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Student giving campaign was misguided and insensitive
November 2, 2017
Former Forum editor Leah Kashar argues that the ContribUTe student giving campaign lacked foresight and thoughtfulness.
Sandra Bland Act brings needed focus to suicides in Texas jails
March 5, 2017
Columnist Leah Kashar argues that the Sandra Bland Act would mark a necessary step toward reducing suicides in Texas' jails.
University must address hate speech at source
February 19, 2017
Columnist Leah Kashar argues that hate speech must be addressed at its roots.
A conversation with Wendy Davis
October 18, 2016
Special guest Wendy Davis sat down to talk about her organization Deeds Not Words and how college students and women can impact the upcoming election.
Forum: No still means no
October 13, 2016
The Daily Texan Forum Team troduces this week's contributions, focusing on Donald Trump's comments on sexual assault and what our campus needs to do to confront the issue here.
Youth turnout will define America’s future
October 7, 2016
Editor-in-Chief Alexander Chase and Forum Editors Leah Kashar and Jordan Shenhar introduce this week's Forum contributors and urge all young voters to seize the opportunity to shape their futures.
Forum: SG Debate
September 23, 2016
Forum Editor Leah Kashar introduces Student Government's campus political debate and outlines why students should care about policy issues.
Share your story with Daily Texan Forum
September 1, 2016
Editor-in-Chief Alexander Chase and Forum Editors Leah Kashar and Jordan Shenhar announce the launch of the Fall 2016 Forum Page.
Texas must reform system to help foster children
May 2, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kashar argues that Texas' foster care system should focus on helping foster children with mental health.
UT must accept responsibility for campus carry misuse
April 25, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kashar explains why UT must be willing to be held accountable for its campus carry policies.
Accessibility to vegetarianism and veganism in Austin make them healthier options for students
April 18, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kashar explains why students should consider veganism and vegetarianism.
FDA's looser restrictions on abortion pills will help Texas reduce hypocrisy
April 11, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kashar explains why Texas must be more accommodating to women who want abortions.
Round Up's philanthropy focus is a step in the right direction for Greek life
April 4, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kashar explores the positive effects of this year's Round Up.
Austin's Fair Chance ordinance will give people a chance at life
March 28, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kashar argues that formerly incarcerated people deserve a second chance at life.
Vacations necessary for students' mental health
March 21, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kashar explains why students need vacations.
History is repeating itself with family detention centers
March 7, 2016
Columnist Leah Kashar explains why children in prison must be treated humanely.
Obama's defunding of abstinence-only education is a good thing
February 29, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kahar argues that abstinence-only sexual education is ineffective.
Going outside can help reduce students' stress
February 22, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kashar argues that students should go outside more often.
Promoting a plant-based diet can reduce carbon emissions
February 15, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kashar explains why adopting a plant-based diet is good for the environment.
CDC Infographic promotes victim blaming
February 8, 2016
Senior columnist Leah Kashar explains why a recent CDC infographic is problematic.
When will Texas stop the fight against a woman's right?
February 1, 2016
Senior Columnist Leah Kashar explains why abortion must be made legal in the United States.
Women should be able to have it all — paid maternity leave included
January 18, 2016
Senior Columnist Leah Kashar writes that institutionalizing paid maternity leave is a matter of valuing female workers and validating the needs of working families.
Government needs to reform use of detention centers for refugees
December 3, 2015
As Syrian refugees flee for their lives and enter the United States, they can expect to be basically jailed. Upon entering the United States, whether or not they present themselves to customs, asylum seekers are herded into detention centers, where they are met with inhumane conditions and held until they gain refugee status.d
Austin must take measures to increase resources for homeless youth
November 12, 2015
Austin is home to more than 2,300 homeless people, 28 percent of which are under age 18. Laura Poskochil, youth shelter director at the Austin shelter and rehabilitative program LifeWorks, sees many of these youths on a regular basis. She approximates that around 20-30 percent of them have been through the foster care system or phased out of the foster care system and many have faced abuse in their lives. Homeless youth are especially difficult to place, she explained, because she said they may not feel comfortable in regular homeless shelters.
Conversation about consent is necessary for safe campus climate
October 29, 2015
In Texas health classes, teachers are required to give students a basic understanding of the benefits of abstinence. The health curriculum covers everything one needs to know about being an adult in the real world, except for the most basic concepts involving sex, including protection and most importantly, consent.
Campus (Dildo) Carry protest sparks conversation on feminism
October 15, 2015
Instead of carrying picket signs to demonstrate against campus carry, UT students have planned a different kind of protest: bringing dildos to class.
Trigger warnings are necessary but should not lead to censorship
October 1, 2015
Trigger warnings are disclaimers intending to alert an audience of potentially harmful or sensitive material. They are usually established to protect people who suffer from trauma. However, some students have begun to use them to censor material that may make them uncomfortable.
Fraternities should be mindful of misogynistic party themes
September 18, 2015
Columnist Leah Kashar thinks that fraternity party themes have the potential to reinforce misogynistic institutions and that Greek women should be more open when discussing feminism within this system.
Educator awareness and respect of privacy is vital to protecting rights of students with disabilities
September 11, 2015
Guest columnist Leah Kashar thinks that professors and educators at UT have a responsibility to educate themselves on accommodations in order to protect the learning experience and opportunities for students with disabilities.