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All content by Julia Brouillette

As Fisher case draws near, students question diversity in recruiting, on campus

Julia Brouillette October 19, 2015

When Jennell Benson moved from the small city of Hillsboro, Texas, to attend an institution with the fifth-largest single-campus enrollment in the nation, she expected to be welcomed into a diverse community...


With steady footing, new UT President looks ahead

Graham Dickie and Julia Brouillette September 17, 2015

In his first three months as UT president, Gregory Fenves has called for the removal of a statue of confederate leader Jefferson Davis from campus, organized a working group to tackle issues related to...


Fenves will not consult Powers during start of presidency

Julia Brouillette September 11, 2015

UT President Gregory Fenves has not communicated with former UT President William Powers Jr. since taking office, and the pair will likely not speak during the initial stages of Fenves’ presidency,...


Supreme Court likely to decide legal battle over race-conscious admissions at UT

Julia Brouillette and Graham Dickie August 24, 2015

A long-winded legal battle over race-conscious admissions between the University and a rejected applicant may soon be decided, legal experts say, providing clarity about the role of affirmative action...


News to look for in the coming months: New president, campus carry

Julia Brouillette May 8, 2015

Jefferson Davis Statue In their first month leading the student body, Student Government president Xavier Rotnofsky and vice president Rohit Mandalapu pushed for the removal of UT’s controversial...


News editor remembers stressful stories, late nights and good friends

Julia Brouillette May 8, 2015

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing senior staffers to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...

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Greg Fenves named sole finalist for UT presidency

Julia Brouillette and Josh Willis March 27, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents voted Friday to select Greg Fenves, UT executive vice president and provost, as the sole finalist to become the next UT president. If approved, Fenves will replace outgoing...

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Two finalists remain in the search for Powers’ replacement

Julia Brouillette March 23, 2015

Two finalists are left in the search for President William Powers Jr.’s replacement after New York University administrators announced that Oxford University Vice Chancellor Andrew Hamilton would...


Jurors: Gene Vela not guilty on all counts

Julia Brouillette and Wynne Davis March 5, 2015

Update (9:14 p.m.): Gene Vela walked out of the Travis County Courthouse a free man after being found not guilty of charges for aggravated assault against a public servant, making a terroristic threat,...


Classes delayed until 11 a.m. because of potential winter weather

Wynne Davis and Julia Brouillette February 24, 2015

Because of potential winter weather, UT will delay opening until 10 a.m., and classes will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Classes that are scheduled to already be underway at 11 a.m. will...


Updated: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton calls on state Supreme Court to block Travis County gay marriage ruling

Jordan Rudner, Jackie Wang, and Julia Brouillette February 19, 2015

Updated (5:14 p.m.): According to Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, the marriage of Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend is valid despite the Texas Supreme Court issuing a stay order for the...


TSM certifies two candidates for The Daily Texan editor-in-chief

Julia Brouillette and Samantha Ketterer February 13, 2015

The Texas Student Media Board certified David Davis Jr. and Claire Smith to run for editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan in a contentions meeting Friday. A third applicant, David Maly, was not certified...


TSM election committee will recommend a “roll back” on editor-in-chief qualifications

Julia Brouillette February 13, 2015

Three members of the Texas Student Media election committee recommended the board “roll back” a previous, unanimous decision to amend requirements for The Daily Texan editor-in-chief applicants...


Office of the Dean of Students investigates “border patrol” themed party

Julia Brouillette February 10, 2015

The Office of the Dean of Students opened an investigation Monday into a party hosted by the Texas Fiji fraternity Saturday night that guests said was “border patrol” themed.  Many...

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Guests wear ponchos, sombreros and construction gear at “border patrol” fraternity party

Julia Brouillette February 9, 2015

Update: The Office of the Dean of Students has launched a formal investigation into Texas Fiji's Feb. 7 party. To learn more about the investigation, click here. Texas Fiji hosted a party guests...


TSM Board left in the dark about its own financial future

Julia Brouillette January 29, 2015

Although University administrators have made multiple pledges to provide transitional funding and a $1 million endowment for Texas Student Media, no official documentation of any of these promises has...


