The Daily Texan

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Managing editor refuses to order pizza one last time

December 9, 2019

How could I possibly describe how much the Texan means to me in just 360 words?  I’ve spent all 13 semesters of college in the Texan office (still not sure if that’s a brag or not)....


An update on The Daily Texan’s verification process

December 6, 2019

Last month, the Texan staff was contacted by a spokesperson from the city of Austin with concerns about an article that quoted two city of Austin officials. Both of the city officials told our staff that...


A message from The Daily Texan’s managing editor

November 22, 2019

Each week, Texan staff members spend countless hours working to keep the UT community informed. We strive each day to make sure the stories we publish are accurate and balanced.  We’ve always...


Police find body of a man in Clark Field

May 25, 2017

The UT Police Department found the body of a middle-aged man in the area of Clark Field Thursday morning. UTPD said the death appears to be of natural causes. Police have provided little information...


UT stabbing suspect said no one noticed him before the attack

May 10, 2017

Biology junior Kendrex White, the student facing murder charges in the on-campus stabbing that left three students injured and another dead on the scene, told Houston news station KPRC2 from Travis County...


Year in Review

May 5, 2017

Stabbing On May 1 at 1:46 p.m., the UT Police Department responded to a call about an individual attacking a student with a large, Bowie-style hunting knife in the Speedway Plaza. Two minutes later,...


Individual fabricated West Campus stabbing story

May 3, 2017

The student in Monday afternoon’s 26th Street stabbing incident fabricated the report, according to the Austin Police Department. A 20-year-old male student was playing with a knife when he accidentally...


White claims no memory of Monday attacks

May 3, 2017

Biology junior Kendrex White, the student facing murder charges in the death of undergraduate studies freshman Harrison Brown, told police he did not remember Monday’s attack, according to an affidavit...


May 1, 2017: Timeline of the campus tragedy

May 3, 2017

Rumors ran rampant Monday afternoon after a UT student assaulted other students in an attack that left one dead and three injured. The following is a 24-hour breakdown of events from the time the UT Police...


GoFundMe page created for injured victim of stabbing

May 3, 2017

A GoFundMe page created Tuesday identifies one of the injured victims of Monday’s on-campus stabbing as Stuart Bayliss. According to the GoFundMe page, Bayliss sustained multiple injuries and...


APD confirms 26th and Nueces stabbing incident

May 2, 2017

Austin Police Department Chief Brian Manley clarified details of the Monday afternoon stabbing at Nueces and 26th Streets, at a joint press conference Tuesday morning. The incident was reported to APD...


Body found in West Campus

May 2, 2017

A body of a man believed to be in his 20’s was found in a West Campus apartment near the intersection of Nueces and 27th streets Monday evening after officers responded to a check welfare call, according...


UTPD identifies suspect in on-campus stabbing

May 2, 2017

Update (10:12 a.m.):  Contrary to many social media rumors yesterday afternoon, investigating authorities have found no evidence that the suspect in Monday afternoon's on-campus stabbing was...


Victim and suspect in on-campus stabbing identified

May 2, 2017

School officials from the North Texas town Graham confirmed the death of UT student Harrison Brown in the on-campus stabbing in a Facebook post Monday evening. The UT Police Department held a press...


One dead in on-campus stabbing, non-credible bomb threat at Belo

May 1, 2017

Update (5:00 p.m.): The UT Police Department held a press conference this afternoon to update the community on the stabbing that occurred on campus that resulted in one death and three injured. UTPD...


Shots fired near campus Thursday morning

April 27, 2017

Update (2:22 p.m.): Neither the suspect or targets were UT students or employees, according to UTPD. The shooting occurred near a construction site close to campus.  Original post: The...


UTPD increases call boxes on campus, adds video cameras

April 27, 2017

Increasing the number of emergency call boxes on campus continues to be a top priority for improving campus safety, said Peter Scheets, assistant chief of the UT Police Department. Currently, UT has...


APD searching for suspects in frat house vandalism

April 24, 2017

The Austin Police Department released a “Be on the Lookout” notice in an effort to identify the suspects in multiple vandalisms that occurred at several West Campus fraternity houses last week. The...

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Satirical ad campaign highlights potential violence of campus carry laws

April 20, 2017

The students behind the “Cocks Not Glocks” protest on campus last fall released a satirical ad campaign Tuesday to coincide with potential changes to the state’s existing campus carry...

UTPD teaches self-defense strategies to community

April 18, 2017

Enrollment in the UT Police Department’s Rape Aggression Defense class has remained consistent with past semester averages despite recent conversations surrounding campus safety, said UTPD Lt. Laura...


UT police to begin using body cameras

April 14, 2017

The UT Police Department implemented portable body cameras late last month in an effort to build trust between UT police officers and the campus community, the University announced Thursday. In a five-year,...


UTPD officers bring big-city experience to campus policing

April 13, 2017

Michael Murphy was one block away from Cole Hall during his sophomore year at Northern Illinois University when a former student entered the classroom, fatally shot five people and wounded 16 others in...

YouTuber banned from campus for trespassing

April 12, 2017

The UT Police Department issued a criminal trespass warning on YouTuber Connor Murphy last week after he repeatedly entered Gregory Gymnasium illegally to film videos for his channel. Murphy is best...


Be Safe campaign introduces new logo in honor of Haruka Weiser

April 11, 2017

The UT Police Department introduced a new logo for its Be Safe campaign last week in honor of dance freshman Haruka Weiser one year after her death.  “Some cultures change the name of their...

