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Students navigate SXSW traffic on campus commutes
March 11, 2019
As thousands of people gather in downtown Austin for South by Southwest this week, UT students will have to navigate heavier traffic, crowded buses and closed-off streets. Because the festival normally lines up with UT’s spring break, a large population of students who are usually out of town will still be commuting around Austin.
Women lead Longhorn Band in consecutive years for first time in its history
March 10, 2019
Before she was old enough to know what an instrument was, music education junior Ally Morales said she knew she wanted to be in the Longhorn Band.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama talks family, life in spotlight during Austin stop of 'Becoming' book tour
March 1, 2019
While growing up in the south side of Chicago, Michelle Obama said she didn’t realize her family was poor.
Students win Improve UT Challenge with proposal for bike lanes on Speedway
February 28, 2019
Four students from the Orange Bike Project, a bike shop located in the 27th Street Parking Garage, and Campus Bike Alliance created a proposal to combat this traffic by adding bike lanes to Speedway Mall.
Bumble grows in popularity through brand ambassadors, events near campus
February 21, 2019
University campuses are buzzing with dating app users and UT is no different. Bumble, an Austin-based social and dating app, launched in 2014 and has become increasingly popular through recruiting student brand ambassadors and sponsoring events near campus.
Fanucci-Ivanova hope to ‘recreate’ campus with executive alliance campaign
February 20, 2019
Izzy Fanucci and Elena Ivanova, student government executive alliance candidates, both hope to “recreate” some parts of UT’s campus and the way student government is viewed through their campaign.
Cars, cyclists navigate ongoing construction along Dean Keeton and Guadalupe
February 18, 2019
Construction on gas lines along Dean Keeton and Guadalupe has caused lane closures and changing traffic patterns since last summer.
Hot showers are hot commodity for Jester residents
February 15, 2019
Nearly 1,800 Jester West residents shower on 14 floors. After receiving an increased number of cold water complaints in December, maintenance employees found water heaters in the basement were not flowing at full capacity, said Rick Early, director of residential facilities operations.
University Unions expands food truck service to include breakfast hours
February 12, 2019
More breakfast options are now available on campus after University Unions expanded food truck hours starting Feb. 4.
Construction begins on Anna Hiss Gym to house robotics programs
February 12, 2019
For the past two years, Texas Aerial Robotics has worked out of empty classroom spaces in the aerospace engineering building. Because there is no lab on campus big enough, they test fly their drone on the top floor of a nearby parking garage.
UT dietitians work to create healthy, allergen free menu items for students
February 7, 2019
The food allergen symbols on dining hall menus may seem small, but UT dietitians put great effort into creating them for every menu item to help students with dietary needs.
Students call for additional bike lanes on campus following cyclist death
February 5, 2019
Samaa Al Adawi said she does not feel safe riding her bike on campus along San Jacinto Boulevard.
Admissions center relocates to PCL
January 27, 2019
Construction on a new Admissions Welcome Center on the ground floor of the Perry-Castañeda Library will begin this spring.
Bliss bubble tea location set to open in Jester West
January 23, 2019
Bliss, a new bubble tea restaurant, is set to open mid-February in Jester West, replacing Freshens, a smoothie and yogurt bar. Along with classic bubble tea drinks, Bliss will offer a variety of juices and food items, such as sushi and pot stickers
West Mall entryway, Welch Hall and other construction projects to expect on campus this spring
January 22, 2019
Students can expect the completion of a few ongoing construction projects to make campus easier to navigate this spring.
Kevin Eltife, outspoken critic of UT System spending, voted new chairman of Board of Regents
December 20, 2018
Eltife, a former Republican from Tyler, was appointed to the board in 2017 by Gov. Greg Abbott and has been an outspoken critic of UT System growth and spending
UT students make up two-thirds of Austin B-cycle riders
December 4, 2018
While Austin B-cycle, the City’s bike share program, has seen a drastic decrease in use since dockless scooters and bikes were introduced across the city, ridership on UT’s campus has not seen this same trend.
UT student nonprofit teaches elementary schoolers about sports, life skills
November 29, 2018
When an elementary school student raised his hand to ask what a football looked like during his first after school session, coaches from Students Creating Opportunities for Recreational Exercise Athletics realized the impact their program could have.
Long distance bus service expands to Texas for Thanksgiving break
November 18, 2018
With Thanksgiving break coming up, many students without cars rely on public transportation to get home for the holiday. OurBus, a technology company based out of New York, will expand its bus service to Austin and other cities across Texas and Oklahoma from Nov. 20 to 25, during peak Thanksgiving travel time.
