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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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All content by Sara Schleede

Audio editor retires to devote more time to vegetable gardening

Sara Schleede May 8, 2020

I never toured UT when picking what college I was going to attend. A week before decisions were due, my parents drove me down from Dallas to take a look at the Forty Acres. We couldn’t find the Tower,...

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Project SEED provides insight into bilingual homes

Sara Schleede December 6, 2018

Project SEED has been tracking the emotional, social, physical and educational health of Mexican children who translate for their Spanish-speaking parents since 2006. Now in its third wave, the project...


Student Government debates legislation supporting right to display ‘Gun Free UT’ signs

Sara Schleede December 5, 2018

In a contentious final meeting of the semester, Student Government debated a resolution to support professors’ rights to display “Gun Free UT” signs around campus.  UT President...


CapMetro route 670 starts inbound detour to curb delays

Sara Schleede November 26, 2018

Capital Metro bus route 670 will run on a detoured route until the end of the semester in an attempt to mitigate delays for students commuting to campus from Riverside. “We are committed to finding...


SG changes election code to simplify campaign season

Sara Schleede November 20, 2018

After two personal moratoriums, an invalid election and a runoff election last spring, Student Government is proposing changes to its election code to help the next election cycle run more smoothly.  Changes...


Student legislation proposes ethnic studies class, Native American and Indigenous Cultural and Resource Center

Sara Schleede November 16, 2018

Students can explore African, Latin American and Native American studies and more through UT-Austin curricula, but the opportunity to study many ethnic groups at once can seem limited.  Senate...


Student legislation supports right to display ‘Gun Free UT’ signs

Sara Schleede November 14, 2018

Signs reading “Gun Free UT” have emblazoned windows across campus since the Texas Legislature enacted a law allowing licensed handgun owners to carry concealed weapons into public university...


James Hogg statue to return to campus after Confederate statue removal in 2017

Sara Schleede November 13, 2018

Although the last of South Mall’s Confederate statues were removed in August 2017, the statue of former Texas governor James Hogg will return to campus, President Gregory Fenves announced Monday. “He...


ContribUTe 2018 raises over $4,000 for student aid services

Sara Schleede November 12, 2018

Many on-campus facilities aim to help students with financial emergencies, food insecurity and interpersonal violence, but these services cannot function without enough funding. ContribUTe 2018, led...


Democrats take control of US House of Representatives

Sara Schleede November 7, 2018

While Republicans held onto the U.S. Senate, the Democratic Party gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives last night after eight years of Republican control. “A Democratic congress...


Need a ride to the polls? Austin transportation has you covered

Sara Schleede November 6, 2018

There are four more hours to vote in the midterm elections, and various transportation services are offering free and discounted rides to the polls. Capital Metro is offering free rides on MetroBus,...


It’s finally Election Day. Here’s What to expect when casting a ballot

Sara Schleede November 6, 2018

Campaigns are coming to a close and early voting has come and gone, but students still have one more day to cast their votes in the midterm elections. To vote, students must bring one of seven...

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New initiative wants to turn UT student IDs digital

Sara Schleede October 30, 2018

Student IDs are the golden ticket to accessing campus resources, but they are just as forgettable as they are important. Speedway, bathroom sinks and dorm front desks are littered with lost IDs, but a...


SG passes legislation in support of sexual assault survivors

Sara Schleede October 24, 2018

Student Government passed legislation expressing support for survivors of sexual assault three weeks after a demonstration regarding Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh sparked conversations about sexual...


Improve UT Challenge offers funding, resources for student improvement projects

Sara Schleede October 23, 2018

Surrounded by more than 50,000 students, over 1,000 student organizations and three legislative student groups, students may feel overwhelmed when trying to make their voices heard on campus. Student Government...


UT frats restrict hard liquor

Sara Schleede October 18, 2018

Hard liquor will be banned from all fraternity events, unless served by a third party vendor, beginning Jan. 1. “I don’t think Greek life is ever going to be the same,” Interfraternity...


Sensitive course content disclosures, canceling classes on Election Day proposed at SG meeting

Sara Schleede October 17, 2018

When a video with a “graphic dramatization” of sexual assault was played without warning in one of Ian McEntee’s classes last fall, the humanities and sociology senior said he was stunned...


Sororities launch initiatives to diversify Greek life

Sara Schleede October 15, 2018

The University Panhellenic Council is launching a new task force and set of initiatives to diversify Greek life and make sorority recruitment more accessible.  The council’s president...


