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Apr 05, 2024

Miss Black UT Pageant Crowns a Queen

AUSTIN, Texas – Eight UT students competed to be crowned Miss Black UT on March 28 at the Student Activity Center. The Miss Black UT Pageant is a yearly scholarship pageant hosted by the Black Student Alliance (BSA). Participants must be a young black woman at UT,  hold a leadership position on campus, be actively […]

Apr 05, 2024

Not a Prank! Burlesque Performers Put Feet to the Test on April Fools

AUSTIN, Texas — Some people plan elaborate pranks for April 1, but others spent April Fools’ Day bringing out their quirkiest talents. Monday Night Jammie Jam puts on a burlesque show the first Monday of each month. Organizers decided April Fools’ Day was the perfect excuse to be extremely out there. This month’s theme was […]

Apr 04, 2024

Express Fans and Players Celebrate Opening Day as Baseball is Back

ROUND ROCK, Texas — America’s pastime was in full swing last weekend and Round Rock Express fans filled the Dell Diamond with excitement for the start of the season. The Express opened the season March 29 against the Sugar Land Space Cowboys. “I just wanted to get out, you know, have some fun,” Express fan […]

Apr 02, 2024

Understanding the Incredibly Rare Total Solar Eclipse in Central Texas

With excitement over the eclipse reaching a fever pitch, Reporting Texas asked Anita Cochran, a senior research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin and assistant director of the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis to share her insight into this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Mar 31, 2024

Leaders Focus on Legislative Challenges During César Chávez Day Celebration

Chanting “sí se puede” and holding small Mexican flags, several dozen people marched through East Austin on Saturday to celebrate the legacy of Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez and to highlight present-day challenges for Latino civil rights. 
“To me, honoring that and not forgetting that struggle is so important,” said PODER director and march organizer Susana Almanza, “especially for the next generation that never got to meet César Chávez.”

Mar 29, 2024

Reporting Texas TV – March 28, 2024

Journalism students at the University of Texas produced their second newscast of the Spring 2024 semester on March 28. Student journalists reported this week on accessibility concerns related to the use and misuse of e-scooters, the construction of a greenhouse to provide jobs for people transitioning out of homelessness, March Madness games played on the […]

Mar 28, 2024

Community Greenhouse Offers Employment Opportunities for Formerly Homeless Individuals

AUSTIN, Texas —  Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF), a non-profit organization that serves people experiencing homelessness, gained a new greenhouse Friday to bring jobs for residents of the community. MLF also provides affordable housing. Annie Powers, MLF’s assistant communications manager, said nearly 400 previously homeless individuals currently live in the Community First! Village. “Whether you’re […]

Mar 28, 2024

UT Students Create Buzz with Shaved Heads for Cancer Research

AUSTIN, Texas  – Students with UT SMILE shaved heads Friday for pediatric cancer research. The organization’s Brave the Shave event on March 22 at Gregory Gymnasium raised more than $5,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which prioritizes engaging with child cancer survivors and youth who want to help. Brave the Shave coordinator Miya Walker said […]

Mar 28, 2024

Bastrop County Renaissance Festival Draws Thousands of Attendees

MCDADE, Texas – The 15th annual Sherwood Forest Faire is open for the season. Robin Hood’s Spring Faire opened March 2 and runs through April 21 with more than 150 live shows, food and games. The festival is a locally owned medieval-style village 35 miles east of Austin, between McDade and Paige. Opened in 2010, […]

Mar 28, 2024

E-Scooters Raise Accessibility Concerns for Disabled Students on UT Campus

AUSTIN, Texas – The growing use of rentable electric scooters across the city can be seen by anyone who’s walked downtown in recent years, often roughly parked along sidewalks or splayed across pedestrian walkways. But what may be a nuisance for residents out for a daily stroll can be actively harmful for those living with […]

Mar 28, 2024

Women’s Basketball Fans Rally as March Madness Comes to Austin

AUSTIN, Texas – A crowded sea of burnt orange lined up outside of the Moody Center Sunday as the Longhorns hosted Alabama for the second round of the March Madness tournament. “Hopefully they get to the third round. We’ve been coming to every game this whole season and it’s very exciting every time we come,” […]

Mar 28, 2024

UT Beach Volleyball Hosts First Home Matches

AUSTIN, Texas – The new University of Texas volleyball team made history this month, under the sun on sand. Texas Beach Volleyball played a few away games last season but finally hosted home matches March 20 at the Wright-Whitaker Sports Complex. The Longhorns first defeated Houston Christian University, 3-2, but then lost 4-1 to No. […]

Mar 24, 2024

Reporting Texas TV – March 21, 2024

Journalism students at the University of Texas produced their first newscast of the Spring 2024 semester on March 21. Student journalists reported this week on the Longhorns women’s basketball team receiving a top seed in the NCAA tournament, the excitement of filling out brackets as the men’s basketball team faces Colorado State in the first […]

Mar 24, 2024

March Madness is Every College Hoops Fan’s Favorite Time of Year

AUSTIN, Texas –– March Madness is finally here and 68 teams punched their tickets in. Texas and seven other teams in the Big 12 Conference earned spots in the big dance. Texas is one of the eight teams in the Big 12 conference that are featured in the big dance. The national champion will be crowned […]

Mar 23, 2024

Austin Animal Center Hosts Adoption Event for Cats in Need of Homes

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Animal Center (AAC) hosted a Desperate Housecats event to boost adoption for its cats in higher need of homes. Cats in the program are a mix from the shelter and foster homes who are older than two, sick or timid. AAC volunteer Maggie Brys said most people look for younger cats […]

Mar 22, 2024

Texas Women’s Basketball Earns a No. 1 Seed in the NCAA Tournament

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas women’s basketball team and fans gathered Sunday at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium to watch the women’s NCAA March Madness bracket selection show. Fans went wild when Texas was revealed as a No. 1 seed. Cheers and claps flooded the Carpenter-Winkel Centennial Room. The last time the Longhorns were a […]

Mar 21, 2024

UT Club Baseball Team Travels to Florida for NCBA Tournament

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. – The University of Texas club baseball team spent Spring Break playing in the “Swing into Spring” tournament run by the National Club Baseball Association. Club teams must play at least one non-conference game a season, so this tournament fulfills that requirement while also allowing players to compete against schools they […]

Mar 21, 2024

The Red Dress Exhibition Illuminates a National Crisis Among Indigenous Women

AUSTIN, Texas –  Over 20 indigenous Texans revved motorcycles Saturday outside the George Washington Carver Museum, kicking off the Red Dress Exhibition. More than 30 red dresses suspended from the lobby ceiling highlighted a fatal issue. “Each one of those dresses represents the person who would be wearing that dress if they were here today… […]

Mar 21, 2024

Low Attendance at Women’s Basketball Games

AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas at Austin women’s basketball team has struggled with getting people to attend the games. The Longhorns closed out the regular season at home against BYU on March 2. They finished with a record of 27-4 heading into the Big 12 Tournament. While the team is succeeding, Texas Athletics […]

Mar 21, 2024

Texas Tribune Leads Discussion Ahead of 2024 Elections

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Tribune hosted a panel of experts on Feb. 21 to discuss key issues and races up and down the ballot for this year’s election, and why young voters aren’t going out to the polls. Compared to a 25.3% turnout in the 2020 primaries, 18% of registered voters cast ballots on […]