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All content by Will Clark

Students capitalize on cryptocurrency boom

Will Clark January 16, 2018

Last semester Bitcoin quadrupled in value and reached heights experts never thought possible. During that surge, UT students took notice and started groups where they could discuss, analyze and invest...


Semester in review

From President Donald Trump visiting Austin to the Speedway bricks being ripped up, here are some of the top moments during the fall.  Hurricane Harvey Many students’ semesters were stalled...


Sexual misconduct lawsuit settled, student unsuspended

Will Clark November 27, 2017

The case of John Doe v Gregory Fenves concluded by settlement Monday, and Doe is “in the clear,” according to his attorney. John Doe is the pseudonym for a student suspended in April after...


Suspension lifted by University for student accused of sexual assault

Will Clark November 21, 2017

A student accused of sexual misconduct in the case of John Doe v Gregory Fenves is no longer suspended from the University. n April, Fenves decided that the student broke the University’s sexual...

Special Project: Presidential Power

Will Clark October 23, 2017

The president of UT has considerably more power to determine the outcome of student sexual misconduct cases than presidents at other universities. At most universities, the president is not involved in...

Timeline of UT sexual assault case

Will Clark September 14, 2017

1) April 2016: The Incident John and Jane, who met the afternoon before, attended Jane’s sorority formal. Both John and Jane drank before and during the formal and agreed they were both intoxicated...


Fenves faces due process lawsuit in Title IX case

Will Clark September 14, 2017

Read our timeline surrounding the events of the case here. A lawsuit facing the University and UT President Gregory Fenves argues that Fenves circumvented due process in suspending a student accused...


With DACA’s end looming, immigrants and activists speak out

Will Clark and Chase Karacostas September 6, 2017

Activists across Austin shared their personal stories Tuesday protesting President Donald Trump’s order to end the executive action known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The University...


Free speech and safety at odds with each other at A&M, Berkeley

Will Clark August 31, 2017

Earlier this month Texas A&M canceled a “White Lives Matter” rally scheduled to occur on its campus in September, furthering conversations about free speech on college campuses. The...


After years of decline, DWI arrest rates rise

Will Clark June 24, 2017

After years of steady decline, the number of Driving While Intoxicated arrests by the UT Police Department increased in 2016, according to newly released information from the department. In 2006, there...


Female assaulted on Dean Keeton

Will Clark June 24, 2017

A female not associated with the University was assaulted this evening on Dean Keeton, UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey said. APD and UTPD are investigating the incident and said the suspect is a tall white...

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No Refusal extends to every weekend until September

Will Clark June 18, 2017

This past weekend, the Austin Police Department began its extended No Refusal initiative that will occur every weekend until September as part of the department’s crackdown on drunk driving. The...

New season, new strategy for UTPD officers

Will Clark June 12, 2017

UT Police Department Chief David Carter said he views the University as a medium-sized city, which has a daytime population that can swell to 80,000 people. When the school’s enrollment shrinks by...


Judge rules insanity tests on UT stabbing suspect won’t happen yet

Will Clark June 10, 2017

Kendrex White, the suspect in the May 1 UT stabbing attack, appeared in court today where a judge ruled that White will not undergo insanity tests yet. The decision came as Judge Tamara Needles denied...

Father of UT stabbing victim died Monday

Will Clark June 7, 2017

Kurt Brown, the father of UT stabbing victim Harrison Brown, died Monday after a two-year battle with ALS, according to his obituary from Morrison Funeral Home. Kurt Brown worked as a chiropractor and...


New UTPD officers start field training

Will Clark June 7, 2017

Thirteen new officers for the UT Police Department started their field training Monday as part of the department’s plan to increase the number of officers on staff. With this addition, UTPD now...


Hundreds of bicycles abandoned on campus every year

Will Clark June 2, 2017

After most students left campus for the summer, hundreds of bikes remained on racks. UT’s Parking and Transportation Services is tasked with finding, impounding and eventually auctioning off these...


Carter-O’Connell campaign sanctioned for Election Code violation

Kayla Meyertons and Will Clark March 1, 2017

The UT Election Supervisory Board ruled that the Isaiah Carter and Sydney O’Connell executive alliance violated the Election Code by mass distributing unsolicited emails to a group of freshmen before...


Carter-O’Connell campaign sanctioned for election code violation

Will Clark and Kayla Meyertons February 28, 2017

The Election Supervisory Board ruled the Isaiah Carter and Sydney O’Connell campaign violated the Election Code by mass distributing unsolicited emails to a group of freshmen before the sanctioned...


Complaint filed regarding Carter emails

Will Clark February 27, 2017

A complaint was filed to the Election Supervisory Board on Friday evening by engineering fifth year Amber Camilleri in response to Friday’s Daily Texan article regarding the emails from the Isaiah...


