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UT Axing Cactus Cafe, Informal Classes
Union board "phasing out" two campus institutions in August
"...year. The University of Texas has been offering its Informal Classes since 1971. Now the University Union has announced..."

Jan. 31, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Informal Classes Set to Open New Chapter
Popular UT program gets second chance in life
" close the Cactus Cafe was met with public outcry, the parallel decision to terminate the informal classes in..."

July 16, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

UT Needs to Re-evaluate Cactus and Informal Classes Decision
"...Dear Editor, Re: "Where's the Outcry Over Informal Classes?" [News, Feb. 26]: Kudos and applause..."

Feb. 25, 2010 Postmarks

'A' Is for Axed: UT Chops Cactus, Cuts Classes
What will the loss of the Cactus Cafe and informal classes mean to the UT community?
"...According to its mission statement, UT-Austin's Texas Union is dedicated to "serve as a unifying..."

Feb. 5, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

UT Loses Good Will
"...skydiving, and animal CPR? Although I have taught through UT informal classes for the last three years, forfeiting this..."

Feb. 9, 2010 Postmarks

Still Prickly: UT Students vs. Cactus Cuts
Reaction to budget cuts belies claim that decision was student-backed
"...decision to close the Cactus Cafe and cancel the informal classes program, UT President Bill Powers' mantra has been..."

Feb. 19, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Why Not Move Classes?
"...Dear Editor, Thank you for the article about the demise of the informal classes program at the..."

March 2, 2010 Postmarks

Saddened by UT's Actions
" deeply saddened by not only the loss of Informal Classes but also the University of Texas' disregard for..."

Feb. 4, 2010 Postmarks

UT Cuts: Framing (and Reframing) the Message
The backstory to UT's decision to axe campus institutions
"...If the executives in charge of the Texas Union are to be..."

March 5, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Advocacy Group Pushes Back at UT's Reopening Strategy
UT grad students: COVID-19 plans are "inadequate" and "dangerous"
"...In May, Underpaid@UT, a graduate student worker advocacy organization, drafted an open..."

July 17, 2020 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

Fight the 'Powers' at UT
"...article on the cancellation of the University of Texas informal classes and the closing of the Cactus Cafe [“UT..."

Feb. 17, 2010 Postmarks

UT to End Football Program
Governor, Lege order budget cuts: 'Need to tighten belts ... and jockstraps'
"...close of this academic year. "No mor ftbll at UT no mor," read the unsigned message, texted from an..."

April 2, 2010 News Feature by the News Staff

UT Budget Cuts
Few are claiming responsibility for the decision to shut down UT's Cactus Cafe and informal classes
"...their decision to close the venue and terminate the informal classes program. Calling the board "the voice of the..."

Feb. 12, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Saddened by UT's Lack of Leadership
"...(plus bonuses), then why can't they afford to keep informal classes and the Cactus Cafe open [“'A' Is for..."

Feb. 7, 2010 Postmarks

UT Seceding From Austin?
"...Dear Editor, First the dilution and homogenization of my beloved KUT. Now comes the..."

Feb. 2, 2010 Postmarks

Hot for Teacher
History's sexy at UT Informal Classes
"...I'd canceled HBO after The Sopranos ended, but got a tantalizing look at Treme while visiting a..."

Sept. 21, 2012 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Powers on the Spot
Footage from the UT budget town hall [video]
"...Tuesday's UT budget town hall was supposed to be about staff..."

Feb. 5, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

No More Cutting Class
UT's informal classes program finds two new homes
"...saw the final performances at the Cactus Cafe before KUT takes over its management (see "You Coulda Walked Around..."

Aug. 20, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...Cactus, Informal Classes: Friends in High Places..."

March 26, 2010 News Feature

Clouds Over Campus
With less funding, more competition, and a wavering vision, UT-Austin faces an uncertain future
"...Austin faces new competition for research dollars, while state contributions decrease. Whatever the inevitable changes, UT System Chancellor Francisco..."

May 21, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Alums Spiking Funds
UT exes plan to hit UT where it hurts over Cactus Cafe
"...who should be involved in the Cactus Cafe, the UT administration seems to work from a definition of community..."

April 20, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Comforts of Home Cooking
Two Austin schools are teaching the old-fashioned way.
"...Cooking and dining out certainly became the new theatrical entertainment for the turn..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Food Feature by Virginia B. Wood

Home with the Armadillo
" and noncredit courses, services, and programs that include informal classes. Typical courses tackle topics on language, business, arts,..."

Sept. 21, 2012 Music Feature

Book news, signings, and author appearances this week.
"...a chaplain and administrator at St. David's Hospital, the author of engaging, intriguing mysteries starring a priest as the..."

Nov. 17, 2000 Books Column by Clay Smith

Cactus for Lunch
Political heavy hitters to attend UT rally today
"...of the Cactus Cafe and the termination of the Informal Classes program, and you're taking your lunch break near..."

Feb. 26, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Cactus Showdown at ACES
UT president Bill Powers to discuss university budget cuts today
"...While it was intended to be a discussion about the entire university, it now seems that UT President..."

Feb. 2, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Speaking of Presidential Candidates
"...gossip chronicles more dear and can't wait to find out whether Britney Spears really is or not addicted to..."

Nov. 26, 2007 Promotions Post

"...a Summer Olympic marathon of their own: the carrying out of lifelong dreams through hard work, stress, pressure, and..."

Aug. 2, 1996 Food Column

Luv Doc Recommends: Spring Salsa Dance Festival 2008
Texas Union Ballroom, Friday, February 22, 2008
"...the wallflowers, whose primary solace is making catty comments about the grace of the chosen, this type of foresight..."

Feb. 22, 2008 Column by The Luv Doc

Fixing Up the Fringe
The Austin Zine Library Saga, Part V: Alive, authentic, and real
"...library in Austin. For the previous installments, go to"

Oct. 3, 2003 Books Feature by Josh Medsker

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