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Semester in Review: looking back, looking forward
May 3, 2018
A series of blurbs looking back on what has happened in the past semesters, as well as what is to come.
Texas community college women aren’t getting the kind of birth control they want, UT report finds
May 3, 2018
Most Texas female community college students do not have access to their preferred method of birth control, according to a recent study conducted by UT’s Population Research Center.
Thinking of renting an electric scooter? Pay attention to these new guidelines
April 27, 2018
As city officials discuss how to manage the recent influx of dockless electric scooters in Austin, both UT and the Texas State Preservation Board have taken steps to enforce regulations regarding scooter parking and operation.
US Senate race between Cruz and O’Rourke “too close to call,” poll finds
April 22, 2018
The Texas U.S. Senate race between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is too close to call, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday.
Latest LGBTQ snub highlights generational tensions between Texas GOP voters
April 17, 2018
The Texas Republican Party’s latest snub to the LGBTQ community came last week when party leadership once again denied its largest LGBTQ group, the Log Cabin Republicans, a booth at the upcoming state convention.
Governor Abbott asks Trump administration to safeguard NAFTA provisions, protect Texas economy
April 12, 2018
Finance junior Katherine Zingerman said she has not thought much about buying a car after graduation because she plans on living in a big city.
President Trump deploys troops to U.S.-Mexico border
April 11, 2018
In an effort to stop illegal immigration into the country, President Donald Trump decided last week to deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Opponents of Senate Bill 4 ask federal appeals court to reconsider recent ruling
April 5, 2018
After the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed most of Senate Bill 4, commonly known as the Sanctuary Cities Bill, to go into effect last month, immigrant advocates promised the fight against the proposed legislation was far from over.
Reinstating citizenship question to 2020 census could hurt Texas politically, economically
April 3, 2018
When the Trump administration announced on March 26 that the 2020 census questionnaire will ask all U.S. households whether they are citizens or not, health and society junior Berenice Ramirez did not know what to think — in part because she’s an undocumented immigrant.
Texas House report denounces bathroom bill, says it poses threat to Amazon HQ2 bid
March 22, 2018
In a report released last week, the Texas House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness condemned last session’s “bathroom bill,” saying it may hurt Austin’s bid to become Amazon’s second headquarters and may be dangerous to the future of the state’s economy.
Lupe Valdez, Andrew White advance to runoff in Democratic primary for governor
March 8, 2018
Although Lupe Valdez and Andrew White led the pack in the crowded Democratic primary for governor, neither candidate was able to secure the majority of the vote in Tuesday’s election. Come May 22, Valdez and White will go head-to-head in a runoff race.
Travis County voter turnout doubles in 2018 Democratic primary
March 8, 2018
In Travis County, voter turnout in the Democratic primary more than doubled since the state’s last midterm election year in 2014. In the 2014 Democratic primary, Travis County had a voter turnout rate of 7.73 percent of total registered voters. This year, 15.54 percent of the county’s 733,906 registered voters cast ballots in the Democratic race.
The race for the State Capitol: Who to keep an eye on in the Texas gubernatorial primary
February 26, 2018
With the gubernatorial primary election less than two weeks away, pollsters and pundits agree Gov. Greg Abbott doesn’t face much competition from the Republican ballot.
US Senators propose bill to address sexual abuse at universities, hold leaders accountable
February 22, 2018
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Texas Republican John Cornyn, introduced legislation last week holding public universities accountable for sexual abuse committed against students.
Trump signs off on nearly $90 billion of disaster funding that will help Harvey victims
February 16, 2018
For Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey, more substantial federal disaster funding is helpful, but long overdue.
Gov. Abbott announces new plan to fight sexual misconduct at the Texas State Capitol
February 16, 2018
When journalism senior Christine Vanderwater accepted a full-time position as a legislative aid for a Texas State representative last year, she thought she knew what to expect.
