UT Austin will allow students to live together on campus regardless of gender or sexual identity
The two-year pilot program comes after at least 15 years of students asking for the change. It will allow UT-Austin students to live together in certain residence halls with students of any gender or sexual identity.
UTRGV baseball sweeps Texas Southern, off to 5-0 start
The UTRGV baseball team completed a two-game sweep of the Texas Southern Tigers with a 1-0 win on Saturday at Schroeder Park on the campus of the University of Houston. The Vaqueros are now 5-0 for the first time since 2017, when the team started the season with an 8-0 record. That made a winner of right-handed pitcher Max Balderrama Jr. (1-0), who threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to close the game. Junior Colten Davis started for the Vaqueros and pitched a career-high tying six scoreless innings, striking out a career-high seven with no walks and allowing just two hits. Tigers (6-3) starter Brian Williams was equal to the task, pitching seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits and three walks, while striking out five.myrgv.com
“I’m still trying to recover”: Some Texans are still bearing the brunt of the 2021 winter storm
Last February’s winter storm left millions of Texans without power for days in subfreezing temperatures. Watch how one family whose home suffered extensive damage is preparing for the next round of cold weather.
Almost 70% of ERCOT customers lost power during winter storm, study finds
As the updated death toll from February’s winter storm reached 111 deaths last week, the severity of its full force has continued to come into focus. AdThe Electric Reliability Council of Texas manages the state’s main power grid, which represents 90% of Texas’ electric load and serves more than 26 million customers, according to the agency. Black Texans were “modestly more likely” to have lost power than white Texans, according to the study. The company wants lawmakers to create a revenue stream to Berkshire through an additional charge on Texans’ power bills. Ad“In 2011, when we were asking questions about that winter storm, we were receiving promises and commitments that winterization would occur so that sort of thing wouldn't happen again,” he said.
Trinity Takes Stock: TU Gaming Places fourth at SA 8 Invitational
Last Friday, Feb. 26, players from Trinity University Gaming Club faced off against players from eight Texas schools as a part of the San Antonio 8 Super Smash Bros. Trinity had players competing in both the Singles and Crew Event. In the Singles Event, players match-up against a single opponent for the best of three rounds. In the Crew Event, Trinity won their first match of the night against higher seeded UIW with nine stock left — a big win for TU, who had yet to beat UIW. According to Zvara, the results of the Singles Event show that Trinity players are able to compete with bigger teams that feature highly ranked players.trinitonian.com
Point of Order: Higher ed’s gap year
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'Lost' tectonic plate called Resurrection hidden under the Pacific
Scientists have reconstructed a long-lost tectonic plate that may have given rise to an arc of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean 60 million years ago. The plate, dubbed Resurrection, has long been controversial among geophysicists, as some believe it never existed. By doing this, Fuston and Wu were able to locate the lost Resurrection plate. (Image credit: University of Houston) Image 2 of 2 This image shows plate tectonic reconstruction of western North America 60 million years ago showing subduction of three key tectonic plates, Kula, Farallon and Resurrection. Geophysicists already knew that there were two plates in the Pacific at that time, the Kula plate and the Farallon plate.space.com
Man accused of making bomb threat against Texas university during Zoom lecture
A man has been arrested after being accused of making a bomb threat against the University of Houston during a Zoom lecture. Ibraheem Ahmed Al Bayati was set to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon, according to U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick. Investigators allege his discussion about the Islamic State was a reference to the terrorist organization. Al Bayati has been charged with making threats or conveying false information to destroy by means of fire or explosives and making a threat over interstate commerce. If convicted, Al Bayati faces up to 10 years in prison.
Houston mourns loss of former assistant coach that died in helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant
HOUSTON – John Altobelli, a former University of Houston letterwinner and assistant coach, is among the nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, that was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in southern California. Altobelli’s wife and his daughter were also killed in the crash, according to the University of Houston. “John was a huge supporter of the Cougars and numerous players from Orange Coast College have played for us through the years.”Houston mourns the passing of former letterwinner & assistant coach John Altobelli. Altobelli was entering his 28th season as the head coach at Orange Coast College, where he was the longest-tenured baseball coach in school history. OCC baseball team mourning loss of coach John Altobelli in helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant.
Federal lawsuit alleges Trinity broke labor law
Excluding certain exempt categories, the FLSA requires all employees be paid time-and-a-half for each hour over 40 per week. Because the suit was filed this October 25, 2019, the case will focus on Cantus work from Oct. 25, 2016, through the end of his time at Trinity. Trinity could argue Cantus work falls under the professional exemption. According to Sanford, Cantus day-to-day work was more clerical than that of a typical professional accountant. In the first filing, Cantus complaint concerns only himself, but he could attempt to include other current Trinity employees in the lawsuit later in the litigation process.trinitonian.com
Rubio and Cruz rip Trump in nastiest debate yet
The final Republican debate before Super Tuesday was more like a heavyweight fight, with Marco Rubio as the hard-hitting underdog. Rubio and Ted Cruz hit frontrunner Donald Trump with a verbal flurry. Major Garrett reports from University of Houston, the site of the debate.cbsnews.com
Texas college gun law raising questions and concerns
Some professors at the University of Houston warn a new gun law threatens free speech and safety on campus. Texas is the eighth state to allow concealed weapons at public universities under a law signed last June. If you have a proper permit for a gun, you can bring it with you to class on the 40,000 student campus. Manuel Bojorquez reports.cbsnews.com
Security guards caught on camera roughing up Houston fans
The University of Houston is investigating why a postgame celebration looked more like a brawl. Football fans rushed the field on Saturday after the Cougars beat Temple for the conference championship. Cameras captured security guards hired by the school beating some of the fans. Manuel Bojorquez reports.cbsnews.com