Updated: Gov. Greg Abbott appoints two new UT System regents, reappoints Steven Hicks

Eleanor Dearman and Julia Brouillette January 22, 2015

On his second full day in office Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed two new members to the UT System Board of Regents and reappointed Vice Chairman Steve Hicks for another term. Abbott’s two...


Mayor, city council members begin first term after council restructure

Julia Brouillette January 7, 2015

Austin’s newly elected mayor and council members took their oaths of office Tuesday during an inauguration ceremony held at City Hall, becoming Austin’s first city council elected under the...


UT hopes to receive millions in state funding for construction projects

Julia Brouillette December 3, 2014

For the 2015 legislative session, the UT System is seeking funding from the Texas Legislature for large infrastructure projects at each of its educational institutions through tuition revenue bonds. In...


After seven years, Moody College sky bridge almost a reality

Julia Brouillette November 13, 2014

For Roderick Hart, dean of the Moody College of Communication, the sky bridge that will connect the Belo Center for New Media to the Jones Communication Center will serve both functional and symbolic purposes.  The...

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University uses dual hiring as faculty recruitment tool

Julia Brouillette October 10, 2014

For couples in academia, finding a job is often a familial balancing act.   As a result, universities can negotiate faculty or staff positions for partners of existing or recruited faculty members...


SXSW crash suspect indicted by grand jury

Julia Brouillette May 20, 2014

A Travis County grand jury on Monday indicted Rashad Charjuan Owens, the driver charged in the crash during South By Southwest that killed four people and left more than 20 injured. Owens was...


Student arrested for parking violations because of unremoved warrant

Julia Brouillette May 18, 2014

A student was arrested May 8 after the University failed to remove a warrant placed on him for violating several parking regulations. The student, ethnic studies junior Keenan Palmer, said he paid off...


Updated: Man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound at Littlefield Fountain

Update (2:19 p.m.): In response to a man’s death by suicide Sunday night in front of Littlefield Fountain, the Counseling and Mental Health Center is making active attempts to spread word...

APD issues 47 tickets to bicyclists in North Campus

Julia Brouillette May 2, 2014

During Parking and Transportation Services’ annual “Bike to UT Day” on Thursday morning, APD issued 47 tickets to cyclists heading to the University as part of a “special assignment...

APD issues tickets to 47 bicyclists at UT

Julia Brouillette May 1, 2014

APD issued 47 tickets to bicyclists heading to UT this morning as part of a "special assignment bike initiative," according to APD officer Will Harvey.  Harvey said APD did not purposely...

Pre-trial hearing for driver in South By Southwest crash postponed

Julia Brouillette May 1, 2014

A status hearing for Rashad Owens, the driver charged in the crash during South By Southwest that killed four people and left more than 20 injured, was reset to June 3. Police filed the initial charge...

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Two men injured in West Campus shooting

Julia Brouillette April 30, 2014

Two men were injured in a shooting around 11:45 a.m. at a construction site near the intersection of Rio Grande Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to Austin police.  UT officials...

UTPD offers campus safety tour

Julia Brouillette April 30, 2014

A student reported a man whom she believed to be photographing or videotaping her while exercising in Gregory Gym to UTPD on Thursday. According to UTPD’s campus watch, the man followed the student...

APD chief calls for summit to reduce DWIs

Julia Brouillette April 29, 2014

Austin Police Department Police Chief Art Acevedo called for a group of public transportation, law enforcement and criminal justice officials to discuss ways to reduce DWI incidents after a drunk driver...


APD has shortage of officers downtown, cites lengthy officer training process

Julia Brouillette April 25, 2014

Austin Police Department is 11 officers short of the 80 officers it needs to police the downtown area, which consistently has the highest crime rate in the city, according to APD Assistant Chief Stephen...

APD to partner with mental health agency to quickly respond to crises

Julia Brouillette April 23, 2014

Starting May 1, the Austin Police Department will launch a program that will allow Austin Travis County Integral Care, an agency of medical professionals who provide on-site treatment and resources for...


