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COVID-19 impacts students’ study abroad plans

August 14, 2020

Abril Barraza was supposed to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this fall and graduate in fall 2022. Now, due to COVID-19, Barraza’s study abroad program has been canceled, and she will be...


Students react to being asked to quarantine prior to campus return

August 10, 2020

Before returning to campus, the University is asking students to quarantine themselves for 14 days and to use the Protect Texas Together app to track their symptoms, according to a July 29 email from UT...


UT-Austin holds student focus groups to discuss fall reopening plans

July 21, 2020

The University recently held several focus groups to get student feedback on fall reopening plans, including intentions to return to campus. Sara Kennedy, director of strategic and executive communications...


Texas Advance Commitment covers both incoming, current students despite misunderstanding

July 18, 2020

After a student-led petition gathered over 700 signatures, the University confirmed financial aid from Texas Advance Commitment will cover both current and incoming students, clearing up rumors circulating...


UT students voice concerns about fall reopening plan

July 14, 2020

Some students have expressed frustrations with UT’s fall reopening plan, specifically regarding the cost of tuition, online learning and double-occupancy rooms in residence halls. Details of the...


Texas 4000 completes annual bike ride virtually due to COVID-19

July 5, 2020

After completing an 18-month training program, 78 bicyclists with Texas 4000, a UT organization that raises money and awareness for cancer, were supposed to set out on a 4,000-mile-long journey this summer...


UT-Austin announces plans for campus operations, residence halls this fall

June 29, 2020

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. UT announced more details of its reopening plan Monday, including online, hybrid and in-person classes, mostly double-occupancy rooms in residence...


Small UT groups raise money during Black Lives Matter movement

June 27, 2020

Despite having about 30 active members, the UT Pre-Optometry Professional Society wanted to support the Black Lives Matter movement, and raised $1,448 for two organizations in just nine days. The group...

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Students, faculty, staff will receive disciplinary action for face mask violations

June 20, 2020

UT Interim President Jay Hartzell announced the University will require face masks or coverings inside all campus buildings in an email June 8. Masks are not required while walking around campus, but they...


Wildflower Center employee tests positive for COVID-19, UT says

June 10, 2020

An employee at the University’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center tested positive for COVID-19 while another displayed symptoms for the virus, UT announced Wednesday in an internal email to University...


Students, not soldiers: A look into UT-Austin’s student veteran community

March 6, 2020

At 29, first-year student Axton Vorpahl sits at the front of classes filled with students potentially a decade younger than him. While most freshmen have likely only ever known their high schools and...

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3 UT employees receive Texas Parents Staff Merit Award

February 3, 2020

Andrew Mendoza said when his boss called him into her office, he figured there was a problem they needed to solve. Instead, he received news that he had won a Texas Parents Staff Merit Award. Mendoza,...


WalletHub study names Austin best college town in US

January 22, 2020

Austin took first place in a study of the best college towns and cities in the United States last month.  WalletHub, a personal finance website, designated Austin as the best college town in the...


Dorm prices increase due to renovation, maintenance and labor costs

September 3, 2019

Dorm prices increased by hundreds of dollars this year to help cover the costs of renovation projects, maintenance needs and other expenses.  This year, students have to pay $11,791 for a shared...


Some housing requires full August rent despite late move in

August 28, 2019

At many West Campus apartments, students often pay rent for all of August despite not being allowed to move in until the last couple weeks of the month.  2400 Nueces property manager Laura Bales...


Senate president’s resolution on incomplete grades passes in Faculty Council

May 9, 2019

“Could you just not handle it?” Katarina de la Rosa said the question came up in a job interview in reference to her course load. The prospective employer was asking about an X symbol, which...


Initium Magazine hopes to bridge gap between science and art at College of Natural Sciences

May 3, 2019

Editor's Note: The second paragraph of this story has been adjusted to better reflect the inspiration behind Initium. Public health freshmen Joshua Lattao and Neha Dronamraju hope to bridge the...


