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 Christina Breitbeil

Suspects identified in Wendy’s employee ‘Smack Cam’ incident

May 1, 2014

After an employee at an Austin Wendy’s was attacked April 22 when strangers took part in the rising Internet video trend known as “Smack Cam” — which involves someone slapping an...


Property tax rate to drop for coming year, but West Campus rent still expected to increase

April 29, 2014

Despite city officials’ proposal for a significant drop in Austin’s property tax rate for the coming year in the Austin City Council meeting Thursday, many expect rent prices in West Campus...


Research indicates energy efficiency, not renewables, is future of urban sustainability

April 29, 2014

Major cities should not rely on renewable sources of energy but should, instead, focus on maximizing energy efficiency, according to Arnulf Grubler, researcher at Yale University and the International...


Collegiate fragrance line adds UT to collection

April 22, 2014

Longhorn fans can now purchase University-themed cologne and perfume fragrances, released by Masik Collegiate Fragrances, a company that distributes perfumes and colognes for 20 state universities.  The...

Horticulturist says maroon bonnets likely result of seed mix-up

April 22, 2014

The mysterious maroon bluebonnets on campus are here to stay, and their origins seem to be more from UT-based roots than the previously speculated Texas A&M ones. Alpha Phi Omega, a UT service fraternity,...


Professors share research at TED-Talk inspired symposium

April 16, 2014

University professors presented their research in engineering and science Tuesday at the Student Engineering Council’s Research Symposium — in a manner which event organizers claim is the first...


With Aggie connections still a mystery, UT officials decide to remove maroon bluebonnets

April 15, 2014

As speculation circulates that a strain of maroon bluebonnets sprouting on campus is a result of a Texas A&M prank, University officials have decided to have the Aggie-colored flowers removed, according...

Study indicating Texas does not respond to carcinogenic effects of gas industry leads to new study by the state

April 10, 2014

Despite state research showing that emissions from oil drilling processes include carcinogens, Texas heath and environmental agencies did not immediately react with heightened regulations or investigations...

Briscoe Center to gain endowment and possibly more from April 9 auction of Revolutionary War flag

April 8, 2014

The University’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History will gain an endowment from the Flag Heritage Foundation’s Wednesday auction of a Revolutionary War era American flag, and its directors...


Keeping Tower dark for Earth Hour was intended to raise awareness for conservation, not to lessen electricity use

April 2, 2014

While switching off all lights in the Tower is an insignificant action in terms of conserving electricity, the gesture still makes a difference, according to Jim Walker, director of sustainability...

Red River Street closure to cause traffic changes

March 26, 2014

Significant traffic changes and delays will result from the closure of Red River Street on April 12 and preparatory roadwork on 15th Street beginning March 30, according to the University’s Parking...


After six years, UT law professor gains access to previously withheld border information

March 26, 2014

Six years after her initial request for public records regarding federally built fences along the Texas-Mexico border, UT law professor Denise Gilman has passed a significant barrier in receiving the documents....


New York Times’ John Schwartz: Journalism is alive and well

March 25, 2014

The field of journalism is not dwindling because of the digitalization of media but is instead adapting and thriving, according to John Schwartz, UT alumnus and national correspondent for The New York...

Amplify Austin raises $5.7 million in funds

March 24, 2014

Amplify Austin, a 24-hour “festival of giving,” exceeded its goal of $4 million on Friday, raising a total of $5.7 million dollars for more than 400 local nonprofit organizations. The event,...


Drop in Drag restaurant sales over break suggests heavy student reliance on eating out

March 19, 2014

The strip of restaurants lining Guadalupe next to the University, commonly known as “The Drag,” experiences significant drops in sales over spring, summer and winter breaks, according to several store...

Professor named AERA fellow for progressive educational research

March 19, 2014

The American Educational Research Association, a national research society devoted to education, has named sociology professor Chandra Muller one of its 22 fellows nationwide for 2014, which, according...

