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APD revises policy on use of deadly force

Samuel Liebl June 11, 2012

Beginning July 1, an amendment to the Austin Police Department’s mission statement will instruct all employees to preserve human life, especially in instances calling for use of deadly force. Assistant...

Helicopter scheduled to shoot footage of UT Tower

Bobby Blanchard and Samuel Liebl June 7, 2012

Update: Cloudy skies and scattered showers pushed back the Tower helicopter filming, which has been rescheduled for Saturday morning from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and in the evening from 6 p.m. to 9:00...

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Lawsuit not likely to affect domestic partner benefit policies in Texas

Samuel Liebl June 6, 2012

On May 31, the First Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that bars same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits unconstitutional, stirring hope among LGBTQ...

Austin’s rapid growth poses new challenges, opportunity

Samuel Liebl May 3, 2012

As more people and businesses move to Austin, the city will encounter challenges and opportunities that come with an increasingly dense urban environment, say business leaders and academics. Forbes magazine...

Activists stage another protest

Samuel Liebl May 1, 2012

Less than two weeks after staging a sit-in in the lobby of President William Powers Jr.’s office, the Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition carried out a similar demonstration Monday afternoon in the...


2013 housing may be gender inclusive at UT

Samuel Liebl May 1, 2012

Students of different sexes may be able to cohabitate in UT residence halls as soon as the fall of 2013. The University Residence Hall Organization, composed of approximately 50 student officers representing...


Idle communication between students, faculty follows sweatshop sit-in

Samuel Liebl April 26, 2012

The student-led Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition demanded to speak with President William Powers Jr. during their April 18 sit-in, and the administration has responded by locking students out of the President’s...


Students, faculty discuss non-western ethics at UT philosophy event

Samuel Liebl April 26, 2012

UT’s Undergraduate Philosophy Association took philosophy out of Waggener Hall and beyond the scope of western thought Wednesday night. The student group brought philosophy department faculty members...


Water officials expect cooler, wetter summer weather for Central Texas Lakes

Samuel Liebl April 26, 2012

Central Texas lakes are in better shape than they were a year ago, and forecasts predict a cooler, wetter summer than last year, according to Lower Colorado River Authority officials. The LCRA, which...

Meeting with president’s office to resolve sweatshop conflicts delayed

Samuel Liebl April 25, 2012

The University attempted to arrange a Monday meeting with the student-led Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition but prohibited coalition supporters from entering the president’s office Tuesday. At 10...


Arrests of Sweatshop-Free Coalition activists sparks support

Samuel Liebl April 24, 2012

Last week’s arrest of 18 activists connected to the Make UT Sweatshop-Free Coalition has inspired both disillusionment and support within the UT community. Sabina Hinz-Foley, a Plan II junior and...

Seton Healthcare Family pledges $250 million for new hospital

Samuel Liebl April 24, 2012

The Seton Healthcare Family pledged $250 million Sunday to build a new hospital that would replace University Medical Center Brackenridge and move UT one step closer to establishing a medical school in...


Arrested protesters released, continue activism

Samuel Liebl April 20, 2012

All 18 protesters arrested Wednesday in the lobby of President William Powers Jr.’s office were released from Austin Police Department custody Thursday morning and gathered on the Tower steps at...


Protest leads to students arrests

Samuel Liebl April 19, 2012

Update, 2:45 p.m.: According to the Make UT Sweatshop Free Coalition's Facebook group, all students have been released from jail. This afternoon, UT spokesman Gary Susswein said "Our position...


Students protest in President’s office against sweatshop-made UT clothing

Samuel Liebl April 18, 2012

Update 11:39 p.m.: Story updated to reflect that 19 protesters, not all of them students, were part of the protest and were arrested. Update 7:22 p.m.: The story has been updated to reflect developments...

Siri-like technology may be future of data analytics

Samuel Liebl April 17, 2012

Universities may use voice recognition technology similar to Apple’s Siri to analyze data collected about students, faculty and staff. John Rome, deputy chief information officer at Arizona State...


Workshop educates students on power of language

Samuel Liebl April 17, 2012

Words can hurt as much as sticks and stones, as many people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender can attest. Students gathered Monday to discuss the power of language during “Word!...


Bastrop State Park opens after fire, floods

Samuel Liebl April 12, 2012

After a devastating fire and damaging floods, Bastrop State Park will reopen this weekend. Beginning April 13 the public will have access to almost all of the amenities the park offered before the fire,...


Talk hosted to honor Anthony Shadid

Samuel Liebl April 10, 2012

Journalists, students and educators gathered Monday to discuss the work of Anthony Shadid, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who had planned to visit the University before he died while fleeing Syria...


C.A.R.E Week kicks off with carnival-themed rally, fundraising event

Samuel Liebl April 10, 2012

Cancer is a matter of life and death, but raising money for cancer research can be fun and games. Kappa Phi Gamma, a South-Asian sorority, held a carnival-themed kickoff rally for C.A.R.E. Week, the organization’s...


UT professor raises awareness for political dissent in Russia

Samuel Liebl April 3, 2012

A month ago, crowds flooded Moscow’s city squares to protest the controversial re-election of Vladimir Putin as Russia’s president. On Monday, the University hosted a key figure in the protest...


