UPDATE: Campus officials confirm unnamed stab victims aren’t Greek-affiliated as flyer tells frats to ‘bash back’

Austinites on Reddit are currently discussing a flyer that was posted on West Campus.

University of Texas officials have confirmed that two victims who were injured as part of a deadly knife attack last week are not affiliated with any of the university’s Greek organizations.

The new details come as students’ fears begin to abate after unsubstantiated rumors that the stabbings were targeting Greek organizations ran rampant last week. The rumors were fueled by a series of acts of vandalism in April, the horror of the May 1 stabbings and a false report of another attack targeting members of Greek organizations.

Fears of violence against Greek organizations found apparent voice once again Monday after a flyer appeared in student-dominated West Campus urging fraternities to form safety squads under the headline: “FRATS BASH BACK.”

University officials said Monday they were aware of the flyer, but were skeptical that students were involved.

Click here to read the full story at MyStatesman.com.

 

Austin ranked among best college destinations in the country

Austin tops many lists — it’s been ranked among best travel destinations, great places to live, well-educated cities and even one of the best places to live if you’re a hermit, like to drink a lot of coffee or like to…sweat?

Well, it’s also one of the best cities of its size if you’re a college student, according to a new ranking from the American Institute for Economic Research.

Austin came in second place in the “midsize metros” category (between 1 million and 2.5 million people), behind Denver.

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The study refers to Austin as a “cheaper San José — high on tech opportunities, with a better music scene and a fledgling light-rail system.” We’re not so sure about that “light-rail system” claim, since that’s been a major point of contention in local politics over the last few years, and some Austinites are probably rolling their eyes at the city being compared to anything related to California (but take solace in the fact that San José came in fourth on the midsize metros ranking).

Austin scored well in the detailed rankings: It ranked third in college-educated population and diversity, and scored high in the bars and restaurants, labor force, and innovation categories. However, the youth unemployment rate was ranked No. 1 for midsize metros — not a great look. See the full detailed ranking here.