Longhorn Gaming advances to finals in national tournament
November 13, 2018
After playing League of Legends for eight years, actuarial science senior David Willis’ dream of playing it on a live stage at a collegiate level tournament will come true in Atlanta on Nov. 17.
Co-op residents work to restore historic murals after vandalism
November 4, 2018
The walls inside the Pearl Street Cooperative are covered in murals painted by residents dating back to the 1960s, but four of those murals were vandalized when an external organization hosted an event Oct. 20.
Travis County sees record number of early voters for midterm election
October 28, 2018
Students voting early on campus last week stood in hour-long wait lines at some points during the day, despite the addition of a new location at the Perry-Castañeda Library. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said this is a result of the record number of Travis County voters in a midterm election.
Woman of color leads Longhorn Band for second time in history
October 21, 2018
Standing in front of the Longhorn Band during the first home game of the season, drum major Jessica Martinez couldn’t help but sing along as she conducted.
UT spirit group launches campus-wide drunk driving awareness initiative
October 16, 2018
Following the death of one of their members, Vanessa Whitford, in a drunk driving accident in May 2015, Texas Lassos decided to tackle the issue of drunk driving head on.
UT RecSports offers intramural esports this semester
October 9, 2018
Students looking to get involved in intramural sports can now do so without breaking a sweat.
Racial, ethnic discrimination impacts adolescent development, UT study says
October 5, 2018
Racism and ethnic discrimination negatively affect development in adolescents in aspects ranging from physical health to academic success, according to a recent UT study.
UT-Austin researchers develop more accurate approach to flu season forecasting
September 24, 2018
A flu season forecast shows information about how long flu season will be, when it will be the worst and even how many people could die from the flu.
CapMetro adds additional buses to route 10 following overcrowding complaints
September 24, 2018
These additional buses are not in the regular schedule and will not show up on the app. Instead they will arrive as “bonus” rides to alleviate overcrowding, CapMetro communications specialist Mariette Hummel said.
Amazon partners with UT for Alexa fellowship
September 20, 2018
As Amazon considers Austin for the location of their new headquarters, the company has also selected UT as one of 18 schools worldwide to participate in the Amazon Alexa Fellowship.
Students face overcrowding on buses following CapMetro remap
September 13, 2018
As part of their “Cap Remap” this June, CapMetro eliminated route 653, which used to run along Red River Street to the UT campus. It was replaced with route 10, a high frequency route that runs every 15 minutes.
UT students design flying robotic fruit harvesting system
September 11, 2018
Three UT students from different colleges joined together to design a flying robot with hands that pick fruit.
New organization aims to help women personally, professionally, politically
September 10, 2018
When accounting sophomore Emily Aguiar started her personal blog “Girl Gang” last fall, she saw it as a way to keep track of her thoughts and give friends advice on topics such as schoolwork and self care. One year later, her blog has grown into a new organization on campus, Texas Girl Gang.
Big Ticket changes coming this Texas football season
September 6, 2018
Major changes to the Big Ticket policy include general admission seating and substituting scanning printed tickets for scanning student IDs to enter the stadium, Amy Folan, executive senior associate athletics director, said in a statement.
New entrepreneurship minor starts this fall
September 5, 2018
Students looking to create, collaborate and especially get in on Austin’s startup sector can now pursue a minor in entrepreneurship.
Reading Round-Up ropes in 18 percent of UT Austin freshman class
August 30, 2018
Nearly 1,500 freshmen gathered on the South Mall for breakfast tacos and book discussions Tuesday morning in the largest Reading Round-Up to date.
Hey, UT freshmen: Here’s how to get around Austin — for free
August 28, 2018
Getting around Austin without a car can be difficult, and with more than 80 bus routes, navigating the CapMetro bus system can be confusing for new students. CapMetro is free with a student ID, and SURE Ride provides students with free Lyfts home from main campus from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.
UT study shows air pollution lowers global life expectancy
August 26, 2018
Air pollution has lowered the global human life expectancy by more than a year, according to a UT study released Wednesday.
More than 4,000 students participate in eighth annual Longhorn Run
April 15, 2018
Over 4,000 runners wearing orange and white flooded the streets of campus Saturday morning for the eighth annual Longhorn Run.
