Texas’ laws defining hazing have not been changed in over a decade, but now, state lawmakers say they are facing pressure following deaths of three Texas college students — including former UT student Nicky Cumberland — which have sparked conversations about hazing.
Former UT President Bill Powers was honored at a memorial service Friday afternoon with speeches from current UT President Gregory Fenves and Powers’ friends and colleagues. Powers died March 10 at the age of 72 after complications from a fall combined with oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, a rare muscle disorder.
Hall served on the UT System Board of Regents from 2011 to 2017. The Daily Texan reported in 2015 that during his time as a regent, Hall looked into the University’s admission procedures by making costly requests for more than 800,000
pages of documents.
Current and former members of the Council described it as one of the most powerful advisory bodies on campus and said student voices on the committee are essential. It has influence over ticket prices, student attendance at sporting events and hiring coaches.