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Students protest UT apparel agreement in Main Building

Sebastian Herrera May 8, 2015

For over five hours Thursday, students held a sit-in protest outside administrators’ offices to raise awareness of working conditions in factories that produce University apparel — eventually...


Multi-platform reporter lived out dream at the Texan

Sebastian Herrera May 8, 2015

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing senior staffers to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...


Student organization holds anti-campus carry rally

Sebastian Herrera April 29, 2015

Students Against Guns on Campus hosted a rally in the West Mall on Tuesday opposing House Bill 937, which, if passed, would allow guns in classrooms of public universities. The rally aimed to show Texas...


Student’s sustainable goat project aims to help families in the Rio Grande Valley

Sebastian Herrera April 24, 2015

Business senior Samuel Garcia had an idea. What he needed was goats.  Garcia, who is from the Rio Grande Valley, wanted to help families living in colonias — communities along the border...


Campus organizations discuss human rights issues at talk

Sebastian Herrera April 22, 2015

Different student organizations focused on human rights discussed campus racism, gun safety and sexual assault at an open talk Tuesday at Benedict Hall. UT’s chapter of Amnesty International,...


Jefferson Davis statue vandalized once again, this time with spray paint

Sebastian Herrera April 17, 2015

The Jefferson Davis statue on the South Mall was defaced at some point between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, this time by something more permanent than chalk. The statue had “Davis...


Report: Despite high Internet use in Austin, demographic discrepancies persist

Sebastian Herrera April 10, 2015

The percent of residents who use the Internet in Austin is higher than the national average, but a report from UT and the City claims Austin still has a wide demographic discrepancy in its Internet access. The...


Mark Cuban encourages students in lecture through his business experiences

Sebastian Herrera April 8, 2015

Entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban gave encouragement and guidance to college students about their futures as he detailed the business lessons he learned from succeeding and failing...


Jewish student groups prepare for Passover seder

Sebastian Herrera April 3, 2015

Five cooks chopped carrots. Forty-five pounds of brisket sat in the refigerator, waiting to be cooked. Among the piles of ingredients lining the kitchen counters, bread — in fact, all products that...


University names new Division of Housing and Food Services executive director

Sebastian Herrera March 26, 2015

The Division of Student Affairs selected Hemlata Jhaveri, who currently serves as director of administrative services for the Division of Housing and Food Service, to be executive director of DHFS. Jhaveri...


“Shark Tank” investor gives advice on achieving business success

Sebastian Herrera March 25, 2015

Daymond John, a successful entrepreneur and investor who gained fame on the hit television reality series “Shark Tank,” spoke at the University on Tuesday, giving students advice on a successful...


University researchers get worms drunk to study alcoholism

Sebastian Herrera March 13, 2015

A team of UT neuroscience researchers found a way to create mutant worms that can resist the effects of alcohol, a discovery that might one day lead to improved treatment for people who suffer from alcoholism. Neuroscience...

New sensory vest could give deaf individuals ability to understand sound

Sebastian Herrera March 11, 2015

A graduate researcher at the Baylor College of Medicine has developed a sensory device that gives deaf individuals the ability to communicate sound to their brains. The device, called a Versatile...


Cockrell School of Engineering breaks ground on new research center

Sebastian Herrera February 27, 2015

The Cockrell School of Engineering celebrated the groundbreaking of its new Engineering Education and Research Center on Thursday. The 430,000 square-foot center, which will cost approximately $310...


Exhibit commemorating civil rights marches opens at LBJ Library

Sebastian Herrera February 25, 2015

An exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, one of America’s most pivotal civil rights events, is now on display at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.  The...


UT students create self-sustainable housing project

Sebastian Herrera February 18, 2015

UT students are partnering with students at Technische Universität München, a German university, to create a self-sustainable housing project that could become the solution for Austin’s...


After three years of planning, University releases new academic logo

Sebastian Herrera February 13, 2015

After three years of planning, the University switched over to a new academic logo for use online, in merchandise and in other matters related to UT.  The University debuted its new logo, which...


Blanton Museum will raise $15 million to build contemporary art installation

Sebastian Herrera February 11, 2015

The Blanton Museum of Art announced Friday that it is raising funds to install a new permanent installation: a 73-by-60 foot stand-alone stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wooden...

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Peers Against Tobacco aims to curb tobacco use among college students

Sebastian Herrera February 4, 2015

Three years after banning tobacco on campus, University administrators have launched a new program to reduce the use of tobacco and alternative tobacco products among college-aged students. “The...


