The Daily Texan

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Associate news editor says goodbye to friends, memories at the Texan

May 6, 2016

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


Five areas of UT’s campus marked with graffiti

February 10, 2016

Five areas of UT's campus were marked with graffiti Wednesday. The graffiti appeared on the half wall in front of Homer Rainey Hall and on the statues of Albert Sidney Johnston, Robert E. Lee,...


Recap: Court cases you missed over winter break

January 19, 2016

Over the winter break, two court cases related to the University continued. Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas II The Supreme Court heard a second round of arguments for the case, which could...


Grand jury indicts former football players

December 16, 2014

Former Texas football players Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander, both of whom were charged with second-degree felonies for sexual assault, have been indicted, according to documents from the Travis County...

Austin, University police warn students after increase in West Campus burglaries

December 11, 2014

After the Austin Police Department noted an increase in residential burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts in West Campus, UTPD and APD are urging students to take precautions to secure their cars...

UTPD will not enforce cellphone ordinance on campus

December 4, 2014

Starting in January, students could receive citations for talking on a cellphone while driving or biking — but only if they are stopped by an officer from the Austin Police Department, not UTPD.  City...


APD looks to implement body cameras

December 2, 2014

Austin Police Department officers could soon be getting body cameras that would allow them to record public interactions while on duty, according to an APD official. Ely Reyes, APD police technology...

Crime Roundup: Kendall Sanders, Montrel Meander and Martez Walker

December 1, 2014

Over the winter break, three former student-athletes will face criminal court hearings. Below is an update on their cases: Sanders and Meander The preliminary hearings for former Texas football players...

Gunman dead after shooting at APD headquarters

November 28, 2014

A man fired more than 100 shots at at least three buildings in downtown Austin on Friday morning — including the federal courthouse, the Mexican consulate and Austin Police Department...

UTPD warns students after synthetic marijuana overdoses

November 26, 2014

With Austin EMS personnel having reported a total of 35 incidents involving a type of synthetic marijuana over the past week — 28 of which required transport to a hospital — UTPD issued a warning...

One dead after shooting in East Riverside

November 20, 2014

One person is dead and one injured after a shooting that occurred in East Riverside early Thursday morning.  APD officers received a call about shots being fired at the City View...

UTPD prepares for on-campus trespassing during winter months

November 19, 2014

UTPD officers arrested a non-UT subject  earlier this week found sleeping on a couch on the fifth floor of the Gates-Dell Complex. According to the UTPD crime log, the subject had previously been...

Judge allows Gov. Perry case to continue

November 19, 2014

Judge Bert Richardson overruled a motion Tuesday to dismiss indictments against Gov. Rick Perry and said that the prosecutor in the case was properly qualified. Perry’s attorneys previously argued...


Parking citations expected to decrease under future parking plan

November 18, 2014

Parking and Transportation Services officials say they anticipate a reduction in the number of parking citations they issue over the next few years because of a plan to address the University’s parking...

UTPD warns students to be aware of potential robberies, limit earbud use

November 12, 2014

Students walk around campus every day with wires coming out of their ears, holding an iPhone or iPod as they walk to class. But, after two unrelated robberies near campus this past weekend, this scene...

No one injured in West Campus fraternity house fire

November 11, 2014

No injuries were reported after a deck at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house caught fire Tuesday morning.  According to Randy Elmore, Austin Fire Department public information officer, AFD was...


PTS, UTPD launch new campus safety initiative

November 11, 2014

UTPD and Parking and Transportation Services are looking to promote cooperation between different modes of transportation on campus with a new safety initiative.  The initiative, launched last...


Ride along with a UTPD officer

November 10, 2014

Around 4:30 p.m., UTPD officer Amberly Weyand gets her first call of the evening while on patrol. The radio attached to her uniform begins to crackle, indicating she’s receiving a call from...


Gov. Perry appears in court as his lawyers try to get case dismissed

November 6, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry appeared in court Thursday as his lawyers attempted to refute indictments for his abuse of power charges. A grand jury originally prosecuted Perry in August for abuse of an official...


Patrick captures lieutenant governor race in big win

November 5, 2014

HOUSTON — In a landslide victory, State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, was elected lieutenant governor Tuesday, defeating State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio. Patrick, a Houston radio...

Student on Ebola flight to return to class

November 4, 2014

President William Powers Jr. announced in a University-wide email Monday afternoon that the monitoring period for a UT student who was on the same flight as a nurse diagnosed with Ebola ended Monday. According...


New bike app could help students avoid traffic near campus

October 30, 2014

The Austin Transportation Department is developing a new phone app that could help students avoid traffic when biking to campus. The app, which is being developed with the Kimley-Horn consulting company,...

Dallas nurse cured of Ebola

October 29, 2014

Amber Vinson, one of two Dallas nurses infected with Ebola, is free of the virus, according to Bruce Ribner, a doctor at Emory University Hospital. Vinson was originally diagnosed with Ebola at Texas...


University reports domestic violence, stalking for the first time

October 28, 2014

Updates to federal laws have prompted a more focused response to domestic violence, dating violence and stalking crimes on campus, according to a University official. According to Jennifer Hammat, institutional...

APD helps launch safety initiative for bicyclists, drivers

October 27, 2014

The Austin Police Department launched a new bicycle safety campaign last week in an effort to decrease collisions between bicyclists and drivers in the city. The initiative, known as WAVE, is a general...


