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Proposed pipeline draws controversy

September 30, 2011

Editor’s note: The following quotes are from Wednesday’s State Department hearing held at the LBJ Auditorium on the proposed extension of the Keystone Oil Pipeline. The pipeline, which transports...

Quotes to note: Increasing the four-year graduation rate

September 29, 2011

[Corrected Sept. 29: Corrected third quote.] Editor’s note: In his State of the University Address, President William Powers Jr. said he wants to increase the current 52-percent four-year graduate...

Quotes to Note: Best of Tribfest

September 26, 2011

Editor’s note: The following quotes are from The Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The festival featured speakers from around the country on topics including energy and environment,...

Overview: Remember student athletes in realignment discussions

September 23, 2011

The Board of Regents gave President William Powers Jr. the authority Monday to make any necessary decisions to align the University with the sports conference that will best suit its future needs. Since...

Overview: A reminder to the Regents

September 23, 2011

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency held its first hearing Wednesday, and despite the nearly packed Senate Finance Committee Room, the targets...

Quotes to Note: Higher education hearing

September 22, 2011

The newly formed Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency held its first public hearing Wednesday at the Capitol. UT President William Powers Jr., UT System...

Quotes to note: Football, Faculty and Physics

September 19, 2011

“To win a tight one at home against Brigham Young when we were behind and then come out here and do really well in this game that we lost last year – that’s two statements of improvement.” —...

Quotes to Note: Gov. Rick Perry reflects on his campaign

September 16, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry graced the cover of this week’s Time magazine, which featured a variety of articles about him and an exclusive interview. The following quotes are from the interview. “[Republican...

Quotes to note: 6th State of the University Address

September 15, 2011

Editor’s note: The following quotes are from President William Powers Jr.’s State of the University Address Wednesday evening. “If universities stand for anything, it should be the...

Embracing change and continuity

September 15, 2011

The stage had been set long before the Longhorn Network’s Lowell Galindo delivered a lead-in tinged with an intensity best suited for a live broadcast of a battlefield rather than a university president’s...

Remembering Sept. 11

September 12, 2011

“We remember September 11th not out of a desire to relive the sadness and anger of that time but to commemorate the good we saw in its aftermath — the acts of heroism, the compassion, the expressions...

Redistricting; Perry’s performance at the GOP debate

September 9, 2011

Redistricting As the U.S. Department of Justice reviews the newly-drawn Texas legislative district maps, a number of lawyers have filed suit in federal district court to speed the process of judging...

Quotes to note: wildfires and Perry on climate change

September 8, 2011

Wildfires continue to spread across Texas “These fires are serious and widespread, and as mean as I have ever seen, burning more than 1,000 homes since this wildfire season began.” —...

Quotes to note: college football and Rick Perry

September 6, 2011

“I feel sorry for some schools that will have to scramble to find a place. We won’t. I trust DeLoss [Dodds], and I trust Bill [Powers]. I can’t sit around and worry about things I can’t...

Quotes to note: sonogram law struck down and goodbye to A&M

September 1, 2011

New sonogram law struck down On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks struck down key provisions of a sonogram law passed during the legislative session last spring, according to The Associated Press....

A vision for the UT System

August 30, 2011

Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa unveiled his highly anticipated nine-plank Framework for Advancing Excellence throughout The University of Texas System on Thursday at the Board of Regents meeting. The plan...

Expand transit system

August 30, 2011

Beginning next Tuesday, Austinites looking to park downtown will have to pay on nights and weekends. After months of debate, City Council voted to extend parking meter hours, which currently run from 8:30...

Perry’s skepticism on science

August 30, 2011

Weeks after officially entering the presidential race, Gov. Rick Perry has wasted little time in closing ranks with most of his Republican colleagues by expressing his personal skepticism of certain established...

Quotes to note: Perry, Longhorn Network and UT

August 26, 2011

“So would I support Rick Perry for president? Hell, yes! As the last nail that hasn’t been hammered down in this country, I agree with Rick that there are already too damn many laws, taxes,...

Increasing input in budget decisions

August 25, 2011

Earlier this month, President William Powers Jr. announced that the University Budget Council will be expanded to include a student and a faculty member for the first time since its establishment in 2000. The...

The cowboy mystique

August 25, 2011

In the less than two weeks since he threw his hat in the ring, Gov. Rick Perry has catapulted into the national spotlight as a top GOP contender for the 2012 presidential race. In fact, Perry has taken...

Meet your editors

August 24, 2011

Viviana Aldous, Editor-in-Chief For the better part of the last three years, I reported for work in The Daily Texan basement more days than not. As a news reporter, I attended student and state legislative...

