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GR sucked, now sucks less
May 9, 2019
When you start something new, odds are you will suck at it. In some cases, you might not be that bad, but in others, you will look back at your first attempt and think, “Wow … that really sucked.”
First-gen student reflects on admissions scandal
May 7, 2019
After barely graduating from high school, Chris Smith never thought college was something she could achieve. Ten years after completing high school she ended up at UT, and now she will graduate this May.
Bills to watch as the legislative session nears its end
May 6, 2019
As the 86th Texas legislative session nears its end on May 27, here are a few bills that The Daily Texan has previously reported on to keep up with after the end of the semester.
House passes free speech protections for college campuses
April 29, 2019
The Texas House passed a bill Monday meant to protect freedom of speech and expressive activities on college campuses, but some Democrats say it could prevent universities from intervening if the activities are offensive or hateful
Early voting for local elections begins
April 22, 2019
Early voting for Austin-area elections began Monday and will continue until April 30, with Election Day falling on May 4. The ballot has a variety of propositions, as well as mayor and city council positions for cities around Austin.
House Rep. challenges tuition deregulation
April 18, 2019
As students face rising tuition, Texas legislators are trying to undo a previous law that deregulated tuition costs.
SB 9 could prevent election fraud, but also create voter restrictions
April 16, 2019
State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, said he authored Senate Bill 9 to prevent election hacking by leaving a paper trail of how a person voted and increasing the penalties for voter fraud, but critics say the bill would create more voting restrictions.
Proposed bill to require overdose response trainings at Texas universities
April 11, 2019
The state of Texas may soon require residential advisors and officers of student organizations to complete drug and alcohol overdose response trainings with House Bill 3658.
Hundreds rally around bill to outlaw all abortion
April 9, 2019
Advocates for outlawing abortion gathered at the Capitol on Monday to support a bill that would prohibit abortions in Texas, regardless of federal laws and court decisions that permit them.
Multiple free speech bills aim to protect speech on campus
April 3, 2019
Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, proposed House Bill 2100 to protect free speech on campuses by guaranteeing everyone who is “lawfully present” has the right to express themselves. Out of a handful of testimonies, no one testified against the bill, which was left pending in committee.
Austin Planned Parenthood center threatened by HB 1929
April 1, 2019
A bill that would prevent taxpayer dollars from going to abortion providers or their affiliates led to hours of testimony against Planned Parenthood at a committee hearing Monday.
Senate to hold special election next Thursday after president-elect, vice president-elect resign
March 29, 2019
The Senate of College Councils’ vice president-elect and president-elect resigned Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, leading to a new nomination at the Senate meeting Thursday evening. The special election will take place next Thursday.
Legislators try to improve student transfer credit process
March 27, 2019
State Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, outlined two bills at the Senate Committee on Higher Education meeting Wednesday that seek to improve the credit transfer process.
UT students featured at unofficial SXSW panel on experiences of racism for women of color
March 13, 2019
The event, called Inclusive Conversations, focused on increasing awareness of how racism impacts women.
Bill filing ends with a 10-year record high
March 10, 2019
As of Friday, the deadline for bill filing, 7,067 bills have been introduced for the 2019 Texas legislative session. This is the highest number of bills filed during a regular session since 2009.
UT's Center for Women in Law executive director resigns from her post following reports of racism
March 8, 2019
In her resignation, obtained by the Texan, Chanow did not acknowledge the accusations of racism that former employees of the center made against her.
Women of color have quit UT's Center for Women in Law for racism that 'courses through (its) veins'
March 8, 2019
UT Law’s human resources department is conducting an investigation into Chanow’s behavior, as is the Office of Inclusion and Equity, over racist comments and treating employees differently based on the color of their skin.
Few bills address maternity leave, but UT women want more
March 5, 2019
Hardly any bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature concerning parental leave policies, but some UT employees think more could be done to support employees who have children.
Heartbeat bill could outlaw abortion six weeks into pregnancy
February 26, 2019
The Texas heartbeat bill that would outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected is gaining traction in the Texas legislature. Within a week of being filed on Feb. 7, House Bill 1500 had 39 co-sponsors. By Tuesday, it had 52.
Two UT students help file legislation to add polling locations to college campuses across Texas
February 24, 2019
The University of Texas students Maya Patel and Zach Price are taking a hands-on approach this legislative session to increase the number of polling locations on college campuses in Texas.
University of Texas System officials push back against Trump administration's proposed Title IX changes
February 21, 2019
Title IX is only a 37-word law, but its student and employee protections against gender discrimination are expansive and evolving.
