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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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DeVos changes fail to combat sexual assault

Rajya Atluri September 22, 2017

Editor’s note: Atluri previously worked at The Daily Texan as a reporter. In 2014, John Oliver invited dozens of scientists on his show to illustrate the statistics that overwhelmingly support...

Thousands of UT students transfer credits for core requirements

Rajya Atluri August 7, 2017

Government 312 and 310 are the most frequently transferred courses at UT, and with the rising cost of education and a desire for increased flexibility, hundreds of students are enrolling and transferring...

Students have access to resources in the face of potential Title IX pullback

Rajya Atluri August 7, 2017

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are uniting to hold certain universities accountable for Title IX violations, but the University of Texas at Austin is not one of them. On July 26, the Bipartisan...


Language open education brings teachers around the country to UT

Rajya Atluri July 26, 2017

Language teachers from around the country gathered at UT on Monday to learn about open education through the Teaching Effectiveness for Language Learning Collab event. The three-day collaborative event...


Student teacher program receives $50 million in scholarships

Rajya Atluri July 20, 2017

UT is one of 10 Texas universities to receive $50 million in scholarships over the next 10 years for students studying to become teachers through the Raising Texas Teachers program. Cinthia Salinas,...


Students express concerns over confusion surrounding classes, exams during on-campus stabbing

Rajya Atluri and Mikaela Cannizzo May 4, 2017

Minutes after four students were stabbed Monday afternoon on campus, many students still went to class and some took exams in the midst of confusion about the ongoing violence around them.   According...


SG urges importance of mental health

Rajya Atluri and Mikaela Cannizzo May 3, 2017

UT Student Government members, in coordination with the University, are encouraging students to prioritize their health and safety despite concerns about exams and classes following the on-campus stabbing...


UT sophomore honored with iACT Hope Award for work with refugees

Rajya Atluri May 2, 2017

While volunteering with refugees, Mehraz Rahman witnessed a young boy crying because he thought all Americans were bad from his previous experiences in Iraq. Now, with help from Rahman and other volunteers,...

UT conserves water amidst the ongoing water management change in Austin

Rajya Atluri May 1, 2017

As the City of Austin and Austin Water assemble Water Forward, a 100-year water management plan for Austin, UT continues to include water conservation efforts in campus expansion. Austin supplies UT...


As legislators consider college tuition costs, many students unaware of raises, allocation

Rajya Atluri April 25, 2017

The cost of attending a public university has been closely examined with the recent passage of Senate Bill 19 out of the Texas Senate. The bill, if approved, would stop increases in college tuition...


Senate passes legislation for menstrual hygiene products, support for international students

Rajya Atluri April 21, 2017

The UT Senate of College Councils passed legislation Thursday providing menstrual hygiene products on campus, creating the International Student Advisory Group, supporting the establishment of international...


Freshmen use Facebook to look for missed connections

Rajya Atluri April 13, 2017

After meeting a girl in Jester East, riding the elevator with her and never getting her name, Ben Montero decided to post about the experience on the UT Class of 2020 Facebook page, asking his peers for...


Reproductive rights activists rally, lobby for Planned Parenthood

Rajya Atluri and Albert Zhao April 6, 2017

A congregation of pink shirts, posters and “pussy hats” swarmed the state Capitol Wednesday in support of Planned Parenthood, protesting more than 40 anti-abortion bills in the Texas Legislature. In...


Austin’s CodeNEXT initiative focuses on the environment

Rajya Atluri March 30, 2017

CodeNEXT, Austin’s initiative to update its land development code, focused on environmental aspects of the plan at a Monday event, bringing in experts to highlight problems with urban forests and...


Austin locals learn about Texas efforts to end gerrymandering

Rajya Atluri March 28, 2017

Austin residents can help end the drawing of district lines to favor a political party by holding Texas legislators accountable before the next round of redistricting in 2021, grassroots organizers said...


NAACP Lawyer educates on Voter ID

Rajya Atluri March 23, 2017

Certain parts of Texas voter ID laws disproportionately prevent minority voters from participating in the democratic process, said Robert Notzon, a lawyer who has spent more than 20 years with the National...

Latino Leadership Institute educates on Latino identity

Rajya Atluri March 21, 2017

Latino students found a safe space Monday to discuss community empowerment and self-identity during a workshop at the Latino Leadership Institute. Ilse Colchado, radio-television-film and Mexican American...


Mayor Adler addresses Austin’s sharing economy

Rajya Atluri March 10, 2017

Austin Mayor Steve Adler discussed aspects of the city’s sharing economy and its relationship with local government Thursday. “As we move forward in the 21st century, we’re going to...


Alumna attorney educates on civilian rights with law enforcement, immigration

Rajya Atluri March 7, 2017

In light of the Trump administration’s stance on sanctuary cities and immigration enforcement, some members of the UT community are concerned about their rights and immigration status. UT alumna...


Panelists address immigration enforcement in Travis County

Rajya Atluri February 28, 2017

Austin city leaders addressed immigration enforcement issues in Travis County on Monday, elaborating on the effects of executive orders and state legislation on sanctuary cities.  Senior policy...