UT aids in migrant education

Samuel Liebl April 3, 2012

With UT’s help, some migrant students follow both the harvest and their academic dreams. The University’s Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement Program, a service provided by the K-16 Education...

Journalism revamps courses

Samuel Liebl March 29, 2012

The University’s School of Journalism is making big changes to keep up. “The digital media revolution is a runaway rocket ship,” said the school’s director, Glenn Frankel. “The...


Rez Week brings spirituality

Samuel Liebl March 27, 2012

Students who identify Easter Sunday with deep spirituality more than dyed eggs and rabbits anticipate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ during the weeklong Christian festival Rez Week. Rez Week, short...

Austin City Council approves agreement to move funds to JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Samuel Liebl March 27, 2012

The Austin City Council approved an agreement between the city and JP Morgan Chase & Co. that has alarmed groups concerned with the risks of a major bank handling public funds. The agreement will...

Biologists hatch plan to eradicate fire ant problem on campus

Samuel Liebl March 22, 2012

UT biologists are developing a method to reduce the prevalence of invasive fire ants by introducing their natural enemies — parasitic flies that turn them into zombie-like ants. According to University’s...


UT continues water conservation despite rainfall

Samuel Liebl March 22, 2012

Local authorities, environmental groups and the University continue to pursue water conservation policies even after heavy local rainfall in March. With lakes Travis and Buchanan still less than half...


Bisexual students feel unrecognized in society

Samuel Liebl March 20, 2012

Students who identify as bisexual face unique challenges in gaining acceptance within queer communities and in society at large because of a lack of visibility and prejudices held against them, said speakers...

ParkatmyHouse allows residents to rent out their private parking spaces during SXSW

Samuel Liebl March 9, 2012

Students can capitalize on their vacant driveways during South by Southwest by renting out their parking space through the online service ParkatmyHouse, which will launch this weekend in Austin. On the...


UDems, College Republicans debate

Samuel Liebl March 8, 2012

University Democrats and College Republicans faced off Wednesday night in a debate on issues that influence students most. Hook the Vote, a nonpartisan agency of Student Government, hosted the debate...


Warm, moist winter to spur population of mosquitoes

Samuel Liebl March 8, 2012

The unseasonably warm spring weather may spawn larger than normal insect populations, surprising visitors to South By Southwest next week and alerting Austinites to the changing climate. After a historic...


Student assessment stresses importance of competency

Samuel Liebl March 6, 2012

As higher education in the United States shifts to become more student focused, UT students stand to gain greater competency in essential skills, while academic departments are encouraged to discard their...


Soccer star suffers serious injuries; family seeks help

Samuel Liebl February 23, 2012

Friends, family and fellow athletes have rallied behind Kylie Doniak, a communications senior and member of the UT soccer team who was critically injured when a driver ran a red light downtown Feb. 3. A...


Coffee houses remain while smoking fades

Samuel Liebl February 21, 2012

Whether people sip coffee, chug energy drinks, or smoke cigarettes, caffeine and nicotine influence their states of mind and culture. On Monday, scholars Brian Cowan, a faculty member of McGill University,...


SG Candidates and platforms introduced through debate

Samuel Liebl February 21, 2012

Candidates for the upcoming campus-wide general elections introduced themselves and their campaign platforms during a forum moderated by The Daily Texan Editorial Board. The Office of the Dean of Students....


CEO answers questions on U.S., EU financial crises

Samuel Liebl February 16, 2012

The McCombs School of Business brought a major figure in global banking to campus Wednesday to address recent financial crises and their affects on his bank. BBVA Compass CEO Manuel Sanchez spoke to students...


Teaching English abroad after graduation may open doors

Samuel Liebl February 16, 2012

Facing a tough job market and unclear career choices, college graduates may look to teaching English abroad for an opportunity to support themselves and broaden their horizons. The demand for English...

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Texas Freedom Network supports comprehensive sex education, asks students for support

Samuel Liebl February 14, 2012

Free condoms fashioned to resemble roses greeted UT students walking down the Drag Monday. The student chapter of the Texas Freedom Network stood in the rain to equip students for safe sex on Valentine’s...


Book, lecture aims to critique traditional American history narratives

Samuel Liebl February 9, 2012

In his new book, visiting scholar Nayan Shah challenges the conventional narrative of the American West centers on white nuclear families. Shah, a professor at the University of California San Diego,...


Telecom Companies Face Lawsuit

Samuel Liebl February 7, 2012

Phone scams in foreign airports threaten to take advantage of UT ROTC graduates and other military personnel as they travel between the United States and their theatres of duty. A class action lawsuit...


Occupy UT sponsors tour of ‘racist’ campus landmarks

Samuel Liebl January 30, 2012

An inscription next to the Littlefield Fountain honoring the Confederacy is one example of the University's racist legacy, Edmund Gordon, professor of African and African diaspora studies explained...


Conference exhibits ‘future of video games,’ industry

Samuel Liebl January 26, 2012

Video gamers gathered at UT’s Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences Building on Wednesday evening to discuss every player’s dream — infinite resolution and zero latency. The...

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