Groups work to differentiate between musicians and panhandlers

Julia Brouillette April 17, 2014

It is not uncommon to hear singing, drumming and guitar strumming echoing through the streets of the busy entertainment district in downtown Austin. But according to a group of advocates and city officials,...


City police ask for $600,000 to fund auto theft programs

Julia Brouillette April 15, 2014

The Austin Police Department hopes to receive over $600,000 from the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority — also known as ABTPA — to fund its Auto Theft Interdiction Project,...

Obama calls for increased support for mental health at Fort Hood memorial

Julia Brouillette April 10, 2014

At a memorial service at the Fort Hood Army base Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama spoke about the recent shooting that left four dead — including the shooter — and more than a dozen...


Bill Clinton focuses on voting rights in Civil Rights Summit speech

Julia Brouillette April 10, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton emphasized the issue of voter ID laws during his speech Wednesday at the Civil Rights Summit, saying they disenfranchise voters and do not align with the goals of the Voting...


UTPD, APD work with Secret Service for Civil Rights Summit

Julia Brouillette April 8, 2014

In the weeks leading up to the Civil Rights Summit, city and campus police have worked closely with each other and the Secret Service to plan security procedures for every moment of the presidents’...


Rainstorm forces partial collapse of West Campus dorm under construction

Julia Brouillette April 8, 2014

Scaffolding on a construction site collapsed in West Campus near 24th and San Gabriel streets Monday evening, trapping a vehicle underneath the rubble. The scaffolding was attached to the Regents West...


After raising money for victims following South By Southwest crash, organizations left to decide how to distribute it

Julia Brouillette April 4, 2014

In the weeks after a suspected drunk driver plowed through a crowd of people at South By Southwest on March 13, service organizations have been left to decide how to distribute more than $180,000 in funds...


Fort Hood official addresses shooter’s possible motives, health issues

Julia Brouillette April 4, 2014

The soldier who killed three people and left more than a dozen injured at Fort Hood on Wednesday evening may have argued with another service member prior to the shooting, according to Lt. Gen. Mark...


Shooting at Fort Hood leaves four dead, more than a dozen injured

Kate Dannenmaier and Julia Brouillette April 3, 2014

FORT HOOD — A soldier shot and killed four people, including himself, and injured 16 at the Fort Hood military base, located outside of Killeen, on Wednesday afternoon. The casualties mark the second...


APD given green light to purchase new license plate readers

Julia Brouillette April 2, 2014

The Austin Police Department is in the market for new license plate readers after City Council allocated new funds for investment in the technology, according to APD Sgt. Robert Smith. APD used its...


Graduate public affairs student Gene Vela still in jail, facing eight charges

Julia Brouillette March 28, 2014

Gene Vela, the public affairs graduate student involved in an armed standoff with two Austin police officers Nov. 10, remains in custody at the Travis County Jail. According to the Travis County Criminal...

Federal appeals court upholds Texas’ restrictive abortion law

Julia Brouillette March 27, 2014

A federal appeals court unanimously ruled Thursday to uphold the abortion restrictions established by Texas House Bill No. 2 in July, rejecting Planned Parenthood’s argument that the bill was unconstitutional...

Fourth victim dies after injuries sustained in SXSW crash

Julia Brouillette March 27, 2014

A fourth person has died as a result of the SXSW crash, according to the Austin Police Department.  DeAndre Tatum, 18, died from injuries caused when suspected drunk driver Rashad Owens, 21, sped...


UTPD officers respond to thousands of false alarm calls each year

Julia Brouillette March 27, 2014

More than 200 students and faculty lined the sidewalks outside the University Teaching Center on Wednesday morning, as UT police and Austin Fire Department officials searched the building for flames. A...


Travis County officials work to open sobriety center

Julia Brouillette March 27, 2014

Under current state law, police officers have three options once they arrest someone for public intoxication: They can release the person to a sober friend, transport him to the hospital or put him in...

One SXSW crash victim remains in critical condition

Julia Brouillette March 26, 2014

One of the 23 victims injured in the South By Southwest crash is still in critical condition at University Medical Center Brackenridge, according to spokeswoman Kendra Clawson. DeAndre Tatum, 18,...


