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All content by Nicole Stuessy

Self-proclaimed social chair leaves without throwing one last rager

Nicole Stuessy December 7, 2020

One perk about leaving the Texan during a pandemic semester is that I didn’t have to throw the orientation party, the Last Night of Print Party or any of the random ones in between. My roommates...


‘It’s like they’re living in a completely different world’: UT-Austin students turn to social media to shame partiers as COVID-19 cases rise

Nicole Stuessy November 10, 2020

Caleb Brock could see bumper-to-bumper cars lining the stretch of Leon Street from the balcony of his West Campus apartment Oct. 29. “We thought there had to have been an accident or something,”...


‘I’m just glad we’re playing football’

Nicole Stuessy September 15, 2020

Scott Wilson hasn’t missed a Texas football game in 43 years. In his first semester at UT, he was at the 1969 Texas vs. Arkansas game — known to fans as “the game of the century.” In 2006, he...


UT-Austin announces plans for campus operations, residence halls this fall

Nicole Stuessy and Hannah Ortega June 29, 2020

Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout. UT announced more details of its reopening plan Monday, including online, hybrid and in-person classes, mostly double-occupancy rooms in residence...


Masks required in UT-Austin buildings this fall, planning official says

Anna Canizales and Nicole Stuessy June 5, 2020

Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks in campus buildings this fall, head of academic planning Art Markman said in an interview with The Daily Texan on Friday. Masks will be encouraged...


CapMetro opens new red contraflow bus lane on Guadalupe Street

Nicole Stuessy August 18, 2019

Students returning to campus may notice new traffic patterns downtown and buses traveling in the opposite direction on Guadalupe Street. The red bus-only lanes on Lavaca and Guadalupe streets begin...


Local Turkish restaurant to replace Daphne’s Mediterranean location on Guadalupe

Nicole Stuessy August 10, 2019

After multiple name changes and owners, Daphne’s Mediterranean has closed all its locations in Texas — including the location near campus on the Drag. The previous location, known as both...


Popular Austin pizza restaurant to open location on the Drag

Nicole Stuessy August 6, 2019

When Marc Roppolo moved from New York to Texas in 1989 and scouted locations to open a pizza restaurant, he set his sights on Guadalupe Street. “I knew that there are 50,000 students in Austin,...


Local coffee shop adds additional location in West Campus complex

Nicole Stuessy July 30, 2019

Students living in West Campus who are looking to grab coffee on the way to class this fall will have another option closer to home. Austin-based Lucky Lab Coffee Co. will open its second location near...


UTPD warns against email employment scam

Nicole Stuessy July 23, 2019

Throughout the last month, several students have received fake emailed job offers from someone claiming to work for the University. Since University Career Services notified the UT Police Department...


UT to provide free tuition to families earning up to $65,000

Nicole Stuessy July 9, 2019

Starting in the fall of 2020, in-state undergraduate students who come from families with yearly incomes of up to $65,000 will see their tuition and fees paid for in full by a new University endowment.  On...


Visa delays put international students’ job plans on hold

Nicole Stuessy July 9, 2019

After graduating from UT in May, Shahid Nowshad was eager to start working full-time as a software engineer. But when his first day arrived on June 17, Nowshad was unable to begin.  Nowshad, who’s...


Longhorn Racing Electric team places in international competition

Nicole Stuessy July 9, 2019

Seeing “Ok, Cool. Hook Em!” written on the tail of their electric race car as it sped through the course was a moment four years in the making for the Longhorn Racing Electric team. The...


New traffic gates expected to replace Speedway bollards

Nicole Stuessy June 27, 2019

UT Parking and Transportation Services is installing new traffic gates to replace the traffic bollards along Speedway Mall. Blanca Gamez, associate director of UT Parking and Transportation Services,...


