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Suspect named in death of ‘Junior the Wendy’s Guy’

May 12, 2016

Austin Police Department officers have named Nikolas Ray Eller, 38, as the suspect in the death of Ishmael Mohammed Jr., according to the Austin American-Statesman. APD officers are investigating Mohammed...


News editor says “à bientôt” to the Texan, climbs stairs one last time

May 6, 2016

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...


Report: Details emerge regarding on-campus homicide

April 13, 2016

Dance freshman Haruka Weiser, the victim of last week’s campus homicide, appears to have been sexually assaulted and was the victim of strangulation, according to a report by the Austin American-Statesman. The...


Secretary of Defense speaks on campus

April 1, 2016

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited UT Thursday and engaged in a discussion with students about the United States’ current security situation. During the event, which was hosted by the...


Texas primary election results: Hinojosa, Cruz, Clinton win

March 2, 2016

Results for state and local elections and the national primaries were announced Tuesday night after citizens cast their votes on election day and early voting last week.  Gina Hinojosa, an Austin...


UTPD voids disorderly conduct citation after review

February 12, 2016

After reviewing a citation written to an evangelical preacher for disorderly conduct, the University of Texas Police Department voided the citation because it did not meet the requirements of the law. “Our...


Faculty council speaks out against campus carry

January 26, 2016

Faculty members gathered at the Faculty Council meeting Monday to speak out against campus carry and give President Gregory Fenves their thoughts before he submits suggestions to the UT System by mid-February. Campus...


Student hosts TEDx event, talks about effect of televised Senate broadcasts

January 22, 2016

The U.S. Senate’s televised broadcasts have impaired its ability to discuss important political issues, according to a UT student who gave a talk during a TEDx event in Reno, Nevada.  William...


New West Campus parking meters begin operation Wednesday

January 13, 2016

Newly installed parking meters in West Campus will start collecting money Wednesday as part of an expansion of the parking benefit district that was started in 2013. The expansion of the benefit district...


Introducing the yuccie

June 22, 2015

The first rule of being a hipster is you don’t call yourself a hipster. At least that’s what everyone says. Hipsters are not new, and they’re definitely not new to Austin, a place...


Chancellor appoints two new leaders

May 7, 2015

As a part of his plan to increase the UT System’s influence and excellence in higher education, System Chancellor William McRaven hired two leaders from within the System to join his staff. David...


New drink promises hangover cure

May 7, 2015

In an effort to help students keep up their with their class schedules and social lives, a Princeton junior developed a new drink that aims to alleviate hangovers quicker than extensive hydration. Brooks...

West Campus sees increase in car burglaries over last two months

May 6, 2015

Car burglaries in West Campus have been on the rise for the past two months, according to Austin Police Department officials.  Between March 22 and the end of April, 47 car burglaries took place....


Austin Fire Department works with Wall-E, Eve to combat danger

May 4, 2015

Two robots, Wall-E and Eve, are helping the Austin Fire Department incorporate technology into firefighting so that they can ultimately assess situations in advance of their human firefighting counterparts. The...


As APD prepares to equip department with body cameras, some officers ahead of the curve

May 1, 2015

Over the next two to five years, the Austin Police Department will implement plans to equip its officers with body cameras — and in the meantime, 25 APD officers have purchased cameras on their own. Several...


Pedestrian fatalities occurring at a higher rate in 2015

April 28, 2015

The number of pedestrian deaths in Austin has increased compared to this time last year, with nine deaths occurring since January. In 2014, there were 15 pedestrian deaths total. The Austin Police Department...


Legislators seek to ban red light traffic cameras

April 23, 2015

The Texas Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ban red light cameras throughout the state.   SB 714, which state Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) authored, will prohibit all red light cameras throughout...


APD shifts focus in drone regulation policy

April 22, 2015

Officers from the Austin Police Department said they will no longer check to see if drone operators have a certificate for themselves or for their drone, unless the drone is flying near a crowded area.  The...


UTPD officers face dunk tank for charity

April 20, 2015

Officers from the UT Police Department plunged into cold water Friday in an effort to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of Phi Kappa Sigma’s first Dunk A Cop event. The...


Bomb threat prompts UTPD to examine notification system

April 13, 2015

When the University of Texas Police Department received a bomb threat earlier this month, officers quickly went to sweep the area near the Butler School of Music — but did not send a text alert to...


Facilities Services staff places barricades around CLA because of broken windows, falling glass

April 8, 2015

Temporary barricades will remain around the perimeter of the College of Liberal Arts building until UT Facilities Services staff can determine what is causing the building’s large glass windows to...


UTPD, APD clear Butler School of Music after bomb threat

April 7, 2015

Bass Concert Hall and Texas Performing Arts Center were evacuated Monday after a bomb threat was reported to the Butler School of Music. UTPD responded to a call that reported a bomb threat in...


APD focuses on underage drinking during RoundUp weekend

April 1, 2015

Despite a recent sound ordinance in West Campus, more tickets were issued for underage drinking than for noise complaints during RoundUp last weekend. Officers of the Public Assembly Code Enforcement...


IFC tightens wristband policy in preparation for RoundUp ’15

March 27, 2015

Students from around the nation will flood West Campus for the 85th annual RoundUp event this weekend — and the Interfraternity Council is hoping all of them will be college students. This year,...


UTPD employs higher number of women than national average

March 24, 2015

Ten women serve as officers win UTPD, making up 16 percent of the staff, and that number is higher than the national average of 13 percent among police departments nationwide. Julie Gillespie started...

