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All content by Wesley Story

Story writes his last story (at the Texan)

Wesley Story May 10, 2019

My seven semesters at the Texan are a blur. I would be lying if I told you I remember every story I wrote or every article I edited.  That being said, there were some standout moments I will never...


Texas Tribune Festival panel discusses college response to sexual assault

Wesley Story September 25, 2017

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ recent amendments to Title IX sexual assault guidelines left one Texas Tribune Festival panel with a lot to consider. The Saturday panel — made up of...

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Tribune Festival Live Blog: The Right Response on Sexual Assault

Wesley Story September 22, 2017

Kirk Watson Paula Lavigne, J.M. Lozano, Wanda Mercer and Sierra Smith. Morgan Smith will moderate.


Texas Tribune Festival 2017

Follow this page for all of The Daily Texan’s coverage of Texas Tribune Festival 2017.  We’ll bring you moments from the biggest discussions, covering topics like local control, sexual...

US News and World Report ranks UT second best college in the state

Lisa Nhan and Wesley Story September 15, 2017

UT was ranked the second best college in the state and tied for 56th in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report, which announced their 2018 Best Colleges rankings Thursday. First in state went...


Campus carry reaches one-year mark

Wesley Story August 31, 2017

Some UT students’ bathroom cabinets may still house controversial rubber duplicates of the male appendage, left over from a protest they attended about a year ago. On the first day of classes...


Alumnus reflects on illicit UT tunnel adventures

Wesley Story August 7, 2017

UT alumnus Kevin Miller is a self-proclaimed habitual trespasser.  Almost 20 years ago, Miller stumbled upon a well-kept University secret. Miller discovered a network of tunnels containing key...


University considers fate of all-male Creekside dormitory

Wesley Story August 7, 2017

UT’s last all-male dormitory could be replaced by a residence hall with more than six times the number of beds, according to Division of Housing and Food Service administrators. DHFS is considering...


Week of summer break replaces week of winter break

Wesley Story August 7, 2017

Students will be trading in one week of winter break for an extra week of summer this upcoming school year. Last year, classes started on Aug. 24, and final exams ended on Dec. 14. This year, however,...


Transgender rights advocates rally against controversial legislation

Wesley Story August 6, 2017

Pink and blue flags fluttered in the wind Friday morning as dozens of LGBTQ people of color and allies stood on the steps of the Texas Capitol. Protesters assembled for a rally, followed by a press...


Health care marchers celebrate ‘skinny repeal’ bill defeat

Wesley Story July 30, 2017

A march in support of health care developed a victorious tone Saturday morning as Austin participants celebrated the recent defeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal legislation in the U.S. Senate. Protesters...


Guadalupe Street road construction to last until fall

Wesley Story July 24, 2017

Students returning to campus in the fall may be surprised to see certain well-known and collectively despised features missing from Guadalupe Street. Guadalupe has become notorious among UT students...


Syringe creates small lab fire at Norman Hackerman Building

Wesley Story July 20, 2017

A small lab fire broke out inside the Norman Hackerman Building on Thursday afternoon after a graduate student disposed of a syringe containing unreacted chemicals. The University sent out a notification...


Texas teachers rally to support public education

Wesley Story July 20, 2017

Hundreds of teachers in red shirts looked to the sky Monday afternoon as an airplane circled high above the Texas Capitol trailing a banner in support of a public education rally. Current and retired...


Hundreds rally to resist special session agenda

Wesley Story July 19, 2017

“Classrooms not bathrooms,” echoed the chants of more than 100 people throughout the Capitol rotunda Tuesday afternoon as a coalition of protesters stood in opposition to Gov. Greg Abbott and...


Students say farewell to popular off-campus eateries

Wesley Story July 17, 2017

From the old days of Mellow Mushroom and Texadelphia to the recent days of McDonald’s and Taco Cabana, many UT students are used to seeing their beloved off-campus eateries close and new restaurants...


UT System Board of Regents meeting interrupted by PETA supporters

Wesley Story July 17, 2017

A UT System Board of Regents meeting was interrupted Wednesday afternoon when two animal rights activists barged into the meeting room holding signs with dog pictures.   The Board of Regents met...