Don’t have a cow: A guide to Mooov-In for freshmen

Nicole Stuessy June 25, 2019

As incoming freshmen select dorm rooms, find roommates and buy furniture, there are additional steps they can take to ensure a smooth move-in experience.   During Mooov-In on Aug. 23-24, thousands...


UT student creates viral rendition of ‘Fly Me to the Moon’

Nicole Stuessy June 18, 2019

It was 3 a.m., and computer science senior David Sikabwe had Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” stuck in his head when he came up with a rap verse for the song. But it wasn’t...


Freshman Orientation unveils changes, new sessions

Nicole Stuessy June 11, 2019

As thousands of new students come onto campus this summer, New Student Services will host new and revised sessions during orientation.  During the three-day period, students will attend presentations...


APD responds to shots fired in West Campus

Nicole Stuessy June 9, 2019

Austin Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning in West Campus at 2500 Leon St., according to a campus-wide email alert. No injuries were reported, and the...


Judge dismisses free speech lawsuit against UT

Nicole Stuessy June 5, 2019

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit on Tuesday filed against UT for violating students’ free speech rights. The lawsuit was filed in December by Speech First, a national group that advocates for...


Construction crews work to cleanup flooding, reopen ground floor of PCL

Nicole Stuessy May 9, 2019

After the first floor of the Perry-Castañeda Library flooded last Friday, construction crews have been working to clean up and reopen the floor by late next week.  Travis Willmann, UT Libraries...


Speedway traffic bollards undergo frequent damage, repairs

Nicole Stuessy May 3, 2019

Water damage and car collisions have caused the mechanical traffic bollards along Speedway Mall to frequently break down this semester. These traffic bollards carry a hefty price tag and can be expensive to...


Construction projects to continue over summer

Nicole Stuessy May 2, 2019

As the spring semester comes to an end, UT Campus Planning & Project Management workers are preparing for their busiest time of the year with multiple construction projects underway around campus. Construction...


Students displaced for months after Avon @22nd hit construction delays

Nicole Stuessy and Jackson Barton April 25, 2019

Expecting to live in a new apartment building, mathematics sophomore Nanor Asadourian and her roommate signed a lease with Avon @22nd last May for the 2018-2019 term. They never moved in. Asadourian...


Landscape services works to revitalize East Mall

Nicole Stuessy April 24, 2019

Heavy rainfall, low sunlight and high traffic have been consistent factors limiting grass growth on East Mall for the past few years. Last weekend, UT Landscape Services installed new grass and...


UT Landscape Services clean up campus, prepare grounds for commencement

Nicole Stuessy April 18, 2019

Glitter and confetti are popular props to use in graduation photos, but the debris stays behind on campus grounds long after the photo shoots are over. UT Landscape Services will clean up the leftover...

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University determines registration times based on degree progress

Nicole Stuessy April 16, 2019

Seconds matter when registering for classes, and assigned registration times can be the difference between getting into a course and getting put on a waitlist. While it is a common misconception that...


Lightning, thunder cancel annual Longhorn Run

Nicole Stuessy April 15, 2019

Over 4,000 runners gathered on campus early Saturday morning to participate in the annual Longhorn Run, but threatening weather conditions threw the race off course. Last weekend, the Austin American-Statesman...


Texas Crew rowing team tops leaderboards in annual 40 for Forty fundraiser

Nicole Stuessy April 8, 2019

While early mornings are routine for members of Texas Crew, last Wednesday the rowing team met on campus at 5:45 a.m. with one goal in mind: find the Bevo stuffed animals. “We organized for everyone...


University of Texas, City of Austin add first official bike lanes to campus road

Nicole Stuessy April 3, 2019

After seven years of planning, a project to add the first official dedicated bike lanes on the eastern edge of UT’s campus is underway. Protected bicycle lanes on Manor Road, from Clyde Littlefield...


