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All content by Meara Isenberg

After 5 semesters at Texan, projects reporter says goodbye

Meara Isenberg 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...


UT students say the pandemic has taken a toll on their mental health

Meara Isenberg September 25, 2020

In the months before fall classes began at UT, Santiago, then an incoming freshman, experienced periods of overwhelming stress and anxiety. He said his symptoms often lasted for hours and occurred when...


Organizations make plans regarding recruitment, holding events in fall

Lauren Goodman and Meara Isenberg 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...


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

Meara Isenberg 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...


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

Emily Hernandez and Meara Isenberg 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...


MyUT student portal gets it’s own mobile app

Meara Isenberg 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...


Kathie Tovo holds District 9 city council position

Meara Isenberg and Sami Sparber 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...


Cole, Hinojosa, Rodriguez win Texas House races

Meara Isenberg 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,...


Gun free UT signs face removal after University enforces signage policy

Morgan O'Hanlon and Meara Isenberg 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,...


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

Meara Isenberg 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...


Campus Carry lawsuit dismissal upheld

Meara Isenberg 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...


Appeals court upholds dismissal of UT professors campus carry lawsuit

Meara Isenberg 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...


Martinez selected as dean of College of Education

Meara Isenberg 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...


Unconventional clubs to check out this fall

Meara Isenberg 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...


Proposed city ordinance could lower booting fees, change booting regulations

Meara Isenberg 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...


Ultimate Longhorn baseball fan continues to cheer on Texas

Meara Isenberg 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...


Alumni launch protein-packed donut company

Meara Isenberg 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,...


Conans Pizza location near campus to close

Meara Isenberg 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,...


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

Meara Isenberg and Megan Menchaca 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...


New database showcases women historians, includes UT affiliates

Meara Isenberg 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...


Bird returns to Austin streets

Meara Isenberg 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...


International bubble tea chain opens first Austin store in Dobie Mall

Meara Isenberg 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...


Semester in Review: looking back, looking forward

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...


Where did all the dockless electric scooters go?

Meara Isenberg 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...


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

Meara Isenberg and Chase Karacostas 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...


University Co-op makes changes to combat loss in profitability

Meara Isenberg 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...


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

Meara Isenberg 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...


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

Meara Isenberg 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...


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

Meara Isenberg 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...


Rise Biscuits and Donuts opens on Guadalupe

Meara Isenberg 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...


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

Meara Isenberg 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...


City hosts first dockless bike share community forum

Meara Isenberg 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...


Dockless electric scooters may be coming to University area

Meara Isenberg 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

Meara Isenberg 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...


How UT handles free speech

Meara Isenberg 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...


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

Meara Isenberg 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

Meara Isenberg 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...


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

Meara Isenberg 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 &...


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

Meara Isenberg 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...


City’s new gentrification task force holds first community forum

Meara Isenberg 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...


CAVA, Gong Cha Bubble coming soon to Drag

Meara Isenberg 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...


Plans leaked detailing CapMetro’s new light rail draft

Meara Isenberg 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

Meara Isenberg 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...


Has the Drag lost its local charm?

Meara Isenberg 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...


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

Meara Isenberg 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...


West campus currently harbors seventeen construction projects

Meara Isenberg 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...


Ruby’s BBQ to close after 29 years

Meara Isenberg 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...


Texas colleges discuss free speech on campuses at state Senate meeting

Meara Isenberg 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

Meara Isenberg 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...


Landmark commission approves demolition of Graffiti Park

Meara Isenberg 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...


Early housing rush increases pressures on students

Meara Isenberg January 26, 2018

Following Thanksgiving break, business freshman Jessica Zhang met with her first-ever housing contractor, eager to pin down her off-campus living situation for the coming year. However, when the time...


UTPD expands text message alerts to off-campus incidents

Meara Isenberg January 22, 2018

Multiple texts lit up students’ phone screens Friday as they followed the frenzy of two related Subway robberies in West Campus. The UT Police Department, who issues the emergency text alerts...


Coffee, fries and donuts shops coming to the Drag this spring

Meara Isenberg January 19, 2018

From a coffee robot straight out of a futuristic film to a chain that offers six different french fry varieties, new eateries will be available for students to choose from this semester on Guadalupe Street. First...


UT grad designs sunset crosswalk outside Co-op

Meara Isenberg January 16, 2018

Students returning to campus after winter break may be surprised to see a colorful new addition to the Drag. With a few pails of thermoplastic paint, UT design alumnus Joel Weber and the city of Austin...


Fourth annual UT night at the Trail of Lights brings spirit

Meara Isenberg December 11, 2017

Math senior Marisa Alonzo looked at a giant, luminous globe where one by one, Austin, the United States and the entire world were lit up with a burnt orange glow. This lights display added to the roughly...

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Harry Ransom Center adopts new online platform for materials

Meara Isenberg December 7, 2017

Now anyone can view and interact with thousands of materials from the Harry Ransom Center without leaving the comfort of their couch. The Center announced on Tuesday that more than 50,000 images will...


Student films screened at first-annual 512 Film Festival

Meara Isenberg December 4, 2017

From a comedic film about prom to a documentary-style short where paintings come to life, the first ever 512 Film Festival was anything but ordinary. Featuring a hodgepodge of student-produced, short-length...

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Student helps father’s Instagram carpet account go viral with a tweet

Meara Isenberg November 30, 2017

With a carpet-loving dad, a knack for social media and a sprinkle of luck, acting sophomore Jill Young had all the ingredients for internet fame. Christmas came early for Jill, who tweeted that all...

