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Abbott announces second wave of reopening Texas businesses

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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.

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Morgan Kuehler and Savana Dunning 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...


“I couldn’t go back. I couldn’t.”

Savana Dunning June 27, 2019

In her 18 years of teaching sociology full time at UT, senior lecturer Penny Green rarely missed a class. That remained true until the Thursday before Spring Break this year, March 14. It was the early...


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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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.

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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?

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Katie Balevic, Raga Justin, Meghan Nguyen, and Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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?

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Jackson Barton and Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning and Gracie Awalt 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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

Savana Dunning 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...

Student project seeks to understand the Austin’s emotional connection to its waterways

Savana Dunning October 11, 2018

Two phone stands have appeared on campus bridges overlooking Waller Creek, seeking information from passersby about how Austin’s waterways impact their well-being.  The stands are a part...


CMA keeps its cool after air conditioning unit has “catastrophic failure”

Savana Dunning October 8, 2018

A loud boom sounded in Building A of the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, known as the CMA, on Thursday, Sept. 27. The blades on the cool air fan of the CMA’s air conditioning unit had dislodged,...


How UT toilets help (or fail) to conserve water

Savana Dunning October 5, 2018

Some students who use the automatic toilets in the Belo Media Center have noticed their motion sensors have a bit of a sensitivity issue. “The toilet flushed four times and I only needed...


Crowd forms as YCT rallies in support of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Savana Dunning October 3, 2018

Holding signs saying “Kavanaugh did nothing wrong” and “Confirm Kavanaugh,” UT’s Young Conservatives of Texas chapter took to the West Mall on Tuesday morning in support of...


Crowd forms as YCT rallies in support of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at West Mall

Savana Dunning October 2, 2018

Update (1:35 p.m.):  Counter-protesters began holding signs saying “F**k Kavanaugh” and began chanting “We believe survivors,” at the YCT. Public relations junior Elizabeth...


Survivors and politicians discuss lasting effects on gun violence in America

Savana Dunning September 30, 2018

Universal background checks, better mental health care and gun control legislation are among the various ways politicians and mass shooting survivors have proposed to reduce gun violence in America. "People...


New UT system chancellor James Milliken discusses improving accessibility, graduate success

Savana Dunning September 28, 2018

In his new role as chancellor, J.B. Milliken said he wants to focus on raising student accessibility to quality education in UT System universities. “The stronger the University is, the better...


UT-Austin Anthropology’s dildo display — dubbed ‘Big Boy’ — immortalizes Cocks Not Glocks protest

Savana Dunning September 28, 2018

The anthropology department has three display cases on the fourth floor of the Student Activity Center that hold various objects of anthropological significance. Two hold large gorilla skeletons....

How construction trends shape the lives and deaths of buildings on campus

Savana Dunning September 26, 2018

W.R. Woolrich (WRW) Laboratories, home of the aerospace engineering department, will be demolished in 2019. The 60-year-old structure was built during one of the biggest waves of construction in campus...


New details emerge about DKR stadium new $175M south end zone expansion

Savana Dunning September 24, 2018

UT announced details on the $175 million south end zone expansion to Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium last week along with the name of the architecture firm set to design the expansion. Additions...


Student organization raises money to put on musical

Savana Dunning September 21, 2018

Musical-loving students now have the opportunity to be part of a student-led show, thanks to an organization working to produce their first musical on campus. Round About Players, a small student-led...


Zero waste building program to help UT achieve sustainability goals

Savana Dunning September 20, 2018

The Student Services Building is UT’s first Zero Waste Workplace, a new program working to reach UT’s sustainability goals.   Launched by UT Resource Recovery in May, the...


UT-Austin parking permits don’t guarantee spots

Savana Dunning September 18, 2018

For students such as journalism senior Morgan Kilgo, finding a parking spot on campus with her C+ parking permit can sometimes be impossible. “It’s definitely been difficult,” Kilgo...

