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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

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New lab uses data to analyze social media

Rachel Cooper May 3, 2017

The Computational Media Lab, a new project from the School of Journalism, is combining computer science and social media to analyze millions of tweets, Facebook comments and more. The lab is currently...


Lack of printing credits at UT stands out from other Texas universities

Rachel Cooper May 1, 2017

Out of the five largest public universities in Texas, UT is the only school that doesn’t offer students credit for printing.  Students must pay for each page printed through Bevo Bucks or...


SG tackles sexual assault, top 10 percent rule

Rachel Cooper April 26, 2017

The Student Government assembly passed seven pieces of legislation Tuesday night dealing with topics such as sexual assault, organ donation and transcripts. Shannon Geison, a government and marketing...

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UT appoints new Graduate School dean, senior vice provost for academic affairs

Rachel Cooper April 24, 2017

UT will have a permanent dean of the Graduate School beginning Aug. 1 for the first time since Gregory Fenves was appointed University president.  The University announced earlier this month Mark...

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Blackstone LaunchPad brings entrepreneurship support to UT

Rachel Cooper April 18, 2017

Students may have noticed a disruption in the study space at the Flawn Academic Center where the new Blackstone LaunchPad center has taken root. The Blackstone LaunchPad had its grand opening last Wednesday...


SG strives to reduce budget rollover

Rachel Cooper April 17, 2017

For the past two school years, almost a third of Student Government’s operating budget has gone unused. In the 2014-15 school year $31,130, or 27.6 percent, of SG’s budget went unused. The...


Center for Integrated Design offers new courses

Rachel Cooper April 11, 2017

The Center for Integrated Design is offering courses to students from all majors to learn how to use creativity and design communication as a part of their everyday lives. The College of Fine Arts founded...


UT releases Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan

Rachel Cooper April 10, 2017

Recruiting a more diverse campus community, investing in more student housing and increasing housing accommodations for disabled and LGBTQ students are just three of 48 goals from the University’s...


Hammocks removed from campus because of lack of funding

Rachel Cooper April 4, 2017

The hammock structure on campus enjoyed by many students since last semester was removed last week because of a lack of funding.  UT student startup Nido began in June 2016, and the company set...


Food trucks bring variety, convenience to campus dining

Rachel Cooper April 3, 2017

University Unions began offering food trucks on campus last week for students who are bored with the usual on-campus lunch options. Mulugeta Ferede, executive director of University Unions, said they...


Air Force veteran share stories of service, discrimination

Rachel Cooper March 28, 2017

Air Force veteran Maj. Mary Jennings Hegar told stories Monday from her three tours in Afghanistan about how she faced discrimination as a woman in the military. The campus event was hosted by Texas...


John Lewis event encourages student activism

Rachel Cooper March 27, 2017

When democratic Georgia Congressman John Lewis was in his 20s, he became one of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Speakers used Lewis’ life as a call to action Friday...

Zoology professor to receive prestigious career achievement award for work in animal behavior

Rachel Cooper March 21, 2017

The Animal Behavior Society is giving its most prestigious award to UT zoology professor Mike Ryan in recognition of an “outstanding career in animal behavior,” according to the society’s...

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UT appoints first female School of Architecture dean

Rachel Cooper March 7, 2017

UT’s School of Architecture will welcome its first female dean, Michelle Addington, this July. The University announced the new dean Feb. 27, and Addington will begin July 1, replacing interim...


Campaign promotes acceptance of people with intellectual, developmental disabilities

Rachel Cooper February 28, 2017

Students are coming together to take a stand against using the “R-word” through a week-long event supporting Spread the Word to End the Word, an international campaign to promote inclusion...

House Bill would limit UT to charging no more than $10 per transcript

Rachel Cooper and Claire Allbright February 27, 2017

A UT student was the inspiration behind a bill filed Thursday that would limit the amount a public institution of higher education could charge for an official transcript to $10.  Juliette Perrier,...


Speedway Mall construction slows down bikers

Rachel Cooper February 21, 2017

Many UT bikers are having to adjust their daily routines to get to class on time because of construction safety concerns on Speedway. The Speedway Mall Project, which plans to turn the area into a pedestrian-friendly...

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National report recognizes UT for increased support given to low-income students

Rachel Cooper February 20, 2017

Raising UT’s four-year graduation rate has been a main goal of the University in recent years, and UT is working to improve this especially among low-income students, according to a recent report. American...

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New student organization UTerus targets sex education in public schools

Rachel Cooper February 14, 2017

The state’s lack of sex education in public schools led one UT student to form a campus group aimed at helping students to make informed choices about their sexual health and contraception. In...


Panel discusses potential U.S.-Russia relations under Trump administration

Rachel Cooper January 24, 2017

The future of U.S.-Russia relations is uncertain, international relations experts said in a panel Monday evening on campus in Avaya Auditorium.  The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian...

UT professor suggests reform for Social Security

Rachel Cooper January 23, 2017

Social Security is headed in a dangerous and burdensome direction for millennials, finance professor Lewis Spellman said in an op-ed published in December. In Writing for Texas Enterprise, a site...

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