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All content by Matthew Adams

Campus carry working group releases report

Samantha Ketterer and Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams December 1, 2015

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Rice University opts out of campus carry

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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

Matthew Adams 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...


UT System opts out of national assessment to cut costs

Matthew Adams September 30, 2015

The UT System will no longer participate in a student assessment they have distributed since 2004. Karen Adler, spokeswoman for the UT System, said the UT System decided over the summer to not continue...


MOOCs program continues to expand

Matthew Adams September 28, 2015

Since the UT System move began enrollment for massive open online courses in 2013, also known as MOOCs, the program has expanded to reach a wide audience of students. MOOCs are free online courses and...


UT reports increase in graduation, diversity rates

Matthew Adams September 25, 2015

Four-year graduation rates are now at 57.7 percent, an increase from last year, UT reported Thursday. According to UT, the graduation rate is 2.6 percent higher than last year’s, and student diversity...


Regents approve Patterson’s settlement

Jacob Martella and Matthew Adams September 24, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents unanimously approved Thursday a settlement for former athletic director Steve Patterson’s resignation. The details of the resignation are not yet available, but...


Graduation, diversity rates increase at UT

Matthew Adams September 24, 2015

This story has been updated. To see the updated version, click here. Both graduation and diversity rates are increasing on campus, according to UT officials. The four-year graduation rate for the...


UT System to launch sexual assault survey in October

Matthew Adams September 24, 2015

While UT-Austin waited for the Association of American Universities results, which was released Monday, the UT System had already initiated an independent sexual assault study across all its campuses. The...


AAU releases sexual assault survey

Matthew Adams September 21, 2015

This article has been updated throughout since publication. Almost one-fifth of female undergraduate students at the University have been victims of sexual assault, either by force or incapacitation...


UT System Regent Hall defends his actions regarding records requests

Matthew Adams September 18, 2015

UT System Regent Wallace Hall defended his own work regarding access to public information at the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas conference Thursday. Since being appointed to the board by...


Fenves inaugurated as 29th UT president, gives his first State of the University address

Matthew Adams September 18, 2015

Students, faculty and other community members gathered Thursday afternoon at Bass Concert Hall for UT President Gregory Fenves’ inauguration and State of the University address. In his speech,...


UT reports increase in prevalence of sexual assaults in Texas

Matthew Adams September 16, 2015

Sexual assaults are more prevalent in Texas presently than in 2003, according to a study by the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The study found 6.3 million Texans experienced some...


UT System to fund campus safety through bystander initiative

Matthew Adams September 14, 2015

The UT System will fund $1.4 million to its Bystander Intervention Initiative over the next three years, the System announced last week. The program will address problems such as hazing, academic integrity,...


Former UT Chancellor Dan Burck dies of lung cancer at 82

Matthew Adams September 14, 2015

Former UT Chancellor Dan Burck died at the age of 82 on Saturday morning after undergoing complications with lung cancer. Chancellor William McRaven released a statement Saturday about Burck’s...


UT System gives $4.5 million for brain research

Matthew Adams September 10, 2015

Forty-five research teams across the UT System each received $100,000 seed grants for their research and advances on the human brain. The recipients were selected from a group of 158 proposals and reviewed...


Campus carry working group gathers input from UT colleges

Matthew Adams September 10, 2015

The recently formed campus carry working group has announced two public forums and is continuing to gather information on where guns should not be located on campus. A campus-wide email sent Sept....


Report finds issues with fracking on UT System land

Matthew Adams September 9, 2015

The Environment Texas Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group reported issues with oil drilling on UT System land, such as excessive water usage and the release of chemicals during drilling,...


Working group begins to evaluate, prepare for campus carry

Matthew Adams September 3, 2015

Just after the Jefferson Davis statue controversy came to an end, members of UT have begun working to submit a recommendation to University President Gregory Fenves regarding campus carry. On May 30,...


University welcomes transfer students

Matthew Adams September 2, 2015

As part of Longhorn Welcome Week, transfer students met for food and an opportunity to meet new people at an event held by the Multicultural Engagement Center on Tuesday. Brandelyn Franks Flunder, director...