Voices around Austin: Geographical representation

August 11, 2011

Editor’s note: The Austin City Council and various neighborhood groups are currently exploring options for creating single-member districts to elect members of Austin’s city council. Currently...

Quotes to note: church, state and plastic bags

August 8, 2011

Blurring the line between church and state Gov. Rick Perry led a crowd of more than 30,000 people in prayer Saturday in Houston during “The Response.” Together, attendees prayed for America,...

Quotes to note: 08.01.2011

August 1, 2011

“Our friends in New York ... passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s...

Quotes to note: Report ruffles feathers

July 25, 2011

Former UT System adviser Rick O’Donnell published a report Wednesday that categorized UT professors based on teaching workloads and the amount of research revenue generated. The report segmented...

Austin needs single-member districts

July 21, 2011

The Austin City Council and various neighborhood groups are currently exploring options for creating single-member districts to elect members of Austin’s city council. Currently the council’s...

Quotes to Note: Less money, more problems

July 18, 2011

Less money, more problems On Thursday the Board of Regents voted to allocate an additional $20 million out of the Permanent University Fund to UT. “We haven’t decided how we are going to...

Quotes to note: 07.07.2011

July 7, 2011

“The higher education experience is not akin to shopping on iTunes or visiting Banana Republic.” — Randy Diehl, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and the college’s executive...

Overview: Pushing for the DREAM Act

June 30, 2011

A U.S. Senate committee held a hearing on the DREAM Act for the first time ever Tuesday. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act would provide legal residency to those who have...

Quotes to note: 06.23.2011

June 23, 2011

Race-based admissions policy upheld “In our view, the nation’s future depends on students being exposed to diversity in their formative educational experiences.” — Joshua...

Overview: Where’s Perry; Preserving higher education

June 20, 2011

Where's Perry? Last week, as the special session of the 82nd Texas Legislature put the finishing touches on one of the most hotly-contested state budgets in recent history, the most powerful...

Prohibiting sanctuary cities

June 16, 2011

Senate Bill 9, a bill that was added to the calendar for the special session, is part of the anti-Hispanic agenda the Texas GOP is carrying. SB 9 will prohibit sanctuary cities, expand the federal government’s...

Vote in Saturday’s city council runoff

June 16, 2011

This year’s city council race for Place 3 between incumbent Randi Shade and challenger Kathie Tovo has been one of the most tightly contested local elections in years. The months-long campaigns...

Overview: Bias in the classroom

June 13, 2011

The recent study that investigated bias in the classroom found a correlation between students’ perception of bias and their resistance to changing their beliefs. The study, which will appear...

Overview: Bringing down the walls of prejudice

June 13, 2011

Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, made yet another attack on the GLBT community Thursday with his attempt to revive an amendment that would significantly reduce support for gender and sexuality centers...

Quotes to note: 06.09.2011

June 9, 2011

“I believe it is time to convene the leaders from each of our United States in a day of prayer and fasting, like that described in the book of Joel.” — Gov. Rick Perry on his proclamation...

Quotes to note: 6.1.2011

June 2, 2011

An unbalanced budget Gov. Rick Perry called a special session Monday night after a Democratic filibuster of a public education reform bill prevented the Legislature from balancing the budget before...

Overview: A rash response; let it die

May 3, 2011

A rash response Most UT students remember where they were when they heard about the most devastating terrorist attacks in American history. Within months after the World Trade Center fell...

Quotes to note

May 1, 2011

“With limited resources, it’s more important than ever to demand more value from each dollar invested in higher education. That will be the right message.” — Rep. Dan Branch,...

Quotes to note

May 1, 2011

Editor’s note: On Friday the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) hosted a panel to discuss several issues pertaining to Texas higher education, including a set of controversial reforms published...

Quotes to Note: April 28, 2011

April 29, 2011

Concealed carry amendment “I did not expect this amendment. It is very controversial among university regents, and it should stand as its own bill.” — Sen. Judith Zaffirini,...

Overview: Alumni voice support, ASU plays role in UT refrom

April 24, 2011

Alumni voice support Since the Board of Regents hired controversial politico Rick O’Donnell in February, the outcry from various alumni, both organizations and individuals, has been tremendous....

Quotes to note

April 17, 2011

“I do my best to produce quality work. This is a production snafu.” — Well-paid regent hire Rick O’Donnell responding to revelations that his controversial research paper...

Quotes to note

April 14, 2011

A visit to Arizona State University “Officials at ASU made it clear that ASU wanted to be an institution defined by its high degree of inclusiveness and ability to manufacture a significant...