Roundup’s long history of racism: What started as a homecoming event now makes many on campus feel unwelcome

Hayden Baggett, Nicole Stuessy, and Mason Carroll March 29, 2019

When Roundup was first advertised as a homecoming event in 1930, the ad read “The Texas Round-Up! Welcomes Each and Every Visitor to the University of Texas Campus.’ However, after decades...


University Housing and Dining expands on-campus housing

Nicole Stuessy March 26, 2019

Starting in fall 2020, West Campus apartment complex 2400 Nueces will be presented as an on-campus housing option for students.  Last summer, the UT System Board of Regents authorized the University...


Students navigate SXSW traffic on campus commutes

Nicole Stuessy March 12, 2019

As thousands of people gather in downtown Austin for South by Southwest this week, UT students will have to navigate heavier traffic, crowded buses and closed-off streets. Because the festival normally...


Women lead Longhorn Band in consecutive years for first time in its history

Nicole Stuessy March 11, 2019

Before she was old enough to know what an instrument was, music education junior Ally Morales said she knew she wanted to be in the Longhorn Band.  “I’m from Austin, so I grew up around...


Former First Lady Michelle Obama talks family, life in spotlight during Austin stop of ‘Becoming’ book tour

Graysen Golter and Nicole Stuessy March 1, 2019

While growing up in the south side of Chicago, Michelle Obama said she didn’t realize her family was poor. “When you live in a house full of love, music and laughter, you feel like you’re...


Students win Improve UT Challenge with proposal for bike lanes on Speedway

Nicole Stuessy February 28, 2019

Thousands of students walk, bike and ride scooters along Speedway Mall to travel across campus during passing periods. “It’s unsafe, maybe even chaotic,” said Ricardo Bowers, director...


Bumble grows in popularity through brand ambassadors, events near campus

Nicole Stuessy February 22, 2019

University campuses are buzzing with dating app users and UT is no different. Bumble, an Austin-based social and dating app, launched in 2014 and has become increasingly popular through recruiting student...


Fanucci-Ivanova hope to ‘recreate’ campus with executive alliance campaign

Nicole Stuessy February 20, 2019

Izzy Fanucci and Elena Ivanova, student government executive alliance candidates, both hope to “recreate” some parts of UT’s campus and the way student government is viewed through their...


Cars, cyclists navigate ongoing construction along Dean Keeton and Guadalupe

Nicole Stuessy February 19, 2019

Construction on gas lines along Dean Keeton and Guadalupe has caused lane closures and changing traffic patterns since last summer. Texas Gas Service, a natural gas distribution company, has been working...

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Hot showers are hot commodity for Jester residents

Nicole Stuessy February 15, 2019

For a group of residents on the 12th floor of Jester West, getting a hot shower is dirty business.  “There’s about 30 guys who are sharing one hot shower,” neuroscience freshman...


University Unions expands food truck service to include breakfast hours

Nicole Stuessy February 12, 2019

More breakfast options are now available on campus after University Unions expanded food truck hours starting Feb. 4. Food trucks now serve breakfast outside of Gregory Gym from 7-10 a.m. Monday-Thursday....


Construction begins on Anna Hiss Gym to house robotics programs

Nicole Stuessy February 12, 2019

For the past two years, Texas Aerial Robotics has worked out of empty classroom spaces in the aerospace engineering building. Because there is no lab on campus big enough, they test fly their drone on...


UT dietitians work to create healthy, allergen free menu items for students

Nicole Stuessy February 7, 2019

The food allergen symbols on dining hall menus may seem small, but UT dietitians put great effort into creating them for every menu item to help students with dietary needs. Registered dietitians Lindsay...


Students call for additional bike lanes on campus following cyclist death

Nicole Stuessy February 5, 2019

Samaa Al Adawi said she does not feel safe riding her bike on campus along San Jacinto Boulevard. Even though the street has sharrows, defined by the Austin Department of Transporation as shared...


Admissions center relocates to PCL

Nicole Stuessy January 28, 2019

Construction on a new Admissions Welcome Center on the ground floor of the Perry-Castañeda Library will begin this spring. The current welcome center is located off-campus at Walter Webb Hall...


