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All content by London Gibson

Projects reporter says goodbye to Texan, keeps its lessons

London Gibson May 10, 2019

When I was a freshman, The Daily Texan was scary. I was told by every journalism professor at UT that if I really wanted to be a reporter, I needed to join the Texan — but I didn’t. Call it...


Students waiting out a Title IX investigation feel stuck in painful purgatory

London Gibson May 3, 2019

Seven months after she said she was sexually assaulted, Sara Ross was just trying to forget. Forgetting became a lot harder when she found out the person she filed against was switching into one of her...


A war of words: Here’s why free speech advocates are scrutinizing University of Texas policies

London Gibson April 1, 2019

The University of Texas, like many universities nationwide, is facing scrutiny for policies free speech advocates say stifle protected speech. Advocates say two policies in particular are vague and don’t...


‘It’s nonstop’: School as a single mom

London Gibson February 11, 2019

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Former law school official indicted for theft, money laundering

London Gibson December 22, 2018

Jason Shoumaker, a former facilities director at the UT law school, was indicted this week for theft, money laundering and abuse of official capacity. Shoumaker was indicted by a Travis County grand...


‘I just really wanted to f— you’: UT releases alleged sexts Texas senator sent to grad student

London Gibson December 18, 2018

This story has been updated throughout to include more information on the University's report. UT officials released redacted messages allegedly sent by state Sen. Charles Schwertner to a UT graduate...

Looking forward

Student Government Campaigns for Student Government positions will take place in the spring as candidates announce their intent to run at the start of the semester and continue until voting takes place...


Semester in review

From President Donald Trump visiting Austin to the Speedway bricks being ripped up, here are some of the top moments during the fall.  Hurricane Harvey Many students’ semesters were stalled...

Graduate Student Assembly hopes to alleviate student financial burden

London Gibson December 11, 2017

Facing low University wages and potential new taxes, the Graduate Student Assembly created a committee to address the current financial situation of UT’s graduate students, many of whom take on additional...


Law professor passes on lessons from UN to students

London Gibson December 8, 2017

For more than six years, law professor Ariel Dulitzky would pack up his things and head out after office hours — not to go home and relax, but to begin work on his second job as one of five representatives...


Graduate students protest proposed tax bill

London Gibson December 6, 2017

When the tower chimed at noon today, graduate student workers across campus dropped their grading pens and gathered on the South Mall, where they protested a proposed bill that would tax graduate student’s...


Final SG meeting of semester approves a student commission with City Council

London Gibson December 6, 2017

At the final Student Government meeting of the semester, members passed last-minute legislation and tabled others, most notably signing off on a resolution to form a student advisory commission with the...

Offensive image removed from McCombs dean’s office on Friday

London Gibson December 4, 2017

A racially offensive image was removed from the door of the dean’s office at the McCombs School of Business on Friday. The decoration was part of a holiday decorating contest for departments in the...


Fenves shares his father’s story as a Holocaust survivor

London Gibson December 4, 2017

He saw the numbers tattooed on his father’s arm for the first time when he was eight years old. Before then, he did not know his father bore the permanent remnants of war under his sleeves: an...


Senate proposal fights internal transfer policies

London Gibson December 1, 2017

In support of a holistic admissions process, members of the Senate Communications Council proposed a resolution Thursday night to combat internal transfer policies based on GPA in some colleges. Currently,...


SG resolution proposes eliminating special intramural policies for female players

London Gibson November 29, 2017

A Student Government resolution is attempting to level the playing field for women in intramural sports by supporting the removal of policies giving special allowances to women in coed soccer and softball.  According...


Students work to create a legacy of TEDx Talks at UT

London Gibson November 28, 2017

Eight students are launching the first TEDxUTAustin speaker series and plan to spark a conversation on how students can follow through on UT’s motto: “What starts here changes the world.”  The...


UT opens new office in Mexico City, forms new partnership

London Gibson November 27, 2017

UT expanded its international sphere of influence in Mexico earlier this month with the opening of an office in Mexico City as well as a new research partnership with a top Mexican university. The new...

