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The Daily Texan breeds opportunity

April 29, 2015

Almost every successful moment I’ve had in college is thanks to Texas Student Media.  My first internship was because of work I did for The Daily Texan — which eventually led to my...

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Friends, staff are top highlights for leaving reporter

May 2, 2014

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...

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Report: Additional on-campus beds needed to meet student demand

April 30, 2014

The University is falling short of a demand for on-campus student housing by 3,900 beds, according to a previously unreleased report obtained by The Daily Texan. The report, called the Residence Halls...

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Grand outside, hollow within: UT keeps Tower nearly half-empty because of safety concerns

March 28, 2014

The loudest noise on the 13th floor of the UT Tower is the minute hand of an old clock.  More than half of the floors of the UT Tower are empty, classified formally by the University as either...

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UT encourages entrepreneurship while addressing hazy intellectual property policy

March 3, 2014

Austin, which Forbes calls America’s No. 1 boomtown, has become a technology hub as a wave of innovation and entrepreneurship has come to town — and the University of Texas is trying to catch-up...

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UT Student Government campaigns aim for victory via student organization connections

February 20, 2014

With Student Government elections yielding low turnout in recent years — 14.9 percent of the student body voted in 2013 — campaigns often vie for endorsements from voting blocks to maximize...

Interactive: Gubernatorial contributions from UT staff, faculty and regents

February 5, 2014

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 26 — In Greg Abbott's and Wendy Davis' latest campaign finance reports, Davis reported raising another $3,665 from UT professors and staff, while Greg Abbott raised...

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UT faculty, staff and regents donate to Texas gubernatorial races

January 23, 2014

Two UT System Regents gave almost 10 times more in campaign contributions to Greg Abbott than what more than 100 UT individuals combined gave to Wendy Davis, according to the latest campaign finance reports...

Racial demographics in Austin’s 10-1 student district fall short of UT’s make-up

November 20, 2013

After months of debate and consideration, Austin’s new student city council district was finalized to include a drastically smaller portion of minority residents than UT’s racial and ethnic...

LISTEN: More committee hearings, football tickets and a Fisher v. Texas update

November 18, 2013

In this week's The Daily Texan Podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss the latest ongoing developments in the Wallace Hall committee hearings. They also talk about Christine's...

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Water usage dropping on campus, but UT hopes to lower it more

November 18, 2013

In a state that’s been plagued with on-and-off drought conditions for more than six years, UT has worked to decrease its water usage, but the University still has a ways to go if it’s going...

LISTEN: New athletic director, sexual assault and latest regent controversy

November 11, 2013

In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss the most recent regent controversies. They also talk about the new athletic director and Rudner's story on the underreporting...

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Deans stand at center of University fundraising efforts

November 7, 2013

Over a dinner at a loud, high-end seafood restaurant in chilly February, Roderick Hart, dean of the College of Communication, found himself in a conversation he didn’t expect to have that night. Hart...

Abortion fight, casting conflicts and budget cuts

November 4, 2013

In this week’s The Daily Texan podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss the developments in Texas’ new abortion law. They also talk about the conflicts behind casting...

LISTEN: Undocumented Students, Moody Foundation and Regent News

October 28, 2013

In this week's The Daily Texan Podcast, Christine Ayala, Jordan Rudner and special guest Madlin Meckelburg discuss the long discussion at the Student Government meeting on undocumented students....

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UT naming more buildings after donors, less after faculty than ever before

October 21, 2013

The names of oilmen and CEOs are making their way onto campus buildings as UT becomes more likely to honor big-dollar donors instead of long-time professors and influential University presidents. While...

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MAP: UT buildings and the history behind their names

October 20, 2013

Orange — A building named after a UT president, faculty member or regent. Green — A building named after a donor. Yellow — A building that is unnamed. The University might...

LISTEN: Post Office closure, CapMetro closure and course auditing

October 11, 2013

In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and special guests Madlin Mekelburg and Anthony Green discuss the news that the campus post office is slated to close in February. They also discuss...

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Cockrell School of Engineering entering 21st century with new building, leaving behind outdated facilities

September 23, 2013

The Engineering Sciences Building — a 50-year-old facility that houses the University’s electrical engineering program — has run its life course.  Ceilings open up to exposed...

LISTEN: 4 year graduation rates and Bevo

September 23, 2013

In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss the recent four year graduation rates and Christine Ayala's long form feature on UT's mascot — Bevo. Listen...

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9 ways the new engineering building will improve the really, really bad Engineering Sciences Building

September 22, 2013

      1. No more stained, ugly ceiling tiles that look like someone spilled his or her coffee. Photo of the Engineering Sciences Building ceiling by Zachary Strain 2. It...

LISTEN: Funding for engineering building, foundations adjustments

September 13, 2013

In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Jordan Rudner and Jacob Kerr discuss the recent action by the UT System Board of Regents to approve a new funding plan for the University's new engineering building....