Student Government proposes support for sexual assault survivors after YCT’s pro-Kavanaugh protest

Sara Schleede October 10, 2018

Update (Oct. 10): In a committee meeting Tuesday night, SG members changed one of the components of  A.R. 4. If it is approved, SG will compile a list of registered student organizations...


15 UT law professors sign letter opposing Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Sara Schleede October 4, 2018

Fifteen UT law professors signed a letter asking U.S. senators to not confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh as a United States Supreme Court Justice. A. Mechele Dickerson, William Forbath, Patricia Isela Hanson...


Student Government hosts ‘Safety Week’

Sara Schleede October 1, 2018

Living in a bustling downtown area can make some UT students feel unsafe, but Student Government is trying to change that with Campus Safety Week.  Student Government and the Office of Campus Safety...


Texas politicians predict future of urban politics, transportation

Sara Schleede September 29, 2018

Texas welcomed 400,000 new residents in 2017, according to The Texas Tribune. Now facing a population of 28.3 million people, stakes are at their highest for state and local politicians as they decide...


DACA recipients share their stories at Texas Tribune Festival

Sara Schleede September 28, 2018

Maria Trevino-Rodriguez has always considered herself a Texan. She was born in Mexico, but her parents brought her to Houston when she was only 1 year old. Trevino-Rodriguez did not even know she was undocumented...


UT Green Corps: Students trash less food each year

Sara Schleede September 26, 2018

From pizza slices to cobbler to untouched plates of Caesar salad, students eating at J2 and Kinsolving dining halls threw away over 30 tons of edible food last school year, according to data from University...


UT-Austin researchers suggest ways to combat Austin’s gentrification problem

Sara Schleede September 19, 2018

UT researchers said they have identified which Austin neighborhoods are most vulnerable to gentrification as well as strategies to prevent its negative impacts. They presented their findings to the Austin...


UT-Austin student campaign raises funds for racing chairs at Longhorn Run

Sara Schleede September 18, 2018

In spring 2017, finance senior Amie Jean left the hospital in a wheelchair after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Last April, she completed the Longhorn Run pushed in a pink wheelchair on loan...


UT Senate seeks to improve registration, advising for Longhorns

Sara Schleede September 17, 2018

With recruitment finalized and assembly meetings underway, UT Senate of College Councils is focused on expanding advising, study abroad opportunities and improving the class registration process.  Senate...


SG explains plans despite little legislation

Sara Schleede September 12, 2018

For the first time in three years, Student Government has not introduced new legislation at their first two assembly meetings.  SG introduced seven pieces of legislation in their first two...


Texas Interfraternity Council proposes ban of liquor at all UT-Austin fraternity events

Sara Schleede September 12, 2018

Hard liquor might soon be banned from all fraternity events because of a new policy from the Texas Interfraternity Council. “This is going to be a seismic shift in a lot of chapters because...


East Campus Garage now offering secure indoor bike storage for UT-Austin cyclists

Sara Schleede September 11, 2018

UT cyclists have a new space to store their bikes at the East Campus Garage. The storage room, which holds 160 bikes and includes a tire pump and tool station, is currently open and selling permits. Jeremy...

SG organization opens applications to transfers

Sara Schleede September 4, 2018

Longhorn Legislative Aides, an organization within Student Government, has been helping college freshmen get acquainted with the 40 Acres for 15 years, and now transfer students in their first year at...

UT Austin professor clarifies defense of an NYU professor guilty of sexual misconduct

Sara Schleede August 29, 2018

The #MeToo movement became much more complex when Avital Ronell, a prominent female professor of German and comparative literature at New York University, was suspended for the current academic year after...


Students and families continue to rebuild after Harvey

Sara Schleede August 29, 2018

Hurricane Harvey made landfall last August, but advertising senior Hana Mostajeran is still feeling its effects of it. In December, her family had to celebrate Christmas at a family friend’s house,...


Reflection spaces to registration bars: What to expect from UT Student Government this year

Sara Schleede August 28, 2018

While students this summer have been working internships, going on vacation or taking courses, Student Government has been preparing for another school year, focusing on empowering students and creating...

Semester stretches on for students, faculty with late finals

Sara Schleede May 4, 2018

Friday marks the last class day of the semester, and while some students are eating their last meals at Jester City Limits and stuffing their belongings into their parents’ cars, others must stay...


