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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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All content by Paul Cobler

Projects editor retires as greatest of all time

Paul Cobler December 10, 2018

Over the course of the past three years, every time I’ve walked into the musty, ant-filled basement office of The Daily Texan, I’ve felt lucky. Not because of the time I’ve been fortunate...

Student sues Fenves over sexual assault suspension

Paul Cobler August 8, 2017

A UT student is suing University President Gregory Fenves, claiming Fenves wrongfully suspended him for five semesters after being accused of sexual assault in the spring of 2016. According to the lawsuit,...


Lax booting regulations cause grief for Austin citizens

Paul Cobler August 7, 2017

Businessmen, wrecker company owners and students just trying to find a parking spot all agree: Car booting is not a pleasant experience in Austin. This feeling of discontent from all sides centers around...


Richard Spencer speaks at Texas A&M, campus fills with protesters

Paul Cobler December 8, 2016

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M University community responded with protests and an event promoting unity to white nationalist Richard Spencer speaking on campus Tuesday night. The...


Fenves speaks at Senate meeting, discusses Young Conservatives bake sale

Paul Cobler December 2, 2016

The Senate of College Councils wrapped up its semester Thursday as UT President Gregory Fenves spoke to the general assembly about campus issues. The general assembly also voted in favor of a resolution...


SG introduces resolution supporting undocumented students

Paul Cobler November 30, 2016

Legislative student organizations at UT are discussing coming together in support of undocumented students at UT, as well as calling on the University to declare itself a “sanctuary university.” Joint...


Capital Metro retires last burnt orange bus

Paul Cobler November 28, 2016

Capital Metro’s last burnt orange and white bus was retired Tuesday, completing an upgrade of the buses that have serviced the UT campus since 1998. New, blue Capital Metro buses will now...


White Lives Matter rally, counter-protesters clash at African-American memorial unveiling

Paul Cobler November 19, 2016

Church hymns and angry shouts intermingled in front of the Texas Capitol on Saturday afternoon, as the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial statue was celebrated at the same time as...


Senate introduces affirmative action resolution, passes financial aid handbook

Paul Cobler November 18, 2016

The voice of student support for affirmative action is growing louder as the Senate of College Councils introduced a joint resolution with the Graduate Student Assembly in support of the University’s...

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Revolutionary Student Front marches to protest student arrests

Sarah Philips and Paul Cobler November 18, 2016

The Revolutionary Student Front, a self-described anti-fascist organization, marched Thursday in protest of three of the group’s allies being arrested last month for attempting to remove a Celtic...


GSA formally supports affirmative action

Paul Cobler November 17, 2016

The Graduate Student Assembly is throwing its weight behind affirmative action by voting to support the University’s policy during their general assembly meeting Wednesday night. Joint Resolution...


SG votes against disbanding YCT

Paul Cobler November 16, 2016

Student Government voted by a wide margin Tuesday night against disbanding the Young Conservatives of Texas for its affirmative action bake sale, with many representatives citing the organization’s...


Student Government passes resolution in support of Black Lives Matter movement

Paul Cobler November 16, 2016

Student Government wants black students at UT to know they stand with them by passing a resolution Tuesday night in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, said Santiago Rosales, SG Speaker of the...


Student protester protects Trump supporter, stresses need for unity

Paul Cobler November 14, 2016

International relations sophomore Amina Amdeen marched through downtown Austin, protesting the election of Donald Trump with about 300 other people Sunday night, but when several of her fellow protesters...


Students gather in front of Tower after Election Day to protest

Paul Cobler November 9, 2016

Update: Students marched from campus to downtown Austin. Anti-Donald Trump chants rang out across the Main Mall as over 250 students gathered this morning, protesting the president-elect’s...


Students anticipate election results across Austin

Paul Cobler November 9, 2016

Six hundred and sixteen grueling days have passed since Mark Everson became the first person to formally announce his candidacy for president of the United States, and the 2016 election season is officially...

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NBC anchor discusses election, challenges faced as journalist

Paul Cobler November 8, 2016

Hallie Jackson is a political correspondent and anchor for MSNBC. She is currently on the campaign trail covering Donald Trump and hosts the 12 p.m. CST hour of “MSNBC Live.” Jackson will contribute...


UT chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness hopes to provide access to mental health resources

Paul Cobler November 8, 2016

Megan Alvarado doesn’t want other students to deal with the same mental healthcare difficulties she’s had. As a transfer student last semester, Alvarado, a health promotion junior, said...

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My Black UT Matter vigil supports student reflection on police-involved shootings

Paul Cobler November 4, 2016

A dark SAC ballroom twinkled with the glow of candles as the names of 200 black men and women who have been killed in police-involved shootings were read aloud during a vigil called My Black UT Matters...


Survey shows uncertainty over new MCAT

Paul Cobler November 3, 2016

The Medical College Admissions Test was updated last year to be longer and more comprehensive, but according to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep, most medical schools aren’t even sure the new test allows...


