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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

Where's the Outcry Over Informal Classes?
Plan to cut Cactus is pricklier than continuing ed program
"...decided to close the Cactus Cafe and end the informal classes program, one thing surprised Executive Director Andy Smith...."

Feb. 26, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Informal Classes Set to Open New Chapter
Popular UT program gets second chance in life
"...with public outcry, the parallel decision to terminate the informal classes in the fall went relatively unmourned. Now a..."

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 to Richard..."

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?
"...board to support an executive decision to end the informal classes program and to close the iconic Cactus Cafe..."

Feb. 5, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Why Not Move Classes?
"...you for the article about the demise of the informal classes program at the University of Texas [“Where's the..."

March 2, 2010 Postmarks

Back to (Informal) School
UT's informal classes programs gets new lease on life
"...Informal classes are back! After the University of Texas at..."

Sept. 3, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Powers on the Spot
Footage from the UT budget town hall [video]
"...of the Cactus Cafe and the end of the Informal Classes program...."

Feb. 5, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Hot for Teacher
History's sexy at UT Informal Classes
"...inquiry arrived this summer from Chad Tracy at UT Informal Classes amid a cluster of press releases and greetings..."

Sept. 21, 2012 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

No More Cutting Class
UT's informal classes program finds two new homes
"...a new era, the University of Texas at Austin informal classes program finds a new lease on life as..."

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

UT Cuts: Framing (and Reframing) the Message
The backstory to UT's decision to axe campus institutions
"...when they say that the Cactus Cafe and the informal classes program lost money for years, then arguably they..."

March 5, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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

Feb. 4, 2010 Postmarks

Donya Stockton Isn’t Going Anywhere Near Hell in That Handbasket
The Austin clubland mover-and-shaker weaves much to the imagination
"...safety-pinned to my knee, and I’d always run between classes with that, and if I got bored in class..."

April 4, 2016 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Nickels, Dimes, and Quarterbacks
"...Informal classes losses per year: *$53,000..."

April 2, 2010 News Feature

Measuring the Profit of an Overweight Person
"...with all its wealth, is ending the 30-plus year informal class program [“'A' Is for Axed: UT Chops Cactus,..."

Feb. 10, 2010 Postmarks

Student Voices Go Unheard
Student body absent from student-body-made decision
"...When it comes to the Cactus Cafe and informal classes, President Bill Powers is careful to say that..."

Feb. 26, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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

Feb. 9, 2010 Postmarks

The Comforts of Home Cooking
Two Austin schools are teaching the old-fashioned way.
"...popular and led to catering jobs, more formal cooking classes at Ann Clark's cooking school at Bon Appetit Cookware,..."

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

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

Sept. 21, 2012 Music Feature

Rush to Judgment on Cactus?
KUT looks like the next stop for the Cactus
"...planned to close the Cactus Cafe and end the informal classes program. They then spent two months exchanging e-mails..."

April 30, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Event Menu
Pigs and produce make for perfect springtime foodie events
"...of French seafood charcuterie preparations ($75, April 18) at classes the next two Sundays. Make necessary reservations at kocurekfamilycharcuterie@yahoo.com...."

April 9, 2010 Food Column by Virginia B. Wood

Football by the (Negative) Numbers
Welcome to the real athletics budget
"...reason for closing the Cactus Cafe and ending the informal classes program, the administration was no longer able to..."

April 2, 2010 News Feature by the News Staff

End Class Subsidy
"...Dear Editor, If in the beginning the informal classes were intended to fill a cultural need not..."

March 1, 2010 Postmarks

Off the Record
A coin toss to determine the future of the Cactus Cafe
"...largely eclipsed the equally frustrating loss of UT's longstanding informal classes program. For more, see "Where's the Outcry Over..."

Feb. 26, 2010 Music Column by Austin Powell

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

Five Misconceptions
"...(but don't) about UT's decision to shut down the informal classes program and the Cactus Cafe:..."

Feb. 19, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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

Off the Record
UT pulls the plug on the Cactus Cafe
"...the campus cafe in August, along with UT's longstanding informal classes, which serve about 25,000 people per year...."

Feb. 5, 2010 Music Column by Austin Powell

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