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With over 600 interviews, UT researchers evaluate impact of Texas legislation on abortion care
May 9, 2019
For nine months, UT researcher Elsa Vizcarra drove to a dozen clinics throughout Texas to interview around 600 women about their experiences seeking an abortion.
‘Overworked and underpaid!’: Graduate Students rally at the tower
May 1, 2019
The organizers of the rally — a graduate student group called Underpaid at UT — delivered a petition requesting members of the University Budget Council, chaired by President Gregory Fenves, to fully fund graduate student tuition by next fall and to produce a plan to pay graduate students a living wage.
Have a record from underage drinking? UT law students help for free
April 24, 2019
The Expunction Project, administered by the Mithoff Pro Bono Program, invited students charged with one offense — like possession or consumption of alcohol as a minor or the use of a fake ID — under Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.
UT professors have a new idea to bring down the cost of course materials
April 18, 2019
A committee of UT professors is trying to institute a program that has saved students millions of dollars on online course materials at other universities.
Human rights organization calls on students to boycott campus Wendy’s
April 10, 2019
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is calling for a student boycott of the Wendy’s in Jester Residence Hall because Wendy’s hasn’t signed its agreement to buy tomatoes from growers adhering to strict labor standards.
Admissions still working to make campus tours more historically accurate, inclusive
April 10, 2019
In 2017, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement added the initiative to make tours more inclusive to their plan, because they were concerned with the inconsistency of the historical information presented on tours.
Grade inflation at UT? Professors discuss the cause of B+ as the new average
March 27, 2019
The average cumulative GPA for UT undergraduates at the end of last semester was about a 3.33, the highest it has been during any fall semester for the past 10 years.
UT tries to catch up to serve students in need of testing accommodations
March 8, 2019
There are 2,380 students registered for testing accommodations and 15 seats available for test-taking in the Student Services Building, assistant director for Services for Students with Disabilities Emily Shryock said.
Students, alumni become unofficial UT admissions counselors on YouTube for UT hopefuls
February 28, 2019
Before her freshman year, marketing sophomore Julia Wezio made a YouTube video titled “How I got Into UT Austin Tips + Advice,” and today, Wezio’s video has over 33,000 views — more than any single video UT’s YouTube channel has made in about two years.
Harry Ransom Center hosts Poetry on the Plaza to commemorate Black History Month
February 14, 2019
About thirty students and guests gathered outside the Center on Wednesday for Poetry on the Plaza, a poetry reading that brought historic and current writers of color into conversation.
Experts discuss dangers of repeated head trauma in football
January 31, 2019
Four days before the Super Bowl, football players, doctors and sports journalists sat down to discuss the dangers of repeated head trauma in football and how to find a safer path forward.
Opinion Writer Doesn’t know how she ended up in this basement
May 3, 2018
Senior Columnist Laura Doan finds her voice in the opinion department.
Don’t Let Netflix Choose Your Next Movie
April 25, 2018
Senior columnist Laura Doan criticizes the limitations that streaming sites such as Netflix place on movie viewers.
Don’t be Tree Blind
April 25, 2018
Senior columnist Laura Doan implores readers to take time to appreciate UT's trees.
April 5, 2018
Senior Columnist Laura Doan encourages students to use more reliable resources than RateMyProfessor.
Census and college apps misrepresent Middle Eastern and North African people
March 30, 2018
Senior Columnist Laura Doan explains the importance of accuracy for racial and ethnic categories on official records.
Don’t mess with the Fine Arts Library
March 23, 2018
Senior columnist Laura Doan opposes the proposed removal of the Fine Arts Library and urges students to make their voices heard.
Testing is hard, UT needs to stop making it harder
March 8, 2018
Doan advocates for a better testing experience for students at UT.
More faculty of color now
March 5, 2018
Senior Columnist Laura Doan calls on university administration to actively recruit faculty of color.
Give Professors Midterms Too
February 16, 2018
Senior Columnist Laura Doan encourages Professors to seek mid-semester feedback.
Respect the spray paint, graffiti is art
February 12, 2018
Senior columnist Laura Doan argues against the demolition of Austin's HOPE Outdoor Gallery.
University needs to do better, treat female faculty equitably
February 5, 2018
Senior Columnist Laura Doan argues for improved gender parity for UT faculty memebers
"Yes Means Yes" Must Win Controversy over Consent
January 25, 2018
Senior Columnist Laura Doan argues that the Aziz Ansari scandal deserves to be counted in #MeToo.
Texas’ banned book list for prisoners needs serious editing
January 15, 2018
Columnist Laura Doan calls for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to give prison inmates access to more books.
The goal of your education shouldn’t be an A
December 3, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan argues that chasing high grades takes away from the pursuit of knowledge in higher education.
Students deserve more opportunities to watch and discuss films as a community
November 28, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan calls upon UT to expand its promotion of film resources.
Muslim Barbie marks shift in minority representation
November 20, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan praises the benefits of minority representation in children's toys.
Amazon HQ brings with it unwelcome demographic implications
November 5, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan warns that a potential Austin Amazon HQ will impact the demographics and character of the city.
You’ve Got a Case of Gender Bias
November 5, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan calls for readers to reevaluate their own gender bias to address gender inequality in the workplace.
Find the treasure in the Harry Ransom Center
October 22, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan argues that students and faculty should take more advantage of the Harry Ransom Center.
Austin must promote the new text to 911 feature
October 8, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan argues that Austin should more aggressively promote its useful text-to-911 feature.
Schools must not be named for Confederates
October 4, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan examines the impact of schools named for Confederates, and its relation to ongoing debates over Confederate monuments.
You aren't the only one who is feeling lonely
September 25, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan explains the science behind the lonely freshman archetype.
Undocumented immigrants must be allowed to rebuild Houston— legally
September 11, 2017
Guest Columnist Laura Doan pushes recognition for the undocumented persons who build, and rebuild, Houston.
Uber proves itself unworthy to lead path on flying cars
April 30, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan discusses why Uber's demonstrated disregard for rules proves that it is an unfit company to lead the way on flying cars.
Harmful portrayals of women permeate advertising
April 16, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan examines the toxic ways that women are portrayed in advertising.
Consumers must fight for net neutrality rules
April 2, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan urges students to protest bills that may dismantle net neutrality.
Acting Oscars should not be awarded by gender
February 27, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan argues that gender should play no role in the awarding of the acting Oscars.
Boycotting based on politics wastes energy
February 12, 2017
Columnist Laura Doan discusses why consumers must be careful when considering participation in political boycotts of companies.
Twitter users must be wary of its effects on political debate
January 26, 2017
Guest Columnist Laura Doan believes that Twitter is not suited for nuanced policy debates.