More than 200 students evacuated from UTC after fire alarm

Julia Brouillette March 26, 2014

Just after 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, more than 200 students and faculty were evacuated from the University Teaching Center, commonly known as the UTC, after a third-floor fire alarm was activated. According...


Capacity restrictions enforced over Roundup weekend

Jordan Rudner and Julia Brouillette March 24, 2014

The University Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils distributed 20,000 wristbands to students bearing college IDs for the annual Greek event Roundup, a collection of parties and philanthropic events...

Weeks after $50,000 MacBook theft, no arrests have been made

Julia Brouillette March 18, 2014

More than four weeks after $55,000 worth of new Apple MacBooks were stolen from a secured storage area in the Main Building, campus police have not made any arrests — or released any information...

Criminal trespass incidents on campus spike over spring break

Julia Brouillette March 17, 2014

Criminal trespass incidents on campus spiked over spring break with at least three arrests and six warnings issued, according to UTPD crime logs. —On March 7, a non-UT-affiliated man was causing...

UTPD Chief David Carter sends students into spring break with a warning

Julia Brouillette March 6, 2014

UTPD Police Chief David Carter joined a group of local law enforcement officials in a press conference Wednesday to caution students about alcohol abuse in preparation for spring break. Carter said...


With beer being sold at sporting events, UTPD will be closely monitoring on game days

Julia Brouillette March 5, 2014

With beer now being sold at certain University sporting events, campus police are closely monitoring games to catch any spikes or decreases in safety issues, according to UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey. The...


Local law enforcement agencies make arrests as part of warrant roundup

Julia Brouillette March 4, 2014

For Travis County deputy constables Charles Dobbins and Robert Cantu, the Great Texas Warrant Roundup began 6:30 a.m. Monday with a cup of coffee and a stack of warrant papers. The day’s mission...

Texas Warrant Roundup to begin Saturday

Julia Brouillette February 28, 2014

Law enforcement agencies and courts from more than 300 jurisdictions across Texas will take part in the “Great Texas Warrant Roundup” starting on Saturday. The roundup, which is expected...


Criminal trespassing most frequent in Webb Hall, Union Building

Julia Brouillette February 27, 2014

UT officials face a difficult trade-off between the safety and accessibility of campus buildings, according to Bob Harkins, the associate vice president of Campus Safety and Security. UTPD crime statistics...

Law professor: failing to identify oneself to police causes unnecessary tension

Julia Brouillette February 25, 2014

According to law professor David Gonzalez, the jogger who was arrested Thursday for failing to identify herself after being stopped for jaywalking could have avoided arrest by being more cooperative. Austin...

Bicyclist crashes into plant outside University Co-op

Julia Brouillette February 25, 2014

A bicyclist crashed into a potted plant outside the University Co-op on Monday around 1:15 p.m., according to University spokeswoman Cindy Posey. Emergency Medical Services, the Austin Fire Department...


Updated: APD Police Chief Art Acevedo apologizes for comments regarding jogger arrest

Julia Brouillette February 20, 2014

Updated (8:35 p.m. Saturday): Austin police chief Art Acevedo apologized for a comment he made during a press conference regarding the arrest of Amanda Jo Stephen, who was arrested Thursday after crossing...

January auto thefts and burglaries are down from last year

Julia Brouillette February 20, 2014

Austin police statistics comparing January 2014 and January 2013 show auto thefts down 25 percent and burglaries down by 33 percent. In general, vehicles are less likely to be stolen or broken into...


UTPD delivers pizzas in exchange for crime tips

Julia Brouillette February 19, 2014

Students don’t report crimes as often as they used to, even though a free pizza hangs in the balance, according to campus police. About eight years ago, while reviewing crime reports, UTPD officer...

Faculty Council pushes to find external funding for Texas Memorial Museum’s outreach activites

Julia Brouillette February 18, 2014

Faculty Council unanimously passed a resolution requesting the Texas Memorial Museum’s community outreach activities be financed independently from the University at its meeting Monday. The museum,...


