Wednesday, ACC led students through the college’s new Highland campus, covering 200,000 square feet once occupied by a J.C. Penney. After purchasing vacant parcels of the Highland Mall, the college acquired all of the mall space in 2012.
The site, featuring 32 classrooms, six science labs, a library and a learning lab with more than 600 computers, is slotted to open before classes do on August 25.
That’s a question I am too often confronted with by my African American peers when speaking about the growing number of professional opportunities that exist in Austin, Texas. Contrarily, I have no problem finding smiling faces of non-African Americans to cheer me on while I am spreading the business gospel of ‘Austin Awesomeness’ around the country.
If you’ve followed the story further, then you may be familiar with what prompted the exchange: the cashier, comedian and performer Daniel Webb, exclaimed “Equal rights for gay people!” when the president approached the counter. When Obama asked Webb if he was gay, he answered, “Only when I have sex.”
June 25 marks the one-year anniversary of Sen. Wendy Davis’ historic filibuster on the Texas Senate floor.
It was one year ago that Democratic Sen. Davis began an 11-hour filibuster intended to derail Senate Bill 5, a bill containing several new restrictions on abortion. While Davis’ filibuster ended before the legislature adjourned, a supportive crowd in the Senate gallery erupted in cheers and screams minutes before the midnight deadline to pass SB 5 – squashing Republican efforts to pass it that night.
Listen to that dramatic moment, prompted by a parliamentary question from Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. (The cheering went on several minutes longer) :
Mount Bonnell and Barton Springs are two of Austin’s eternal treasures –unblemished reminders of Austin’s natural beauty.
But to a handful of reviewers on Yelp, they’re totally overrated.
Mount Bonnell’s scenic overlook rates a solid four stars on Yelp; Austin’s crown jewel, Barton Springs Pool, clocks in at four-and-a-half. But proving you can’t please everyone, a collection of contrary reviews offer an antithetical take on these two Austin institutions.
KUT staged dramatic readings of actual one and two-star Yelp reviews. Listen:
During the 2013 school year, 1,066 African-American AISD students – almost 13 percent of the black student population of 8,334 – received out-of-school suspensions. In that same period, 549 white AISD students were suspended – only 2.24 percent of the 24,543 white student population. Going by those numbers, African-American students are nearly six times more likely to be suspended from school.