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All content by Elizabeth Braaten

Education is necessary for mitigating relationship violence on campus

Elizabeth Braaten August 1, 2018

Dating violence is defined as “a pattern of behavior in an intimate relationship that is used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation.” A 2017 report...


Love thy neighbor, use correct gender pronouns

Elizabeth Braaten August 1, 2018

Within our campus community, queer-friendly departments and organizations, such as the Gender and Sexuality Center, stress the importance of educating students about gender pronouns. The use of pronouns...


Student groups are an essential part of the college experience

Elizabeth Braaten July 6, 2018

If you attend UT, you’re no stranger to the insistent, aggressively friendly students tabling along Speedway and West Mall each day. Armed with shining smiles and an abundance of flyers, these heroes...


UT has a period problem

Elizabeth Braaten June 26, 2018

Menstruating is expensive. A box of pads or tampons alone can be seven to 10 dollars per month, and that’s before you factor in the cost of pain relievers such as Midol or Tylenol for cramp relief....

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Speak out against discrimination this Pride Month

Elizabeth Braaten June 19, 2018

With June comes Pride Month. For the millions of Americans that identify as part of the LGBTQ community, this marks the beginning of a monthlong celebration of being open and proud of their sexual orientations...


Probation, Meek Mill, and the racist criminal justice system

Elizabeth Braaten May 2, 2018

April 24 marked the long-awaited release of Robert Williams (aka Meek Mill) from prison. Fans and social justice activists alike celebrated the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to free Williams...


Austin needs more affordable housing outside of East Austin

Elizabeth Braaten April 25, 2018

Foundation Communities, a nonprofit organization, recently received $13.5 million from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to build an affordable housing complex, coined “The Jordan,”...


Make needle exchanges legal throughout Texas

Elizabeth Braaten April 20, 2018

In October of 2017, Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency within the United States. Despite this, the administration has failed to provide additional funding beyond the meager...

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Monitoring news intake, unplugging can help students manage mental health

Elizabeth Braaten April 11, 2018

Today, an astonishing 2.62 billion people use social media, or about 34 percent of the world’s population. Sixty-eight percent of Americans are on Facebook alone. Users are constantly swept up in...

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Allies can best support LGBTQ students by investing time, money in queer media

Elizabeth Braaten April 4, 2018

Although Austin is riddled with problems, there is one area where I must give credit where credit is due: I have never felt ashamed or fearful of being myself.  While I have had the privilege of...

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You should be listening to more hip-hop

Elizabeth Braaten March 28, 2018

On Feb. 15, 2016, Kendrick Lamar took the Grammy stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a performance of “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright,” two songs off his 2015 album,...


Texas’ anti-gay sex-ed laws hurt kids

Elizabeth Braaten March 20, 2018

Texas Health and Safety Code Section 163.002 lays out the guidelines regarding the instructional elements related to sexual education and STDs in public schools within the state. Hidden under points regarding...


Austin needs safe injection locations

Elizabeth Braaten March 7, 2018

More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016. Opioids — a class of drugs that includes heroin and pain relievers such as Vicodin, codeine and morphine that are legally available with...


No, the locker money could not have paid your tuition

Elizabeth Braaten March 1, 2018

Student athletes are constantly subjected to criticism on whether or not they deserve the scholarship money they receive. This frustration, while understandable if you are a debt-laden student struggling...

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Trump’s proposed meal kits are an attack on the poor

Elizabeth Braaten February 22, 2018

President Donald Trump released his budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year last Monday. Conservative proponents of the plan have heralded that it would eliminate “wasteful” programs and regulations...


White complacency perpetuates segregation in public schools

Elizabeth Braaten February 15, 2018

In the decades following Brown v. Board — the Supreme Court ruling that overturned legal racial segregation of school — white Americans celebrated their great moral victory, assured their friends...

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West Campus crime isn’t as bad as you think it is

Elizabeth Braaten February 1, 2018

Since the beginning of the spring semester, it seems as if UT students are getting more campus crime alerts than Snapchats. Whether it is the infamous Subway burglary or the forced entry at the United...


Public services are more effective than policing

Elizabeth Braaten January 25, 2018

Do you know how your tax dollars are being spent? Each year, the city of Austin acquires its General Fund money from revenue sources such as property tax, sales tax, development and utility transfers....


We must support diversity in media

Elizabeth Braaten January 18, 2018

“Atlanta.” “Get Out.” “Insecure.” “Moonlight.” “How to Get Away With Murder.” The list goes on.  Critics and viewers are...


We must stop sad tweeting

Elizabeth Braaten December 4, 2017

If you’ve scrolled through any social media platform at some point during 2017, you’ve probably been bombarded by alarming phrases such as “I want to die,” or posts that otherwise...

We must change the way we talk about drug addiction

Elizabeth Braaten November 20, 2017

Last Wednesday night, news that artist Lil Peep, whose full name is Gustav Åhr,  had died of a Xanax overdose sent shockwaves throughout the hip-hop community. The 21-year-old rapper was found...

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How to escape the winter blues

Elizabeth Braaten November 16, 2017

It’s that time of year again. Department stores are blasting Christmas music, every other lawn in suburbia is home to a dazzling light display and the temperature is dropping — and with it,...


Repression is no excuse for sexual violence in gay community

Elizabeth Braaten November 6, 2017

Last Sunday evening, actor Kevin Spacey released a statement on Twitter in which he openly admitted to being a gay man. The problem? He came out solely in response to allegations from actor Anthony Rapp,...


Bisexual people must be accepted, not stigmatized

Elizabeth Braaten November 2, 2017

Greedy. More likely to cheat on their partners. Scared to commit to a long-term relationship. These are just a few of the unfair, hateful stigmas people hold about bisexuality. However, these beliefs are...


Studying abroad isn’t worth it

Elizabeth Braaten October 26, 2017

Take the world by the horns. Whether by way of glossy posters plastered across campus bulletin boards or unwarranted attacks from program representatives tabling in Gregory Plaza, these six words are thrown...


We must be willing to acknowledge our double standards

Elizabeth Braaten October 16, 2017

Kneeling is not acceptable. Fire or suspend. Find something else to do. These are just a few of the criticisms Donald Trump fired off in reaction to black men throughout the NFL taking a knee during the...


Slacktivism is not enough

Elizabeth Braaten October 13, 2017

We are all slacktivists. Whether we retweet videos of police brutality onto our timelines or like posts because one like equals one prayer, we use social media as a platform to raise awareness for the...


Uncertainty is a natural part of the college experience

Elizabeth Braaten October 2, 2017

You’re standing in line at Starbucks, walking to class with your headphones in and a smile on your face, or at 6th with your friends, when suddenly, that painfully uncomfortable, stomach lurching...

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Appreciate, don’t appropriate

Elizabeth Braaten September 28, 2017

As I waded through the hundreds of sweaty, fatigued concert-goers across Zilker Park during Austin City Limits Music Festival last October, I saw out of the corner of my eye a white girl with dreadlocks...

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