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Perry should focus on young Texans struggling to find work

March 21, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry has never been shy about singing Texas’ praises — not least since his presidential campaign a few years ago. Perry has spent the past few years traveling around the country...

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Horns Down for March 20

March 20, 2014

Horns Down: Stealth dorm vote to proceed without data On Wednesday, The Daily Texan reported that an economic study assessing the impact of the “stealth dorm” ban on area housing affordability...

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Abbott should defend Texas plastic bag bans

March 19, 2014

The legality of Austin’s single-use plastic bag ban — and that of other similar policies throughout the state — may soon be facing a formal opinion from Attorney General Greg Abbott’s...

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Horns Down for March 19: Stolen computers and regent drama

March 19, 2014

Horns Down: $55,000 worth of MacBooks still missing  On Tuesday, The Daily Texan reported that UTPD has yet to make an arrest in the case of the $55,000 worth of new Apple MacBooks that were stolen...

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Tea Party’s prominence alienates younger voters

March 18, 2014

Texas has been at the forefront of the 2016 presidential election for some time now — not only because our Republican-dominated state holds the second highest number of electoral votes, but also...

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Quotes to note for March 17: SXSW crash, new drama among the regents

March 17, 2014

“If Wallace Hall has been pushing Chancellor Cigarroa to do something that isn’t in the UT System’s best interest — which is what Mr. Foster’s email says — it warrants...

We asked: Did you vote in the Texas primaries?

March 7, 2014

Editor’s Note: The 2014 Texas primary election occurred Tuesday, March 4. On Thursday, we hit the West Mall and asked students whether they had voted in the elections. Below are some of the responses.  Noah...

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Primary results show tea party’s power in Texas

March 6, 2014

Voters across the state turned out Tuesday to vote in elections at the federal, state and local levels. The results weren’t unexpected — state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Attorney General...

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Horns Up for March 5: Longhorns contribute Eleven films to SXSW

March 5, 2014

Eleven film projects by UT students, faculty and alumni will be featured at this year’s South By Southwest Film Conference and Music Festival, a notable achievement considering the high number of...

Graduate students deserve say in tuition rates

March 5, 2014

On February 19, the Graduate Student Assembly passed legislation asking that a GSA member be included in all conversations involving tuition on campus. The resolution comes after graduate student representation...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for March 4: APD’s new taser rules, UT reaches fundraising goal

March 4, 2014

Horns Up: UT Nearing eight-year fundraising goal On Monday, UT President William Powers Jr. announced that the University reached another major fundraising milestone, raising $2.75 billion in the Campaign...

UT’s new registration system helps students graduate on time

February 28, 2014

Starting this April, students’ course registration time will be based on their level of degree completion, rather than strictly their classification as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. The...

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Horns up for Feb. 27: gay marriage ban declared unconstitutional

February 27, 2014

Horns Up:  Texas ban on gay marriage struck down Change may come to Texas more quickly than expected: On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia for the Western District of Texas, in San...

Our endorsements for college representatives

February 25, 2014

Editor’s Note: The college-specific representatives were judged based on their responses to the Daily Texan Candidate Questionnaire. The response rate for each college is included below. We have...

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Vote Rady-Strickland for Executive Alliance

February 25, 2014

Student Government elections at UT have never drawn a large turnout, and this year’s competition for Student Body president and vice president will likely be no exception. Presidential candidates...

Our endorsements for University-Wide Representative

February 25, 2014

Editor’s Note: Eighty-two percent of University-wide representatives responded to the Daily Texan Candidate Questionnaire. We judged the candidates based on both their performance in the Monday...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Feb. 24: Sochi’s over, Houston church makes progressive decision

February 24, 2014

Horns Up: Texas moves up in health rankings According to a Gallup and Healthways poll, Texas ranked 21st in the nation for state well-being in 2013, moving up six spots from 2012. The ranking judged...

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APD Police chief’s comments on arrest of jogger are alarmingly aggressive

February 24, 2014

Last Thursday at 10:45 a.m., a 24-year-old woman named Amanda Jo Stephen was arrested at the intersection of 24th and San Antonio streets for, as she screamed during her arrest, “crossing the street.”...

Stealth dorm vote will help Austin in the long run

February 21, 2014

Last Thursday at 2:30 a.m. the Austin City Council took an initial vote to limit the number of unrelated adults that can live together in a single-family zoned property. Since 2002, that number has been...

