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Art seniors display work in exhibit for graduating students

Reagan Ritterbush April 11, 2018

Jorge Vara intended to get a degree in business, but his art took him down a different path. “I had no intention of doing anything in a creative field of work,” studio art senior Vara said....


School of nursing hosts “Hoppy Hour,” pet therapy

Reagan Ritterbush March 9, 2018

For nursing senior Ashley Saenz, snuggling with rabbit Marbles was “ear”-resistible. Saenz, along with other nursing students, were in the School of Nursing courtyard with roughly 15 other...


Google CFO Ruth Porat urges students to be open to career opportunities

Reagan Ritterbush February 23, 2018

People who don’t open themselves up to new career opportunities will have more regrets than those who do, said Ruth Porat, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alphabet Inc., Google’s...


Intelligence agency getting help from the private sector

Reagan Ritterbush February 7, 2018

In a “massive” transformation to the way it handles data, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NGA, is partnering with professionals in the private sector. “I know the...


Symposium helps celebrate launch of LGBTQ Studies program

Reagan Ritterbush January 26, 2018

Camaraderie, conversation and collaboration. These are just a few words guiding the new LGBTQ Studies program at UT, which celebrated its launch with a Queer Camaraderie symposium. The symposium, which...

Looking forward

Student Government Campaigns for Student Government positions will take place in the spring as candidates announce their intent to run at the start of the semester and continue until voting takes place...


Semester in review

From President Donald Trump visiting Austin to the Speedway bricks being ripped up, here are some of the top moments during the fall.  Hurricane Harvey Many students’ semesters were stalled...

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UTPD gives most common locations for bike thefts

Reagan Ritterbush December 11, 2017

Make sure your bike has extra locks when leaving it around Duren Residence Hall, Jester Residence Hall and the UT Administration Building, the three most common places for bike thefts, according to UTPD...

SURE Walk fundraiser extended to raise sufficient funds

Reagan Ritterbush December 4, 2017

SURE Walk’s fundraiser for two new golf carts has been extended to the end of December, said Holden Hopkins, one of the SURE Walk directors. “We just want to give people a longer opportunity...

Woman suspected of four similar burglaries has been arrested

Reagan Ritterbush December 1, 2017

A woman accused of burglarizing a house in Central Austin is now in Austin Police Department’s custody, according to online APD records. The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Kaylee Morgan...


Woman kidnapped, sexually assaulted in Hyde Park area

Reagan Ritterbush December 1, 2017

Austin Police Department is searching for a man suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman around the Hyde Park area Wednesday night. “(The victim) is doing as well as she could be...

SURE Walk numbers increase, but it lacks the resources to handle it

Reagan Ritterbush November 16, 2017

SURE Walk has quadrupled its number of fulfilled requests for rides over the past year, said Holden Hopkins, one of the SURE Walk directors. According to SURE Walk data, in the fall of 2016, the organization...

APD offers running trail safety initiative following recent attacks

Reagan Ritterbush November 2, 2017

Following recent attacks off-campus, including one where a UT student was hit in the back of the head near Harris Park, the Austin Police Department is hosting Run/Walk with APD Cops to educate the public...

Credit card skimming crimes most common at gas stations, APD says

Reagan Ritterbush October 27, 2017

Credit card skimming crimes are increasing all around the Austin area, especially at gas stations, said Mike Morgovnik, financial crime detective for the Austin Police Department. Skimming is an electronic...


Man suspected of assaulting UT student arrested

Reagan Ritterbush and Ashley Liu October 27, 2017

Matthew Searfoss, who is suspected of assaulting a UT student near the 7-Eleven on  Guadalupe Street Tuesday, was taken into custody by APD on Thursday. The victim claimed she was punched in the...


APD offers new way to request crash reports

Reagan Ritterbush October 26, 2017

People can now purchase crash reports online without going to the police station, using Austin Police Department’s new online portal. “This online tool makes purchasing crash reports more...

