The Daily Texan

All content by Julia Brouillette

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...