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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

All content by Eleanor Dearman

Special ventures editor says goodbye in less than 1000 words

May 6, 2016

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...


University continues to address gender pay gap within faculty, staff

December 2, 2015

Out of UT-Austin’s 100 highest paid employees, only 20 are women, according to data from the Texas Tribune Government Salaries Explorer. In November, Chancellor William McRaven announced...


UT Green Fee, supported student programs threatened by funding uncertainty

November 6, 2015

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Senate committee sends open carry bill to Senate floor

May 19, 2015

A Texas Senate committee voted Monday to send the House’s open carry bill to the Senate floor for consideration. HB 910, which Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) authored, would allow licensed gun...


Attorney General: Regents do not have authority to limit information requests

May 13, 2015

Attorney General Ken Paxton said UT System regents do not have the authority to limit information requests Tuesday, in response to an appeal to Paxton by Regent Wallace Hall last month. “Unless...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for May 8, 2015

May 9, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss Gregory Fenves', the next president of UT Austin, goals as president, an update on regent Wallace Hall's records requests, proposed...


UTUnrated exposes graphic content

May 7, 2015

UTUnrated, a Snapchat account that receives hundreds of submissions from University students, publishes a daily Snapchat “story” that includes, on an average day, nude photos, videos of people...


Bill to renew green fee considered in Legislature

May 7, 2015

Hundreds of students across campus working on green fee-funded projects have helped reroute over 27,000 pounds of UT’s compost from landfills, plant over 75,000 seedlings and grow about 250 pounds...


Lawmakers propose halving UT-System’s portion of Permanent University Fund for University of Houston

May 5, 2015

UT’s portion of the Permanent University Fund (PUF) might be cut in half to help fund The University of Houston.  Last week, Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) laid out a bill and constitutional...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss the universities plans to expand into East Campus, a bill in the Texas Legislature to limit tuition increases, the Longhorn Band coach...


Senate passes bill tying tuition raises to “performance measures” including graduation rates, administrative costs

May 1, 2015

The Texas Senate voted to place certain limits on Texas public universities’ tuition rates Thursday. The bill, authored by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), would set certain “performance measures”...


Student volunteers disappointed by potential closure of Austin State Supported Living Center

April 29, 2015

On Sundays, social work senior Denisse Calderon wakes up and visits the Austin State Supported Living Center (ASSLC) to meet with residents and accompany them to a church service. “My work...


Alcohol vending machines: the future of your Friday night

April 28, 2015

Buying a beer could be as easy as pressing a button after this legislative session. Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) is working to legalize the sale of alcohol in vending machines at certain establishments...


Lawmakers initially approve bill to set sexual assault guidelines

April 28, 2015

State lawmakers are working to set state guidelines for how universities handle sexual assault.  The House gave initial approval Monday to a bill requiring universities to set definitions of sexual...


Senate committee hears bill limiting abortion coverage under Affordable Care Act

April 28, 2015

The Senate State Affairs Committee heard a bill Monday that, if passed, would remove abortion coverage from the Affordable Care Act.  The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,”...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss the Student Government assembly's vote against a divestment resolution, Wallace Hall's appeal to the Attorney General, the results...


Proposed bill will require universities to increase off-campus work-study positions in the private sector

April 23, 2015

Lawmakers are working to increase the number of off-campus work-study opportunities in the private sector. On Wednesday, the House Higher Education Committee heard HB 2365, which, if passed, would expand...


Legislators try to name cowboy hat Texas’ official headgear

April 22, 2015

When liberal arts sophomore Madi Maino, originally from Virginia, prepared to move to Texas for college, her image of the state boiled down to one thing: a cowboy wearing boots and a hat.   “When...


Bill could allow voters to use cell phones at polling locations

April 21, 2015

For the next round of elections, voters might be able to cast their ballots with a cell phone in hand. Current state law prohibits voters from having their cell phones within 100 feet of the voting...


Texas House gives initial approval to open carry bill

April 17, 2015

The open carry of handguns state-wide is one step closer to being legal. The Texas House gave initial approval to its version of the open carry bill, HB 910, on Friday. The Texas Senate approved its...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss President Powers' record on improving graduation rates, the Jefferson Davis statue being vandalized, potential changes to the Hazlewood...


Committee hears two tuition-regulation bills

April 16, 2015

The Senate Committee on Higher Education heard bills Wednesday to limit tuition increases in higher ed. In 2003, legislators deregulated tuition, granting universities control of tuition rates. Since...


