The Daily Texan

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30: System reporter stayed for the free meals

May 5, 2017

Working at The Daily Texan led to a lot of firsts for me. It was the first time I’d ever written for a newspaper. I applied on a whim in the middle of the summer before my senior year because I wasn’t...


Tower remains dark to commemorate death of distinguished alumna Margaret C. Berry

April 11, 2017

The Tower remained dark Monday night as the University honored distinguished alumna Margaret C. Berry, who died just after midnight Sunday, according to the Austin American-Statesman.  “Margaret...

Sen. Kirk Watson looks to innovate psychiatric care in Central Texas

April 6, 2017

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, has partnered with the Dell Medical School to innovate psychiatric care in Central Texas and replace the Austin State Hospital, which was built in the 1850s. The Texas...


UT alumnus recalls political journey

March 29, 2017

From serving in the White House with President Bill Clinton to being a political commentator on CNN, UT alumnus Paul Begala returned to campus Tuesday for a talk titled “Don’t Whiz in the Well...

Bill filed to meet mental health needs of Texans

March 10, 2017

There are currently only four psychiatrists on staff at UT to serve the mental health needs of 50,000 students. A bill filed in the Texas House of Representatives may help improve psychiatric services...

West Campus apartments evacuated due to gas leak

March 6, 2017

Two apartment complexes located on 22nd and San Gabriel streets were evacuated shortly after 3 p.m. due to a gas leak, according to a tweet sent out from Austin Fire Department. 2 apartment complexes...


Sexual assault occurs near campus Saturday

March 6, 2017

A UT student was sexually assaulted near campus late Saturday night, according to a campus-wide alert from the University of Texas Police Department.  The Austin Police Department informed UTPD...


McRaven cancels plans for UT Houston expansion

March 1, 2017

Plans for the UT System’s heavily criticized Houston expansion have come to an end. In a memo to the Board of Regents Wednesday, UT System Chancellor William McRaven said his decision to cancel...


Canvas back after outage

February 28, 2017

Update (3:26 p.m.):  Canvas as well as other Amazon Web Services applications are back online after the root of the outage was identified.  According to the Canvas website, they are still...

City Council boosts funding for immigrants in Austin

February 17, 2017

Legal and counseling services for immigrants in Austin received a $200,000 boost from the Austin City Council on Thursday. The funding is added to an existing contract, in place with the Catholic Charities...

APD denies involvement with federal immigration officers

February 15, 2017

Over the weekend, 51 people were arrested in the Austin area by federal immigration officers, which has led to rumors surrounding Austin Police Department’s involvement with these arrests, according...


Ellen DeGeneres giveaway event to occur at 3:30 p.m. on Main Mall

February 7, 2017

Update (1:14 p.m.): Ellen DeGeneres will begin her giveaway at 3:30 p.m. at the Main Mall, according to her Twitter.  How fast can you pull together a Beyonce costume, @UTAustin? Meet you...

New grant aims to combat alcoholism

February 7, 2017

A grant of $29 million for alcoholism treatment research may pave the way for new discoveries in the field at UT.  The National Institutes of Health awarded a total of $29 million to the Integrative...


Local LGBT groups discuss call to action for advocacy

January 20, 2017

Close to 100 LGBT community members and allies packed into a lecture hall at the UT School of Law Thursday night to discuss ways to promote LGBT advocacy in Austin. The Austin LGBT Bar Association,...


Megabus moves to indoor location

January 17, 2017

Students who use Megabus services will have to walk a bit farther than usual to get to the service’s new terminal located on 15th Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. Megabus spokesperson Sean Hughes...


Student organization pushes for change in campus carry law

December 5, 2016

Campus carry is here to stay, but some students are eager to change the law going into the new year.  The law, which went into effect Aug. 1, prompted several student protests against it during...

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Gun violence prevention advocates speak at Capitol

December 2, 2016

Susan Nelson was at a friend’s house in 1993 when a robber shot her in the back of the head. The gun belonged to Nelson’s friend, who had stored it away, but the robber was able to retrieve...


Secretary of education promotes campus inclusion and diversity

November 30, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. released a letter last Friday arguing more work needs to be done by universities to ensure campuses are safe, inclusive and supportive environments, which encourage...


Second MindBody Lab opens in SAC

November 29, 2016

A second MindBody Lab opened Monday in the Student Activity Center just in time for finals week, when stress for college students can reach all-time highs.  The lab features audio and video instruction...


Ken Paxton and other regents support Wallace Hall in lawsuit

November 22, 2016

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and two UT System Board of Regents members filed court briefs last week in favor of Regent Wallace Hall’s lawsuit against Chancellor William McRaven. This...


Fake news thrives on social media

November 22, 2016

With the rise of fake news during the 2016 presidential election, Austin, Texas had its own taste of viral misinformation in the post-election aftermath. “Anti-Trump protestors in Austin...


Student group questions Nike, University on working conditions of factories

November 18, 2016

Students at UT-Austin have been working for more than a year now to bring better working conditions to those employed in factories with sweatshop conditions where UT-Austin apparel is created, according...


Trump presidency may reverse Obama policy, affect student loans

November 18, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for higher education policy will reverse legislation already in place if implemented.   In 2010, President Barack Obama moved to allow the federal...

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State education agency sends report to Abbott to better Texas education

November 17, 2016

A collaborative governmental education agency sent its report to the governor earlier this month on how to develop strong links between education and the work industry. In March, Gov. Greg Abbott authorized...


