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UT-Austin, city public transportation providers adapt to coronavirus health protocols to help students get to campus

August 27, 2020

Public transportation around UT’s campus has been adapted to fit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines with sanitizing standards for scooters and bikes and social distancing measures...

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UT Health Austin recruits coronavirus symptom screening volunteers

August 25, 2020

University students and community members are volunteering as COVID-19 symptom screeners for UT Health Austin in order to allow their typical clinic operations to continue. Volunteers ask each person...

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University announces fall COVID-19 testing plans for symptomatic, asymptomatic students, faculty, staff

August 4, 2020

UT announced plans for proactive and symptomatic COVID-19 testing for students, staff and faculty Tuesday morning, funded through its multimillion dollar commitment. Proactive testing, which will be...

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UT-Austin leads universities with most COVID-19 cases, New York Times survey finds

July 29, 2020

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the University’s response to the Times’ survey on Twitter. The University of Texas at Austin topped a list of hundreds of universities...

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Travis County experiences first election with COVID-19

July 26, 2020

The Travis County Clerk’s office and advocacy groups adapted based on COVID-19 safety measures for the county’s first election during the pandemic on Tuesday. The election experienced significantly...

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Bar exam changes lead to uncertainty for graduates

July 19, 2020

The Texas Supreme Court ruled to cancel the in-person July bar exam on July 3, forcing recent law graduates to adapt. Graduates must pass the bar exam to be licensed to practice in Texas, according to...

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Margaret Moore concedes in Travis County District Attorney race as José Garza leads with 68% of early vote

July 15, 2020

Candidate José Garza leads incumbent Margaret Moore with 68% of the early vote for the Travis County District Attorney runoff election Tuesday. Moore released a statement congratulating Garza on...

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Early voting for runoff elections begins amid coronavirus concerns

July 4, 2020

Early voting for the July 14 runoff elections in Texas began Monday after months of deliberation over voting safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters are currently eligible to apply for...

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African and African Diaspora Studies professor gives virtual lecture on queerness in the Black Lives Matter movement

July 4, 2020

Xavier Livermon, an associate professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, led a discussion on the influence of the LGBTQ+ community in the Black Lives Matter movement and its change over time Friday...

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Travis County district attorney race pivots to police officer accountability

June 26, 2020

Candidates for the Travis County district attorney race entered their final month of campaigning for the July 14 runoff elections and have shifted the focus of their campaigns to criminal justice reform...

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UT SG and Senate make $20,000 donation to Student Emergency Fund

June 25, 2020

Student Government and the Senate of College Councils announced Tuesday they made a $20,000 donation to the Student Emergency Fund.  The Student Emergency Fund provides relief to students in special...

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Student petitions call for change from administration regarding police presence, racist history

June 19, 2020

Students armed with petitions garnering thousands of signatures are calling on the University to take steps toward racial justice.  The petitions created by individual students and student groups,...

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UT organizations make statements, donations in support of Black Lives Matter movement

June 12, 2020

Student leaders are calling for change on the University campus following police killings of Black Americans such as George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky. and Mike Ramos...

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Austin City Council presses APD chief on tactics used against protesters

June 5, 2020

After several days of protests over police brutality, Austin Police Department Chief Brian Manley said “less lethal” pellet bags, which left at least one Austin protester in critical condition...

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Nicky Cumberland’s parents sue Texas Cowboys for son’s death

May 21, 2020

The parents of Nicky Cumberland, the UT junior and Texas Cowboy who died in a 2018 car crash, are suing the Texas Cowboys spirit group for negligence and Nicky’s wrongful death, according to KXAN.   Nicky’s...

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Texans continue debate on mail-in ballots before summer runoff elections

May 6, 2020

Multiple lawsuits were filed this spring in Texas to expand mail-in ballots and increase access for those feeling unsafe going to the polls during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Texas Democrats filed a...

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Businesses near UT-Austin decide whether to reopen under Abbott’s new order

May 4, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Restaurants, museums and libraries...

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UT researchers adapt their work despite closed laboratories

April 30, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. UT researchers have been adapting and...

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Gov. Abbott releases phased plan to reopen Texas economy

April 27, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here.During his press conference, Gov. Greg...

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Professors, services adapt amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 23, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here.Professors and faculty have adapted their...

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Gov. Abbott opens retail stores for limited services, loosens surgery restrictions

April 17, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Gov. Greg Abbott announced executive...

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UT researchers develop models for COVID-19 spread in Texas

April 15, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. UT researchers published their projections...

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Austin, Travis County extend stay at home orders through May 8, require face coverings

April 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt...

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Student campaign work continues amid coronavirus crisis

April 10, 2020

Students continue to work for political campaigns through phone banking and text message marketing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Groups such as the College Republicans at Texas and University Democrats...

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Austin provides surge plan, COVID-19 updates

April 8, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. The city of Austin presented a plan...

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Counseling and Mental Health Center moves services online

April 8, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. The Counseling and Mental Health Center...

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Elections face uncertainty amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 1, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. The runoff primary election and the...

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Abbott issues executive order to limit personal interactions, closes public schools through May 4

March 31, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive...

