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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 Jackie Wang

Appeals court reinstates voter ID law

Jackie Wang October 15, 2014

Less than a week before the start of early voting, a federal appeals court reinstated Texas’ controversial state voter ID law Tuesday, which was ruled unconstitutional by a federal district judge...


UT student cultivates horror from home

Jackie Wang October 15, 2014

George Reason’s obsession with haunted houses began when he was a kid. He used to travel across England to visit the best ones with his dad, whom he fondly refers to as a fellow addict. That addiction...


City Council candidates talk about sound ordinance, housing in on campus debate

Jackie Wang October 14, 2014

Austin City Council District 9 candidates discussed student issues such as the enforcement of the city's sound ordinance in West Campus and housing at a debate hosted by several student organizations...


District 9 candidate Erin McGann talks about urban rail, ‘stealth dorms’

Jackie Wang October 13, 2014

Erin McGann, candidate for the Austin City Council’s District 9 seat, sat down with The Daily Texan to discuss her plans should she be elected. This year’s city election is the first under...

District judge strikes down Texas voter ID law

Jackie Wang October 10, 2014

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos struck down Texas’ controversial voter ID law Thursday, less than two weeks before the start of early voting for November elections. Senate Bill 14 required...


Council member Chris Riley discusses transportation, 10-ONE

Jackie Wang October 10, 2014

Chris Riley, Austin City Council member and District 9 seat candidate, sat down with The Daily Texan to discuss his plans should he be reelected. This year’s city election is the first under the...

State Sen. Wendy Davis cancels campus campaign stop

Jackie Wang October 7, 2014

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, canceled a planned tour stop on campus for her gubernatorial campaign Monday because of inclement weather in the Houston area. Davis, the Democratic gubernatorial...


District 9 candidates debate affordability

Jackie Wang October 7, 2014

The three candidates vying for the first District 9 Austin City Council seat discussed the city’s affordability at KUT’s “Ballot Boxing” forum on campus in the Belo Center for New...


Artists to provide mani-pedis at gallery talk

Jackie Wang October 7, 2014

Instead of a formal gallery talk, the artists behind the current Center Space Project exhibition wanted to address visitors with something much more personal: manicures and pedicures.    For...

Appeals court decision enforces HB2 provisions

Jackie Wang October 3, 2014

Only seven or eight abortion clinics in Texas will remain open after Texas was given the authority to enforce House Bill 2. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that two provisions...


Austin City Council continues ride-sharing discussion, will review sound ordinance

Jackie Wang October 3, 2014

The Austin City Council continued to discuss an interim ordinance allowing transportation network companies to legally operate in Austin and passed a resolution to revise the city’s sound ordinance...


Mayoral candidates discuss transportation, rental properties, water conservation at forum

Jackie Wang October 2, 2014

Seven mayoral candidates discussed water conservation, transportation issues and curbing property taxes in a forum at the Austin Convention Center on Wednesday night.  Businessman Todd Phelps,...

Q-and-A with punk rock group The Gaslight Anthem

Jackie Wang October 2, 2014

The American punk rock band The Gaslight Anthem has been recording and performing since 2007. The band debuted its fifth album, Get Hurt, in late August. It shot up to the No. 2 spot of Billboard’s...


Abbott, Davis go on offensive over ethics, health care, education in final debate

Jackie Wang October 1, 2014

DALLAS — During their second and last televised debate Tuesday, Attorney General Greg Abbott accused state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, of profiting from an incentive deal handled by her title...


Lieutenant governor candidates debate education, border security

Jackie Wang September 30, 2014

Leading candidates for lieutenant governor, state Sens. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, faced off at their first and only scheduled debate at the KLRU studio on campus...

State auditor finds lack of Texas Enterprise Fund oversight

Jackie Wang September 26, 2014

A state audit of the Texas Enterprise Fund concluded that the Office of the Governor needs to monitor and control the Texas Enterprise Fund administration in order to substantiate the program’s claims...


Austin City Council discusses transportation networking companies plan

Jackie Wang September 26, 2014

The Austin City Council discussed regulating transportation network companies’ operations Thursday night. Council member Chris Riley, who sponsored the resolution to define and enter into agreements...


AustOberfest attracts students and alumni with larger festival

Jackie Wang September 26, 2014

Electrical engineering senior Konrad Werzner skipped last year’s AustOberfest because he was underage, but he won’t have to worry about that this year. “It’s an all-ages event,...

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Austin City Council to consider resolution defining street performers

Jackie Wang September 24, 2014

On a bench outside of South Congress Cafe, James Anthony Johnson sings and plays the guitar. He wears a uniform of jeans, ankle boots and a straw cowboy hat. He smokes Marlboros and greets passersby. A...


Gov. Rick Perry looks back at 14-year governorship at Texas Tribune Festival

Jackie Wang September 22, 2014

Closing The Texas Tribune Festival on Sunday morning, Gov. Rick Perry reviewed his 14-year tenure as the state’s executive at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, discussing health...


State Sen. Wendy Davis speaks at Trib Fest

Jackie Wang September 21, 2014

Less than 24 hours after her gubernatorial debate with Attorney General Greg Abbott, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, spoke with Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune CEO and editor-in-chief, at...


Sen. Ted Cruz discusses American involvement in Middle East, immigration at Tribune Fest

Jackie Wang September 21, 2014

In discussing foreign policy at The Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz clarified his statement from August about bombing the Islamic State group back to the Stone Age. “The...