Bliss bubble tea location set to open in Jester West

Nicole Stuessy January 23, 2019

Students looking to get a bubble tea fix can now do so without leaving campus. Bliss, a new bubble tea restaurant, is set to open mid-February in Jester West, replacing Freshens, a smoothie and yogurt...


West Mall entryway, Welch Hall and other construction projects to expect on campus this spring

Nicole Stuessy January 23, 2019

Students can expect the completion of a few ongoing construction projects to make campus easier to navigate this spring. West Mall entryway construction is in its final stages and will be completed...


Kevin Eltife, outspoken critic of UT System spending, voted new chairman of Board of Regents

Nicole Stuessy December 20, 2018

The University of Texas System regents named former state Sen. Kevin Eltife as their new board chairman following a unanimous vote on Thursday. Eltife, a former Republican from Tyler, was appointed...


UT students make up two-thirds of Austin B-cycle riders

Nicole Stuessy December 4, 2018

While Austin B-cycle, the City’s bike share program, has seen a drastic decrease in use since dockless scooters and bikes were introduced across the city, ridership on UT’s campus has not seen...


UT student nonprofit teaches elementary schoolers about sports, life skills

Nicole Stuessy November 30, 2018

When an elementary school student raised his hand to ask what a football looked like during his first after school session, coaches from Students Creating Opportunities for Recreational Exercise Athletics...


Long distance bus service expands to Texas for Thanksgiving break

Nicole Stuessy November 19, 2018

With Thanksgiving break coming up, many students without cars rely on public transportation to get home for the holiday. OurBus, a technology company based out of New York, will expand its bus service...


Longhorn Gaming advances to finals in national tournament

Nicole Stuessy November 13, 2018

After playing League of Legends for eight years, actuarial science senior David Willis’ dream of playing it on a live stage at a collegiate level tournament will come true in Atlanta on Nov. 17. Longhorn...


Co-op residents work to restore historic murals after vandalism

Nicole Stuessy November 5, 2018

The walls inside the Pearl Street Cooperative are covered in murals painted by residents dating back to the 1960s, but four of those murals were vandalized when an external organization hosted an event...


Travis County sees record number of early voters for midterm election

Nicole Stuessy October 29, 2018

Students voting early on campus last week stood in hour-long wait lines at some points during the day, despite the addition of a new location at the Perry-Castañeda Library. Travis County Clerk...


Woman of color leads Longhorn Band for second time in history

Nicole Stuessy October 22, 2018

Standing in front of the Longhorn Band during the first home game of the season, drum major Jessica Martinez couldn’t help but sing along as she conducted. The show, ‘Viva!’, was a...


UT spirit group launches campus-wide drunk driving awareness initiative

Nicole Stuessy October 16, 2018

This semester, female spirit group Texas Lassos expanded its program, Lassos Against Drunk Driving, to the entire campus to reach the rest of the student body. Following the death of one of their members,...


UT RecSports offers intramural esports this semester

Nicole Stuessy October 9, 2018

Students looking to get involved in intramural sports can now do so without breaking a sweat. This semester, UT RecSports will host intramural esports, or competitive video gaming, for the first time....


Racial, ethnic discrimination impacts adolescent development, UT study says

Nicole Stuessy October 5, 2018

Racism and ethnic discrimination negatively affect development in adolescents in aspects ranging from physical health to academic success, according to a recent UT study.  The study, led by Aprile...


UT-Austin researchers develop more accurate approach to flu season forecasting

Nicole Stuessy September 25, 2018

As flu season approaches, researchers at UT have developed a way to make flu season forecasts more accurate. A flu season forecast shows information about how long flu season will be, when it will...


