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Student creates Chrome extension to make registration easier

Eilish O'Sullivan August 8, 2018

Computer science sophomore Sriram Hariharan has always had a hard time registering for classes. So to make it easier, Hariharan developed an extension for Google Chrome called UT Registration Plus.  “It’s...


Students get involved in political campaigns

Eilish O'Sullivan August 8, 2018

This summer, government junior Andrew Herrera had an opportunity most college students won’t. Herrera tried to help elect more than 20 Democratic candidates across Williamson County as a coordinated...


This UT student is stuck in Iran because of Trump’s travel ban

Eilish O'Sullivan July 31, 2018

Civil engineering graduate student Azadeh Mostofi was supposed to walk the stage with her fellow classmates in May, but because of the Trump administration’s travel ban, she wasn’t even in...


Austin businesses move away from single-use plastic straws

Eilish O'Sullivan July 24, 2018

Many Austin-area businesses are moving away from using single-use plastic straws in an effort to promote more environmentally friendly practices. Anthony Rivera, co-director of UT’s Campus Environmental...


A&M and UT students work to change sexual assault reporting

Eilish O'Sullivan July 20, 2018

A group of Texas A&M students are trying to raise awareness about sexual assault on their campus by changing the way it’s reported. More than 100 miles away, UT-Austin students are trying to...


Regents approve leasing space for HEB pharmacy

Eilish O'Sullivan July 12, 2018

An HEB-licensed pharmacy will be built in UT’s Dell Medical School, as space was approved to be leased out by the Board of Regents during a meeting today. HEB will pay a total of $2,514,102 in...


UT student charged with sexual assault of another UT student

Eilish O'Sullivan July 10, 2018

Sustainability studies sophomore Marcellus McKinley was arrested July 3 and charged with sexual assault, according to Travis County online case information and the Travis County criminal court docket....


Meet Navid Yaghmazadeh: A UT postdoctoral fellow affected by the travel ban

Eilish O'Sullivan July 10, 2018

Navid Yaghmazadeh recalls feeling disheartened the moment he went to pick up guest tickets for his graduation from UT. Looking at the tickets, Yaghmazadeh knew his Iranian parents would never be able to...


Austin community celebrates anniversary of Stonewall riots

Eilish O'Sullivan June 28, 2018

Pride flags and flags of allied organizations decorated the south steps of the Capitol as Melissa Etheridge’s song “Pulse” played, to honor those who lost their lives in the Pulse nightclub...


Texas Supreme Court strikes down Laredo’s plastic bag ban, likely ends Austin’s

Eilish O'Sullivan June 26, 2018

The Texas Supreme Court struck down a Laredo ban on single-use carry out plastic bags on Friday. The decision is likely to affect about a dozen other cities’ bans across Texas, including Austin’s.  The...


Lawsuit filed by former, current UT students claims Austin, Travis County fail sexual assault victims

Eilish O'Sullivan June 26, 2018

On Monday, a federal class action lawsuit was filed by three women who said the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and the Austin Police Department violated their rights and discriminated on...


Women of color earn less than everybody else in higher education workforce

Eilish O'Sullivan June 19, 2018

Women of color earn 67 cents on the dollar compared to white men in higher education, according to a new study.  The study, published in May, comes from the College and University Professional...


Juneteenth: The history behind the day

Eilish O'Sullivan June 19, 2018

Each year on June 19, Texans commemorate the day news of the abolition of slavery reached the Lone Star State. The Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery, went into effect on Jan. 1, 1863....


Hundreds rally at the Capitol to protest separation of children at the border

Eilish O'Sullivan June 17, 2018

Hundreds gathered at the Capitol on Thursday night to protest the Trump administration’s recent “zero-tolerance” policy that separates children from migrant families at the border. The...


Cap Metro changes more than 50 bus routes in historic revamp of system

Eilish O'Sullivan June 8, 2018

Capital Metro made changes to more than 50 bus routes in the Austin area on June 3, including routes to and from the University.  High-frequency service was added to bus stops along Martin Luther...


Texas statewide candidates come together for a town hall

Eilish O'Sullivan April 30, 2018

On Sunday, Democratic candidates running for office in Texas came together for the first time to answer questions from Latinx youth.  “We are the least likely to have health care in the state,...


UT organizations alleviate the pressures of refugee camps through hygiene kits

Eilish O'Sullivan April 23, 2018

Refugees often spend years in refugee camps, where conditions can be harsh as supplies are often scarce. Two UT student organizations are doing something to help alleviate these conditions. On Sunday,...


Texas Shark Tank hosts its first ever statewide competition

Eilish O'Sullivan April 16, 2018

An advertising campaign for local alcohol advertisements to be placed in Austin-based bars was the winning pitch at this year’s first statewide Texas Shark Tank competition. “We’re...