Republican–backed higher education bill seeks to protect free speech on college campuses
February 9, 2018
The 590-page higher education bill currently making its way through Congress comes with, as expected, lots of controversy.
At least 49 openly LGBTQ candidates are running for office in 2018, setting a new state record
January 31, 2018
At least 49 openly LGBTQ Texans are running for public office this year, each vying for spots at the federal, state and local levels. The turnout is unprecedented.
Female candidates aim to end dry spell of electing new women to Congress from Texas
January 21, 2018
Nearly 50 Texas women are running for Congress this year, each hoping to end the state’s 22-year dry spell of electing new women to serve in Washington.
Trump administration decision could force 36,000 Salvadorans to leave Texas
January 18, 2018
Biology senior Marco Medina and his family have been paying close attention to the TV, shushing each other and turning the volume up whenever they hear three words: Temporary Protected Status.
Gov. Abbott proclaims January Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Texas
January 17, 2018
On Jan. 5, Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed January 2018 to be Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Texas to emphasize his administration’s commitment to fighting the heinous crime.
Tea Time event fosters connections between Asian-American students, faculty
December 7, 2017
Out of her five professors, business freshman Lynn Huynh said only one is a person of color.
Stand Up for Mental Health event promotes healthy stress management methods
December 6, 2017
For a little more than hour, a huge black poster on the West Mall lit up with stress-reducing strategies in fluorescent writing Tuesday afternoon.
Four faculty members named AAAS fellows
December 1, 2017
Four UT-Austin faculty members were recently recognized for their work in advancing science, according to a UT press release.
Great American SmokeOut seeks to end smoking among students, faculty
November 15, 2017
Playing into Texans’ love for Mexican food, UT’s Tobacco Free Campus, or TFC, program offered T-shirts, pins and phone wallets emblazoned with the motto “Tacos, not Tobacco” to smokers in exchange for their personal tobacco products at Tuesday’s Great American SmokeOut Carnival.
Attorney speaks to UT law students about foster care reform
November 7, 2017
When it comes to reforming the foster care system, attorney Stephen Dixon said state governments have a legal obligation to protect foster children’s right to “healthy childhood development.”
Campus Environmental Center hosts Trash to Treasure Halloween sale
November 1, 2017
The Student Activity Center lawn bustled with life as makeshift thrifters eagerly sifted through gently used objects sold for $1 apiece at the Campus Environmental Center’s Trash to Treasure Halloween Sale on Tuesday.
UT Libraries prepares to debut new website
October 27, 2017
When students visit the UT Libraries website on Nov. 6, they may be surprised to encounter a completely redesigned homepage.
TexNet allows public to track earthquakes in real time
October 25, 2017
As Texas experiences more earthquakes each year, concerned citizens can view seismic activity in real time by utilizing the TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program, the state’s earthquake tracking system which finished development last week.
Editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast speaks at UT
October 17, 2017
Hardly two minutes into his presentation Tuesday, John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, granted journalism sophomore Fatima Espejo’s wish and dropped the now notorious F-word: “fake news.”
UT chemists awarded $2 million grant from National Institutes of Health
October 12, 2017
For chemistry professor Richard Crooks, what began as a casual inquiry over beers has inspired his trajectory outside the classroom for the last 18 months.
UT alumnus wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
October 4, 2017
UT alumnus Michael Young was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for his research toward identifying a gene that determines the circadian rhythms of living things.
UT celebrates grand opening of Engineering Education and Research Center
September 29, 2017
An idea conceived more than 10 years ago became a reality at the Engineering Education and Research Center’s grand opening Thursday.
Engineering professor receives UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
September 13, 2017
Assistant engineering professor Paola Passalacqua is one of seven UT faculty members selected to receive a 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor granted by the UT System Board of Regents.
20th annual Austin Museum Day fuses past and future
September 12, 2017
For Austin Museum Day’s 20th anniversary this Sunday, organizers are focusing on the future.