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All content by Khadija Saifullah

30: Associate editor finds platform to contribute voice

Khadija Saifullah May 5, 2017

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...


UT responds inadequately to anti-Muslim harassment

Khadija Saifullah March 10, 2017

Since the beginning of my undergraduate career, I have witnessed an exponential rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric. In my second semester of college, three Muslim students from the University of North Carolina...


New ‘Lady Liberty’ coin leads essential inclusivity project

Khadija Saifullah January 18, 2017

Although progress toward a more diverse and inclusive nation feels lost with the new president-elect taking office in a couple of days, a new commemorative coin from the U.S. Mint Treasury features the...

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Texas should not sacrifice integrity for wins

Khadija Saifullah November 28, 2016

Texas’ football season came to an end with the loss of its head coach Charlie Strong, who was fired for not bringing adequate improvement to the team. College football in Texas is an underlying...


White Lives Matter protest unites minorities

Khadija Saifullah November 21, 2016

During the unveiling ceremony for the new African American History Memorial at the Capitol, a neo-Nazi, white supremacist protest broke out, coincidentally scheduled to disrupt the ceremony. It was met...


Tolerance must prevail in Post-Trump America

Khadija Saifullah November 14, 2016

Last December, Donald Trump called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States. This left me wondering why open racism is not a deal breaker. Although not all of his supporters may support...

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Awards for diversity and inclusion are not enough

Khadija Saifullah November 7, 2016

The University was recently recognized as one of 13 universities in the nation as a 2016 Diversity Champion by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine — the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication...


‘Racist bake sale’ proves importance of standing up to hate speech

Khadija Saifullah October 31, 2016

Last week, the Young Conservatives of Texas at the University of Texas at Austin protested affirmative action by organizing a bake sale with prices based on race and gender. They created a sign that put...

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Focus on the majority leaves key research on minority populations untouched

Khadija Saifullah October 24, 2016

Most scientific research is conducted on the majority of the population, leading to a lack of research and knowledge on minorities. Latinos and other minority groups are hardly researched, producing less...


Social media will likely influence election outcome

Khadija Saifullah October 17, 2016

With the current situation of the presidential election, political organizations and movements are all using social media as a medium for encouraging people to go out and vote. According to a study...


Transcript price increase is unreasonable

Khadija Saifullah October 10, 2016

On Oct. 3, students received an email announcing that transcript request costs would soar from an already high $10 to $20, an overwhelming 100 percent increase. “In order to continue providing...


Americans must reject xenophobic rhetoric this election

Khadija Saifullah October 4, 2016

On her way back from the Texas Tribune festival’s National Security discussion, UT law student Noor Wadi received a death threat on Guadalupe Street. After filing a police report, there was not much...


Ted Cruz remarks on Muslims show he owes them more effort

Khadija Saifullah September 26, 2016

When Ted Cruz was introduced as a Donald Trump supporter at the Texas Tribune Festival, attendees took countless stabs at him. When asked by Zoya Zia, an international relations and global studies sophomore,...


Trump exhibits troubling mastery of deception

Khadija Saifullah September 19, 2016

  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump finally admitted Friday that President Obama was born in the States. This reversed his position on the first political issue he attached his name...


Megabus competition benefits students

Khadija Saifullah September 12, 2016

Although Thanksgiving break is over two months away, Megabus already has one-way tickets costing over $60. In addition to the more-often-than-not delays that last hours, Megabus has gotten a lot pricier...

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Syrian refugees who don’t go viral deserve help, too

Khadija Saifullah August 25, 2016

A couple of days ago, a photo was released of a 5-year-old injured Syrian boy who was recovered after a blast. The boy’s demeanor — emotionless and dazed at the blood on his hands — caught...


Students should utilize stress relief resources on campus during finals

Khadija Saifullah May 5, 2016

The end of the semester is an immensely stressful time on campus, and the construction in front of the suddenly overpopulated Perry-Castañeda Library doesn’t help much. But, every year, the...


Texas Revue stages dances and person growth

Khadija Saifullah April 29, 2016

The Texas Revue is the largest event hosted by the University Unions annually, showcasing a variety of acts to over 1,000 attendees. Although each of the performances at the Texas Revue is given the stage...


Southwest Airlines episode shows fear of Arabic language persists

Khadija Saifullah April 22, 2016

Last week, a Muslim college student from UC-Berkeley was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight and questioned by the FBI after another passenger heard him speaking in Arabic, as if midterms and the approaching...


Fear must not persecute homeless community

Khadija Saifullah April 15, 2016

Last week, UT’s community was shaken to its core. The tragic murder of UT freshman Haruka Weiser has deeply affected it. As more details are being released from officials about the tragedy, the past...


Solemn wake of passing calls for awareness

Khadija Saifullah April 8, 2016

“Everything is bigger in Texas” definitely holds true at the state’s flagship university — as one of the largest schools in the nation, paved on 434 acres and home to more than...


