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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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Campus activists serve as roots of Gender and Sexuality Center

Campus activists serve as roots of Gender and Sexuality Center

November 1, 2021
The University’s Gender and Sexuality Center launched in 2004 after the separately established Women’s Resource Center and GLBTA Agency merged in 2002.
UT-Austin students take time off school, switch to part-time classes due to COVID-19

UT-Austin students take time off school, switch to part-time classes due to COVID-19

September 19, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the September 19th flipbook.  As COVID-19 cases spiked in January, Davey Hiester suspected classes would move online for the fall semester. Before...

UT tracks growing COVID-19 breakthrough cases with testing, contact tracing

UT tracks growing COVID-19 breakthrough cases with testing, contact tracing

September 10, 2021

Editor's note: This article first appeared as part of the September 3 flipbook. Since June 1, COVID-19 breakthrough cases have made up over 60% of cases detected in UT’s contact tracing efforts, a...

UT raises minimum pay for dining workers to recruit new hires amid labor shortage

UT raises minimum pay for dining workers to recruit new hires amid labor shortage

September 7, 2021

UT increased dining hall workers’ pay in August to recruit nearly 100 more employees for its thinly staffed dining halls due to consistent labor shortages. University Housing and Dining is currently...

UT-Austin COVID-19 testing demand jumps as campus availability remains limited

UT-Austin COVID-19 testing demand jumps as campus availability remains limited

August 23, 2021

UT’s COVID-19 testing availability is booked three days in advance despite the University upping its testing capacity to offer 15,000 tests in the first week of school. This follows UT’s requirement...

UT leadership fails to respond to Texas Tour Guides after almost 2 months on strike

UT leadership fails to respond to Texas Tour Guides after almost 2 months on strike

July 5, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the June 28 flipbook. Some members of Texas Tour Guides have boycotted work since May 1 in protest of “The Eyes of Texas” lyrics being featured...

UT-Austin students form collective to push for increased mental health infrastructure on campus

UT-Austin students form collective to push for increased mental health infrastructure on campus

May 7, 2021

Students Organizing for Support formed in early April to organize for better mental health support for students and increased funding for the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center.  The group is composed...

UT-Austin history professor releases second report on “The Eyes of Texas,” details 100 problems with the song

UT-Austin history professor releases second report on “The Eyes of Texas,” details 100 problems with the song

May 1, 2021

History professor Alberto Martínez outlined 100 problems with “The Eyes of Texas” and called for the song to be removed in his second report addressing the song and a faculty petition released Saturday. “If...

Proactive community testing remains as more people get vaccinated

Proactive community testing remains as more people get vaccinated

April 30, 2021

Participants in UT’s Proactive Community Testing program have decreased as vaccination efforts have increased, with only 1,800 COVID-19 tests administered to students last week. However, PCT program...

Proposed bills in Texas legislature could restrict transgender rights

Proposed bills in Texas legislature could restrict transgender rights

April 27, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 23 issue of The Daily Texan. The Texas House of Representatives is considering two bills that would require college athletes to play sports exclusively...

Students Organizing for Support coalition stages weekly sit-in at tower to improve mental health resources in memory of Towhid family

Students Organizing for Support coalition stages weekly sit-in at tower to improve mental health resources in memory of Towhid family

April 18, 2021
About 15 students displayed signs with phrases such as, “Stop putting mental health on the back burner” in front of the tower Friday afternoon to advocate for better mental health infrastructure at UT in memory of the Towhid family.
UT-Austin students discuss getting second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

UT-Austin students discuss getting second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

April 13, 2021

Biology junior Courtney Bui said she had to drive three hours Tuesday to receive her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since UT would not administer it to her because she received her first dose in an...

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Third COVID-19 variant detected on UT-Austin campus

April 8, 2021

The University identified a third and potentially more contagious variant of COVID-19 on campus, according to a letter sent on Wednesday to the UT community.  The University has detected one case of...

UT-Austin will change default insurance plan for graduate student employees in fall 2021

UT-Austin will change default insurance plan for graduate student employees in fall 2021

April 6, 2021

Graduate student Didi Gardner said in the summer she lost insurance coverage for a month under UT SELECT, which forced her to find other ways to treat her Type 1 diabetes. Now, Gardner won’t have to...

New emails reveal more UT-Austin donors who threatened to withhold donations amid “The Eyes of Texas” controversy

New emails reveal more UT-Austin donors who threatened to withhold donations amid “The Eyes of Texas” controversy

April 6, 2021
Over 500 new emails from powerful and wealthy UT donors calling for the University to keep “The Eyes of Texas” as the school song were uncovered by The Texas Tribune on April 1.
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UT partners with Texas Department of State Health Services to sequence COVID-19 samples, detect variants

March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 23 issue of The Daily Texan. The University is partnering with the Texas Department of State Health Services to analyze COVID-19 samples from...

