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National theater departments looking for RGV talent; audition registration now open
McALLEN — South Texas Theatre Auditions will offer high school seniors and graduating college students from the Rio Grande Valley an opportunity to perform for college admission representatives from across the nation in November.myrgv.com
“An invisible identity”: This undocumented young Texan faces uncertainty after DACA applications are closed
A University of Texas at Austin student who planned to apply to an Obama-era initiative for immigrants who came to America as children is stuck in limbo after a Texas judge halted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Allan Penny Bloxsom Jr.
Allan Penny Bloxsom Jr. March 18, 1933 – October 2, 2021 Allan Penny Bloxsom Jr. passed away in his home in Boerne, Texas, on October 2, 2021.He was born on March 18, 1933, to Dr. Allan P. Bloxsom and Helen Mitchell Bloxsom. His father delivered him at the Old Memorial Hospital on Fannin Street in Houston, Texas. Allan was a fourth-generation Houstonian. The original familyboernestar.com
Texas NAACP, students file federal civil rights complaint over UT-Austin’s ‘Eyes of Texas’
The complaint signals a continued desire among some UT-Austin students and alumni to push administrators to discontinue using the song as the university’s alma mater, despite the university’s insistence that it will remain.
From free tuition to concert tickets, Texas colleges lure students and employees to get vaccinated
Texas public universities forbidden from mandating vaccines are trying to entice students and faculty to get the shot. Those moves come as more people ages 18 to 29 years old in Texas are being hospitalized with the virus.
Judge dismisses white students’ lawsuit over UT’s admissions policy
Chuck Lindell Austin American-StatesmanAUSTIN, Texas — U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman denied a request by Students for Fair Admissions for an injunction prohibiting the University of Texas from learning the race or ethnicity of college applicants. In granting summary judgment to UT, Pitman dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled in the future. Edward Blum, founder of Students for Fair Admissions, which pursued the lawsuit, said Pitman’s ruling will be appealed. The remaining 75% of incoming students is filled by the top 7% or 8% of students in high school rankings. While that case was working its way to the Supreme Court, Blum in 2014 created Students for Fair Admissions, which seeks to end race from being considered in any university admissions process.myrgv.com
Tensions boil at UT-Austin over “The Eyes of Texas”, where students are refusing to work and a man with a gun crashed a virtual event
Dozens of students at the University of Texas at Austin who give campus tours to prospective Longhorns are refusing to work this week over a dispute about a plaque with “The Eyes of Texas” lyrics hanging in the Admissions Welcome Center.
Texas lawmakers consider limiting tenure after UT-Austin professor sued students over accusations of promoting pedophilia
<figcaption> A University of Texas at Austin professor sued multiple students for libel after they called on the university to remove him due to his controversial research on pederasty. Now, Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that will allow universities to revoke a professor's tenure if they sue a student. <cite>Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune</cite> </figcaption>
Colt McCoy joined forces with rich UT-Austin alumni to help pressure university to keep ‘The Eyes of Texas,’ emails show
Last month, the Tribune reported that dozens of UT-Austin donors threatened to pull funds if the university got rid of the song, which has been the subject of student protests. A recent report commissioned by President Jay Hartzell determined the song was not “overtly racist,” though it was written in a racist setting. McCoy and Brigham were part of a large group email of Longhorns donors and fans who discussed the controversy among themselves on June 29. The Tribune attempted to contact McCoy through UT-Austin, a family member and the Arizona Cardinals but he could not be reached for comment. The latest emails from UT-Austin also included more examples of direct threats from donors over the song.
Black lawmakers, NAACP and students push back on UT-Austin’s “The Eyes of Texas” report, urge school to lose the song
“It’s humiliating to be required to sit for the song or be in the presence,” said Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP. Students have also called on the school to stop playing the song from the bell tower. In his report, Alberto Martinez provided documentation linking the phrase “The Eyes of Texas” to a statement made in reference to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. This complicates its understanding and explains how different people experienced the song in vastly different ways.”A UT-Austin spokesperson said the university stands behind its report. AdOn Monday, a UT-Austin band member said said the implications of protesting the song were unclear for students.
