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Mary Ellen Knewtson
Attempts to further bill slowly progressing
September 28, 2012
The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act is among the many pieces of legislation currently gridlocked in Washington, D.C. International relations and global studies senior Philip Tryon said he has been working to get the bill reauthorized since 2010.
State representative in online fight with alumnus
September 27, 2012
A state representative told a UT alumnus last week to go to Afghanistan if the United States was not sensitive enough for him.
MAP-Works surveys connect freshman students with resources
September 26, 2012
The School of Undergraduate Studies will invite UT freshmen to participate in the first in a series of surveys Wednesday meant to identify freshmen struggling with the transition from high school to college.
New Texas district map to be used for 2012 elections
September 21, 2012
The United States Supreme Court approved a temporary map for Texas congressional districts Wednesday after ruling the original map drawn by the Texas Legislature unfairly grouped minority populations to minimize their influence.
Political violence at the US-Mexico border brought on by drug use in the US
September 20, 2012
An Iraq war veteran and UT student decided to research political violence along the U.S.-Mexico border after visiting his grandparents.
LSU investigating a bomb threat
September 17, 2012
Police were still clearing many of the buildings on campus Monday evening.
FBI looking for a connection between Friday's bomb threats
September 16, 2012
The FBI is searching for a connection between the false bomb threats at UT, North Dakota State University and Hiram College in Ohio that caused the campuses to be evacuated Friday.
Tech companies expand to Austin, providing jobs for graduates
September 14, 2012
With General Motors, Apple and Samsung all coming to Austin, students will have more options close to the 40 Acres.
Students compile professor watch list
September 13, 2012
UT’s Young Conservatives of Texas chapter is compiling a watch list to identify professors who it decides are inappropriately politicizing the classroom.
85 mph speed limit toll road set to connect Austin and San Antonio
September 13, 2012
If they are willing to pay, drivers will be able to travel to San Antonio on a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the nation.
Crickets make appearance at football stadium, don't affect performances
September 12, 2012
Football spectators saw UT shut out the New Mexico Lobos and stomped out crickets in the process.
State employees may get a new retirement plan soon
September 7, 2012
With Texas legislators looking for ways to trim spending for the January legislative session, retirement plans for new UT faculty and staff may look more like 401(k) plans than the predetermined pension plans state employees currently receive.
Students represent UT at DNC
September 5, 2012
The University has a strong influence on the Democratic National Convention.
Crew up the creek
August 31, 2012
UT’s Texas Crew has two weeks to find somewhere to store its 28 boats, previously housed in a Town Lake warehouse sold earlier this month.
UT and Texas A&M compete in establishing South Texas medical schools
August 31, 2012
Competition between UT and Texas A&M to establish a fully operational medical school in South Texas will ensure the schools remain rivals off the gridiron.
Women gather at Texas Capitol to protest Planned Parenthood funding cut
August 29, 2012
A quiet congregation of more than 200 people stood at the Texas Capitol building’s south gates Saturday protesting the funding cuts that family planning organization Planned Parenthood will receive in Texas because it provides abortion services.
University Extension considered 'one of UT's best kept secrets'
January 18, 2012
Students facing lengthy waitlists or class closings for core courses may not be out of luck.
SG resolution allows Butler to be involved in budget cuts
May 4, 2011
Student Government members voted to pass a resolution that calls for transparency, student involvement and preservation of research in the Board of Regent’s actions as they decide on budget cuts.
Mexican justice system reform proves beneficial, panel says
April 13, 2011
Although some Mexican attorneys, policymakers and citizens criticized the 2008 reforms to the Mexican justice system, they are necessary in light of the current system’s inefficiency and inaccuracy, a Mexican law professor said in a panel Tuesday.
Texas House speaker: Rise in tuition sometimes necessary
April 6, 2011
Two days after the Texas House passed a $164 billion budget bill, Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, told a group of students the cuts in the bill were necessary.
P. Terrys founder gives advice about owning small business
March 30, 2011
Old ladies often pull up to P. Terry’s burger stand and tell founder Patrick Terry that he and the restaurant make them feel young again, he told communications students Tuesday.
A year later, health care reform debate rages on
March 23, 2011
One year ago today, President Barack Obama signed a landmark federal healthcare reform law, which has already provided Americans with affordable health care coverage they could not get before the bill. Republic opponents of the law continue to say the it infringes on states rights.
Navy official sheds light on spending
March 23, 2011
Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy Juan Garcia said the Navys large presence in Japan for relief, the American and European attacks on Libya and the continued burden of the Iraq War are proof of the branchs continued relevance and necessity.
Political experts discuss future power of Tea Party
March 2, 2011
Although the Tea Party played a key role getting Republicans elected in the 2010 elections, four political observers at a panel Tuesday said they are uncertain how the group will fare in 2012 or what positions they will endorse.
ACC administration fights funding cuts, capping enrollment
February 23, 2011
Although a record high of more than 45,000 students enrolled at Austin Community College this spring, the college could have to place a cap on the number of students it accepts or raise tuition if the state Legislature cuts its funding.
Senate officer, veteran named UT Systems director of police
February 23, 2011
A United States Senate sergeant at arms and Vietnam War veteran will be the UT System’s new director of police, a spokesman for the System announced Tuesday.
Former Rep. advocates guns for self-defense
February 16, 2011
Former state Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp said to about 50 students Tuesday that she was not mad at the man who shot her parents and 22 others during the 1991 Luby’s massacre in Killeen.
Senator selected as graduation speaker
February 9, 2011
The presidents of UTs three student governance organizations selected U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison as the commencement speaker for the May 21 event on the Main Mall.
Snapshots reveal slice of history
February 3, 2011
A traveling photographer with an unknown identity captured Great Depression-era Corpus Christi in a set of 473 photographs that the Harry Ransom Center has been unveiling over the past two months.
Texans march against profiling legislation
January 26, 2011
A blend of Spanish and English cries rose up to the Capitol’s south steps at a rally against proposed legislation that would target undocumented immigrants in Texas.
Burrito company plans to expand with more stores
November 28, 2010
After the first Freebirds World Burrito opened in California in 1987, the burrito chain restaurant quickly found a formula for success: Target the throng of hungry students on the nation’s college campuses.
Graduate school celebrates centennial of education
November 11, 2010
UT’s Graduate School celebrated its 100th anniversary with steel drums and sheet cakes on the West Mall on Wednesday.
Students wake up to talk with deans of communication
November 3, 2010
Three deans of the college stood near a long table with red cups and ping pong balls in the lobby of the communication school on Wednesday.
Student summit at Capitol addresses school bullying
October 28, 2010
On Wednesday more than 400 eighth-grade students left the Capitol with new tools to combat the bullying and discrimination they may face in their middle schools.
Indian activist reflects on movie roles
October 21, 2010
An audience of about 400 people jumped to their feet as a security guard escorted actress and activist Shabana Azmi toward the stage of the Texas Union Theater on Wednesday.