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Charge for uninsured women’s annual health exam tripled in the last year

London Gibson November 21, 2017

The minimum cost for a woman’s annual health exam at UT’s Women’s Health Clinic in the past year has more than tripled for uninsured students, increasing from $36 last fall to $126 this...


Students call for bike lanes on campus

London Gibson November 20, 2017

For bikers navigating construction on campus, getting to and from class can seem a little bit like driving in rush hour on Mopac. With decreased path space corralling pedestrians and bikers into the same...


UT astronomers lead research for biggest space-bound telescope yet

London Gibson November 17, 2017

In a worldwide competition, several UT faculty members were selected to be the first to work with the new James Webb Space Telescope, which will be the largest telescope to ever be sent into space.  The...


Student Government debates resolution declaring campus ‘mental health crisis’

London Gibson November 15, 2017

Student Government called on multiple state- and University-level entities, including the Counseling and Mental Health Center, for aid in solving what they described as a mental health crisis on campus...


Famed gossip columnist and UT alum Liz Smith dies at 94

London Gibson November 14, 2017

Liz Smith, famed columnist and UT alumna, once defined gossip as “news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress.” After a lifetime of documenting New York’s glitziest red satin dresses,...


Former CIA director John Brennan talks security, future at UT

London Gibson November 13, 2017

John Brennan, former CIA director and rock ‘n’ roll fan, is rejoining the Longhorn community determined to help students find their launchpad into the national security field just like he did...


Memorial tree honors the life of Harrison Brown

London Gibson November 11, 2017

The usually busy corner of Speedway and 21st Street grew silent Friday afternoon, when a community gathered to dedicate a tree memorializing the life of freshman Harrison Brown five months after he was...


UT experts say Amazon headquarters might be too big for Austin

London Gibson November 9, 2017

With Amazon on the hunt for its second North American headquarters, the company promises to bring a big name, big research and big jobs to the city it chooses — and with Austin in the running, it...


UT petroleum engineering department renamed after $25 million donation

London Gibson November 8, 2017

UT’s nationally ranked petroleum engineering department was renamed the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering on Tuesday afternoon after receiving a $25 million endowment. The...


Students, faculty build a case for UT’s first ever law certificate

London Gibson November 7, 2017

A group of students and faculty members are currently building a case to add UT’s first law-focused certificate to the course schedule. UT-Austin currently does not offer a minor or certificate...


Student runs national nonprofit to help high schoolers apply to college

London Gibson November 6, 2017

Last year, one New York University freshman began a nationwide nonprofit to help lower-income high school students with college applications, and now she will bring it to UT. Hubbul Rizvi’s nonprofit...


UTPD removes masked protesters from Main Mall

London Gibson November 4, 2017

A group of protesters, some masked and carrying torches, were asked to leave the Main Mall by UT police officers around 12:04 a.m. this morning. The protesters left immediately without conflict, University...


Student petition to make counseling services free gets over 2,700 signatures

London Gibson November 3, 2017

When Hollie Cira launched a petition to make UT’s counseling services free for students, she needed 20 signatures to receive credit for her government class. Ten days later, she had over 2,700. People...


Senate proposes adding preferred pronouns to Canvas profiles

London Gibson November 3, 2017

The Senate of College Councils proposed a resolution Thursday night that would allow students to add preferred pronouns to their profiles on Canvas. Senate president Austin Reynolds, the author of Senate...


First UT Fish Bowl helps student entrepreneurs get their feet wet

London Gibson November 2, 2017

UT Austin’s first ever Fish Bowl business pitch competition will help entrepreneurial-minded students get their feet wet before jumping into the shark tank. Fish Bowl, a low-stakes idea-building...


Recycling contamination stalls campus waste goals

London Gibson October 30, 2017

UT is struggling to improve waste reduction on campus and has less than three years left to achieve the Zero Waste goal to divert 90 percent of the University’s trash away from landfills by 2020. The...

