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What’s the future of Texas Student Media?

April 29, 2015

As a freshman, I wore many hats for the paper. At one time, I looked at The Daily Texan’s budget in an effort to identify alternative sources of revenue. Two years have passed, and the Texan is in...

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Forum issue focuses on fashion ahead of Fusion Fashion Show on April 23

April 16, 2015

The last Forum issue included an article about the University’s annual fashion show. This week we’re expanding on that to include other aspects of the indrustry  — drawing particular...

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Pursuing the arts has value

April 1, 2015

In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “The world is but a canvas for our imagination.” How we express our imagination varies, but it is most often demonstrated through the arts. Here at UT,...

TSM Board position will protect the interests of a community

February 27, 2015

Editor’s Note: This year four candidates are running for three available voting seats on the Texas Student Media Board of Operating Trustees, which oversees The Daily Texan, the Cactus yearbook,...

TSM board candidate says experience at the Texan will help in board position

February 23, 2015

Editor’s Note: This year four candidates are running for three available voting seats on the Texas Student Media Board of Operating Trustees, which oversees The Daily Texan, the Cactus yearbook,...

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Forum editor Amil Malik talks with the campus executive chef

February 4, 2015

Editor’s Note: Forum Editor Amil Malik sat down with Division of Housing and Food Service Executive Chef Robert Mayberry in order to discuss healthy eating on campus.  Amil Malik: Could...

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Despite the focus on food, sustainability is often overlooked

February 4, 2015

In the United States, there’s a huge focus on food and diet. We spend a lot of money on products in both categories. In 2013, U.S. consumers, businesses and government entities spent $1.4 trillion...

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This week’s Forum to focus on student involvement off campus

January 22, 2015

Last semester, Forum began as a new biweekly addition to The Daily Texan — serving as a place for students and professors to engage in a discussion regarding pressing issues of the moment. This semester,...

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This holiday season, focus on service

December 4, 2014

With the semester wrapping up, it’s a good time to reflect on the year and think about both what we have accomplished and what we have yet to do. And, in honor of the holiday season and all the blessings...

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Real history of Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014

Most students think they know the story of Thanksgiving. It goes something like this: A small group of Puritan separatists from England settled in Plymouth in 1620. Faced with a harsh winter, they struggled...

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Forum page opens up space for SG, Senate, and GSA

November 6, 2014

Election season is often rife with promises from elected candidates on all they plan to achieve during their time in office — if they are elected. Yet, when the time comes to carry through on these...

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November 4 offers new options

October 22, 2014

Those of you who have lived in Austin for a while have probably noticed our city’s recent growth. This year’s election, which will take place Nov. 4, will usher in a new governor for the first...

Revisiting the 2010 shooting

September 24, 2014

Four years ago, at 8:10 a.m. on Sept. 28, a 19-year old mathematics sophomore began firing an AK-47 near Littlefield Fountain. With the police and university officials soon in his pursuit, the student...

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9/11 revisited

September 10, 2014

On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with al-Qaeda hijacked four U.S. airliners to carry out suicide attacks on the East Coast. At 8:45 a.m. that day, a Boeing 767, one of the hijacked planes, crashed...

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Forum page opens up space for diverse University voices

August 27, 2014

The Forum is a new biweekly addition to The Daily Texan. While the page complements the opinion section, it serves a slightly different purpose. The Forum is a place for students and professors to engage...

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Education and taxes shaping up to be contentious issues in Texas governor’s race

November 1, 2013

The Texas gubernatorial election takes place on Nov. 4, 2014, exactly one year from this coming Tuesday. Potential candidates have already started campaigning, but the question remains: What will be the...

Why UT students should care about the debt ceiling and a potential U.S. default

October 16, 2013

If Congress does not raise the debt ceiling by Thursday, the U.S. will default on its debt. But what does this mean? It means that U.S. federal law says that there is an upper limit to the government’s...

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For Austin’s homeless, affordable housing makes a difference

October 2, 2013

Walking down the Drag on any given day, you’re almost certain to come across multiple homeless individuals lying on the sidewalk, sitting outside store windows or just roaming the streets. This phenomenon...

Don’t lose hope for struggling students

April 26, 2013

House Bill 5 proposes to reduce the number of standardized tests, provide new measures to make schools more accountable and give students more flexibility to focus on technical training through reduced...

Q&A: Prabhudev Konana

April 17, 2013

Editor’s note: Daily Texan columnist Amil Malik sat down with Prabhudev Konana, chair of the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business to ask about...

Give online a chance

April 2, 2013

Should colleges develop and offer online courses? Yes. And UT’s online course system should be much improved.  Currently, UT offers self-paced online courses for credit through the University...

Eat, drink, but listen up

March 22, 2013

How many times have you had a soda, eaten a packet of chips or grabbed a donut and thought, “It’s just this once,” or, “It’s not going to kill me,” or, “There’s...

Don’t mandate volunteering

February 18, 2013

The Texas Legislature is an idiosyncratic establishment from which impractical bills often arise. Consider House Bill 22.  HB 22 proposes “the establishment of a public service requirement...

Greg Abbott in the Big Apple

January 29, 2013

Are you a fan of New Yorkers? Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott seems to be one. This past week, Abbott ran two different ads on popular news media sites. One read:  “Wanted: Law abiding...

Keep Austin’s cycling tradition alive without Lance

January 22, 2013

By now, you probably know that Lance Armstrong confessed to allegations of doping during all seven of his Tour de France victories. He did so in the first part of a 2 1/2-hour-long interview with Oprah...

Vicious cycling

November 14, 2012

On a recent evening, due to no fault of my own, a rogue cyclist almost crashed into my car. Here’s what happened: Around 8:15 p.m. my car stood still, waiting for the light at 35th and Jefferson...

Healthy eating starts with us

October 31, 2012

As a frequent patron of Littlefield Patio Cafe, I have noticed a common lunch choice among the students dining there: pizza. For those of you who have not seen it, Littlefield Patio Cafe’s pizza...

Q&A: Lloyd Doggett

October 15, 2012

Note: Lloyd Doggett is a Democratic Congressman in US House of Representatives. Doggett spoke to Daily Texan columnist Amil Malik about important issues in the upcoming presidential election. The interview...

How lectures prevent you from learning

October 4, 2012

Have you ever walked away from a class feeling you haven’t learned a thing? It’s not necessarily your fault, and you’re not alone. The conventional, lecture-based approach to teaching,...