Emails may violate SG election code

Will Clark and Kayla Meyertons February 24, 2017

At least 16 students received an email from the Isaiah Carter and Sydney O’Connell student body presidential campaign around midnight Jan. 23, the nature of which could constitute a violation of...


Austin venue closes, leaving hole in music scene

Will Clark January 24, 2017

Earlier this month, Strange Brew, a coffee shop and music venue in South Austin, suddenly closed its doors without notice, leaving unemployed baristas and a canceled lineup of musicians in its wake. While...


$5.2 million grant awarded to end youth homelessness

Will Clark January 20, 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, is awarding $5.2 million to the Austin-based Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, as part of an ongoing effort to end youth homelessness...

Austin Police Department reports increase in annual crime rate

Will Clark January 18, 2017

At the end of 2016, the Austin Police Department reported 40 murders in the city throughout the year, the most in more than a decade.  Compared with 2015, the murder rate increased 66.7 percent,...


SafeHorns leaders will be recognized with crime prevention award

Will Clark December 5, 2016

Joell McNew picked up a call from her son, theatre and dance sophomore Connor Sullivan, who described a swarm of police cars on campus. McNew said his voice was shaking and he was obviously scared,...


Austin City Council approves interim police chief

Will Clark December 2, 2016

The Austin City Council confirmed Brian Manley as interim police chief Thursday morning, marking the official end of Art Acevedo’s nearly decade-long term as APD Chief. Under Acevedo, UTPD...


Texas state senator speaks on mental illness

Will Clark December 1, 2016

Texas State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, addressed the annual Austin meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Wednesday night on the future of healthcare for those with mental illnesses.  Watson...


Palestine Solidarity Committee and University Leadership Initiative discuss issues facing undocumented students

Will Clark November 30, 2016

The Palestine Solidarity Committee hosted a “teach-in” event last night on campus with the University Leadership Initiative to discuss and examine issues facing undocumented people, especially undocumented...


EMS reports spike in K2-related hospitalizations over weekend

Will Clark November 28, 2016

At least 39 people were hospitalized over the weekend in cases involving synthetic marijuana, also known as K2, according to Austin EMS Captain Darren Noak. The spree started Friday around 3:30 p.m....


New interim chief named to replace Acevedo

Will Clark November 22, 2016

Brian Manley, Austin Police Department chief of staff, will serve as interim police chief starting Dec. 1 after Chief Art Acevedo begins his new role as the Houston Police Department police chief at the...


Community members show support for Standing Rock

Will Clark November 21, 2016

Activists and community members came together Saturday at the Wildflower Church in South Austin to show solidarity with the people at Standing Rock protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Dallas-based...


Austin police chief announces departure from APD, move to Houston

Will Clark November 18, 2016

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is set to leave Austin to lead the nation’s fifth-largest police department in Houston, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Acevedo served Austin as police...


UT employee injury requires EMS response

Will Clark November 15, 2016

At 1:36 p.m. Monday, Austin Emergency Medical Services workers responded to a call at the Texas Union, where they treated a UT employee’s non-life-threatening injury while he was working at the Union...


Downtown parade honors, features veterans

Will Clark November 14, 2016

Thousands of Austinites lined Congress Avenue Friday morning to watch the 63rd Austin Veterans’ Day Parade Ceremony, where a procession of bagpipes, firetrucks and Jeeps led supporters and veterans....

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Diversity bake sale held in response to YCT event

Will Clark November 14, 2016

Students held a bake sale for all genders and races Friday on the West Mall as a response to the Young Conservatives of Texas event two weeks ago which protested the University’s affirmative action...


New UT research project addresses sexual, domestic and community violence

Will Clark November 11, 2016

UT School of Social Work launched a new, multi-year research project last week to better understand student experiences with sexual assault and interpersonal violence. UT System Chancellor William...


Travis County elects Hernandez as new sheriff

Will Clark November 9, 2016

Voters elected Sally Hernandez for Travis County Sheriff in a landslide victory to succeed the 12-year incumbent Greg Hamilton. Hernandez, who earned 62.11 percent of the vote according to the Travis...


News outlet received warning of potential Texas terror threat preceding election

Will Clark November 7, 2016

CBS News reported Friday that Texas, New York and Virginia are possible targets for an attack from al-Qaida on the eve of the election Tuesday. An unnamed source told Pat Milton, a senior investigative...


Cops chat with community members over coffee

Will Clark November 7, 2016

Austin Police Department Sergeant Carlos Dominguez was born in the small West Texas town of Marfa, where everybody knew everybody. He said growing up in Marfa, “the sheriff was just one of us.” When...


First Texas Taco Bell Cantina opens on Guadalupe Street

Will Clark November 4, 2016

The first Taco Bell Cantina in Texas opened at 2000 Guadalupe St. directly across from campus on Thursday and will serve alcohol in addition to the typical Taco Bell menu. The restaurant, which features...