UT golf extends invite to Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, actor unresponsive

March 5, 2014

The University’s golf team extended an invitation Monday to UT alumnus Matthew McConaughey, who won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Actor on Sunday evening, to join them in a round of golf. The invitation...

Media’s focus on celebrity aid lessens probability of political action

March 4, 2014

Following natural disasters, the mass media’s focus on celebrities who provide relief instead of the victims of the crises could prevent public policy solutions from being formed, according to research...

Scholarship in memory of UT grad to go to Rio Grande Valley student

February 26, 2014

Friends and family of the late Elizabeth Garcia, who received her bachelor’s degree from UT in 1987, are working to raise funds as her birthday approaches on Feb. 27 to distribute a scholarship in...


The Giant Magellan, world’s largest telescope, ready for construction

February 25, 2014

The Giant Magellan Telescope, designed in part by UT faculty, has passed reviews and is now ready for construction, according to an announcement by the McDonald Observatory last week. Once constructed,...


UT professor receives handwritten apology from Obama

February 21, 2014

After President Barack Obama made a comment about majoring in art history, art history professor Ann Johns sent the White House a response refuting his statement. What Johns didn’t expect was to...


LBJ initiative will celebrate civil rights legislation of past, highlight issues of today

February 19, 2014

A multi-year initiative to highlight current civil rights issues by remembering the civil rights legislation of the past debuts Wednesday on behalf of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The initiative,...


University Democrats hold early voting rally at the West Mall

February 18, 2014

University Democrats rallied at the West Mall beginning at 9 p.m. Monday to encourage students to vote early for the Travis County elections on March 4. Early voting opens Tuesday at 7 a.m. The organization...

UT professor and physics Nobel laureate talks about his life outside of physics

February 12, 2014

From a young age, Steven Weinberg preferred to read or play with chemicals instead of playing outside. “Even now, I get a little pleasure when I look out the window, and it’s raining, and...


Winter freezes lengthen Girl Scout cookie season

February 11, 2014

After several days of inclement weather and limited cookie sales, the Girl Scouts of Central Texas have decided to extend sales through March 2. The extension of sales began on the weekend of Feb. 7...


Student Government discusses campus closure, lengthening Thanksgiving break

February 5, 2014

Following student complaints regarding the University’s late campus closure for the two recent snow days, members of Student Government presented legislation requesting improvements to the University’s...

University awards professor for fostering entrepreneurial success

February 4, 2014

A mechanical engineering professor received an award from the University’s Austin Technology Incubator for his contributions toward helping future technological entrepreneurs Wednesday. Michael...


Abortion rights rally draws support from political candidates

January 27, 2014

At an abortion rights rally and march Saturday, Texas congressional candidates said they were opposed to House Bill 2, though they did not have specific plans to address the bill’s provisions.  Louie...


Journalism school celebrates centennial

January 14, 2014

The Moody College of Communications’ school of journalism celebrated its 100th Anniversary at a ceremony Monday, in which speakers addressed the school’s successes over the last century, while...

Refunds offered to students stranded in Dallas by Texas Express after holiday break

December 3, 2013

Two hundred UT students were stranded in Dallas on Sunday night after Star Shuttle buses failed to arrive at their scheduled time. Replacement buses showed up more than three hours later after company...


Older buses cause dissatisfaction among students relying on UT shuttles

December 2, 2013

As the buses of the UT Shuttle and E-bus system become older, many students have noticed increasing unreliability within the system. The fleet of buses used by Capital Metro are scheduled to be replaced...

Older buses cause dissatisfaction among students relying on UT shuttles

November 27, 2013

As the buses of the UT Shuttle and E-bus system become older, many students have noticed increasing unreliability within the system. The fleet of buses used by Capital Metro are scheduled to be replaced...


Real estate developer American Campus Communities rapidly expands in West Campus

November 25, 2013

Major real estate developer American Campus Communities has dominated management of several West Campus apartment complexes and will be likely expanding in the future, realtors say. With the establishment...


