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50 Years After 'First Mass Shooting,' a New Law in Texas

Charles Whitman's rampage still echoes today

(Newser) - It's now referred to as "America's first mass shooting," and those who remember it say it certainly felt like the start of something new, strange, and horrible when Charles Whitman started shooting people at random from the University of Texas clock tower on Aug. 1, 1966.... More »

UT Students, Meet Professor McConaughey

Star will teach film class, though mostly by recorded video

(Newser) - Can we get an "all right, all right, all right" for the University of Texas at Austin's new film instructor? The college announced Thursday that Matthew McConaughey will team up with Gary Ross, the director of his new film, Free State of Jones, and a university instructor to... More »

SCOTUS Rules for UT in Affirmative Action Case

University can consider race in limited manner in admissions process

(Newser) - In a move that surprised even affirmative action advocates, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the University of Texas may indeed take into consideration a student's race during the admissions process, albeit in a limited manner, the Washington Post reports. The vote was 4-3, per the New York Times ... More »

Valedictorian's Tweet Causes an Uproar

Texas student encounters anger online over her 'undocumented' boast

(Newser) - A high school senior in Austin, Texas, had good reason to do a little playful boasting: "Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords/medals, nice legs," tweeted Mayte Lara Ibarra on Friday, the day she graduated from Crockett High School. But it was one final... More »

Student's Chemical Suicide Injures 11

Lethal gas was 'intentionally created,' says official

(Newser) - A male student was found dead of an apparent "chemical suicide" in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday that injured 11 others, police say. Residents reported a foul smell at the 21 Pearl apartment complex near the University of Texas around 2pm, which management officials traced to a specific apartment with... More »

'Obvious Trauma' in UT Freshman's Death: Cops

Family say suspect Meechaiel Criner is mentally ill

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the " unthinkable brutality " police say University of Texas freshman Haruka Weiser endured at the hands of homeless teen Meechaiel Criner . Though autopsy results aren't expected for several weeks, police sources tell the Austin American-Statesman that Weiser was sexually assaulted and died of... More »

Homeless Teen to Be Charged in Freshman's Murder

The key: a burning backpack

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 17-year-old homeless man in the murder of University of Texas student Haruka Weiser , found dead in a creek on campus on Tuesday. Meechaiel Criner, who is not a student at the school, was arrested Thursday and has been booked in Travis County Jail pending a murder... More »

Killer Sought After Freshman's Body Found in Creek on College Campus

Haruka Weiser suffered 'unthinkable brutality'

(Newser) - Austin police are searching for a killer after the body of an 18-year-old University of Texas freshman was found in a creek behind the campus's alumni building, ABC News reports. Haruka Weiser, a theater and dance major from Portland, Ore., was last seen leaving the drama building Sunday night.... More »

UTexas Students Can Soon Bring Guns to Class

School prez says state law is forcing his hand

(Newser) - At the University of Texas, handguns could soon become commonplace. Once a new state law takes effect on Aug. 1, University President Gregory Fenves says he'll be forced to allow licensed concealed handgun holders 21 and older to bring guns into classrooms. State leaders passed the "campus carry"... More »

Gun-Rights Groups Holding Fake Mass Shooting at UT

'An armed society is a polite society'

(Newser) - Two Texas gun-rights groups will be holding a "mock mass shooting" at the University of Texas in Austin on Saturday in an effort to put an end to gun-free zones in the state, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Actors armed with cardboard guns will go around "shooting" other actors... More »

Thousands of Texans Have Tried to Give Selves Abortions

Among at-home methods: booze, drugs, 'getting hit or punched in the abdomen'

(Newser) - "It was the worst cramping I've ever had and probably one of the worst pains I've gone through. And … there's always that slight uncertainty of ... I don't really know what I'm doing." This interview with a 24-year-old Texas woman, part of a... More »

University Moving Statue of Confederate President

Jefferson Davis will no longer be on Main Mall at University of Texas

(Newser) - In the midst of a continued backlash against Confederate symbols following the deadly shooting at a black church in South Carolina, the University of Texas at Austin said today it will be relocating a statue of Jefferson Davis, the Dallas Morning News reports. The statue of the Confederate president, which... More »

Affirmative-Action Case Will Go Before SCOTUS Again

Abigail Fisher's lawsuit against University of Texas will get 2nd look by court

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education. The justices said today they'll hear for a second time the case of a... More »

Case of Missing Brains Takes Another Twist

Now school says they were destroyed

(Newser) - First came yesterday's reports that about 100 human brains had gone missing from the University of Texas at Austin . Then followed the news that they had been located, with psych professor Tim Schallert telling the LA Times that UT San Antonio called him to say, "We got those... More »

100 Brains Go Missing at University of Texas

It's a mystery ...

(Newser) - The University of Texas at Austin has a macabre mystery on its hands: It's missing brains, about a hundred of them—potentially among them one belonging to clock tower sniper Charles Whitman. The brains were those of patients at the Austin State Hospital, formerly the Texas State Lunatic Asylum.... More »

UT Fears ... Flower Sabotage

Texas A&M maroon is infiltrating campus' bluebonnets

(Newser) - There's a devious plot afoot, or, as the Houston Chronicle cheekily puts it, "a scandal of potentially epic proportions." The University of Texas in Austin has noticed some maroon bluebonnets popping up in flowerbeds beneath the UT Tower, a place where only traditional bluebonnets (that is, blue... More »

Who Does Affirmative Action Help Most? White Women

Sally Kohn argues that Abigail Fisher has little room to complain

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is about to hand down a major decision on affirmative action, based on the case of Abigail Fisher, who claims she was denied admission to the University of Texas because she's white. Which is kind of ironic, writes Sally Kohn at Time , because "Abigail Fisher... More »

Rare Dialect Dying in US: Texas-German?

Last speakers in their 60s, as professor tries to preserve it

(Newser) - Another unique American dialect is fading into obscurity, and it's a safe bet that most never knew it existed in the first place: "Texas German." It's so unusual that University of Texas linguist professor Hans Boas tells the BBC he has "found no two speakers... More »

UTexas Minority Students Hit With Bleach Balloons

Summer incidents had gone unreported

(Newser) - University of Texas at Austin students and staff are protesting after four students were reportedly hit with "bleach bombs"—balloons filled with bleach—while off campus. The attacks on minority students occurred between June and September, but they'd gone unreported until the campus police chief began investigating.... More »

Texas, N. Dakota Campuses Reopen After Bomb Scares

Bomb threats hit two universities, but no explosives found

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of people streamed off university campuses in Texas and North Dakota today after telephoned bomb threats prompted officials to warn students and faculty to get away as quickly as possible. Both campuses eventually were deemed safe and reopened by early afternoon, as authorities worked to determine whether... More »

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