TribCast: Lawmakers look to limit Gov. Greg Abbott's emergency powers as Texas' mask order is lifted
Greg Abbott speaks at a press conference in Austin on Feb 13, 2021. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune(Audio unavailable. On this week's episode, Matthew speaks with Ross, Cassi and Kate about the Texas Legislature's move to limit Gov. Greg Abbott's power during a pandemic. They also discuss the University of Texas at Austin's report on "The Eyes of Texas." Disclosure: University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
University of Texas at Austin to release new report on controversial rally song some call racist
University of Texas at Austin to release new report on controversial rally song some call racist First on "CBS This Morning": The University of Texas at Austin is set to release a report detailing the history of its controversial rally song, "The Eyes of Texas." Critics claim the song's name is based on the words of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Janet Shamlian reports.cbsnews.com
UT-Austin releases report on history of "The Eyes of Texas"
The University of Texas at Austin on Tuesday released the findings of a report — months in the making — exploring the history of its alma mater song, "The Eyes of Texas." Over the summer, students protested and petitioned the university to rid the campus of the song, which has ties to minstrel shows. Officials said the song would stay, but announced a 24-member committee that would look into the song's history. AdLast week, The Texas Tribune reported that hundreds of alumni and donors wrote UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell over the summer and fall demanding he keep the song. Disclosure: University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
‘The Bachelor After the Final Rose’ to be hosted by University of Texas football alum Emmanuel Acho
Emmanuel Acho, who played linebacker for the University of Texas at Austin and is a current co-host on Fox Sports 1, will host “The Bachelor After the Final Rose” following this season’s final rose ceremony. The host-to-be made the announcement official on social media on Saturday. IT’S OFFICIAL: I’ve accepted the Rose & am honored to be hosting the @bachelorabc After the Final Rose this year. 🌹 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/eWBXT6Kv6J — Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) February 27, 2021“I’ve accepted the rose and am honored to be hosting The Bachelor After the Final Rose this year. It’s been a pivotal season and this episode will hopefully be one of the most storied shows in TV history,” Acho said on social media.
UT-Austin won’t require SAT or ACT scores for 2022 applications due testing limitations because of COVID-19
The University of Texas at Austin is suspending the SAT and ACT test score requirement for fall 2022 applicants, citing continued limited access to testing opportunities for students due the COVID-19 pandemic. AdLast year, multiple Texas universities temporarily scrapped the testing requirement for the 2021 applicants, including Texas A&M University, Baylor University, Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University. In Austin, St. Edward's University had been planning to permanently waive ACT and SAT requirements for months, Dean of Admissions Drew Nichols told The Texas Tribune last spring. Last year, the University of California system announced its campuses would begin phasing out the ACT and SAT immediately. AdDisclosure: Baylor University, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, St. Edward’s University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University and University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Point of Order: The outage and the outrage
Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune. (Audio unavailable. Disclosure: University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune's journalism. Find a complete list of them here.
$34 million, private planes, cars and housing allowances: Here’s how much UT-Austin is paying football coach Steve Sarkisian
Sarkisian, who was hired Jan. 2, will make $5.2 million in his first year as coach and is guaranteed a $200,000 raise each year. He will additionally receive a one-time payment of $1.2 million if he is still head coach on December 31, 2024. The board will also approve the guaranteed compensation of coordinators and assistant football coaches, most of which exceed $1 million. Sarkisian’s starting salary is over $5 million more than former head coach Tom Herman and $10 million more than former head coach Charlie Strong, according to the Dallas Morning News. Before that he was head coach for the University of Washington and the University of Southern California.
WATCH: Black history professor discusses relationship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X
The San Antonio Museum of Art hosted University of Texas at Austin professor, Dr. Peniel Joseph, for a Black History Month discussion in February. Joseph, a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts, discussed his recent award-winning book The Sword and Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.During the lecture, Joseph discussed the “nuanced analysis of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and their relationship toward one another while reexamining the Civil Rights Movement and the era they both came to define,” according to the San Antonio Museum of Art. Joseph is also the founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD)To become a member or support the museum, readers can visit their website. AdFind more content like this on our Black history page.