YCT sends letter to Fenves concerning legal action against the University

Will Clark November 2, 2016

The University will not take any action against the Young Conservatives of Texas or its members for its affirmative action bake sale last week, J.B. Bird, director of media relations for the University,...


54 DWI arrests made over No Refusal Halloween weekend, APD says

Will Clark November 2, 2016

Over the weekend and Monday night, the Austin Police Department made 54 DWI arrests during the hours in which the no-refusal policy was in place, according to an APD press release. The policy was...


APD declares mishandling police complaints could lead to a 15-day suspension

Will Clark November 1, 2016

If an Austin Police Department employee fails to properly handle a complaint filed against an officer, he or she will face at least a 15-day suspension up to an indefinite suspension, APD Police Chief...


Police arrest man suspected of public intoxication outside West Campus Starbucks

Will Clark November 1, 2016

A man was arrested Monday night outside the Starbucks on 24th and San Antonio streets, where witnesses said he stole drinks and approached students there, prompting one student to call the police. Keila...


With the no-refusal Halloweekend, DWIs expected to rise

Will Clark October 31, 2016

The Austin Police Department’s No Refusal policy extends through Halloween tonight, which the Austin Police Department expects will lead to a higher number of DWI arrests. APD DWI Coordinator...


Professor from Mexico discussed how history of lynching in Mexico affects modern vigilante crime

Will Clark October 27, 2016

In modern Mexico, 47 percent of people condone lynching as a legitimate way to attain justice, according to Gema Santamaría, an assistant professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo...


Professor discusses study relating race and attitudes toward violence

Will Clark October 20, 2016

White Texans are more likely to hold pro-violence attitudes than Latinos or African-Americans, despite contrary stereotypes, according to research from associate professor Mary Rose . Rose, who specializes...


Community leaders host event to discuss law enforcement, community relationship

Will Clark October 19, 2016

Monica Guzmán grew up thinking if she needed help she could go to anyone in uniform. Now, she said, that’s not the case.  In an effort to collaborate with Austin communities, UT’s...

Branding court UT System

$1.5 million plan approved to enrich UT System branding

Will Clark October 13, 2016

The Board of Regents approved a $1.46 million budget Tuesday for a branding initiative in which the UT System will partner with creative agencies to better unite the UT System brand. Teri Thompson,...


Tech company co-founder Brett Hurt sees potential to change the world with platform

Will Clark October 12, 2016

Austin entrepreneur and UT alum Brett Hurt has started five different tech companies but said his latest company,, has the greatest potential to change the world. Tuesday evening in the AT&T...


After burglary, College Houses plans to update security at co-ops

Will Clark October 6, 2016

In the middle of a party at the 21st Street Co-op in mid-July, former radio-television-film student Valeria Andrea stood crying. A burglar had drilled a hole in her door and stole her laptop, causing Andrea...


New city bond plans to sustain local music venues

Will Clark October 5, 2016

Mayor Steve Adler recently announced a new plan for a $10 million bond that will sustain local music venues facing surging rent in Austin and stimulate economic development in the city’s industry.  In...


Social media connects students, law enforcement

Katie Keenan and Will Clark October 4, 2016

As nutrition senior Lauren Sergeant walked around campus last Monday, she noticed street lights near Speedway were out and tweeted at UTPD. An hour later, after a series of phone calls and a quick tweet...


New tree inventory improves University’s ecological resources

Will Clark September 28, 2016

A Himalayan deodar cedar, transported to UT in 1893, stands 58 feet tall in front of the historic Littlefield House. Droves of students walk by it every day, many unaware of the history of the tree, the...


New support groups for students of color on campus

Will Clark September 22, 2016

This semester a new student support group, Black Voices, formed to provide a space for black students to process their experiences as a minority on campus. Kimberly Burdine, diversity coordinator for...


Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia examines impact of oil in Middle East

Will Clark September 21, 2016

Robert Jordan, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, spoke at the School of Law Tuesday about his experiences with leaders of one of the most powerful oil producing countries in the world. Jordan...


Faculty, students speak on politics of Black Lives Matter

Will Clark September 16, 2016

Professors and activists debated the evolving Black Lives Matter movement, centering around a new document and platform, called A Vision for Black Lives, that aims to clarify the group’s demands...


Ride Austin founder speaks on startups at TEXTalks event

Will Clark September 14, 2016

Ride Austin founder Andy Tryba spoke at a TEXTalks event where he discussed the culture, economics and obstacles of a startup in the ride-hailing industry in Austin, Tuesday evening at the AT&T Executive...


Dell Medical to expand residency program by 2020

Will Clark September 8, 2016

The Dell Medical School plans to host 317 medical residents by 2020 who will work at Austin clinics and hospitals to meet the city’s growing medical demands. This year, the Texas Higher Education...

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