The Daily Texan

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Lives will be saved by comprehensive drug education

April 3, 2018

Student safety was a central topic during my freshman orientation, but I was never informed that two UT students had died from drug overdose months before. As public health experts anticipate the opioid...

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Surveillance capitalism: a widespread, ugly foe

March 22, 2018

I was fascinated when Twitter Analytics informed me that 33 percent of my followers consume “salty snacks.” While I have no specific plans for this information, I’m not the only one who...

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Investigation of test banks is a necessity

March 2, 2018

UT is a top-tier university, and hypercompetitive students will do whatever it takes to get ahead.  By investigating the use of test banks, popular study tools among exclusive student organizations,...

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Civil dissent, outrage in response to ICE is needed

February 15, 2018

In a four-day period last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 132 people in the city of Austin. Nationally, ICE arrests jumped from 110,568 to 143,470 between 2016 and 2017. This is one...

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Colleges should factor in application assistance when deciding who to admit

February 1, 2018

There’s a lot one could buy with $4,000: a handful of expensive jewelry, ten trampolines or the average price tag of a college admissions consultant who can provide invaluable expertise in the application...

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Universities should provide fentanyl testing strips

January 19, 2018

 I tell my friends to contact me if they need their drugs tested. I was inspired to do this after observing the dangers of risky substance use and then learning that simple ways to mitigate harm exist....

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Among college students, love takes a back seat

July 30, 2017

When I moved to Austin, I was ready to mingle. However, when the spring semester began and I picked up a new internship, I soon had no time to pursue romantic love. Apathy towards long-term relationships...

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Naloxone: A miracle medication for the opioid epidemic

July 14, 2017

As the opioid epidemic worsens, drug overdose has become the leading cause of death of Americans under 50. It is now more important than ever for communities to be aware of tools that deter overdose. Naloxone,...

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LGBTQ homeless youth shelters fill critical need

June 27, 2017

When I think of pride, I think of laughter and affirmation. While pride is a time to celebrate how far the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community has come, it is also a time...

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Mental Health Education Must Be Prioritized at Orientation

June 16, 2017

It is imperative that topics related to mental health are covered extensively during freshman orientation. A survey of over four million college students, including students at the University of Texas...