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Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

Faculty members petition against fall break proposal

March 6, 2013

The prospect of students catching up on homework and getting a few extra hours of sleep during a fall break hasn’t been supported by everyone on campus, as a number of faculty members have voiced...

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Horacio Villarreal and Ugeo Williams win student government election

March 1, 2013

After two weeks of retweeting campaign platfoms and sharing Facebook pledges, student chose their Student Government leaders Thursday, electing Horacio Villarreal and Ugeo Williams as president and vice...

Student Government supports keeping The Daily Texan daily

February 27, 2013

Student Government passed legislation Tuesday in support of The Daily Texan continuing to print five days a week.  The legislation states that although the Texan has been experiencing financial...

Student Government elections begin 8 a.m. Wednesday

February 27, 2013

As campus-wide elections begin Wednesday, Student Government executive alliance candidates hope to appeal to voters through experience, relatability, creativity and humor. Students can vote online at...

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Student Government executive alliances debate platforms two days before election

February 26, 2013

Homeless individuals on campus, Student Activity Center couches, police call boxes, a bear pond and protection of “ginger” communities were just a few of the topics covered Monday at the Student...

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UT System Student Regent Applicant: Joshua Tang

February 25, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry will appoint a nonvoting student to the UT System Board of Regents at the end of the academic year to serve a one-year term. Jessica Faith Carter, a special education graduate student,...

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UT System Student Regent Applicant: Jessica Faith Carter

February 25, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry will appoint a nonvoting student to the UT System Board of Regents at the end of the academic year to serve a one-year term. Jessica Faith Carter, a special education graduate student,...

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Senate of College Councils elects next year’s executive leaders

February 22, 2013

The Senate of College Councils elected next year’s president, vice president and financial director Thursday. Senate elected Ryan Hirsch president, Kiefer Shenk vice president and Phillip Wiseman...

Sandra Ogenche-Justin Shank campaign will not be on Student Government ballot

February 20, 2013

Sandra Ogenche and Justin Shank will no longer be on the Student Government executive alliance ballot. Election Supervisory Board vice chairman Ryan Lutz said Ogenche was notified of an eligibility...

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Car catches fire in campus parking lot

February 20, 2013

An SUV caught fire in a parking lot on campus Tuesday near 25th and Guadalupe streets after the driver noticed smoke coming from the hood. The driver, Kenya Rivas, who is not a UT student, was meeting...

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Student Government Profile: Ryan Shingledecker and Maddie Fogel

February 15, 2013

Ryan Shingledecker and Maddie Fogel are campaigning for more open communication between Student Government and students. Shingledecker is an international relations and global studies senior and...

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Student Government Profile: Horacio Villarreal and Ugeo Williams

February 15, 2013

Horacio Villarreal and Ugeo Williams are running to include student opinions more in the work of Student Government, improve safety on and around campus and better serve the community and students. Villarreal...

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Student Government Profile: Connie Tao and Ryan Upchurch

February 15, 2013

Connie Tao and Ryan Upchurch plan to improve Student Government meetings and help underrepresented students on campus. Tao is a radio-television-film, finance and business honors junior and Upchurch is...

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Student Government Profile: Chris Gilman and Alison Stoos

February 15, 2013

Chris Gilman and Alison Stoos are running in hopes of bringing a lazy river to campus to ease transportation from class to class and bringing alcohol onto campus. Gilman is a radio-television-film junior...

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Campus-wide campaigning begins with announcement of candidates for various posts

February 13, 2013

With campus-wide elections only two weeks away, students can expect to see flyers, campaigning tables and events on campus for various contested positions. Campaigning begins today for Student Government,...

Free online courses will be offered in the fall, taught by UT professors

February 12, 2013

UT will offer free online courses, available to anyone around the world, starting this fall. The course will be Ideas of the 20th Century, Introduction to Globalization, Bench to Bedside: Introduction...