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Horns Up for Feb. 21: Cigaroa bans cigarettes and Austin City Council approves incentives

February 21, 2014

Horns Up: Cigarroa bans cigarettes in UT System buildings On Wednesday, the Daily Texan reported that all UT System administrative buildings, parking lots and outdoor areas will be smoke and tobacco...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Feb. 20

February 20, 2014

Horns Down: Abbott Appears with sexist rockstar Nugent Greg Abbott, attorney general and gubernatorial candidate, faced criticism Tuesday for his choice to appear with aging rocker and tea-party...

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Student Government limits legislation to toilet paper

February 19, 2014

Student Government’s latest move to improve student life at UT is a campaign for two-ply bath tissue on campus. And no, they are not joking. McCombs student representatives Liam Woolley-Macmath,...

Texas must eliminate gender pay gap

February 18, 2014

In Texas, the gender pay gap is still in full force. Women in Texas made 70 cents for every dollar that men made in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Women working...

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Horns Up for Feb. 18: Austin growing by leaps and bounds

February 18, 2014

Horns Up: Austin named fastest-growing city in U.S. On Monday, Forbes named Austin the fastest-growing city in the nation for the fourth year in a row, citing both the city’s 2.5 percent population...

Quotes to Note for February 17: Marijuana, Stealth Dorms and Homeless on campus

February 17, 2014

“We have students living in apartments here [in North Campus]. It’s just that when you get a group of unrelated adults together in a super duplex, the problems multiply--you get a lot of garbage...

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Horns Down: City Council rushes stealth dorm study

February 17, 2014

Horns Down to City Council Last Friday at 2:30 a.m., the Austin City Council made a 6-1 initial vote to limit the number of unrelated persons allowed to live in a single-family home, an attempt to crack...

We asked: Is Shared Services a good idea for UT?

February 14, 2014

Editor’s Note: Over the past few months, this editorial board, as well as a number of guest columnists, have offered their opinions on Shared Services, the University’s plan to consolidate...

Friday Firing Lines for week of Feb 10: Creationism, Student Government and Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2014

“Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection has been proven. It’s been reproduced many times over. There is no debate that natural selection occurs. Let’s at least get that...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Feb. 13

February 13, 2014

Horns Up: Texas beats California in tech production In 2012, Texas companies shipped out more than $45 billion in technology, including semiconductors and computers, outperforming California for the...

Texas board of education hurting students long-term by cutting algebra II

February 12, 2014

In an ongoing effort to reshape high school curriculum in Texas, the State Board of Education has voted to eliminate algebra II as a graduation requirement starting next year. Instead, Texas high schools...

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Horns Down for Feb. 12: Fracking water waste and Texas students not finishing college

February 12, 2014

Horns Down: Texas fracking industry wastes water Late last month, researchers at UT’s Bureau of Economic Geology published a study about the source and fate of water used in the hydraulic fracking...

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UT should have more carefully vetted Accenture in Shared Services deal

February 11, 2014

Since October 2013, one of the most contentious administrative issues on campus has been Shared Services — an initiative that will centralize the University’s finance, human resources, procurement...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Feb. 10: Sochi’s a disappointment, Texas environmentalists fight Exxon

February 10, 2014

Horns Up: Texas Environmental Groups to fight Exxon over Clean Air Act  In a federal trial set to begin Monday, environmentalist groups will face off in court against Irving-based oil giant...

Keep Tasers out of Texas schools

February 10, 2014

On Nov. 20, 2013, Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputy Randy McMillan used a Taser on 17-year-old student Noe Nino de Rivera in the hallway of Cedar Creek High School. The teenager then fell to the ground,...

Quotes to Note: February 7

February 7, 2014

“Yes. And state government should be sensitive to private property owners — including governmental, education, religious, health care and other institutions — to determine whether to...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Feb. 6

February 6, 2014

Horns Up: University tries to keep us informed about snow Last week, the joy of the year’s second snow day was slightly hindered by the University’s apparent inability to let us know ahead...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Feb. 5

February 5, 2014

Horns Up: Civil rights group asks AISD to fundraise for low-income schools The Texas Civil Rights Project is pushing the Austin Independent School District to fundraise for its schools with low-income...

Students shouldn’t spend more time in class than they’re getting credit for

February 5, 2014

In any given semester, a student’s class schedule will often include courses with varying degrees of difficulty and class work. Some classes just require more effort, more work and more time —...

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Horns Down for Feb. 4: Texas’ household financial security and EPA regulations

February 4, 2014

Horns Down: Texas households are financially insecure  A report released Thursday by the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national non-profit focused on alleviating poverty, said that...

