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UT students want action following City of Austin’s apology for racial discrimination

Austin City Council apologized for its role in disenfranchising Black residents, but students at The University of Texas at Austin said words are meaningless if no actions follow. The apology was included in a resolution unanimously passed by the council on March 4 with vocal support from Mayor Steve Adler. Proposed by Mayor Pro Tem…

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Texas candidates speak about criminal justice system issues

Progressive Texas candidates for the 2020 election spoke to students at the 21st Street Co-op about their plans for criminal justice reform.

The Criminal Justice Candidate Forum, hosted by the UT chapter of Young Democratic Socialists of America, heard speeches by José Garza, Travis County District Attorney candidate, Dominic Selvera, Travis County Attorney candidate and Heidi Sloan, Texas congressional candidate.

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University Health Services will require fall 2020 students to show proof of measles vaccination

The University will now require incoming students to show proof of measles immunity, according to the University Health Services website.  This requirement will only apply to students entering fall 2020 and thereafter, said Sherry Bell, UHS consumer education and outreach coordinator.  “The proposal for the requirement, which was approved in fall 2019, was made to protect the…

Austin City Council ends enforcement of low-level marijuana offenses

Austin City Council passed a resolution 9-0 to end arrests and citations for most low-level marijuana offenses Thursday.  Last year, House Bill 1325 legalized hemp and defined illegal marijuana to contain more than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive ingredient that produces a high. The passed resolution will stop funding THC testing for low-level marijuana offenses….

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Student guide to 2020 Texas elections

In the 2020 Texas elections, students have the opportunity to vote for representative officials such as judges, senators and the president of the United States.  As these elections approach, student organization TX Votes is working to increase civic engagement by helping students register to vote in Travis County and learn about different candidates. “It is…

Latino studies celebrates winter holidays with tamales, storytelling at Merry Merienda

In the middle of final exam season, students released stress with homemade tamales Thursday evening.  Merry Merienda offered students freshly fried buñuelos, Mexican-style hot chocolate, storytelling, and arts and crafts in the Gordon-White Building. The event, held by Latino Studies, allowed Latino students, faculty and staff to celebrate the winter holidays, said Mallory Laurel, outreach…

University internship program brings students back to rural, remote regions of Texas

The best way to get to know the small town of McAllen, Texas is by visiting local taco shops, the best of which are in gas stations, said Greg Pogue, IC² Institute’s deputy executive director. Pogue said students will discover innovative and successful businesses in small towns like these through a new paid University internship…

Diwali festival celebrates ‘The Hero in You’

Students found the hero in themselves as they gathered for Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights, on Main Mall Wednesday night. Hosted by the Hindu Students Association, this year’s Diwali festival celebrated the heroic themes in ancient Indian epic “Ramayana.” In the epic, the demon king Ravana is conquered by Prince Rama, emphasizing good overpowering…

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Austin Police Department, UT System Police see rise in female recruits

The Austin Police Department and UT System Police are seeing more women apply and being sworn in as police officers.  Myeshia Francis-Parker, APD senior police officer and recruiter, said 10% of the 1,800 APD officers are female. She said she hopes APD will continue its recent success with female recruitment.  “We hold one or two women’s…

Virgin Hyperloop One proposes Texas routes for high-speed transportation

Virgin Hyperloop One has identified Texas as a possible location for its high-speed transportation system. The company hopes to implement a Dallas-Laredo-Houston route by the mid-2020s, said Ryan Kelly, head of marketing and communications for Virgin Hyperloop One. Austin and San Antonio will be on Hyperloop’s Texas route. According to Virgin Hyperloop One’s website, the…

Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Festival celebrates Hispanic c​u​l​t​u​r​e within Cockrell S​c​h​o​o​l of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences

The aroma of Hispanic foods consumed the air as student mariachi musicians and Mexican folk dancers performed on campus Friday evening.  During the Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Festival, Gillian Hagamen, mechanical engineering student program coordinator, said about 100 engineering and natural science students interacted with and learned about Hispanic culture. The Cockrell School of Engineering partnered with the…

UT, Baylor College of Medicine develop new thyroid cancer test

After her biopsy for thyroid cancer came back with inconclusive results, chemistry graduate student Amanda Helms, was recommended to undergo surgery. Months of recovery and many medical bills later, Helms said she was told her surgery wasn’t necessary. To prevent further unnecessary surgeries, researchers from UT and the Baylor College of Medicine developed a preoperative thyroid…

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Hi, I’m Austin Martinez (she/her/ella), a Latina journalist from San Antonio, Texas. I have a huge passion for telling stories about culture and pop trends. You can usually find me enjoying a bean and cheese taco, good story or Frank Sinatra song. Reach out to me if you have any story tips or taco recommendations @austinmxrtinez!

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