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UT officials answer questions on tuition, campus resources via Zoom

March 27, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. The University does not plan to give...

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Abbott issues executive order requiring daily reports from hospitals

March 24, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive...

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Gov. Abbott waives some regulations on hospitals to aid treatment of COVID-19

March 22, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Gov. Greg Abbott issued two executive...

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Abbott discusses closed schools, restaurants at virtual town hall

March 20, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Gov. Greg Abbott hosted a town hall...

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Mayor Adler orders Austin bars, restaurants to close

March 17, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Mayor Steve Adler ordered bars and...

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UT-Austin complies with Gov. Abbott’s work-study waiver

March 17, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Social distancing mandates and canceled...

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Large community gatherings prohibited in Austin to stop coronavirus spread

March 15, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Gatherings of 250 or more people...

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UT president’s wife tests positive for coronavirus

March 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. President Gregory Fenves’...

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Q&A with UT spokesperson on spring break, Friday closure

March 13, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. UT spokesperson J.B. Bird provided...

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US Democratic senatorial runoff candidates to face off in May

March 10, 2020

United States senatorial candidates Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar and Royce West entered a Democratic primary runoff following Super Tuesday, narrowing a field of 12 candidates to two. The runoff...

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UT student diagnosed with mumps by University Health Services

March 9, 2020

University Health Services diagnosed a UT student with mumps on March 2, after a visit to the clinic in late February, according to Terrance Hines, executive director and chief medical officer of University...

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Voter turnout in Travis County breaks primary election records

March 5, 2020

The primary elections brought record turnouts in Travis County as a majority of people voted on Super Tuesday rather than during the early voting period. Travis County totaled over 267,000 votes for...

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Which candidates won the 2020 Congressional primaries in Central Texas?

March 4, 2020

The United States Senate Democratic primary race is heading to a runoff election after inconclusive results came in Tuesday.  A runoff election will be held for the Democratic senatorial primary...

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Democratic presidential primary candidates put forth final effort in Texas

March 3, 2020

Democratic presidential primary candidates visited Texas to make their final case to voters ahead of Super Tuesday. Remaining candidates former Vice President Joe Biden, billionaire Michael Bloomberg,...

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Jalesha and Jerri campaign for affordable, accessible campus

February 28, 2020

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of Student Government executive alliance candidate profiles before the election on March 2 and 3. Read the rest of the profiles and submitted columns from...

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Anagha and Winston say they have ‘What it takes’

February 28, 2020

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of Student Government executive alliance candidate profiles before the election on March 2 and 3. Read the rest of the profiles and submitted columns from...

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Counter Cafe opens new location in West Campus

February 25, 2020

Counter Cafe quietly opened its third location in Austin at the beginning of the year near Guadalupe Street, replacing Conan’s Pizza Central in West Campus. Located on West 29th Street near Cabo...

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Dell Medical School receives full accreditation

February 24, 2020

Dell Medical School earned its full accreditation Wednesday, Feb. 12, meeting the requirements to be considered a full medical school before its first class graduates in May.  Dell gained accreditation...

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Draper Startup House for entrepreneurs gets ready for spring 2020 opening on 6th Street

February 20, 2020

The Draper Startup House, a hostel which caters to new entrepreneurs and students, will open this March in Austin, marking its first location in the United States. The Draper Startup House will be located...

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US Senate Democratic candidates debate healthcare, marijuana in Texas

February 19, 2020

U.S. Senate Democratic candidates faced off at a debate Tuesday night on subjects including healthcare, marijuana and immigration.  At the debate, hosted by KVUE, The Texas Tribune and KUT, 11...

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Early voting kicks off in Travis County, voters begin choosing candidates

February 18, 2020

Early voting will kick off Tuesday, allowing Travis County voters to begin choosing their primary nominees and determining local elections. Those who registered 30 days before election day, March 3,...

UT-Austin Catholic community comments on last year’s offender database following ProPublica database release

February 13, 2020

Twenty-two clergy members from the Diocese of Austin were named in a ProPublica database of credibly accused Catholic clergy members in late January, after the original list was published last year. ProPublica‘s...

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UT-Austin names first cohort of Distinguished Service Academy

February 10, 2020

Five faculty members were chosen to be a part of the first cohort of UT’s new Distinguished Service Academy, according to a Feb. 4 press release from the College of Education. The academy recognizes...

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‘Kate the Chemist’ leads experiment for CBS ‘Mission Unstoppable’ show taping on campus

February 10, 2020

Associate chemistry professor Kate Biberdorf and over 60 students set off a chemical explosion on the UT Tower steps for the taping of the CBS morning TV show “Mission Unstoppable” on Saturday. The...

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Elizabeth Warren endorses Travis County DA candidate José Garza

February 7, 2020

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren endorsed a candidate for the Travis County district attorney race last week.  José Garza is challenging UT law adjunct professor Erin Martinson and...

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Human Rights Commission in Austin recommends cashless business ban

February 6, 2020

The Human Rights Commission of the city of Austin passed a recommendation Jan. 27 to ban businesses from going cashless. Human Rights Commissioner Garry Brown put forth a recommendation that said cashless...

