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Registered voters look ahead to March 1 primary

Forrest Milburn February 3, 2016

All registered Texas voters can head to the polls to pick their preferred candidate in either primary during the early voting period, which starts Feb. 16. The March 1 election day, also called Super...


Council to vote on ride-hailing regulations at Thursday meeting

Forrest Milburn February 3, 2016

City Council members are expected to choose between rolling back recently approved regulations on ride-hailing companies or putting the issue on the ballot for voters to decide at their upcoming meeting...


Student groups rally until midnight for voter registration

Forrest Milburn February 2, 2016

Hundreds of students were able to register Monday to vote in the upcoming Texas primaries as campus organizations and political groups set up registration booths available until midnight. In preparation...


Iowa caucuses: Cruz wins, Clinton and Sanders in virtual tie

Forrest Milburn February 2, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) won the majority of Republican Iowa caucus delegates Monday night as the top two Democrats were caught in a virtual tie in a race that came down to the wire as the night went on. With...


Black Lives Matter activists rally on campus, at Capitol for race-related reform

Forrest Milburn February 1, 2016

“Do black lives matter, or do all lives matter?”  A young black man asked this question to the five Democrats running for president in the first of six debates on Oct. 13, 2015 in an...


University Democrats gets to know House District 49 candidates before endorsement

Forrest Milburn January 29, 2016

University Democrats had its first glimpse at candidates vying to represent it in an open state House seat Wednesday before the group makes an endorsement in the coming weeks. The speaking candidates,...


Council approves Thumbs Up! ridesharing incentives program, shakes up debate on regulations

Forrest Milburn January 29, 2016

For the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Safi Jenkins was looking for a quick way to make some cash that could work around her schedule. For Jenkins — like many UT students wanting a source...


UT organizations making student voter registration push before Feb. 1 deadline

Forrest Milburn January 27, 2016

With a competitive presidential election in both primaries, and an open legislative seat serving West Campus, UT students have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the ballot in 2016. But first,...


Abortion rights activists celebrate Roe v. Wade anniversary, prepare for upcoming court case

Forrest Milburn January 25, 2016

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on another abortion case, a crowd of more than a hundred abortion rights activists, students and legislators rallied Friday afternoon at the Texas Capitol...

Clinton campaign training volunteers leading up to early voting states

Forrest Milburn January 25, 2016

Although Texas Democrats won’t get the chance to choose their presidential nominee until March 1, Austin supporters of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered Sunday to learn from national...


Geoscience school’s 10th anniversary celebration filled with panels on climate change, energy demands

Forrest Milburn January 25, 2016

In celebration of the Jackson School of Geosciences’ 10th anniversary, panelists and research leaders discussed Friday the ways in which humans can adapt to energy, mineral and water resource demands...


With eyes set on Iowa, Bernie supporters rally around nation

Forrest Milburn January 25, 2016

Chants of “yes we can” ripped through the chilly air Saturday evening as supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) rallied in downtown Austin to watch the presidential candidate give a live-streamed...


As registration deadline approaches, Fischer campaign makes push for student voters

Forrest Milburn January 22, 2016

Around 20 students gathered on campus Tuesday to support recent UT graduate Huey Rey Fischer in his race for House District 49, eager to begin registering their fellow students at the launch of Students...


New commons area to feature university’s first silent study space

Forrest Milburn January 21, 2016

The University opened its first completely silent study space on Wednesday in response to students dissatisfied with UT Libraries’ quiet spaces. After receiving input from graduate students and...


Open carry divides businesses along the Drag

Forrest Milburn January 21, 2016

Businesses along the Drag are posting signs outside their storefronts which ban the open carry of firearms in an effort to appeal to customers dissatisfied with a new Texas gun law. On Jan. 1, House...


Ride-hailing supporters collect enough signatures to bring issue to City Council vote

Forrest Milburn January 21, 2016

Supporters of Uber and Lyft services are one step closer to forcing Austin City Council to reconsider regulations set to go into effect Feb. 1 after collecting more than three times the required number...


Uber, Lyft could face fingerprint-based background checks

Forrest Milburn January 19, 2016

The future of Uber, Lyft and other ride-hailing companies continuing to provide services in Austin is uncertain as a fingerprint-based background check ordinance is set to go into effect on Feb. 1. Austin...


Candidates vying for House seat emphasize need for student voters

Forrest Milburn January 16, 2016

The seven candidate field vying for an open state House seat includes a former University Democrats president and a UT law professor, setting up a competitive race that could propel higher turnout rates...