Austin remembers Sandra Bland with march

Wesley Story July 16, 2017

Dozens of marchers made their way down Congress Avenue on Thursday evening chanting, “Say her name,” followed by “Sandra Bland.” Local nonprofit Counter Balance: ATX organized...

UHS email warns of potential mumps exposure

Wesley Story July 13, 2017

University Health Services emailed multiple students Tuesday evening warning of a possible mumps exposure from a student in their classes. The UHS email said, “I am writing you to let you know...


Impeachment march met with counter-protest

Wesley Story July 3, 2017

Impeachment marchers blew kisses to their opposition Sunday morning after a protest in support of the impeachment of President Donald Trump faced heavy resistance from a group of counter protesters. Over...


Austin celebrates Pride two years after gay marriage is legalized

Wesley Story June 26, 2017

Celebrations replete with rainbow flags and tear-stained cheeks erupted across the country two years ago after a long awaited decision that profoundly impacted the lives of LGBTQ people and the history...


Diversity dialogue continues on anniversary of Fisher v. UT landmark decision

Wesley Story June 24, 2017

It’s been a year since the hashtag #StayMadAbby populated Twitter feeds and Facebook pages, but dialogues about diversity on campus continue as the campus reflects on racially charged incidents that...


Aggressive grackles prompt campus warnings

Wesley Story June 19, 2017

It’s not uncommon for UT students to have run-ins with the seemingly fearless wildlife on campus, but flyers posted Monday around the University offer clear warnings about the grackles in the area. The...


One year later, UT remembers Pulse nightclub

Wesley Story June 16, 2017

A small crowd gathered in front of the Tower with heavy hearts and tears in their eyes early Monday morning as the photographs of 49 individuals whose lives were taken too soon stared across the West Mall. Monday...


Alumnus shot at congressional baseball practice

Wesley Story June 14, 2017

UT alumnus Zachary Barth was injured when a lone gunman opened fire during a Republican congressional baseball practice early Wednesday morning. Five people were shot, including Steve Scalise, the majority...

Campus construction expands for summer

Wesley Story June 12, 2017

Students may notice an increase in hard hats and caution tape on campus this summer as the University amps up its efforts on a number of ongoing construction projects. The expansion is an attempt to...


The Academy of Distinguished Teachers announces new additions

Wesley Story June 5, 2017

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT announced its 2017 inductees late last month after a thorough selection process that began in March. The Academy’s newest additions include six professors...


Be Safe campaign responds to campus stabbing

Wesley Story June 5, 2017

The Be Safe campaign’s original goal to change the culture of campus safety remains the same following the May 1 stabbing. Following the recent on-campus stabbing that resulted in the death of...


85th legislative session ends with a “scuffle”

Wesley Story May 30, 2017

Tensions clashed between Republican and Democratic lawmakers Monday as chants of “Undocumented. Unafraid.” echoed throughout the Capitol rotunda. The final day of Texas’ 85th regular...


Texas universities collaborate to increase dual-credit value

Wesley Story January 20, 2017

UT is partnering with other Texas colleges universities in a collaboration designed to determine the best model for dual-credit courses. Dual-credit courses allow high school juniors and seniors to...


Mad Men archive donated to Harry Ransom Center

Wesley Story January 18, 2017

It’s common practice for production materials to be auctioned off after a television show ends, but the creator of “Mad Men” wanted to do something different. “Mad Men”...


Students organize benefit concert for Standing Rock

Wesley Story December 5, 2016

Plans for a benefit concert to help the protesters at Standing Rock will move forward after recent reports that the Army Corps of Engineers denied the permit for the Dakota Access pipeline. The UT Native...


UT researchers discover new flu vaccine antibodies

Wesley Story November 28, 2016

A team of researchers at UT discovered a new class of antibodies that can protect against a wide range of virus strains while studying the influenza vaccine. The discovery of the new antibodies provides...

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UT partners with Army Research Lab

Wesley Story November 21, 2016

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory announced a new partnership with UT on Wednesday, establishing ARL South, a research collaboration between the two institutions. ARL South, similar to ARL West...


Texas 4000 provides free skin cancer screenings

Wesley Story November 17, 2016

Students waited for their numbers to be called so they could have their skin examined for troublesome spots Wednesday at the Texas Union.  Texas 4000, an organization founded by UT then-students...