University: bake sale was ‘protected speech,’ SG resolution not binding

Paul Cobler November 2, 2016

Student Government heard a resolution Tuesday supporting the disbandment of UT Young Conservatives of Texas, despite University officials saying they would not enforce any actions against free speech...


Student groups host forum to educate about affirmative action

Paul Cobler November 1, 2016

Affirmative action has existed since the 1960s, but after last week’s affirmative action bake sale hosted by the Young Conservatives of Texas, student groups are hoping to educate the UT community...


Petition calls for name change of Robert Lee Moore Hall

Paul Cobler October 28, 2016

Robert Lee Moore Hall is one of the largest buildings on campus, but the shadow of the man it was named after looms even larger in the mind of some students.  A petition created by Bradley Wolff,...

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Students petition to remove Aramark services from campus

Paul Cobler October 27, 2016

About 5,000 UT students have signed an online petition in one week calling on the university to cancel its food services contract with Aramark due to animal abuse concerns. The petition, created by...


Student Government endorses mobility bond

Paul Cobler October 26, 2016

Student Government passed AR 11 on Tuesday, endorsing Austin’s Proposition 1 and calling on UT students to vote in favor of the mobility bond during the election.  The $720 million bond allocates...


SG pauses legislation calling for exclusion of BYU in Big 12 expansion

Paul Cobler October 25, 2016

Student Government has hit the brakes on legislation calling for UT to vote against the inclusion of Brigham Young University in the Big 12 Conference. The resolution, which was first considered by...


Students voice concerns about ethics of SG legislative practices

Paul Cobler October 21, 2016

While Student Government’s stated goal is to represent the student body, some of the resolutions they pass come from sources entirely outside the University. SG considers legislation authored...


SG, Senate advance legislation improving access to class info

Paul Cobler October 19, 2016

Registration proves to be one of the most stressful times of the school year for many students, and Student Government and the Senate of College Councils are trying to ease the strain on their constituents.  On...


Mayor Adler encourages students to support mobility bond

Paul Cobler October 19, 2016

Mayor Steve Adler said the UT student body can swing the vote in favor of the Smart Corridor Plan while speaking at the Student Government general assembly meeting Tuesday. The plan, a $720 million...


Archer’s Challenge pushes for disability awareness

Paul Cobler October 12, 2016

Archer’s Challenge, a week-long city-wide event organized by undeclared sophomore Archer Hadley, rolled onto campus yesterday. The event challenged participants to spend the day in a wheelchair...


Senate forum gives students chance to seek answers about transcript fee increase

Paul Cobler October 11, 2016

University Registrar Shelby Stanfield faced students for the first time since fees for transcripts doubled Sept. 12 as the Senate of College Councils hosted its Campus Conversation about registration yesterday. Stanfield...


Survey shows legal marketplace recovering from recession

Paul Cobler October 10, 2016

For the first time since 2009, law schools are seeing something positive in the aftermath of the Great Recession. This past admissions cycle, there was an increase in the number of students applying...


Student anti-capitalist group works for change they believe University won’t provide

Paul Cobler October 7, 2016

A striking graphic suddenly appeared on the Twitter feed of the Student Government general election debate on Sept. 28, catching the eyes of many people in the room as gasps of shock and whispers rippled...


‘Bridging Barriers’ initiative asks researchers to answer ‘toughest questions of our generation’

Paul Cobler October 6, 2016

Allowing researchers to answer the toughest questions of our generation is the main goal of University President Gregory Fenves’s “Bridging Barriers” initiative, which had its first open...


UTPD chief discusses student, police relations at SG meeting

Paul Cobler October 5, 2016

As the University’s “Be Safe” safety campaign continues through the fall semester, UTPD chief David Carter spoke Tuesday at Student Government’s general assembly meeting about the...


Kismet Cafe to relocate away from campus

Meraal Hakeem and Paul Cobler October 4, 2016

Students will no longer be able to walk and grab a shawarma wrap from Kismet Cafe, as the restaurant plans to relocate to a newer building this winter.  Owner Rami Bataineh confirmed the relocation,...


SG general election debate provides wide variety of viewpoints

Paul Cobler September 29, 2016

After Monday night’s presidential debate, UT held its own general election debate, and participants found a lot to agree on. The debate, hosted by Student Government, brought student and state...


SG passes resolution calling for environmental regulations on UT lands

Paul Cobler September 28, 2016

Neuroscience sophomore Arushii Nadar said she has cared about the environment for as long as she can remember, and it feels good to finally do something to help it. Tuesday night, Student Government...


Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin appeals to students, tries to pick up voters

Paul Cobler September 26, 2016

Evan McMullin, an independent candidate for president, said he believes his policies appeal more to UT students than those of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee...


Dan Patrick discusses plans for upcoming legislation

Paul Cobler September 26, 2016

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick received audible gasps from the crowd on multiple occasions Saturday morning as he spoke about his agenda for the upcoming 85th legislative session. Patrick discussed several...


