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30: Managing editor says goodbye after realizing she has to leave at some point

December 5, 2016

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan basement office. The term comes from the typesetting mark (—30—)...

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UT swimmer Joseph Schooling beats Michael Phelps to take Olympic gold

August 13, 2016

Longhorn athletes continued to be a fixture on the podium in the 2016 Olympics with junior swimmer Joseph Schooling taking gold for Singapore in the 100-meter butterfly. The 21-year-old marked his second...

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West Campus apartments lack incentives to increase sustainability

December 3, 2015

Grant Kjeldsen moved into 2400 Nueces at the beginning of the fall semester because a friend offered to give him all of his furniture if he took over his lease. The finance junior loves the building, and...

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Students struggle to find affordable housing options near campus

November 13, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the second piece in a two-part series of stories examining the affordable housing options available to students looking to live in West Campus. The first part ran Thursday. When...

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Controversy surrounds Board of Regents

August 3, 2015

UT System Board of Regents member Wallace Hall filed a lawsuit against System Chancellor William McRaven on June 22 with the Travis County District Clerk for withholding information about “influence-peddling”...

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University task force prepares to announce its recommendation on Davis statue controversy

July 27, 2015

The task force assembled to review the Jefferson Davis statue and other Confederate statues is set to present its recommendations to UT President Gregory Fenves on August 1.  Following the shooting...

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Austinites march to Capitol in honor of Sandra Bland

July 24, 2015

A crowd of about 300 people gathered at the steps of the Capitol on Thursday night to remember 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Waller Creek County jail cell July 13. The procession...

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UT to continue sidewalk, bikeway expansion

July 22, 2015

While the rest of the city struggles to find funding to build necessary pedestrian infrastructure, UT is on track to continue to build more sidewalks and bikeways on campus. The 2012 Campus Master Plan...

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Friends gather to remember life of Marcelo Flores

July 16, 2015

The sun dipped behind the architecture building, and the summer evening breeze ruffled the hair of 75 heads in the South Mall. Recent UT architecture graduate Barron Peper organized a vigil for his...

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Former UT professor steps down from position as Greek finance minister

July 7, 2015

Former UT economics professor Yanis Varoufakis resigned from his position as Greece’s finance minister July 6. Varoufakis remains in his position as a member of the Greek parliament. Robert Hutchings,...

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One-ply toilet paper is here to stay

July 2, 2015

UT stocks their bathrooms exclusively with one-ply toilet paper, and it’s not going to change any time soon. Toilet paper costs the University $174,000 a year, when just looking at buildings served...

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Supreme Court places hold on Texas’ abortion law

June 29, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked Texas’ law shutting down all but nine abortion clinics in the state. Texas health care providers asked the Court to hold provisions of...

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State attorney general says county clerks can deny granting same-sex couples marriage licenses based on personal beliefs

June 28, 2015

Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a written opinion June 28 county clerks may refuse to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple if doing so violates their personal beliefs. “County clerks...

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Regent Wallace Hall is suing System Chancellor William McRaven

June 28, 2015

UT System Board of Regents member Wallace Hall is suing Chancellor William McRaven for withholding information about “influence-peddling” in admissions. Hall began requesting access to thousands...

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Supreme Court upholds same-sex marriage as a right

June 26, 2015

This story is developing, and we will post updates in this article as they occur. Update (11:02 p.m.): Thousands of people gathered on Fourth Street on Friday evening to celebrate the U.S. Supreme...

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UT System Regent Wallace Hall files lawsuit to sue System Chancellor William McRaven

June 24, 2015

UT System Board of Regents member Wallace Hall is suing System Chancellor William McRaven, officials confirmed Tuesday evening. Jenny Lacoste-Caputo, spokesperson for the UT System Board of Regents,...

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Three Confederate statues on campus vandalized Tuesday morning

June 23, 2015

As students rally for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from campus, the statues of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston, and Davis were vandalized early Tuesday morning. The three statues...

Hall threatens legal action, seeks documents

June 22, 2015

Attorney General Ken Paxton approved Regent Wallace Hall’s request June 15 to hire a lawyer to sue the UT System. Hall, a member of the UT System Board of Regents, threatened to sue the System...

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West Campus apartments offer tanning beds to residents

June 14, 2015

As new apartment complexes continue to rise in West Campus, they're beginning to share a new standard in amenities: tanning beds. Eleven apartment complexes in West Campus offer free tanning,...

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City Council approves plan for Moody College skybridge over Dean Keeton Street

June 13, 2015

Students will be able to cross Dean Keeton Street without touching the street pavement starting early 2016.  The Austin City Council approved the Moody College’s skybridge project, which...

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City prepares for X Games with road closures, detours downtown

June 4, 2015

The City of Austin is preparing for the second annual X Games with lane closures and detours downtown. Streets south of the Capitol building will be blocked off for the opening event of the X Games, Moto...

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City Council approves additional funding for Ebola precautions

May 8, 2015

As the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department continues to monitor two individuals for signs of the Ebola virus, nearly seven months after the first American patient was diagnosed, the...

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UTUnrated exposes graphic content

May 7, 2015

UTUnrated, a Snapchat account that receives hundreds of submissions from University students, publishes a daily Snapchat “story” that includes, on an average day, nude photos, videos of people...

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SG approves resolution supporting student-led efforts to combat racism, sexism

May 6, 2015

The Student Government Assembly voted 24–1–1 in favor of a resolution, AR 6, which supports all student-led efforts to raise awareness and stop the repetition of racism and sexism at UT. Several...