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City agencies team up to combat spike in K2 incidents

April 10, 2017

Austin city leaders teamed up to crack down on the spread of K2 following an uptick in overdoses and hospitalizations in recent weeks. K2, also known as synthetic marijuana, is a blend of industrial...

Officer seeks to balance humor, safety in Campus Watch report

April 7, 2017

UT Police Department Officer Michael Murphy got his first crack at writing the Campus Watch late last semester after an injury restricted him to light duty within the office.  “It was the...


National Weather Service trains UT community in severe weather spotting

April 6, 2017

As part of its larger weather safety initiatives, the University is hosting a Basic SkyWarn Severe Weather Recognition and Safety training session on campus next Thursday for members of the UT community....


UTPD steps up bike enforcement program

April 5, 2017

The UT Police Department began heavier cycling education and enforcement techniques this semester following construction on Speedway that resulted in several crashes between cyclists and pedestrians. The...

Racist posters target Chinese community in campus buildings

April 4, 2017

Update (2:48 p.m.): UT President Gregory Fenves announced via Twitter Tuesday morning that the University has identified the student who may be responsible for racist and derogatory flyers that appeared...


UT Police Department officers reflect on year since on-campus murder

April 4, 2017

For the UT Police Department officers on duty the day dance freshman Haruka Weiser’s body was found in Waller Creek, the one-year anniversary of her death brings up strong memories of responding...


Homeless man threatens to kill UT student

April 4, 2017

A homeless man in East Campus threatened to kill a UT student early Friday morning after she refused to give him money, according to the UT and Austin Police Departments. The student, government senior...


Students reflect on campus safety during one-year anniversary of Haruka Weiser’s murder

April 3, 2017

The death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser last spring prompted the University to make campus-wide safety improvements. Exactly one year after her death, students say some safety improvements are more noticeable...


UTPD K-9 unit puts bark to their bite

March 31, 2017

For Jarno, Doerack and Spike, three young Belgian Malinois in the UT Police Department’s K-9 unit, the phrase “dogs take after their owners” holds especially true.  “Jarno...

DWI rates likely not affected by ride-hailing companies, APD records show

March 30, 2017

DWI rates have remained consistent in Austin despite the off-and-on presence of various ride-hailing options in the last year, according to Austin Police Department records.  Since Uber and Lyft’s...


SURE Walk sees increased requests, seeks to expand

March 29, 2017

Two years ago, government junior Isaiah Carter spent an entire semester volunteering with SURE Walk and only received one call to walk a student home over the course of four months. Students United...


UT President Fenves provides updates on campus safety before year anniversary of UT murder

March 29, 2017

In preparation for the one-year anniversary of the death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser, UT President Gregory Fenves emailed the campus community to announce a vigil in her honor as well as provide a...


Fenves provides campus safety updates before year anniversary of on-campus murder

March 28, 2017

In preparation for the one-year anniversary of the death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser, UT President Gregory Fenves emailed the campus community to announce a vigil in her honor as well as provide a...

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...


UTPD warns community of aggressive panhandlers near campus

March 27, 2017

The UT Police Department began warning students last week of aggressive panhandlers operating around the campus area. The “scam artists,” UTPD said, will approach individuals and claim to...

Department of Public Safety to take over Austin DNA lab

March 24, 2017

The Austin Police Department has officially forfeited control of its DNA lab to the state after the Austin City Council approved multiple agreements Thursday aimed at addressing its backlog.  Nearly...

Texas Senate passed bill creating grant program for bullet-proof vests

March 23, 2017

Thousands of law enforcement officers across the state could soon receive bullet-resistant vests, thanks to a bill passed by the Texas Senate last week. Prompted by the ambush-style attacks on five...

Texting-while-driving ban passes through House, works it way through Senate

March 22, 2017

While some students hit the road for spring break vacation, the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate worked to pass bills cracking down on texting while driving. House Bill 62, which passed...

Final phase of UTPD’s Be Safe campaign asks for original artwork from students, faculty

March 20, 2017

The UT Police Department is asking students to submit artistic representations of what it means to be safe on campus as part of the fourth and final phase of its Be Safe campaign. All UT students, faculty...


Trial date pushed back to August in UT murder case

March 20, 2017

Following a DNA backlog and other delays, the trial date for Meechaiel Khalil Criner has been pushed back to August at the earliest by Travis County Judge David Wahlberg. Criner was indicted on a charge...


Travis County DA will not offer plea deal to Criner

March 17, 2017

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore will not offer a plea deal to the man accused of murdering dance freshman Haruka Weiser last April, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “We...

Liquor law and drug violations on campus in decline

March 3, 2017

The majority of liquor law and drug violations on campus have been in steady decline since 2013, according to the University’s most recent reports. Drug abuse violations on campus resulting in...


APD begins initiative to combat distracted driving

March 2, 2017

The Austin Police Department began amping up their approach to combating distracted driving in the Austin area last month.  As part of a new initiative, APD Sgt. Michael Barger with the department’s...


Community leaders discuss relations between African Americans, police

March 1, 2017

For black families across the nation, conversations about how to survive interactions with law enforcement happen on a regular basis. As part of its larger project, “The Talk,” the Austin...

Jewish community center in West campus vandalized

March 1, 2017

A window of Texas Hillel was broken last Saturday in an act of vandalism currently being investigated by the UT and Austin Police Departments. Texas Hillel, a Jewish student center located on San...

Messaging group provides Muslim students with means to coordinate safety

February 28, 2017

Biology sophomore Samah Khalid avoided riding her bike for nearly a month after a car swerved into her lane as she was pedaling to her West Campus apartment one night, just days after Donald Trump was elected...