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All content by Heba Dafashy

An open letter to the South Mall Lawn

Heba Dafashy May 2, 2012

Dear South Mall Lawn, I was asked to reflect on my time here at UT and felt it was fitting to address this letter to you. You have seen thousands of students walk around you and have become a special...

Out of the box and into the world

Heba Dafashy April 30, 2012

Any person who has visited campus for one day can testify to the racial diversity that is present at our University. UT prides itself on this demographic diversity as the campus transforms into a door...

Shining through the cloud of student debt

Heba Dafashy April 19, 2012

Student loans seem to be a big looming cloud over students’ heads that only continues to grow larger with rising tuition costs. But the Texas Exes could be the solution. Last year, Stanford alumni...

Award faculty based on student input

Heba Dafashy April 11, 2012

Last week, UT mathematics professor James Vick was awarded the 2012 Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, one of the most prestigious teaching awards on campus. This award recognizes Vick’s ability...

Don’t wait to procrastinate

Heba Dafashy April 5, 2012

As the end of the semester draws near, many undergraduate students will submit their senior theses, final projects and long-term assignments. Although many of these tasks were assigned at the start of...

Learning from leadership

Heba Dafashy March 29, 2012

Coptic Orthodox Christian Pope Shenouda III, patriarch of one of the most ancient Christian faiths in the world, passed away March 17. Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s population...

Hotspot-light on homelessness

Heba Dafashy March 21, 2012

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Homeless Hotspots at South by Southwest?” My initial thought was, “Is SXSW actually advertising where homeless people are hanging...

Forging unique paths to philanthropy

Heba Dafashy March 7, 2012

We all have a purpose. Whether it is to discover the cure for cancer or to teach a high school class, everyone was created to make a difference. Oftentimes, we underestimate the difference that we, as...

Bridging the gap between unpaid work and experience

Heba Dafashy February 27, 2012

If you are graduating from college in May, there is one thing on your mind: life post-graduation. More than ten years ago, graduating with a college degree was sure to give you an edge in the work force....

Altering the perception of drug use on campus

Heba Dafashy February 22, 2012

A six-month drug bust operation that occurred last Wednesday at Texas Christian University resulted in the arrest of 17 students. Four of those students were high-profile football players. Fox News reported...

Creating a culture of religious tolerance

Heba Dafashy February 15, 2012

Everyone has seen the “fire and brimstone” preachers on college campuses. In fact, in front of the Texas Union last Thursday, several such speakers were present and held a large sign that read...

Gluten-free: going beyond the label

Heba Dafashy February 6, 2012

It seems that a new dietary term has swept through restaurants, menus and grocery stores. On commonly purchased food items, it is no surprise to see a label that says “gluten-free.” As items...

Military crushes hopes of democracy in Egypt

Heba Dafashy October 21, 2011

At approximately 3 p.m. on Oct. 9, my dad received a frantic phone call from a family member in Egypt. All my family could hear was my dad saying, “Hello? What, Michael?! I can’t understand...

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