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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Mason Carroll

‘Peaceful and respectful’: University of Texas police strives to protect your right as a protester

Mason Carroll May 8, 2019

Four Texas State students were arrested last Wednesday during a protest on their campus. Similarly, UT saw multiple protests last week, and each time, the UT Police Department was standing by.  UTPD...


Thousands of security cameras help keep campus safe

Mason Carroll May 2, 2019

Students walking around campus may notice the occasional camera outside of a building or even between tree branches and fear that Big Brother is watching them, but campus officials said the cameras are...


Pay your parking tickets with juice

Mason Carroll April 23, 2019

Donating canned pineapple in 100% fruit juice can now help students and faculty avoid paying pricey parking fines and support UT Outpost, the food pantry and career closet on campus. Food for Fines...


It’s that time again: April showers bring May flowers, thanks to UT’s Landscape Services

Mason Carroll April 17, 2019

April showers bring May flowers, but not without the help of UT’s Landscape Services, who hand plant the colorful flowers around popular campus locations each year, such as the Littlefield Fountain.  Landscape...


New map helps students find accessible entrances

Mason Carroll April 9, 2019

With the push of a power-operated door button, UT’s buildings become accessible to everybody. But before students can use an accessible entrance, they have to find it. This is where UT’s new...


Students say goodbye to meat-free diet in order to study abroad

Mason Carroll April 2, 2019

Plane tickets, suitcases and housing are a few things a student has to get in order before studying abroad. However, to prepare for her trip, Alicia Willoughby has been making changes to her diet. Willoughby,...


Roundup’s long history of racism: What started as a homecoming event now makes many on campus feel unwelcome

Hayden Baggett, Nicole Stuessy, and Mason Carroll March 29, 2019

When Roundup was first advertised as a homecoming event in 1930, the ad read “The Texas Round-Up! Welcomes Each and Every Visitor to the University of Texas Campus.’ However, after decades...


‘We’re stronger together’: New gamer girl club strives for diversity in a male-dominated industry

Mason Carroll March 13, 2019

A new gaming organization that provides an inclusive and safe environment for players to meet fellow gamers will launch after spring break. However, this one’s just for the girls. Sarah Schneider,...


Are SXSW discounted student badges still too expensive?

Mason Carroll March 8, 2019

South by Southwest has officially begun, through March 17. Badges range from $375 for a discounted student pass to $1,650 for a discounted student pass, leading some past and present University of Texas...


Who takes care of the wildlife at UT?

Mason Carroll March 7, 2019

There are all sorts of animals living at UT, from the well-known turtles and squirrels to the less familiar, including bats and snakes.  Carin Peterson, Animal Make Safe training & outreach...


Elevators causing accessibility problems in West Campus

Mason Carroll March 1, 2019

West Campus is full of high-rise apartment complexes and elevators that make it easier for students to access their rooms. However, for students like finance senior Amie Jean, out-of-service elevators...


Transgender students fight for easier campus name change system

Mason Carroll February 28, 2019

When students apply to UT, they submit their preferred name to the University, however once they are admitted, their legal name is used in the directory and on class rosters. The Gender and Sexuality Center...


West Campus cat rescuers help find the purrrfect homes

Mason Carroll February 21, 2019

About five years after rescuing two kittens from a flood, a local bed-and-breakfast owner in West Campus has made it her goal to help as many cats as possible and find them forever homes. Christina...


Former UT student brings her art back to campus

Mason Carroll February 18, 2019

Two years after withdrawing from UT to pursue her love for art, Emily Ding will be bringing a pop of color back to the Forty Acres in an unexpected way. UP Art Studio created the Mini Mural Project...


UT power plant makes a lot of energy but which buildings require the most?

Mason Carroll February 15, 2019

Every time a student turns on a light or plugs in their laptop, they spark the University power plant, which provides energy to the nearly 20 million square feet of UT property. The plant has a budget...


Aerospace engineer shoots for the stars with fellowship

Mason Carroll February 12, 2019

From the moment Mykaela Dunn sat in the Apollo 17 cockpit at Space Center Houston when she was six years old, she knew she wanted to be an astronaut. As her love for tinkering grew, she turned her sights...


