University of Texas

Abbott Signs Higher Ed Bill Ending Fund Touted by Perry

Jun 5, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Shortly before former Gov. Rick Perry officially launched his second presidential campaign in Dallas on Thursday morning, his successor ended a long-criticized initiative from Perry’s tenure. 

Flanked by the heads of the state’s flagship public universities at the University of Texas at Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 632, which eliminates a controversial startup investment fund long touted by Perry and directs much of its money to a new researcher recruitment effort. 

“Texas as a state is going to have the best and brightest campuses in this country,” Abbott said before signing the bill. 

New UT-Austin President Supports Beer at Football Games

Jun 4, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

New University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves ran through a long list of ambitious goals at his first-day press conference Wednesday — strengthening the school's undergraduate education, growing research initiatives and improving the school’s relationship with East Austin.  

Then, he got to the real news: He said he supports beer sales at Longhorn football games. 

He was clear and unequivocal about the idea: “I do support beer sale at the football games,” he said. “They have worked well at the basketball games. They have worked well across the state.” 

From Texas Standard:

The man who leads the flagship campus of the University of Texas is in his final week of the job.

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is stepping down June 2.

Powers spoke with Texas Standard about his upcoming plans, his journey to Texas and his own quest of perseverance.

Courtesy: University of Texas / Wikimedia Commons

AUSTIN — University of Texas athletic director Steve Patterson says the Longhorns could play football in Mexico City by 2020 as UT considers expanding its brand internationally.

Patterson, who took over as athletic director 19 months ago, spoke at the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Southwest Region meeting Sunday in Austin. Patterson says UT has a natural advantage because of its proximity to what he considers to be a lucrative fan base in Mexico.

AUSTIN — The University of Texas says three students have tested positive for mumps, and officials are trying to notify classmates and guests at a fraternity party one of them attended last weekend.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says mumps rarely occurs across the country, after decades of vaccinations — but still shows up in a few hundred cases annually.

Mumps is caused by a virus. Symptoms include a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite and swelling of salivary glands.