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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Jody Serrano

Some college students against abortion bill, claim it will negatively affect them

June 25, 2013

Rhetoric and writing senior Andrew Lenz bore the long line to get into the Texas House of Representatives gallery because he wanted to send a message: stricter abortion restrictions will have a negative...


Rick Perry vetoes more than two dozen bills

June 15, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a key bill that would have restricted the responsbilities and power of the UT System Board of Regents in a slew of bill killings Friday.  Perry vetoed more than 20 bills,...

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UT adds five courses to Course Transformation Program

June 10, 2013

UT is expanding its efforts to transform the student experience in large classes and will pump thousand of dollars into such courses, including government and calculus, this fall. The University is...


12 hours with the Class of 2017

June 10, 2013

Editor’s Note: Serrano worked for the Office of New Student Services from 2011-2012. The Daily Texan spent 12 hours with the students during their stay on campus and selected the most exciting...


Higher ed stakeholders express concerns over declining research funding

June 5, 2013

On the cusp of possibly losing $105 million in research funds under the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, UT System officials are working to find alternative options to fund research.  Higher...


Live from UT freshman orientation

June 5, 2013

Editor's note: Jody Serrano is spending a few hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with new UT students attending the first orientation session. Check back for updates, and follow her on Twitter...


Senators approve UT regent appointees

May 20, 2013

The Senate Nominations Committee unanimously approved three nominees to the UT System Board of Regents Tuesday after putting them on the chopping block just one day ago and interrogating them about how...


13 hours with the Class of 2013

May 17, 2013

In his commencement address Saturday, UT President William Powers Jr said each graduate had a unique story to tell but had one thing in common: They all graduated from UT.  Documenting the...

University pilots alternative learning management system ‘Canvas’

September 6, 2012

Two learning management systems are fighting head-to-head to secure a claim to the 40 Acres, a match that could possibly knock market leader Blackboard off campus. Under the instruction of 44 faculty...

Limited game coverage by LHN causes frustration

August 31, 2012

UT alumnus Matt Portillo will watch Saturday’s football game against Wyoming from the Texas Exes Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Although great company is an attraction, Portillo is not going there for...

Obama administration supports UT in Supreme Court case

August 14, 2012

    The United States, through the Department of Justice, joined more than 50 organizations and public officials Monday in publically supporting UT in the upcoming Fisher v. University of Texas...


Supreme court case puts spotlight on UT admissions policy

August 6, 2012

Three years ago, when he first stepped on campus, someone told Michael Williams he would not be at UT if it were not for the top 10 percent rule. Williams is black, and the words he heard that day echo...

Controversial UT study on gay parenting sparks debate

June 12, 2012

A new UT study stating children with gay parents turn out resoundingly different than children with heterosexual, married parents has spurred LGBT advocates across the nation into the offensive. Led by...


President discusses revised orientation

June 4, 2012

Editor’s note: Serrano is serving as a student orientation adviser for the Office of the Dean of Students’ New Students Services. Wednesday is a day of firsts for many people on the UT campus....


Faculty, students unite in support of Powers

May 15, 2012

Updated on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 4:29 p.m. On the heels of a recent blog post claiming the UT System Board of Regents plans to fire President William Powers Jr., the Faculty Council passed a resolution...


Allegations of Powers’ termination invoke speculation, response

May 11, 2012

A blog post claiming the UT System Board of Regents may have plans to fire President William Powers Jr. on Wednesday night invoked a series of responses from the UT community, ranging from indignation...

End of semester tradition leaves student injured

May 5, 2012

A Capital Metro bus driver ran a red light and hit a student today during the biannual foam sword party, an event put on by the Architecture Student Council. Austin Police Department officials said a...

Scandals disrupt student elections across Texas campuses

May 3, 2012

Scandals and disqualifications shook student government elections in colleges across the state this year, raising questions about the students overseeing the elections and the rules governing the process. Although...


Former president of College Republicans at Texas is revealed to have been leading the organization while not a student at UT

May 2, 2012

New information from current College Republicans at Texas leaders has revealed a former president of the organization was not a student when she held her position. Cassandra Wright, current president...


Local band has ambitious future

May 1, 2012

Last fall, while trying to book gigs for his nameless band and juggle hours of practice at the Butler School of Music, music business sophomore Josh Delgado gave what seemed to be a harmless answer to...