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Cannabidiol supplements aim to give higher quality of life to pets

May 1, 2015

As the Texas Legislature continues to debate legalizing medical marijuana for humans, people do have the option of purchasing related products for members of their households — specifically, their...

City water rates increase to offset reduction in consumption

April 30, 2015

Although Austin is improving its water conservation practices, water rates increased about 13 percent in the last year, according to Austin Water Utility officials. Austin’s water prices are rising...

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Light pollution complicates McDonald Observatory improvements

April 30, 2015

The stars in West Texas are now competing with the glow from oil drilling rigs and gas flares in the Permian Basin, the largest oil field in the state. UT’s McDonald Observatory teamed up with...

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City Council approves funding for Asian-American quality of life study

April 24, 2015

The University will conduct a study about Asian-American quality of life in Austin funded by the Austin City Council.  On Thursday, the Council approved to pay the University $139,758 for a one-year...

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Austin businesses support LGBT community

April 23, 2015

Some Texan businesses are banding together to show their support for the LGBT community through Texas Competes, a coalition of businesses and pro-business organizations working toward workplace equality,...

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Austin fights congestion with “Don’t Block the Box” campaign

April 22, 2015

The Austin Police Department has issued more than 800 citations related to the newly implemented “Don’t Block the Box” campaign, which started April 6. The campaign, targeted at downtown...

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Dell Medical School pediatrics chair emphasizes communication with community

April 21, 2015

Steven Abrams, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UT-Austin’s Dell Medical School, spoke Monday morning to doctors and nurses from Austin about his vision for the department’s future. Abrams...

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City Council amends code for adult-oriented businesses

April 17, 2015

Austin City Council voted unanimously Thursday to pass amendments to the city code that will change the way adult-oriented businesses receive permits to open.  With the new amendments, adult-oriented...

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As Austin grows, off-campus rent prices rise

April 17, 2015

Students who live off-campus often move there in search of prices more affordable than dorm room rates — which, at the cheapest, are $1,084 a month for a shared bedroom and community bathroom. But...

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UT students share their experience with sex ed in Texas

April 14, 2015

When radio-televisionfilm sophomore Holly Cook first came to UT, she had never taken a formal health or sex education course. Cook, who attended Clear Lake High School in Houston, learned what she knew...

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Adler delivers his first State of the City address

April 14, 2015

Steve Adler said at his first State of the City address Monday that Austin has snagged number one spots in three lists: best cities for tech industry, best cities for wildlife and the most economically...

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Artists, city fight to keep murals safe from vandalism

April 10, 2015

The city has no specific prevention methods to keep murals in Austin from being vandalized, but it invests significant funding to clean up graffiti when it occurs, according to city officials.  Carole...

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Barbecue joints face possible new City regulations

April 2, 2015

Cuatro Kowalski, owner of the West Campus barbecue restaurant Freedmen’s, plans to oppose the Austin City Council’s proposed resolution that would require restaurants near residences to mitigate...

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George P. Bush awarded inaugural Latino Leadership Award

March 31, 2015

UT President Bill Powers presented land commissioner George P. Bush the inaugural Latino Leadership Award on Monday evening. The president’s office worked in conjunction with the Center of Mexican...

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Sororities raise more than $30,000 for philanthropies during RoundUp weekend

March 30, 2015

Ten UT sororities raised a combined total of more than $30,000 for charities during RoundUp, one of the Greek system’s biggest annual fundraising weekends. RoundUp is an annual weekend-long event...

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Austin City Council shelves amendment clarifying street performer regulations

March 27, 2015

Austin’s street performers, or buskers, are waiting for more clarification on their rights after Austin City Council decided not to vote on city code amendments Thursday. The Council withdrew...

Sen. Ted Cruz announces 2016 presidential bid

March 24, 2015

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race over Twitter on Sunday and in a speech at Liberty University in Virginia on Monday. Cruz is the first major candidate to announce...

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City project to improve Guadalupe Street generates significant student feedback

March 23, 2015

As the Austin Transportation Department seeks feedback about improving Guadalupe Street, Student Government’s City Relations agency is working to amplify student voices in the conversation.  The...

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Alamo Drafthouse to open sixth Austin location in Mueller

March 23, 2015

Alamo Drafthouse will open a new location in the Mueller community in East Austin. Austin’s sixth Alamo Drafthouse will be located on Aldrich Street, the community development’s town center. “Ever...

Uber, Lyft operate under temporary agreement with Austin-Bergstrom

March 23, 2015

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft operated out of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) under temporary permits during this year’s South By Southwest, although ABIA had originally...

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Planned Parenthood rally highlights women’s health issues in legislature

March 12, 2015

Planned Parenthood and 550 of its supporters rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday during its biennial Lobby Day rally. State senators and representatives welcomed rally attendees, who wore pink and held...

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Uber unable to operate at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport during week of SXSW

March 10, 2015

Days before the start of South By Southwest, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport officials said Uber will not be able to operate out of the airport during the festival next week. Airport officials...

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UT student population size will not be affected by state population growth

March 10, 2015

UT’s student population will not increase at the same rate as Texas’ projected 2050 population growth, according to University officials. Last week, the Office of the State Demographer released...

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President of the Ford Foundation, UT alumnus Darren Walker to deliver commencement address

March 9, 2015

Darren Walker, UT alumnus and president of the Ford Foundation, will deliver the keynote address at the spring commencement ceremony on May 23, University administrators announced Friday. Walker began...

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People’s Community Clinic will open second location in northeast Austin

March 6, 2015

After 45 years, the People’s Community Clinic is expanding its reach and building a second Austin location in hopes of making health care more accessible for its patients. The Austin City Council...