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Dell Medical launches initiative to reduce preadolescent obesity among girls

February 3, 2020

Dell Medical School launched an initiative last week to prove short-term intervention can lead to healthier eating habits and prevent obesity-related illnesses in preadolescent girls.  The initiative...

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Trapping group helps reunite locals with pets, remove strays from street

January 31, 2020

A local pet rescue group helps residents recover lost pets and capture stray animals off the streets. A group of about 25 volunteers formed the nonprofit Trapping, Rescue and Pet Recovery Service in...

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Republican candidate wins special election for House District 28

January 29, 2020

Republican candidate Gary Gates won the 2020 special runoff election for Texas House District 28 on Tuesday.  The special election comes after Republican incumbent John Zerwas stepped down last...

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Capital Metro introduces electric buses to routes

January 28, 2020

Capital Metro introduced its first electric buses into its routes Sunday. The buses will be much quieter, better for the environment and cooler with the lack of exhaust than the existing models, said Melissa...

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Spring College Student Commission focuses on improving bus stops, adding food pantries

January 27, 2020

Austin City Council’s College Student Commission discussed possible recommendations to improve transportation and food accessiblity near Austin college campuses Friday. The commission brings together...

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APD renews funding for stings of tobacco sales in Austin

January 24, 2020

The Austin Police Department will continue to conduct sting operations monitoring the sale of tobacco and vape products to minors. Austin City Council approved $50,000 in funding from Texas State University...

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3M Half Marathon shows off Austin, UT campus to 7,000 runners

January 21, 2020

Students and faculty took part in the annual 3M Half Marathon on Sunday, where participants ran a 13.1-mile course through Austin and the UT campus as people cheered them on from the sidelines, playing...

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Student startup reduces meal delivery fees using lockers

December 3, 2019

Four UT students set up a meal delivery system on campus that cuts down on fees seen from competitors such as UberEats and Favor. With the Picko app, students pay a $1 fee to have a meal from local...

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Report deems UT “not affordable” for low and middle income students

November 26, 2019

UT-Austin is among the majority of flagship universities in the nation that are “not affordable” for low and middle-income students, according to a recent Institute for Higher Education Policy...

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Entrepreneurship pitch competition DisrupTexas awards student competitors funds to help with startup

November 18, 2019

Undergraduate students tested their creativity and participated in an entrepreneurship pitch competition Saturday. The Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship hosted the competition, called DisrupTexas,...

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Jesta’ Pizza holds taste testing to prepare for spring 2020 reopening

November 14, 2019

Students taste tested crusts and sauces in Jester City Limits Wednesday during an event for Jesta’ Pizza, a restaurant that will be reopening next semester. At the tasting, students chose between...

Austin’s It’s My Park Day brings volunteers to clean up parks near campus

November 4, 2019

Volunteers spruced up parks across Austin Saturday for It’s My Park Day, a semiannual event that improves parks through trash cleanup, planting and mulching. Hosted by the Austin Parks Foundation,...

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Alumna continues support of College of Natural Sciences after death with new legacy endowment

November 4, 2019

A chemistry alumna’s final contribution to the College of Natural Sciences will culminate in the largest sum of money gifted to the college. Lorraine Stengl, who died last year at the...

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Volunteers plant trees around Waller Creek to celebrate Texas Arbor Day

November 4, 2019

Students and staff helped plant trees around Waller Creek in celebration of Texas Arbor Day on Friday. Around 30 volunteers worked alongside University Landscape Services to plant native shrubs,...

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Campus Events + Entertainment brings black community together with Culture Shock talent show

October 28, 2019

Students rapped, stepped and delivered spoken word pieces Friday night for Culture Shock, a talent show that celebrates the black community.  Culture Shock featured acts such as a solo dance performance...

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UT startup Colanse designed to help students find work

October 24, 2019

A student-led startup will help students network with employers and create online portfolios, allowing them to gain work experience while in school. The startup, called Colanse, was founded by...

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University Health Services gives more than 12,000 flu shots during annual campaign

October 18, 2019

University Health Services concluded its month-long flu shot campaign Thursday, giving 12,655 shots to students, faculty and staff.  UHS outreach coordinator Sherry Bell said the campaign started...

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Diabetes research grant awarded to study Type 2 diabetes in minority communities

October 16, 2019

A national diabetes research organization awarded University of Texas professor Mary Steinhardt a $3.3 million grant in October to conduct a study on Type 2 diabetes in Austin’s African American...

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Business professor educates students on keys to productive work environment during culture summit

October 4, 2019

Attendees of a business culture summit began their workshop Thursday by designing a cult.  Around 30 students and community members attended the workshop hosted by the Herb Kelleher Center for...

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Office of Sustainability communicates information through art

September 26, 2019

Art prints of grackles and turtles on poster paper serve not only as decor for dorm rooms, but encourage environmentally friendly practices in a new initiative led by the Office of Sustainability. The...

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Center for Students in Recovery hosts seminar about storytelling in addiction

September 20, 2019

Sharing addiction stories and hearing others’ stories can help students feel more accepted and assist in their recovery, an addiction researcher told students Thursday. Former social worker Rachel...