Obama talks legacy, continued policy fights in final State of the Union speech

Forrest Milburn January 13, 2016

President Barack Obama’s accomplishments, legacy and future proposals took center stage Tuesday night as he gave his final State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress. Throughout his...


Students protest play’s use of blackface, lack of racial inclusivity through die-in

Forrest Milburn December 4, 2015

To protest the theatre department’s use of blackface in its latest production, a group of students laid down on the ground in the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre lobby Thursday. The production...


Former gubernatorial candidate discusses political career, Syria

Forrest Milburn December 4, 2015

Speaking in a tight space in a room packed with students, former State Sen. Wendy Davis discussed her failed gubernatorial campaign and the issues Texas faces at a Tejas Club Coffee conversation Thursday...


APD increases patrols at malls for holiday season

Forrest Milburn December 2, 2015

With the high volume of shoppers and the low costs on price tags, the current holiday season — from Black Friday to New Year’s Eve — will draw in more customers throughout Austin than...


Theatre department’s latest production faces criticism for use of blackface

Forrest Milburn November 25, 2015

UT theatre students have voiced concerns over the theatre department’s latest production of “The Wild Party” because of a main character’s application of blackface. According...


Transgender community, allies commemorate transgender deaths in 2015

Forrest Milburn November 22, 2015

More than a hundred Austinites gathered Saturday on the steps of City Hall to memorialize all the transgender lives lost in the past year. The number of transgender deaths is at least 21 throughout...


Council members to allocate funds for public safety during springtime festivals

Forrest Milburn November 20, 2015

As the city’s spring festival season draws in more and more attendees every year, Austin City Council members acted on calls to address public safety demands at its regular meeting Thursday. The...


Council members discuss housing affordability, 10-1 system

Forrest Milburn November 18, 2015

Concerned with City Council plans to tackle housing affordability, members of Austin Young Democrats gathered Tuesday to hear Council members discuss how the Council has changed under the 10-1 system. With...


Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley discusses $15 minimum wage, University of Missouri

Forrest Milburn November 13, 2015

Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley showed students and faculty a more personable side of himself than he presents on primary debate stages during a talk at Hogg Auditorium Thursday...


Texans for Israel, Texas Hillel hold vigil for conflict victims

Forrest Milburn November 11, 2015

About 30 students gathered Tuesday evening for a vigil that event organizers said they hosted to show respect for the lives lost in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Texans for Israel and Texas...


Activists rally at City Hall for $15 minimum wage

Forrest Milburn November 11, 2015

While chanting “hold the burgers hold the fries, make our wages supersized,” activists and UT students rallied Tuesday on the steps of City Hall to support worker’s rights. Beginning...


Four campaign advisers discuss digital innovation, 2016 presidential election

Forrest Milburn November 6, 2015

Four presidential campaign advisers discussed the state of the presidential election and the effects of digital media on the 2016 landscape with Texas Tribune editor-in-chief and CEO Evan Smith on Thursday. The...


Mayor Adler discusses gentrification, segregation with University Democrats

Forrest Milburn November 5, 2015

Austin Mayor Steve Adler spoke Wednesday evening to members of University Democrats about segregation, gentrification and his first year as mayor. Adler, a UT alumnus, said gentrification is something...


Texas Land Commissioner discusses Jeb Bush’s millennial outreach

Forrest Milburn November 4, 2015

More than 50 students gathered Tuesday to hear Land Commissioner George P. Bush and a policy advisor with the Jeb Bush presidential campaign discuss entitlement reform and health care policy. George...


Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice argues for following federal court decisions

Forrest Milburn October 30, 2015

Nathan Hecht, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, argued state officials must abide by even the most controversial federal court decisions at a talk Thursday morning. In a conversation with Texas...


College Republicans host watch party for third Republican primary debate

Forrest Milburn October 29, 2015

The top 10 Republican presidential hopefuls stood up for conservative principles Wednesday evening as UT students voiced their support at a College Republicans watch party. For the third debate of the...


Voices Against Violence ‘breaks the silence’ on abusive relationships

Forrest Milburn October 28, 2015

A crowd of 50 students gathered Tuesday at the San Jacinto Amphitheatre to support survivors of relationship violence as they shared their experiences. Laramie Gorbett, who works with survivors of relationship...


“Culture Shock” event to display black talent

Forrest Milburn October 23, 2015

Dancers, comedians and singers will perform in a display of black talent as part of the African-American Culture Committee’s (AACC) annual “Culture Shock” showcase in the Hogg Auditorium Friday...


Panel discusses documentary on infamous Indian rape case

Forrest Milburn October 21, 2015

The 2015 documentary “India’s Daughter” raises  awareness of rape and sexual violence around the world, according to panelists at a Tuesday screening. Directed by Leslee Udwin,...