Lecture focuses on link between addiction and sexual minority adolescents

Rajya Atluri February 23, 2017

Sexual minority adolescents are at a much higher risk for substance abuse, particularly those who fall in the middle of the sexual identity spectrum. Jeremy Goldbach, UT alumn and assistant professor...


Texas Firearms Freedom educates on testifying for gun legislation

Rajya Atluri February 21, 2017

Texas Firearms Freedom, a gun advocacy organization, educated Austin residents Monday on the proper ways to testify during the 85th Legislative session to protect Second Amendment rights. Founder and...


Largest UT day of service returns to Rundberg neighborhood

Rajya Atluri February 20, 2017

The Project, UT’s largest annual day of service, has committed to the Rundberg neighborhood for a total of four years — a change meant to strengthen existing community relationships. Amory...


Congressman Vela speaks on immigration and border control

Rajya Atluri February 14, 2017

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, said Monday the Democratic Party is actively taking steps to oppose Trump’s actions regarding immigration policies and the border wall. “With respect...

Retired Army colonel gives talk on ISIS, the War on Terror

Rajya Atluri February 9, 2017

Veterans, students and faculty packed the Texas Governors Room in the Texas Union Wednesday, some even spilling out and standing in the hallway, to hear retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor discuss how governments...


New Warfield Center exhibit highlights black activism

Rajya Atluri February 7, 2017

Activist George Jackson’s words — “We must prove our predictions about the future with action” — greet visitors as they step into the IDEA Lab, encapsulating the mission behind...

Geosciences professor discusses waves in volcanic conduits

Rajya Atluri January 26, 2017

Leif Karlstrom, University of Oregon assistant professor of earth sciences, sought to answer questions at a seminar Wednesday afternoon regarding waves in volcanic conduits, which are like natural pipelines...

UT faculty member discusses merits of Affordable Care Act

Rajya Atluri January 24, 2017

In an op-ed published Saturday in the Austin American-Statesman, management senior lecturer Kristie Loescher highlighted the positive contributions of the Affordable Care Act. According to Loescher,...

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Daughter remembers mother’s journalistic, political legacy in 1960s, beyond

Rajya Atluri December 1, 2016

 To some she was a trusted political advisor and speechwriter, to others a gutsy news reporter and author. To many she was one of the funniest women in politics. Whatever the task, UT alumna Liz Carpenter...


Jhalak dance competition welcomes UT dancers

Rajya Atluri November 11, 2016

Rap beats and Kanye West’s voice replace veena, cymbals and flute notes. Jahnavi Shriram and a dozen of her teammates move across the floor, practicing a traditional Indian dance, Bharatanatyam. “My...


Eateries compete in Austin Mac and Cheese Festival

Rajya Atluri November 11, 2016

Whether it’s made with gruyere and basil a la Ina Garten or whipped up from the classic blue Kraft box, mac and cheese is a comfort food millions of Americans enjoy.  Executive editor and...


Artists contribute to Emerge: Austin’s Annual Graffiti Art Show

Rajya Atluri November 4, 2016

Meticulously sculpting the letters, adding line work and focusing on small details, McAllen-based graffiti artist News mixes the traditional with the funky when creating his art. “If we’re...


Camp like a pro and enjoy music all night with these Sound on Sound Fest tips

Rajya Atluri November 2, 2016

Sound On Sound Festival will be held for the first year on the Texas Renaissance Fair grounds at Sherwood Forest. The festival includes a variety of entertainment options: indie, punk, hip hop, metal and...

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Lois Lowry talks about inspirational writers, new memoir

Rajya Atluri November 1, 2016

Although a self-described introvert, author Lois Lowry has engaged millions of people through her classic novels such as “The Giver” and “Number the Stars.” The Daily Texan spoke...


Campus ofrenda commemorates recovering addicts, those who died

Rajya Atluri November 1, 2016

Garrett Hendrickson places a photograph of a 23-year-old man on an altar filled with drawings, letters and a Care Bear. The friend in the photo died last December from a heroin overdose and is now one...


Q&A: Young adult author Lauren Oliver discusses influences, new book

Rajya Atluri October 24, 2016

Lauren Oliver burst into the young adult fiction scene in 2010 with her New York Times bestselling novel “Before I Fall,” which is set to hit the silver screen in 2017. Oliver, who will be...


UT faculty incorporate LGBT history in the classroom

Rajya Atluri October 21, 2016

As a black member of the LGBT community, Xavier Livermon rarely saw anyone like him in his history books. But now, as an assistant professor, Livermon is teaching students the diverse curriculum he didn’t...


Texas Firearms Festival commences Friday

Rajya Atluri October 13, 2016

“Breathe, Relax, Aim, Squeeze.” Robert Farago, creator and publisher of The Truth About Guns blog, offers this advice to newcomers attending the Texas Firearms Festival.  The third...

CLUTCH new music concert series features six UT student composers

Rajya Atluri October 3, 2016

Growing up in Tatarstan, Russia, composition graduate student Adèle Faizullina remembers reading poems by Musa Dzhalil’ as a child. Now, halfway across the world, these poems have a new meaning.  “I...

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Poet Naomi Shihab Nye discusses childhood, writing for different age groups and her new projects

Rajya Atluri September 29, 2016

Since starting to write at 6 years old, award-winning poet Naomi Shihab Nye has published over 30 books of poetry and prose, traveled the world and served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets....

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