Committee hears Hazlewood exemption bills

April 16, 2015

Last fiscal year, UT excused about $9.7 million in tuition revenue for 1,034 student veterans and their families as part of the Texas Hazlewood Act tuition exemption, according to a Legislative Budget...


Open carry bill delayed in House because of technical error

April 15, 2015

The Texas House’s open carry bill, originally scheduled for a review on the House floor Tuesday, was delayed in the Senate because of a technical error. The bill, which Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman)...


Students testify in opposition of senate bill that could repeal Texas Dream Act

April 14, 2015

Authors of the original Texas Dream Act, HB 1403, gathered at the Capitol on Monday to advocate for the policy — originally passed in 2001. The bill, which is at risk of removal this session,...


Activists rally outside Capitol against proposed anti-LGBT legislation

April 14, 2015

With signs reading “Don’t Indiana My Texas” in hand, more than 100 people rallied outside the Capitol for Freedom Advocacy Day to lobby against certain anti-LGBT measures proposed this...


UT students share their experience with sex ed in Texas

April 14, 2015

When radio-televisionfilm sophomore Holly Cook first came to UT, she had never taken a formal health or sex education course. Cook, who attended Clear Lake High School in Houston, learned what she knew...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss a bill to repeal the Texas Dream Act, a bomb threat at the Butler School of Music, student organizations advocacy for divestment related...


Legislators debate city’s power to regulate Lyft, Uber

April 10, 2015

Uber and Lyft, ride-sharing companies popular with many UT students, may soon be regulated on a state level in a shift from the current policy. Lawmakers on the House transportation committee heard...


Music professor Robert Duke wins teaching fellowship

April 9, 2015

The Friar Society, the oldest honor society on campus, selected music professor Robert Duke as the recipient of the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship (FCTF) on Wednesday.  Each school year,...


Senate committee hears bill to eliminate in-state tuition for undocumented students

April 7, 2015

Update: After over 13 hours of an emotional Senate hearing, the subcommittee on border security voted 2 to 1 to send the committee substitute for SB 1819 to full committee for review, with the recommendation...


UTPD, APD clear Butler School of Music after bomb threat

April 7, 2015

Bass Concert Hall and Texas Performing Arts Center were evacuated Monday after a bomb threat was reported to the Butler School of Music. UTPD responded to a call that reported a bomb threat in...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for April 3, 2015

April 3, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss Shaka Smart as the Longhorns' new head basketball coach, the results of the Wallace Hall grand jury, and a recap of last weekend's...


Committee hears bills to increase criminal responsibility age from 17 to 18

April 3, 2015

Under Texas’ current legal system, 17-year-olds accused of crimes are usually tried as adults — but lawmakers are working to raise that age by one year. On Wednesday, the Juvenile Justice...


Committee votes revenue bonds bill to Senate floor

April 2, 2015

The Senate is set to hear a bill that would provide UT-Austin with $67,500,000 for renovations at Welch Hall as well as construction on other facilities within the UT System and across the state. On...


House discusses proposed $210 billion state budget

April 1, 2015

The Texas House of Representatives started its discussion Tuesday of an approximately $210 billion budget. At print time, the discussion over HB 1, which lays out the House’s proposed state budget,...


Lawmaker files budget amendment requesting University report on-, off-campus discrimination

March 31, 2015

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio) submitted an amendment to the House budget which would place university organizations, including fraternities, under close watch.  The amendment —...


Six months after dramatic budget cuts, Texas Memorial Museum continues to operate

March 30, 2015

Six months after having its budget gutted, the Texas Memorial Museum is improving its financial situation, and attendance is slowly rising. In September 2014, the University pulled funding for...

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LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for March 27, 2015

March 28, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss Greg Fenves who has been named the sole finalist for the position of UT Austin President, campus-carry, roundup, and SG advocating the...


Texas lawmaker proposes bill limiting citizens’ ability to record police officers

March 27, 2015

One Texas legislator is aiming to limit citizens’ ability to record police officers from close distances, but the bill has generated significant opposition. Thursday, Rep. Jason Villalba...


Texting while driving ban initially passes in House

March 26, 2015

The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a statewide ban on texting while driving. HB 80 was approved with a 102–40 vote. The bill would ban text-based communication while driving in the...

Bill to end B-On-Time loans held pending in committee

March 26, 2015

Rep. Helen Giddings (D-DeSoto) filed a bill, HB 700, that would eliminate the state’s B-On-Time student loan program. The B-On-Time loan is a state forgivable loan funded by 5 percent of student...


