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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

The Daily Texan

All content by Rachel Freeman

Keep up with your learning over the summer

Rachel Freeman May 3, 2018

As finals season descends on the 40 Acres, many students are looking forward to their last final and the freedom to forget the material they crammed into their minds the night before. However, students...


In arguments, leave school pride out of the equation

Rachel Freeman April 27, 2018

Recent debate over Student Government singing “The Eyes of Texas” at their weekly meetings reflects a larger problem on campus. Some students are now trying to question other Longhorns’...


Bag ban hurts environment and economy

Rachel Freeman April 20, 2018

Decisions at the Supreme Court of Texas may soon have implications for students. From HEB in the Hancock Center to the Target on campus, single-use plastic bags could be on their way back to the 40 Acres. Currently,...

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Longhorns: Let love in

Rachel Freeman April 17, 2018

A recent Gallup poll shows college-aged students across the country are not as likely as previous generations to commit to relationships. Although there are reasons that may motivate students to remain...


CMHC, help us fight our fears and give us a support group

Rachel Freeman April 5, 2018

Seeing a fellow student dry heaving on the east mall isn’t a pretty sight. People assume I’m folded over because of a few poor choices from the weekend before. Little do they know I’m...

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Rachel Freeman March 29, 2018

It’s 11:58 p.m. You’ve just finished your final paper, and you are frantically clicking to a second window to submit. But suddenly, when you need it most, Canvas. Won’t. Load. The minute...


Pursuing longer-term construction deals benefits city

Rachel Freeman March 22, 2018

Jogging at Disch-Falk field or marching into DKR, you’ve probably noticed Waller Creek weaving its way through east campus. As unassuming as the creek may appear, Waller Creek has caused some serious...


Collaborative student organizations help community more

Rachel Freeman March 8, 2018

With more than 1,300 registered student organizations at UT, a student can think of any issue and, odds are, there’s a student organization dedicated to it. However, with so many organizations it...


Vote based on merit, not popularity

Rachel Freeman March 1, 2018

When you look at the ballot for the primary elections this month, it is very unlikely you’ve personally had class with any of the nominees. Voting in elections where all the candidates are just names...


Male legislators cannot ignore sexual assault

Rachel Freeman February 22, 2018

A firestorm hit Twitter and Facebook last October as millions of Americans shared stories of sexual assault and harassment under the banner of #MeToo. Forty-five percent of American Facebook users either...


Students should advocate in local government

Rachel Freeman February 15, 2018

While walking to and from class each day across the 40 Acres, it is easy to forget our campus’ unique position in the middle of the fastest growing American city. Longhorns need to recognize themselves...

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Thin mints, Caramel Delights, and respect

Rachel Freeman February 9, 2018

“Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?” A question heard hundreds of times a day across the 40 Acres. For many people, this question is a welcome offering of a delicious treat....


Austin Police Department hosts public meeting about body camera implementation

Rachel Freeman December 1, 2015

Representatives from the Austin Police Department held a public meeting Monday night to inform citizens about their continued efforts to equip officers with body cameras.  APD held this meeting...


Board of Education votes against changing textbook approval process

Rachel Freeman November 24, 2015

The Texas Board of Education will not make changes to the State’s textbook approval process. Last Wednesday, the board voted 8-7 not to change how textbooks are approved. The process for textbook...


State legislature, judiciary propose contrasting changes to Hazlewood tuition exemption

Rachel Freeman November 19, 2015

As state lawmakers are threatening to decrease funding for the Hazlewood tuition exemption program, the state judiciary has declared restriction of the program unconstitutional. The Hazlewood tuition...


#HornsForHumanity brings students together in remembrance of victims worldwide

Rachel Freeman November 17, 2015

A solemn rendition of “The Eyes of Texas” was sung by a harmony of vocals at the veranda beneath the UT Tower. In a slow progression, all the candles were blown out, sending smoke and prayers...


Author advocates importance economic changes to protect environment

Rachel Freeman November 12, 2015

It was standing room only for Naomi Klein’s presentation to students and the general public in the LBJ Auditorium on Wednesday night. Klein was invited to campus as the eighth C.L. and Henriette...


One small step for man, one giant leap for Longhorns everywhere: NASA accepting astronaut applications

Rachel Freeman November 10, 2015

Last week, NASA announced they will accept applications for the next class of astronaut candidates from Dec. 14 through mid-February. NASA said they require more astronauts to staff missions to space stations...