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UT partners with Austin-based company Sputnik ATX to help student entrepreneurs

Savana Dunning September 12, 2018

UT ranks among the top universities in producing the most startup founders, and thanks to a new partnership, it will be easier for students to turn their startup ideas into reality. UT and Sputnik ATX...


Main building roofs to be replaced by December

Savana Dunning September 10, 2018

Coming back from summer vacation, students may have noticed the jungle gym of scaffolding climbing the edges of the Main Building. They are a part of UT’s Project Management and Construction Services’...


New pronoun syllabus section aims to create inclusive environment for trans and nonbinary students

Savana Dunning September 6, 2018

A new addition to syllabi across campus might make it easier for transgender and nonbinary students to communicate their gender identity with their professor. The Faculty Innovation Center, a center...


The largest, oldest environmentalism group on campus is opening up membership to promote inclusion

Savana Dunning September 5, 2018

The Campus Environmental Center, the largest and oldest campus student organization dedicated to environmentalism, has adopted an open membership policy to combat the stigma that environmentalism is for...


Funded by NASA, UT Austin’s new McDonald Geodetic Observatory to help study ever-changing planet

Savana Dunning August 31, 2018

Thanks to a new $4.25 million facility being built at UT’s McDonald Observatory, scientists will be able to more accurately describe tectonic plate movements and changes in the sea level. The...


A freshman’s guide to navigating University Health Services

Savana Dunning August 29, 2018

For a student living miles away from their usual doctor’s office, finding nearby health services can be difficult. Luckily for UT students, a doctor’s office is right inside the Student Services...


UT Farm Stand Pollinator Garden aims to get campus Bee USA Certified

Savana Dunning August 27, 2018

A patch of native plants ranging from esperanza to sage sits behind Jester Dormitory, inviting bees and butterflies to pollinate them. The pollinator garden was created a year ago by UT Farm Stand,...


Pedestrian bridge on San Jacinto Blvd closed down for repairs

Savana Dunning August 27, 2018

A pedestrian bridge behind the Engineering Teaching Center closed down last Wednesday after a routine inspection determined the bridge needed repair. Michael Carmagnola, director of Project Management...


New polling place to open on campus

Savana Dunning August 9, 2018

To encourage student voting by reducing wait times in line, a second polling location will open on campus for the 2018 general election, potentially in the Perry-Castañeda Library. The Flawn...


On-campus construction projects continue this fall

Savana Dunning August 9, 2018

With every semester, some students prepare to come to campus for the first time and others prepare to leave, but one thing remains constant: campus construction. Most are smaller renovation projects such...


Children’s Research Center becomes first all-green certified center on campus

Savana Dunning August 8, 2018

The Children’s Research Center, a UT child development research laboratory, officially became the first center on campus to obtain certification from both the UT Green Labs and Green Offices programs...


[Re]Move & [Re]Use recycles West Campus’ unwanted furniture

Savana Dunning August 7, 2018

To combat the mountains of furniture and home goods discarded by students moving out of their West Campus apartments, the first-ever [Re]Move & [Re]Use program set up donation locations from July 27...


Hogg Foundation gives $4.5 million to address rural community health

Savana Dunning July 24, 2018

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health awarded $4.5 million in grants July 1 to organizations in five rural Texas counties to address health inequity between rural and urban communities. The Hogg Foundation...


Students help to replace fountain on West Mall with gateway

Savana Dunning July 20, 2018

With the help of UT students, the fountain on the West Mall is being replaced after years of being out of operation to make way for a sign that will serve as a formal gateway to campus. Tony Guzman,...


Texas Crew raises money to replace equipment lost in trailer fire

Savana Dunning July 3, 2018

Texas Crew’s GoFundMe page successfully raised more than $31,000 to replace the equipment lost after the team’s trailer caught fire en route to a race on June 22, destroying three boats and...


Freshmen Orientation makes changes to better acclimate students

Savana Dunning June 22, 2018

Freshman Orientation is brimming with changes this summer in response to previous student survey requests for more engagement. New Student Services added a seventh session to reduce the number of students...