SG leaders plan to lobby in opposition to campus carry at Texas House

March 23, 2015

Over spring break, the Texas Senate gave final approval to SB 11, a campus carry bill for public universities. In response, members of the UT Student Government said they will intensify lobbying efforts...


Campus carry bill given final approval in Texas Senate

March 19, 2015

The Texas Senate gave a final vote in favor of campus carry, a bill that would allow concealed handguns to be carried in college and university buildings. No debate preceded the passage of Senate...


Texas Senate gives campus carry bill initial approval

March 18, 2015

The Texas Senate gave inital approval to its campus carry bill after it was brought to the floor Wednesday for its second reading. Campus carry would allow licensed handgun owners over 21...


UT students and professors testify against campus carry

March 17, 2015

College students and professors, including several from UT, attended a House committee hearing Tuesday to express opposition to campus carry. Grant Willson, a UT chemistry and chemical engineering...


Texas Senate clears open carry bill

March 16, 2015

  Update (2:59 p.m.): The House Homeland Security and Public Safety committee left bills regarding campus carry and open carry pending in committee Tuesday. Guests attended a public hearing...


Lawmakers file more than 900 bills Friday

March 14, 2015

More than 900 bills were filed Friday, as lawmakers scrambled to get their final pieces of legislation submitted before the 6 p.m. filing deadline.  In total, over 6,300 bills were...


Lawmakers file more than 900 bills Friday

March 14, 2015

More than 900 bills were filed Friday, as lawmakers scrambled to get their final pieces of legislation submitted before the 6 p.m. filing deadline.  In total, over 6,300 bills were...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu winning the Student Government executive alliance election, a religious freedom bill, SAE, the new...


Members rush to file higher education bills before legislative filing deadline Friday

March 13, 2015

As last-minute bills rush in before the 6:00 p.m. filing deadline Friday, House and Senate committee chairs said they consider higher education funding to be this session’s legislative priority. Members...


Senate committee holds bill regarding regent operations

March 12, 2015

The Senate Committee on Higher Education left a bill regarding board of regent operations pending in committee to adjust the language of the bill. SB 177, which Sen. Kel Seliger (R–Amarillo) filed,...


State representative advocates removal of daylight saving time in Texas

March 11, 2015

Texas Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Canton) wants daylight saving time removed in the state. Flynn filed a bill in November calling for legislators to end daylight saving time, and the public hearing for his bill is...


Executive alliance candidates use baby goats for votes

March 11, 2015

Executive alliance candidates Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu used kids to gain votes Tuesday — baby goats, that is. Hundreds of students lined up at the Student Activity Center to see the...


Rep. White files bill that would allow business owners to refuse service based on religious grounds

March 10, 2015

Rep. Molly White (R-Belton) filed a bill that, if passed, would allow private business owners to refuse business to people based on the owner’s religion or on “conscientious grounds.”  HB...


Rep. Molly White files bill to allow business owners to refuse service based on religion

March 9, 2015

State Rep. Molly White (R-Belton) filed a bill that, if passed, would allow private business owners to refuse business to people based on the owner's religion or on “conscientious grounds.”  HB...

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LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for March 6, 2015

March 6, 2015

March 6, 2015: On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss the Student Government Executive Alliance runoff, a Texas marijuana bill, the UT Austin presidential search, and the...


University Writing Center will move to Perry-Castañeda Library

March 6, 2015

In 2014, the University Writing Center provided 11,105 one-on-one writing consultations for undergraduate students in only 1,500 square-feet of space.  The center’s tight quarters are...


Jose Menéndez swears into Senate seat representing San Antonio

March 5, 2015

The Texas Senate gained a new member Wednesday as Sen. José Menéndez took over Leticia Van de Putte‘s seat representing San Antonio. Menéndez, a House member representing...


Representative files bill to legalize marijuana in Texas

March 4, 2015

Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) filed a bill Monday to legalize marijuana in Texas. If passed, HB 2165 would repeal offenses related to possessing, selling and growing marijuana in Texas. The bill retracts...


Representative proposes bill to change Advanced Placement required scores

March 4, 2015

The four or five required on the Advanced Placement tests to claim college credit will be reduced to a three if a bill that Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) proposed in the Texas House passes.  If...