Sen. John Cornyn criticizes ‘dysfunctional’ Congress, Obama’s foreign policy

Jackie Wang September 20, 2014

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn criticized the inefficiency of Congress at his Texas Tribune Festival keynote interview Saturday. Cornyn, who is also the Senate's minority whip, is running for his third...

Lieutenant governor candidates discuss education, immigration in interviews

Jackie Wang September 20, 2014

The second day of the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival kicked off Saturday with one-on-one interviews with candidates for lieutenant governor, state Sens. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and Leticia...


George P. Bush discusses energy, global warming at Tribune Fest

Jackie Wang September 20, 2014

George P. Bush, Republican candidate for land commissioner, opened the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival on Friday by discussing his stance on a wide-range of issues impacting the state.  At...

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Abbott, Davis debate over border security, funding

Jackie Wang September 20, 2014

Attorney General Greg Abbott swiveled in his seat, put his elbows down on the table and asked State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, with a half-smile, “Do you regret voting for Barack Obama?”  Davis...


District 9 candidates discuss transportation, affordability at forum

Jackie Wang September 19, 2014

The three candidates vying to be the first District 9 representative in the newly restructured Austin City Council discussed public transportation, affordability and Sixth Street safety at a forum Thursday...


Hashtag leads locals to free art every Friday

Jackie Wang September 19, 2014

Every Friday, Austin turns into a playing field for a free art hide-and-seek game. On Instagram, the hashtag #ATXFreeArtFriday is the only road map to the different pieces of free art scattered across...

Council member announces plan to legalize ride-sharing services in Austin

Jackie Wang September 16, 2014

City Council Member Chris Riley announced his plan to move toward legalizing ride-sharing apps in Austin. According to local laws, the only way ride-sharing companies, such as Lyft and Uber, are legal...


Animal Planet donates $25,000 to waive adoption fees for Austin shelters

Jackie Wang September 12, 2014

Animal Planet and its “R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue” program made free pet adoptions in the Austin area possible for a limited time. R.O.A.R. To Their Rescue is a combined effort by Animal Planet...


Abbott campaign questions Wendy Davis’ book release, promotional tour

Jackie Wang September 10, 2014

Wendy Davis, state senator and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, started a promotional tour Tuesday for her new memoir, “Forgetting to be Afraid.” The release and publicity tour prompted...

City Council approves budget, rate increases

Jackie Wang September 10, 2014

The Austin City Council voted to approve increased water and energy rates at its annual budget meeting Tuesday. The council began reading the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget Monday and adopted the...

‘Community’ star Yvette Nicole Brown comes to The Texas Union

Jackie Wang September 9, 2014

The title assigned to Yvette Nicole Brown’s upcoming event on the UT campus — “Navigating the Business of Success” — threw her off guard. “That was not my title,”...


Mayoral candidates discuss affordability, early childhood education

Jackie Wang September 4, 2014

Five Austin mayoral candidates met Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar Boulevard to talk about affordability and early childhood education. The event, hosted by United Way for Greater Austin,...


Abbott calls for more transferable credits in higher education plan

Jackie Wang September 4, 2014

Greg Abbott, attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate, advocated making credits transfer more easily and expanding online credit-eligible courses in releasing his higher education plan...


The Daily Texan does Free Yoga Day

Jackie Wang, Brigit Benestante, and Kate Dannenmaier September 4, 2014

In an effort to encourage Austinites to test out their yoga aptitude at various studios around Austin, the Free Day of Yoga caters to yoga newbies and self-proclaimed yogis alike. Here is The Daily...

District court judge strikes down HB 2

Jackie Wang August 29, 2014

A federal district court judge struck down a state women’s reproductive rights law Friday that places restrictions on abortion clinics in Texas, calling it unconstitutional. Judge...


Austin City Council votes to develop gender-neutral bathrooms plan, bans talking on cellphones while driving

Jackie Wang August 29, 2014

The Austin City Council unanimously voted Thursday to further explore the idea of gender-neutral bathrooms and another to ban driving or biking while using a cellphone. Sponsored by Council...


Austin mayoral candidates debate public transportation

Jackie Wang August 28, 2014

Five of Austin’s mayoral candidates answered questions about public transportation Wednesday at a debate held on campus.  Candidates Todd Phelps, Mike Martinez, Randall Stevens, Sheryl Cole...

Demetri Martin at Moontower Comedy Festival

Jackie Wang April 25, 2014

By 6:30 p.m., the line for Demetri Martin wrapped around Paramount Theatre. It was 82 degrees, the sun refused to leave my line of vision, and I was starting to sweat through the dark jeans I seriously...

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte speaks at annual Texas Tea event

Jackie Wang April 16, 2014

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte ascended to the podium to thunderous applause, drawing a standing ovation from nearly 600 students. Her skirt and jacket were perfectly ironed, and a ruffled shirt peeped...


Improv comedy tour ‘Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group’ visits Austin

Jackie Wang February 27, 2014

Stacey Amorous lost track of her high school friend Brad Sherwood after graduation, only to see him on Comedy Central several years later.  Amorous, associate director of the Liberal Arts Honors...

UT System Board of Regents selects 26 faculty members to receive Outstanding Teaching Award

Jackie Wang September 10, 2013

The Board of Regents honored 26 faculty members on Aug. 23 with the Outstanding Teaching Award. The honorees were selected from three categories of faculty — contingent, tenure-track and tenure —...

Miro Quartet performs Beethoven for Butler School of Music’s 100th anniversary

Jackie Wang September 9, 2013

The Miro Quartet filled the Jessen Auditorium to near maximum capacity Saturday, on its second night of performing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s quartets. The chamber music group played in...

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