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All content by Kayla Meyertons

My “juicy” farewell to the notorious D.T.

Kayla Meyertons May 10, 2019

Yeah, this 30 is dedicated To all the editors that told me I’d always amount to something To all the sources who lived on UT campus that I was emailin’ straight to Called the ME on...


Surviving a loved one’s suicide

Kayla Meyertons May 9, 2019

Kayla's project.


Personal Essay: Walking the Borderline

Kayla Meyertons May 6, 2019

I was 20 years old when I found out my brain, the most complex organ in my body, is broken. Like a sewing machine gone off the rails, my brain spins lies due to patterns of malfunctioning etched into my...


‘I just thought I was broken’: How UT student copes with bipolar diagnosis

Kayla Meyertons November 29, 2018

For Andrea Garza, being diagnosed with bipolar II disorder her first year at UT was a blessing in disguise.  “I just thought I was broken. I just thought there was something wrong,”...

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A UT student tries to commit suicide. Now what?

Kayla Meyertons October 10, 2018

Red, white and blue lights flashed outside of Natalia’s apartment, as she voluntarily got into a cop car, pulled out her phone and loaded UT Canvas to notify her professors of her suicide attempt.  “I...

Student Government releases action plan in event of campus tragedy

Kayla Meyertons May 23, 2017

Student Government released a campus tragedy action plan on Twitter Thursday detailing ways the University plans to respond in the effect of campus tragedy. SG collaborated with UT President Fenves,...


UT stabbing suspect makes first appearance in court Wednesday

Kayla Meyertons May 19, 2017

Biology junior Kendrex White, suspect in the deadly UT stabbing that took place May 1, made his first appearance in a court hearing Wednesday morning, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Travis...


Year in Review

Stabbing On May 1 at 1:46 p.m., the UT Police Department responded to a call about an individual attacking a student with a large, Bowie-style hunting knife in the Speedway Plaza. Two minutes later,...


Thousands attend vigil in honor of Harrison Brown at Main Mall

Kayla Meyertons May 4, 2017

The sky faded to purple Wednesday night as Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be” played softy in the evening air. One student lifted their horn to the sky. Another did the same. Within seconds,...


Campus mourns loss of Harrison Brown

Kayla Meyertons May 3, 2017

Harrison Brown, 19, wasn’t only a UT student — he was a musician, a son, a brother and a kind friend. On Monday afternoon, Brown, an undeclared freshman, was killed in an on-campus stabbing...


UTPD identifies suspect in on-campus stabbing

Kayla Meyertons and Catherine Marfin May 2, 2017

Update (10:12 a.m.):  Contrary to many social media rumors yesterday afternoon, investigating authorities have found no evidence that the suspect in Monday afternoon's on-campus stabbing was...

Plan II Director Michael Stoff resigns, returns to teaching

Kayla Meyertons April 26, 2017

Michael Stoff announced Tuesday afternoon he is resigning as director of the Plan II honors program.   Stoff served as Plan II director for 11 years and said in a special announcement to the program...


Students hold anti-hate rally at West Mall

Kayla Meyertons April 26, 2017

A group of students stood Tuesday morning on the West Mall in front of a microphone and held signs declaring their stance against hate and discrimination towards the LGBTQ community. The “Students...


Campus groups react to fraternity vandalism

Kayla Meyertons April 24, 2017

At least four off-campus fraternity houses have been vandalized in the last week with graffiti with messages ranging from “racist” to “kill frat boys.” The vandalism started...


Gregory Vincent leaves UT for alma mater

Kayla Meyertons April 21, 2017

Gregory Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement, announced Thursday he will leave UT to serve as president of his alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York state,...


Chi Omega sorority holds vigil in honor of Nancy-Jane David

Kayla Meyertons April 20, 2017

The words of “Amazing Grace” rang through a crowd of somber, candlelit faces Wednesday evening on the Main Mall, honoring the life of deceased UT junior Nancy-Jane David.  “It...


Graffiti continues on fraternity houses, Fenves releases statement

Kayla Meyertons April 19, 2017

The words “racist” and “rapist” continue to deface fraternity houses off-campus. The same black graffiti seen on the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) and Pi Kappa Alpha houses earlier this...