84 participants ‘Brave the Shave’ to raise money for pediatric cancer research
April 8, 2018
Actuarial science senior Madason Donaho ran her fingers over her completely bald head in front of the UT Tower on Saturday morning. Just an hour before, it was covered by waist-length hair.
Comedians, students stand up for refugees with charity event
March 29, 2018
The second annual Stand Up for Refugees night brought together 150 people to watch dance performances and four comedians, and donated all proceeds towards Refugee Services of Texas, an organization which offers resettlement and legal services to refugees in the state. The event was hosted by members of the Ismaili Muslim Students Association, Management Information Systems Association and OneWay South Asian Intervarsity.
Music, dancing, colored powder fill Holi celebration on LBJ lawn
March 25, 2018
Seven thousand students and community members danced, sang and threw colored powder on each other at the LBJ lawn on Sunday for UT’s annual Holi festival, hosted by the Hindu Students Assocation.
Taste of Austin brings Franklin Barbecue to campus without wait time
March 1, 2018
While a trip to Franklin Barbecue would normally take a couple of hours, Taste of Austin by Ugora, a food-centered event organization, brought the nationally ranked barbecue to 60 students in the Student Activity Center on Wednesday without the wait time.
Dresses, wigs and heels take the stage at UT’s first drag show, hosted by Todrick Hall
February 22, 2018
Decked out in a bright pink wig, a sparkly one-shouldered dress and heels borrowed from a friend, biochemistry freshman Alex Contreras prepared to lip sync Donna Summer’s “Boogie Oogie” in front of a crowd of 300 people.
Volunteers care for campus cat population
February 6, 2018
While the UT campus has a large wildlife population including albino squirrels and raccoons, a number of stray and feral cats from local neighborhoods have also made a home on the Forty Acres.
Harry Ransom Center digitizes movie poster collection
January 30, 2018
The bright and iconic posters from classic movies such as “West Side Story” and “Africa — Texas Style!” are now available for viewing in an online archive from the Harry Ransom Center.
Artist unveils 4,000 square foot mural in McCombs' new Rowling Hall
January 28, 2018
Hundreds gathered Friday night for the unveiling of Jose Parla’s 4,000-square-foot mural, “Amistad America,” at Robert B. Rowling Hall. Five years in the making, the abstract mural combines elements of graffiti, calligraphy and cave painting.
UT Wellness Network hosts first drug take back event
November 30, 2017
Pizza, drinks and t-shirts were available on Wednesday on the lawn by Littlefield Fountain for a small price — old prescription drugs.
Candelight vigil honors lost transgender lives
November 20, 2017
The lost voices of transgender individuals killed in 2017 could be heard in the poems, songs and speeches delivered outside Austin City Hall on Monday night for the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance candlelight vigil.
Texas Crew rows 801 miles for fundraiser
November 14, 2017
The low whir of rowing machines joined the usual shouts of student organizations tabling on Speedway as Texas Crew held their annual Row Across Texas fundraiser.
Texas Rising hosts Lies into Laws forum
November 10, 2017
Students and community members gathered Thursday night to hear from experts about how widespread misconceptions can carry over into state legislation.
New breakfast spot rises on Guadalupe
November 6, 2017
After months of vacancy, Rise Biscuits and Donuts, a North Carolina-based chain, will replace the now-closed Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Guadalupe in early 2018.
Pease Park Conservancy receives $9.7 million grant to fund renovations
November 3, 2017
Designing and planning will begin in early 2018 as phase one of the Pease Park Conservancy’s Pease Park Master Plan.
Athletics department cracks down on football Big Ticket admission
October 26, 2017
The athletics department has changed policies this season regarding Big Ticket holders because of a large number of students using altered tickets and causing overcrowding in certain sections of the stadium.
Study: ‘Cheap sex’ has led to decline in marriage
October 12, 2017
In a recent study, associate sociology professor Mark Regnerus found that the reason for a decline in marriage rates in 18- to 23-year-olds is due to the cheapened value of sex in today’s hookup culture.
NSF funds research on social media and Hurricane Harvey
October 5, 2017
Researchers from the Moody College of Communication received a $168,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the role of social media aiding rescue efforts for Hurricane Harvey.
DHFS provides students with temporary rooms in study lounges
September 25, 2017
After the Division of Housing and Food Service received more housing applications than they could grant, 170 students took up residence in study rooms as supplemental housing this fall.
Students fashion collection drive for Harvey, Irma victims
September 11, 2017
Students from The Audacity magazine and UT Fashion Group are hosting a collection drive to assist Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims.