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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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US needs to support oil

April 29, 2016

Everyone can see that the price of gas is cheaper, but what might not be as obvious is that hundreds of thousands of people have lost their job because of it. The price of crude oil has crashed from over...

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The Top Ten Percent Rule is harmful to higher education

April 15, 2016

The top ten percent rule should be abolished, because it is simply another form of racial discrimination with harmful impacts on higher education. “In 1997, the Texas Legislature enacted the top...

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UT Student Government should implement an instant runoff system

March 11, 2016

The recent debacle over the SG Executive Alliance election shows that UT should reconsider how it runs its elections. One idea that would lead to more informed student voters and a shorter election cycle...

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GOP must rally behind Rubio to avoid Trump

February 26, 2016

After winning three straight Republican contests in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, Donald Trump is closer than ever to becoming the Republican presidential nominee. Trump has been able to win...

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Clinton’s email investigation casts doubt on her character

February 22, 2016

On Monday, the FBI confirmed what has already been widely reported by unidentified sources — that it is investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Though Clinton supporters,...

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It is past time to adopt a balanced budget amendment

January 22, 2016

On Jan. 8, Governor Abbott called for a constitutional convention to adopt nine proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Among the most important of the proposed amendments is the balanced budget...

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A $15 minimum wage would be radical and harmful

November 23, 2015

The Million Student March protested on Nov. 12 for a national $15 per hour minimum wage. The demand, however, would be a radical move by the government and only hurt those it is intended to help. Even...

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Candidates’ proposed flat tax plans are unfair, fiscally unconservative

November 9, 2015

Some of the Republican presidential candidates have proposed a flat tax plan that they claim is fair and fiscally conservative. The truth, however, is the exact opposite. A flat tax proposal would eliminate...

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Affirmative action likely to be struck down

October 26, 2015

With the Supreme Court hearing oral arguments on Fisher v. Texas this December, UT’s affirmative action policy is likely to be struck down as early as next year. The U.S. Supreme Court has nine justices...

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Restrictions on campus carry may be counterproductive

October 14, 2015

The irony of the push for more restrictions on campus carry is that it will only result in fewer restrictions or no restrictions at all due to litigation or subsequent legislation. SB 11 allows concealed...

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Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is safe, indispensable for higher education in Texas

September 28, 2015

Environment Texas issued a report Sept. 8 that advocates for the end of hydraulic fracturing on University Lands. Accepting this recommendation would prove disastrous for the University system and the...

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Students can fight international injustice through communities on the 40 Acres

September 21, 2015

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Martin Luther King Jr. With the recent focus on injustice in the United States, many have forgotten about injustice around...

Anti-GMO movement dangerous to food security

September 1, 2015

Recently there has been a push to label food as GMO or non-GMO. Genetically modified organisms have been altered by genetic engineering, often to make them resistant to diseases and increase crop yield....

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Lift the crude oil export ban

August 31, 2015

As students drive back to Austin for the start of school, they may notice that the price is only a little more than $2. This might be great for commuters, but the low price of crude oil, which gasoline...

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Sen. Cornyn’s proposed gun-rights bill addresses mental health concerns without restricting Second Amendment rights

August 14, 2015

Many mass shootings have been highlighted in the news this year, but national leadership generally disagrees on the solution to the problem. Republicans advocate for more gun rights, such as concealed...

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Cruz is a real contender, but not the best candidate

August 7, 2015

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been underestimated before. First, in 2012 as a political novice, he defeated then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary for the US Senate. Now, as a...

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SG should incorporate referendums into campus elections

August 3, 2015

With the task force on Confederate statuary about to make a decision about the future of the controversial Jefferson Davis statue, and others, this university continues the good practice of soliciting...

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Republican leadership is responsible for many improvements in Texas

July 13, 2015

Often times, the point of political discussion is to criticize the government. Unfortunately, people appreciate political realities less frequently. In this state, there is certainly room for criticism,...

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UT’s affirmative action policy is unconstitutional

July 6, 2015

In 2013, in a 7–1 vote, the Supreme Court sent Fisher v. University of Texas back down to the 5th Circuit. Then, in a surprise to some, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case again. The decision...

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Lessons from Confederate license plates

June 26, 2015

The recent Supreme Court case of Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans appeared to be one of those contentious 5-4 splits, but the majority and the dissent actually only disagreed on one...

Large pool of Republican presidential candidates will help Republicans win White House

June 19, 2015

After former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) lost what some thought was a winnable race against President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials set out to...

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Texas should consider adopting full-time Legislature

June 11, 2015

After the inefficiency of this year's legislative session, it is clear that the Texas Legislature needs a change. Texas should consider adopting a full-time legislature for three reasons. First,...

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Lege left students out of new tax cuts

June 4, 2015

The Texas Legislature recently passed a $209.4 billion state budget, which included $3.8 billion of tax relief. This was the result of the 2014 election in which voters across the state elected conservative...

We should work toward a better deal with Iran

April 21, 2015

Perhaps more than anything else, what is troubling about the potential US-Iranian deal is that there are no indications that it will make the Middle East a more peaceful region. More likely, the deal will...

Nix the top 10 percent rule, affirmative action

April 5, 2015

The University and state government have not seen eye to eye on many issues, but one thing they can agree on is that UT needs to be ranked higher nationally.   President William Powers Jr. has...

Common Core would improve quality of Texas education

April 3, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott has stated he “wants next year’s pre-kindergarten class to graduate from high school in the top-ranked school system in the nation.” This is a great goal, like many of...

Presidency is in reach for UT alum Jeb Bush

February 9, 2015

With the 2016 campaign for president already underway, you’re likely to hear people say, “ I do not want a third Bush presidency.” In fact, I have heard this argument made many times...

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Opposition to campus carry bills SB 11 and HB 937 based on misguided fear

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.  There will be blood on the streets and...

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Tuition increases must have limits

January 26, 2015

Tuition rates at public universities in Texas are too high. Since the Texas Legislature deregulated tuition in 2003, the average tuition rate more than doubled in just 10 years from $1,934 to $3,951 per...

For politics, there is no better choice than UT-Austin

May 1, 2014

Editor’s Note: In anticipation of the May 1 deadline for admitted high-school students to choose to attend the University, we asked student leaders on campus to tell us why they came to UT. Their...