The Daily Texan

All content by Collin Eaton

It’s the memories of people that remain on awakening

December 8, 2010

It’s strange, but after a year working in the basement of The Daily Texan — cranking out stories on budget cuts, staff layoffs and technology commercialization — I don’t really...

Council questions provost on academic centers’ cuts

December 7, 2010

Several members of the Faculty Council asked UT Provost Steven Leslie on Monday how the central administration would assist academic centers through the budget cuts and challenged him on the measurements...

Regents approve renewal of athletics directors’ contracts otiation

December 3, 2010

The UT System Board of Regents gave UT President William Powers Jr. authority to renew and boost the contracts for men’s athletics director DeLoss Dodds and women’s athletic director Christine...

Athletic spending growth overtakes academic

December 3, 2010

UT has the largest athletic, academic and administrative budgets in the Big 12 and UT’s athletic spending has grown faster than instructional spending, according to a new study from the American...

Protestors stage walkout to fight proposed slashes to ethnic studies

December 1, 2010

One hundred and fifty students stormed the halls of the Gebauer liberal arts building on Wednesday and fired questions at Senior Associate Dean Richard Flores about $1 million in suggested cuts to 15...

Journalism school to reduce number of adjunct professors

November 28, 2010

The UT School of Journalism will lose several veterans of the news business next semester as budget cuts cause a reduction in the number of adjunct professors. The school will drop several specialized...

Commission follows ban with retailer investigation

November 22, 2010

Four days after the federal government banned popular caffeine-alcohol brews such as Four Loko, University police have not noticed an unusual amount of wild binge drinking and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage...

‘Mega-gifts’ propel fundraising efforts

November 22, 2010

UT’s capital campaign raised more than $134.5 million in private donations and pledges in the second quarter of 2010 — the largest amount received among 36 universities surveyed for a report released...

Expo features Texas Venture Labs

November 22, 2010

Hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors listened intently Friday as Dan Street, founder of a company that attempts to connect people with their neighborhood, showed off his new spin on social connections...

Resolution urges UT to clarify layoff policy

November 19, 2010

Staff Council passed a resolution on Thursday calling for Human Resource Services to provide comprehensive, easy-to-access information about the layoff process in response to repeated complaints of anxiety...

Cuts endanger UT jobs, programs

November 17, 2010

The latest round of 3-percent budget cuts to state agencies could mean a reduction of about $9 million in UT’s state funding. But University officials could not say a day after the cuts were announced...

Liberal arts committee recommends budget cuts

November 12, 2010

Several academic centers in the College of Liberal Arts face budget cuts next year after a college committee recommended cuts based on performance reviews. The centers provide classes for students...

UT System plans to push for more state funding

November 12, 2010

The UT System’s chief governmental relations officer said Thursday that System leaders must continue to push for increased state funding during the next legislative session, even in the face of...

College cuts ties with UT System after rent dispute

November 11, 2010

The 19-year-old agreement between Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas at Brownsville that allows students to transfer from the junior college to the four-year university will phase out...

Board of Regents approves Longhorn sports station

November 11, 2010

The University is gearing up to create a cable and satellite television station devoted to Longhorn sports programming. After closed-door discussions of the potential new Longhorn sports station,...

UT System investment company awards bonuses to employees

November 10, 2010

University of Texas Investment Management Company’s board of directors gave $5.1 million in bonuses to 30 employees Tuesday, citing high investment returns that raised the Permanent University...

Board spends on football games, resorts as part of ‘official duties’

November 10, 2010

UT Board of Regents Chairman Colleen McHugh likes to live comfortably when she travels on university business. McHugh ran up $950 in charges in January at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel while in...

Remembering Fort Hood

November 8, 2010

A young boy made faces and held tightly to his father’s army fatigues as they smiled for a photograph with the secretary of the Army. Maj. Steven Richter led the medical operation during...

Tuition rates increased 134% in last decade, report shows

November 5, 2010

UT increased tuition and fees by 134 percent since 1999, according to a new report from the Chronicle of Higher Education. Adjusted for inflation, the University raised tuition at the second-highest...

Republicans keep hold of executive seats despite wave of anti-incumbent sentiments

November 3, 2010

Underneath the chandeliers of the Driskill Hotel, a mass of dreary Democratic candidates and supporters watched Tuesday night’s election results as Republicans kept their hold on every statewide...

UT System opens applications seeking sixth Student Regent

November 2, 2010

The UT System is accepting applications for its sixth Student Regent, a non-voting member of the Board of Regents whose primary duty will be to act as a communicator between students and the board. Student...

Cut foreign language program revived

November 2, 2010

Vietnamese language instruction will return to campus next summer as part of an intensive immersion language program that will also include Czech, Russian and Modern Greek. In an effort to...

UT, city of Austin to open wet lab for biotechnology

November 1, 2010

In an effort to bolster new life-science technology companies, the city of Austin is helping UT free up scarce and much-needed laboratory space for local companies to test their ideas. The 800-square-foot...

TX Railroad Commission race split on partisan lines

October 27, 2010

The election of the next chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, the office charged with regulating the state oil and gas industry, will test whether more endorsements and experience can help one...

Truck collides with motorcycle

October 27, 2010

A white Frito-Lay truck crashed into a man riding a motorcycle early Tuesday near a parking lot on Guadalupe Street. The man was conscious and breathing when paramedics took him to University Medical...

UT faculty want say in budget planning

October 26, 2010

As shrinking financial resources force college deans to cut back on personnel and other expenses, UT’s Faculty Council is pressing for greater faculty involvement in budgetary decision-making. Currently,...

UT staffers bemoan loss of jobs, lack of discussion

October 25, 2010

In early October, Dianne Kline received a short letter saying she would become one of the more than 270 UT employees quietly laid off this year because of budget cuts. A senior administrative associate...

UT student media staff to face layoffs

October 25, 2010

Student photographers for The Daily Texan lost their long-time adviser Friday and several other UT student media employees lost their jobs to budget cuts as student publications compensate for declining...

Board rejects idea to connect schools

October 22, 2010

The governing board of Texas Southmost College in Brownsville rejected a proposal for a new operating agreement with the University of Texas at Brownsville on Thursday that critics said would have ceded...

County sees spike in voter turnout

October 21, 2010

This year’s early voting turnout in Travis County during the first three days nearly doubled the turnout during the same time of the 2006 midterm elections, but the University early voting booths...

Gender pay study shows gap between UT faculty

October 20, 2010

Two years after a UT task force told chief administrators how to ease the pay gap between male and female faculty, about 59 percent of the UT’s academic core and athletics salary payouts go to...

A closer look at income

October 12, 2010

  The University faces countless hardships in the current economy — from budget cuts to hiring freezes and limiting pay increases — but intractable equity issues still linger...

Council questions provost on academic centers’ cuts

October 7, 2010

Several members of the Faculty Council asked UT Provost Steven Leslie on Monday how the central administration would assist academic centers through the budget cuts and challenged him on the measurements...

FBI investigates case, shooter’s background

September 29, 2010

At 8:12 a.m. Tuesday, a caller alerted the UT Police Department to the presence of a masked gunman on campus. Seven minutes later, the dispatcher sent a text message warning 53,000 people, and the University...