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TAMU wide receiver Thomas Linze Johnson missing since Monday

November 15, 2012

Police are continuing to search for a freshman wide receiver for Texas A&M University who has been missing since Monday evening. Thomas Linze Johnson, 18, was last seen leaving his residence in College...

SCOTUS to hear case on race based admissions

October 10, 2012

UT officials are in Washington, D.C., today for oral arguments in a Supreme Court case whose outcome will have implications for how universities can factor race into admission decisions. Abigail Fisher...

Austin water restrictions advance to stage two

September 4, 2012

The City of Austin will implement city-wide water restrictions Tuesday in response to declining water levels in Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan. Restrictions will enter stage two of the city’s four...

Results of first UT Energy Poll released, attempts to sway energy policymakers

October 20, 2011

UT President William Powers Jr. and Thomas Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School of Business, announced the results of the first UT Energy Poll in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The poll, conducted by...

Storms bring much needed rain, mild damage

October 10, 2011

Storms on Saturday night brought much needed rain to the city, and the unexpected weather also caused some minor damage to power lines and tree limbs. Afternoon showers on Saturday and overnight storms...

HealthPoint fair gives health tips to UT employees

October 3, 2011

UT employees had the opportunity to learn about what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus on Saturday. The Commons Learning Center at the Pickle Campus and UT’s...

Schools take different approaches to budget cuts

August 11, 2011

School of Architecture After losing three prominent professors in the past year, the School of Architecture’s answer to balancing a difficult budget has been to replace two positions with...

Federal appeals court hands down decision in UT’s favor

June 22, 2011

A federal appeals court handed down a win for UT in a lawsuit examining its consideration of race in admissions decisions, but the case could still have life if the plantiffs take it to the U.S. Supreme...

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Texas Student Media building evacuated

May 6, 2011

Daily Texan staff members sat on the plaza of the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center on Thursday evening after learning paint masks were not enough to protect them from potentially toxic fumes in their...

UT System disseminates financial info about faculty

May 6, 2011

The UT System released 821 pages of information about each faculty member in the system’s nine academic institutions Thursday, including their salaries, number of semester hours taught and research...

Liberal Arts building to cost less, finish in spring of 2013

May 5, 2011

When the cranes clear out, the East Mall fountain turns on and students move into the new College of Liberal Arts building in spring 2013, the end result will be $10 million cheaper and have 16,000...

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Campus, nation react to bin Laden’s death

May 3, 2011

In the days and weeks immediately following the morning of the Sept. 11 attacks, journalism graduate student Avery Holton said many of his friends joined the military. He said joining the military...

Foundation hosts seminar for university reform efforts

May 2, 2011

UT and Texas A&M found common ground on the importance of academic research during a higher education conference Friday. The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank, hosted...

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The Tailgate Toll

April 29, 2011

It will cost more for Longhorn fans to enjoy the pre-football game sacraments of beer and grilled food if a Parking and Transportation Services proposal on tailgating passes. The University will...

Powers works to lower costs, find funds

April 28, 2011

UT administrators will continue to explore ways to incorporate technology into academics without compromising University values in the face of dwindling state funds, President William Powers Jr. wrote...

University investment in gold has huge payoffs

April 19, 2011

Gold and green may not be UT’s colors, but the University may be seeing more of both. Beginning in September 2009, the University of Texas Investment Management Company spent $767 million...

Tuition exceeds learning costs at most colleges, study shows

April 18, 2011

Students pay more than what it costs universities to educate them, according to a report released by a higher education research center. In the policy paper “Who Subsidizes Whom?” three...

Controversial position filled before approval

April 14, 2011

UT System Board of Regents officials may have made the controversial hire of a special adviser without the necessary recommendation from the chancellor, according to emails obtained by the Houston Chronicle. In...

UT Medical Branch at odds with PETA

April 13, 2011

UT Medical Branch at Galveston may appeal last week’s decision by the Texas Attorney General that requires it to release a portion of the documents an animal rights group requested under the Freedom...

Enfield shuttle may combine with city route, CapMetro says

April 7, 2011

To close a $200,000 gap in the University’s shuttle service budget, the Enfield Road shuttle route will likely be combined with a mainline city route. The proposed route will serve most of...

Enfield shuttle may combine with city route, CapMetro says

April 7, 2011

To close a $200,000 gap in the University’s shuttle service budget, the Enfield Road shuttle route will likely be combined with a mainline city route. The proposed route will serve most of...

Final liberal arts budget leaves centers without aid

April 6, 2011

After student protests and months of examining and adjusting recommended cuts, three more Special Academic Centers will no longer receive funding from the College of Liberal Arts, Dean Randy Diehl announced...

Texas officials top list of highest-paid US university executives

April 5, 2011

UT’s president and the UT System chancellor are the second- and third-highest paid public university executives in the country, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. In total take-home...

University expands sale of oil leases

March 31, 2011

The Office of Business Affairs, which directs University Lands, sold almost $250 million of oil and gas leases Wednesday during its most lucrative semiannual lease sale in history. The sale included...

UT System officials reaffirm importance of research

March 30, 2011

  University officials, state lawmakers and a UT alumni association have all voiced their support for University research after the UT System hired a controversial academic adviser last month...