Bipartisan bill, HB 11, addresses border security

March 4, 2015

A bill proposed Monday would set new procedures for border security, including outbound checkpoints along the border.  Texas legislators proposed a multifaceted bill, HB 11, that would permit the...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015

February 27th, 2015: On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss University Democrat's Student Government endorsements, developments in the ongoing campus carry debate, and...


Students hold vigil for death row inmate Rodney Reed

February 27, 2015

One week before Rodney Reed’s scheduled execution, students and community members gathered on the steps of the Tower to hold a vigil for Reed and to protest Texas’ judicial system.   Students...


Senate committee questions Board of Regents nominees

February 27, 2015

The Senate Committee on Nominations questioned Gov. Greg Abbott’s three regent appointees for more than five hours about admissions, open records requests, and other issues that have prompted conflict...

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If passed, ‘campus carry’ could bring cost UT System $39 million

February 26, 2015

The UT System estimates “campus carry,” if passed, would cost UT campuses $39 million in additional security measures, but a UT-Austin fiscal note said the bill would have no significant fiscal...


Legislature proposes bills to include class median grade on transcripts

February 25, 2015

Bills proposed in the state House and Senate would require a class’s median or average grade be posted alongside a student’s individual score.  Rep. Scott Turner (R-Frisco), the...


Sen. Van de Putte retires from Senate, plans to run for Mayor of San Antonio

February 25, 2015

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) stepped down Friday after 24 years in the senate. Van de Putte announced she would leave the Capitol in January, after loosing the race for lieutenant...


Same-sex marriage stay to continue until US Supreme Court ruling, says Texas Supreme Court spokesperson

February 24, 2015

The Texas Supreme Court’s stay on the state’s same-sex marriage ban may remain in effect until the expected Supreme Court ruling this summer, according to Osler McCarthy, staff attorney for...


McCombs, LBJ deans to step down

February 24, 2015

Two UT deans will step down at the end of the semester, according to a blog post released Friday by UT President William Powers Jr. Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and...


Texas attorney general asks state Supreme Court to declare same-sex marriage invalid

February 23, 2015

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton petitioned the state Supreme Court on Friday to declare a single marriage license issued to one same-sex couple invalid.  Paxton asked the Supreme Court...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for February 20, 2015

February 20, 2015

February 20, 2015: In the first Daily Texan NewsCast of the semester Eleanor Dearman and Samantha Ketterer discuss the first same sex marriage in Texas, Student Government elections, a campus-wide blackout,...


Gov. Abbott prioritizes higher ed in first State of the State address

February 17, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott made higher education research an “emergency item” in his first State of the State address Tuesday. In his speech at the Capitol, Abbott urged lawmakers to prioritize...


Proposed bill requires SG approval of student regent

February 17, 2015

The Texas Legislature is working to redefine the student regent application process, requiring student regents to apply through student government before applying to the governor’s office. If...


Over student opposition, state Senate committee votes to recommend “campus carry” bill

February 13, 2015

Despite student opposition, the State Affairs committee voted to recommend that the Texas Senate pass SB 11, a bill allowing students, faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus, with a vote...


House Speaker Straus visits UT to discuss higher education

February 12, 2015

Campus carry, in-state tuition for undocumented students and tuition regulation were major points of focus during an on-campus interview with House Speaker Joe Straus. At the talk, Straus stressed...


Protesters show support for Texas Dream Act at the Capitol

February 12, 2015

Hundreds of rally attendees chanted, “Sí, se puede,” or “Yes, we can,” at the Capitol on Wednesday to support a pro-immigration legislative agenda. Legislators, including...


Chancellor McRaven, state lawmakers clash in tuition regulation debate

February 11, 2015

Texas legislators and UT System administrators are squaring off over the role of the legislature in setting — or limiting — University tuition rates. Six separate bills in favor of...


Texas state capitol hosts exhibit honoring civil rights activist Barbara Jordan

February 11, 2015

An exhibit honoring Barbara Jordan, civil rights activist, congresswoman and former UT professor, opened at the Capitol on Tuesday to chronicle her life and work.  The exhibit, which will be open...


Bill offers sexual harassment protection for unpaid interns

February 10, 2015

In Texas, unpaid interns do not have legal protection against sexual harassment in the workplace. Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) filed HB1151, which would work to provide unpaid interns with sexual...

UT, A&M meet at the Capitol to discuss higher ed funding

February 5, 2015

UT and Texas A&M set aside a long-standing rivalry and worked together on the seventh Orange & Maroon Legislative Day to advocate for the schools’ common legislative priorities, such as state...