Hershey’s CEO advises business students to be curious, philanthropic

Forrest Milburn October 21, 2015

While some students came for the free chocolate bars, others came to a Tuesday lecture to hear Hershey president and CEO John Bilbrey give advice and discuss his career. Bilbrey, who was named CEO in...


Panelists discuss regulations, studies on fracking

Forrest Milburn October 17, 2015

Four panelists discussed the pros and cons of hydraulic fracking during a conversation Saturday at the fifth-annual Texas Tribune Festival. Hydraulic fracking, an extraction technique that uses water...


Political adviser argues Clinton, Sanders won at Democratic debate

Forrest Milburn October 16, 2015

Political commentator Paul Begala declared both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) winners of the first Democratic presidential debate at a conversation Thursday...


Democratic presidential candidates discuss gun control, college affordability

Forrest Milburn October 14, 2015

Cheers and boos erupted from the crowd watching the first of six Democratic presidential debates Tuesday evening while candidates sparred over gun control and higher education affordability, among other...


Panelists discuss Tejano history in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

Forrest Milburn October 9, 2015

Following a Mariachi performance detailing Mexican and Texas history on Thursday, five panelists discussed the significance of Mexican-Americans and Tejanos on the development of Texas. Andrés...


Three brain research teams awarded $4 million from BRAIN Initiative

Forrest Milburn October 7, 2015

After primarily researching rodents, Boris Zemelman and his research teams can now begin studying how neurons communicate in mammals with larger brains that are more closely related to humans. Zemelman,...


UTPD expands patrol in West Campus after K2 spike

Forrest Milburn October 5, 2015

Besides seeing a man on K2 strip down and begin to masturbate in front of customers and her, that particular June day was otherwise a normal day at 7-Eleven for cashier ViVi Hernandez. Since a recent...


Black Lives Matter activists discuss systematic racism at panel

Forrest Milburn October 2, 2015

The Black Lives Matter movement must unite groups from different creeds in order to fight a broken justice system, activists said at a panel Thursday. The panel discussed how the conversation on these...


Students, faculty get vaccinated to prepare for flu season

Forrest Milburn September 30, 2015

In preparation for the upcoming flu season, students lined up Tuesday for vaccinations at this year’s first flu shot clinic in the Student Services Building. University Health Services has hosted...


Liturgical architecture researcher advocates importance of Austin church

Forrest Milburn September 25, 2015

Researcher Jason John Paul Haskins advocated the saving of St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church as one of Austin’s mid-20th century masterpieces during a lecture Wednesday at the School...


Texas Instruments CEO advises business students on innovation, reciprocation

Forrest Milburn September 25, 2015

Texas Instruments (TI) CEO Richard Templeton advised business students to strive for innovation and give back to employees at a lecture in the Union Ballroom on Thursday. The lecture, hosted by the...


Columnist Timothy Carney speaks on politics of big business

Forrest Milburn September 23, 2015

Political columnist Timothy Carney said Tuesday at the Texas Union that he believes the interests of large corporations continue to threaten free enterprise during a lecture. The lecture, attended by...


Professors: Students should explore interests outside of major

Forrest Milburn September 22, 2015

Students should develop a love of their field of choice rather than just focusing on raising their GPAs, UT professors Robert Duke and Art Markman said at the ninth-annual University Lecture Series on...


Rutgers professor discusses Israel, foreign policy

Forrest Milburn September 18, 2015

Myron Aronoff, professor of political science at Rutgers University, said the current state of Israel has been affected by the complex relationship between its politics and culture in a Thursday lecture...


Voices Against Violence launches program to includes men in sexual assault conversation

Forrest Milburn September 4, 2015

Voices Against Violence, a group affiliated with the Counseling and Mental Health Center, launched a new program Thursday aiming to include male-identified individuals into the conversation of sexual and...


Architecture professor relates issues in Indian, American cities

Forrest Milburn September 1, 2015

Rahul Mehrotra, architect and Harvard professor, kicked off the School of Architecture’s fall 2015 Lectures and Exhibitions Series by discussing how the problems he observed in Indian cities can...

Former CEO of Regenstrief to chair new Department of Population Health at Dell Medical School

Forrest Milburn August 28, 2015

The Dell Medical School announced William Tierney will chair the newly formed Department of Population Health. Tierney will begin his tenure as the chair of the department in January, according...

In debate, students deserve to know candidates’ positions

Forrest Milburn September 8, 2014

While I completely understand why Attorney General and gubernatorial front-runner Greg Abbott would not want to debate state Sen. Wendy Davis, his Democratic adversary, I also understand that it’s...

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