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“Boot the Braids” protest emulates similar “Boot the Bell” protest from years ago

Nashwa Bawab April 6, 2016

In 2003, UT students of several organizations joined the “Boot the Bell” campaign by donning tomato suits and chanting in hopes of boycotting Taco Bell for not treating farmworkers humanely....


DHFS looking into adding halal, kosher options to UT dining halls

Nashwa Bawab December 4, 2015

The Division of Housing and Food service recently began looking into halal and kosher options for UT dorm dining halls. Halal and kosher foods are names given to products which adhere to specific religious...


Students react to impending open carry

Nashwa Bawab December 2, 2015

Although campus carry has taken center stage in the University’s discussion of gun legislation, open carry will affect students living off campus much sooner.   Starting Jan. 1, it will be...


Suspect apprehended in downtown shooting

Nashwa Bawab December 1, 2015

A suspect is currently in custody after a shooting that happened in downtown Austin on Monday afternoon in the 500 block of Seventh Street. The Austin Police Department is investigating the incident...


UT policies control campus cat ‘colonies’

Nashwa Bawab November 25, 2015

Some stray and feral animals may have a temporary home on the UT campus. One of the more noticeable animal populations on campus is the cat population, which is mostly feral, according to Carin Peterson,...


Seven Student Government representatives resign, citing lack of representation for UT community

Nashwa Bawab November 24, 2015

Seven Student Government representatives resigned this semester in response to allegations that SG is failing to represent the UT student body. In a resignation letter, two former SG representatives...


Thanksgiving break to be extended by one day in 2016

Nashwa Bawab November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving break will come early next year, but in exchange, an extra day of classes will be added to the fall semester academic calendar. In May 2014, the Faculty Council approved a proposal to extend...


SG halts affirmative action resolution

Nashwa Bawab November 18, 2015

A Student Government resolution in support of racial consideration in the holistic admissions process will not hit the floor before the Fisher v. University of Texas case is heard by the Supreme Court...


Campus political groups debate campus carry implementation

Nashwa Bawab November 17, 2015

University Democrats and College Republicans faced off on Monday in a debate focused on campus carry. The debate, which was hosted and moderated by the Student Government Supreme Court, included questions...


Parakeets spotted, removed from UT intramural fields

Nashwa Bawab November 13, 2015

Although the subtropics of South America are thousands of miles from the subtropics of Austin, they have one thing in common ­­­­— they are home to the green-feathered, yellow-bellied...


Survey results show majority of UT community wants sustainability to be high priority

Nashwa Bawab November 13, 2015

Results from a campus-wide survey show that students, faculty and staff largely agree sustainability should be a high priority at UT over the next 15 years. The survey was open through the end of October...


SURE Walk relaunches with app to follow

Nashwa Bawab November 11, 2015

SURE Walk, a volunteer-based organization that helps students get from campus to their homes at night, relaunched last week and has an app on the way. The delayed launch of Students United for Rape...


SG to host campus carry debate between College Republicans, University Democrats without socialist, libertarian groups

Nashwa Bawab November 9, 2015

The International Socialists Organization and Young Americans for Liberty have once again not initially been invited to take part in a Student Government debate.   This debate will be about the...


Urban Outfitters expands, introduces Space 24 Twenty on Guadalupe Street

Nashwa Bawab November 6, 2015

Urban Outfitters on Guadalupe Street reopened its doors for a soft opening Thursday after a little over a week of renovations. Urban Outfitters bought the space formerly occupied by Mellow Mushroom...


SG unanimously passes resolution in opposition to Safe Campus Act

Nashwa Bawab November 4, 2015

Student Government passed a resolution Tuesday in opposition to a United States House Bill which members said would inhibit universities’ abilities to investigate alleged sexual assaults. The...


Weekend rains result in flooding in campus buildings, bus

Nashwa Bawab and Zainab Calcuttawala November 2, 2015

Several University buildings and a UT shuttle bus experienced flooding after historic amounts of rainfall in Austin on Friday, according to UT spokeswoman Laurie Lentz. The National Weather Service...


Jamba Juice, Whataburger among franchises on Drag that will not serve those wearing masks on Halloween

Nashwa Bawab October 30, 2015

Customers looking to get treated by some franchises on the Drag will not be served if they’re wearing a mask this Halloween.  A few stores on the Drag, such as Whataburger and Jamba Juice,...


