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

Leila Saidane, Breaking News Reporter. Senior Photographer

Leila is a first-year from Dallas, Texas, studying Radio-TV-Film and Journalism. She is a senior photographer and COVID-19 and campus breaking news reporter.

All content by Leila Saidane
The last standing slave quarters in Austin sits behind the Neill-Cochran House Museum in West Campus.
The two-story building originally had a living and lounge space for the enslaved people that worked within the main house on the top floor and a workspace on the bottom, with an internal opening and external staircase connecting the two.

Urban slave quarters rediscovered in West Campus

May 8, 2022

Deep in the heart of West Campus sits the last standing slave quarters in Austin. Situated behind the Neill-Cochran House off San Gabriel and 24th Street, hundreds of UT students unknowingly walk the same...

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No furry friends: UT-Austin warns students to beware of raccoons after increase of campus encounters, 3 bites reported

May 8, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the May 3, 2022 flipbook. When Wren Thomson took a late-night walk on campus last semester, he didn’t expect a slow, stalking raccoon to chase him past...

Austin reports increase of hate crimes, civil rights violations in 2021

Austin reports increase of hate crimes, civil rights violations in 2021

May 4, 2022

The City of Austin reported a total of 28 hate crimes in 2021, an increase from 24 in 2020 and 12 in 2019, reflecting a portion of the increase in bias and discrimination against marginalized communities. The...

UT launches Longhorn SHARE, peer-led support groups addressing mental health issues

UT launches Longhorn SHARE, peer-led support groups addressing mental health issues

May 4, 2022

A new peer-led support group program at UT will help students address issues concerning imposter syndrome and mental health diagnoses or discuss navigating queer identities and first-generation college...

After marching from Republic Square, protestors arrive at the Capitol steps on May 3, 2022. The crowd echoed chants such as my body, my choice.

‘We’re all disappointed’: Abortion rights protests form in Austin over leaked Supreme Court draft opinion

May 3, 2022

Hundreds of protestors marched through the streets of downtown Austin to the steps of the State Capitol on Tuesday evening to protest the United States Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade,...

UT researchers study ‘COVID brain,’ why patients experience brain fog, depression, and other lingering symptoms post-infection

UT researchers study ‘COVID brain,’ why patients experience brain fog, depression, and other lingering symptoms post-infection

April 28, 2022

Some individuals who contract COVID-19 struggle with “long COVID,” experiencing lingering acute COVID-19 symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath, in addition to other symptoms like depression...

Moody Center makes debut

Moody Center makes debut

April 26, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 22, 2022 flipbook. After seven years in development, including about two years of construction, UT’s $375 million Moody Center made its debut...

Fans wait for the Moody Center doors to open on the Dell Technologies Plaza on Apr. 20, 2022. The venue featured a performance from Grammy award winner John Mayer and artist YEBBA in its first public concert.

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Fans wait for the Moody Center doors to open on the Dell Technologies Plaza on Apr. 20, 2022. The venue featured a performance from Grammy award winner John Mayer and artist YEBBA in its first public concert.

UT, Austin Public Health offer second COVID-19 booster shots for eligible individuals

UT, Austin Public Health offer second COVID-19 booster shots for eligible individuals

April 19, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 15, 2022 flipbook. Immunocompromised individuals and people 50 and over can now get their second COVID-19 booster shot through University Health...

UT civic group seeks student involvement in Project Connect proposal

UT civic group seeks student involvement in Project Connect proposal

April 13, 2022

A student civic entrepreneurship group is gathering community feedback from student residential areas — including North Campus and Riverside — as it develops a report to present to the city of Austin’s...

Austin Holi Festival 2022

Austin Holi Festival 2022

April 11, 2022

UT Students and the larger Austin community celebrated Holi at an event hosted by the UT Hindu Student Association. The festival was held was help on the LBJ lawn on April 9, 2022.

UT report discusses challenges students with marginalized identities face in elected positions

UT report discusses challenges students with marginalized identities face in elected positions

April 8, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 5, 2022 flipbook. Former Student Government members of marginalized identities discussed their challenges navigating public office during and...

Essential workers and low-income individuals face higher COVID-19 risks during lockdowns, UT-Austin researchers find

Essential workers and low-income individuals face higher COVID-19 risks during lockdowns, UT-Austin researchers find

April 6, 2022

Essential workers, residents in low-income neighborhoods and those that live in densely populated areas face disproportionately higher risks of contracting COVID-19 during lockdown periods, according to...