City Council gives Fun Fun Fun Fest smoking exemption

Rachel Freeman November 5, 2015

At a specially called City Council meeting on Oct. 22, the Council approved an exemption to the city’s parks smoking ban for Fun Fun Fun Fest.   The festival is held annually at Auditorium...


Two caves discovered under MoPac to delay construction for two to three weeks

Rachel Freeman November 3, 2015

Two small voids in the ground were found 40 feet below the surface near the southbound underpass of MoPac Expressway last week. Due to the cave discovery, the southbound section of the MoPac Improvement...

City continues to expand airport terminals, increase passenger capacity

Rachel Freeman October 29, 2015

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport looks ahead to begin its final improvement project to expand their terminal and increase traveler capacity.  The airport has completed the first three stages...


Austin Public Works to service 777 roads by next September

Rachel Freeman October 27, 2015

Austin, prepare your engines for new seal-coated, overlaid, slurry-sealed, crack-sealed and fog-sealed roads.  The 2016 service plan overview of street preventative maintenance, released by...

Panelists discuss news integrity in media

Rachel Freeman October 22, 2015

The Denius Symposium on News Integrity brought together a panel of four journalism professionals Wednesday to speak about balancing journalism ethics with the 24-hour news cycle. Topics discussed...


Zambian author discusses recent short stories, future novel

Rachel Freeman October 20, 2015

Author Namwali Serpell joined UT faculty, students and community members for an afternoon reading and discussion of her recent and upcoming works. Serpell, a Zambian fiction author and University of...


Professor Goodenough’s research proves good enough for million-dollar prize

Rachel Freeman October 15, 2015

Mechanical Engineering UT Professor John B. Goodenough was recently awarded the Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels from Israel’s prime minister...


Female college graduation rate surpasses male graduation rate

Rachel Freeman October 13, 2015

For the first time, women now lead men in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded nationwide, according to the United States Census Bureau. This trend toward higher female graduation rates is...


UT ranked 40th in nation for affordability for lower-income students

Rachel Freeman October 9, 2015

UT ranked 40 out of 179 top American colleges for efforts in economic diversity, according to The New York Times’ College Access Index. UT-Austin placed third of five of other Texas schools included...


University celebrates annual torchlight parade and rally

Rachel Freeman October 8, 2015

The lights of Texas were upon OU for the torchlight parade and rally Wednesday night. A UT tradition since 1916, the torchlight parade and rally brings together hundreds of students, faculty, alumni...

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Engineering team to be honored with Primetime Emmy Engineering Award

Rachel Freeman October 6, 2015

At the upcoming 67th annual Engineering Emmy Awards, an engineering team from UT will be honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development award in Hollywood.  The National Academy...


Speedway Mall renovation project presented to students, public

Rachel Freeman September 29, 2015

The Speedway Mall renovation project, a long-standing goal for several UT presidents, was presented to students and the general public in a meeting Monday.  After years of planning and revisions,...


Students watch supermoon eclipse over Austin

Rachel Freeman September 28, 2015

Once in a blue moon, the sun, the earth and the moon align to cause a rare astrological event. At approximately 9:11 p.m. in Austin, a supermoon — when the moon is full and closest to the earth in...


Students, community members protest racism, anti-Islam attitudes

Rachel Freeman September 24, 2015

In front of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on the East Mall, a group of students and community members gathered Wednesday to protest racism and anti-Muslim attitudes in the U.S. The Palestine Solidarity...


West Point colonel explains military’s need for innovation during UT lecture

Rachel Freeman September 22, 2015

Colonel Liam Collins, director of West Point’s Defense and Strategic Studies Program, advocated military wartime innovation improvements over the past few decades at a lecture held Monday. Collins...


Committee meets to discuss renewal of green fee

Rachel Freeman September 17, 2015

The green fee, along with the 83 projects and 103 grants it funded between fall 2011 and spring 2015, are set to end in 2016, according to the Metrics & Measurement report from UT’s Office of...


Texas Millennial Institute hosts police brutality forum

Rachel Freeman September 15, 2015

The Texas Millennial Institute hosted its first event, a forum at the Student Activity Center discussing police brutality in the Austin area, on Monday. TMI is a nonprofit, transpartisan organization...


African, African-American art gallery to open in Jester

Rachel Freeman September 10, 2015

Under a few small white walls, hidden away on the second floor of a university dorm, a new art exhibit nears its opening date. The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies is...


Party on the Plaza connects thousands of students with hundreds of organizations

Rachel Freeman September 3, 2015

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and Party on the Plaza was no exception.  RecSports hosted the 16th annual Party on the Plaza event in front of Gregory Gym on Wednesday, attracting an estimated...

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