Undergraduate teaching assistants a possibility for College of Liberal Arts

Nashwa Bawab October 30, 2015

Liberal Arts Council will vote on legislation in support of creating an undergraduate teaching assistant program in the College of Liberal Arts on Tuesday. According to the legislation, the College...


Early voting in FAC comparatively lower than other voting locations in Travis County

Nashwa Bawab October 29, 2015

The early voting location at the Flawn Academic Center had one of the lowest voter turnouts from 19 early voting locations in Travis County so far. As of Tuesday, 447 out of 14,600 Travis County voters...


SG introduces legislation opposing Safe Campus Act

Nashwa Bawab October 28, 2015

Student Government introduced legislation Tuesday opposing a national bill that would force sexual assault survivors to decide whether to report their assault within 48 hours. H.R. 3403, or the Safe...


Student/Farmworkers Alliance delivers letter to Fenves, continutes boycott of two on-campus Wendy’s locations

Nashwa Bawab October 27, 2015

UT’s Student/Farmworkers Alliance delivered a letter in protest of the two Wendy’s locations on campus to UT President Gregory Fenves.  The letter urged Fenves to cut UT contracts with...


University Democrats member starts petition in response to possible Planned Parenthood defunding

Nashwa Bawab October 23, 2015

A member of University Democrats started a petition calling for Texans to stand with Planned Parenthood in response to the program’s removal from the state’s Medicaid program. The defunding...


Non-binary gendered students have limited options in pronoun choices

Nashwa Bawab October 22, 2015

They, ze, xe and ve are just a few of the pronoun options used by some non-binary gendered people, but none are options afforded to students when it comes to UT registration and some official school documents. According...


Sustainability survey sent to university community

Nashwa Bawab October 20, 2015

The Office of Sustainability released a survey to students, faculty and staff on Monday to gather input on the first-ever UT Sustainability Master Plan. The survey asks students to choose their highest...


Emotional support animals aid students who live on campus

Nashwa Bawab October 15, 2015

While most incoming students spent their summer buying shower caddies and deciding which posters to bring to their dorm, one freshman was going through the process of bringing his emotional support animal...


UT MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Science Park-Research Division evacuated following Bastrop fires

Nashwa Bawab October 14, 2015

Officials ordered a voluntary evacuation of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Science Park-Research Division after several brush fires were reported in Bastrop County earlier Tuesday. The...


Student political groups participate in UT debate

Nashwa Bawab October 13, 2015

College Republicans, International Socialists Organization, University Democrats and Young Americans for Liberty faced off in a political debate Monday night that included discussion about campus carry,...


Socialist and libertarian student organizations added to political debate

Nashwa Bawab October 12, 2015

Members of the UT libertarian and socialist organizations will participate in the UT student political debate after members affiliated with Young Americans for Liberty convinced organizers to add them...


Professor emeritus says campus carry law will discourage other professors from coming to UT

Nashwa Bawab and Caleb Wong October 9, 2015

In a recent resignation letter to President Gregory Fenves, a UT professor emeritus said the new campus carry law would diminish the university’s ability to attract new faculty. The new campus...


UT works to switch from mainframe to cloud based system

Nashwa Bawab October 8, 2015

UT hopes to complete its move from an outdated mainframe system to a modern cloud system by 2020. The mainframe computer system, primarily used for processing bulk data for a large entity such as a...


Fewer than 30 people attend student-hosted campus carry forum

Nashwa Bawab October 7, 2015

Attendance at the latest campus carry forum Tuesday, hosted by the three legislative student organizations, had an attendance of fewer than 30 people. This forum was the third total forum — the...


Campus food waste significantly decreases from past year

Nashwa Bawab October 6, 2015

The most recent annual projected plate waste accumulated from UT dining halls has gone down from 43.59 tons to a projected 35 tons since fall 2014, according to a study by the Division of Housing and Food...


ACL ticket scalping popular on Facebook as ACL Music Festival approaches

Nashwa Bawab October 2, 2015

As the Austin City Limits Music Festival approaches, students are turning to the Internet to resell their tickets and passes for prices often greater than the original amount. A popular place for students...


Two rallies converged on Thursday with opposing views on campus carry

Nashwa Bawab October 2, 2015

Two rallies converged in the West Mall area on Thursday, vocalizing differing opinions on campus carry legislation that was passed by the Texas Senate in May. The originally planned rally, organized...