Repairs to Marine Science Institute nearly finished
February 19, 2019
Hurricane Harvey tore a roof clean off of a building at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Now, that building, along with several others, is nearly fully functional again.
Online voter registration could increase accessibility, cut cost for Texas, Travis County
February 15, 2019
Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, said at least 38 states already have online voter registration, and Texas should too.
Higher Ed Committee discusses higher education, Title IX
February 14, 2019
The House Higher Education Committee met for the first time this session on Wednesday, to discuss the state of higher education and Title IX regulations.
El Paso lawmaker wants to legalize knuckles, kitty keychains used for self-defense by some women
February 13, 2019
According to the Texas Penal Code, carrying knuckles is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. House Bill 446, filed by state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, would legalize knuckles and self-defense keychains.
SB 10 would improve mental health care
February 10, 2019
Texas legislators are working to create a statewide mental health network to help Texans get better psychiatric care.
Preliminary lege budget bills do not fund Patterson labs renovations
February 7, 2019
The UT Board of Regents requested $100 million from the Texas Legislature last September to renovate the J.T. Patterson Laboratories Building.
College students spend about $500 a year on textbooks. One Texas lawmaker wants to throw them a bone
February 5, 2019
House Bill 21, authored by state Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, would curb textbook costs by excluding course materials from sales tax for a week at the beginning of each semester.
Freshman legislators took different paths from UT to Capitol
January 31, 2019
Sheryl Cole and Ben Leman, House Representatives and UT alumni, did not have clear-cut paths to the Texas Capitol.
Texas House freshmen Vikki Goodwin, Julie Johnson look back at their time at the University of Texas
January 30, 2019
While state Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin, was unsure about running for office, state Rep. Julie Johnson, D-Dallas, was inspired to run after a class she took at UT.
State lawmaker files bill repealing Texas penal code clause that outlaws same-sex conduct
January 24, 2019
This year, Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, filed House Bill 84, which would strike the longstanding clause from the penal code that criminalizes the offense of homosexual conduct.
The Legislature’s new LGBTQ caucus hopes to ‘plant a flag permanently in Texas’ halls of power’
January 22, 2019
In previous years, the Texas House had anywhere from zero to two openly LGBTQ members, state Rep. Jessica González said. This year, there are five.
From teacher pay raises to abortion: Here are 9 bills to watch during the 86th Legislature
January 21, 2019
From bills about LGBTQ rights to gun reform, we’ve collected some of the most closely watched bills for you to keep an eye on during this session.
As the semester comes to a close, here's a look back at some of the top stories from this fall
December 9, 2018
Here's a look back at some of the top stories from this fall, including the midterm elections, the Kavanaugh protest and UTLA Director Phil Nemy.
Few UT-Austin officials knew of UTLA director Phil Nemy investigation before he was placed on leave
December 9, 2018
UT Los Angeles Director Phil Nemy was placed on official leave Friday morning pending an investigation by the UT Office of Institutional Equity into new allegations of misconduct.
UTLA director Phil Nemy placed on leave, UT investigating new allegations into sexual misconduct
December 5, 2018
UT Los Angeles director Phil Nemy was found guilty of sexual misconduct by a University investigation in June 2013. Five years later, Nemy is still the director of UTLA.
'The perfect job': UT's new chancellor, James Milliken, settles in, gears up for legislature
December 4, 2018
After nearly a semester on the job, UT System Chancellor James Milliken has settled into his new position advocating for Texas’ future.
System considers doubling STARs funding
December 2, 2018
Chancellor James Milliken asked the UT Board of Regents last month to increase funds for the Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) program.
System’s Virtual Health Network increases Texan’s access to medical care
November 28, 2018
The UT System’s Virtual Health Network is expanding into more UT institutions, the System reported at the Board of Regents meeting on Nov. 15.
FAFSA deadline made two months earlier on Jan. 15
November 25, 2018
The priority deadline for the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, will be Jan. 15, two months earlier than last year’s deadline.
UT study abroad participation increases despite rigid degree plans
November 19, 2018
Participation in Maymesters — four-week study abroad programs led by UT faculty — have increased by 41 percent in three years, compared to a 3-percent growth for semester-long programs, according to the International Office.
Chancellor Milliken supports task force report on UT administration job cuts
November 16, 2018
UT System Chancellor James Milliken said he has embraced the results of a task force that suggested the System should cut 70 to 110 full-time administration positions.
