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William James Gerlich
Perry joins field of candidates vying for Republican nomination
August 13, 2011
Perry said if elected president he would cut taxes and deregulate business to help stimulate the economy.
Schools take different approaches to budget cuts
August 11, 2011
Some colleges and schools did not return requests for comment by press time. The Daily Texan will continue to reach out to them for information.
Counter-rally addresses Perrys exclusion of non-Christians
August 7, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry’s “The Response” proved less controversial than expected, but at the state Capitol, protesters drove home a radical message — ‘Rick Perry: Bad for Texas, worse for our nation.’
Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to make reforms before hurricane
July 28, 2011
The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association is enacting a number of reforms this summer that officials say will protect homeowners by making the organization more efficient and financially stable.
Lesser-known GOP candidates flaunt moderate platforms for 2012 race
July 25, 2011
Some GOP contenders have more moderate tendencies that would appeal to the mainstream if they could get the public to pay attention.
US, Texas officials take wide range of stances on higher education
July 17, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry, Pres. Barack Obama and former Pres. George W. Bush have each made a mark on higher education in Texas. The Daily Texan takes a look at the three politicians’ impacts on higher education.
Group holds benefit for Planned Parenthood, to protest sonogram bill
July 10, 2011
A women’s rights group is working with Planned Parenthood to fight new health care legislation they call anti-women and insensitive.
Redistricting maps draw fire for splintering UT voters
July 7, 2011
The University’s blue legislative districts may turn red if the current state and federal redistricting maps pass through the judicial system untouched.
Violence rises as Greece's debt swells
July 4, 2011
As Greece comes closer to defaulting on their growing national debt, violent demonstrations and protests have become headline news throughout the world, said a UT student researching social media in the Mediterranean nation.
Lawmakers' fashion shocases faux pas, great style in session
July 4, 2011
Lawmakers of the 82nd legislative session are trading in their suits and ties for Hawaiian shirts and Bermuda shorts now that special session is over at the Texas Capitol.
Closing thoughts on the 82nd Legislature
June 30, 2011
As the 82nd legislative session wound down Tuesday and Wednesday, The Daily Texan’s William James Gerlich collected final thoughts from legislators and leadership on the successes and failures of the session.
Debates, blame games ensue after legislative special session
June 30, 2011
Wednesday marked the close of the 82nd legislative special session rife with political posturing, finger pointing and headline-grabbing, values-based bills. In the process, senators and representatives passed a few bills that will impact all Texans.
Texas Legislature passes appropriations bill, denies anti-groping law
June 29, 2011
William James Gerlich gives you updates from the Capitol's special legislative special.
House passes budget after initial failure
June 28, 2011
The special session almost went into round two after the Texas House of Representatives first rejected the “must-pass Senate bill” that would balance the state’s next biennium budget.
Legislation piles up as special session winds down
June 27, 2011
Daily Texan Staff William James Gerlich gives an update on legislation from the special session.
Storm bill rests in the hands of compromise
June 23, 2011
The Texas Senate passed its version of the long-debated Texas Windstorm Insurance Association bill Wednesday, but legislators said it may be impossible to compromise the Senate and House versions of the legislation.
Perry considers presidential run
June 23, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry may throw his cowboy hat into the ring of Republican presidential candidates when the legislative special session ends — possibly as soon as Wednesday.
Redistricting map headed for signature, likely legal challenge
June 20, 2011
Senators approved the final passage of the congressional redistricting map with a vote of 19-12 along party lines. The map now awaits Gov. Rick Perry’s signature, and according to some Democrats, many lawsuits.
Special session dominated by Republican agenda
June 15, 2011
Republican lawmakers have rubber-stamped most of the legislation Gov. Rick Perry added for the special session, leaving Democrats voiceless. Four major bills are hurtling past the final roadblocks to becoming law after passing at least one chamber this week.
Sanctuary Cities bill passes Senate
June 15, 2011
The Sanctuary Cities bill passed in the state Senate which allows law enforcement officials to inquire about a person's citizenship status based on the color of their skin.
Legislators worry for future of research in public higher education
June 13, 2011
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus formed the Texas Joint Committee for Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency last month to discuss higher education policy decisions openly and protect the high quality of Texas universities.
Schools to take 6-percent cuts despite wishes of protesters
June 12, 2011
Public school districts will take a 6-percent cut for the next biennium despite rallies and protests held by educators, politicians and public school officials at the Texas Capitol that demanded alternatives.
Redistricting lines, education cuts pass Senate
June 7, 2011
Despite opposition from every Senate Democrat, Republicans approved their congressional redistricting lines and a plan to permanently reduce some teachers’ salaries and furlough others Monday.
Republicans push statewide cutbacks
June 6, 2011
The Texas Senate passed four bills Friday that will help balance the budget and prepare Texas for the next biennium.
