Tejas Archives

Tejas archive

In spring 1989, students got together to form a newspaper and approached journalism professor Mercedes de Uriarte to create Tejas in an effort to provide a journalistic avenue for the Mexican-American, Hispanic, Latino, and Chicano students. Tejas was the quarterly publication of J352/MAS379: Latino Community News, a course taken for credit in journalism, Mexican American Studies and Latin American Studies. Tejas was comprised of active and broadly diverse members, and the paper acted as an important communication tool between various student groups and within the greater community. Tejas constantly ranged politically from a progressive/radical viewpoint to a fairly moderate one, going as far as praising the Protestant work ethic of John Hall, an Ann Richards appointee as top environmental commissioner in the state who arguably did more to irreparably harm the environment than the Republicans who followed. However, the politics of the newspaper mattered less than publishing a newspaper that acted as a voice for so many people of color at UT and around Austin often overlooked by other media outlets, including other alternative student publications.

How did UT attack Tejas?

For a complete article, see 'Tejas': The Attack on Diverse Press, By Scott Henson and Tom Philpott, Polemicist, September 1990, page 5.

From the Robert Ovetz dissertation: "Soon after it published a scathing cover article - "Rattle of a Very Curious Dean" - in its May 1990 issue on psychology professor and TAS president Joe Horn, indicating his race based theories of intelligence and calling for him to resign as associate dean of Liberal Arts, the Chicana/o student newspaper Tejas came under heavy fire..."

From July 1990 Polemicist Chastisements: "Dean Jeffrey announced on Friday June 22 that as long as Tejas receives UT funding, it can no longer distribute outside the College of Communications complex...Dean Jeffrey initially backed Tejas in the dispute, telling The Daily Texan on June 4 that 'I don't think Tejas is in violation of that law at all.'

"By June 7, however, his attitude toward the magazine had hardened drastically. Discussing a UT policy that any publication receiving UT funding must fall under UT control, he told The Texan that 'Without this policy, any professor on campus with a political interest could gather students, offer them an independent study course and produce a paper expressing his views ... Obviously, we can't have 100 papers like that on campus without any University control.'"

What Jeffrey overlooked, though, was that students approached a professor for help, not vice-versa; additionally, pursuant to academic freedom, the University should never seek to sanction student thought. Regardless, in the end, state Senator Gonzalo Barrientos lead other lawmakers in passing a resolution stating that UT ought to support Tejano student newspapers, so administrators backed off. Tejas was required to raise private money to able to distribute outside of the College of Communication, and it survived seven good years, from spring 1989 until spring 1996.


Original copies provided by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas. Scanned and converted into HTML code by UT Watch.
The full issues require a PDF writer, such as Foxit Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

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Old Tejas logo

Spring 1989 (pdf)

Special Edition: Freshman Survival Guide (pdf)

The poor, poor anglo male

October 1989 (pdf)

Uneasy riders
Never conform
The New Segregation

May 1990 (pdf)

October 1990 (pdf)

December 1990 (pdf)

March 1991 (pdf)

May 1991 (pdf)

The People...Represented?!?

October 1991 (pdf)

January 1992 (pdf)

May 1992 (pdf)

Crowded Prisons
By Alan Nunns. Page 17.
Gangs & Childhood
By M. Guy Forisha. Pages 18-19.
District 51's Change Agent
By Matthew W. Reeves. Pages 20-21.
Migrant farm workers to Commissioner: Lena Guerrero
By Yvette Lozano. Pages 22, 36.
Day Laborers
By Adriana Arbeláez. Pages 23, 29.
Profiles: Dorothy & Avelardo, The American Dream

By Mark O. Alban. Pages 24, 29.
Profiles: Dr. Richard Garza, The Children's Dentist

By Cristina Ibarra. Pages 25, 45.
Texas Student Publications: Financial Decline
By Laura Muñoz and Roddy de la Garza. Pages 26, 45.
UT Chicano, Africa
By Lane Nevares. Pages 27, 45.
Transfer Students: Red Tape Jungle
By Adrian Zamarron. Pages 28-29.
The Zendik Communal Farm
By Joshua Hallford. Pages 30-33.
Austin Interfaith
By Dane A. Reese. Pages 34-36.
UT's Peruvians
By Estrella Feingold. Page 37.
Battered Latinas
By Doris Sanchez Johnson. Pages 38-39.
Night Plane to Los Angeles
By Laura Muñoz. Pages 40, 43.
Confronting the old world from the new Asian America
By Tini Tran. Pages 41, 42.
Self-esteem, trilingualism and the coverage of diversity
By Doris Quan. Pages 41, 42.
Los Angeles vs. Dallas - national vs. regional job opportunities
By Daniel J. Vargas. Pages 41, 42.
Texas-Latin Roots
By Wendy L. Winton. Pages 44-45.
The Texas Lottery
By Alcyr Coelho. Pages 46-47.
Schools of the Future
By Britt Daniel. Pages 48, 47.

Winter/Spring 1993 (pdf)

Special Section: Sexual Assault on Campus (pdf)

Winter 1993-94 (pdf)

Spring-Summer 1994 (pdf)

Spring 1995 (pdf)

Fall 1995 (pdf)

Spring 1996 (pdf)