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Tangible impacts made by advocating at The Daily Texan

February 27, 2020

Editor’s note: Abby Springs is currently running to become the next editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan. For this column, she was asked to present her platform and vision for the Texan. While...

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Listening, accessibility vital in improving Texan’s diversity

February 20, 2020

Editor’s note: Abby Springs is currently running to become the next editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan. For this column, she was given the following prompt: The Daily Texan has for years struggled...

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Don’t rely on new safety measures to protect you from crime

February 11, 2020

Austin is a big city. With nearly one million people, it’s the 11th largest city in the United States — and the UT campus is right smack dab in the middle of it. Living in a large, urban...

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For students with anxiety, the CMHC needs an online form to book appointments

February 4, 2020

For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with social anxiety. Making phone calls, speaking up in class and even simple conversations can create knots in my stomach and runaway thoughts in my...

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Free tampons belong in men’s bathrooms, too

January 30, 2020

If you’ve been on Twitter the past few weeks, you’ve likely seen these viral videos with hundreds of thousands of likes — a young woman with a microphone approaches college students to...

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UT must implement test-optional admissions policy, reject racist past

January 24, 2020

In 1955, UT-Austin administrators made an important calculation. It was the year after Brown v. Board of Education, and UT was finally forced to integrate its undergraduate program. According to state...

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This semester, remember to support peers who are survivors

January 23, 2020

With four student protests, a petition with over 1,000 signatures, widely circulated social media posts, and coverage in local and national news, sexual misconduct at UT has finally come to a head. Last...

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Students need resources about unions

September 5, 2019

Last weekend, you probably barbecued with friends, picnicked at Barton Springs or caught up on school work with the luxury of a three-day weekend. However, along with the minimum wage, retirement benefits...

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Painter Hall memorializes wrong side of history

August 28, 2019

In 1946, Heman Sweatt applied for admission to the University of Texas School of Law. A hard-working, educated mail carrier in his 30s, he was like any other applicant in all respects but one — he...

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Expanding sunscreen dispenser program would protect students

June 26, 2019

It’s finally summer, and you decide to spend some time studying for midterms on South Mall in the warm sun. Hours spent pouring over textbooks and class notes make you feel like your brain cells...

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Requiring measles vaccine can protect students from outbreak

June 17, 2019

Fever. Dry cough. Inflamed eyes. Large rashes. Bronchitis. Laryngitis. Death.  These are some of the symptoms and possible side effects of measles, a highly contagious disease making a comeback...

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UT needs to prioritize its libraries

May 10, 2019

UT libraries are in crisis.  The price of academic publications, or serials, is rising much faster than the national rate of inflation. From 1986-2004, serials prices increased by 273%, while overall...

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UT needs to finally eliminate tuition for graduate students

May 3, 2019

Editor's note: A previous version of this column falsely stated that the University established the Graduate Education Task Force in response to the Graduate Student Labor Conditions Committee's...

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We can do more to help students avoid single-use bottles

April 26, 2019

The average American spends over $100 per year on bottled water. Only 23% of those bottles are ever recycled — the rest take centuries to decompose and can release toxic chemicals into the environment....

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UT needs to raise its minimum wage for students

April 15, 2019

It’s summer employment season. Students across UT are writing cover letters and submitting applications to find the perfect job or internship. I’m one of them. These past few weeks, I’ve...

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UT should make public speaking more of a priority

April 10, 2019

Sweaty palms. Nervous stuttering. Your heart beating out of your chest as you look at the students staring back at you. Maybe you can try imagining them in their underwear? Most of us have been there...

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Students need to get involved, oppose e-cigarette legislation

April 3, 2019

When becoming informed on political issues, it’s easy to focus on the big, national, attention-grabbing headlines. The Green New Deal. Tax policy. Health care reform.  While those issues...

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UT should fund student government campaigns

April 2, 2019

Each year, student government candidates line up on Speedway and West Mall to proclaim they are the best choice to represent UT’s diverse student body. However, Student Government can only be...

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Amateur student musicians need practice spaces, too

March 13, 2019

“USE OF BUTLER SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRACTICE FACILITIES IS RESTRICTED TO CURRENTLY ENROLLED MUSIC STUDENTS AND APPROVED BSOM PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS. VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO REMOVAL AND/OR PROSECUTION.” Most...

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The CAP enrollment system must adapt given increased demand

March 11, 2019

Each year, tens of thousands of students apply to UT-Austin dreaming of higher education on the Forty Acres. Each year, tens of thousands of students are denied. But there’s another route to UT....

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UT can support activists by adopting Chicago Principles

February 22, 2019

In 1977, the University of Missouri refused to allow recognition of a gay rights group on campus, based on the belief that the group would encourage lawbreaking behavior.  The organization, Gay...

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Resident Assistant applicants deserve an earlier decision

February 6, 2019

For those stuck in a housing limbo, each day means another lease signed, another apartment taken and another option snatched from the ever-diminishing supply of affordable, off-campus housing.  This...