UT-Austin keeping most classes virtual through January as coronavirus infections soar in Travis County
The flagship university is keeping most classes online through January as coronavirus infections soar in Travis County. The University of Texas at Austin is shifting more spring semester classes completely online through the end of January as COVID-19 cases continue to ravage the city and state. When UT-Austin shifted entirely online the week of Thanksgiving, average daily cases hovered around 240 in Travis County. Texas A&M University is also requiring students who live on campus to get tested within the first week of classes, on or before Jan 22. Disclosure: Rice University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Steve Sarkisian hired as new Texas Longhorns football coach; Tom Herman fired
This comes after the firing of previous head coach Tom Herman, as announced Saturday. Original:Tom Herman has been fired as head football coach of the Texas Longhorns. We thank Coach Herman for his service and dedication to our student-athletes, our program and our university,” university officials said in a statement. His final game as Longhorns head coach was a victory over Colorado in the 2020 Valero Alamobowl. According to reports, Texas is looking to hire Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to replace Herman.
UT-Austin's final football game canceled after 9 players, 13 staff members test positive for coronavirus
click to enlarge Courtesy Photo / UT AthleticsThe University of Texas at Austin’s final football game of the regular season, against the University of Kansas, has been canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak infecting nine players and 13 staff members. UT Athletics did not respond to requests for additional information about the recent outbreak among the football team. The UT-Austin game against Kansas had already been rescheduled due to an outbreak on the Kansas team last month. It’s the only game Texas did not play this fall amid the pandemic. Disclosure: Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.sacurrent.com
UT-Austin's final football game canceled after 9 players, 13 staff test positive for coronavirus
The University of Texas at Austin's final football game of the regular season against the University of Kansas was cancelled after a COVID-19 outbreak infected nine players and 13 staff members. The University of Texas at Austin’s final football game of the regular season against the University of Kansas has been canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak infecting nine players and 13 staff members. The UT game against Kansas had already been rescheduled due to an outbreak on the Kansas team last month. It’s the only game Texas did not play this fall amid the pandemic. Disclosure: Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University and University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell poised to make $1.25 million annually, 40% more than former president
President of the University of Texas at Austin Jay Hartzell. The new president at the University of Texas at Austin is poised to make $1.25 million a year, a jump of $350,000 or 40% more than his predecessor, Greg Fenves. Fenves originally turned down a $1 million salary when offered the top job at UT-Austin in 2015. In June, the board approved an annual salary of $795,000 for Hartzell as interim president. The $1.25 million salary is “all-inclusive,” and he will not receive additional stipends for housing, an automobile or cell phone.
As Texas universities prepare to send thousands of students home for the holidays, few are requiring COVID-19 safety precautions
Shortly after, they plan on visiting their family for Thanksgiving in North Texas. The two university students are halfway through a 14-day quarantine that their mother required of them before they could join the rest of the family back home in North Texas for Thanksgiving. Officials at UT-Austin and elsewhere in Texas say they are relying on students to voluntarily comply with safety measures. In another letter to students Friday, officials encouraged students to develop a safe travel plan and get a flu shot. “Then, we’re quarantining again to go home for Christmas.”Disclosure: Baylor University, Prairie View A&M University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin and University of North Texas have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Study: 80% of the people who died of COVID-19 in Texas county jails had not been convicted
Eighty percent of the people who died of COVID-19 in Texas county jails were pretrial and had not been convicted of a crime, according to a new study. Texas inmates and staff tested positive for COVID-19 at a rate 490 percent higher than the state’s general population. Deitch said the data shows "the urgency of taking steps to reduce the risks of additional COVID deaths in Texas prisons and jails." Fifty-eight percent of the inmates who died of COVID-19 in the state's prisons were eligible for parole. Almost 6 percent of the incarcerated people at Duncan Unit, an East Texas prison that houses the elderly, have died of COVID-19.mysanantonio.com
University of Texas to create center to study stuttering
AUSTIN, Texas – A new center for research and education into stuttering is being created at the University of Texas at Austin, the university announced Monday. The Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Research and Education is being underwritten by a 10-year, $20 million legacy grant from Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, who owns the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, the MLS Atlanta United, and the venue where both play, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The center will be founded and led by Dr. Courtney Byrd, a professor of speech, language and hearing sciences at the university. She also is a founder of other stuttering clinics and institutes at the University of Texas. He, too, is a person who stutters who previously attempted treatment to improve fluency, according to the statement.