Police drop felony charges against UT senior accused of hacking registration site

Julia Brouillette February 17, 2014

Travis County district court dropped a felony charge against international relations senior Garret Phillips, whom UTPD said used a software program to hack UT’s registration website during the April...

Pedestrian hit by CapMetro bus near campus

Julia Brouillette February 14, 2014

A Capitol Metro bus struck a pedestrian near campus Wednesday. The bus was preparing to make a protected left turn onto Martin Luther King Boulevard when one of the bus’ side mirrors hit a man...


Homeless individuals seek warmth in campus buildings in freezing temperatures

Julia Brouillette February 13, 2014

On freezing cold days, University officials deal with slick roads, campus closures and delays, but, on freezing cold nights, it isn’t the students whom officials are concerned about. Instead,...

UTPD reports second credit card theft from Gregory Gym

Julia Brouillette February 12, 2014

UTPD reported a credit card theft at Gregory Gym on Sunday, the second credit card theft report at the gym within a two-week period. According to the report, the theft occurred between 9:50 a.m. Friday...


26 West, The Castilian have highest crime rates in West Campus

Julia Brouillette February 12, 2014

Though the neighborhoods surrounding the UT campus are statistically safer than other areas of the city, certain private apartment complexes are more dangerous than others. In the last seven years, residents...

UTPD calls for caution in light of suspicious event

Julia Brouillette February 11, 2014

UTPD reported a female student was approached by a man who tried to get her to enter his car Friday near Guadalupe and the 2600 block of Whitis around 4:15 p.m. According to the report, the man drove...

APD begins positioning extra officers on Sixth Street

Julia Brouillette February 11, 2014

On Friday, the Austin Police Department began enforcing Operation Safe Passage, an initiative that positions extra officers on the east end of Sixth Street. APD Lt. Christian Malanka said the operation...

Natural gas leak closes down several blocks of Guadalupe Street

Julia Brouillette February 8, 2014

The Austin Fire Department responded to reports of a underground natural gas leak at the intersection of 22nd and Guadalupe on Saturday around 1:15 p.m. University spokeswoman Cindy Posey said AFD and...

Police academy program allows citizens to understand Austin Police Department

Julia Brouillette February 7, 2014

Many people wouldn’t consider spending the night in an Austin Police Department patrol car to be a positive experience. But since the establishment of the police department’s Citizen’s...


Update: University cancels all classes until 5 p.m. Friday

Julia Brouillette and Jordan Rudner February 7, 2014

Update (9:33 a.m.): The University announced all classes will be cancelled Friday until 5 p.m., citing a "continued threat of hazardous road conditions." Buildings that will remain open...

Police investigate claims of assault in West Campus

Julia Brouillette February 6, 2014

City and University police are investigating a reported assault that occurred near the intersection of 25th and San Gabriel streets around 12:30 a.m. on Monday. A female student told police she was...

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For local arborists, an effort to preserve trees through relocation

Julia Brouillette February 6, 2014

Jim Carse went from climbing trees as a Boy Scout to preserving and moving trees as the University’s assistant manager of urban forestry.  With his team of four arborists, Carse helps manage...

For Austin agencies, combatting human trafficking is a team effort

Julia Brouillette February 4, 2014

The White House established a task force last month designed to increase federal agencies’ ability to identify and rebuild the lives of human trafficking victims in the U.S. Locally, Austin social...


Recent campus closures force changes in class syllabi

Julia Brouillette February 3, 2014

Classes on Jan. 24 were canceled the night before as a result of ice storms that accompanied a Central Texas cold front. On Tuesday, the University announced a delay at 8:20 a.m. and ultimately decided...


University and Austin fire departments prepare for wildfire season

Julia Brouillette January 30, 2014

While fire departments around Austin gear up for wildfire season, the University is working to establish its own official outdoor fire procedures. On campus, the division of Fire Prevention Services...

Supreme Court agrees to weigh in on warrantless cell phone searches

Julia Brouillette January 30, 2014

When questioned by the police, one has a constitutionally protected right to remain silent, but the contents of one's cell phone may speak for themselves. The Supreme Court agreed to hear oral...