Fiji house front gate vandalized

Kayla Meyertons April 18, 2017

Update (11:21 p.m.): Two more incidents of graffiti were found on fraternity houses Tuesday morning. The words “kill frat boys” appeared on a stone column of the fence surrounding the...


Campus construction to continue into 2018

Kayla Meyertons April 14, 2017

Orange cones and jackhammers remain common sights on campus, indicating UT’s plethora of construction projects are far from over. Four major construction projects are underway in the main campus...


Margaret C. Berry leaves a powerful legacy on the Forty Acres

Kayla Meyertons April 13, 2017

Under a dark Tower Monday night, UT honored a distinguished alumna and passionate Longhorn — Margaret C. Berry. Berry died at the age of 101 just after midnight Sunday, according to the Austin...


SG supports reducing penalty for under-age alcohol offenses

Kayla Meyertons April 12, 2017

Student Government had an eventful meeting Tuesday night with six new pieces of legislation on topics from organ donation to underage drinking. SG announced its support of Texas House Bill 1938, which...


Senate passes new legislation, appoints new council

Kayla Meyertons April 7, 2017

Under Senate Bill 1606, the General Assembly of the Senate of College Councils voted on its executive appointments for the first time ever Thursday night at a meeting marking the 50th anniversary of Senate.  SB...


Voices Against Violence ‘takes back the night’

Kayla Meyertons April 6, 2017

On Wednesday evening, psychology senior Jasmine Bell read her poem about sexual assault to a crowd on the Main Mall.  “For the first time, I saw my body was a cigarette and he had been burning...


Student Government holds vigil on anniversary of Haruka Weiser’s death

Kayla Meyertons April 4, 2017

The Tower bells chimed 18 times over a crowd of candlelit faces Monday evening, honoring each year of the life of Haruka Weiser. Student Government held a memorial ceremony on the Main Mall in honor...

Racist posters target Chinese community in campus buildings

Catherine Marfin and Kayla Meyertons April 4, 2017

Update (2:48 p.m.): UT President Gregory Fenves announced via Twitter Tuesday morning that the University has identified the student who may be responsible for racist and derogatory flyers that appeared...

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Sexual assault prevention groups continue to speak up in light of survey

Kayla Meyertons March 30, 2017

Student organizations still continue to speak up for survivors in light of a recent UT survey released Friday that left many on campus speechless.  The survey reported 15 percent of female undergraduates...

University Unions launches Dine with a Professor program

Kayla Meyertons March 28, 2017

A University Unions program was launched last month to give students the opportunity to dine with any professor upon request. “Dine with a Prof” gives students a $20 voucher to select SAC...


Senate works to increase in size, add subtitles and course tabs

Kayla Meyertons March 24, 2017

The Senate of College Councils proposed multiple bills and resolutions Thursday night to promote inclusivity within the organization and the University as a whole. Senate Bill 1610 calls to bring former...


SG proposes general admission seating for home football games

Kayla Meyertons March 22, 2017

To address low student turnout, Student Government proposed Assembly Resolution 21 to implement unassigned seating in Big Ticket student sections at UT football games in the fall. AR 21 was sent to...


FBI Director to speak at UT on Thursday

Kayla Meyertons March 21, 2017

FBI Director James Comey will speak at the University on Thursday at an event open the public. Comey will speak in a symposium titled, “Intelligence in Defense of the Homeland,” as part...


SG President-elect Alejandrina Guzman plans for more inclusive UT

Kayla Meyertons March 21, 2017

Alejandrina Guzman shattered a glass ceiling March 9 when she became the first Latina student body president at UT, as well as the first physically differently abled student body president in the Big 12...


Alejandrina Guzman and Micky Wolf elected as new student body president and vice president

Kayla Meyertons March 10, 2017

On Thursday evening, UT elected Alejandrina Guzman to lead the University for the coming school year, making her the first Latina UT student body president and the first physically differently abled student...


UT administration releases hate and bias incident policy

Kayla Meyertons March 9, 2017

Last spring, a conversation between Student Government, marginalized students and administrators was in the works to implement a University-wide hate and bias incident policy, and on Wednesday morning,...