System Board ousts adviser in response to complaints

March 28, 2011

After hiring a $200,000-per-year adviser, the University of Texas System Board of Regents reassigned him last week and released a letter Friday addressing concerns about the Board’s commitment to academic...

Staff council set to discuss campus-wide smoking ban

March 25, 2011

University President William Powers Jr., said he opposes a campus-wide ban on smoking in his annual address to UT staff on Thursday. Powers told Staff Council a complete ban on smoking would overstep...

UT withdraws status in education survey because of approach

March 22, 2011

After falling in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking survey for the past six years, the University chose not to participate in last year’s survey. At Monday’s faculty council meeting,...

Non-academic project income makes up half of UT’s budget

March 21, 2011

Editor’s Note: This is the final installation in a four-part series examining the sources of UT’s funding. The University’s self-funding enterprises, research money and University land income make...

Tuition to increase for 2011-12 at five of six UT health institutes

March 21, 2011

Tuition at five of the UT System’s six health institutions will increase for the 2011-2012 academic year after the UT System Board of Regents approved the increases via teleconference Friday. The presidents...

Program to redesign entry-level courses

March 11, 2011

Faculty and administrators are redesigning large, entry-level undergraduate classes to better engage students with hopes they will learn and retain more from the courses. The University, with funding...

Iraqi refugee styles student hair at event

March 7, 2011

At a Hyde Park house where 12 UT students speak to one another in Arabic, a hair stylist new to the country offered haircuts as an opportunity to build her clientele base Sunday. Intesaar Abu-Jus, 47,...

Less state support causes tuition surge

March 7, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series examining the sources of UT’s funding. UT tuition has approximately doubled during the past decade, and it funds more of the University’s overall...

President Powers to hire mediator for staff conflicts

March 4, 2011

UT staff will soon have similar conflict resolution resources as faculty and students. Interviews for a new staff ombudsperson position began Thursday. UT Staff Council recommended that President William...

Court begins hearing case to revise rules for inventions

March 2, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court began to hear a case Monday that could change the rules governing the intellectual property rights to inventions from University research. Intellectual property licensing...

State higher education financing formula disfavors UT

February 28, 2011

Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series examining the sources of UT’s funding. As the University’s budget has grown over the past 10 years, the percentage of state...

Bill may give grad students health coverage under UT plan

February 25, 2011

The University can offer its health plan to graduate and postdoctoral research fellows if lawmakers approve a bill currently in the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs. The Texas Insurance Code...

A&M medical school faces dilemma of too many acceptances

February 22, 2011

Texas A&M’s medical school accepted more applicants for the class entering next year than it has room for, said an A&M administrator. Thomas Shomaker, dean of A&M’s College...

UT’s campaign to raise capital sees donations spike in 2011

February 21, 2011

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four-part series examining the sources of UT’s funding. The University’s $3 billion capital campaign has received more donations in 2011 than...

Students petition regents for socially aware investing

February 18, 2011

A UT student presented a resolution to the UT System Board of Regents on Thursday suggesting that they change the system investment policy, which the student said disregards the social and political...

Faculty Council moves to end unequal say in personnel votes

February 15, 2011

Certain faculty members currently weigh in twice on University personnel decisions, said a faculty council member. The council unanimously passed a resolution Monday to eliminate the practice, English...

Council’s resolution stresses opposition to concealed carry

February 15, 2011

The Faculty Council unanimously passed its second resolution in two years affirming the current ban on concealed firearm carry on campus at a Monday meeting. According to the resolution, the carrying...

Rival universities unite to preserve state funds

February 14, 2011

Rivals in the stands, on the hardwood and on the gridiron, UT and Texas A&M alumni will collaborate Tuesday to ask the Texas Legislature to invest in the state’s higher education budget for...

News Briefly

February 9, 2011

A plastic bottle likely exploded Tuesday afternoon on the South Mall near Homer Rainey Hall on the southwest side of the Six Pack, said a University Operations spokeswoman. Cindy Posey said someone...

News Briefly

February 9, 2011

The UT System Board of Regents elected new chairs Tuesday in a special meeting via telephone. The nine-member board chose San Antonio real estate developer Eugene Powell to replace Colleen McHugh as...

Gender inequity persists at University

February 7, 2011

The University has made little progress to correct the gender inequities identified by the 2008 Gender Equity Report. The report made by a provost’s task force found inequities for female...

UT students challenge race factor in admissions

February 4, 2011

UT’s consideration of race as a factor for undergraduate admissions may once again go before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for consideration. The plaintiffs in the case, Abigail Fisher, et...

News Briefly

February 2, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry appointed on Tuesday two new members to the UT System Board of Regents and re-appointed another. The governor’s office issued a press release Tuesday morning announcing the appointments....

Brown’s coaching staff to receive raises

February 2, 2011

Mack Brown’s new assistant coaching staff will cost almost $3.7 million this season. Brown, UT’s head football coach and the state’s highest paid employee, leads a nine-member assistant coaching...

Job prospects improve for recent business graduates

January 28, 2011

Despite the nation’s high unemployment rate, University graduates’ job prospects are improving, career service administrators said. Outside companies posted 51 percent more jobs University-wide in 2010...