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Oscar recognitions must become more diverse
January 20, 2016
Associate Editor Mary Dolan believes that securing more diverse Oscar nominations would bring the Academy into the 21st century.
Point: Early holiday sales eventually lead to exploitation of employees
December 1, 2015
Though Christmas falls on Dec. 25, the holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. As soon as Halloween has passed, and sometimes even before, stores and shopping centers break out the giant inflatable Santas, low prices and Christmas music while temperatures still rest comfortably in the 70s. While many consumers may be happy with the artificial celebrations, the ensuing Christmas mania creates problems for employees who are forced to work on Thanksgiving and throughout the busy holiday season.
Free on-campus sexual assault exams are a vital resource for students
November 24, 2015
Senior Columnist Mary Dolan writes on the benefits of UT's decision to start offering sexual assault exams on campus.
Universities have no place silencing student journalists
November 17, 2015
Student journalists have been around since the advent of college newspapers (Dartmouth claims theirs is America’s oldest), but the rise of social media and financial struggles at many college media entities have made it difficult for these reporters to maintain a dominant presence. However, student journalists and college media outlets still play an important role in the dissemination of news on college campuses. They are able to confirm or deny rumors and ensure that students receive relevant and helpful information that impacts their daily lives. More importantly, they can provide a place for students to make their voices heard.
Women must be taken more seriously in business
November 12, 2015
Feminist Gloria Steinem says that in 2015, female ambition is still interpreted as aggression. Steinem says, “if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, you get to be a loud black woman or a bitchy white woman.” And she is right. It’s no more apparent than in the business world.
Texas high school students should learn about affirmative consent
November 3, 2015
Senior Columnist Mary Dolan argues that high schools should teach affirmative consent.
Students should have space on UT forms to write in preferred pronouns
October 27, 2015
Senior Columnist Mary Dolan writes that UT should let non-binary students choose their own pronouns on official forms.
APD body cameras help protect citizens, police
October 21, 2015
Imagine that you are stopped by a police officer on an empty street. You feel intimidated — maybe because you are Black and he is white or you are a woman and he is a man. But how intimidated would you feel if he had a body camera keeping track of your interaction?
Ben Carson reveals arrogance through comments on Oregon shooting
October 15, 2015
In the wake of the horrific shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1, many presidential candidates have spoken sympathetically about its events and aftermath. However, more controversial quotes on the issue came from Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson, who decided to share his views about what he would have done in the situation.
Students need to get involved when it matters to effect change
October 7, 2015
Senior columnist Mary Dolan writes that, in the wake of the SB 11 controversy, students need to speak up about their political views early and often.
Schools should rethink ridiculous zero tolerance policies
October 1, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan argues that zero tolerance policies often lead to disproportionate punishments.
Obama administration evens score with College Scorecard
September 22, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan supports the administration's attempts to publicize important statistics about different colleges and universities.
Hollywood is not doing anything to promote gender equality
September 15, 2015
Senior Columnist Mary Dolan believes women in film need to be the stars of their own stories, much like in real life.
UT's diverse strengths attract prospective applicants
September 13, 2015
Senior Columnist Mary Dolan is not surprised that UT was ranked one of the most desirable schools in the nation.
Wal-Mart's gun decision reflects new realities
September 1, 2015
Senior Columnist Mary Dolan believes that Wal-Mart's decision not to sell assault rifles, while coinciding with the deadly shooting of two journalists in Virginia, is in line with a greater trend of Americans supporting gun reform.
New energy partnership proves UT leads the way in energy research
August 27, 2015
Senior Columnist Mary Dolan believes that UT's new energy partnership is only the beginning for future innovations by UT.
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is a good choice for Jefferson Davis statue's new location
August 20, 2015
Senior Columnist Mary Dolan thinks the Dolph Briscoe Center will allow the Jefferson Davis statue to be studied in context, despite the challenge of a recently requested temporary restraining order by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
UT System's expansive sexual assault study will create a major foundation for future prevention efforts
August 11, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan examines the upcoming comprehensive study of sexual assault on UT System campuses and how it will factor into future prevention efforts.
UT creates excellent national precedent with expanded reverse transfer program
August 5, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan believes UT's newly exapnded reverse transfer program creates tanglible positives for students.
UT admissions must be fair to all, dismiss overly influential recommendations
July 28, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan argues that prominent Texans' recommendation letters influenced UT's values for the worst.
Mental health dialogue must continue on campus
July 21, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan believes a culture of a silence surrounding mental health issues on campus perpetuates the problems and inhibits solutions.
Oregon college plan should set national, Texas' standard for affordable higher education
July 15, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan believes Texas need to confront student loan debt's link to low graduation rates by making real plans to fight a very real problem in our state's higher education system.
Affirmative action must stay despite challenges
July 6, 2015
In a point-counterpoint on the justness of affirmative action, Columnist Mary Dolan argues that affirmative action provides minority students with well-deserved opportunities to succeed.
Junk food tax would do more harm than good
June 29, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan argues a junk food tax is nearly impossible to fairly enforce.
Undocumented students should be considered in tuition raises
June 23, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan thinks the recent attempt to repeal the Texas DREAM Act is another example of undocumented students being overlooked when it comes to tuition costs.
Gender gap in STEM fields a product of cultural norm, may be combatted through University Research Initiative
June 16, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan examines the gender gap between men and women in STEM fields at UT and argues for a new day through the University Research Initiative.
Transgender students should receive more support on campus
June 9, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan thinks the publicity Caitlyn Jenner's recent gender transition is an opportunity to examine areas of improvement in the campus climate for transgender students.
Campuses should adopt safe, responsible sexual assault disclosure methods
June 2, 2015
Columnist Mary Dolan believes Callisto, a new online system for reporting sexual assaults on college campuses, could be a worthwhile addition to universities' methods for handling sexual assaults.
SG resolution will pave way for campus discussion of racism, sexism
May 4, 2015
It's important that UT's student body discusses the history of racism and sexism.
Tuition deregulation places unnecessary burden on students
April 21, 2015
Students are leaving colleges with record high amounts of debt.
We must encourage female interest in STEM fields from early age
April 14, 2015
Men still outnumber women in STEM fields.
Abbott should support Texans with disabilities
March 26, 2015
Disability advocates are worried Gov. Abbott may put politics before disabled Texans' needs.
Texas truancy laws need updating
March 24, 2015
Current truancy laws are doing more harm than good.
Hazlewood Act benefits should be reserved for Texas veterans
February 12, 2015
The program would only really help families if restricted to Texans.
Austin landlords should accept Section 8 housing vouchers
February 5, 2015
Housing ordinance is necessary to prevent discrimination against lower-income families.