...


Texas Senate Bill 2 threatens city of Austin’s commitment to no-kill policy, officials say

Areeba Amer April 17, 2019

A bill geared toward local property tax relief may threaten Austin’s commitment to its no-kill policy. Senate Bill 2 proposes a 2.5% local property tax revenue cap, which could send the City of...


Hall of Texas renovated to restore mid-20th century glory

Areeba Amer April 10, 2019

In the 1940s, UT alumna Jan Roberts spent her time in the Hall of Texas studying with her future husband. More than 70 years later, she spoke fondly of her memories at the opening of the newly-renovated...


Politically conservative Muslim students feel excluded on campus in the age of Trump

Areeba Amer April 3, 2019

When the topic of Republican Muslims came up in a majority-Muslim group chat of Pakistani UT students, multiple Muslims responded by calling Republican Muslims “Shayateen,” Islam’s version...

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Latino males near border area are more likely to attend higher education than those in urban areas, study shows

Areeba Amer April 2, 2019

Latino males along the border are more likely to attend college post-graduation compared to those living in urban areas, according to the first policy brief by Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino...


Whites, Asians are more likely to out-earn their parents 5 years post-graduation compared to peers, new UT System study shows

Areeba Amer March 13, 2019

Hispanics, blacks and other minorities in the UT System are less likely to exceed their parents’ income than their white and Asian peers five years post-graduation, according to a UT System study published...


UT Law and international scholars discuss the future of democracy and constitutionalism in new three-day conference

Areeba Amer February 26, 2019

UT and international scholars gathered last week at a three-day conference to discuss liberal democracy. The conference, held at UT’s School of Law, featured six sessions and covered a range of topics...


Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences hosts first ‘Black Excellence in STEM’ festival

Areeba Amer February 18, 2019

The Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences hosted the first Black Excellence in STEM festival on Friday to showcase significant black figures and their contributions to the...


Texas Wildlife Day sees sharp increase in attendance at fourth annual event

Areeba Amer January 28, 2019

On Saturday, the Texas Memorial Museum hosted its fourth annual Texas Wildlife Day, a free event where the public can learn about various aspects of wildlife through activities and exhibits.  The...

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