Ted Cruz’s Muslim surveillance plan is not upsetting at all

Khadija Saifullah April 1, 2016

Editor’s Note: In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, all material appearing on the Opinion page today is satirical and meant in jest. The opinions expressed on this page are not meant to be taken...


SXSW must educate its volunteers on religious sensitivity

Khadija Saifullah March 25, 2016

SXSW is renowned for being the center of creating change through inviting some of the nation’s top innovators and thinkers. The film festival thrives and expands every year because of its community-based...


Tuition hikes burden cash-strapped students

Khadija Saifullah March 11, 2016

The UT Board of Regents approved a 3.1 percent tuition increase for the next academic year, which will have another 3 percent increase layered on top of it for the 2017-2018 academic year. Coupled with...


Trump’s racist rhetoric has led to devastating tragedies

Khadija Saifullah March 4, 2016

Just one week ago, three young American-Sudanese Muslim men were shot execution style a few blocks away from Indiana Tech. This incident recalls to memory the painful murders of the three UNC students...


Airport screening process needs more cultural understanding

Khadija Saifullah February 26, 2016

In just the past two weeks, two Sikhs were stopped by airport security. Actor Waris Ahluwalia was told that he could not board his Aeroméxico flight because of his turban. Airline officials didn’t...


Putting celebrities on a pedestal for the wrong reasons

Khadija Saifullah February 19, 2016

Earlier this week, Kanye West claimed he was in debt and tweeted at Mark Zuckerberg asking for $1 billion to invest in his “ideas,” sounding like a student asking for the answers to the homework...


‘Our Three Winners’ Continue to Inspire Service

Khadija Saifullah February 12, 2016

This week marked the one year anniversary of the shooting death of dental student Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  “I...


Tracking app would improve West Campus bus system

Khadija Saifullah February 5, 2016

When you have gotten ready for class, walked to the bus stop on time and even managed to eat breakfast, the West Campus bus arrives late. Waiting at the stop, you start weighing the costs and benefits...


Book drive promotes future learning

Khadija Saifullah January 29, 2016

Humanity First — Texas Chapter is holding a book drive that aims to assist underprivileged children in the greater Austin community. Unlike usual fundraisers, the book drive provides a more personal...


Refugees should be seen as more than just a number

Khadija Saifullah January 22, 2016

When President Obama gave his final State of the Union address, one guest in attendance ensured that he had not forgotten about resettling refugees. Refaai Hamo, a scientist and Syrian refugee, was...

Muslims, non-Muslims must promote unity to fight violence in wake of Paris terror attacks

Khadija Saifullah November 24, 2015

Since the Paris attacks, posts inundate my social media from Muslims and non-Muslims alike warning against an uprising of discrimination with messages like, “To all my friends who apparently ‘look...


Facebook selling information to companies compromises users’ privacy

Khadija Saifullah November 10, 2015

Facebook Advertising Khadija Saifullah As if Facebook has not tracked our searches enough, they are about to get even more detailed information about our interests. As digital natives, these changes...


Freshman Research Initiative must challenge undergraduate researchers

Khadija Saifullah October 14, 2015

The University’s College of Natural Sciences’ Freshman Research Initiative is the nation’s largest program focused on connecting first-year college students to meaningful scientific research....


Schools should not stifle innovation with bigotry

Khadija Saifullah September 29, 2015

Dressed in a NASA T-shirt and typical thick-rimmed engineer glasses, Ahmed Mohamed, a freshman from MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, excitedly showed off his home-invented clock to his engineering...


Photoblogs can invoke new sense of community, empathy

Khadija Saifullah September 14, 2015

Since it launched in 2011, Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York has transformed the way photoblogs convey personal stories around the world. What started as a small Facebook page has inspired other...


UT students reflect cultural diversity

Khadija Saifullah April 22, 2015

On April 11, Texas Traditions presented the Texas Revue, the largest and most diverse student-run talent show held on campus. This annual student tradition showcases a variety of acts from a conglomeration...

United Muslim Relief gives back while connecting with Austin community

Khadija Saifullah April 9, 2015

The concept of giving back to the community has been reiterated so much that it has become redundant to the point of triteness. We are rarely reminded that “only a life lived for others is a life...

Internet provides wealth of information, though not always useful

Khadija Saifullah March 12, 2015

One of the great challenges of this century is to find ways to wring truth out of the plethora of information on the internet. We are swimming in a vast sea of information. However, at the simultaneous...

In wake of Chapel Hill shooting, recent attacks, we must think deeper about cause of brutality

Khadija Saifullah March 2, 2015

Most Longhorns have sat through the “Gone to Texas” session at orientation that challenges stereotypes and emphasizes unity among different groups.  However, racial discrimination is...

ICC Cricket World Cup helps bring together diverse UT communities

Khadija Saifullah February 18, 2015

This past Saturday, while some may have been celebrating Valentine’s Day, the Longhorn Cricket Club hosted its annual match screening for the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup in the...

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