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UT narrows down Dell Medical School location

February 8, 2013

UT officials are looking for possible locations for the new medical school facilities in the general Brackenridge area south of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. UT spokesman Robert Cullick said the...

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Election Supervisory Board hopes election code changes mean smoother campaign season

February 6, 2013

As campus elections near, the Election Supervisory Board is hoping for a cleaner campaign season. The board, which runs and oversees elections for the Student Government, Graduate Student Assembly,...

“Skyspace” by James Turrel under construction for students in the SAC

February 4, 2013

Relaxing in between classes will soon be an experience students can enjoy through a million-dollar art piece. A skyspace is currently under construction on the roof of the Student Activity Center. James...

Pro-Palestinian protesters make statement at Israeli ambassador’s speech

February 1, 2013

Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren spoke on issues in the Middle East at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and was met by protesters in support of Palestine on Thursday. Oren discussed the history and accomplishments...

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UT names medical school honoring Dell family after $50 million donation

January 31, 2013

UT will name its new medical school in honor of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation after a $50 million donation that was announced Wednesday.  The donation will be distributed over 10...

UT one step closer to getting a fall break

January 29, 2013

UT students might be able to sleep in a couple of extra days during the fall semester after the Faculty Council voted Monday to approve a two-day fall break. The break would take place on Monday and...

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Lesley University offers gluten free options after lawsuit, UT ahead of the curve

January 28, 2013

University of Texas students with food allergies can rest easy knowing their dietary needs are met on campus, although not all universities can say the same. At Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass....

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No more smokers on campus starting in March

January 25, 2013

The University will remove temporary smoking locations next month to become a fully tobacco-free campus but will continue to enforce the policy without fining violators. Starting March 1, smoking...

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UT classes utilize social media to transform student involvement

January 24, 2013

Tweeting in class is normally done discreetly under a notebook or on a cell phone nestled in a crotch — but not anymore for some students. Associate professors Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, Thomas...

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UT researchers say distinctive Texas accent is dying in urban areas

January 23, 2013

Talking like a Texan doesn’t sound like it ‘usta’ as Texas English is becoming less distinctive from mainstream American English, according to UT researchers. English assistant professor...

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Belo Center for New Media installs long delayed Daily Texan news boxes

January 18, 2013

Notebook in one hand, morning coffee in the other, students can catch up on the news as they walk along Dean Keeton. Thanks to a new newspaper stand installed outside of the Belo Center for New Media,...

Math professor dies after heart attack, colleagues discuss impact left behind

January 16, 2013

Mathematics professor Edward Odell suffered a heart attack and died of resulting complications Jan. 8 at the age of 65. Odell, known to many as Ted, began teaching at UT in 1977. While teaching in the...

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UT’s Organ Studio Program grows with new musical addition to Jessen Auditorium

January 16, 2013

A new organ, donated by UT alumnus Robert Sherrill, is filling Jessen Auditorium with music and is being introduced to the Organ Studio Program. The Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1393 organ was built in...

Daniel Sharp, former interim director of the Office of Technology Commercialization, appointed director

January 14, 2013

UT has appointed Dan Sharp as the director of the Office of Technology Commercialization after he took the lead as interim director a year ago. Sharp became interim director after previous director Richard...

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Health services advises vaccination as influenza spreads on UT campus, in Travis County

January 14, 2013

With three times the number of flu diagnoses on campus that were reported last year, experts say students should be proactive to prevent sickness and the spread of germs. Between November and January,...

UT Counseling, Natural Sciences Council, RecSports ease finals stress

December 5, 2012

With the stresses of the last week of class and upcoming finals, students should make time for their personal care, according to the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center. Center Associate Director Jane...

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UT Elementary students participate in efforts to create community garden

December 4, 2012

UT Elementary School received a $100,000 grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board for use toward a community garden. It was one of 68 schools and nonprofit organizations to receive grants from the...