SG debates resolution to increase school spirit

Nashwa Bawab September 30, 2015

After long deliberation and debate during a Student Government meeting Tuesday a motion passed in favor of recommitting A.R. 10 — a resolution in support of increased interaction between the student...


New degree program in College of Fine Arts awaits approval

Nashwa Bawab September 28, 2015

The College of Fine Arts may add a bachelor of science in arts and entertainment technology degree program to their 2016–2018 undergraduate catalog. The new degree program, which the Faculty Council...

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Speedway to be reconstructed as pedestrian-mall area

Nashwa Bawab September 25, 2015

The University will begin construction to renovate Speedway as a pedestrian-mall area on Oct. 26. According to Pat Clubb, university operations vice president, the Speedway Mall project is a construction...


SG approves resolution supporting food trucks on campus

Nashwa Bawab September 23, 2015

Student Government approved an initiative Tuesday supporting the addition of food trucks to campus. The legislation will allow SG members to work with appropriate administrative entities to bring vendors...


Faculty Council votes to add two new degree programs

Nashwa Bawab September 22, 2015

UT’s Faculty Council Executive Committee voted Monday to add two new degree programs to the 2016–2018 undergraduate catalog. The Cockrell School of Engineering will add an environmental...


Fenves to submit gun rules plan by Dec. 4

Nashwa Bawab September 22, 2015

UT President Gregory Fenves discussed campus carry at his first Faculty Council Executive Committee meeting Monday. At the meeting, Fenves said UT System Chancellor William McRaven wants any gun rules...


CIA releases previously classified documents about LBJ, JFK

Nashwa Bawab September 17, 2015

CIA director John Brennan and other top officials gathered at the LBJ Library to release 2,500 previously classified presidential briefs that will shed light on decisions made by former President John...


SG to vote on sponsoring annual political debate

Nashwa Bawab September 16, 2015

Student Government will vote next week on A.R. 11 in support of hosting an annual debate between campus political groups. The resolution, drafted by SG members, states that the groups and UT will ensure...


Petition to designate Hole in the Wall as historical site gains traction

Nashwa Bawab September 14, 2015

A UT professor started a petition Friday to preserve Hole in the Wall as a historical site which has garnered signatures from more than 2,500 people. Haydon Hoodoo, a bartender at the establishment,...


UT RecSports, Nike team up to create fitness leaderboard

Nashwa Bawab September 11, 2015

Thanks to a new fitness point system, students will not run out of ways to have some friendly competition, UT RecSports officials said. The recreational sports group recently teamed up with Nike to...


Gender-neutral bathrooms stalled due to lack of funding

Nashwa Bawab September 10, 2015

UT has no new plans to put gender-neutral restrooms in already-existing buildings on campus because of a lack of funds, according to Ixchel Rosal, director at the Gender and Sexuality Center. UT currently...


SG, senate propose joint resolution creating 30-day financial bar grace period

Nashwa Bawab September 9, 2015

Student Government and the Senate of College Councils introduced legislation for judicial review on Tuesday supporting a 30-day grace period for clearing financial bars. The new resolution...


Attorney files plea for another hearing in Jefferson Davis statue case

Nashwa Bawab September 8, 2015

Kirk Lyons, an attorney representing The Sons of Confederate Veterans, filed a plea with the Texas Third Court of Appeals to set up another hearing at the District Court level in the Jefferson Davis statue...


UT relaunches SafeRide pilot program for fall

Nashwa Bawab September 4, 2015

UT is relaunching Safe Ride as a pilot program because of a lack of funds needed to permanently continue the ride-sharing service for the fall semester. Safe Ride is a free Parking and Transportation...


Student Government proposes more than $100,000 budget

Nashwa Bawab September 2, 2015

The Student Service Budget Committee allotted a total budget of $112,820 for the 2015–2016 UT Student Government. SG initially requested $168,815 before the committee decided on the final amount....


UT ranks among top 25 healthiest colleges

Nashwa Bawab September 2, 2015

UT ranked as one of the 25 healthiest universities in the U.S., according to Greatist, an online fitness and health startup. Greatist determined rankings based on a questionnaire that asked about dining...


