Recent UT architecture graduate Barron Peper organized a vigil for his best friend and roommate, Marcelo Flores — more often called Mars — the evening after his death was reported in Acapulco, Mexico, on July 15.
In the main atrium of the Life Science Library, located within the Tower, the nations that made up a part of the “Six Flags over Texas” are represented by their coat of arms and the relevant constitutional preamble — including that of the Confederate Constitution.
The Davis statue is not the only relic on campus that has ties to the Confederacy or racist incidents. There are several monuments, buildings and relics on campus with connections to controversial history.
“Nazi Olympics: Berlin 1936,” a traveling exhibition created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be at the University of Texas Stark Center until the end of January in advance of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The outdoor lap pool and spa at the Gregory Gym Aquatics Complex will close July 15 for replastering, but swimmers won’t be hung out to dry, as the other outdoor facilities will remain open and Rec Sports will extend hours at its indoor natatorium.
At a public forum Tuesday, students, alumni, staff and Austinites weighed in on a discussion surrounding the statues on the Main Mall, particularly the statue of Jefferson Davis, and most speakers said the statue must be removed.