• Student leaders support University stance, wait for Fifth Circuit ruling

    After UT President William Powers Jr. responded to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in Fisher v. Texas, student leaders remain in support of the University and current holistic review admissions.

    Powers said the ruling, as it stands, will not impact the class of 2013 or 2014 admissions process.

    David Sanchez, Community Development co-director for Multicultural Engagement Center, said the ruling caused a lot of confusion.

    “When the decision came out, there was a lot of confusion as to what happened or what decision the court made,” Sanchez said. “As a minority, I see affirmative action as a good thing and they’re sticking with the admissions process.”

    Andrew Clark, Senate of College Council president, said although the Senate did not pass official legislation, many students support the University’s race-conscious admission process.

    “We’re still viewing this as a positive and we’ll continue to try and promote diversity regardless of what the fifth circuit might say and what will happen down the road,” Clark said.

    Ugeo Williams, Student Government vice president, said he and Horacio Villarreal, SG president, plan to address the student body in a campus wide email on the topic and to encourage students to back the University’s policy.

    “We’re all still reviewing the case because it's important not only at the administrative level, but students also need to know what this means,” Williams said. “There is more energy to bring forth to continue to rally in support.”

    Sanchez said most students are not currently informed about the case or its potential impact on student diversity.

    “I wanted to stay informed and stay up with the case,” Sanchez said. “There are people asking what students think about the case and nobody seems to know about it although it’s an issue that affects everyone. A lot of people at the University have the mentality that if it doesn’t affect them it doesn’t matter, but in reality it affects the reputation of the University.”

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  • Student leaders support University stance, wait for Fifth Circuit ruling

    After UT President William Powers Jr. responded to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in Fisher v. Texas, student leaders remain in support of the University and current holistic review admissions.

    Powers said the ruling, as it stands, will not impact the class of 2013 or 2014 admissions process.

    David Sanchez, Community Development co-director for Multicultural Engagement Center, said the ruling caused a lot of confusion.

    “When the decision came out there was a lot of confusion as to what happened or what decision the court made,” Sanchez said. “As a minority, I see affirmative action as a good thing and they’re sticking with the admissions process.”

    Andrew Clark, Senate of College Council president, said although Senate did not pass official legislation, many students support the University’s race-conscious admission process.

    “We’re still viewing this as a positive and we’ll continue to try and promote diversity regardless of what the fifth circuit might say and what will happen down the road,” Clark said.

    Ugeo Williams, Student Government vice president, said he and Horacio Villarreal, SG president, plan to address the student body in a campus wide email on the topic and to promote students to back the University’s policy.

    “We’re all still reviewing the case because its important not only at the administrative level but students also need to know what this means,” Williams said. “There is more energy to bring forth to continue to rally in support.”

    Sanchez said most students are not currently informed about the case or its potential impact on student diversity.

    “I wanted to stay informed and stay up with the case,” Sanchez said. “There are people asking what students think about the case and nobody seems to now about it although it’s an issue that effects everyone. A lot of people at the University have the mentality that if it doesn’t effect them it doesn’t matter, but in reality it effects the reputation of the University.”

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  • Abigail Fisher, Edward Blum says Fisher v. Texas court decision is a "win"

    At a press conference in Washington D.C., Edward Blum, the director of the Project on Fair Representation, said the ruling on Fisher v. Texas is a "win" for those who are opposed to affirmative action or race conscious admissions policies. 

    Early Monday morning, the Supreme Court released a ruling on Fisher v. Texas, the supreme court case that challenged UT's policy of using race in admissions. The Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court, in a 7-1 decision.

    UT President William Powers Jr. and others have said the rulling is a win for the University and affirmative action supporters, but Blum contradicted that Monday afternoon, claiming the ruling was a loss for the UT.

    "I can't speak for the other side...if they're excited for this ruling I think they're gravely misplaced," Blum said. "I think it is quite clear the justices demand schools seek race-neutral policies."

    Fisher gave a brief statement about how she was honored to be apart of this process. 

    "I am very confident UT won't be able to use race as a factor in admissions in the future," Fisher said.

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  • 5 quotes you got to see from the Supreme Court's ruling on Fisher v. Texas

    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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  • UT student body President Horacio Villarreal comments on Fisher ruling

    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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