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How the Top 10% Rule has impacted diversity at universities across Texas.

VOLUME 120, ISSUE 8 TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2019

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Texas’ top 10% rule has done little to increase diversity at universities across the state, a new study says.

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Phil Nemy faced 4 sexual misconduct investigations this year By Katie Balevic @KatelynBalevic

Former UT Los Angeles executive director Phil Nemy has been the subject of four sexual misconduct and sexual harassment investigations since December 2018, when The Daily Texan first reported he violated the University’s sexual misconduct and sexual harassment policies but still kept his job. Nemy, who was fired from his position in May for “unacceptable conduct,” did not respond to multiple requests for comment. In a December 2018 statement, Nemy said he “never made an inappropriate comment or joke towards any of the women attending the program.” “The University takes all allegations of wrongdoing, including sexual

misconduct, seriously and strives to investigate complaints thoroughly and quickly while respecting the confidentiality of all involved parties,” University spokesperson Shilpa Bakre said. “UT is strongly committed to fostering a safe campus environment and to providing needed support and resources.” The Office of Inclusion and Equity investigated four complaints against Nemy, which were made by four different individuals, according to the investigation obtained by the Texan through a Public Information Act request. In the first complaint, a former student said Nemy made inappropriate jokes and touched students without asking, according to the investigation. The student said “that during a class bowling trip, Mr. Nemy placed his hands around her waist in a manner that made her extremely

uncomfortable,” according to the investigation. OIE said it interviewed several students who attended UTLA in previous semesters. One student indicated that, in a different semester from that complainant, she also went on a class bowling trip, and Nemy “grabbed her by her hips and pulled her toward him,” making her feel “embarrassed and extremely uncomfortable,” according to the investigation. OIE concluded that these interactions constituted “unwelcome intentional touching” and violated the University’s prohibition on sexual misconduct. The students OIE interviewed said the “inappropriate jokes” included instances in which Nemy told students never to live on the beach because “you’ll just be watching girls in

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New US legislation could ensure food stamp eligibility for students By Victoria May @toricmay

One in 4 students at UT experience food insecurity, according to research from the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center. A new bill proposed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Al Lawson aims to improve college students’ access to affordable food. “The significant increase in college tuition over the last decade has forced students to make a choice between buying food or paying for books and housing expenditures,” Lawson said in a statement announcing the bill July 17. “This bill will help to relieve some of that financial burden for them.” The College Student Hunger Act of 2019 would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, which introduced

a supplemental nutrition assistance program, or food stamps, for all households whose incomes are a limiting factor in their abilities to purchase food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, most people between the ages of 18 and 49 who are enrolled in college and have no disabilities are ineligible for food stamps. A recently released Government Accountability Office report found that almost 2 million at-risk college students did not receive the aid they were eligible for under SNAP in 2016. Under the new amendment, the bill would now include the 32% of undergraduate college students who qualify for a federal Pell Grant or whose families are considered low-income. It would also make nearly half

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bathing suits all day long,” spoke of women as sex objects, commented on a “hell of a blow job” when walking past a fan and joked about a “Texas Hoe” while on a class field trip, according to the investigation. “Mr. Nemy denied making inappropriate jokes of a sexual nature and described his humor as ‘dad humor,’” the investigation reads. “Mr. Nemy also categorically denied touching any student inappropriately. OIE concluded that Nemy “repeatedly engaged in sexually oriented conversations, comments and horseplay, including the use of language and the telling of jokes and anecdotes of a sexual nature in the classroom and other educational settings,” according to the investigation. In the second complaint, a former student said Nemy called her a “slag,”

which OIE interpreted to mean “slut” or “promiscuous woman,” according to the investigation. Other students witnessed the incident and confirmed it with OIE, but Nemy denied referring to the student as a “slag” and said “that he only learned of the term in connection with OIE’s investigation,” according to the investigation. OIE concluded that Nemy more likely than not referred to the student as a “slag.” “OIE cannot imagine a circumstance in which it would be appropriate for an educator to refer to a student in such a manner,” the investigation reads. “The witness accounts … provide sufficient context to conclude that (Nemy) failed to observe the appropriate boundaries of the educator/student relationship.” Complaints three and four, by two other individuals, were entirely redacted.