Last-minute charges to ‘What I Owe’ cause UT-Austin registration stress
November 13, 2018
After registration for spring courses opened two weeks ago, students complained that last-minute charges to their What I Owe accounts might prevent them from registering on time.
New vice chancellor begins work at UT System
November 8, 2018
Stacy Napier began her new role on Nov. 2, and she said she hit the ground running.
Mayor Steve Adler secures second term
November 7, 2018
Steve Adler clinched his second term as mayor Tuesday night, defeating former city council member Laura Morrison and five other candidates with more than 60 percent of the vote.
9 of 11 Austin propositions pass, including entirety of billion dollar bond
November 7, 2018
Early voters approved nine of the 11 City of Austin bonds on the ballot in the midterm elections.
Swimmer crosses the Pacific, helps UT researchers
October 31, 2018
Long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte is a little over one third of the way done with his swim across the Pacific Ocean, and he is helping UT researchers along the way.
Boil notice could last a couple days or 10 to 14
October 23, 2018
Austin Mayor Steve Adler said Tuesday the water boil notice would only last a “handful of days,” in contradiction with earlier reports that the notice could last 10 to 14 days.
City of Austin boil water notice continues, UT responds
October 23, 2018
The City of Austin issued a boil water notice Monday following recent flooding, telling residents to boil water before using it for drinking, cooking or making ice.
Austin makes boil notice mandatory after contamination exceeds state standards
October 22, 2018
The City of Austin issued a boil water notice Monday, telling residents to boil and cool water before using it for drinking, cooking or making ice.
UT System report: UT-Austin should consider eliminating 70 to 110 jobs
October 19, 2018
UT-Austin should consider cutting 70 to 110 full time administration jobs, according to a report released Thursday by the UT System.
New FAFSA mobile app opens for students
October 18, 2018
The free app, released by the Department of Education at the beginning of this month, will make the filing experience “more positive, engaging, and user-friendly” for students and parents, according to the FAFSA website.
UT System Board of Regents Chair Sara Martinez Tucker to resign
October 15, 2018
Sara Martinez Tucker, the head of the UT System’s governing board, told two UT officials she plans to step down in January.
Grad rates increase for first-gen, Pell-eligible students
October 12, 2018
From 2012 to 2018, four-year graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients have gone from 40.3 percent to 61 percent, and the same rates for first-generation students have gone from 40.9 percent to 61.5 percent, according to UT Enrollment Management.
Legislative funding does not match enrollment increases, system hopes for more
October 3, 2018
University funding from the Texas legislature has not kept up with enrollment growth, and the UT System is trying to change that going into the 2019 legislative session.
UT-Austin Counseling and Mental Health Center offers help for academic recovery
October 2, 2018
The counseling group focuses on the link between improving mental health and increased academic resilience rather than teaching academic or study skills, according to the CMHC website.
Auto-admit threshold to stay at 6 percent
September 24, 2018
The University’s automatic admission threshold will remain at 6 percent for the 2020-2021 application cycle, according to a Twitter announcement last week.
Former University President Bill Powers taken to Dell Seton after fall
September 20, 2018
Former University President Bill Powers fell outside of the School of Law on Wednesday and was hospitalized.
Engineering, business expo didn't present equal opportunities to all majors, some students say
September 19, 2018
After walking around campus in business attire for Expo last week, some students said the career fair did not offer equal opportunities for people across various majors.
Don’t just rely on classes for career readiness, students say
September 17, 2018
As students prepare for career fairs and internships, some say experiences outside of the classroom are better preparing them for their careers than classes themselves.
Longhorns should engage in herd immunity, prevent flu outbreak
September 13, 2018
With flu season around the corner, the Dell Medical School advises everyone to get their flu shot as soon as possible to prevent last year’s influenza outbreak from reoccurring.
Board asks legislature for $100 million for Patterson lab renovations
September 10, 2018
The UT Board of Regents is requesting $100 million from the Texas legislature to renovate the J.T. Patterson Laboratories Building.
‘Take care of yourself’: When life gets in the way of school, tell your professor
September 6, 2018
During syllabus week, professors unveiled their various policies on attendance, late assignments and exams. Some professors made a point that they can accommodate their students when life happens, and students noticed.
UT marine institute only halfway to full recovery a year after Harvey
September 6, 2018
A roof was torn from a laboratory. A drilling rig smashed into the pier. All 74 buildings were damaged, and six were totally destroyed.
DeVos regulations could change how sexual assault is handled on campus
September 4, 2018
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is proposing new regulations that would reduce liability on universities for occurrences of sexual assault and strengthen the rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape, according to the New York Times.