Alejandrina Guzman-Micky Wolf campaign promotes advocacy, representation

Kayla Meyertons March 8, 2017

With a slogan to “RALLY” the student body together as president and vice president, Alejandrina Guzman and Micky Wolf are running on a platform of accessibility, empowerment and representation. “Our...


Isaiah Carter-Sydney O’Connell support safety, inclusion and acceptance

Kayla Meyertons March 8, 2017

As election runoffs results draw near on Thursday night, Isaiah Carter and Sydney O’Connell have one message for the student body — “Come As You Are.” Government junior...


Executive alliance elections result in disqualification and runoff

Kayla Meyertons March 3, 2017

Under the glowing Tower Thursday night, the Election Supervisory Board made an important announcement to a crowd gathered on the Main Mall — runoffs are coming. The campus-wide elections for student...


Carter-O’Connell campaign sanctioned for Election Code violation

Kayla Meyertons and Will Clark March 1, 2017

The UT Election Supervisory Board ruled that the Isaiah Carter and Sydney O’Connell executive alliance violated the Election Code by mass distributing unsolicited emails to a group of freshmen before...


Carter-O’Connell campaign sanctioned for election code violation

Will Clark and Kayla Meyertons February 28, 2017

The Election Supervisory Board ruled the Isaiah Carter and Sydney O’Connell campaign violated the Election Code by mass distributing unsolicited emails to a group of freshmen before the sanctioned...


Election Supervisory Board holds hearing for Carter-O’Connell campaign

Kayla Meyertons February 28, 2017

The Election Supervisory Board held a public hearing Monday afternoon to determine whether Student Government executive alliance Isaiah Carter and Sydney O’Connell violated election code in late...


Daily Texan hosts SG executive alliance debate

Kayla Meyertons February 28, 2017

With campus-wide elections drawing near, The Daily Texan hosted this year’s annual Student Government campaign debate Monday night between the three executive alliances. The student body presidential...


Emails may violate SG election code

Will Clark and Kayla Meyertons February 24, 2017

At least 16 students received an email from the Isaiah Carter and Sydney O’Connell student body presidential campaign around midnight Jan. 23, the nature of which could constitute a violation of...


UT President hosts Town Hall meeting

Kayla Meyertons February 23, 2017

Students and UT administrators came together in an open forum Wednesday afternoon to discuss the current state of UT’s campus climate, but in a matter of two hours, the conversation became overwhelmed...


Undocumented student plans to fight back against federal, state immigration crackdown

Kayla Meyertons February 21, 2017

As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids continue to span the Austin area, UT undocumented student Karla Peredo said she wants to fight. “My entire life I felt nothing less than an American,”...


Executive alliance candidates talk campaigns

Kayla Meyertons February 20, 2017

The Student Government executive alliances were officially announced on Tuesday night, and each ticket is gearing up for the election season with a unique campaign platform. Elections will take place March...


UT hosts black student government leadership conference

Kayla Meyertons February 17, 2017

More than 300 black students from universities around the country marched on campus Thursday night to celebrate the coming weekend of educational achievement and campus climate discussions in the black...


Midnight SG parties announce student body candidates

Kayla Meyertons February 15, 2017

On Tuesday at noon, Student Government ended the application period for students to apply to run for Student Body President and Vice President on the Executive Board. The tickets for the Executive Alliances...


SG urges University to address bias incident policy

Kayla Meyertons February 15, 2017

Neo-Nazi rhetoric and anti-Muslim flyers appeared on campus Monday morning, and by Tuesday night, Student Government fast-tracked a resolution urging the University to immediately implement a bias incident...


Big Bite restaurant closes in West Campus

Kayla Meyertons February 14, 2017

College students have flocked to the greasy sub shop on 24th and Guadalupe streets known as Big Bite for the last eight years — until the store unexpectedly closed this month.  Owner...


SG kicks off first Improve UT Challenge competition

Kayla Meyertons February 13, 2017

Twenty percent of UT students reported skipping meals to save money and having trouble affording food in 2016, prompting four students to come together on Saturday to tackle this problem.  As...


Senate passes bills for dental services, Invest in Texas

Kayla Meyertons February 10, 2017

Senate of College Councils passed three substantial pieces of legislation Thursday night involving University Health Services, student involvement in the Texas Legislature and the Senate constitution. Joint...