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Lack of transparency continues to leave students at risk By The Daily Texan Editorial Board In 2013, then-UTLA director Phil Nemy was found in violation of UT’s sexual misconduct policy. More specifically, Nemy had been accused of inappropriately touching students on their lower backs and of making frequent sexual and vulgar comments about female students. The Office for Inclusion and Equity investigation into his behavior, which The Daily Texan obtained through a public information request, recommended a response that would “remedy present claims and prevent future incidents and claims from arising.” Nemy’s punishment? Counseling from a superior and completing an online sexual misconduct module — one that public information requests show that he delayed for months and that UT had to remind him to complete. If this seems like a wildly insufficient punishment, that’s because it is. Once the Texan broke Nemy’s record of misconduct to the public in December of 2018, he was immediately placed on alternative work assignment where he had no formal contact with students. This was the first concrete action taken to keep students away from Nemy, and it happened five years after the misconduct took place. The fact that the student body didn’t know about Nemy’s misconduct until the Texan revealed it five years later is unacceptable, and the consequences of UT’s decision were severe. We’ve called for this before, but little has changed: UT must be more transparent about professor misconduct. Sadly, Nemy’s alternative work assignment was too little, too late. Within six days of the Texan breaking the story, four more people, at least two of them students, filed complaints against Nemy. They accused him of calling a student a “slag,” or slut, and tickling female students under their arms and behind their knees, among other inappropriate behavior. These instances occurred after Nemy’s 2013 misconduct violation. UT opened investigations into all four complaints. Two of these investigations found Nemy in violation of university sexual misconduct policy. The other two reports are so redacted that it is impossible to know what Nemy was accused of. UT did not tell students about any of these investigations, firing Nemy in May of this year for “unacceptable conduct.” It is clear, however, that UT failed to “prevent future incidents and claims from arising.” The editorial board has covered this before. We’ve covered a University that seems too proud of its image to make it publicly known when professors are predators and that gave us incorrect information when we asked about a professor’s sexual misconduct. We’ve covered a University that reassigned a professor who was predatory toward his graduate students to teach undergraduates, then put him on leave after student backlash, then quietly put him back on the course schedule a semester later. We’ve covered how difficult it can

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be to learn anything about UT’s Title IX policies and cases. The more we learn about faculty members who target and harm their students, the more these faults look like a culture of withholding information and not unfortunate flukes. Six years ago, when the Office for Inclusion and Equity first found Nemy in violation of sexual misconduct, the University could have easily fired him. He wasn’t tenured. As an administrative officer, he served at the pleasure of the president with no

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fixed term. He was kept on staff year after year with the knowledge that he had targeted his students in the past and could easily do so again. Parts of Nemy’s record were technically available to the public, but only through open records requests, which most students don’t know about, and are often difficult to get any information from.

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J.B. Bird, UT’s director of media relations, said Texas’ open records laws make journalists the “de facto” mechanism of making the results of these investigations public. To date, this has largely been the way things have worked. It’s far from an ideal system. Making open records requests require reporters to know exactly what documents they’re searching for and how to specifically request them. If you don’t know how to refer to what you’re looking for — including using the right technical jargon — you’re out of luck. When requesting large amounts or an aggregate of data, fees can total in the hundreds of dollars. Making student journalists responsible for bringing harassers at UT to light then seems highly ineffective. Open records requests aren’t a student journalist’s only route to find information, however. If a Texan reporter is unable to find information through open records requests, they can always turn to University Communications, though that doesn’t necessarily make their job easier. Last year, the editorial board wrote about how multiple University Communications staffers implore students to send their questions in advance — an unusual practice that gives the impression that UT doesn’t want to answer questions they haven’t seen beforehand. Combine that with a University Communications official canceling an interview they were supposed to help schedule with UT’s Title IX coordinator, and it looks like student journalists face roadblocks no matter how they wish to investigate. A common refrain from University Communications is that compared to our peers and to private universities, UT is one of the most transparent universities when it comes to making information about professor misconduct public and accessible. We shouldn’t be proud of doing only somewhat more than the bare minimum. We shouldn’t be proud that while the University knows which professors have committed misconduct, students must still walk into their classes, office hours and research positions at the risk of being harmed because of not knowing their professor’s history. When we compare ourselves to other universities, we shouldn’t be proud that our students are in only slightly less danger than theirs. How many more UT professors and faculty members have been found in violation of UT’s sexual misconduct policies? It’s hard to know for sure. A public database listing all professors who have violated University sexual misconduct policies would be a good start to ensure students actually know if their professor has a history of misconduct. We’ve called for this before, and we will keep calling for it until it happens. When student safety is on the line, the University shouldn’t hope that journalists do its job of keeping students informed and safe. We will gladly tell students which of their professors are predators, but if the University truly had student safety as its first priority, they would be doing it for us. The editorial board is composed of associate editors Sanika Nayak and Abby Springs and editor-in-chief Spencer Buckner.

