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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 Samantha Ketterer

Campus carry working group releases report

December 10, 2015

The campus carry working group released 25 recommendations to the UT president Thursday, including that guns should not be prohibited in classrooms. Campus carry, or S.B. 11, will allow licensed...


For section editor, it’s about the ‘news, news, news’

December 4, 2015

Writing for The Daily Texan can be a bit of an out-of-body experience. I can tell you where I was when I heard the latest breaking news or how I participated in our coverage. But ask me to recount my...


News to look for over winter break, next semester

December 4, 2015

Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas will hit the US Supreme Court for the second time next week. The case will determine the constitutionality of UT’s policies...


Semester in review: Fall 2015 recap

December 4, 2015

President Gregory Fenves inaugurated Gregory Fenves was inaugurated as the new UT president in September. During his first few months as president, he commissioned a task force to make recommendations...


University investigates confrontation at Israel Studies lecture

November 18, 2015

The University is reviewing a confrontation that occurred Friday between members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee and a professor and unidentified attendee at an Institute for Israel Studies event,...


Citing concerns with campus carry, professor emeritus to withdraw from University

October 7, 2015

Economics professor emeritus Daniel Hamermesh will withdraw from his position next fall, citing concerns with campus carry legislation. The law will allow the concealed carry of guns in campus buildings...


Law enforcement continues investigation of threatening post to Austin schools

October 6, 2015

This story has been updated throughout since its original publication. Following the discovery of a 4chan post threatening school campuses in Austin, law enforcement agencies continued investigating...


Students, faculty, staff protest against campus carry legislation

August 28, 2015

Students, faculty and staff gathered on the West Mall on Thursday, demonstrating against campus carry legislation passed in May during the Legislative Session. History professor Joan Neuberger decided...


UT to relocate Davis statue, keep other Confederate statues

August 13, 2015

This story has been updated with additional information. The Jefferson Davis statue on UT’s Main Mall will be relocated to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, UT President Gregory Fenves...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for May 8, 2015

May 9, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss Gregory Fenves', the next president of UT Austin, goals as president, an update on regent Wallace Hall's records requests, proposed...


SG approves resolution supporting student-led efforts to combat racism, sexism

May 6, 2015

The Student Government Assembly voted 24–1–1 in favor of a resolution, AR 6, which supports all student-led efforts to raise awareness and stop the repetition of racism and sexism at UT. Several...


Senior Countdown program gives students rewards for four-year graduation pledge

May 4, 2015

A new initiative from the provost’s office, the Senior Countdown program, will reward members of the class of 2016 for committing to graduate at the end of the upcoming school year. Students who...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for May 1, 2015

May 2, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss the universities plans to expand into East Campus, a bill in the Texas Legislature to limit tuition increases, the Longhorn Band coach...


Chili’s releases coupons, ad campaign centered around Rotnofsky-Mandalapu win

May 1, 2015

Over the course of their campaign to lead Student Government, Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu had several joking goals, including renaming the West Mall the South Mall, reducing the hours the Perry-Castañeda...

Student Government committee discusses resolution to encourage cultural awareness

April 30, 2015

The Student Government Student Affairs Committee discussed a resolution Wednesday that would support all student-led efforts to raise awareness of racism and sexism on campus. A specific effort in the...


University plans new graduate housing, tennis courts, parking garage east of campus

April 29, 2015

The University outlined plans for new graduate student housing, tennis courts and a parking garage east of I-35, according to a UT official.  The University estimated a $166.4 million cost for...


SG Assembly discusses resolution to distribute pamphlets in courses with cultural diversity flag

April 29, 2015

The Student Government Assembly heard a resolution Tuesday in support of a pamphlet that would be distributed in courses carrying a cultural diversity flag.  As the resolution stands, the pamphlet...


Faculty prepare as transition from Blackboard to Canvas wraps up

April 29, 2015

Friday is the last day for instructors to create a course on Blackboard, in what will be the last semester for the online system before the University makes the full transition to Canvas.  The...


Graduate Student Assembly members push for increased graduate student housing

April 27, 2015

After months campaigning for increased graduate student housing, members of the Graduate Student Assembly said they are hopeful administrators will approve housing plans in the near future. GSA’s...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss the Student Government assembly's vote against a divestment resolution, Wallace Hall's appeal to the Attorney General, the results...


