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All content by Josephine MacLean

Students should not have to deal with UT’s administrative confusion in the middle of their own Title IX cases.

Josephine MacLean November 30, 2018

In 2017, the CLASE study finally gave specifics on UT’s endemic sexual assault and harassment problem. Despite more than a year and countless student initiatives, UT is struggling to handle sexual...

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Hooked on Our Safety is a campaign worthy of our attention

Josephine MacLean October 5, 2018

Red River Rivalry weekend is considered a “red zone” for sexual assault. Between copious amounts of alcohol and engrained traditions, such as sharing a hotel room with your date, sexual assault...


UT’s disciplinary hearing procedures fail students

Josephine MacLean September 13, 2018

A court reporter is present. The table has microphones for witnesses. All physical evidence has been reviewed and approved before the participants arrive. The person at the head of the table opens the...

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Title IX changes when it gets personal

Josephine MacLean July 31, 2018

I never faced the realities of a Title IX investigation until last semester. Watching a close friend of mine undergo an investigation opened my eyes to ways we can make our Title IX process less traumatizing...

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Stop school shootings: hire more mental health professionals

Josephine MacLean June 26, 2018

After the Santa Fe school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott announced an initiative to enhance safety in schools throughout the state. Shortly after, he published the School and Firearm Safety Action Plan, which...


Step up to the plate, men.

Josephine MacLean December 4, 2017

The allegations just keep coming.  Although the #MeToo social media campaign is largely over, many more victims have continued to speak out and lodge formal complaints about their experiences with...

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The burden for funding for SURE Walk expansion should not fall on Student Government

James Treuthardt and Josephine MacLean November 30, 2017

SURE Walk’s ridership has increased by almost 500 percent since fall 2016. This semester, they are expected to give rides to approximately 15,000 students.  To keep up with growing demand...

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Professors should be responsible for using contemporary, reliable learning materials

Josephine MacLean November 15, 2017

“Every year when I show ‘Prisoners of Silence,’ I get an emotional response from some students,” integrative biology professor James Bull told me after showing a 1993 documentary...


Vote for the 2017 AISD bond

Josephine MacLean November 6, 2017

This week, I’ve been treated to multiple phone calls, most sponsored by the Save East Austin Schools Political Action Committee urging me to vote against the AISD 2017 Bond Proposal.  They claim...


The lasting impact of me, too

Josephine MacLean October 25, 2017

The #MeToo movement did something astounding. Something that no news article or political candidate has done in at least the last year.  It crossed the lines of cultural identity drawn in the 2016...


‘Me too’ is harder to say than you think

Josephine MacLean October 19, 2017

When it happened to me at work, I wondered what the hell I had done wrong. On my first day, an older attorney who shares office space with us made a joke about me stripping off my clothes. The comment...


Federal employees must adhere to abortion regulations

Josephine MacLean October 16, 2017

The rules for shelters contracted with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, laid out in 2014, are quite clear on the matter of access to women’s health care for unaccompanied minors. Victims of sexual...


New funds to charter schools underscore inherent systematic flaw with school finance

Josephine MacLean October 9, 2017

Texas practices something called student-based funding, meaning districts get money depending on how much they raise from taxes per weighted student. After a series of complicated algorithms determine...

Students should get involved in organizations with ties outside the university

Josephine MacLean October 2, 2017

Last summer I studied climate change and human dynamics in Botswana. While the majority of what I did there is relevant to my resume, some of what I learned I’m unlikely to use again. Feel free to...

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Sexual assault prevention only works with the right audience

Josephine MacLean September 25, 2017

The Department of Education’s announcement that it will rescind Obama-era guidelines has left colleges struggling to reform sexual misconduct investigations in a lurch. The change comes right on...

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You really don’t need that new iPhone

Josephine MacLean September 18, 2017

In 1960, journalist Vance Packard coined the term “replacement revolution” as a social critique against our then-newfound but false belief in consumerism. Packard pointed out that our “buy...

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Student tracking raises ethical dilemmas

Josephine MacLean September 13, 2017

Arkaive is a free app that uses geolocation to track your class attendance. Created by two University of Southern California graduates, Arkaive sells itself as simplifying the attendance process, but the...


Tracking students for attendance goes too far

Josephine MacLean September 12, 2017

Arkaive is a free app that uses geolocation to track your class attendance. Created by two University of Southern California graduates, Arkaive sells itself as simplifying the attendance process, but the...


Outside pressure harm UT’s immigrant community

Josephine MacLean September 6, 2017

In an effort to reign in executive power and force Congress’s hand on immigration reform, the Trump administration has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy within the...


