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Daily Texan editorial cartoon draws local, national controversy

March 28, 2012

An editorial cartoon about the Trayvon Martin case published on Tuesday’s Daily Texan Opinion page sparked controversy both on and off campus. The cartoon shows a mother reading to her child...

Vice Provost Slesnick discusses Deans’ budget propositions, addresses concern

August 24, 2011

Deans from all colleges and schools meet with members of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost every year to discuss a five-year budget plan. In light of a $92 million cut to higher...

Longhorns rank first in merchandise sales

August 24, 2011

UT ranked first in royalties made from the sale of licensed collegiate products for the sixth consecutive fiscal year, according to a report released last week by the Collegiate Licensing Company. A little...

Schools take different approaches to budget cuts

August 11, 2011

School of Architecture After losing three prominent professors in the past year, the School of Architecture’s answer to balancing a difficult budget has been to replace two positions with...

UT eliminates Public Affairs office as part of budget cuts

August 9, 2011

Budget cuts have forced UT to eliminate its Public Affairs office and let Don Hale go — the vice president of the office for the past 10 years. All public affairs employees in 14 colleges...

Ramadan proves challenging but worthwhile sacrifice in summer heat

August 4, 2011

After Ramadan began Monday, UT’s practicing Muslim students will abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset — a challenge when temperatures have reached 107 degrees twice this week. Ramadan...

Budget Control Act cuts subsidized loans for graduate students to save Pell grants

August 4, 2011

The bill to raise the debt ceiling that passed Congress this week offers mixed results for students as it preserves Pell grants but cuts from subsidized loans for graduate students. The stalemate...

Fate of Pell Grants, other federal loan programs uncertain

August 1, 2011

Congress is making a bipartisan effort to preserve Pell Grants for low-income students by cutting back on subsidized loans for graduate students. Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, said until Congress...

Debt ceiling issue has potential to affect UT students

July 28, 2011

The political stalemate in Congress over raising the debt ceiling while cutting back spending could directly affect students, said UT professors who have been following the impasse in recent weeks. The...

Foreign language class changes spark debate over effectiveness

July 25, 2011

A $3 million budget cut is forcing the College of Liberal Arts to offer more intensive foreign language courses, leaving some students and department chairs concerned about the measure’s effectiveness...

O’Donnell report categorizes UT professors by contribution

July 21, 2011

A new report by former UT System employee Rick O’Donnell divides the University’s professors into categories based on their teaching loads versus the amount of external funding they bring...

UT System Board of Regents doles out additional $20 million

July 15, 2011

The UT System Board of Regents allocated an additional $20 million to UT from the Permanent University Fund during their meeting Thursday. This one-time increase will be an addition to the $168...

Research revenue critical to University as state funding declines

July 14, 2011

Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series to explore the impact of UT’s research on the University and the state. Research funding brings twice as much revenue to UT as...

Donors worried over impact of higher-education debate on UT research

July 11, 2011

Editor’s note: One in a continuing series about the controversy concerning research at UT. The debate on higher education and research could impact faculty hiring, retention and fundraising...

College of Liberal Arts says ‘Seven Solutions’ impair education

July 7, 2011

The College of Liberal Arts released a report today in which Dean Randy Diehl said suggestions in “The Seven Breakthrough Solutions for Higher Education” could significantly undermine the...

Research at UT heightens educational development of students

July 7, 2011

Editor’s note: In recent months, research at the University has come under the critical eye of individuals and groups, Texans and non-Texans, and in- and outsiders of the higher education community....

Recent report criticizes efficiency of UT faculty

July 4, 2011

The author of a report that decries UT-Austin faculty workloads said he doesn’t believe his conclusion about the University needs to change, despite new and verified faculty data released by the...

Decreased state funding leads to fewer grants, more worries

June 30, 2011

UT lost 19 percent of its state and federal grants and scholarships for the next academic year, which means students will see much less money in their financial aid packages when the Office of Student...

Coalition, Powers fight back against report’s negative assessment of UT officials

June 30, 2011

A report by The Center of College Affordability and Productivity classifies high-level administrators as the least productive members of the University, according to a Texas Coalition for Excellence...

Perry supports controversial higher education plan while some groups vow to fight

June 23, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry has backed the Seven Breakthrough Solutions for Higher Education, but the plan from a conservative think tank could prove to be a breaking point between Perry and members of the higher...

Freshmen to receive grants despite reduced state budget

June 20, 2011

Nearly 1,100 eligible freshmen at UT may be awarded TEXAS Grants, despite fears that the proposed state budget would not provide funding for any incoming students. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating...

Education coalition to safeguard universities’ research

June 17, 2011

A new coalition of education advocates seeks to counter efforts by Gov. Rick Perry and state boards of regents that members say could dilute the quality of education in Texas. A press release Wednesday...

Student employees now subject to background checks

June 16, 2011

The UT System Board of Regents will now require all student employees at UT to go through a criminal background check, according to an email sent to the Human Resources Department last week. The...

Faculty performance disputed, Powers defends UT values

June 9, 2011

President William Powers Jr. came out against what he called “flawed” productivity analyses of the University that have been cropping up since the system released data on faculty performance...

Chancellor named to Obama’s education initiative for Hispanics

June 9, 2011

President Barack Obama appointed UT System chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and UT San Antonio President Ricardo Romo to serve on a 16-member team of educational and civic leaders called the advisory commission...

