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News editor: Students make the Texan work

December 5, 2014

In all honesty, I have not been at the Texan a very long time. I stayed away for almost two years before I finally made my way into the basement. But now, I’ve made it to the end of the line, and...

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Regents approve budget, offset lack of tuition increases

August 21, 2014

In accepting the UT System’s operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the Board of Regents approved Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s proposal Thursday to utilize more of the System’s...

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Regents elect McRaven as next chancellor

August 21, 2014

Naval Adm. William McRaven officially became the UT System’s next chancellor Thursday. After naming McRaven sole finalist to succeed outgoing Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa in late July,...

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House transparency committee votes to censure Regent Hall

August 11, 2014

After investigating Regent Wallace Hall for more than a year, the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted 6-1 to issue him an "admonishment and censure" on...

LISTEN: McRaven named chancellor finalist, Strong removes football players, Fisher v. UT update

July 31, 2014

In this podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guest Nick Castillo discuss the UT System Board of Regents naming Naval Adm. William McRaven the sole finalist to replace Francisco Cigarroa as chancellor....

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McRaven named sole finalist for UT System chancellor

July 29, 2014

The UT System Board of Regents named Naval Adm. William McRaven the sole finalist to replace Francisco Cigarroa as System chancellor at a meeting on Tuesday. McRaven, 58, is known for overseeing the...

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Regents to discuss new chancellor

July 28, 2014

The UT System Board of Regents has scheduled a meeting via telephone on Tuesday to discuss the search for Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s replacement. According to the meeting agenda, the regents...

LISTEN: President Powers’ resignation, Fisher v. UT decision, chancellor search

July 18, 2014

In this podcast, Jacob Kerr and Amanda Voeller discuss the news and events surrounding President William Powers Jr.'s resignation on July 9. They also talk about the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals'...

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House transparency committee questions Cigarroa, Foster

July 16, 2014

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations questioned three UT System officials about President William Powers Jr.’s resignation and recent controversies surrounding...

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Powers prepares for 2015 resignation

July 14, 2014

After days of speculation, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and President William Powers Jr. agreed to set Powers’ resignation date for June 2, 2015, giving him almost 11 months...

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Chairman Foster calls on System, University to close ‘unfortunate chapter’

July 11, 2014

In the first UT System Board of Regents meeting since Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa asked President William Powers Jr. to resign, Chairman Paul Foster expressed disappointment with “insulting and...

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President Powers to stay on until June 2015

July 9, 2014

In an unexpected decision, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announced President William Powers Jr. will remain in his position until June 2, 2015 in a statement on Wednesday. Cigarroa previously...

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Student leaders ask Cigarroa to let Powers stay to 2015

July 9, 2014

In a letter to UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa on Wednesday, 17 student leaders at the University asked him to work with President William Powers Jr. on developing a timetable for Powers’...

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Chancellor Cigarroa cites ‘breakdown’ as reason for Powers resignation request

July 8, 2014

In a statement on Monday, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa said his decision to ask President William Powers Jr. to resign was because of a "communication and trust" issue. In the statement,...

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House transparency committee co-chairs ask regents not to remove President Powers

July 7, 2014

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs sent a letter on Monday to Paul Foster, UT System Board of Regents chairman, asking the board not to make any employment...

LISTEN: Admissions investigation, computer science transfers and student loan debt

July 7, 2014

In this podcast, Jacob Kerr and Amanda Voeller discuss the UT System's new investigation into the University's admissions process and a recent Daily Texan story on students denied transfer...

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UT System to hire outside firm to investigate University admissions

June 24, 2014

The UT System will launch an external investigation into the University’s admissions process, according to System spokeswoman Jenny LaCoste-Caputo. After the System released its findings from...

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Tuition increases over past decade as recent public support for higher education declines

June 23, 2014

Tuition and fees at UT have nearly doubled in the last decade while the need for higher education is beginning to lose support among Texas voters. According to the Office of Student Financial Services,...

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Update: Khan and Wolfe indicted on terrorism charges

June 20, 2014

A federal grand jury indicted UT student Rahatul Khan with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, according to the Department of Justice on Friday. Khan was scheduled to appear in...

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UT student charged with conspiracy to provide support to terrorists

June 19, 2014

Federal prosecutors arrested a UT student on Tuesday accused of aiding terrorists, according to a United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas press release. Rahatul...

LISTEN: Regent Hall grounds for impeachment vote and tuition rates

June 16, 2014

In this podcast, Jacob Kerr and Amanda Voeller discuss some of the biggest stories in May, including the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations vote that grounds for UT System...

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Recap: Regent Hall, new chancellor, Shared Services, bus routes and SXSW crash

June 9, 2014

Regent Controversy A state legislative committee is working to draft articles of impeachment against UT System Regent Wallace Hall, who could be the first non-elected state official to be removed from...

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Sharon Wood named Cockrell School of Engineering dean

May 31, 2014

 Sharon Wood, Cockrell School of Engineering interim dean, will stay on as the school’s next dean, the University announced Friday. After serving as chair of the school’s department...

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State Sen. Dan Patrick defeats Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in runoff election

May 28, 2014

HOUSTON — With more than 65 percent of the vote, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, secured the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, defeating incumbent David Dewhurst in the runoff election...

Board of Regents approve changes to information request rules

May 21, 2014

After lengthy discussion, the UT System Board of Regents approved changes to the Regents’ Rules and Regulations regarding regent requests for information at a meeting on Tuesday. With the changes,...

