Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Michelle Zhang

30: Managing editor fights perfectionism, ekes out goodbye

Michelle Zhang December 11, 2017

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in the The Daily Texan. The term comes from the old typesetting mark (-30-) to...

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UT startup helps students hang out without strangling the trees

Michelle Zhang November 28, 2016

Worried that the increasing popularity of hammocks will kill the trees supporting them, a group of UT students created their own hammock structure with reclaimed steel from oil pipes. Olivia Nguyen,...

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Memorial honoring black Texans unveiled at the State Capitol

Michelle Zhang November 21, 2016

The Texas African American History Memorial was unveiled Saturday morning at the South Grounds of the Texas State Capitol, culminating a 20-year-long journey since the project was approved by the Texas...


UTPD led active shooter response training

Michelle Zhang November 16, 2016

A lecture led by UTPD officers Tuesday night at Hogg Memorial Auditorium prepared students on how to handle an active shooter crisis through videos and discussions. UTPD officer William Pieper...

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Indonesian students present cultural showcase

Michelle Zhang November 14, 2016

The Indonesian Student Association at Austin hosted the event “Khatulistiwa” Saturday at the Union Patio to showcase Indonesian culture through dancing performances, food stands and presentations. “Khatulistiwa”...


Longhorns turn off lights to conserve energy

Michelle Zhang November 7, 2016

About 40 volunteers walked around campus and turned off unused lighting and electronics at a Longhorn Lights Out mini event Friday evening. Students first gathered at Liberal Arts Building, received...


Mexican journalist addresses political situation in Mexico

Michelle Zhang November 2, 2016

Carmen Aristegui, Mexican journalist and anchor of the news program “Aristegui on CNN en Español,” discussed democracy and freedom in Mexico Tuesday at the Union Theatre. Aristegui...


Activists march against the death penalty

Michelle Zhang October 31, 2016

Although she grew up in a pro-death penalty Republican family, Terrie Been chose to speak out in front of a crowd on Saturday for her brother Jeff Wood, a Texas death-row prisoner whose execution was halted...


WP Engine CEO talks about inclusive company culture

Michelle Zhang October 28, 2016

Heather Brunner, CEO and chairwomen of WP Engine, discussed how to build an inclusive and diverse work environment in the tech industry Thursday night in GDC 2.216 to students who are interested in startups.  The...


Outreach program tries to tackle homelessness around campus

Michelle Zhang October 24, 2016

The Homelessness Outreach Street Team, an Austin Police Department program that helps the homeless population in the downtown and West Campus areas, was approved a one-year extension by City Council on...


Asian-Americans meet up to discuss mental health challenges

Michelle Zhang October 19, 2016

Mental health within the Asian-American community is currently a relatively unexplored topic because of a lack of resources and conversation, staff from the Hogg Foundation for Texas Mental Health said...


VAV hosts rally on technology, healthy relationships

Michelle Zhang October 14, 2016

Voices Against Violence hosted a rally Thursday on West Mall to promote healthy relationships in the social media era.  Part of this year’s Relationship Violence Prevention Month, the rally...

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SURE Walk introduced new carts and vehicle services

Catherine Marfin and Michelle Zhang October 10, 2016

The Students United for Rape Elimination, or SURE Walk, has begun implementing golf carts and vehicles to assist students on their walk home. An agency of Student Government and Parking and Transportation...


SafeHorns hosts National Night Out in West Campus

Michelle Zhang October 5, 2016

Brenda Nguyen, health and society sophomore, learned to use a pepper spray for the first time during West Campus National Night Out. The event, hosted by SafeHorns Tuesday night, was the first of its kind...


UT-originated education platform Squarecap spreads nationally

Michelle Zhang September 30, 2016

Squarecap, an online learning platform which started three years ago in a 120-student classroom at UT, is now changing the way students interact with teachers throughout the United States and even in Canada. Founded...


Right to abortion is not enough, activist says

Michelle Zhang September 14, 2016

Amanda Williams, executive director of the Lilith Fund, led a “Reproductive Justice 101” training to talk about equal rights and the freedom to choose to have an abortion at the UT School of...


Students meet up against interpersonal violence

Michelle Zhang September 7, 2016

Voices Against Violence hosted its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday evening to welcome students who are interested in learning more about ways of addressing sexual assault and interpersonal...

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