UT students seize first place in computing competition

November 28, 2012

A team of six UT students won the SC12 Student Cluster Competition by building a high-performance computing system while competing against teams from around the world in Salt Lake City, Utah. The competition...

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine awards UT’s diversity and inclusion efforts

November 27, 2012

UT is being recognized for its diversity efforts in INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s December issue, along with 47 other schools that qualified for the magazine’s Higher Education Excellency...

Blanton exhibit displays the process of art conservation and restoration

November 21, 2012

The Blanton Museum of Art’s most recent exhibit is highlighting the importance of art conservation and restoration by offering a window into the process. Blanton spokesperson Samantha Youngblood...

Center for Mexican American Studies may become department within College of Liberal Arts

November 15, 2012

Students and faculty voiced their opinions in favor of the Center for Mexican American Studies to become a department within the College of Liberal Arts at a forum Wednesday. The center offers undergraduate,...

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McCombs hosts World Trivia Night as part of International Education Week

November 15, 2012

Students and faculty tested their international knowledge at World Trivia Night, hosted by the McCombs School of Business on Wednesday. Eight teams participated in the event, which took place on the third...

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Diwali festival lights up the night sky

November 14, 2012

Students celebrated Diwali, a Hindu cultural and religious tradition, with prayer, music and candles at a festival on the Main Mall Tuesday sponsored by the Hindu Students Association. Deepa Pokala, math...

Intellectual property concerns do not inhibit Chinese partnerships, business leaders say

November 9, 2012

Although American businesses benefit from partnerships with Chinese companies, Chinese regulations make it difficult for partnerships to begin in the first place, panelists said at the Executive Education...

UT Libraries’ Benson Collection to archive StoryCorps recordings, maintain Latino oral histories

November 7, 2012

UT’s Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is archiving more than 2,000 Latino oral histories in partnership with StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization that records interviews with Americans...

Austin Technology Incubator using federal grant for wet lab complex

November 2, 2012

Working with biotechnology startup companies with growing needs for laboratory space, the Austin Technology Incubator is planning to add 60,000 square feet of wet lab space for research and development. The...

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Sociology panel explores causes for minority issues on campus

October 31, 2012

Students have the power to organize themselves to make the University a more accepting place, student and faculty panelists said at a discussion Tuesday. During the event hosted by the Department of Sociology,...

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UT’s DHFS continues efforts to support local farmers

October 25, 2012

For beekeeper Konrad Bouffard it is honey harvesting season, and some of his harvest will be served with fresh bread at campus dining halls Thursday in support of locally produced food. Bouffard, owner...

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Armstrong’s lawyers discuss recent doping allegations with University business and law students

October 24, 2012

The legal team behind Lance Amstrong, who is under heavy criticism due to doping charges, expressed in a panel Tuesday that a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation involving Armstrong was unjust. Members...

Early voting begins, UDems, College Republicans encourage students to be proactive

October 22, 2012

Early voting begins Monday, allowing registered voters to cast their ballots at their convenience throughout the county at any polling location, including the Flawn Academic Center at UT. The FAC will...

Panelists discuss effect of polarized politics on youth vote

October 19, 2012

With Election Day less than a month away, ballots are filled with candidates from the far left and far right, leaving some voters stuck in the middle. Members of a political panel called “Political...

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Libraries use mascots to promote reading and higher education in elementary schools

October 12, 2012

Posters of Bevo and Hook ‘Em reading on the beach, in a chemistry lab and at the stadium have filled the libraries at local schools, encouraging kids to pick up a book and read. UT Libraries joined...

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New UT drug testing lab to simplify FDA approval process

October 9, 2012

University researchers and entrepreneurs will now be able to work on crucial drug research more efficiently with the opening of the UT Advance lab on Monday.  The new lab will test the effectiveness...

Voter registration efforts increase as deadline nears

October 3, 2012

As the Nov. 6 Election Day approaches, time for eligible voters to register is running out. To vote in Texas, citizens must register 30 days prior to an election — Oct. 9. Registration requires...

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