The Daily Texan

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After 5 semesters at Texan, projects reporter says goodbye

December 7, 2020

It feels strange to be writing this column now, when I feel so disconnected from campus. I’m taking remote classes this semester — and have been since the spring 2020 semester, when students...

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Organizations make plans regarding recruitment, holding events in fall

August 14, 2020

Texas Crew, a competitive rowing club, has a five-week recruitment process each semester that consists of tabling at the West Mall and bringing potential members to Lady Bird Lake to teach them how to...

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UT-Austin dining halls to offer limited menus, late night hours in fall

August 9, 2020

Dining on campus will look different this fall, as efforts are made to maintain social distancing and minimize cross-contact, said Erich Geiger, senior director of dining and catering for University Housing...

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Students find ways to celebrate Juneteenth at home during COVID-19 pandemic

June 19, 2020

Acting junior Sydnie Brown typically spends the Juneteenth holiday barbecuing at her family’s house in Houston. She’s keeping the gathering smaller than usual this year because of COVID-19...

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MyUT student portal gets it’s own mobile app

January 24, 2019

An app version of the University’s MyUT online portal is now available for students to download. Like the portal website, the MyUT Austin app allows students to access class schedules, Canvas...

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Kathie Tovo holds District 9 city council position

November 7, 2018

Incumbent council member Kathie Tovo defeated three challengers in Tuesday’s election to once again represent District 9 on the Austin City Council. “It’s really been an extraordinary...

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Cole, Hinojosa, Rodriguez win Texas House races

November 7, 2018

Democrats Sheryl Cole, incumbent Gina Hinojosa and incumbent Eddie Rodriguez won their races for the Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday night. Cole won the race to represent House District 46,...

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Gun free UT signs face removal after University enforces signage policy

September 7, 2018

The University has requested that faculty take down all outward facing signs from office windows by Sept. 7, including signs affiliated with Gun Free UT. "Consistent with U.S. Supreme Court rulings,...

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From Mexican to Mediterranean, students returning to UT-Austin have several new food options

August 29, 2018

Students returning to campus this fall will be able to check out two new Mexican eateries, try a Mediterranean bowl or grab some barbecue from a soon-to-close West Campus joint. Taco Ranch, a Tex-Mex...

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Campus Carry lawsuit dismissal upheld

August 27, 2018

A panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 16 upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by three UT professors who challenged Senate Bill 11, the state’s campus carry law. The...

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Appeals court upholds dismissal of UT professors campus carry lawsuit

August 17, 2018

A panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit by three UT professors who challenged Senate Bill 11, the state’s campus carry law. The...

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Martinez selected as dean of College of Education

August 8, 2018

Long before Charles Martinez was selected as UT’s new dean of the College of Education, he was a first-generation college student, leaving home in San Diego to pursue a degree. “My dad sort...

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Unconventional clubs to check out this fall

August 8, 2018

From sports clubs to religion clubs, there are plenty of ways to get involved on UT’s campus. But what about a “Harry Potter”-themed service organization or a club that meets up to eat...

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Proposed city ordinance could lower booting fees, change booting regulations

July 20, 2018

A new city ordinance proposed by the Austin Police Department could cap booting fees at $50 and change how booting companies operate in Austin. APD presented the ordinance during an Urban Transportation...

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Ultimate Longhorn baseball fan continues to cheer on Texas

July 17, 2018

The living room of Scott Wilson’s North Austin home is completely packed with signed Longhorn memorabilia, game keepsakes and, according to him, a lifetime’s worth of memories. The 66-year-old...

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Alumni launch protein-packed donut company

July 3, 2018

Driven by a passion for health and fitness, an entrepreneurial itch and a longtime love of donuts, a team of UT alumni is hoping they have the recipe for sweet success. The four founders of Elite Sweets,...