National and state pressures harm UT’s immigrant community

Josephine MacLean September 5, 2017

In an effort to reign in executive power and force Congress’s hand on immigration reform, the Trump administration has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy within the...


Austin homelessness must remain a priority

Josephine MacLean August 30, 2017

While you probably spent the weekend avoiding the rain indoors, for Austin’s significant homeless population, the tropical storm was notably more challenging. According to the Ending Community Homelessness...


UT must accommodate transgender students, visitors

Josephine MacLean May 1, 2017

“We were going to a show called ‘Get Sexy. Get Consent,’ on campus,” said Spencer Phillips, a high school junior who attends the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders here...

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Resident apathy sustains Austin racial divide

Josephine MacLean April 24, 2017

“I didn’t realize people still had a problem with race,” said Tahnee Steele, an African-American woman who graduated from a high school that no longer exists. “(At Johnston High...

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Historic Austin ISD segregation requires fix

Josephine MacLean April 17, 2017

“I am unwilling to close my eyes to needless suffering and deprivation which is not only a curse to the people immediately concerned, but is also a cancerous blight on the whole community,”...

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SURE Walk must become more accountable to students

Josephine MacLean April 10, 2017

The ‘SURE’ in SURE Walk stands for Students United for Rape Elimination. Originally created in 1982, SURE Walk has, unsurprisingly, seen a huge increase in requests for late-night security...


CodeNEXT promises to change Austin development

Josephine MacLean March 27, 2017

CodeNext sounds like a business major’s presentation on innovative language in the workplace, but it’s actually Austin’s shiny new “initiative to rewrite our outdated and complicated...


Wall plans ignore reality of U.S.-Mexico border life

Josephine MacLean March 20, 2017

“Once built, it was doomed, sooner or later, to come down,” wrote the historian Donald P. Steury for the CIA’s 2011 publication “A City Torn Apart, Building of the Berlin Wall.”...


Autism-centric development deserved to be nixed

Josephine MacLean February 27, 2017

The Austin Zoning and Planning Commission recently voted against a zoning change that would allow the creation of both a housing development and a residential treatment center for adults with autism in...

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Texas abdicates duty to protect LGBT people

Josephine MacLean February 20, 2017

The Texas Legislature recently introduced several bills that allow for blatant discrimination against LGBT people under the guise of religious freedom. But representatives such as Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth,...


Cuts to funding endanger sanctuary cities

Josephine MacLean February 13, 2017

Senate Bill 4, which would allow the state to end funding to sanctuary cities, has passed in the Texas Senate. As it goes to the House, Texans are reminded that the law, although it meets the legal minimum,...


Women reps must defend abortion rights

Josephine MacLean February 6, 2017

Men are afforded a certain amount of privilege surrounding the realities of pregnancy,  or the possibility of an abortion. Often, young men are told to do what they want “as long as you don’t...

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Sanctuary city policy legally benefits Austin

Josephine MacLean January 30, 2017

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez is following through on her campaign promise to no longer blindly honor all voluntary detainer requests issued by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for individuals...


Texas Legislature’s quest to solve imaginary problems drags on

Josephine MacLean January 23, 2017

The Texas Legislature has a bit of a history when it comes to passing bills that create issues rather than solve existing ones. Last year, the campus carry bill drew a disproportionate amount of attention,...


Students should question online news

Josephine MacLean November 28, 2016

A new study from Stanford examined grade school through college students’ (in)ability to judge a source’s credibility, including bias in news articles and sponsored content. The results do...


Proposed deportations would harm Texas families

Josephine MacLean November 21, 2016

We no longer want the tired and the poor. We no longer accept the huddled masses seeking salvation from circumstance. We have decided we are too tired and too poor and too restricted ourselves to give...


Diversity still triumphs in Austin elections

Josephine MacLean November 14, 2016

My little sister’s middle school (and my former school) is an anomaly in Austin — it’s a school with demographics representative of all of Austin Independent School District. Wednesday...


Passing mobility bond will move Austin in the right direction

Josephine MacLean November 7, 2016

Mobility bond isn’t the sexiest name on the ballot tomorrow, but it’s the one that has the most local impact. This bond isn’t perfect, but you should vote for it for the same reason the...


Offensive protests won’t solve racial inequalities on campus

Josephine MacLean October 31, 2016

The Young Conservatives of Texas at UT titled their press release about Wednesday’s bake sale “YCT-UT Starts Dialogue on Affirmative Action,” and I laughed. While they were legally within...


