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Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger found dead off campus Thursday afternoon

Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger found dead off campus Thursday afternoon

May 6, 2021

TW: Discussions of death Sophomore linebacker Jake Ehlinger was found dead near campus Thursday afternoon, according to Austin Police Department officials. APD said they found Ehlinger in the 1200...

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Man loading a gun Zoom bombs UT student org teach-in about racist history of ‘The Eyes of Texas’

May 6, 2021
A man loading a gun crashed an online meeting hosted by the service organization Texas Orange Jackets discussing the origins of “The Eyes of Texas” on April 29. Members said the violent incident reveals the situation with UT’s alma mater is “higher stakes” than some may think.
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Black President’s Leadership Council begins work with UT-Austin administration to fulfill demands laid out by Black student community

May 5, 2021

After the Black President’s Leadership Council began working with the University on action items to improve the Black student experience on campus in April, some council members worry about whether the...

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UT will begin distributing the latest COVID-19 student emergency funds in the next week

April 29, 2021

UT-Austin will distribute the latest COVID-19 student emergency funds to some eligible students in the next week, according to the Texas One Stop webpage.  The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund...

Proposed legislative bills would make suing student grounds for faculty tenure revocation

Proposed legislative bills would make suing student grounds for faculty tenure revocation

April 23, 2021
State lawmakers are considering two bills this legislative session that would change how tenured professors are evaluated and what can cause revocation of tenure. 
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Longhorn Band members must play ‘The Eyes of Texas’

April 21, 2021

The Longhorn Band will continue to be required to play “The Eyes of Texas,” according to a Butler School of Music news release. Another, currently unnamed band that will not play the alma mater or...

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UT-Austin now offers walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations every weekday

April 21, 2021

Walk-up COVID-19 vaccine appointments are now available every weekday from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. for students, faculty, staff and members of the Austin community at Gregory...

Approximately half of UT undergraduates received honors last semester

Approximately half of UT undergraduates received honors last semester

April 19, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 16 issue of The Daily Texan. About half of all UT undergraduates finished fall 2020 with honors, an increase from the previous four semesters,...

UT-Austin COVID-19 committee “cautiously optimistic” next semester will be in-person

UT-Austin COVID-19 committee “cautiously optimistic” next semester will be in-person

April 19, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 16 issue of The Daily Texan. The fall 2020 course schedule shows more than 90% of classes will be in person, and UT will not require students,...

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Protest, vigil for Daunte Wright held at UT Tower

April 15, 2021

TW: Discussions of police brutality, murder Editor’s Note: Two sources within this story, Andrea and M, are identified using false name to protect their identity due to fear of repercussions for protesting...

Some Longhorn Band members say they are left in the dark about ‘The Eyes of Texas’

Some Longhorn Band members say they are left in the dark about ‘The Eyes of Texas’

April 6, 2021

Some Longhorn Band members said they still don’t know if they will be required to play “The Eyes of Texas” at events and games. Some members said band directors have not provided much communication...

UT-Austin did not request first-doses of COVID-19 vaccines for another week, says vaccinations will continue as normal

UT-Austin did not request first-doses of COVID-19 vaccines for another week, says vaccinations will continue as normal

April 2, 2021

For the second week in a row, UT-Austin did not request any first doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the week of April 5 because there were enough remaining doses from previous allocations, said Susan Hochman,...

Black student leaders demand UT-Austin, Hartzell, Board improve Black student conditions

Black student leaders demand UT-Austin, Hartzell, Board improve Black student conditions

March 31, 2021

The Black President’s Leadership Council, a group of Black student leaders on campus, sent a letter to the University, UT President Jay Hartzell and the UT System Board of Regents Wednesday morning with...

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March 31, 2021

State leaders join UT-Austin students to denounce continued use of “The Eyes of Texas”

State leaders join UT-Austin students to denounce continued use of “The Eyes of Texas”

March 29, 2021

Members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus and the Texas chapter of the NAACP gathered at the Texas State Capitol to oppose the University’s continued use of alma mater “The Eyes of Texas” at...

UT-Austin could get about $85 million in latest federal COVID-19 relief, at least half of funds must go to student aid

UT-Austin could get about $85 million in latest federal COVID-19 relief, at least half of funds must go to student aid

March 26, 2021

UT could receive about $85.1 million in federal COVID-19 aid from the American Rescue Plan Act that Congress passed into law on March 11, according to the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities....

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UT-Austin history professor releases contrary report on ‘The Eyes of Texas’ origins, says it should ‘not be the official song’

March 25, 2021

UT-Austin history professor Alberto Martínez released an article on Medium on Wednesday with contradicting evidence against UT’s “The Eyes of Texas” History Committee report. Martínez...

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‘I did not feel human’: UT-Austin students in COVID-19 isolation facility during winter storm received poor care

March 25, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 23 issue of The Daily Texan. During last month’s winter storm, Kara McDonald spent 10 days experiencing breathing and sleeping problems...

