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All content by David Bordelon

Light pollution presents fixable environment threat

July 26, 2016

A recent study showed that 80 percent of Americans are unable to see the Milky Way due to light pollution, and 99 percent of us live under light polluted skies. This is not only an aesthetic tragedy, as...

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Semi-autonomous car crash should not drive away autonomous investment

July 7, 2016

Well, it’s official. The first fatality in a semi-autonomous car occurred in May, when a man using Tesla’s Autopilot crashed into the back of a tractor trailer. Already, headlines proclaim...

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Brexit offers insight into our own political problems

June 28, 2016

The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last Thursday in a historic moment that has everybody wondering what will happen next. The populist movement in the U.K. that spurred the result is...

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Primary results highlight party power

June 23, 2016

Now that primary season is over and our two presumptive presidential candidates have been chosen, it is time to examine the results. The primaries acted as either an election process where voters chose...

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We should reevaluate our fanaticism for Silicon Valley

June 15, 2016

What is worshipped by the masses, (slightly) world-changing, a fighter for your rights, the cultivator of your ideas and beliefs and has the power to peacefully fight unjust governments? Silicon Valley....


Retroactively judging historical figures is misguided

June 7, 2016

All across college campuses, students are protesting the statues, monuments and honors given to historical figures, individuals who no longer represent the values that young people across America cherish....


Proposition 1 fears rely on faulty assumptions

April 25, 2016

On May 7, the people of Austin will vote on the Proposition 1. Prop 1 is an ordinance that repeals the previously passed ordinance by the City of Austin, which required “transportation network companies”...


Self-driving cars raise ethical dilemmas

April 11, 2016

If you live in Austin, you might have seen Google’s self-driving cars driving around town. Austin is just one of four test cities for the “Self-Driving Project” — Google’s...


During election season, make brackets great again

March 28, 2016

March is that beautiful time of the year when nearly all of the United States unites in a singular endeavor: to create the perfect NCAA tournament bracket. Everyone knows that they have a chance at perfection,...


New Facebook Reactions offer little worth liking

March 7, 2016

Editor's note: This column appears in a point-counterpoint regarding Facebook's new "Reactions." Read this column's corresponding counterpoint here. Imagine a world where the extent...


Criminal intent protections should extend to mentally ill

February 22, 2016

There are approximately 350,000 inmates with a mental illness, yet only around 35,000 mentally ill patients in psychiatric hospitals. Mentally ill inmates account for anywhere from 5–10 percent of...


Early primaries steal all of the limelight

January 29, 2016

Iowa, Iowa, Iowa. New Hampshire, New Hampshire ­— or is it Vermont? With the presidential race in full swing, and the Iowa caucus next week, one might think these two states are the greatest...


Recent protests threaten freedom of speech on campuses

November 25, 2015

In the wake of protests regarding Halloween costumes at Yale and protests over racial incidents at the University of Missouri, many online news sources and opinion columns are clamoring to denigrate the...


NFL needs stricter penalties to combat domestic violence

November 11, 2015

Greg Hardy, the NFL player who allegedly beat his girlfriend and threatened to murder her last year, was recently heralded by Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones as being a team “leader.” Hardy,...


UT should push students to wait before declaring major

October 28, 2015

When applying for college, prospective students are asked the dreaded question: “What’s your intended major?” Before even truly experiencing the subject matter, students are expected...


Campus carry is result of student voter apathy

October 14, 2015

In the wake of campus carry protests, counter-protests, forum discussions that no one attends, resigning professors and soon-to-be dildo displays of dissent, the root of the problem preceding all the hype...

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Felons deserve second chance

September 30, 2015

The felony “checkbox” — the box on the front of most job applications that requires ex-felons to state their criminal past — is an unfair practice that unduly harms ex-felons who...


US News & World college rankings make unfair comparisons

September 16, 2015

U.S. News & World Report released their annual college rankings on Sept. 8, placing UT 52nd of national universities and 16th in public universities. The top of the list is dominated by private institutions...


Reproducibility of scientific studies vital to its usefulness, future research

September 2, 2015

In a hilarious instance of meta-irony, a study published last week claims that more than half of social science studies are bogus. The study, conducted by the Reproducibility Project, a research accountability...

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