APD unveil body camera program

Reagan Ritterbush October 16, 2017

The Austin Police Department is rolling out body cameras to officers this week, APD Chief Brian Manley said in a Friday announcement. “The community is going to get what it has long desired, which...


UTPD warns bicyclists to follow rules of the road

Reagan Ritterbush October 12, 2017

Bicyclists breaking transportation laws are too common on campus, said Le’Patrick Moore, UT Police Department Corporal. Since transportation code treats bicycles as motor vehicles, bicyclists...


A look into the work life of UTPD female officers

Reagan Ritterbush October 5, 2017

UT Police Department Lt. Laura Davis had just finished walking a woman to her car late at night when she first realized the difference between being a female cop and a male cop. “The woman told...


SafeHorns and UTPD host National Night Out

Reagan Ritterbush October 4, 2017

Chemistry freshman Narexcy Marichalar-Elizo walked into SafeHorns’ second annual West Campus National Night Out with no idea what to expect. After walking out, she said she understands the importance...


APD addresses growing concern for safety at ACL

Reagan Ritterbush October 3, 2017

The Austin Police Department is reviewing security for the upcoming Austin City Limits music festival in response to the Las Vegas mass shooting, APD Chief Brian Manley said.  “We live in...


UTPD offers UT community chance to interact with officers

Reagan Ritterbush September 28, 2017

The UT community will again have an opportunity to interact with the UT Police Department when the 15th session of Citizen Police Academy begins Oct. 11. The academy is a seven-week program designed...


UT student assaulted in North Campus

Reagan Ritterbush September 27, 2017

A UT student was assaulted off-campus this morning, according to UTPD reports. APD and UTPD are investigating the crime, which involved the student reportedly being punched in the back of the head while...


Kendrex White pretrial results

Reagan Ritterbush September 22, 2017

The judge in the UT stabbing case pretrial denied the prosecutors’ second request for a mental health evaluation of murder defendant Kendrex White on Thursday. In July, White was indicted on first-degree...

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Austin Pets Alive! evacuates dogs in Houston during Harvey

Reagan Ritterbush September 15, 2017

When Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston-area animal shelters in early August, Austin-based rescue shelter Austin Pets Alive answered a cry — and a bark — for help, tripling its number of foster...


Arrest warrant issued for suspect accused of shooting UT employee

Reagan Ritterbush September 14, 2017

Austin Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for the suspect who allegedly shot and killed a man during an apparent road rage incident near the intersection of Parmer Lane and Dessau Road. The...

Texas Exes offering exclusive discount to 2017 graduates

Reagan Ritterbush May 3, 2017

Texas Exes is currently offering 2017 graduates a special rate of $600 for a lifetime membership. The Texas Exes is the official alumni organization for the University of Texas whose mission includes...


Less than half of 2016-17 housing applicants currently live on campus

Reagan Ritterbush April 21, 2017

Out of the 16,660 housing applications filed by students for the 2016-17 school year, only 44 percent of applicants actually live on campus, according to the UT Division of Housing and Food Service.  Ryan...


Creator of top female fitness channel on YouTube discusses Asian representation in media, society

Reagan Ritterbush April 14, 2017

Cassey Ho’s parents told her she had to be a doctor to be successful, but instead, she became a fitness instructor and the creator of the top female fitness channel on YouTube — Blogilates. “I...


Chicana author and UT student share their experiences as undocumented immigrants

Reagan Ritterbush April 7, 2017

In a life dominated by uncertainty, undocumented immigrant Samuel Cervantes has become comfortable with being uncomfortable. “My identity is politicized, so I am constantly thinking of what the...


UT introduces Project 2021, new education innovation project

Reagan Ritterbush March 31, 2017

Experimentation is the beginning of progress in education, according to James Pennebaker, executive director of Project 2021, an education innovation project. Pennebaker introduced the latest initiative...


