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Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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Activists arrested for filming police

September 24, 2012

Police said a UT art history graduate student and a 35-year-old man were arrested while filming Austin Police Department officers Friday. Antonio Buehler and Sarah Dickerson were both arrested around...

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TribFest discusses UT issues

September 24, 2012

Higher education costs and procedures were a frequent discussion topic at the Texas Tribune Festival this past weekend and offered what some say is a preview of the upcoming legislative session. Sponsored...

Fire-alarm bandit identified, missing

September 21, 2012

Police are searching for Scott Allen Chatagnier, 42, after they say he unnecessarily set off fire alarms at various campus buildings and at Dobie Mall Sept. 10. According to an affidavit for warrant...

Freshman sets fires in West Campus, faces felony arson charges

September 21, 2012

Economics freshman Chris Sun, 18, confessed to police that he started three fires in the University Towers apartment complex between Aug. 31 and Sept. 13. Tyrel Hullum, manager of University Towers...

Universities prepare as bomb threats across the nation continue

September 20, 2012

As a spike in bomb threats at major universities continues across the country, many schools are preparing for the possibility that they will be the next target. Since Friday’s bomb threat at UT,...

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Panel against UT community bias makes headway

September 19, 2012

Students raised their fists in solidarity Tuesday night as they came together to discuss recent experiences of bias in the UT community. Five student panelists shared their personal experiences with bias...

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UT failed to meet emergency procedure goals during Friday’s bomb-threat scare

September 18, 2012

UT officials failed to meet the goals set forth in their own pre-set emergency plans Friday as they attempted to evacuate students from all campus buildings. According to UT’s Building Management...

Students speak out against West Campus bias

September 18, 2012

Concerned students will host an open forum Tuesday night to discuss the issues of racism and oppression in the UT area and search for ways to combat them. The decision to hold the forum came after...

Student makes bomb threat in response to derogatory comment about Islamic faith

September 18, 2012

UT-Brownsville police arrested 25-year-old Henry Dewitt McFarland III, a UTB student and resident of Harlingen, in his apartment Sunday afternoon. UTB police chief John Cardoza said McFarland called a...

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A state of emergency: Friday’s bomb hoax

September 17, 2012

After the weekend, concern about the timeliness and language of the University’s response to Friday’s hoax bomb threat remains while FBI investigations are still ongoing. Erik Vasys, San Antonio...

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Case closes on campus activism

September 17, 2012

Seventeen members of the Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition went before a Travis County judge Friday for criminal trespass, and each member took a plea deal to have the charges reduced and eventually removed...

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Campus returns to normal, reflects on University’s response after false bomb threat

September 14, 2012

Students and faculty have returned to campus after Friday’s evacuation following a phone-in bomb threat that morning. The University cancelled classes Friday, and events resumed at 5:00 p.m. except...

Increased police presence requested in West Campus areas

September 14, 2012

When 23-year-old transient Waylon Barnes asked another homeless man on the drag to be nicer to a group of pedestrians, he said he never could have imagined he would get stabbed. The man stabbed Barnes...

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Mysterious cooler on drag found to be empty

September 13, 2012

Students walking along the drag Thursday morning were filled with confusion as they watched local authorities cautiously examine a closed cooler. University of Texas Police Department officers were dispatched...

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Despite petition, Powers refuses to advocate for arrested students

September 13, 2012

President William Powers, Jr. got a surprise delivery Wednesday as representatives of the Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition brought a petition to his office with more than 400 signatures. The petition...

UT Administration Remains Silent as Student Lingers in Foreign Prison

September 12, 2012

As a former UT doctoral student remains jailed in Iran, UT administrators continue to refuse to take an official stance on his imprisonment. Omid Kokabee, a former UT physics doctoral student who was...

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9/11 increases Middle Eastern studies strength and enrollment

September 11, 2012

More than a decade after the world-changing 9/11 attacks, the UT community continues to see the devastation of that day seriously affect its campus, down to the classes the University offers. With the...

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Vandals deface A&M billboard with UT-themed graffiti

September 11, 2012

The UT-A&M rivalry is heating up this season as pranksters leave their mark on an A&M billboard, even though the two teams will not be playing each other this year. Over the weekend, vandals marked...

Proponents of Minnesota anti-gay marriage amendment cite Regnerus’ study

September 11, 2012

A UT associate professor’s controversial research is again stirring debate, this time in Minnesota, where it is being used to defend a proposed ban on gay marriage. Minnesota for Marriage, an anti-gay...