Formula 1 race casts UT female students based on level of attractiveness

November 20, 2013

Officials from this weekend’s Formula 1 race targeted female UT students to work at the Circuit of the Americas track and based offers of employment primarily on appearance, according to several...


Ben and Jerry’s co-founder emphasizes the ethics of business

November 20, 2013

A co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company said there is a “spiritual” aspect of business ethics that is undervalued in the corporate world during a lecture at the AT&T Conference...

New certificate program develops energy expertise for any career

November 18, 2013

McCombs School of Business launched a certificate program in summer 2013, the Energy Management Program, though the program will be awaiting official approval from the University until Jan. 1. The program,...


Journalists track Texas’ movement from red to purple

November 14, 2013

A group of political journalists discussed the possibility that Texas could become a “purple” state — or one that swings between voting Democratic or Republican — in the 2014 election...

New certificate program develops energy expertise for any career

November 14, 2013

McCombs School of Business launched a certificate program in Summer 2013, the Energy Management Program, though the program will be awaiting official approval from the University until Jan. 1. The program,...


UT alumna Karen Nyberg lands from space

November 11, 2013

Karen Nyberg, NASA astronaut and UT mechanical engineering alumna, landed back on Earth yesterday with Expedition 37.  Nyberg was the flight engineer for the expedition, which began as Expedition...

Research indicates focus on smoking habits can lead to prevention of drinking

November 8, 2013

UT student smokers are significantly inclined to display a disposition toward drinking alcohol, but the reverse is not the case with student drinkers, according to new research by UT assistant professor Jessica...


Dell Medical School leaders say building on track, while curriculum and faculty still to come

October 30, 2013

The Dell Medical School is in the final stages of design and planning, and construction of the first set of facilities for the medical district is set to begin on schedule in a few months. The development...

Judge declares portions of Texas abortion bill unconstitutional

October 28, 2013

A U.S. district judge determined parts of the state’s most recent abortion restriction bill unconstitutional Monday.  U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel partially granted a preliminary injunction...


LBJ School hosts symposium on factors contributing to success of cities

October 28, 2013

A symposium on improving city life and management hosted by the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Friday featured several regional mayors who discussed the future of urban planning and development with primary...

West Campus apartments release higher prices despite added properties

October 23, 2013

As students rush to sign leases on apartments in West Campus for the coming year, apartment complexes are rolling out their updated prices for 2014-2015. Major competitors in the West Campus housing...

UT professor Joseph Potter responds to attacks made by state on research

October 21, 2013

Joseph Potter, sociology professor and head of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, defended himself Friday against accusations by the state claiming his abortion-related research is flawed. Planned...

The state refutes request for injunction against new abortion regulations

October 16, 2013

The state of Texas filed a response to Planned Parenthood’s request for a preliminary injunction against House Bill 2 — a set of strengthened abortion regulations — on Oct. 15. This...


UT professor’s research exposes inequity caused by favoritism

October 16, 2013

Favoritism, as opposed to discrimination, contributes to a greater level of inequity within a school or workplace, according to a study co-authored by economics professor Daniel Hamermesh. Maastricht...

Research by UT professor to counter new abortion bill

October 10, 2013

Planned Parenthood will use research from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, headed by UT professor Joseph Potter, to justify a request for a preliminary injunction against a set of new abortion restrictions...

New “Teaching Assistant of the Month” award to recognize TAs on campus

October 9, 2013

A new “TA of the Month” award, created by the Graduate School Assembly and the Student Senate, will recognize its inaugural recipient this month, according to representatives of GSA.   The...

Archeology site given World Heritage status after UT professor Joseph Carter’s excavation

September 24, 2013

UT classical archaeology professor Joseph Carter returned to Chersonesos, Ukraine, on Friday to celebrate the site’s World Heritage status designation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific...

FBI workshop raises awareness against biosecurity threats

September 19, 2013

Close to 40 people gathered at the Texas Student Union Theater Wednesday for the FBI Academic Biosecurity Workshop, where speakers discussed the current issues regarding biosecurity and the steps taken...

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