Professor Jay Bernhardt named interim dean of Moody College

April 24, 2015

After a months-long search for a new dean of the Moody College of Communication yielded no results, UT Provost and President-elect Gregory Fenves named Jay Bernhardt as interim dean Thursday.  Bernhardt...


After weeks of debate, UT SG votes against divestment resolution

April 22, 2015

After weeks of contentious debate, the Student Government Assembly voted against a divestment resolution which would have asked the UT System Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) to pull investments...


University investigation finds no connection between SAE chapter and racist chant

April 22, 2015

An investigation conducted by the dean of students office found no connection between UT’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and a racist chant the University of Oklahoma’s SAE chapter was punished...


Administrators call for larger on-campus testing center

April 22, 2015

As the University continues to expand its range of online classes, officials at the Center for Teaching and Learning said they have recognized a need for a larger testing center. The Center currently operates...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss President Powers' record on improving graduation rates, the Jefferson Davis statue being vandalized, potential changes to the Hazlewood...


New SG administration gets serious about platform points

April 17, 2015

The Student Government president and vice president were elected on a satirical campaign, but they said their new platform is no joke. After President Xavier Rotnofsky and Vice President Rohit...


Divestment resolution heads to SG Assembly for vote

April 17, 2015

The Student Government Legislative Affairs committee voted down three proposed amendments to a highly-discussed divestment resolution Thursday and subsequently sent the resolution to a vote by the full...


SG debates divestment resolution

April 15, 2015

Students debated a Student Government resolution that would support divestment of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) from corporations that supporters said facilitate in the...


Ron Paul: Americans’ liberties have been reduced in wake of national security breaches

April 13, 2015

Former Congressman Ron Paul and journalists Radley Balko and Glenn Greenwald argued for the right of Americans to retain their personal liberites in the face of increasing government involvment.   During...


Breathe easy: Pollen season is coming to a close

April 13, 2015

In the past few weeks, campus has changed colors — from burnt orange to bright yellow. Austin is reaching the end of the spring pollen season, according to, but students are still being...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss a bill to repeal the Texas Dream Act, a bomb threat at the Butler School of Music, student organizations advocacy for divestment related...


Students advocate for campus carry regulation, Welch renovation funds at Invest in Texas

April 10, 2015

Student leaders headed to the Capitol on Thursday as part of the annual Invest in Texas campaign, speaking with legislators and their staff about campus carry regulations, in-state tuition for undocumented...


Future campus expansion could jeopardize location of student-run garden areas

April 9, 2015

Campus construction plans will currently not displace the UT Microfarm and Concho Community Garden, but future campus expansion could put their locations in question, according to Jim Walker, director...


UTDivest, Unify Texas debate foreign divestment

April 9, 2015

Student-led movement UTDivest will propose legislation to Student Government asking for the University of Texas Investment Management Company to pull investments from corporations the group believes facilitate...


Three-hour-long SG meeting concludes with new speaker of the Assembly, pizza delivery

April 8, 2015

The Student Government Assembly elected Tanner Long as speaker of the Assembly with a 33–2 vote Tuesday night. Long, a liberal arts representative and government senior, said he thinks SG has...


Rady/Strickland complete fewer than half of platform points

April 7, 2015

In Kori Rady’s and Taylor Strickland’s time as Student Government president and vice president, the executive alliance completed 13 out of 28 of its total platform points. The remaining...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for April 3, 2015

April 3, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss Shaka Smart as the Longhorns' new head basketball coach, the results of the Wallace Hall grand jury, and a recap of last weekend's...

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Note-sharing company brings services to UT

April 2, 2015

Nexus Notes, an Australia-based college-note-sharing company, opened its website to UT students last week — the company’s first venture into the American marketplace. Through the Nexus Notes...


Campus growth will increase water usage, despite conservation efforts

April 1, 2015

Each minute, almost 13,000 gallons of water pump through pipes at one of four chilling stations on campus. This is just a fraction of the approximately 700 million gallons of water the University uses...


RoundUp attracts more than 15,000 people to West Campus

March 30, 2015

At the 85th annual RoundUp weekend, over 15,000 people congregated in West Campus for big-name performers, parties and crawfish boils despite facing limitations because of the city’s new sound control...

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LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for March 27, 2015

March 28, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss Greg Fenves who has been named the sole finalist for the position of UT Austin President, campus-carry, roundup, and SG advocating the...

2015 Invest in Texas platform addresses tuition regulation, campus carry and textbook costs

March 27, 2015

The Senate of College Councils passed legislation Thursday in support of this year’s Invest in Texas platform, effectively finalizing the list of policy goals and setting the stage for the nonpartisan...