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Lucky Lab to open new location in West Campus complex Gatiganti said. As the finishing touches are being put on the new Lucky Lab, Hutton said stuStudents living in West dents have shared their exCampus who are looking to citement with her. grab coffee on the way to “We’ve had a lot of peoclass this fall will have anple pop in while we’ve been other option closer to home. getting ready to open on Austin-based Lucky Lab Wednesday,” Hutton said. Coffee Co. will open its “I think we’re going to have second location near cama really good engagement pus this Wednesday on the with residents and students, ground floor of The Ruckand with the addition of us 2.0, a new West Cammore seating, especialpus student apartment ly indoors, there will complex located at the be a lot of good traction intersection of 24th and from that.” Rio Grande Streets. Exercise science juLucky Lab owner nior Emily Fenton said This will also obviously Courtney Hutton said first tried Lucky the company partnered alleviate some of the long she Lab when she visitwith building developlines that are at the other ed UT as a prospecer Lincoln Ventures to pair a full-service local tive student and has location during finals, coffee bar with highbeen going frequently during peak times and end student living. ever since. “It’s a great loca“(Lucky Lab) is just each day in tion for us because we so unique, and I love between classes.” have the ability to do independent coffee our walk-up window as shops,” Fenton said. COURTNEY HUTTON well as walk in it and “There’s a really nice LUCKY LAB OWNER have a nice beautiful outdoor area, and I space for students in go there a lot to study West Campus to come because I hate studying Aishu Gatiganti, manageand study and hang out,” in libraries.” ment information systems Hutton said. “We will have Fenton said she plans to senior, said while the new a full-service espresso bar, start going to the new localocation will be close to resall of our bakery goods and tion in the fall. idents of The Ruckus 2.0 breakfast tacos, along with “In case there aren’t spots and West Campus, it is not our grab-and-go items such to study at the other locaas convenient for those who as salads.” tion, that’s definitely a good commute to campus. This will be the fifth option for me,” Fenton said. “It will be nice for the Lucky Lab to open its doors “I don’t even know where people who live in the apartin Austin after the North ment and nearby, but I think I’m living senior year, but it Austin location, which just definitely makes me want to a lot of people wouldn’t opened earlier this month, live there because I love that want to go out into an apartHutton said. Because of the popularity of the Lucky Lab coffee shop.” ment building to get coffee,”

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location in Space 24 Twenty near 24th and Guadalupe Streets, Hutton said the new location will accommodate more students. “I think it’s going to be a great place for students to come together,” Hutton said. “This will also obviously alleviate some of the long lines that are at the other location during finals, during peak times and each day in between classes.”

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he Top 10% Rule has done little to increase diversity in universities across Texas, according to new research. The study by Daniel Klasik, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Kalena Cortes, a Texas A&M associate professor, analyzed admissions data from UT and Texas A&M from 1996 — two years before the policy went into effect — through 2016. The Texas Ten Percent Plan guarantees automatic admission to all state-funded universities for Texas students who graduated in the top 10% of their high school class. In their April study, the authors said the Top 10% Rule was started in order to promote campus diversity and college attendance in low-income areas without using admissions policies based on race. But in their study, Cortes and Klasik said they found little evidence the plan increased racial and financial diversity or the number of high schools that send students to Texas flagship institutions. Under state law, UT is required to make a “good faith” effort to fill at least 75% of the spots in its freshman class available to Texas residents with automatically admitted students. In order to meet this threshold, students in the top 6% of their high school class were automatically admitted to UT in 2019, down from 7% in 2018 and 8% in 2016. According to the study, before the 10% rule was

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implemented in 1998, about 40% of Texas high schools consistently sent graduating seniors to UT or A&M and another 15% occasionally saw their graduates go on to the two universities. The remaining 45% of schools had never sent any of their graduates to either school. After examining almost two decades of data after the policy took effect, Klasik and Cortes did not see much change in those statistics. This helps explain why the Top 10% Rule hasn’t increased the likelihood of black and Latinx students attending the state’s flagship schools, according to The Hechinger Report, an education publication. “While it is certainly true that individual high schools sent students to the flagships for the first time after the percent plan began, those results were fleeting,” Cortes said in the article. “Virtually no school that had not sent students to those campuses in the two years prior to the plan established a pattern of sending students afterward.” In the 2018 Report to the Legislature, UT wrote that the 10% rule was successful in providing an opportunity to obtain a higher education

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to Texas high school graduates from a variety of schools. “UT hosts many different recruitment efforts to show students of all backgrounds that going to school here at UT is a possibility,” admissions counselor Seth Cope said in an email. “For example, Texas Student Recruiters are current students at The University of Texas at Austin that come from many different backgrounds, viewpoints, hometowns and academic interests, and are all passionate about sharing their Texas experience with prospective Longhorns.” Cierra Rodriguez, a health and society sophomore, said UT should be using different recruiting strategies since the number of students from low-income communities attending UT is consistently low. “Before hearing about the study, it never even occurred to me that there are high school students in Texas that have never heard of automatic admission to Texas universities,” Rodriguez said. “It would be a shame for someone to miss out on a great public education just because they didn’t know that was a possibility for them.”


