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All content by Eric Nikolaides

Don’t be afraid to question arrests

Eric Nikolaides May 2, 2014

In February, the UT community was collectively outraged when Austin police arrested a young woman after she jaywalked near campus. Amanda Jo Stephen — a petite 24-year-old with blonde pigtails who...


Compulsory voting won’t help civic engagement

Eric Nikolaides November 4, 2013

Tomorrow is Election Day. Will you be voting? If you choose not to, you’ll likely have company; off-year elections are notorious for low voter turnout. According to, turnout for the...


Beating breast cancer without the pink ribbon

Eric Nikolaides October 21, 2013

When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, I knew that I would never be the same — cancer has a way of changing your perspective like that.  But I never would have guessed...


ACL festivalgoers need drug education, medical treatment

Eric Nikolaides October 11, 2013

This Friday, at 11:15 a.m., bands will take the stage for Round Two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. For three more days, the festival will again transform Zilker Park into the epicenter of the...

Don’t blame students leaving early for Longhorns’ football failures

Eric Nikolaides September 18, 2013

I didn’t go to the football game last Saturday. However, had I have been there, it’s possible I would have joined in the so-called “tragedy” of hordes of students bolting toward...

Core curriculum may bore, but don’t discount its value

Eric Nikolaides September 17, 2013

I have a love-hate relationship with UT’s core curriculum requirements. On the one hand, I’ve learned a lot in all of those classes that I never thought a government major would have to take. ...

Arlyn Studios bolsters Austin

Eric Nikolaides April 9, 2013

Live music defines Austin. In fact, you often hear that Austin has more live music venues per capita than any other city, although this claim is disputed. But despite the hype, Austin is missing something...

Simplifying Up to Us

Eric Nikolaides March 22, 2013

Over the past several weeks, five UT students have made it their mission to increase awareness on campus about the national debt. Through tabling, flyering and incessant social networking, the group has...

Take advantage of the Cactus Cafe

Eric Nikolaides February 28, 2013

Live music defines Austin. Ever since the late 1960s, music has flourished here, and anybody who has ever taken a walk down Sixth Street can see how important live music is to the city’s cultural...

Top ten shuts out out-of-state students

Eric Nikolaides February 21, 2013

The Top Ten Percent Law, which was passed in its original form in 1997, guarantees automatic admission to any state-funded university to all Texas high school students graduating in the top 7-8 percent...

KUTX, not just for old people

Eric Nikolaides February 15, 2013

On Jan. 2, 2013, Austin’s legendary music scene was finally given a voice. Dubbed “The Austin Music Experience,” KUTX 98.9 began broadcasting from the Belo Center for New Media on campus...

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