The Daily Texan

All content by Claire Smith
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Editor-in-chief values challenges, rewards of time at Texan

May 6, 2016

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...

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Editor-in-chief leaves office with pride, gratitude

May 6, 2016

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...

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Forum: Working to make Texas greater

October 29, 2015

Editor’s Note: Some parts of the following interview with University President Gregory L. Fenves were omitted for brevity and clarity. Daily Texan: What have your first few months in office been...

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Forum: Teaching students financial literacy

October 22, 2015

Editor’s Note: Some parts of the following interview with Trina Manor, associate director of the Office of Financial Aid, were omitted for brevity and clarity. Daily Texan: What are your responsibilities...

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Student engagement critical for working group

August 24, 2015

On August 20, President Gregory L. Fenves announced the formation of a working group that is tasked with determining how campus carry will be implemented at UT-Austin next August. Students, a stereotypically...

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Sons of Confederate Veterans’ last minute temporary restraining order against UT is frivolous, contradictory to months-long participation in debate

August 15, 2015

The Jefferson Davis statue was not removed from the Main Mall this morning, as originally planned, due to a temporary restraining order requested by the Texas division of Sons of Confederate Veterans....

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Four things students should know about the West Campus death

July 20, 2015

Editor's Note: This article has been updated since its original publication. 1. On July 17, a West Campus resident was killed one block from campus. On the morning of July 17, 18-year-old Stephen...

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All students should participate in the Jefferson Davis, Confederate monuments debate

July 9, 2015

The first of two public forums on the Jefferson Davis statue was held yesterday in the SAC. Although the forum was an earnest way to engage with campus on this very personal and painful issue for many,...

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Dialogue on eliminating hate in America should complement rather than eclipse discussions of gun reform

June 28, 2015

Following the tragic shooting at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, last week, Americans launched a serious reevaluation of the place of Confederate symbols in public...

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UT should review its vaccination policies

May 21, 2015

Since May 6, three UT students have been diagnosed with mumps, a highly contagious viral infection. Mumps is incredibly preventable with a vaccine. Given the recent diagnoses, it is a good time for the...

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Editorial Board doesn’t give Rotnofsky, Mandalapu enough credit

May 5, 2015

In last Friday’s editorial, “Early moves by Rotnofsky, Mandalapu don’t quite shake things up,” the Daily Texan editorial board wrote that new student body president Xavier Rotnofsky...

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Recent crime against student shows we must make safety top priority

April 29, 2015

In the early morning hours of April 25, Indiana University student Hannah Wilson was beaten to death. Reported missing the day before, her body was found in Needmore, about 20 miles from campus. The investigation...

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Student activism, its repercussions are important to campus life

April 22, 2015

Tuesday was the 26th anniversary of the day 10,000 Chinese students gathered in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to mourn reform leader Hu Yaobang in the now-infamous Tiananmen Square protests and massacre.  As...

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Texas legislators hard at work filing, passing regressive bills

April 17, 2015

I am disgusted by this Legislature. The recent trend of filing and passing grossly regressive bills in both chambers of the Legislature is a massive failure of Texans. If you aren’t mad, you should...

Proposed bills would fix adolescent imprisonment

April 8, 2015

One week ago, the Legislature’s Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Subcommittee heard three bills that propose to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction in criminal cases from from 17 to 18. Though...

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Fenves as UT president signals promising new beginning

March 31, 2015

As a third-year student, I would argue that current University President William Powers Jr. plays a large yet figurative role in the student psyche.   As the leader of the University, Powers has...

Clinton emails show need for higher accountability for public figures

March 24, 2015

On March 3, news broke of unconfirmed 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of private email over her four years as Secretary of State. Both Americans and the media are stuck...

Inclusiveness is the key to a vital Daily Texan

February 27, 2015

Editor’s Note: This year two candidates are running for editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan in the campus-wide elections. The editor of the Texan, elected by the entire student body, has three primary...

Editor-in-Chief candidate says fundraising is risky, but necessary for the Texan

February 23, 2015

Editor’s Note: This year two candidates are running for editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan in the campus-wide elections. The editor of the Texan, elected by the entire student body, has three primary...

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Campus carry bills HB 937 and SB 11 will disrupt UTPD

February 4, 2015

Editor's note: This is part of a Point/Counterpoint series regarding campus carry bills HB 937 and SB 11. To read the opposing viewpoint, click here. On Jan. 26, lawmakers from both houses of the...

UT alumnus leaves UT baseball team to work in the big leagues

January 28, 2015

The hardest part about sports for UT alumnus Geoff Cook is his permanent position on the sidelines. Born with cerebral palsy, Cook spent his childhood in a wheelchair. Until he moved to Texas for...

UT students should pay attention to primary education bills this session

January 21, 2015

On Jan. 13, the 84th Legislature of Texas convened. Following a gubernatorial campaign that focused heavily on potential improvements to Texas’s education system, thanks in large part to the platform...

In wake of Ferguson decision, it’s time to open dialogue about race

December 3, 2014

I don’t know if the grand jury investigation into former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s actions in shooting and killing Mike Brown was a sham. A big part of me thinks it was. I don’t...

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In legislative session, gun rights should be treated as public safety issue

November 14, 2014

Governor-elect Greg Abbott has made no secret of his support of gun rights in Texas. In December 2013, Abbott created a “We the People” petition, proposing legislation that would allow Concealed...

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Students can influence election by simply exercising right to vote

November 3, 2014

I cannot count the number of times I have been approached on or around campus by a clipboard-wielding yahoo asking me if I have registered to vote. Yes, I am registered in Travis County, shouting hooligan....

Mopac express lanes will be good initial move toward alleviating traffic

October 20, 2014

The Mopac Improvement Plan is in the process of adding an express lane to the three existing lanes of traffic in three different locations throughout the greater Austin area. After studying 12 different...

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Davis’ education proposals unrealistic for Texas schools

October 8, 2014

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, the Democratic candidate in the upcoming gubernatorial election, first received attention when she filibustered $5.4 billion in cuts to the Texas education system...

Texas schools, UT System have no business owning military vehicles

October 2, 2014

Before the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, two months ago, many Americans were unaware of the U.S. Department of Defense’s 1033 Program. Shocking photographs of police officers launching military-grade...

Militarization of nearby police forces dangerous to community

September 10, 2014

Leander Police Department and Cedar Park Police Department recently joined the over 13,000 American communities benefitting from the Department of Defense’s 1033 Military Surplus Property Program,...