Texas Coffee Traders locations to stay on campus for another year

Nashwa Bawab September 1, 2015

Three Texas Coffee Traders’ campus locations are back for another year after confusion about their ending contract threatened the business’ on-campus locations. Texas Coffee Traders, which...


‘Keepers of the Maces’ help maintain UT tradition

Nashwa Bawab August 28, 2015

At UT, the Facilities Services staff doesn’t just maintain campus buildings — they care for a cherished part of UT’s history: ceremonial maces. The maces, decorative staves used primarily...


Fenves welcomes first class to University at Gone to Texas

Nashwa Bawab August 26, 2015

In front the UT Tower, with "19” illuminated through its open windows, UT President Gregory Fenves welcomed his first incoming class since becoming president in June.   At Gone to Texas...


PCL Learning Commons to offer increased resources to students

Nashwa Bawab August 26, 2015

A new Library Learning Commons in the Perry-Castañeda Library was revealed to the public in an open house Tuesday.   The new Learning Commons will house the University Writing Center, five...


Student Government makes progress on Davis statue, other issues

Nashwa Bawab August 24, 2015

This summer, Student Government made progress on their list of issues to cover, including the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue, a topic that President Xavier Rotnofsky and Vice President Rohit Mandalapu...


PCL to implement 24/5 schedule beginning first day fall semester

Nashwa Bawab August 24, 2015

Starting Wednesday, the Perry-Castañeda Library will begin opening its doors 24 hours a day, five days a week, because of popular demand from students. Lorraine Haricombe, UT’s new vice...


Sons of Confederate Veterans’ attorney creates GoFundMe page to support effort to keep Davis statue on campus

Nashwa Bawab August 24, 2015

Shortly after filing a lawsuit against the University of Texas, the attorney for the Sons of Confederate Veterans created a GoFundMe page to garner financial support in their fight to keep the Jefferson...


Blue Bell ice cream unlikely to return to campus

Nashwa Bawab August 24, 2015

Although Blue Bell will return to certain stores around Texas and the U.S. on Aug. 31, the ice cream will not be coming back to the 40 Acres anytime soon, according to Rene Rodriguez, director of food...

Center for Identity releases new browser extension to simplify terms of agreement contracts

Nashwa Bawab May 8, 2015

Long paragraphs of borderline incomprehensible text in online terms of agreement contracts will soon be slightly easier to read, thanks to UT’s Center for Identity. The Center released PrivacyCheck,...


New organization looks to expand number, variety of speakers on campus

Nashwa Bawab May 5, 2015

A new wave of speakers will come to campus thanks to Speak, a new organization that already has a list of high-profile individuals scheduled to speak in the fall, according to the organization’s...


Mellow Mushroom serves last pizza, closes doors

Nashwa Bawab May 1, 2015

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Mellow Mushroom opened on the Drag in 1974. It has since been updated. Shortly after the chef rolled the final ball of dough into...


Brother of Rodney Reed speaks about Reed’s case

Nashwa Bawab April 28, 2015

Despite death row inmate Rodney Reed being granted a stay, the fight for his freedom continues, according to his brother Rodrick Reed, who spoke Monday at a panel about his case.  In 1998, an all-white...


Secretary of transportation: Technological advancements can boost transportation infrastructure, reduce traffic

Nashwa Bawab April 27, 2015

Anthony Foxx, U.S. secretary of transportation, discussed the future of technology as it relates to transportation in a meeting with UT researchers, faculty, and graduate students Friday. Foxx, who...

UT ranked 12th in the nation for NSF fellowship recipients

Nashwa Bawab April 21, 2015

With 35 students receiving the National Science Foundation Fellowship this year, UT was ranked No. 12 in the country for the highest number of recipients.  The research-based grant, which...


Panel discusses institutionalized racism at universities

Nashwa Bawab April 20, 2015

In light of several recent investigations into racially insensitive fraternity misconduct around the nation, including one involving the UT Fiji chapter, panelists discussed Friday institutionalized racism...


Rural India is disappearing, according to visiting journalist

Nashwa Bawab April 17, 2015

Rural farming in India is disappearing because farmers typically earn low incomes and suffer from high suicide rates, according to an award-winning journalist who spoke on campus Thursday. Worldwide,...


One­-hour delivery from Amazon is coming to University area

Nashwa Bawab April 15, 2015

Amazon Prime customers in West Campus can now have items delivered to them in one hour, thanks to the expansion of Prime Now to several Austin zip codes. Prime Now, a service accessible to Amazon Prime...