Students stealing new Speedway bricks cause construction problems

London Gibson October 27, 2017

After hearing that the majority of the bricks for the Speedway Mall project would be replaced, students hoping for a quirky souvenir resorted to pulling them up from the ground, taking newly laid bricks...


UT to host annual Government-Business Forum for first time

London Gibson October 26, 2017

For the first time ever, the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, will leave Capitol Hill for the Hill Country and host the annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation at...


Undergrads improve UT voting rate by 14 percent

London Gibson October 24, 2017

Undergraduate students who showed up at the polls for last year’s 2016 presidential election helped UT become the most improved university for undergraduate voting turnout in the country.  Out...

Archer’s Challenge raises awareness and money for accessibility issues

London Gibson October 23, 2017

UT students and Austin community members sat down in manual wheelchairs to raise awareness for wheelchair accessibility in six events across Austin this month, led by UT student Archer Hadley. The initiative,...


Jeff Sessions visits U.S. Attorney’s office in downtown is greeted by protesters

London Gibson and Chase Karacostas October 20, 2017

High up on the tenth floor of 816 Congress Avenue, the street-level protest against U.S. Attorney general Jeff Sessions went unheard as he gave a speech on the president’s immigration agenda. Sessions...


Speedway Mall project to be almost entirely redone due to faulty bricks

London Gibson October 18, 2017

Almost all of the bricks laid for the Speedway Mall project thus far will have to be ripped up and repaved because they do not meet strength requirements, creating additional construction in the area until...


UT-Austin remains one of the only top schools in Texas to charge counseling fees

London Gibson October 17, 2017

UT-Austin is one of the only large public universities in Texas that charges for counseling and mental health services. Of Texas’ 10 largest public universities, only UT and the University of...


CIA director Michael Pompeo speaks at UT

London Gibson October 13, 2017

CIA director Michael Pompeo said he is working with President Donald Trump to increase the agency’s aggression, speed and number of agents in the field during a speech on the UT campus Thursday afternoon. Pompeo...


UT’s star professors contributed to Nobel-winning gravitational wave discovery

London Gibson October 12, 2017

Last week’s Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for the detection of gravitational waves may look gold, but it has burnt orange roots. A slew of UT scientists, professors and alumni have been contributing...


Torchlight parade canceled in response to Charlottesville violence

London Gibson October 11, 2017

A 30-year tradition comes to a halt this week, as Texas Exes called off the annual torchlight parade portion of Wednesday’s Texas Fight Rally following the mid-August violence in Charlottesville,...

SG aims to spread sexual assault awareness before OU game weekend

London Gibson October 11, 2017

Student Government approved a joint resolution Tuesday night to work with the University of Oklahoma in promoting sexual assault awareness before the annual football rivalry game in Dallas this weekend. SG...


New McCombs masters program fosters creative technology skills

London Gibson October 10, 2017

A new McCombs School of Business masters program will fill the need for education in information technology and management skills starting in July 2018. The Master of Science in Information Technology...


Senate resolution might help military students earn more academic credit

London Gibson October 6, 2017

UT’s Senate of College Councils proposed a resolution in support of instating a program that would give students the chance to receive more college credit based on military experience Thursday night. Senate...

UT one of top Texas schools for number of organizations punished for hazing

London Gibson October 5, 2017

UT-Austin has had more organizations disciplined for hazing in the past three years than most top Texas universities, but information regarding specific incidents can be difficult for students to get their...


Biden addresses deadlock in Congress, gun control during campus visit

London Gibson October 4, 2017

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday night at a University-hosted lecture that one of the biggest dangers facing the American political system is a lack of compassion and communication between...

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UT advertising graduates tackled the tobacco industry – and won

London Gibson October 3, 2017

When Jason Ambrose and Dustin Ballard graduated from UT’s Texas Creative advertising program over 10 years ago, they had no idea their work would someday play a key role in keeping thousands of teenagers...