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Conans Pizza location near campus to close

June 26, 2018

Conans Pizza will close its founding 29th and Guadalupe Street location on July 22, three days after its 42nd anniversary. The quirky Austin pizza joint is named after fictional hero Conan The Barbarian,...

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The Drag Race: Businesses shift gears to stay open on Guad

June 26, 2018

Students walking along Guadalupe Street can expect to see changes to the shopping strip every year. This year, the closing of Guad-mainstay Ruby’s BBQ and the recent opening of Rise, a donut and...

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New database showcases women historians, includes UT affiliates

June 26, 2018

A new database is out to rewrite the stereotype of who can be a history expert. Karin Wulf, a professor of history at the College of William & Mary, met up with co-founders Emily Prifogle and Keisha...

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Bird returns to Austin streets

June 12, 2018

Dockless electric scooter companies Bird and LimeBike have returned to the streets of Austin, along with new competition, after temporarily removing their scooters in April to comply with the city’s...

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International bubble tea chain opens first Austin store in Dobie Mall

June 8, 2018

International bubble tea chain Gong Cha has officially opened its first Austin location in the Dobie Mall. The Taiwan-based tea and coffee shop offers chilled tea drinks to students looking to combat the...

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Semester in Review: looking back, looking forward

May 4, 2018

CRIME: Looking forward Meechaiel Criner’s trial is set to begin July 9. Criner was indicted by a grand jury for capital murder in connection with the 2016 death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser. Looking...

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Where did all the dockless electric scooters go?

April 30, 2018

Students opening their Bird or LimeBike dockless electric scooter apps over the weekend were not greeted with the usual flood of icons signifying available scooters in the campus area.  In response...

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Residents of Goodall Wooten dormitory told they must leave by May 16

April 26, 2018

The Goodall Wooten is a plain, high-rise dormitory building located on The Drag. It’s known by residents as “The Woo,” and many who pass by it barely even notice it’s there.  Some...

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University Co-op makes changes to combat loss in profitability

April 24, 2018

The University Co-op has faced hard financial times over the past five years, posting millions of dollars in operating losses and closing multiple satellite stores across the state, according to the Austin...

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Researchers from Finland are studying concealed carry on UT’s campus

April 19, 2018

A team of Finnish researchers is studying how the UT community feels about campus carry, which drew global attention when it became state law in 2016.  Senate Bill 11, which was signed by...

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What’s the deal with those electric scooters on campus?

April 17, 2018

Students now have two dockless electric scooter companies to choose from in the University area. Both Bird and LimeBike electric scooter companies have landed in Austin, including areas around the Drag. Bird...

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Pooches pose for the camera at Urban Outfitter’s National Pets Day Portraits event

April 12, 2018

Despite a beating sun on Wednesday afternoon, Penny still worked the camera at Urban Outfitter’s Space 24 Twenty, nailing poses like “sit” and “stay.” The pug was brought...

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Rise Biscuits and Donuts opens on Guadalupe

April 11, 2018

Early risers and brunch lovers commuting on Guadalupe Street have something to celebrate today, as Rise Biscuits and Donuts opens for business on the Drag. Store co-owner Shashin Desai said the sweet...

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Students applying to jobs should think about their social media presence, according to study

April 6, 2018

While college students may use social media to share their opinions and experiences with friends, it is now more likely their posts will be viewed by a potential employer as well. According to a 2017...

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City hosts first dockless bike share community forum

April 5, 2018

The sun may have been just rising Wednesday morning, but that did not stop city members, companies and the community from gathering at the Austin Central Library for a pitch session on bringing dockless...

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Dockless electric scooters may be coming to University area

April 2, 2018

A month after Austin’s city council approved a 12-month program to test dockless bikes, the stationless vehicles may soon be rolling in to city streets. Bikeshare company Limebike hopes to bring...

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Social work students from across Texas gather at Capitol

March 27, 2018

Speaking out about everything from gun reform to helping homeless veterans, hundreds of social work students from colleges across Texas met at the south steps of the State Capitol on Monday afternoon as...

