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Government
2:45 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

UT Regent Wallace Hall Declines to Speak with Lawmakers

Marsha Miller University of Texas

UPDATE, 12/16/13: For months, Texas House lawmakers have heard from attorneys for the U.T system and the Board of Regents regarding accusations that Regent Wallace Hall overstepped his authority as a state-appointed official by requesting thousands of documents in what some have deemed a “witch hunt” to terminate UT at Austin President Bill Powers.  Hall is also accused of distributing students sensitive and private information.  In early December Hall and his attorney agreed to have the embattled Regent testify before the House’s Select Committee on the Transparency of Gov

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Texas Veterans
9:52 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Texas Universities & Colleges Some Of The Best For Veterans

St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
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Texas schools placed well in the first U.S. News and World "Best Colleges for Veterans" rankings. San Antonio's St. Mary’s University ranked eighth in the West region.

Texas colleges and universities placed in two of the top five nationwide spots and five out of the top 15 in the West region.

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Immigration Reform
11:57 am
Wed November 20, 2013

UT Students Protest For Immigration Reform

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A group of students from the University of Texas at Austin marched yesterday in front of the state capitol, calling on Congressman Roger Williams, R-Texas, to support a house resolution that would reform immigration policies.

The group University Leadership Initiative and other students against the Young Conservatives of Texas’ "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game are hoping to somehow catch the eye of Williams, who they are asking to co-sponsor House Resolution 15, which is also known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

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University of Texas
2:43 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

UT Young Conservatives' "Catch An Immigrant" Game Canceled

Marsha Miller University of Texas

Today: University officials are calling it a victory for all students at the University of Texas at Austin, as the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas has announced it will cancel its "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game.

Lorenzo Garcia, the chairman of the group, said the reason for the cancelation is that some in the group feared retaliation from university officials if the group held the game, which was scheduled for this Wednesday.

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Texas
12:33 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

A Brief History of Student Conservatives' 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Games (Update)

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Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 8:38 am

Update: Controversial Event Called Off

The Young Conservatives of Texas has canceled its “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event, originally scheduled for Wednesday. 

Citing the university’s condemnation of the event, UT chapter chair Lorenzo Garcia claims he canceled the event out of fears the university would retaliate against the group’s members, “and that the protest against the event could create a safety issue for our volunteers.”

You can read Garcia’s full remarks here.

Original Story (Nov. 19): The news that the University of Texas chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas is planning a campus "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game for this week has taken the political blogosphere by storm.

In case you haven’t heard: The group’s UT chapter has stated on Facebook that it’s planning to hold the “Catch an Illegal Immigrant game” this Wednesday. (Here’s a screen grab of the invitation in case it’s taken down.)

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Higher Education In Texas
9:27 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Once Again, 5th Circuit Court Hears Arguments In Fisher v. University Of Texas

The Supreme Court did not make a decision on the Fisher case and urged the lower court to instead take a closer look at UT admitting policies.
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A panel of judges from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals were in Austin yesterday to hear oral arguments in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Austin-resident Abigail Fisher argued she lost her spot at UT because she’s white and took her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court did not make a ruling and instead kicked it back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the court needed to take another look at UT admission policies.

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University of Texas
12:47 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing

Marsha Miller University of Texas

A Texas House committee has subpoenaed University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall to speak during his legislative impeachment hearing.

Hall is accused of overstepping his authority by requesting thousands of open-records requests and violating students' privacy by distributing records with student information.

Hall's impeachment hearing before the Texas House Committee on Transparency of Governmental Agencies is a historic event as the state has never attempted to remove an appointed state official. 

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Texas Education
12:23 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Minority Students at UT Await Affirmative Action Ruling

UT-Austin continues to defend its use of race in admissions. Some beneficiaries of affirmative action fear what a strike to those policies could mean.
Matthew Alvarez for KUT News

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 11:06 am

Since 2008, the University of Texas has been ensnared in a legal battle  – Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin – over its use of race in admissions.

The university says when it comes to deciding whether to accept or reject a student, race is considered as a factor within a factor. But once a student is accepted, what impact does diversity have on the students' learning on campus and in the classroom?

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The Source - October 22, 2013
2:31 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

The Source: UT Regent Oversight Or Overreach? | Chasing The Superbug

Students walk across campus
Marsha Miller University of Texas

In the first segment:

Today the investigation into a controversial University of Texas regent begins hearing testimony. Wallace Hall has made few friends since being appointed to the board, but what has brought him to the brink of possible impeachment? It would be the first in Texas history as a non-elected official.

The past few years at the University of Texas have been rocky and not just for the football team. Behind the ivory and Indiana limestone a fight over reform has been getting downright confrontational.

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Texas Universities
12:47 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

UT Engineering School Graduates Record Number of Minorities

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Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 12:15 pm

The Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas has been ranked third in the country for graduation rates among minorities, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In 2012, 41 percent of the school’s graduates, or 441 students, were minorities.

Efforts by the Equal Opportunity in Engineering program at UT contributed to the gain. Program director Enrique Dominguez cites the organization’s close involvement in the academic progress of minority students. 

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