State budget cuts to mostly affect academic core

June 6, 2011

State budget cuts will cost the University $92 million for the 2012-13 biennium, President William Powers Jr. said in an email last week. In Powers’ email, he said the cut amounts to...

Professor named interim dean of College of Natural Sciences

June 3, 2011

David Laude will take over as the interim dean for the College of Natural Sciences in August. Laude, a distinguished professor and senior associate dean for academic affairs, received the appointment...

UT stands to lose $92 million if proposed budget is finalized

June 2, 2011

Under the proposed state budget for the next biennium, UT could lose 16.5 percent of its funding compared to the 2010-11 biennium, according to an email President William Powers Jr. sent Wednesday. “This...

Released data could misguide public

June 2, 2011

Data on UT System faculty spending, earning, research production and course enrollment could mislead the public about the so-called productivity of professors and researchers in the system, a UT faculty...

Former dean, ‘green’ pioneer dies in hiking accident at 60

May 17, 2011

UT associate dean of the School of Architecture Kent Butler died last week after slipping on a trail while hiking with his two daughters in Yosemite National Park in California, according to a press...

Board of Regents voices support for move to increase institutional transparency

May 12, 2011

The UT System Board of Regents unanimously endorsed a framework Thursday that will ensure a systematic evaluation of institutions and will show more transparency in administrative processes. Chancellor...

UT vice president worked 50 years, embodied ideals of campus service

May 5, 2011

UT Senior Vice President and alumna Shirley Bird Perry died Wednesday after fighting cancer for years, said President William Powers Jr. Perry served the University as vice chancellor for development...

Students present entrepreneurial ideas in competition

May 5, 2011

UT entrepreneurs, students and faculty members gathered Wednesday to showcase new companies for the 28th annual Global Venture Labs Investment Competition. About 16 student-run companies presented...

Rent in Austin expected to increase

May 3, 2011

Apartment rents in Austin are going to increase by 4.2 percent on average in the next few months, according to data from Marcus & Millichap, a real estate investment firm.  Firm associate...

Statistics show a growth in health care professions

April 19, 2011

Students can look forward to an influx of job opportunities in health care professions and some information technology and business fields, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2018,...

Environment may raise drug-relapse risk

April 14, 2011

People remember certain odors and sights from settings where they do drugs, including alcohol, and will remember the experience if they come into contact with similar settings, according to a new study...

Migrant students honored for successes

April 11, 2011

Rene Mendoza, an Edinburg High School senior, spent most of his mornings and afternoons cleaning sugar beets and working in fields. At night, he returned home to finish a day’s worth of schoolwork...

First black female judge in Texas details UT law school experiences

April 7, 2011

Harriet Murphy applied to the University of Georgia’s law school 45 years ago, but was rejected because she is black. After being accepted into UT’s law program in 1966, she faced discrimination...

Refugee tells of war atrocities in Sudan, promotes activism

April 5, 2011

James Garang had to leave his home in southern Sudan at the age of 10 when a civil war broke out in the country in 1983. “About 2.5 million people were killed and 7 million were displaced...

House bill approval may reduce budget for radio programs

March 22, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 228-192 to approve a bill last week that could make it harder for public radio stations to acquire funding for programming. Seven percent of University-operated...

Quake, tsunami create anxiety among family of Japan victims

March 21, 2011

UT associate professor John Traphagan and his wife, Tomoko, could not reach their family members for two days following the tsunami that hit Japan more than a week ago. Tomoko Traphagan said some of...

New Hampshire targets student voters

March 10, 2011

New Hampshire Republicans are pushing legislation that could make it more difficult for the state’s college students to vote. Other proposed laws might prevent students from voting by tightening the...

Students protest state budget cuts

March 3, 2011

Activist group The Students Speak dedicated their full attention and energy to UT administrators and state legislators in a rally on Wednesday to protest budget cuts. About 100 students participated...

COLA seeks student ideas, opinions on budget flaws

March 1, 2011

Students gave their input on proposed budget shortfalls facing the College of Liberal Arts during an open meeting the College Tuition and Budget Advisory Committee hosted Monday. CTBAC invited liberal...

Black community shares activist voice

March 1, 2011

To encourage black community members across Texas to become more politically and economically involved, black educators, activists, business leaders and elected officials shared their personal stories...

UT basketball player arrested, suspended after DUI arrest

February 24, 2011

  UT men’s basketball player, French junior Alexis Wangmene, was arrested for driving under the influence on Sunday. “Alexis Wangmene has been suspended indefinitely due to...

Media’s stereotyping of black athletes creates high standards, professor says

February 24, 2011

The media creates false perceptions about black athletes in America and advances stereotypes of superhuman strength and aggressive sexuality, said a UT associate professor at a lecture on Wednesday. Associate...

Regents okay plans for music academy, advanced computers

February 22, 2011

New initiatives for the University’s scientific research and music programs could help students gain career-oriented skills and new opportunities to earn money. On Friday, the UT System Board...

Exchange students honored at reception

February 17, 2011

State officials and UT administrators recognized 70 Mexican and Spanish international students as part of a reception at the Texas Capitol on Wednesday. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Sen. Judith Zaffirini,...

Writing center alumnus wins school’s award for successes

February 17, 2011

Abhijit Joshi, an alumnus of the Michener Center for Writers, has been distinguished as the Graduate School’s Outstanding Graduate Alumnus of the year. Graduate studies spokeswoman Kathleen...