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How UT handles free speech

March 22, 2018

According to a survey published this month by the Gallup-Knight Foundation, the number of U.S. college students who feel their campus climate inhibits freedom of speech may be on the rise. Out of more...

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West Campus area has nearly doubled in population over past 20 years

March 19, 2018

Over the past 20 years, the population of the University Neighborhood Overlay district, which accounts for most of the West Campus area, has almost doubled in size. From 2000 to 2015, the area grew...

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UT staff, students get involved at SXSW

March 7, 2018

With more than 150 UT faculty, students and alumni participating in South by Southwest over the next few weeks, the University is making its mark on the world-renowned arts festival and conference. “‘South...

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District 21 primary election ends in a close race, two run-off elections

March 7, 2018

While watching the Congressional District 21 election results Tuesday night, tentative looks were shared by those at Democratic candidate Derrick Crowe’s campaign watch party at Toss Pizzeria &...

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Texas’ 21st Congressional District primary: What you need to know

March 1, 2018

Election day for the Texas primaries is in less than a week, and the race for a representative spot in Texas’ 21st Congressional District is heating up. The 21st District covers a substantial...

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City’s new gentrification task force holds first community forum

February 26, 2018

A new city task force, working with University professors to tackle gentrification, hosted its first community forum on Saturday. “Coming out to hear people speak, we are hearing what (Austinites...

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CAVA, Gong Cha Bubble coming soon to Drag

February 23, 2018

Students craving bubble tea or a healthy Mediterranean meal can soon get their fix at two new spots opening on Guadalupe Street this spring. International bubble tea chain Gong Cha and Washington D.C.-based...

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Plans leaked detailing CapMetro’s new light rail draft

February 21, 2018

Pages leaked last week shed light on Capital Metro’s Project Connect high-capacity transit draft plan, which includes a light-rail line that would connect North and South Austin using Lamar Boulevard...

Gun Free UT group advocates on east mall

February 20, 2018

Donning bright orange t-shirts and holding signs that read, “Protect our kids, not our guns,” a group of about 20 parents and UT faculty from the Gun Free UT group gathered at the East Mall...

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Has the Drag lost its local charm?

February 16, 2018

The names Captain Quackenbush, Inner Sanctum and Les Amis are likely unfamiliar to a current UT student, but in the 1970s and 1980s, they were instantly recognizable as just a few of the quirky, locally...

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UT, Austin libraries are making changes to accommodate new generation of library-goers

February 14, 2018

Of the more than 11 million books lining the shelves of the Perry-Castaneda Library, a growing number are going untouched. As a solution, the University now takes low-circulation books to multiple off-site...

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West campus currently harbors seventeen construction projects

February 9, 2018

For West Campus commuter Charlotte Doughty, a typical trip to class consists of walking, listening to an audiobook and avoiding the seemingly endless construction. There’s just one thing that does...

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Ruby’s BBQ to close after 29 years

February 5, 2018

To UT alumnus Jon Schy, Ruby’s BBQ means memories, quality brisket and above all, consistency. After nearly 30 years on Guadalupe Street, the campus-area barbecue joint will close its doors later...

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Texas colleges discuss free speech on campuses at state Senate meeting

February 1, 2018

Last November, masked men bearing torches gathered on UT’s main mall, breaking multiple free speech codes, including one prohibited items policy that was implemented just a day before. The men...

Ruby’s BBQ near UT Austin campus to close after almost 30 years of business

February 1, 2018

Ruby’s BBQ is closing its doors after 29 years on the Drag, according to the Austin Chronicle. The restaurant's official last day is still unannounced, but an employee said it would likely...

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Landmark commission approves demolition of Graffiti Park

January 31, 2018

Students only have a little time left to admire the artwork, take a selfie or paint the walls at Graffiti Park. On Monday evening, Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission unanimously approved the demolition...