Ninety-seven percent of students vote in support A&M rivalry game

London Gibson September 29, 2017

UT students voted overwhelmingly in favor of bringing back the UT and Texas A&M University rivalry game in an online campus-wide referendum Wednesday. Out of almost 8,000 participants, 96.7 percent...

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UT’s South Asian a cappella circuit takes the spotlight this fall

London Gibson September 28, 2017

UT’s South Asian a cappella circuit will take the main stage this November after a group of 48 students achieved a bid to host the first national South Asian a cappella competition on campus. The...


SG proposes resolution calling on Fenves to approve Longhorn EMS sponsorship

London Gibson September 27, 2017

Student Government representatives proposed a resolution for UT President Gregory Fenves to approve Longhorn Emergency Medical Services’ transition to a University-sponsored organization last night,...


Local control debate takes stage at 2017 Texas Tribune Festival

London Gibson and Maria Mendez September 25, 2017

Politicians rehashed the sanctuary cities and Uber controversies, reopening the debate about city and state control at this weekend’s Texas Tribune Festival. The divide between state politicians...

Tribune Festival Live Blog: Race, Voting and the Courts

London Gibson September 22, 2017

Issues regarding redistricting and voted ID take the spotlight in this panel discussion.


Tribune Festival Live Blog: Trump and the Resistance

London Gibson September 22, 2017

Activists and lawmakers connect to discuss the role of rebellion under the current presidency.


Texas Tribune Festival 2017

Follow this page for all of The Daily Texan’s coverage of Texas Tribune Festival 2017.  We’ll bring you moments from the biggest discussions, covering topics like local control, sexual...


Tribune Festival Live Blog: Local Control vs. Local Liberty

London Gibson September 22, 2017

Texas state legislators and lawmakers discuss how cities and counties operate and where the power lies. Stay tuned for live blog coverage beginning 8:30 a.m. Saturday. 


National Science Foundation awards grants to UT totaling $18.8 million

London Gibson September 20, 2017

The National Science Foundation awarded UT two separate grants worth a combined $18.8 million for research and development this month.  The University announced the launch of a $15.6 million center...

LSU death calls attention to hazing issues on campus

London Gibson September 19, 2017

Four days after Louisiana State University suspended all Greek activities in response to the suspected hazing death of a student, the Office of the Dean of Students reminded the UT community of UT’s...

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First ever UN group arrives on campus after rocky beginning

London Gibson September 18, 2017

The first ever chapter of the United Nations student group, GenUN, will comes to UT this semester, months after a failed attempt to launch this January.   GenUN is a national initiative of the...


MasculinUT poster campaign shares student experiences with self-imagery

London Gibson September 15, 2017

MasculinUT, a project by Voices Against Violence dedicated to promoting healthy ideals of masculinity on campus, launched its first-ever poster campaign Thursday. For two years, the people behind MasculinUT...


UT Athletics uses new concussion detection technology

London Gibson September 15, 2017

UT Athletics is one of only six college athletics programs in the country to implement a new portable technology that can detect concussion signs in a player in less than a minute.  The technology,...


UT to expand financial aid for low-income families

London Gibson September 13, 2017

UT’s promise to appropriate $15 million in financial aid for middle-income families will expand this year to include low-income families, UT President Gregory Fenves said during the annual State...


Hicks’ donations to social work school part of ‘social work mission’

London Gibson September 12, 2017

A social mission prompted Steve Hicks to donate $25 million to UT’s School of Social Work last week, though he spent a lifetime working in telecommunications. “I was told that each social...


New creative technologies school expands study in College of Fine Arts

London Gibson September 11, 2017

The College of Fine Arts continued its series of expansions within the last year, opening a new commercially-focused school for design and creative technologies last week. The School of Design...

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New study abroad program to take place in one of the world’s more remote regions

London Gibson September 8, 2017

Students and educators from 12 states will convene at UT next summer before departing for the first ever Siberia by Southwest, a new study abroad program in one of the most remote regions of the world.  The...

