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Workaholic finally breaks up with the Texan, will only miss the Tea

May 8, 2020

How do you write about the end? How do you encapsulate four years in a place that gave you every high and low you never expected? I’m not entirely sure, but I know it wasn’t perfect. My time...


Butler School professor Dan Welcher resigned after sexual harassment, misconduct violations

March 30, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is about sexual harassment and misconduct. It contains graphic images and descriptions. Composition professor Dan Welcher resigned on March 2 shortly before the University...


Afraid to speak up: Culture of silence surrounded UT music professor’s conduct for years

December 5, 2019

The allegations of sexual misconduct by composition professor Dan Welcher detailed in an article by VAN Magazine earlier this semester were shocking to some in the Butler School of Music. But for others...

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Composition professor leaves music school following sexual misconduct allegations

October 1, 2019

Update 9:22 p.m.:  Composition professor Dan Welcher said in an email to The Daily Texan that he has not yet heard from the Office for Inclusion and Equity, the College of Fine Arts or the Butler...


Legislative session ends, UT receives small increase in state funding

May 29, 2019

The 86th legislative session ended Monday, and UT got a modest increase in funding, mirroring the last legislative session two years ago. The University received a 4% raise in funding from the state...


State Rep. Mary González awarded University of Texas Ph.D as she finishes fourth legislative session

May 18, 2019

Whenever there's a lull on the Texas House floor, state Rep. Mary González immediately pulls out her textbooks to cram in some last-minute studying. Just like any other UT student, she has finals...


UT’s switch to Workday came with more than a few hiccups, but they were to be expected

May 8, 2019

Editor’s Note: The names of students in this article were changed for fear of alienating their managers. It’s affected every corner of campus, and few people have anything good to say about...


U.S. Senate to roll out bill to raise tobacco age

May 1, 2019

With the Texas Legislature just weeks away from passing a bill to raise the age limit for tobacco purchase and consumption to 21, the United States Senate is preparing to propose the same measure...


Students unlikely to benefit from swap of property tax cap for sales tax increase, experts say

April 25, 2019

Students are unlikely to see any benefits and could even be hurt by the state’s proposal to counterbalance the property tax rate cap with an increase in the state sales tax, experts say. However,...


Air Force veteran MJ Hegar announces 2020 Senate run against John Cornyn

April 24, 2019

MJ Hegar, the Air Force veteran who narrowly lost a Congressional race in Round Rock last year, announced Tuesday she would challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in 2020.  A previously unknown...


President Greg Fenves approves changes to athletics council that critics said would damage student representation

April 10, 2019

UT President Gregory Fenves recently approved a policy some students have said would hurt their voice and influence on the Intercollegiate Athletics Council. Current and former members of the Council...


Proposed changes to council overseeing athletics department could dilute student voices

April 1, 2019

UT President Gregory Fenves is reviewing a proposal that some say would hurt student representation on the Intercollegiate Athletics Council, one of the most powerful advisory committees on campus. Students...


Beto O’Rourke makes his run for president official with kick-off rally in Austin

March 31, 2019

With the Texas Capitol as his backdrop, former Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke greeted a crowd of thousands Saturday night in Austin to officially launch his bid for president. “This democracy...


Family of Nicky Cumberland backs anti-hazing legislation in emotional testimony at Texas Capitol

March 21, 2019

State Rep. Angie Chen Button dabbed away tears as Shawn Cumberland described how his son Nicky died from injuries sustained in a car crash as he left a Texas Cowboys initiation event. “I’m...


Beto O’Rourke announces presidential bid, two candidates from Texas now vying for Democratic nomination

March 14, 2019

Former Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke told an El Paso TV station on Wednesday that he is officially running for president. The announcement came via text, according to the station. O’Rourke...


Former UT President Bill Powers dies at 72

March 10, 2019

Severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings caused UT to cancel its spring commencement in 2015, but students gathered the next day to host a makeshift ceremony.  Despite it being entirely unplanned,...