UT-Austin introduces expanded gender-inclusive roommate option on campus

UT-Austin introduces expanded gender-inclusive roommate option on campus

April 6, 2022

University Housing and Dining introduced a new gender-inclusive housing option for certain on-campus residence halls starting in Fall 2022, allowing students to select roommates regardless of gender identity...

UT-Austin to implement new financial aid software for 2023-24 academic year

UT-Austin to implement new financial aid software for 2023-24 academic year

April 4, 2022

UT will begin implementing new financial aid software as the primary interface for the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid Services in October for the 2023-24 academic year.  Oracle Vocado Student...

UT students, community march for climate action 

UT students, community march for climate action 

March 27, 2022

Over 100 UT students and community members marched from the Tower to the Capitol on Friday as part of an international climate movement and to encourage the Texas Legislature to hold the Electric Reliability...

UT student nonprofit FostaParty receives grant to continue throwing birthday parties for foster children

UT student nonprofit FostaParty receives grant to continue throwing birthday parties for foster children

March 12, 2022
FostaParty’s birthday kits allow foster parents to throw parties for foster children for free.
Hundreds of people wave their homemade signs and pride flags outside of the Texas State Capitol on March 1 in protest of Gov. Greg Abbott’s restrictions on transgender youth.

Protesters rally for transgender rights at Texas Capitol

March 2, 2022

Around 300 demonstrators gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday to protest Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent directive to classify gender affirming procedures on minors as child abuse.  “Abbott's written directive,...

2022-23 UT Student Government executive alliance candidates discuss platform points

2022-23 UT Student Government executive alliance candidates discuss platform points

March 1, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the Feb. 25, 2022 in the flipbook. UT students can vote starting Monday on who will represent them as student body president and vice president for the...

UT students call for reliable Riverside transportation

UT students call for reliable Riverside transportation

February 25, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the Feb. 21, 2022 in the flipbook. UT students living in Riverside have experienced delays and service disruptions throughout the first few months of classes....

Student Government executive alliance candidates discuss platform points at debate

Student Government executive alliance candidates discuss platform points at debate

February 22, 2022
The debate, hosted by Sanika Nayak, editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan, presented the candidates’ platforms and informed the Texan’s editorial board on their candidate endorsement.
UT COVID-19 forecasting model assists city in pandemic responses

UT COVID-19 forecasting model assists city in pandemic responses

February 15, 2022

The UT COVID-19 Modeling Consortium has developed a forecasting model that uses city hospital and cell phone mobility data to predict the progression of COVID-19 transmission, assisting the Austin metropolis...

Few working street lights line Graham Pl and Rio Grande St. The City of Austin plans to upgrade more than 400 streetlights in West Campus by the end of the year.

City of Austin to upgrade lighting in West Campus

February 11, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the Feb. 8, 2022 flipbook. The city of Austin announced a plan Jan. 27  to upgrade more than 400 streetlights in West Campus by the end of the year, in...

Rally attendees hold a lit candle during the candle lighting at the Beto ORourke rally on Feb. 9, 2022. Attendees held candles in honor of the 246 lives lost during Storm Uri in Feb. 2021.

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Rally attendees hold a lit candle during the candle lighting at the Beto O'Rourke rally on Feb. 9, 2022. Attendees held candles in honor of the 246 lives lost during Storm Uri in Feb. 2021.

Gubernatorial candidate Beto ORourke speaks near the State Capitol on Feb. 9, 2022. ORourke called for the reform of Texas infrastructure after the ERCOT power failures during winter Storm Uri in Feb. 2021.

[Photo] Beto O’Rourke discusses power grid, improving health care access at Texas Capitol rally

February 10, 2022

Gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks near the State Capitol on Feb. 9, 2022. O'Rourke called for the reform of Texas infrastructure after the ERCOT power failures during winter Storm Uri in Feb....

CapMetro driver shortages cause UT shuttle route delays, Riverside students miss classes

CapMetro driver shortages cause UT shuttle route delays, Riverside students miss classes

February 8, 2022
On Tuesday, only one of three Capital Metro buses that run the Riverside route were operating due to bus driver shortages
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CapMetro’s future light rail could eliminate vehicle traffic on Guadalupe

February 7, 2022

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the Feb. 4, 2022 flipbook. Capital Metro’s future light rail could eliminate vehicle traffic from The Drag, simultaneously solving the West Campus “transit...