UT System, University work to protect construction sites on campus

October 24, 2014

A UT student reportedly stole items from a construction site last week near the Cockrell School of Engineering. According to UTPD’s Campus Watch report, construction workers said the student ran...

Austin police order protective equipment in case of Ebola

October 21, 2014

The Austin Police Department has ordered protective equipment and outlined a quarantine response in case of an Ebola outbreak in Austin, according to a training announcement sent to officers. The...

Gov. Perry calls for Ebola travel ban, more testing centers

October 17, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry called for a ban on travel from countries affected by Ebola at a press conference Friday in which he talked about further efforts the state has taken to prevent the spead of...

Former Longhorns wide receiver Kendall Sanders’ court hearing rescheduled

October 17, 2014

The preliminary hearing for former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Kendall Sanders, who was charged earlier this summer with a second-degree felony for sexual assault, as well as improper photography, was...

Former Longhorn receiver Montrel Meander’s hearing rescheduled for November

October 16, 2014

The preliminary hearing for former Longhorn football wide receiver Montrel Meander, who was charged earlier this summer with a second-degree felony for sexual assault, was rescheduled again Thursday. The...

Second health care worker diagnosed with Ebola

October 15, 2014

A second health care worker has tested positive for Ebola, the Texas Department of State Health Services said Wednesday. The nurse is the third person to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in...

No increase in West Campus noise citations under first weekend of sound ordinance

October 15, 2014

Despite plans by the Austin Police Department to enforce the noise ordinance in West Campus, there were no noise citations during the first weekend under the stricter implementation of the city code. According...

Judge requires Gov. Perry to appear in court

October 13, 2014

While Gov. Rick Perry’s attorneys argued the criminal case against the governor should be dismissed, Judge Bert Richardson refused to rule on pretrial motions Monday in Perry’s absence and...

Second Ebola case reported in Texas

October 13, 2014

A health care worker in Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Sunday. This is the second known case of the virus in the...


Students learn about law enforcement at Cop Day

October 9, 2014

Wednesday, as part of Cop Day on Speedway plaza, students climbed into a SWAT vehicle, practiced their Taser skills and learned about fingerprinting.  As a part of UT’s Safety Week, UTPD,...

UT’s Infectious Disease Plan Annex involves coordinated response on campus

October 8, 2014

Although Gov. Rick Perry established an infectious disease task force to handle the state’s response to Ebola, the University also has its own Infectious Disease Plan Annex in place to implement...


Gov. Perry announces infectious disease task force

October 6, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry announced in a press conference at the Capitol on Monday the creation of a new infectious disease task force to help coordinate the state’s response to Ebola and other infectious...

Owens hearing rescheduled for November

October 6, 2014

The preliminary hearing for Rashad Owens, who drove through a barrier and killed four people at the South By Southwest festival last March, was rescheduled for Nov. 3, according to Judge Clifford...

Man dies after falling from San Antonio garage

October 3, 2014

A man died after falling from the San Antonio parking garage early Friday morning, according to UTPD spokesperson Rhonda Weldon. Weldon said UTPD received a call about the incident around 12:10...


University rooftops house environmentally-friendly green roofs

October 3, 2014

Although they may be some of the lesser-explored places on campus, the rooftops of several University buildings are home to a variety of features, including gardens, telescopes and even a bee colony. UT...


UTPD hosts National Night Out to promote crime prevention

October 2, 2014

Students participated in a simulation of drunken driving, tested their pepper-spraying abilities and met police officers to kick off National Night Out on the San Jacinto Residence Hall plaza Wednesday. National...

Dallas hospital confirms first Ebola patient

October 1, 2014

A patient in a Dallas hospital has the Ebola virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The incident, confirmed Tuesday, is the...


Most bike collisions go unreported on campus

October 1, 2014

Two hundred ninety-eight bicycle collisions happened in Austin last year, according to statistics from the Austin Police Department, but UTPD crime prevention officer William Pieper said most bicycle accidents...

Burglaries increase in neighborhoods near UT campus

September 30, 2014

Daytime residential burglaries in West Campus and North Campus have increased over the past few weeks, according to the Austin Police Department. APD senior officer Veneza Bremner said there have...

Man falls from San Antonio garage

September 24, 2014

A non-UT subject sustained serious injuries after falling from the San Antonio parking garage Wednesday afternoon. UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey said the subject fell around 1:30...

Two buildings evacuated because of pulled fire alarms

September 24, 2014

Students were evacuated after two fire alarms went off in Parlin Hall and Calhoun Hall on Tuesday morning.  According to Roosevelt Easley, safety specialist with UT Fire Prevention Services, the...


Women learn self-defense techniques in UTPD class

September 23, 2014

A group of 25 women learned how to perform choke holds, kicks, punches and eye gouges in UTPD’s training room Monday night.  The women were participating in a UTPD-offered 12-hour rape...

Greek community reschedules march in protest of new city permit plan

September 19, 2014

Students from UT’s Greek community planned a march to the Tower on Thursday in protest of a new plan by city officials to reduce West Campus event and sound ordinance violations, but the protest...

UTPD arrests two non-UT subjects in PCL

September 18, 2014

A real-life cat and mouse chase took place on campus Wednesday night when two non-UT subjects dressed in cat and mouse costumes were arrested at the Perry-Castañeda Library, according to UTPD spokeswoman...

UTPD launches new bike patrol unit

September 18, 2014

If you see UTPD officers in blue uniforms biking around campus, chances are they’re part of UTPD’s new bike patrol unit, which launched Wednesday. UTPD Chief David Carter said the new unit...