Data show Texas water supply still low despite recent rainfall

Sebastian Herrera January 28, 2015

Despite steady rainfalls over the past six months, University researchers have found that Texas is still far from replenishing its groundwater supply, which is depleted because of a drought that began...


Sociology study finds young people favor sharing responsibilities in the household

Sebastian Herrera January 23, 2015

Sociology assistant professor David Pedulla co-authored a study that shows young men and women in the U.S. prefer to have a relationship in which work and home life are shared equally between partners. Using...


Heisman Watch: Week 14

Sebastian Herrera November 26, 2014

1. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Last week (W, 44-10, vs. Colorado): 24-for-32, 323 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 73 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD 2014: 3,103 passing yards, 32 passing TDs, 2 INTs, 597...


Heisman Watch: Week 12

Sebastian Herrera November 14, 2014

1. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Last week (W, 51-27, vs. Utah): 17-for-29, 239 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 114 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD 2014: 2,780 passing yards, 29 passing TDs, 2 INTs, 524 rushing...

Heisman Watch: Week 11

Sebastian Herrera November 7, 2014

1. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota Last week (W, 45-16 vs. Stanford): 19-for-30, 258 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 1 INT, 85 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs 2014: 2,541 passing yards, 26 passing TDs, 2 INTs,...

Heisman Watch: Week 10

Sebastian Herrera October 31, 2014

1. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott Last week (W, 45-31, vs. Kentucky): 18-for-33, 216 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 1 INT, 88 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs 2014: 1,694 passing yards, 15 passing TDs,...


Heisman Watch: Week Nine

Sebastian Herrera October 24, 2014

1. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott Last week: BYE 2014: 1,478 passing yards, 14 passing TDs, 4 INTs, 576 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs Even without playing, Prescott remained a topic of discussion...

Heisman Watch: Week Eight

Sebastian Herrera October 17, 2014

1. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott Last week (W, 38-23, vs. Auburn): 18-for-34, 246 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 2 INTs, 121 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs 2014: 1,478 passing yards, 14 passings...

Heisman Watch: Week 7

Sebastian Herrera October 8, 2014

1. Georgia RB Todd Gurley Last week (W, 44-17, vs. Vanderbilt): 25 attempts, 163 yards, 2 TDs 2014: 773 rushing yards, 8 TDs Out of the top Heisman candidates, Gurley was one of the few to escape...

Heisman Watch: Week 6

Sebastian Herrera October 3, 2014

1. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota  Last week: BYE 2014: 1,135 passing yards, 13 passing TDs, 3 rushing TDs Despite Mariota and the Ducks having last week off, the Heisman front-runner is still...

Heisman Watch: Week 5

Sebastian Herrera September 26, 2014

1. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota  Last week (W, 38-31, vs. Washington State): 21-for-25, 329 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, 58 rushing yards 2014: 1,135 passing yards, 13 passing TDs, 3 rushing TDs Before...

Heisman Watch: Week 3

Sebastian Herrera September 12, 2014

1. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota  Last week (W, 46-27, vs. Michigan State): 17-for-28, 318 yards, 3 TDs    2014: 585 yards, 6 TDs, 1 rushing TD When trying to win a Heisman, there are...

Heisman Watch: Week 2

Sebastian Herrera September 5, 2014

Georgia RB Todd Gurley Last week (W, 45-2, vs. Clemson): 15 attempts, 198 yards, 3 TDs, 1 kick return for TD 2014: 15 attempts, 198 yards, 3 TDs If the Heisman Trophy was handed out after the...

Spieth looking for first major at PGA Championship

Sebastian Herrera August 7, 2014

It was not so long ago that Jordan Spieth, the former Longhorn and young golf talent, made people wonder if the second coming of Tiger Woods had arrived. It was April 13, Masters Sunday, and the Dallas...

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Column: What we will remember from the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Sebastian Herrera July 14, 2014

The 2014 World Cup broke records. It defined excitement. It showed us the country of Brazil in a way we’ve never seen it before. And it brought us one of the best soccer tournaments in recent history....

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Germany defeats Argentina to claim fourth World Cup title

Sebastian Herrera July 14, 2014

Germany, on the verge of a penalty shootout ending with Argentina for the FIFA World Cup title Sunday, earned a victory from a strike delivered by substitute forward Mario Götze in the 113th minute...

World Cup Semifinal Previews

Sebastian Herrera July 8, 2014

Brazil vs. Germany – Tuesday, July 8 at 3 p.m. CT No Neymar and no Thiago Silva. What will this mean for a Brazilian team that is making its 10th World Cup semifinals appearance? Brazil has yet...

