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Abbott announces second wave of reopening Texas businesses

May 18, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday...


News editor tells one last dad joke

May 8, 2020

The day after I received my first assignment as a general reporter at The Daily Texan, I had a panic attack and quit. I never considered myself a journalist until The Daily Texan made me into one. I...


Drag restaurant Thai, How Are You? closes

January 2, 2020

The owners of Thai, How Are You?, a Thai and sushi restaurant, announced they are closing their doors after 12 years on The Drag. Somyong “Noi” Sukkij announced the restaurant’s closure...


Car catches fire near Honors Quad on University Ave.

September 9, 2019

A fire erupted in the engine of a UT Police Department patrol car in the parking lot near the Honors Quad buildings Monday afternoon. UTPD sent a campus-wide text message telling students to avoid the...


Home-schooled UT students, barred from automatic admissions, have narrower chances of getting in

September 5, 2019

Echo Nattinger is just like any other incoming freshman. The Plan II government major wants to join a theater troupe, Student Government and has her eye on law school. “I realized I wanted to...


100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

July 3, 2019

Texas unanimously adopted the 19th Amendment much earlier than expected. Conservative Southern Democrats ran the state at the time, but a close gubernatorial election, a secret quid pro quo and a fight...


UT San Antonio launches respectful speech initiative to preserve free speech, respectful discourse

May 8, 2019

UT-San Antonio launched an initiative last week to teach students how to engage in disagreements respectfully. “Free speech and respectful discourse are completely consistent and important values...


UT System partnership invests in early childhood development

May 1, 2019

The UT System is partnering with Austin community leaders to improve educational attainment in Texas by focusing on improving the lives of Austin children. In a speech last Wednesday, Chancellor James...


UT System Chancellor addresses population growth, educational attainment in State of the System address

April 29, 2019

Preparing for Texas’ future population growth, improving health across the state and giving more Texans a chance at education are a few of the UT System’s priorities chancellor James Milliken...


UT Austin out-of-state tuition is among the most expensive in the nation. Here’s why.

April 26, 2019

Seeking an escape from the gloomy weather and old classmates in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, Elizabeth Morris said she looked for a college in Texas and found UT to be the perfect fit. Two years later,...


Challenges to affirmative action policies receive opposite results

April 19, 2019

Two decisions have been made this month regarding two separate Texas universities’ affirmative action policies. But while one university can still use race as a factor in their admissions process,...


Higher education panel discusses solutions to Texas completion rates

April 15, 2019

As Texas falls behind other states in college completion rates, a panel of three Texas higher education leaders, hosted Friday by The Texas Tribune, discussed how the state can catch up. Texas’...


New UT System task force tackles college affordability

April 11, 2019

A recently formed UT System Task Force met for the first time last week, brainstorming ways to make learning materials such as textbooks more affordable.  “We want to speed up, accelerate,...

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UT-Arlington suspends all Greek Life social events to address Greek Life culture concerns

April 9, 2019

To address concerns over student code violations and hazing in Greek organizations, UT-Arlington suspended all fraternity and sorority social activities last week. “The University of Texas at...


Air Force Secretary named as president of UT El Paso, despite protests

April 4, 2019

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson was named president of UT-El Paso last Tuesday by the UT System Board of Regents, despite protests from activists, students and community members who raised concerns...


Second round of System job cuts hit construction services

March 26, 2019

UT System Chancellor James Milliken announced a second round of layoffs and position cuts in an internal email earlier this month. The cuts are a part of a larger move by the System to switch to a service-provider...


Higher Ed Committee recommends changes to FAFSA

March 25, 2019

A committee of higher education leaders and faculty from across the U.S. released a list of recommendations to the Department of Education March 13, enumerating ways to help students enroll in, pay for...


After 2021: What the end of Project 2021 means for UT’s innovation centers

March 14, 2019

What was initially supposed to be a five-year plan to rethink education at UT has officially been abandoned. But, its goals remain.  Project 2021 was launched in 2016 to revamp undergraduate education...


Gov. Greg Abbott appoints four new regents to UT System governing board

March 8, 2019

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed new regents to the University of Texas System Board of Regents this Thursday, according to the Office of the Governor’s website. Appointments are awaiting approval...


Regents approve $40 million office buildings for Navy Research

March 7, 2019

The Applied Research Laboratories at J.J. Pickle Research Campus is getting a new $40.4 million office building from a new contract with the United States Navy. “Several years ago … we...


Longhorn alumna Jenna Bush Hager to co-host fourth hour of TODAY Show

March 4, 2019

On the TODAY Show last Tuesday, fourth hour co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb slid a glass of Pinot Grigio to UT alumna Jenna Bush Hager, naming her the new permanent co-host of the program to...


Higher Education Coordinating Board makes headway in 2020 goals

March 1, 2019

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s plan to increase the number of educated Texans is facing its first benchmark in 2020. The program is on track in some areas, but falling behind in...


The future of UT System online credentials

February 28, 2019

UT’s computer science department began accepting applications to its new, completely online masters degree program on Feb. 15. So far, it has received hundreds of applications, indicative of the...


How University Lands deals with its pollution

February 13, 2019

Around 2.1 million acres of West Texas land are dedicated to raising money for the University of Texas System’s Permanent University Fund. A large chunk of this money is raised from leasing land...


University of Texas system considers adopting set of free speech principles

February 8, 2019

UT System Chancellor James Milliken has begun discussions to adopt a set of free speech principles similar to the Chicago Statement. He said it would reaffirm the University’s commitment to protecting...


