Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Brianna Stone

Semester in Review: looking back, looking forward

CRIME: Looking forward Meechaiel Criner’s trial is set to begin July 9. Criner was indicted by a grand jury for capital murder in connection with the 2016 death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser. Looking...


Harrison Brown’s girlfriend and friend keep him alive in their memories

Brianna Stone May 1, 2018

Exactly one year after UT freshman Harrison Brown was fatally stabbed on campus, Brown’s girlfriend and friend reflect on their experiences that tragic day and honor his memory. “That day...


Black UT creatives start their own production company: Black Futon Films

Faith Castle, Jordan Walter, and Brianna Stone April 27, 2018

It was July of last summer when acting senior Nyles Washington was staying on his friend’s couch in between apartment leases. On that couch, he wrote the short film that would later lead to the creation...


What starts with grad photos could change the world — and the environment

Brianna Stone April 26, 2018

A picture is not only worth a thousand words, but can also be worth a thousand pieces of glitter confetti on the ground. With commencement right around the corner, graduation photo-taking season is...


Landscape Services: The team behind keeping UT looking good

Brianna Stone April 19, 2018

With spring in full bloom and commencement right around the corner, the University has been working to keep the campus looking its best. One of the major faces behind the appearance of UT is the Landscape...


UT working to create more accessible campus for disabled students

Brianna Stone April 12, 2018

The University is working to ensure students with disabilities are properly accommodated for and able to fully enjoy their college experience on the 40 Acres. Increased efforts for diversity and inclusion,...


MLK’s legacy at UT endures 50 years after his death

Brianna Stone April 4, 2018

Today marks 50 years since civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed while at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Half a century later, some black 1960s alumni and Austin activists remember...


Israel Block Party celebrates 20th year

Brianna Stone March 29, 2018

The Israel Block Party celebrated its 20-year anniversary Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it a community celebration to learn about Israel — the good and the bad. Organized by Texas Hillel...


UTSG explained: Who’s in it and what does it do?

Brianna Stone March 26, 2018

During the last few weeks of the highly anticipated executive alliance election, Student Government has been a major topic of discussion at UT. If you have ever wondered what exactly SG is and what it...


UT remains on high alert despite bombing suspect’s death

Brianna Stone March 22, 2018

Although the suspected Austin serial bomber is dead, UT will remain on high alert in regard to campus safety and security in the following weeks. Over the last couple of weeks, four explosions have...


Student Government launches inaugural senior class gift

Brianna Stone March 21, 2018

For the first time in almost 100 years, Student Government is launching a 2018 senior class gift fundraising initiative, giving seniors a chance to give back to the University.  Students in the...


Third time’s the charm: SG executive alliance heads to a runoff

Brianna Stone March 9, 2018

After more than three weeks of campaigning and two separate votes, the Student Government executive alliance election is headed for a runoff. Colton Becker and Mehraz Rahman totaled 49.24 percent of...


Announcement of executive alliance results postponed due to ‘unheard complaints’

Brianna Stone March 2, 2018

The results of the Student Government executive alliance candidates were delayed due to “unheard complaints.” Dozens of students and candidates waited in front of the UT Tower on Thursday...


SG executive alliance candidates Aparna and Shawn: ‘No idea is too small’

Brianna Stone February 26, 2018

Aparna Chandrashekar and Shawn Killian said if they are elected Student Government president and vice president, they will work to accomplish small — but important — changes to help UT students. Chandrashekar,...


UT black architecture alumna shares her experience on 40 Acres in 1960s

Brianna Stone February 23, 2018

For most people, their college years are some of the best years of their life. For Betti Poindexter-Blackshear, her college years were some of the most difficult and challenging. As a black woman at...


UT SG executive alliance candidates Colton and Mehraz: ‘Let’s Get Started’

Brianna Stone February 22, 2018

Colton Becker and Mehraz Rahman, student body president and vice–president candidates, hope to empower students to better campus life and themselves. Although they believe they may not accomplish...

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The 5 percent: UT lacks black representation

Brianna Stone February 20, 2018

Sixty-eight years have passed since the first black student stepped foot on the 40 Acres. Despite some victories throughout the years, the lack of black representation in the student and faculty population...