Proposed development in East Riverside raises concerns about affordable housing

Eilish O'Sullivan April 10, 2018

Developers are proposing to rezone five properties in East Riverside, an area known among students for its affordable housing, in order to create an “urban village.” Three rezoning applications...


SXSW 2019 falls one week before UT spring break

Eilish O'Sullivan and Ruben Paquian April 5, 2018

Prepare for increased FOMO next spring — South by Southwest 2019 will fall the week before spring break for UT and other surrounding schools. Last month, SXSW announced the upcoming iteration...


Sanger Learning Center receives grant to extend free tutoring sessions

Eilish O'Sullivan March 28, 2018

The Sanger Learning Center started offering unlimited free one-on-one tutoring sessions for all UT students in January, and so far this semester, appointments are up about 20 percent from this time last...


Local law enforcement clarify comments about Austin bomber

Eilish O'Sullivan and Allyson Waller March 27, 2018

Both the Austin and UT Police Departments have faced criticism for public comments on the Austin bomber’s attacks, sparking debate on whether or not the bomber can be classified as a terrorist. Brian...

UT students participate in SXSW Edu pitch event with other universities

Eilish O'Sullivan March 8, 2018

A future with invisible ear pieces feeding you information is not so far off with one UT student’s invention, pitched at a South by Southwest EDU event on Wednesday. Mathematics junior Robert...


UT students rally in support of DACA

Eilish O'Sullivan and Tehreem Shahab March 1, 2018

A crowd of about 50 UT students marched from the Speedway Mall to the Texas State Capitol to show support for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and encourage Austinites to vote in the...


McCombs graduate education center modernizes a main campus entrance

Eilish O'Sullivan February 23, 2018

After more than nearly four years of construction, UT celebrated the grand opening of Robert B. Rowling Hall, the new graduate business education center in the McCombs School of Business. “Well...


Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at AAAS about cancer research

Eilish O'Sullivan February 19, 2018

When Former Vice President Joe Biden asked an audience of hundreds whose live had been affected by cancer, nearly every person raised their hand.  Biden spoke about the importance of collaboration...

Speaker discusses technology giants’ influence on politics

Eilish O'Sullivan January 31, 2018

Institutions such as Facebook and Google harm democracy and should be broken up, writer Matt Stoller said during a discussion on how technology influences politics on Tuesday afternoon. The event was hosted...

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Two UT Hyperloop teams to compete in Elon Musk’s SpaceX competition

Eilish O'Sullivan August 7, 2017

Imagine being able to travel from Austin to Dallas in only 15 to 30 minutes. Two UT teams are currently trying to turn this into a reality through their innovations in transportation. Hyperloop, a concept...


A new “Clear Bag Policy” regulates size and type of bag carried into UT games

Eilish O'Sullivan August 2, 2017

Clear plastic bags are not just for sandwiches anymore, because soon they are going to become a game day staple for many Longhorn sports fans this fall. UT’s new “Clear Bag Policy”...


Con Mi MADRE and Project MALES host Leadership Summer Camp at UT

Eilish O'Sullivan July 23, 2017

Two organizations promoting higher education for Latinos came together for a four-day Leadership Summer Camp at UT this past week. The event was hosted by Con Mi MADRE and UT’s Project MALES for...


The Contemporary donates more than 700 artworks to Blanton Museum of Art

Eilish O'Sullivan July 23, 2017

More than 700 pieces of artwork have found a new home at the Blanton Museum of Art, and several will be on display starting Aug. 5. The Contemporary Austin, a local community art museum, gifted...


D’Onta Foreman arrested on drug, weapons charges Sunday

Eilish O'Sullivan July 18, 2017

D'Onta Foreman was arrested on drug and weapons charges on campus early Sunday morning. Foreman is a Houston Texans rookie and former Texas Longhorns football player. The UT Police Department was...

RideAustin, Dell Med and CCC team up to give low-income Austinites rides to medical appointments

Eilish O'Sullivan July 14, 2017

A lack of transportation can be a profound barrier for patients who need health care, so in early August, a pilot program will be giving free rides to eligible Travis County residents to and from medical...

New UT Study shows economic cost of bullying

Eilish O'Sullivan July 6, 2017

A new study from UT’s School of Human Ecology shows the economic cost of bullying. According to the study, many states could potentially lose tens of millions of dollars in funding when children...


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center named Texas state garden

Eilish O'Sullivan June 22, 2017

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a non-profit botanic garden and research unit of UT,  hit a major milestone in May when it received an honorary designation from the Texas Legislature as the...


School of Nursing scheduled for renovation this summer

Eilish O'Sullivan June 16, 2017

The School of Nursing is being renovated this summer to modernize the 1970s-era building, which contains decades-old seats and extremely outdated technologies. The school is one of the nation’s...


UT to host camp for children who stutter

Eilish O'Sullivan June 10, 2017

Beginning this week, Camp Dream. Speak. Live. is helping children who stutter gain confidence through a week of self-esteem building activities. The annual summer camp is being held at UT from June...

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