UT Outpost expands hours

Mason Carroll February 8, 2019

Editor's note: This article has been updated to credit University Health Services as the source for food security statistics. Last spring, UT Outpost opened its doors two days a week to help...


University of Texas might not reach President Gregory Fenves’ 2020 zero waste goal

Mason Carroll February 6, 2019

Zero waste on campus by 2020 has been a goal since UT President Gregory Fenves announced the Sustainability Master Plan in 2016. However, UT’s overall diversion rate of waste from landfills is only...


UTPD utilizes emergency notification system

Mason Carroll January 31, 2019

Like clockwork each month, students receive a text, an email and hear sirens echoing across campus for the monthly emergency communications systems test. While this is a routine procedure, there are many...


‘We do our best’: A behind-the-scenes look at everything UT custodians do to keep campus clean

Mason Carroll January 30, 2019

Frank Zambrano starts his day at 5:30 a.m. by unlocking the 183 campus buildings Custodial Services maintains. He has worked at UT since 1992 and is one of the 448 employees that help keep campus clean. There...


Short students can now play in a league of their own

Mason Carroll January 25, 2019

Students less than 6 feet tall do not have to worry about being dunked on by someone a foot taller during an intramural basketball game with the return of a 6 foot and under league.  The 6 foot...


Parking citations, garage fees fund campus parking services

Mason Carroll January 25, 2019

Each year, UT Parking and Transportation Services issues approximately 38,000 citations for traffic and parking violations on campus. PTS collects more than $1 million annually in fees, and the most frequent...


Free menstrual hygiene products available on-campus restrooms

Mason Carroll January 22, 2019

Menstrual hygiene products are now available free of charge in the Union and will soon be provided in the Student Activity Center thanks to Texas Orange Jackets, Women’s Resource Agency of Student...


One in four UT students deal with food insecurity and UT Outpost plans to change that

Mason Carroll May 3, 2018

Brenna Fox said she knew she had to pick up a job her second semester if she wanted to eat.  Fox, human development and family studies junior, is like the other 25 percent of UT students who have...


Students want to know textbook prices earlier to help with registration

Mason Carroll May 3, 2018

With the school year coming to an end, many students are already looking to next year and next year’s textbooks prices. However, Texas law prevents students from seeing their textbook prices until...


Start up aims to bring students joy during stress-filled finals

Mason Carroll April 26, 2018

With finals right around the corner, this time of year can be extremely stressful for students across campus. However, a group of design students are creating a campaign to spread mental health awareness...


Students choose between rigor or low tuition costs when it comes to summer course

Mason Carroll April 24, 2018

With summer right around the corner, students must decide if they want to take summer courses at a four-year university like UT or at a community college like Austin Community College. Depending on...


Trash sorters help create zero waste baseball stadium

Mason Carroll April 17, 2018

While most baseball fans are relaxing and enjoying the game, Lauren Lichterman, operations and sustainability coordinator, and her team sort trash during and after each game. The UFCU Disch-Falk Baseball...


University provides professors with mental health help

Mason Carroll April 13, 2018

The University offers numerous mental health resources for students on campus, but that doesn’t mean faculty and staff mental health is overlooked.  In a given year, one in five adults experience...


Cockrell School of Engineering offers $100 of free printing each semester to some students

Mason Carroll April 6, 2018

When students need to print something on campus, most pay for it using Bevo Bucks with the UT printing system. However, civil engineering junior Hannah Smith has $40 worth of free printing every semester,...


UT power plant saves the University $15 million annually

Mason Carroll April 2, 2018

With a team of about 140 people and a single power plant that has been serving UT for decades, Juan Ontiveros said his team holds the power on campus. Ontiveros, the associate vice president for Utilities,...


Meet the team keeping the UT Tower lit and burnt orange

Mason Carroll March 28, 2018

For more than 80 years, the UT Tower has represented what it means to be a Longhorn to students and alumni, all thanks to the Tower’s maintenance staff who keep the legacy going strong. Neil Crump,...

Students hope for more female professors in the future

Mason Carroll March 22, 2018

Female students make up 52 percent of the student body, but only 41 percent of faculty and 25 percent of professors, according to the 2017–2018 UT Statistical Handbook. Susan Somers-Willett, Center...