Texas leaders hope rapid testing will restore normalcy in the pandemic. Health experts caution the tests have limitations.
Antigen tests — typically nasal or saliva tests that can detect proteins on the outside of the virus — are more prone to giving false negative results than other coronavirus tests that use genetic material. Rapid testing is gaining traction nationwide, with one manufacturer planning to ship 50 million tests across the country each month. He said rapid testing could restore the feeling of security needed for a true economic rebound. DSHS reported Wednesday 748,967 total confirmed COVID-19 cases out of 6,237,157 tests and 10,266 positive antigen tests out of 99,412. Disclosure: Texas Association of Business, Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Austin and University of North Texas have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
As Texas college towns emerge as coronavirus hot spots, universities try to keep students from infecting locals
Fans walk toward the stadium for the first home football game of the season at the University of Texas at Austin. That’s compared to 23% in counties with a smaller proportion of students, including larger metropolitan areas like Houston and Dallas that also house universities. The Texas counties where university students make up the biggest share of the population are home to Texas State University, Texas Tech University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Sul Ross State University, Sam Houston State University, and several A&M campuses, including the flagship in College Station, Tarleton State University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas A&M University-Commerce. “It’s not about me,” Cook said, in a mantra he has repeated to college students. Disclosure: Prairie View A&M University, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University System, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas System, University of Texas at El Paso and University of Houston have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Analysis: Texas reopenings tied more to COVID-19 severity than to spread
Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas TribuneIf you would like to listen to the column, just click on the play button below. If you want to know what’s happening with business reopenings during the pandemic in Texas, watch your local hospital. Instead of concentrating on the spread of the virus, the state is now concentrating on the severity of the spread. Whether and how much those reopenings have sped the spread of the coronavirus is still not clear. Hospitalization rates will tell you what share of the people in Texas hospitals — by district — are coronavirus patients.
UT-Austin says it will only require student ticket holders to test negative for COVID-19 before Saturdays football game
A University of Texas football game at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin on Sept. 7, 2019. Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Daily TexanNeed to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? There is no testing requirement for fans who aren't UT-Austin students, nor is there a requirement for visitors from El Paso. Students, however, were not required to test negative before returning to campus or attending in-person classes. Greg Abbott, however, allowed Texas sports to resume with limited fans in the stands. Disclosure: Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at El Paso have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Texas universities blame off-campus parties for rising COVID-19 cases, but few are disciplining students
Students sit outside the Peter T. Flawn Academic Center at the University of Texas at Austin. As Texas college towns see rising COVID-19 cases with the return of hundreds of thousands of students to campus, a small but increasing number of universities are disciplining students who attend or host house parties or Greek rush events. But while reports of those crackdowns are beginning to increase, most Texas universities arent penalizing individual students for partying that takes place off-site. Many of the Greek events have since been halted, he said, but the off-campus parties continue. Penalize organizations, not peoplePerhaps the most power that Texas universities can wield over off-campus student behavior comes through its recognized organizations, from sororities to student government and beyond.
Student athletes get COVID-19 tests three times a week, while experts say testing for other university students is lagging
Public health experts say Texas universities should increase testing of all students to prevent community spread of the coronavirus as classes resume. Texas A&M University reported 327 new positive tests the week ending Aug. 29, down slightly from the 371 it reported a week prior. UT-Austin, Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University encourage participation in asymptomatic testing but stop short of requiring it. Texas Christian University does not offer routine testing for students without symptoms, according to The Dallas Morning News. Disclosure: Baylor University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin and University of North Texas have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Listen: From civil rights to Black Lives Matter, opinions vary on importance of voting among Texans across generations
Many of these protestors have united around the rallying cry of defund the police; still, others have embraced the cause of the Black Lives Matter movement. With the 2020 election fast approaching, The Texas Tribune invited Texans of the civil rights and the Black Lives Matter eras to share their perspectives on voting. After wanting to see a change in their affluent, mainly white neighborhoods, they began organizing protests and rallies to bring the issues of Black Lives Matter to their neighbors front steps. Currently, Woods is a leader of Black Lives Matter Houston and has been a part of that organization since 2013. He currently works with Black Lives Matter Houston and has been organizing with the group for years.