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How UT’s denial to remove The Eyes of Texas alma mater impacted Black students

March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan.   “The Eyes of Texas” took a national spotlight this year as students called for its removal due to its...

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“Eyes of Texas” report finds the song was written in a “racist setting,” but is not “overtly racist”

March 9, 2021

Lauren Girgis, Hannah Williford and Brooke Ontiveros contributed to reporting.   “The Eyes of Texas” was written in a “racist setting,” but the song was intended to “parody” the...

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‘I was in bed, shaking, not knowing where my next meal was going to come from’: Students spend days without power

March 9, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story contains information about students’ experiences during the winter storm and may be difficult to read. At the bottom of this story, the Texan has linked to resources for students...

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Student legislative bodies petition for UT to keep mask mandate after Abbott announcement

March 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 5 print edition.   Student legislative bodies filed a joint resolution asking UT to keep its mask mandate and other COVID-19...

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Communication from The Quarters management leaves residents displaced, scrambling for housing during renovations

March 5, 2021

Some residents of The Quarters on Campus, which includes six West Campus properties, have been displaced with little notice during the past month due to renovations that require residents to move out.  Residents...

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Student sues UT-Austin for prorated tuition during COVID-19 pandemic, says school ‘unlawfully seized’ tuition money for online classes

March 4, 2021

A UT student sued UT-Austin, the UT System Board of Regents and Kevin Eltife, the UT Board of Regents chairman, on Friday, seeking prorated tuition for all UT students since the COVID-19 pandemic forced...

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UT-Austin, Texas A&M start donation campaign for students impacted by winter storm

March 1, 2021

A joint donation campaign between UT and Texas A&M to raise funds for students affected by the recent severe winter weather kicked off Feb. 26.   The storm caused millions in the state to...

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What resources are available on campus after the winter storm?

February 26, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 23 print edition. Despite this week’s higher temperatures, Austin is still reeling from the effects of last week’s...

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Professors react to announcement of possibly teaching in person for fall 2021

February 24, 2021

For almost a year, UT-Austin has taught a majority of its classes online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a Feb. 8 Faculty Council announcement asking all professors to be in Austin for the fall 2021...

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Boil water notice lifted for UT-Austin main campus, West Campus, parts of North Campus

February 22, 2021

Editor's Note: This story was updated as information became available.  The University’s main campus is no longer under a boil water notice, according to the emergency messages page....

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What is the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant, and how is UT-Austin reacting to its arrival?

February 22, 2021

B.1.1.7, the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, found its way to UT’s campus Feb. 5, and as of Feb. 11, UT has identified four cases of B.1.1.7.  The new variant...

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Here’s what you need to know about power, water and shelter at and around UT amid severe weather

February 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to date. Students living off campus continue to face power and...

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UT-Austin cancels in-person, online classes through Wednesday morning “with a few exceptions”

February 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story is being updated as information is made available. This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to...

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Power outages due to severe winter weather continue, ‘too early to predict’ when power will be restored

February 15, 2021

Power outages have been affecting some customers since early Monday morning after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas called for rotating outages to turn off power for two million homes in Texas.  The...

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MyCampusNet connectivity issues persist, winter weather causes power outages

February 15, 2021

Students with MyCampusNet Wi-Fi have experienced connectivity issues in West Campus for the past few weeks, while some students have also encountered power outages due to winter weather in parts of West...

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UT-Austin estimated to lose nearly $118M during 2021 fiscal year, not including athletics or academic programs

February 10, 2021

UT-Austin is estimated to lose $118 million in revenue — not including athletics and academic programs — and costs for the fiscal year 2021, according to an internal expense report prepared...

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Creekside residents forced out of residence hall

February 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 2 print edition. UT-Austin told residents of Creekside Residence Hall they had to move out Jan. 27 after they were originally...

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Faculty must be in residence fall 2021, ‘chances are very high’ for in-person learning

February 8, 2021

UT-Austin faculty are required to be in residence to teach for the fall 2021 semester, according to an update from the Faculty Council this morning.  The update said “chances are very high”...

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West Campus Wi-Fi causes issues for thousands of residents, should now be restored

February 8, 2021

Thousands of students in West Campus experienced Wi-Fi connectivity issues through the provider MyCampusNet while trying to complete classes virtually over the past few weeks.  MyCampusNet, which...

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UT-Austin reports two cases of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant

February 6, 2021

Two cases of the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 from the United Kingdom were reported at UT on Friday, according to an email from University Health Services and Susan Hochman, associate director of assessment,...

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State of the University: Hartzell talks COVID-19 at UT-Austin

February 5, 2021

UT President Jay Hartzell spoke about the University’s response to COVID-19, the role of academia in a democracy and the “The Eyes of Texas” at his State of the University address Thursday.  During...

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About 100 fewer UT community members test positive for COVID-19 during first two weeks of spring semester classes compared to fall 2020

February 3, 2021

Over 330 students, staff and faculty from the UT community tested positive for COVID-19 in the first two weeks of the spring semester, according to UT’s COVID-19 dashboard.  UT’s Proactive...

