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The Daily Texan

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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Gates CS building sets high standard

Drew Finke March 27, 2013

The Bill and Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex, which opened March 6, is the latest in a series of new or renovated buildings to populate the East Mall. This part of campus has long played second...


Humble history is a part of our past

Drew Finke November 9, 2012

No matter how long you’ve lived in Austin, you’ve probably heard that the city was a better place just before you arrived. That’s because back then, that bar was still around, and you...

The Belo building stands apart

Drew Finke October 1, 2012

When architects Earl Swisher and Thomas Lekometros received the commission to design the College of Communication’s Belo Center for New Media, they were challenged to design a building that would...

Maintaining a healthy neighborhood

Drew Finke May 1, 2012

Foodies and downtown residents alike cheered last week when Trader Joe’s announced that it would open its first Austin store adjacent to the Seaholm Power Plant, only blocks away from competitor...

Bus rapid transit: glamorous but ineffective

Drew Finke April 23, 2012

Students who rely on the 1, 3 and 101 bus routes to get to and from campus will be able to take advantage of improved bus services in about two years’ time, according to an announcement made by Capital...

Balancing the financial side with UT pride

Drew Finke April 16, 2012

The thought of UT students learning something from their traditional rivals in College Station may seem tantamount to blasphemy for many. However, recent campus controversy surrounding a move by John Sharp,...

Promoting economic growth from within

Drew Finke April 9, 2012

“Keep Austin Weird” is a phrase anyone who has lived in the city long enough is familiar with. Over the years, it’s been used as a rallying cry whenever people feel that one of Austin’s...

Pushing the boundaries of campus culture

Drew Finke April 3, 2012

Winston Churchill said that “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” A university that contributes so much to the local and global cultural dialogue should not ignore the reciprocal...

Look both ways: safety for pedestrians

Drew Finke March 26, 2012

People who have been on campus long enough have a story about a time they were almost hit by a careless driver while crossing the street or a time they saw the same thing happen to someone else. Students...

An unhealthy mix of orange and green

Drew Finke March 19, 2012

As you peruse the aisles at your local grocery store, what you choose to put in your cart is just as likely to be influenced by price as it is by the brand name printed on the carton or bottle of whatever...

Ask for more than either/or

Drew Finke March 5, 2012

Two weeks ago at the University of Michigan, Tadeusz Patzek, chair of UT’s Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, debated John Hofmeister, former Shell Oil CEO, about how to deal with...

The West Campus battle

Drew Finke February 27, 2012

There’s a battle taking place in West Campus. Walk past the construction sites and blocks of newly built mid-rise apartments along 22nd Street until you find yourself surrounded by mature leafy trees,...

Rising rent risks reducing affordability

Drew Finke February 20, 2012

On campus, a proposed tuition increase of 2.6 percent sparked protests, teach-ins and entire student groups dedicated to fighting it. However, an even greater increase in rent for student apartments has...

Demanding action on urban rail

Drew Finke February 13, 2012

“Rail is the future of Austin, as it is the future of every great city in the United States.” This is how Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell characterized his support for the city’s proposed...

Give the Drag respect

Drew Finke February 3, 2012

In 2004, the city of Austin approved the University Neighborhood Overlay, a comprehensive zoning law that has driven West Campus’ transformation from quirky university neighborhood to booming urban...

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