Malcolm X Lounge offers safe haven to students of all races

April 27, 2012

  Editor’s note: This story is the third in a series exploring race, racism and diversity on the UT campus. Walk into the Malcolm X Lounge any given day to find a heated discussion, a study...

Graduate Student Assembly vice president speaks on budget cuts, new position

April 26, 2012

New officers for Graduate Student Assembly will work on the transition to their new positions in the next few weeks and adjusting to internal changes within the organization. The Daily Texan interviewed...

New Graduate Student Assembly officers begin taking up issues, planning goals for new year

April 25, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series about the legislative student organizations at UT and their transition to new leadership over the next few weeks. Michael Redding...

Old leaders make way for new blood

April 18, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series about the legislative student organizations at UT and their transition to new leadership over the next few weeks. The quotes of the incoming...


New policy will allow transgender students to list their preferred name on University records

April 17, 2012

For some students, roll call in a classroom is exactly what it sounds like — the reading of a name. However, for transgender students who identify by a different name than the one listed, roll call...

Queer Student Alliance kicks off Pride Week with educational events

April 16, 2012

Students around campus will raise a rainbow-colored flag this week in efforts to promote a stronger and safer LGBT community on campus. Today marks the beginning of Pride Week, a week-long educational...

UT tobacco ban encourages healthier habits among users, cancer research funding

April 12, 2012

After years of heated debate over the use of tobacco on campus, UT announced Wednesday it will prohibit the use of tobacco products on all University property effective this month. The UT Board of Regents...

Butler, Baker end term after year of change within SG

April 11, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series about the legislative student organizations at UT and their transition to new leadership over the next few weeks. The quotes of the incoming...

UTPD program to target laptop thefts

April 5, 2012

Chances of recovering stolen laptops may increase this year with the launch of a new UT program designed to lead campus law enforcement to the perpetrator. Larry Bloom, a UT System police inspector, said...


Reactions to this years SG election have UT taking a closer look at Election Code

April 4, 2012

The challenges of the six-week election still reverberated as the new Student Government General Assembly took their place as the elected student voice of the University in its first meeting Tuesday. Outgoing...


After much controversy, Student Government announces election winners

March 30, 2012

Weeks of campaigning, candidate disqualifications and judicial review culminated in a Thursday gathering of more than 80 supporters for Student Government presidential candidates John Lawler and Thor Lund. Lund...

Complaint filed against Lund, Brown over trademark violation

March 28, 2012

Student Government presidential candidate Thor Lund and running mate Wills Brown came under speculation by the Election Supervisory Board on Tuesday for possibly violating University trademark rules in...


Q-and-A with SG presidential candidate, John Lawler

March 28, 2012

The Daily Texan: If elected, what will be the biggest challenge you will face? John Lawler: Day one. Getting organized and mobilized to begin pushing our platform here on campus and locally. We invite...


Q-and-A with SG presidential candidate, Thor Lund

March 28, 2012

The Daily Texan: If elected, what will be the biggest challenge you will face? Thor Lund: The biggest challenge is letting students know Student Government is there to serve them. A lot of things have...

Madison and Antonio’s second disqualification leaves two candidates on ballot

March 27, 2012

Six weeks ago, the Student Government presidential and vice presidential races each had five candidates. After weeks of deliberation over the disqualification of candidates Madison Gardner and Antonio...


Judicial Court to decide Gardner/Guevara appeal

March 26, 2012

The Student Government Judicial Court is set to determine whether the Election Supervisory Board violated procedure in administering the disqualification of former SG candidates Madison Gardner and Antonio...


Student Government candidates await court decision regarding election

March 23, 2012

The Student Government Judicial Court will decide on Sunday whether there was procedural error in the Election Supervisory Board’s decision to disqualify former presidential candidate Madison Gardner...


Student government candidates disqualified again after two days

March 22, 2012

Updated on 03/22/12 at 12:23 p.m. The Election Supervisory Board disqualified recently reinstated Student Government candidates Madison Gardner and running mate Antonio Guevara Wednesday for falsification...


Campaign expense complaints filed against Gardner, Guevara after reinstatement

March 21, 2012

A day after being reinstated, Student Government presidential candidate Madison Gardner and running mate Antonio Guevara stood before the Election Supervisory Board yet again for complaints filed against...


