Abbott elected next governor in landslide victory

The Daily Texan Attorney General Greg Abbott was elected the state’s next governor by about a 20-point margin Tuesday night, extending the Republican Party’s hold on statewide elections to 16 years. At his election night party in Austin, Abbott thanked all Texans, including those who voted against him or not at all. “We all want … Continue reading Abbott elected next governor in landslide victory

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‘Hook ’em Horns’ hand sign inventor Harley Clark dies

The Daily Texan By Nicole Cobler and Eleanor Dearman Harley Clark, the inventor of the "Hook ‘em Horns" hand sign, died Thursday morning at the age of 78, after fighting pancreatic cancer since February. Clark graduated from Austin High School in 1952 and received three degrees from UT — bachelor's and master's degrees in government and a law degree … Continue reading ‘Hook ’em Horns’ hand sign inventor Harley Clark dies

SG too closely affiliated to UT to discuss private loans

The Daily Texan Student Government’s initial decision to inform students about the B-On-Time loan has been halted because, according to federal law, the organization is too closely affiliated to the University. The B-On-Time program is a no-interest state loan that is fully forgiven if a student graduates on time with a GPA of at least 3.0. … Continue reading SG too closely affiliated to UT to discuss private loans

LGBTQ-friendly legislation faces barriers at UT System and state legislature

The Daily Texan While the University often cites state law as a reason it cannot provide certain benefits to LGBTQ students and faculty, others say there are ways to circumvent these obstacles. Mandatory diversity training, gender inclusive housing and same-sex insurance benefits are still not available on campus, much to the frustration of several organizations … Continue reading LGBTQ-friendly legislation faces barriers at UT System and state legislature

Students ask for Regent Wallace Hall’s resignation

The Daily Texan Seventeen college councils at the University signed a letter to be released Monday asking that Regent Wallace Hall resign from his position at the UT System Board of Regents. The Senate of College Councils serves as one of the three legislative student organizations advocating academic issues at the University and is made … Continue reading Students ask for Regent Wallace Hall’s resignation

Increasing lack of affordable housing concerns graduate students

The Daily Texan Alberto Jorge Vazquez Anderson, a graduate student from Mexico, came to the University in 2011 to study chemical engineering and quickly realized Austin is an expensive place to live. Vazquez and his wife put their names on a waitlist more than 800 people long to get into more affordable graduate student housing … Continue reading Increasing lack of affordable housing concerns graduate students

In speech, George W. Bush says education is today’s most important civil rights issue

The Daily Texan In his speech Thursday night at the Civil Rights Summit, former President George W. Bush led with a joke that was, in the Johnsonian tradition, somewhat off-color. “Former presidents compare their libraries the way other men compare their ... well ...,” Bush said before tailing off. After the laughter died down, Bush … Continue reading In speech, George W. Bush says education is today’s most important civil rights issue

Student leaders use the Civil Rights Summit as an opportunity to discuss issues

The Daily Texan As the University prepares for the Civil Rights Summit, a number of student organizations agree that civil rights — including issues of immigration, LGBTQ rights, human trafficking and equality for African-American students — are still a topic for discussion today. Heriberto Perez, historian for the University Leadership Initiative and radio-television-film and computer science … Continue reading Student leaders use the Civil Rights Summit as an opportunity to discuss issues

Despite city’s water restrictions, fountains turn on for Civil Rights Summit

The Daily Texan While Austin is under stage two watering restrictions, the University, which is not required to follow city ordinances, will run the LBJ Fountain through the Civil Rights Summit on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Since 2012, the city has been in stage two, which restricts the owners of multi-family residential, commercial or city … Continue reading Despite city’s water restrictions, fountains turn on for Civil Rights Summit

Advisers legally restricted from providing students with certain loan information

The Daily Texan Federal laws that restrict what loans advisers are allowed to mention to students mean that students are not provided with information that could save them money, according to Tom Melecki, director of Student Financial Services. Federal law currently prevents institutions from recommending, promoting or endorsing private student loans, which are defined broadly enough … Continue reading Advisers legally restricted from providing students with certain loan information