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UT professionals unite to tackle drug abuse

London Gibson September 8, 2017

This school year, UT’s leading scholars from a variety of fields will work together to combat drug use, one of the dominant social issues modern youths face. The Youth Substance Misuse and Addiction...


SG moves to support undocumented students, pass budget rollover amendment

London Gibson September 6, 2017

Student Government representatives presented a resolution calling on Congress to pass legislation protecting the interests of undocumented students and declaring support for undocumented students at UT...


First Generation Kickoff celebrates, empowers first-generation college students

London Gibson September 5, 2017

Some of the University’s first-generation college students attended the first ever celebration in their honor Sunday night. Student Government and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement...


Senate Bill 4 protest sends one student to hospital, one arrested

Chase Karacostas, London Gibson, and Lisa Dreher September 1, 2017

Update (9/4):  University of Texas Police arrested a protester on charges of assault and bodily injury at 11:45 a.m. Friday after a Daily Texan reporter was hit, drawing blood and requiring stitches...

University partially delays $100 million IT upgrade

London Gibson September 1, 2017

Part of a $100 million technology upgrade to UT’s mainframe system is delayed indefinitely, announced President Gregory Fenves in an email to staff and faculty Tuesday. The move to modernize the...


Gone to Texas, Horns Up Night canceled in wake of Hurricane Harvey

London Gibson August 30, 2017

Both Gone to Texas and Horns Up Night were canceled Monday due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the UT campus and out of respect for the students from affected counties. J.B. Bird, UT director of...


Former housing secretary Julián Castro to teach at UT

London Gibson August 29, 2017

Julián Castro, a former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor, will teach a class on policy development in the LBJ School of Public Affairs this fall, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The...


Swarm of bees near Sid Richardson Hall sends one to hospital

London Gibson August 29, 2017

A swarm of bees sieged the lawn in front of Sid Richardson Hall around noon today, sending one person to a nearby hospital by EMS for an allergic reaction. It is unknown whether or not the person remains...


Fall construction poses obstacles

London Gibson August 28, 2017

Students returning to UT after a summer away may have to find new routes around campus, as major campus construction has migrated northeast near Speedway and Robert A. Welch Hall. The renovation of...


SG outlines semester initiatives

London Gibson August 28, 2017

Giving a voice to underrepresented students and improving campus mental health and safety are priorities for student body president Alejandrina Guzman and vice president Micky Wolf as they go into their...


West Campus lighting study attempts to address safety concerns

London Gibson August 28, 2017

The City of Austin is conducting a West Campus lighting and safety study after months of lobbying from campus safety groups. The study was approved by City Council in May, a year after the death of...


Hurricane Harvey Campus Updates

London Gibson August 25, 2017

UPDATE (3:26 p.m.): Mooov-In check-in moved to residence halls Centralized Mooov-In check-in will be moved from UFCU Disch-Falk Field to residence halls on Saturday, according to an update on the...


Racist flyers appear around campus Tuesday

London Gibson May 3, 2017

Flyers containing a racist message and image were found on campus yesterday, according to posts on social media. The flyers depicted a caricature of a black man holding a knife alongside the words “Around...


Racist flyers appear on campus

London Gibson May 2, 2017

Flyers containing a racist message and image were found on campus yesterday, according to posts on social media.  The flyers depicted a caricature of a black man holding a knife alongside the words...

Grad student workshop offers support for Latinx individuals

London Gibson May 1, 2017

The mental health professionals community in Austin needs to adapt in order to reach the city’s Latinx population, speakers said Saturday at a Latinx counseling workshop.  A UT graduate diversity...

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Brave New Books closes on The Drag, expands to more locations

London Gibson April 26, 2017

Brave New Books closed its location on The Drag Friday and will begin selling products in May at various locations around the city. Though the alternative bookstore is losing its brick-and-mortar location,...


Students take to Facebook, offer money to complete statistics projects

London Gibson April 24, 2017

As the semester draws to a close, students in statistics classes have taken to Facebook as an easy way of accumulating responses for project surveys — and some are offering money in return. Student...


