Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

The fine arts are doing fine

Douglas Dempster November 22, 2011

Samian Quazi, in his Nov. 16 column in The Daily Texan, is poorly informed about the arts in the U.S. economy and about professional prospects for fine arts graduates. But we can thank Quazi for exposing...

Where profit does not drive access

Samantha Katsounas November 22, 2011

Education is the great equalizer. Higher education was and remains the gateway to economic and social mobility. In recent years, however, demand for a college degree has far outpaced the space available...

Moving from perfunctory to policy

Zoya Waliany November 21, 2011

For the past few months, names such as Rick Perry and Herman Cain have been ubiquitous in every news publication. Most of the coverage deals with scandals, sound bites and gaffes as opposed to any policy...

An A+ for effort

Larisa Manescu November 21, 2011

The Senate of College Councils held a public forum Tuesday to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the University’s existing plus/minus grading system that was implemented in 2009. Named the...

Standard but not equal

Helen Hansen November 18, 2011

The past decade has seen a growing movement to remove the SAT from college admissions requirements. In its place, colleges and universities would require applicants to take three or four SAT subject tests....

End the chauvinist mentality

Katherine Taylor November 17, 2011

Who runs the world? Girls. I wish more than anything that statement were true. Sadly, it should read something closer to “Who’s the poorest? Girls.” This week, Soraya Chemaly of the...

An alternative to grade inflation

Rui Shi November 17, 2011

Last week, a column in The Daily Texan suggested that universities should inflate grades in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses to satisfy worker shortages in those fields. This argument,...

The questionable value of arts programs

Samian Quazi November 16, 2011

State governments nationwide have targeted arts programs for budget cuts in a cash-strapped era. As states and universities reallocate taxpayer money to core subjects such as English, math and science,...

Herman nation trivializes allegations

Samantha Katsounas November 15, 2011

The current front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination is embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal that allegedly involves several women and at least $70,000 combined in settlements....

Making an exception to the rule

Zoya Waliany November 14, 2011

As the second round of midterms comes to an end, students’ grades are shifting both upward and downward. Some students suffer from senioritis while others are experiencing personal issues, and the...

Insights into the interdisciplinary

Larisa Manescu November 14, 2011

Students entering university revel in their newfound educational independence: After completing their basic core requirements, they can study whatever interests them. However, after making the initial...

In case of emergency

Helen Hansen November 11, 2011

If you were comatose in a hospital, wouldn’t you want your parents to know? Alarmingly, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) prevents hospitals from releasing any...

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