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May 06, 2021

Reporting Texas TV – May 6, 2021

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas made their sixth  and final newscast of the semester on May 6, 2021. This week student journalists report on preparations for the spring commencement ceremony and the return to in-person classes for the fall, efforts to protect Austin’s bats, and concerns about gerrymandering as the […]

May 06, 2021

UT Prepares for its First In-Person Commencement Since 2019

AUSTIN, Texas — In January, The University of Texas at Austin announced plans to host its first in-person graduation ceremony since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Unlike traditional UT graduation ceremonies in front of the UT Tower, the spring commencement will take place at Darrell K. Royal Stadium on May 22 at 8 p.m. […]

May 06, 2021

Texas Redistricting Prompts Gerrymandering Concerns

AUSTIN, Texas — As a result of the 2020 census, Texas gained two congressional seats due to its population growth.  The state will have 38 seats in the House of Representatives in the 2022 election and 40 electoral votes for the 2024 presidential election. New York and California each lost one seat and one elector. […]

May 06, 2021

Protecting Palm Trees to Protect Bats

AUSTIN, Texas — After a year in which they were scorned as the source of the coronavirus, bats continue to have a rough time in 2021. Many of the mammals are losing their Austin homes. The Austin Bat Refuge works to protect the local bat population and ensure the animals are loved. Co-founders Lee Mackenzie […]

May 06, 2021

UT Plans for an In-Person Fall Semester

AUSTIN, Texas —With more than 100,000 vaccine doses distributed by the UT vaccination hub, returning to campus for in-person classes seems more and more likely. Terrian Spurs, a junior communications and leadership major, expected to return to campus in March 2020 after a two-week Spring Break. Instead, she finished her sophomore year at home in […]

Apr 30, 2021

Reporting Texas TV – April 29, 2021

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas made their fifth newscast of the semester on April 29, 2021. This week student journalists report on an upcoming Austin vote that could ban camping and soliciting, student efforts to warn others of UT professors who violated sexual misconduct rules, a nurse’s fight against her […]

Apr 30, 2021

Houston Nurse Crowdfunds to Take Hospital to Court Over Vaccine Layoffs

HOUSTON, Texas — Several Houston Methodist Hospital employees are resisting their boss’s order to receive COVID-19 vaccines by June 7. Dr. Marc Boom, Houston Methodist’s President and CEO, announced April 15 that all employees must comply with the vaccination deadline or face suspension and eventual termination.  “The process [to decide to require COVID-19 vaccines] was […]

Apr 29, 2021

Vaccinations Open Possibilities for Child Care Workers and Families

AUSTIN, Texas — For many college students, child care provides a stream of income with flexibility for school and internships. When people began to shut their doors to strangers during the pandemic, both child care workers and families had to adjust.  Adrienne Anderson has a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son. She regularly hires people […]

Apr 29, 2021

UT Students Warn Peers About Professors with Sexual Misconduct Violations

AUSTIN, Texas — With summer and fall registration underway, some students at the University of Texas are warning their peers of classes taught by professors who violated the school’s sexual misconduct policies.  Sophomore Kaya Epstein posted a Twitter thread that identified professors with university-documented records of sexual misconduct who will teach in the fall 2021 […]

Apr 29, 2021

Prop B Seeks to Ban Camping and Soliciting

AUSTIN, Texas — One item on the ballot for many Travis County voters in the May 1 special election seeks to ban people from camping and soliciting money on public streets in Austin. Supporters of Proposition B say it will make the city a safer place for the housed and the unhoused. Opponents argue that […]

Apr 26, 2021

Reporting Texas TV – April 22, 2021

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas made their fourth newscast of the semester on April 22, 2021. This week student journalists report on local reaction to the fatal shooting of a Black man by police in Minnesota, Austin voters considering a change to the current mayor and city manager system, Earth […]

Apr 25, 2021

UT Theatre Festival Goes Online Because of COVID

AUSTIN, Texas — When COVID-19 halted performances in front of live audiences, UT Department of Theatre and Dance students and faculty showcased their creations in a new and safe way.  The 2021 edition of the Cohen New Works Festival, a biennial celebration of student work, took place April 12 through 16. Begun in 2007, this […]

Apr 22, 2021

UT Students Struggle to Cope with Police Killings of Young People of Color

AUSTIN, Texas — In the last two weeks, police killed at least four young people of color: Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Adam Toledo in Chicago, Anthony Thompson in Knoxville, and Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio. All of the victims were under 21 years of age. The deaths coincided with the trial of Derek […]

Apr 22, 2021

Upcoming Austin Election Includes Proposal for “Strong Mayor” System

AUSTIN, Texas — A proposition on the May 1 municipal election ballot seeks to change Austin’s city government to a “strong mayor” system, which would make the mayor Chief Executive Officer. Proposition F is one of eight propositions for voters to decide May 1. Early voting started this week. The mayor would have more responsibilities […]

Apr 22, 2021

Celebrating Earth at UT

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas Campus Environmental Center (CEC) is working on multiple events to get students excited for Earth Month.  Activities include a seed swap, campfire chats, UT Farm Stand, microfarm workshops, and an art contest.  “The Office of Sustainability, in general, celebrates Earth Month, so that’s why we have so much programming […]

Apr 16, 2021

Reporting Texas TV – April 15, 2021

Journalism students from Moody College at the University of Texas made their third newscast of the semester on April 15, 2021. This week student journalists report on the governor’s opposition to Covid-19 vaccine passports, disruptions to STAAR testing, and the return of live music to the Live Music Capital of the World.

Apr 15, 2021

Technical Issues Delay and Cancel Student Evaluations in Texas

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Statewide technical glitches on April 6 interrupted about 250,000 online exams administered by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).  Students taking written STAAR exams were able to finish without any technical issues. Those taking virtual exams could not continue midway or even log in. A teacher from San […]

Apr 15, 2021

Forty Acres Fest Brings Live Music Back to Campus

AUSTIN, Texas — Live music returned to the University of Texas campus last weekend for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020.  Forty Acres Fest, an annual concert organized by Campus Events + Entertainment, took place April 10. The four-hour-long midday festival was somewhat of a departure from the way the festival […]

Apr 15, 2021

Abbott Bans COVID-19 Vaccine Passports

AUSTIN, Texas — While lawmakers argue across the country whether mandating the COVID-19 vaccine is constitutional, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order effectively banning vaccine passports last week. If enacted, the passport would allow vaccinated people to do certain things like eat in a restaurant or go to a library. Abbott’s order withdraws public […]

Apr 15, 2021

Live Music Gradually Returns to the Live Music Capital of the World

AUSTIN, Texas — Venues and musicians are fighting to maintain Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World. However, while the lights turned off, bills did not stop and venues struggled to make rent.  Red River Street hosts the largest cluster of live music venues in the city and is known as a […]