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Projects reporter says goodbye to Texan, keeps its lessons

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

February 11, 2019

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Former law school official indicted for theft, money laundering

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...

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

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

December 12, 2017

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...

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Semester in review

December 12, 2017

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

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...

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Law professor passes on lessons from UN to students

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...

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Graduate students protest proposed tax bill

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...

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

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

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...

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Fenves shares his father’s story as a Holocaust survivor

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...

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Senate proposal fights internal transfer policies

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,...

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SG resolution proposes eliminating special intramural policies for female players

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...

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Students work to create a legacy of TEDx Talks at UT

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...

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UT opens new office in Mexico City, forms new partnership

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

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...

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Students call for bike lanes on campus

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...

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UT astronomers lead research for biggest space-bound telescope yet

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...

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Student Government debates resolution declaring campus ‘mental health crisis’

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...

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Famed gossip columnist and UT alum Liz Smith dies at 94

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,...

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Former CIA director John Brennan talks security, future at UT

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...

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Memorial tree honors the life of Harrison Brown

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...

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UT experts say Amazon headquarters might be too big for Austin

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...

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UT petroleum engineering department renamed after $25 million donation

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...

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

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...

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Student runs national nonprofit to help high schoolers apply to college

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...

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UTPD removes masked protesters from Main Mall

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...

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

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...

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Senate proposes adding preferred pronouns to Canvas profiles

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...

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First UT Fish Bowl helps student entrepreneurs get their feet wet

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...

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Recycling contamination stalls campus waste goals

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

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...

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UT to host annual Government-Business Forum for first time

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...

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Undergrads improve UT voting rate by 14 percent

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

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,...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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CIA director Michael Pompeo speaks at UT

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...

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

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...

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Torchlight parade canceled in response to Charlottesville violence

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

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...

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New McCombs masters program fosters creative technology skills

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...

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Senate resolution might help military students earn more academic credit

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

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...

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Biden addresses deadlock in Congress, gun control during campus visit

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

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...