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Professor awarded Moore Inventor Fellowship

Wesley Story November 11, 2016

A UT professor will receive $825,000 over the next three years to help reach his goal of creating the world’s thinnest silicon transistor. Associate professor Deji Akinwande from the Cockrell...


Annual Orange Santa toy drive begins

Wesley Story November 7, 2016

A 7-foot-tall replica of the UT Tower known as the “Tower of Toys” will stand in the ground floor of the Main Building where students can place donations for Orange Santa. Thursday...


AACC celebrates black art, talent with annual showcase

Wesley Story October 31, 2016

Students and members of the Austin community filled Hogg Memorial Auditorium Friday night to see a wide variety of performances by black UT students.  The African-American Cultural Committee...


Student Government initiative will bring new MindBody Lab to SAC

Wesley Story October 27, 2016

Students studying for their finals in the Student Activity Center won’t have far to go to find a space to manage their stress, if a Student Government initiative to open a new MindBody Lab goes as...


University Democrats host early voting campout

Wesley Story October 24, 2016

University Democrats camped out on the West Mall on Sunday night to be among the first in Travis County to vote in the presidential election. UDems hosted Voterama, an all-night event meant to increase...

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Alumna explores Facebook as tool to increase voter turnout in study

Wesley Story October 20, 2016

When students post about voting on Facebook, the FOMO or “fear of missing out” these posts create could inspire others to go out and vote as well. Katherine Haenschen, a radio-television-film...


Night of women’s comedy benefits survivors of sexual assault

Wesley Story October 17, 2016

A large audience filled the Spider House ballroom to capacity Friday night as all-female comedy troupes took the stage for more than six hours to make their voices heard. Spider House hosted BettyFest,...


Travis County registers record percentage of eligible voters, looks ahead to election day turnout

Wesley Story and Sarah Philips October 13, 2016

Travis County has registered a total of 717,694 voters for the upcoming election, and continues to process voter registration forms submitted before the deadline, surpassing its original goal of registering...


Intelligence Studies Project, Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project host policy expert

Wesley Story October 6, 2016

While Tuesday’s vice presidential debate featured a discussion of nuclear weapon policies, vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence aren’t the only ones talking about nuclear proliferation.  The...

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Harry Ransom Center commemorates Houdini on 90th anniversary of his death

Wesley Story October 3, 2016

A ball weight with an ankle cuff, love letters and handwritten magic tricks are a few of the items you might find on display this month at the Harry Ransom Center. All of these materials have one thing...


Visiting professor from Brazil discusses favela tourism after Olympics

Wesley Story September 29, 2016

In 2009, Rio de Janeiro’s municipal government published a list of 119 favelas, or Brazilian slums located in urban areas, to be partially or fully removed before 2016. Bianca Freire-Medeiros,...

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Multicultural Engagement Center hosts first-generation college student panel

Wesley Story September 26, 2016

The Multicultural Engagement Center hosted an open-panel discussion with first-generation college students on Saturday. The panel focused on students’ experiences on the 40 Acres and how they’ve...


SEED workshop trains student employees to help students in distress

Wesley Story September 22, 2016

Meet Roger, a hypothetical UT student who is experiencing feelings of distress.  Roger was created by workshop facilitators and student employees during the “Real Talk” workshop on...


School of Undergraduate Studies hosts writing flag competition

Wesley Story September 19, 2016

UT students in writing flag courses have the opportunity to win money just for doing their class work. The School of Undergraduate Studies is giving out awards to the undergraduate students who produce...


Frac PAC featured at College Republicans meeting

Wesley Story September 15, 2016

College Republicans hosted their second general meeting on Wednesday in the University Teaching Center. The meeting featured a presentation from the Hydraulic Fracturing Public Awareness Campaign, a...


Central Texas residents encouraged to be prepared in case of emergency

Wesley Story September 7, 2016

Central Texas residents need to take precautionary action in order to be prepared in the case of an emergency, Travis County and Austin officials said in a press release to mark Emergency Preparedness...


University professor featured for manual on trauma-informed policing

Wesley Story September 6, 2016

A UT professor was featured by the Chronicle of Higher Education on Aug. 30 for creating a manual on trauma-informed policing.   Noël Busch-Armendariz, a professor in the School of Social...

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