Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune

Texas Tribune Reporter

Reeve Hamilton has interned at The Nation and The Texas Observer, for which he covered the 2009 legislative session. Most recently, he was a desk assistant at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. A Houston native, he has a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University.

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Education
10:48 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Record Arrests at TCU Following Early Morning Drug Bust

Photo by ChrisMPowell http://www.flickr.com/photos/85175437@N00/

In an early morning drug bust on the Texas Christian University campus, 17 students were arrested — a record number for the school — for allegedly dealing drugs including marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, acid, and prescription drugs such as Xanax and hydrocodone.

The arrests were the result of a six-month investigation conducted by the Fort Worth Police Department in conjunction with TCU Campus Police into drug selling in an around the TCU campus. According to university officials, 17 of the students have been "separated" from the TCU campus and face expulsion if found guilty.

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2012 Presidential Election
5:06 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

Perry Plugs Part-Time Congress in New TV Spot

As Rick Perry begins the second leg of his Iowa bus tour, he has released a TV ad in the Hawkeye State highlighting his call for a part-time U.S. Congress à la the Texas Legislature.

Education
9:00 am
Fri December 16, 2011

UT President Ends Tough Year With Another Battle

University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011
Photo by Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

For Bill Powers, 2011 has been a year full of upheavals.

Certain issues were foreseeable for the president of the University of Texas at Austin, the state’s largest and arguably most prestigious public university. State lawmakers were heading into a legislative session with budget axes at the ready, and nationally there were questions about the value of higher education.

Then, in early February, when he should have been testifying at the Capitol about the university’s financial needs, Powers suffered a pulmonary embolism. He was in the hospital for a week.

It was the first struggle in a year marked by high-profile battles involving Powers — to some, the university’s very own Dumbledore; to others, a particularly large bee in the bonnet of higher education reformers.

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Education
3:14 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

UT Chancellor Meets With Obama, Higher Ed Leaders in DC

University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa during Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Tansparency on September 21st, 2011
Marjorie Kamys Cotera, Texas Tribune

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa was one of a dozen higher education leaders from around the country invited to the White House on Monday for a meeting with President Obama about the issues facing colleges and universities.

Cigarroa told the Tribune on Tuesday that the president spent roughly an hour with his guests, including Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp, and Jamie Merisotis, the president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation for Education, among others.

“There’s no doubt that he has a significant interest in higher education,” Cigarroa said of Obama. “He’s very concerned about the increase in student loan debt.”

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Education
11:37 am
Mon November 14, 2011

UT Faculty Productivity Gets High Marks in New Report

Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

 

Despite the arguments of critics in recent months, Marc Musick, the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts associate dean of student affairs, makes the case in a new faculty productivity report that his institution provides “an incredible return on investment for the state.”

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Education
12:48 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

TPPF Higher Ed Guru: 7 Solutions a "Good Start"

Photo illustration by Todd Wiseman

Thomas Lindsay, the man recently selected to head the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Higher Education, is no stranger to controversy. That may be considered an asset in the position, given the foundation’s role in igniting much of the debate that has gripped Texas higher ed this year.

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Education
4:58 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

UT President Given Power to Tackle Conference Issue

University of Texas President Bill Powers announces UT's commitment to the Big 12 Conference.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

The University of Texas System regents today gave UT President Bill Powers the authority to take any necessary actions regarding conference realignment. Hours earlier, the University of Oklahoma regents empowered their president, David Boren, with the same authority.

The action by both universities is identical to a move Texas A&M University System regents made in August when they granted such authority to Texas A&M President  R. Bowen Loftin — two weeks before A&M officially notified the Big 12 Conference that it wanted out.

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2012 Presidential Election
5:05 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

DePinho: Opposing HPV Vaccine "Unethical"

Gov. Rick Perry's 2007 attempt to require that girls in Texas be vaccinated against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, has become a political hot potato. But Dr. Ronald DePinho, the new president of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, says the vaccine is not just sound but "one of the great scientific advances in the history of medicine."

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2012 Presidential Election
12:02 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Ron Paul Gets Taiwanimated

Photo by NMA TV

Last week, Next Media Animation, the Taiwan-based producers of surreal CGI-animated news reenactments, released a unique take on the life of Rick Perry (complete with a pole dance by Abraham Lincoln). This week, they tackled another Texan: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Surfside.

Perhaps the video's most striking feature is the prevalence of newborn babies flying through the air — a reference to the more than 4,000 infants Paul is said to have delivered as an obstetrician. The video insinuates that, in this way, Paul essentially brought his own loyal political base to life.

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Health
10:08 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Is the UT System Preparing for a New Medical School?

Speculation has gone on for year whether Austin will get its own teaching hospital. Photo By Daniel Reese.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News.

Lawmakers and local leaders are hopeful a plan unanimously adopted at Thursday's University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting means they could finally get what they've long been waiting for: a new medical school.

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Education
11:26 am
Fri August 12, 2011

Texas Universities Prepping for New Meningitis Law

Jamie Schanbaum, a victim of bacterial meningitis, has had two vaccine-related bills named for her by the state legislature.
Photo by Callie Richmond, Texas Tribune

Among the things 22-year old Jamie Schanbaum has now that she could not have anticipated three years ago are 2 extra inches in height when she stands, a gold medal from the USA Cycling Paralympic Road National Championships and two bills passed by the Texas Legislature in her honor. These gains came after significant losses — most noticeably both legs below the knee and most of each finger, the result of a bout with meningococcal septicemia during her sophomore year at the University of Texas.

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Education
1:58 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Higher Ed "Coalition for Excellence" Formed in Texas

A view of the UT Austin campus from the tower in the Main Building.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

A powerful group of individuals — including former regents, former university system chancellors and former university presidents — from around Texas have joined together to address the state's ongoing higher education controversy.

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Education
4:16 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

UT System Releases Data on Faculty "Productivity"

Photo by KUT News

This afternoon, the University of Texas System released much-anticipated data on faculty "productivity" — noting, however, that the 821-page spreadsheet is in a raw draft form that has not been fully verified and "cannot yield accurate analysis, interpretations or conclusions."

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