• Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas. In a 7-1 decision, the court is requiring the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reexamine its previous ruling on UT's admissions process. UT President William Powers Jr. said the ruling encouraged the University, and others say the ruling is a victory for supporters of affirmative action.

    Here are five quotes you have to see from the justices:

    1. "Located in Austin, Texas, one the most renowned campus of the Texas state university system, the University is one of the leading institutions of higher education in the Nation. Admissions is prized and competitive." — Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion.

    2. "Once the University has established that its goal of diversity is consistent with strict scrutiny, however, there must still be a further judicial determination that the admissions process meets strict scrutiny in its implementation. The University must prove that the means chosen by the University to attain diversity are narrowly tailored to that goal." — Kennedy.

    3. "Unfortunately for the University, the educational benefits flowing from student body diversity — assuming they exist — hardly qualify as a compelling state interest." — Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote a concurring opinion with the majority.

    4. "The petitioner in this case did not ask us to overrule Grutter's holding that a "compelling interest" in the educational benefits of diversity can justify racial preferences in university admissions...I therefore join the Court's opinion in full." — Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote a concurring opinion with the majority.

    5. "Petitioner urges that Texas Top Ten Percent Law and race-blind holistic review of each application achieve significant diversity, so the University must be content with those alternatives. I have said before and reiterate here that only an ostrich could regard the supposedly neutral alternatives as race unconscious." — Justice Ruth Ginsburg, who wrote the dissenting opinion on the case.

     

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  • Student Government president Horacio Villarreal said UT is working through the decision and is preparing a statement for later today on the Supreme Court's decision to send Fisher v. Texas back to a lower court.

    “My whole perspective on the case still remains in full support of UT,” Villarreal said. “There is an immense amount of educational benefit.“

    Villarreal said University officials are currently meeting with lawyers to fully understand the ruling and its implications for the University.

    “They are going to report back to us about what it really means in plain English,” Villarreal said. “It’s a little more complicated than I expected. I thought it would be more black and white. We have a little bit of time to regroup. Student government will be backing whatever stance the University takes.”

    Villarreal is currently in Washington D.C.  and said he will being meeting with CNN, Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal throughout the day discussing the case when the result becomes more clear.

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  • On Monday morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas. The ruling said the court is requiring the 5th Circut Court of Appeals to reexamine it's ruling on UT's admissions process.

    The Daily Texan is reading the ruling and working on a more in-depth story. In the meantime, check out this timeline on the Fisher v. Texas case.

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  • On Monday morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas. The ruling said the court is requiring the 5th Circut Court of Appeals to reexamine it's ruling on UT's admissions process.

    The Daily Texan is reading the ruling and working on a more in-depth story. In the meantime, check out this timeline on affirmative action in the United States.

  • Update: The resolution on the possible impeachment of Wallace Hall is now available online.

    The resolution says that Hall "may have obtained that office through misrepresentation of material facts regarding his experience and qualifications in a manner that violates the penal laws of this state, including Section 37.10, Penal Code, and casts doubt on his fitness to hold public office and ability to carry out the responsibilities of that office with the integrity expected of a person holding a position of public trust in this state."

    If the resolution passes, a special impeachment committee will be formed. The committee will then determine to file impeachment articles against Hall. The articles of impeachment will then go to the House, before being considered in the Senate. Hall could be limited in his abilities to serve as a regent once impeachment proceedings are underway.

    Original story:

    State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, has filed a resolution to begin the impeachment process on UT System Regent Wallace Hall Jr.

    The resolution's text is not online yet, but the bill's caption says the impeachment is "for certain misconduct."

    The resolution comes after months of conflict between the UT System and the Texas Legislature. The Legislature made several attempts to limit the powers of the UT System Board of Regents and other higher education boards across Texas. Some of them, including SB15, failed. Others, such as several amendments to the State's budget bill, did pass successfully.

    Hall has filed many open records requests against UT-Austin, and Pitts has, in return, accused Hall and other regents for engaging in a "witch hunt" against UT President William Powers Jr.

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