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Student advocates say they faced contention during fight for pass/fail resolution

March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan.   Amid decreased student well-being documented in a Senate of College Councils survey last semester, a UT...

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UT-Austin will begin vaccinating people over 16 years old starting Monday, will continue to prioritize those with higher risk

March 23, 2021

The University will administer COVID-19 vaccines to people over the age of 16 starting Monday, according to an email to the UT community. Students, faculty and staff who have already completed the COVID-19...

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Austin Public Health officials look back on a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, look forward to future vaccinations

March 13, 2021

Austin Public Health has distributed 134,000 COVID-19 vaccines as of Saturday and is looking toward a “new normal” as Austinites continue to get vaccinated, APH director Stephanie Hayden-Howard...

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UT-Austin community should plan for on-campus teaching and research for the upcoming fall semester, according to UT President Jay Hartzell

March 11, 2021

Students, faculty and staff should plan for a “near normal” fall 2021 semester, with staff members coming to campus regularly and in-person teaching and research, UT President Jay Hartzell...

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“Eyes of Texas” report finds the song was written in a “racist setting,” but is not “overtly racist”

March 9, 2021

Lauren Girgis, Hannah Williford and Brooke Ontiveros contributed to reporting.   “The Eyes of Texas” was written in a “racist setting,” but the song was intended to “parody” the...

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Committee works to understand, implement needs of employees in Financial and Administrative Services

March 9, 2021

Financial and Administrative Services, a branch of the University intended to give financial and operational support to UT, created an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee to develop social awareness...

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UT-Austin pediatrics study to track food insecurity of 50 Latinx Central Texas families

March 8, 2021

Team AMISTAD, a Department of Pediatrics study, will work individually with families experiencing food insecurity and refer them to local food banks and other resources to help determine the best ways...

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Mutual aid continues to serve communities, but can be taxed by the government

March 4, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 26 print edition. In the past year, many students have started mutual aid projects to support their communities through...

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Recent diversity, equity programs in UT-Austin College of Pharmacy provide mentorship, resources

March 4, 2021

The College of Pharmacy is using newly developed diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion programs to empower faculty and students from underrepresented communities through mentorship and research...

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Governor Abbott announces 100% business capacity, end of mask mandate beginning March 10

March 2, 2021

Sheryl Lawrence and Skye Seipp contributed to this report. Editor's note: This story has been updated as information has been made available. Update Thursday at 4:30 p.m.: Texas...

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What resources are available on campus after the winter storm?

February 26, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 23 print edition. Despite this week’s higher temperatures, Austin is still reeling from the effects of last week’s...

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SNAP offers replacements for products lost in storm

February 26, 2021

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, recipients can now apply to receive replacement benefits for food lost or damaged in the winter storm, according to Gov. Greg Abbott’s Feb. 19...

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Here’s what Austin officials are saying about inclement weather

February 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to date. The Daily Texan is tracking press briefings held by city...

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Here’s what you need to know about power, water and shelter at and around UT amid severe weather

February 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to date. Students living off campus continue to face power and...

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UT-Austin canceled all in-person, virtual classes until at least Wednesday, essential staff expected to come to campus

February 14, 2021

UT canceled all in-person and online classes until at least Wednesday morning due to dangerous winter weather, according to an email from President Jay Hartzell. Campus will close Sunday at 4 p.m. due...

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Speakers discuss steps for change at UT during final day of State of Black UT

February 13, 2021

Panelists and keynote speaker Peniel Joseph addressed action the UT community can take to make the University equitable and inclusive for Black students during the third day of State of Black UT.  Edmund...

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Black UT-Austin students, faculty call for equity, inclusion from administration at State of Black UT event

February 12, 2021

Black UT-Austin faculty discussed hiring across different UT schools while students called for increased funding and the removal of “The Eyes of Texas” during the second day of the State of...

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Texas bill to exclude undocumented students from receiving in-state tuition, could create barrier to higher education access

February 12, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 9 print edition.  Two Texas state representatives co-filed a bill in January to deny in-state tuition to undocumented...

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Black UT-Austin alumni reflect on racist history of University, look forward to reform

February 11, 2021

When arriving on campus in 1956, Willie Jordan Jr., one of the first Black undergraduate students at UT, remembers being forced to make sandwiches with the other Black residents of his dormitory,...

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Professors struggle with adjusting to online learning, reminisce about teaching face-to-face

February 3, 2021

When accounting professor Steven Kachelmeier cracks a joke during his Zoom lectures these days, he’s often met with silence.  “I use humor in my class. I try to keep it light, and that...

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Over 700 students move into residence halls for spring semester

January 26, 2021

Residence halls are operating at a 50% capacity this semester after many students canceled their housing contracts in the fall.   University Housing and Dining was able to offer spring housing to...