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UT System Board of Regents approve guaranteed tuition plan, no increase for in-state undergraduate tuition

May 20, 2014

The UT System Board of Regents decided not to increase in-state undergraduate tuition and approved the University’s guaranteed tuition plan at a meeting Tuesday. With the decision, the board authorized...

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Updated: Regent Hall says he will not resign in letter to Chairman Foster

May 19, 2014

Update (May 20, 12:32 p.m.): In the letter, released on Tuesday by attorney Allan Van Fleet, Hall crticized Chairman Paul Foster's handling of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency...

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More than 8,600 students graduate at commencement

May 18, 2014

In front of an orange-lit UT Tower, 8,686 students graduated from the University at the 131st Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday. The event capped off two days of ceremonies held in the individual...

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Q&A with Mayor Julian Castro

May 17, 2014

After delivering the commencement address for the LBJ School of Public Affairs, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro talked with The Daily Texan about some of the issues surrounding higher education today....

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UT System review of admission process finds no wrongdoing, recommends change

May 16, 2014

A UT System review of the University’s admissions process released Thursday found no evidence of a structured system of favoritism or wrongdoing, but raised issue with letters of recommendation from...

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Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster asks Regent Wallace Hall to resign

May 15, 2014

In a major step away from the private, behind-the-scenes disagreements among the members of the UT System Board of Regents, board Chairman Paul Foster publicly asked Regent Wallace Hall to resign at the...

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UT System Board of Regents increase out-of-state undergraduate tuition, hold off discussion of in-state

May 14, 2014

Two years after freezing in-state tuition for UT-Austin students, the UT System Board of Regents approved tuition increases for out-of-state undergraduate students at the University and tabled the...

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Updated: House transparency committee concludes grounds exist for Regent Wallace Hall’s impeachment

May 12, 2014

Updated (2:56 p.m.): In a statement distributed by attorney Allan Van Fleet, Regent Wallace Hall said his impeachment would not solve the problems he has identified at UT System institutions. "When...

LISTEN: Spring 2014 recap and on-campus student housing

May 4, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and special guest Bobby Blanchard recap the biggest news stories from the Spring 2014 semester. They also discuss Bobby's recent story on student...

LISTEN: Shared Services protest and Regent Wallace Hall update

April 26, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Madlin Mekelburg and Nicole Cobler discuss the recent on-campus Shared Services protest, which resulted in the arrest of 18 students. They...

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Eighteen students arrested after protesting Shared Services Plan

April 24, 2014

Eighteen Save Our Community Coalition members were arrested while participating in a sit-in against Shared Services in front of President William Powers Jr.’s office, following a more than 200-person...

LISTEN: Shared Services letter and graduate student housing

April 20, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guest Nicole Cobler discuss a letter authored by three UT faculty members asking President William Powers Jr. to withdraw his endorsement of Shared...

LISTEN: Civil Rights Summit and Regent Wallace Hall investigation update

April 13, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guest Madlin Mekelburg discuss the past week's Civil Rights Summit, which was hosted on the UT campus by the LBJ Library to commemorate the...

Q&A with Rev. Jesse Jackson

April 10, 2014

Rev. Jesse Jackson, a major figure of the Civil Rights Movement and Baptist minister who ran for president in 1984 and 1988, sat down with The Daily Texan this morning to discuss the civil rights issues...

LISTEN: Fort Hood shooting, President Powers update and Austin area traffic

April 6, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Julia Brouillette and Madlin Mekelburg talk about the recent Fort Hood shooting. They also talk about newly-released notes from a summer...

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Despite city plans, researchers say growing population threatens mobility in the Austin area

April 4, 2014

For hours every afternoon, cars stretch for miles on Austin’s major freeways and roads, stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic with little hope for relief. While city officials say they are taking a multifaceted...

LISTEN: Texas Student Media’s future, tuition proposal update and the Frank Erwin Center

March 30, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Nicole Cobler and Chris Hummer discuss Texas Student Media's decision to keep The Daily Texan's print schedule at five days a week....

LISTEN: ‘Stealth dorms’ vote, Regent Wallace Hall update and tuition proposal update

March 22, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Alyssa Mahoney and Madlin Mekelburg talk about Austin City Council voting to reduce the occupancy limit for unrelated adults in single...

LISTEN: Primary election results and Waller Creek

March 8, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Alyssa Mahoney and Nicole Cobler discuss the results of Texas primary elections for governor and lieutenant governor. They also talk about...

LISTEN: Student elections results, Texas Student Media budget and APD jogger arrest

March 2, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Nicole Cobler and Julia Brouillette discuss the results from the student elections, including the Rady-Strickland campaign winning the...

LISTEN: Update on student elections

February 22, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guest Bobby Blanchard discuss the Interfraternity Council's decision not to endorse any candidates in the student election races and the results...

LISTEN: Chancellor Cigarroa’s resignation, student elections and ‘stealth dorms’

February 15, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Bobby Blanchard and Madlin Mekelburg discuss UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa's resignation and the upcoming student elections....

LISTEN: Regents approve transparency recommendations and Shared Services update

February 7, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guest Madlin Mekelburg discuss a letter sent by UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa to the House Select Committee on Transparency in State...

LISTEN: Inclement weather, student leaders’ tuition proposal and the Texas Memorial Museum’s future

February 1, 2014

In this week's podcast, Jacob Kerr, Amanda Voeller and guests Julia Brouillette and Nicole Cobler talk about the Univeristy's handling of Tuesday's inclement weather. They also discuss a proposal...

Israel wins House District 50 runoff election

January 29, 2014

Democrat Celia Israel defeated Republican Mike VanDeWalle in the House District 50 runoff election on Tuesday. Israel, who amassed 59 percent of the vote, will succeed Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, who...