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Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

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In testimony, President Powers estimates cost of Regent Hall’s records exceed $1 million

December 19, 2013

Following testimony from UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and President William Powers Jr. on Wednesday, state legislators said they would be ready to make a recommendation on Regent Wallace Hall’s...

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News editor reminisces on long nights in the basement

December 6, 2013

It’s a weird thing that goes on in this basement. Five nights a week. Under harsh florescent lighting. With a vocabulary of words like “pagint,” “RIM” and “maestro”....

Student veteran could be tried for life sentence

November 20, 2013

Prosecutors from the Travis County District Attorney’s office may be pursuing a life sentence against public affairs graduate student Gene Vela, who is being charged with aggravated assault against...

Judge declares portions of Texas abortion bill unconstitutional

October 28, 2013

A U.S. district judge determined parts of the state’s most recent abortion restriction bill unconstitutional Monday.  U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel partially granted a preliminary injunction...

University’s supplemental brief filed in Fisher case

October 28, 2013

On Friday, UT filed it’s most recent legal brief in the Fisher v. University of Texas case.  The case was filed in 2008 by Abigail Fisher, a denied UT applicant, who claimed that the University’s...

Construction SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT

October 24, 2013

Below are 13 locations of water bottle filler stations on campus. The installation project, which has taken existing water fountains and added on a section to accommodate water bottles, was initiated by...

More women study at UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering than ever before

October 4, 2013

A record number of women enrolled in the Cockrell School of Engineering for the fall 2013 semester. Women make up 29 percent of the school’s freshman class this semester, a first. Additionally,...

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Final results indicate no bleach in balloon attack

September 10, 2013

UTPD officials found no bleach in their investigation of the West Campus balloon attack that occurred on Aug. 22, according to a statement released by UTPD. The balloon allegedly thrown from a...

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West Campus balloon attacks continue

September 9, 2013

Eduardo Belalcazar, an international relations and global studies junior, is the latest victim to speak out against balloon attacks in West Campus.  On Saturday around midnight, Belalcazar, who...

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UT campus continues to mourn loss of former President William Livingston

August 28, 2013

With classes beginning Wednesday, the UT campus will continue to mourn the death of former University President William Livingston. Livingston died Aug. 15 at the age of 93. He began his career...

Backup QB Connor Brewer arrested for public intoxication

February 4, 2013

Backup quarterback Connor Brewer was arrested early Saturday morning for public intoxication. Sgt. Robert Weyand confirmed Sunday that UTPD arrested a Texas football player for public intoxication....

Longhorn swimmers hold their own against Olympians

December 3, 2012

Texas represented well against high-profile Olympians at the AT&T Winter National Championships at the Texas Swim Center this weekend. Hosting the event, the Longhorns claimed the Men's...

Longhorn swimmers hold their own against Olympians

December 3, 2012

Texas represented well against high-profile Olympians at the AT&T Winter National Championships at the Texas Swim Center this weekend. Hosting the event, the Longhorns claimed the Men's...

Longhorn swimmers hold their own against Olympians

December 3, 2012

Texas represented well against high-profile Olympians at the AT&T Winter National Championships at the Texas Swim Center this weekend. Hosting the event, the Longhorns claimed the Men's...

Olympic swimmers pack Austin as Texas hosts Winter National Championships

November 29, 2012

If you have never been to a high-profile swimming competition, today is your day as past medalists and Olympic hopefuls pack the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center for the 2012 USA AT&T Winter...

Texas divers return from Phil Hanson Invitational in Houston this weekend with four top-five finishes

November 19, 2012

On Saturday, the Texas men’s diving team wrapped up a successful competition in Houston at the Phill Hansel Invitational. Texas redshirt sophomore Will Chandler registered two consecutive top-five...

Divers head to Houston for three-day tourney

November 15, 2012

The UT men’s diving team will head to Houston on Thursday for the Phill Hansel Invitational. Events for this meet will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Thursday events will include men’s...

Horn’s first home meet a repeat of last year’s performance

October 29, 2012

The Longhorns went head to head against Indiana and Michigan at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center this weekend with mixed results. On Friday the Longhorns repeated their 2011 performance in the...

Texas prepares for first home meet

October 26, 2012

The Longhorns return to the Texas Swim Center this weekend to host their first seasonal meet at home. The men’s team returns from Mansfield, Texas, where they emerged triumphant from the four-team...

