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Proposed bill lessens punishment for marijuana, controlled substance possession

December 7, 2012

Small amounts of marijuana possession could become comparable to a traffic violation if a bill filed in the Texas House of Representatives passes. Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, has filed a bill that...

State Rep. Eric Johnson creates new caucus to give voice to younger Texans

December 5, 2012

Students hoping to influence legislation during the upcoming legislative session may have an additional avenue to work through thanks to a new bipartisan caucus. State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, announced...

Bills aim to exclude undocumented students from in-state tuition

November 29, 2012

A pair of bills filed in the Texas House of Representatives seeks to strip undocumented students of eligibility for in-state tuition. State Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, and state Rep. Bill Zedler,...

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Reduced menu, sack lunches replace buffet as J2 enters final phase of renovation

November 27, 2012

Students hoping to find the usual variety of pizzas, burgers, salads and desserts at the Jester Second Floor dining hall Monday had to settle for a construction zone and sack lunches instead. Monday...

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DHFS accepts EPA challenge, pledges to reduce food waste

November 21, 2012

The UT Division of Housing and Food Service is teaming with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce its food waste by 5 percent in one year. The department announced Friday its participation...

Student-led clinics offer legal advice, resources for undocumented immigrants

November 19, 2012

Abraham Vences and his mother sat across from a lawyer at a clinic on campus Saturday afternoon as the three meticulously reviewed the application that could give him the opportunity to work and live in...

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Army Lt. Dan Choi speaks out against “don’t ask, don”t tell” policy

November 14, 2012

In two years, Lt. Dan Choi went from serving as an infantry officer in the Iraq War to a vocal gay rights activist discharged from the military for being an openly gay man. Choi shared his experiences...

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Proposition 3 passes, seeks more geographical representation

November 7, 2012

The structure of Austin City Council will undergo significant changes and may become more responsive to student opinion after voters chose Proposition 3 over Proposition 4 Tuesday night. Although both...

College Republicans, University Democrats keep encouraging students to vote through Election Day

November 6, 2012

Students at UT will join voters from across the nation Tuesday as they head to the polls to select the next president and shape the next Congress. After a year and a half of campaigning, debating and...

UT student representation important aspect in Proposition 3, 4

November 1, 2012

Near the end of the lengthy ballot that Austin voters will face on Election Day next Tuesday are two competing propositions that could shape the way students are represented in Austin City Council. Proponents...

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Longhorn Teach for America hosts panel to discuss school-to-prison pipeline

October 31, 2012

Minority students in low income communities are more likely to end up in a prison cell than in a college dorm, according to a panel hosted by Longhorn Teach for America Tuesday evening. Panelists sought...

Young voters head to polls

October 26, 2012

A steady stream of students could be seen inside the Flawn Academic Center throughout the week preparing to cast their ballots during the first days of early voting for the 2012 presidential elections. At...

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Third presidential debate focuses on foreign policy as early voting begins

October 23, 2012

With 15 days until Election Day in what appears to be a deadlocked race, the two men vying for the position of commander-in-chief squared off on foreign policy in the third and final presidential debate...

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Presidential candidates discuss tuition, immigration in fiery debate

October 17, 2012

In a decidely more heated debate than the first, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney fielded questions straight from the voters in a town hall-style setup Tuesday night. Obama...

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Kay Bailey Hutchison discusses Texas’ higher education needs

October 16, 2012

As her 19 years in the United States Senate come to a close, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison reflected on a career of public service and offered her take on higher education at the LBJ Presidential Library on...

LGBT Panel promotes honesty with sexual orientation in the workplace

October 15, 2012

When Captain Julie Gillespie joined the UT Police Department in 1986, not only was she one of the few women working in a male-dominated workplace, but she was also gay. “Pretty much almost immediately...

Vice presidential debate aggressive, stirs both sides

October 12, 2012

Voters got their first and only chance to see the two vice presidential candidates go head to head during Thursday night’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Rep. Paul...

Vice presidential debate to cover foreign and domestic issues will likely have no effect on election outcome

October 11, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate, will square off in the first and only vice presidential debate of the 2012 election season Thursday night. The...

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All eyes on first debate

October 4, 2012

Students across political ideologies organized various watch parties on and around campus for the first presidential debate Wednesday night. At Cuatros students and community members chanted “Fired...

Senate candidates Sadler and Cruz spar in first debate

October 3, 2012

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Paul Sadler and Republican candidate Ted Cruz bypassed policy discussion in favor of fierce accusations Tuesday evening, said a UT student who watched the debate. The...

Obama and Romney to meet in first debate

October 3, 2012

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will meet on stage for the first time Wednesday night to debate domestic and economic policy. The first of three scheduled presidential...

New web resources help undocumented students decode legal procedures

September 28, 2012

With the click of a button, undocumented students at UT can now access vital academic, enrollment and graduation information thanks to a new website unveiled by the UT International Office. The Longhorn...

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Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition fights for fair conditions for UT apparel producers

September 27, 2012

Months after the University announced plans to join the Worker Rights Consortium, the Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition shows no signs of slowing down in its fight for fair working conditions for producers...

UT students and community members protest Mexico president Calderon at conference in the Union building

September 24, 2012

Chanting slogans in Spanish, UT students and community members marched into the Texas Union building Friday afternoon and disrupted a conference hosting top Mexican government officials. Holding signs...

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Political lecture educates students on upcoming election

September 19, 2012

With fewer than 50 days until the U.S. presidential election, first-year students flooded Bass Concert Hall to listen to professors from three different fields offer their take on the race. The talk,...

Longhorn Network revenues used to fund academic positions

September 17, 2012

While the Longhorn Network remains elusive on some Austin television screens, students will soon see the network’s direct effects in the classroom. UT announced two newly created endowed academic...

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Business school program brings distinguished speaker to campus

September 6, 2012

Donning a black Stetson cowboy hat presented to him by the Undergraduate Business Council and holding up a Hook ‘Em Horns sign, BP executive Ellis Armstrong concluded his discussion chronicling his...

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UT graduate student develops tree nursery, will donate thousands of seedlings to Bastrop

September 4, 2012

With Tuesday marking the one-year anniversary of the most destructive fire in Texas history that reduced more than 30,000 acres of Bastrop County to ashes and more than 1,500 homes to mere memories, a...

A slanted view of democracy

April 2, 2012

Stephen McGarvey’s column on voter ID published on Tuesday is not only severely misleading and lacking in fact, but also demonstrates a troubling and distorted idea of the election process and our...