OVERVIEW: All the help we can get; More questions about Rick O’Donnell

April 13, 2011

All the help we can get Last summer, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, authored an amendment to a higher-education bill stipulating that Gov. Rick Perry maintain state education funding levels for Texas...

Quotes to Note

April 3, 2011

    <i>“I’m taking a position, and my position is: This is a false choice. I’m not going to pick one over the other when I know there is a third option.”...

Overview: Celebrate Cesar Chavez; Good riddance to Rick O’Donnell

March 28, 2011

    <strong>Celebrate Cesar Chavez<strong/> Thursday may be the last time Texans celebrate Cesar Chavez Day if state Republicans have their way. Cesar Chavez Day,...

Quotes to Note

March 27, 2011

    <em>“We support [research] and in fact are working hard to ensure that the University can generate even more valuable research.”<em> — an open letter...

Quotes to note

March 24, 2011

    <i>“It’s basically impossible to get elected in Austin unless you are a Democrat.”</i> — Andy Brown, chair of the Travis County Democratic...

Overview: Urging legislators to invest in Texas; Provide input on concealed carry

March 21, 2011

    <strong>Urging legislators to invest in Texas<strong/> More than 25 organizations, including Student Government, Senate of College Councils and Graduate Student...

Quotes to note

March 20, 2011

    <em>“The only ‘bias’ of those who begin with ‘Morning Edition’ is a bias for truth. My constituents tune in to KUT because they want fact-based,...

An open dialogue: mandatory meningitis vaccines

March 10, 2011

    <em>Editor’s note: This is the sixth installment in a six-part series about legislation that would affect students. We have asked campus leaders, students, faculty,...

Reminder: Vote in the runoff today

March 8, 2011

    <strong>Reminder: Vote March 9 & 10<strong> in the SG election runoff <a href="http://www.utexasvote.com">utexasvote.com</a> Editor’s...

Quotes to note

March 7, 2011

    <em>“The price of education also affects the quality of education. If I didn’t have to pay so much for college, I would be able to devote way more time to it...

Connecting during a crisis

September 28, 2010

Tuesday’s events were undeniably tragic. First and foremost, we would like to thank the Austin Police Department, the UT Police Department, UT administration and all other officials who effectively...

Texas vs. OU

September 27, 2010

<em>Editor’s note: Each year before the Red River Rivalry, The Daily Texan exchanges editorials with OU’s student newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily.<em/> <strong>OU sucks<strong/> by...

Overview: A DREAM deferred; Banned books

September 22, 2010

<strong>A DREAM deferred<strong> Undocumented students and allies suffered another setback on the path to pass the DREAM Act Tuesday night when the legislation was blocked in the U.S....

EDITORS WEIGH IN: Powers addresses the state of UT

September 16, 2010

Editor’s note: President William Powers Jr. delivered his fifth annual State of the University address Wednesday afternoon, identifying UT’s budget priorities and its role as an institution...

Horns up, horns down

September 15, 2010

<strong>Horns down: Recession drives up grad school applications<strong> A report released Tuesday by the Council of Graduate Schools revealed that the number of students applying to...

OVERVIEW: Improve Texas SAT scores; A&M’s measures miss the mark

September 14, 2010

Improve Texas SAT scores A report released Monday by the College Board showed that the average SAT scores for Texas high school students dropped five points since the previous year. In contrast,...

Overview: State financial aid faces cuts; Capitol guards will carry M4 semi-automatic rifles…

September 7, 2010

State financial aid faces cuts On Monday, The Dallas Morning News reported that state-funded financial aid for college students is set to drastically decrease for the upcoming year in light...

Pollution and local produce

September 1, 2010

In Tuesday’s column, “Choose your food wisely,” Egu Ramanathan makes the case for eating locally grown produce, not just for health and enjoyment reasons, but for environmental...

Horns up, horns down: Involving students in budget cut decisions; UT is the king of royalties

August 30, 2010

Horns up: Involving students in budget cut decisions The Senate of College Councils recently announced it will form student committees to help address college-specific budget cuts for the...

Overview: Perry declines to meet with editorial boards; UT moves up in college rankings

August 25, 2010

Perry declines to meet with editorial boards Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign spokesman Mark Miner recently announced that Perry would not be meeting with the editorial boards of Texas’...

Meet your editors

August 24, 2010

Lauren Winchester: editor-in-chief It’s a difficult time to be a student at the University of Texas. This past year, the University suffered through several rounds of budget cuts,...