CapMetro adds additional buses to route 10 following overcrowding complaints

Nicole Stuessy September 25, 2018

In response to overcrowding complaints, Capitol Metro has added four buses along route 10 running from 45th street into campus between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. weekday mornings. These additional buses...


Amazon partners with UT for Alexa fellowship

Nicole Stuessy September 21, 2018

As Amazon considers Austin for the location of their new headquarters, the company has also selected UT as one of 18 schools worldwide to participate in the Amazon Alexa Fellowship.  UT received...


Students face overcrowding on buses following CapMetro remap

Nicole Stuessy September 14, 2018

Students taking the bus from North Campus and Riverside may be in for a packed ride. Because of recent route changes, Capital Metro buses are overfilling with students during peak times, leaving little...

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UT students design flying robotic fruit harvesting system

Nicole Stuessy September 11, 2018

Three UT students from different colleges joined together to design a flying robot with hands that pick fruit. Mechanical engineering junior Uksang Yoo, chemical engineering and government senior...


New organization aims to help women personally, professionally, politically

Nicole Stuessy September 10, 2018

When accounting sophomore Emily Aguiar started her personal blog  “Girl Gang” last fall, she saw it as a way to keep track of her thoughts and give friends advice on topics such as schoolwork...


Big Ticket changes coming this Texas football season

Nicole Stuessy September 7, 2018

While there are new additions coming to UT football tailgates, the atmosphere in the stadium will also be different for Big Ticket holders. Major changes to the Big Ticket policy include general admission...


New entrepreneurship minor starts this fall

Nicole Stuessy September 5, 2018

Students looking to create, collaborate and especially get in on Austin’s startup sector can now pursue a minor in entrepreneurship.  Launched this fall, the minor started as a partnership...


Reading Round-Up ropes in 18 percent of UT Austin freshman class

Nicole Stuessy August 31, 2018

Nearly 1,500 freshmen gathered on the South Mall for breakfast tacos and book discussions Tuesday morning in the largest Reading Round-Up to date. Freshman Reading Round-Up is a summer reading...


Hey, UT freshmen: Here’s how to get around Austin — for free

Nicole Stuessy August 29, 2018

Getting around Austin without a car can be difficult, and with more than 80 bus routes, navigating the CapMetro bus system can be confusing for new students. CapMetro is free with a student ID, and...


UT study shows air pollution lowers global life expectancy

Nicole Stuessy August 27, 2018

Air pollution has lowered the global human life expectancy by more than a year, according to a UT study released Wednesday. The study, led by engineering professor Joshua Apte, was the first of its...

More than 4,000 students participate in eighth annual Longhorn Run

Nicole Stuessy April 16, 2018

More than 4,000 runners wearing orange and white flooded the streets of campus Saturday morning for the eighth annual Longhorn Run. The run is a joint effort of the Longhorn Run committee, which is...


84 participants ‘Brave the Shave’ to raise money for pediatric cancer research

Nicole Stuessy April 9, 2018

Actuarial science senior Madason Donaho ran her fingers over her completely bald head in front of the UT Tower on Saturday morning. Just an hour before, it was covered by waist-length hair.  Donaho...

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Comedians, students stand up for refugees with charity event

Nicole Stuessy March 30, 2018

The Student Activity Center auditorium was filled with laughs Thursday night, but the reason behind the event was much more serious. The second annual Stand Up for Refugees night brought together 150...


Music, dancing, colored powder fill Holi celebration on LBJ lawn

Nicole Stuessy March 26, 2018

Seven thousand students and community members danced, sang and threw colored powder on each other at the LBJ lawn on Sunday for UT’s annual Holi festival, hosted by the Hindu Students Assocation. Eshan...


Taste of Austin brings Franklin Barbecue to campus without wait time

Nicole Stuessy March 1, 2018

While a trip to Franklin Barbecue would normally take a couple of hours, Taste of Austin by Ugora, a food-centered event organization, brought the nationally ranked barbecue to 60 students in the Student...


