A Bake Sale by Young Conservatives Attacks Race

Published October 14, 2013 by Occupy.com

Bake sales have long been a go-to solution for organizations looking to make money. More recently, they’ve also provided a platform for protest — and not the most savory kind.

The University of Texas at Austin’s Young Conservatives of Texas group last month hosted an “Affirmative Action Bake Sale” where they charged customers prices based on their race. It was part of a larger effort to clarify their position regarding the controversial Fisher v. University of Texas case, which is now being debated at the U.S. Supreme Court level, concerning affirmative action admissions policy of the university’s Austin campus.

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Syrians at UT Face an Uncertain Future

Published by Reporting Texas on Oct. 4, 2013
By Reihaneh Hajibeigi
For Reporting Texas

Breema came from Syria to the University of Texas at Austin to study Middle Eastern languages and culture, but she often finds herself studying something else.

“The news can be credible at times, but Facebook is Syria for me,” the 26-year-old graduate student said. “That’s how I know what is going on with my family, my neighborhood, my town and even other cities around Syria.”

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UT Event to show how CEOs see future

Published September 30, 2013 by Reporting Texas

Organizers of an economic forecasting event associated with the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business hope to focus on the concrete — jobs — and avoid lofty economic theory.

Rather than economists, Texas CEO publisher and event organizer Pat Niekamp said she wanted “boots on the ground” Texas chief executive officers to discuss the economic issues they face in the context of their own businesses.

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NPR’s Andy Carvin warns journalists to revamp culture of social media

Published May 28, 2013 by the International Symposium on Online Journalism 

The warnings from NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin were heard loud and clear at the 2013 International Symposium on Online Journalism. By recognizing his mistakes, Carvin was allowed to share his experiences and concerns with an auditorium filled with students, educators and journalists alike.

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Austinites shave their heads in support of cancer patients

Published on April 2, 2012 by The Daily Texan

Standing in solidarity with cancer patients, members of the Austin community shaved their heads on the steps of the Main Building Saturday.

Approximately 160 shavees registered to shave their heads and raised more than $55,000 for pediatric cancer research as a part of St. Baldrick’s cancer awareness event.

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Brian White speaks about building successful career

Published on April 24, 2012 by The Daily Texan

Brian White brought lessons from his successes, not only as an established actor, but also as a certified stock broker, youth activist, author and professional football player to the UT community Monday.

White came to speak about the principles behind building a successful career, regardless of the profession or field, at a talk sponsored by the African American Culture Committee.

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When the media fails the public

Rows of men dressed in uniforms stained with Saudi Arabian government markings fill the marketplaces. Standing with machine guns at every corner, they kept the streets clear of any idle pedestrians. Policemen set up checkpoints at every highway off-ramp to ensure no disruptive behavior. And Saudi tanks rolled through the streets, keeping everyone in their place as little children watched in confusion. This was the new Bahrain that UT petroleum engineering student Ali Hussain Khalifa remembers. It was only a few weeks earlier, in February of 2011, that the first protestors rose against the Al-Khalifa dictatorship in Bahrain. And if anyone outside the region picked up a newspaper, this story was likely left off.

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UT Austin Students Condemn Racially-Charged “Bleach Bomb” Attacks

Published on occupy.com on Sept. 12, 2013

Misreporting and a university’s desire to stay away from scandal has left some University of Texas at Austin students feeling abandoned by their administration. Political science student and recent “bleach bomb” victim Bryan Davis said the university needs to take steps to prevent racially-charged attacks like these from happening in the future.

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Resisting Corporate Education: Is “Business Productivity” Coming to the University of Texas?

Published occupy.com June 11, 2013

Educational institutions are no longer safe from the reaches of profiteers. For the University of Texas at Austin, the “Smarter Systems for a Greater UT” is the newest move by the administration to treat the university not as a school but rather as a business.

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No Limits In Sight: Austinites anticipate their city’s first double- weekend ACL Festival

It’s that time of year again. People from across the country will make their way to Austin to enjoy great music, food, and the city’s trademark weirdness. But now when people come to enjoy the Austin City Limits Music Festival, they will have two weekends to enjoy the fun.  Continue reading