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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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Few attend tuition increase forum

Jameson Pitts December 3, 2015

Only a handful of members of the University community attended the first public forum hosted by the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee on Wednesday. Exactly one student spoke to express concern about the...


Threat of drought proves flood resistant

Jameson Pitts November 30, 2015

Despite rising lakes, falling water costs and El Niño’s promise of a wet winter, concerns remain about drought in Central Texas. After beginning to escape from a multi-year drought cycle...


Students help plant more than 70 trees on campus

Jameson Pitts November 23, 2015

More than a dozen students clutched their shovels in gloved hands and padded off into the brush to begin the morning’s work of settling saplings into their new homes.  The student volunteers...


UT decreases water use with increased efficiency

Jameson Pitts November 19, 2015

Drought, flood, negotiate, repeat — it’s the Texas water cycle.  Water policy in Texas is in flux as stakeholders wrestle with competing priorities of municipal and agricultural uses....


Researcher discusses big dog data

Jameson Pitts November 16, 2015

Researchers are sniffing out the truth about dogs by using big data. Adam Boyko, a dog genomics researcher at Cornell University, discussed Friday how dog evolution and breeding has led to patterns...


UT opts out of Coalition for College Access application system

Jameson Pitts November 12, 2015

A group of more than 80 universities is creating a new college application process, claiming it will increase access for low-income students. While Rice University and Texas A&M University have joined,...


Molotov Seminars invite explosive discussion among student presenters, audience

Jameson Pitts November 9, 2015

Lively discussion between a student presenter and an engaged audience punctuated a presentation that questioned the future of jobs and robotic automation. The Molotov Seminar is a regular forum that...


UT researchers, NASA to send ferns to outer space

Jameson Pitts November 5, 2015

What starts here leaves the world — and burns up on re-entry. University researchers are working with NASA to send fern spores, which are similar to seeds, into outer space on a nanosatellite...


Students compete for donations at Texas Charity Pitch

Jameson Pitts November 2, 2015

Eighty professionally dressed students paced through the halls of the Student Activity Center on Saturday while rehearsing their pitches, determined to win the prize for their chosen cause. Student...


Yik Yak co-founder discusses success, challenges of anonymity

Jameson Pitts October 29, 2015

Yik Yak co-founder and CEO Tyler Droll discussed the app’s success and the double-edged sword of online anonymity at a talk Wednesday evening. Droll said he had the idea for Yik Yak after being...


University researchers receive grant to study biofuel

Jameson Pitts October 26, 2015

The light-brown prairie grass that fills the greenhouse on the roof of Welch Hall might look plain, but the undergraduate students analyzing samples in the adjacent laboratory are working to maximize its...


State law lets senior citizens attend classes free of charge

Jameson Pitts October 22, 2015

A little-known Texas law allows students 65 or older to take up to six hours of undergraduate or graduate courses at Texas public universities for free if they request the exemption. Lois Stahlke, finance...

Students race to create video games at game jam

Jameson Pitts October 19, 2015

Team Gimli fuels themselves on orange soda and Einstein Bros. Bagels as they eagerly await the announcement of the secret theme at the third game jam hosted by Jolly, a local development studio. A game...


Students learn version control for programming projects at workshop

Jameson Pitts October 15, 2015

Students learned how to use software development tools Git and GitHub to control version and file changes in programming projects at a Learning Commons workshop at the Perry-Castañeda Library Wednesday...


UT students create app to pair students with tutors

Jameson Pitts October 12, 2015

A new mobile app created by UT students will join the likes of Favor and Uber by matching students to independent tutors. The creators of the app, which is simply named Tutor, expect it to be available...


Vote to save historic home in West Campus postponed

Jameson Pitts October 8, 2015

Deep in West Campus, uncertainty continues to surround a simple 1920s bungalow as property owners and officials preapre to decide its fate. During a meeting last Thursday, The Austin City Council postponed...


Austin tops list of fastest economic growth

Jameson Pitts October 5, 2015

Austin’s economy is the fastest growing out of large cities in the U.S., according to a report released last week. UT gives students access to diverse career possibilities in the strong Austin...


UT School of Journalism ranks third nationally

Jameson Pitts October 1, 2015

The faculty and students of the UT School of Journalism took a break from teaching and learning how to write news stories so they could read one about themselves. The journalism school at UT ranked...


City to improve MLK, I-35 intersection

Jameson Pitts September 28, 2015

The Austin Transportation Department will implement $375,000 in safety improvements for the intersection of the I-35 southbound service drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. According to the City...


Students hone computer skills at School of Information’s Coding Commons

Jameson Pitts September 24, 2015

In a distant computer lab, after classes have ended and the doors to the building are locked, a small group of students hunch over their monitors — together, they’re learning to code. Coding...


University confirms students in Chile safe after earthquake

Jameson Pitts September 21, 2015

The International Office confirmed UT students studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, are safe and accounted for after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast on Wednesday. University officials...


8 UT faculty make Reuters’ highly cited researchers list

Jameson Pitts September 17, 2015

Eight UT faculty members made Thomson Reuters’ 2015 Highly Cited Researchers list, which selects the top 1 percent of researchers in each field. Five engineering professors made the list, as well...


Classical musician speaks about activist value of music

Jameson Pitts September 15, 2015

Vijay Gupta, Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist, spoke Tuesday about how classical music can be used to elevate the homeless and inmates from suffering while drawing attention to their struggles. Gupta...


New tailgating service makes successful debut

Jameson Pitts September 14, 2015

Tailgate Guys, a regional all-in-one tailgate package service, debuted Saturday on the UT campus for the first home game of the season. The new tailgating options come during other campus-wide gameday...


School of information to offer masters in identity management

Jameson Pitts September 10, 2015

The University of Texas will offer a new master’s degree in identity management and security in spring 2016. The two-year program, accepting applications now, is a joint venture of the University’s...


Student organization hosts weekly public speaking forum

Jameson Pitts September 8, 2015

Students delivered speeches about “the fear of missing out” at a UT Sciences Toastmasters meeting Friday to strengthen public speaking skills. Katia Hougaard, plant biology senior and president...


Texas Students for Life hosts nontraditional anti-abortion groups

Jameson Pitts September 3, 2015

Speakers from pagan, secular and gay and lesbian groups came together to discuss being anti-abortion at the Texas Students for Life semester kick-off event Wednesday. Ashley Rappaport, public health...

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