Senate fundraising chair unexpectedly resigns

Kayla Meyertons February 8, 2017

Abhinav Kumar resigned from the Senate of College Councils on Monday by thanking the organization for the free t-shirts he received during his time as fundraising chair — and saying that was all...


Ellen Show pushes students to put on their best Beyoncé for the Grammy’s

Kayla Meyertons February 8, 2017

Black, wide-brimmed hats, flower crowns and ombré wigs blanketed the Main Mall Tuesday as students competed in a Beyoncé costume competition to win two tickets to the 2017 GRAMMYs provided...


Fresh renovations to be revealed at Blanton Museum of Art

Kayla Meyertons February 7, 2017

The Blanton Museum of Art will unveil five years worth of renovations when it opens to the public on Feb. 12. The Blanton is remodeling the collections on the second floor to include twice as much art,...

UT System plans to create biobank to advance medical research

Kayla Meyertons February 6, 2017

The UT System is in the process of creating a biobank, a shared collection of medical data and tissue samples, with seven of its own academic institutions to use for medical research and scientific discovery.  The...


National journalists discuss present-day media coverage under Trump

Kayla Meyertons February 3, 2017

The term “fake news” has loomed over mainstream media since the start of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. On Thursday, UT student journalists brought together professional journalists...


Beloved English professor Barbara Harlow passes away

Kayla Meyertons February 2, 2017

On her last day on earth, Barbara Harlow removed her ventilation mask and held up a vodka tonic to a room of loved ones in the intensive care unit, celebrating a life well-lived. “She knew...


Grad student continues outreach program to inner-city school

Kayla Meyertons February 2, 2017

In 399 B.C., ancient Greek philosopher Socrates was condemned to death for “corrupting the youth” by asking philosophical questions around the city of Athens.  In 2016, philosophy graduate...


Student Government passes resolution in support of Muslim students

Kayla Meyertons February 1, 2017

On Friday, 110 Muslim students, faculty and scholars at the University came face-to-face with a crushing reality—they couldn’t go home. President Donald Trump barred Syrian refugees...


Texas Memorial Museum hosts celebration for Texas Wildlife Day

Kayla Meyertons January 30, 2017

The University observed Texas Wildlife Day on Saturday, as the Texas Memorial Museum hosted free family-friendly activities to educate the public on the importance of biodiversity conservation.  Admission...


Senate considers new constitutional reform at first meeting

Kayla Meyertons January 27, 2017

The 2016 election season may be over, but the Senate of College Councils did not hesitate Thursday night to modify its election code for the coming semester. The majority of the meeting was spent discussing...


Student Government convenes to offer a semester preview

Kayla Meyertons January 25, 2017

Student Government convened Tuesday night to preview what’s in store for their last semester as the 110th session officers. Applications to run for SG officer positions close Feb. 14 at noon,...


Brave New Books advertises kratom drug for sale

Kayla Meyertons January 24, 2017

The Brave New Books bookstore on Guadalupe Street has started to advertise for a pain-relieving drug called kratom, which has been banned in several states. According to the National Institute on Drug...


LGBTQ community hosts solidarity rally at Capitol

Kayla Meyertons January 21, 2017

Rainbow flags waved over a crowd of LGBTQ advocates Friday night on the south steps of the Capitol to demonstrate resistance toward policies of the incoming presidential administration and the Texas legislature. At...


Students and faculty walk out in protest of Trump’s inauguration

Kayla Meyertons January 20, 2017

The words “Fuck Trump” reverberated through the air Friday morning as a group of masked individuals chanted at the Tower steps in opposition to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.  The...


VERTS founder makes Forbes’ 30 Under 30

Kayla Meyertons January 20, 2017

VERTS Mediterranean Grill had more to boast about than a tasty pita wrap this month. On Jan. 4, Dominik Stein, VERTS co-founder and McCombs School of Business alumnus, made the Forbes “30 Under...


UT Clements Center hosts conference to discuss global impact of Reagan administration

Kayla Meyertons January 20, 2017

The UT Clements Center for National Security teamed up with various institutions Thursday to host a three-day conference for scholars and former policy makers to discuss the impact of former President...


