• Students march from tower to downtown Austin

    More than 300 students gathered in front of the UT Tower to protest last night’s election of Republican Donald Trump.

    The protesters walked from the Main Mall, and other people joined the protest as it made its way to the S. First Street Bridge.  

    Austin City Council member Greg Casar said today was an important day to begin resistance against a Trump presidency.

    “Many leaders including Trump are calling for healing, and we cannot heal,” Casar said. “Instead we need to organize and support protesters like this and be in the streets, and as a city, I’m calling on us to be a part of that resistance and not comply with the unconstitutional mandates Trump may pass along to us that might hurt our immigrant families.”

    Gabriela Muro, government and history freshman, said as an undocumented student she participated in the protest to show she was not scared.

    “I am personally an undocumented Mexican-American, and it really terrified me to find out that the election swung in Trump’s favor, and it was very disappointing,” Muro said.  “But I came out here today to show them that I am undocumented and unafraid and I’m not just going to let them step over me."

    Journalism freshman Juan Milan said he was in shock when he saw the results of the election.

    “I think those of us who didn’t stay up until [2 a.m.] to view the results woke up in shock that somebody we brought up as a joke actually won the presidency,” Milan said. “So I think today’s reaction is a perfect reaction towards that shock and that outrage, and I’m glad my fellow Longhorns are out here with us against this.”

    Biochemistry senior Dania Hussein, who is a Muslim, said she was hoping the election wouldn’t turn out the way it did.

    “I don’t think that a man that condones xenophobia, sexism [and] homophobia should be in office, because he is not representative of much of the country or its people,” Hussein said. “A lot of my family were in tears because we are Muslim and so the hate he has already been spewing just when he was running turned a lot of the nation against us, and it’s scary to think what could happen in four years with him in office.”

    Nick Hudson said he saw the protest on Facebook and headed over because he works nearby.

    “I’m upset about the election," Hudson said. "I’m concerned about electing someone who has demonstrated a willingness to oppress Muslims, immigrants and the LGBT community, who there are allegations of sexual assaults against and who has bragged about sexual assaults."

    This story has been updated since its initial publication.Will Clark and Van Nguyen contributed to this report.

  • Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine to return to Texas

    Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, will be returning to Texas at the end of September to fundraise for Hillary Clinton in Houston and Austin.

    Kaine previously visited the state in August at fundraising events in Dallas and Houston, as well as an Austin event meant to thank volunteers supporting the Texas Democratic Party. 

    This time around, Kaine will be in Austin for one day and attend two fundraising events. Details are still being finalized for locale, but one of the events will be held at the home of Bonnie Mills, who is on the board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, and tickets are being sold for $10,000, according to The Texas Tribune. 

    Joseph Trahan, University Democrats communications director, said no members of the organization are involved yet. 

    “I don’t believe anyone from UDems will be attending, but that could change as it nears,” Trahan said. “Nobody has reached out to us about it.”

    This will be the third time the vice presidential side of the ticket will visit Texas in recent months. Kaine’s wife, Anne Holton, also visited Dallas this week for a roundtable on education and childcare on the heels of a Washington Post-SurveyMonkey poll that put the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as tied with Republican nominee Donald Trump in the usually solid-red state of Texas. 

  • Despite flash flood warning, University will continue on regular schedule

    Radio-television-film graduate student Kira Matica walks across the Moody Skybridge on Monday afternoon.
    Radio-television-film graduate student Kira Matica walks across the Moody Skybridge on Monday afternoon.

    University classes and activities continued on a normal schedule for the remainder of Monday evening and this morning despite a flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service. 

    According to the National Weather Service, the flash flood watch will remain in effect until 10 a.m. this morning. UT’s meteorologist Troy Kimmel will continue to monitor the situation. In a special briefing on his website, Kimmel said the Austin area can expect potentially 1 to 2 inches of rain in general with scattered rain and thunderstorms throughout the night. 

    “It’s my feeling that if rainfall stays in this range, it should not create a whole lot of additional problems except perhaps in areas where we’ve seen rainfall in excess of 4 to 5 inches in the last few days,” Kimmel wrote. 

    While the University’s regular schedule will continue for now, Bob Harkins, associate vice president for campus safety and security, asked the UT community to monitor situations in their specific areas of Austin. 

    “You should not assume there is no weather risk where you are or that conditions on your route home haven’t changed just because the University isn’t closed,” Harkins said in an email to the University community Monday evening. “Mobile phone apps, along with local broadcast media, social media reports, and published road closures should help you assess any weather risks along your route, but only you can decide whether it’s safe for you to commute
    to campus.”

  • University delays classes, activities until 10 a.m.

    All University classes and activities will be delayed until 10 a.m. tomorrow morning due to severe weather and potential flash flooding across Austin.

    While classes before 10 a.m. will be cancelled, UT shuttles will start running at 8:45 a.m.

    Due to the ever changing nature of weather, Bob Harkins, associate vice president for campus safety and security asked all members of the UT community to monitor the conditions in their areas.

    Students with classes that will have started before 10 a.m. should ask their professors for information, Harkins said. He further requested that instructors and supervisors work with employees who may have students in local school districts that have their own delays and closures.

    The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch at 10:11 p.m. for the Austin and San Antonio areas from now until Tuesday afternoon, unless the watch is cancelled beforehand.

  • In a close race, Brown-Cicero elected as new GSA president and vice president

    Wills Brown and Francesca Cicero won the Graduate Student Assembly executive alliance race with 52 percent of the vote — a win which came down to 16 votes.

    After a two-day delay in announcing GSA results following court processes, which resulted in a campaign’s disqualification, David Engleman, chair of the Election Supervisory Board, announced results Monday morning in the Glenn Maloney room of the Student Services Building.

    Brown and Cicero, both graduate students in the School of Education, said they are excited to assume leadership and hope to bridge the gap they feel exists between graduate students and the University.

    Brown previously served as Student Government vice president in 2013 when he was an undergraduate student. He oversaw the Student Services Budget Committee and implemented a 24-hour PCL program. Cicero is a former trial attorney who has said she is prepared to argue and fight for graduate student concerns.

    Warner Cook and Ellie Boisjoli said they congratulate Brown and Cicero and look forward to working with them.

    Although the race came down to a few votes, Cook said it excites her to see how graduate students supported both campaigns.

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