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Campus carry working group releases report

December 10, 2015

The campus carry working group released 25 recommendations to the UT president Thursday, including that guns should not be prohibited in classrooms. Campus carry, or S.B. 11, will allow licensed...


Supreme Court hears Fisher v. University of Texas II

December 9, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard a second round of arguments Wednesday in Fisher v. University of Texas which could determine the use of affirmative action at the University and across the nation. Despite...


Life as a reporter is more than I could ask for

December 4, 2015

“Matthew,” managing editor Brett Donohoe shouted at me on June 27. News editor Andy Boyd also shouted the same thing from Brett’s office. The only thing my body knew to do was hop...


Professors explain potential outcomes of Fisher v. UT

December 4, 2015

Although Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas will be heard for a second time on Dec. 9, the US Supreme Court has addressed the issue of affirmative action many times before.    Fisher,...


Sweatt family files a brief supporting UT in Fisher case

December 3, 2015

In 1946, Heman Marion Sweatt was an African-American denied admission into the UT School of Law on the basis of race. This case was the first time the Supreme Court found that diversity, including racial...


Businesses along the Drag prepare for Open Carry

December 2, 2015

As open carry will be implemented in January, businesses near campus are still figuring out the impact it could have. House Bill 910, also known as open carry, will allow those with concealed carry...


Timeline of Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

December 1, 2015

Infographic by Iliana Storch


Rice University opts out of campus carry

December 1, 2015

Rice University announced Monday it would be opting out of campus carry, becoming the fifth private university in Texas to make this decision. Rice President David Leebron sent a University-wide email...


Majority of amicus briefs address support University in Fisher v. UT case

November 30, 2015

Over 70 percent of the briefs filed in the Fisher v. University of Texas case support the University and its affirmative action policies.  Outside of Fisher, the petitioner, and UT, the respondent,...


University spent seven times original estimate on Fenves’ inauguration

November 30, 2015

After originally reporting president Gregory Fenves’ inauguration would cost $28,000, recent records show that the final cost totaled over $200,000. University spokesman Gary Susswein confirmed...


I Luv Video store on Guadalupe Street closes

November 24, 2015

I Luv Video, a movie rental store on Guadalupe Street, closed Monday as the area continues to see widespread business relocations and closings. I Luv Video had two store locations in Austin, one on...


Texans rally for immigrants’ rights in three-day march

November 23, 2015

As part of a pilgrimage from Nov. 19-21, documented and undocumented Texans marched from Hutto to the Governor’s Mansion to protest Gov. Greg Abbott’s refusal to implement President Barack...


McRaven says US must prioritize fighting terrorists

November 23, 2015

As part of a three-day national security forum on campus, UT Chancellor William McRaven said at a talk Friday that the US should prioritize fighting terrorists.  McRaven, who previously served...


Dean salaries at UT higher than national average

November 20, 2015

In a growing market that influences salaries of deans across the country, the average UT dean’s salary is still much greater. A 2014 to 2015 report from the Chronicle of Higher Education shows...


University works to assist low-income students with Texas Advance scholarship

November 18, 2015

UT is expanding an effort to diversify its campus by providing $20 million in scholarships over a four-year period to low-income students who might not otherwise consider Texas. Diane Todd Sprague,...


Faculty Council passes campus carry resolution

November 17, 2015

The Faculty Council passed a campus carry resolution after adding an amendment to the proposal Monday.   The council proposed a resolution to prohibit guns from being allowed in the classroom, laboratories,...


Texas will refuse Syrian refugees, according to Gov. Abbott

November 17, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott, in a letter to President Obama on Monday, said the state of Texas would refuse Syrian refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed over 120 citizens. In this letter,...


UT System announces collaboration to reduce infant mortality rates

November 13, 2015

The UT System and the Texas Department of State Health Services announced a collaboration this week to reduce infant mortality rates across the state. According to data collected by the Department of...


Gun-Free UT holds third rally on Main Mall

November 11, 2015

Gun-Free UT, a group against Senate Bill 11 allowing concealed guns on college campuses, held its third rally Tuesday. Journalism senior Danielle Vabner spoke at the rally of about 100 students and...


Following several resignations, top administrative positions still vacant

November 11, 2015

The searches for three college deans and two administrative positions are still underway following several resignations during the past school year.  Following the announcement of President William...


Noodles and Company leaves the Drag, other businesses to follow

November 10, 2015

As time continues to pass, so, too, do the businesses along Guadalupe Street. Noodles and Company decided to close locations in Texas, ATX Books will be permanently closing and Melissa’s Custom Gifts...


Hall v. McRaven hearing rescheduled for week of Dec. 7

November 9, 2015

A hearing in the Hall v. McRaven lawsuit has been rescheduled for the week of Dec. 7. The hearing, which was originally set for Oct. 19, was first rescheduled for Nov. 9. Both sides filed an agreement...