Jay Hartzell named sole finalist for UT-Austin president
University of Texas at Austin Interim President Jay Hartzell has been named sole finalist for president. The University of Texas System's Board of Regents unanimously named Jay Hartzell the sole finalist for president of its flagship university on Tuesday. Hartzell, former dean of the University of Texas at Austins business school, was named interim president in April after former president Greg Fenves stepped down. Eltife will appoint a committee to offer advice and evaluation on the sole finalist. The Board of Regents approved an annual salary of $795,000 in June for Hartzell as interim president.
UT-Austin will test 5,000 people a week for coronavirus and cover out-of-pocket costs for students
An aerial view of the main tower at the University of Texas at Austin during the coronavirus outbreak on March 23, 2020. The University of Texas reported a total of 472 COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff as of Thursday. The university plans to test all of its campus residence hall students by the beginning of September. The university can test hundreds of symptomatic students using in-house labs and has three rapid testing machines that can provide results in 15 minutes. The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at El Paso will also provide free on-campus testing.
Texas college football is limiting stadium capacity, mandating masks and testing athletes. Heres what you need to know.
Many athletics officials seized on that number, including UT-Austin Athletics Director Chris Del Conte as recently as last week. At Texas Tech University, officials are also looking at capping stadium capacity at 25%. The Texas Tech athletics department is projecting a loss of $14.1 million from interrupted ticket sales and other pandemic-related expenses, athletics director Kirby Horcutt has said. The Big 12 Conference which includes Baylor University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech and the No. Disclosure: Texas A&M, Baylor University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University and University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
After voluntarily publishing its data, UT-Austin now has the unwelcome distinction of leading U.S. colleges in COVID-19 cases
While some universities nationwide and in Texas are still refusing to disclose cases, UT-Austin set up a digital dashboard allowing community members to see updated student, faculty and staff cases. Regardless of how other universities choose to approach these numbers, UT-Austin will do what's best for public health and the health of its community, he said. One of the largest outbreaks came from a spring break trip to Mexico in March, which resulted in dozens of UT students testing positive for COVID-19. On Wednesday, interim President Jay Hartzell announced that students returning to Austin will need to self-isolate for 14 days after coming to campus. Its health service site lists a COVID-19 nasal swab test at $88 and a blood test for COVID-19 antibodies at $53.
UT Austin, Texas State University ask students to self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus
As COVID-19 cases continue to surge all across Texas, some universities are urging students to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus for the fall semester. The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University are doing just that as a way to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. During the 14-day self-quarantine, students should limit interactions with others and stay in their homes as much as possible while monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms, school officials said. University of Texas at Austin students will also be required to wear face masks, in addition to the 14-day quarantine. As we plan and prepare for the fall, the university is continuing to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Austin,... Posted by The University of Texas at Austin on Wednesday, July 29, 2020Read also:
Gov. Greg Abbott and Elon Musk pose with uniquely Texas hand gesture
TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Tesla CEO Elon Musk were smiling big this week and for good reason. Abbott posted a photo on Wednesday of the pair posing with the hook em horns hand gesture and thanked Musk for embracing our great state. For anyone that doesnt know - hook em horns is the hand signal for the University of Texas at Austin, which Abbott previously attended. Welcome to Texas, Abbott seemingly said to Musk in a Facebook post.