Israel Block Party sparks annual protest

March 26, 2015

While more than a thousand students came to celebrate Israeli culture at the Israel Block Party on the East Mall, dozens protested the party from feet away. Texas Hillel and Texans for Israel held...


SG passes resolution supporting removal of Jefferson Davis statue

March 25, 2015

In its last Assembly meeting of the term, Student Government passed four resolutions, including a resolution supporting the removal of the statue of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis from campus. “It...


More beds still needed to keep up with student housing demand

March 25, 2015

The number of on-campus housing applicants for fall 2014 was, again, more than the amount of people the University is equipped to house.  For the 2014–2015 school year, 9,743 students applied...


Student Government will vote on legislation supporting removal of Jefferson Davis statue

March 23, 2015

The Student Government Assembly will vote Tuesday on legislation supporting the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue on campus. The Student Affairs Committee passed the amended resolution, which will...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015

On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu winning the Student Government executive alliance election, a religious freedom bill, SAE, the new...

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Senate of College Councils elects members for 2015-2016 executive board

March 13, 2015

Following a few weeks of campaigning within the Senate of College Councils, the Senate appointed members to the 2015–2016 executive board Thursday night. Rachel Osterloh won the presidential race;...


Rotnofsky and Mandalapu elected SG leaders for upcoming school year

March 12, 2015

Full story: Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu won the Student Government executive alliance race Thursday with 59.2 percent of the vote after three weeks of intense campaigning against Braydon...


Executive alliance runoff election third in SG history

March 11, 2015

The third executive alliance runoff election in Student Government history will take place this week between candidates Braydon Jones and Kimia Dargahi, and fellow candidates Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit...


SG legislative Assembly hears legislation supporting the removal of Jefferson Davis statue

March 11, 2015

The Student Government legislative Assembly sent legislation to the Student Affairs Committee on Tuesday supporting the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue on campus. SG executive alliance candidates...


Dean of students will look into UT SAE chapter after OU fraternity disbanded for racist chant

March 11, 2015

Two days after a viral video showed Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members from the University of Oklahoma chanting racial slurs, President William Powers Jr. announced the dean of students would investigate...


Hallucinations and time travelers: Satirical SG campaigns have long history at UT

March 9, 2015

Executive Alliance running mates Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu are the first Texas Travesty candidates to participate in a runoff election —  but they are not the first humor campaign...


Rotnofsky-Mandalapu file resolution to remove Jefferson Davis statue

March 7, 2015

Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu, candidates in the Student Government Executive Alliance runoff, filed a resolution to SG on Friday that would support the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue on...

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LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for March 6, 2015

March 7, 2015

March 6, 2015: On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss the Student Government Executive Alliance runoff, a Texas marijuana bill, the UT Austin presidential search, and the...

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SG Executive Alliance race will continue in runoff election

March 6, 2015

After a University-wide Student Government election in which no executive alliance ticket captured over 50 percent of the vote, candidates Braydon Jones and Kimia Dargahi will enter a runoff election against...


Executive Alliance candidates prepare for last day of voting

March 5, 2015

With one day left of voting, Student Government Executive Alliance candidates spent Wednesday tabling in the rain and making final pushes on social media. Braydon Jones, a government senior, said he...


GSA approves Graduate Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

March 4, 2015

The Graduate Student Assembly on Tuesday approved the Graduate Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, the first official legislation outlining graduate student rights in the organization’s...


GSA executive alliance runs for re-election

March 4, 2015

Brian Wilkey and Vance Roper were president and vice president of Graduate Student Assembly for over five months, and they’re looking to more than double their time next year. Wilkey, human development...


Jones-Dargahi’s goals include increased safety, communication

March 3, 2015

For executive alliance candidates Braydon Jones and Kimia Dargahi, the University of Texas is a passion. “Kimia and I both love this University so much,” Jones said. “I love the University...


Executive alliance candidates focus on inclusivity, sexual assault awareness in debate

March 3, 2015

At the Student Government candidate debate Monday night, executive alliance candidates discussed how to make SG more inclusive to students on campus. Fifteen percent of the student body voted in SG...


Rotnofsky-Mandalapu use satirical methods to campaign

March 3, 2015

Xavier Rotnofsky and Rohit Mandalapu are two “very good boys” who are running for executive alliance. Rotnofsky, a Plan II and linguistics junior, and Mandalapu, a Plan II and economics...