Special session of legislature called as result of filibuster
June 2, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry and Texas legislators started working overtime during a special session Perry called Tuesday.
30 Columns: Life and Arts
May 6, 2011
Everything we need to say can be summed up in 30 words. Our time here ranges from six months to five years, with work ranging from music reviews to feature writing. Although our experiences could amount to a novel of inch counts, we believe what needs to be said can be done in less. Every word matters.
Safety forums, University event raise awareness for Bike Month
May 4, 2011
Austin drivers could see some relief from usually hectic traffic throughout May as citizens participate in National Bike Month.
APD launches program to enable online filing of police reports
April 29, 2011
Filing a paper police report for petty crimes can be a hassle, and the Austin Police Department hopes its new online system will simplify the process.
Student designs menswear collection for fashion show
April 21, 2011
Drawing inspiration from small, green toy soldiers, Colton Gerard created an ensemble that resembles his own legion of military officers for his collection, “Heritage,” which makes its debut tonight at the fashion show, “Innovation” at the Frank Erwin Center.
UT loses ranking as No. 1 party school
April 15, 2011
UT has a “work hard, party hard” ethos, but the University no longer holds the Playboy Magazine No. 1 party school title.
Student creates ornate fashion designs
April 14, 2011
Fashion masterminds such as Yves Saint Laurent, Cristobal Balenciaga and Gianni Versace have highlighted the history of haute couture and inspired designers for many years, including UT fashion designer and senior Sophia Albanna.
Increased loans likely as UT faces cuts
April 14, 2011
Total student loan debt may top $1 trillion this year, having previously exceeded total credit card debt for the first time last year, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Representative seeks harsher punishment for first-time DWIs
April 13, 2011
After a drunken driver killed one of his constituents in 2006, Rep. Bill Callegari, R-Katy, now wants all those convicted of driving while intoxicated to undergo a Breathalyzer test before they get behind the wheel — a proposal which expands the existing measure to first-time offenders.
Journalist explains problems in India
April 6, 2011
In India, a farmer takes his own life every 33 minutes because of the rise of corporations and the systemic problems in the country’s agriculture, said journalist P. Sainath during a talk Tuesday.
Photojournalist captures presidential history
April 1, 2011
Appearing in publications from Time magazine to Vanity Fair and portraying figures including President Gerald Ford and President Bush, Diana Walker’s photographs have been some of the most popular political images to hit news stands.
House bill could cut funding, reduce services for hospitals
March 30, 2011
Hospitals, nursing homes and physicians could be forced to cut services if lawmakers pass House Bill 1 this Friday, said leaders of the Texas Hospital Association on Tuesday.
Professor reviews spread of Mexican food in world
March 25, 2011
Most people understand the tacos they eat are no more representative of Mexico than pizza is of Italy. Jeffrey Pilcher, a history professor at the University of Minnesota, explained the globalization and global history of Mexican food in a talk called “Planet Taco” on Thursday.
Obama team unveils program to increase graduation numbers
March 23, 2011
The Obama administration rolled out an new program Tuesday that it hopes will help the United States boast the best college graduation rate in the world by 2020.
Anti-death penalty event educates student advocates
March 21, 2011
Students around the country gathered in Austin to advocate an anti-death penalty agenda as part of the Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break.
KUT donors pledge support for station after threat of cuts
March 11, 2011
When it comes to radio pledge drives, KUT deserves a Ph.D. for schooling every other local radio station in town.
Students, leaders speak out for evidence-based sex ed
March 9, 2011
Sex education in Texas public schools will become more comprehensive if student lobbyists and a state representative get their way.
Celebrities increase popularity of mustaches
March 7, 2011
Iconic men with trendsetting mustaches have shaped the way we have shaved our faces since the dawn of the razor, and from Salvador Dalí to Johnny Depp, it is clear that with a great mustache comes great responsibility.
Legislation seeks free IDs for homeless
February 25, 2011
More than 265,000 Texans are homeless, but two Austin representatives are attempting to lower the number by introducing legislation that would allow homeless individuals the ability to acquire a free Texas identification card — a basic necessity to gainful employment.
Department unveils crime lab to keep up with technology
February 23, 2011
The Texas Department of Public Safety performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new crime lab Tuesday. The new facility will allow the department to expand and keep up with technological advances, speakers said.
Survivors decry campus gun legislation
February 18, 2011
Two survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting want Texas lawmakers to vote against bills that would allow students to carry concealed handguns on campus, they said at a press conference Thursday.
Radio experts offer tips to ambitious musicians
February 16, 2011
Industry insiders revealed the secrets of how to make it big as a recording artist during a talk Tuesday night.
UT professor talks of strife American acts create in world
February 11, 2011
Since Europeans landed in the United States, cultural suppression has played a key role in the rise of the American empire, said a UT journalism professor in a lecture Thursday.