Transgender bathroom fights remain misguided, even after new ruling

Josephine MacLean October 24, 2016

This past week, Judge Reed O’Connor clarified that his injunction on the Obama administration’s transgender bathroom order applied nationally.  By doing so, he has solidified bathrooms...


Texas kids deserve better from state leaders

Josephine MacLean October 17, 2016

A recent letter from Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus to Henry Whitman, the director of Texas’s Department of Family and Protective Services, called the Department’s...


Texas policy alienates mentally ill

Josephine MacLean October 10, 2016

In Travis County, 30 percent of the county jail population suffers from mental illness, compared to only about 18.2 of the U.S. population. Due to Texas’ and Travis County’s painfully...


GOP leaders express contempt for diversity

Josephine MacLean September 26, 2016

The Texas Tribune Festival attempts to showcase the upcoming year’s political zeitgeist, and this weekend Texas Republican leaders stuck to the theme of American individualism. In an attempt to move...


Anti-vaxxer movement endangers everyone

Josephine MacLean September 19, 2016

Immunization is recommended by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and a whole bunch of other experts. Scientifically speaking,...

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Central Texans should learn from region’s past wildfires

Josephine MacLean September 12, 2016

“A lot depends on wind speed, how far the fire can jump, and where the nearest fuel source is, ” said environmental science lecturer Thoralf Meyer. My aunt Dawn MacLean, like many Bastrop...

Dan Patrick’s tuition proposal harms students most in need of help

Josephine MacLean August 29, 2016

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Sexual assault cases necessitate diversity in UTPD

Josephine MacLean May 2, 2016

At the UT Senate of College Council’s recent Conversation on Campus Safety, a panel discussion on pressing safety concerns, I noticed something — most of the questions about safety were asked...


A&M’s lenient campus carry policies run counter to UT’s

Josephine MacLean April 25, 2016

Last week the Texas A&M University System released its proposal to initiate concealed carry in August. It’s about as eager to allow guns as you’d expect, but A&M is only one of the...


Maximizing GDP requires fighting sexism in education

Josephine MacLean April 18, 2016

Texas could add $202 billion to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) if it achieved a greater measure of economic gender equality by 2025. A new study by McKinsey & Company identifies six impact zones; “Leadership...


Texas’ HB 2 unethically pushes women away from safe, legal abortion

Josephine MacLean April 11, 2016

We are hurting our women. Texas’ House Bill 2 — the omnibus law with sweeping restrictions on clinics, doctors and misoprostol pills — undeniably burdens those seeking abortion care....


HB 2 leaves Texas residents without options

Josephine MacLean April 4, 2016

Whether or not you agree with morality of abortion, House Bill 2 violates the undue burden standard, and cannot be allowed to stand. HB 2, passed in the summer of 2013, is a broad group of restrictions...


Moody Skybridge lacks purpose, cause

Josephine MacLean March 28, 2016

The “Moody Skybridge” will have its official dedication March 31, but it’s already open for use. The reason it got built might give you warm fuzzies: The bridge was built to be a physical...


Austin should stand strongly on its regulations for ride-hailing apps

Josephine MacLean March 22, 2016

Austin is a haven for new tech and innovation but doesn’t need to be one for companies that work to deceive their customers and employees. Ride-hailing companies that portray themselves as victims...


In 2016 campaigns, be wary of political spin

Josephine MacLean March 7, 2016

In Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” Mark Antony spends Caesar’s funeral calling for truth yet spreading animosity. In the 2016 presidential primary, candidates are using Antony-esque...


Female gamers need more legal protection in regards to sexual harassment

Josephine MacLean February 29, 2016

Death and rape threats are nothing new to female gamers. Women in the entertainment industry are often caught between suffering harassment and ineffective legal options, and end up with no choice but to...


How truthful is the “Judgemental Austin” map?

Josephine MacLean February 23, 2016

In January of 2016, a city of Austin Employee was put on leave for using the “Judgmental Austin Map” as the backdrop for a presentation. Since the Map’s creation many Austinites have...

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Bilingual education makes dollars, sense for students

Josephine MacLean February 15, 2016

Bilingual education gives kids more than just the ability to speak two languages. Despite this, bilingual education programs are not being implemented as numerously or as rapidly as they should be due...


Shadow of segregation looms over Austin school districts

Josephine MacLean January 29, 2016

In 1928, east of East Avenue and south of the City Cemetery became the only place “non-Caucasians” could receive utility services when Austin instituted the Koch and Fowler City Plan. In the...

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