UT’s first African-American vice president dies

September 10, 2012

Editor’s note: Because of a production error, the complete version of this article did print in the September 7 edition. It is rerun in full below. When he graduated high school in the 1940s, James...

UT’s first African-American vice president dies

September 7, 2012

Editor’s note: Because of a production error, the complete version of this article did not print in the September 7 edition. It is rerun in full below. When he graduated high school in the 1940s,...

Activists must pick their poison

September 7, 2012

Members of the Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition are preparing to go to court next week for criminal charges filed against them by UT. A group of 18 UT students was arrested last spring during a sit-in...

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Greek store opens alongside Austin TXbooks

September 5, 2012

Greek letters and textbooks are now sitting side-by-side at a local Austin bookstore — the first step, its owner hopes, toward becoming student-run. Ken Jones is in the process of developing his...

Man stabbed Saturday now in stable condition, suspect charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon

September 4, 2012

A man stabbed Saturday afternoon in front of the University Co-op is now in stable condition, police said. According to police, 52-year-old Leroy Faubion stabbed 23-year-old Waylon Barnes in the back...

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UT and Rice disagree over most effective tobacco policy

September 4, 2012

The battle over tobacco use on university campuses continues to heat up as Texas schools take different policy approaches. UT banned tobacco campus-wide earlier this year after the Cancer Prevention and...

Family of former UT soccer player takes stand against downtown nightclubs

August 30, 2012

The family of former UT soccer player Kylie Doniak is taking a stand against the individuals they feel are responsible for over-serving the drunk driver who hit Doniak back in February, turning her into...

Female cyclist hit in West Campus Wednesday morning

August 30, 2012

A 19-year-old female bicyclist was struck by a white Nissan Wednesday morning at 7:42 a.m. at the intersection of West 24th Street and Rio Grande Street. Police reported the bicyclist was conscious at...

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KUT expansion to make waves with new station

August 30, 2012

On-campus radio station KUT may soon be able to boast two frequencies and say it has a station dedicated solely to news. Should someone want tunes, he or she had better change to KUT’s music channel. The...

Hundreds gather at City Hall to fight an end to drug violence

August 29, 2012

Editor’s note: Quotes from Javier Sicilia and Maria Guadalupe Aguilar Jáuregui were translated from Spanish by a translator at the rally. Hundreds of members of the Austin community gathered...

UT officials weigh in on tuition increases

August 29, 2012

The debate over UT tuition continued this morning as UT System Regent Alex Cranberg and Melinda Hill Perrin, former chair of the UT-Austin Development Board, voiced their opinions in Texas Tribune guest...

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Professor finds vailidity of standardized testing questionable

August 6, 2012

As students and educators across the state attempt to raise standardized test scores, UT associate education professor Walter Stroup has found that the validity of standardized testing is questionable. Along...

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Austin Police ramp up efforts after crime rates increase

August 6, 2012

While Austin and the state of Texas are seeing an overall drop in crime, downtown Austin is experiencing the opposite, forcing local authorities to implement new strategies to deal with growing safety...

Austin City Hall approves ordinance for short-term rentals

August 4, 2012

A packed Austin City Hall roared with applause Thursday night after council members voted to pass a proposed ordinance for short-term rentals, or rental contracts for 30 days or less. Prior to the new...

New charges filed in UT sexual assault incident

August 4, 2012

New charges have been filed following the June sexual assault of a UT student in Roberts Hall. Further UTPD investigation into the June 24 incident has led to an additional charge against 21-year-old...

Campus Safety and Security clarifies emergency procedure terms

August 2, 2012

Alterations to emergency campus instruction policies were issued this morning to prevent confusion in the event of future campus emergencies. In a campus-wide e-mail alert this morning, Campus Safety...

Austin City Council continues consideration of ordinance on short-term rentals

August 2, 2012

Austin tourists may have safer housing options when they come to town for popular events if Austin City Council approves new regulations on short-term rentals. The council will vote Thursday on a proposed...

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Primary runoff election slated to be hot race

July 31, 2012

Primary runoff elections are coming to a final vote Tuesday. Texas will name a winner in a U.S. Senate battle some are calling the hottest race in Texas. Since U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson announced...

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Controversial UT study found inaccurate by journal

July 27, 2012

The editor that ran a controversial gay parenting study by UT associate sociology professor Mark Regnerus has released an audit critizing the study’s validity and the steps that led to publication. James...

Reporter in hot water after sharing story draft with UT sources

July 26, 2012

A Washington Post reporter’s decision to share the rough draft of a story with UT media officials before publication has prompted the newspaper to revise its reporting policy to discourage such acts...