Longhorns take first at Mansfield Invitational

October 22, 2012

Texas put away their 50-point lead at the Mansfield Invitational this Saturday by taking five out of eight events, winning the swim meet with 857.5 points. “As a kickoff to what we hope will be...

Longhorns take first at Mansfield Invitational

October 22, 2012

Texas put away their 50-point lead at the Mansfield Invitational this Saturday by taking five out of eight events, winning the swim meet with 857.5 points. “As a kickoff to what we hope will be...

Longhorns open season at the Southwest Collegiate Plunge

October 19, 2012

This weekend the Longhorns launch their 2012-2013 season, charting a route toward the ultimate destination of an NCAA Championship. The annual Southwest Collegiate Plunge will open the regular season...

UT swimming and diving team displays talent at annual intrasquad meet

October 1, 2012

Texas hosted its annual intrasquad meet Friday afternoon pitting Orange against White at the Texas Swimming Center where the White team claimed a 156-127 victory. Although Orange took the lead at first...

Horns try to bounce back from loss to BYU

September 7, 2012

After yesterday’s loss to BYU, the Longhorns will meet Utah on the soccer field Saturday for the first time in the history of both programs. Saturday’s game will be Texas’ third away...

Bicyclist hit-and-run raises safety concerns

May 2, 2012

A recent hit-and-run accident near the UT campus has led to greater concern about cyclist safety in Austin. Evan Baird, 22, was traveling home by bike from work south on Guadalupe Street at 38th Street...

APD, UTPD investigates series of burglaries in West Campus

April 27, 2012

The Austin Police Department has enlisted the help of the UT Police Department to stop a string of West Campus burglaries hoping to gain crime tips from students who read Campus Watch announcements. APD...

University reacts to death of student killed by bus

April 27, 2012

Students and University officials have reacted to the recent death of a UT student by urging that students display greater alcohol safety. In the early morning hours of April 20, 22-year-old Andy Wang,...

Seton Healthcare Family plans for Austin medical school

April 23, 2012

The Seton Healthcare Family, which operates 15 hospitals and clinics in Texas including University Medical Center Brackenridge, plans to spend $250 million on a new hospital that will include Austin’s...

Student dies after falling under Capital Metro bus

April 23, 2012

A Capital Metro bus ran over and a student over the weekend near University Estates apartments. The accident happened at the 1300 block of Crossing Place at approximately 2 a.m. Friday, Austin Police...

APD receives backlash after officer shoots, kills dog

April 20, 2012

In response to community outcry, the officer involved in a fatal shooting of a dog in East Austin has been reassigned and an internal investigation has been opened, said Austin Police Department representative...

Several credit, debit card information thefts on campus call for reporting of similar incidents

April 17, 2012

Information stolen from some students’ credit and debit cards has been used at the same online stores, leading to privacy and safety concerns on campus. Law enforcement officials urge students to...

Woman mugged on campus, suspects not yet identified

April 16, 2012

A woman was mugged on campus early Saturday morning, according to UT Police Department officials and an incident alert emailed to students Saturday night. UTPD Detective Michael Riojas said the incident...

Court hearing regarding Kylie Doniak postponed

April 13, 2012

The court hearing for the man accused of injuring Kylie Doniak, communications senior and UT soccer player, was postponed for May 1 by Judge Clifford Brown on Wednesday. The hearing was postponed in order...

Seminar course brings donations for Austin human trafficking victims

April 12, 2012

While some students may take for granted everyday items like deodorant and food, freshmen in a seminar course are asking for donations today with hopes of providing basic necessities to human trafficking...

Court hearing for Kylie Doniak case draws near

April 11, 2012

A court hearing will be held on Thursday for the man operating the vehicle that collided with and injured Kylie Doniak, UT student and soccer player. Nicholas Colunga allegedly ran a red light, colliding...

March drug bust total biggest in APD history

April 11, 2012

Operational secrets have enabled the Austin Police Department to make massive narcotics seizures, including three over the past month that were among the largest in the department’s history, said...

More information revealed on NYE murder suspect’s suicide

April 6, 2012

A recent report from the Office of the Medical Examiner revealed more information about the suicide of James Loren Brown who is a suspect in several assaults as well as the Jan. 1 murder of Esme Barrera. Brown...

Boating accident claims the life of UT nursing senior

April 3, 2012

A UT nursing senior from Austin was killed last weekend in a boating accident. Quynh Pham, 21, was riding on a pontoon boat with members of her family, when she fell from the front at about 5:30 p.m....