UT to reopen Turrell Skyspace, ‘The Color Inside’ on Feb. 14

UT to reopen Turrell Skyspace, ‘The Color Inside’ on Feb. 14

February 7, 2022
“The Color Inside,” located on top of the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center, is one of 82 skyspaces installed worldwide by artist James Turrell.
Rotating walk-up PCT sites reintroduced to UT campus

Rotating walk-up PCT sites reintroduced to UT campus

February 4, 2022
Locations will be updated each week on the Proactive Community Testing site. 
Austin wastewater helps UT researchers track COVID-19 transmission

Austin wastewater helps UT researchers track COVID-19 transmission

February 3, 2022
UT epidemiologists are using fecal matter from Austin’s wastewater plants to track the transmission of COVID-19 in the area.
Palestine Solidarity Committee protests Palestinian occupation at Texas capitol

Palestine Solidarity Committee protests Palestinian occupation at Texas capitol

January 28, 2022
Nearly 50 UT students and community members gathered in front of the Texas capitol Sunday afternoon to protest the occupation of Palestine.
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UT begins offering mail-in at-home testing kits for COVID-positive community members

January 27, 2022

The University’s Proactive Community Testing program began offering at-home testing kits  Monday for students, staff and faculty who are self-isolating after a positive COVID-19 test result.    UT...

UT sets daily positive COVID-19 case records in January

UT sets daily positive COVID-19 case records in January

January 21, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Jan. 18, 2022 flipbook. As students and staff return to campus after break, the University is reporting its highest daily rates of positive COVID-19...

Luxury bus service comes to Austin, other Texas cities

Luxury bus service comes to Austin, other Texas cities

December 17, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the October 26 flipbook. Students will now be able to enjoy 140º reclining seats with footrests, free on-board Wi-Fi and power outlets on commutes between...

UT-Austin offers third doses, booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine for eligible patients

UT-Austin offers third doses, booster shots of COVID-19 vaccine for eligible patients

December 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the October 19 flipbook. UT began offering third doses and booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals on campus last month.  Moderately...

UT researcher working on plate tectonic study suggests new theory of plate deformation

UT researcher working on plate tectonic study suggests new theory of plate deformation

November 30, 2021
When the scientists ran a computer model on the Earth’s tectonic plates, they found there is a pinching effect that occurs after a submerged plate is put under multiple geological forces.
UT honors COVID-19 vaccine researchers

UT honors COVID-19 vaccine researchers

November 18, 2021

University and city officials celebrated UT scientists, researchers, health professionals and volunteers Wednesday for their contributions to the COVID-19 vaccine and their efforts to vaccinate Texans.  The...

New blue light call box in West Campus among initiatives to improve safety

New blue light call box in West Campus among initiatives to improve safety

November 14, 2021

SafeHorns installed a new blue light call box, which calls 911 at the push of a button, on the 23rd Street Artists’ Market alleyway on Friday in an attempt to help students feel safer in West Campus. SafeHorns,...

UT professor set to digitize thousands of records from oldest psychiatric hospital in Texas

UT professor set to digitize thousands of records from oldest psychiatric hospital in Texas

November 2, 2021
King Davis, a research professor in the School of Information, will work with graduate students and other professors to identify, organize and produce digital copies of documents from the Austin State Hospital such as admission, treatment and discharge records dating as far back as 1857.
UT Students join Women’s March at State Capitol

UT Students join Women’s March at State Capitol

October 2, 2021

UT students joined about 1,000 protestors in a march to the Capitol on Saturday to oppose Texas’ recent passing of the country’s most restrictive abortion law. Several UT student protestors voiced...

APD announces yearlong ‘No Refusal’ Initiative to curb impaired driving

APD announces yearlong ‘No Refusal’ Initiative to curb impaired driving

September 29, 2021

The Austin Police Department will begin to implement its yearlong “No Refusal Initiative” in October in an effort to curb the number of wrecks by impaired drivers.   The program allows police...

UT-Austin freshman creates firefighter-helper robot

UT-Austin freshman creates firefighter-helper robot

September 21, 2021

The idea for FireBot, a 20-pound heat-insulated steel robot, came to Siddharth Thakur four years ago after he heard about the death of a local firefighter. The electrical engineering freshman, said...

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