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UT System investment presents possible conflict of interest

September 13, 2013

Behind the fresh, glamorous exteriors of the newly built private off-campus dorm, The Callaway House, is American Campus Communities, a private student housing developer that the UT System has invested...

LISTEN: Balloon attacks, construction complaints in West Campus

September 8, 2013

In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala, and Jordan Rudner discuss the balloon attacks happening in West Campus, the 10-1 plan, and recent accusations that construction workers in West Campus...

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Construction workers in West Campus apartment complexes allege mistreatment, unpaid wages

September 6, 2013

Of the three West Campus apartment complexes that opened to more than 1,000 students this fall, at least two were built by construction workers who claimed they were mistreated. Documents obtained from...

LISTEN: Updates on Longhorn Network, regents

August 30, 2013

In the first Daily Texan podcast of the 2013 fall semester, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jordan Rudner discuss updates on the Longhorn Network and some of the recent Board of Regents controversies. Check...

UT appoints Greg Fenves to provost

August 4, 2013

Just before the start of the next academic school year, Greg Fenves, the dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering, has been appointed to the position of provost of the University. Fenves, who...

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LISTEN: Previewing the 2013 Texas Football season

August 2, 2013

In the last Daily Texan Podcast of the summer, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala, Jody Serrano and special guest Sara Beth Purdy recap the summer's two biggest stories: abortion legislation and Fisher...

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LISTEN: UT regents, MyEdu and ESPN’s X Games

July 26, 2013

In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala, Jody Serrano and special guest Jacob Kerr discuss the UT regents, MyEdu and ESPN's X Games. They also get off topic for a little bit and discuss the...

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Austin wins summer X Games bid, prepares to welcome extreme fans

July 22, 2013

Within the state of Texas, sports are a way of life. Home to two MLB teams, two NFL teams, three NBA teams, NBC’s Friday Night Lights and a mob of frenzied fans, Texas is known for its all-American,...

LISTEN: Greg Abbott running for Texas governor

July 19, 2013

In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jody Serrano discuss Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's recent announcement that he was running for governor in 2014. They also discuss the abortion...

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Greg Abbott speaks to Austinites at end of Texas tour

July 19, 2013

49ers quarterback and former longhorn Colt McCoy introduced Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as "the next Texas governor" to a crowd of Abbott supporters at an event in Austin Thursday evening. "It's...

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Democrats remain determined despite Texas Senate passing abortion legislation

July 13, 2013

Moments after the Texas Senate passed abortion legislation and sent a bill to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's desk, undaunted Democratic Senators and opponents of the abortion legislation rallied on the...

LISTEN: The Death and Life of the “Albino” Squirrel

July 12, 2013

In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala and Jody Serrano discuss the most recent UT System Board of Regent meeting, the final stages of the abortion legislation in the Texas legislature and the...

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Supporters, opponents of abortion legislation rally at Texas Capitol

July 9, 2013

Supporters of abortion legislation in blue and opponents of the bills in orange mixed together at the Texas Capitol Monday night, chanting, screaming and singing over each other. Two different rallies...

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LISTEN: The Second Special Session: The Sequel

July 5, 2013

In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Christian Ayala and special guest Laura Wright discuss the second special session of the 83rd Legislature. They also discuss how the national spotlight has turned to Texas...

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Texas House committee passes abortion legislation

July 3, 2013

More than 1,000 people signed up to testify on abortion legislation at a House State Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, but less than 100 had the opportunity to. The House State Affairs Committee...

Supreme Court strikes down Section 4 of Voting Rights Act

June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court of the United States has struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act and is requiring Congress to figure out new ways to determine which states require stricter federal monitoring. Section...

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LISTEN: Daily Texan Podcast tackles abortion, vetoes and Fisher v. Texas

June 21, 2013

In this podcast, Bobby Blanchard, Jody Serrano and Christine Ayala speak about the recent controversies at the State Capitol regarding abortion legislation. The trio also talk about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's...

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Rick Perry vetoes more than two dozen bills

June 15, 2013

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,...

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Job posting for UT Dell Medical School dean calls for significant research, economic return

June 11, 2013

In a 21-page document released Monday, UT has outlined the expectations, duties and opportunities of the inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School, a position the University hopes to have filled by...

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Mosque set on fire in North London close to UT students studying abroad

June 5, 2013

UT students studying abroad in north London are approximately a mile away from a mosque that was set on fire Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, a fire at the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association,...

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Higher ed stakeholders express concerns over declining research funding

June 5, 2013

On the cusp of possibly losing $105 million in research funds under the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, UT System officials are working to find alternative options to fund research.  Higher...

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School of Journalism director Glenn Frankel to leave UT after 2013-2014 academic year

May 15, 2013

After four years as the director of the School of Journalism, Glenn Frankel will retire from his position and become a full-time author. In an email to his colleagues Thursday evening, Frankel...