DKR Stadium to be updated with new video board, added screens

London Gibson April 21, 2017

UT’s Darrell K. Royal football stadium will be updated with a new multi-million dollar video board and additional screens this summer. The current end-zone video screen, dubbed “Godzillatron,”...

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Longhorns win $50,000 in urban planning competition

London Gibson April 19, 2017

For the first time, a team of UT graduate students beat out over 100 university teams to win the Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition, an annual national urban design competition. The team...

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Regarding call boxes, UT Austin shines

London Gibson April 12, 2017

UT Austin has more emergency call boxes on campus than almost any other of the 10 largest universities in Texas, second only to UT Arlington. More than 170 police call boxes, or “blue lights,”...

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UT students advance to August SpaceX competition

London Gibson April 10, 2017

Innovative design choices helped a group of UT students advance to the final round of a SpaceX competition to design a cutting-edge form of transportation technology. Hyperloop is a revolutionary mode...

Dell Medical School will use technology to improve healthcare

London Gibson April 5, 2017

UT’s Dell Medical School will use technology to implement creative methods of improving healthcare in the Austin area, Mini Kahlon said at a forum on Tuesday. Kahlon, vice dean for strategy and...


UT nutrition major offers free workout classes for students

London Gibson April 3, 2017

Every Sunday morning, nutrition sophomore Jamal Fielder goes to Clark Field to give personal training and workout classes to other students — for free. For Fielder, the classes provide valuable...


Wendy Davis explains ‘Pussy Hat Economics’

London Gibson March 29, 2017

Wendy Davis, former Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate, said in a lecture Tuesday that supporting women’s reproductive rights puts more women in the workforce, and in turn, boosts the...

UT, A&M grad students band together to communicate with state, national legislators

London Gibson March 22, 2017

UT and Texas A&M graduate students are coming together to form a coalition to petition for legislative support and funding. The students co-authored a joint resolution last month which established...

HRC to expand with purchase of Wallach, Jackson papers

London Gibson March 22, 2017

The Harry Ransom Center expanded their film and performing arts departments with the purchase of 40 boxes of personal materials belonging to the late married actors Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson. Wallach,...

Harry Ransom Center to expand with purchase of Wallach, Jackson papers

London Gibson March 21, 2017

The Harry Ransom Center expanded their film and performing arts departments with the purchase of 40 boxes of personal materials belonging to the late married actors Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson. Wallach...

New CMHC group aims to shift conversation about bodies

London Gibson March 9, 2017

One intern, one clinician and one shared passion initiated the Counseling and Mental Health Center’s new group promoting body positivity and self-love.  Duo Zac Carter and Gareth White, a...


Pulitzer Prize-winning UT alum uses writing as a force for change

London Gibson March 3, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Robert Schenkkan said he depends on the pen when the sword fails, and called on writers to use their words as a force for change.  Schenkkan touched...


New exhibit honors historic struggles of Austin’s refugees

London Gibson February 24, 2017

The Austin History Center’s newest exhibit serves to remind residents of the difficulties that refugees in Austin have historically faced and the achievements they made.  In light of recent...


Hybrid art series returns to Blanton Museum to pay tribute to nature

London Gibson February 20, 2017

Dancers, musicians and actors filled the galleries of the Blanton Museum with sound Sunday in a collective tribute to nature for “SoundSpace,” a hybrid art series. The goal of Sunday’s...

Women talking about women: “Amplify: UT” to feature 25 monologues on women’s issues

London Gibson February 15, 2017

Twenty-five UT women have been selected to share personal stories for “Amplify: UT Women’s Voices,” a collection of monologues about the experience of being a woman.  Organizers...


Eric White unveils new revelations about one of UT’s most treasured artifacts

London Gibson February 10, 2017

Research by Eric White, the curator of rare books at Princeton University, has revealed that the early history of the UT’s copy of the Gutenberg Bible might be Dutch. “Research on both the...

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