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Undocumented students, families encounter challenges due to COVID-19

June 29, 2020

At just 8 years old, Gerardo Ruiz-Tenorio carried the traumatic weight of his mother being deported. Twelve years later during the COVID-19 pandemic, the weight on Ruiz-Tenorio’s shoulders has intensified...

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UT-Austin classes will start as scheduled, end after Thanksgiving

May 20, 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. Fall classes will be held on-campus...

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UT seniors share thoughts on first virtual graduation ceremony

May 8, 2020

For senior Moises Gomez-Cortez, graduation was supposed to celebrate the sacrifices his family made when immigrating from Mexico to the United States. Now, Gomez-Cortez will graduate virtually from his...

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UT students create fundraiser for health care workers during COVID-19 pandemic

April 22, 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. Straight from their laptops at home,...

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Organizations, businesses provide services for essential workers during COVID-19 pandemic

April 3, 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. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic...

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UT-Austin tightens online security after Black males encounter racist ‘Zoom-bombing’ of virtual community meeting

April 2, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story references a derogatory racial slur.  A virtual meeting with Black male students and faculty was hijacked by unidentified individuals using racial slurs and derogatory...

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Gov. Abbott closes schools, dine-in services due to COVID-19

March 19, 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. Gov. Greg Abbott ordered a closure...

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First UT student, undergraduate dean test positive for COVID-19

March 19, 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. Two additional members of the...

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Texas, national blood banks experience donation shortages due to coronavirus outbreak

March 18, 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. As thousands of donors cancel...

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Gov. Abbott activates Texas National Guard due to coronavirus

March 17, 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. Gov. Greg Abbott activated the Texas...

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Gov. Abbott declares state of disaster for all Texas counties

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. Gov. Greg Abbott has made a declaration...

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Students at UT colleges wait up to two hours to vote on Super Tuesday

March 10, 2020

Arriving at a UT polling location 10 minutes before it opened, business honors freshman Michelle Zhang thought she would beat the large crowd of voters on Super Tuesday. Instead, Zhang said she was greeted...

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Wall Street Journal names Austin ‘hottest US job market’ for the second year

March 6, 2020

While the weather in Austin is pretty hot, The Wall Street Journal said the city’s job market is even hotter. For the second year in a row, Austin ranked No. 1 in the United States for its job...

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City of Austin begins new citation process for failure to yield, enforces court appearances

March 5, 2020

With drivers often failing to yield while turning at busy roadways, Noah Vaughan said they were hit by cars various times while bicycling. Vaughan, a UT alumni, said while bicycling around the crowded...

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Joe Biden wins Texas Democratic presidential primary

March 4, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden won the Texas Democratic presidential primary election with 33.4% of the votes and 94% of the precincts reporting at the time of print, according to The New York Times.   Biden...

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Sean and Suseth want students to ‘Do You For Others’

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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Adam and James want to build ‘Texas Better Together’

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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Texas 2020 Primary Elections: What you need to know to vote

February 27, 2020

Texas Primary Election Day, March 3, is right around the corner. Early voting for the election started Feb. 18 and will continue until Friday. Here is a voting guide for this year’s elections: What...

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Travis County sets record with 95% of eligible voters registered

February 20, 2020

Voter registration in Travis County hit an all-time high with 95% of eligible voters being registered, said Bruce Elfant, Travis County tax assessor-collector and voter registrar. Travis County has...

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US Senate Democratic candidates debate healthcare, marijuana in Texas

February 19, 2020

U.S. Senate Democratic candidates faced off at a debate Tuesday night on subjects including healthcare, marijuana and immigration.  At the debate, hosted by KVUE, The Texas Tribune and KUT, 11...

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FDA approves Palforzia, the first drug to treat children with peanut allergy

February 13, 2020

The United States Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug to treat children with peanut allergies on Jan. 31.  The drug, Palforzia, is a powdered medicine that can be sprinkled on...

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Travis County appoints its first chief public defender

February 12, 2020

Travis County hired its first chief public defender to represent adults accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses in the county, according to a Travis County press release on Feb. 5. Travis County...

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Fine arts student organization connects with memory-care residents through music, crafts

February 10, 2020

Epiphany, a fine arts student organization, performs music and creates arts and crafts to connect with residents dealing with memory loss at care homes. Mia Orlandella, co-founder and director of external...

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Marijuana-themed sandwich shop Cheba Hut coming to Austin

February 7, 2020

When the munchies hit, students will have a new option on Guadalupe Street starting this spring: Cheba Hut, a marijuana-themed sandwich shop.  Father and son co-owners Vince and Joe DeMaioribus...