Body found near Dobie Center leaves many questions unanswered

April 3, 2012

Austin Police Department officers responded to a 9-1-1 call Sunday reporting a deceased person in a parking garage near the Dobie Center. The call was placed at 4:10 p.m. on Sunday reporting a dead body...

Students enjoy Roundup weekend despite crime

March 30, 2012

The Austin Police Department recorded an increase in DWIs issued in the West Campus area during Roundup last weekend, and the overall number of police reports filed went down slightly. APD officers addressed...

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Four defendants still under federal custody, six released on bond

March 29, 2012

A development in the federal investigation that shut down eight Austin nightclubs will cause four defendants in the case to be kept in federal custody pending their trial. Hussein Ali “Mike”...

Yassine Enterprises facing drug, money laundering charges

March 27, 2012

A court hearing on Tuesday will determine whether 10 defendants connected with Yassine Enterprises and charged with various counts of money laundering and illegal drug distributiond will be kept in federal...

Attack affects Roundup safety

March 26, 2012

Austin Police Department and University administrators took extra precautions to ensure student safety at Roundup, the annual Greek philanthropy and social event. Despite such efforts, the event included...

Austin Police investigate burglary at nightclub managed by Yassine Enterprises

March 26, 2012

A man is under investigation for stealing approximately 100 credit and debit cards, bottles of alcohol, DJ audio equipment and cash from the downtown nightclub Pure Ultra Lounge, according to an arrest...

Owners’ illegal activity to shut down major Austin clubs

March 23, 2012

Ten Austin area residents connected with Yassine Enterprises, operator of several Austin night club venues, were arrested yesterday in a federal investigation related to drug and money laundering charges. The...

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Austin police use efficient measures to manage SXSW crimes

March 19, 2012

The growth of South by Southwest over the past few years has presented problems for law enforcement officers as the event has spread farther across the city, said Austin Police Department representative...

Former graduate student under investigation for possible theft of chemical materials

March 19, 2012

The FBI and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the possible theft of chemical materials from a UT lab by former graduate student Karl Jasheway, 26, according to University officials. According...

Austin Police Department to install two security cameras on Fourth Street

March 7, 2012

The Austin Police Department plans to place two new security cameras downtown, increasing the number of cameras in the area to 29, said Lt. Patrick Cochran. The two cameras will be placed on Fourth...

Neighborhood gas leak forces residents to evacuate

March 5, 2012

A construction crew broke a gas line near 39th Street and Jefferson Street on Friday causing the Austin Fire Department to take precautionary measures by evacuating 12 residences, said fire department...

Cyclist in hospital after collision

March 2, 2012

A cyclist was hospitalized after colliding with a pedestrian on campus at approximately 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, said UT Police Department Sergeant Gary Peoples. The collision occurred on 21st Street between...

Job growth in high-tech, private sectors may open doors for Longhorns

February 29, 2012

The Austin economy will add 45,000 jobs over the next two years, making UT students more likely to receive jobs in the city after graduation, according to the CEO of Angelou Economics. Recovery from the...

Athletics official fired over sexual harassment complaint

February 28, 2012

President William Powers Jr. fired a senior UT Department of Athletics official on the basis of a sexual harassment complaint, according University documents that surfaced last week. Powers wrote a letter...

Marijuana use increases among athletes

February 28, 2012

A recent drug bust on the TCU campus, as well as a study released by representatives of the National Collegiate Athletics Association, could indicate that marijuana use among college student-athletes is...

Allegations against APD crime lab to be analyzed

February 24, 2012

Representatives of the Texas Department of Public Safety released a review of the Austin Police Department’s crime lab, challenging allegations made against the lab by a former employee. Former...

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Obama budget plans to increase work-study jobs

February 24, 2012

President Barack Obama’s new budget may double the number of work-study jobs in the U.S. and has caused excitement among UT officials, said Tom Melecki, director of Student Financial Services. Melecki...

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UTPD warns against theft, encourages students to protect valuables

February 24, 2012

Trust may be a virtue, but unfortunately it’s often an important factor leading to campus theft, said UT Police Department officer Darrell Halstead. Students reported 121 thefts in the Perry-Castaneda...

Austin resident says APD was overzealous while responding to reported kidnapping

February 22, 2012

Austin resident Scott Henson accused Austin police officers of being overzealous and unduly rough while questioning him about a reported kidnapping on Friday, Feb. 10 in a story that drew national and...