UT System study finds dual credit courses generally benefit students
August 30, 2018
The UT System released a comprehensive study revealing students who take dual credit courses in high school have higher college retention rates and perform better overall.
UT-Austin awarded $60 million National Science Foundation grant for new supercomputer
August 30, 2018
The Texas Advanced Computing Center announced Wednesday afternoon they received $60 million from the National Science Foundation for a new supercomputer, known as Frontera.
SG’s last meeting of the semester focuses on the work yet to be done
May 1, 2018
Student government brainstormed legislation for the fall
UHS moves to provide hormone replacement therapy, LGBTQ students keep up the pressure
April 26, 2018
This fall, University Health Services will begin providing hormone replacement therapy, a service the LGBTQ community has long been pushing for.
Students call for non-binary gender code to increase representation of LGBTQ students
April 18, 2018
Student leaders are calling for the establishment of a non-binary gender code to better represent all students in University records.
The Eyes of Texas: Racist tradition or cornerstone of school sprit?
April 17, 2018
Student Government debated on Tuesday about whether to continue singing the University’s fight song “The Eyes of Texas” at its weekly meetings, amidst student and faculty criticisms that the song has a racist history.
Dean Lilly promises to fund SG text service project
April 11, 2018
In its second meeting of the new administration, Student Government approved executive board appointments and passed its first resolutions, including one thanking the dean of students for funding a texting service project.
Sticker resources for sexual violence victims posted on bathroom mirrors
April 9, 2018
Stickers with resources for victims of sexual violence are popping up in University bathrooms in an attempt to give students and faculty a private place to access resources they may need.
Colton, Mehraz sworn in, 112th SG assembly begins
April 3, 2018
Student Government president Colton Becker and vice president Mehraz Rahman were sworn in Tuesday, initiating the 112th Student Government Assembly.
Colton Becker, Mehraz Rahman to be sworn in
April 2, 2018
Colton Becker and Mehraz Rahman will be sworn in Tuesday as the student body president and vice president.
A look back for Alejandrina, Micky as the 111th Student Government Assembly draws to a close
March 28, 2018
As the administration of the 111th Student Government Assembly draws to a close, Student Body President Alejandrina Guzman and Vice President Micky Wolf reflected on what they accomplished and what they are passing on to the next administration.
SG supports renaming building currently named after racist mathematician
March 27, 2018
In its last meeting of this administration, Student Government unanimously passed legislation in support of renaming Robert Lee Moore Hall, a building named after former UT mathematician and outspoken segregationist Robert Lee Moore.
Divisive election period comes to a close as Colton Becker, Mehraz Rahman elected student body president, vice president
March 22, 2018
Colton Becker and Mehraz Rahman will be the next student body president and vice president after winning the executive alliance runoff election following a revote after the initial results were nullified.
COCACOLA proposal fizzes out after SG debate
March 20, 2018
After heated debate, Student Government was unable to pass legislation to promote political inclusivity in a humorous manner by renaming the College of Liberal Arts. Assembly Resolution 26 was in support of renaming COLA, the College of Liberal Arts, to COCACOLA, the College of Conservative Arts and the College of Liberal Arts
Election Supervisory Board prohibits Guneez-Hannah executive alliance from campaigning for rest of election period
March 1, 2018
The Election Supervisory Board has issued sanctions against the Ibrahim-McMorris campaign for "deceptive campaigning," according to the resolution released earlier today.
SG Candidates will raise transcript fees, add bar on campus
February 26, 2018
Of all the campaign promises Student Government candidates have made in the last two weeks, only one president and vice president team has promised to raise transcript prices.
Quick guide to Student Government election
February 26, 2018
Voting for Student Government elections will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and close at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Student Government: Goss-Lee alliance offers critiques of SG, say they’ll be better
February 23, 2018
Sophomores Austin Goss and Denny Lee are running for Student Government president and vice-president, respectively, in an attempt to make the organization more fiscally responsible and transparent.
SG candidates combat polarization with civil discourse
February 20, 2018
Student Government executive alliance candidates Bryce Fuller and Vikram Sundaram are running on the platform of increasing respectful civil discourse on campus.
SG fails to pass changes to campus-wide election voting system
February 14, 2018
After tense debate, Student Government failed to pass a bill that would have changed the way votes are counted in campus-wide elections from checked boxes to a ranking system.
SG passes legislation addressing University domestic abuse, sexual assault policies
February 14, 2018
Student Government passed two key pieces of legislation addressing the University’s domestic abuse and sexual assault policies and actions against pharmacy professor Richard Morrisett, who remains on staff after pleading guilty to charges of domestic abuse.
