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Early Austin voters approve most constitutional amendments, reject local propositions

Victoria May November 6, 2019

Early voting totals showed Travis County voters are for nearly all the constitutional amendments on the ballot but against the two local propositions.  Austin residents voted on two city proposals...


Beto O’Rourke announces end of his presidential campaign

Victoria May November 4, 2019

Hours before the Iowa Democratic Party’s Liberty and Justice Celebration Friday, Beto O’Rourke announced he would be dropping out of the presidential race. Saying his campaign did not have...


Texas opens new Census Bureau offices with hopes to increase participation

Victoria May October 29, 2019

Inaccuracy in the upcoming census count could potentially cost the state millions of dollars, so Travis County is increasing outreach efforts, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said. The U.S. Census...

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House Democrats propose higher education bill with free community college, more grant funding

Victoria May October 25, 2019

U.S. House Democrats proposed a bill offering free community college and greater funding for Pell Grants last week. If passed, the College Affordability Act would update the Higher Education Act of...


Sexually transmitted diseases become ‘alarming threat,’ CDC report says

Victoria May October 18, 2019

Sexually transmitted diseases have become an “alarming threat” across the nation as the rate of yearly infection cases increases, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and...


Climate change experts tackle political polarization

Victoria May September 27, 2019

Climate expert Katherine Hayhoe said partisan attitudes toward climate change have increased dramatically over the past 10 years. “The issue of who is responsible for climate change is one of...

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Civic engagement groups promote voter turnout on National Voter Registration Day

Victoria May September 25, 2019

On National Voter Registration Day, campus voter education groups took part in registering hundreds of students to vote in a few hours. Civic engagement organizations, such as TX Votes, Texas Rising,...


Voter turnout doubles across nation, triples at UT

Victoria May September 24, 2019

After voter turnout more than tripled at UT during last year’s midterm elections, experts said they expect the trend to continue throughout the 2020 election season. The national percentage of...

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Central Texas counties, including Travis County, introduce new voting machines

Victoria May September 20, 2019

Many counties throughout Central Texas are implementing a new voting system just in time for the upcoming November elections. The new voting machines will allow people to vote electronically while keeping...


Texas leads nation in polling location closures

Victoria May September 19, 2019

With over 750 polling locations shuttered throughout the state, Texas has closed the most polling places in the nation since 2012, according to a new report released by The Leadership Conference Education...


Gov. Abbott releases Texas Safety Action outlining plans to mitigate gun violence

Victoria May September 18, 2019

In wake of the two recent mass shootings in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Safety Commission released the Texas Safety Action report, which emphasizes the role of the community in preventing gun...


Betsy DeVos announces new loan forgiveness plan for eligible students

Victoria May September 18, 2019

United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced a new loan forgiveness policy, increasing the rules for filing a loan forgiveness claim. In order to approve a loan forgiveness claim,...


2020 Democratic presidential candidates debate health care, gun violence in Houston

Graysen Golter and Victoria May September 13, 2019

Ten Democratic presidential candidates took the debate stage Thursday evening to discuss issues such as gun control, immigration and health care. The debate at the historically black Texas Southern...


Precollege programs do not guarantee admission to University

Victoria May September 12, 2019

With many programs costing thousands of dollars to attend, the University and other schools across the nation offer prospective students the opportunity to enroll in precollege programs during the summer...


Legislation changing the way developmental courses are offered shows early signs of success

Victoria May September 5, 2019

Two years ago, Texas lawmakers reconfigured the way colleges across the state offer remedial education. Now they are saying the changes are showing early signs of success. Signed in June 2017, House...


College Board eliminates ‘adversity score’ after receiving criticism

Victoria May September 4, 2019

After pushback from parents and students, the College Board is now getting rid of its plan to assign students taking the SAT a single score that captures their level of economic hardship.  The...


University of Texas Permian Basin students held on lockdown during Midland and Odessa shootings

Victoria May September 3, 2019

A gunman killed seven and injured 22 in multiple locations spanning Odessa and Midland, making this Texas’ second mass shooting in August.  The Aug. 31 shooting began when the gunman opened...


Safety improvements made in West Campus ahead of fall semester

Victoria May August 10, 2019

Many community groups have taken advantage of the summer break to improve safety in West Campus. In response to safety concerns raised by students living in West Campus, organizations such as the UT...