Texas Tribune Festival: Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin speaks on campaign in Q&A

Paul Cobler September 24, 2016

Independent candidate for president Evan McMullin speaks in a one-on-one discussion at 2016 Texas Tribune Festival Sunday morning, moderated by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. McMullin, a...

Texas Tribune Festival: Dan Patrick answers questions about upcoming Texas legislative session

Paul Cobler September 24, 2016

Update (10:15 a.m.): Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick spoke in a one-on-one Saturday morning at the Texas Tribune Festival.  The panel, moderated by Texas Tribune executive editor Ross...


Students, alumni attend second Longhorns on the Hill in Washington D.C.

Paul Cobler September 23, 2016

A delegation of UT alumni, University officials, students and former UT quarterback Vince Young traveled to Washington, D.C. Wednesday for Longhorns on the Hill. The second annual event, organized by...


Fossil Free Texas lobbies Chancellor McRaven for environmental accountability

Lisa Dreher and Paul Cobler September 22, 2016

Fossil Free Texas president Matthew Chovanec said he takes UT’s motto, “What starts here changes the world,” very seriously when it comes to combating climate change. Chovanec,...


SG holds first reading for bill regulating oil, gas company drilling on UT system lands

Paul Cobler September 21, 2016

Student Government held its first assembly reading for a bill to call on the UT system to better regulate oil and gas companies’ drilling on UT lands in West Texas. The bill was fast-tracked to...


New safety map for students to launch in October

Paul Cobler September 16, 2016

Students should soon be able to see the safest route home, no matter where they are and where they live, said Isaiah Carter, Student Government chief of staff. Carter — along with a University...


Fenves presents $15 million financial aid commitment to students in State of University address

Paul Cobler September 14, 2016

UT will commit $15 million in financial aid over the next two years to middle-income families starting next fall, University President Gregory Fenves announced during his State of the University address...


Self-defense classes have quadrupled since death of UT student

Paul Cobler September 9, 2016

Students roll across a mat in the bowels of Darrel K Royal Stadium as the smell of sweat and the sound of instructor Adam Preble’s voice fill the air.  Preble is teaching Aikido, a modern...


Fenves addresses Student Government, emphasizes listening to student body

Paul Cobler September 7, 2016

University President Gregory Fenves spoke to the Student Government assembly Tuesday night, showing his support for SG and speaking on several key issues involving the University. Campus safety, affirmative...


Student Government criticizes BYU for anti-LGBT policies

Paul Cobler September 7, 2016

Several members of Student Government are co-authoring legislation in an effort to criticize Brigham Young University’s admission to the Big 12 Conference, because of BYU’s honor code banning...


International Overdose Awareness Day recognized by students and faculty at Capitol

Paul Cobler September 2, 2016

On Wednesday evening, more than 100 Austin residents, including UT-Austin students and professors, gathered on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol to recognize International Overdose Awareness...


Student Government holds first general assembly meeting

Paul Cobler August 31, 2016

Student Government held its first general assembly meeting of the year Tuesday, approving the budget as well as laying out plans for the coming year. The first meeting of the 110th session included...


University’s nine construction projects to run through 2018

Paul Cobler August 31, 2016

Construction has become a familiar sight on campus as students begin the new school year.  The University is currently undertaking nine different construction projects to build new facilities and...


Adelante draws first-year students to cultural fair

Paul Cobler August 30, 2016

Adelante’s long history of helping students connect with Hispanic organizations on campus continued Monday night. The annual event, which welcomed about 500 students for music and free tacos,...


Texas Wranglers’ new class runs 200 miles for charity

Jasleen Shokar and Paul Cobler August 29, 2016

The new class of Texas Wranglers for the Spring 2016 semester have dedicated their inaugural service project to the brother of one of their class members who passed away from cancer this past spring. The...


New garage construction causes parking disruptions

Paul Cobler August 29, 2016

Construction of the East Campus parking garage and a new tennis center has removed access to parking lots 103 and 104, two of the largest surface parking lots on campus. To offset the loss of these...


Students and administration implements student safety programs

Paul Cobler August 26, 2016

Student Government, in collaboration with the University, plans to launch the second phase of the Be Safe campaign in mid-October. The campaign will encourage students, staff and faculty to be...


Construction on Speedway still more than a year from completion

Paul Cobler August 25, 2016

The construction to turn Speedway into a pedestrian mall is still more than a year out from completion, University officials said. The project that began in October 2015 is expected to complete construction...


Reading Roundup introduces freshmen to professors

Paul Cobler August 24, 2016

Reading Roundup has connected award-winning professors with incoming freshmen for the past 13 years. The annual event assigns incoming freshmen a novel to read over the summer before they meet...


Amazon unveils pickup location at Gregory

Paul Cobler August 24, 2016

The Division of Recreational Sports hopes ordering packages from Amazon will now be faster and more secure for students and faculty, thanks to the new Amazon at UTexas location in Gregory Gymnasium.  Working...

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