UT students work hard, network, make lifelong friends at Disney College Program

May 2, 2019

From atop the Swiss Family Treehouse in Magic Kingdom, marketing junior Samantha Kagel watched the Happily Ever After fireworks show with tears in her eyes and friends by her side. It was her last shift...


Students struggle to find, use microwaves at UT Austin

April 26, 2019

Half an hour. That’s how long Laura Souto once waited to use a microwave. Souto, who lives in Riverside, is one of many students who brings food from home and struggles to use or find microwaves...


Student Government passes legislation supporting apology to Wallace Hall, permanently establishing Gender Inclusivity Coalition

April 24, 2019

Student Government passed an assembly resolution Tuesday night supporting an apology to Wallace Hall, a former UT System regent, and an assembly bill permanently establishing the Gender Inclusivity Coalition...


Student Government passes resolution for ‘difficult dialogues’ Faculty Council task force

April 17, 2019

Student Government members fast-tracked and approved an assembly resolution Tuesday night supporting the establishment of a Faculty Council task force to look into best practices for handling difficult...


Senate passes resolution supporting course schedule removal of professors who violate sexual misconduct policies

April 12, 2019

Members of the Senate of College Councils fast-tracked and passed a resolution Thursday evening that supports removing English associate professor Coleman Hutchison from this fall’s course schedule.  An...


Student Government members propose legislation supporting apology to Wallace Hall

April 10, 2019

In light of the college admissions scandal involving UT and several other universities, Student Government proposed an assembly resolution Tuesday evening supporting an apology to Wallace Hall, a former...


Ivanova, Lee elected Senate president, vice president

April 5, 2019

Elena Ivanova and Katherine Lee were named president and vice president of the Senate of College Councils in a special election Thursday evening. Ivanova ran against neuroscience junior Christopher...


Senior campaigns for RLM name change of jurassic proportions

April 4, 2019

Malcolm Over Moore, a campaign created by electrical engineering senior Vikram Sundaram, embraces absurdity by supporting a unique name change for Robert Lee Moore Hall. The movement calls for the building...


113th Student Government Assembly holds first meeting

April 3, 2019

The 113th Student Government Assembly convened for the first time at a meeting Tuesday night. Members voted in elections for a variety of positions, including speaker of the assembly and financial affairs...


SG Supreme Court hears complaint concerning passing procedure for recent controversial bill

April 1, 2019

Update: In an opinion released Tuesday evening, the Student Government Supreme Court declared the passing vote on Assembly Bill 16 null and void. The bill would have established Multicultural Engagement...


Liberal Arts Council, supporters push for resolution hearing by Faculty Council

March 29, 2019

For a little over a year, the Liberal Arts Council has been crafting and attempting to implement a resolution supporting the addition of sensitive content disclosures to professors’ syllabi. The...


Student Government approves adding MEC representatives to improve diversity, support for former student

March 27, 2019

At the final meeting for the 112th Student Government assembly, members approved resolutions supporting athletic stadium metal detectors and a former UT student who lives in subsidized housing, as well...


New meal plan, dining hall hours set for next year

March 12, 2019

Students who live on campus will receive meal plans with unlimited swipes for the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls next semester. The plan will allow students to visit Kinsolving Dining and Jester 2nd...


Camron Goodman, Amie Jean named student body president, vice president by overwhelming majority of students

March 8, 2019

Camron Goodman and Amie Jean will serve as next year’s student body president and vice president. “This is … eight weeks in the making, two months of hard work and dedication,”...


Goodman-Jean executive alliance campaign fined for financial, worker list violations

March 7, 2019

Just hours after voting closed in the 2019 Student Government election, the Election Supervisory Board fined the Goodman-Jean campaign for campaign worker and financial disclosure violations. The Election...