UT System and Mexico technology council to expand STEM research programs

Matthew Adams September 1, 2015

After nearly a year of negotiations, the UT System and Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) reached an agreement to expand research programs at the UT-San Antonio campus. System...


System opens UT-Rio Grande Valley campus

Matthew Adams September 1, 2015

Through merging UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, the UT System officially opened the UT-Rio Grande Valley campus Monday. UT System spokeswoman Jenny LaCoste-Caputo said UTRGV welcomed more than 4,200...


University removes Davis statue from Main Mall

Matthew Adams August 30, 2015

This article has been updated throughout since publication. After months of debate, UT removed the Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson statues from the Main Mall on Sunday morning.  The removal...


Judge denies Sons of Confederate Veterans’ temporary restraining order; UT to relocate statues

Matthew Adams August 28, 2015

Representatives from UT and the Sons of Confederate Veterans gathered for a hearing at the Travis County Court on Thursday, where a temporary injunction regarding the removal of the Jefferson Davis and...


System spent thousands annually on student regent travel, lodging

Matthew Adams August 27, 2015

Student regents on the Board of Regents have cost the UT System more than $80,000 since 2009, according to public records obtained from the System. The UT student regent serves a one-year, non-voting...


Students react to the Davis statue during Gone to Texas

Matthew Adams August 26, 2015

As the University welcomes a new class at Gone to Texas, the Jefferson Davis statue remains on the Main Mall, where it has been since 1933. Since February, the Davis statue has been vandalized three...


President Fenves announces working group to review campus carry

Matthew Adams August 24, 2015

University President Gregory Fenves announced the formation of a committee to review campus carry in a University-wide email Thursday. On May 30, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11 to allow...


Jefferson Davis statue: What you need to know

Matthew Adams August 24, 2015

Following an attempt to prevent the relocation of the Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson statues, a temporary injunction hearing will be held in court on Aug. 27 to determine whether the statues are allowed...


Regents pass new UT policy to address ‘rare admissions’ concerns

Matthew Adams August 24, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents passed a new UT admissions policy with a 7–1 vote at a meeting Thursday. The policy addresses how letters of recommendation are handled and clarifies how to handle...


Regents address ‘rare admission decisions’ in new UT admissions policy

Matthew Adams August 21, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents passed a new UT admissions policy with a 7-1 vote at a Thursday meeting. The policy addresses how letters of recommendation are handled and also clarifies how to handle...


Fenves announces working group to review campus carry

Matthew Adams August 20, 2015

University President Gregory Fenves announced in an email Thursday the formation of a committee to review campus carry. On May 30, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11 allowing licensed permit...


Eleven UT-Austin educators receive Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards

Matthew Adams August 20, 2015

The UT System Board of Regents recognized 79 faculty members across all UT institutions Wednesday night, 11 of whom were from UT-Austin. University spokeswoman Jenny LaCoste-Caputo said UT-Austin had...


UT to partner with Japanese energy group for new energy sources for supercomputers

Matthew Adams August 11, 2015

UT will partner with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, a Japanese government agency, to introduce alternative energy sources for advanced computers in UT’s data center. The...


Majority of task force recommendations support relocating Confederate statues

Matthew Adams August 10, 2015

The Task Force on Historical Representation of Statuary released their recommendations to UT President Gregory Fenves earlier Monday, primarily advocating for the relocation of the Jefferson Davis statue...


Summer wrap up

Matthew Adams August 3, 2015

From controversy surrounding the Jefferson Davis statue to same-sex marriage equality, the University and Austin have experienced a busy summer. Here is a look back at some of the bigger events that took...


Austin will see dance hall return soon, replacing Midnight Rodeo

Matthew Adams July 30, 2015

After Midnight Rodeo, a dance hall located on East Ben White Boulevard, closed suddenly on May 23, the building’s owner, Rosemary Follis, plans to bring back her dance hall. Midnight Rodeo has...