Changes in funding force AIDS Services of Austin to relocate free STD test clinic near campus

March 5, 2019

Every time Tony Hernandez went to get STD testing by himself, he got nervous and his hands would sweat. Sometimes it even felt like he was about to receive a death sentence. “But the Q made me...


The “bathroom bill” as it was may be dead, but lawmakers say new anti-LGBTQ+ issues could be on the horizon

February 25, 2019

Texas lawmakers in 2017 spent weeks fighting over various iterations of the so-called “bathroom bill.” But weeks into this year’s legislative session, there has been barely a whisper...


Hey, Curious Campus: What’s Beto O’Rourke planning for 2020? A run for president, or Senate?

February 22, 2019

One after another, Democrats are launching their bids for the Party’s 2020 nomination. But 2018 Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke is still mulling whether to run as he makes his way around the...


First-time freshman international student enrollment drops nationally and at UT

February 14, 2019

Correction: This story has been updated to accurately reflect the University's enrollment numbers. The Texan regrets this error. UT’s enrollment of international students who are first-time...


Bill could force undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition, quadrupling cost of UT

February 7, 2019

A bill filed by state Rep. Kyle Biedermann could take away undocumented students’ ability to pay in-state tuition at Texas colleges and universities.  If it passes, the cost of tuition for...


Higher education commissioner to resign after 15 years

February 5, 2019

Higher education commissioner Raymund Paredes said he never lost sight of the students he was working to support in his 15 years on the job, even when it meant testifying to lawmakers at the Capitol...

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New campaign to combat opioid epidemic neglects major solutions, experts say

January 31, 2019

With the United States likely to have one million fatalities from the opioid crisis by 2020, Attorney General Ken Paxton launched a campaign to educate Texans on the dangers of prescription painkillers....


Dell Med unveils $300 million redesign of Austin State Hospital, state mental health care

January 29, 2019

The Dell Medical School unveiled its nearly $300 million plan to remodel Austin State Hospital, the oldest psychiatric facility in the state. Austin State Hospital first opened in 1861 and has expanded...


Government shutdown could soon affect financial aid applications, University of Texas research

January 23, 2019

The government shutdown could affect federal student financial aid applications and, down the line, federally funded research projects at UT-Austin. The federal Department of Education oversees...


Federal judge blocks Trump administration from adding citizenship question to 2020 census

January 22, 2019

A federal judge in New York has barred the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, calling the Commerce Department’s decision a “veritable smorgasbord”...


What a drag: Moojo, Austin Pizza, Jamba Juice and Fat Sal’s — some of the Drag’s staples — close permanently

January 22, 2019

The Drag, UT’s ever-changing food and shopping scene, has lost four more staples over winter break — Moojo, Fat Sal’s, Jamba Juice and Austin’s Pizza. But Kokodak, a new restaurant,...


Federal judge blocks Trump administration from adding citizenship question to 2020 census

January 15, 2019

A federal judge in New York has barred the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, calling the Commerce Department’s decision a “veritable smorgasbord”...


Julián Castro, former San Antonio mayor and HUD secretary, announces run for president

January 12, 2019

Julián Castro, former Housing and Urban Development secretary, declared his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Saturday morning. The former San Antonio mayor made his announcement...


‘A historical abomination’: State Preservation board votes to remove Confederate plaque from Capitol

January 11, 2019

The State Preservation Board voted this morning to remove a Confederate plaque from the Capitol that was placed there 60 years ago. The six-member board – made up of the governor, lieutenant governor,...


Moojo’s, Austin’s Pizza — two of the Drag’s staples — close permanently over winter break

January 11, 2019

The Drag, UT’s ever-changing food and shopping scene, has lost two more staples – Moojo’s and Austin’s Pizza. The ice cream sandwich and pizza shops closed over winter break....


UT System begins laying off employees to cut costs, refocus administrative functions

January 9, 2019

UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken laid off approximately 65 employees this week as part of a plan to reduce costs across the 700-person administrative branch that oversees UT-Austin and 13 other institutions. The...