UT Student Government passes resolution to increase visibility of auto-graduation policies
February 8, 2018
Student Government passed a joint resolution Tuesday to increase the visibility of auto-graduation, a process that has caused confusion among students pursuing multiple degrees and other non-traditional tracks through the University.
SG proposes amendment to voting system for elections
February 6, 2018
The new system would "(eliminate) student concerns of “wasting” votes on “sure-thing” or “underdog” candidates."
SG discusses domestic, sexual abuse legislation, in light of pharmacy professor's continued employment
February 6, 2018
Student Government is working on two pieces of legislation concerning domestic and sexual abuse.
Graduate students rally for higher wages
February 2, 2018
Two dozen graduate student employees gathered on the West Mall Thursday to rally in favor of pay raises, improved pay schedules and tuition waivers that match tuition increases.
Student government fails to pass resolution on faculty standards
January 31, 2018
In the aftermath of the discovery that a UT professor pleaded guilty to one count of domestic violence and was accused of another, Student Government attempted to fast-track a bill that would hold professors to the same ethical code as students.
Faculty Council expresses concerns about professor productivity database
January 30, 2018
UT System contracts with the company Academic Analytics have sparked concerns among faculty members over how the University administration evaluates professors’ work.
SG seeks student input on senior class gift
January 24, 2018
Seniors received an email from Student Government yesterday with a survey gauging class interest in donating to a senior gift — something SG hopes will become a new Longhorn tradition.
Student Government works to increase civic engagement, voter turnout
January 24, 2018
The Student Government Assembly had its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday, when it passed a resolution establishing the UT at Austin Civic Advisory Board to increase civic engagement on campus.
UT-Austin alumna explores African heritage with clothing line
January 18, 2018
Instead of working in oil and gas, chemical engineering graduate Toyosi Shusi is debuting her own fashion line exclusively using fabrics imported from Africa.
UT alumni thriving with respect to competitors
January 17, 2018
UT graduates are thriving in comparison to graduates from national competitors, according to a study released in December by Gallup, Inc.
Track twins join ranks of the few black student athletes to graduate from UT electrical engineering
December 6, 2017
With graduation around the corner, Charles Anumnu tweeted that he and his twin brother, Carlton Anumnu, would be the first black student athletes to graduate from UT’s electrical engineering department.
EERC hosts first student-run event
December 3, 2017
The Engineering Education and Research Center had its first major social event on Friday night since its opening in August.
Free speech is threatened by left, FOX News pundit says at lecture
November 13, 2017
The left is stifling free speech in America by preventing political debates, said FOX News Contributor Guy Benson at an event for the College Republicans at Texas.
Students debate gun control in wake of mass shootings
November 7, 2017
In the wake of recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, students respectfully debated the divisive issue of gun control in Parlin Hall on Tuesday night.
NPR correspondent visits UT, says journalists should be wary of scientific findings
November 3, 2017
The vast majority of small scientific studies are not reproducible, said National Public Radio science desk correspondent Richard Harris to an auditorium of journalism students Thursday night.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage speaks on importance of American theater
October 25, 2017
Over 100 students and community members filled Rainey Hall on Tuesday to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage speak
Student Government launches social entrepreneurship learning lab
October 19, 2017
Student Government accepted its first group of fellows this year for the Social Entrepreneurship Learning Lab, or SELL, Fellowship Program, an initiative that aims to give undergraduate students skills to solve social problems
Faculty members speak at special forum on hurricane crisis afflicting Puerto Rico, Caribbean
October 18, 2017
On Tuesday, Puerto Rican faculty members voiced frustration towards the lack of U.S. relief in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean following hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Football players speak out about #TakeaKnee protests
October 2, 2017
Boyer, a former Green Beret, told Kaepernick that he understood Kaepernick’s desire to protest police brutality towards African-Americans, but sitting down during the anthem bothered him — it could be viewed as disrespectful to members of the military.
McCombs has a 47 percent female enrollment rate, but finance is only 29 percent female
September 25, 2017
While the McCombs School of Business boasts a 47 percent female enrollment rate in its undergraduate program, only 29 percent of finance majors consists of women, according to fall 2017 data from the University.
Latino Pan-Hellenic Council showcases diversity in Greek life
September 12, 2017
The Latino Pan-Hellenic Council, LPHC, hosted its biannual showcase event Tuesday evening to show potential new members the values and traditions of its sororities and fraternities.