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Austin City Council approves redevelopment of student apartments in Riverside

Victoria May August 10, 2019

The Austin City Council tentatively approved Thursday the redevelopment of student apartment complexes in Riverside. In a 9-2 vote, the council gave initial approval to the so-called “4700 Riverside”...


Texas’ Top 10% Rule makes little difference in diversity on campus, study says

Victoria May July 30, 2019

The Top 10% Rule has done little to increase diversity in universities across Texas, according to new research. The study by Daniel Klasik, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina...


New legislation could ensure food stamp eligibility for college students

Victoria May July 30, 2019

One in 4 students at UT experience food insecurity, according to research from the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center. A new bill proposed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Al Lawson aims...


Misdemeanor marijuana possession cases won’t be prosecuted because of new Texas law

Victoria May July 16, 2019

Because of a new Texas law legalizing hemp and CBD products, possession of small amounts of marijuana has now become nearly impossible to prosecute in Travis County and across the state. In May, lawmakers...


Local officials praise SCOTUS ruling against including citizenship question in 2020 Census

Victoria May July 9, 2019

Both Travis County and Austin officials praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to not include a citizenship question in the 2020 census, citing the financial security the ruling offers...


Trump approves $4.6 billion aid package to improve conditions in detention centers along southern border

Victoria May July 9, 2019

Following national protests and reports of unsanitary conditions at detention centers along the southern border, President Donald Trump signed a $4.6 billion aid package into law on July 1. However, some...


O’Rourke and Castro host competing events following first round of debates

Victoria May July 2, 2019

Following the first two Democratic debates of the 2020 election cycle last week, presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke and Julián Castro both hosted events in Austin to promote their campaigns. Castro...


Austin Strategic Mobility Plan works toward easier commute around campus for students

Victoria May June 25, 2019

The Austin Transportation Department is working alongside CapMetro to provide students with easier off-campus transportation through the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan. The plan was drafted in 2017...


City Council loosens homelessness rules, drawing criticism from some UT students, parents

Victoria May June 25, 2019

City Council members voted on June 20 to loosen Austin’s homelessness ordinances, prompting safety concerns from UT students and their parents. Under the new rules, city policies prohibiting camping,...


New laws range from saving Chick-fil-A to reforming school finance: Here are the highlights from the governor’s desk

Victoria May June 18, 2019

After the Texas Legislature’s 86th session ended May 27, Gov. Greg Abbott had until midnight Sunday to decide which bills remaining on his desk would become law. By the end of the session, lawmakers...


Austin City Council proposes changes to homelessness policies

Victoria May June 11, 2019

At the Austin City Council meeting last Thursday, council member Greg Casar proposed Item 45 — an ordinance that would amend the City’s current policies on homelessness. Item 45 is a draft...

Fairmont Austin displays Longhorn logo to announce sponsorship with UT athletics

Victoria May April 29, 2019

Last Sunday, the Fairmont Austin announced its sponsorship of the UT Athletics department for the 2019 football season. “Fairmont Austin takes great pride in our degree of community involvement...

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Barney Swan challenges students to clean up 360 million tons of CO2

Victoria May April 19, 2019

Students gathered Thursday night to hear about climate change from Barney Swan, the international director of the nonprofit organization ClimateForce. Addressing a crowd of about 50 student in the Texas...


‘Amplify: UT Women’s Voices’ showcases uniqueness of being a woman

Victoria May April 15, 2019

Hundreds of students, faculty and parents gathered last Friday to view the production “Amplify: UT Women’s Voices,” at an event that demonstrated the uniqueness of being a woman. The...

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Students come together to hear from tennis player Andy Roddick at Tejas Coffee

Victoria May March 11, 2019

Dozens of students gathered Friday at the Tejas House to grab coffee and have a discussion with professional tennis player Andy Roddick. At the event, the latest in the Tejas Coffee series, students...


Thousands of young girls gather for Girl Day at UT

Victoria May February 25, 2019

More than 8,000 elementary and middle school students gathered on campus Saturday to participate in Girl Day, an event that promotes women’s engagement in the STEM field.  Hosted by UT’s...


Humanities Department holds alumni panel for those considering graduate school

Victoria May February 12, 2019

Juniors and seniors gathered Monday at the Humanities Alumni Panel to hear anecdotal accounts from current graduate students explaining how UT’s Humanities Program prepared them for postgraduate...

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