SG candidates drop lawsuit after being reinstated

March 20, 2012

The University reinstated formerly disqualified candidates Madison Gardner and running mate Antonio Guevara as Student Government executive alliance candidates Monday. Gardner dropped his lawsuit against...


Leffingwell endorses SG presidential candidate

March 20, 2012

Mayor Lee Leffingwell endorsed Student Government presidential candidate John Lawler and running mate Terrence Maas last week in efforts to get the city to collaborate on issues affecting students this...

SG aims to help students ‘Find a Space’

March 20, 2012

Instead of hunting across the many entities on campus in search of meeting space, students will now be able to find reservation information for more than 550 indoor and outdoor spaces using online database...

Madison and Antonio reinstated, SG presidential elections held March 28 and 29

March 19, 2012

Madison Gardner and running mate Antonio Guevara were reinstated as Student Government presidential candidates Monday and will drop their reinstatement lawsuit against the University. Dean of Students...

UT female student assaulted inside taxi

March 19, 2012

A female UT student was sexually assaulted inside a taxi cab while on her way to the main UT campus Wednesday morning, according the University of Texas Police Department. UTPD sent out a campus-wide...


Gardner, Guevara hearing to take place on March 26

March 19, 2012

The student body may be one step closer to electing its Student Government leaders in the next few weeks. A Travis County judge will decide on March 26 whether former presidential candidate Madison Gardner...

Judge to determine Gardner and Guevara’s candidate status on March 26

March 17, 2012

The student body may be one step closer to electing its Student Government leaders these next few weeks. A Travis County judge will decide on Monday, March 26 whether former presidential candidate Madison...

University student sexually assaulted during morning hours

March 15, 2012

A female UT student was sexually assaulted inside a taxi cab while on her way to the main UT campus this morning, according the University of Texas Police Department. UTPD sent out a campus-wide email...

SG presidential elections postponed further

March 13, 2012

The temporary restraining order issued by a Travis County Court judge on the Student Government presidential elections has been extended to March 27, leaving the newly elected general assembly leaderless...

Texas Exes structure changes results in controversial staff losses

March 9, 2012

Jim Nicar, former Texas Exes director of history and traditions, was fired Monday after 20 years of service as a part of a strategic planning process the organization is undertaking. The Texas Exes dismissed...


Teenage cancer researcher breaks barriers for young science enthusiasts

March 7, 2012

Seventeen-year-old Shree Bose can trace her passion for science back to her first science fair in fourth grade, when she suggested parents dye their vegetables blue to make them more appetizing. Her interest...

Judge to determine status of SG election

March 6, 2012

A Travis County judge may determine whether former Student Government presidential candidate Madison Gardner and running mate Antonio Guevara will be allowed back on the election ballot by Monday, March...


SG presidential elections postponed

February 29, 2012

A Travis County judge issued a termporary restraining order postponing the Student Government presidential and vice presidential elections for at least two weeks Tuesday. Judge Tim Sulak will next review...

Campaign considers filing lawsuit, cites breach of first amendment

February 27, 2012

Former presidential candidate Madison Gardner and running mate Antonio Guevara said they may file a lawsuit against UT as a last resort to get back on the campus-wide elections ballot. They claim the...


Gardner, Guevara not granted appeal, officially disqualified from SG elections

February 24, 2012

Madison Gardner and Antonio Guevara will be unable to reenter the Student Government presidential and vice presidential race after the SG Judicial Court declined to hear their appeal of the Election Supervisory...


SG candidate aims to ‘go big’

February 23, 2012

Student Government presidential candidate John Lawler was 10 years old when he served in his first elected position as president of the Oak Trailer Park club. As president, Lawler threw birthday parties...


Madison Gardner and Antonio Guevara disqualified by ESB

February 23, 2012

Update on Feb. 23 at 11:37 p.m. - The SG Judicial Court has declined Gardner and Guevara's appeal of the ESB decision. The ESB decision stands and Gardner and Guevara are officially disqualified from...


Candidates Lund and Brown hope to bring fresh perspective to Student Government

February 22, 2012

When the time came to choose a vice presidential running mate, Student Government presidential candidate Thor Lund never doubted he would ask William Brown. The pair met in the third grade and have been...


Campaign drops appeal after emails demonstrate possible fraud attempt

February 21, 2012

Student Government presidential candidate Yaman Desai and running mate Whitney Langston dropped out of the election Monday after the campaign’s ethics came into question by the Election Supervisory...


