Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

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

Joelle DiPaolo, Campus Reporter

Joelle is a freshman studying journalism and French and is currently reporting on the campus beat. She previously reported as a general reporter during fall 2021 and loves coffee and board games.

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‘Long live the King’: UT’s beloved cat Domino loses battle with cancer 

‘Long live the King’: UT’s beloved cat Domino loses battle with cancer 

May 8, 2022

Domino, the celebrity campus feline and UT’s most “beloved mascot” who brought comfort and companionship to many in the University community, died Tuesday. He was 13 years old.  “There have...

College of Natural Sciences students struggle with mental health, college strives to increase awareness

College of Natural Sciences students struggle with mental health, college strives to increase awareness

May 8, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the May 3, 2022 flipbook. Maya Flores, an environmental science and geology freshman, said she took five STEM courses this semester. She said she wishes...

Student housing company American Campus Communities acquired for nearly $13 billion

Student housing company American Campus Communities acquired for nearly $13 billion

April 29, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 26, 2022 flipbook. A real estate investment company acquired American Campus Communities, a student housing company that owns several West Campus...

iSchool Inclusion Institute moves to UT, increases opportunities in informatics

iSchool Inclusion Institute moves to UT, increases opportunities in informatics

April 28, 2022

UT will host a program encouraging undergraduate students from underrepresented communities to engage in information sciences starting this summer. The iSchool Inclusion Institute is a program that...

UT-Austin’s Student Government amends constitution, aims to increase transparency and accountability

UT-Austin’s Student Government amends constitution, aims to increase transparency and accountability

April 27, 2022

Student Government passed an accountability amendment to their governing documents as part of a series of reforms on April 26.  The Transform SG Initiative Act includes reforms such as creating agency...

Briscoe Center acquires archives from Richard Goodwin, speechwriter for JFK, LBJ

Briscoe Center acquires archives from Richard Goodwin, speechwriter for JFK, LBJ

April 21, 2022

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson famously used the words “we shall overcome,” a phrase synonymous with the Civil Rights Movement, in a speech to Congress calling for voting rights in 1965. The drafts...

Student Government passes resolution in support of emergency contraception vending machine on campus

Student Government passes resolution in support of emergency contraception vending machine on campus

April 17, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 12, 2022 flipbook. Student Government passed a resolution April 5 in support of Emergency Contraception 4 Every Campus’ initiative to bring...

UT to allocate funds for faculty housing in response to increased living costs in Austin

UT to allocate funds for faculty housing in response to increased living costs in Austin

April 17, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 12, 2022 flipbook. President Jay Hartzell announced he will set aside funding for faculty recruiting packages due to high housing prices in Austin...

Richard Reddick appointed new School of Undergraduate Studies dean, senior vice provost for curriculum and enrollment

Richard Reddick appointed new School of Undergraduate Studies dean, senior vice provost for curriculum and enrollment

April 8, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 5, 2022 flipbook. Richard Reddick, associate dean of equity, community engagement and outreach for the College of Education, will begin two new...

Graduate Student Assembly passes resolution reaffirming stance on graduate student representation in Student Government

Graduate Student Assembly passes resolution reaffirming stance on graduate student representation in Student Government

April 8, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 5, 2022 flipbook. The Graduate Student Assembly passed a resolution March 23 reaffirming their stance that Student Government should cede representation...

Round Up returns after 3 years with increased safety, acknowledgement of racist past

Round Up returns after 3 years with increased safety, acknowledgement of racist past

April 5, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 1, 2022 flipbook. Last weekend, the Interfraternity Council hosted Round Up, a music festival put on by IFC chapter members, for the first time...

Dining halls adopt more rigorous ID checks after Feb. increase in ID confiscations

Dining halls adopt more rigorous ID checks after Feb. increase in ID confiscations

April 3, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 29, 2022 flipbook. University dining halls and stores have implemented a new policy to check student IDs due to an influx in students using each...

Sanger Learning Center increases pay for student employees

Sanger Learning Center increases pay for student employees

March 29, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 25, 2022 flipbook. The Sanger Learning Center increased most student employee wages from $11.25 to $14 an hour this semester in an effort to attract...

Joint resolutions paused for legislative student organizations

Joint resolutions paused for legislative student organizations

March 25, 2022

Editor's Note: This article was first appeared in the March 22, 2022 flipbook. The joint resolution process for Legislative Student Organizations will pause for the rest of the semester due to procedural...

Palestinian Solidarity Committee releases response to University halting legislation about definition of antisemitism

Palestinian Solidarity Committee releases response to University halting legislation about definition of antisemitism

March 22, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 11, 2022 flipbook. This story was updated on March 22 with new information obtained by the Texan through a public information request about emails...

Trans students speak out against Gov. Abbotts order to investigate gender affirming health care as child abuse

Trans students speak out against Gov. Abbott’s order to investigate gender affirming health care as child abuse

March 21, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 8, 2022 flipbook. The night Kai Bovik and their friends heard about Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive attacking trans children, they got together...

New State of LGBTQIA+ Affairs at UT Austin report provides recommendations to increase inclusivity on campus

March 21, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 8, 2022 flipbook. Student leaders released an updated State of LGBTQIA+ Affairs report Monday with 48 recommendations to increase inclusivity...

UT professor receives 3 grants focused on transportation accessibility

UT professor receives 3 grants focused on transportation accessibility

March 21, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 1, 2022 flipbook. Regional planning professor Alex Karner received three grants totaling over $400,000 for projects investigating transportation...