SG passes unassigned student section seating

Reagan Ritterbush March 29, 2017

Eighty-seven percent of students are now in support of unassigned seating in the student sections of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, according to a survey conducted by the authors of Assembly Resolution...


FBI Director James Comey gives status update on counterterrorism

Reagan Ritterbush and Noel Mahouch March 24, 2017

The mission is simple, but the issues surrounding homeland security are becoming complex, according to James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Comey visited UT Thursday morning...


Senate discusses VAPA credit and holds elections

Reagan Ritterbush March 10, 2017

Senate of College Councils passed two pieces of legislation Thursday evening involving the current Canvas plagiarism system and VAPA credits. The first piece of legislation, Senate Resolution 1613,...

Senate discusses nominations and amending Senate constitution

Reagan Ritterbush February 24, 2017

The Senate of College Councils passed four pieces of legislation Thursday night regarding Voices Against Violence Theatre for Dialogue programs, the Senate constitution, scheduling advising appointments...


Student Government discusses University’s stance on immigration policies

Reagan Ritterbush February 22, 2017

Since the beginning of his administration, President Trump has taken a stance on immigration, and UT Student Government is doing the same. On Tuesday, UT’s University Leadership Initiative organization...

UT opinions on AP courses rigor and place in college credit claims

Reagan Ritterbush February 22, 2017

As claiming college credit through AP credit becomes increasingly popular, colleges have begun questioning whether or not the practice should even be allowed. According to a recent article in the...


UT alumnus and star of Moonlight discusses healthy masculinity, sexuality with UT students

Reagan Ritterbush February 17, 2017

Trevante Rhodes once walked the streets of Austin as a student. Now, he’s returned as the star of an Oscar-nominated film. Rhodes, a UT alumnus and actor in the 2016 movie “Moonlight,”...


Students receive CrushGrams for Valentine’s Day

Reagan Ritterbush February 15, 2017

Journalism junior Carlos Devora checked his email Tuesday morning to find an invitation to come pick up a sweet treat, or as UT students call it, a CrushGram. “I got all warm and fuzzy,”...


Student Government revisits campus climate procedures

Reagan Ritterbush February 8, 2017

The UT Campus Climate Response Team is working to develop protocols and procedures for responding to bias issues on and around campus that affect campus climate, but lacks student representation, according...


Former Google CEO offers advice to young entrepreneurs

Reagan Ritterbush February 7, 2017

Eric Schmidt, the 19th-richest person in the tech industry, has one big piece of advice for students: to pursue what they believe in and to do it passionately. On Monday, the former CEO of Google visited...

New report highlights mental health issues in Texas jails

Reagan Ritterbush February 1, 2017

In 2010, Amy Lynn Cowling, a 33-year-old mother, was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanors warrant.  Upon arriving at the nearest jail, Cowling had to replace her normal medications with substitutes...


UT’s Landmark debuts Hamilton’s photographic series O N E E V E R Y O N E

Reagan Ritterbush January 27, 2017

O N E E V E R Y O N E is the newest photographic portrait series commissioned by UT’s public art program, Landmarks, for the Dell Medical School.  Artist Ann Hamilton photographed over 530...

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UT Campus Environment Center film event discusses the issue of climate change after the election

Reagan Ritterbush December 1, 2016

From deep inside the rainforests to the depths of the sea, our planet provides answers to our future. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, known for his roles in films such as “The Revenant” and “Inception,”...


Fine Arts Library Film event discusses the life of a transgender activist Miss Major

Reagan Ritterbush November 17, 2016

Miss Major is one of the original champion for transgenders women of color and is now the subject of a documentary highlighting her refusal to give up on LGBT rights. As part of its Films in Person...


Exhibit of 1950s and ’60s gowns emphasizes fashion‘s influence on society

Reagan Ritterbush November 10, 2016

UT graduate student Morene Parten Cutler went to John F. Kennedy’s presidential inauguration in 1961 wearing a yellow dress, which students can now view at an exhibit highlighting the fashion and...