Desai and Langston withdraw from SG election

February 21, 2012

Update 11:40 p.m.: The Yaman Desai and Whitney Langston campaign withdrew from the Student Government election after emails obtained by The Daily Texan revealed Desai encouraged the agent to lie to Gardner's...


Student Goverment hopefuls plan to ‘Unite Texas’

February 20, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of the five executive alliances currently in the running for student body president and vice president. A year ago, Madison Gardner and...


Pedestrian killed in car wreck on Guadalupe

February 20, 2012

A man has died and a woman was critically injured after being hit by a car while standing outside the Wheatsville Food Co-op on 30th and Guadalupe streets at around 7 p.m. on Sunday. Austin Police Department...


Campus smoking ban sparks debate

February 15, 2012

The University’s efforts to comply with new anti-tobacco requirements from its funding providers has sparked debate over which areas of UT such a policy may affect. The Cancer Prevention Resource...


Student Government campaigns face new regulations

February 15, 2012

At midnight, students from all UT colleges began a two-week political race that happens only once a year — the campus-wide general elections begin today. Beginning today, students running for different...

Austin snow not a possibility for now

February 13, 2012

A blanket of sleet may be the only ice Austinites will see fall from the sky this season. Many experts are expecting conditions to warm up this afternoon and remain for the rest of the week. Representatives...


Research group calls for tobacco ban

February 10, 2012

Fumes from the University’s tobacco policy have ignited conversation over the future of the substance on UT grounds. Because of a new provision from one of the University’s top research funders,...

Spending limits affect SG campaigns

February 9, 2012

Corrected on Feb 15: Due to a reporting error, the article inaccurately claimed Mulugheta and Desai's campaign acquired $234 in fines. They acquired $126 in fines and would not have been disqualified...


Twitter Annouces Policy To Censor Certain Information

February 7, 2012

New tweets may soon be sweeping the Twittersphere carrying a message some may not like — “this tweet has been withheld.” Under Twitter’s new censorship policy, certain tweets may...

Political analysis company faces hacking accusations

February 3, 2012

Political analysis company Stratfor has recently come under fire for allegedly being part of a plan to shut down local activist groups Occupy Austin and Deep Green Resistance Austin. An unknown hacker...

Students continue to engage in activist groups

February 3, 2012

Gathered under the UT Tower for their weekly general assembly meeting, Occupy UT members discussed their demonstration plans for the following week. At first glance, the organization appears new —...


SG passes tuition referendum despite opposition

February 1, 2012

Students will be able to voice their opinions on tuition increases and funding cuts during the campus-wide general election in March after a Student Government vote Tuesday night. It is the first such...

Deadly fungus may threaten Austin’s bats

January 27, 2012

Bats in Austin and throughout Texas may be threatened by a disease responsible for more than five million bat deaths around the country, leading to state and local efforts to save the creatures. White-nose...


Rule enforces undocumented students apply for legal status after graduation

January 26, 2012

Editors Note: This is the third in a three part series about how immigration law impacts higher education and the UT system. A new rule from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will establish...


Growing violence discourages people from crossing border

January 25, 2012

Despite concerns over Mexico’s drug war and increased border security, many people with family and friends across the border still choose to make trips between the U.S. and Mexico, said a UT student...


Austin experiences needed rain

January 25, 2012

After golf-ball-sized hail and periodic rain spattered Austin all day Tuesday, the city could experience relief from the nasty weather as early as this afternoon. Travis county experienced abnormal amounts...


New guidelines protect immigrants

January 24, 2012

For the first time in three years, Raul Zamora’s name does not appear on any upcoming immigration court dockets. The urban studies senior was detained as an undocumented immigrant in November 2009...

[email protected] allows students chance to complete degree

January 20, 2012

Students who did not complete their degree at the University of Texas now have the opportunity to obtain an online degree from three UT system schools. The University of Texas Board of Regents approved...


Debate arises over occupy UT’s student organization status

January 20, 2012

Efforts to raise awareness about the Occupy UT movement have prompted a debate between the group and the Office of the Dean of Students over University policies and procedures regarding on-campus demonstrations. Concerns...


After fires, Extreme Home Makeover helps donate house

January 18, 2012

I was 10 years old when I first saw “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and asked my mother if they would come and build us a house. At the time, we lived in a tiny one-bedroom apartment and barely...