UT releases $25.7 million in final round of HEERF block grants, students express relief

UT releases $25.7 million in final round of HEERF block grants, students express relief

March 2, 2022

UT released $25.7 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund block grants to students on March 2, the final round of debt relief provided by HEERF III, a University spokesperson said. Over 27,600...

New anonymous social media app comes to UT

New anonymous social media app comes to UT

February 25, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the Feb. 21, 2022 in the flipbook. On Feb. 10, UT became the third university to join the new anonymous social media app Fizz.  Founders Teddy Solomon...

Sweatt Center receives gift to promote success for Black male students

Sweatt Center receives gift to promote success for Black male students

February 22, 2022

This article first appeared in the Feb. 18, 2022 flipbook. The Heman Sweatt Center for Black Males received a $750,000 donation this semester to help advance initiatives that promote success for Black...

Cockrell climate survey reveals different perspectives, provides recommendations for change

Cockrell climate survey reveals different perspectives, provides recommendations for change

February 18, 2022

This article first appeared in the Feb. 14, 2022 flipbook. The Cockrell School of Engineering released its 2021 climate survey report Feb. 1, which showed some engineers, including women and people...

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Hartzell’s absences at Faculty Council meetings leave some members frustrated, disappointed 

February 9, 2022
President Jay Hartzell has not attended three of the five Faculty Council meetings this academic year, leaving some faculty members frustrated at the lack of opportunities for communication.  
New Canvas resource for testing accommodations makes reservations more efficient 

New Canvas resource for testing accommodations makes reservations more efficient 

February 9, 2022
Professors can now schedule exams for students who need testing accommodations on Canvas by using a new resource that is intended to make the reservation process easier. 
Pease Parkside apartment building without heat, gas for over a month, leaves residents frustrated

Pease Parkside apartment building without heat, gas for over a month, leaves residents frustrated

February 8, 2022
Some residents at the Pease Parkside apartment complex in West Campus have been without gas, heat and hot water for over a month due to failed utility inspections.
UT professor co-chairs committee to recommend equitable policies, reform higher education

UT professor co-chairs committee to recommend equitable policies, reform higher education

February 3, 2022

A UT professor co-chaired a committee focused on combating inequity in higher education through policymaking, formed as a result of President Joe Biden’s January 2021 executive order on racial equity.  The...

New student organization attempts to increase blood donations amid supply shortages

New student organization attempts to increase blood donations amid supply shortages

February 1, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Jan. 28, 2022 flipbook. When touring one of Austin’s We Are Blood facilities last semester, Tasha Anslyn realized how heavily the pandemic had diminished...

UT forms learning community to help teachers understand, implement curriculum

UT forms learning community to help teachers understand, implement curriculum

January 28, 2022
The college received a one-year learning grant to form the Texas Education Curriculum Literacy Learning Community.
UT engineers commercialize carbon capture technology to combat climate change

UT engineers commercialize carbon capture technology to combat climate change

January 25, 2022
The agreement between the Texas Carbon Management Program Group and Honeywell, a multinational conglomerate, was announced in December and gives Honeywell the right to scale the technology for commercialization.
Dining halls offer takeout for 2 weeks due to COVID-19 surge

Dining halls offer takeout for 2 weeks due to COVID-19 surge

January 18, 2022

For the first two weeks of the semester, campus dining halls will be takeout-only to reduce the spread of COVID-19, according to a Jan. 7 email from University Housing and Dining.  The dining hall...

Compostable waste destined for landfill under UT’s expired contract

Compostable waste destined for landfill under UT’s expired contract

December 18, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the November 2 flipbook. In some University Housing and Dining locations, items placed in the “compost” bins are not currently being composted because...

UT creates Academic Technology Council to improve coordination of technology, create new technology campus-wide

UT creates Academic Technology Council to improve coordination of technology, create new technology campus-wide

December 15, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the November 30 flipbook.  UT is looking to improve technology literacy and accessibility campus-wide with a new council it created last month.  The...

UT leads project focused on exploring the deep ocean

UT leads project focused on exploring the deep ocean

December 15, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the November 16 flipbook.  An interdisciplinary team led by UT researchers launched a project in October focused on exploring the deep ocean. The...

UT to begin renovations on Hogg Memorial Auditorium to improve safety, accessibility

UT to begin renovations on Hogg Memorial Auditorium to improve safety, accessibility

October 27, 2021

UT will start renovations next month to the Hogg Memorial Auditorium, a popular venue for student and University events, to address safety deficiencies and make the building more accessible. The renovations...

UT creates new dual degree program combining business, computer, electrical engineering

UT creates new dual degree program combining business, computer, electrical engineering

October 19, 2021

Students can apply for a new honors dual-degree program that combines business, electrical and computer engineering for fall 2022. The Texas Honors Electrical and Computer Engineering and Business program,...

UT-Austin School of Undergraduate Studies to get rid of undeclared major, creates new internal transfer application

UT-Austin School of Undergraduate Studies to get rid of undeclared major, creates new internal transfer application

October 10, 2021

The School of Undergraduate Studies will no longer accept new applicants starting fall 2022 and created a centralized internal transfer application for spring 2022.   Beginning in fall 2022, all incoming...

Pro-Palestine UT students say roundtable discussing Israel, Palestine conflict spread misinformation

September 27, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story has been removed because the round table discussion it centered around did not foster productive conversation surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thus, the Texan was...

University Housing and Dining return to normal swipe-in policies at residence halls

University Housing and Dining return to normal swipe-in policies at residence halls

September 20, 2021

After over a year of students swiping in at all times at the front desk to access their residence halls’ lobby, the University changed its policy in early September to only require identification from...

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