Dennis Bonnen unanimously elected Texas House speaker, succeeding long-time leader Joe Straus

January 8, 2019

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, was elected speaker of the Texas House of Representatives by a unanimous vote on Tuesday, just hours into the session’s opening day. Bonnen is replacing...


Sen. Charles Schwertner steps down from chairmanship following inconclusive University of Texas harassment investigation

January 5, 2019

State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, has told Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Senate leader, he wants to give up his chairmanship of the Health and Human Services Committee. This follows an inconclusive...


New scooter rules, regulations likely coming to University of Texas campus in 2019

December 22, 2018

A group of campus officials released a set of recommendations this week to increase regulations on commercial scooters around campus, including “aggressive” impounding of scooters violating...


UT student reports sexual assault at Jester West Dormitory

December 17, 2018

A UT student reported a non-stranger sexual assault that occurred at 5 p.m. Sunday, according to a campus-wide safety alert email.  UTPD is actively investigating the incident, according to the...


Free speech group files lawsuit accusing UT-Austin of stifling student First Amendment rights

December 16, 2018

Speech First, a national group that advocates for free speech on college campuses, filed a federal lawsuit this week accusing UT-Austin of stifling students’ free speech rights. The lawsuit specifically...


Texas Democrat files bill that alerts colleges if transfer students have history of sex offenses

December 14, 2018

A state legislator filed a bill yesterday which would provide colleges with more information about transfer students with a history of sexual misconduct or violence. House Bill 524 would require “specific...


Attorney general Jeff Sessions resigns at President Trump’s request

November 7, 2018

Attorney general Jeff Sessions resigned at President Donald Trump’s request just one day after the midterm election. Sessions’ departure has been forecast by news outlets for months. Matthew...


Austin could reach 52 percent renewable energy by 2021

November 5, 2018

Austin plans to reach 52 percent renewable energy production by 2021 thanks in part to a solar contract approved by the City Council in October that may also reduce electricity rates.  This latest...


Semester in Review: looking back, looking forward

May 4, 2018

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...

Texas sues federal government to end DACA

May 2, 2018

Fulfilling a threat made last summer against the Trump administration, Texas has filed a lawsuit to force the federal government to end DACA. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is the...


Lori Brown honors son by advocating for safer UT

May 1, 2018

Walking on campus in April, Lori Brown remembered her son Harrison Brown’s first year at UT. “Harrison had a moped down here,” Lori said with a laugh in the AT&T Center parking...

May 1, 2017: Campus remembers

May 1, 2018

A year ago today, as students were starting their last week of classes, UT was suddenly robbed of its sense of security. Three people were injured and one was killed in an on-campus stabbing that tore...


Residents of Goodall Wooten dormitory told they must leave by May 16

April 26, 2018

The Goodall Wooten is a plain, high-rise dormitory building located on The Drag. It’s known by residents as “The Woo,” and many who pass by it barely even notice it’s there.  Some...

Federal judge orders Trump administration to begin accepting new DACA applications, with 90-day delay

April 25, 2018

A federal judge in Washington D.C. has ordered the Trump administration to begin accepting applications for DACA, which protects young immigrants brought to the country illegally from deportation, with...


Travis County breaks voter registration record, Texas may soon have online voting

April 23, 2018

Travis County now has the highest total number of registered voters ever in the county with more than 740,000 people registered. The county broke its record last month when it surpassed the previous...


Never fear, UT turtles will stay here

April 19, 2018

Students were sent into a frenzy Tuesday as horror-film-esque rumors circulated — the turtle pond and the BOT greenhouse might be demolished. However, the turtle pond and greenhouse are not going...


Beyond the label: How one student is breaking down misconceptions

April 16, 2018

As most UT students power walk to class with headphones in their ears and textbooks in hand, finance junior Amie Jean carefully navigates her way through the crowds on Speedway with her sidekick Alfred,...