UT Tower glows orange, white for commercial filming

Kayla Meyertons January 19, 2017

The familiar white and burnt orange hues shone onto the Tower building Tuesday and Wednesday evening for the filming of a new commercial to showcase the University. The University filmed various light...


Construction to continue in campus and West Campus areas

Kayla Meyertons January 18, 2017

UT is currently working on three construction projects on campus: the building of the Engineering Education and Research Center, and remodeling of areas around Speedway Mall and the Moody College of Communication,...

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UT introduces new environmental engineering degree

Kayla Meyertons October 27, 2016

The Cockrell School of Engineering announced Wednesday it will add a new Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering to its curriculum, according to a UT press release. The program will...


Cultural historian speaks on black women artists

Kayla Meyertons October 26, 2016

Cultural historian Uri McMillan explored the importance of black female artists by including Jamaican supermodel, singer and actress Grace Jones in a talk. McMillan spoke Tuesday as part of the Performing...


Senate of College Councils hopes to expand FIG resources and dean-student relations

Kayla Meyertons October 21, 2016

The UT Senate of College Councils approved two resolutions Thursday to improve Freshmen Interest Group presentations and implement dean student advisory committees in each college on campus. SR...


Civil rights activist urges athletes to fight against sexual assault

Kayla Meyertons October 20, 2016

Beyonce played lightly on the speakers and yellow stickers labeled “Consent is NOT the absence of NO” dotted the round tables Wednesday as people filed into the SAC ballroom for the National...


McCombs renews educational ethics program for two more years

Kayla Meyertons October 13, 2016

Students will have access to the UT McCombs School of Business ethics program, “Ethics Unwrapped,” for two more years after garnering national attention and popularity since its launch in 2012.  Ethics...


LGBT community celebrates National Coming Out Day

Kayla Meyertons October 12, 2016

Rainbow emojis flooded Facebook and Twitter feeds Tuesday for the 28th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, an annual LGBT awareness day. National Coming Out Day promotes a safe world for lesbian,...


World mental health day brings awareness to UT students

Kayla Meyertons October 11, 2016

Each year on Oct. 10, thousands observe World Mental Health Day, an annual educational campaign dedicated to mobilizing efforts in support of mental health, according to the World Health Organization. Both...


UT Senate of College Councils passes registration bill

Kayla Meyertons October 7, 2016

Nail-biting and all-nighters pulled in front of a glowing screen are common sights around campus during UT registration week, when students struggle to find the perfect schedule for the following...


UT Senate creates accountability system for executive board

Kayla Meyertons October 7, 2016

On Wednesday, UT Senate of College Councils passed Senate Resolution 1602 to create a stipend accountability system for executive board members.  The Senate president, vice president, financial...


Annual burglaries down in Austin, according to APD crime report

Kayla Meyertons October 5, 2016

Burglary crimes in the Austin area have hit a record low, according to the Austin Police Department’s 2015 Annual Crime and Traffic Report.  There were 5,000 total burglaries, about...


SEED hosts workshop to help employees move past generational differences

Kayla Meyertons September 28, 2016

The Student Employee Excellence Development Program hosted a workshop Tuesday to discuss the disconnect between older and younger generations in the UT workplace.  At the Peter O’Donnell...


Austin has high demand for cybersecurity market, report finds

Kayla Meyertons September 21, 2016

Austin was ranked in the top 12 markets nationwide with the highest demand for cybersecurity talent, according to a new report from Randstad Technologies, a leading U.S. technology talent and solutions...


Clinton campaign director encourages millennial, minority voter turnout

Kayla Meyertons September 15, 2016

University Democrats hosted Jaclyn Uresti, Texas state director of Hillary for America, on Wednesday night to discuss presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s traction with voters in Texas.  Hillary...


College of Fine Arts adds two new degree options

Kayla Meyertons September 6, 2016

The College of Fine Arts opened registration for two new undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Science in arts and entertainment technologies and a Bachelor of Arts in design, for incoming freshmen and...


Students for Equity and Diversity hosts successful Justice Jubilee

Kayla Meyertons September 2, 2016

Students for Equity and Diversity hosted its Justice Jubilee festival Thursday to raise awareness for social justice issues on campus. Justice Jubilee is a welcome program for new UT students who have...

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