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FOOTBALL

New faces emerge on Texas defense Jamison, Ossai try to make impact on revamped Texas defense. By Cameron Parker @camerondparker

hen Texas’ fall practice opens Friday, D’Shawn Jamison and Joseph Ossai will take the field as starters. It won’t be the first time either one has started for Texas, nor the first time Jamison and Ossai have played together. But it will be the first time the two sophomores will line up together defensively, with Ossai starting at linebacker and Jamison at cornerback. At this year’s Big 12 Media Days, Texas head coach Tom Herman and his players openly praised the progress Jamison and Ossai both made this past spring. With eight defensive starters gone, Texas needs every man to step up if

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it hopes to build upon last season’s success. “We’re definitely young as a defense, but I don’t think we’re inexperienced,” safety Brandon Jones said. “A lot of them have had really good springs, the biggest is probably Jamison adjusting from receiver to playing corner.” Although Jamison appeared in 13 games last season on offense, he was originally recruited to play cornerback. “(Jamison) has done a great job of coming over from defense to offense,” linebacker Malcolm Roach said. “We’ve seen his high school film, and we could tell he was able to play defense, but actually seeing him in action doing it, he’s a guy that opened up a lot of eyes.” After early enrollment last spring, Jamison was given reps on both sides of the ball before he officially moved to offense. While he excelled on special teams, he finished the season with just four receptions totaling five yards. The transition to defense makes sense for both Jami-

son and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, who lost Kris Boyd, Davante Davis and P.J. Locke III, all of whom departed as seniors. Cornerback Anthony Cook is also expected to compete for a starting job, but due to a hamstring injury in the spring, Jamison had room to shine. “He has very much impressed,” Herman said of Jamison’s switch. “I think he earned the right to jog out if my player personnel manager allows me to. He’ll jog out first practice and be the starting corner alongside Jalen Green.” However, Jamison isn’t the only one with buzz around him. “Joseph Ossai is a guy I’m really impressed with,” quarterback Sam Ehlinger said. “I think he can be an incredible defensive player.” In the fall, Ossai will likely start as the Longhorns’ buck linebacker. Ossai’s teammates got a taste of what he provides after Texas’ matchup with Georgia when he recorded five solo tackles. Yet he has also impressed his teammates away from the field. “(Ossai is) an emergent guy

carlos garcia | the daily texan file D’Shawn Jamison keeps his eyes upfield as he returns a kick during Texas’ 28-21 win against Tulsa on Sept. 8, 2018. Jamison will be on the other side of the field at cornerback when the season starts.

that’s been doing really well for us leadership-wise,” center Zach Shackelford said. With an almost brand new defense, the lack of leadership is something that concerns fellow teammates, including wide receiver Collin Johnson.

“It’s always nice to have a lot of leaders, but we don’t have that right now on the defensive side of the ball,” Johnson said. “(There aren’t many) seniors in regards to the number of underclassmen, so the leaders we do have kind of have a lot

of expectations.” From here until opening kickoff, the phrase “eight starters lost” will almost certainly be on repeat. But with the emergence of Jamison and Ossai, “eight starters lost” might be quickly forgotten.


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FILM REVIEW

Tarantino artfully explores Golden Age Hollywood in new film framed shots smoothly transitioning to different angles and sizes. The neon lights of Los Angeles perfectly contrast with the beautiful countryside that surrounds Western movie sets, establishing a mesmerizing atmosphere. Fast-moving visuals such as speeding cars are masterfully tracked and focused on in order to bring audiences along for the ride. In addition to the sleek cinematography, “Hollywood” fully embraces its atmosphere with a soundtrack loaded with classic tunes including “Good Thing” by Paul Revere & the Raiders and “California Dreamin’” by José Feliciano. The songs are appropriately used to enhance certain sequences, adding an additional flair of classic Hollywood. Tarantino intentionally does not place music tracks during tense or grounded scenes in order to establish a sense of suspense or realism. The narrative scope of the film is a bit unfocused. Rather than emphasizing a clear structured beginning, middle and end, “Hollywood” is a bit of an observatory piece in which audiences follow three

copyright sony pictures, and reproduced with permission Margot Robbie plays famous Hollywood actress Sharon Tate in “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood.”

unique individuals in 1969 Hollywood. Everything is tied together with a nice little bow at the end, but the journey there can feel a bit overextended and sometimes unnecessary. Regardless, the bizarre, comedic and sometimes-scary elements of the story only add to the world Tarantino has created. The slow buildup of the film’s world and characters is certainly worth the wait for the incredible and cathartic finish. “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” is another fantastic

entry into the ever-growing catalog of films written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. “Hollywood” explores and twists history in order to tell a complex story about the dark underbelly of the golden age of filmmaking.