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UT announces commencement plans for 2020, 2021 grads amid COVID-19 pandemic

February 3, 2021

The class of 2020 now has a date set for the graduation ceremony they expected to have a year and a half ago, but some say they have moved on and don’t plan to attend.    On Jan. 19,...

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UT-Austin not offering COVID-19 vaccines to people outside of Phases 1A, 1B at this time

February 1, 2021

UT-Austin is currently only vaccinating people for COVID-19 who meet the 1A or 1B state qualifications despite claims on social media that the vaccine was available to those outside the two phases, a UT...

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West Campus experiences Wi-Fi connectivity issues, possibly impacting over 7,000 students

January 28, 2021

Nearly 7,100 students may have experienced Wi-Fi issues with CampusConnect in West Campus over the past two days, said Shellie Corley, vice president of strategic development with CampusConnect in an email.  CampusConnect...

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Some UT-Austin students say they were misled into signing petition to reinstate homeless camping ban

January 27, 2021

Aswathi Thomas was at Zilker Metropolitan Park on Jan. 18 when a maskless man asked her and a friend to sign a petition he said would “help homeless people get off the streets.”  Thomas,...

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UT-Austin set to receive more than $48 million in federal COVID-19 relief

January 25, 2021

UT-Austin will receive about $48.38 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed by the United States Congress last month. The Act requires $15.73 million be...

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Most undergraduate hybrid classes transition online until February

January 22, 2021

Undergraduate hybrid classes — excluding pharmacy and nursing courses — were moved to an online-only format through January, Daniel Jaffe, UT interim executive vice president and provost, announced...

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UT-Austin requires COVID-19 test for returning dorm residents

January 11, 2021

On-campus dorm residents at UT will be required to take a COVID-19 test within four days of returning to their residence hall according to an email they received Friday.  The requirement is due...

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13 people, including current, former UT-Austin students, charged with drug trafficking in West Campus

December 4, 2020

Thirteen people, including current and former UT-Austin students, were arrested by federal, state and local officials Thursday and charged with trafficking fentanyl, LSD and methamphetamine, among other...

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UT-Austin prepares for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, has no plans to make it a requirement

December 3, 2020

As COVID-19 vaccinations enter the final stages of approval by the federal government, UT is preparing for distribution.  Jonathan Robb, director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, said the...

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UT-Austin increases rent at 3 University-owned apartment complexes by 41%

November 27, 2020

UT will increase rent by an average of 41% for new residents and people joining the waitlist at three University-owned apartment complexes. The increase will not affect current residents or those who were...

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UT-Austin has spent over 80% less on paper since March compared to past 2 years

November 25, 2020

UT-Austin spent an average of 81.1% less on paper from March to October in 2020 than during these months in 2018 and 2019, according to an analysis of UT paper purchases obtained by a records request.  The...

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UT-Austin sees increases in Pell Grant recipients

November 12, 2020

This year’s freshman class enrolled one of the highest percentages of Pell Grants awardees ever, according to a UT News press release from Oct. 29. Undergraduates receiving Pell Grants increased...

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Ballots cast in Travis County jumps by 125,000 in 2020 election compared to 2016

November 5, 2020

Around 125,000 more ballots were cast in Travis County for the 2020 general election than during the 2016 election.  In 2016, 477,588 ballots were cast, while 602,398 were cast this year. Among...

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New 30-story student living apartment set to open in 2022, offer affordable housing

October 30, 2020

West Campus will have a towering new addition to its skyline with a 30-story apartment complex set to open in August 2022.  Waterloo will be one of the tallest buildings in the area at 320 feet,...

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‘The world is still out there:’ New COLA series offers virtual vacations for students to learn about languages, cultures

October 22, 2020

The College of Liberal Arts started offering a virtual vacation series Oct. 13 for students to learn about new languages and cultures despite the pandemic.  The program features 14 different...

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Nontraditional students face additional challenges with online classes

October 8, 2020

When Stevie Barnes got pregnant during her first semester at Louisiana Tech in 2008, she lost her full-ride scholarship and her academic life was uprooted.  “It was really stressful because...

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UT-Austin community members mourn death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 30, 2020

Anika Shah was getting ready to spend the evening of Sept. 18 with her two sisters when news broke that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.  “I had two initial reactions,”...

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Rewrite Not Reclaim student movement starts petition to replace ‘The Eyes of Texas’

September 29, 2020

UT students and alumni started a petition Friday advocating for UT to replace the school alma mater, “The Eyes of Texas,” due to its racist history. It has garnered more than 1,300 signatures...

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UT-Austin Energy Symposium lecture addresses challenges of becoming carbon-free

September 16, 2020

At the UT Energy Symposium on Tuesday, Ellen Stechel, the co-director of Arizona State University’s LightWorks, discussed how to transition to a carbon neutral world.   The online session...