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Former Texan staffer: the Texan goes beyond the basement

July 28, 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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Student veterans face challenges when reintegrating into campus life

November 25, 2013

For a small population of UT students, campus life comes with several realizations — being the oldest student in class or that, unlike their peers, they are balancing a family life and their studies. Student...


Longtime season ticket holders limit seat options for recent graduates

November 15, 2013

On game day, the stands of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium are filled with cheering fans, many of whom left the UT campus years ago but keep coming back for Longhorn football. Attending games becomes...


UT expands on available space instead of acquiring important community buildings

October 28, 2013

As a campus with limited room for expansion, UT has grown around neighboring privately owned properties that now sit on campus and have formed an unintentional border for campus expansion. As the University...

President William Powers named UC-Berkeley’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year

October 3, 2013

President William Powers Jr. was named the University of California at Berkeley’s Alumnus of the year for 2014. Powers received his undergraduate chemistry degree at UC-Berkeley in 1967.  According...


Powers named University of California, Berkeley 2014 Alumnus of the Year

October 2, 2013

UT President William Power Jr. was named the University of California, Berkeley’s Alumnus of the Year for 2014. Powers received his undergraduate chemistry degree at the UC-Berkeley in 1967. According...


Family continues search for long-lost bust of former UT President William Sutton

September 30, 2013

Ninety years after he was president of the University, the memory of William Seneca Sutton lingers in the hall on campus that bears his name, tucked away between the Harry Ransom Center and West Mall....


Who’s hiding William Sutton?

September 30, 2013

A bronze bust of William S. Sutton ‘s baldhead and handlebar mustache has been missing from the main floor of Sutton Hall for more than 30 years. Sutton’s great-granddaughter, Sally Hoffman,...


14 Things you didn’t know about Bevo XIV

September 16, 2013

    1. Bevo XIV took over as the official University mascot at the age of two.   2. Bevo XIV was originally named Sunrise Studly and was a champion show steer before taking...


Life of Bevo — The past and present of the Texas Longhorn mascot

September 15, 2013

The speckles of orange and white on Bevo’s coat match the blurs on the football field as he watches on from the sidelines for his ninth straight season as UT’s living Longhorn mascot. The...

Rep. Dan Branch speaks at Student Government meeting

September 4, 2013

Texas House Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas helped kick off Student Government’s fall session by speaking at the organization’s first general meeting Tuesday. Branch addressed the University’s...


Longhorn Network audience limited

August 28, 2013

As the Longhorn Network enters its third football season, it has made its way into 5.5 million living rooms and dorms but is still not easily accessible to most students living off campus. Students...

Dell Medical School faces religious controversy

August 28, 2013

Although UT’s Dell Medical School is years from being up and running, its policies and procedures with potential partners are already under scrutiny.  Because of Seton Healthcare Family’s...


UT works to build catalogue to document 4,700 trees

July 15, 2013

Shading students while they wait at the crosswalk and even housing the famed albino squirrel are roughly 4,700 trees with different stories to tell – and UT is working to document and measure every...


During warm summer months, UT restores decade-old air conditioning systems

June 12, 2013

Walking into the cold, crisp gust of an air-conditioned room and escaping the searing Texas heat is a moment of relief for many returning students in the Fall, and updated air conditioning systems in aging...

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WATCH: Westboro Baptist Church protests right off UT campus on city property

June 12, 2013

Westboro Baptist Church members, who had planned a picket protest on campus, were met with student counter protesters on the edge of campus and at the Capitol Wednesday. The group, which originally...


UT stresses four-year graduation at orientation

June 10, 2013

UT is taking measures to ensure the Class of 2017 is already thinking about graduating in four years. Higher education officials say graduating in four years ensures students graduate with the classmates...


More than 8,000 graduate from UT Saturday

May 19, 2013

Under the burnt orange glow of the UT Tower, thousands took their seat as students. They stood up as UT alumni at the University’s 130th commencement Saturday. UT officials estimate 25,000...


President Obama visits Austin, UT entrepreneurs

May 10, 2013

President Barack Obama ate his lunch at the downtown Austin Stubb’s BBQ on Thursday – but as much as he said he enjoyed the food, it was ultimately a business lunch. Obama visited Austin as...


Chemistry professor Brent Iverson to serve as dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies

May 8, 2013

The University is set to name Brent Iverson as the new dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies later this week. Iverson currently serves as a chemistry professor and chairman of the department...


Turtle Pond relies on minimal management, volunteer efforts

May 3, 2013

Chicken nuggets and fries are a common lunch on campus, including for the hundreds of turtles swimming in the Turtle Pond’s murky water.  Directly north of the Main Building, the pond crawls...


Campus facilities prepare for students’ late night final stress

May 2, 2013

As students prepare for sleepless nights spent relearning a semester’s worth of class material, facilities throughout campus are making accommodations to help students make it through finals. Campus...

International graduate students face immigration struggles

May 1, 2013

Aside from the normal stresses of graduating that include exams, papers and deadlines, Jenny Lo has to worry about whether or not she must leave the country to abide by immigration laws. Lo is a mechanical...

SG, Co-op cowboy boot sales raise $23,000 for scholarships

April 19, 2013

Orange and white cowboy boots sold at the University Co-op have provided Student Government with $30,000 in scholarship funds for current students. The boots that fund the Rebecca Carreon Boot...


Gender and Sexuality Center offers support to LGBT community throughout history

April 18, 2013

Following failed legislation both at Texas A&M and at the state level that would defund LGBT centers and clubs in Texas, UT’s Gender and Sexuality Center remained a place for queer students...


Core curriculum streams created to help freshmen schedule classes

April 17, 2013

Trying to navigate the course schedule during orientation can be an overwhelming experience for freshmen, but the Senate of College Councils is helping students choose with grouped courses. Incoming...