Local accident kills senior citizen, injures former Longhorn

February 21, 2012

The Austin Police Department is pressing charges against Linda Dianna Woodman, who was involved in a car accident near the intersection of Guadalupe and 31st streets in which one pedestrian was killed...

Missing newspapers raise concerns from The Daily Texan

February 20, 2012

An undetermined number of copies of Friday’s Daily Texan appear to have disappeared from news boxes across campus, according to the operations manager for Texas Student Media. Frank Serpas III, Texas...

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Regulations for Austin secondhand stores may help lower property crime

February 16, 2012

Austin City Council is considering an ordinance that would require secondhand stores in Austin to file their transactions with the Austin Police Department in an attempt to reduce property crime. Barksdale...

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Obama’s fiscal plan to increase federal loan funding

February 14, 2012

President Barack Obama’s 2013 fiscal budget, which he proposed Monday, will increase funding for several federal financial aid programs in an attempt to make higher education more affordable and...

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YMCA seeks Austin City Council’s help in building new aquatic center

February 9, 2012

The YMCA of Austin is looking for help from Austin City Council to build a 40-acre recreational aquatics center in downtown Austin as a family-friendly escape from the heat. If constructed, the complex...

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Facebook CEO to sell stock publicly

February 7, 2012

Facebook representatives announced that the social networking website will soon be selling their stock publicly with the goal of making the company stronger and connecting more users than ever before. Representatives...

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After Komen funding controversy, many turn to other foundations

February 7, 2012

UT students and Austin residents who no longer want to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation can redirect their support to several local organizations after Komen made the decision to refund Planned Parenthood. Sarah...

Former dance instructor convicted of sexual assault

February 3, 2012

A former dance instructor with UT’s Informal Classes was recently convicted of sexually assaulting two of his former students and was sentenced to two years in jail and six years probation. Prosecuting...

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City ordinance requires pregnancy crisis centers to detail services

February 2, 2012

Pregnancy counseling centers offering numerous health and wellness services will be required by a city ordinance passed last Thursday to obtain a facility license that does not exist, said one center’s...

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Police search for unidentified victim, information

January 31, 2012

The Austin Police Department is requesting help in locating the unidentified victim and suspect in a violent assault that occurred in the 700 block of San Jacinto Boulevard on the morning of Jan. 8. Cpl....

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Police discover source of false bomb threat

January 31, 2012

Austin Police have identified Marshall David Logan as the man who reported a false bomb threat against KLRU studios Thursday night. In his 3-1-1 call, Logan alleged that there was a bomb hidden inside...

DNA links man to murder

January 27, 2012

Austin police are now considering a man whose body was found in North Campus on Jan. 12 as a suspect in the murder of Esmeralda Barrera and two other New Year’s Day assaults. DNA reports on Wednesday...

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CMB evacuated after false alarm

January 27, 2012

Austin 3-1-1 received a false alarm reporting a general, non-descript threat to KLRU studios in the CMB at 7:20 last night. Austin Police Department officials visited the scene along with UT police and...

Police Department faces allegations of misread evidence

January 26, 2012

Allegations of improper analysis of evidence have been made against the Austin Police Department crime laboratory by Debra Stephens, a former forensic scientist and employee of APD. The Texas Department...

Texas law promotes right to bear arms

January 25, 2012

Most UT students will remain ineligible to obtain a concealed handgun license after a district court ruling last week. United States district judge Samuel Cummings threw out a motion to overturn a Texas...

Police investigate West Campus break-in

January 25, 2012

Police are currently investigating the break-in of a woman’s West Campus apartment that occurred yesterday at 4:18 a.m. as she was sleeping. Upon waking up, the woman screamed, causing the intruder...

Body found in water at Barton Creek

January 24, 2012

Police still await the toxicology report that may give more clues about the death of a man found in Barton Creek earlier this month. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office identified a body...

Victim remembered as teacher, listener

January 19, 2012

Austin citizens have expressed concerns for their personal safety in the weeks following the New Year’s Day murder of North Campus resident Esmeralda Barrera, but the victim’s friends and family...

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Police chief tries to address concerns over New Year’s Day attacks

January 19, 2012

Concerned by a string of New Year’s Day assaults, members of the North University Neighborhood Association and the campus community gathered at First English Lutheran Church on Wednesday evening...

Texas court refuses latest appeal for former UT student’s sentence

January 18, 2012

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected the latest appeal of a former UT student convicted of tampering with evidence in the 2005 murder and mutilation of Austin resident Jennifer Cave. The Court...