‘Reparative’ LGBT therapy criticized nationally and on campus

Nashwa Bawab April 13, 2015

President Barack Obama recently took a stance against “reparative” therapy for gay and transgender youths. For some UT students who have gone through the process, the experience can be traumatic,...


International Office has protocol in case of attacks on students or staff abroad

Nashwa Bawab April 4, 2015

After terrorist group al-Shabaab killed at least 147 people, most of whom were students, in Garissa, Kenya, the UT International Office quickly ensured that there were no students or UT faculty in the...


Student group starts petition for free on-campus STD testing petition

Nashwa Bawab April 2, 2015

A UT student organization recently started a petition calling for free access to sexually transmitted disease testing on campus for all students and faculty. The UT American Medical Student Association...


Powdered alcohol approved for sale this summer

Nashwa Bawab March 31, 2015

The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved the sale of powdered Alcohol, which is expected to be available to purchase this summer, although possibly not in Texas. Powdered...


Study: Alcohol advertising does not have a significant impact on alcohol consumption

Nashwa Bawab March 30, 2015

Although American alcohol advertising campaigns are closely monitored and regulated, they do not actually have a significant impact on alcohol consumption, according to research by a UT professor.   Gary...


Study: Children of undocumented parents report higher anxiety levels, depressive symptoms

Nashwa Bawab March 9, 2015

American-born children of undocumented parents experience elevated levels of anxiety, according to a study conducted by professors from UT’s School of Social Work. If those children’s parents...


Personal experiences impact development of religious beliefs, speaker says

Nashwa Bawab March 6, 2015

Many people form their religious beliefs — or choose not to believe in any higher power at all — based primarily on their life experiences, Fahad Tasleem, a sheikh and public speaker, said...

Facebook adds new suicide prevention feature

Nashwa Bawab March 3, 2015

Facebook added a feature to its website to address suicidal behavior among users. Users will now have the option to report a post they see on Facebook if it seems that the person who wrote it is thinking...


Jack in the Box on Guadalupe folds under financial strain

Nashwa Bawab February 27, 2015

The Jack in the Box on Guadalupe Street closed its doors for the last time Sunday. Joe Sanchez, a manager at the Jack in the Box location on E. 41st Street said the restaurant was forced to close because...

UT sabbatical program helps nonprofits

Nashwa Bawab February 26, 2015

Three local nonprofits will have the opportunity to improve their organizations and increase community outreach through funded research because of grants from a UT Humanities Institute program. The...


European security institutions need updating, according to panel

Nashwa Bawab February 24, 2015

European security institutions are out-of-date because they have not evolved since the end of the Cold War, according to a panel of lecturers who spoke Monday at the College of Liberal Arts. Foreign...


Professor discusses search for extraterrestrial life

Nashwa Bawab February 23, 2015

The discovery that nearly all stars have orbiting planets was a major step in the search toward finding worlds similar to ours, according to research professor William Cochran. In a speech in the O’Donnell...


Art critic discusses eugenics and modernism

Nashwa Bawab February 19, 2015

During World War II, eugenics, combined with modernism, became a popular notion among progressives, Polish art critic Anda Rottenberg said in a lecture Wednesday. Eugenics is the theory and practice...


Blanton Museum bans selfie sticks

Nashwa Bawab February 17, 2015

Many museums prohibit people from using selfie sticks in art exhibits, and the Blanton Museum is no exception, as detailed in an official statement from the museum Monday. A selfie stick is a hand-held...


Bacteria could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, researcher says

Nashwa Bawab February 10, 2015

A strain of cyanobacteria, a bacteria typically found in freshwater, could potentially help lower greenhouse gas emissions, according to postdoctoral researcher and graduate student Jingjie Yu. According...


Panelists discuss regulation of commercial speech

Nashwa Bawab February 6, 2015

Putting regulations on corporate speech might indirectly threaten private citizens’ right to free speech, according to KUT journalist David Brown, a panelist in a discussion Thursday about limits...


Video game technology could help students better understand math principles

Nashwa Bawab January 28, 2015

Two UT alumnae are using video game technology to help students better understand math concepts. Carmen Petrick Smith and Barbara King earned their Ph.D.s from UT in mathematics education. Together,...

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