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Despite high ranking, UT computer science lacks product design focus
July 10, 2016
Columnist Mohammad Syed explains how UT's computer science department lacks an overall focus on product development and product design, and how this contributes to a lack of innovation within the university.
Remove top 10 percent rule, make holistic review standard
June 25, 2016
Columnist Mohammad Syed argues that the Texas legislature needs to reform UT's admissions policy despite the Supreme Court's finding the current policy constitutional.
Coding offers more than buzzword hype for students
June 19, 2016
Columnist Mohammad Syed explains exactly what coding is and how students can make it an integral part of their education.
RideAustin isn’t the solution, but a means to get there
June 12, 2016
Columnist Mohammad Syed argues that RideAustin's entry in the ridehailing market is no long-term fix.
Student venture capital will advance UT into the future
January 20, 2016
Associate Editor Mohammad Syed writes that student venture capitalism will foster entrepreneurship and innovation on the 40 Acres.
Dialogue about religion is part of route to fixing religious ignorance
November 30, 2015
Columnist Mohammad Syed believes the way to confront and cure intolerance and ignorance is through individual effort to start meaningful, productive conversations about religious differences.
Online prison education is the route to reducing recidivism
November 23, 2015
Columnist Mohammad Syed writes that the American prison system and reformed offenders would be well-served by online education programs.
Social media activism proves temporary, needs further action
November 16, 2015
The problem with using social media as a platform for activism is evident from the name of Facebook’s new profile picture feature. It’s temporary. Social media increases engagement in a particular issue, but it does so ephemerally. The Internet is an ever-changing system, so while viral humanitarian movements will have their time in the limelight, it’s going to be brief. The tragedies that occurred last week don’t end when Facebook changes the profile pictures back to normal, but many are going to forget such a tragedy because their only outlet is Facebook.
Exploring biofuel uses can help slow climate change
November 9, 2015
Columnist Mohammad Syed counters columnist Benroy Chan's claim that the University needs to focus on forms of energy alternative to biofuels.
UT directory gives unnecessary access to private information
November 2, 2015
Columnist Mohammad Syed argues that the UT directory is too revealing.
New bill can be solution to rising textbook prices
October 26, 2015
With college textbook prices continuing to harm less affluent students, a new bill might make college more affordable.
Systemic media bias could destroy American politics
October 19, 2015
Columnist Mohammad Syed highlights the influence of media slant on political outcomes and the harm of media bias on the American perception of democracy.
High prices of firearms place more power in hands of affluent, white communities
October 12, 2015
Columnist Mohammad Syed argues that campus carry disadvantages less affluent communities.
Students should stand for labor rights
October 6, 2015
Columnist Mohammad Syed argues that last week's protest against Wendy's should draw student attention to the plight of farmworkers.
Medical schools without borders
September 28, 2015
Columnist Mohammad Syed discusses a new focus on human interaction in medical education.
No need to flip-out over student-centered learning
September 21, 2015
Columnist Mohammad Syed believes the flipped classroom bucks tradition for student benefit.