UT-Austin faces a third lawsuit claiming that white students were unfairly denied admission under affirmative action
The statue of George Washington outside the University of Texas at Austin Main Building on July 16, 2020. The group, Students for Fair Admissions, is a nonprofit of "more than 20,000 students, parents and others" who believe that racial classifications and preferences in college admissions are "unfair, unnecessary, and unconstitutional," according to the group's website. In 2018, about 75 percent of UT-Austin students received automatic admission to the school through the Top 10 Percent Rule, a state law that offers admission to Texas students near the top of their high school class. The university has factored race and ethnicity into its admissions decisions for the remaining applicants since 2003, when a different U.S. Supreme Court ruling declared race-based affirmative action constitutional. "The university is reviewing the new lawsuit from (Students for Fair Admissions)," said J.B. Bird, a UT-Austin spokesperson, in a statement.
UT-Austin preparing to allow 50% occupancy in the stands when football season starts Sept. 5
A University of Texas football game at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin on Sept. 7, 2019. Eddie Gaspar/The Daily TexanThe University of Texas at Austin will kick off the football season Sept. 5, albeit with a stadium open at half its capacity, athletics officials told ticket holders Monday. I want you to know that as we are working toward hosting football games this season, our number one priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes, staff and fans," Del Conte wrote. But officials have pushed forward with kicking off the football season as planned. Earlier this month, Del Conte said the annual game between the Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners would continue, even as organizers canceled the State Fair of Texas, held on the same weekend and in close proximity.
UT-Austin prepared a list of scenarios that would lead to a shutdown this fall. One trigger: a student dying of COVID-19.
Earlier this month, the University of Texas at Austin laid out a list of scenarios that could trigger a midsemester closure. Moving to Level 4 would see further restrictions, with only skill classes allowed to be taught in-person, while the last level would transfer all classes online in a repeat of the spring. Statistically, college students are less likely than other people to die from COVID-19. UT-Austin is something of an outlier nationally for so clearly identifying benchmarks that would trigger another shutdown. The school ultimately moved all classes online and slashed tuition by $2,000 for every student while promising Wi-Fi and laptops to those who need them.
In reversal, federal government will allow international students to stay in the U.S. while taking only online classes
University of Texas at Austin students pass by the main building on their way to and from classes on Oct. 03, 2012. Tamir Kalifa for The Texas TribuneOn Tuesday, the Trump administration walked back recent guidance that would have deported international college and university students if they were enrolled exclusively in online classes this fall. Schools offering hybrid instruction, like most Texas universities, would have had to certify to ICE that students were not taking an entirely online course load in the fall. While Rice University was the only college in Texas to join Harvard's lawsuit, other universities released statements of support for international students and pledged to working around federal guidance. There are more than 60,000 international students in Texas.
UT-Austin says it will keep "Eyes of Texas" as school song, but will rename buildings as Black students call for change
A Confederate statue on the University of Texas at Austin was removed shortly after midnight on Aug. 21, 2017. Black students comprise about 5.1% of UT-Austin's student body. "The Eyes of Texas should not only unite us, but hold all of us accountable to our institutions core values. The Robert L. Moore Building, named for a former math professor who was a segregationist and refused to teach Black students, was renamed as the Physics, Math and Astronomy Building. The university also pledged to refocus its diversity and inclusion plan, recruit diverse faculty members, launch programming to enhance or support its Black students and expand its police oversight committee.
University of Texas to pay interim President Jay Hartzell $795,000
Interim President of the University of Texas at Austin Jay Hartzell. Eddie Gaspar/The Daily TexanThe University of Texas System Board of Regents on Monday approved an annual salary of $795,000 for the flagship's interim President Jay Hartzell. Hartzell, dean of UT-Austins business school, was named interim president in April after former President Greg Fenves announced his departure. In 2018, Fenves earned $762,220 as UT-Austin's president. "I'm very proud of President Hartzell at UT-Austin and all of our presidents for listening closely to their students, alumni, staff, and supporters," Chariman Kevin Eltife said.
Texas biggest public universities will require masks this fall. Enforcement will be a challenge.