What’s next for U.S. Soccer

Sebastian Herrera July 6, 2014

As his 2014 World Cup journey came to a close, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann had plenty to think about after the Americans 2-1 defeat at the hands of Belgium on July 1. He could begin with the positives,...

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Howard, with help from Mom, leads Americans at World Cup

Sebastian Herrera June 27, 2014

To understand who USA goalkeeper Tim Howard really is, you have to start with the part that lies closest to him – his tattoos. Covering the entire frame of his front torso and half of both arms,...

World Cup: Five takeaways and a USA-Portugal preview

Sebastian Herrera June 22, 2014

Already, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been historic in many ways, and we’re just 29 games in as of Saturday night. Here are the five biggest takeaways so far from the tournament, as well as a preview...

World Cup: Five takeaways and a USA-Portugal preview

Sebastian Herrera June 22, 2014

Already, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been historic in many ways, and we’re just 29 games in as of Saturday night. Here are the five biggest takeaways so far from the tournament, as well as a preview...

Americans top Ghana in World Cup opener

Sebastian Herrera June 17, 2014

So many questions lay before the USA soccer squad before their first game against Ghana in the FIFA World Cup. Would they finally be able to top the African nation that had ended their dreams the last...

Column: Kevin Durant’s MVP award no surprise for Longhorn fans

Sebastian Herrera May 7, 2014

Kevin Durant never saw himself being anything less than great in the NBA. “I just don’t want to be a player in the NBA; I want to have an impact,” Durant said in an April 2007 press conference...

Longhorn Fencing: the Daron Jacob story

Sebastian Herrera November 23, 2013

There are two scars, one below the left side of the chest and one below the right, forever embedded into the body of junior fencer Daron Jacob. Each measuring about the length of an index finger,...

Texas looks to erase early season defeats and claim first victory at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational

Sebastian Herrera October 18, 2013

As a team, Texas still seeks its first victory of the season as it heads into the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational on Sunday in Windermere, Fla. The Longhorns will look to finally top Alabama, the...

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Men’s golf reflects on incredible PGA rookie season of Jordan Spieth

Sebastian Herrera October 9, 2013

Apparently having one of the most successful rookie seasons in PGA Tour history has not affected Texas legend Jordan Spieth at all. Sophomore golfer Kramer Hickock, a longtime friend of Spieth, said...

Longhorn comeback fails at Jerry Pate tournament

Sebastian Herrera October 9, 2013

The No. 3 Longhorns failed to pull off a comeback in Tuesday’s final day of competition at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate and finished fourth overall.   Heading into Tuesday, Texas...


Senior Toni Hakula ready to help lead team to another championship

Sebastian Herrera October 8, 2013

When senior Toni Hakula began his career at Texas in the fall of 2010, he was just a kid from Espoo, Finland, trying to adjust to life in America. “It was different, the whole culture change and...

Texas Longhorn cross country sweeps Ricardo Romo Classic

Sebastian Herrera September 23, 2013

Despite rainy conditions, Texas claimed victory in both the men’s and women’s competitions on Friday at the Ricardo Romo Classic in San Antonio, beating both UT-San Antonio and UT-Pan American. For...


UT track and cross country teams debut integrated program

Sebastian Herrera September 20, 2013

Being team-oriented has never seemed more appropriate than now for the Texas track and field/cross-country program. “Team-oriented” is the phrase head coach Mario Sategna said he and his...

Men’s golf holds on to second-place finish at OFFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational

Sebastian Herrera September 16, 2013

Led by Senior Toni Hakula’s six-over-par 216 overall score, the No. 3 Longhorns left Chicago on Sunday with a second place team finish at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational. After scoring a...

Texas Longhorns Men’s golf holds on to second-place finish at OFFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational

Sebastian Herrera September 15, 2013

Led by senior Toni Hakula’s 6-over-par 216 overall tournament score, the No. 3 Longhorns left Chicago, Ill., on Sunday with a second place team finish at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational. After...

Women’s track and field team aims to repeat as Big 12 Outdoor Championships victor this weekend

Sebastian Herrera May 3, 2013

The home stretch of the outdoor season begins Friday for the No. 10 women’s team as it participates in the Big 12 Outdoor Championships taking place in Waco. After weeks of competing in non-scored...

Women’s track looks to close out Mt. SAC Relays well and get more preparation in Saturday’s Longhorn Invitational

Sebastian Herrera April 19, 2013

A pair of personal bests by freshman Katie Burford and senior Anne Jones in the 1,500-meter open race headlined the first day of competition for the Longhorns on Thursday at the Mt. SAC Relays. Jones...

