Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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 Hayden Baggett

West Campus convenience stores, students brace for new Texas tobacco law

Hayden Baggett August 29, 2019

The legal age to buy tobacco and nicotine products in Texas will rise from 18 to 21 on Sept. 1, and convenience stores surrounding campus are preparing for the new law to take effect. Senate Bill 21...


UT freshman settles with Scottish Rite Dormitory after accusing dorm of discrimination

Hayden Baggett May 7, 2019

After moving out and preparing to file a lawsuit, Kaj Baker said she has reached a peaceful settlement with Scottish Rite Dormitory. Scottish Rite Dormitory, a private women’s dorm located off-campus,...


UTPD survey will not affect West Campus policing

Hayden Baggett April 30, 2019

Although 90% of UT community members say they feel safer on campus than off campus, the Austin Police Department said it will not change its approach to safety in West Campus.  As part of required...


Former UT tennis coach pleads guilty in college admissions case

Hayden Baggett April 24, 2019

Former University of Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud Wednesday afternoon in federal court. The...


Former UT swimmer sues Dallas company over contaminated vitamins

Hayden Baggett April 23, 2019

Attempting to clear her name and collect more than $1 million in damages, former UT swimmer Madisyn Cox filed a lawsuit against a Dallas-based health and wellness company last Monday saying its vitamins...


Nueces Mosque takes steps to stay safe in wake of New Zealand tragedy

Hayden Baggett April 19, 2019

More than a month after a gunman opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Nueces Mosque is continuing to take steps to remain a safe place to worship in West Campus. The March 15 terrorist...


Kerbey queso recipe now on moon after Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashes

Hayden Baggett April 15, 2019

The Kerbey queso recipe is out of this world — literally. Launched from Florida via SpaceX’s Falcon rocket in February, the unmanned Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed into the moon last...

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Austin Police: West Campus burglaries down from last spring

Hayden Baggett April 10, 2019

The Austin Police Department has reported 15 fewer burglaries in West Campus this semester compared to the same period last spring, according to the APD Crime Viewer. APD has recorded 26 burglaries...


UTPD puts its foot down on non-criminal disturbances

Hayden Baggett April 2, 2019

One UT student is no longer allowed to step foot in the Perry-Castañeda Library after UT police say he repeatedly attempted to “take photos of, smell and touch” other students’...


Roundup’s long history of racism: What started as a homecoming event now makes many on campus feel unwelcome

Hayden Baggett, Nicole Stuessy, and Mason Carroll March 29, 2019

When Roundup was first advertised as a homecoming event in 1930, the ad read “The Texas Round-Up! Welcomes Each and Every Visitor to the University of Texas Campus.’ However, after decades...

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Austin Sobering Center treated extra patients during SXSW, Spring Break

Hayden Baggett March 29, 2019

During spring break, Austin’s Sobering Center treated 44 people, exceeding their average weekly number of patients by almost 20 percent, according to data from the center. The center, which began...


Hey, Curious Campus: What are the odds of getting picked for Lunch with Fenves?

Hayden Baggett March 26, 2019

Since 2015, UT President Gregory Fenves has hosted monthly lunches to connect with the student population and receive feedback about the University. The lunches, which take place in the Tower and often...


With UT, Texas Legislature in session, Austin taking extra steps toward safety during SXSW

Hayden Baggett March 8, 2019

Since UT’s spring break does not fall on the same week as South by Southwest this year, several city departments and government agencies are taking steps to combat a potential increase in traffic...


Property tax reform bills could raise tuition at Austin Community College, other institutions

Hayden Baggett March 6, 2019

Affordable tuition rates at Austin Community College and other state community colleges are in jeopardy after the filing of a property tax reform bill by state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston. Under...


Austin experiences record pedestrian deaths while UT sees zero

Hayden Baggett February 27, 2019

The University and West Campus did not see any pedestrians hit and killed by vehicles in 2018, but the City of Austin recorded the largest number of pedestrian-traffic fatalities in more than 10 years,according...

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APD launches record reunification effort after stolen phones from ACL recovered

Hayden Baggett February 22, 2019

The Austin Police Department is attempting to reunite more than 100 stolen phones with people that went to Austin City Limits Weekend One in 2018, according to a press release by APD. The release said...


UT launching cybersecurity certificate to meet professional demand

Hayden Baggett February 21, 2019

UT is launching a Cyber Academy Defense Certificate Program in March, which is designed to prepare students for careers in cybersecurity and satisfy the demand for trained professionals in the field. The...


