Thousands of longhorns head back to school

Texas Longhorns fans
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AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — Thousands of longhorns are heading back to school today for the first day of classes.

Nearly 9,000 new students are expected to join the longhorn ranks this year.

The new University of Texas President, Greg Fenves, is bringing some changes this school year.

President Fenves wants to see more students engaged in addressing tough questions and problems.

As the school year gets under way, he is faced with controversial issues such as the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue which is currently on hold.

Some changes this year mean that longhorn fans can now enjoy alcoholic beverages at football games for the first time ever.

KXAN reporter Alicia Inns is reporting live this morning from UT campus. 

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