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Atari plans video game-themed hotel opening in Austin

February 5, 2020

Atari, an arcade game and home video game console company, announced it will begin building video game-themed hotels in eight United States cities, including Austin, according to an Atari press release...

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Austin Planning Commission proposes replacing Graffiti Park with condos

February 4, 2020

Austin Planning Commission voted last week to propose replacing Graffiti Park, a popular tourist destination that closed in January 2019, with two separate properties where 22 residential condos will be...

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Austin community pays tribute to Kobe, Gigi Bryant with local mural

February 3, 2020

To honor the lives of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, local graffiti artists designed a mural featuring the father and daughter to provide the Austin community a place to pay their...

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Texas candidates speak about criminal justice system issues

January 31, 2020

Progressive Texas candidates for the 2020 election spoke to students Thursday at the 21st Street Co-op about their plans for criminal justice reform. The Criminal Justice Candidate Forum, hosted by...

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TxDOT adds safety measures to intersection where UT football player, UT grad died

January 30, 2020

The Texas Department of Transportation added a median and “no left turn” sign to a West Austin intersection in response to the community’s safety concerns, TxDOT spokesperson Bradley...

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College graduates impacting gentrification in Texas metros, Fed report says

January 30, 2020

Texas cities are seeing a surge in college graduates living in their urban centers and a possible increase in gentrification as a result, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  The...

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University Health Services will require fall 2020 students to show proof of measles vaccination

January 28, 2020

The University will now require incoming students to show proof of measles immunity, according to the University Health Services website.    This requirement will only apply to students entering...

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Austin City Council ends enforcement of low-level marijuana offenses

January 24, 2020

Austin City Council passed a resolution 9-0 to end arrests and citations for most low-level marijuana offenses Thursday.  Last year, House Bill 1325 legalized hemp and defined illegal marijuana...

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Student guide to 2020 Texas elections

January 23, 2020

In the 2020 Texas elections, students have the opportunity to vote for representative officials such as judges, senators and the president of the United States.  As these elections approach, student...

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Latino studies celebrates winter holidays with tamales, storytelling at Merry Merienda

December 6, 2019

In the middle of final exam season, students released stress with homemade tamales Thursday evening.  Merry Merienda offered students freshly fried buñuelos, Mexican-style hot chocolate,...

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University internship program brings students back to rural, remote regions of Texas

November 21, 2019

The best way to get to know the small town of McAllen, Texas is by visiting local taco shops, the best of which are in gas stations, said Greg Pogue, IC² Institute’s deputy executive director....

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Diwali festival celebrates ‘The Hero in You’

November 14, 2019

Students found the hero in themselves as they gathered for Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights, on Main Mall Wednesday night. Hosted by the Hindu Students Association, this year’s Diwali festival...

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Austin Police Department, UT System Police see rise in female recruits

November 1, 2019

The Austin Police Department and UT System Police are seeing more women apply and being sworn in as police officers.  Myeshia Francis-Parker, APD senior police officer and recruiter, said 10% of...

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Virgin Hyperloop One proposes Texas routes for high-speed transportation

October 25, 2019

Virgin Hyperloop One has identified Texas as a possible location for its high-speed transportation system. The company hopes to implement a Dallas-Laredo-Houston route by the mid-2020s, said Ryan Kelly,...

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Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Festival celebrates Hispanic culture within Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences

October 21, 2019

The aroma of Hispanic foods consumed the air as student mariachi musicians and Mexican folk dancers performed on campus Friday evening.  During the Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Festival, Gillian...

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UT, Baylor College of Medicine develop new thyroid cancer test

October 18, 2019

After her biopsy for thyroid cancer came back with inconclusive results, chemistry graduate student Amanda Helms, was recommended to undergo surgery. Months of recovery and many medical bills later, Helms...

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Human Resources program promotes faculty use of on-campus health resources

October 11, 2019

University faculty and staff have access to flu shots, mammogram screenings, therapy dogs and walking tours on campus through the Passport to Health program.  The program, a UT HealthPoint Human...

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President Fenves, UT officials break ground on new Engineering Building

October 4, 2019

UT officials celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building Thursday evening. UT President Gregory Fenves and Sharon Wood, Cockrell School of Engineering...

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UT professors, students discuss first moon landing

September 25, 2019

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the world’s first moon landing in July, UT aerospace engineering and astronomy professors discussed the past and future voyages of space exploration at Bass Concert...