National Academies recommend sweeping changes to address sexual harassment in STEM

Savana Dunning June 21, 2018

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released a report last Tuesday recommending sweeping changes to the ways universities and other academic institutions tackle sexual misconduct...


Ripple donates $2 million to McCombs for blockchain technology research

Savana Dunning June 14, 2018

The McCombs School of Business will receive $2 million from the currency exchange company Ripple over the next five years to fund research in blockchain technology by the school’s Blockchain Initiative. “Academia...


Leonard Moore announced as vice president for diversity and community engagement

Savana Dunning June 14, 2018

On Wednesday, UT President Gregory Fenves announced that Leonard Moore, history professor, would serve as vice president for diversity and community engagement, effective July 1. Moore has served as the...


Bill Clinton’s book tour visits Bass Concert Hall

Savana Dunning June 12, 2018

Former President Bill Clinton made a stop at Bass Concert Hall this Sunday to discuss "The President is Missing," his new thriller novel co-written with James Patterson. The thriller novel,...


Dinner in the Dark connects students to visually impaired

Savana Dunning April 27, 2018

Without lights to guide their forks, participants had to rely on their other senses to eat the rice in their taco dinner. Forty to 50 students participated in the semesterly Dinner in the Dark event,...


Police, AISD discuss school safety, active shooters with UT student teachers

Savana Dunning April 13, 2018

As a student teacher for Austin Independent School District, Francis Rodriguez said planning her school day doesn’t usually involve plans to hide from an active shooter. “Our first thought...


Talk it Out event creates student dialogue about Parkland shooting, gun control

Savana Dunning April 6, 2018

To deal with the aftershock of February’s Parkland, Florida, school shooting, the Talk It Out student dialogue series launched its first event, creating a space for students to have a civil conversation...


Armenian Students Association re-establishes group with semesterly cook out

Savana Dunning March 30, 2018

The smell of baklava and grilled kebabs filled the air at the second Armenian Students Association’s semesterly cookout, promoting the organization’s effort to reestablish its presence on campus.  “Food...

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Opioid crisis advocacy helps UT SSDP win second chapter award in a row

Savana Dunning March 21, 2018

Out of hundreds of U.S. and international chapters, the UT chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy became the first to win the international Most Outstanding SSDP Chapter award for a second time in...

Parade to the Polls marches to promote early voting

Savana Dunning March 2, 2018

Chanting “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Let’s go vote,” students and student organizations marched from Gregory Gym Plaza to the Flawn Academic Center to encourage students to vote in the upcoming...


Texas THON and The Project win $1,000 for charity

Savana Dunning February 28, 2018

In a bid to win $1,000 for their respective charities, Texas THON and The Project won Aspen Heights’ 2018 Austin Compete Your Cause competition, after one week of voting.  “As a nonprofit...


Hundreds come out to celebrate Lunar New Year with Events + Entertainment

Savana Dunning February 16, 2018

A line stretched across the second floor of the Texas Union building as hundreds of students piled into the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Inside, students ate free food,...

SHAC hopes to recruit students interested in campus health regardless of major

Savana Dunning February 7, 2018

Students looking to voice their campus health concerns to University Health Services can apply for the Spring 2018 Student Health Advisory Committee, SHAC.  The SHAC is a student-run organization...


Panel discusses importance of climate-focused political action

Savana Dunning January 24, 2018

With Hurricane Harvey fresh on their minds, panelists gathered Tuesday to discuss the need for climate-focused political action in Texas. Environment Texas at UT, University Democrats, Engineers for...

Black Student-Athletes Summit examines relationship between race, sports

Savana Dunning January 19, 2018

As one of the few conferences addressing the intersection of race and college athletes, the fourth-annual Black Student-Athletes Summit brought together students and college faculty from universities across...


Voices Against Violence hosts workshop on relationship boundaries

Savana Dunning September 7, 2017

To bring awareness to unhealthy LGBT relationships, UT-Austin Voices Against Violence hosted the first ever “At The Boundaries” workshop. The workshop included discussions on topics related...

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