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Concerns arise in community as perpetrator remains at large

January 17, 2012

Representatives of the Austin Police Department said the man responsible for the murder of Esmeralda Barrera on New Year’s Day is still at large, despite an intensive police investigation and more...

UT student, alumnus killed in car accident

January 17, 2012

Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a car crash that killed a UT student, a UT alumnus and one other person earlier this month. UT senior Kaat Debeuckelaer, 21, was killed in...

Police advise caution after North Campus homicide

January 4, 2012

Police advise caution after a murder and two assaults occurred in the North Campus area early Sunday morning. APD officials are in the process of investigating all three incidents. The Austin Police Department...

Professors receive Inventor of the Year recognition

December 7, 2011

The professors responsible for two of the most significant inventions developed at UT received Inventor of The Year Awards on Tuesday from the Office of Technology and Commercialization. Engineering professor...

Texas Senator Kel Seliger discusses redistricting process

November 30, 2011

Allegations that the new district maps produced in the 82nd state legislative session discriminate illegally are unfounded, said Kel Seliger, Texas Senator and chairman of the Senate Select Committee on...

City to make public data more accessible

November 30, 2011

The city of Austin is looking for information about which type of public data residents consider most important, but UT officials said they do not have the resources to conduct similar research on prioritizing...

Austin airport ranks in top five for service quality

November 23, 2011

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was ranked as a top-five airport in service quality for the fifth year in a row by Airport Council International and received the new Director General’s...

Grading system continues to trouble students and faculty

November 16, 2011

Students could be penalized when applying to graduate schools or fellowships because UT does not offer an A+ grade said Bhargav Srinivasan, a finance senior and Senate of College Councils member. The...

Stem cell advocate has ‘no doubt’ in his cause

November 2, 2011

After the death of his father from heart failure and diabetes, David Bales began advocating responsible stem cell research for the health benefits which it promotes. He is now the chairman of Texans for...

Austin Water enacts new fee

November 2, 2011

In 2009, Austin Water lost almost $53 million in revenue because of increased rainfall across Texas and lower consumption rate, said David Anders, assistant director of business support services for the...

College of Pharmacy holds free medical screenings

October 26, 2011

In an attempt to educate students about the role of pharmacists in health care and to provide free medical services to the University community, the College of Pharmacy provided free health screenings...

Professor Brands highlights the dollar’s dwindling power

October 19, 2011

According to Pulitzer Prize finalist and UT history professor H. W. Brands, the United States dollar has dominated the world economy in the past, but a continuation of its historical strength may not be...

Massey Prize awarded to economist for law, capital markets research

October 12, 2011

Economist and scholar Robert Litan spoke about how challenging it is for legal scholars to keep up with the rapid changes in the current financial world during an interview with The Daily Texan. Litan...

Austin forum stresses importance of innovation among students

October 5, 2011

Innovations that start at UT are central to the way the University changes the world, said engineering professor Robert Metcalfe. Through University startup companies these innovations can materialize...

Professionals divided on inflammatory speech regulations

September 28, 2011

If we can’t speak what we think, there is no way to affect change and we effectively shut down the avenue for progress, said BB&T Corp. chair holder. On Tuesday, the BB&T chair for the Study...

UT ranked among top military friendly schools

September 21, 2011

UT is among the most military friendly schools in Texas, according to a list recently published by GI Jobs magazine. The annual list recognizes the top 20 percent of schools from each state in terms of...

UT ranked among the top most military friendly schools in Texas

September 21, 2011

UT is among the most military friendly schools in Texas, according to a list recently published by GI Jobs magazine. This annual list recognizes the top 20 percent of schools from each state in terms...

UT signs five-year research deal with Shell

September 14, 2011

President William Powers Jr. met with representatives from Royal Dutch Shell Plc. gas company Tuesday to announce and sign documents for a multi-year research partnership worth $7.5 million between the...

Longhorn Network draws big crowd, few networks

August 31, 2011

Although many Central Texas UT fans still cannot watch the recently launched Longhorn Network, channel officials said Tuesday greater access should be available soon. Athletics director Chris Plonsky...

Hispanic enrollment up nationwide, reaches 23% at UT

August 29, 2011

[Corrected on Monday, August, 29, 2011 at 10:47 p.m.: removed second graf] UT is following a national trend with increased Hispanic undergraduate enrollment, according to the Office of Admissions and...

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