White professors make up majority of faculty

Mason Carroll March 6, 2018

When environmental engineering sophomore Sandra Solis thought back about all the professors she has had during her time at UT, she was shocked to realize all but one of her professors were white males. The...


Two year volunteer abroad organization changes student’s lives

Mason Carroll March 2, 2018

While the slogan of “What starts here changes the world,” may seem like a UT cliche, the 1,838 UT alumni who have joined the Peace Corps are dedicating years to making this motto come to life. “‘What...


Center for Mexican-American Studies creates home for students

Mason Carroll March 1, 2018

As a first generation student from Laredo, Texas, Ilse Colchado felt out of place when she began her college journey. She felt underrepresented and lost — until she found her home at the Center for...


Half a million dollars grant to make transfering credits more transparent

Mason Carroll February 21, 2018

Many college students use transferable and dual credits as part of their college education, but because of a lack of communication, those credits often go unused. The Greater Texas Foundation gave UT $500,000...


CMHC Voice Diversity Discussion Groups give students their voice

Mason Carroll February 15, 2018

The Counseling and Mental Health Center offers a number of services for the more than 50,000 students at UT. For those feeling lost or struggling with self-identity, the Voices Diversity Discussion Groups...


Females make up only one-third of STEM majors, according to report

Mason Carroll February 13, 2018

Female African-American and Hispanic students comprise a disproportionately small part of the science, technology, engineering and math students, according to the 2016 National Science Foundation’s...


Lack of communication on new basketball arena upsets School of Social Work students

Mason Carroll February 8, 2018

UT President Gregory Fenves announced last week the administration is now seeking proposals for the new basketball arena. Two possible locations were named, one of which would replace both the Recreational...


Housing and Dining takes steps to ensure diversity

Mason Carroll February 7, 2018

Social work junior Traquana Smith said as a black woman on campus, it is really hard for her to have conversations with people about diversity, but she joined Longhorns for a Culturally Competent...

University begins search for vice president of Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Mason Carroll February 1, 2018

The search for the new vice president for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement has begun, and UT President Gregory Fenves has announced a 13-member committee to search for a candidate to...


Energy Week kicks off with week full of speakers, events

Mason Carroll January 29, 2018

Once a year, UT hosts a full week of speakers and events outlining the importance of renewable energy — and what UT faculty and students are doing to help. UT Energy Week is hosted by faculty...


Senior lecturer hopes to spark student interest in core history class

Mason Carroll January 25, 2018

On the first day of class, senior lecturer Megan Seaholm always asks her students how many of them are taking the class because they want to be there, and out of the 300 students in her lecture this semester,...


Toastmasters helps staff find new confidence

Mason Carroll January 23, 2018

Unlike faculty, University staff do not generally have the opportunity to speak in front of classrooms full of students everyday. However, the UT Staff Toastmasters Club provides them a place to polish...

Theater student turns dinner theater dream into reality

Mason Carroll January 18, 2018

In 90 days, the Monaco sisters transformed a fish taco joint with surfboards hung on mustard-colored walls into their dream theater.  The Sylver Spoon Dinner Theater, located in New Braunfels,...


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center lights up for holiday festivities

Mason Carroll December 11, 2017

Children ran through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as their path was lit with thousands of luminarias and Christmas lights during the annual Luminations celebration. The path around the center...


Increase in counseling visits during finals

Mason Carroll December 5, 2017

With students pushing to finish out the semester, the Counseling and Mental Health Center is seeing an increase in appointments to help students through this stressful time, said Katy Redd, CMHC associate...


Tiff’s Treats raises $25 million investment for expansion

Mason Carroll November 27, 2017

Tiff’s Treats, the cookie delivery service that students use to celebrate special occasions or just as a late-night snack, announced a $25 million investment raised to help grow the company on Nov....


Texas Athletics partners with food bank to donate stadium food

Mason Carroll November 27, 2017

UT football fans may not think about the tons of food being wasted at every single game, but Texas Athletics does. This year, Texas Athletics partnered with the Central Texas Food Bank to donate leftover...


Field Day for a Cure raises money for pediatric cancer patients

Mason Carroll November 20, 2017

Teams of students in brightly colored shirts filled the LBJ Library Lawn to raise money for pediatric cancer patients on Saturday. Dr. Qadri’s Cancer Heroes is part of the Dell Medical School...


