Undocumented Student’s Arrest a Cautionary Tale

The Texas Tribune is taking a yearlong look at the issues of border security and immigration, reporting on the reality and rhetoric around these topics.  Almost seven years ago, Raul Zamora, a 19-year-old University of Texas at Austin student, was driving down Robert Dedman Drive when campus police pulled him over for a broken taillight. They discovered there was … Continue reading Undocumented Student’s Arrest a Cautionary Tale

A&M refuses to share records for animals in lab testing

    San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle Associated Press AUSTIN - Backed by a legal opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton, Texas A&M University is refusing to divulge information about dozens of animals used in lab testing.   At least 40 people have requested daily care logs and health records of cats and dogs used … Continue reading A&M refuses to share records for animals in lab testing

Jefferson Davis statue vandalized at UT

San Antonio Express-News & Houston Chronicle  AUSTIN — Hours after University of Texas crews removed red spray paint reading “Black Lives Matter” from a Jefferson Davis monument, the school's president commissioned a task force to make recommendations about whether to remove the controversial statue. The prominently displayed monument of the Confederate president has been under renewed … Continue reading Jefferson Davis statue vandalized at UT

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

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

Rady and Strickland take reins of SG presidency and vice presidency

The Daily Texan As newly-elected Student Government President Kori Rady and Vice President Taylor Strickland were sworn into their respective positions Tuesday, outgoing executives Horacio Villarreal and Ugeo Williams concluded a year of platform points centered on inclusion, safety, service and accessibility. Rady and Strickland ran their campaign on over 22 platform points, including an … Continue reading Rady and Strickland take reins of SG presidency and vice presidency