APD amends search policy to gain public trust

July 24, 2012

Beginning next month, stops and searches performed by the Austin Police Department will be pointedly different than they have been in the past. APD will now be required to obtain additional means of consent...

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Former UTSA student Jessica Ghawi killed in Aurora shooting

July 23, 2012

A former UT-San Antonio student was among the 12 people killed in the Aurora, Colo. shooting Friday. Since her death, Jessica Ghawi’s friends and family have taken to the airwaves to tell the world...

H&M to arrive in Austin

July 21, 2012

Fashion retailer H&M will be opening their first Austin store this fall at The Domain shopping center. H&M is known for their affordable, high quality merchandise for all ages and currently has...

New Texas Exes president outlines organization’s goals

July 21, 2012

UT alumnus John Beckworth has walked down the burnt orange road for most of his life. He received two degrees at the University, and even married a fellow UT alumna. This month, Beckworth continues his...

UT computer science professor develops new software to aid in disease treatment

July 18, 2012

UT computer science professor Chandrajit Bajaj and his team of researchers have developed new software capable of determining which compounds will best treat diseases using less information than was previously...

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Program allows students to witness political change in Egypt

July 16, 2012

When Laura Chen goes to class in Alexandria, Egypt, she sees firsthand the aftermath of the Arab Spring, a two-year citizen-led revolution and battle for change in Egypt’s political leadership. Chen...

Mourners honor workers killed in UT-Dallas construction accident

July 13, 2012

More than 350 members of the University of Texas at Dallas community gathered together Wednesday to remember two construction workers killed Saturday afternoon while working on a new arts and technology...

Pandemic Flu Toolkit will predict future outbreaks in Texas

July 10, 2012

Three years ago, swine flu diagnoses swarmed the nation’s hospitals, resulting in thousands of deaths. This flu season, Texas will have more tools to forecast such outbreaks. Biology and statistics...

Newly discovered Mayan artifact provides evidence against Mayan “end-date” theory

July 5, 2012

A newly discovered Mayan artifact, deciphered by art history professor David Stuart, provides evidence that the Mayan “end-date” theory is incorrect, and they did not predict the end of the...

UT Professor fights diabetes with culturally relevant plan

June 29, 2012

A UT professor and her innovative strategies for fighting diabetes in South Texas have led to success where others have failed. Nursing professor Sharon Brown has worked with the residents of Starr...

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Three workers injured after fall at West Campus construction site

June 21, 2012

Three construction workers were injured Wednesday afternoon while working at an apartment complex located at 2400 Nueces Street. Preliminary investigations by Hensel Phelps Construction Company, the general...

UT students and Longhorn Network collaborate to improve fans’ opinions

June 20, 2012

ESPN’s Longhorn Network added a local touch to their airwaves Sunday with the release of the student-led “Watch what you love” marketing campaign, a move officials hope will address controversy...

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West Campus to see investment and growth with economic recovery

June 16, 2012

After years of moving at a slow pace, high-rise construction in West Campus has started up again as part of the city’s plans to attract Austin’s student population to the area. The construction...

Powers to incorporate student input to change honor code

June 16, 2012

UT’s honor code will see changes and clarification in the upcoming months in efforts to increase its effectiveness and implementation. UT officials set up a University Honor Code Task Force this...

UT may change honor code after Powers’ review

June 13, 2012

The University may see changes to its honor code when President William Powers, Jr. reviews a recently completed report on its effectiveness. UT officials created a University Honor Code Task Force this...

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Confusion ensues after death of UT student

June 11, 2012

Following the death of UT sophomore Erick Whitaker, members of the UT community gathered to remember his life and discuss the unusual circumstances of his death. Whitaker, 19, passed away at San Antonio’s...

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Electric, hydrogen powered bus to run shuttle routes [UPDATE]

June 6, 2012

Editor's note: This story was updated at 6:50 p.m. on July 10, 2012 to include more information regarding the hydrogen-electric bus's role in Austin. Students around campus have another bus to...

Planned UT medical school met with opposition by local organization

June 5, 2012

Opposition to the recently approved UT Austin medical school may soon ensue if plans to demolish an Austin golf course and raise local taxes are not revised. An Austin grassroots organization known as...

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Presidential primary vote held after delays

May 30, 2012

Students finally exercised their right to vote in the Texas primaries Tuesday after a two-month delay due to the statewide redistricting debate. Redistricting judges held back the elections twice because...