The UT System endowment is now richer than Yale’s. So, now what?

February 6, 2019

The UT System endowment fund, a pool of money dedicated to funding institutional initiatives and research, has always been one of the largest in the country. But in December, it grew to become the second...


UTHealth receives $3.7 million to evaluate City of Austin’s childhood obesity prevention efforts

January 29, 2019

The UT Health Science Center at Houston received two grants this month totalling $3.7 million to aid the City of Austin’s efforts to combat childhood obesity. The larger of the grants, with a...


UT System Chancellor Milliken discusses layoffs, tuition

January 25, 2019

The UT System chancellor James Milliken spoke at a Texas Tribune event Thursday about tuition increases, recent layoffs and his first semester as chancellor. “What some people might refer...


Report shows hungry students are missing out on assistance programs

January 24, 2019

Biology sophomore Breanna Ellis budgets tightly to make sure she can pay for her college education. Sometimes, that means there’s little money left over for food. “I try to keep spending...


UT System helps create game to teach chemistry through Minecraft

January 22, 2019

The UT System and Kate the Chemist are using video games to spark interest in STEM with their new Careers in Chemistry project. Careers in Chemistry was created with help from DISCO Learning Media,...


As the semester comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the top stories from this fall

December 10, 2018

YCT Kavanaugh protest Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed after testifying against sexual assault allegations from former high school classmate Christine Blasey Ford, among others. UT’s...


The quest to remember Pig: UT’s first mascot

December 10, 2018

Behind Mezes Hall stands a grove of oak trees. Under them, the unmarked grave of UT’s first mascot, a pit bull terrier named Pig Bellmont. Now, three students are requesting the University place...


Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, how did you get to UT?

December 7, 2018

Glimmering plastic branches covered in lights and ornaments tower over students in both the Student Activity Center and Texas Union Building. They belong to two Christmas trees, which remind government...


Heavy usage reduces lifespan of plaster in Gregory Gym leisure pool

December 3, 2018

Students peeking through the fencing of Gregory Gym might notice a drained outdoor leisure pool surrounded by construction workers. Recreational Sports is replastering the pool for the second time in the...


UHS gender care appointments provide hormone replacement therapy options for students

November 27, 2018

In an effort to help transgender students, University Health Services started gender care appointments to provide services for students on or interested in getting hormone replacement therapy. For students...


Plans in the works to update Gregory Gym locker rooms, infrastructure

November 26, 2018

Planned renovations to the locker rooms and minor infrastructure inside Gregory Gymnasium are in the works and are expected to start by the end of next semester. “It’s kind of a big puzzle...

The hidden treasures inside the archives of the Harry Ransom Center

November 16, 2018

Students on campus may know the Harry Ransom Center for its large presentation hall and wide range of exhibitions, but may not know the seven-story building as the home of an orginal self-portrait by iconic...


‘We can see your racist side’: Students protest self-proclaimed British nationalist Katie Hopkins

November 14, 2018

Update (Wednesday 2:24 p.m.): Four people were removed from the area by police before and after Hopkins’ speech Tuesday night, said UTPD spokesperson Noelle Newton. Prior to the event, one...


Republicans maintain hold of statewide positions

November 7, 2018

Republican incumbents kept their seats in the six statewide non-judicial positions that were up for re-election this Tuesday. Some of the positions up for re-election this season included the lieutenant...


Republican incumbent Greg Abbott wins gubernatorial race for second term

November 7, 2018

Incumbent Republican Greg Abbott won the election for governor for his second term by 14 points Tuesday night, defeating Democratic candidate Lupe Valdez. Abbott thanked Texans for electing him for...


‘More than a film’: Community culture keeps Rocky Horror Picture Show alive 40 years later

November 2, 2018

Students lined up in front of the Student Activity Center auditorium, some clad in fishnets and corsets, to receive a bag of assorted props before the movie started. When it began, the room erupted with...


Chemical and Petroleum Engineering building faces effects of heavy rainfall with mold problem

November 2, 2018

Although the boil water notice has lifted, the effects of the last two months of heavy rainfall have extended beyond the water supply. The increased humidity created a mold problem in the Chemical and...

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How UT is helping bridge the communication gap between scientists and the public

October 25, 2018

Scientific research papers and studies are produced every day by UT scientists, but communicating that information can be challenging. Luckily, STEM students have resources to help. Anthony Dudo, advertising...


Where to eat near campus during the boil water notice

October 23, 2018

Here’s a list of restaurants and coffee shops on campus and near campus that are closed, open, and serving a limited menu. Closed: Field of Greens Fresh Market in the Union Starbucks in...


PCL polling location experiences long early voting lines

October 23, 2018

A line of students extended from the ballot boxes in the back of the Perry-Casteñeda Library to the metal detectors at the entrance Monday as students participated on the first day of early...


Potential flooding in downtown Austin this Friday

October 19, 2018

Increased water levels from Lake Travis may create flooding in Austin on Friday. The Highland Lakes, a chain of six lakes — created by dams on the Colorado River and including Lake Austin and...


UT students must travel off campus for eye exams

October 17, 2018

For students such as Devany Rodriguez, getting proper eye care means traveling back home to visit an optometrist. “I usually get them done in the summer,” journalism junior Rodriguez said...


Computer science department plans to provide new online master’s degree

October 15, 2018

The UT Department of Computer Science is in the final stages of approval for a new online master’s degree program. “The question everyone wants to ask is, ‘Can online be done...