• UT CPE engineering building evacuated

    UT’s Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Building, located at Dean Keaton and Speedway, was evacuated shorty after 1 p.m. Monday because of reported smoke. 

    University spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said construction in the building caused dust to be mistaken for smoke, leading someone to pull a fire alarm. It was originally thought smoke was coming from the third floor. The building has now been cleared for re-entry.

    Software developer Michael Jackson, who works in CPE, said there was a large amount of confusion during the evacuation.

    “I was just working when the alarms went off and they rushed us out,” Jackson said. “I didn’t smell any smoke or hear anything, it was just a nice, pleasant day at work.”

    Jackson said this type of incident is becoming common. Thursday, the Engineering Sciences building on Speedway was evacuated because of an air conditioning problem.

    Masa Prodanovic, an assistant professor of engineering, came back from lunch to find the building had been closed off.

    “We just want to get back in there and get back to work,” Prodanovic said.

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  • The Morning Texan: Dry Monday, Urban Rail and more

    According to the National Weather Servie, today's high is 98 degrees. A few clouds are expected to roll in tonight, but there is not a chance of rain.

    Here is some morning reading: 

    This weekend's most read story online: From Jenji Kohan, the creator of the award-winning television series “Weeds,” comes the new Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black.” About a woman with a complicated history landing in an all-female federal prison, this show is a must-watch. Check out our review here.

    In case you missed it: Check out our Daily Texan Podcast, where Bobby Blanchard, Christine Ayala, Jody Serrano and special guest Jacob Kerr discuss the UT regents, MyEdu and ESPN's X Games. They also get off topic for a little bit and discuss the royal baby and tea.

    What you have to read: The City of Austin is currently planning where the Urban Rail may go. While the University want it to go along San Jacinto Boulevard, students may prefer it in West Campus.