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the shadows. Tarantino artistically directs this deep dive into a magical era of cinema, and creates a wild, colorful cast of characters to play around in it. “Hollywood” boasts an impressive cast featuring some of the most popular actors working in the industry today. Dalton’s easygoing yet unhinged attitude is on perfect display as DiCaprio embodies his character. He also does a great job acting in a film as a character who is acting in a film. Pitt emphasizes Booth’s self-sufficient and brutish personality with a strong performance. The dry comedic banter between the duo is one of the strongest aspects of the film. The main cast is rounded out by a glowing Margot Robbie, who plays real-life Hollywood movie star Sharon Tate. Robbie portrays Tate with an irresistible charm, creating a beautiful tribute to the woman who tragically lost her life to the Manson Family. The cinematography is finely tuned, with various

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his ninth feature film, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” The film follows rising actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his brother-like stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as they navigate the tricky waters of 1969 Hollywood, all while the sinister plan of real-life criminal Charles Manson ruminates in

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FaceApp raises concerns about privacy for UT students, app users By Mackenzie Dyer @mackdyerr

After several Hollywood stars posted edited photos portraying their face with wrinkles, gray hair and sagging skin, the application behind the images, FaceApp, went viral. However, the app’s ties to Russia have raised security concerns, including a warning from the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2020 election cycle. The app applies filters to user-uploaded photos and first emerged in 2017, though the aging filter made it a household name this summer. By agreeing to the app’s terms, users granted its Russian parent company, Wireless Labs, a license to their photos that is “perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide and fully-paid.” Amid concerns over Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the

DNC advised 2020 presidential campaigns on July 17 to delete the app “immediately.” U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer followed shortly with a letter to the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission requesting an investigation. “In the age of facial recognition technology as both a surveillance and security use, it is essential that users have the information they need to ensure their personal and biometric data remains secure,” Schumer wrote in his letter. According to the Washington Post, Kate O’Neill, a tech consultant, said FaceApp’s privacy terms are murky but not unlawful. “People should be savvy about when apps and memes and games are encouraging everyone to engage in the same way,” O’Neill said. “It puts the data in a vulnerable state that becomes something that can train facial recognition and other kinds of systems that may not be intended the way people are using it.”

Government senior Conner Vanden Hoek said he is more concerned about FaceApp than other services that collect user data, such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, because of its country of origin. “Even though realistically our data is bought and shared all the time, it still doesn’t mean I’m gonna help that process by downloading and using an app with privacy concerns because I wanna look older,” Vanden Hoek said in a direct message on Twitter. Because users grant FaceApp such an extensive license to their photos, their images could end up being used for advertising purposes without the user’s knowledge or permission, according to The New York Times. “I think you’ve got to be kidding yourself if you don’t think your facial features are already being used for whatever purposes Facebook or the government wants,” economics graduate student Larisa Barreto said in a text message.

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who are veterans or who are homeless. By including recipients of the Pell Grant, the 2019 bill has the potential to reach a much larger number of students, Warren said. “As more and more students struggle to afford college and take on a mountain of student loan debt, nearly 1 in 3 college students cannot even afford basic necessities like food,” Warren said in the July 17 statement. “Our bill will ensure students have the support they need to work toward a better future without going hungry.” The act would also require the Department of Agriculture to inform colleges about eligibility for SNAP benefits, lower SNAP’s current work requirement for college students to 10 hours per week, and require the launch of projects to find ways to make SNAP more accessible to students. At UT, students can go to

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Student Emergency Services, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid or UT Outpost for help dealing with food insecurity, said Kelly Soucy, director of student emergency services. “If a student comes to us and says that they don’t know when or where they’ll be able to eat next, we can give them gift cards to places like H-E-B or Target so they can get what they need,” Soucy said. Opened in 2018, UT

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Outpost is an on-campus food pantry that can provide students up to 20 pounds of food once or twice a month. This year, it is also expanding to include healthier options, such as fresh produce, Soucy said. “Our goal is to provide students with the means that they need for a well-rounded school career,” Soucy said. “We want to make sure that food insecurity does not hinder their academic success.”

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