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A Year Into the Pandemic, Checking in With the People Who Keep Campus Running

Nearly a year after students left the Forty Acres for spring break 2020, campus is still far emptier than usual, with many of UT’s faculty, staff, and even students...

 
 

The Massive Lone Star Flag Unfurled Before UT Football Games is a Tradition That Goes Back Generations

The people who care about flags, that is, the kinds of people who might style themselves with the Latin-inspired term vexillologist (one who studies flags),...

 
 

New UT Research Could Help Turn Inhospitable Soil into Fertile Ground

Around May of last year, after a few months of working (and doing just about everything else) from home, I decided to turn my concrete balcony into something...

 
 

Thirty years after “Friday Night Lights,” Robert Clark takes us back to the world of the Permian Panthers

Don Billingsley prepares for a game. When I answer the phone to speak with photographer Robert Clark, the Kansas native is calling from his car as he makes the...

 
 

UT Students and Faculty Find New Ways to Feel Connected During the Pandemic

One afternoon in August, just a few days before the fall semester was set to begin, my roommate let out a long sigh. She was gearing up for her first year of...

 
 

TxExplainer: What the 2021 Texas Legislative Session Has in Store for UT Austin

AS the U.S.—and the world—continues to adapt to unprecedented times, so must the Texas Legislature. From the upcoming topics of discussion to how lawmakers...

 
 

Faces in the Crowd: Taking a Closer Look at Who Filled DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium

During the summer of 2020, no one knew what the Texas Football season was going to look like—or if there would be a season at all. But as Texas Athletics...

 
 

Alumna’s New Book on Burnout Argues Millennials Are Exhausted—and a Beach Vacation Won’t Fix It

There’s a chance we’ll all soon be burned out from talking about burnout, defined as physical or mental collapse due to overwork, reaching the point of...

 
 

My Sister Was Set to Have the Same Great Freshman Year I Had. Then Came the Pandemic.

I don’t know what it’s like to be a mother. But when you have a younger sibling, you find yourself slipping into a pseudo-parent role from an early...

 
 

Inside the McDonald Observatory’s Mission to Preserve the Darkest Skies in West Texas

Bill Wren remembers the night sky rising like wallpaper above him when he was a child in rural Missouri. But after a move to Houston in 1970 when he was 15,...

 
 
 
 
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