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Talks to Students

Mason Carroll November 14, 2017

The line into Hogg Memorial Auditorium stretched around the building Monday as students waited to hear Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speak. Nadella came to UT to talk about his experience at Microsoft...


PurpleLight Ceremony spreads awareness for pancreatic cancer

Mason Carroll November 13, 2017

People dressed in purple shirts held up illuminated purple glow sticks underneath the Texas Capitol on Sunday in remembrance of those lost to pancreatic cancer. November is National Pancreatic Cancer...


UT hosts first Fall Fall Fall Fest

Mason Carroll November 6, 2017

Students who walked across the Main Mall on Saturday night ran into smoke and strobe lights from the first annual Fall Fall Fall Fest. The concert was put together by Campus Events + Entertainment Headliners,...


AwesomenessTV CEO advises RTF students

Mason Carroll October 31, 2017

AwesomenessTV CEO Jordan Levin returned to UT on Monday to give radio-television-film students advice about the film industry as a UT alumnus who was once in their position. UT students have an...

Families gather at UT for Family Weekend events

Mason Carroll October 30, 2017

On Friday, families from across the state and nation descended on UT for a three-day celebration of Family Weekend. Barbecue, bowling and bingo were all events during the almost 100 -year-old tradition....

Sustainability Squad works toward waste-free future

Mason Carroll October 24, 2017

While some students spend game day cheering in the stands, students in the Sustainability Squad spend their game day sorting trash. The Sustainability Squad is a group of students who sort waste into...


Blood drive pushes for help

Mason Carroll October 17, 2017

Participants can save three lives in ten minutes by donating their blood in the annual Texas Alpha Phi Omega Fall Blood Drive this week.  The drive is being held now through Friday in the Student...


Ofrenda for recovering addicts

Mason Carroll October 17, 2017

For those who have lost a loved one to addiction, the Center for Students in Recovery is hosting the annual Ofrenda de Muertos this month to celebrate their lives and memories. The ofrenda also celebrates...

Speaker series educates on disability awareness on campus

Mason Carroll October 10, 2017

College is a difficult time in any student’s life, but for those struggling with a physical or learning disability, it can be that much more challenging. To combat this, the Texas Center for Disability...


Burnt Orange Bluegrass brings music, friendship to outside the SAC

Mason Carroll October 10, 2017

If you walk by the Student Activity Center on a Friday afternoon, there is a good chance you will hear the sound of banjos, guitars and other instruments playing in harmony. Burnt Orange Bluegrass is...


Panel discusses past and future of DACA program, recipients

Mason Carroll October 3, 2017

A Monday panel discussing the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals took on an urgent tone as the Thursday deadline to renew one’s status under the program quickly approaches. A...


Third annual Public Art Dog Walk advocates adoption

Mason Carroll October 2, 2017

Volunteers and rescue dogs returned to campus on Sunday to walk and address an issue. The third-annual Public Art Dog Walk hosted by Landmarks, the organization handling UT’s public art collection,...


UHS starts their flu shot campaign

Mason Carroll September 26, 2017

It’s that time of year when students across campus are getting sick with the flu, and University Health Services hopes to prevent that from happening.     Today, UHS starts its four...

Students share concerns about automatic admissions reduction

Mason Carroll September 25, 2017

Out-of-state and international students are already a small percentage of the UT student body, and that number won’t be increasing anytime soon. The automatic admissions rate is being lowered...


Moody College of Communications opens gate to Hollywood for students

Mason Carroll September 19, 2017

Thanks to a donation from the Cain Foundation, students can continue to study where the only other UT campus where you might run into Matthew McConaughey is located: Hollywood. Earlier this month, the...


LBJ Museum hosts ‘Sesame Street’ characters to celebrate National Museum Day

Mason Carroll September 18, 2017

The LBJ Presidential Library brought in beloved characters from the PBS show “Sesame Street” to celebrate Austin Museum Day on Sunday and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon...


New Ransom Center exhibit explores art, culture of 20th-century Mexico

Mason Carroll September 11, 2017

Vibrant paintings and ancient antiques line the walls of the Harry Ransom Center, taking viewers back to Mexico’s past. Starting this Monday, “Mexico Modern,” assembled by guest curators...

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