SG presidential candidates Joshua and Chison: The little things matter

Brianna Stone February 20, 2018

These two Student Government candidates are focusing on the little things that will make life better for UT students. Joshua Richardson, electrical engineering senior, is running for SG president along...


SG presidential candidates Guneez and Hannah: ‘A new Texas looks like this’

Brianna Stone February 19, 2018

Student Government campaigns for the 2018–2019 student body president and vice president have kicked off with two candidates advocating for representation of students from all backgrounds. Guneez...

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UT students to celebrate Black Panther premiere followed by Black Empowerment Week

Brianna Stone February 16, 2018

Students are coming together to support the premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” movie, followed by a week dedicated to celebrating blackness and honoring Black History Month. Black...

Filing deadline for campus-wide elections passes but possibility for extensions remains

Brianna Stone February 14, 2018

The filing deadline to run for a UT Student Government position closed Tuesday at noon, but the possibility of a deadline extension remains on the table. Candidates for the 112th Session of the SG Assembly...

UT-Austin groups work toward bridging pay, inequity gaps among women, faculty members of color

Brianna Stone February 9, 2018

University members recently expanded their efforts to bridge inequity gaps among women and faculty members of color. Men and white faculty are paid more, receive more endowments, more promotions and...


Sen. Elizabeth Warren says electing more women to office will better the country

Brianna Stone February 5, 2018

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, reflected on her time as a young mother pursuing a teaching career to highlight the importance of affordable childcare and the need to elect women to office. Warren...


University pilots ‘observer-only’ access on Canvas for athletic academic coordinators

Brianna Stone February 2, 2018

The University and athletics department launched a pilot program this semester that monitors student athletes on Canvas to provide them with better academic support. Select instructors were automatically...


Distinguished retired UT professor passes away at 83

Brianna Stone January 29, 2018

UT alumnus and retired computer science professor James C. Browne died Friday, three days after his 83rd birthday. Browne died peacefully surrounded by family. Browne was born on Jan. 16, 1935, and...

LGBTQ Studies Program offers minor or certificate for students

Brianna Stone January 25, 2018

After many years of planning, the LGBTQ Studies Program launched for the 2017–2018 academic year last fall, bringing a new track of coursework for students. LGBTQ studies offers a transcript-recognized...

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Thousands rally at Capitol, City Hall for President Trump’s impeachment, Women’s March

Chase Karacostas and Brianna Stone January 21, 2018

On the one year anniversary of President Donald Trump taking office, more than 1,000 people rallied together to call for his impeachment. The Impeachment Rally began Saturday morning at City Hall with...

New courses prepare UT-Austin students for digital age — and apocalypse

Brianna Stone January 19, 2018

Among the new courses offered this semester, many are related to technology and innovation in the digital world — and there’s even a new course about the end of the world. Two new courses,...


Transition Week welcomes new students to campus

Brianna Stone January 18, 2018

Last week the University welcomed hundreds of new students to the Forty Acres and helped them kick off the spring semester with the 2018 Transition Week. Transition Week followed spring orientation...


Austin community celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Brianna Stone January 16, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. would have celebrated his 89th birthday on Monday. Instead, the Austin community celebrated his life and legacy at the annual city-wide MLK Celebration. Organized by the Austin...


International students reflect on time at UT

Brianna Stone December 5, 2016

As the end of the semester nears, students are packing their bags to return home to different cities, states ­and for some, different countries. This semester, 5,399 enrolled students and 265 ESL...


Umoja hosts week of women’s empowerment

Brianna Stone November 8, 2016

A non-greek UT sisterhood organization, Umoja, is hosting Umoja Week to promote unity and female empowerment. The word umoja means unity in Swahili, and Umoja President Nicolette Sulaiman...


UT leaders outline eight key areas for Diversity Action Plan

Brianna Stone November 4, 2016

UT leaders and stakeholders are collaborating to develop the Diversity Action Plan, which aims to increase diversity and inclusion among University students, faculty and staff. This summer, Gregory...

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Boycotters demand fair wages and rights from Wendy’s

Brianna Stone November 3, 2016

Students, consumer allies and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers gathered at a Wendy’s on East Riverside Drive Wednesday evening to boycott for farmworkers’ and restaurant workers’ rights. Wendy’s...