Police associations at odds with legislation to decriminalize marijuana

Hayden Baggett February 13, 2019

Police associations across Texas say they are hesitant to support the decriminalization of marijuana proposed in pending state legislation. Currently, possession of one ounce of marijuana or less is...


UTPD K9s compete in campus food drive

Hayden Baggett February 11, 2019

The UT Police Department’s K-9 unit is competing to attract donations in a breakfast-based food drive supporting the campus food pantry UT Outpost. UT Outpost coordinator Will Ross said there...


Texas lawmaker proposes House bill that would open liquor stores on Sundays

Hayden Baggett February 6, 2019

Liquor stores could soon open their doors on Sundays thanks to legislation proposed by state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo. Raymond introduced House Bill 1100 on Jan. 25. If passed, the...

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Students could face fines for driving mopeds without licenses

Hayden Baggett February 1, 2019

For computer science sophomore Jonathan Granier, living life on the edge was part of his daily commute last semester. Granier, who was leasing a moped at the time, drove to his classes without a motorcycle...


Scooter vandalism in Austin inconveniences students, companies

Hayden Baggett January 31, 2019

New speed bumps are ahead for Austin’s thousands of dockless scooters as they become a popular target for vandalism and criminal mischief. After the deployment of multiple scooter fleets...


City of Austin preparing to fence off downtown alley to curb crime

Hayden Baggett January 30, 2019

The City of Austin is preparing to fence off a downtown alley that city officials have described as criminally-active and bad for business. The alley, which runs through the 700 block of Red River...


Student rewarded with pizza after saving seven bikes

Hayden Baggett January 28, 2019

UT Police Department officers not only protect and serve the campus community — they also help feed it. UTPD rewarded undeclared sophomore Whitney Jameson with a cheese pizza Sunday evening after...


UTPD trains, competes at Crisis Negotiation Competition

Hayden Baggett January 22, 2019

Several UT Police Department officers received training and competed last week at Texas State University’s annual Crisis Negotiation Competition and Seminar.  Ten members of UTPD’s...


New city program helps homeless, cleans parks

Hayden Baggett December 5, 2018

The homeless population surrounding campus now has an outlet to earn extra cash and find permanent shelter due to a new city program, Workforce First. The City of Austin worked with a local nonprofit,...


Bathroom graffiti impacts UT campus

Hayden Baggett November 26, 2018

While students sometimes consider graffiti to be a staple of UT bathrooms, other people see it as part of their job requirements. Custodial Services employees attempt to remove this graffiti daily...

Former UT students aim to create affordable long-distance transportation

Hayden Baggett November 15, 2018

Hitch, a long-distance ride-hailing startup founded by two former UT students, is relaunching its operations in early December. Hitch pairs drivers with passengers traveling to the same city. The company,...


UT Beekeeping Society harvests, sells honey

Hayden Baggett November 6, 2018

UT’s BEEVO Beekeping Society will sell bottles of their honey this Wednesday and Thursday on the West Mall. The three-year-old society harvested the honey in mid-October, and prices for bottles...

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UT turtles stay safe, submerged during freezing winter months

Hayden Baggett October 31, 2018

Students need not fear about the residents of UT’s turtle pond this winter, as the turtles will spend the colder months safe and submerged, said integrative biology professor David Hillis. The...


UT senior creates startup for Tesla transportation across Texas

Hayden Baggett October 26, 2018

Traveling between major Texas cities in a Tesla Model X is now a possibility for anyone, due to a startup company founded this year by a UT senior. Mechanical engineering senior Mandeep Patel turned...

Cops Curb Cannabis at UT

Hayden Baggett October 11, 2018

Marijuana related arrests and citations issued by the UT Police Department have dropped this year after increasing annually since 2014, records show. The records, obtained by The Daily Texan through...


Trump administration’s trade causes concern for UT Chinese international students

Hayden Baggett October 10, 2018

After the Trump administration enacted restrictions on visas for Chinese students in June, it’s still too soon to tell how Chinese international students at UT will be affected. The restrictions,...


New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu: ‘Being able to see people for who they are’ transcends racism

Hayden Baggett September 19, 2018

Mitch Landrieu, the former mayor of New Orleans, said Tuesday that America needs to address institutional racism and stress the importance of diversity now more than ever. “When people say that...

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