Dresses, wigs and heels take the stage at UT’s first drag show, hosted by Todrick Hall

Nicole Stuessy February 22, 2018

Decked out in a bright pink wig, a sparkly one-shouldered dress and heels borrowed from a friend, biochemistry freshman Alex Contreras prepared to lip sync Donna Summer’s “Boogie Oogie”...


Volunteers care for campus cat population

Nicole Stuessy February 7, 2018

While the UT campus has a large wildlife population including albino squirrels and raccoons, a number of stray and feral cats from local neighborhoods have also made a home on the Forty Acres. Stray...

Harry Ransom Center digitizes movie poster collection

Nicole Stuessy January 31, 2018

The bright and iconic posters from classic movies such as “West Side Story” and “Africa — Texas Style!” are now available for viewing in an online archive from the Harry Ransom...


Artist unveils 4,000 square foot mural in McCombs’ new Rowling Hall

Nicole Stuessy January 29, 2018

Hundreds gathered Friday night for the unveiling of Jose Parla’s 4,000-square-foot mural, “Amistad America,” at Robert B. Rowling Hall. Five years in the making, the abstract mural combines...

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UT Wellness Network hosts first drug take back event

Nicole Stuessy November 30, 2017

Pizza, drinks and t-shirts were available on Wednesday on the lawn by Littlefield Fountain for a small price — old prescription drugs. This was all for the first UT Prescription Drug Take Back...


Candelight vigil honors lost transgender lives

Nicole Stuessy November 21, 2017

The lost voices of transgender individuals killed in 2017 could be heard in the poems, songs and speeches delivered outside Austin City Hall on Monday night for the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance...


Texas Crew rows 801 miles for fundraiser

Nicole Stuessy November 14, 2017

The low whir of rowing machines joined the usual shouts of student organizations tabling on Speedway as Texas Crew held their annual Row Across Texas fundraiser. The goal of the three-day fundraiser...


Texas Rising hosts Lies into Laws forum

Nicole Stuessy November 10, 2017

Students and community members gathered Thursday night to hear from experts about how widespread misconceptions can carry over into state legislation. The panel at the Texas Rising’s event “Lies...


New breakfast spot rises on Guadalupe

Nicole Stuessy November 6, 2017

After months of vacancy, Rise Biscuits and Donuts, a North Carolina-based chain, will replace the now-closed Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Guadalupe in early 2018. Rise will offer a variety of breakfast...

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Pease Park Conservancy receives $9.7 million grant to fund renovations

Nicole Stuessy November 3, 2017

Updated picnic areas and restrooms, new play areas and a new multi-use facility are coming to Pease Park next year with the help of a $9.7 million grant from the Moody Foundation. Designing and planning...


Athletics department cracks down on football Big Ticket admission

Nicole Stuessy October 26, 2017

The athletics department has changed policies this season regarding Big Ticket holders because of a large number of students using altered tickets and causing overcrowding in certain sections of the stadium. Students...


Study: ‘Cheap sex’ has led to decline in marriage

Nicole Stuessy October 13, 2017

In a recent study, associate sociology professor Mark Regnerus found that the reason for a decline in marriage rates in 18- to 23-year-olds is due to the cheapened value of sex in today’s hookup...


NSF funds research on social media and Hurricane Harvey

Nicole Stuessy October 5, 2017

Researchers from the Moody College of Communication received a $168,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the role of social media aiding rescue efforts for Hurricane Harvey. During...

DHFS provides students with temporary rooms in study lounges

Nicole Stuessy September 26, 2017

After the Division of Housing and Food Service received more housing applications than they could grant, 170 students took up residence in study rooms as supplemental housing this fall. Residence halls...

Students fashion collection drive for Harvey, Irma victims

Nicole Stuessy September 12, 2017

Students from The Audacity magazine and UT Fashion Group are hosting a collection drive to assist Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims. Melina Perez, creative director for The Audacity, said the groups...

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