Texas sends group of 13, mostly long distance runners, to California for Mt. SAC Relays

Sebastian Herrera April 18, 2013

With most of the team resting for the Longhorn Invitational on Saturday, Texas sent a small group of mostly long distance runners to Walnut, Calif. to compete in the 55th annual Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday...

12 top-five finishes and nine personal-best marks highlight woman’s day at Texas Invitational

Sebastian Herrera April 16, 2013

The home turf advantage in Saturday’s Texas Invitational served the Longhorns well as they were able to pick up four victories along with 12 top-five finishes and nine personal-best marks. Of...

Longhorns host Texas Invitational on Saturday

Sebastian Herrera April 12, 2013

The No. 7 Longhorns will host seven other teams Saturday at Mike A. Myers stadium for the Texas Invitational. Texas is coming off a meet last week in which no victories were scored for the team and...

Longhorns claim a few top-three spots at Florida Relays with strong showings

Sebastian Herrera April 8, 2013

The No. 6 Longhorns were able to string together a few top-three finishes this past Friday and Saturday at the 69th annual Florida Relays. After dominating the 400-meter hurdles event the previous week,...

Gainesville, Florida will play host to the 69th annual Pepsi Florida Relays Friday and Saturday

Sebastian Herrera April 5, 2013

The No. 6 Longhorns will ride into this weekend’s relays on the back of junior Danielle Dowie, who dominated her 400-meter hurdles event at the Texas Relays last week. Her 56.58 mark in the event...

Relays cap with unforgettable finish

Louis San Miguel and Sebastian Herrera April 1, 2013

The curtain closed on the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Saturday.  The meet, which brought together hundreds of qualified athletes from all stages of their careers, from Olympians such...

Day Two of Texas Relays wraps up with strong performances from Texas

Sebastian Herrera March 29, 2013

Women’s Day Two at Texas Relays: The following is a summary of the women’s day two at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, as it happened. 11 a.m. - Consistent performances in all...

Dowie, Marches highlight first day for Longhorns at Texas Relays

Sebastian Herrera March 29, 2013

The Longhorns began their 2013 Texas Relays campaign Thursday afternoon when the 400-meter hurdle preliminary race took place. Junior Danielle Dowie clocked a preliminary best time of 58.22 and has...

Longhorns set to host 86th annual Texas Relays

Sebastian Herrera and Louis San Miguel March 27, 2013

Athletes from all around the world and in all stages of their careers will be drawn to Mike A. Myers Stadium as it opens its doors Wednesday for the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Nearly 40,000 fans...

Longhorns head into outdoor season after strong performances at indoors

Sebastian Herrera March 18, 2013

The No. 6 Longhorns ended their indoor campaign last week with fairly strong performances as they phased into the 2013 outdoor season. The NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this month capped off the...


Olympic Christy Udoh sprints into NCAA Championships

Sebastian Herrera March 8, 2013

It was just last August that junior Christy Udoh found herself racing alongside the world’s premier sprinters at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Udoh was one of 21 current and former...

Women’s track and field finishes second at Big 12 Indoor Championships

Sebastian Herrera February 25, 2013

Behind strong individual and relay performances, the No. 13 Longhorns finished second at the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames, Iowa this weekend. Texas claimed victory in the medley relay Saturday...

No. 13 women’s track and field sends team of 24 to Ames, Iowa for the Big 12 Indoor Championships

Sebastian Herrera February 22, 2013

Heavy competition awaits the No. 13 Longhorns Saturday and Sunday in Ames, Iowa, for the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Texas will send a group of 24 to compete against a field that includes three...

Personal bests highlight strong weekend for No. 14 Texas

Sebastian Herrera February 11, 2013

Victories and personal bests highlighted the weekend in both Arkansas and Washington for the No. 14 Longhorns. A win in the 4x400-meter relay closed out the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark....


Livestrong Foundation charts path forward after Lance Armstrong fallout

Sebastian Herrera January 23, 2013

The Livestrong Foundation is attempting to move on following Lance Armstrong’s admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, and affiliated organizations and former...


Volunteer fair connects students with service

Sebastian Herrera September 13, 2012

The Volunteer and Service Learning Center gave students looking for volunteer opportunities a chance to explore their local options during its semiannual volunteer fair Wednesday. The center has been...


Muslim student organization holds blood drives to honor 9/11 victims

Sebastian Herrera September 11, 2012

In an attempt to give back to the public and spread a peaceful image of Islam, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Student Organization held a blood drive Monday on the eve of the 11th anniversary of 9/11. The organization...

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