Austin Police Department introduces plan to add more officers

Matthew Adams July 30, 2015

Within the next five years, the Austin Police Department plans to add 410 officers to increase its goal for more community engagement. Announced July 19, this plan to add 82 police officers a year will...


University task force prepares to announce its recommendation on Davis statue controversy

Matthew Adams and Jackie Wang July 27, 2015

The task force assembled to review the Jefferson Davis statue and other Confederate statues is set to present its recommendations to UT President Gregory Fenves on August 1.  Following the shooting...


With Jade Helm 15 underway, all quiet on the Bastrop front

Matthew Adams July 27, 2015

After the U.S. Army military training exercise dubbed Jade Helm kicked off in Bastrop, Texas, despite conspiracy theories and media hype, citizens of Bastrop reported — well, nothing out of...


Following the Austin cobra incident last week, people respond on social media.

Matthew Adams July 23, 2015

As the Austin Police Department and Animal Protection dealt with the death of a teenager and a cobra on the loose, citizens took to social media to comment on the situation. On July 14, Grant Thompson,...


UT announces recipients of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award

Matthew Adams July 17, 2015

UT announced Monday 11 faculty members have received the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. The award, given by the Board of Regents, was established in 2008 to recognize the University’s...


Preamble to Confederate Constitution decorates the wall of the Tower

Matthew Adams July 14, 2015

Since the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, last month, discussions and actions have focused on removing Confederate symbols. While UT has formed a task force to address issues surrounding the Jefferson...


UT and Mexico finalize agreement to expand academic resource exchange

Matthew Adams July 14, 2015

UT and the government of Mexico have extended an agreement to expand academic resources on both sides of the border. President Gregory Fenves and UT System Chancellor William McRaven met with Mexico’s...


Controversial iconography on UT’s campus

Matthew Adams July 13, 2015

This article has been updated since its original publication. On Thursday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill into law to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, one of the latest...


Hall excluded from Board of Regents executive session discussing his lawsuit against McRaven

Matthew Adams July 9, 2015

Following the lawsuit Regent Wallace Hall filed against System Chancellor William McRaven, the UT System Board of Regents met Wednesday to discuss legal issues regarding access to documents. The regents...


Crowding, increased criminal activity on Sixth Street causes police’s use of force

Matthew Adams July 6, 2015

Over drinking, drugs and an increase of criminal activity downtown at popular nightlife destinations, such as Sixth Street, has caused police patrolling those areas to use more force, according to a detective...


Supreme Court to hear Fisher case for second time

Matthew Adams June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court announced on Monday it would review the Fisher v. University of Texas case for a second time.   Abigail Fisher sued the University of Texas in 2012 after she was denied...


Supreme Court upholds same-sex marriage as a right

This story is developing, and we will post updates in this article as they occur. Update (11:02 p.m.): Thousands of people gathered on Fourth Street on Friday evening to celebrate the U.S. Supreme...


University will form task force to address future of Jefferson Davis statue

Matthew Adams June 24, 2015

The University addressed the vandalism of three Confederate statues Tuesday at a press conference held in front of the Jefferson Davis statue. The statues of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and...


Fenves meets with SG leaders to discuss Jefferson Davis statue after online petition gains momentum

Matthew Adams June 23, 2015

Following the outrage surrounding the removal of the Confederate flag from State Capital grounds in Charleston, South Carolina, the conversation of removing the Jefferson Davis statue on campus has started...


City continues to see increase in synthetic marijuana use

Matthew Adams June 21, 2015

Since May 29, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service has seen an increase use of synthetic marijuana in Austin. According to the Austin American-Statesman, EMS officials said they have...


Water restrictions prevent 1,000-foot waterslide from setting up in Austin

Matthew Adams June 19, 2015

Even with all the rain Austin received over Memorial Day weekend and since, water restrictions are still in place — preventing a 1,000-foot waterslide from stopping in the city. Slide the City,...


Austin rates high in renter satisfaction despite price increases

Matthew Adams June 14, 2015

Austin is ranked fourth in the nation for highest overall renter satisfaction, according to a survey conducted by the apartment real estate website Apartment List. However, with Austin’s high...

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