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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...