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As the semester comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the top stories from this fall

December 10, 2018

YCT Kavanaugh protest Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed after testifying against sexual assault allegations from former high school classmate Christine Blasey Ford, among others. UT’s...

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Two UT students were the digital masterminds behind Democrat Mike Collier’s 2018 campaign for Lt Gov

December 5, 2018

In the wake of the midterms, UT-Austin students Jared Hrebenar and Ali Zaidi have turned their attention back to the regular rhythm of classes and extracurriculars.  But just last month, they...

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City cracks down on Lime, temporarily removes scooters

December 3, 2018

Dockless scooter enthusiasts may be seeing a little less green on the streets of Austin.  The dockless scooter company Lime Bike, one of seven dockless scooter operators licensed by the city,...

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City of Austin invites community feedback on new transportation plan

November 30, 2018

A $1 billion project to overhaul Austin’s current mobility system is in the works and up for community discussion until Dec. 21, according to city officials.    Draft maps of the Austin...

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West Campus has problems. These students are forming a neighborhood association to fix them.

November 28, 2018

West Campus has problems, and Allie Runas wants to fix them. Runas, an electrical and computer engineering senior, is currently in the process of organizing a West Campus neighborhood association. She...

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UT graduate students develop car sensor technology

November 27, 2018

Getting stuck behind a car on a two-lane Texas highway is often why drivers swerve into the opposite lane, attempting to pass slower traffic.  However, new sensory software developed through a...

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Prop A a major step toward affordable housing

November 15, 2018

Last Tuesday, 73 percent of Austin voters approved Proposition A, a $250 million affordable housing bond that represents a major step to combat Austin’s housing crisis, city experts said.  Affordable...

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Elections are over, but campaign signs are still around

November 13, 2018

Architectural engineering sophomore Cypress Lefebre has a political sign up on her lawn in North Campus, a holdover from the midterm election just last week.  A drive through Austin’s residential...

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City Council to vote on new water plan

November 9, 2018

It has been less than a month since a boil water notice sparked concern over Austin’s water sustainability, but a plan working on diversifying Austin’s water sources has been in the works for...

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Mayor Steve Adler secures second term

November 7, 2018

Steve Adler clinched his second term as mayor Tuesday night, defeating former city council member Laura Morrison and five other candidates with more than 60 percent of the vote. Adler spoke about his...

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Student advocates for Senate Republican candidate

November 5, 2018

Samuel Samson knew who had his vote for the midterm election before the race even kicked off.  Samson, a government and liberal arts honors sophomore, is active in conservative organizations on...

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With midterm one week away, experts warn against predicting blue wave

October 31, 2018

With midterm elections one week away, Texas political experts say the heavily discussed blue wave may not be on the horizon.  Jeff Blaylock, the publisher of the nonpartisan political guide, “Texas...

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Third-party CD35 candidate running on “purely Libertarian principles”

October 29, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles on candidates running for Congressional Districts in Texas.  Wedding photographer and political newcomer Clark Patterson is the Libertarian...

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Local shelter flooded with donations after boil water notice threatened animal’s water supply

October 26, 2018

As Austin residents woke up Monday to the city-wide boil water notice, leaders at the Austin Pets Alive! animal shelter were already worried about the long days ahead.  The no-kill shelter keeps...

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Incumbent representative for Congressional District 35 committed to continuing progressive agenda

October 24, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of profiles on candidates running for Congressional Districts in Texas. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, the incumbent representative for Congressional District...

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First-time politician runs for Congressional District 35, urges for term limits

October 24, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of profiles on candidates running for Congressional Districts in Texas. As a first-time politician running for Congressional District 35, David Smalling...

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In re-election bid, Democrat Gina Hinojosa urges students to make it to the polls

October 19, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of profiles on the race for House District 49. During her “freshman year” as the state representative for House District 49, Democrat Gina Hinojosa...

