Higher Ed

Assuming No One Else Volunteers

Apr 11, 2014 By Rich Malley

Recounting a controversial episode from his five years as head of the UT System, outgoing chancellor Francisco Cigarroa said, “I always give my honest recommendation, because at the end of the day, I have to sleep with myself.”…

Who Is Johnny Football?

Aug 9, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

Johnny Manziel seemed like a superhero, the Manziel of Steel, able to leap tall linemen in a single bound. Is he something else?

Old College Try

May 10, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

Gene Powell, the University of Texas Board of Regents chairman, on the controversies over higher education and the future of learning.

UT (nervously) awaits next batch of Perry regents

Feb 5, 2013 By Paul Burka

From a statement by the Texas Exes, the university’s alumni association: The terms of three distinguished members of The University of Texas System Board of Regents expired this past Friday. These appointments will be made by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. * * * * If the new regents are…

Rick Perry Is Still Newsworthy

Jan 21, 2013 By Jason Cohen

From Satan to sleep apnea, five headlines about Rick Perry following his Friday night appearance at the Texas Tribune festival and the publication of Oops, a presidential campaign e-book by the Trib's Jay Root.

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Ring of Fire

Jan 20, 2013 By Pamela Colloff

On November 18, 1999, at 2:42 a.m., the most passionately observed collegiate tradition in Texas—if not the world—came crashing down. Nearly sixty people were on top of the Texas A&M Bonfire when the million-pound structure collapsed, killing twelve, wounding dozens more, and eventually leading to the suspension of the ninety-year-old ritual. Now, ten years later, on what would have been Bonfire’s centennial, the Aggies celebrate the history, relive the tragedy, and wrestle over what happens next.

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The Aggie Bonfire Tragedy

Jan 20, 2013 By Paul Burka

What’s so important about a stack of wood? Every Aggie knows that the answer is tradition—which is why, after a catastrophe that took the lives of twelve young men and women, the decision of whether to continue, change, or call a halt to the bonfire looms so large at Texas A&M.

Storming the Ivory Tower

Sep 30, 2012 By Paul Burka

For the past four years, a group of passionate reformers has been steadily trying to remake how higher education works in Texas—over the screams and howls of many professors and school presidents. Last year the battle came to UT. And the bombs are still flying.

Farmers Flight!

Oct 31, 2011 By Paul Burka

Texas A&M’s announcement that it was bolting the Big 12 for the SEC signaled the end of a passionate rivalry with the University of Texas that has defined the two schools for more than a century. But what does the end of Aggies versus Longhorns mean for the rest of us?

Hullabaloo

Jul 31, 2009 By Paul Burka

Rick Perry is the first Aggie governor in history. But as the current crisis shows, he’s been nothing but trouble for Texas A&M.

Ebony and Ivy

Feb 1, 1999 By juliettefairley

How an African American from Houston’s Fifth Ward rose to become the president of a mostly white, exceedingly

Day of the Ed

Jul 31, 1998 By Jordan Mackay

What kind of person would be best at figuring out how to spend $295,000? A poet, of course. That kind of money might be chump change to Charles Barkley, but to the prototypical starving artist, it’s a lot of stanzas. Or it will be for University of Houston English professor…

Black Like Them

Apr 30, 1994 By Pat Carr

During the days of segregation, a young graduate of all-white Rice University managed to become a professor at all-black Texas Southern University.

Happy Babble

Jun 30, 1992 By Gregory Curtis

George H. W. Bush's commencement speech at Southern Methodist University was long on rhetoric and short on specifics. 

The Greek Way

Mar 1, 1991 By Skip Hollandsworth

Are good times and fun pranks giving way to racial slurs and ritualized violence? An inside look at UT’s fraternity row.