PACE continues helping some students but limits others

Brianna Stone November 3, 2016

The Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment program allows qualified students who were initially denied to UT Austin to earn admission through co-enrollment, but may be limiting some students’ desire...


Sanitary products collected for South African school girls

Brianna Stone October 31, 2016

Lack of access to feminine sanitary products could have a huge impact on the education of a South African school girl, and UT’s Fearless Leadership Institute is helping to break this educational...


Haruka Weiser remembered with flag-lowering service, safety campaign

Brianna Stone October 14, 2016

The tower chimed the song “Amazing Grace” Friday morning as the Weiser family, along with the UT community, gathered around the flagpole to remember Haruka. A flag-lowering memorial service...


Texas A&M group advocates for mandatory race class

Brianna Stone October 7, 2016

A Texas A&M student group, TAMU Anti-Racism, is calling for the university to add a mandatory racism awareness class to the curriculum, raising questions of whether such a class may be implemented at...


President Fenves finishes challenging first academic year in office, raises expectations for future

Brianna Stone October 6, 2016

It was 11 a.m. when UT President Gregory Fenves received the news about the discovery of a body in Waller Creek and the corresponding missing student report of Haruka Weiser.  “I got...


McCombs shows support for Black Lives Matter movement

Brianna Stone September 28, 2016

The Black Graduate Business Association, along with MBA students, staff and faculty, showed support Monday for Black Lives Matter by using #MBAsOpenUp, a hashtag intended to show that business schools...

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North Dakota access pipeline protesters bring their voices outside of Texas Tribune Festival

Brianna Stone September 26, 2016

While politicians, media and community members gathered at the Texas Tribune Festival, protesters outside the AT&T Conference Center endured through the Texas heat Saturday to show their opposition...

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Former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich opens Texas Tribune Festival

Brianna Stone September 26, 2016

The sixth annual Texas Tribune Festival kicked off Friday with a conversation between Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, and Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. The opening keynote took place in the Hogg Memorial...


Texas Tribune Festival: Former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich chats with Evan Smith

Brianna Stone September 23, 2016

Since dropping out of the Republican Presidential race in May, Ohio Governor John Kasich has done many things- none of which involve endorsing Donald Trump. Kasich also raised controversy by declining...


LGBT UT orgs show support for Austin PRIDE

Brianna Stone August 26, 2016

The 26th annual PRIDE celebration this week concludes tomorrow with a festival and parade. Several LGBT organizations at UT are showing support for Austin PRIDE by hosting special events, collecting...

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Gone To Texas introduces UT’s biggest class ever

Brianna Stone August 24, 2016

This year’s Gone To Texas program welcomed more than 8,500 incoming freshman and transfer students, the largest student influx in UT’s history, on Tuesday night on the Main Mall. President...


Campus masturbator targets women throughout West Campus

Brianna Stone July 17, 2016

Austin Police Department received a report of a man driving around West Campus and asking for directions while masturbating on July 1. The incident occurred at 2700 E. 22nd St., was categorized as an...


First living wall on campus completed

Brianna Stone July 12, 2016

After five years of planning and research, UT’s first living wall, a 10-by-25 foot honeycomb structure with carefully selected native plants, is complete. The project, shepherded by former School...


Austin advocacy groups host gathering after police killings of two black men

Brianna Stone July 8, 2016

In response to the police killings of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the Austin Justice Coalition and Black Lives Matter Austin hosted a vigil and meeting in east Austin at Givens...


New housing options in West Campus

Brianna Stone July 6, 2016

Among all the construction around campus are new modern mid and high-rise apartments, creating new living options for UT students.  Several new housing projects are underway in West Campus,...


Study shows teaching teens about social, personality changes helps cope with stress

Brianna Stone July 3, 2016

A new study by a UT psychology professor and graduate student concluded stress among teenagers can be alleviated by teaching them that social and personality traits can change. David Yeager, UT assistant...


Nonprofit RideAustin tries to replace Uber and Lyft

Brianna Stone June 17, 2016

A new nonprofit ride-hailing service, RideAustin, launched its app Thursday morning in an attempt to replace the departed Uber and Lyft. Uber and Lyft left Austin last month after Proposition 1 —...

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