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Republican contender for District 49 pushes for legalized marijuana, privatized education

October 16, 2018

As the Republican contender for the Texas House District 49, which encompasses UT, Kyle Austin said running for office is the biggest thing he’s done.  The 25-year-old Austin native is challenging...

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Mayoral candidate Travis Duncan calls for universal resource access, voting rights

October 12, 2018

It’s Travis Duncan’s first time running for mayor, but he said it won’t be his last.  “I’m going to run every four years until I win,” Duncan said.  Duncan...

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler wants to ‘continue the fight’ for another term

October 10, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of profiles on the candidates for the Austin mayor’s race. Serving one term as the mayor of Austin is quite possibly “the biggest honor”...

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Mayoral candidate Laura Morrison: ‘This is an anxious town’

October 9, 2018

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles on the candidates running for Austin mayor.  In the three years since her term as an Austin City Council member ended in 2014, Laura...

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Catholic churches near campus respond to national crises

October 4, 2018

Catholic parishes near UT are offering counseling services and training to prevent sexual abuse in response to an August Pennsylvania grand jury report, which revealed statewide sexual abuse by hundreds...

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Pool days just got a little more expensive after fee prices raise across Austin

October 2, 2018

Starting yesterday, students and residents should expect to pay more for a visit to Barton Springs and other Austin pools to fund maintenance costs.  All municipal pools and the popular Barton...

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Austin city officials look at storm plan in wake of Hurricanes Florence, Harvey

September 28, 2018

Following a tropical system scare earlier this month and the destruction of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, Austin and Travis County officials are reassessing emergency shelter plans.  Eric...

Asian immigration to U.S. outpaces Latin American immigration, trend reflected among international students

September 24, 2018

When UT international student Daniel Shih was in third grade, he moved from his homeland Taiwan to an international school in Beijing. There, his family encouraged him to look at universities outside...

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‘The youngest person on the email thread’: students take to working on campaigns ahead of November

September 21, 2018

On the morning of primary elections last semester, Jacob Springer woke up at 7 a.m. On a normal Tuesday, he would have been attending classes until early afternoon. But on March 6, Springer ditched his...

McCombs MBA program sees increase in diversity

September 13, 2018

The incoming MBA class to McCombs School of Business will see its highest numbers of women and underrepresented racial groups in nearly 20 years, the school announced in a tweet last week.  Nineteen...

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‘We have to lead by example’: City of Austin to encourage plastic bag ban despite Texas court ruling

September 7, 2018

Libby Griswold goes grocery shopping frequently, as many students without a meal plan do. But when Griswold shops, she takes care to do one particular thing. “I never use plastic bags,”...

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Fourteen years of growth: How West Campus has changed

September 6, 2018

West Campus today is not the West Campus it has always been. Fifteen years ago, ambitious high-rises were almost nonexistent. Features such as bike lanes and street lighting were yet to be improved, or...

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Nearly half of all Texas waterways — including campus creeks — have unsafe levels of fecal bacteria

September 5, 2018

Austinites using Texas waterways as a cool escape from the burning heat might want to consider cleaner options. A report released Thursday by Environment Texas, an environmental advocacy group, compiled...

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Have any thoughts on dockless scooters and bikes? The City of Austin wants your feedback

August 30, 2018

The City of Austin is accepting public feedback until Friday on dockless scooters and bikes, which have recently taken over both streets and conversations.  The survey is an attempt by the...

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West Campus growth does not bring lower rent prices

August 27, 2018

West Campus is notorious for ever-expanding growth, and the past year was no exception.  Four new student housing projects were completed in 2018 and have recently opened for students: Skyloft,...

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Lawsuit against University House to move to trial

August 27, 2018

After Plan II sophomore Rylan Maksoud found out his lease with a West Campus apartment complex had been terminated in January, he vowed to pursue every legal avenue open to him. But first, Maksoud created...

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Semester in Review: looking back, looking forward

May 4, 2018

CRIME: Looking forward Meechaiel Criner’s trial is set to begin July 9. Criner was indicted by a grand jury for capital murder in connection with the 2016 death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser. Looking...

