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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Grace Leake

We must challenge the term ‘drag rat’

Grace Leake May 3, 2018

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “drag rat” used to refer to an individual experiencing homelessness who frequents The Drag. Perhaps you’ve used the term yourself. It’s time...


Make space for LGBT rights within the party

Grace Leake May 2, 2018

Earlier this month, the State Republican Executive Committee denied Log Cabin Republicans, a Republican group representing LGBTQ conservatives, a booth at the Texas Republican state convention. That was...


Celebrate the new Mexican-American studies class by giving it a proper name

Grace Leake April 20, 2018

After a yearslong fight, the Texas Board of Education finally approved an elective Mexican-American studies course last Friday. However, concessions were made: The title of the course was changed from...


UT, let’s subsidize rent for therapists

Grace Leake April 12, 2018

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column addressing the shortage of resources that UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center currently faces. Due to high demand, the CMHC is unable to provide unlimited individual...


Current mental health services are insufficient. Let’s push for solutions.

Grace Leake March 30, 2018

Although the University is working towards improvements, current mental health services are inadequate. Our student body must continue to identify problems in our mental health treatment and pressure UT’s...


Texas needs to invest in more bilingual teachers

Grace Leake March 18, 2018

Texas faces an urgent educational challenge. With the second highest percentage of people who don’t speak English at home (35.6 percent) and the second highest percentage of students learning to...


Bean there, brewed that: tips from a barista

Grace Leake February 22, 2018

Haggard and zombie-like, students trudge to their 8 a.m. classes. Their eyes are dull, their movements sluggish. Dark circles hug their eyes. When they speak, their voices slur nonsensical, drifting words. What...


New ICE data exposes vast underreporting

Grace Leake February 8, 2018

New information reveals that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is even more corrupt, disingenuous and cruel than previously imagined.  ICE terrorized the Austin community last February,...


Students need to be open about their struggles

Grace Leake February 1, 2018

As students, we are constantly failing — and it’s time we become more open about it. Last semester, UT student Ann Mark recorded a hilarious, immensely popular video which chronicled a series...


Combat bigotry. Reach out to intolerant people.

Grace Leake January 26, 2018

Our generation alienates bigoted individuals. That’s a terrible mistake. Last week, a controversial tweet went viral. Originally penned by an account called “Kait,” the tweet reads,...


SMU sets example for college students engagement with polarizing speakers

Grace Leake December 14, 2017

In early December, controversial activist James O’Keefe, founder of conservative whistle-blowing organization Project Veritas, spoke at Southern Methodist University. Event organizers anticipated...

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Banning physician-assisted suicide is unethical

Grace Leake November 28, 2017

This summer, the District of Columbia followed the lead of six U.S. states and legalized assisted suicide, allowing adults who are terminally ill to obtain a lethal dosage of drugs with the approval of...


Economics courses play vital role in student intellectual growth

Grace Leake November 17, 2017

People do not act rationally. We make the same mistakes over and over, manipulated by an irrationally high aversion to loss and a tendency to maintain a potentially counterproductive status quo. Pioneers...


Republicans, religious groups need to reevaluate priorities

Grace Leake November 8, 2017

Last month, the Trump administration revised an Obama-era mandate requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees, creating exemptions for employers who object to contraception...


The best purpose of the University

Grace Leake November 2, 2017

In the last few decades, the university’s focus has become ever more narrow. Mounting pressures to navigate an unpredictable job market have led students to undertake increasingly specialized tracks...


Save a life. Get a flu shot.

Grace Leake October 19, 2017

You have until Friday to get a flu shot on campus. Do it. Flu vaccines are quick, relatively painless and one of the most effective ways to save lives in the United States. They’re an easy and...


Proposed gun control is ineffective in addressing violence

Grace Leake October 10, 2017

Our country needs to address violence – but proposed gun control is ineffective. Most proposed gun regulations focus on requiring gun permits or making background checks more exacting. Unfortunately,...


Reaching the forgotten population: why students should seek connections with senior citizens

Grace Leake October 5, 2017

Austin’s senior population is growing at a frenetic rate. Although Austin presents a carefully cultivated image of itself as a city for young creatives, its older demographic is becoming more prominent....


UT avoids problems in student government election financing

Grace Leake September 28, 2017

Student government elections have become a target for corruption.  Last May, investigative reporter Michael Vasquez revealed how the right-wing organization Turning Point USA poured thousands of...


Students should seek out ideas, viewpoints they do not share

Grace Leake September 21, 2017

This Monday, controversial conservative figures Milo Yiannopoulos, Steve Bannon and Ann Coulter will arrive at the University of California,  Berkeley to launch a four-day event they’re calling...


DeVos signals due process victory with Title IX changes

Grace Leake September 12, 2017

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is planning to change Obama-era guidance on sexual assault in colleges — and that’s a good thing. Last Thursday, Betsy DeVos announced her plans to reconsider...

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