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Filipino students shine at Filipino Culture Night

Meara Isenberg November 20, 2017

Biology senior Eufrosino Veloso strummed his guitar, filling the Texas Union Theatre on Friday night with a song in his first language, Tagalog. It was a moment Veloso had thought of since freshman year...


Senate of College Councils recommends no tuition increase

Meara Isenberg November 17, 2017

The UT Senate of College Councils advised Thursday against increasing tuition, following the University’s announcement earlier this week of a possible 2 percent tuition increase. The Senate’s...


UT Thanks Day celebrates University donors

Meara Isenberg November 16, 2017

Alfonso Toscano took a detour on his way to class Wednesday morning, stopping to sign a card, grab a doughnut and thank the donors who impacted his five years at the University. “Sometimes we...


Acapalooza 2017! raises funds for Harvey relief fund

Meara Isenberg November 13, 2017

The low, groovy beat of Childish Gambino’s song “Redbone” played as a single silhouette mid-stage was suddenly joined by individuals from both sides, stepping, swaying and singing with...


Students learn about importance of data from former CFO of Intel

Meara Isenberg November 9, 2017

When he was a UT student, a young Stacy Smith was inspired by a lecture he heard from former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Now, returning to the University as the former CFO of Intel, he was the one in that seat. “Steve...


Male contestants bring talent to Mr. Spirit pageant competition

Meara Isenberg November 6, 2017

With bright red sashes to complement their sassy performance, 12 male contestants danced in sync to Nelly Furtado’s song “Promiscuous,” kicking off the fourth-annual Mr. Spirit male pageant...


Musician who helped inspire Egyptian Revolution speaks on art, resistance

Meara Isenberg November 2, 2017

Ramy Essam strummed his guitar, filling a lecture room with the melody of his song “Irhal” — the same tune that once played through Tahrir Square in Egypt as the anthem of a revolution. Essam,...

UT’s power plant efficiency surprises tour goers

Meara Isenberg October 31, 2017

More than a dozen computer screens lit up the faces of tour attendees in the control room of the Carl J. Eckhardt Combined Heating and Power Complex, UT’s primary source of electricity and heating. The...


Green organizations shine at Sustainability Tabling Fair

Meara Isenberg October 26, 2017

Speedway was buzzing Wednesday morning, and not just because of students bustling to class. Bees, saplings and sustainable organizations greeted students who strolled down the mid-campus street for...


Music, memories shared at Sixteenth annual Hispanic Alumni Fiesta

Meara Isenberg October 23, 2017

Alumna Clara Villarreal twirled her son around as a tune played by UT’s mariachi ensemble echoed through the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center. Villarreal and her son found their seats at the 16th annual...


Second annual Comic Con Go! brings games, clubs and costumes

Meara Isenberg October 19, 2017

As Thor tapped her iPhone screen and Darth Vader scribbled on a sheet of paper, other costumed characters filled the Student Activity Center on Wednesday night for Comic Con Go!, hosted by Campus Events...


UTA students with disabilities story is told through exhibit

Meara Isenberg October 16, 2017

Before the 1970s, K-12 grade schools and colleges had no legal obligation to admit or serve students with disabilities. In the early ‘60s, UT-Arlington students took it upon themselves to advocate...


Texas Fight Rally brings spirit to campus

Meara Isenberg October 12, 2017

Performances and cheers echoed from the Tower as groups from around campus united Wednesday at the annual Texas Fight Rally to boost morale before Saturday’s Red River Rivalry football game. For...


Hurricane Harvey, communities dealing with disaster discussed during panel

Meara Isenberg October 9, 2017

Houston Chronicle reporter Rebecca Elliott checked herself into a hotel in Greenspoint as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston. The flood-prone neighborhood had anticipated the Category 4 hurricane,...


Goldsmith virtual reality talk explores future of VR

Meara Isenberg October 5, 2017

In an instant, business freshman Arooj Sheikh found herself transported from a classroom in the UT School of Architecture to the inside of an Austin condo. The black virtual reality headset strapped...

Cyborg rights fuel conversation at Law and Technology Symposium

Meara Isenberg October 2, 2017

The word cyborg often brings to mind tech-enhanced half-humans, such as the Terminator or Robocop, but doesn’t usually elicit thoughts of a person with a kidney transplant, drug enhancement or even...

Former CIA official speaks about monitoring nuclear agreements

Meara Isenberg September 28, 2017

As nuclear tensions between the United States and North Korea grow, Wednesday was an opportune time for former CIA official John Lauder to visit UT to speak about monitoring nuclear agreements. Lauder...

Students learn new study habits with Sanger Learning Center workshops

Meara Isenberg September 21, 2017

“Dice, dollar bill, octopus.” These were three of 16 random words that lit up the projector screen in the Sanger Learning Center workshop space on Wednesday afternoon.  However, when...


Amateur scientists identify fossils at Identification Day

Meara Isenberg September 18, 2017

As soon as the doors to the Texas Memorial Museum opened Sunday afternoon, 5-year-old Andres Trujillo bolted up the steps, clutching a ziplock bag with unique contents — a tiny skull. “Look...


Former UT presidents share turning points

Meara Isenberg September 12, 2017

Former UT President William Cunningham remembers a turbulent 24 hours that began over lunch with former Texas Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, who wanted to bring quality higher education to South Texas.  Cunningham...


Former UT presidents share turning points

Meara Isenberg September 12, 2017

Former UT President William Cunningham remembers a turbulent 24 hours that began over lunch with former Texas Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, who wanted to bring quality higher education to South Texas.  Cunningham...

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