On-campus crimes continue during spring break

March 23, 2015

Although the student population on campus dwindled this week, officers from the UTPD responded to many incidents involving non-UT subjects on and near campus.   During spring break, UTPD officers...


One year later: SXSW Cares Fund still provides help to victims

March 12, 2015

One year after a car drove through a crowd of people at South By Southwest, killing four and injuring more than 20 others, all the victims of the crime have received funds to help with the recovery...


House bill proposes higher minimum wage in Texas

March 10, 2015

Rep. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) filed a bill Thursday to raise minimum wage in Texas from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. The minimum wage for federal contract workers increased to $10.10 per...


UTPD: More students using real personal information on fake IDs

March 6, 2015

More students are including genuine personal information when creating fake IDs for themselves, according to UT police. “Lately, we’ve been seeing driver’s licenses that [have] the...


APD investigating assault in West Campus

March 6, 2015

A UT student was assaulted in West Campus early Wednesday morning, according to a UT Safety Alert email. The assault occured at approximately 2 a.m. near 25th and Pearl Streets....


Gene Vela found not guilty on all counts

March 5, 2015

Gene Vela walked out of the Travis County Courthouse a free man Wendesday after being found not guilty on all charges. The trial occurred more than a year after the standoff between Vela, a former...


UT closes campus until 1 p.m., delays classes until 2 p.m.

March 5, 2015

UT campus will close at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and remain closed until 1 p.m. Thursday because of inclement winter weather. Classes will resume at 2 p.m., and UT shuttle services...


Jurors: Gene Vela not guilty on all counts

March 5, 2015

Update (9:14 p.m.): Gene Vela walked out of the Travis County Courthouse a free man after being found not guilty of charges for aggravated assault against a public servant, making a terroristic threat,...


Students express frustration with J & J Towing Company

March 4, 2015

Eight students have said J & J Towing removed their cars from their apartment complexes although they had permits displayed. J & J towed the cars from Texan Tower and San Gabriel Condominiums,...


Trial continues for former UT grad student involved in armed police stand-off

March 2, 2015

The trial of Gene Vela, a former public affairs graduate student on trial for two charges of aggravated assault on a public servant, continued Friday at the Travis County Courthouse.  Vela...


Students hold vigil for death row inmate Rodney Reed

February 27, 2015

One week before Rodney Reed’s scheduled execution, students and community members gathered on the steps of the Tower to hold a vigil for Reed and to protest Texas’ judicial system.   Students...


Former graduate student Gene Vela stands trial after standoff with police

February 27, 2015

More than a year after a standoff with Austin police, Gene Vela, a former public affairs graduate student, stood trial this week for two charges of aggravated assault on a public servant. Vela was taken...


UTPD: Proper bike lock use can prevent bike theft

February 25, 2015

Fifteen out of 17 bicycles that have been reported as stolen since the semester began in January were locked using a cable lock, according to William Pieper, University of Texas Police Department...


SURE Walk remains under-used by students

February 24, 2015

The safety program SURE Walk remains an under-utilized student resource despite efforts to re-brand its image and increase visibility, according to Charles Steen, government and finance junior and director...


Classes delayed until 11 a.m. because of potential winter weather

February 24, 2015

Because of potential winter weather, UT will delay opening until 10 a.m., and classes will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Classes that are scheduled to already be underway at 11 a.m. will...


Students discuss potential impact of “campus carry” policy

February 20, 2015

Students on both sides of the “campus carry” debate gathered on campus Thursday night for a town hall meeting to discuss the impact a concealed firearm policy might have on campus. Last...


APD: Auto thefts increase in West Campus

February 19, 2015

West Campus auto thefts have increased because of students leaving their cars unlocked, according to the Austin Police Department. According to APD officers, students can help prevent auto thefts by...


Faculty Council reaffirms ban of firearms on campus

February 17, 2015

The UT Faculty Council passed a resolution Monday reaffirming the ban of firearms on campus. The Council unanimously approved the resolution in response to SB 11, which would allow concealed carry of...


Student Government develops mobile safety app

February 16, 2015

Members of Student Government are working to bring a mobile safety application to campus in an attempt to give students a better sense of security.  Taylor Strickland, SG vice president, said the...

Union employees review building policy after stabbing

February 12, 2015

Employees of the Union Building are reviewing building policies after an argument Tuesday evening between two homeless men escalated to physical violence. Claudette Campbell, assistant director of operations...


Homeless man wields knife, stabs other homeless man in Union Building

February 11, 2015

A homeless man stabbed another homeless man with a knife inside the Union Building after the two got into a fight Wednesday evening.  UTPD spokeswoman Cindy Posey said neither of the...


City plans to add lighting, widen sidewalks in West Campus

February 9, 2015

City officials are planning to add lighting, trees and wider sidewalks to West Campus as part of a parking benefit program between the city and University Area Partners, a West Campus neighborhood association.  The...


UTPD, APD target crime on Drag

February 5, 2015

Officers from both UTPD and the Austin Police Department started a more focused initiative to minimize crime homeless people commit on Guadalupe Street.  APD officer Darrell Grayson said the...

Medical school construction means fewer parking spots west of I-35

January 28, 2015

Because of Dell Medical School construction, the University removed hundreds of “C” parking spots in lots near the Frank Erwin Center and School of Social Work, causing frustration among some commuting...