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AUSTIN — Documents say the incoming president of the University of Texas at Austin declined the school’s offer of a $1 million salary.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that in an email, Gregory Fenves warned that a million-dollar salary would prompt widespread negative attention from students and faculty because of budget constraints seen in the last five years.

The newspaper obtained the documents through an open-records request.

Fenves will receive his requested base salary of $750,000 a year. He also requested that his annual bonus, which is dependent on a performance evaluation, be capped at 10 percent of his base salary rather than the 12 percent listed in a proposed term sheet that was earlier presented to him.

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NEW YORK — As she takes in the despair of her in-laws’ one-room apartment in A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois exclaims, “Only Poe! Only Mr. Edgar Allan Poe could do it justice!”

Years earlier, Tennessee Williams channeled Poe for an entire story. Williams’ The Eye That Saw Death, appearing in the spring issue of The Strand Magazine, is a feverish, 4,800-word horror tale clearly inspired by the patron of the genre. 

Recently unearthed by Strand managing editor Andrew F. Gulli, The Eye That Saw Death is narrated by an unnamed man who has suffered from a seemingly incurable disease that has left him nearly blind. Gulli, who has previously published little-known works by Graham Greene and John Steinbeck among others, found The Eye That Saw Death at one of the country’s leading literary archives, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

From Texas Standard:

When Mack Brown stepped down as head coach of the Texas Longhorns football team, he was the second winningest in school history with a national title under his belt. We all know that Mack Brown, but there’s another one — the off-the-field tactician who recruits for nonprofits.

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AUSTIN — Getting the best seats for Texas sporting events could cost more as part of a new loyalty points system. The UT Athletics Department on Tuesday announced what it calls a simplified process to determine priority for season tickets, parking, postseason games and other high-demand events.

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AUSTIN — University of Texas Chancellor William McRaven has created a committee to study admissions practices in the wake of an investigation that found unqualified students have been admitted based on their connections.

The announcement Monday comes just days after an external investigation found that the flagship university's president, Bill Powers, used his authority to admit applicants with friends in high places — and then misled lawyers looking into the matter. It also found that members of the board of regents exerted influence over admissions.

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