Occupy UT hosts student forum to protest tuition hike

January 17, 2012

 Occupy UT is renewing efforts to fight back against tuition hikes and increase student voice in campus issues this semester. Members of Occupy UT hosted a student forum on education Monday after...

A&M Police investigate third bomb threat since 2006

December 6, 2011

The Texas A&M University Police are still evaluating leads on an alleged bomb threat at the A&M Evans Library, although they believe the threat was a hoax, said A&M Police Sgt. Allan Baron. The...

UT System Board approves agreement between UTMB, Criminal Justice Department

December 6, 2011

Editor's note: Corrected on December 7, 2011 at 2:42 a.m. After growing concerns over the state’s ability to pay for health care services for its inmates, the University’s Board of Regents...

Bob Metcalfe awarded for contributions to the Internet

December 2, 2011

A few days ago engineering professor Bob Metcalfe traveled to Tokyo, Japan to receive the C&C award for his contributions to the development of the Internet from the NEC C&C Foundation. Metcalfe...

Student entrepreneurs pitch innovative ideas

December 2, 2011

Two weeks ago while staying up late cramming for a test, finance senior Ian Beckcom wished he could talk to somebody about the questions he had before he took the exam the next day. Beckcom said he wondered...

Austin to treat wastewater for non-drinking use

November 22, 2011

At Austin Water Utility, purple is a very important color because it indicates water conservation on their water valves. With the expansion of the Austin Water Reclamation Initiative, the city is about...

Formula 1 negotiators faced with ultimatum

November 18, 2011

Plans for Austin’s Formula 1 racetrack have met some unexpected turbulence this week, and Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone released an ultimatum to the company building the track Thursday: Sign the...

UT alum nabs role in new ‘Twilight’ movie

November 18, 2011

UT alumnus Marlane Barnes only had a vague idea of what the “Twilight Saga” was about before she went in to audition for an opportunity many would kill for: a part in “Breaking Dawn,”...

UT to offer veteran’s center

November 15, 2011

When he was 24 years old, Benjamin Armstrong, a recent Marine Corp veteran at the time, asked himself why he was in college. Armstrong was a freshman at Texas State University and had already served in...

Collector of secrets advocates mutual support among peers

November 15, 2011

PostSecret creator Frank Warren said one of his favorite secrets came in the form of a bag of coffee. A note on it said “where I work, they don’t keep inventory so please enjoy our finest roast.” In...

Students battle it out in real estate competition

November 11, 2011

Real estate graduate students from 16 universities across the country competed for cash prizes and top honors at the McCombs School of Business’ 10th annual Real Estate Challenge this week. This...

Penn State University firings rile campus

November 11, 2011

UT alumnus Brad Kurz was writing a paper Wednesday night when he heard Pennsylvania State University’s Board of Trustees had fired long-time football coach Joe Paterno. Moments later, Kurz heard...

Conference to address border issues

November 10, 2011

Editor’s Note: Some portions of interviews were translated from Spanish. In the spring, international relations junior Leslie Wise participated in a class unlike any offered at UT. Once a week at...

New elements added to periodic table

November 8, 2011

A recent update to the periodic table of elements will not affect the College of Natural Sciences in any significant way, said associate chemistry professor David Vandenbout. The change came after a general...

Nursing professors earn high honors

November 8, 2011

The University recognized three School of Nursing professors for their induction into the American Academy of Nursing earlier this month. The newly-inducted fellows included clinical nursing associate...

Google helps offer UT Mail to alumni

November 4, 2011

The University will now offer the UT Mail service to its more than 450,000 alumni free of charge, President William Powers Jr. announced on Wednesday. The University launched UT Mail, powered by Google...

Obama slighted for his race instead of politics, Pitts says

October 28, 2011

Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. said many members of Congress oppose President Barack Obama not because of his controversial policies, but because of his race. Pitts spoke to a crowd...

Local businesses still unable to broadcast UT-Kansas game

October 28, 2011

Local businesses may take a hit this Saturday by not being able to show the UT-Kansas football game. ESPN still has not reached a deal with a major Central Texas cable operator to broadcast the Longhorn...

Depp discusses journalism, film at SAC

October 24, 2011

Renowned actor Johnny Depp said journalism has become a big business based on selling a product instead of telling the truth at an exclusive screening of his new film, “The Rum Diary.” Moderated...

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