UT remembers longhorns lost

May 4, 2012

Each night the Tower glows with orange or white light, depending on the day’s events and successes, but tonight the Tower will only glow in the moonlight in order to commemorate members of the UT...

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UT Blackademics present research via KLRU taping

April 27, 2012

UT and KLRU combined efforts to present current African-American issues to the mass media Thursday night in hopes of creating a future series featuring University professors. Four professors spoke at...

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Wille Nelson Monument Unveiled Amid “4/20” Themed Festivities

April 23, 2012

Willie Nelson and supporting fans sang together at the unveiling of a monument dedicated to the Austin resident and country music legend on April 20, a counterculture holiday nationally associated with...

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College of Communication honors Walter Cronkite with plaza dedication

April 20, 2012

The Communication Plaza will glow bright each night with the work of a former UT student, as the plaza was dedicated Thursday evening in honor of journalist Walter Cronkite. The dedication of the Walter...

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Longhorn Run raises funds and attracts protest

April 16, 2012

Campus fundraising efforts were met with both support and protest Saturday at UT’s second annual Longhorn Run. Roughly 2,300 runners came out to participate in the event, which consisted of both...

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SAC honors UT’s unofficial historian

April 13, 2012

After her lifetime of dedication to the UT community, the University is honoring one distinguished alumna in a very special way. Today marks the dedication of the ground floor atrium of the Student Activity...

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Blanton Student Fest unites UT campus, community

April 6, 2012

The Blanton Museum of Art was filled with Old West spirit Thursday as museum patrons took part in various cowboy-themed activities. At the biannual Student Fest, museum staff came together with the Blanton...

UT Law hosts forum to discuss prosecutorial oversight

March 30, 2012

Michael Morton, a Williamson County man who served nearly 25 years in prison despite innocence, joined a forum of speakers hosted by UT School of Law on Thursday to discuss the negative effects of prosecutorial...

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Tejano monument unveiled at Capitol as part of Texas education reform

March 30, 2012

Twelve years of work by Hispanic education and business leaders came to fruition Thursday with the unveiling of a new monument at the Texas Capitol. The monument honors Tejanos and their role in the history...

Tiff’s Treats continues expansion, tradition of charitable contributions

March 30, 2012

Cookies for charity have played a popular role in Austin, and Houston residents will soon be getting the chance to taste Tiff’s Treats and spare change for a life-changing cause. At the request...

Energy emergency alerts likely with expected summer temperatures

March 9, 2012

The expected above-average summer temperatures and resulting high energy demands may lead to conservation alerts to reduce the likelihood of rolling blackouts. These alerts are one tool in the critical...

Occupy UT compared to 1960s protests, campus politics a problem

March 2, 2012

Student activists past and present came together Thursday night to inspire current students to continue working for change. The event was organized by Occupy UT, but registered with the University as...

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UT Tower Celebrates 75 Years

February 28, 2012

For the first time since its construction 75 years ago, the UT Tower shone bright orange Monday night in honor of itself. UT community members celebrated the Tower’s birthday Monday to honor the...

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Dance marathon raises funds for Dell Children’s Medical Center

February 27, 2012

Students from across campus came together Saturday to “stand for children who cannot stand for themselves.” That is the motto of the Texas THON, an annual campus fundraiser benefiting the...

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Food is Free Project continues to promote community through gardening events

February 13, 2012

The Austin-based Food is Free Project hosted their third volunteer event Saturday with the planting of “wicking bed” gardens along Joe Sayers Avenue. The organization was originally founded...

Whole Foods stock hits all-time high as post-recession growth continues

February 13, 2012

Whole Foods Market, the Austin-based Fortune 500 supermarket chain, experienced an all-time high in its stocks last Thursday, marking a major point in the company’s post-recession recovery and growth. The...

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Apple settles lawsuit, reimburses consumers with faulty power adapter

February 3, 2012

MacBook users with faulty power adapters will be refunded at full cost by Apple Inc. after the company settled a lawsuit out of court. Apple’s reimbursement is a result of the settlement reached...

Austin Jewish Film Festival Brings Cultural Experience to Campus

February 1, 2012

The UT community received a glimpse of Jewish culture Tuesday night, with the screening of the film “Restoration” in the Austin Jewish Film Festival on campus. “Restoration” (2011)...

Soldier Meets Student Opposition at Speech on Truth

January 27, 2012

Israel Defense Forces Sgt. Benjamin Anthony discussed the realities of war and biased media coverage from a front line perspective during an on-campus speech Thursday night. Texans for Israel, UT College...