Eddie Gaspar/The Texas TribuneDetermined to see students return to college in the fall, some of Texas' biggest universities are requiring face masks as a safeguard against the coronavirus. Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University officials have all announced that masks will be non-negotiable next semester. But along with anti-mask sentiment, state officials are worried that young Texans are accelerating the spread of COVID-19. In Hays County, home of Texas State, people in their 20s accounted for 50.7% of all the cases last week. Disclosure: Texas State University, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
13 University of Texas football players test positive for coronavirus
Four days after University of Texas at Austin football players began voluntary summer workouts, school officials confirmed that 13 athletes have tested positive for the new coronavirus. All 13 players are now self-isolating, while 10 other student athletes are in self-quarantine and are asymptomatic, according to a Thursday press release. Last week, UT reported two players were self-isolating after testing positive. The university also said four players have tested positive for antibodies. We will continue to report the number of cases as we receive confirmation and clearance to do so.
After an "anticlimactic" virtual goodbye, Dell Medical School's inaugural class heads to the front lines of the pandemic
Ariane Lemieux recently graduated from Dell Medical School while also earning an MBA from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Like many 2020 graduates, Dell Medical students have had to give up a lot in recent months, including an in-person graduation ceremony. But instead of ripping apart envelopes at their planned brunch with classmates and family, Dell Medical students had to settle for clicking open emails together over Zoom. Except you actually can't hear everybody because everyone's on mute.Clinical rotations for Dell medical students were also canceled in March. He and his wife, Kate Spitz, who also graduated from Dell Medical this week and matched at the same hospital, recently returned from a house-hunting trip to Michigan.
UT-Austin will resume classes this fall but students wont return to campus after Thanksgiving
University of Texas at Austin students will return for fall classes, but their time on campus will be cut short as they will not be allowed to return after the Thanksgiving break, according to an email sent to students from school officials Wednesday. Reading days and final exams will happen remotely this fall to encourage students to stay home after Thanksgiving. When the campus opens in the fall, the school will have its own coronavirus testing material. The university is postponing an in-person commencement for fall 2020 graduates until some time in 2021. Spring 2020 graduates will be honored Saturday during a virtual commencement ceremony.
Its a bizarre time to be job searching": College graduates looking for first jobs face catastrophic economic conditions
But the job market Dontula and other 2020 college graduates are preparing to enter is projected to be one of the worst in history, according to economists. She predicts the travel industry, service-related sectors, and government and university jobs will have a slower recovery ahead. Thats unwelcome news for Sidney Smith, 25, who was hoping to land one of those government jobs after graduating from Baylor Universitys Law School. Smith said she took out $250,000 in loans to fund law school, opting to take advantage of a federal program that offers loan forgiveness to public service workers. As a public health major, she wants to attend graduate school in a year and thought she would use the intervening months gaining relevant work experience and saving money.
Where I Live: Quintana
I was born in Mexico, and when I immigrated to the U.S. with my family, we first settled in Quintana. Scott Ball / Rivard ReportIts been great to settle back in here in Quintana and to get to know our neighbors. One of our neighbors is Andy Castillo, the Quintana Neighborhood Association president and an architect. A lot of my memories growing up in Quintana are tied to St. Josephs. Growing up, I always wanted to live on the North Side, or somewhere where I could have a better chance, go to a better school.therivardreport.com
McConaughey joins the faculty at the University of Texas in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) - This fall, award winning actor Matthew McConaughey will take on a new role: professor at the University of Texas at Austin. McConaughey, who graduated from UT in 1993, will be a "professor of practice" at the Moody College of Communication as faculty in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, according to a university news release. "We are proud to welcome Professor McConaughey to officially join our world-class faculty," said Moody College Dean Jay Bernhardt. McConaughey and faculty member and director Scott Rice have been co-teaching the Script to Screen film production class, but now the actor's name is solely on the syllabus. Working in the classroom with these students gives me a chance to prepare them," McConaughey said.
UT Tower shooting's somber anniversary
Beginning this past Monday, Texas state law requires all public universities to allow licensed concealed handguns owners to carry their firearms on campus. Ironically, the new "Campus Carry" law went into effect on the 50th anniversary of the infamous mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin. Anna Werner talks to people who were there that fateful day in 1966, and to the creator of an acclaimed new documentary, "Tower."cbsnews.com