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Q&A: Ramey Ko, UT law lecturer and candidate for Travis County treasurer

February 3, 2014

Editor’s Note: Ramey Ko, UT law lecturer and former candidate for the Texas House, is now running for Travis County treasurer against incumbent Dolores Ortega Carter. The Daily Texan editorial board...

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Horns Up for Feb. 3: Mack Brown can’t understand twitter, but he sure is trying

February 3, 2014

Horns Up: Mack Brown's twitter education Former head football coach Mack Brown is slowly getting the hang of things on Twitter (emphasis on “slowly”). Brown started exploring some of...

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High time for Texas to decriminalize Marijuana

January 31, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry — a staunch conservative — recently told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that he supports the decriminalization of marijuana. Perry explained...

MOOC completion rates low despite high cost to UT system

January 30, 2014

A year after UT began rolling out nine Massive Online Open Courses, the results are in: Completion rates for the classes, which offer anyone with Internet access free online courses from high-ranked...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Jan. 30

January 30, 2014

Horns Up: Texas leads nation in job growth According to state-by-state data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas lead the nation in job growth in 2013 with 252,400 new jobs...

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Transportation woes on the Drag will require a combination of solutions

January 29, 2014

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series on transportation issues that Longhorns should pay attention to this semester. Read the first installment here. On Sunday, Capital...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Jan. 29

January 29, 2014

Horns Down: Lieutenant governor candidates all for creationism in schools At a televised debate in Dallas on Monday night, the four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor — state Sen. Dan...

Your Firing Lines: No one is “pro-abortion”

January 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: On Monday, this newspaper published a news article that, because of an editorial error, incorrectly used the term “pro-abortion” instead of “pro-abortion rights”...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Jan. 28: Abbott backing Texas charter schools

January 28, 2014

Horns Down: Abbott puts blind faith in charter schools In an editorial on Friday, we reported that Texas’ largest charter school network, Responsive Education Solutions, teaches both an anti-evolution...

What Texas should learn from Marlise Munoz

January 27, 2014

At 11:29 a.m. Sunday, officials at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth discontinued the life support of Marlise Munoz, a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman who had been kept breathing for two months...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Jan. 27: Discontent with the Grammys, students unaware of recycling

January 27, 2014

Horns Up: University recasts ‘In The Heights’ Musical In November of last year, the College of Fine Arts promised to recast its upcoming production, “In the Heights” —...

Charter system failing Texas students with anti-evolution curriculum

January 24, 2014

According to a recent report by Slate, Texas’ charter schools have a serious problem. The state’s largest charter program, Responsive Education Solutions, is teaching an extremely suspect curriculum...

Friday Firing Lines for week of Jan. 20: healthcare, Davis, sofas

January 24, 2014

Every Friday, the Daily Texan editorial board will publish a selection of tweets and online comments culled from the Daily Texan website and the various Daily Texan Twitter accounts, along with direct...

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Guadalupe urban rail corridor needs students’ attention

January 23, 2014

Editor’s Note: To the average Longhorn, it may seem like Capital Metro is constantly running late, leaving students steaming and wondering if they’ll get to their destination on time. However,...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Jan. 23

January 23, 2014

Horns Down: Winter Storm Watch for Austin On Thursday, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of Central Texas, with significant snow and ice accumulation possible into Friday...

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Attacks on candidates’ personal stories keep Texas from moving forward

January 22, 2014

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, state Sen. Wendy Davis took to task critics who have, as of late, questioned the veracity of details in her rags-to-riches personal story, including the date of her first...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Jan. 22

January 22, 2014

Horns Down: Administration can't take fall for TSM On Tuesday, The Daily Texan reported that several prominent administrators have denied making the final decision to bring Texas Student Media’s,...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Jan. 21: Davis’ campaign blunder and venture capital in Austin

January 21, 2014

Horns Down: Davis' rags to riches story bends the truth The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday that the story of Sen. Wendy Davis’ rags-to-riches rise to the top of Texas politics...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Jan. 17

January 17, 2014

Horns Down: Texas failing in healthcare measures Texas is sinking to the bottom in measures of national health care quality according to a study  by the Dallas-based American College of Emergency...

“Honest” transcript bill won’t stop grade inflation at UT

January 17, 2014

On Jan 10, state Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, announced via Twitter that he would challenge Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, for the position of Speaker of the House, which the latter has held since 2009....

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Important student questions on Moody college move left unanswered by Dean Hart, President Powers

January 16, 2014

Daily Texan Editor Willie Morris once wrote, “The Daily Texan is bigger than any one man.” But it took only one man, President William Powers Jr., to make a major decision about the future...