Student Government proposes MEC representatives, support for metal detectors at Darrell K Royal

March 6, 2019

Members proposed legislation to establish allotted seats for Multicultural Engagement Center representatives and support metal detectors at the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in a meeting Tuesday...

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Peace Corps Prep Certificate officially launches at UT

February 27, 2019

A launch event this evening will mark the official arrival of the Peace Corps Prep Certificate program at UT and help students learn about service abroad. The event, which coincides with Peace...


Student Government swears in new Supreme Court Justice, presents legislation supporting Instapoll

February 27, 2019

Student Government proposed legislation supporting Instapoll in classrooms and approved a new Supreme Court Justice during a meeting Tuesday night. First year representative Avi Patel presented...


Fanucci-Ivanova, Goodman-Jean participate in Student Government candidate debate

February 26, 2019

The Fanucci-Ivanova and Goodman-Jean executive alliances took the stage in the Student Activity Center Monday night for a debate on topics ranging from sexual assault to free speech.  The event,...

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Executive alliance candidates Lavelle, Krishnan are ‘here to have a good time’

February 21, 2019

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of profiles of the three executive alliances. Through a TikTok account, customized berets and a collaborative Google document, executive alliance...


Student Government approves resolution supporting adoption of the Chicago Statement free speech standards

February 20, 2019

Student Government approved an assembly resolution supporting the adoption of Chicago Statement free speech standards and proposed legislation for creating new excellence awards. Liberal arts representative...


Goodman, Jean executive alliance campaign want a ‘UT led by you’

February 19, 2019

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of profiles of the three executive alliances. Finance seniors Camron Goodman and Amie Jean said they strive to make their campaign for student body...


Memorial bike ride honors cyclist killed near stadium

February 14, 2019

On the sidewalk near Gate 7 of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, directly across from the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, stands a white bike locked to a pole and adorned with artificial flowers. A laminated...


Bike safety pushed, support for financial literacy programs approved at Student Government meeting

February 13, 2019

Students pushed for improved bike safety measures at a Student Government meeting Tuesday night with the proposal of Assembly Resolution 13. The resolution, written by James Lentz, Campus Bike Alliance...


FIG, TrIG mentor classes to feature consent education

February 12, 2019

In order to teach incoming students about consent and healthy relationships, classes for First-Year Interest Group and Transfer-Year Interest Group mentors will include consent education starting this...


UT, A&M students working to bring back rivalry football game

February 7, 2019

In recent weeks, students at UT and Texas A&M University have forged an alliance in the name of football rivalry. Student Body President Colton Becker, the Longhorn Athletics Agency within Student...


Student Government discusses Title IX policies, financial literacy programs

February 6, 2019

Student Government passed a resolution to uphold current Title IX policies and reject changes presented by Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, in a meeting Tuesday night. Ian McEntee, Academic...


Professor emeritus Ian Hancock named Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

February 5, 2019

Editor's note: This story has been updaterd to include a clarified quote from a source. Connections between his Romani culture and the languages of other dispersed groups of people helped spark...


New single transferable voting system to be used in spring student elections

January 29, 2019

This spring’s campus-wide student elections will rely on a new voting system approved by Student Government last February. The single transferable voting system, which requires students to rank...


Texas Aging and Longevity Center to focus on aging of different populations

January 25, 2019

It’s in with the old at UT as the Texas Aging and Longevity Center kicks off today with an event at Patton Hall. The center’s creation stemmed from UT’s Aging Network and the...


Student Government aims to promote accessibility, inclusivity through new initiatives

January 24, 2019

In an effort to make the organization more inclusive and accessible, the Student Government opened Longhorn Legislative Aide to transfer students, pinpointed an area for a potential new reflection space,...


New College of Liberal Arts dean Ann Huff Stevens to assume role this July

January 22, 2019

The College of Liberal Arts has named Ann Huff Stevens as its new dean, effective this July. Stevens worked at the University of California, Davis for about 16 years as an economics professor and...