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UT-Austin to terminate Campus Climate Response Team in response to Speech First lawsuit

December 26, 2020

UT-Austin agreed to dismantle their Campus Climate Response Team Tuesday as part of a lawsuit settlement that claimed the team violated students’ free speech, according to an opinion piece in the...

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UT-Austin professor files 2 new libel lawsuits against student, assistant instructor

December 8, 2020

Editor’s note: This article contains mentions of pedophilia, sexual violence, pederasty, rape and lowering the age of consent. This article has been updated to include comments from a UT spokesperson...

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Fall 2020: Looking Forward

December 7, 2020

Campus UT will offer almost 60% of spring classes online with a similar number of courses having online, hybrid and in-person modality as in the fall semester. Students living in residence halls may...

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Fall 2020: Looking Back

December 7, 2020

University The UT System Board of Regents unanimously approved Jay Hartzell as permanent president of the University on Sept. 21 after he served as interim president since June 1.  Campus Due...

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UT-Austin students conduct a controlled fire to maintain on-campus urban prairie

December 4, 2020

The Campus Environmental Center conducted a 10-minute controlled burn of the on-campus Half-Pint Prairie Monday to replenish the soil of native plants. The Half-Pint Prairie, a 1,200 square foot mixture...

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UT Housing and Dining, UT Outpost give students free meals through Giving Thanks Early program

November 24, 2020

University Housing and Dining partnered with UT Outpost for Giving Thanks Early, a program that gives a student a free meal for every paper leaf put on a giving tree. The paper trees are located outside...

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Students fundraise, create affordable seizure, leukemia, heart gear for developing countries

November 16, 2020

Undergraduate students in Texas Engineering World Health launched a fundraiser to help create technologies to detect leukemia, seizures and heart diseases in developing countries.  Texas Engineering...

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Weather alone has no effect on COVID-19 spread, according to research by UT-Austin professor, colleagues

November 11, 2020

Research done by a UT geological sciences professor and his colleagues indicate that social precautions, not weather, has the greatest impact on coronavirus transmission. The team began research in...

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‘The Eyes of Texas’ University committee discusses, researches the origins of the song

November 10, 2020

A committee composed of 23 students, faculty and alumni met Thursday to discuss the history of UT’s alma mater as a part of UT President Jay Hartzell’s efforts to “reclaim” the...

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More than $225,000 in University funding will sponsor faculty, staff diversity, inclusion projects

November 5, 2020

Fifty-two diversity and inclusion projects on campus have received grants from Actions that promote Community Transformation, an initiative from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Lydia...

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2 incumbents, 1 new candidate win 3 of 5 open Austin City Council seats, rest go into runoffs

November 4, 2020

Of the five open Austin City Council seats this election, Vanessa Fuentes won District 2, Greg Casar won District 4 and Leslie Pool won District 7 as of 11 p.m. on Election Day. District 6 is a runoff...

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ContribUTe fundraiser surpasses last year’s donations despite transition to virtual campaign

November 2, 2020

The Student Foundation, a student organization focused on giving, raised $51,215 for its virtual ContribUTe campaign to UT student services this October, surpassing the $36,287 raised last year. The...

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More than 400 UT-Austin ‘Zfluencers’ work with brands to promote products

October 30, 2020

Zfluence, a Generation Z-run company, works with over 400 UT students and allows members of Generation Z to promote brands on their social media in exchange for free products. UT has more “Zfluencers”...

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UT-Austin students raise awareness about food insecurity through Hungry Horns Facebook page

October 23, 2020

Three UT students launched a Facebook page last week to provide students with information about food sources, including a document listing resources where students can access assistance.  The resource...

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Moody College of Communication releases statement regarding Stan Richards’ racist comments

October 14, 2020

Update as of 10/15 at 6:06 p.m.:  The Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations released a statement on social media regarding Stan Richards’ comments on behalf of its faculty...

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UT-Austin graduate students alter plans because of transition to virtual research

October 14, 2020

COVID-19 health guidelines and travel bans have caused graduate students to use virtual methods of research and data collection for their dissertations and theses. Katie Chandler, an Asian studies graduate...

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College of Education graduate students create race relations learning program

October 7, 2020

Daring Dialogue, a new learning program aimed at teaching College of Education students about race relations within the classroom, will open virtually in the spring semester.  Education graduate...

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College of Education rethinks approach to research because of COVID-19

October 6, 2020

Eleven College of Education research projects funded by more than $12 million in research grants from the Institute of Education Sciences have encountered significant roadblocks since researchers are unable...

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Trump was aware of COVID-19’s severity by January, journalist Bob Woodward says in LBJ Library Conversation

October 2, 2020

In his recent book “Rage,” investigative journalist Bob Woodward said President Donald Trump was informed of the COVID-19 virus on Jan. 28, 2020, in a meeting held by the National Security...