Maly-Svatek platform focuses on transparency, academics

March 3, 2015

David Maly and Stephen Svatek, presidential and vice presidential candidates for executive alliance, are plugged in to a number of outlets on campus.  Maly, a journalism and economics senior, is...


Jones-Dargahi waver on ‘Campus Carry’ in responses to UDems, College Republicans

March 3, 2015

During the last week of campaigning, Student Government executive alliance candidates Braydon Jones and Kimia Dargahi expressed contradictory opinions about “Campus Carry” legislation in interviews...


Fiji ‘border patrol’ party did not violate University rules, administrators say

March 2, 2015

Texas Fiji’s “border patrol” theme party held on Feb. 7 did not violate any University rules and will not result in any penalty for the fraternity, according to Soncia Reagins-Lilly,...


Two SG candidates suspended until Monday night for ‘co-campaigning’

March 2, 2015

The Election Supervisory Board suspended two Student Government candidates, University-wide representative candidate Anika Agarwal and Liberal Arts representative candidate Sammy Minkowitz, from campaigning...


SG candidates Morrison and Normyle drop out of Executive Alliance race

March 1, 2015

Baylor Morrison and Matthew Normyle, who were running as a Student Government Executive Alliance team, said Sunday they are planning to withdraw from the election, though their names will still appear...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015

February 27th, 2015: On this week's episode of the Daily Texan NewsCast we discuss University Democrat's Student Government endorsements, developments in the ongoing campus carry debate, and...


Students hold vigil for death row inmate Rodney Reed

February 27, 2015

One week before Rodney Reed’s scheduled execution, students and community members gathered on the steps of the Tower to hold a vigil for Reed and to protest Texas’ judicial system.   Students...


SG candidates backtrack after expressing reservations about domestic partner benefits

February 27, 2015

In a questionnaire submitted to University Democrats, Executive Alliance candidates Braydon Jones, government senior, and Kimia Dargahi, international relations and global studies senior, wrote a statement...


SG plans to add ADA-accessible vehicles to Safe Ride program

February 25, 2015

Student Government officials are in the process of institutionalizing Safe Ride at UT, but the program must become easier for students with disabilities to use, SG President Kori Rady said. Safe Ride...

Syphilis rise in Travis Country not equally reflected at UT

February 23, 2015

Syphilis has been on the rise in Travis County over the past few years, but the disease has not increased to the same extent at the University.  Reported cases of syphilis, a sexually transmitted...


LISTEN: Daily Texan NewsCast for February 20, 2015

February 20, 2015

February 20, 2015: In the first Daily Texan NewsCast of the semester Eleanor Dearman and Samantha Ketterer discuss the first same sex marriage in Texas, Student Government elections, a campus-wide blackout,...


After day of joy and confusion, sole same-sex marriage in Texas remains on the books

February 20, 2015

The couple exchanged vows in front of their children and had an official Texas marriage license in hand — but for several hours Thursday afternoon, it was unclear whether Austin residents Suzanne...

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Executive Alliance candidates present platforms

February 19, 2015

Update: Since this story's original publication, Baylor Morrison and Matthew Normyle withdrew from the Executive Alliance election, citing competing time commitments. To read more about their decision,...


Student government Executive Alliance candidates announced

February 18, 2015

Four groups of candidates filed to run for Executive Alliance in this year’s Student Government elections. The candidates for president and vice president are government senior Braydon Jones...


Student government votes to oppose state Senate “campus carry” proposal

February 18, 2015

Student Government voted Tuesday to oppose a state Senate-proposed campus-carry policy at the University. Twenty-one of 27 assembly members voted in support of the resolution, a statement against allowing...


Power outage disables elevators, leading to campus accessibility problems

February 17, 2015

  Despite a campus-wide power outage that lasted nearly two hours Tuesday, University administrators did not cancel classes. Power went out across campus at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. Eventually, power...


TSM certifies two candidates for The Daily Texan editor-in-chief

February 13, 2015

The Texas Student Media Board certified David Davis Jr. and Claire Smith to run for editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan in a contentions meeting Friday. A third applicant, David Maly, was not certified...


UT community holds vigil for Muslim students killed in UNC shooting

February 13, 2015

Over 300 members of the UT community gathered on the front steps of the Main Building on Thursday night for a vigil in memory of three Muslim students at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill...


