EDUCATION: Higher Education

UT-Austin organizers pass out dildos to students for the Cocks Not Glocks movement in protest of newly enacted campus carry law on August 23, 2016.
UT-Austin organizers pass out dildos to students for the Cocks Not Glocks movement in protest of newly enacted campus carry law on August 23, 2016.

UT-Austin Students Snatch Up Free Dildos for Gun Protest

Cocks Not Glocks, a UT-Austin group formed in response to legislation allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, passed out thousands of multicolored sex toys Tuesday evening in preparation for a Wednesday protest rally.

UT-Austin Students Snatch Up Free Dildos for Gun Protest

UT-Austin organizers pass out dildos to students for the Cocks Not Glocks movement in protest of newly enacted campus carry law on August 23, 2016.
UT-Austin organizers pass out dildos to students for the Cocks Not Glocks movement in protest of newly enacted campus carry law on August 23, 2016.

Cocks Not Glocks, a UT-Austin group formed in response to legislation allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, passed out thousands of multicolored sex toys Tuesday evening in preparation for a Wednesday protest rally.

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Judge Denies UT-Austin Professors' Attempt to Block Campus Carry

Pascale Bos, an associate professor at UT Austin, walks over desks after pinning up a "Books not bullets" sign at a peace and wellness workshop organized by Gun-Free UT and held in a UT Austin classroom on Aug. 1, 2016, the day Texas' "campus carry" law went into effect and the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the UT campus.
Pascale Bos, an associate professor at UT Austin, walks over desks after pinning up a "Books not bullets" sign at a peace and wellness workshop organized by Gun-Free UT and held in a UT Austin classroom on Aug. 1, 2016, the day Texas' "campus carry" law went into effect and the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the UT campus.

A federal judge has denied three University of Texas at Austin professors’ initial attempt to keep guns out of their classrooms under the state’s campus carry law.

Mississippi High School Losing Longhorn, Keeping Aggie Name

The logo and school colors for Kossuth High School in Mississippi. The school is changing its logo — but not its colors — after trademark concerns from UT-Austin.
The logo and school colors for Kossuth High School in Mississippi. The school is changing its logo — but not its colors — after trademark concerns from UT-Austin.

At UT-Austin's request, a Mississippi high school will lose its longhorn logo. But it will keep its Aggie nickname and maroon and white colors, which school district officials called "a freak coincidence." 

Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting (Audio)

Southbound view through one of the UT Tower rain spouts that Charles Whitman used to fire on his victims in 1966. Photo taken June 22, 2016.
Southbound view through one of the UT Tower rain spouts that Charles Whitman used to fire on his victims in 1966. Photo taken June 22, 2016.

When a shooter took aim at the University of Texas of Austin campus from the top of the UT Tower on Aug. 1, 1966,  no one had any reference point for such an attack. The Texas Standard spoke to people who were there that day.

The Armed Civilian Who Helped Stop UT’s Tower Sniper 50 Years Ago

Allen Crum at a press conference on Aug. 2, 1966. Crum, an employee at an off-campus bookstore, joined police at the top of the University of Texas Tower to stop sniper Charles Whitman.
Allen Crum at a press conference on Aug. 2, 1966. Crum, an employee at an off-campus bookstore, joined police at the top of the University of Texas Tower to stop sniper Charles Whitman.

When Charles Whitman went to the top of the University of Texas Tower and started shooting on Aug. 1, 1966, dozens of people grabbed their rifles and tried to stop him. But only Allen Crum made it to the top of the tower with police that day.

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Texas Colleges Lag in Mental Health Services

At the University of Houston, there are about 3,200 students for every counselor in the counseling center - more than double the recommended ratio of 1,000 to 1,500 students per counselor.
At the University of Houston, there are about 3,200 students for every counselor in the counseling center - more than double the recommended ratio of 1,000 to 1,500 students per counselor.

Students who need help dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues often must wait weeks to see a counselor at Texas' major public universities.

Quiet Unease Marks Campus Carry Debut in Texas

Pascale Bos, an associate professor at UT Austin, walks over desks after pinning up a "Books not bullets" sign at a peace and wellness workshop organized by Gun-Free UT and held in a UT Austin classroom on Aug. 1, 2016, the day Texas' "campus carry" law went into effect and the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the UT campus.
Pascale Bos, an associate professor at UT Austin, walks over desks after pinning up a "Books not bullets" sign at a peace and wellness workshop organized by Gun-Free UT and held in a UT Austin classroom on Aug. 1, 2016, the day Texas' "campus carry" law went into effect and the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting that occurred on the UT campus.

On Monday at the University of Texas at Austin, there were few obvious signs that a new state law had taken effect allowing guns in university buildings. But some students and faculty members said the new law left them unsettled.

At Ceremony Marking 50th Anniversary of UT Tower Shooting, No Mention of Campus Carry

Cliff Martinez was moved by the memorial honoring the victims and survivors of Charles Whitman's shooting spree on the 50th anniversary of the attack. Martinez's uncle, Ramiro Martinez, was one of two police officers who confronted and shot Charles Whitman on Aug. 1, 1966.
Cliff Martinez was moved by the memorial honoring the victims and survivors of Charles Whitman's shooting spree on the 50th anniversary of the attack. Martinez's uncle, Ramiro Martinez, was one of two police officers who confronted and shot Charles Whitman on Aug. 1, 1966.

In the sweltering heat Monday, hundreds of mourners gathered in the shadow of the University of Texas Tower to honor the 16 people killed and dozens wounded during Charles Whitman’s shooting rampage exactly 50 years earlier.