KLRU hosts discussion of UT Tower shooting impact on the history of guns

Reagan Ritterbush November 3, 2016

A man and woman walk from the UT observation deck into the Tower and run into a man carrying two rifles. The woman smiles and says “hello.” The man, Charles Whitman, returns the smile and asks,...


UTPD investigates vandalism at Harry Ransom Center

Reagan Ritterbush November 1, 2016

An unidentified suspect threw a rock at a window on the eastern side of the Harry Ransom Center around 3 a.m. on Saturday. According to Cindy Posey, associate director of communications for University...


Paleontologist discusses fossil importance on National Fossil Day

Reagan Ritterbush October 13, 2016

As part of National Fossil Day, the National Parks Service sponsored a celebration at the Texas Memorial Museum Wednesday intended to raise interest and appreciation among the public for fossils.  Pamela...


Students receive fake IRS calls, UTPD responds

Carlynn Hickenbotham and Reagan Ritterbush October 11, 2016

Derek Wang, a biology and Asian studies senior, received a call at the beginning of the semester from an anonymous number. The caller, who claimed he was from the Internal Revenue Service, told Wang he...


Researcher discusses pros and cons of e-cigarettes

Reagan Ritterbush October 6, 2016

Although more extensive research is needed, some studies have shown correlations between the younger generation’s use of e-cigarettes and long-term harmful effects on their health, according to a...


UT ranks No. 4 in Reuters’ innovative universities list

Reagan Ritterbush October 4, 2016

The University of Texas system jumped from No. 7 to No. 4 on the Reuters list of the world’s most innovative universities. According to Reuters’s analysis released last week, UT rose...


Expert discusses effects of digital research on historians

Reagan Ritterbush September 29, 2016

Lara Putnam, professor and chair of history at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke Wednesday at Garrison Hall on the importance of digital research and its impact on future historians’ researching...


Exhibit explores connection between science and poetry

Reagan Ritterbush September 28, 2016

The Alchemy of Mind and Spirit exhibit, which explores the interplay between poetry and science, opened Sept. 26 in the Perry-Castañeda Library. This exhibit questions the assumed divide between...


Expert discusses new patient care techniques

Reagan Ritterbush September 22, 2016

Rita Charon spoke on Wednesday night at the Student Activity Center about her approach to patient care. In order to cultivate empathy and understanding in the physician-patient relationship, she encourages...


Experts debate U.S. military’s role in foreign affairs

Reagan Ritterbush September 20, 2016

Eliot Cohen, director of the Strategic Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and Eugene Gholz, LBJ School of Public Affairs professor,...

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New app promises tailored local food experience

Reagan Ritterbush September 15, 2016

Entrée, a free, new app that helps people decide their next meal by looking through images of appetizing dishes from nearby restaurants, is coming to Austin and is hoping to attract UT students. The...


Texas Research Showdown gives students opportunity to show off work

Reagan Ritterbush September 9, 2016

The Texas Student Research Showdown provides undergraduate researchers the chance battle in a two-round competition, where students present their results to peers and a panel of judges.  “This...


Fascism scholar gives talk on post-WWI political atmosphere

Reagan Ritterbush September 7, 2016

Michael Ledeen, author and Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, discussed how fascism grew out of World War I and the impact it had on Europe, especially Italy, as a part of a...


The Darrell K Royal Research Fund honors grant winners at annual gala

Reagan Ritterbush September 6, 2016

The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s hosted a gala on Sept. 2 to honor the legacy of the late Coach and to present the 2016 DKR Fund grant winners. The DKR Fund grant is given out...


College rankings plays surprisingly small role in post-college success

Reagan Ritterbush September 1, 2016

In high school, it’s easy to get flustered by the process of picking a university. Seniors stress out about narrowing down the colleges that fit with the careers they want to pursue and then, of...

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