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Runoff voting center to move from FAC to DKR

May 3, 2018

Finals are upon UT-Austin, but civic engagement never stops. The primary runoffs are May 22 and early voting runs from May 14 to May 18, but you may have to work harder to cast your vote.  Flawn...

Prime deal or nightmare? Austin hesitates to welcome Amazon headquarters

April 25, 2018

A new poll from Elon University indicates that Austin residents may not be thrilled if Amazon decides to plant its second home base here. The poll, released earlier this month, found that two potential...

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Vaping brings a cloud of concerns to campus

April 20, 2018

When philosophy junior Alayna Kingston was 15, she smoked her first cigarette, a Kamel Red. She was soon hooked, and that one cigarette spiraled into a two-pack-a-day habit.  Last fall, she decided...

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Starbucks in hot water after being accused of racism

April 19, 2018

A video of two black men being arrested after police said they were waiting for a friend in a crowded Philadelphia Starbucks circulated last Thursday, receiving backlash on social media. On Tuesday, Starbucks...

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Facebook under fire for Cambridge Analytica data leak

April 13, 2018

Facebook came under fire earlier this month after it was revealed the political data firm Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from up to 87 million users, hoping to glean insight on targeting American...

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National Distracted Driving Month brings strong reminder to drive safe

April 11, 2018

With one hand placed on the steering wheel and her Hyundai slowed to almost a crawl, Abigail Horne figured she would be OK shooting off a quick text to a friend as she approached a nearly deserted four-way...

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Bumble takes swipe at Tinder in new lawsuit

April 4, 2018

Two staples of the college dating app scene are gearing up for a legal battle. In late March, Tinder’s parent company Match Group filed a lawsuit against Bumble claiming patent infringement....

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Students remember memories, say goodbye to Toys R Us after closing announcement

March 30, 2018

Once a fixture of the toy industry, Toys R Us has filed for bankruptcy and is in the process of liquidation, according to a statement on the company’s website earlier this month.  The longtime...

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Austin City Council funds immigrant aid through contract with nonprofit American Gateways

March 29, 2018

Starting in April, the city of Austin will provide $135,000 for immigrant legal services in the area.  Last Thursday, the City Council approved a year-long contract with American Gateways, a nonprofit...

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Election spurred law school applicants, study shows

March 26, 2018

The 2016 presidential election had a major impact on the decision of nearly a third of this year’s law school applicants across the nation, a Kaplan Test Prep study concluded last month. The University’s...

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Depressed? It could be your social media habits.

March 8, 2018

Over winter break, government freshman Rylee Matousek fell into the habit of frequently checking her phone. But constantly browsing through sad tweets and posed Instagram pictures had its drawbacks.  “Every...

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Abbott and Patrick hold majority in GOP primaries, Dems undaunted

March 7, 2018

More than 100 Democrats gathered at Austin eatery Scholz Garten on Tuesday night to wait for the Texas Democratic primary results, huddling around large TV screens and cheering on the party’s contenders. Incumbent...

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Republican incumbents for attorney general and lieutenant governor seem poised to win

February 28, 2018

The offices of lieutenant governor and attorney general are held by Republican incumbents who seem poised to win their respective primaries. But that has not stopped other candidates from stepping up to...

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APD warns of possible illegal boot scams

February 22, 2018

Having to pay a fine for a car boot can be a negative experience for many student vehicle–owners, but fraudulent boot fines are arguably worse. The Austin Transportation Department released a...

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Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Austin’ opens to acclaim

February 19, 2018

Anthropology freshman Manuel Ortiz gazes at a starburst of multicolored glass windows, set high in the stark white walls of the newly-opened “Austin” exhibit, located right outside of the Blanton...

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APD, University join forces on sexual assault kit research

February 16, 2018

For years, hundreds of sexual assault kits lay untested in Austin’s evidence rooms, spurring lawmakers and activists to take action in recent months. Although most of those kits have been moved...