UT Senate finishes most productive year yet

Sara Schleede April 27, 2018

UT Senate of College Councils reached a milestone this year by passing eight pieces of council legislation — more than any previous administration.  Senate advocates for the student body’s...


UT Senate finishes semester, calls for easier transportation options for sick students

Sara Schleede April 20, 2018

In the final meeting of the year, the UT Senate of College Councils passed its last legislation of the semester — Senate Resolution 1724, which supports the establishment of University Health Services...


Students and administration fight food insecurity

Sara Schleede April 17, 2018

Note: Some last names have been omitted out of respect for the privacy and safety of sources. Savannah had a choice. She could buy a hamburger from the dollar menu, filling her stomach with greasy food....


Olympian Shaun White visits 40 Acres

Sara Schleede April 10, 2018

An hour before Olympic gold medalist Shaun White was slotted to take the stage at Hogg Memorial Auditorium, students whispered excitedly about, “The Flying Tomato” and, “The greatest...


UT Senate holds impromptu special election

Sara Schleede April 6, 2018

Following the resignation of Vice President-elect Raphael Jaquette, UT Senate of College Councils held an impromptu special election for the position Thursday night. “Characterizing this past...


Student organization-turned-nonprofit pairs tykes with teens

Sara Schleede April 2, 2018

Every classroom at marketing senior Roger Lam’s elementary school had iPads and an interactive white board, but when he starting volunteering at local elementary schools in college, most of the schools...


UT hosts NBC correspondent, former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager

Sara Schleede March 27, 2018

Jenna Bush Hager said she believes in hope. “You can’t ever lose hope that your voice is going to be heard because then you’re not living in a democracy,” Hager said. Hager...


Senate resolution attempts to add credit to study abroad programs

Sara Schleede March 23, 2018

With flag course requirements, degree plans can seem endless and unmanageable, but new legislation from the Senate of College Councils could make graduation essentials easier to accomplish. In an effort...


UT TOWER Fellows Program invites adult professionals to explore life on the 40 Acres

Sara Schleede March 22, 2018

Entrepreneurs, CEOs and other experienced professionals will be trading briefcases for backpacks under UT’s new TOWER Fellows Program. Now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 academic...


UT Senate elects new leadership as SG executive alliance heads to runoff

Sara Schleede March 9, 2018

The Senate of College Councils revealed election results soon after Student Government announced a runoff for the executive alliance election. English junior David Jenkins and Raphael Jaquette, a Middle...


UT International Board of Advisors creates new globetrotting opportunity

Sara Schleede March 6, 2018

Thanks to the UT International Office’s newest program, the entire world just became a classroom. In an effort to expand UT’s global network and enhance global education opportunities, the...


SG advocates for more transfer interest groups to ease students’ transition to UT

Sara Schleede February 28, 2018

With a rigorous academic environment, fast-paced city setting and a population of more than 50,000 students, UT can be difficult to adjust to as a transfer student. Student Government is setting out to...


International, UT students exchange language, culture at weekly meetings

Sara Schleede February 26, 2018

Campus is usually next to empty on the weekends as people escape to their apartments or dorms, leaving the stresses of education behind. Yet each Friday at 5 p.m., nearly 40 students congregate on the...


SG approves new rank-based election voting system

Sara Schleede February 21, 2018

In an effort to eliminate runoff elections, Student Government passed an amendment to its constitution Tuesday night establishing a new rank-based voting system.  Under the new system, known as...


Four female engineers fight for better refugee camp conditions

Sara Schleede February 13, 2018

Since late August, more than 660,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to seek refuge in overcrowded, mud-covered tents in Bangladesh. Many are living without clean water or hygiene facilities. At...


Undeclared students shadow upperclassmen, explore different majors

Sara Schleede February 6, 2018

When Isabella Vazquez, undergraduate studies freshman, applied to UT, she didn’t get into her college of choice. Now, while she fulfills her core requirements and waits to apply for an internal transfer,...


Students celebrate Latin dance, culture with Bailando

Sara Schleede February 1, 2018

Couples spun around, twisting their arms and hips to the echoes of guitars, drums and trumpets in the Student Activity Center ballroom Wednesday night. The Campus Events + Entertainment’s Mexican...


Interdisciplinary health organization plans advocacy opportunities

Sara Schleede January 30, 2018

The Health Advocacy Student Coalition is kicking off their first full semester as the initial interdisciplinary student organization focused on promoting health care advocacy among the student body. “A...