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Student Emergency Services gives financial awards, absent notifications to students impacted by natural disasters

September 29, 2020

After this year’s natural disasters, including a heightened hurricane season and Western wildfires, Student Emergency Services reached out to potentially impacted students.  “Whenever...

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Texas congressmen, higher education commissioner analyze universities’ $100M pandemic cost

September 24, 2020

The Texas higher education commissioner said the COVID-19 pandemic is the “greatest disturbance to our colleges and universities since the Second World War,” due to the financial consequences...

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Texas Exes led donations in UT-Austin’s first virtual 40 for 40 fundraising campaign

September 22, 2020

The 40 for 40 campaign raised over $7.2 million from Sept. 15-16, with the largest amount donated to the Texas Exes. Kellie Sullivan, UT associate director for special programs, said this year was the...

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Voto Latino, Texas Organizing Project leaders discuss mobilization of Latinx voters

September 17, 2020

Political activists María Teresa Kumar and Crystal Zermeño are working to mobilize the growing Latinx population in Texas for the upcoming presidential election. The pair spoke on why...

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Student Government budget allocates money to masks, hand sanitizers

September 17, 2020

UT Student Government’s budget for this year includes plans to distribute masks and hand sanitizer around campus while placing plans for the Longhorn Athletics and Diversity and Inclusion agencies...

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Austin Public Health officials discourage upcoming UT football game, Greek life gatherings

September 9, 2020

Austin Public Health officials said UT hosting 25,000 fans at the first football game this upcoming Saturday could have harmful repercussions and increase the spread of the coronavirus during a press conference...

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Two former US Secretaries of Education speak on public education at Texas Tribune Festival

September 7, 2020

Margaret Spellings and Arne Duncan, former United States secretaries of education, said the current administration is mishandling the coronavirus pandemic in public schools and institutions. The pair...

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UT releases mandatory COVID-19 training course for students, faculty

September 2, 2020

The University released a new mandatory COVID-19 training course in August on how students can maintain good physical and mental health as they return to campus.  The training course, “Staying...

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Students faced undersized classrooms, Zoom meeting caps during first week of classes

September 2, 2020

Students and professors ran into roadblocks during in-person and virtual classes throughout the first week of the semester, breaking social distancing guidelines and confusing students.  Contemporary...

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UT-Austin business students, engineering alumni call for increased anti-racist efforts

September 1, 2020

The Black Business Student Association and UT Engineering Alumni have made public statements calling for increased representation and inclusion for UT students, faculty and staff of color, prompting the...

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UT-Austin faculty, students help community through emergency funding, food delivery

August 26, 2020

Various university and student organizations are giving resources to UT students and community members during the coronavirus pandemic.  Students can request financial aid from Student Emergency...

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UT-Austin students virtually replicate campus with Minecraft server to provide community

August 26, 2020

Chemistry senior Josh Fowler built a virtual replica of the University campus in Minecraft to stay connected to other students during quarantine, attracting the attention of over 200 Reddit users in August. Fowler...

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Fewer students Mooov-In to UT residence halls amid coronavirus pandemic

August 21, 2020

Around 3,600 students will be settled into the University’s residence halls by the end of this year’s Mooov-In, which began Tuesday. That’s less than half of the number of students who...

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UT System approves new sexual misconduct, Title IX policies during virtual board meeting

August 12, 2020

The UT System Board of Regents approved new systemwide Title IX and sexual misconduct policies to comply with federal Title IX modifications during a virtual meeting Wednesday.  The board updated...

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UT Libraries ‘queer’ the record, edit LGBTQ+ Wikipedia pages during edit-a-thon

March 11, 2020

UT Libraries hosted a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Tuesday, inviting students to edit LGBTQ+-related Wikipedia pages.  UT Libraries usually hosts an edit-a-thon once a semester, with different past...

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UT Farm Stand hosts Pick Local, Chews Local event at Jester Garden

March 6, 2020

Students collected their own salad ingredients from the Jester Garden on Thursday at the UT Farm Stand’s Pick Local, Chews Local event. With help from Farm Stand employees, students cut their...

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Undergraduate Business Council hosts lecture on Google, privacy

February 27, 2020

UT marketing professor Raji Srinivasan laid out the many ways companies like Google watch people and collect personal information at an Undergraduate Business Council event Wednesday night. “They...

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Cockrell School of Engineering hosts annual space traffic conference

February 20, 2020

Experts from around the world gathered to promote safe access and operations in outer space at the Cockrell School of Engineering on Wednesday.  The Cockrell School of Engineering and the Strauss...

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Texas THON hosts second annual Polar Plunge event for Dell Children’s Medical Center

January 30, 2020

Texas THON hosted their second annual Polar Plunge event at Gregory Gymnasium on Wednesday, where students jumped into a freezing pool in support of Dell Children’s Medical Center. Texas THON...