Future of GOP discussed in LBJ panel

November 16, 2016

About 100 students and LBJ Future Forum members interested in public policy packed a room nearly to capacity Tuesday evening to hear GOP strategists and commentators discuss president-elect Donald Trump’s...


House Democrats push for increase in summer financial aid

November 15, 2016

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing to bring back year-round Pell Grants, which allow students across the nation and at UT to access federal aid during summer semesters.  Currently,...


Fenves addresses bias-related incidents following election

November 15, 2016

UT President Gregory Fenves said in a University-wide email Monday that the University is developing policies to support students, faculty and staff of all political affiliations following the results...


Regents hear recommendations at meeting Wednesday

November 11, 2016

The final UT System Board of Regents meeting scheduled for the year was held Wednesday, where members of the board listened to recommendations on how to proceed into the upcoming year. The 85th Texas...

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Predictive analytics determines student success

November 11, 2016

Forty-one percent of universities, including UT–Austin, are using predictive analytics for targeted student advising, adaptive online coursework or forecasting class size and financial aid need,...


Fenves pushes higher four-year graduation rates

November 10, 2016

When UT Austin President Gregory Fenves  returned to the University as Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering in 2008, he was surprised to learn that the four-year graduation rate was just over...


UT students follow presidential election outcome through various media options

November 10, 2016

Journalism senior Taylor Rice was sitting in a bar as she watched the results of the 2016 election unfold.  “I watched for over three hours until I saw [Trump] won and I watched his speech,”...


Republican congressman enters 30th year in office starting in May

November 9, 2016

Republican Congressman Lamar Smith was elected for his 15th term representing the 21st Congressional District of Texas last night.  Smith won 57 percent of the vote, beating out Democratic candidate...


City council gains one new member with three reelection wins, one runoff

November 9, 2016

Last night’s election helped fill four seats in the Austin City Council, with a runoff election for District 10 planned for later this year. Four of the five candidates who led the polls were in...


Conservative journalist Ben Shapiro criticizes campus censorship at YCT event

November 4, 2016

“Facts don’t care about your feelings” is conservative journalist Ben Shapiro’s catchphrase, which he uses to denounce views of the left that he believes stifle freedom of...


Obama leaves office with higher education legacy

November 4, 2016

President Barack Obama’s changes to higher education during his time in office have impacted students at UT-Austin and universities nationwide. The Obama Administration worked to make college...

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Blacks have twice as much debt as whites four years after graduation

November 3, 2016

Black students owe twice the amount of student loan debt white students do four years after graduation, according to a report released by the Brookings Institution.   The Brookings report...


Activists protest UT land use in front of McRaven’s office

October 31, 2016

Close to 15 pro-environment activists from Environment Texas dressed as zombies and polar bears from a post-global warming world and marched outside UT Chancellor William McRaven’s office Friday...


Student-created petition calls for removal of Young Conservatives of Texas from campus

October 28, 2016

A student-created petition calling for the University to suspend Young Conservatives of Texas as a result of their anti-affirmative action bake sale has gathered more than 800 signatures, while the Campus...


Third party candidates differ in higher ed proposals

October 27, 2016

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson are polling closely, according to averaged polling data from Real Clear Politics, but their positions when...


Anti-affirmative action bake sale causes protest, sparks discussion

October 26, 2016

Update 7:02 p.m.: Among the tablers on the West Mall, the Young Conservatives of Texas held a bake sale — but instead of selling cookies for charity, they used baked goods to express their opinions...


Trump’s higher education plan targets student loan debt

October 26, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his plans to lower caps for loan income-driven repayment plans at an Oct. 13 rally. Trump said he plans to combat the current U.S. student loan...


Best Global Universities list ranks UT at No. 30

October 26, 2016

UT-Austin has been ranked at No. 30 in the world in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities. According to a UT press release, this marks the fourth time this year the University has...


College-educated voters will back Clinton, according to survey

October 21, 2016

The divide in voter preference is growing between those with and without a college education, according to a survey performed by the Pew Research Center.  The survey, which was conducted in August,...

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Paralympic athletes share success stories at panel

October 21, 2016

Four paralympic athletes spoke Thursday evening to share their stories of succeeding in their respective sports and representing the United States on an international stage. The Paralympic Games is...

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UT System and Texas A&M System investment fund looking for CEO

October 20, 2016

The corporation that manages investments benefiting the University of Texas System and Texas A&M System is looking for a new CEO after Bruce Zimmerman, the previous CEO, resigned last week.  Zimmerman...

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Poll shows Americans want affordable tuition

October 19, 2016

New America, a think tank in Washington D.C., conducted a survey of 800 Democrats, Republicans and Independents which showed Americans believe higher education is “necessary but expensive.”...


Missing details in Clinton college plan raise questions

October 14, 2016

When Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton presented her plan to make tuition at public colleges and universities free over the summer, it garnered considerable praise from the left, but some...


Gov. Abbott promises to push for stricter abortion laws

October 14, 2016

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is no stranger to the anti-abortion community, as he has pushed for limits on abortion procedures throughout his political career and plans to continue to support further restrictions...


Panelists look back to learn from Black Power Movement

October 13, 2016

“Moving forward through looking back” is how public affairs and history professor Peniel Joseph described a panel which aimed to address problems the Black Power Movement encountered and how...


UT land added to 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list

October 12, 2016

Located on UT System-owned land in west Austin, one of Texas’ first desegregated golf courses was added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places...