Changing response to bad weather leads to student confusion

Julia Brouillette and Jordan Rudner January 29, 2014

After releasing three separate decisions regarding University closure in less than eight hours, University officials apologized for any inconveniences the evolving inclement weather response caused. Just...


UPDATE: University classes will be canceled all day

Julia Brouillette and Jordan Rudner January 28, 2014

Update (1:02 p.m.): University officials have issued an apology for inconveniences posed by the multiple weather-related delay announcements in a statement on the University's Tumblr page. "We're...


Ice storm prompt car accidents, cancelled flights

Julia Brouillette January 27, 2014

This weekend’s frozen roadways caused more than a traffic jam for many people, resulting in 278 crash-related incidents between 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday, according to Austin police chief...


Former TV meteorologist Troy Kimmel keeps UT informed about weather

Julia Brouillette January 27, 2014

As a child, Troy Kimmel cowered at the sound of thunder. Now, according to colleagues in his field, he is one of Texas’s most admired meteorologists. The man with the self-described “longest...


Updated: University to be closed Friday because of inclement weather

Julia Brouillette and Jordan Rudner January 24, 2014

Update (1:22 a.m.): As temperatures in Austin continue to hover below freezing, representatives from the University, the City of Austin and Austin Independent School District made a collaborative...


Flu vaccines do not guarantee safety

Julia Brouillette January 24, 2014

Most students think getting a flu shot means they can count on being immune, but vaccine recipients are only 60 percent less likely to need treatment this season, according to the U.S. Department of Health...

Local activist files lawsuit against APD

Julia Brouillette January 21, 2014

Austin activist Antonio Buehler filed a lawsuit against several members of the Austin Police Department on Dec. 31 for preventing him from filming police behavior — which, according to Buehler, is...


Meteorologists, UT officials discuss weather conditions when considering school closures

Julia Brouillette January 17, 2014

In the case of inclement weather, UT officials meet with local meteorologists to discuss conditions before making decisions about school closures, such as the decision to delay class Dec. 6. Classes...

Man arrested on Guadalupe after wielding a knife in an argument

Julia Brouillette January 16, 2014

A heated argument broke out between two men on Guadalupe on Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. near the University Co-op — the fight escalated to physical violence, and then one of the men produced a knife. UT...

Man charged with assault after wielding knife in fight on Drag

Julia Brouillette January 15, 2014

A heated argument broke out between two men on Guadalupe Street Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. near the University Co-op — the fight escalated to physical violence, then one of the men pulled out his knife. UT...


Bush fire outside of Belo Center sparks discussion of new evacuation procedures

Julia Brouillette January 15, 2014

When a bush caught fire outside the Belo Center for New Media on Monday, someone inside the building pulled the fire alarm and students in the building were ushered directly into the smoke-filled area....

Gene Vela, graduate public affairs student, charged with four crimes for standoff

Julia Brouillette January 15, 2014

Gene Vela, the public affairs graduate student involved in an armed standoff with two Austin police officers Nov. 10, now faces four separate charges. Vela is slated for two different court dates and...

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Officials suspect alleged fork stabber has fled to China

Julia Brouillette January 13, 2014

Chenxi Deng, who was charged with aggravated assault after stabbing his estranged girlfriend with a fork in the Engineering-Science Building in September, spent less than a week in jail before being bailed...

While students take a break, crime continues on campus

Julia Brouillette January 13, 2014

Though most UT students used the break to catch up on sleep, crime never takes a vacation. On average, UTPD reported two cases of criminal activity each day over the course of winter break.  About...

Complaints against Austin Police Department officers rise, while complaints about UTPD remain low

Julia Brouillette December 3, 2013

The number of complaints filed against Austin Police Department officers this year is expected to exceed the number of complaints filed in 2012, according to a recent report released by the Office of the...

Student transferred to hospital for medical emergency

Julia Brouillette November 25, 2013

A student was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center after experiencing a medical issue Monday morning around 9:35 a.m, according to University spokeswoman Cindy Posey. Multiple...

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