Protests erupt over “border patrol” themed fraternity party

February 13, 2015

Over a hundred students, faculty and staff stood outside of the Texas Fiji house Thursday, chanting, “Hey, ho, these racist frats have got to go,” to protest a party the fraternity held last...


Fisher requests Supreme Court hear case against UT a second time

February 11, 2015

Abigail Fisher’s lawyers filed a petition Tuesday for her case, Fisher v. University of Texas, to be heard by the Supreme Court a second time. Fisher, a rejected undergraduate UT applicant, filed...


Student Government postpones vote on anti-campus carry resolution

February 11, 2015

Student Government postponed a vote on a resolution opposing campus carry policies Tuesday. The vote was postponed in order to allow more students to voice their opinion on the matter, according to Tanner...


DHFS works to eliminate food waste on campus

February 10, 2015

The Division of Housing and Food Services disposed of about 330 tons of compostable material in its dining halls and markets in 2014, and DHFS is working to decrease the number each year, according to...

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University does not require U.S.-born students to be vaccinated against measles

February 9, 2015

Despite a national spike in measles cases, the University does not require that U.S.-born students be vaccinated against measles. Documentation of a measles vaccine is required for international students. In...


Texas Student Media projected to end fiscal quarter in the black

February 9, 2015

For the first time since 2007, Texas Student Media (TSM), now under the domain of the Moody College of Communication, will not have to pull from its reserves at the end of the fiscal year.  TSM,...


TSM projected to profit in first quarter

February 6, 2015

More than a year after Texas Student Media moved under the domain of the Moody College of Communication, the organization is projected to profit in its first quarter. TSM, which manages five student-produced...


SG considers creating adaptive sports program for students with disabilities

February 4, 2015

Student Government members considered a resolution Thursday for the creation of an adaptive sports and recreation program, an initiative that would allow for more team-based recreational opportunities...


UT to participate in controversial sexual assault survey

February 2, 2015

UT will participate in a nationwide campus sexual assault survey that many of its peer institutions rejected, followed by a second, in-house survey later this year, to gather information about the prevalence...


Some areas on campus incompatible with Americans with Disabilities Act

February 2, 2015

As new buildings emerge and older buildings are renovated, the University is tackling the remaining spots on campus that violate the Texas Accessibility Standards, a Texas government code in keeping with...


Pointe on Rio opens, but inside, construction continues

February 2, 2015

After more than five months of delays, the Pointe on Rio apartment building opened to leaseholders Saturday morning. However, construction is still ongoing inside the building, according to residents. Pointe...


TA task force recommends lighter workload for TAs

January 30, 2015

The College of Liberal Arts TA task force released recommendations Thursday addressing issues concerning graduate TAs and assistant instructors (AIs). The recommendations include defining TA responsibilities...


Freshmen students will break record for most pennies raised for charity through nonprofit startups

January 29, 2015

Two UT freshmen will dump one million pennies on the ground — and then pick them all back up — at a charity event they will host at Camp Mabry in February. Along the way, they will break the...


We asked, you answered: How do you feel about ‘Monochrome for Austin’?

January 26, 2015

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Updated: Pointe on Rio fails to meet ADA standards, leading to fifth move-in day delay

January 24, 2015

After five months of temporary housing in Dobie Center and five opening-day delays — the latest of which was announced Friday afternoon — the only thing standing between Pointe on Rio leaseholders...


New 50-foot-tall sculpture makes waves on campus

January 22, 2015

When students came back for the spring semester, they were in for one hull of a surprise.  Greeting them was a 50-foot-tall structure composed of roughly 75 boats, suspended from a steel framework...


Rady, Strickland vow to complete platform goals during final semester in office

January 21, 2015

With half of their year-long terms behind them, Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland said they hope to use their remaining time in office to extend and perfect the...


Pointe residents told to move in four days after classes begin

January 20, 2015

Although spring semester classes began Tuesday, would-be residents at the Pointe on Rio apartment complex still have not been allowed to move into their apartments. In an email sent to leaseholders, managers...


Thousands march to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, address modern issues of inequality

January 20, 2015

Thousands of students and community members gathered around the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in the East Mall on Monday morning to celebrate King’s legacy and call attention to a number of social...


Delayed again: Pointe on Rio managers postpone move-in day for the fourth time

January 14, 2015

The Pointe on Rio apartment complex delayed its move-in day for the fourth time Wednesday, forcing would-be residents to move in five months after the originally anticipated date in mid-August. In...

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