Community college students advocate for tuition affordability

February 4, 2015

Freezing rain did not stop hundreds of Texas community college students, many of whom hope to transfer to four-year institutions like UT, from meeting outside of the Capitol to discuss their policy priorities...


Gov. Greg Abbott declares Feb. 2 ‘Chris Kyle Day’

February 3, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott declared Feb. 2 “Chris Kyle Day” in Texas to honor the decorated ex-Navy SEAL sniper killed last February. Abbott and legislators gathered at the Capitol on Monday to sign...


Muslim Students’ Association teaches students about the meanings behind hijab

February 3, 2015

Students of all races, genders, cultures and religions tried on hijabs — traditional headscarves worn by Muslim women — for an event the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) held Monday...


Legislator, protesters disrupt Muslim Capitol Day

January 30, 2015

State Rep. Molly White (R-Belton) drew criticism Thursday after asking Muslim visitors to the Capitol to “renounce Islamic terrorist groups” during an event UT students helped plan.  About...


Perry says indictment doesn’t faze him as he considers a presidential run

January 29, 2015

Former Governor Rick Perry said his recent indictment will not derail the possibility of a 2016 presidential campaign.  Perry discussed his future plans at a press conference Wednesday, which he...


Republicans fire first shot in campus carry debate

January 28, 2015

State legislators in the House and Senate filed identical bills Monday that would allow University students, faculty and staff with proper licenses to carry concealed handguns in campus buildings. Under...


Activists, legislators unveil plaque honoring Holocaust survivor

January 27, 2015

Members of the Global Embassy of Activists for Peace unveiled a plaque honoring Holocaust survivors in the Texas Capitol on Monday.  Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) and his son, Rep....


Legislators work to provide tax exemption for textbooks

January 26, 2015

In a continued effort to prioritize higher education in this year’s legislative session, a group of six legislators are working to provide a tax exemption on certain textbooks.  Rep. Mary...


Four Texas legislators push to make student ID acceptable as voter ID

January 26, 2015

Four Texas lawmakers are making voter turnout among college students a priority by proposing bills that would make university-issued ID cards an acceptable form of voter ID. The bills, filed in both...


Updated: Gov. Greg Abbott appoints two new UT System regents, reappoints Steven Hicks

January 22, 2015

On his second full day in office Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed two new members to the UT System Board of Regents and reappointed Vice Chairman Steve Hicks for another term. Abbott’s two...


Texas Senate changes 68-year-old procedural rule, lowers number of senators needed to bring bill for debate

January 22, 2015

The Texas Senate adopted a three-fifths rule, lowering the number of senators required to bring a bill to the floor for debate, after a heated discussion Wednesday. The procedural shift will effectively...


Abbott, Patrick focus on education and border security in inauguration speeches

January 21, 2015

As Texans from across the state gathered at the Capitol to watch Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s inauguration Tuesday, the duo emphasized their goals of limiting government involvement...


Recap: Abbott, Patrick inaugurated at Texas Capitol

January 20, 2015

Texans from across the state gathered in front of the Capitol Building Tuesday to watch Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick take their oaths of office as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Texas. Abbott...


UT interns help behind the scenes of the 84th Legislative session

January 20, 2015

Hundreds of UT students will work alongside state lawmakers in the 84th Texas Legislature to craft policies the lawmakers will propose during the 140-day legislative session.  “Have you ever...


In farewell speech, Perry touts Texas’ economic success

January 15, 2015

With five days left in office, Gov. Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, delivered a farewell speech Thursday before a joint session of the Legislature. Perry credited the private...

Texas Legislature brings new leadership, renewed debates

January 14, 2015

Texas lawmakers returned to work Tuesday to commence the 84th legislative session and take their oaths of office. Amid the usual pomp and circumstance of opening day ceremonies, the House floor voted on...


Higher ed bills to be proposed in 84th Texas Legislature

January 13, 2015

The Texas Legislature opens its 84th 140-day session Tuesday at noon. Here are a few bills related to higher education that, if passed, could affect university students statewide. SB No. 22: Introduced...

University establishes Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation

December 15, 2014

President William Powers Jr. and other University representatives announced Monday the formation of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation. Directed by Daron Roberts, a lecturer in...

College of Natural Sciences to offer fewer summer courses

December 12, 2014

The College of Natural Sciences will be offering about one-third fewer courses in summer 2015, according to the college's dean, Linda Hicke. Last week, the Office of the Executive...

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