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Davis’ education policy is short on specifics, just like her campaign

January 15, 2014

On Thursday, state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic frontrunner in the upcoming Texas gubernatorial election, unveiled her education policy.  Davis’ proposals include: 1) guaranteeing the...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Jan. 15

January 15, 2014

Horns Up: Oklahoma's gay marriage ban overturned On Tuesday, Federal Judge Terence C. Kern struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage. Though the decision does not immediately take effect...

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The Texan watch list, part two: the Gubernatorial race and Student Government elections

January 14, 2014

Following UT politics is hard, but it’s often the most difficult things that are worth doing — or in this case, worth watching. Below is part two of the Daily Texan editorial board’s...

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Why work for the Daily Texan? Fame, fortune and a soapbox

January 13, 2014

Editor’s Note: Tryouts for opinion and all other Daily Texan departments are currently underway and will continue until Friday, Jan. 30. Apply online at dailytexanonline.com/employment or walk into...

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Horns Up for January 13: Mack Brown’s new twitter habit

January 13, 2014

Mack Brown is entering retirement with a newfound hobby: exploring Twitter. Since leaving the Longhorns, Brown has taken to tweeting near-poetic questions to his audience: “Broncos or Chargers &...

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The Daily Texan watch list: UT’s top issues to follow

January 13, 2014

Following UT politics is hard, but it’s often the most difficult things that are worth doing — or in this case, worth watching. Below is the Daily Texan editorial board’s guide to the...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Dec. 6

December 6, 2013

Horns Up: UT changes intellectual property rule On Thursday, The Daily Texan reported that the UT System will revise its Intellectual Property (IP) Policy to clarify its language on the ownership of...

Quotes to Note for the week of Nov. 28 – Dec. 5

December 6, 2013

Remembering Nelson Mandela “He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.”  — U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking on the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday   The...

Friday Firing Lines for Dec. 6, 2013

December 6, 2013

Every Friday, the Daily Texan editorial board publishes a selection of tweets and online comments culled from the Daily Texan website and the various Daily Texan Twitter accounts, along with direct submissions...

University must confront claims of possible racial discrimination in Kearney case

December 5, 2013

On Nov. 14, Bev Kearney, former University of Texas women’s track coach, filed a wrongful termination suit against the University on the charge of gender and race discrimination — the latest...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Dec. 5: Judicial disclosures and pulp fiction references

December 5, 2013

Horns Down: Time to shine a light on justices' finances  Texas is consistently ranked in the bottom 10 states for mental health spending per capita, but we can now add another low...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Dec. 4

December 4, 2013

Horns Down: Texas' poverty-by-county numbers too high. An interactive feature published in the Texas Tribune on Tuesday highlights the number of children in poverty in each state county, as well...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Dec. 3

December 3, 2013

Horns Down: No funding, no research On Monday, The Daily Texan reported that ongoing federal budget cuts are having a negative impact on University researchers in terms of grant cancellations, project...

Remembering T. R. Fehrenbach, Texas’ greatest historian

December 3, 2013

“Today I think many journalists are independent of their bosses and editors, but not of the newsroom. An independent person thinks for himself or herself, even if the world thinks differently.”...

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Merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways not likely to affect Longhorns’ travel plans

December 3, 2013

As thousands of students prepare to fly home for the holidays once again, a business deal occurring this month could have a major effect on America’s airline industry for years to come. Less than...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Dec. 2: Testing troubles and same-sex victories

December 2, 2013

Horns Up: Texas national guard grants same-sex benefits Last Tuesday, the Texas National Guard announced that it would begin offering marriage benefits to same-sex couples, in accordance with the Pentagon’s...

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New rules for nonprofit political contributions aren’t perfect, but are a positive step

December 2, 2013

Last Tuesday, the Obama administration proposed a new set of rules that would crack down on the use of “dark money,” or anonymously donated money, in political elections.  Though the...

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Horns Down for Nov. 27: Voter ID causes problems

November 27, 2013

Horns Down: Voter ID yet to prove its value Yesterday, the Dallas Morning News reported that thousands of voters had to sign affidavits or cast provisional ballots in the Nov. 5 election — the...

Quotes to Note: American Campus Communities, Veterans on campus, and textbook edits

November 27, 2013

“It’s an intersection of being [non-traditional] students, being older and being transfer students. They have the same issues as other transfer students adjusting to this campus, but many also...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 26

November 26, 2013

Horns Down: ZBT replaces lewd mural with... another lewd mural On Friday, the Daily Texan reported that the fraternity Zeta Beta Tau, commonly known as ZBT, painted over lewd murals depicting...