Design students’ projects make typographic statements around campus

Sara Schleede January 29, 2018

Students walking down the South Mall late Friday morning stopped and stared. But they weren’t marveling at Littlefield Fountain or the picturesque lawn dotted with students. They were focused on...


Energy Week to include inaugural sustainable energy competition

Sara Schleede January 23, 2018

Twenty teams of UT students will have 24 hours to create plans for a more sustainable campus at the inaugural Longhorn Energy Summit, which will take place Jan. 27–28 as part of Energy Week 2018. Developed...


UT alum’s MUD Magazine celebrates third anniversary

Sara Schleede January 22, 2018

The South has something to say. That is the main idea behind UT alumnus Quinton Boudwin’s MUD Magazine, which celebrated its three-year anniversary at Space 24 Twenty on Saturday night. “(MUD...

Dance showcase to highlight different types of Asian dance styles

Sara Schleede January 18, 2018

Beginner, intermediate and advanced dancers alike will join together to fill the stage with freestyle hip-hop, martial art-inspired choreography and a papier-mache lion at the Student Activity Center next...


UT hosts 40th annual ‘Mesoamerica Meetings’

Sara Schleede January 16, 2018

Scholars and enthusiasts from across the globe viewed art exhibitions, deciphered Mayan hieroglyphics and attended lectures about volcanoes and artifacts at the Department of Art and Art History’s...


Rowling Hall aims to become first zero waste university building in Texas

Sara Schleede December 8, 2017

In preparation for the McCombs School of Business staff to move into the new graduate building Dec. 18, the hallways and break rooms of Robert B. Rowling Hall are being filled with recycling and compost...


Lecture discusses everyday dangers of anti-Muslim racism

Sara Schleede December 6, 2017

On the morning of June 18, 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was on her way to the mosque for Ramadan prayers. By the end of the day, she had been abducted and murdered. Some called it an unfortunate result of...


Sport clubs donate food to beat hunger

Sara Schleede November 29, 2017

Instead of doing homework or playing ultimate frisbee, exercise science senior Domenica Sutherland spent her Tuesday night sorting through mountains of canned food donations flooding the Recreational Sports...


Media Ethics Initiative discusses ethics in science of climate change

Sara Schleede November 15, 2017

Scientists are wasting time trying to force a consensus about climate change issues when they should be focusing on strengthening their argument, said Jean Goodwin, professor in the Department of Communication...

Health Advocacy Student Coalition holds inaugural assembly

Sara Schleede November 10, 2017

Health care and politics may not always seem compatible, but for the Health Advocacy Student Coalition, HASC, these two fields came together at their inaugural assembly Thursday night. HASC’s...


Internet personality Tyler Oakley discusses career as YouTuber

Sara Schleede November 8, 2017

Author, activist and YouTube personality Tyler Oakley said despite all the mishaps in his career, he would not change it for a thing. “Without getting called out, you can’t take a moment...


‘Harry Potter’ fans celebrate Halloween Hogwarts-style at UT

Sara Schleede November 1, 2017

Minutes before the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom opened its doors, a line of students filled the third floor of the Union to its brim. They were waiting for a chance to relive their childhood and go to Hogwarts.  Students...


Adapted Sports Night offers spin on sports

Sara Schleede October 25, 2017

Rather than the scuff of sneakers and the swish of basketballs sinking into nets, the basketball court at the Recreational Sports Center was alive with beeps, buzzer drones and the whir of wheelchairs...


Journalist Joshua Holland leads seminar on fake news

Sara Schleede October 18, 2017

In 1844, the Whig Party released a news story falsely accusing a Democratic presidential candidate of selling his slaves to rogue slave-traders. In 2016, history repeated itself when a group of teenagers...


Moody unveils study abroad photo contest winners

Sara Schleede October 4, 2017

Photographs from countries including the Czech Republic, Nicaragua, Morocco and New Zealand were honored Tuesday at the unveiling of the winners of this year’s Moody College of Communication Study...


Award-winning poet gives inaugural reading at Harry Ransom Center

Sara Schleede September 27, 2017

Five hours before he was slotted to take stage, Roger Reeves was in his cluttered, unpainted office scribbling an idea for a poem in the margins of a book. He had no idea what he was going to read that...


LGBTQ organizations host annual welcome event

Sara Schleede September 8, 2017

Hundreds of queer and transgender students of color, as well as allies, gathered on the East Mall Thursday night to tie-dye shirts and to celebrate the start of a new school year.  The Queer...

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