Tower carillon bells ring after months of silence

April 16, 2013

Check out Daily Texan Multimedia's video, "Return of the Carillon". The ringing bells spilling the sweet sound of “The Eyes of Texas” from the UT Tower are playing again...

Graduate School allows video conferencing for dissertation defenses

April 15, 2013

For graduate students, after years of work and research toward their dissertation, scheduling their dissertation defense just got a little easier by ideoconferencing, teleconferencing and using other technologies...


More Native American artifacts found on UT land with increase in oil, gas exploration

April 12, 2013

As the number of development projects on University Lands increases, further inspections of the land are needed. In turn, archeologists are expanding their knowledge of West Texas — and finding hundreds...


Lund, Brown end term after meeting campus improvement goals

April 11, 2013

Thor Lund and Wills Brown said they ended their year in charge of Student Government with extended student services and a more visible Student Government. “I have no regrets,” Lund said....


UT aims to protect trademarks to keep brand strong

April 9, 2013

The University’s longhorn, burnt orange and tower are stolen on occasion, but its trademark office works to take them back. Jered Matthysse, senior associate for Pirkey Barber PLLC, a law firm...


2016 graduating class shows high retention rates, low first semester failures

April 9, 2013

This year’s freshman class, the largest in school history, is showing lower failure rates and a higher retention rate compared to previous classes — an important benchmark for the University...

UT’s irrigation system saves millions of gallons since last year

April 5, 2013

UT’s irrigation system is conserving millions of gallons of water and helping increase efficiency after an upgrade last year. The system has helped reduce the University’s water use for...


Campus saves water with native plants, landscaping design

April 5, 2013

Walking to class, students might see more pebbles and agave plants and fewer grassy areas along buildings as UT landscapers are opting for more native Texas plants and low water-use landscaping to reduce...


Art department restructures studio art program, cutting ceramics, eventually metals

April 4, 2013

Molding cold wet clay and soldering metals into jewelry may soon not be an option on campus, leaving art students with fewer areas of study to explore. Jack Risley, Department of Art and Art History...

UT history department receives $6.6 million donation to improve graduate program

April 3, 2013

The department of history received a $6.6 million donation Tuesday to increase graduate student recruitment on behalf of UT alumnus Gardner Marston. Marston, a 1953 UT graduate, died in 2011. Marston...


Villarreal and Williams take reins of Student Government

April 3, 2013

Newly elected Student Government President Horacio Villarreal and Vice President Ugeo Williams took their new positions at Tuesday’s General Assembly meeting. Villarreal, a history senior, and...


Brent Iverson aims to inspire, connect students as a professor, UGS Dean finalist

March 29, 2013

Shooting underwater photography, running marathons and binding molecules to DNA are just a few of Brent Iverson’s interests. Iverson is chairman of the department of chemistry and biochemistry...

SG strikes down legislation that would make marijuana a lower priority offense

March 27, 2013

Student Government voted against legislation Tuesday that would ask UTPD to make marijuana possession a lower priority offense. The legislation encourages UTPD to issue citations instead of arrests,...

SG ends term with votes to support limits to Regents, against lower marijuana enforcement

March 27, 2013

At its final meeting for the term before new representatives take charge of the organization, Student Government voted Tuesday to support a bill in the Texas Legislature that proposes limiting the UT System...


UT’s General Faculty votes against fall break, improved proposal on the way

March 26, 2013

Students will not get two extra days in the fall to relax and catch up on schoolwork — at least not any time soon. At a special meeting Monday, faculty members voted against the fall break proposal,...

School of Undergraduate Studies looking for new dean

March 25, 2013

The School of Undergraduate Studies is searching for a new dean, and candidates are in the process of visiting campus. Five candidates will visit to share presentations and speak with students and faculty....

Violence Against Women Act will strengthen UT student protection, officials say

March 22, 2013

Additions to the Violence Against Women Act will better protect students on campus, University officials said. The latest version of the act, passed by Congress in February, will require colleges and...


Clubs housed in Anna Hiss Gym worry about remodeling, while UT says no changes will be made soon

March 22, 2013

The possibility of losing space for practice and rehearsal in Anna Hiss Gymnasium has left some student organizations worried about their future. University Operations spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said...

Faculty vote to determine fall break to take place at Hogg Memorial Auditorium on Monday

March 22, 2013

The general faculty meeting to vote on a fall break proposal on Monday will now be held in the Hogg Memorial Auditorium instead of the Student Activity Center auditorium. At least 366 voting faculty...

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UT students experience Vatican conclave, selection of Pope Francis

March 20, 2013

During the conclave to select a new leader of the Roman Catholic Church, several UT students joined crowds of tourists at the Vatican hoping to snap a picture or grab a souvenir to commemorate the event. Cardinal...

Date set for UT faculty to vote on possible fall break

March 19, 2013

Faculty members will cast their votes March 25 to help decide the future of a proposed fall break. Fifty-nine faculty members have petitioned the proposal since the Faculty Council passed it in January....


Faculty member working to encourage those around her to reach their goals

March 8, 2013

Janet Walkow is reminded of her motto every time she takes a sip of coffee. The words “ask for want you want” and “make noise” written across the mug are the driving force behind...

Senate of College Councils president-elect resigns

March 7, 2013

Senate of College Councils president-elect Ryan Hirsch resigned from her position Wednesday night. Hirsch, a neuroscience and pre-med junior, also left her post as current executive director of Senate...

UT athletics faculty-student relationship policy under review

March 6, 2013

While two relationships between UT coaches and students have come to light this semester, a recent report alleges that coach-athlete relationships are so ingrained in sport cultures that many people “don’t...