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With Regent Hall seemingly standing on his own, it’s time for him to end the fight

November 25, 2013

On Tuesday of last week, Student Government passed a joint resolution with the Senate of College Councils approving a vote of “no confidence” against Regent Wallace Hall, who is currently under...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 25: George Bush’s new hobby and more girls in STEM

November 25, 2013

Horns Up: Bush paintings are ‘flying off the shelves’ Former President George W. Bush is selling his artwork on a limited-edition Christmas ornament, which, according to a shop assistant...

Friday Firing Lines for Nov. 22, 2013

November 22, 2013

Every Friday, the Daily Texan editorial board publishes a selection of tweets and online comments culled from The Daily Texan’s website and the various Daily Texan Twitter accounts, along with direct...

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Original student responses to JFK’s assassination

November 22, 2013

Editor’s Note: Fifty years ago Friday, while traveling in a motorcade through downtown Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was shot from a sixth-floor window. Kennedy was immediately rushed to Parkland...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 22

November 22, 2013

Horns Up: Houston mayor offers benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced on Wednesday that marriage benefits for city employees would now be offered to those...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 21

November 21, 2013

Horns Down: Perry's latest conflict of interest AAA Texas, a subsidiary of the Automobile Club of Southern California, is currently in negotiations to receive an economic development funding grant...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 20: SCOTUS declines to intervene in abortion case, Students finally have representation

November 20, 2013

Horns Up: Student District finally finalized On Monday, the Austin Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission approved a new district map of Austin that includes a district in which 45 percent of...

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As Texas decides where its water fund goes, cities shouldn’t get all the attention

November 19, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the third editorial in a series covering the lasting impact and future outlook of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas, or SWIFT, which was established in a statewide...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 19

November 19, 2013

Horns Down: Young Conservatives mistake hatred for discussion. Every time a national news network pulls a stock photo of the UT Tower to illustrate an article on the thoughtless actions of the Young...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 18: Football loses and female farmers

November 18, 2013

Horns Up: More Texas women in agriculture According to an article published by the Texas Tribune on Nov. 15, the changing face of the farming industry in Texas is trending toward a more feminine one....

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Greg Abbott should take note: higher ed issues go beyond campus carry

November 18, 2013

On Nov. 12, Attorney General Greg Abbott gave his second policy speech since filing his candidacy for governor. The 25-minute-long speech, one of his most detailed yet, received a standing ovation from...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 15

November 15, 2013

Horns Down: New bike share forgot students On Wednesday, city officials announced that Austin would introduce its first bike-sharing program on Dec. 21. The bike program, officials promised, will benefit...

Friday Firing Lines for Nov. 15, 2013

November 15, 2013

Every Friday, the Daily Texan editorial board will publish a selection of tweets and online comments culled from the Daily Texan website and the various Daily Texan Twitter accounts, along with direct...

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Q&A: Nash Horne on regents, Shared Services and funding

November 14, 2013

Editor’s Note: Nash Horne is a communication studies senior from Austin who is currently serving as a non-voting member of the UT System Board of Regents, a position to which he was appointed by...

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Conservation is the best solution for Texas’ water shortage

November 13, 2013

Editor’s Note: On Nov. 5, Texas voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of a permanent fund for water infrastructure projects, as well as a $2 billion initial investment in that fund. State political...

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In the current fight between regents, UT system, and UT-Austin, victor is hard to find

November 12, 2013

When, in the spring of 2011, the battle first began between UT President Williams Power Jr. and the so-called “rogue regents,” the players, and their motives, at least seemed identifiable:...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 12

November 12, 2013

Horns Up: Theatre and dance reconsiders guest-casting decision The University’s theatre and dance department reversed its decision to cast guest actors (instead of students) for nine out of 12...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 11

November 11, 2013

Horns Down: LBJ Library to start charging admission. Starting on Tuesday, the LBJ Library will start charging admission for the first time in its 41-year history, according to the Austin American-Statesman....

Graduate Student Assembly budget deserves scrutiny, but not witch hunt

November 11, 2013

On Nov. 1, this paper reported on a controversy within the Graduate Student Assembly surrounding the amount of money that the organization spends on social activities — like the nearly $8,500 carnival...

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Horns Up, Horns Down for Nov. 8

November 8, 2013

Horns Up: Trans fats a thing of the past The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it will begin banning trans fats from American food, nationalizing a movement that has been taking...