McRaven: UT System vision includes research, faculty diversity

November 6, 2015

Chancellor William McRaven presented new UT System projects and goals to produce top research and recruit diverse faculty members at the Board of Regents meeting Thursday. McRaven, a former Navy SEAL...


Board of Regents completes first day of meetings

November 5, 2015

The Board of Regents presented project proposals and reports Wednesday as it completed its first of two days of meetings. The Board of Regents will vote on all agendas proposed and approved by...


Campus carry remains contentious issue

November 2, 2015

This year marked a change for Texas public universities with the passage of campus carry, inciting polarizing responses toward the law. As the 84th Legislature met in 2015, the House filed Senate Bill...


UT System receives $2 million grant for innovative education

November 2, 2015

The UT System received a $2 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to implement innovative education opportunities. This grant will be used to support low-income, first-generation...


UT Journalism receives funding for digital innovation

October 30, 2015

With a growing demand for digital innovation in journalism, the Belo Foundation in Dallas awarded UT a $1.5 million grant to create the Dallas Morning News Innovation Endowment for the Moody College of...


UT research group collaborates with team in Singapore

October 28, 2015

The Construction Industry Institute, a research-based group within the Cockrell School of Engineering, signed a three-year and $3 million contract working with the Singapore Economic Development Board...


University files respondent brief in Fisher case

October 27, 2015

UT filed its brief Monday to the Supreme Court in response to the brief filed by Abigail Fisher on Sept. 3. The Fisher brief argues for this case to be heard again, claiming that UT has violated its...

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University decreases percentage of automatically admitted students

October 23, 2015

The application process for undergraduate admissions at UT is becoming more difficult as the University decreases the percentage of automatically admitted students. Texas high school students applying...


SG plans for sexual assault initiative

October 21, 2015

Student Government members introduced a resolution in support of sexual assault prevention and self-defense education in new student curriculum. Legislation co-author Jennifer McGinty said the...


Despite staff reservations, Shared Services continues

October 19, 2015

Shared Services, a controversial program which consolidates certain decentralized services across the University is continuing, after moving past reservations from staff members. The program, started...


Gov. Greg Abbott addresses fires in Bastrop County, declares state of disaster for county

October 16, 2015

Following another set of wildfires in Bastrop County, Gov. Greg Abbott announced a state of disaster for the county Thursday morning. As of Thursday evening, the fire encompassed 4,383 acres of land...


52 psychology professors sign petition against campus carry

October 14, 2015

As UT continues to discuss implementation of campus carry, 52 members of the psychology department have signed a statement voicing opposition to the law. This statement is against SB 11, legislation...

Sons of Confederate Veterans continues petition for Jefferson Davis statue’s return

October 14, 2015

Although the Jefferson Davis statue was removed from the Main Mall Aug. 30, the Sons of Confederate Veterans are still fighting for the statue to be returned to campus. A hearing held in the district...


More than 50 members of psychology department sign statement against campus carry

October 13, 2015

This story has been updated. To see the updated version, click here. As UT continues to discuss implementing campus carry, more than 50 members of the psychology department signed a statement voicing...


UT-Dallas alumnus wins Nobel Prize in chemistry

October 13, 2015

UT-Dallas alumnus Aziz Sancar won the school’s first ever Nobel Prize in chemistry last week. Sancar, a professor in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of North Carolina, was one...


Cockrell School of Engineering increases number of women

October 8, 2015

An initiative from the Cockrell School of Engineering continues to progress toward the goal of increasing the number of women in the program. Tricia Berry, director of the Women in Engineering Program,...


Fenves names Daniel Jaffe new vice president of research

October 7, 2015

University President Gregory Fenves announced Tuesday that Daniel Jaffe will be the new Vice President of Research for the University. Juan Sanchez, who held the position for the last 16 years, announced...


NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund collects data for brief in Fisher v. UT

October 7, 2015

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear the Fisher v. UT case for a second time, the NAACP is conducting a questionnaire with UT’s Black Student Alliance to gather information for a brief which...


UT holds second public forum regarding campus carry

October 6, 2015

UT held its last public forum Wednesday to discuss how concealed carry on the UT campus will be implemented. The working group, formed by UT President Gregory Fenves, hosted the forum to collect...


Regents approve plan for 2 percent tuition increase

October 3, 2015

On a 6-2 vote Friday, the UT Board of Regents approved a plan for a 2 percent tuition increase for the 2016–2017 school year. In 2003, the Texas State Legislature lifted restrictions on how much...


UT continues to finalize student demographics data

October 2, 2015

Following the 12th class day, data shows little changes amongst the percentages of minorities and ethnicities on campus. Joey Williams, communications coordinator for the Office of the Executive Vice...

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Majority of speakers at first public forum voice anti-campus carry opinions

October 1, 2015

A majority of people attending the first public forum on campus carry spoke against policy that will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2016. In June 2015, the Texas Legislation passed Senate Bill 11, which...